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  • Young musicians encourage giving

    Salvation Army volunteers are a regular sight at storefronts during this time of year, but a couple of Los Alamos High School students decided to put their own spin on that Sunday.
    Caleb Hatler and Sally Grindstaff did their shifts in front of the Smith’s Marketplace Sunday afternoon.
    But, along with the traditional bell ringing, the two also brought their own instruments to play Christmas favorites for customers going in.
    “I thought it would be a great chance to use my ability and to help bring some money to the Salvation Army,” said Hatler, a freshman at LAHS.
    Hatler brought his bassoon to his shift. The bassoon, a wind instrument in the double-reed family of instruments, is often featured in orchestral bands.
    He said he’s been playing the bassoon for about five years.
    “My favorite thing about the bassoon is its unique tone,” said Hatler. “It’s very beautiful and it can be loud or soft. It can play some very fun melodies and some very emotional melodies, too.”
    Bell ringers for the Salvation Army, which was founded in England in the 1860s, are usually most active around the Christmas season, collecting donations in their red kettles to help those in need.
    Today was the final day for local efforts for the Salvation Army.

  • Buses will have limited service during holidays

    Bus service to and from Los Alamos, as well as around town in Los Alamos, will be limited for the holidays.
    Los Alamos County announced that Atomic City Transit will not be in operation Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. The transit provides several routes around Los Alamos and to and from Los Alamos and White Rock.
    Meanwhile, the North Central Regional Transit District will not be in service either Wednesday or Thursday in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
    The NCRTD also will not be in operation Jan. 1.
    Regularly scheduled routes will run on the days immediately preceding and following those closure days.
    Also, Atomic City Transit will provide Dial-a-Ride service on New Year’s Eve.
    Despite having days off coming up, the NCRTD was busy last week. Friday, the bus service announced it will assume operation of the Taos Express.
    The NCRTD, which operates free bus routes on weekdays to several service areas around northern New Mexico, including Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties, will take over the Taos Express route from the current operator, the Taos Chile Line. The change will be effective Jan. 1.

  • Christmas Characters

    These may or may not be the characters you’re looking for in Los Alamos this holiday season, but numerous residences have clever outdoor displays, including a happy snowman on a high deck and R2D2 from “Star Wars.”

  • Airline resumes regular schedule

    Without much fanfare, New Mexico Airlines resumed its normal operating schedule last week at Los Alamos Airport, following more than two weeks of suspended service.
    The airline had canceled its flights Dec. 4 for service in both Los Alamos and Carlsbad. The Carlsbad Current-Argus was also reporting that its service to that airport had resumed Monday as well.
    The airline suspended its flights indefinitely earlier this month, something that caught Los Alamos County, which subsidizes flights to and from Albuquerque, off guard. According to the Associated Press, the airline had decided to ground some flights due to mechanical issues.
    Airport manager David Ploeger said in a statement released this morning by Los Alamos County that New Mexico Airlines has not informed the county of any maintenance issues, nor is the airline required to inform the county about such issues.
    “We don’t know anything specific about what those issues were,” he told the Los Alamos Monitor.
    In this morning’s statement, Ploeger said that “safety is a top priority for our passengers using the service.”
    He added that if the county learns of any documented safety-related issues, they would be addressed with New Mexico Airlines.

  • Machine will extract gases at Eco Station

    People driving down East Jemez Road past the Los Alamos County Eco Station may notice an odd piece of tech near the landfill — a tripod-like structure with a smokestack sticking out of it.
    According to county officials, the device, known as a “methane extraction system,” will probably be here for a few months.
    According to Angelica Gurule, environmental services manager for Los Alamos County’s Environmental Services Division, works like a vacuum sucking methane gas out of the landfill through a network of pipes connected to the stations methane monitoring wells. The goal, according to a consultant with SCS Engineers, is to contain and gradually reduce the amount of methane that has built up within the 40-acre landfill.
    “It’s not really a reduction, it’s keeping it from leaving the landfill on its perimeter,” said SCS Engineers Consultant Marcia Pincus.
    Gurule said the extractor will be here for about six months, or until they start seeing satisfactory results. According to a press release from the Los Alamos County Public Information Office, detected levels have ranged from zero to 41 percent of gas in the air, by volume.

  • Today in history Dec. 23
  • Valles Caldera looking to future

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The management experiment at Valles Caldera National Preserve is coming to an end as the National Park Service prepares to take over the 140-square-mile property in northern New Mexico.

    The transition is among dozens of public land measures squeezed into the half-trillion-dollar defense bill signed by President Barack Obama on Friday, but details about how things will change at the preserve remain unclear.

    The Park Service is taking on Valles Caldera and numerous other properties at a time when the agency is struggling with more than $11 billion in deferred maintenance at existing parks and monuments and is looking to boost entrance fees at parks across the nation to generate more revenue in advance of the agency's centennial.

    Can the agency afford what amounts to its largest expansion in nearly four decades?

    U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn says no. The Oklahoma Republican said Friday on the Senate floor that expanding the park system was "a disastrous idea" and that the nation's existing parks were falling apart.

  • N.M. Airlines service returns

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce announced today New Mexico Airlines has resumed service between Los Alamos and Albuquerque.

    The service has not been in operation for much of the month of December.

    Operation resumed this morning and flights are scheduled for this afternoon and Tuesday. Passengers can book travel at pacificwings.com or by calling the airline's toll-free number, 888-564-6119.

  • NWS issues winter weather advisory

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for northern and eastern New Mexico. The advisory is in effect until 5 a.m. Tuesday.

    The NWS reported a strong upper-level jet stream that could bring moisture into the area. This could mean snow and blowing snow in the mountain areas in the northern part of the state.

    Snow accumulations anywhere between 2-7 inches are possible in the area and winds from the northwest could be 25-40 mph sustained and up to 55 mph gusts.

    The NWS said visibility could be an issue for travelers in the area.

    Check LAMonitor.com for updated information.

  • Today in history Dec. 22