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  • 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.

  • Wilson, Heinrich square off in TV debate

    The Senate campaign for Democrat Martin Heinrich and Republican Heather Wilson after their first debate in the television studios of KRQE in Albuquerque Thursday night.
    Heinrich spokeswoman Whitney Potter issued the following statement.
    “Martin Heinrich demonstrated to voters tonight that he will always fight for what matters most to the people of New Mexico. Martin took clear positions on key issues like standing up to any attempts to cut Medicare or jeopardize Social Security for our seniors, creating quality jobs here in New Mexico, making college more affordable for everyone, and bringing our troops in Afghanistan home to their families. Martin defined himself as a true advocate for the middle class and those trying to reach it.
    “Heather Wilson launched false attacks against Martin in order to distract from her record of voting for special tax breaks for millionaires and big corporations and her pledge of support for a radical plan that would force drastic cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Her priorities are wrong for New Mexico.
    “Martin won tonight’s debate because he made clear that he understands the struggles of middle-class families and will always work on their behalf as New Mexico’s next U.S. Senator.”

  • Update 10-12-12

    Council forum

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor will host a county council candidate forum at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 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.

    Car show

    Local Corvette Club members are invited to the new Smith’s Fuel Station on Trinity Drive to display their cars Saturday. Free hot dogs and Pepsi will be served to customers at 10 a.m.

    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. Oct. 16 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. Oct. 17 at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

  • Sign removed due to permitting issue

    Last week, the new Smiths Fuel Station, which opened Tuesday, had a fancy new sign to greet visitors.
    During the ribbon cutting Tuesday, it was noticeably absent.
    Los Alamos County Transportation manager Nancy Talley provided the following explanation for the removal of the sign.
    “Primarily there were two issues with the sign; they did not have a sign permit to install the sign per the county’s development code and they installed it in the sight visibility triangle which caused a traffic safety hazard,“ Talley said.
    “The sign was removed because it was causing sight visibility problems for vehicles trying to exit Knecht Street onto Trinity Drive. Yesterday I met with the contractor and a couple of Smith’s representatives and helped them field spot an appropriate location to install the sign once they obtain the appropriate sign permit.”
    The Los Alamos Monitor printed a photo of the sign when it was still in place last week and a Smith’s executive quipped Tuesday that he went out and bought five or six newspapers as a keepsake.