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  • Bandelier to host naturalization ceremony


    July 4 is traditionally the day when Americans celebrate our freedom and independence. 

     This year, building on the success of the last two years’ events, Bandelier National Monument is proud to partner with the United States Citizenship and Naturalization Services to host a naturalization ceremony at the park. Fifteen candidates from 12 countries, after working for years to fulfill their requirements, will be taking the oath and becoming the newest citizens of the United States.

    Beginning at 11 a.m. Friday,   Superintendent Jason Lott will be the keynote speaker, along with speeches by Harry Burgess, Los Alamos County Administrator, and a representative from the office of United States Senator Martin Heinrich.  

  • Update: Diego Fire now 50 percent contained

    Friday 7-4-2014, 8:00 PM
    Fire Information: (575) 638-0081

  • Japanese minister to come to LA


    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith and Public Relations Manager Julie Williams-Hill recently traveled to Japan to participate in the Smart Community Summit 2014, where they learned that the county’s Smart Grid project had attracted the attention of Japanese State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Midori Matsushima. 

    Matsushima plans to visit Los Alamos on July 11 to tour the project. Arrowsmith is retiring as head of DPU, but will be on hand to greet the minister. 

    New Energy and Industrial Technology and Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan, DPU’s collaborator and major funder on the $52-million project, is under that ministry. Williams-Hill believes that the minister’s interest was sparked by the fact the Los Alamos is the first of NEDO’s projects completed. NEDO has concluded its research on the Smart Grid and Smart House, and the county now owns that infrastructure.  NEDO also has projects underway in Canada, Ireland, India, Australia and Hawaii. 

  • Gates: 'Science can help solve world's problems'


    He might not be the most powerful or wealthiest person to ever visit the Los Alamos National Laboratory, but he certainly would be in the team picture.

    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates toured the lab and city Monday before addressing a capacity crowd of nearly 700 people who packed the National Security Sciences building that afternoon.

    Gates, whose early work at Microsoft has since morphed into much of the computer technology used in the lab, spent most of his 40-minute appearance discussing the work that has been done by the foundation he co-chairs with his wife Melinda in the fields of education and world health.

  • Crews repairing NM 4 water main break


    Public Works crews were expecting to complete road repairs by 4 p.m., however, they are not going to make it … It now appears that the road work will not be completed until after 6 p.m. this evening. Traffic is reduced to one lane. Evening commuters who usually use Pajarito Road are advised to select an alternate route such as the truck route (East Jemez).


    Previous story: DPU Water crews worked until 2 a.m. Tuesday to replace a corroded section of water main that blew Monday afternoon.  

     Public Works crews are bringing State Road 4 back up to grade before paving the eastbound lane and then moving to pave the westbound lane.

     Traffic control devices remain in place until road work is complete.  County officials state that repairs could take all day; crews will work until the Road is repaired.  

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  • Crews working on Diego Fire


    It’s not a wildfire here, but the effects are more than a little noticeable for residents of Los Alamos and Jemez Springs.

    The Diego wildfire that has now consumed approximately 1,000 acres about 8 miles south of Coyote filled western sky with smoke Monday that could be seen billowing over the mountains and filling the air with its undeniable smell.

    The smoke was considerably worse in Jemez Springs, with one resident telling the Monitor that it’s thick enough to force people to keep their windows closed.

    The wildfire became noticeable in Los Alamos on Sunday, leaving some concerned that the area was again in the line of yet another wildfire, which is about a one hour and 20 minute drive from here.

    On Monday, the fire grew from several hundred acres to 1,000, according to a news release from Santa Fe National Forest. Overnight infrared mapping was expected to more accurately determine its exact size, according to the news release.

    There is no estimated containment time, the release said.

    Firefighters are using a range of equipment to battle the blaze, including Hotshot crews, helicopters, six engines and several water tenders.

  • Council OKs golf course restaurant proposal


    On Friday, the Los Alamos County Council voted 6-0 to approve a proposal from the Pajarito Golf Group LLC to operate a restaurant in the golf course community building. Councilor Rick Reiss was unable to attend Friday’s meeting. 

    PGG is comprised of Patrick Mockler-Wood, Catherine Mockler and Dorota and Pawel Listwan, co-owners of the Pajarito Brew Pub and Grill. Menus completely distinct from those at brewpub are planned for the new venue. 

    The county can now proceed with some modest modifications to the venue that PGG has requested and the procurement process for outfitting the restaurant. Staff estimates it will be November before the restaurant is outfitted and ready for occupancy. 

  • Kirk to play summer league with Cavs


    Los Alamos native Alex Kirk, who was not selected in the NBA Draft, will play for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, according to a number of media reports.

    Kirk’s agent Graham Boone of Tandem Sports told the Santa Fe New Mexican that Cleveland offered his client the best opportunity to show his skills.

    “We had a robust market for Alex, as far as the summer league goes,” Boone said. “Teams that were in the back half of the second round (of Thursday’s draft) or didn’t have him in play or a pick made sure they registered their interest in him as soon as the draft was over.”

    The j7-foot junior center averaged 13.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks for the Lobos this past season.

  • 'Parade' coming to Los Alamos Monitor


    The Los Alamos Monitor welcomes Parade, the most widely read magazine in America, to its newspaper beginning Sunday, July 6, the newspaper announced.

    Parade has been a staple in American households since 1941, bringing relevant and insightful coverage of popular A-list celebrities, health, food, investigative reporting and inspirational features to 59 million readers each week.  Its popular columns — including Walter Scott’s Personality Parade, Ask Marilyn, and Parade Picks — have become enduring favorites among readers. 

    Parade speaks to Americans on issues that entertain and inform them—posing questions, providing choices and offering solutions to empower and enrich their lives.