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Today's News

  • Ten years after: The first trip to WIPP

    The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the nation’s only functioning nuclear waste repository, marked the 10th anniversary of its first radioactive waste shipment Thursday.

    On March 26, 1999, a truck from Los Alamos National Laboratory arrived at the isolated facility in southeastern New Mexico, now commonly known by its initials, WIPP.

    Several LANL officials, part of a large team effort focused on the shipment, recalled the night before that first load left the hill.

  • Schools sign off on Trinity Site partnership

    The Trinity Site Revitalization Project crossed a major hurdle during Thursday’s school board meeting at Mountain Elementary School.

    In a unanimous vote to affirm a partnership with Los Alamos County, Los Alamos School Board members marked an end to years of negotiations.

    County Administrator Max Baker, County Council Chairman Mike Wheeler and Council Vice Chairman Mike Wismer turned out for the big event.

    “You should be proud of your board chair – she did a yeoman’s job,” said Wismer in referring to President Joan Ahlers.

  • Property owners can expect NOVs soon

    If you haven’t already received one, property owners in Los Alamos County can expect a letter from the county assessor’s office in their mailboxes soon.

    On or before Wednesday, each property owner will receive a notice of value for his or her property. The county assessor is an elected official responsible for valuing property in the county as directed by state laws known as the New Mexico Property Tax Code.

  • Monitor has become a useless newspaper

    Dear Editor,

     A “story” in your March 25, 2009, edition stated, “Rumors were running rampant this morning” about the fate of the Mountain Elementary School principal.

  • Monitor irresponsible in publishing story

    Dear Editor,

     Regarding the article in Wednesdays paper, “Mountain Principal’s Job in Question,” I was shocked and appalled that the Monitor would print such a premature and irresponsible piece.

    Why add to the issue of “rumors running rampant” when no real news was there to report.

    My daughter is a student at Mountain School and it is my experience that Mike Katko is nothing short of a kind, conscientious and caring principal.

  • A major step forward

    A major step forward

    The signing of the Trinity Site Revitalization Project agreement by the school board Thursday is a positive step forward for our community.

    In its unanimous vote to affirm a partnership with the county, school board members took a step toward the future.

    While we believe that there are still many questions and issues here, this project is what the county has basically banked its future on and we need to move ahead.

    Doing nothing is worse than trying something.

  • State reopens I-40 to Texas

    The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) continues to monitor and assist state and local partners during the clean up process from a spring storm that closed Interstate Highways and other roads in New Mexico late Thursday and Friday.

     I-40 east bound at Moriarty was expected to open Saturday afternoon once travel is approved by Texas officials.  West bound lanes of I-40 in New Mexico are open.

  • Taking a new direction

    Los Alamos Artist Fran Stovall, who has created stain-glass and pastel art since 1993, fell into a slump.  

    A gallery that showed her work closed and she wasn’t doing a lot of art. But on a whim, Stovall decided to apply to be the featured artist in the Art Center at Fuller Lodge’s Portal Gallery.

    Being accepted channeled Stovall in a whole new artistic direction.

    “In fact, it really inspired me to move off in this direction that I’d been thinking about for years,” she said.

  • A familiar performer returns to the Brown Bag concert series

    A taste of Spain, a dash of Bach and a splash of a few barcarolles will be mixed into Los Alamos pianist Juanita Madland’s concert, the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag show at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    The community can look forward a relaxed concert that will feature Spanish dances, a Bach suite, a piece by Chopin and barcarolles, or Venetian boat songs.

    Madland said, “Playing for the Brown Bag is a little lighter than a night concert.”

  • The hunt is on for treasure

    Are there priceless items sitting in your closet? Or maybe stacked up on shelves in your attic or stuffed in boxes in the garage? Your home could contain a fortune in antiques, gold, coins or jewelry, and you might not know about it. One way to determine if your stuff is valuable is take it to the Treasure Hunters Road Show.

    The Treasure Hunters Road Show will set up shop Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos. Hours of operation are  9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. There is no cost.