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  • Update 3-24-15

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a work session in White Rock today. The meeting will be at the White Rock Fire Station starting at 7:30 p.m.

    School board

    Los Alamos School Board will have a work session and executive session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The session will be at the Chamisa Elementary School library.

    P & Z meeting

    The Planning and Zoning commission will hold a regular meeting at the Municipal Building Wednesday. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Parents group

    The Parents Raising Teens Group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The group focuses on supporting parents of teenagers and learning how to better communicate with teenagers. The meeting will be at UNM-LA, room 230.

    Authors Speak

    Richard Ruddy will be the speaker at the Authors Speak Series. Ruddy wrote a biography of New Mexico territorial governor Edmund G. Ross, a staunch abolitionist. His talk will be 7 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

    LOL Los Alamos

    LOL Los Alamos, a comedy and music show, is scheduled for Friday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Show time is 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for students, $15 for adults. The show is a fundraising event for the Los Alamos High School band programs.

  • Golf Course manager moves on

    This is Steve Wickliffe’s final week as manager of the Los Alamos golf course. Wickliffe has accepted a position managing the golf course at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in Montana.
    Wickliffe was hired as manager in October 2009, shortly after Dennis McCloskey retired. Wickliffe had previously managed the Old Works Golf Club in Anaconda, Montana, for 13 years.
    “He was the first person I hired when I became supervisor in 2009,” said Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division Manager Randy Smith. “So we’ve had a close relationship working together. I’m sad to see him go.”
    Wickliffe was instrumental in bringing one of McCloskey’s projects to fruition: the building of the new golf course community building.
    McCloskey had set the project in motion before his retirement, but council did not approve funding until 2010. Construction on the new facility began in August 2012. According to Smith, Wickliffe was very involved in monitoring the construction of that facility.
    Wickliffe himself is too modest to take credit for that.
    “Anything like this, it takes a team effort,” Wickliffe said.

  • Legendary resident dies at 94

    One of the most iconic residents in the history of Los Alamos County died over the weekend.
    Lou Pierotti, known for his entrepreneurship, his charity work and his on-field persona as the outrageous front-man of his world famous 5-man softball team, died Saturday afternoon. He was 94.
    Pierotti is best remembered for the Pierotti’s Clowns, the undermanned fastpitch team he founded. The team, which dressed from head-to-toe as circus clowns, complete with face paint, played 200 games in its history, winning 177 of them, in a span of three decades. The team was known for its antics, with Pierotti behind most of them.
    The team drew hundreds of fans to its games, which it played both in Los Alamos County and on the road.
    In its heyday, Pierotti’s Clowns raised more than $200,000 for charity — as Pierotti told the Los Alamos Monitor in one of his last public interviews in 2009, “that was a lot of money back then.”
    “Lou was a big part of the history of this county,” said Heather McClenahan of the Los Alamos Historical Society. “There was so many people he touched. So many things he did for so many people. To say that we’ve lost a treasure seems so inadequate.”

  • Lecture to focus on tuberculosis

    Los Alamos researcher Harshini Mukundan will discuss the re-emergence of tuberculosis in the first Frontiers in Science lecture of the season.
    The lecture will take place at the Duane Smith Auditorium. It is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.
    Mukundan's lecture, "The Microbe Strikes Back: The Return of Tuberculosis," will focus on focus how effective diagnosis can prevent the spread of tuberculosis and save lives.

    For a video on the topic, visit https://youtu.be/IgEm0HKGhn4

  • Today In History, March 23
  • Legendary resident Lou Pierotti dies

    Lou Pierotti, longtime Los Alamos resident and famous for his 5-man softball team, has died, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church priest Glenn Jones confirmed today.

    Pierotti, who was 95, died Saturday afternoon. Pierotti, who was a local entrepreneur, also founded Pierotti's Clowns, a famous 5-man softball team, sponsored by the local Kiwanis group.

    No funeral date has been announced. Check back at LAMonitor.com for more details.

  • Today in history March 22
  • Update 3-22-15

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a work session in White Rock Tuesday. The meeting will be at the White Rock Fire Station starting at 7:30 p.m.

    School Board

    Los Alamos School Board will have an executive session Monday. The executive session will start at 5 p.m. at the Los Alamos Public Schools administration building. The school board will also have a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Egg Splash

    The annual Egg Splash event will take place at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center April 4. It will start at 1 p.m. There is a limit of 150 participants 16 years of age and younger. Tickets are on sale. For more information, call 662-8170.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting will have a meeting at noon Tuesday. The meeting will be at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Kathryn Wells, who will speak on the Mesa Prieta petroglyphs.

    Bear Camp

  • Jewish Center hosting Seder

    The Los Alamos Jewish Center will have its annual community Passover Seder April 4 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. It is open to the public.
    Seder is a ceremonial dinner filled with rituals designed to celebrate the exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt. Seder, which is Hebrew for “order,” ushers in the week of Pesach in which Jews refrain from eating Chametz.
    The celebration of Passover commemorates the miraculous delivery of the Jews from years of slavery, ultimately culminating in the birth of the Torah, the Five Books of Moses at Mount Sinai.
    Thus, for Jews all over the world, this annual time of renewal is a time to look at themselves and the society through the lens of the slave once again. It is a time to let go of all prejudice, intolerance, closed mindedness and limited thinking. It is a time for renewed inspiration to help create a world that is free for all peoples and all religions.
    This year, Rabbi Jack Shlachter will lead the Community Seder as a fun evening of ritual dedicated to the memory of the Exodus from Mitzrayim, or Egypt, and the importance of freedom and respect for everyone.
    The event will be catered by Walter Burke Catering of Santa Fe.

  • U.S., Iran cite progress in meetings

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — With 10 days to a nuclear deal deadline, top U.S and Iranian officials spoke Saturday of substantial headway, and Iran’s president proclaimed that agreement was within reach. But America’s top diplomat said it was up to Tehran to make the decisions needed to get there.
    Iranian President Hassan Rohani said “achieving a deal is possible” by a March 31 target date for a preliminary accord that is meant to lead to a final deal by the end of June that would crimp Tehran’s nuclear programs in exchange for sanctions relief.
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was more circumspect, as he spoke to reporters after six days of negotiations in the Swiss city of Lausanne. The talks, made “substantial progress,” he said, but “important gaps remain.
    “We have an opportunity to get this right,” Kerry said, as he urged Iran to make “fundamental decisions” that prove to the world it has no interest in atomic weapons.
    But Iran’s supreme leader warned against expectations that even a done deal would mend the more than three-decade freeze between the two nations in place since the Iranian revolution and siege of the American Embassy, proclaiming that Washington and Tehran remained on opposite sides on most issues.