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Today's News

  • News for Retirees 12-25-11

    Dec. 25-31, 2011
    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

    MONDAY
    BESC closed for Christmas holiday

    TUESDAY
    8:45        Variety Training
    10 a.m.    No low vision/hearing
    11:30        Lunch: Chicken fried steak
    7 p.m.    Bridge
    7:30p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30        RSVP Quilters

  • Animal Shelter 12-25-11

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    Thank you to the community of Los Alamos and the Monitor staff for the outstanding support you give to the animals lovingly cared for in the shelter. Happy holidays!

    DOGS

    Baby — Young spayed female GSD-mix. Very friendly. Loves the dog park.

  • LANL reviews top 10 science stories of 2011

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s top 10 science stories of 2011 illustrate the broad variety of scientific excellence that’s the hallmark of the Laboratory. This year’s stories include alternative energy research, world record magnetic fields, disease tracking, the study of Mars, climate change, fuel cells, solar wind, and magnetic reconnection.

    Mars Habitability
     Los Alamos National Laboratory’s unique scientific capabilities are playing a role in an international quest to unravel the mysteries of Mars.

  • Head Coach Pushed Turnaround

    First of a series

    There’s very little middle ground in the area of Los Alamos High School football. More years than not, the Hilltoppers are either among the top- or bottom-shelf teams in the state.

    The 2011 season started off shaky but would end up much more stable than most might have imagined early on in the season.

    In just his second year guiding the team, head coach Garett Williams led Los Alamos to a playoff berth. While Los Alamos’ date with Los Lunas in the postseason first round ended in a rout, the program got a much-needed shot in the arm.

  • Wechsler fondly remembered

    Many in the community have fond remembrances of Jacob “Jay” Wechsler, a Los Alamos Living Treasure, who died at his son’s home in Laramie Wyo., Wednesday. He was 88.

    “Hundreds of people had warm feelings for Jay,” said Rabbi Jack Shlachter of the Los Alamos Jewish Center. “I consider myself blessed to be one of them.

    “I think he created the community and that is not an understatement. Without him, Los Alamos would be a pale reflection of what it is today.”

    Wechsler’s biography on the Los Alamos Living Treasure website gave a synopsis of his life and what he meant to the town.

  • A fitting tribute

    American troops will have all withdrawn from Iraq by the end of the month, ending the Iraqi Campaign, code-named Operation Iraqi Freedom, that began in March 2003.
    Lasting more than eight years and costing the nation approximately 4,404 Americans killed, 32,000 wounded and billions of dollars, it was conducted for a noble cause even if its execution at certain times, like all armed conflicts, was problematic.
    While there are clearly several places in the world today where we have American forces based, and which the reason and cost of keeping them there can no longer be justified, Iraq is not one of them.

  • Better cookies through science

    One of the best parts of baking for me as a kid was the process of “helping” my mama roll out and cut cookie shapes for the oven.
    At this age I know that I actually hindered her work and she was just being kind in letting me participate, but at the time I thought I was an aide in the process of transforming a lump of material into a thin sheet of ginger-rich dough that we could cut up into the barnyard animals of which I was so fond – and for which we had many different cutter shapes.

  • Judge eyes redistricting plans

    Judge James Hall has ordered the Executive Defendants to come up with a map that would consolidate a north-central seat and adopt all of the Native American requests during House redistricting hearings this week in Santa Fe.

    The Executive Defendants have done just that and those maps are up on the New Mexico Legislative website. The Legislative Defendants, led by Rep. Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe), also have put up some alternatives.

    Rep. James Hall (R-Santa Fe, Sandoval and Santa Fe) said both sides “are putting up maps in hopes that the judge will like them.”

    All the alternative maps would keep Los Alamos whole, except for one submitted by Egolf.

  • Storm dumps more snow on region

    Another winter storm blasted Los Alamos Thursday, leaving another nine inches to a foot of the white stuff. Los Alamos police and fire personnel Thursday responded to 10 minor vehicle accidents between 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

    “There were no injuries reported from the accidents,” Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun said. “A driver did slide completely off the roadway near the White Rock Y but did not sustain any injuries.”

    Purtymun credited the fact that the schools are closed for Christmas vacation to fewer cars on the road.

    "Teachers and students who drive are off beginning today and that helped reduce traffic,” he said.

  • Visitors count at Valles Caldera

    Using advanced counters at six locations and working in consultation with a National Park Service statistician, the number of visitors at the Valles Caldera National Preserve during FY 2011 is estimated to be 97,552.

    Last year’s visitor count, at 24,000, was nearly four times lower than this year’s count.

    “We’re not saying we had a substantial surge in visitors over last year – it’s important to point out that we are using a more accurate method of counting,” said VCNP Recreation Program Manager Rob Dixon. “In previous years, we manually counted visitors to the information centers and used a voluntary sign in sheet for our free trails.”