Today's News

  • NNSA continues aerial survey

    The National Nuclear Security Administration plans this week to complete the high-fidelity aerial survey of Los Alamos town site begun Nov. 21.

    Mechanical issues with the helicopter conducting the survey temporarily halted the flyover before the survey was finished.

    NNSA arranged for the Remote Sensing Laboratory/National Aerial Measuring System (RSL) of Las Vegas, Nev., to conduct the flyover following a similar survey of lab property after the Las Conchas fire.  

    The objective is to ensure that any and all legacy radiological contamination sites have been identified and effectively cleaned up.  

  • House redistricting scheduled for Dec. 12

    State Rep. James Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval) is looking forward to the upcoming redistricting hearings, although he said he was disheartened an agreement could not be reached during a special legislative session in September.

    Since that time, Hall has been busy, meeting with constituents, giving talks to local organizations and serving on interim legislative committees.

    A couple of months ago, Hall wrote a letter to redistricting attorneys Richard Olsen and Luis Stelzner, concerning the hearings that begin Dec. 12 in Santa Fe.

  • Autio rose to the challenges

    County Attorney Randy Autio’s year-and-a-half in Los Alamos has been anything but dull; in fact, he may have had the challenge of a lifetime.

    “When I came here as County Attorney in July of 2010, I faced a really tough investigation that involved the administrator and high-level employees,” Autio said, referring to an investigation that ended with County Administrator Tony Mortillaro’s termination in December 2010.

    Council voted unanimously to appoint Autio as Acting County Administrator, a role he served in until Harry Burgess was hired Nov. 7.

  • LANL scrutinizes costs, spending

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan has announced a plan to establish the Laboratory Integrated Stewardship Council (LISC) in response to the uncertainties of operating in FY12 under a Continuing Resolution through Dec. 16.

    “This leaves us in a financial position that is filled with uncertainty, since the timeframe for a completed budget is unknown,” McMillan said in an organization-wide memo. “While we have already implemented a number of cost savings measures at the laboratory, we must do more given the financial uncertainty facing us.”

    Will there be layoffs at the lab?

  • WinterFest Light Parade Winners

    First place: Los Alamos Medical Center

    Second place: Los Alamos National Bank

    Third place: Hollabaugh, Gall more and Mendez family

    Watch for more on the parade in next week's editions of the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • La Leche League meeting

    La Leche League of Los Alamos will discuss, “Nutrition and Weaning” at their monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Monday in the nursery at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road.
    All interested, pregnant, or breastfeeding women are welcome to learn and share, through mother-to-mother support, the basics and benefits of breastfeeding.
    A lending library with books and audiotapes concerning childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and nutrition is available. Nursing babies and toddlers who have difficulty separating are welcome.
    LLL is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing information, education, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.

  • Be There 12-04-11


    The annual North Pole workshop and Luminaria Walk will be from 5-7 p.m. at the North Mesa Stables. Dress warmly, wear walking shoes and enjoy the North Mesa Stables lit up with luminarias and holiday lights. Afterward, head to the Posse Lodge for professional digital photos with Santa and his elves, warm drinks, light refreshments and a holiday craft. Fee for photos with Santa is $5.

    The JFK exhibit at the Bradbury Science Museum is ending. The last day to see the exhibit featuring John F. Kennedy’s 1962 visit to Los Alamos will be Dec. 4. Up next is an exhibit commemorating the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Watch for details.


  • People in the News 12-04-11

    Army Pvt. Wade A. Archuleta has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat and field maneuvers and tactics.
    Archuleta is the son of Patrick Archuleta of Los Alamos.
    He is a 2010 graduate of Los Alamos High School.

  • Readers are thankful for help

    Thank you very much

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the individuals who assisted with the fundraising effort for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. What an outstanding, giving, caring, generous team I had the pleasure to work with.
    I’d like to thank Kim G., who provided the superior, professional banners and printed materials. Her time and financial support were over and above anything I could have expected.

  • Animal Shelter 12-04-11

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    We have a new color-coding system to help you select your perfect new family member. Check it out.
    Two for the price of one. This is an opportunity to double your feline pleasure.


    Baby — Young spayed female GSD-mix. Very friendly. Loves the dog park.
    Buddy —Another young neutered male GSD-mix. Just waiting on shots. Very sweet and friendly.