Today's News

  • Peering into nuclear futures

    Under American leadership, the arms control pendulum has swung back in the direction of abolishing nuclear weapons, after a period in which such a sweeping aspiration has been outside the mainstream of political thought.

  • First wave of offices start to move

    Los Alamos County’s 311 Customer Care Center and the administrative offices of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities are relocating to three office suites in Central Park Square.

    The move is concurrent with the vacation of the entire County Annex Building located on the Trinity site at 901 Trinity Dr.

    Janet Bettinger, the deputy utility manager for administration and finance at the Department of Public Utilities (DPU),  is heading up the relocation project.

  • Tackling town’s business woes

    Last summer the MainStreet Futures Committee held a retreat where they tried to figure out what prevents Los Alamos from achieving its vision of becoming a vibrant community.

    “To be blunt, at our retreat we were asking, ‘Why is this town dying on the vine?’ ” said Denise Lane. “Why do [residents] voice what they want time after time in surveys and then not get it?”

    The committee’s solution was to develop a formal process for the public and private sectors to work together to enable development projects to be successful.

  • New Municipal Building costs money

    The county’s presentation, “New Municipal Building Space Program Update” at the Feb. 2 county council meeting did not generate the kinds of questions from the council that showed it was concerned about cost issues. There were questions on the size of the council chambers and conference rooms. However, there were no questions about why the space requirements were based upon the GSA figure of 300 square feet per person rather than 200 or 250. The cost of the building is a function of the size of the building, currently estimated at 50,425 square feet.

  • A preference for traffic lights

    Thomas and Rebecca Shankland’s letter “Roundabouts are the way to go,” underscores a continuing problem in the Los Alamos community, including White Rock revitalization.

    The Shanklands consider roundabouts the safe and effective way to deal with traffic (presumably on NM 4) and they consider traffic lights ugly. (Who determined traffic lights are ugly?)

    Their opinion is put forward as fact.

    My wife and I think traffic lights are really safer and roundabouts a way to annoy our neighbors, at least those we’ve talked to.

  • Life, decisions and happiness

    Decisions, decisions, decisions. As a cancer survivor I hate making them. As a survivor of cancer as a chronic disease, I hate them even more. Think about it. If you have one of those horrible cancers that are likely to recur, and very difficult to treat, odds are you know the statistics. For example, I know that the average life expectancy for ovarian cancer patients is around eight years. For other cancers it’s worse. Of course, statistics are just that, data that physicians use to make clinical decisions.

  • Local students earn first and third place in state piano competition

    Ariel Chen won first place and Kevin Gao earned third place in the Jackie McGehee Piano Concerto Competition held Saturday at Keller Hall in Albuquerque.  Read more in tomorrow's Monitor.

  • Governor threatens special session on budget

    SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson said Tuesday he will call a special session of the Legislature next week if lawmakers fail to agree on a state budget before adjourning on Thursday but there's still time to reach a compromise on spending and tax increases.

    The Democratic governor said lawmakers should consider a small increase in New Mexico's gross receipts tax — perhaps one-eighth or one-quarter of a cent — along with a tax on junk food and cigarettes to help raise revenues to balance the budget.

  • Fed loan guarantees underwrite new nuclear plants

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than $8 billion in new federal loan guarantees to build two nuclear reactors in Georgia could be the first step toward a nuclear renaissance in the United States, three decades after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident halted all new reactor orders.

  • UPDATE: LA tops Espaola Valley

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team came back from a fourth quarter deficit Tuesday night to top the Española Valley Sundevils.

    The two teams are now locked in a tie for first place in the District 2AAAA standings with one district game remaining for each.

    Taylor Ealey had 13 points to lead four Hilltoppers in double-figures Tuesday night.

    Read more about the game in today's Monitor or check back at www.lamonitor.com.