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  • Artist-in-residence is sought

    Bandelier National Monument announced last week an opportunity for artists to apply for this year’s Artist in Residence Program at the park.
    Artists may be writers, composers, performers, multi-disciplinary, or visual artists, such as photographers and sculptors. There is no application fee and no stipend.
    The successful applicants can spend up to a month living in park housing and pursuing their artistic discipline in Bandelier’s environment.
    Artists will be required to give programs for the public during the residency period and donate an original piece of their work to Bandelier.
    For 2015, the residency would occur between mid-September and mid-December. Details of the application process and other arrangements are available on the Bandelier website, nps.gov/band. A brochure is also available which can be picked up in person at the park Visitor Center or mailed.
    For mailed brochure, requests can be made by calling the Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517.
    Applications must be received or postmarked no later than June 1.
    According to the NPS, in the 1800s, artists including Thomas Moran and William Henry Jackson helped visitors and the public become acquainted with the earliest National Parks.

  • NASCAR vehicle is stolen, recovered

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Police have found the NASCAR race car stolen from a hotel parking lot near Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Team XTREME said the car was discovered early Saturday northwest of Atlanta in Gwinnett County, about 20 miles away from where it was taken. The team tweeted a pictured of team owner John Cohen standing in front of the No. 44 Chevrolet, which was ditched in a wooded area near Loganville, Georgia.
    Morrow police Detective Sgt. Larry Oglesby, leading the investigation in the south Atlanta suburb, confirmed to The Associated Press that the car was recovered. Valued at $250,000, the high-powered machine appears undamaged.
    "So Happy to have 'old faithful' back. Favorite race car," the team wrote on Twitter.
    The discovery came too late to help the team this weekend. It was forced to withdraw from Sunday's Atlanta race.
    The race car, along with the pickup truck and trailer that were hauling it, were snatched just a few hours before Travis Kvapil was to run in qualifying. Team spokeswoman Amanda Ebersole said police did not recover the other contents of the trailer, which included a spare engine valued at $100,000 and racing equipment valued at $17,500.
    Still, the recovery of the car will help the low-budget team go forward with its plans to race at Las Vegas next weekend.

  • Girls basketball game postponed

    It was announced at noon that the Los Alamos-Española Valley girls basketball game, originally schdeduled for tonight, has been postponed.

    The game was the District 2-5A championship game. It has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in Española.

    Earlier today, it was announced the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, ice rink and Mesa Public Library are closed Saturday due to the weather.

    That's according to county officials, who said all non-essential functions would be disrupted due to the weather.

    More information will be released as it becomes available on LAMonitor.com

  • Today in history Feb. 28
  • Update 2-27-15


    There will be a Cowboy Breakfast at Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge from 7-11 a.m. Sunday. Price for the breakfast is $7 for adults, $4 for children.


    PARCC testing will begin Monday at all Los Alamos Public School sites. PARCC testing will continue through March 27.

    Kiwanis Club

    John Gulas, the new chief executive officer for Los Alamos National Bank, will speak at the Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday. The meeing will be from noon-1 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

    Sierra Club

    The Sierra Club Public Meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at UNM-LA. Angelica Gurule of the Los Alamos County Green Team leader will speak. The public is welcome to attend.

    D.C. trip meeting

    A meeting for students attending the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. is set for 3 p.m. March 6 at Los Alamos Middle School. Parents are encouraged to attend. Call Roberta Cocking at 670-0679 for more information.

    County Council

    The next Los Alamos County Council meeting is 7 p.m. March 3 in council chambers.

  • Some House GOP members not worried about DHS shutdown

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who ask what the fuss is all about.
    Numerous House Republicans say it’s preferable to let the Homeland Security Department go unfunded for a few days, at least, if that’s the cost of undoing a White House immigration policy they consider unlawful. These lawmakers say the impact on national security would be minimal, as would the political risks.
    “Shutting down” the agency known as DHS “is a set of words that don’t really have the meaning that people attribute to it,” said Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama. “There was hardly any effect whatsoever on the Department of Homeland Security from the last shutdown, and I would anticipate a similar effect this time.”
    Brooks was referring to the 2013 partial federal government shutdown that Americans blamed mostly on Republicans, and which many GOP leaders have vowed not to repeat.
    Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa was equally dismissive.
    “We’re never going to see a shutdown over this,” King told reporters Thursday. DHS’s “essential services” will continue, he said, although “some paychecks may be delayed.”

  • 'Star Trek' actor Nimoy dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of “Star Trek” fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.
    Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, said his son, Adam Nimoy. He was 83.
    Although Nimoy followed his 1966-69 “Star Trek” run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in the public’s mind he would always be Spock. His half-human, half-Vulcan character was the calm counterpoint to William Shatner’s often-emotional Captain Kirk on one of TV and film’s most revered cult series.
    “He affected the lives of many,” Adam Nimoy said. “He was also a great guy and my best friend.”
    Asked if his father chafed at his fans’ close identification of him with his character, Adam Nimoy said, “Not in the least. He loved Spock.”
    However, Leonard Nimoy displayed ambivalence to the role in the titles of his two autobiographies, “I Am Not Spock” (1975) and “I Am Spock” (1995).
    After “Star Trek” ended, the actor immediately joined the hit adventure series “Mission Impossible” as Paris, the mission team’s master of disguises.

  • Today in history Feb. 27
  • Lab, schools on delay

    Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos Public Schools have announced this morning that they will operate on a delayed schedule.

    LAPS will be on a 2-hour delay. LANL has asked local employees to come in at 10 a.m. and other employees to get to work at 10:45 a.m.

    Los Alamos County also announced it is on a 2-hour delay today, although it said the transit service would be operating on a normal schedule and trash and recycling would also be picked up today.

    Check back with LAMonitor.com for more information, which will be posted as it becomes available.

  • Boehner is mum on DHS shutdown

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days before a partial agency shutdown, House Speaker John Boehner repeatedly refused Thursday to say if the House will vote on pending Senate legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security without challenging President Barack Obama’s immigration policy.
    “When I make a decision I’ll let you know,” Boehner said at a news conference he leavened with humor — puckering his lips at one point as if to send kisses in the direction of a reporter who had posed a question.
    The Republican-controlled Senate is on track to pass legislation providing full funding for the Homeland Security agency by the weekend.
    Nor would Boehner say if the House would vote on legislation that provides funding for less than the seven months envisioned in the Senate bill. Some Republicans have suggested as much, saying that would give time for a lawsuit challenging Obama’s actions to proceed through the courts.
    A federal district judge has blocked Obama’s immigration policies from taking effect, but the administration has appealed the ruling to an appeals court and the president said Wednesday he will pursue the case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.