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Today's News

  • Let the end-of-year insanity begin

    Yesterday I ate goldfish cheese crackers for breakfast. I think I carried my sandwich to several meetings until there was time around 2:30 p.m. to eat it. Welcome to May!
    All of the regular insanity is mixed with the increasing calamity of the rush at the end of the month.
    This is the time that I write down all of those good ideas — things that need to be done and things I am contemplating for the summer — or they will be lost in the shuffle and pile of papers that is accumulating on my kitchen counter.
    This may be the week of cereal for dinner or eating off paper plates so the kitchen can be clean when I go to bed at night.

  • Alpine climbing: The idiot’s guide to self-abuse

    Doug Shepherd’s mentors for Alpine climbing are proponents of “disaster style” alpinism, which led him to many failures on Alpine routes ranging from South America to Alaska. The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host Shepherd, who will present his most recent adventure in detail, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.
    “Given that every fool is bound to strike gold every now and again, my friend John Frieh and I recently completed a new route, ‘No Such Thing As A Bargain Promise’ on the Northeast face of Mt. Dickey in the Ruth Gorge in the Central Alaska Range,” Shepherd said.

  • Be There 05-15-12

    Today
    The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Christian Church, 92 East Road. The speaker will be Dr. Catherine Plesko. The May 2012 field trip will be to the Ojo Caliente area on Saturday. The goup will meet at 7:50 a.m. in the Sullivan Field parking lot. They will visit the Joseph mine and a large pre-pueblo Native American site. Contact Paul Bradley at Ppbradpp@aol.com for more details.

    Wednesday
     GeekOut Game night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. Bring your own games or play theirs. Bring a friend or meet new ones.

  • LA scientist heads to India for climate-monitoring research

    Manvendra Dubey, a Los Alamos National Laboratory climate scientist, has received a J. William Fulbright scholarship to conduct monsoon-related research in India.

    The Divecha Center for Climate Change and Center for Atmospheric Science at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, will host the researcher in late 2012 for several months.

    Dubey will give lectures on the role of atmospheric science in developing technologies to solve environmental problems, such as acid rain, air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion and climate change. He will identify leading scientists at Indian institutions for collaborative research opportunities to expand atmospheric observations of air quality and climate change.

  • Police Beat 05-15-12

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    May 4

    9:19 a.m. — A Camino la Tierra caller reported a suspicious man with a buzz cut and mustache, who was in a parked gray Chevrolet pick-up truck with tinted windows, looking at houses.

    1:41 p.m. — Jonathan Etuk, 31, of Medanales, was arrested on a warrant.

  • Update 05-15-12

    County Council

    County Council will hold a special session at 6 p.m. today and Wednesday in council chambers.

    Correction

    Patrick Mockler-Wood has plans to open the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill at a location on Trinity Drive in the southeast corner of the Mari-Mac Shopping Center. There was an inaccuracy in a story in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.The report should have read: Mockler-Wood has teamed with his mother, Catherine Mockler and Pawel and Dorota Listwan — all local entrepreneurs — in the business venture.
    The Los Alamos Monitor regrets any confusion caused by the error.

    Meeting canceled

  • Threats to Jemez Forests focus of workshop

    I attended a Desired Condition Workshop last week.  The workshop was a joint effort of the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University, the Forest and Watershed Institute at New Mexico Highlands University and the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University. The focus was on the changing forest management policies based on current forestry science. The workshop included morning presentations, a field trip in the Grants area and field trips in the Jemez.    
    Based on this workshop and the developing changes in forest policy, I can’t emphasize enough the need for local residents to get involved.

  • Homestead Tour Fills a Gap

    Many may see the Los Alamos Homestead Tour as a boost to create tourism or way to enrich the history of the county. For the descendants of the homesteaders, the tour strikes a much deeper and more personal note.

    “No area is made up of just one people. There are all types of stories,” said Joe Gutierrez, founder and former president of the Pajarito Plateau Homesteaders Association (PPHA). Gutierrez was invited to join the Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board and serve on the Homestead Tour subcommittee when the project began. He served as liaison to the homesteader descendants.

  • Agnew recounts lab's early days

    During a Director’s Classified Colloquium May 10, former Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory Director Harold Agnew spent more than two hours recalling his history with Los Alamos from the very beginnings of the Manhattan Project, through his nine-year directorship that ended in 1979.

    He displayed a remarkable ability to remember names, rattling off whole lists of people who worked on projects with him more than 60 years ago.

    Agnew spoke of practical jokes and Washington hijinks that drew laughter throughout the talk, that was formatted as discussion with laboratory historian Alan Carr and Glen McDuff of Surety Systems Engineering (W-16).

  • UNM-LA Board mulls 1-mil tax levy

    In February 2010, University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Executive Director Cedric Page said after voters rejected a mil levy, the Advisory Board would wait a year or two until the economy turns around, and would again pose the question to voters.

    It appears that time has come.

    The board mulled over the idea of having another mil levy election during its meeting Monday evening.