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Today's News

  • Group Releases 2012 Dangerous Toys List
  • STEM participants create action plan

    New Mexico students lag significantly in most measures of K-12 academic success, especially in math and science. For this reason, statewide citizens came together to develop a STEM Education Action Plan that will help ensure important STEM education goals are achieved for New Mexico students and teachers.

    The event last week brought together more than100 participant students, Pre-K-20 educators, stem advocates, industry professionals, state agency education professionals and elected officials to develop an action plan that will address reforms in science, technology, engineering and math education in New Mexico.

    The action plan called for more teacher professional development, college recruitment and retention and improved and more significant classroom experiences in both K-12 and college.

    Participants expressed the need for more effective professional development. Ideas include better and more professional development resources, more collaboration among teachers, faculty from institutions of higher education and representatives from STEM industries and creating a longterm plan for professional development.  

  • Holiday shopping gears up

    Many residents took advantage of Saturday’s Arts and Crafts Fair at Crossroads Bible Church to get some early Christmas shopping done.

  • Update 11-20-12

    Special Section

    Look for “The Spirit of Giving” special section in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor. The publication will be packed with information to help you shop smarter, not harder.

    Trash collection

    In observance of Thanksgiving, there will be no trash or recycling collection on Thursday or Friday. If Thursday or Friday is your normal pickup day put out trash and recycling by 8 a.m. Wednesday for collection. 

    Office closed

    The Los Alamos Monitor office will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day, Thursday. Normal office hours will resume Friday.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 27  in council chambers.

    Library Board

    The Los Alamos County Library Board holds regular meetings the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays) at 5:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library Board Room or at White Rock Branch Library. The next meeting is Dec. 3.

  • NNSA completes initial steps

    The National Nuclear Security Administration has announced that it recently completed two milestones toward production of early plutonium oxide feedstock for its Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility.

    In its second year of production, NNSA exceeded the FY 2012 goal of 200 kilograms of plutonium oxide production by disassembling nuclear weapons pits and converting them into plutonium oxide at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    NNSA also initiated operations at H-Canyon and HB-Line at the Savannah River Site to begin plutonium oxide production. The oxide production at both LANL and SRS provides the initial feedstock for the MOX facility and demonstrates the first steps towards permanent plutonium disposition.

    “The progress achieved at LANL and SRS in support of plutonium disposition demonstrates the benefits of utilizing existing facilities in support of NNSA’s efforts to eliminate surplus weapons plutonium,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “Feedstock for the MOX facility represents a critical component of the U.S. plutonium disposition strategy and will enable the U.S. to meet international nonproliferation commitments while advancing President Obama’s goal of permanently reducing the number of nuclear weapons across the globe.”

  • Board approves funds to finish memorial garden

    If all goes according to plan, Los Alamos High School will soon have its Memorial Garden back.

    It’s been a pretty hard road to hoe for the garden.

    The garden was removed during a recent renovation to the high school, but was in danger of disappearing altogether until the Los Alamos Rotary Club decided to take it on as a community project.

    Then, Rotary Club officials revealed they may not have enough money to complete the project, after underestimating the cost to install the garden by $7,000.

    Recently, Skip King, the Rotary Club’s service director wrote a letter to Los Alamos Board of Education President Kevin Honnell, requesting the board help them finish the project with additional funding.

    “… I approached Superintendent Gene Schmidt asking for community service ideas. As soon as he mentioned the idea of the Memorial Garden, I knew it was the perfect project for our club. However, I knew it would be a financial challenge for us,” King said in the letter.

    He went on to note that the school’s $90,000 landscaping proposal came in under budget and asked the board if they could take funds from that and give it to the club to help finish the garden. He also mentioned that Rotary Club will be in charge of maintaining the finished garden at no cost to the school district.

  • Planner says Los Alamos has 'good bones'

    Whether it is through his work or in his spare time, Dan Osborn believes in giving back to the community. He is looking forward to doing that as associate planner for the Los Alamos Community and Economic Development Department.  

    “It’s always exciting to come into a community and be able to hear what the community wants,” Osborn said. “One of the best parts of being an urban planner is getting to hear and understand how the community sees itself and then working to provide the tools to the community through the planning process to create that community.

    “It’s one of the things that make urban planning so special. It’s why I went into this position. It’s a way to serve and give back and to work with the community to provide what it wants from an urban design standpoint.”

    Osborn started with the county Oct. 15. He brings nine years of experience in the public sector, working his way up from planning tech to planner II for the City of Westminster, Colo., during his eight years there and spending an additional year as planner II for Jefferson County, Colo.

    During his time in Westminster, Osborn helped develop both commercial and residential design guidelines and standards and worked with redevelopment of older parts of the city.

  • Smith set to leave LASO

    Kevin Smith will leave his post as Los Alamos Site Office manager and will become the manager of the Office of River Protection in January, the Department of Energy announced in a release Tuesday.

    The ORP position came open when DOE also announced that Scott Samuelson, manager of the Office of River Protection, will leave EM in January, to return to NNSA, where he previously worked from the date it was formed in 2000.

    “Scott and Kevin are key senior executives in the Department of Energy,” said Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “I have asked Scott and Kevin to take on these new roles in order to align the talent we have with some of our toughest challenges. EM and NNSA have a lot to learn from each other, and Scott and Kevin are well-prepared to help us tackle these issues in the years to come.”

    The moves will become effective Dec. 30.

    Juan Griego, currently deputy manager of LASO, will serve as the acting LASO manager upon Smith’s departure.

  • Be There 11-20-12

    Thursday
    The Family YMCA will hold a Thanksgiving Day Zumba class from 9-10 a.m. in the Y gymnasium. The Y is closed for all other activities. Ages 13 and older. Free to the public.
    Nov. 27
    Ward L. Hawkins, LANL program manager for Nuclear Testing Limitations, will speak on “CTBT On-Site Inspection: The Final Verification Measure.” The presentation will provide general background information on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and a detailed description of the On-Site Inspection verification regime. The talk will be given at an open meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security at 7 p.m. in Room 311 in the Education Building at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road.
    Nov. 28
    The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a discussion 6:30-8 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 of the Mesa Public Library. This month’s discussion will focus on the New Age movement and its role in society. For more information, contact them at losalamoscommunityofatheists@gmail.com. All are welcome.
    Nov. 29

  • Assets In Action: Practice service to others

    Service to others is a perfect asset for the week. This week, try and think of a young person that you know that does great things in the community.
    During this week of Thanksgiving, drop them a short note and thank them for the work that they do.
    Do you need a better idea? You can nominate youth or adults for the Community Assets Award. The nomination process kicks off this week and goes until Dec. 17.
    There are so many youth that do great things and are never acknowledged for their efforts.
    I only dabble in the cyber world of Facebook, but I notice a lot of people taking the 30 days of November to announce their gratitude for something each day, this month.
    They say that you have to do something for 30 days in a row to make it a habit, so they are giving it a try.
    When you focus on the good things, you pay attention to them more often.
    How many of us rush around and never take the time to see the little things that make each day worth rolling out of bed in the morning?
    I hope you will take a minute to send me an email, Facebook post (AssetsInAction) or Tweet (#AssetsInAction) about what you are thankful for today, this month — or even this year.