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Today's News

  • Last shuttle spacewalkers make history above Earth

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA completed its part in the construction of the International Space Station on Friday, with the final spacewalkers in the 30-year shuttle program attaching an extension boom.

    "Twelve years of building and 15 countries and now it's the Parthenon in the sky and hopefully the doorstep to our future," spacewalker Gregory Chamitoff before heading back inside. "So congratulations everybody on assembly complete."

  • Nuke expert chosen to lead lab

    Monitor Staff Report

    Michael Anastasio said he had hoped to retire June 1 as the director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. It looks like he got his wish.

    On Thursday, Charles McMillan was appointed director of LANL and president of Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), the company that manages and operates the lab for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

    The appointments were announced by Norman Pattiz, chairman of the LANS Board of Governors, and are effective June 1, 2011.

    McMillan becomes the 10th director in the laboratory’s nearly 70-year history.

  • County begins clubhouse demolition

    From a press release

    Residents and commuters on Diamond Drive will soon notice contractor activity at the Golf Course as the demolition of the former Clubhouse and adjacent swimming pool facility gets underway.

    The demolition contractor, Coronado Wrecking and Salvage, will install a fence around these building areas later this week. The first phase of demolition will include removal of hazardous materials such as asbestos, which begins Monday, April 25.

    These activities will not be visible to the public or have public impacts. Work on abatement will continue through May. Demolition activities will begin later in June, and will include large trucks hauling away debris from the site via Diamond Drive.

  • Be There 05-26-11

    June 1
    The    Sierra  Club  will  have  a    public    meeting  at 7 p.m. in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms, Mesa Public Library. Water Monitoring Program Manager Danny Katzman will speak on, “LANL’s Stormwater Management Projects and Protection of the Rio Grande.”

    June 2
    Los Alamos Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month. Those interested in the Lions Club should call Dennis Wulff at 672-9563 or email drwulff47@aol.com.

    June 5

  • Thank you 05-26-11

    Thanks for the help

    We would like to thank the teachers of the Montessori School through the high school, that helped my middle one achieve her goals. Thank you so much for your support!

    The Weiss family

    Kite Fest was a success
    The Los Alamos Arts Council would like to thank the many people who came together and made the 14th Annual Kite Festival a success again this year.

  • Search is on for Mrs. Los Alamos

    Sheree Talman, Executive State Director for the Mrs. New Mexico Pageant, states the pageant is seeking applicants for the title of Mrs. Los Alamos.
    Once selected, the lady will advance on to represent her community in the 2012 Mrs. New Mexico Pageant on Feb. 4, 2012 at the Rodey Theatre in Albuquerque.  
    Local titleholders will compete to win a prize package valued at over $8,000 including an all expense paid trip to the nationally televised Mrs. America Pageant.
    Applicants must be at least 18 years old (no age limit), married at the time of competition and a New Mexico resident, no performing talent required.  

  • State Briefs 05-26-11

    Lawmaker wants end to feuding over audits

    SANTA FE — Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera continues to draw fire over state auditing of special education enrollment and other public school records.
    Several members of the Legislative Education Study Committee on Wednesday complained about Skandera suggesting last month that schools might be “gaming the system” to increase state aid.
    Democratic Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton of Albuquerque said Skandera’s comments were damaging to schools.
    Skandera defended the Public Education Department’s review, saying it was to ensure all schools get a fair share of financing.

  • Update 05-26-11

    No trash collection
    No trash or recycling collection May 30. If Monday is your normal trash day, put trash out by 8 a.m. Wednesday June 1.

    Senior Appreciation
    Senior Appreciation night will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge. There will be a barbecue at 6 p.m. at Fuller Lodge and a pancake breakfast will be Sunday at the Senior Center.

    Authors Speak
    The Authors Speak Series, featuring Demetria Martinez and scheduled for today at the Mesa Library, has been canceled.

    Music film series
    The Music Film Series will feature “Almost Famous” at 6:30 p.m. on June 2 at Mesa Library.

  • Rock out with JT and the Clouds

    On Friday, the Chicago band, JT and the Clouds will entertain fans of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond.
    Though they prefer not to be labeled, JT and the Clouds are bluesy, rough-edged, soulful rockers. They’ve been compared to Sam Cooke, The Band, Velvet Underground, Prince, Curtis Mayfield, Jeff Buckley, Bon Iver and M. Ward. They’ll play ballads as well as jazz, folk-rock and Motown/Philly/Memphis-sounding dance music.
    The group has been making music and touring since 2004. Last year the Chicago Tribune dubbed them as one of its “... ten artists on the bridge of breaking big in 2010.” The band is touring all over the country and the world, with Friday being Los Alamos’ turn.

  • Energy prices held back growth in first quarter

    WASHINGTON — High gasoline prices, government budget cuts and weaker-than-expected consumer spending caused the economy to grow only weakly in the first three months of the year.
    The Commerce Department estimated Thursday that the economy grew at an annual rate of 1.8 percent in the January-March quarter. That was the same as its first estimate a month ago.
    Consumer spending grew at just half the rate of the previous quarter. And a surge in imports widened the U.S. trade deficit.
    Most economists think the economy is growing only slightly better in the current April-June quarter. Consumers remain squeezed by gas prices, scant pay increases and a depressed housing market.