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  • Today in History for October 15th
  • Official: Skydiver breaks speed of sound

    ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Officials say that Felix Baumgartner has become the first skydiver to break the speed of sound.

    At a news conference, Brian Utley of the International Federation of Sports Aviation, says Baumgartner reached a maximum speed of 833.9 mph during his jump Sunday over the New Mexico desert.

    That amounts to Mach 1.24, which is faster than the speed of sound. No one has ever reached that speed wearing only a high-tech suit.

    Baumgartner came down safely in the eastern New Mexico desert about nine minutes after jumping from his capsule 128,097 feet, or roughly 24 miles, above Earth. He lifted his arms in victory, sending off loud cheers from jubilant onlookers and friends.

  • Skydiver breaks sound barrier in record jump--Video extras updated

    ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — In a giant leap from more than 24 miles up, a daredevil skydiver shattered the sound barrier Sunday while making the highest jump ever — a tumbling, death-defying plunge from a balloon to a safe landing in the New Mexico desert.

    Felix Baumgartner hit Mach 1.24, or 833.9 mph, according to preliminary data, and became the first man to reach supersonic speed without traveling in a jet or a spacecraft after hopping out of a capsule that had reached an altitude of 128,100 feet above the Earth.

  • Today in History for October 14th
  • Dollars don’t sway local races

    The Second General Campaign Finance Report released this week shows Kristin Henderson-D leading the race for campaign contributions, with $5,525 in her coffers. Latecomer Michael Redondo-D is bringing up the rear with $0.

    Redondo, who replaced Kenneth Johnson on the Democratic ballot Aug. 29, said that his zero balance is one of his campaign platforms.

    “One of the big issues is, I think there’s already too much money in politics. And I think at this local level it’s possible to actually win an election without having to rely on contributions — particularly here in Los Alamos where people really take the responsibility of being an educated voter,” Redondo said.

    “That’s one of the things I wanted to show, that it can be done. That was one of the big reasons I decided to eschew donations."

    Redondo’s strategy for running a campaign without money is simple: meet as many people as he can in person and talk to them about his platform. He also encourages those who agree with him to tell others about his campaign, or even set up a meeting so others can learn more about him.

    Rather than paying for a website, Redondo is posting his political positions on a Facebook page, Michael Redondo for County Council.

  • 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.