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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Topes Notes 05-15-12

    The Albuquerque Isotopes were nipped in a close contest Monday at Salt Lake City.
    Salt Lake City Bees starting pitcher Garrett Richards (4-1) held the Isotopes to just two runs through seven innings as the Bees won the third game of the teams’ four-game series 3-2.
    It was the first win of the series for Salt Lake City (19-20) against the red-hot Isotopes (24-15), who have won nine of their last 12 decisions, including five of seven on their current eight-game road trip.
    Richards gave up just four hits through seven innings to pick up the win.

  • Bower Run benefits disease research

    The local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association hosted its Jerry Bower Memorial 5K Run/Walk Saturday.
    The 5K attracted 20 runners and walkers Saturday. Proceeds from the event went to support research in the field of Alzheimer’s disease.
    The top finishers in this year’s 5K were Chris Buntain and Nikol Strother, both of Los Alamos. Buntain finished the race in 22 minutes, 14 seconds, more than five minutes better than runner-up James Keane. Strother posted a time of 24:26, nearly three-and-a-half minutes faster than Elizabeth Wilson.

    Here are the results from Saturday’s Jerry Bower Memorial 5K:

    Men

    19 and under
    1. Chris Buntain, 22:14.

    20-29

  • Lakers struggling to right the ship

    Kobe Bryant hit his only shot that really mattered, then celebrated by slapping hands with Justin Timberlake. In the closing seconds of a Game 7 playoff win, the stars were aligning in Los Angeles once again, just like old times.
    Except this was a first-round playoff series against a seriously less talented opponent. And these aren’t anything like old times.
    The Lakers used to swagger through the playoffs with an attitude, mostly because Bryant would always seem to find a way to make them win. Now, after a rout at the hands of Oklahma City in Game 1 of the conference semifinals, even Bryant may not have anything left in his bag of tricks to use against the Thunder.