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  • Today In History, Sep. 25
  • Valles Caldera trust asks for five more years

    The board of trustees for the Valles Caldera National Preserve voted on Wednesday to ask Congress to extend the current trust model for another five years.

    Under the 2000 Valles Caldera Preservation Act (VCPA), the enabling legislation that created the preserve, the trust dissolvesif it fails to achieve financial self-sufficiency by 2015 and management of the 89,000-acres preserve transfers to the U.S. Forest Service.

    The legislation allows for an extension of the current model to 2020 provided sufficient progress has been made toward self-sufficiency. The board is officially requesting that extension.

    Read Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor for more on this story.


  • Today in history Sept. 24
  • Lt. Gov Sanchez comes to town

    Lt. Gov. John Sanchez was the special guest at a fundraiser for Geoff Rodgers, current chair of the Los Alamos County council and Republican candidate for the office of representative for District 43 (Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba). The fundraiser was hosted by Jim and Janet Hall, Lawry and Alice Mann, JoAnn Johnson and Steve Girrens.

    Sanchez presented Rodgers with a $1,000 check from his own reelection campaign fund to support Rodgers’ run for office.

  • Johnson named new NNSA security chief

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced that Jeffrey Johnson has been named the Chief of Defense Nuclear Security and Associate Administrator for NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Security effective Tuesday.
    In this role, he will be responsible for the development and implementation of security programs for the NNSA.
    “Jeffrey brings a wealth of experience to NNSA and is eminently qualified to take on the challenges of his new position,” said DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Frank G. Klotz. “I am pleased he will serve our nation in this new role, and I am confident that he will use his expertise to ensure that the security is maintained at all NNSA facilities.”
    Johnson has an extensive security background from his time on active duty and as a civilian Marine, including the protection of nuclear weapons, Navy nuclear propulsion, and other high value assets. Previously he was head of U.S. Marine Corps Civilian Law Enforcement where he was responsible for all aspects of installation policing and security.
    Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology/criminology from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in security and safety leadership from George Washington University.  

  • UNM-LA unveils writing class

    If facing a blank computer screen at work or in the classroom causes you stress, UNM-LA has scheduled a course to erase writing fears and polish skills.
    The late-starting, three-credit course, English 220, begins on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
    Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1:30 p.m. in UNM-LA Building 2, Room 220.
    UNM-LA English 220 instructor Betty Katz has faced many blank screens and demanding deadlines herself as a writer and editor for several national and international publications. She is enthusiastic about sharing her writing techniques with students and welcomes course participants from LANL or any other workgroup.
    Katz said, “Recently I came across a quotation from The National Commission on Writing. Their words focus on the importance of good writing in the 21st century workplace.” The commission notes, “Good writing is taken as a given in today’s professional work. Writing is a threshold skill for salaried employment and promotion.”
    The ENGL 220 course will help students polish their writing skills for the workplace as well as for the classroom.
    Katz said the ENGL 220 course will help students keep their writing clear and effective for readers.
    To register for ENGL 220, contact UNM-LA Student Services at 662-0332. 

  • State Briefs 09-24-14

    Jogger: Motorist almost
    hit indicted sheriff

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A witness says a fleeing motorist appeared to almost hit with his car a northern New Mexico sheriff later indicted for roughing up the driver.
    Mark Thompson told jurors Tuesday that he thought 26-year-old Michael Tafoya nearly struck Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella in a dead end of a county road after Tafoya’s vehicle got caught up on a pole.
    Rodella is standing trial for federal charges of deprivation of rights and brandishing a firearm. He has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say Rodella injured Tafoya following an alleged road rage chase in March.
    Thompson, who was jogging near the encounter, said he didn’t see everything when the sheriff and his son wrestled with Tafoya.
    Rio Arriba County sheriff’s deputies also testified it was unusual for a law enforcement officer, in his private vehicle, to pursue another car.

    Lawsuit: NM inmate
    not allowed to worship Satan

  • Update 09-24-14

    Health Fair

    Los Alamos Health Fair. Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos High School Gym. Check out the special section in today’s “Los Alamos Monitor.”

    Farmers Market

    7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Additional parking available at the Justice Center.

    Golf tourney

    Tee it Up For the Future! 1 p.m. shotgun start Friday at Los Alamos Golf Course. Funds raised will go to a scholarship fund that will be distributed among local students. Organized by the Knights of Columbus. Registration information at Los Alamos Golf Course or go to kofc.ihmcc.org/2014_KofC_Golf_Registration.pdf.

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Pet adoption

    From 6-8 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge, the Los Alamos Study Group will host a public discussion about the future of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s three big labs: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia. 

  • LAHS students rack up AP scholar awards

    Eighty-one students at Los Alamos High School have earned AP scholar Awards in recognition of their achievement on AP Exams.
    The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides students with the opportunity to take college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams.
    About 22 percent of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.
    The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.
    At Los Alamos High School, 10 students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
    These students are Daniel Ahrens, George Barnum, Alexandra Berl, Sudeep Dasari, Matthew Davenport, Colin Hemez, Ju Hyun Lee, Alexander Swart, Lauren Tencate and Alexandr Wang.

  • Opera on the Rocks

    Park superintendent Jason Lott welcomes a crowd Saturday night to the annual Opera on the Rocks performance at Bandelier National Monument. The opera “Don Giovanni” was performed at the Juniper Campground. Hosts of the event were the Los Alamos Opera Guild of the Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc., Opera Alta, Bandelier National Monument, and the Los Alamos Commerce Development Corporation.