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Today's News

  • Local Courts: On the Docket 05-23-12

    May 14

    Robert Groff, 81, of Los Alamos, pleaded not guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court to shoplifting gloves at Metzger’s ‘Do it Best’ Hardware in Los Alamos. Judge Alan Kirk deferred Groff’s sentence for 30 days pending he not acquire any additional citations. He was ordered to pay a $41 court fee.

    Ronald Parker, 51, of Los Alamos, pleaded guilty in Municipal Court to not having valid registration after being stopped for speeding. Kirk deferred Parker’s sentence for 30 days and ordered him to pay a $46 court fee.

    Charles Sterba, 53, of Los Alamos, pleaded not guilty in Municipal Court for failure to use a turn signal. Kirk found Sterba guilty and ordered him to pay $71 in court fees and fines.

  • Classified information

    Those of you who are regular readers and users of the Los Alamos Monitor’s classified section noticed some changes Tuesday.
    The newspaper has officially launched a new classified system that offers advertisers a number of enhancements that will make classified ads easier to use and more useful for readers.
    Classified advertisers now have the option of adding photos, attention-getters, and even logos to their line ads. In addition, a number of overlapping categories have been eliminated which will make it easier for users to find what they’re looking for more quickly.
    This investment by the Los Alamos Monitor is designed to enhance the classified advertising experience and make it even easier to bring buyers and sellers together.

  • Update 05-23-12

    School board

    The School Board will meet at 5:45 p.m. Thursday in the LAHS Speech Theater.  Agenda items include final approval of the 2013 budget, selection of the builder for the new Middle School, and a round-table discussion with PTOs and site councils. 

    Council forum

    Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor have invited all County Council candidates to participate in a forum set for 6 p.m. Thursday. Watch for more details in the Los Alamos Monitor.

    Memorial Day

  • Bandelier Visitor Center to close Thursday

    Jason Lott, Superintendent of Bandelier National Monument, has announced that the main Visitor Center area in Frijoles Canyon will be closed Thursday for installation of a temporary bridge across Frijoles Creek.  This closure had originally been expected to occur Tuesday or Wednesday.

  • Stover wants chance to stay connected

    Sharon Stover may have surprised a few people when she decided to run for Los Alamos County clerk instead of a second term on the council, but it was anything but an impromptu decision for her.

    “I made up my mind a long time ago, and I was out trying to recruit people to run, because I knew I wasn’t going to and wanted to get good folks running,” Stover said. “I’ve enjoyed it and I think I’m going to miss parts of it. I just thought it was time for someone else.”

    Stover wants to stay connected with county government.

  • Medical Officer asked to resign

    SANTA FE — The chief medical officer for the state Department of Health said she was asked to resign after giving a television interview in which she advocated condom use to slow the growth of sexually transmitted diseases among teens.

    Chief Medical Officer Erin Bouquin, who also practices at the Los Alamos Medical Center, said she got an email an hour after the interview aired last Thursday on KOAT-TV asking her to meet with department Secretary Catherine Torres.

    In that meeting she said she was told she was being asked to leave because she hadn’t met the expectations of the governor. But she suspects it was because of the interview.

  • Bicyclist strikes vehicle during morning commute

    A bicyclist struck a motorist around 8 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Diamond Drive and Orange Street. The vehicle and bicycle were heading south on Diamond.  The driver of the vehicle was turning into Metzger’s Mobil and the bicyclist hit the vehicle.  The rider was cited for failure to yield. The rider was transported for treatment by Los Alamos Fire Department EMS personnel and was in stable condition at Los Alamos Medical Center.  Check back on lamonitor.com for more information.

  • Bill would weaken oversight

    The House version of the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act is not just about restoring funding for the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility.

    That’s only $160 million out of a $643 billion defense appropriations bill.

    But it’s certainly the biggest news that affects the Northern New Mexico region especially after the House and Senate Appropriation Committees as well as the Obama Administration zeroed out funding and deferred the CMRR project for five years,

    According to the Project on Government Oversight website, however, there are several amendments to the bill that would weaken important checks on the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

  • The town is rockin’

    Teens attend a Co-op Rocks event at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Saturday. Youth played games with Assets In Action, spoke with representatives from the Los Alamos Historical Museum, learned about second-hand smoke and rocked out with bands. The band seen here is made up of members of the Teen Center staff including Director Michelangelo Lobato, left. LACM Outreach Coordinator Sandra West pulled together the event with the help of teens.

  • 2-1-1 system to launch in June

    Self Help, Inc., a Los Alamos non-profit organization, plans a June 1 launch for 2-1-1, an online and telephone information and referral service.
    The service aims to connect people searching for help and social service agencies around Rio Arriba, Taos and Los Alamos counties with the appropriate agency.
    The 2-1-1 service is sponsored and supported by United Way of Northern New Mexico and links to other United Way agency-sponsored 2-1-1 centers throughout the country.
    The service is free and easy to use.  Anyone seeking a general service or a specific agency can dial 211, 855-662-6211 (toll free) or 662-6211 (Los Alamos).