Today's News

  • Tuesdays at the Pond gets cancelled

    Due to inclement weather tonight's (July 29) Improv presentation at Ashley Pond has been cancelled. 

  • Bear Camp closes at Ice Rink

    As a result of continued rainy weather conditions this week and the potential for flash flooding in Los Alamos Canyon, Philmont Taylor, LAPD Emergency Management has ordered the County’s Bear Camp program to vacate the Ice Rink in the canyon for the remainder of the summer camp season.

    Atomic City Transit busses are transporting approximately 30-35 campers out of the canyon now. They will be shuttled safely back to the Aquatic Center’s training room. Staff is contacting parents to let them know of the change and asking them to pick up their children at the Aquatic Center.

    Camp will continue for one more week at this alternate location at the Aquatic Center, which should be adequate because of the limited enrollment this time of year.

  • Complete list of Spanish Market winners





    Sponsored by:             Elizabeth Boeckman, The Boeckman Family Foundation

    Artist Name:            Andrew Garcia

    From:                        Peñasco

    Title of piece:            Credenza de Cruces

    Art Form:            Furniture and Furnishings



    Sponsored by: Rey Móntez - Móntez Gallery, Tony Foltman and Terese Lyons

    Artist Name:            Debbie Carrillo

    From:                        Santa Fe, NM

  • House to vote on border bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would allow Republicans to say they tried to solve the humanitarian problem in South Texas, even though it stands no chance of becoming law.
    The bill would cost $659 million through the final two months of this fiscal year, far smaller than the $3.7 billion requested by President Barack Obama for this year and next, and a sharp reduction from the $1.5 billion initially proposed by the House spending committee. The cuts were designed to win over skeptical conservatives and give lawmakers something they could pass before leaving Washington at the end of this week for their annual August recess.
    The measure also includes policy changes rejected by most Democrats that would allow unaccompanied youths who’ve been arriving by the tens of thousands from Central America to be turned around quickly at the border and sent back home without judicial hearings.
    “I think there’s sufficient support in the House to move this bill,” House Speaker John Boehner told reporters after meeting with rank-and-file lawmakers on the issue. “We have a little more work to do though.”

  • Update 07-29-14


    Youth Fundraiser. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Rover Park in White Rock. Water slide and bounce house, $3 for five minutes. Donations are appreciated.


    The Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe.

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. This week is double tickets, for every $5 spent at a booth, receive two tickets. Double chances to win in the next contest. County Council will also be at the market.


    Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Los Alamos Improv, featuring LALT members Kaki Kelly, Patrick Webb, Tyrell Cummings, and Warren Houghteling, plus Sante Fe improvisors Sarah Michalak, Mark Mrudoch and Danile Kurmit will perform improv comedy at the band shell. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District. For more information, visit creativelosalamos.org.  

  • Scientists ignite aluminum water mix

    Don’t worry, that beer can you’re holding is not going to spontaneously burst into flames, but under the right circumstances aluminum does catch fire, and the exact mechanism that governs how, has long been a mystery.
    Now, new research by Los Alamos National Laboratory explosives scientist Bryce Tappan, published as the cover story in the prestigious German journal of chemistry Angewandte Chemie, for the first time confirms that chemical kinetics — the speed of a chemical reaction — is a primary function in determining nanoaluminum combustion burn rates.
    “It’s been long understood that nanoscale aluminum particles, 110 nanometers and smaller, are highly reactive. Aluminum particles at this scale have been used in novel explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnic formulations,” said Tappan. “The understanding of the combustion mechanism impacts how we look at the design of ever smaller aluminum particles like molecular aluminum clusters as well as possible nanoaluminum applications like hydrogen fuel storage devices — and this might be a little ‘out there’ — but also energetic formulations that could use extraterrestrial water as the oxidizer in rocket fuel.”

