Local News

  • Municipal Building ribbon cutting

    Council chair Geoff Rodgers does the honors at the Municipal Building ribbon cutting Friday. A large crowd gathered to watch the festivities. More Municipal Building coverage will be in next week’s Los Alamos Monitor

    View more photos from the dedication in the multimedia section, or click here.

  • Update 06-30-13

    Band battle

    Battle of the Bands at the Kiwanis Fireworks show. Show starts at 2 p.m. at Oveland Park July 4. Featured bands include Eddy and the Nomads, Los Alamos Community Winds. Also scheduled are games, rides, skydivers, airplane flyovers and much more. All interested musicians should contact russ@gordonssummerconcerts.com.

    Garden club

    The Los Alamos Summit Garden Club will tour Payne’s Nursery in Santa Fe, hear Mr. Payne speak about houseplants and have lunch in Santa Fe. Visitors welcome. For more information, call Laurie at 672-3483.

    Lunch With a Leader

    The League of Women Voters’ Lunch with a Leader will feature Ellen Morris Bond the executive director of Self-Help at 11:40 a.m. July 11 in Mesa Library. This monthly event is open to the entire community.

    Blood drive

    Community Blood Drive. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., July 11 at First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Drive.

    DPU charter

    The DPU Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the community training room.

  • History happy hour

    Guitarist Pat Burns performed off the new CD Guitarra Intima de Rio Grande at History Happy Hour, Friday at the Los Alamos Historical Museum. 

  • Pix: L.A. Monitor concert night

    Clouds were threatening and Mother Nature let loose on White Rock with a fair amount of rain. The weather was fine in Los Alamos Friday night and a nice crowd showed up at Ashley Pond to watch the Parker Milsap Band

  • Caldera series conclusion: Hunters, anglers seek equal access

    Conclusion of four-part series

    Increased access to the Valles Caldera National Monument and the demise of a system that favors the wealthy, rate high for many groups supporting S. 285.

    “I see the trust, which manages the national preserve now, as basically locking out the public,” said Oscar Simpson, state chair of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.

    “Game and Fish has basically allowed the preserve to charge all kinds of fees so they could raise money. I would say the way the trust manages it, the more money you have, the better chance you have to go hunt or fish–especially hunt–in the Valles Caldera.”

    BHA and other S. 285 supporters such the New Mexico Wildlife Federation (NMWF) believe that a national preserve would provide equitable hunting and fishing opportunities.

    A press release issued by NMWF delineates some of the current practices.

    “Some Valles Caldera turkey hunts sell for $1,200 apiece. Other turkey access permits are sold through a lottery, but hunters can buy an unlimited number of lottery tickets, giving those with deep pockets greater chances of getting to hunt.”

  • Studies support legislation

    Several studies provide support for the National Park Service preserve model for Valles Caldera National Monument.

    A 24-page study conducted by the Harbinger Consulting Group for Caldera Action and the National Parks Conservation Association evaluated factors such as regional economic development, funding, resource protection and visitor experience.

    The study compared the NPS funding model, which designates funds for specific park units, with NFS funding, which is program based (e.g. fire management, grazing and recreation).

    “USFS budgeting practices are focused on programmatic categories that allow different program priorities such as fire to cannibalize funds from specific units such as national forests, ranger districts, and special areas such as national monuments and preserves. NPS budgets are explicitly location-specific and more likely to serve the needs of a special area like the Valles Caldera.”

    The study also concluded that NPS was likely to offer a better management plan.

    “As in budgeting, NPS management is location-specific, while USFS management tends to be distributed by program area. An NPS priority would be developing a general management plan for the Valles Caldera, while comprehensive management planning is neither site-specific nor a high priority for the USFS.”

  • Lightning strikes spark more wildfires in SF National Forest

    Saturday firefighters responded to four lightning caused fires as a result of yesterday’s thunderstorm.

    The Rattlesnake, Alameda and San Antonio fires—all located on the west side of the Forest within the Jemez Mountains—have been contained. The fires ranged in size from .10 to .25 acres.

    Firefighters are still working to contain the Aragon fire, also burning in the Jemez Mountains.

    Fire Name: Aragon

    Time/Date Reported: 10:02 a.m. on June 29, 2013

    Location: Coyote Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest; approximately 18 northeast of Gallina, NM.

    Legal Description: T26N, R2E, Sec 16

    Cause: Lightning

    Fuels: ponderosa pine and oak

    Size: 20 to 30 acres

    % Contained: 0%

    Resources Committed: Two engines, two chase trucks and one Type 2 helicopter.

    Today’s Weather: Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms.

    Structures/threats: None

    Summary: This afternoon two engines, two chases trucks and one Type 2 helicopter worked to suppress the fire. All ground and aerial resources have been removed from the fire due to heavy rain and hail.

  • Raw: Dramatic Bus Crash in Turkey Caught-on-Tape

    Security camera footage released on Saturday shows the moment a bus full of tourists flipped over on a road in the southern Turkish resort city of Alanya. Two people were killed in the crash.

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