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  • MOWW meeting scheduled

    Dr. Amanda M. Barry from Los Alamos National Laboratory will be the guest speaker at the August meeting of the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars.
    The meeting will be Tuesday at the Los Alamos Research Park in the main meeting room.
    The topic of Dr. Barry’s talk will be “Transforming Microalgae for Biofuel Production.” The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Dr. Barry’s talk will begin at about 7:15 p.m.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost. The Hot Rocks Java Cafe staff is catering the buffet dinner with the entrée expected to be steak fajitas, condiments and dessert. Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. Note that a dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s). RSVP for the dinner is needed by Sunday. Call Lt. Col. Norman G. Wilson, USAF Retired, Chapter Senior Vice Commander and Past Chapter Commander, 662-9544 (email NrmWil5@cs.com), or Adjutant Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 (email depinyan@cybermesa.com).
    Monitor Staff Report
     

  • Briefs 08-15-14

    Albuquerque school chief resigns amid probe

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The superintendent of New Mexico’s largest school district has resigned following a probe into an undisclosed personnel issue.
    In a joint statement Friday, the Albuquerque Public Schools Board and Winston Brooks said both sides agreed his resignation was “the best option” for both parties.
    Earlier this week, board members met for five hours in a closed session. Board members said the meeting involved a personnel issue with Brooks, but declined to say more.
    Hispanic community leader Ralph Arellanes applauded the announcement, saying the Hispano Round Table of New Mexico and the League of United Latin American Citizens have never had so many complaints about abuse of power against women and minorities by a superintendent as it had against Brooks.
    Hired in July 2008, Brooks earns an annual salary of around $258,000.

    Official clears contested contributions to King

  • Update 08-15-14

    GOP meeting

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold a meeting at noon Aug. 19 at the Ridgepark Clubhouse, 505 Oppenheimer Dr. All registered Republican Woman are invited to attend.

    Blood drive

    A blood drive will be held Aug. 21 and Aug. 22 at the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 22. To sign up, call United Blood Services at 877-UBS-HERO or 505 246-1457.

    Lunch with a Leader

    The League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader will feature Ben Carlson, the publisher of the Los Alamos Monitor, as speaker at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Mesa Public Library. Contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or kaskacayman@gmail.com  for the menu choices if you would like to order a lunch from the Co-op ($10) by Sunday. You do not have to order lunch to attend this community event.

    Concerts

    • Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Guy Forsyth’s Hot Nut Riveters. 7-10 p.m. at Del Norte Credit Union.
    • Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Two acts performing: Bronach Celtic Blues Band followed by Belisama Dance group. on Aug. 19. The wrong date was reported Tuesday. 

  • County releases citizens' survey

     

    The Los Alamos County’s bi-annual citizen survey results were released and are available for the public to review.

    A complete copy of the survey can be found on LAMonitor.com.

    The firm under contract to conduct the county’s survey was Research & Polling, Inc. in Albuquerque. They randomly selected approximately 400 county residents to participate in a short phone survey.

    The survey included a variety of questions about county programs and services, community needs, quality of life and openness and transparency of government. The county has been regularly conducting citizen satisfaction surveys since 1996. County staff use the information gained from the survey to help guide the county’s goals for service and program improvements.

    According to the polling company, a sample size of 423 at a 95 percent confidence level provides a maximum margin of error of approximately 4.8 percent. In theory, in 95 out of 100 cases, the results based on a sample of 423 will differ by no more than 4.8 percentage points in either direction from what would have been obtained by interviewing all county residents.

    Here are some of the highlights.

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  • Pinon Elementary School playground vandalized -- Exclusive photos added

    Superintendent Gene Schmidt announced the school district has posted a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification of the person(s) responsible for the vandalism to the Pinon playground.

     Police and the fire department responded to a call of a fire on the Pinon playground. At approximately 1:28 a.m. Wednesday, a report from a resident was called in to Fire Station 3. Police officers Corporal Sheldon Simpson, Detective Joey Robinson, and firefighters from Engine 10 responded and extinguished the fire within minutes. No structures were damaged; however, the recently installed “big toy” slide on the upper playground was badly damaged.
     Pinon Principal, Jill Gonzales, who arrived at the scene at around 2:30 a.m.expressed dismay that students would arrive for their first day at school and not be able to play on their new big toy. School Superintendent Gene Schmidt stated, “It saddens me this senseless, mean-spirited act disrupted the first day for students.”

  • Briefs 08-14-14

    WIPP worker sues over smoke inhalation
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A worker at the troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico is suing over smoke inhalation injuries from an underground fire in the storage facility.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that William Utter filed the lawsuit in May, three months after the Feb. 5 incident in which a salt-hauling truck caught fire below the surface at the now-shuttered Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
    Utter is a waste handler for Nuclear Waste Partnership. The contractor and its corporate parent are defendants in the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified compensation and punitive damages.
    NWP spokesman Donavan Mager said the company does not comment on pending litigation.
    In addition to the fire, the plant located in Carlsbad experienced a radiation leak on Feb. 14 that contaminated above-ground workers when a waste barrel burst.

  • NCRTD posts record ridership

    The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD), known as the RTD and for its iconic Blue Buses, has posted an 8.7 percent increase in ridership in its fiscal year (FY) 2014, which ran from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, setting a record number of riders for the year.
    Ridership for all NCRTD operated routes totaled 209,750 in FY2014 over a total of 193,027 in FY2013. NCRTD provides service on 20 fixed routes throughout North Central New Mexico and two demand response (para-transit) routes.
    An analysis of all NCRTD funded routes for FY2014 shows a 7.8 percent increase in ridership with 498,096 in FY2014 over 462,173 in FY2013. “All NCRTD-funded routes” includes the NCRTD-operated routes as well as regional routes funded by the NCRTD and serviced by Santa Fe Trails, including its Santa Fe Pick-Up and shuttle services for special events such as Folk Art Market, Spanish Market, Indian Market and Zozobra; and Los Alamos Atomic City Transit.
    From the Gross Receipts Taxes (GRT) it collects each year, the NCRTD contributes to regional transportation services provided by other transit operators in its four-county north central New Mexico area.