  • Briefs 07-29-14

    Power outage at Denver Steels

    Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities officials reported a power outage affecting about 100 customers in the Denver Steels neighborhood and portions of the University of New Mexico–Los Alamos beginning at approximately 6:45 a.m. Monday. Power was restored at UNM by 7:30 and to the Denver Steels neighborhood by 8 a.m., UNM had partial power.

    New Mexico tax holiday starts Friday for shoppers

    New Mexico’s annual tax holiday is approaching and will provide shoppers with savings on purchases of school supplies, computers and some clothing and shoes.
    Starting Friday through the weekend, there will be no gross receipts tax on certain products purchased at participating retailers.
    The tax rate varies across the state, but exceeds 8 percent in some communities.
    No tax will be imposed on computers up to $1,000, including tablets; and computer hardware costing no more than $500, including printers.
    Also tax-free are certain clothing and shoes up to $100 and school supplies under $30.
    Cell phones and video game devices remain subject to taxation.
    The Taxation and Revenue Department’s web site lists the tax treatment of various goods (http://bit.ly/1sS445h ).

    Tennis courts to be resurfaced

  • Paperboy has own unique style

    This summer, residents living on Paige Loop and Meadow Lane have come to know a now familiar sight; 11-year-old Kayden Shrader and his metallic blue, electric, Razor scooter.
    With his Los Alamos Monitor carrier bag slung over one shoulder, a steady foot and an aim that’s true, Shrader has been delivering issues of the Los Alamos Monitor to resident’s doorsteps for at least a couple of months via his trusty scooter.
    While Shrader’s customers are happy with his service, he wants his customers to know he’s just as happy too.
    “It gets me outside for fresh air,” he said.
    With a little goading from his mother though, Kayden also admits he likes the money he earns from it as well.
    With a little financial guidance from mom and dad, it was how he was able to buy his scooter in the first place. His brother Gavin, who is 9, also has a paper route, and between the two of them they’ve bought other things as well, including video games and other things they wanted.
    Currently, they are both saving up for a laptop.
    But, according to Kayden and Gavin’s mother, Trina, it’s not all about buying “stuff.”

  • Nature Center making progress

    Construction of the new Nature Center, at 2600 Canyon Road, continues to make progress.
    The land has been cleared, the slab has been poured, and the building is starting to take structure. At the same time, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is raising funds to outfit the new center with exhibits and gardens. Fundraising efforts now include engraved bricks and pavers, which will grace the gardens of the new center.
    The new nature center is a public-private partnership between Los Alamos County and PEEC. Under the partnership agreement, the County is responsible for construction of the facility, which is slated to cost $4.3 million. Klinger Constructors is the contractor working on the project. From the front, Some windows still need to be cut out of the plywood. On the right side are the staff offices, and towering above is the planetarium. To the left of the entrance is the site of the children’s discovery area. Inside the structure is the future exhibit hall, with a view toward the classroom.

  • Solid reviews for first episode

    Reviews were mostly positive, but with some caveats, in the national media for Sunday’s premier of the Los Alamos-based drama “Manhattan.”
    Many reviewers of the program said the drama is solid and the portrayals are compelling for the new series on WGN, but for others, it was hard to gauge where the series was heading.
    Brian Lowry, a TV critic for Hollywood trade newspaper “Variety,” said there was too much busyness and noise at the get-go of the series.
    “Without a central lead, the project tends to careen around like loose ions, lacking a stabilizing core,” he wrote in the newspaper.
    Praise was doled out on John Bejamin Hickey, who plays Frank Winter, the lead scientist of a second-rate scientific team competing with the show’s better-polished but brash units.
    However, a big sense of drama was ultimately lacking in much of Sunday’s premiere.
    “There’s only so much clack-clacking of chalk and the shuddering sounds of blackboards being too-violently written on that any one show can support,” said online reviewer Margaret Lyons.
    But it did receive decidedly positive reviews. The online media-tracking site Rotten Tomatoes gave “Manhattan” a critics’ score of 92 percent.