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Today's News

  • Books for the holidays

    Scholastic books are for sale at The Family YMCA from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, through Thursday. The public is welcome to come to the Y and shop. A variety of picture books to young adult novels are available.
    Partial proceeds will benefit the Y’s annual campaign that supports scholarships for those needing financial assistance.

  • Be There 12-06-12

    Today
    The December meeting of the Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be a potluck dinner 6:30 p.m. at the home of Denise George, 411 Cheryl Ave. 672-9688

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents “A Separation” at 6:30 p.m.
    Friday
    Los Alamos Chapter 63, Order of Eastern Star, is selling fruitcakes, apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. Contact Judy Goldie, 662-3797 or goldienm@comcast.net; Nina Laird, 662-7580; or Betty Robertson, 662-5185, for more information.

    The 19th Annual Los Alamos Créche (Nativity) Show will be from 1-7 p.m. Dec. 7 and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1967 18th St. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints sponsors the nativity exhibition, which is part of the annual WinterFest week celebration, the first week of December. Anyone in the community is invited to share a nativity set or more, if they collect nativity sets. Everyone is invited to the exhibit, which features crèches from members of most churches in Los Alamos. Bring the crèches to the LDS Church from 7 a.m.-noon Friday. The exhibit is free and refreshments will be served throughout the day.

  • NJROTC compete in Area 9 West Drill

    On Dec. 1, the Los Alamos High School NJROTC took 42 cadets to compete against 11 other schools from New Mexico and Colorado in the Area 9 West Drill, Academic and Fitness Championships.
    They finished as follows:
    First place: Academics, overall fitness, armed drill, 16x100 relay. Second place: Unarmed regulation drill, unarmed exhibition drill, color guard, personnel inspection, 8x220 relay.
    Individual awards went to the following cadets: Academics, Felicity Kubic, first place; David Murphy, second place; Kyle Partin, fourth place. Boys push-ups: Jordi Kandarian, first place; John Gibson, fourth place.
    Girls push-ups: Tessa Snyder, third place and Melissa Wysocki, fifth place. Boys sit-ups: Jordi Kandarian, second place; Diego Cardiel, third place; Rigel Baron, fourth place. Girls sit-ups: Gianna Maggiore, first place and Rachel Barthell, second place.
    Kyle Partin took first place in the armed commander category; Richard Whittemore took first place in the individual drill dow; and Victoria Hypes took second place in the unarmed commander category
    The NJROTC took first place overall at this competition and once again, for the fourth straight year, earned a spot to compete at the Regional Competition in Kansas City on Feb. 23.

  • Demolition time

    Workers continue to tear down the enclosures on TA-21 on DP Road.

  • Lujan highlights $25 million in education funds for state

    Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District highlighted $25 million in Race to the Top funds that New Mexico will receive to improve education in the state.
    The grant from the Department of Education is part of the Early Learning Challenge that focuses on improving early learning and development programs for young children by supporting states’ efforts to:
    • increase the number and percentage of low-income and disadvantaged children in each age group of infants, toddlers and preschoolers who are enrolled in high-quality early learning programs;
    • design and implement an integrated system of high-quality early learning programs and services; and
    • ensure that any use of assessments conforms with the recommendations of the National Research Council’s reports on early childhood.
    “Education is the key to unlocking opportunities for our children and preparing them to be leaders in our community,” Luján said. 
    “It is vital that New Mexico’s children get off to a strong start with a solid foundation, and these funds through the Race to the Top program will enable New Mexico to invest in early education that is a critical component to future success.”
    New Mexico will receive the $25 million award over four years.

  • Update 12-06-12

    Book sale

    Scholastic books are for sale at The Family YMCA from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through today. The public is welcome to come to the Y and shop. Partial proceeds will benefit the Y’s annual campaign that supports scholarships for those needing financial assistance.

    Calendar

    To kick off its 50th anniversary celebration next year, the Los Alamos Monitor will distribute a commemorative 2013 calendar Sunday Dec. 9. Look for it inside your newspaper.

    Sponsor a family

    The Family YMCA is sponsoring four families for the holidays and welcomes the community to participate by taking part in the Giving Tree. For more information call the Y at 662-3100.

    DWI Council

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council will meet at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11 at the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Suite A.

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  • Lab names weapons program heads

    Bob Webster has been named associate director for Weapon Physics and John Benner has been named associate director for Weapon Engineering and Experiments. Both have been in their positions as acting associate directors since March 2012.
    As associate director for Weapon Physics, Webster has responsibility for weapon design and computational physics along with programmatic responsibility for the Advanced Simulation and Computing Program and Science Campaigns. The Directorate consists of Computational Physics and Theoretical Design Divisions.
    Webster has been at Los Alamos since 1988 and over the years has worked in a variety of applied physics organizations and on a broad spectrum of projects including the integrated weapons code “Antero” project, which he led. Webster was the science advisor to NNSA Defense Programs working on “complex transformation” and the nuclear posture review. As deputy X- Division leader he began the new Computational Physics Division with responsibility over development of integrated design codes. More recently Webster managed the Advanced Simulation and Computing program.
    Webster holds both master’s and doctorate degrees in nuclear engineering from Purdue University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

  • Council calls for code of ethics

    The Los Alamos County Council met Tuesday in hopes of concluding three years of work by the Charter Review Committee.

    But discomfort on the part of some councilors with the CRC’s recommendations, along with the impending turnover on the council, prompted a call for further study of some issues and the delay of others.

    Council did take action on the CRC’s recommendation for the establishment of a code of ethics.

    The committee had recommended a charter amendment requiring the establishment of a code of ethics. Councilors asked County Attorney Rebecca Ehler if establishing a code of ethics required a change to the Charter.

    “You could do this through ordinance, and it is more flexible that way,” Ehler said. “Having clear ethics in your charter makes it more difficult to change and be responsive to changing ethical standards, but it also gives it a more elevated status.”

    Assistant County Attorney Daniel Gonzales reported on a memo he had completed in September 2011 comparing the county’s ethics standards with the Governmental Conduct Act of 2011.

  • Progress on new arena

    Construction is in full swing at the North Mesa Stable as the frame has been built for the covered arena.

  • Senators call for NNSA reforms

    At least, two U.S. Senators including one from New Mexico want to see some reform in the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    It makes for an interesting pair.

    One sponsor was Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and the other was Jon Kyl, a lame duck Republican from Arizona.

    The two senators announced the adoption of their amendment to the Senate-passed 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, to evaluate the National Nuclear Security Administration in light of major management issues, cost overruns and security breaches in recent years.

    “The NNSA has been plagued with problems that have impacted the scientific and stockpile stewardship work being done at Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, as well as the security and safety of the workers there,” Udall and Kyl said. “The ineffectiveness of the NNSA is a serious national security issue and our amendment will take a good look at what is needed to reform it. Moreover, this short, 120 day effort is meant to ensure Congress has the information necessary to implement needed reforms in the coming congress to improve our nuclear enterprise.”