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Today's News

  • Math pays off for Claire DeCroix

    Los Alamos Middle School seventh grade student Claire DeCroix, 12, created the logo for this year’s New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge. She won $200 at last year’s award ceremony for the best logo. Her logo is used on all promotional material for the statewide competition for the 2011-2012 challenge.
    DeCroix would like to thank her GATE teacher Zeynep Unal for all her support and getting Claire interested in the supercomputing challenge in the fifth grade.
    DeCroix decided to enter the contest because she thought it would be great to win the competition.

  • Doing more with less on the road today

    Between the debt-ceiling kerfuffle and Hurricane Irene, you may have missed two bits of summertime news that will be important for what we drive in the coming years.
    First, President Barack Obama announced that the administration and automakers had reached a deal to double the fuel economy of our national fleet of cars starting in model year 2017 and reaching the goal by 2025.
    Right now, cars and light trucks, light trucks include what I call my “little old lady SUV,” get an average of 27 mpg.
    By 2025, those same vehicles are to average an impressive 54.5 mpg.
    The second bit of news came a little later but was equally interesting.

  • Our View: Leisure Pool should get the nod

    In many cases, this newspaper will remain neutral regarding local option issues and elections opting instead to let citizens enliven the debate through guest editorials and letters to the editor.

    With regard to the leisure pool issue currently before voters in a mail-in ballot question, the Los Alamos Monitor is going to step from the gray of neutrality onto the black and white of this page.

    The leisure pool represents more than just a pool. The project is more than just a lazy man’s way to while away the hours on a hot summer afternoon, or a place for kids to become exorcised of way too much energy.

  • Hall speaks out on redistricting

    Editor’s note: This is the letter that Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval) wrote to redistricting attorneys Richard Olson and Luis Stelzner concerning the redistricting hearings that will take place in December in Santa Fe.
     Dear Sirs:
     
    Redistricting New Mexico is a critical process for maintaining the public’s confidence in State Government.  Gerrymandering, “cracking,” “packing” and similar stratagems intended to distort elections, punish political opponents, and obstruct the documented will of the voters are deleterious to public trust — difficult to maintain in the best of times.

  • Dems oppose special master for redistricting

    SANTA FE — Democrats and Native Americans opposed on Friday a Republican-backed proposal to have a court-appointed special master draw boundaries of elected office districts, including Congress and the Legislature.
    Groups of Democrats and several Indian tribes, including Laguna Pueblo and the Jicarilla Apache Nation, said a special master will add delays and expense to the politically important task of redistricting.
    The makeup of new districts, and whether they favor Democratic or Republican candidates, can influence New Mexico’s elections for the rest of the decade.

  • LAMC’s White wins nursing award

    Jesse White, a registered nurse on the medical/surgical unit at Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC), received the Nightingale Award at the 2011 Nursing Excellence Awards held Oct. 15, 2011 at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort.  The Nightingale Award is annually presented to a nurse who is just beginning his or her career and shows outstanding promise and dedication.  
    The nomination states, when White “is taking care of a patient, the families have nothing but compliments for his care and attention to detail…the families and patients know him by name.” Also mentioned in the nomination were his “smile, kindness and genuine love of nursing.”

  • NNSA releases Japan radiation data

    Following the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated Japan last spring, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is today releasing the raw radiation monitoring data it collected in response to the events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.
    For 10 weeks following the natural disaster, NNSA scientists utilized U.S. Air Force aircraft operated out of Yokota Air Base to collect data during more than 500 flight hours of aerial surveys to measure radiation levels associated with radioactive material deposited on the ground surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.

  • Seen at the Scene: JJAB

    The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board held a retreat Thursday at Trinity on the Hill Church in which students were invited to share their thoughts and express their views.

  • Update 10-23-11

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the council chambers.

    Court closed

    Los Alamos Magistrate Court will close Oct. 25-27 for new computer system training.

    Lemon Lot

    The Lemon Lot will be returning to Sullivan Field Parking Lot effective today (Sunday, Oct. 23.) If you need a permit to sell a vehicle, contact the county’s Customer Care Center at 311 or 662-8333 from a cell phone.

    Drug dropoff

    Los Alamos police are hosting a prescription drug depository booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 29, in the Los Alamos Medical Center east parking lot.

    CRC meeting

  • Girl struck by SUV on Diamond

    An SUV driven by a 51-year-old Los Alamos woman struck a 12-year-old girl from Española in a crosswalk on Diamond Drive near the Los Alamos Golf Course Friday afternoon.

    Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Brian Nickerson said the accident occurred about 4:10 p.m. According to deputy police chief Kevin Purtymun,  the girl was taken to Los Alamos Medical Center and was treated for contusions and lacerations.

    “It was a fairly serious accident,” Nickerson said.

    Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy said his officers are investigating the cause of the accident.