Today's News

  • More information needed

    I read that Los Alamos has some 500 “poverty level” people or families.  I enjoyed a related observation that a city as rich as ours should be able to do something.

    I don’t understand some things.  The overall question is whether these individuals or families are below poverty level because of unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances, or whether they are just suffering the consequences of bad decisions.  It would be helpful to have a lot more data about the situation:

  • Teaching engineering: then and now

    Public discourse is a strange thing. It clanks, whirrs and blows steam. As it hacks and grinds away, making an assembly line of ideas to choose from.

         Discourse operates this way on any topic worth our time. Take for example the discipline of engineering.

         Engineering does things to the air and water, some for better and some for worse. Practices have changed in recent decades. At the same time, the old principles apply even more in new situations.

  • Sharpening the bionic eye

    Helping the blind to see used to be a job for miracle workers. Now, an international science project is restoring the sensation of light in dozens of sightless eyes.

    During a recent ceremony for employees of Los Alamos National Laboratory, a group of local scientists were recognized for their work on the Artificial Retina Project, which was honored this year with one of R&D Magazine’s annual awards.

  • Wallace seeks 10th term

    Editor’s Note: Incumbents in the upcoming election will be featured Sundays in the Los Alamos Monitor. New candidates will be featured after they officially file their candidacies March 16 with the County Clerk’s Office.

    Longtime community leader Jeannette Wallace is running to extend her service in the New Mexico State Legislature to another two-year term. Wallace, 75, has represented District 43, including Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties, since Jan. 1, 1991.

  • Loud Explosive Sounds Today Were Gopher Extermination Blasts

    Those loud explosions heard this afternoon in the downtown area were actually gopher extermination blasts near Bathtub Row.

    A crew of certified gopher exterminators injected gas into gopher holes in the area and ignited them, causing the loud blasting sounds and collapsing the gopher tunnels.

  • Don’t empty the wallet! Find great buys at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge

    The day after Thanksgiving, sometimes called Black Friday, is known as the busiest shopping day of the year. Fueled by leftover pumpkin pie, hordes of shoppers will travel down the hill to invade the malls and department stores. This year you have another option: stay home and visit the opening day of the Affordable Art sale at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge. Affordable Art offers gifts for everyone on your list.

  • A shopping opportunity for children

    Various arts and craft fairs and shopping opportunities are held during the holiday season where adults can find gifts, but what about children? Shopping opportunities that are kid friendly can be somewhat of a challenge; luckily, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church offers a solution.

    The Children’s Bazaar, which will be held from 9 a.m. – noon                Dec. 5 at Trinity on the Hill, is specifically provided for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

  • LANL employees have the spirit of giving

    Los Alamos National Laboratory employees’ exceptional spirit of giving and generosity can be seen throughout the year in their participation in Laboratory community drives, campaigns and volunteerism.

    For example, the recently completed 2010 employee-giving campaign raised a record-breaking $1.3 million in donations. With the Los Alamos National Security, LLC match, this community investment will provide more than $2.3 million in services and resources for children, senior citizens and families.

  • Women’s lives should not be valued in dollars and cents

    There is one glaring error in a recent editorial cartoon by Trevor. He shows two women (out of five members) on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. In reality, only one of the 10 members is female.

    This may account for the cavalier attitude of the task force recommendation that regular mammograms for women between the ages of 40 and 49 be discontinued. It appears that fewer lives are saved in this age group than in women over 50 whose breast cancer is diagnosed through regular mammography. They also recommend mammograms only every two years for the older group.

  • Winter storm watch

    The National Weather Service in Albuquerque issued a winter storm watch Saturday night through this evening with significant snowfall amounts possible across the northern mountains.

    A potent storm over central California will continue to head slowly south to southeast through today before turning east across northern Mexico on Monday.