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  • Next Big Idea Festival set for Saturday

    The Next Big Idea Festival Day Saturday is a family-friendly event, highlighting Los Alamos’ unique, creative and scientific heritage. It is designed to inspire, illuminate and educate through science, technology, arts, food and music. 

    The various events are free and open to the public.

    The festival features an interactive lineup of exhibitors. The Next Big Idea Festival has hosted exhibitors such as Los Alamos National Laboratories, First Robotics, National Instruments, Kraz-E-Science, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, Sandia National Lab, Los Alamos Police Department Bomb Squad, Los Alamos Visualization Associates and Procter and Gamble’s CHeAPARRAL 2J-2 Corvette.  

  • Fingerprint angle falls short in burglary

     

     

    For all their efforts to rob the Hill Diner last month, the burglars only got away with less than $10. However, to Hill Diner owner Denise Lane, it was the principle of the thing that mattered. Not only did the burglars destroy a perfectly good cash register to get to the cash, but they also took the owner’s sense of security. 

    Recently, police revealed that though they took what fingerprints they could from the scene, none of them panned out. According to Los Alamos Police Department Capt. Randy Foster, the lab they were sent to could not get a good scan, so it’s back to the drawing board. 

    “We are still continuing to follow up on the case,” Foster said. “We are going to talk to all the original people we talked to before and see what we come up with.”

  • United Way kickoff underway
  • UNM-LA set to propose two-mil levy

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board is preparing to introduce a two-mil levy to the Los Alamos voters through a mail-in ballot in January. 

    The last time UNM-LA Advisory board tried to levy a tax on voters, it failed. This time, however, according to UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page, they are ready to take their case to the public.

    “As a board, we started discussing this last spring, and then meeting over the summer to try and shape our campaign,” Page said. The stakes are so high for the university that Page said they even took steps to hire a professional campaign strategist to help them get their message to the voters.

  • Woman taken to hospital after two-car collision

    A woman was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center this morning when her red  Nissan struck the rear end of a black Honda at the corner of Trinity and Diamond, Capt. Randy Foster confirmed.

     Foster said the driver of the black Honda was not injured and road was now clear.

    Stay tuned to lamonitor.com for details on this breaking story.    

  • US Sending Warships to Libya
  • Protesters storm US Embassy in Yemen--Video Extra

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Chanting "death to America," hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen's capital and burned the American flag on Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on American diplomatic missions in the Middle East.

    The protesters breached the usually tight security around the embassy and reached the compound grounds but did not enter the main building housing the offices. Once inside the compound, they brought down the U.S. flag, burned it and replaced it with a black banner bearing Islam's declaration of faith — "There is no God but Allah."

    Before storming the grounds, demonstrators removed the embassy's sign on the outer wall, set tires ablaze and pelted the compound with rocks.

    It was similar to an attack on the U.S. Embassy in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Tuesday night. A mob of Libyans also attacked the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday, killing American Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

  • Today in History for September 13th
  • Summit offers little to rural areas

    One of the last times I attended an economic development summit, almost all I got was a lousy facsimile New Mexico license plate saying, “New Ideas New Technologies.” A bunch of papers also came home and sat on a shelf for much of the Richardson administration. 

    The license plate pérdida de tiempo was under the stewardship of John Garcia, Secretary of Economic Development and Tourism under Gary Johnson. Now Garcia’s Republican successor, Jon Barela, plans a “New Century Economic Summit” Oct. 2 in Albuquerque. (Where else?) 

    Most of the background material is on the website of New Mexico First, the policy discussion organization that will facilitate the meeting. See nmfirst.org/events.

  • Letters to the editor 09-12-12

    I remember Bob Nunz mostly as a person who used tennis as a social gathering that provided some physical exercise in the whacking of a ball. Usually when I arrived at the courts, Bob was already there as he got up early to serve wife Mary coffee-in-bed (wives should be so lucky)! He would greet me with “How are you, young feller?” Of course, Bob at 73 was just 8 months older than me! He liked to remind me that several other players were in their eighties, so I was indeed just a young “feller.”

    Bob and I had similar opinions about some of the things that were happening at the upper levels of county government and a common interest in tennis provided a venue for some banter about what either he or I had written or were going to write in a letter-to-the-editor of the Los Alamos Monitor. I‚ll miss him for his expressed interest in what should be done for the best interest of the majority in our community and not what could be forged through be a few.