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Today's News

  • Lab flirts with another closure

    A recent rash of safety issues at Los Alamos National Laboratory reminded federal officials of events leading up to the laboratory shutdown in 2004. Their concerns were expressed in another stern memo to Los Alamos National Laboratory managers that came to light Thursday.

  • Looking forward to spring

    Beat the wintertime blues by heading over to the Art Center at Fuller Lodge. The center will open its newest exhibit, “Let’s Celebrate Spring,” Friday. Read more in Sunday’s Monitor.

  • Official probe: Olympic track did not cause luger's death

    WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Fast and frightening, yes. Responsible for the death of a luger, no.

    Olympic officials decided late Friday night against any major changes in the track or any delays in competition and even doubled up on the schedule in the wake of the horrifying accident that claimed the life of a 21-year-old luger from the republic of Georgia.

  • Lawmakers approve Hispanic Education Act

    SANTA FE — Similar proposals aimed at closing an achievement gap for New Mexico Hispanic students, improving their high school graduation rates and getting more of them to college were approved Wednesday by state legislators.

    The House passed the proposed Hispanic Education Act on a 44-25 vote. The proposal would establish a liaison within the Public Education Department who would focus on Hispanic students. It also would create an advisory council that would work with families and communities to close the gap.

  • Council mulls business, beauty

    Los Alamos County Council will hear a series of presentations at their meeting in White Rock Tuesday, beginning with a report from the Historic Sculptures Master Plan Committee.  

    The committee will present a plan that grew out of discussions about where to place artist Susanne Vertel’s sculptures of J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves. The master plan will provide suggestions for these and other sculptures that are envisioned as a part of the project.

  • Climate research lament

      Since the last science update of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which said recent warming is due mostly to human emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), the critics have mounted an awesome pushback with some success.

        As a long time student of the amazing research into climate change, this writer must lament. It has been truly observed that “When ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise.”

  • Penalizing dummies: A new revenue resource

       There oughta be a law…

        For all their convenience, there’s something about cell phones that brings out the stupidity in some people. Like the guy talking on his cell phone who rode his bike directly into the path of my car and came close to becoming a hood ornament.

    Or the texting teenager who swerved into my lane on a busy street.

  • A musical potpourri to be featured at LACW concert

    The Los Alamos Community Winds ensemble is offering a musical mixture during its upcoming concert. The audience’s ears will immediately pick up tried-and-true pieces such as Igor Stravinsky’s score for the ballet, “The Firebird,” and Tchaikowsky’s 1812 Overture. But other works such as March to the Scaffold from “Symphonie Fantastique” and Emperata Overture may offer a new listening experience to attendees.

  • Traverse the Northern Cascades

    Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Fuller Lodge to hear Lynn Ensslin and Dennis Brandt share their adventures on the Ptarmigan Traverse in the Northern Cascades.

    According to many Washington State alpinists, the Ptarmigan Traverse is the classic alpine traverse in Washington.

    It is unique in that it requires a week-long commitment on an off-trail route, which weaves its way between the glaciated peaks of the North Cascades. It is a route that one should try only if they have climbing and glacier experience.

  • Olympic protesters smash store windows

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — More than 200 masked Olympic protesters splattered red paint and smashed windows of a popular downtown department store Saturday on the first day of competition at the Vancouver Games.

    Police say the group marched through the upscale shopping district, vandalizing cars and stores. Witnesses say protesters threw metal newspaper boxes into the display windows of Hudson's Bay Company, where Olympic souvenirs are sold.