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  • Business/economic development candidate forum set for this evening

    The future make-up of the Los Alamos County Council will have an impact on economic development and the overall business climate in Los Alamos.

    All six of the candidates vying for three seats on the Los Alamos County Council have been invited to attend a forum set for 6 p.m. today at UNM-LA.

    The event is being co-produced by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor. The candidates will respond to questions surrounding improving the business climate and other issues related to economic development in Los Alamos and White Rock.

    The forum will take place in the Building 5 Lecture Hall (room 505) on the UNM-LA campus. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will get underway at 6 p.m.

    Republicans and Democrats have each fielded three candidates. On the Democratic side: Pete Sheehey, Kristin Henderson and Michael Redondo are in the running; while Republican candidates include Steve Girrens, Vincent Chiravalle and Marc Clay.

    While there have been a number of forums this campaign season, this is the only one that will focus on critical issues surrounding how best to foster growth and economic diversification in Los Alamos.

  • Update 10-14-12

    Council forum

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor will host a county council candidate forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA Building 5 Lecture Hall. The forum will focus on business and economic development issues facing LA. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

    Letter deadline

    The deadline to receive letters of interest from applicants interested in being appointed to the new Creative District advisory committee will have until 5 p.m. Tuesday. The criterion has been expanded to include those who “live or work in Los Alamos County.” 

    CRC Committee

    Members of Charter Review Committee will be available at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions.  Join them between
    9:30-11:30 a.m. Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday between now and the day of the election.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesdsay for a work session at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

  • Okhay Owingeh joins Regional Coalition

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities has announced that the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh has become an official voting member of the Regional Coalition. In joining the Coalition, Ohkay Owingeh will participate as a full voting member of the board.

    “We are extremely pleased to be the first Pueblo to join the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities. We look forward to participating and supporting this most worthwhile effort,” said Ohkay Owingeh Governor Ron Lovato.

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is now comprised of eight communities surrounding the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition works in partnership to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and concerns.

    The organization’s focus is environmental remediation, regional economic development, site employment and adequate funding for LANL.

  • Amy Goodman visits Los Alamos

    Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan were in Los Alamos recently, hosting their show from the Fuller Lodge as well as giving a lecture inspired from the notes of Goodman’s new book, The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope. A video of the event will be posted online soon.

  • Exploration of Jewish scientists set for Sunday at Bradbury

    Jewish scientists played a key role in Los Alamos' Manhattan Project effort to develop the first atomic bombs. The role of these research luminaries in LANL's Theoretical Division, such as Hans Bethe, Victor Weisskopf, Richard Feynman and John von Neumann among others will be explored in a talk at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    The talk, "Jews in Theory: A Snapshot of Theoretical Division at Los Alamos in 1945" will be delivered by Jack Shlachter, LANL's Theoretical Division deputy division leader, and it is open to the public. Shlacter is also a local rabbi. All events at LANL's Bradbury Science Museum are free.

    Shlachter notes key positions within T Division that were held by scientists like Bethe, who J. Robert Oppenheimer chose to run Theoretical Division, and in 1967 he won a Nobel Prize in physics.

    Acccording to Shlacter, four future Nobel Laureates, all Jewish, worked in the Theoretical Division during its Manhattan Project heyday and almost 25 percent of its employees were Jewish.

     The Bradbury Science Museum is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.    

  • Today in History for October 13th
  • Authorities: Body Is That of Missing Colo. Girl

    Authorities say a body found in a suburban Denver park is that of missing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway. The disclosure came a week after the fifth-grader disappeared after leaving her home to walk to school.

  • Town's Agony Prolonged in Prostitution Case

    Residents of a Maine community will have to wait at least the weekend to learn which of their friends and neighbors stand accused of giving business to a fitness instructor charged with running a prostitution operation out of her Zumba studio.

  • All hail breaks loose in Los Alamos -- photos added

    A massive hailstorm struck Los Alamos and two to four inches of ice were on the roadways Friday afternoon. The ice, though, has melted in most places and the roads are passable in most areas.

    At about 2:30 p.m., a severe thunderstorm moved through the area, dropping marble-sized hailstones on the townsite. And a  caller working near East Gate reported golf-ball sized hail.

    LAPD Captain Randy Foster said there were no reports of damage. At about 3:40 p.m., Foster said there were some rocks on West Jemez Road that were eventually cleared by LANL personnel. There were no accidents, he said.

    The county, meanwhile, postponed a groundbreaking for the multi-purpose arena scheduled for the North Mesa Stables today. The county reports the stable's roads were muddy and impassable.

    The county deployed snowplows to help remove the ice. By 3:30 p.m., the sun was back out and that helped melt the ice on the roads in time for the evening commute.

    One motorist reported that a passenger side mirror was damaged due to the hailstorm.

    Stay tuned to LAMonitor.com for more details.    

  • N.M. 502 work to be completed this weekend

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation will complete its pavement rehabilitation work on N.M. 502 this weekend. The hill to Los Alamos, from mile marker 4 to mile marker 6, has been periodically closed since Oct. 2.
    The road will be closed again from 8 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. Oct. 13, while crews mill the centerline and finish striping work. Weather permitting the project will then be completed.
    NMDOT advises all motorists to take the N.M. 4/East Jemez Road truck route to Los Alamos and the Los Alamos National Laboratory when roadwork is in progress.