Today's News

  • Bess White

    WHITE – Bess White, age 89, passed away Friday, April 4, 2008, at her home in Los Alamos, in the presence of her family. She was born in Carrizo Springs, Texas, Oct. 27, 1918. She married her beloved husband Pete White, in Karnes, Texas, April 24, 1939. At the time of his passing in 2003 they had been married 65 wonderful years. During her high school years at Carrizo Springs, Texas, she won the state Doubles Tennis Championship, was a Wildcat cheerleader and served as an Alumni Homecoming Queen at Carrizo Springs High School.

  • Dust devil flings dugout onto cars

    The ballfield at Overlook Park in White Rock was the scene of a bizarre event Saturday afternoon. A massive dust devil whipped across Field 3 at about 4 p.m. and, according to eyewitnesses, picked up the entire dugout at ballfield 2 and dropped it on top of two vehicles parked nearby between fields two and three.The 2003 Ford Ranger and 1997 Ford Expedition belonged to Henry Flores of Los Alamos and his son. They were practicing with a ball team in Field 1, he said. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Flores said.

  • Talking the talk: elementary schools to host speech contests

    Los Alamos Public Schools fifth- and sixth-graders will be presented with an unusual opportunity: they will be encouraged to talk while class in session. Students can show off their gift of gab during the annual speech contest at 4:15 p.m. April 17 at Pion Elementary School.Rose Martin, speech contest coordinator, explained t hat before the district contest, students needs to test their skills at their schools. Each class will send representatives to the schools’ contests.

  • Cleanup coming up

    The county will kickoff its annual Earth Day recognition with a Clean Up Los Alamos Day Saturday.Vincent Valdez, a solid waste management specialist with the county, said that there are more than 15 groups signed up right now to take part.“We are asking groups to register,” Valdez said. “Go to the county website (www.lac-nm.us/) to register.

  • Maurice McCloskey

    McCLOSKEY – Maurice (“Mac”) McCloskey, 89, passed away April 2, 2008, with family at his side. Mac was born in Indiana. He served in WWII in the Navy as a machinist mate on a destroyer. He brought his family to Los Alamos in June 1951 where he worked as a machinist and site shop supervisor at LASL until retirement. His uncanny ability to work with his hands and machine tools meant there was a unique “Mac” solution to most any problem.

  • Council to meet Tuesday

    County council is set to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers at the Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue.

  • Chamber gains new staff member

    Members of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will soon get to know a new personality – one with which Monitor readers are already familiar: Katy Korkos.The chamber’s new member services coordinator has spent the past year covering the county government beat at the Monitor.

  • A dose of patriotism

    Editor’s Note: The following provides a first-hand account of the recent Bataan Memorial Death March as perceived by a local writer and scientist.As war continues in Iraq and the U.S. economy declines, most Americans can probably use a good dose of patriotism.

  • Analysis: Valles Caldera livestock plan draws fire

    New controversy has erupted over a long-standing issue at the Valles Caldera National Preserve: cattle grazing. Last month, trust officials announced that 2,000 head of cattle would be managed on the preserve this summer. This is four times the number that grazed last summer and the most since the late 1990s, when 5,000-8,000 head of cattle roamed the former private ranch owned by the Dunigan family.Gary Morton, of Las Vegas, N.M., captured the award. He and the preserve are in final negotiations, but the fundamental agreement requires a baseline payment of $56,000.

  • Local artists turn up the creativity for the Girl Scouts' Cookie Caper

    Girl Scout cookies can do more than just satisfy the palate; they can be used to help make a difference within a community.Two Los Alamos artists, Thelma Hahn and Annie Ellen Bard, have contributed to making these cookies more than just dessert; each has crafted a cookie jar to be donated to the Girl Scouts’ Cookie Caper, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe.The cookie jars are among the items that will be bid on during a silent auction.