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Today's News

  • Running: Romero is top finisher at the Nov. 22 Turkey Trot

    Well over 200 participants took part in the 2009 Turkey Trot.

    The Turkey Trot was held Nov. 22. The annual race, which is sponsored by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was held on North Mesa.

    The 2.57-mile run was held as a benefit to LA Cares and CROP.

    The first finisher at the Turkey Trot this year was Alexander Romero, who finished the course in 14 minutes, 37 seconds, the only participant to break 15 minutes.

    Bill Crooks finished second in the race (15:19), followed by Daniel Romeron in third place (15:54).

  • Senators seek clarity for N.M. travelers

    U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall have asked the Department of Homeland Security to provide New Mexicans with assurances that their travel plans early in 2010 will not be disrupted by a federal law governing drivers’ licenses.  

    In 2005, Congress passed legislation – called the REAL ID Act – requiring states to tighten requirements related the issuance of drivers’ licenses because they are used as a standard form of identification for a variety of federal purposes, including air travel. 

  • Bishop named as new director

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has tapped Clarence T. Bishop as its new director of Congressional, Intergovernmental and Public Affairs.

    Bishop most recently served as deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development under Gov. Martin O’Malley. He also served four years as O’Malley’s chief of staff when O’Malley was mayor of Baltimore.

  • LAHS graduate injured in crash

    Lindsey Jacobs, 18, of Los Alamos suffered critical injuries that resulted from a car crash Nov. 6 in Oregon.

    She remains in serious condition at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

    The accident occurred at approximately 2:38 p.m. when the Lexus sport utility vehicle carrying Jacobs and two other passengers and driven by Margaret Allen, 20, from Orlando, Fla., was en route to Eugene for an environmental convention, according to news reports.

    The Lexus was westbound on Interstate 84 when Allen exited onto Highway 730 to look for fuel.

  • Police beat

    Regarding the publication of the Police Beat on the front page of the Monitor, one could ask, “What are the Monitor editors thinking?” First, we were treated to a front-page Police Beat, which was once published inside the paper and now we get full-color pictures of the offenders along with a description of their offenses.  Are there no local, national or international newsworthy tidbits that could be substituted, or must we put up with such a misuse of the front page?  I would rather find the Beat inside the paper than have it splashed on the front page.

  • More information needed

    I read that Los Alamos has some 500 “poverty level” people or families.  I enjoyed a related observation that a city as rich as ours should be able to do something.

    I don’t understand some things.  The overall question is whether these individuals or families are below poverty level because of unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances, or whether they are just suffering the consequences of bad decisions.  It would be helpful to have a lot more data about the situation:

  • Teaching engineering: then and now

    Public discourse is a strange thing. It clanks, whirrs and blows steam. As it hacks and grinds away, making an assembly line of ideas to choose from.

         Discourse operates this way on any topic worth our time. Take for example the discipline of engineering.

         Engineering does things to the air and water, some for better and some for worse. Practices have changed in recent decades. At the same time, the old principles apply even more in new situations.

  • Sharpening the bionic eye

    Helping the blind to see used to be a job for miracle workers. Now, an international science project is restoring the sensation of light in dozens of sightless eyes.

    During a recent ceremony for employees of Los Alamos National Laboratory, a group of local scientists were recognized for their work on the Artificial Retina Project, which was honored this year with one of R&D Magazine’s annual awards.

  • Wallace seeks 10th term

    Editor’s Note: Incumbents in the upcoming election will be featured Sundays in the Los Alamos Monitor. New candidates will be featured after they officially file their candidacies March 16 with the County Clerk’s Office.

    Longtime community leader Jeannette Wallace is running to extend her service in the New Mexico State Legislature to another two-year term. Wallace, 75, has represented District 43, including Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties, since Jan. 1, 1991.

  • Loud Explosive Sounds Today Were Gopher Extermination Blasts

    Those loud explosions heard this afternoon in the downtown area were actually gopher extermination blasts near Bathtub Row.

    A crew of certified gopher exterminators injected gas into gopher holes in the area and ignited them, causing the loud blasting sounds and collapsing the gopher tunnels.