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Today's News

  • An independent spirit to perform in Los Alamos

    Laurianne Fiorentino is a renaissance woman. Fiorentino is not only a singer, guitarist and song writer, but she has dabbled in a wide array of other careers, according to her Web site. Fiorentino has been a professional immuno-therapist or allergy technician, potter, graphic-artist-designer/photographer, an Alaskan salmon fisherwoman and a leather-tooling artist.

    That is just the tip of the iceberg; Fiorentino has also worked as a journalist, photographer, painter, tour guide, choir director and an ortho-bionomy healing arts practitioner.

  • Baseball

    Aaron Waller of the White Rock Braves prepares to deliver a pitch during the Los Alamos County Minors A championship game June 10 at Lou Caveglia Field. Waller led the Braves to a 14-12 victory over the Los Alamos Pirates.

  • Ishai, Caruso win Tour de LA

    Rotem Ishai rode off with the top men’s honor during Sunday’s Tour de Los Alamos.

    Ishai, from Durango, Colo., won the licensed men’s pro 1/2/3 race Sunday, just nipping one of New Mexico’s top cyclists, Damian Calvert of Albuquerque, by a mere one second.

    The Tour de Los Alamos, a road race which takes participants from Central Ave. to White Rock via the Back Gate and back up to the Hill on East Jemez Road, celebrated its 38th running Sunday. It is the oldest continuously-run bicycle race in the southwestern U.S.

  • Go indoors when thunder roars

    Every summer New Mexico experiences violent thunderstorms and lightning strikes and averages 17 storms with a 1.1 percent chance of a fatality annually. The state has been ranked at times as number two in the nation for lightning strike deaths.

    During National Lightning Awareness Week, which runs through Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service are promoting the fact that awareness of the danger posed in lightning strikes just might save one’s life.

  • Over commitment to code poses a problem

    Friday (June 18) the Monitor underscored the problems of economics going forward we face.

    The Hannemann/Holsapple debate will, I suspect go on about how well business development happens here.

    But the lead story about our station, KRSN, still having antenna placement problems, shows the difficulties that many here, including myself, see as over commitment to code and under commitment to community needs.

  • LAPS is beginning to look like slumlords

    I opened Thursday’s Monitor and read where the LAPS administration is getting comfortable in its new nest. Was I surprised to find out that the nest is a “building from owner Elmo C de Baca with the intent to buy it.”

    More taxable property out of the tax bucket. Silly me; I thought my tax dollars had just been spent to provide them with spanking new pads in upscale “Pajarito Cliffs.” Oh, those digs are just for the worker bees; not the higher ups.

  • Ceded control of the Gulf is shameful

    British Petroleum is denying our media access to some of the areas affected by the Deep Water Horizon oil rig disaster. It has also violated OSHA regulations designed to protect cleanup workers’ health and safety.

    BP refuses to issue respirators to cleanup workers, who are being sickened and hospitalized for exposure to toxic fumes from oil and from a chemical dispersant, banned in other countries, which is being used in defiance of an EPA order. Training time for these workers is less than that required by OSHA regulations.

  • The fight is on for governor

    When Barney heard New Mexico’s next governor will either be Democrat Diane Denish or Republican Susana Martinez, he was elated.

    “That’s great,” gushed my friend from New Jersey in a phone call last week. “I know I’ve poked a lot of fun at your hick state over the years, but your future is on track with a female governor.”

  • Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, saying the government rashly concluded that because one rig failed, the others are in immediate danger, too.

    The White House promised an immediate appeal. The Interior Department had halted approval of any new permits for deepwater drilling and suspended drilling of 33 exploratory wells in the Gulf.

  • White House releases 'patient bill of rights'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama unveiled a package of consumer benefits Tuesday to build support for his health care overhaul within a divided nation and warned Republicans about trying to repeal his landmark law. "We're not going back," said a defiant president.