Local News

  • United Way announces 2008 grant awards

    United Way of Northern New Mexico this year is issuing grant funding to nine out of 26 organizations that submitted proposal requests.

    The nonprofit organizations selected include the following:

    • Canones Early Childhood Center

    • Las Clinicas del Norte

    • La Clinica del Pueblo

    • Embudo Valley Library and Community Center

    • Rio Arriba/Los Alamos Foster Parent Association

    • San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen

    • El Rito Library

    • YMCA Teen Center

    • Los Alamos Family Council

  • County bond sale a success

    The financial market has seen its share of ups and downs and still continues to be unpredictable. The dip on Wall Street recently has left America wondering if things will ever get better and has affected people across the nation; and Los Alamos is no exception. Los Alamos County's Chief Financial Officer, Steven Lynne was in council chambers on Sept. 23 to discuss the pending bond sale that the county was planning on having. At that meeting, Lynne and the county councilors discussed whether or not the sale should be held, or whether it should be postponed.

  • McCain's friends reminisce during ride on Straight Talk Express

    SANTA FE to ESPAÑOLA – As an infant living in Los Alamos prior to the start of the Manhattan Project, former Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lujan resided with his family in the area now occupied by the North Mesa horse stables.

    Lujan, also a former New Mexico  Congressman, spoke of his life here and of his longtime friendship with presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during an interview aboard the Straight Talk Express Thursday.

  • Political SCIENCE: Where do the presidential candidates stand on sci-tech Issues?

    In the only side-by-side comparison on a range of science issues, the two candidates for president sound roughly similar on many issues, but a closer examination finds differences in tone and substance.

    In ScienceDebate2008.com, a comprehensive website and public forum that began as a grassroots call by six citizens for a presidential debate on science, both John McCain and Barack Obama come down solidly in favor of innovation, the basis of the program’s first question.

  • Council candidates discuss county spending practices

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth and final article of a series in which questions were asked by the Monitor to the five candidates running for County Council. The candidates responses have run each Sunday leading up to early and absentee voting, which begins Tuesday. The election is Nov. 4.

  • Airport basin GMP increased

    Work at the Airport Basin continues, with a Holiday Inn Express claiming their stake in the new business development.

    Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman was in council chambers Tuesday to ask council to move forward with Guaranteed Maximum Price #2 for the Airport Basin Project, which would increase GMP #2 to $50,804,480.

    The council passed the motion to increase the GMP, with a 7-0 vote.

    According to county documents, the Design Development Submittal for the Airport Basin Site Project was awarded on May 15, 2008 to Construction Manager-at-Risk Hensel Phelps.

  • Road Block: Planned Forest Road Closures Pose Unforeseen Hardships

    Standing on a mountain ridge, Bill Black, an elderly fisherman, pointed to a distant fishing stream and said, “The Forest Service has cut me off from those quality waters by closing a perfectly fine access road.”

    The road in question is an eastern spur off of Forest Service 144 near the northwest corner of the Valles Caldera.  He said his bad knee will not allow him to walk a steep road leading to the stream.  

    “I can get there in my truck, but not walking,” he said.

  • County to acquire L.A. apartments

    County Council decided last night to try to protect their downtown revitalization plan by acquiring the Los Alamos Apartments, which have been in foreclosure since May.

    The apartments sit in the middle of Central Avenue, on what is considered a prime piece of downtown property. Council passed the motion to acquire the property 6-0. Councilor Jim West was absent.

    As a result of the decision, the county will give Housing and Urban Development $75,000 in earnest money and authorize County Administrator Max Baker to execute the contract for purchase to acquire the buildings.

  • Cambodia's Hope draws accomplished volunteers

    Local engineer and worldwide mountaineer Chris Horley has joined a growing number of volunteers contributing their expertise to Cambodia’s Hope, a nonprofit organization for orphans.

    “Given the development of so many different projects as we grow, there are plenty of needs to be met so we have been developing a volunteer program over the last 18 months,” co-founder Marvel Kellogg said.

  • LANL models new climate domain

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is confronting one of the most alarming and most poorly understood implications of global warming.

    What would happen if the vast ice sheets of West Antarctica or Greenland, both already showing signs of climate stress, began to melt even faster?

    How long might it take for sea levels to rise? Would oceans swell by several meters and cause harbors and beaches to flood? What islands might become totally submerged?

    How quickly would that happen?