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  • Be There 12-04-12

    Wednesday
    Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church will host the annual Shop on the Corner Christmas Sale from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at TOTH, lower level. The Christmas Sale features hundreds of new and gently used items, which the volunteer staff set aside all year. Holiday decorations, festive and new clothing, toys and games, books and music, linens, china and glassware, jewelry, leather goods and gifts are some of the featured items.

    The Los Alamos Arts Council will present Frances Meier, pianist, at the December Brown Bag concert. The concert will be at noon at Fuller Lodge. The event is free.

    Holiday Eco Crafts. Kids in first through sixth grades are invited to this holiday craft class at PEEC. Participants will make and wrap presents for everyone on their list using natural and recycled materials. $15/$12 PEEC members. 2-4 p.m. Register in advance at PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    A joint presentation by the Sierra Club and League of Women Voters will be at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library. Jack Richardson, project manager of the San Juan/Chama Utilization Project will address the county’s plans to divert the water from the San Juan/Chama for use in Los Alamos.
    Thursday

  • Assets in Action: Put pen to paper

    This month of focus for our assets category is positive identity and includes assets 26 through 31.
    We will spend December and January looking at the category, but individually they include caring, equality and social justice, integrity, honesty, responsibility and a healthy lifestyle.
    The next few weeks are conducive to the first of our assets in the caring category.
    This month, we would like you to “Take A Second, Make A Difference,” in the life of one of our own.
    A plan is underway to collect get-well cards for a local young lady, recently in a car accident, prior to Thanksgiving.
    As Divine continues to heal, this is our chance, as a community, to let her know that we care about her and wish her well during her recovery.
    It doesn’t matter if you know her or not. Drop a note, make her laugh and let her know to hang in there.
    The teen years are a very social time for youth and missing your friends, trying to recover and being out of your daily habits can be hard for anyone, but even more so for a young person that has encountered great strife.
    Your cards can be dropped off at one of three community locations, which include the Betty Ehart Senior Center, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and with the Chamisa Elementary Student Council, in care of Valerie Adams.  

  • Fundraising Tiger Trot

    Aspen Elementary School raised almost $10,000 in October through the Tiger Trot. Proceeds will benefit the school.

  • Correction 12-04-12

    A story in last Thursday’s edition “Infrastructure Debate Surfaces,” incorrectly reported that the Los Alamos Public School  “district decided to go ahead with the [Piñon roofing] project with little input from the board, merely requiring board President Kevin Honnell’s signature to start the project off before the board had time to look into the specifics of the contract.”  Honnell pointed out that he did not sign off on the contract, nor was he aware that any such action was being taken by the LAPS administration. The document was actually signed on the board’s behalf by LAPS Finance Officer John Wolfe.
    The Los Alamos Monitor regrets any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused.

  • CWP meeting set for Wednesday

    Cold War Patriots, a non-profit organization, is hosting a town hall meeting to bring information to former Los Alamos National Lab workers. The meeting will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos.
    The Cold War Patriots town hall meeting will focus on discussing the expansion of the Special Exposure Cohort for all LANL workers. Those who worked at the site from 1975 through 1995 can now qualify for free medical benefits and up to $400,000 in compensation through the EEOICPA.
    Cold War Patriots will hold a plaque ceremony at the beginning of the meeting to honor and thank those who have aided in the passing of the SEC petition. Representatives from Sen. Tom Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Luján’s offices, as well as Andrew Evaskovich, who was the petitioner, will be present to accept these awards.

    From a press release

  • Power outage effects 50 customers

    A brief power outage affected approximately 50 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities customers including the Los Alamos Monitor.
     Beginning at 11:10 a.m. Monday, electricity was lost to businesses on the south side of Trinity, from 15th Street to the end of DP Road, after a high voltage switch did not fully engage when placed back in service.
    DPU electric linemen responded and restored power within 15 minutes.

  • Update 12-04-12

    Book sale

    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. Partial proceeds will benefit the Y’s annual campaign that supports scholarships for those needing financial assistance.

    Call for entries

    Photo entries are being accepted until Dec. 9 for the 2013 edition of Los Alamos Life. The award-winning, full color glossy magazine features the best of photography done by local residents. Send your high resolution digital images to info@lamonitor.com.

    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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  • NNSA beats goal for nuke weapons dismantlement

    The National Nuclear Security Administration announced that it has accomplished 112 percent of its goal for planned stockpile dismantlement in FY 2012.
    “NNSA delivered on President Obama’s commitment to reduce the numbers of U.S. nuclear weapons declared excess to the stockpile and awaiting dismantlement. We exceeded our dismantlement goals for FY 2012 by a significant margin,” said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Don Cook.
    “Our stockpile today is smaller, but the deterrent remains just as safe, secure and effective as it was. Dismantlement of legacy weapons is a key part of the Nuclear Posture Review, going hand-in-hand with the safety and security improvements in our Life Extension Programs and critical to our long-term national security.”
    NNSA successfully dismantled a number of B61 and B83-0/1 bombs and W76-0, W80-0, W84 and W78 warheads.
    Taking apart nuclear weapons is a process that involves virtually all of NNSA’s sites within the nuclear security enterprise. NNSA’s design laboratories work with Pantex Plant to identify and mitigate hazards that may arise before a particular weapon type is dismantled. NNSA’s national laboratories then apply the knowledge they gained during the original design process to each weapon in the stockpile.

  • Police chief on medical leave

    Due to an unexpected medical condition, Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy recently notified his staff that he will be out on an extended medical leave.

    Torpy said he expects to make a full recovery, but doesn’t have a specific timeline.

    “I’ve seen better days, but I expect to make a full recovery. Soon it will be full speed ahead again,” said they 54-year-old Torpy, who is recovering in an area hospital with his family by his side. “I’m still in limbo as to what the next steps are though. It’s going to be a while.”

    Torpy has led the department since 2005 after having served as deputy chief of the Melbourne Police Department in Florida.

  • Trio busted for break-ins

    According to Los Alamos Police Department Deputy Chief Randy Foster, Albuquerque Police have made a break in a rash of car break-ins that occurred in Los Alamos throughout November. Foster saidLAPD detectives were in Albuquerque Monday afternoon to interview the suspects.

    Arrested was Skylar B. Smith, 20, of Rio Rancho and a prior Los Alamos resident. He was arrested on a Los Alamos warrant for burglary and theft of credit cards.  This comes after a lengthy investigation where Los Alamos detectives served a search warrant on a house in Placitas working with the Sandoval County Sheriff’s office last week.

    During the execution of that search warrant, Sandoval County Sheriff’s Department arrested Coady Richards, 32, of Placitas, on the following charges: two counts of receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana.

    Albuquerque police, meanwhile, arrested Evan Smith on stolen vehicle and stolen firearms charges, according to Los Alamos police.

    A series of break-ins occurred within a three-block area of Oppenheimer Drive Nov. 20 and another rash of Nov. 15 break-ins occurred in the area of Camino Medio. The thieves’ usual method would be to hit a number of cars within an hour on a particular block, then fade away for a week or two. As many as five vehicles would sometimes be hit.