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  • LWV: schools can improve communication

    The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos recently completed a study that may prove most valuable to the Los Alamos Public Schools.
    A few months ago, a subcommittee within the LWVLA headed by Project Leader Susan O’Leary conducted a study on how LAPS could best serve its population of students, from kindergarten all the way through high school.
    LWVLA’s conclusion: stronger ties need to exist between LAPS and the community.
    “The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos believes that a strong, collaborative relationship between K-12 education leaders and citizens must exist in order for the school district to successfully deliver education services meeting community standards. This belief is consistent with the League of Women Voters expectations for the relationship between citizens and all government entities,” the LWVLA’s board of directors said in a five paragraph statement about the conclusions it drew from the study.
    The LWVLA, especially when it came to strategic planning and funding decisions, urged the LAPS to “actively solicit and weigh heavily community input” when it came to “strategic and funding decisions.”

  • Bandelier still seeking comments

    The public has a little more than a week to comment on new fees proposed for Bandelier National Monument.
    The park is accepting comments until Feb. 15.
    “We are committed to providing all park visitors the best possible experience, while keeping costs reasonable and affordable” said Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott.
    Lott noted that the national monument has not increased its fees since 2006.
    The proposed increases will bump fees up from $12 to $20 per private vehicle, $6 to $10 for a person on foot or bicycle and from $12 to $15 for a motorcycle.All those allow seven-day access.
    Annual Bandelier passes would increase from $30 to $40.
    The National Park Service (NPS) is not proposing changes for the $80 annual interagency pass, which grants access to all federal lands. Children under 16, active duty military with ID and those with disabilities eligible for an Access Pass are still free.
    A lifetime pass for seniors over 62 remains at $10. Volunteers who contribute 250 hours to the park receive a one-year Bandelier pass.

  • Today in history Feb. 5
  • Electronic edition is free today

    The Los Alamos Monitor is posting its online Electronic Edition of Wednesday's newspaper free of charge.
    To view it, simply click on the large icon directly above our online poll question on the right-hand side of the homepage.

    The Los Alamos Monitor is currently experiencing mechanical difficulties with its press and delivery could be delayed to Los Alamos County homes. The Los Alamos Monitor apologizes for the inconvenience to home delivery customers.

  • Update 2-4-15

    Press trouble

    Tuesday’s issue of the Los Alamos Monitor was delayed because of a mechanical failure in the press system. The Los Alamos Monitor apologizes for any inconvenience to customers.


    The deadline for submitting comments to Bandelier National Monument’s proposed fee increase is Sunday. For information on the proposal, contact Joanie Budzileni at 672-3861.

    County Council

    The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Los Alamos County Council is Friday. It will be a noon session at the council chambers.

    School board

    A regular meeting of the Los Alamos School Board is scheduled for Tuesday. The meeting will be at the LAPS administration board room. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Film series

    Los Alamos County will screen “The Apartment” Thursday as part of Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series. The movie will start at 6:30 p.m.

  • Workers to see pay increase at Ford

    DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is moving several hundred U.S. hourly workers into a higher pay bracket after surpassing a cap on the number of lower-wage workers it can hire.
    Ford said Wednesday that up to 500 workers will transition from an entry-level wage of $19.28 per hour to a top-tier wage of $28.50 per hour over the next two months. The first workers will get word this week. The majority of the workers affected are at plants in Chicago; Kansas City, Missouri; and Louisville, Kentucky.
    Ford, General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group — now Fiat Chrysler Automobiles — established separate wages and benefits for new employees and veteran ones as part of their 2007 contracts with the United Auto Workers union. Initially, there were caps on the number of lower-wage workers at each of the companies, but the caps at GM and Chrysler were suspended in 2009 as part of those companies’ bankruptcy reorganizations.
    Ford still has a cap of 20 percent, and it will surpass that this quarter with the hiring of 1,550 new workers to support pickup truck production in Kansas City and Michigan, according to Bill Dirksen, Ford’s vice president of labor affairs. Ford has a total of 50,000 hourly workers.

  • Westerners, Kurds join forces to fight IS group

    SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — As Kurdish fighters gathered around a fire in this damp, frigid mountain town in northwestern Iraq, exhausted from battling the Islamic State group, a surprising recruit wearing a tactical vest with the words “Christ is Lord” scribbled on it joined them.
    The fighter, with a sniper rifle slung over his shoulder and a Rambo-styled bandanna around his head, is 28-year-old Jordan Matson from Sturtevant, Wisconsin, a former U.S. Army soldier who joined the Kurds to fight the extremist group now holding a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria.
    “I’m not going back until the fight is finished and ISIS is crippled,” Matson told The Associated Press, using an alternate acronym for the militant group. “I decided that if my government wasn’t going to do anything to help this country, especially Kurdish people who stood by us for 10 years and helped us out while we were in this country, then I was going to do something.”
    Matson and dozens of other Westerners now fight with the Kurds, spurred on by Kurdish social media campaigners and a sense of duty rooted in the 2003-2011 U.S.-led military intervention in Iraq. And while the U.S. and its coalition allies bomb the extremists from the air, Kurds say they hope more Westerners will join them on the ground to fight.

  • What the public thinks of the Open Space Plan

    Open Space Specialist Craig Martin has included all public comment he received on the proposed Open Space Plan in Friday’s Los Alamos County Council agenda packet, available at losalamos.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx. This is a sampling of some of those comments.

    • “I was very hesitant to move here. I expected a barren desert marred by evidence of its atomic history. Instead I found a beautiful natural environment, accessible by foot from my front door. There are deer in my front yard, so many birds I have lost count, the stars at night are amazing (so amazing in fact that most nights there are so many stars that I can’t make out the big dipper). Everyone who has come to visit us here at Los Alamos is surprised and amazed at the amount of open space and natural beauty, all accessible by a short walk from my house. Please protect these open spaces. It truly makes Los Alamos a special and magical place.”

    • “Having lived in Boulder I have seen firsthand the difference an Open Space policy can make over the long haul. Our desert basis offers little margin for error in this matter, especially if it just gets drier and hotter.”

  • Open Space Plan goes to council

    After 15 years in the making, the Los Alamos County Council will consider a proposed Open Space Management Plan at noon Friday in council chambers.
    The plan has six main goals, which include the following:

  • Teams earn high marks in FLL

    lies FIRST LEGO League team took the second-place Champion’s Award at the New Mexico FLL Championship Jan. 31 in Albuquerque.
    Teams started preparing in August for the competition which had three parts: build and program a LEGO Mindstorms robot to complete a series of tasks, present an original idea to help improve the way people learn and represent the FIRST Core Values of teamwork, fun and “Gracious Professionalism.”
    The Radioactive Fireflies are comprised of seventh graders from Los Alamos Middle School. Their robot scored 205 points and their project is an adventure computer game that teaches New Mexico history.
    Also competing from Los Alamos were the Atomic Flying Pickles (eighth grade) who won the Inspiration Award and the Bloonatics (eighth grade) who recently proposed their project of Kindle textbooks to the Los Alamos School Board.
    All three teams are comprised of Girl Scouts.
    Another team, the Atomic Flying Pickles Minions earend the Against All Odds award.