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  • A fresh start for New Beginnings Church

    For close to eight months, the burned out hulk of a chapel at the New Beginnings Church on East Road just sat there.

    It served as a stark reminder of a blaze that erupted July 4, enveloping the chapel and causing significant smoke damage to the other parts of the property on East Road.

    On Friday, crews from Parker Construction of Los Alamos leveled the chapel and one of the back buildings.

    Pastor Shawn Amburgey could not have been happier.

    “It’s exciting to me that we are finally seeing some progress,” Amburgey said before construction crews began their demolition work. “The community and people who drive by this every day had to be wondering why nothing was happening with the church.”

    As it turned out, there was plenty going on behind the scenes.

    Amburgey was dealing with his insurance claim, hiring contractors and trying to handle a mountain of paperwork, which also entailed getting county approval for planning and zoning purposes.

    “People don’t see that work was going on and how much work is being put into it,” Amburgey said. “We were all working very diligently and all of this takes time.”

    And before the demolition could begin, there was the matter of asbestos abatement.

  • Scouting museum idea gets backing

    Besides being the site of one of the most famous laboratories in the world, Los Alamos is known for being closely associated with something else on a large scale too — scouting.

    For almost 100 years, the history of scouting in Los Alamos has been closely woven into the cultural fabric of the town.

    No matter where you turn, somewhere in town, an Eagle Scout Project helped build something; a scout-sponsored fundraiser helped someone or some organization that really needed it — and in turn aided that person or organization in returning the favor back to the community at some point.

    Also through the years, there have been numerous camping trips, camporees, dinners and other scouting events that have contributed to the history and collective memory of Los Alamos.

    A person who’s been a big part of that is Vernon Kerr, who started out as a Cub Scout in Gallup. He was one of the initial organizers of Cub Scout Pack 326 in White Rock in 1963, was an assistant scoutmaster in Troop 326 and was also a post advisor for Explorer Post 326.

    He readily admits he did not make Eagle Scout, the highest rank in scouting, but he had a good excuse. “I never made it to Eagle; I only made it to Life, which is the second highest. That was because the war (World War II) came along,” he said.

  • Update 03-03-13

    Library meeting

    The Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at White Rock Branch Library.

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    The Los Alamos Monitor published its first edition March 7, 1963. Look for the special 50th Anniversary retrospective magazine in your newspaper this Thursday.
    Also, mark your calendars for the Los Alamos Monitor’s 50th Anniversary Festival Saturday afternoon, May 18 on the lawn at Fuller Lodge. More details coming soon!

    Garden club

    The Summit Garden Club will meet Monday for a workshop on basic floral design. Visitors welcome. For more information, call Betsy Comly at 672-1574.

    Council meeting

    Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Photo show

    The Los Alamos Photography Club (LAPC) will be hosting its annual photography show for 2013 at the Mesa Public Library from March 4 through March 29. 

  • Co-op now has glass recycling drop-off

    A new yellow glass drop-off recycling dumpster has been placed at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market as an added convenience for residents to participate in the program.
    The program now includes four drop-off locations: Los Alamos Co-op, Sullivan Field, Los Alamos County Eco Station and Overlook Park Convenience Center. Residents can recycle glass bottles and jars of all colors at any of these locations.
    “I am happy that the co-op is now a glass drop off location, which allows customers to save time by combining shopping trips with glass and TerraCycle recycling trips.  As a cooperative, we are always looking for ways to improve and encourage sustainability as well as develop community partnerships,” said Los Alamos Co-op Outreach Coordinator Sandra West.
    The new glass recycling dumpster adds to the recycling program at the store that includes the Terracycle program, which enables residents to recycle chip bags, cereal box liners, cereal bags and packaging from Bear Naked products. Front End Manager Cody Ulibari said, “I’m extremely enthusiastic, through the help of the county, the co-op continues to exceed in environmental excellence.”

  • Rescuers End Search for Body in Fla. Sinkhole
  • Obama signs budget cuts into law


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Severe spending cuts now the law of the land, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans refused Saturday to concede any culpability for failing to stave off what both parties acknowledged was a foolhardy way to slash $85 billion in federal spending.

    The still-fragile economy braced itself for the gradual but potentially grave impact of the across-the-board cuts, which took effect Friday night at the stroke of Obama's pen. Hours earlier, he and congressional leaders emerged from a White House meeting no closer to an agreement.

    Even as they pledged a renewed effort to retroactively undo the spending cuts, both parties said the blame rests squarely on the other for any damage the cuts might inflict. There were no indications that either side was wavering from entrenched positions that for weeks had prevented progress on a deal to find a way out: Republicans refusing any deal with more tax revenue and Democrats snubbing any deal without it.

    "None of this is necessary," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday. "It's happening because Republicans in Congress chose this outcome over closing a single wasteful tax loophole that helps reduce the deficit."

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  • Missouri fugitive nabbed in Los Alamos

    Rowena MacDonald, 46, a woman wanted on numerous charges for methamphetamine dealing and manufacturing in St Louis County, Mo.,  was picked up by law enforcement at noon Thursday, the Los Alamos Police Department said Friday.

    MacDonald was detained on warrants out of Missouri, according to LAPD Commander Randy Foster.

    The warrants were issued in connection with her alleged activities dealing meth in Missouri.

    The original charges were possession of a controlled substance, distributing a controlled substance after admitting to using meth and allowing others to manufacture the drug at her home, according to authorities.

    Court documents, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, said that MacDonald allowed others to cook and make meth at her Missouri home. The newspaper also reported that MacDonald bought pseudoephedrine 25 times in St. Louis County from 2010 to 2012.

    “Los Alamos contacted us,” St. Louis County Police spokesman George Vaughn said. “And we have her on our wanted list. We are going to send our fugitive team out to get her and bring her back.”

    Foster said MacDonald  was picked up by Sgt. Chris Valdez from New Mexico State Police around noon Thursday and taken to the Los Alamos Detention Center where she was still being held.

  • Clarification 03-01-13

    A story in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor reported on a juvenile in a video that aimed a gun at another teen, according to a Los Alamos Police report. LAPD Cmdr. Randy Foster said Thursday the weapon was actually a BB gun. However, the aggravated assault charges on the two juveniles still stand.