Today's News

  • Judging uncertainty is a risk

    The great blessing that science gives us humans is a growing supply of knowledge.  
    The great curse that science puts on us is a growing supply of knowledge.
    And everything we learn brings the next unknown, which may be a new cure, a new cause of harm, or a sizable chance of both.  
    The thorny work for us is to blend new knowledge safely into a busy world. Democracy slows the work to a tortoise’s pace, with so much time given to the enormous patchwork of public opinions.  
    So we keep doing our best to minimize the risks that are intertwined in a world of new knowledge, unknowns, and opinions of every shade. Our lot is called the human condition.
    Such struggles are often in the news, with scant history. Lead made news recently.  
    Hazards from lead predate Ancient Rome and were clarified as science grew. In the last century, science learned specific chances of harm to different people from lead in different amounts for enough time.  
    A proper question to ask is, “Should we get rid of lead in painted walls and lead in working pipes as soon as we have that knowledge?” After all, some children will eat leaded paint from walls. Lead pipe systems are mostly handled better.   

  • Shelter Report 6-6-16

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Waggs—A very loving senior kitty that lost her home due to a family medical situation. This little tortie gal just wants to share her love with someone! Waggs has spent her entire life as an only cat, but with a bit of patience, Waggs could successfully integrate herself into an existing pride of cats. She does require solitude at mealtime, as she is submissive about her food bowl; otherwise, she just wants to be part of your family and enjoy a soft bed in a sunny location. She gives a cute little squeak of “Mew!” when she wants company or food. Waggs is currently in foster care with Friends of the Shelter – call Mary at 505-470-6973 to meet her.

  • UNM-LA builds ‘real life’ public safety section

    When it comes to saving a life, a little bit of reality never hurts. That’s the idea behind the  recent redesign of a certain section of classrooms that house the Emergency Medical Services program at the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos.
    The section is now known as the Public Safety section, and will be where most of the school’s EMS, fire and law enforcement classes are taught.
    However, some of those classrooms no longer look like a typical classroom. Some of the classrooms look like the inside of an emergency room, a bathroom, a living room or the inside of a restaurant or a coffee house.
    The school now has a room that is in the exact dimensions of an ambulance, outside and inside. Each of the special rooms will be stocked with the tools, medicines and equipment they would typically contain, right down to the stethoscopes, gurneys and monitors seen in a “real” emergency room or ambulance.
    LAFD Division Chief of Training Joseph Candelaria, the program manager who oversees and helps teach the Emergency Medical Services program at UNM-LA, said there’s a reason for all the new attention to detail. Though the two-year degree program has been turning out qualified graduates since 2013, the school thought it was time the school made the EMS portion more immersive.

  • 2M/2T bus routes could change

    Transit Manager Kenneth Smithson anticipated an initial drop off in ridership after new bus routes were implemented for Atomic City Transit (ACT) in January. As Smithson reported to the Transportation Board on Thursday, all but one of those routes are stabilizing.
    “We’ve been talking with our staff, our operators, our customers, and we’ve seen common themes that are rising to the top as to what can be done to improve the service that’s been rolled out as of January 25,” Smithson said.
    “In terms of the main issue that are coming to the fore, obviously Route 2 is at the top of the list.”
    Route 2M, which travels between White Rock and Los Alamos on the Main Hill Road saw an average 79 percent drop in ridership in the first three months of the year. Before the changes, 2M was the busiest route in the ACT system.
    The other White Rock route, 2T, saw nearly a seven percent drop in January, but in March there was only a .1 percent difference with the previous year.
    Smithson presented three options for adjusting those two routes to the board on Thursday.
    Option A would eliminate 2M and run two 2T routes instead. That would provide service to White Rock every 30 minutes as well as bidirectional service in White Rock.

  • T-Board considers urban bike path

    On May 3, the Los Alamos County Council enthusiastically supported a citizens’ petition requesting an urban bike path through downtown Los Alamos. They directed staff to return with recommendations from the Transportation Board in 90 days.
    Brenda Fleming, who initiated the citizens’ petition, presented her idea for a paved, two-lane path accessible to bicyclists, wheelchairs, walkers and strollers to the Transportation Board on Thursday.
    Fleming is suggesting a path leading from the Canyon Rim Trail to Central Avenue via Knecht Street, meandering past storefronts, museums, Ashley Pond and Fuller Lodge to the nature center and aquatic center, with a possible extension to residential areas.
    The board’s main concern was the engineering challenges of bringing such a path down Central.
    “I commend Brenda. I think it’s an admirable idea, because I would like to see a more bikeable town,” Vice Chair Brian O’Neil said. “But it’s a difficult engineering proposition. Which isn’t to say that it’s impossible. But much like with the Canyon Rim Trail, we need to get an estimate on what the cost actually would be, and what we’re looking at to make this happen.”

