Today's News

  • Spotlight on Los Alamos: Longtime LA residents are loving life

    When John and June Warren went on their honeymoon, they would later call their vacation spot “home.” Los Alamos is more than just the place where John started his career at the laboratory or the location of June’s Montessori school,  Ponderosa Montessori (formerly Sage Montessori). Los Alamos marks the beginning of their marriage.

    Fifty years later, as John and June celebrated their anniversary June 7 with friends, their daughters, their granddaughter and several cousins, they reminisced about the start of their life together.

  • Swimming: Gold medalist brings camp to Hill

    After a remarkable swimming career, Tom Jager thought it was time to switch gears a little bit.

    Jager, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion, has gotten into coaching at the collegiate level and runs his Gold Medal Swimming Camp to teach others what he has learned over the course of international competition.

    The Gold Medal Swimming Camp was held this year at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

  • Cross country: LAMS program to start this fall

    For all the success the Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country program has accumulated over the years, there is one thing it has lacked.

    A feeder program.

    That shortfall — surely to the chagrin of every other cross country program in the state — will be rectified this upcoming school year.

    Los Alamos Middle School will offer for the first time a seventh- and eighth-grade cross country program in 2008. Exact details of the season are still being worked out, but the components are there already.

  • Guest Opinion: Bikers beneficial - but many others help out on local trails

    John Cortesy’s commentary on trail maintenance on National Forest lands is dead-on in one respect: I am a hiker and I mountain biker and neither he nor anyone else has ever seen me carrying a chainsaw on a national forest trail.

    However, over the past 10 years I and at least 800 other volunteers that I know have worn out more than a two-dozen blades on my collection of four 22-inch bow saws.

  • Saying goodbye is hard to do

    No one wants him to go. Not the newsroom, not management, not anyone in the building, and when Gary Warren picks up his camera and leaves the Monitor for the last time July 5, the loss to his colleagues and friends will be deeply felt. While some comfort is derived from knowing he will be near his beloved family, it doesn’t make it easier to see him go.

  • Council considers $14.8 million go-ahead for Airport Basin

    Los Alamos County Council on Tuesday will consider passing Amendment No. 1 to a services agreement with Hensel Phelps Construction of New Mexico. The amendment calls for the company to move forward with actual construction with a guaranteed maximum price for the first phase of $14,8111,011, plus Gross Receipts Tax.

  • Drum beat: Missing tag, mistaken assumptions may have caused problem container to go awry

    Investigators are beginning to unravel the story behind the 55-gallon barrel that recently had to be plucked from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and returned to Los Alamos National Laboratory for corrections.

    The New Mexico Environment Department announced at the time that the disposal had been “improper” and related to “prohibitions on liquids.”

    LANL officials acknowledged that a mistake was made and a drum containing radioactive waste was shipped to the Department of Energy’s WIPP site near Carlsbad, N.M., that should not have been sent.

  • Final Guitars and Gateaux concert to feature Americeltic

    Ricko Donovan will make his Guitars and Gateaux concert series debut with a hybrid of music. He refers to this musical mesh as Americeltic.

    To perform this type of music, Donovan plays the guitar and the hammered dulcimer.

    The hammered dulcimer, series coordinator Greg Schneider, explained is very different from the dulcimer, which a musician lays in his or her lap and plays like guitar.

  • Tour gardens Saturday

    Since moving to Los Alamos two summers ago, I’ve heard many stories from folks who lived through the days of the great fire of 2000. The Cerro Grande fire changed the landscape of Los Alamos and the mountains surrounding it for decades to come. Not only did the fire cause erosion by burning down vegetation, it also damaged the soil.

  • Another good step forward

    We must take a moment to pause and give the lab some due when it is deserved. And it earned some big points Wednesday when it hosted the quarterly Community Leaders Breakfast.

    It is easy to point out when the lab fails or when it falls short. But if that is so, then the opposite should also be true.

    And it is so here as LANL Director Michael Anastasio should be given credit for opening the lab’s doors – if even just a little.