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Today's News

  • Cuts affect America’s highways

    SANTA FE — Will this winter weather never end? Jeanette and I have been traveling even more than usual this spring to escape the cold and pollen. We’ve visited much of the desert Southwest plus our most southwestern state of Hawaii.

    It has been cold everywhere. There’s no escaping it. The global cooling fans are ecstatic; claiming this proves global warming is a bunch of hooey. It really doesn’t prove anything other than we had a cold, wet winter.

  • 04-28-10 Update

    Cancer seminar

      A free seminar on prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment, sponsored by the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Before the seminar, a light supper will be served at 5:15 p.m. CEUs are available for nurses. For more information, call 662-2656 or visit www.losalamoscouncilon

    cancer.org. Registration is appreciated, but optional.

    Candidate forum

  • NNSA turns 10

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a series of events aimed at highlighting a decade of success across the nuclear security enterprise.  

  • Investment council member questions loans

    SANTA FE — A newly appointed member of the State Investment Council questioned Tuesday whether New Mexico should use an endowment fund to make interest-free loans to films.

    Former state Sen. Leonard Lee Rawson, a Las Cruces Republican, voiced his doubts as the council agreed to temporarily extend a contract with a Hollywood lawyer to advise the state on film investments.

    The contract with Peter Dekom will be extended through May while the council looks to hire a permanent film adviser through a competitive bidding process.

  • Friday is ‘No Phone Zone Day”

    SANTA FE – Gov. Bill Richardson has proclaimed Friday, “No Phone Zone Day” in New Mexico and challenged New Mexico drivers to take the pledge to put down their phones while driving.

    Oprah Winfrey initiated National “No Phone Zone Day” as part of her campaign against distracted driving, which has been endorsed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Governors Highway Safety Administration.  

  • Celebration recognizes carriers

    Newspaper carriers, like mail carriers, often go unrecognized for their service, save for once a year, when people on their routes often reward them with cards or cash tips for a job well done.

    In an effort to recognize an exemplary newspaper carrier, the Monitor hosted a celebration April 17 to honor Dallon Burnside as the Carrier of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2010.

    Burnside, 14, a Los Alamos Monitor carrier for four years, received a certificate and $50 for his outstanding work from Circulation Administrator Jane Johnson.

  • Supercomputing standouts

    Two four–student teams from Los Alamos High School captured second and third place in the 20th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Uranium toxicity in question

    In the April 20, 2010 Monitor, the Sierra Club’s Mark Jones writes that renewed interest in uranium mining will benefit local economies but at a severe price.  He enumerates a list of the health effects, the tardiness of uranium tailings remediation, the modeling of exposure to residual uranium tailings as a predictor of diabetes and kidney disease, groundwater contamination and the burden to the taxpayer. He then turns to the coal companies to criticize mine safety.

  • Rapid chemistry when it matters most

    The last time I went to Nevada, I stood on the edge of an enormous open-pit mine at noon. The whistle blew. Then the pit erupted in explosive power enough to make the Earth rumble.

    “I always like to watch it,” said the geologist giving me the tour. “It looks like the rocks down there just get ‘fluffy’ when they are blasted apart.”

  • 04-29-10 Update

    Forum today

      The Los Alamos Chamber and the Los Alamos Monitor will host a County Council candidate economic issues forum at the Los Alamos Research Park, 4200 W. Jemez Road. Networking begins at 5 p.m. today and the forum will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. All 11 candidates have been invited to participate in the forum.

    Leave the cooking to someone else