Today's News

  • Protesters visit Ashley Pond on anniversary

    The official story is that in order to save hundreds of thousands of lives, both ally and enemy alike, the U.S. had to use atomic weapons in order to force the Japanese to surrender.
    Otherwise, the allies’ backup plan, “Operation Downfall” which involved an invasion of Japan’s main island group, would have drawn the war out for at least another three years and cost hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides.
    This is in accordance to many military and history experts, including those from the United States Army Center of Military History as well as physician/molecular biologist Henry I. Miller, who is also a Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
    However, there’s always been a vocal minority that have said nuclear weapons should never have been deployed in the first place, no matter what the price.
    In the years since nuclear weapons were used on Japan, various “no nuke” groups have come to Los Alamos to protest not only the bombings, but nuclear weapons in general.
    This year, on the 70th anniversary of the American bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, activists from a relatively new group called Campaign Nonviolence visited Los Alamos.

  • Suspected drug dealer was also arrested earlier

    Suspected Santa Fe drug dealer Celso Ramos, out on $15,000 bond, was arraigned in district court recently.
    In district court, Ramos was charged with trafficking controlled substances (possession with intent to distribute, narcotic or meth, first offense), possession of a controlled substance (felony narcotic drug) and use or possession of drug paraphernalia in February of this year.
    According to court documents, Ramos, 37, was arrested by police who were called to a White Rock neighborhood because Ramos and a 29-year-old woman named Deanna Doss were seen walking up and down driveways in White Rock for no particular reason.
    When questioned and searched, police found four fully loaded syringes of heroin in his backpack. The amount of heroin in the syringes turned out to be more than 2 ounces.
    In Los Alamos District Court, Ramos pled not guilty.
    During his arraignment, the prosecution revealed that he was arrested just a few weeks earlier for trafficking drugs in Santa Fe County, as well.
    The district attorney asked the court that he continued to be monitored for drug use up to his trial selection appearance in January.
    Los Alamos District Court Judge Jennifer Attrep set additional conditions of release, including that Ramos show up for all his court appearances through January, when his trial is set to start.

  • Work gets going on Arizona Avenue

    Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities’ contractor H.O. Construction, Inc., has work going on as part of the county’s Non-Potable Pipeline Project.
    The county, in an announcement about the start of work, said residents on Arizona Avenue should expect to see placement of traffic control devices, as well as crews locating existing utilities through “pot-hole” excavation and utility locate paint in the public right of way during the construction period.
    In the coming weeks, crews will begin trenching and placing pipe beginning at the east end of Arizona Avenue near Pajarito School and moving west. Residents in the area can expect some traffic delays, but ingress and egress into homes will be maintained as much as possible. The county said, however, there may be temporary delays to driveways if work is occurring in front of a home.
    According to the county, no interruption of utility services are anticipated.
    Crews will work Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The work is expected to continue for approximately three months.

  • Descartes Labs is now off and running

    The story of startup tech company Descartes Labs reads like something from the heyday of Silicon Valley.
    A group of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists strike out on their own. They leap bureaucratic hurdles to acquire licensing for technology developed at the lab and manage to secure venture capital.
    In record time, they are ready to launch a product with the potential to impact Wall Street, major industries and world governments.
    “The fact that a group of scientists from Los Alamos could start their own company and within seven months of opening have a first product to start to sell to industry is an unusual thing,” said co-founder and Chief Technical Officer Steven Brumby.
    The company — which launched December 2014 — is named after philosopher René Descartes, renowned for saying, “I think, therefore I am.”
    “We’re an artificial intelligence company that’s building systems that can look at the world from space and map out all sorts of interesting stuff, starting with all the world’s agriculture,” Brumby said.
    Brumby was at LANL 16-1/2 years, where he led the team that developed some of the licensed technology Descartes is utilizing.

  • Be There calendar 8-16-15

    Recurring meetings
    Note: If any of the following listings need to be changed or removed, contact Gina Velasquez immediately at lacommunity@lamonitor.com, or 662-4185, ext. 21.

    The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. For more information, contact Chris Ortega at 672-9789.

