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  • Nuclear forensics: more talk, little funding

    A month past the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a robust program for nuclear forensics has been touted as a future livelihood for the nuclear weapons labs, but serious plans and recommendations have yet to get to the drawing board.

    The possibility of nuclear weapons reaching the hands of terrorists, while technically difficult, has often been described as a matter of “not if, but when.”

  • Deputy DA expresses consternation over local case

    In a recent letter and during a telephone interview this morning, Deputy District Attorney Barbara Romo explained why she hasn’t advanced the Joong Dae Cha sex crime case.

    “I consider two factors in determining a case,” Romo said. “Is there enough evidence and is the victim emotionally able to go forward with the case.”

    Romo explained that while there is sufficient evidence in the Cha case to move forward, the child’s mother has made it clear that her daughter is not emotionally strong enough at this time to withstand a trial.

  • Police Beat 10-14-08

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. If you don't want it printed - don't let it happen.

    Sept. 11


    Robert F. Stafford passed away on October 7, 2008, with is family by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Betty Stafford.

    He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Venus; sons: Brian (Ann) and Bob. Robert was the owner of Stafford Aviation for 30 years where he retired in 2001.

    A Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, October 14, 2008, at 10 a.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church.

    Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa St. Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 984-8600.


    Sharon Lynn Gilbert Rokowski, 48, who grew up in Los Alamos, passed away Saturday, September 27th, in Tome, NM. Born September 6, 1960, in Albuquerque, Sharon’s family moved to Los Alamos in l970.

    She graduated from LAHS in l978, went on to become a Respiratory Therapist and worked for many years at the University of Colorado Medical Center. She loved skiing and was a member of the Los Alamos Ski Patrol in high school.

  • Beam solves the 'case of the gold'

    Several valuable nuggets have been locked in a safe every night at Los Alamos National Laboratory lately, and that isn’t a reference to weapons codes or nuclear secrets.

    A New Mexico State University neutron physicist working with a geologist from Ohio has kept some precious pieces of raw gold in the vault at the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center.

    That’s where they are secured when Heinz Nakotte is not actually peering inside one or another to see how it’s made.

  • Los Alamos boasts first Energy Star certified home

    The green-built home at 520 Camino Cereza in North Mesa is a whopping 40 percent more energy efficient than a conventional home of equal-size built today and it costs just 5 percent more.

    The $375,000 home, built by local developer Stan Primak of Primak Builders Inc., was completed last month and is the first certified “Energy Star” rated home in Los Alamos County.

  • Feds back transportation planning for Valles Caldera

    Feds back transportation planning for Valles Caldera

    Monitor Staff Report


    Erin Heather Bjorklund, 21, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away suddenly in a tragic accident on Friday, October 3, 2008. Erin was attending Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she was planning to graduate in December. She was an honor student studying History and Philosophy with a minor in math.

  • NNSA approves transformation

    The federal agency that oversees the national nuclear weapons complex announced a milestone Thursday in its efforts to transform the sprawling $10-billion-a-year operation into a modern enterprise.

    The National Nuclear Security Administration is locked into a static budget for the third year in a row. Congress has not given a financial endorsement to the attempted overhaul and many aspects are disputed as the country prepares for a change at the top.