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Today's News

  • Smith takes over at NNSA in Los Alamos

    Kevin Smith takes the reins Monday as Los Alamos Site Manager for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    Smith most recently served as the Acting Site Office Manager at NNSA Kansas City Site Office and Deputy Manager at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Site Office.

    In Los Alamos, Smith is responsible for the management and operations contract for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and all federal activities at the laboratory.

  • LA firefighters deserve more than council offered

    Reading Victor Gavron’s letter in the Monitor reminded me that I wanted to thank Councillor Vincent Chiravalle for his vote to support the fact-finder’s recommendation on the firefighter contract.

    It is not at all clear to me why council voted “no” on the recommendation and substituted an embarrassingly low wage hike in its place.

    As Mr. Gavron reminds us, living here is expensive.

    But we are arguably among the most affluent counties in the country.

  • CURSES, CENSORED

    Editor’s note: What Pawlak calls censorship, we call editing for good taste. Like all newspapers, we reserve the right to edit and to decline to print anything we deem unfit for a family newspaper of general circulation. He said he sent the same column to the New Mexican. They also said they would not print it. He gets to argue his case here.

    Censoring has been going on ever since written language was invented. You think those scratches over cave paintings are a coincidence?  

  • Documentary film producer finds LA ‘spectacular’

    I just want to thank the various people in Los Alamos — including the acting film liaison — who have helped move along a feature-length documentary project I have been shooting key parts of in Los Alamos.

    And I hope to shoot a few more as the project wraps up.

     Los Alamos is an extraordinarily beautiful place, rich in history.

    And seems to me to be a bit under-utilized in terms of film location work.

  • Federer, V.Williams, Roddick win at US Open

    NEW YORK (AP) — This trick shot by Roger Federer was most definitely real.

    He's even hit it before.

    The five-time U.S. Open champion was up at the net when his first-round opponent, 96th-ranked Brian Dabul of Argentina, lofted a lob. Federer spun around to sprint toward the baseline. A couple of steps before reaching the wall behind the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium, and with his back to the net, Federer swatted the ball between his legs. The shot landed in a corner beside Dabul, who raised his eyebrows and shrugged.

  • Cable break kills power to Chamisa Elementary

    Chamisa Elementary School students got an unexpected day off from school Monday.  

    A failed cable in the electric line at the school caused a power outage Sunday night and the time needed to make repairs to the cable resulted in school being canceled.

  • Whooping cough, West Nile make an arrival

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico has reported 57 cases of whooping cough so far this year, 13 more than last year at this time.

    The state’s health department also reported two cases of West Nile.

    The total cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, include confirmed and probable cases. No deaths from whooping cough have been reported in the last couple of years.

    But Joan Baumbach, who is medical epidemiologist with the New Mexico Department of Health, said people should be aware.

  • LAFD deemed among best in the world

    CHICAGO – The Los Alamos Fire Department was one of only five in the world when it received international accreditation 15 years ago. That accreditation stands for five years and the Commission on Fire Accreditation International Inc. (CFAI) bestowed a new accreditation on LAFD, its third, at a ceremony in downtown Chicago Thursday evening.

    Officials from Los Alamos attended the gala event including former County Administrator Max Baker. Baker serves on the Center for Public Safety Excellence Inc. (CPSE) board of directors of which the CFAI is one of its programs.

  • 08-31-10 Police beat

    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.

    Aug. 19

    9:47 a.m. – A 22-year-old Española woman reported that someone scratched her car with a key while it was parked in the Los Alamos Medical Center parking lot. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

  • International Taste of Los Alamos Says Thank You

    The 2010 International Taste of Los Alamos was a wonderful success, highlighting the culinary talents of local community members from 18 different countries around the globe.

    This year’s event raised money for UNM-LA Bridge Scholarships which allow qualifying students to “bridge” to their lottery scholarship. Lottery scholarships are awarded after the qualifying semester, thus some students do not have funds for their first semester tuition and books.  Bridge scholarships alleviate that problem for many students.