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Today's News

  • Driver in wreck that killed biker has long record

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A driver accused of crossing into oncoming traffic and hitting a motorcyclist head-on in Chimayo has a long history of drunken driving and other arrests, according to court records.

    Juan de Dios Cordova remained held in the county jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. Charges were expected to be filed Tuesday in Rio Arriba Magistrate Court.

    He is the brother of former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Nelson Cordova.

  • Wind Advisory in effect until Sunday night

    A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING.

    * LOCATION... THE NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS REGION AS WELL AS THE WEST AND EAST SLOPES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET... SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS... CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND HIGHLANDS... RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA... NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS... EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY... SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTY

    * WINDS... SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO NEARLY 40 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 50 TO 55 MPH.

    * TIMING... WINDS WILL REACH ADVISORY SPEEDS THIS MIDDAY AND THEN WILL CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING. WINDS WILL DIMINISH SLOWLY AFTER DARK.

    * VISIBILITY... OCCASIONALLY LOWERING TO BETWEEN 1 AND 3 MILES SUNDAY DUE TO BLOWING DUST.

  • Exec aims to change culture

    Those around him say F. Curtis Smith hit the ground running when he stepped into the interim chief executive officer position at Los Alamos Medical Center eight weeks ago.

    “I think Curt is one of the best CEOs we’ve ever had. He’s made a significant impact in his brief time here and I wish we could keep him, but we understand he took this position on an interim basis,” LAMC Chief of Staff Paul Daly said. “I just hope we can find someone as capable as Curt.”

    Smith replaces Wally Vette, who resigned in March following a meeting in which he received no confidence sentiments from physicians. Vette had been on the job nine months.

    Smith said that he is not interested in the position on a permanent basis.  

  • Supercomputing exhibit opens at Bradbury

    On Thursday, The Road to Roadrunner opened at the Bradbury Science Museum. The new exhibit updates the supercomputing exhibit, and explores milestones in computing ranging from early computers like the FERMIAC mechanical computer through Roadrunner, the world’s first computer to operate at speeds exceeding one petaflop – a million billion calculations per second.

    The Roadrunner was developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) scientists, who used 12,000 Playstation 3 consoles.

  • School’s out forever

    Los Alamos High School seniors packed Griffith Gymnasium Saturday morning for the commencement ceremony. Following some final words from student Erik Edelmann, the graduating class of 2011 tossed their caps in the air to celebrate their accomplishment. For a closer look at this year’s graduating class, see the special section inside today’s newspaper.

  • Local bomb squad places in competition

    The Los Alamos Police Department-Los Alamos National Laboratory Bomb Team came in fourth in this year’s robot rodeo, which wrapped up Friday.
    This was the fifth annual Western National Robot Rodeo. Held at Sandia National Laboratories, the four-day, 10-event technical competition included bomb squads and other public safety organizations that use hazardous duty robots.
    “This competition is designed to test not only the operator’s skills and confidence but to also  push the operators and the robots to their limits,” said Jake Deuel, Sandia robotics manager and one of the event organizers.
    The New Jersey State Police came in first place, Doña Ana County took second and New Mexico State Police placed third.

  • Update 05-29-11

    No trash collection
    No trash or recycling collection May 30. If Monday is your normal trash day, put trash out by 8 a.m. Wednesday June 1.

    Monitor closed
    The Los Alamos Monitor office will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Regular business hours will resume Tuesday.

    Memorial service
    The public is invited to celebrate the life of Mary Jeanne “MJ” Nilsson at 2 p.m. Sunday at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road.

    Meeting
    The Initiative and Referendum Subcommittee of the Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Training Room of the Community Building.

  • Construction Zone 05-29-11

    Public Works Projects
    For more information about the projects listed below, please email lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150.

    Diamond Drive
    Phase 4
    Northbound from the Bridge – No left turns onto West or Trinity; use Sandia. No left onto Canyon Road, use University.  The right turn slip lane onto eastbound Trinity is closed; motorists in the right lane must turn right onto eastbound Trinity at the signalized intersection. The left lane continues through the work zone.

  • Construction Zone 05-29-11

    Public Works Projects
    For more information about the projects listed below, please email lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150.

    Diamond Drive
    Phase 4
    Northbound from the Bridge – No left turns onto West or Trinity; use Sandia. No left onto Canyon Road, use University.  The right turn slip lane onto eastbound Trinity is closed; motorists in the right lane must turn right onto eastbound Trinity at the signalized intersection. The left lane continues through the work zone.

  • LA native works to end Alzheimer’s

    Agnes Vallejos envisions a world without Alzheimer’s disease. Born and raised in Los Alamos, Vallejos is executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association New Mexico Chapter where she manages a statewide team of professionals who support Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers and raise funds to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease through research.
     After graduation from University of New Mexico, Vallejos stayed in New Mexico to work with emotionally disabled children and adolescents in psychiatric settings, residential treatment centers and treatment foster care programs.