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Today's News

  • Bruce King and tax policy: lessons learned

    With the passing of former Gov. Bruce King, a lot of us are recollecting our favorite King moments.

    One of mine was his role in the Big Mac tax cut. It’s a lesson that’s relevant today.

    In 1981, state coffers were bursting with oil and gas money. Euphoric lawmakers expected a $200 million surplus. Not only could they bankroll their pork projects, they could give money back to taxpayers.

  • Derek Selvage’s good deeds earn philanthropy award

    Last week, the New Mexico Chapter for the Association of Fundraising Professionals celebrated National Philanthropy Day and shined the spotlight on youth through Youth in Philanthropy Day. Honored on this day was Derek Selvage of White Rock.

    Piñon Elementary School Principal Megan Lee nominated Selvage, a sixth-grader, for many reasons. However, one reason shined more than others.

    Selvage held his 11th birthday party where no gifts were accepted. His fellow students were invited to make donations for a good cause, all to be decided during the festivities.

  • Dinner is served

    Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate appreciation and gratitude toward others. The VFW Post 8874 is not missing this chance to give back; volunteers are rolling up their sleeves and hauling out the pots and pans to cook a Thanksgiving Day feast for the community.

    The dinner will be held from 12-3 p.m. Thursday at the post. The menu includes turkey and all the fixings, which is free of charge.

    Jaime Clabo, canteen manager at the VFW, said about 80-100 people attend the dinner.

  • UPDATE: LA opens season with win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team started out its season on the right foot Tuesday.

    Los Alamos (1-0) knocked off visiting Kirtland Central (0-1) Tuesday night at Griffith Gymnasium.

    For all the information on the game, read today's Monitor.

  • William Schutz: Los Alamos’ living history book

    William Joshua Schutz is a living history book of Los Alamos. He was born in Silver City on Feb. 17, 1927.   He spent time in both the United States Navy and Marine Corps prior to his arrival in Los Alamos in 1947.

    Schutz served in the United States Postal Service beginning in the 40s with a stop in Santa Fe overlooking the infamous box 1663 when the town wasn’t officially of record. Schutz also recalls special box numbers allocated to the AEC (P.O. Box 1539) and the FBI (P.O. Box 427).

  • Boys basketball: Toppers down Broncos in season opener

    While the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will have to answer some questions throughout the course of this season, it passed the first pop quiz Tuesday night.

    Los Alamos outlasted a quick, pesky team from Kirtland Central Tuesday in its first game of the 2009-10 season. Los Alamos outscored Kirtland Central’s Broncos 23-11 in the third quarter, breaking the contest open and riding that wave to a 77-64 victory.

  • For the love of the pageant

    Think pageants are just a long line of women with hair sprayed drenched coifs and plastered-on fake smiles? Bernadette Lopez, a 2003 graduate of Los Alamos High School, is putting these conventional thoughts to rest.

    Lopez, a 25-year-old wife and mother of two children, has a love for the pageants. As a junior in high school, she was third runner up and then first runner up in Ms. Teen competitions. Last year, she placed in the top 15 in the Mrs. America pageant. Other accolades include “Most Photogenic” and “Most Money Raise.”

  • Cold war administration building coming down

    Los Alamos National Laboratory will mark the occasion of its first stimulus-funded demolition with a ceremony Dec. 1.

    The focus of attention will be a two-story, 22,000 square-foot building in Technical Area 21, also known as the DP Site. TA-21 is located at the end of DP Rd. on the eastern edge of the townsite and south of the county airport.

    The demolition is part of the laboratory’s $212 million environmental cleanup and groundwater monitoring project with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

  • Missing and unaccounted for

    Cheryl Rofer is a chemist, retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she managed the environmental cleanup of MDA M and other sites and helped to develop detection and remediation technologies. She blogs at http://phronesisaical.blogspot.com/

    As the old plutonium plant at Technical Area 21 comes down, the Department of Energy has an opportunity to clear up a continuing question: How much plutonium got stuck in the pipes?

  • An adventure awaits

    Adventure awaits those who step up to the opportunity. Although sometimes a little nudge is needed to take that step. Therefore, the Boy Scouts of America is bringing an adventure to you.

    Starting in January, as part of the Boy Scout of America 100th anniversary, the Adventure Base 100, a 10,000-square foot mobile campus, will be making it’s a way across the U.S.