Today's News

  • Duo explores censorship

    April is a special month in the literary and library worlds, honoring both poetry (National Poetry Month)  and libraries (National Library Week was April 8-14). In recognition of the role libraries play in providing free and open access to information, the Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series presents a book on challenges to what is included in library collections at 7 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs rotunda.
    “True Stories of Censorship Battles in America’s Libraries” is a compilation of essays edited by librarians Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco, who have experienced challenges to remove material held in their own libraries’collections.

  • Go ‘down under’ with PEEC

    At 7 p.m. May 2 PEEC will present a talk on birds of Australia. Marion and Ramie Stelts will show their photographs and discuss these diverse and exotic birds.  The talk is free and open to the public. The Steltses have made six trips to Australia in the last 10 years and have fallen in love with Australian birds. This illustrated talk will discuss birds they have encountered in their travels, including many parrots, raptors, honeyeaters, flycatchers, bowerbirds and others.   For more information, PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Be There 04-25-12

    This month’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is at 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site. For more information, call 661-4097.

    The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a community discussion in room 1 of the Mesa Public Library 6:30 p.m. This week’s discussion focuses on Life after Faith. Rich Lyons, ex-Pentecostal preacher of more than years and co-host of the Living After Faith podcast, will tell his story from faith to atheism via Skype followed by a question and answer session. For more information, visit livingafterfaith.blogspot.com/. Direct questions and comments to losalamoscommunityofatheists@gmail.com or find our community page on Facebook.

  • Video: LANL prepares for fire season
  • Local Courts: On The Docket 04-25-12

    April 16

    Brett Chandler, 44, of Los Alamos, pleaded not guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court to having an expired license while parked. Judge Alan Kirk dismissed the case because the police officer failed to appear.

    Michael Hall, 50, of Los Alamos, pleaded not guilty in municipal court to speeding 11 to 15 mph over the speed limit. The case was dismissed because the police officer did not appear in court.

    Gerald Heck, 33, of Los Alamos, pleaded not guilty in municipal court to speeding 11 to 15 mph over the speed limit. The case was dismissed because the office failed to show up. Heck also pleaded guilty to failing to appear in court, for which Judge Kirk ordered him to pay $71 in court fees and fines.

    April 17

  • Powell announces restrictions on state lands

    New Mexico State Land Commissioner Ray Powell made a public announcement today that fireworks, open fires, and smoking are prohibited on state trust lands   until further notice.  
    “Severe drought conditions coupled with high winds, and dense fuel loads can combine to produce catastrophic fires like we saw last year in New Mexico,” said Commissioner Powell “It is important to do what we can to prevent human-caused fires on our state trust lands.”  

  • Update 04-25-12

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the high school speech theater.

    Council forum

    Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor have invited all County Council candidates to participate in a forum set for 6 p.m. May 17. Watch for more details in the Los Alamos Monitor.


    Kiwanis meets from noon-1 p.m. every Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. Rose Montoya will speak on the Boys and Girls Club.

    CMRR meeting

    A public meeting for the CMRR project will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    Museum closed

  • McMillan: Laboratory cuts 60 contract jobs

    In a memo circulated to all Los Alamos National Laboratory employees earlier this week, director Charlie McMillan outlined further budget cuts.

    As part of meetings with the Lab Integrated Stewardship Council, McMillan said that Carl Beard, Principal Associate Director of Operations has begun the process of reducing the flexible workforce by 10 percent.

    McMillan said that translates into 60 jobs, which will be lost by May 1.

  • ABQ Student Wins Supercomputing Challenge

    Jordan Medlock of Albuquerque’s Manzano High School took the top prize in the 22nd New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge for his computer algorithm that automates the process of counting and analyzing plaques in magnetic resonance images of persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The program vastly speeds up the process of identifying the very small and difficult to see plaques.

    For his project, “Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease Plaques in a Transgenic Mouse Brain Using Image Analysis of SPION-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Images,” Medlock received a check for $1,000.

  • State political newcomer takes on Senate powerhouse

    The state senate primary election is just around the corner and political newcomer Alfredo Montoya (D-Ohkay Owingeh) is challenging three-term incumbent Richard Martinez (D-Española) for the District 5 Senate seat, which covers parts of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Sandoval Counties.

    Montoya isn’t a complete political neophyte as he’s served on the Rio Arriba County Commission for five years, as a state Game and Fish Commissioner, Española Public School Board member as well as numerous other boards and commissions.