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Today's News

  • Using creativity to support the Kiwanis

    Years ago, June Warren created festive holiday decorations for  a Santa Fe Opera Guild fundraiser.  “I just made these for the opera guild … and they really sold,” she said.

    Recently, Warren was looking through boxes and discovered a few leftover decorations. Looking at the smiling scarecrows and the silk fall colored leaves, Warren came up with an idea.

    So she whipped out her glue gun and made some more decorative pieces for Halloween.

  • Six Monkeys: Sugar, sugar

    It used to just be me and Zooker.

    Well before I graduated college, married, divorced and remarried. Before I took a single ballet lesson. Before I began writing for newspapers. Before everything happened, I had Zooker. Before that, I was a waitress.

    I was a terrible waitress. My tips didn’t fold; they jangled. I spent too long talking about books with the customers I liked and not enough time remembering who needed a refill on his iced tea.

  • Favorable bill for N.M. labs recommended

    U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall cheered the outcome of a conference committee bill that contains funding for New Mexico’s national laboratories.

    The funds are contained in an Energy and Water appropriations bill that will now head to the full House and full Senate for final passage before it can go to the president for a signature.

  • Lab takes down first waste storage dome

    An ongoing concern at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been the somewhat vulnerable above ground storage domes that have been used to house radioactive waste over long periods of time. On Wednesday, the lab began demolishing the first of these containment domes.

    The 38-foot high, 345-foot-long facility known as “Dome 226” is made of fabric over aluminum ribbing. It once housed thousands of drums of radioactive waste that have been shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad for disposal.

  • Staff report was unsportsmanlike

    Who is the mysterious “Monitor Staff” who composed the mean-spirited article on high school soccer published on Sept. 25, 2009? Why didn’t the article have a named byline so I know to whom I should directly complain?

  • Vives treated unfairly

    When did the Los Alamos Enquirer take over at the Los Alamos Monitor? Five days in a row? Top headline? Not even a local murder trial or killer DWI story gets these kind of headlines! In the interest of full disclosure, I am a proud member of the Los Alamos Community Winds, directed by Dr. Ted Vives for the last 10 years in our community. By the way, you missed a great concert at the Smith Auditorium Friday night. I consider that the reporting seemed quite one sided, an example of which was the tendency to quote some witnesses for one party and not the other.

  • On the water front

    Re: “Contamination shows up in regional aquifer” (Monitor, Sept. 27, 2009). The contrast is striking between Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Danny Katzman, water stewardship program manager, James Bearzi, chief of the Environment Department’s Hazardous Waste Bureau and registered geologist and citizen watchdog Robert Gilkeson.

  • Discussing health care in a normal voice

    Civil discussions of healthcare reform are possible. I heard one just last week when three panelists took up the subject before a business group.

    Jim Hinton, CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, set the tone: “There are no villains in this debate.”

    Daniel Derksen, a professor in UNM’s Family and Community Medicine Department and president of the New Mexico Medical Society, said healthcare reform is too important to be a partisan debate.

  • $62,934 raised for local schools

    It is the first time the new owners of Sage Cottage signed up for Smith’s Food and Drug Earn and Learn program, and it ended up being a very rewarding decision.  

    The Montessori School received $359.08. “It was nice,” said Cheri Post, executive director of Sage Cottage. “It was a nice chunk of money. Every little bit helps.”

    Post said this year’s money will go toward the school’s general operation fund.

  • Schools reap substantial benefit

    Voters agreed to 32 percent of Los Alamos County’s 36 percent tax increase set to go into affect in November when they approved a $40 million school bond on Jan. 17.

    The 32 percent tax boost allows the district to begin a vigorous building program that will bring a new classroom building to Los Alamos High School and renovate the library and gymnasium at LAHS, explained LAPS Construction Administrator Herb McLean during a meeting Friday with Superintendent Gene Schmidt.