Today's News

  • County Council set to mull 10 percent hike in rates for electricity during tonight's meeting

    The Tuesday evening county council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Community Building, and the proceedings will be televised on PAC-8.

    The results of a recent lamonitor.com online poll show that 85.6 percent of respondents are opposed to the proposed electricity rate hike, yet there was no citizen opposition voiced when the Board of Utilities considered the measure at its meeting several weeks ago.

  • Home sales plunge 27 pct. to lowest in 15 years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of previously occupied homes plunged last month to the lowest level in 15 years, despite the lowest mortgage rates in decades and bargain prices in many areas.

    July's sales fell by more than 27 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.83 million, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday. It was the largest monthly drop on records dating back to 1968, and sharp declines were recorded in all regions of the country.

  • Speed trap

    Armed with a radar gun, the Monitor found plenty of drivers exceeding speed limits in Los Alamos the past few weeks.

    Most seemed to be commuters, people driving off the hill to get home or up the hill to get to work.

    The speed limit is 25 mph around town unless otherwise posted.

    And while most drivers kept to the limit at many locations, one of the speeder hotspots is East Road traveling west. The speed limit is 50 mph, drops to 45 and then 40 at the far west end past Los Alamos County Airport. Drivers clocked speeds of 48 to 62 mph in that 40 mph zone.

  • Cycling: Local rider helping her team battle MS in fundraiser

    It’s the best of both worlds for those who do what they love to do and do it for a good cause.

    Local cyclist, Cathy Cleland will do just that next weekend as she hits the road for the Multiple Sclerosis ride Saturday and Sunday.

    The Bike MS: Pedal Los Pueblos is a fundraising event that has cyclists hitting the road for two days, covering 150 miles.

    Cleland, who has been cycling for 25 years, said she can’t wait to take part in the annual trek. Cleland started out cycling for fun and turned it into a lifestyle.

  • Walkers get a taste of Canyon Rim Trail

    A stretch of jet-black asphalt cuts through the shrubs and trees just off N.M. 502 near the Entrada Business Park. Walking on this paved trail, a panoramic view of mesas and canyons fills one’s vision.

    David Little of Los Alamos summed up the scene along the Canyon Rim Trail.


    Read the whole story in today's Monitor.

  • Council candidate drops out of race

    Democrat Nathan Hjelm has dropped out of the Los Alamos County Council Race.

    Hjelm cited time constraints associated with his new full-time job at Los Alamos National Laboratory as the major influence on his decision to withdraw from the race so close to the Nov. 2 general election, according to Democratic Party Chair Cathy Chapman.

    The Democratic Party Central Committee has until Sept. 7 to appoint a replacement candidate, but Chapman said she prefers to finalize the appointment no later than Aug. 31.

  • LANL innovators honored at Tech Transfer Awards

    Scientists and technicians were honored during the 12th annual Technology Transfer Awards reception Thursday at Fuller Lodge.

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory innovators were recognized for distinguished patents, licenses and copyrights, and both programmatic and regional impact. Terry Wallace, principal associate director for Science Technology and Engineering, hosted the event, which

    featured keynote speaker Wendolyn Holland of the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

  • Architect to show drawings

    On Sept. 10, 1994 more than 100 volunteers began moving 125,000 items from the old library to the new Mesa Public Library. Children loaded books into red wagons and hauled them several blocks up Central Avenue.

    By Sept. 14 and ahead of schedule, all the items were in their brand new home. Since then, the library has grown up, becoming one of the best-loved and most used institutions in Los Alamos. Celebrate this sweet 16th anniversary with an exhibit of the works of Mesa Public Library architect, Antoine Predock.

  • Stocks drop as 'Summer of Recovery' fizzles

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell for a fourth day after another disappointing report on housing deepened worries that the economic recovery could be fading. Bond yields fell as investors sought out more stable investments.

    The Dow Jones industrial average lost 134 points Tuesday following news that sales of previously occupied homes fell last month to their lowest level in 15 years. The 27 percent drop in home sales from the previous month was the biggest since record-keeping began in 1968.

  • Chance discoveries in our backyards

    Some of us have never found a single dollar bill on the sidewalk. But once in a blue moon a lucky soul in the upper Midwest reaches down into the Ice Age deposits of our country and plucks out a diamond.  

    It doesn’t take much geologic knowledge to recognize a diamond in the rough as an interesting and valuable object.

    Diamonds are the hardest mineral in the Earth, which means they will scratch quartz, window glass and even other hard gems like ruby and emerald.