Los Alamos Monitor marks milestone

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Anniversary > First edition published March 7,1963

By John Severance

Today, the Los Alamos Monitor turns 50.

The first edition of the newspaper was produced with typewriters, a headline machine, four employees and all the work was done in rented offices above a jewelry store.

And what was in that first edition?

The lead story was about 85 Los Alamos residents who placed $250 each in a Pajarito Site Trust Fund.

Another top story detailed the resignation of Los Alamos police chief Jesse L. Rose, who was resigning his $10,000 a year job to take a post in Ecuador. The Los Alamos Monitor reported that a search for Rose’s replacement was underway.

At the top of the page, there was a photo of two Los Alamos youths, who were on their way to school, but got sidetracked and started writing their names in the snow.

On that first front page of the Los Alamos Monitor, there were 16 headlines.

Here is a sampling:
• 300 Science fair exhibits are readied
• White Rock siren begins operation
• Honor Band gives concert
• Police cite runaway car owners
• Poet to address LA Unitarians
• All multiple housing may qualify for FHA loans
•Ten pay fines in traffic court
• Last fencing bids prepared
• White Rock school site approved
• Bids invited on downtown business site
• Board offers R. McGee top new school post
• Night landings OK’d at airport
• Type III vaccine to be given here March 17

Back then, subscriptions were $3.50 per year and in the first year, more than 1,000 of them were sold.

Obviously a lot has changed since then.

But the Los Alamos Monitor’s mission remains the same … to keep the community informed.

Be sure to check out the commemorative magazine and make sure to read the letters on page 4 congratulating the newspaper on its birthday.