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  • Flights on the mesa

    Boutique Air’s Pilatus PC-12 descended from a clear, twilight blue sky.  
    After a perfect landing, the gleaming gray turboprop plane taxied up to the large crowd of cheering town officials, Boutique Air executives, business people, media and perhaps most important, passengers waiting to take their first flight out of Los Alamos.
    On Monday night, town officials and Boutique Air held a special event on the Los Alamos Airport’s tarmac, welcoming Boutique Air’s first flight in and out of Los Alamos. Boutique Air represents the county’s second attempt at establishing a commuter air service in and out of Los Alamos in recent years.
    Los Alamos County Chair Kristin Henderson kicked off the gala event by talking about how important it is that Los Alamos residents have another way of traveling.
    “One of the council’s goals is to enhance transportation and mobility,” Henderson said to the crowd. “We’re interested in providing a variety of transportation to the community.”
    She also said it’s their hope that with a commuter airline serving Los Alamos County, tourism and business sectors will flourish.

  • Today in history Nov. 3
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  • Governor: No special session on REAL ID in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's office says she won't call a special legislative session to fix the state's noncompliance with the federal REAL ID Act.

    Martinez spokesman Michael Lonergan says the governor has already tried five times to repeal a New Mexico law that gives driver's licenses to immigrants regardless of legal status. However, Lonergan says Senate Democrats have blocked those bipartisan attempts.

    Lonergan says Martinez wants an up and down vote on her proposal that will put the state in compliance with the REAL ID law.

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently denied New Mexico an extension from tougher federal requirements on state driver's licenses.

    The decision means New Mexico driver's licenses and IDs won't be valid for federal purposes, including, eventually, boarding commercial aircraft next year.

  • Flagged utility poles to be replaced in Barranca Mesa

    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ contractor, Elite Power, will be replacing utility poles in the Barranca Mesa area starting next week.
    Poles to be exchanged are marked with a red flag and are in utility easements.  
    Crews will have minimal impact on traffic as they move through neighborhoods replacing flagged poles one at a time.
    Advance notice will be provided to customers when brief outages are required to complete work. Some poles slated to be replaced are located in the backyards of customers.  Elite Power will coordinate directly with these individuals to access and replace poles.  
    This effort is in accord with the DPU’s Electric Reliability Plan developed in 2011 and most recently updated in 2014.
    To enhance system reliability, the plan identifies pro-active and preventive operations and maintenance activities which include the replacement of older poles prioritized in a 2005 pole study. 

  • Trick or Treat on Main Street
  • Review of Manhattan: Tough to know what Nazis knew

    Editor’s note: The Monitor is publishing discussion via the Los Alamos Historical Society about the TV series and how it relates to historical fact. The show is on WGN America at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

    Episode 3
    What did the Nazis know?
    Information about espionage is difficult to find and can be unreliable, so it is difficult to find a definitive answer.
    Sources indicate that the Nazis did not know much about the Allied atomic bomb effort. Eight Nazi agents did try to sabotage generating power plants that supplied power to labs in Oak Ridge, Tenn., but were caught.
    It seems to be that Germany tried to establish a large network of spies in the United States, but failed to do so as many spies were quickly discovered. None of these spies were apparently able to penetrate the Manhattan Project, if they even knew it existed. It seems while Manhattan Project secrecy was not well kept from the Soviet Union, Manhattan Project officials did succeed in keeping the Nazis from important information.
    What did we know
    about the Nazis?

  • County to look at major changes

    The Los Alamos County Council will consider a resolution Tuesday evening to adopt a reorganization of two key county departments: Community & Economic Development and Public Works.
    The changes were announced by County Manager Harry Burgess, in conjunction with the publication of the agenda for Tuesday’s regular council meeting (7 p.m. in Council Chambers). Burgess commented on the proposed re-organization and highlighted his reasons for the change in a memo to county employees and statement to local residents.
    “Given the recent resignation of our Community and Economic Development Department Director Anne Laurent, I felt it was an appropriate time to reflect upon our current structure and consider whether or not changes are warranted,” Burgess said. “Any recommended changes are not a reflection upon the past director, however the county organizational structure should be periodically considered and altered as new challenges and projects require. I had the opportunity to review our organization in light of the goals adopted by the council to move Los Alamos toward its 20-year vision, which was an important consideration ahead of beginning the recruitment for a replacement director for CEDD.”

  • Gallery hopping in Chimayó a worthy venture

    The Santuario de Chimayó − known as “the Lourdes of the United States” for the reported healing power of its Holy Dirt − draws visitors from all over the world.
    But many who visit the chapel miss the other treasures this historic village has to offer: art traditions passed down for generations, charming New Mexico style B&B’s and the first restaurant to spurn other labels and boldly call its cuisine “New Mexican.”
     “Chimayó’s a beautiful valley, it’s full of wonderful people, it’s got great art, it has a fabulous restaurant, lots of culture, lots of tradition,” said John Abrums, owner of Chimayó Trading & Mercantile.
    The mercantile specializes in American Indian art rather that the Spanish Colonial art found in most of Chimayós galleries. Abrums strives for “the best pieces at the lowest prices,” with a remarkable selection of Pueblo pottery, Navajo weavings and jewelry and rare finds such as paintings by the late Helen Hardin.
    Chimayó retains some of ambiance from the time it was an isolated Spanish Colonial village. Many inhabitants still live in family homes and carry on centuries old traditions.