Local News

  • Almeda Inez Gibson Patton

    Patton – Almeda Inez Gibson Patton, 68, died Wednesday, June 10, 2008. Her home was in Durant, Okla. She was born in Lakeview, Texas, Jan. 10, 1940, to Phillip Musgrove & Inez (Messer) Gibson, now deceased. She married Donald DeWayne Patton Dec. 20, 1958. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Patton enjoyed sewing, gardening, reading and Bible study. Almeda worked for Jafra Sales as a representative, and as an election official. She was a member of the Dudes and Dolls Square Dance Club and Texoma Squares.

  • Burt Kenneth Davis

    DAVIS – Burt Kenneth Davis, 59, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away Monday, June 9, 2008, at Sombrillo Nursing Center. Burt was born Jan. 9, 1949, in Kansas City, Mo. He grew up there and was active in the Boy Scouts, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Finley Engineering College in Kansas City and after graduation began working for the Bendix Corporation there. In 1976, he transferred to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he worked until his retirement in 2006.

  • John Benjamin Cole

    COLE – John Benjamin Cole, born Sept. 13, 1919, in Tacoma, Wash., died June 2, 2008, in Ocala, Fla., of natural causes. He was a long-term resident of Los Alamos. He is survived by his wife Eva Dale Cole, formerly of Los Alamos, N.M.; sister, Marie Weeks, Vallejo, Calif.; son, Samuel Jeffrey Cole, Ocala Fla.; two grandchildren, Lani Cole Compagno and Bryan Cole; and three great-grandchildren, Patrick, Joshua and Lucas Cole. He served in the U.S. Army Aircorp and as a U.S. Air Force Command Pilot. He was a retiree of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Steinhaus tapped to lead LANL's CPO

    Kurt Steinhaus, recently selected as the new director of the Community Programs Office (CPO) at Los Alamos National Laboratory, recalled delivering newspapers for the Monitor as a young boy.

    “I had to deliver two papers to get a cent,” he said, laughing.

    In an Aug. 9, 1966, photograph published in the Monitor, he is featured organizing a neighborhood carnival – good training for his new position, he joked.

  • Additional fire restrictions possible for county

    Because of increasing temperatures and dry conditions, fire restrictions may go into effect in Los Alamos County as soon as next week.

    Special permits for open burning are already being negated to area businesses and other local organizations.

    “Sometime next week I imagine you’ll see restrictions in this area,” said Doug Tucker, deputy fire chief for Los Alamos County. “When fuel moistures start getting really low, that’s usually our indication to start imposing those restrictions.”

  • What did you learn this summer?

    Rajan Gupta said he used to talk about the connection between energy needs and climate issues with the idea that it was something that must be addressed by the next generation.

    After his talk Wednesday, the second in the summer lecture series primarily for visiting students at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Gupta said he no longer thinks the problem can wait.

    He urged the students not only to engage what he calls the “global grand challenges” now, but to go back to their labs and offices and clamor for those people to get busy working on the problem, too.

  • White Rock Master Plan on Tuesday's docket

    The future of the White Rock Center Master Plan/Economic Development Strategy will be decided by County Council Tuesday during a 7 p.m. open work session in the White Rock Fire Station on N.M. 4. The project is the result of extensive hard work and collaboration among a range of stakeholders, community leaders, elected officials and members of the public.

    The project process began in August and has included seven community forums, 10 Steering Committee meetings, three county council briefings, stakeholder interviews and an interactive project website.

  • Gladys Marie Holder

    HOLDER – Gladys Marie Holder, a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, died peacefully June 12, 2008, with family and a friend beside her.

    A gathering will occur at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 14 at 1786 Siringo Road in Santa Fe. Look for the adobe wall.

  • Escaped ember started LANL fire

    A spokesperson for Los Alamos National Laboratory provided additional information about a fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon on laboratory property.

    Kevin Roark of the LANL communications office said this morning that the fire was caused by an unanticipated failure of a piece of a scientific apparatus under development for the Nevada Test Site. He said a piece of equipment was under an evaluation using a gunpowder-like explosive.

  • New board gets green light

    The code ordinance creating the Environmental Sustainability Board was enthusiastically approved by County Council Tuesday to replace the Solid Waste Management Board. Council previously approved the formation of the board and sunsetting of the Solid Waste Management Board in March as part of its Environmental Sustainability Initiative.