Today's News

  • 22nd Annual Photographers Show set for April 3 at Mesa Public Library

    Interested in local photography? What about pictures from around the United States or even the other side of the world? The public is invited to view all of this and much more at the 22nd Annual Los Alamos Photographers Show hosted by the Los Alamos Photo Club on April 3-April 28 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library. 

    The show will start with an April 3 opening. The community is also invited to the April 18 Club walk-through, where the photographers will discuss their images and briefly explain where it was taken, what it is, and what they are trying to convey. 

    Both events will allow guests and participants to view submitted works and to interact informally with the photographers.

    The show is intended to give people who live and work in Los Alamos a chance to display their photos in a formal setting. 

    The content of the images can be diverse, ranging from local to astronomical. The pieces might be displayed for sale or simply for viewing pleasure, depending on the photographer’s goal. 

  • Local scientists to march at Roundhouse on Earth Day

    Local scientists plan to participate in a March for Science event in Santa Fe at the Roundhouse. The event is scheduled to coincide with Earth Day, April 22. 

    “All are encouraged to join with signs about their own reasons for marching for science. The rally will encourage support for and protection of our science-based research and discoveries, and the expo hopes to bring community members and orgs together to celebrate all that science does for us daily,” said local march organizer Cristina Olds, a graphic designer at Olds Creative in Los Alamos. “The goal is to unite in support of science that’s being threatened by the current administration.”

    The march is scheduled between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will be on the steps of the Roundhouse, New Mexico’s State Capitol. 

    The event is expected to be family friendly, and will also feature booths, exhibits and science-based activities. 

    Speakers will include Nina Lanza, a planetary scientist and Mars geologist, scientists and AIDS researcher Bette Korber, climate modeling expert Todd Ringler, community activist Lindsay Conover and Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales.

  • LA History Museum, county win state award

    It wasn’t just the thousands of visitors that noticed all the changes and enhancements to the Los Alamos History Museum. The Historical Society of New Mexico noticed, too. 

    Last week, the Los Alamos Historical Society announced the museum won the “Edgar Lee Hewett” award. 

    The award is presented by the Historical Society of New Mexico for “outstanding service to the people of New Mexico as related to New Mexico history.” 

    LA History Museum Director Heather McClenahan also gave credit to Los Alamos County for the award, since the museum also shares responsibility of the facilities with the county. 

    “Working together as partners, we’ve been able to do a lot to preserve our history over the past several years, and the Historical Society of New Mexico Historical Society has recognized that.” McClenahan said.

    The county owns the museum building and funded major renovations to the museum last year.

  • On the Docket 3-29-17

    Feb. 27
    Gilbert Marquez  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to appear in court and not having a proper driver’s license. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $130 court costs.

    Tina Martinez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Christan Gerardo Andresen was found guilty  through Citepay of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Christopher Ellard was found guilty  through Citepay of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Hunter Gustafson was found guilty of hitting an unattended vehicle with his vehicle. Defendant received a deferred sentence but must also pay $65 in court costs. Defendant was also sentenced to community service.

    Deryl Garcia was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 16-20 miles per hour over the limit. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Efforts coalesce to avoid cavern collapse in Carlsbad

    SANTA FE (AP) — Efforts are coalescing to shore up a giant, man-made underground cavern in southern New Mexico before it collapses underneath a community of mobile homes and critical highway and rail transportation routes, nearly nine years after state officials sounded the first danger alarm, state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary Ken McQueen said Tuesday.
    He said his agency will be prepared as early as July to help commission engineering plans to stabilize the cavity left by the extraction of a salt formation underneath a crossroads at the edge of the small city of Carlsbad.
    The formation was mined by flushing water through it to extract brine for use by the oil and gas industry for drilling operations. Operations were halted in 2008 in following cavern collapses at two similar brine wells in nearby unpopulated areas with similar geology.
    “Basically the idea is to fill that void space, which is filled with water, with solid material which is designed to keep the cavern from collapsing at any time in the future,” McQueen said.

  • Local Habitat for Humanity preps for its next build

    By Wren Propp

    Special to the Monitor

    Preparing for its 12th build beginning April 22, local Habitat for Humanity organizers are gearing up for a busy season.

    There’s been a steady stream of fundraising events that are supportive of Española Valley and Los Alamos (EVLA) Habitat for Humanity, with more on the calendar, said Victoria Erhart, who is in charge of communication and grants management for the organization. 

    “People have generous impulses,” she said.

    Last Saturday it was an all-day-until-midnight luau at the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill in Los Alamos. The event was geared to help “shake of the winter chill,” said owner Patrick Mocker-Wood.

    This coming Sunday EVLA Habitat for Humanity will be the beneficiary of the community breakfast, Erhart said.

    This year’s house will be a three-bedroom, 1.5-bath, valued at $70,000, Erhart said. There are several volunteers preparing to spend time at the site, but more are always welcome, she said. For example, a group of 18-to-22-year-old New Mexicans, who are obtaining work skills while they complete their GED, will be working at the site for several months.

  • Hunger, homelessness go hand in hand in Los Alamos County

    Plugging in “Los Alamos County” and “millionaires” into any search engine yields results guaranteed to astonish. 

    “Los Alamos County tops nation in millionaires” reads one headline, “Atomic City USA: How once-secret Los Alamos became a millionaire’s enclave…” 

    Underneath all that though is another story – a story about the not-so-rich and the network of companies, charities and religious institutions that help support them.  

    One person who has seen this first hand is Helen Morris Bond, the executive director of Self Help Inc. 

    Bond has been a part of Self Help, Inc. for 18 years. Self Help, Inc. is a Los Alamos organization that helps Los Alamos residents who are down on their luck get back on their feet. Self Help does so by connecting people to the funds and resources they need to make a new start.

    Bond spoke to residents at the Trinity On The Hill Episcopal Church in Los Alamos Thursday about what Self Help does to combat hunger in Los Alamos. 

    A United Way agency, Self Help employs Bond and one staff member, and numerous volunteers who help members of the community get the help they need.

  • NM 30 project to start in April


    Special to the Monitor

    Less than a mile on NM 30 – also known as the Los Alamos Highway – will go under the shovel in early April.

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation project poses slow and go conditions for the estimated 13,000 drivers on the road most weekdays until December. The two-lane road is the main route to work each day for Los Alamos National Laboratory employees who live in and around Española, Santa Clara and San Ildefonso pueblos. NM 30 connects to NM 502, the last leg to Los Alamos. 

    The $4 million project was explained Thursday at the Santa Claran event center in Española by the department’s District 5 leaders, the construction contractor and Santa Clara Pueblo Gov. J. Michael Chavarria. About 50 members of the public attended.

    Most of the speakers recognized that the 180-day project will try the patience of commuters and residents during the project’s work schedule of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. But they asked for patience.

     “Please be respectful of one another,” urged Gov. Chavarria.

  • A friend indeed


    Special to the Monitor

    It started with William.

    He’s the dear friend of 8-year-old Bailey McVay, a third-grader at Barranca Elementary in Los Alamos.

    He’s recovering from childhood cancer, and he’s half a world away, living with his parents in Australia. And, he’s the reason she decided – months ago – that she’d go under the electric razor at a charitable “shave” for childhood cancer research sponsored annually by the nonprofit St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

    In Los Alamos, the event is organized by members of the Los Alamos Fire Department. This year’s event on March 17 has generated $2,466 so far, with 23 individuals having their heads or faces shaved, organizers said. Those donating to Bailey’s decision, like paying up when someone successfully acts on a “dare,” have contributed $526, with more donations expected. In the five years the LAFD members have held the event, they’ve raised a total of $22,669.

    But it wasn’t about the money, for Bailey.

  • Biannual Trinity Site tour to be met with protest

    TULAROSA (AP) — New Mexico residents living near the test site of the first atomic bomb plan to hold a demonstration as visitors caravan to the Trinity Site for a tour.
    The Alamogordo Daily News reports that the Tularosa Basin Downwinders advocacy group will be protesting Saturday.
    On July 16, 1945, scientists from the then-secret city of Los Alamos successfully exploded the first atomic bomb at the Trinity Site. The bomb later was dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
    The group says the test altered the gene pools of residents in surrounding communities. Members say descendants have been plagued with cancer and other illnesses.
    The group has been lobbying for compensation and apologies from the federal government for years.
    The Trinity Site is open to the public only on the first Saturdays in April and October.