Local News

  • Committee looks at ways to improve streets

    Los Alamos County residents may see long-needed changes along Trinity Drive if the Downtown Street Standards Committee has its say.


    The committee will meet for its first open house this coming week, in hopes that the public will attend and get in on the ground floor of this planning process.


  • Pile burns to be conducted Thursday

      The Los Alamos County Parks Division and the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue maintenance burning in Bayo Canyon on Jan. 22, 23 and 24, 2009.

      “The New Mexico Air Quality Bureau has changed its rules for prescribed burning and we are permitted to burn only on days with good ventilation and smoke dispersal,” said Craig Martin, the Los Alamos County open space specialist.

  • Council outlines state legislative priorites

      Legislators are off to a running start as they convene for a 60-day session next week. They are starting the session with a $450 million deficit staring them down. One of the topics during Tuesday night’s county council meeting was the state agenda.

  • Sig Hecker and Bob Cowan honored

    Two hugely influential scientists received Los Alamos National Laboratory’s highest recognition.


    LANL Director Michael Anastasio bestowed the 2008 Los Alamos Medal on Siegfried S. Hecker and Robert D. Cowan in a ceremony and reception at the J. Robert Oppenheimer Study Center Thursday afternoon.


    Hecker, LANL director from 1986-1997, is now a professor and co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.


  • New columnist joins the Monitor


    Dr. E. Kirsten Peters’ Rock Doc columns will appear weekly in the Monitor beginning Wednesday. Her columns are a service of the College of Sciences of Washington State University where she is director of Communications and Information.

  • Law makers answer tough budget questions

    There’s no doubt all eyes will be on Washington next week as President-elect Barack Obama is inaugurated.


    But many eyes will also be on New Mexico, as the Legislature convenes for a 60-day session.


    Not only has the national economy suffered tremendously, with layoffs and foreclosures affecting thousands of Americans, but the state economy has suffered as well.


  • State of mind

    SANTA ANA PUEBLO – Leading researchers in the bewildering field of cognitive studies met this week to share new thoughts and assess progress.


    A three-day conference sponsored by Sandia National Laboratory, with cosponsors including Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Santa Fe Institute and the Mind Research Network of Albuquerque, advanced an initiative for boosting a national program of neuroscience and cognition studies.


  • Diamond Drive punch list work continues

    Los Alamos, NM – Diamond Drive punch list work will continue over the next two weeks, weather permitting. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures throughout the Diamond Phase 2 project area. Work will be restricted to between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

  • Cell phone numbers aren't going public

    Contrary to E-mail circulating the Internet, threats of a telemarketing onslaught commencing next month are not true. Cell phone numbers are not going public, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which manages the National Do Not Call Registry.

    Telemarketers do occasionally reach cell phone numbers. To prevent this, as well as land line calls, register the numbers on the National Do Not Call list at 1-888-382-1222. Requests must be made from the intended cell phone or land line number as requests from any other phone disallows the request.

  • Chu seems assured of Energy confirmation

    The president-elect’s choice for Energy Secretary wasted no time getting to his strong suit.


    After greetings to the members of the Senate energy committee in Washington Tuesday, and thanking Barack Obama for nominating him, Steven Chu plunged into the challenges ahead.


    “Climate change is a growing and pressing problem,” he said. “It is now clear that if we continue on our current path, we run the risk of dramatic, disruptive changes to our climate system in the lifetimes of our children and grandchildren.”