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Today's News

  • Boys basketball: Kirk resigns after 7 years with Hilltoppers’ program

    Some thought Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball head coach Alan Kirk might resign after the 2009-10 season so that he could more easily follow his son’s collegiate career.

    Those speculators were half right.

    Kirk put in his resignation to Los Alamos High School’s athletic office Monday, ending his 7-year stint with the program. However, Kirk said that numerous factors were involved in the decision.

    “You kind of have to re-evaluate your situation,” Kirk said. “You look ahead and see what your priorities are.”

  • Those who hold seat must have integrity

    In your interview of Gary Ahlers, candidate for Magistrate Judge, published Sunday April 25, Mr. Ahlers is quoted as saying that I, George Chandler,  “tried to use these records he found online to ruin my reputation” during the 2006 election campaign.  He then goes on to suggest it is ridiculous to bring up something that happened 15 years ago.

  • Seeing blogs in a different light

    Thank you for your editorial about blogs. Many blogs are valuable and useful. However, I believe the large number of anonymous posts on blogs are problematic at best.  

    After considerable thought, I have decided that, as a candidate, I will not respond to anonymous questions or participate in blogs dominated by anonymous posts.  

    At times there is some value in anonymous posting (e.g. protection of whistleblowers), but too many anonymous postings are hypercritical,  malicious and/or vicious.  

  • Kudos to a free press

    A recent letter regarding a cartoon about the Tea Party movement described the  cartoon as offensive and implied that the Monitor is a Marxist, and/or socialist rag. Political cartoons should make people think about views that they may oppose. Community newspapers publishing political cartoons should not cater to a specific or “safe” audience. This type of catering is what many blog/Web site/TV networks do today. If a reader is conservative or progressive they can find a blog/Web site/TV network that caters to them.

  • 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.