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Today's News

  • Memorial: Richard K. van Vleet

    VAN VLEET – A memorial service for Richard K. van Vleet will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 9, 2008 at Pajarito Masonic Lodge, located on the corner of 15th Street and Canyon Road. Interment will follow at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Following the interment, refreshments will be served at the Lodge, courtesy of OES Chapter 63. Call Rick Garland at 663-1426 for more information.

  • Home & Garden: Help for those large projects

    Los Alamos residents looking for home improvement ideas got a taste of what area businesses had to offer Saturday at the Re/Max of Los Alamos Home and Garden Show.

    An assortment of products, including cabinets, tiles, indoor and outdoor furniture, art, windows, countertops, portable storage and an assortment of “green” items, were on display at the Central Park Square parking lot.

  • Anderson leaves his mark on Los Alamos

    Expressions of appreciation for retiring Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent James Anderson have poured into the Monitor from colleagues, community members, civic officials, business leaders and members of New Mexico’s Congressional delegation.

    “Our town has been blessed to have Jim Anderson all these years,” said business leader Roger Waterman. “We have a lot of problems in this town but the quality of education is not one of them and that doesn’t happen by accident.

  • 30 years of delicious memories

    Featured on the April/May cover of Southwest Restaurateur Magazine, De Colores owners Joan and Melvin Duran have reached a proud milestone: three decades in business.

    “We first opened in 1978 in White Rock and we moved up here behind Baskin Robbins in 1989,” Joan said. “We moved to our current location at 2470 East Road on May 5, 2003.”

  • ARTS ARE ALIVE:Chorus and brass successfully play some 'heavy' music

    The Los Alamos Choral Society offered June 1 a most unusual concert at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, featuring the chorus of 50 and the Los Alamos Brass of three trumpets, three trombones, timpani and a tuba in the sprightly opening number. The latter was a “Fanfare for Brass” (2007) by the director Dr. M.L. Place Badarack.

    This was a heavy program, with unusual works throughout. Attendance was lower than usual, but the music was very well received by those attending.

  • Helping animals with art

    The animal kingdom is in trouble. Species are vanishing because of habitat loss, food chains are becoming unbalance and ecosystems are chaotic. To help restore the order, artist Geraldine Kerr is hosting an art show at Mesa Public Library.

    Twenty-six paintings each feature an animal that is endangered in alphabetical order. “The ABC’s of Endangered Animals” exhibit will open Thursday at the gallery. There will be an opening reception from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday.

  • Our View: A bit of overkill?

    We can understand the concern of the Bernalillo County Clerk that she would run out of ballots on election day.

    But please, how much is clearly too much?

    See, Bernalillo County shredded almost 1.4 million ballots – which cost taxpayers about $1.2 million – that were left over from Tuesday’s primary election.

    County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver says her office wanted to avoid a debacle of not having enough ballots.

    Well and good, she should make sure she had enough. But how many voters does she think live in Bernalillo County?

  • Off and On: Layoffs at nuke lab stir fears of a brain drain

    There was a very interesting story by the Associated Press out of California this past week.

    It dealt with fears of an irreplaceable loss of brain power as the result of layoffs at the nation’s top nuclear weapons design lab, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

    It seems the lab has laid off hundreds of workers, raising concerns about a brain drain.

    Because of budget cuts and higher costs, Lawrence Livermore laid off 440 employees May 22-23. Over the past two-plus years, attrition and layoffs have reduced the work force by about 1,800.

  • Eventful Saturday straight ahead

    A full slate of activities may require some special planning, tough choices or both on Saturday.

    Among them:

    • Airport Open House – A pancake breakfast by the Experimental Aircraft Association and co-hosted by several organizations that make up the general aviation community takes place from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Los Alamos Airport. The open house runs until 11 a.m.

  • Preserve chooses Baca kin

    The Valles Caldera Trust has named Lucia M. Sandoval Turner to be its acting executive director.

    She will serve in the position vacated by previous executive director, Jeffrey Cross, who resigned last month.

    “The Trust is very fortunate to have someone with Ms. Turner’s experience,” said Trust chair Bill Kelleher.

    Turner retired in February 2008 after 42 years as a civil servant, including the last 16 years with the forest service regional office in Albuquerque and most recently, as deputy regional forester for the southwestern region.