Today's News

  • Range Rovers

    Golfers hang out at the driving range prior to the start of the Ed Griggs Strong Kids Memorial Golf Tournament last month. Los Alamos Golf Course will host the Alternate ACI, which started today in place of the Atomic City Invitational, which will not be played this year.

  • District pay raise vote lacked transparency

    The Los Alamos Public School District Board of Education may have violated the state’s Open Meetings Act when it voted for employee pay raises during a special meeting last month.

    The public notice of the board’s May 24 special meeting had no mention of pay raises for certified and non-certified negotiated school employees nor did the agenda presented before the meeting.

    But despite the lack of public notice that the board would formally take up the issues of employee pay raises, and also that question being asked of the board by Board President Kevin Honnell and the Los Alamos Monitor, the board voted in favor of a 3-percent pay raise.

  • WR Visitor Center nears completion

    Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) volunteers and staff got their first glimpse of the new White Rock Visitor Center last week. The group took in features of the contemporary structure that will showcase Los Alamos County to visitors from around the world.

    Project manager Victor Martinez led the tour of the 3,281-square-foot facility. Few of the interior design elements have been completed, but Martinez helped the group envision the final product.

    The building is designed to underscore White Rock’s natural attractions. The entire front wall is two-stories of glass with views of the landscape and New Mexico’s skies. Every side of the building has windows and doors providing glimpses of the scenery.

  • Fourth of July event still on at Overlook Park

    Los Alamos County is hosting a Fourth of July Celebration at Overlook Park today but there will not be a fireworks display for the second consecutive year.

    Los Alamos County also passed a resolution in June, outlawing the use of fireworks.

    According to a press release from the Kiwanis Club, the decision was made in consultation with the Los Alamos Fire Department. They cited the dangerously dry conditions embracing Northern New Mexico.

    All other activities, including Atomic City Transit to the park, will go on as planned. There will be music by the Nomads and Community Winds, a display by the Habanero Skydivers at both 50 and 8:15, food vendors, and “Ton O Fun” Bouncy Toys.

    Festivities get underway at 2 p.m.

  • Be There 07-04-12

    Celebrate the national parks and get into the 4th of July spirit with the opening reception for a new exhibit of photos by Leslie Bucklin titled, “Enchanted Parks: A Photographic Tale of Life in Our National Parks.” Refreshments and gallery walk-through with the artist from 5-7 p.m. Show runs through Aug. 6.

    Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents the next in the Foreign Film Series, “Volver” (R) from Spain. Directed by Pedro Almodovar starring Penelope Cruz, at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library.

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “Miss Minoes” (PG), at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.


  • LAPS Foundation awards scholarships

    Ten  students have been awarded the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation scholarship. Each student selected demonstrated a balance of academic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service throughout their high school career.
    The winners have each selected an educator of distinction — an education professional that had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools.  
    The LAPS Foundation is a non-profit organization leverages time, talent and funds to promote innovative learning in our public schools.
    The Foundation continues to grow its scholarship funds through donations made by community members and alumni of the Los Alamos High School.

  • Assets In Action: There are plenty of ways to volunteer

    There are many opportunities to become involved in this little slice of “paradise” on the Hill. What would you like to do?
    The sense of volunteerism and the fact that you can find it related to just about any topic is one of the reasons this community is so great.
    Do you like to read? How about volunteering with Friends of the Library? Do you like activities for senior citizens, how about volunteering with Friends of the Senior Center? You can also be friends of the furriest in Los Alamos, as a volunteer with the Friends of the Shelter.
    It seems like our new town slogan could be, “Los Alamos, we gotta lotta friends.”

  • July 4 ­— Not so pet friendly

    The Fourth of July is one of the most stressful and potentially dangerous times of the year for pets.  While you and your family, friends, and neighbors are celebrating the holiday with fireworks, pets are finding these festive activities anything but celebratory.
    Many pet parents assume that if their pet is not afraid of thunder or other loud noises, they will not be bothered by fireworks. This is not necessarily true. Even pets who normally are not bothered by thunder and other loud noises are often frightened and panicked by the cumulative effects of the fireworks, the excited voices outside, and being left alone inside the house.

  • Celebrating the state of N.M.

    This is a holiday week, when we celebrate being an American in our own New Mexican way.
    I give the floor to Paula Tackett, retired director of the Legislative Council Service, who described what it meant to be a New Mexican during the recent Centennial banquet of the Historical Society of New Mexico. Here are her remarks:
    It means often feeling like there is only one degree of separation from each other, because New Mexico is geographically large but really a small community.
    It means that although I was born in Albuquerque, I am privileged to have roots and be a part of this land. My mother was born on a homestead at Three Rivers, right next to the A.B. Fall ranch, and my father came to San Marcial, south of Socorro, as a small boy.

  • Today's front page

    Today's Los Alamos Monitor features the Declaration of Independence on the front page. We urge you to read it; read it aloud with your family and friends to gain a renewed understanding of the courage and foresight of the founding fathers, who at great personal risk, made a break with England.

    The core concepts of this document remain as important and valid today as they were at the signing 237 years ago.

    We wish to thank--and urge you to support--the advertisers who participated this effort. You'll see their ads featured thoughout today's newspaper.

    In the event you don't have a copy of the paper handy, here's the Declaration of Independence:

    IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

    When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.