Today's News

  • It’s a human-eat-human world


    This is an open letter to all the dogs out there, who have the unmitigated audacity to think it’s OK to be a dog. Being a human, I can tell you quite authoritatively that it is most definitely not OK to be a dog!

    Or a cat. Or a yak. Or a dung beetle. Or anything organic that doesn’t pay taxes!

    First of all, dogs bark. We humans never bark (at least not without good cause). We yell. We scream. We screech, bellow, shout, wail, howl, whine, shriek and clamor. Oh yeah, and we love reading our thesaurus.

    But we don’t bark.

  • Today in history Oct. 24
  • Charter change is flawed on many levels

    The debate over Charter Question 2 has rightly concentrated on the basic issue: whether the checks and balances relationship between the Board of Public Utilities and the county council that has worked well for 46 years should be replaced by a system in which council has unilateral control over utilities. Several smaller or less direct issues also merit consideration.
    A core argument used to support Ballot Question 2 is that only the council is accountable to citizens. Yet Question 2, should it pass, could actually make council less accountable. The proposed new Article V adds a new provision — Sec. 504 (f), which says “the DPU budget will identify a percentage of DPU revenues for transfer to the county general fund based on a formula agreed to by the board and council.” Any monies assessed through utility bills and transferred to the county general fund via this new route is effectively a tax. It just wouldn’t be called that. Citizens can see actual tax rates and hold councilors accountable. It would be difficult to figure out what implicit taxes might be hidden in utility bills. Council would, in practice, be less accountable for their revenues and the spending they enable.

  • LAHS hosts financial aid night

    Los Alamos High School will host a Financial Aid Information Night at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Speech Theater. All interested students and parents are encouraged to attend.

    Cindy Black, guidance counselor at LAHS, will provide information about FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), Scholarships, Grants, Work Study programs and loan programs.
    This is an important first step for seniors in planning how to pay for college.
    For more information about the Financial Aid Information Night, contact Connie Goettee in the Career Resource Center at 663-2595 or c.goettee@laschools.net.  

  • Pinwheels for Peace

    Los Alamos Middle School student Emilie Von Harders recently displayed their Pinwheels for Peace marking the International Day of Peace.

  • Be There 10-23-14

    Race for the Cure Makeover Marathon at The Beauty Villa, 146 Central Park Square. Join local Mary Kay independent beauty consultants to raise money funds for breast cancer research and get a free no obligation facial. Call to reserve a date and time, 660-7258.

    Nature on Tap Series. 5:30-7 p.m. Karla Sartor will introduce the topic of prescribed burning, followed by a casual group discussion. Free.

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos.
    Families in Action: for Teens and Parents. An evidence-based class to ease the transition as children turn into young adults. 6:30-8:15 p.m. every Thursday through Nov. 20 at at 1990 Diamond Drive in the Pueblo Complex For more information, visit lafsn.org, or call 662-4515.

    Tradition and Change in Córdova, New Mexico: The 1939 Photographs of Berlyn Brixner & The López Family of Wood Carvers. Daily in the changing exhibit space in the Los Alamos History Museum through October.

    “Masquerade.” Daily through Nov. 15 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.  

  • History pros to speak at MPL tonight

    The Authors Speak Series presentation will feature two professionals who devote many hours researching and understanding the stories of Los Alamos.
    Sharon Snyder and Heather McClenahan on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of Mesa Public Library at 7 p.m. tonight in the upstairs meeting rooms.
    Also in attendance on Thursday will be many of the accomplished amateurs known as “The History Nuts.”
    “Libraries are revered worldwide,” Snyder said. “They come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Some are designed by famous architects, or have recognizable names- the Bodleian, the Library of Congress, the Huntington. Others occupy a structure the size of a phone booth. Or even smaller, no matter. They all represent one of mankind’s best hopes for the future. And associated with them are a myriad of stories, from the Library of Alexandria to a humble library cat to an Iraqi librarian who saved 30,000 books from destruction. To those will be added the account of a small library at the Los Alamos Ranch School that evolved through the Manhattan Project years to become the library we know today.”

  • Correction 10-23-14

    In a story Wednesday, “PAC money pours into District 43 race,” it was incorrectly reported that Stephanie Garcia Richard told the Los Alamos Monitor that her campaign had issued no mailers against her opponent Geoff Rodgers. It was actually a staff person that mistakenly provided that information.

  • Math contests set for November

    The University of New Mexico, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and the PNM Foundation have announced the UNM-PNM Statewide Mathematics Contest for the 2014-2015 school year. The goal of the contest is to promote mathematical investigation, enhance problem-solving skills, and recognize and honor outstanding mathematics achievement among students in New Mexico.
    The contest is open to all students in grades 7-12 as well as students in lower grades who are taking a high school level math class. Students younger than 7th grade that wish to compete will be placed in the 7th-8th grade category. All other students will compete with students in their grade level category. The following are the grade level categories: 7th-8th grade, 9th grade, 10th grade, 11th grade, and 12th grade.
    The contest is administered in two rounds. Round I may be administered any time Nov 7-10. After the exams are graded, the top 200 finalists are invited to UNM on Saturday, February 7, 2015, to compete in Round II.

  • LA Business Expo set for Oct. 27

    A new event designed to bring Los Alamos’ businesses together with local resources will be held at Los Alamos Golf Course.
     The inaugural Los Alamos Business Expo event was created by the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) in partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, to encourage growth and continued success for businesses in Los Alamos. The goal of the event is to lay the groundwork for a larger resource event to be held in the spring of 2015, also in Los Alamos.
    “We have so many resources right here in our backyard for small businesses and entrepreneurs,” said Kurt Steinhaus, director of the Lab’s Community Programs Office. “We want to see Los Alamos small businesses get connected with each other and with the programs and resources that can help grow their companies.”
    This free event will take place from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 27. Tours of the newly renovated Los Alamos Golf Course, located at 4250 Diamond Drive, will be open to everyone in attendance, along with light refreshments and door prizes.
    Businesses are encouraged to take the opportunity to talk face-to-face with representatives from a wide range of service providers.