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Today's News

  • Church Listings 02-03-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian

  • Bible Answers: God cannot force forgiveness on a person

    “How do you explain the ‘unforgivable sin?’ I thought all sins could be forgiven by God.”—Steven

    On its face, this passage (Mt. 12:30-32) poses a dilemma for those of us who believe that God can and will forgive anyone for anything if repentance and confession are genuine. We sometimes say, “No sin is too big for God to forgive …,” which is what we understand from many passages (e.g., I Jn. 1:9).
    Surely, his grace is comprehensive and efficacious for all who gratefully receive it.

  • Correction 02-03-12

    There were two reporting errors in the “Broadband moves forward” article in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor. “100 gigabits today is probably fine, but it won’t be next year” should have read “100 mbps,” and the cost of the 90 percent phase of the study is  $182,500, not $1,825,500.

  • House OKs proposals to revamp regulatory agency 


    SANTA FE (AP) — Proposals to streamline New Mexico’s utility regulatory agency and establish minimum qualifications for its elected members sped through the House on Thursday.
    Supporters contend the proposals to revamp the Public Regulation Commission will make it more efficient and should ensure that elected regulators are better prepared for the increasingly complex utility and telecommunications issues they must decide.
    “This is a baby step, but it is a step in the right direction in trying to improve the actions that this particular agency is taking,” said Rep. Larry Larranaga, an Albuquerque Republican.

  • Update 02-03-12

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m.
    Feb. 15, at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Shuttle service

    The Los Alamos County Recreation Division and Atomic City Transit will run shuttle service on Saturday from the Aquatic Center Parking Lot to the Ice Rink and back from 5—7 p.m. The service is to help alleviate parking issues for the New Mexico Renegades game at 5:30 p.m.

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in Council Chambers.

    Ashley Pond

    A public meeting regarding Ashley Pond will be at 6:30 p.m Feb. 9. in the Community Building Council Chambers

    Reading event

  • Board mulls Historic District improvements

    While most of the attention Wednesday night was focused on Los Alamos High School and the county council chambers, the Historical Districts Advisory Board also was busy.

    Members of the board met at Fuller Lodge, to discuss upcoming projects involving maintenance and improvements, the placement of historical sculptures within the district and the upcoming Historic Homestead Tour Dedication.

    The board also welcomed new member, Mark Rayburn, who replaced Ron Wilkins.

  • Review cites issues with CMR fire suppression system

    The Office of Enforcement and Oversight conducted an independent review of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) Facility fire suppression system (FSS) safety system last July.

    And the results were just recently released.

    “The DOE-HS and NNSA LASO review of the CMR fire suppression system was part of DOE’s normal processes to maintain operational awareness of the status of important safety systems, communicate identified issues, and ensure continuous improvement.  This assessment and improvement process increases DOE, NNSA, and LANS confidence that safety-credited systems will function upon demand in the event of an accident,” said Chuck Keilers, LASO Assistant Manager for Safety Operations.

  • Residents voice support for deal

    Public comment on the Trinity Site lease agreement was overwhelmingly in favor of moving ahead on a lease agreement with North American Development Group. Proponents outnumbered opponents 10 to one.

    Although a handful of people advocated for renegotiating in an attempt to achieve higher rents, using the site for something other than retail development or expressed fears of a Smith’s monopoly, it was impossible to turn a deaf ear to the numerous impassioned pleas from mothers who turned out for the joint meeting of the school board and county council.

  • Protesters pan plutonium plan

    Catherine Montano of Las Vegas made a 51-minute presentation to DOE and NNSA officials during a scoping meeting for the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement at Cities of Gold Hotel Thursday night in Pojoaque. For more on the scoping meeting, pick up a Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Firefighters OK new contract

    Just over a year ago Los Alamos Firefighters’ Association Local 3279 filed a lawsuit against the county for its decision to impose a contract on firefighters without their consent.

    This year a new system called Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) helped firefighters and the county reach a win/win contract, praised by both sides at Tuesday’s council meeting.

    Previous negotiations were conducted using positional bargaining; an adversarial technique in which each side stakes out a fixed position and one side’s gain is the other’s loss.

    IBB helps the parties reach consensus through understanding each other’s interests.