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Today's News

  • Spending rules invite gaming

    The primary election has passed. Political advertising won’t disappear until the end of Election Day, Nov. 6.
    Political campaigns are a small business with a heavy marketing orientation. The business has two products—the candidate as an individual and the candidate’s ideas. The business must sell the products to customers—the voters—and distinguish itself from the competition. Discussing the competition’s record and beliefs is called “negative campaigning.”
    To make the sale, campaigns must create a movement, a process requiring theater and spectacle. This sales process takes money.

  • The calm before the storm

    SANTA FE — It used to be that the summer months were King’s X in New Mexico political campaigns. From primary election day to Labor Day, candidates recovered from intra-party battles and readied for the general election.
    But then the national pundits noticed that New Mexico’s presidential election results were amazingly similar to the way the nation went. So our state became targeted for political ads beginning the day after the primaries.

  • Experience The Police

    The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series and the Police Experience return to Ashley Pond at 7 p.m. Friday to pay tribute to the Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame band, The Police.
    The drummer for The Police, Stewart Copeland said, “every nuance, all the drum parts and the singer, has Sting down to a tee.”
    Taylor Hawkins, drummer for the Foo Fighters, has sat in with the Police Experience a number of times and tells the story of the first time he jammed with them in 2009.

  • MPL presents poetry readings

    As part of the Los Alamos Friday Night Out events, Mesa Public Library is hosting a series of poetry readings each Friday night in June featuring local poets.
    On Friday at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library, Mike Katko and David Schiferl will read their work. Katko will read new work as well as poems from his recently published book, “Skies and Other Poems.”
    Schiferl will read his recent work.  Along with others featured in the Friday poetry readings, Schiferl has participated in Mesa Public Library’s Poetry Gatherings facilitated by Jane Lin, who also teaches poetry at The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

  • Relay for Life kicks off Friday

    The American Cancer Society’s Los Alamos Relay for Life will be Friday and Saturday at Ashley Pond. The festivities start at 5 p.m. Friday with a free dinner for cancer survivors and caregivers, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. RSVP to Susan Brockway at susbrockway@gmail.com or 505-690-4496 to attend the dinner.  
    The Relay will begin with the Survivor Kickoff Lap at 6:15 p.m. There will be live music provided by the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series from 7-10 p.m., accompanied by food, fun and games. The Los Alamos artist’s Bird House Auction will be from 6-10 p.m.  
    The lighting of the luminarias around Ashley Pond will be at 8:30 p.m., to honor cancer survivors and lost loved ones.  

  • Be There 06-14-12

    Today
    There will be a poetry gathering at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Happy Feet 2,” at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

    The Los Alamos Opera Guild, a member of The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc., announces a special presentation, “Preview of the Santa Fe Opera 2012,” by local opera singer Alicia Solomon. At 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. For more information, contact Dr. Mary Cummings at drmaryecummings@mac.com or Anna Casperson at 662-9494.

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  • Correction 06-14-12

    The photo with “Council OKs CRC items” in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor was incorrectly identified as John Hopkins. The photo is of Chay Rennick, legal counsel to the Charter Review Committee.

  • Clarification 06-14-12

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory held an “employee recognition and celebration” this morning at the Radiological Laboratory Utility Office Building. In a story in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor, Joni Arends from Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety referred to the event as a “ribbon cutting.”

     

  • DOE cites businesses

    Three businesses that provide services to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) received Department of Energy small business awards for fiscal year 2011 and will be recognized by DOE at a ceremony June 27 in Washington, D.C.
     Eberline Services of Santa Fe received DOE’s Small Business of the Year award. Eberline conducted environmental drilling services at LANL. The work in 2011 was completed without recordable injuries or lost work time because of accidents. The company also provided gamma-ray spectroscopy analyses as part of LANL’s recently completed remediation of Material Disposal Area B (Technical Area 21) east of downtown Los Alamos.

  • Bun Ryan honored with John F. Kennedy Award

    Bernard (Bun) Ryan, was awarded the John F. Kennedy award recently by the Los Alamos Democratic Party.
    Ryan has lived the ideals that JFK professed.
    John Kennedy believed that, “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” He believed that the small numbers of Americans who have resources have representatives in Washington to protect their interests, but that it was the responsibility of the President of the United States to protect the others. JFK espoused a basic tenet of the Democratic Party: it is only through working together, private and public, neighbor and stranger that we will be truly prosperous. For these reasons we honored him.  May 29 would have been his 95th birthday.