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Opinion

  • Planning early for 4th

    We hear that the Los Alamos Kiwanis are planning the most extraordinary 4th of July celebration yet. Steve Boerigter is chair and said they’re expecting to dazzle the crowd with volunteer skydivers landing in formation along with the traditional air show.
    A new Harley Davidson Sportster will be raffled and Russ Gordon will provide great music.

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    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town. The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought. E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • LA Reservoir work begins

    We hear  the road  to Los Alamos Reservoir will close to the pubic Monday as Los Alamos County ramps up  renovation on the reservoir. Heavy equipment activity will make it hazardous for hikers, bicyclists and dog walkers to be on the road.

    Diamond signage issues

    Some drivers find the limited signage confusing around the Diamond, Canyon  and Trinity area. They caution other drivers to slow down in the intersections where vehicles are stopping, starting and making turns.

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  • LAMC Lab Draw Station
    changes space today  
    The Lab Draw Station has moved from Dr. Lahiri’s space at 15th and Central Avenue to 168 Central Park Square in the LABCORP space near Quiznos.

    New home to be built in Piñon Trails
    Construction of a new home that we heard was  slated for Ponderosa Acres is actually in Piñon Trails.

    Self-Insurers’ Fund hassles?
      If you’ve made an insurance claim with the county, we’d like to know how you were treated by the New Mexico Self-Insurers’ Fund. Email your story to laeditor@lamonitor.com

  • As an author published in the area of traffic safety and a former Transportation Board member, I would feel remiss in not pointing out numerous errors in Joel Williams Thursday “ViewPoint.”
    What has surprised me in the discussion of local roundabouts is the obvious, successful, example that already exists.  I was a Transportation Board member when the alternatives for the intersection at North Mesa and San Ildefonso were discussed.  

  • Our own Sen. Jeff Bingaman has been drawing accolades for his speech before the senate March 17 on gasoline and oil prices.  
    Among many who reviewed his speech, David Roberts of grist.com called his speech “a beam of light ..., which didn’t get the attention it deserved.
    Bingaman is not normally a talky guy. Nor is he given to grand political gestures. He’s cautious by temperament (to a fault, I’d argue).
    Despite his reticence, though, he is among the very few senators who actually understand energy.”

  • Pet store opening soon   
    A Pet Sense Outlet is slated to open in Española toward the end of March.

    Co-op gets once over
    Three Smith’s supermarket executives from Albuquerque were spotted  perusing the aisles at the new food co-op recently.

  • Aspen Apartments on sale after foreclosure   
    The bank foreclosed on the Aspen Apartments on Gold Street in December.
    The five building, 36-unit complex is listed for sale at $1,275,000.

    Savvy senior citizen foils nefarious plot
     A local senior citizen received a plausible-sounding call claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House.  
    The caller said a several-thousand-dollar check would be delivered the next day.

  • I often eat without thinking, either while listening to the news or writing. It’s a poor habit for several reasons, one of which is my ever-growing waistline. 

  • Tribute to Louis Rosen   
    Honoring the past, highlighting the future - The Rosenfest Lectures will be held May 18-20 at historic Fuller Lodge.
    Rosenfest presents a series of lectures in honor of Louis Rosen, the Father of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), the signature science facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    From Manhattan Project to MaRIE: Rosenfest will cover Rosen’s early life, career, and influence at Los Alamos and on nuclear science and international relations.

  • Some claim that roundabouts are much safer than current highway designs and push that we need them and bike lanes on Trinity Drive.
    I analyzed the traffic-load impact on the entire town, not just Trinity Drive, with regard to traffic redistribution and safety, if Trinity is changed from four to two lanes, using information I requested of and obtained from the Los Alamos County  traffic engineer and police department or drew from the CDM study.
    My analysis can be found at: www.swcp.com/~jmw-mcw/LATrafficSafety.htm.

  • The long awaited Robert J. Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves statues are set to be dedicated at Fuller Lodge during a special ceremony in May.

    Overheard in the Quark Room at Central Avenue Grill: Los Alamos has more ultramarathon athletes per capita  than any U.S. town. An ultramarathon is typically 50-100 miles long.

  • Many business owners remain unsure how to market their companies online, even though they know that today’s consumers use the Internet to research products and decide what and where to buy. 

  • We need a new State Question. Instead of, “Red or Green?” it should be, “How’re we gonna pay for that?”

  • Under reservoir

    Word on the street says that the Army Corps of Engineers has discovered a wetland in the bottom of the Los Alamos Reservoir. 

    Now the wetland must be created elsewhere. 

  • It must just go with the territory. Los Alamos is home to some of the most complex and exciting scientific discoveries the world has ever known. That complexity and innate desire to study things without question extends to county government.


  • Cats survive standoff   
    The seven cats found inside Richard Morse’s Bathtub Row home following his recent 19-hour standoff with police are in shelter care.
    Several of the cats were ill and have undergone treatment by a local veterinarian.
    The county is repairing the chain link fence surrounding the home that was damaged in the standoff.
    Morse was transported to a hospital in Las Vegas, N.M. for a psychological evaluation.

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  • In any introductory philosophy or psychology class, one of the first lessons that’s taught is the importance of perception.
    Essentially, the lesson is this: what actually happened is not nearly as important as what people believe happened.
    It is in this lesson that Los Alamos Public Schools and Los Alamos County did not put their best foot forward during the recent natural gas shortage.

  • New LANL director buzz        

    The name most often heard of those being bantied about to replace retiring Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Mike Anastasio is LANL Weapons Program Associate Director Charles McMillan ... stay tuned.

    Post Office accolades

    Residents are singing praises about now receiving their mail before 5 p.m., and while the Los Alamos Monitor has yet to hear from the local postmaster or Albuquerque post office officials - we’re glad the delivery glitch is fixed.

  • Entrepreneurs with an idea for a product or startup company are often concerned about revealing information until they are far enough along that others can’t copy them. The concern is reasonable; the economy is globally competitive and entrepreneurs are looking to protect any edge they have.