Today's News

  • LANL intern shines in bodybuilding world

    Los Alamos National Laboratory intern and Huntsville Ala. native Olivia Underwood, 29, may be young, but she already has her Bachelors and Masters degrees in metallurgical engineering (University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Huntsville 2008 and 2009) and she’s closing in on her Ph.D. in material sciences from the University of Alabama, Huntsville. She will obtain that when she graduates in May of this year.
    While those academic feats would certainly be impressive by themselves, somewhere in the middle of achieving all of those goals she also managed to rank second place in two different categories in a prestigious bodybuilding competition held in her home state of Alabama.
    That achievement also landed her on the cover of the December issue of Parrillo’s Performance Fitness Magazine, a well-known and authoritative publication that covers the world of bodybuilding.
    According to Underwood, it all started with that little word “can’t,” a word that doesn’t seem to be a part of Underwood’s everyday vocabulary.

  • Today in history Nov. 28
  • Season of believing
  • Udall nominates three LA students

    This week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced 43 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2015, including five students from Northern New Mexico.
    The following are the students nominated from Northern New Mexico by academy:
    United States Military Academy (West Point)
    • Miguel Pantano of Santa Fe
    • Jonathan Schueler of Los Alamos
    United States Naval Academy
    • Henry Baer of Santa Fe
    • Thomas Hanlon of Los Alamos
    United States Merchant Marine Academy
    • Michael Moore of Los Alamos
    A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students receiving Udall’s nomination completed a competitive application process, which included an interview with the senator’s Military Academy Service Panels, comprised of military and community leaders.

  • County seeks wildlife designation for pond

    Open Space Specialist Craig Martin asked for and received the Parks and Recreation Board’s blessing to pursue a National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Habitat designation for Ashley Pond.
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has requested the designation, one more step in its goal to certify Los Alamos as a Community Wildlife Habitat.
    The county already has the requisite number of private residences certified (100 required and 112 certified). PEEC now needs to accrue points by conducting community service projects, offering educational programs and increasing the number of certified habitats at schools, places of worships and other public places. Two schools are already on board.
    “I would say that the pond already is a wildlife habitat,” Martin said. “The pond, especially since it’s been improved over the last few years, has become more of an attraction for wildlife.”
    According to Martin, 22 new species of birds have been spotted at the pond since improvements were completed in May, bring the number of species to 40. Martin’s latest example was 15 cedar waxwings sighted two weeks ago, a species never seen at the pond previously.

  • Update 11-27-14

    County Council

    The Dec. 5 County Council meeting has been changed to a regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in council chambers. At this meeting, the Chicken Ordinance Public Hearing, the Ski Shuttle service and the Branding Revisit are scheduled.


    The Los Alamos Monitor's offices will be closed today in observance of Thanksgiving. The newspaper’s office will be open Friday.


    “No Limitations.” Work by photographer Kimber Wallwork-Heineman. Daily through November at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Dec. 2 at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Elisa Enriquez on suicide prevention.

    Christmas sale

    The United Church Thrift Shop will be having its “Everything Christmas” sale including many gifts, as well as decorations, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Graves Hall.

  • Holiday shoppers should spend cautiously

    Falling gas prices. Soaring stock market. Unemployment at a six-year-low.
    All signs point to a successful holiday shopping season. Despite the economic tail winds, though, retailers are finding themselves having to work to get shoppers into stores. Why? Five years into the economic recovery, most Americans still are struggling.
    Gas prices may be hovering at a four-year low, but Americans are paying more for food, health care and other costs. Unemployment is falling, too, but wage growth has been stagnant. And even though the stock and housing markets have improved, Americans haven’t changed their deal-hungry shopping habits.
    “Retail therapy is out the window for most Americans,” said Ken Perkins, president of RetailMetrics LLC, a research firm.
    Not that this holiday season is expected to be a dud. In fact, the National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will grow 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion — the highest increase since 2011. But retailers already have had to resort to discounting to get shoppers into stores.

  • Del Norte to build WR branch

    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council approved the sale of two acres of land on the southeast corner of N.M. 4 and Rover Boulevard to Del Norte Credit Union for $452,000.
    The contract calls for the credit union to build a branch on one parcel of the property within two years and develop the remaining parcel within three. The undeveloped land will be landscaped in the interim.
    Councilor Pete Sheehey asked that proceeds from the sale be directed to the economic development fund.
    Councilors’ main concerns seemed to be that the property could no longer be used for political signs during the campaign season.
    Council approved the contract by a 5-0 vote. Vice Chair Kristin Henderson and councilor David Izraelevitz were not in attendance and councilor Rick Reiss joined by phone.
    Council also approved a code of ethics by a 5-0 vote.
    Council had sent the ordinance back for revision in March. The original proposal only included the Board of Public Utilities and the Planning and Zoning Commission. Council wanted all boards to be governed by the code and also asked for the inclusion of “aspirational” language emphasizing desirable traits such as trustworthiness and honesty.

  • LANL employees pledge $217M

    The work of more than 250 community and social service organizations will benefit from the more than $2.17 million pledged by Los Alamos National Laboratory employees to United Way and other nonprofits during the laboratory’s 2015 Employee Giving Campaign.
    “We are proud to help the many community focused non-profit organizations working hard to improve the lives of so many people in Northern New Mexico,” said Alan Bishop, Los Alamos’ principal associate director for Science, Technology and Engineering and this year’s campaign champion. “The list of organizations receiving support from the Lab’s giving campaign runs the gamut from after-school services to elder care, and from job training to providing safe havens to victims of domestic violence.”
    The amount pledged is a record for a giving campaign by Los Alamos employees. Los Alamos National Security, LLC plans to prorate its $1 million match among the selected nonprofit organizations, bringing the total donation to nearly $3.2 million.

  • Recount ordered in state race

    SANTA FE (AP) — The certification of New Mexico’s general election results is on holding pending a recount in the statewide race for land commissioner.
    The State Canvassing Board met Tuesday in Santa Fe and ordered a recount in the contest between incumbent Democrat Ray Powell and Republican challenger Aubrey Dunn. The latest totals provided by the secretary of state’s office show Dunn with a 704-vote lead.
    The recount is scheduled to begin Dec. 8 and will take about two days. The board will meet again Dec. 16 to certify the results.
    “We’ve been through every county,” said Bobbi Shearer, head of the state Bureau of Elections. “That includes all the provisionals, all the hand-tallies, all the in-lieu-of ballots, everything that was handled by the county canvassing boards. But we’re going to ask the counties to verify those numbers because we want to know how many ballots in each category the candidates can expect.”
    This will be the first recount in a statewide race since New Mexico enacted a law in 2008 for automatic recounts when the margin between the top two candidates is less than 0.5 percent.
    Powell said he will be watching closely, given that it has never been done before.