Today's News

  • Former Hilltopper gets on the big screen

    Some people dream about appearing on the silver screen, but William Lebeda made this dream come true. The former Los Alamos resident has had his work projected onto movie screens for the last 15 years.

    Moviegoers can see the former Los Alamos resident’s work again in M. Night Shyamalan’s movie, “The Happening.”

    In this movie, Lebeda was the second unit director. As the second unit director, Lebeda shot scenes that didn’t involve principal actors. Some of these scenes included stunt work and driving scenes.

  • It's just good business

    A town is only as strong as its businesses, said Janine Detter, Los Alamos National Bank marketing director. During ChamberFest, the local entrepreneurs are recognized for their role in Los Alamos and the community is invited to help applaud their efforts.

    This year, the festival for businesses will begin with an appreciation banquet for chamber members from 5-7 p.m. at Central Avenue Grill. Later that evening, the Continental Kids, a band that performs doo-op and 50s’ music, will take the stage at 7 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue.


    Mary Louise Hoefer Meyers, 86, a resident of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, passed away on Sunday, June 8, 2008. Mary was born August 2, 1921, in Marceline, Missouri. Mary grew up in Salina, Kansas where she met her husband, Walt. They were married in Washington, DC, on December 4, 1942.

    They moved to Los Alamos when Walt was stationed there during the Manhattan Project, and lived there for over 60 years. They moved to Colorado Springs, CO, in 1993, and then returned to New Mexico in 2000.

  • Baker's salary bumped by council

    Prestige comes with the job title but esteem is earned and Los Alamos County Administrator Max Baker has earned the esteem of the Los Alamos County Council, Councilor Ken Milder said during Tuesday’s council meeting.

    Milder, who served on county council in the 1980s, said he’s worked with a lot of county administrators over the years and ranks Baker amongst the best of them.

    “What’s important is the level of confidence any county administrator can earn and Max has certainly earned our confidence,” he said.

  • Bond resolution passes at Tuesday's meeting

    A bond resolution to help repair and rebuild area schools was approved Tuesday night by the school board.

    During its regularly scheduled meeting, the board voted 5-0 to approve a mail-out ballot to be sent out to Los Alamos County residents in January 2009 that asks taxpayers to help bear the weight of a $40 million infrastructure-rebuilding project dubbed the “20-Year Facilities Renewal Plan” that is designed to ensure the longevity of current LAPS schools.

  • Los Alamos Apartments fall into foreclosure

    The largest property foreclosure in the history of Los Alamos is underway.

    The Los Alamos Apartments, with a foreclosure value of approximately $3 million, run east of the Bradbury Science Museum to 9th Street between Central Avenue and Iris Street, and includes two buildings immediately adjacent to museum park housed the Los Alamos National Laboratory student housing.

  • Biosafety committee reviews new influenza research

    Two new biological research projects came before the Institutional Biosafety Committee Tuesday. Both involved influenza research at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Babs Marrone of the laboratory’s Bioscience Division said her application for a project on “Environmental Sampling for Endemic Influenza Strains” was made in anticipation of funding from a Congressionally approved project led by the University of California, Los Angeles, for a High Speed, High Volume Laboratory Network for Infectious Diseases.

  • Summer intern joins Monitor

    The Monitor welcomes its summer intern Gabriel Vasquez, 23, of El Paso.

    The English, Journalism and Mass Communications major from New Mexico State University joined the staff in late May and plans to be with the Monitor until the end of July.

    “I’m very content to be here,” Vasquez said. “This will be an incredibly valuable experience for me, I’ve already learned quite a bit.”

  • From noodles to Kung Fu

    Po, a rather lazy, oversized panda, is destined to follow in his father’s footsteps as the next in a bloodline of noodle makers in China.

    Little does his father know that Po’s true passion lies not in the hot bowls of “secret ingredient soup,” but in the ancient art of Kung Fu.


    James Andrew Bridge, 86, died Friday, June 6, at Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Rolla, Missouri, on May 2, 1922, to Josiah and Lucy Atwater Bridge. Jim came to Los Alamos in 1943 after studying for three years at the University of Maryland. He met his future wife, Edulia Marie Bustos (“Eddie”), in Los Alamos in 1945. They were married Nov. 18, 1946.Jim was a PFC in the Special Engineer Detachment during the Manhattan Project.