Today's News

  • Today in history Oct. 13
  • ‘Alternate reality’ has roots in history

    WGN America’s popular series “Manhattan” premiers its second season at 7 p.m. MDT Tuesday. The Los Alamos Historical Society again will host weekly viewing parties of “Manhattan” at Time Out Pizza, with question and answer sessions afterward.
    The Los Alamos Monitor decided to ask some of those questions directly of the show’s historical consultant, Alex Wellerstein. Wellerstein loves ferreting out little known facts about the Manhattan Project for writers to incorporate into this fictionalized account of the project.
    “This is sort of in an alternate reality. It’s a different timeline. It’s not meant to be documentary. It’s meant to be fictional. I think they try to make that pretty clear,” Wellerstein said.
    “And it’s about taking the elements that actually existed in that time period and sometimes dialing it up a bit. You dial it up to 10 or 11, when in reality that element was only a five or a six. It’s usually not going from zero to 11, which would make it too absurd. It wouldn’t be believable.”
    Wellerstein addressed one of the elements that rub many people the wrong way: the “cloak and dagger” depiction of the military.

  • A new world view

    Last May, a Los Alamos elementary school sixth-grade class experienced Earth from a different perspective.
    They did so thanks to a program called the Global Space Balloon Challenge, which was founded a few years ago by a group of students from Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other institutions.
    The group’s goal is to “inspire as many students as possible” to learn the preparation, the science and the engineering behind flying high altitude balloons, which are used every day by various organizations and government agencies for topography, space exploration, geology, weather tracking and other fields where high-altitude imagery and data is needed.
    Every year, GSBC coordinates with its partners in research and the corporate world to enable hundreds of schools, groups and organizations to build and fly their own balloons and post results online.
    Last year, students in Piñon Elementary’s Gifted and Talented Education students partnered with the “Museum of the Coastal Bend” in Victoria, Texas, to launch a balloon on May 1.
    The museum documented the project and entered the student’s findings into GSBC’s contest on the event, where they won first place for “Most Educational Initiative.”

  • Character, etiquette class offered for kids at FSN


  • Ride the Bus set for Wednesday

    Los Alamos Public Schools is again asking for help on Oct. 14, which is the 40 day of school. The Public Education Department counts all eligible students that are on the bus that day to calculate transportation funding for the year. All eligible students who ride at least once Oct. 14 will be given a certificate for a free ice cream cone. Last year, participants helped increase funding for transportation by $122,000.
    The district encourages all eligible students to ride the bus Oct. 14.
    For more information, contact:
    •Chief Financial Officer Lisa Montoya, Los Alamos Public Schools, l.montoya@laschools.net, 470-2632.
    •Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, Los Alamos Public Schools, office, 663-2230, mobile, 470-3478, k.steinhaus@laschools.net.

  • Sen. Udall to be at LANL on Tuesday

    U.S. Sen. Tom Udall on Tuesday will host Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., in Los Alamos to discuss the role New Mexico’s national laboratories play in national security, energy and the state’s economy.
    Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has fought for funding for programs at New Mexico’s national labs. He invited Mikulski to tour both labs and to participate in a roundtable discussion at Sandia about improving technology transfer and creating jobs.  
    On Tuesday, Udall and Mikulski will take a closed-media tour of Los Alamos National Laboratory. The senators will visit the LA Historical Museum and adjacent sites.

  • Parks division announces seasonal, partial closing dates for many sites

    SANTA FE  —  The New Mexico State Parks Division Friday announced seasonal and partial closures at many of the 35 state parks. Park closures range from Oct. 15- April 15 every year and benefit natural resources, while minimizing the disturbance to wildlife, and allowing park staff to work on projects without conflicting with visitors.
    Many of the southern state parks, such as Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park in Carlsbad, remain open year round.
    Check out nmparks.com to see a complete listing of all seasonal and partial closures throughout the state and new winter hours at various parks.
    State park officials reported that due to outstanding precipitation, improved lake levels, and minimal fire restrictions, visitation was tremendous this season. For example, at Elephant Butte Lake State Park, more than 125,000 visitors enjoyed the lake throughout the Independence Day holiday weekend.
    Online reservations to NM State Parks can be made year around at reserveamerica.com.
    For more information on all New Mexico State Parks, please visit nmparks.com.

  • Court Docket 10-11-15

    Steven J. Dewulf pleaded no contest to speeding 11-15 mph over the speed limit. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.  He was sentenced to defensive driving school. Sentence deferred until Nov. 29.
    Mariah Trujillo pleaded no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court  to speeding 16-20 mph over the speed limit. Sentence deferred until Nov. 29.  Defendant was sentenced to defensive driving school and must pay $65 in court costs.
    Aaron N. Martinez pled no contest to speeding 16-20 mph over the speed limit. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs.
    Chantelle Chavez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of driving under the influence of liquor and/or intoxicating drugs (first offense)
    The defendant was sentenced to 90 days in the Los Alamos Detention Center with 87 days suspended, leaving three days to serve. Defendant must also serve one year of supervised probation. Defendant was also fined $500 and must also pay $250 in court costs, and perform 48 hours of community service.

  • Curiosity rover confirms existence of a large ancient lake on Mars

    New findings released Friday in the journal Science show substantial bodies of water likely existed on the surface of the planet in its early history – including long-lasting lakes that built up deposits at least 250 feet deep, and likely much deeper.
    The findings are based on analysis of images that were returned by NASA’s Curiosity rover over a 2.5-year period and show finely layered sediment in Gale crater, Curiosity’s landing site, that could only have been deposited by water flows.
    “Skeptics have often asserted that evidence of water on Mars could be attributed to ephemeral, local wet episodes,” said Roger Wiens, a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory who is a co-author on the paper. “But based on these images from Curiosity, we know that, in fact, Mars had a rainy and snowy environment billions of years ago for an extended period of time. We wouldn’t see the millions of layers of contiguous fluvial sediment otherwise.”
    Before Curiosity landed on Mars in 2012, scientists proposed that Gale crater had filled with layers of sediments. Some hypotheses proposed that the sediments accumulated from wind-blown dust and sand, while others asserted that sediment layers were deposited in an ancient lake.

  • ‘The Cone Zone:’ 10-11-15

    Public Works Projects:

    Western Area Improvements Phase 3:
    Century Club Construction will be working on pedestrian sidewalks between 41st Street and 43rd Street South. Pedestrians will need to seek an alternate route. 42nd Street will be closed Tuesday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The contractor will be applying a seal coat on the roadway. Expect flagging operations during this closure.
    Ice Rink Parking Improvements:
    Motorists might experience delays as the new parking area is constructed please allow extra time while driving through this segment under construction. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limit and be alert for workers and equipment.

    Sherwood Blvd./La Vista Drive: