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Today's News

  • Small biz event helps local shops

    Los Alamites turned out in droves for Small Business Saturday this year.
    According to Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge, one business owner reported her sales at 1 p.m. were 10 times those of a normal Saturday.
    Partridge also reported that people were waiting at Pig + Fig Bakery & Café at 7 a.m. Saturday. The restaurant was one of the locations with maps to the scavenger hunt, which people had been clamoring for since Thursday.
    White Rock’s Seeking Chameleon was one of the businesses on that scavenger hunt. Owner Catherine Richmond said it had “a tremendous effect.”
    “I was very busy on Small Business Saturday and had a number of new people come in who had decided to participate in the scavenger hunt, so they were coming in for the first time,” Richmond said. “I kind of happily heard one person say, ‘Well, while we’re here, we might as well do some shopping.’ And it was like ‘Yeah.’
    “So I think that it’s a great idea, and the chamber worked really hard to make it effective for the planet Mars of White Rock.”
    More established businesses also prospered.

  • Today in history Dec. 2
  • Feds prepare to repackage radioactive waste in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy is preparing to treat dozens of containers of radioactive waste that were inappropriately packed at one of the nation's premier nuclear weapons laboratories.

    It was a similar container from Los Alamos National Laboratory that ruptured in 2014, forcing the closure of the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository.

    The chemical reaction that caused the breach was spurred by organic cat litter that was meant to absorb moisture.

    The treatment process will involve adding water and an inert material to the 60 containers in question to stabilize them so they can ultimately be disposed of. State and federal officials describe the work as calculated and methodical.

    Officials say the work is expected to begin next spring following safety assessments and upgrades to the building where the treatment will be done.

  • Today in history Dec. 1
  • Author thanks LA for solving photo mystery

    Author John Bisney can’t thank Los Alamos enough for all the help.
    About a month ago, he enquired through the Los Alamos Monitor about identifying key figures in photos that were taken during President John F. Kennedy’s visit to the Los Alamos National Laboratory on Dec. 7, 1962.
    Bisney is working on a book called The Space Age Presidency of John Kennedy. The fairly rare photos of his visit to Los Alamos that he and photo archivist, J.L. Pickering came across during the research phase of the project had them stumped. While they knew who most of the people in the photos were, there were some they could not identify. In an article the Monitor wrote about it on Oct. 18, Bisney requested that anyone with information please contact the Monitor.
    People did come forward, including: Mahlon Wilson, Joel Dahlby, Claire Ulam Weiner, Sandra Haak, Darrik Stafford and many others.
    “As I said at the beginning of this effort, without such assistance, over time who these people are (names with photos) would be lost for good,” Bisney said. “I really appreciate the interest and help your readers provided.”
    Claire Ulam Weiner, the daughter of Stanislaw Ulam, a renowned lab mathematician who contributed much to the development of the first atomic bombs.

  • Today in history Nov. 30
  • Fan club supports Toys for Tots, LA Cares

    Small Business Saturday shoppers patronizing Metzger’s Do It Best Hardware Store encountered someone dressed in an odd-looking uniform collecting donations for Toys for Tots.
    That volunteer was Captain (JG) William J. Knight, ME, commanding officer of the HMS Implacable, a super dreadnaught in the Royal Manticoran Navy: The Official Honor Harrington Fan Association.
    The fan club fashions itself after the Honor Harrington science fiction series written by David Weber. Founded in 2011, the fan club engages in “cosplay” (costumed role playing based on novels, TV series, films, etc.) and charitable work.
    At 11 a.m. Saturday, Knight told the Monitor, “People in our own ship were down at the Santa Fe Walmart yesterday, and the people in Los Alamos just this morning have donated more than was donated all of yesterday. People in Los Alamos are amazing.
    “People have come in and not known this was going on and asked, ‘How long are you going to be here.’ And they’ve run out to the store and bought toys and brought toys back. So it’s such a wonderful experience. I love Los Alamos.”

  • More opportunities to give

    In addition to the Toys for Tots drive, other local organizations are also hosting opportunities for charitable giving this season. Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) is holding a "Share the Warmth" Coat Drive this holiday season. LANB is accepting winter clothing items for children and adults including coats, jackets, scarves, gloves, mittens and hats through Dec. 12. All donations will benefit the New Mexico Youth & Families Department. Drop off items at any LANB location.

    "I am proud to represent a company that understands the various needs of the communities we serve," states John S. Gulas, chief executive officer at Los Alamos National Bank. "It's important to be mindful of those among us who have hit hard times and perhaps need a helping hand.

    “During this time of year in particular, our employees want to ensure that everyone has a warm jacket, hat and gloves for protection from the elements. We encourage anyone interested in participating in our coat drive to drop off new or used jackets at any of our office locations."

  • Rio Arriba County to host gun buyback Dec. 10

    Rio Arriba County will host a gun buyback from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at the

    Rio Arriba County Sheriff Office, 1122 Industrial Park Road in Española.

    Following a successful fundraising effort by New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence this summer, Dec. 10 will mark the second statewide gun buyback to safely get unwanted guns out of homes and off the streets.

    Over the coming year, RAWtools, in partnership with Santa Fe Community College welding and sculpture students, will forge unwanted, dismantled guns into garden tools and public art projects and installations.

    According to the New Mexico Department of Health, 405 people were shot and killed in New Mexico in 2015.

    Merchant cards for gas, electronics and food will be distributed in exchange for unloaded, working firearms. All exchanges are anonymous, and SFCC welding instructors will dismantle guns onsite.

  • New Mexico, Texas activists to hold 100 immigrant forums

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Advocates in southern New Mexico and West Texas said Wednesday they will hold 100 community forums on immigrant rights from now until the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump amid uncertainty how the incoming president will change the lives of immigrants.

    The Border Network for Human Rights and the Reform Immigration for Texas announced the forums will be aimed at educating immigrants on their Constitutional rights and how to prepare for possible raids by federal immigration agents.

    "People are afraid. They have a lot of anxiety," said Fernando Garcia, executive director for the El Paso, Texas-based Border Network for Human Rights.

    The forums will inform residents how they should respond if federal immigrant agents or local authorities acting as immigration agents visit private homes, Garcia said. He also said advocates have a team of lawyers "on standby" if they are needed to represent people facing detention or deportation.

    During the presidential campaign, Trump promised to end a program that gave immigrant students living in the country illegal temporary status. He also vowed to create a "deportation force" to remove immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally.