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    It is with great sadness the Dolin family announces the passing of Elaine Barbara (Surdej) Dolin of Rapid City, SD. She passed from this life September 14, 2008, at the age of 70 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am Friday, September 19, 2008, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Rapid City, SD with Fr. Bill Zandri. Visitation will be held at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City on Thursday, September 18, 2008 from 5pm-7pm with a rosary service at 6:30 pm.

  • Legislators check on cleanup

    George Rael was just beginning his prepared presentation to a legislative committee when one of the senators interrupted him to make sure he would include a report about “the relationship” with the state regulators.Rael manages environmental operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s local site office.

    He was about to explain that he had 16 people working on the cleanup program at the lab and was planning to hire another 10 people in the next year.

  • Diamond Drive Phase 2 nears completion

    Some Los Alamos residents might feel that the Diamond Drive project is one that seems to be dragging on forever, and like all construction sites, there have been delays, detours and frustration from drivers trying to navigate through the construction zone.

    With autumn quickly approaching and an Oct. 30 deadline looming for completion of Phase 2, it may appear that the work will go on well into the winter months, which would mean even bigger headaches for residents who drive that stretch of road.

  • L.A. County shows generosity with $25k gift

    It’s not every day that a city celebrates its 400th anniversary, but in 2010, Santa Fe will be doing just that.

    So what sort of gift should one get for a city that seems to have it all?

    Los Alamos County Councilors have decided that a sculpture would be the perfect birthday gift for the City Different and have begun taking steps towards purchasing it.

  • Clark named managing editor of the Monitor


    Carol A. Clark has been promoted to managing editor of the Los Alamos Monitor.

    "This promotion reflects the expanded responsibilities Carol has taken on at the Monitor," Publisher Ralph Damiani said. "Her strong news sense and leadership abilities will be an asset in her new role here at the paper."

  • Facility reaches halfway on first phase

    The Applicants and Interested Parties went another round Tuesday night on the matter of building the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) facility.

    The Applicants are the Department of Energy and the managers of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Lab officials reported they were about 50 percent finished with the first phase of the project, the $164 million Radiological Laboratory/Utility Office Building (RLUOB).

  • County appeals summary judgement

    Los Alamos County has appealed a summary judgment issued July 18 concerning a contract the county has with firefighters volunteering for Paramedic School.

    The judgment rendered by Judge Daniel Sanchez in First District Judicial Court said the county had “disregarded its own local ordinance in addition to state and federal law.”

    The court’s decision concerns a contract the county has with firefighters volunteering for Paramedic School – a decade old program supported and encouraged by the county.

  • The guy with the motorcycle on the poster

    He’s not exactly an unsung hero anymore, but only because he’s been sung a few times before.

    Two years ago, De Colores, Inc., the organization that sponsors the Hispanic Cultural Festival named Jerry Romero one of their “unsung heroes” at their annual banquet in Albuquerque.

  • Power outages plague households

    A fault in a direct-bury cable caused an 8-hour power outage north of Myrtle Street to the Pueblo Canyon rim early Sunday morning, Los Alamos County’s Department of Public Utilities said in a press release Tuesday.

    Power was out in the area from 1:30-9:30 a.m. Sunday, which affected roughly 85 households.

    Another two outages occurred just after noon Monday, which affected 40 customers at Royal Crest Mobile Home Park. Power was out to those customers for 23 minutes.

  • DA's office refuses to prosecute local sex crime case

    The District Attorney’s Office has declined to prosecute Joongdae Cha, whom Los Alamos Police charged Aug. 22 with eight felony sex crimes involving a female child under 13 a Los Alamos Police Department spokesperson said.

    Cha is charged with four counts of criminal sexual penetration with a minor under the age of 13, each count a first-degree felony. He also is charged with four counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor under the age of 13, each of which are second-degree felonies.