Today's News

  • Consent order milestones at risk

    Officials of the Department of Energy now acknowledge that they are likely to default on some of the deadlines that have been agreed upon between the state, the federal government and the managers of Los Alamos National Laboratory.The chief operations officer for environmental management said in a letter responding to a new report by the inspector general that some milestones will be missed regardless of the approach that is taken.“Moreover, some of the relevant agreements were negotiated many years ago, with incomplete knowledge by any of the parties of the

  • Skate Park plan rolls forward

    Los Alamos County Council’s approval Tuesday to proceed to the 60-percent design phase of the skate park met with audience applause. The project is on track for completion in August at a price tag of just under a half-million dollars.Council Chairman Jim Hall called the revised plans “outstanding design.”During public commentary, Greg Kendall said, “It will liven up an underwhelming part of our town.

  • Let Paris court you

    “Paris, je t’aime” absolutely charmed me. The film looks at France’s capital city from the backseat of a car, from a subway station, from restaurants, from baby cribs, from jail, from deathbeds. In 18 five-minute shorts, it shows 18 different arrondissements, or districts, from the eyes of a paramedic, a traveling salesman, a tourist, a blind man, a vampire.Although the collection is distinctly French, it includes several actors and directors working outside of their home countries.

  • Thinking Makes It So: The concubine's new clothes

    What do we forbid in America? Same as they do in China: emperors.

    But in pre-Mao China, the rules were different, and the word “forbidden” meant something slightly different as well. In fact, it meant you needed the emperor’s permission.

    The Forbidden City, built in the 1400s in downtown Beijing, housed 24 Chinese emperors over 500 years, although “housed” would strike any visitor as a feeble, utterly helpless verb in the face of these surroundings.

  • A note from our publisher: Did you notice?

    If you are a keen newspaper observer you may have noticed something a bit different about today’s Monitor: it is a little smaller.It is very appropriate that during the time of the Earth Day celebration, we have made a move to help save a small part of the environment.The Monitor – as of today – is being printed on 24-inch paper, a reduction of one inch in the width from our previous paper.This slight reduction will have a no impact on news, photos or other content, and a very minimal impact on advertising, as the difference will be a

  • Gorbachev calls for global restructuring

    SANTA FE – Mikhail Gorbachev gave a lecture and held a press conference here Monday about saving the world – “one step at a time.”Winston Churchill memorably called the Russia of the “iron curtain” and the gulag archipelagos “a riddle  wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” But there was very little of the mysterious about the former President of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

  • Spotlight on Los Alamos: Students to represent the Hill at international event

    In garages and in nature, two Los Alamos High School students recently spent months testing their scientific knowledge. What they created only few have seen or even imagined.Now, high school junior Caroline Wurden and freshman Alexander Kendrick are sharing their discoveries not only with the country, but with the world.Both young scientists will participate in the International Science and Engineering Fair, to be held May 11-16 in Atlanta.

  • Piano teacher earns national award


  • Firefighters squelch smoldering disaster

    The mouth-watering aroma of supper simmering on the stove turned acrid when a forgotten pot began to smolder and nearly burst into flames Friday in an apartment on 11th Street.Los Alamos Fire Marshall Michael Thompson described the sequence of events that lead to near disaster for the apartment owner and surrounding neighbors at about 3:30 p.m. Friday.“He put the food in the pot to start cooking and went to another part of the apartment,” Thompson said.

  • FBI officials share crime-fighting experiences

    ALBUQUERQUE — Sometimes they strike close to home.Terrorist incidents in Espaola and Santa Fe are included in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s unclassified annual Terrorism series, which summarizes terrorist activities in the United States.Two acts committed in 1998 and 1999 have been added to a chronological summary of terrorist incidents distributed Tuesday to participants of the 2008 FBI Citizens’ Academy, held in the Albuquerque headquarters building.Calling the incidents “acts of domestic terrorism,” the report st