    The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, lower level. On Tuesday, there is a fee of $2 per player. There is no charge on Saturday. For more information, contact Avadh Saxena at AVADH—S@hotmail.com or Ed Stein at 662-7472.

    The Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursdays. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at noon every Tuesday at the golf course, 4250 Diamond Dr. Guest speakers every week.

    The local chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Wednesday at the White Rock Presbyterian Church, 310 Rover Blvd. Confidential weight in begins at 9 a.m. The meeting starts at 9:45 a.m. The first visit is free. Membership is open to people at least 7 years old. For more information, contact us at whiterocktops@gmail.com.

  • Pet Talk: Getting furry friends microchipped is important

    Many of us take every precaution we can to protect our pets.
    With growing technology in the veterinary field, new measures of protection for companion animals are now available to owners at a low cost. Microchipping, one of the newest ways to locate and identify lost animals, is growing in popularity and efficiency.
    A microchip is a glass-encased device that bears an identification number unique to every marked animal.
    Once the microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin and registered with the devices company, the microchip can be activated with a scanner at a veterinarian’s office or local animal shelter.
    With no batteries or power source required to activate a microchip, this device will provide a permanent identity for your pet that will last their entire lifetime.
    Many owners protect and identify their pet with a personalized collar.
    While this method can certainly help identify your pet, there are many strong advantages in microchipping your animal. For instance, pet collars may fall or slip off, and personalized tags may become unreadable after several years. Microchips do not face any of these challenges and have no chance of being removed, no matter where Fido wanders off to.

  • Animals strike a pose for FOS calendar

    It’s time to get those cameras ready and have your furry pal say “cheese” (or tuna, or kibble). The Friends of the Shelter is now accepting photo entries for the 2016 Shelter Alumni Calendar through Sept. 5.
    Pet owners who have adopted a shelter animal, an abandoned, or homeless animal are invited to send a photo and a brief story about their pet.
    Pet owners whose pets were featured in last year’s calendar are welcome to submit new photos of their pets for this year’s calendar. Entry forms are available at Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital, Pet Pangaea and the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.
    The entry forms include entry information, as well as tips on taking the best photo of your pet. Entries can easily be submitted via the shelter’s website at lafos.org. They can also be sent via email to virginiaking65@gmail.com, or a photo and entry form can be mailed to Friends of the Shelter, P.O. Box 1402, Los Alamos 87544.
    Friends of the Shelter, a humane organization based in Los Alamos is trying to improve the quality of life for unwanted pets and find homes for homeless animals. FOS works closely with the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, with local veterinarians and with other humane societies.

  • PEEC topics for this week include coyotes, wildflowers

    From deserts to mountains, coyotes are one of the most adaptable species in New Mexico. However, not everyone welcomes the resilience of this local predator.
    To learn more about the canine, guest speakers Judy Paulsen and Dave Parsons will speak about the challenges and opportunities coyotes provide.
    The talk will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required.
    The presentation reveals the fascinating and complex world of Canis latrans — their keen intelligence, amazing resourcefulness, and importance as keystone carnivores in many ecosystems.
    Paulsen serves as the New Mexico Representative to Project Coyote. Living in New Mexico, Paulsen encounters anti-coyote/predator sentiment and believes that education is critical and policy change is necessary to shift the way coyotes are viewed and treated in the west.
    She works to promote Project Coyote’s “Coyote Friendly Communities” program and to raise awareness about the important ecological role that coyotes play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. She is also actively involved in efforts to prohibit coyote killing contests in her home state.

  • News for retirees Aug. 16-22

    Aug. 16-22, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior civic discussion
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken tenders
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom dancing
    8:30 a.m.        Mac users group
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury steak
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.         Bridge
    7:30 p.m.         Table tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters

  • People in the news 8-17-15

    Jonathan Vander Wiel, of Los Alamos, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, Cum Laude from LeTourneau University spring graduation.

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    Antonia Batha, of Los Alamos, was named to the 2015 Dean’s List at Union College in New York. Batha is a member of the Class of 2017, majoring in gender, sexuality and women’s studies.

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    The following Los Alamos students will begin their first semester at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales this fall: Trisha Barks, John Dermer, Miranda Honnell and Lauren Mazuranich.