  • LAPS considers mental health director position

    The school administration wants to hire a “Healthy Schools and Community Initiative Director,” a position that could potentially pay $100,000 a year.
    The job would require the director to coordinate the Mental Health Design Team’s plans under the district’s Healthy Schools and Community Initiative. It will also help connect students to mental health services within the community. The candidate would also have to have a master’s degree, preferably in mental health, or social work or a related field.
    At a May 26 school board work session, Assistant Superintendent Diane Katzenmeyer Delgado, who is also a member of the Mental Health Design Team, laid out the position to the board, describing the person’s duties and how the structure of authority would work.
    One of the main aspects of the job would be that the district’s school counselors and possibly the nurses would report directly to this person, bypassing their school principals.
    School Board President Jim Hall thought the administration needed to go back to the drawing board. Though he was willing to change the structure of authority, he said the job description was missing a key component.

  • New technology for Pajarito race


    Mountain bike riders only need a smart phone to compete in this year’s Summerfest downhill mountain bike race at Pajarito Mountain.
    For the first time in the event’s history, the downhill mountain bike race will be scored by an application that is accessible on any Android or Apple phone or tablet. The race is scheduled to begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. with riders having the opportunity to complete the course unlimited amount of times until 3 p.m.
    “It’s not a traditional race,” Pajarito Mountain general manager Tom Long said. “I think it’ll be a very unique way at trying to do a citizens race ride without the formality of competitive racing.”
    All competitors will use the BikeParkPRO application to score qualifying runs that will eventually decide the winner of the race. The male and female riders with the fastest times registered by the application will be the winners of the opening summer session at Pajarito.
    Previous years included four categories of riders and on-hand officials for the duration of the race. On Saturday, the race will be divided between two categories, men’s and women’s, and officials won’t be present during runs on the course.     

  • Corral added to Monitor staff as sports reporter

    Jose Corral has joined The Los Alamos Monitor as its newest sports reporter.
    Corral comes to the Monitor and Los Alamos via the Las Cruces Sun-News, where he was a freelance sports writer. Corral has previously worked as a media relations assistant for the Hyundai Sun Bowl and a media relations assistant for New Mexico State University.
    He graduated from New Mexico State University, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish. He also served as historian and public relations chair for the local Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity chapter.
    “Jose is a talented writer and a welcome new member of our Monitor team. We are really excited that he has joined us and look forward to what he will bring to the sports community of Los Alamos,” said Los Alamos Monitor Editor Jill McLaughlin.
    Judging by this issue’s sports section, Corral has already hit the ground running.
    “I’ve participated and covered prep sports in New Mexico for several years and I plan on using that familiarity to provide top-tier coverage of sports in Los Alamos County,” he said. “Working with local coaches, players and sports enthusiasts has always been one of the perks of the sports media industry. I’m sure that same gratuity will continue in Los Alamos.”

  • Health Dept: 3rd confirmed case of Zika virus in New Mexico

    SANTA FE (AP) — State health officials say there's a third confirmed travel-related case of Zika virus in New Mexico.

    They say a 41-year-old Chaves County man acquired the virus while traveling to Central America.

    The state Department of Health's Scientific Laboratory Division recently began Zika testing and confirmed the case.

    One of the mosquito species that can transmit the Zika virus has been found in Chaves County in the summer and fall.

    But authorities say in this case, there was no risk of local transmission because there was no mosquito activity when the case occurred.

    Officials say a 40-year-old Bernalillo County woman was the second person in New Mexico to contract the virus while traveling in the Caribbean.

    A 46-year-old Bernalillo County man contracted the virus in March while traveling in El Salvador.

  • Lunch with Leader to feature Tamara Baer

    The League of Women Voter’s community event, Lunch with a Leader, will feature Tamara Baer  June 21.
    Baer is the principal planner for the Community Development Department of Los Alamos County since 2015. She will explain and answer questions about the comprehensive plan for Los Alamos.
    The event is upstairs  at Mesa Library from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. The community is welcome to join the League at the lunch. To order a $10 lunch from the Co-op, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 231-8286 or email kaskacayman @gmail.com. It is not necessary to order a lunch to attend the talk.
    Baer is a registered  landscape architect with over 25 years experience in urban design, and city and regional planning in public and private sectors. She and her architect husband have worked together designing buildings in New Mexico and Massachusetts. She was also the planning manager with the land use department in Santa Fe.
    Under her direction, Santa Fe worked on restructuring the city’s land development laws, and she was the primary author of a new Business and Industrial Park district, an outdoor lighting ordinance, as well as the state’s first “big box” ordinance.