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Today's News

  • Halfway there: Lab pays tribute to work done

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s new Rad Lab topped out Tuesday at five stories with a traditional ceremony for the workers involved in the project.

    “It’s a long-time tradition in the construction industry, when the building reaches its highest point,” said Rick Holmes, the project division leader for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) project. “We hung a flag and put up a piñon tree, which means the building was constructed safely and signifies good luck for the occupants.”

  • Patrick Blossom

    Patrick Blossom, 53, a lifetime resident of Los Alamos and more recently of Albuquerque, died Thursday July 17, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Cheryl Lynne “Cheri Bell” Blossom; son, Ian Patrick Blossom; daughters, Erin Lindsey Silas, Meghan Leigh East and husband, Brandon; grandchildren, Korinne Kyoko Blossom and Tristan James East; mother, Lorna McIntyre; brothers, Rea Bruce Blossom and wife, Cindy, James Michael Blossom and wife, Tione Joseph, David Andrew Blossom and wife, Carolyn, Robert Quentin Blossom and wife, Cathy; and many other family and friends.

  • Spotlight on Los Alamos: Communicating with dits and dahs

    You may have seen him walking around town with a heavy-duty transmitter strapped to his back, antenna pointing to the sky and a concerted look on his face.

    He’s not a Ghostbuster, John W. Snell is just a history buff of a different breed, and there’s plenty others like him.

    Almost every day, you can catch Snell at Ashley Pond with his headset on, vehemently tapping away at his telegraph key and scrambling to write down the response of whichever radio operator he happens to be talking to at the time.

  • Gulps from a fire hose: Sifting particle collisions in the Large Hadron Collider

    A computer device built at Los Alamos National Laboratory will play a role in the hunt for a missing particle known as the Higgs Boson, when the Large Hadron Collider begins to power up next month near Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Teaming up for some theatrical fun Thursday

    Los Alamos County Library System and the Santa Clara Pueblo Library are teaming up to bring theatrical fun to kids from both communities this summer.

    From 1-4 p.m. Thursday at the Santa Clara Pueblo Neighborhood Facility Gym, adjacent to the library, children will embark on an imaginary vegetable safari in the play “The Caterpillar Hunter,” presented by The Traveling Lantern Theater Company from Portland, Ore.

  • Thinking Makes It So: Why run?

    I was running along, overlooking White Rock Canyon, the Rio Grande sparkling at its vertiginous nadir, when a few words coming through my iPod stole my attention. Fiona Apple was singing in her beautiful, gloomy way about how we all want something similar to what we already have, even if we hate it. Amy Mann sings about this, too – “condemning the future to death so we can match the past.”

  • Simmons simply seeks to serve

    Homebuilder Ron Simmons isn’t running for Congress because he needs the job or a second career. The Independent candidate says he simply wants to make things better for the people of New Mexico.

    Simmons filed his District 3 candidacy June 4 and informed the Monitor editorial board Thursday that he’s been notified his name will appear on November’s ballot.

  • Monitor welcomes photographer 'posse'

    They’re already out there, Nikons and Canons slung around their necks or fixed in front of their faces – the camera becoming more of a second face than a piece of technology.

    They call themselves a posse.

  • Historical document retrieval project meets

    A public meeting by the study team for the Los Alamos Historical Document Retrieval and Assessment Project will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cities of Gold Nambé Conference Room, 10-A Cities of Gold Road in Pojoaque.

    The nine-year-old examination of records related to radiological and chemical releases at Los Alamos National Laboratory is a project of the Centers for Disease Control under a contract with ChemRisk Inc. Tom Widener of ChemRisk is the project director.

  • Little League: White Rock squads move on

    The White Rock Little League Junior softball All-Stars opened the state tournament with a win Friday night to advance in the winner’s bracket.

    In Friday’s opener, Monika Teter struck out eight batters in three innings and the White Rock offense did the rest, ringing up a 14-2 win over Albuquerque South Valley.

    In the second round Saturday afternoon, White Rock was scheduled to face off against Gallup. The result of that contest wasn’t known as of press time.