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  • 50 years of memories

    The Los Alamos Monitor has touched a lot of lives in its 50 years. It has not only marked milestones in the community and kept citizens informed, but at times has had a more personal impact, providing money to reach a cherished goal and at least once serving as matchmaker.

    JoAnn Montoya was one of a handful of employees in the first few months of operations. She recalls the challenges of typing every word of news for the weekly publication, including having to continually adjust the spacing to fit the columns and trying to catch errors without spell check.

    “Doing it hand-typed like that, there were more mistakes that were picked up in spelling,” Montoya said.

    The publication was on a tight budget. The office was a large room above the space now occupied by Origami Japanese Restaurant. Montoya had to type sitting in a plastic lawn chair with a bucket seat.

    Montoya said one early mistake publisher Mark McMahon made was setting up paper routes without taking the canyons into consideration. The young carriers couldn’t manage hauling their loads down canyons and up, so their mothers would have to drive them. The routes were soon rearranged to fit the terrain.

    The paper was printed in Albuquerque and Montoya would sometimes drive down to pick it up.

  • A community newspaper

    Two readers who have subscribed the entire 50 years the Los Alamos Monitor has been in operation also shared their memories.

    “It was the only thing in town providing the news aside from a little lab newspaper,” Steve Stoddard said. “The 50th anniversary supplement brought back a lot of memories. I was very interested in that, because we’ve been here that long. Reading those headlines, I was surprised how long ago some of those things happened.”

    Stoddard said his headlines might have included more community milestones, like the first fireworks display.

    “I helped with that, and we had to bum money off local businesses to make it happen. Now it’s the biggest event in Los Alamos. It’s a big thing for people from a small town like me. It’s a big deal,” Stoddard said. “It’s nice to earmark positive events rather than tragedies.”

    Both Stoddard and John Hopkins commented on how important a small town newspaper is.

    “I think the Los Alamos Monitor is extremely important for people in the community,” Hopkins said. “It’s important for people to pay attention to what’s going on in the community.

  • Update 03-10-13

    Star Gaze

    Join PEEC’s Chick Keller and astronomer Steve Becker for an evening of stargazing. Attractions include a large comet, Saturn, Jupiter, several galaxies, and more. PEEC will provide multiple telescopes. Free. 7:30 p.m. today at White Rock Overlook. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    DWI meeting

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Suite A.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3. The discussion will likely focus on the business plan for the proposed Community Broadband Network.

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  • Forest Service to plant trees in burn scar

    The U.S. Forest Service has plans to plant trees this spring in an area burned by the 2011 Las Conchas blaze.
    Forest officials say the exact dates depend on weather, soil moisture and temperatures, but they’re aiming for the middle of April for volunteers to help with the tree planting effort.
    They say a 56-acre area at the base of Pajarito Ski Hill will be planted with Douglas Fir trees.
    The effort will be part of a larger planting initiative that will cover about 2,000 acres and involve almost 500,000 trees.
    The trees were ordered the fall of 2011 following the Las Conchas fire. Local seed stock was germinated the following spring and now the trees are about a year old and ready to be planted.
    The Forest Service will take volunteer reservations of 30 to 50 people each day.  Tree planting will involve a provided Dibble tool to create a shallow hole to place the baby tree and soil plug to a precise depth. Netting may be used to cover the tree so that elk do not eat it.  Required hard hats will be provided, however volunteers must provide their own boots, gloves, long pants, long-sleeve shirts and safety glasses.

  • Golf course construction

    Though budget cutbacks have delayed work on the golf course itself, construction at the Los Alamos County Golf Course has begun in earnest on the Los Alamos community building and clubhouse.

  • State Senate postpones vote on Skandera


    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Senate panel still hasn't voted on whether to confirm Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera to the cabinet-level position she's held the past two years.

    The Senate Rules Committee members questioned Skandera for three hours during a Saturday hearing but no vote was taken.

    Senate GOP Leader Stuart Ingle of Portales complained that the confirmation process was being prolonged for political purposes by Skandera's critics.

    A week ago, the committee listened to seven hours of public testimony about Skandera's appointment by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

    It's possible that Skandera could continue to languish without a vote by the 42-member Senate, and that would allow her to remain on the job.

    If the Senate rejects Skandera, she will be ousted from her post running the Public Education Department.

  • Legislature winds down


    It’s been a rather contentious first session for Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) as the state legislature winds down toward a conclusion Saturday.

    She found herself in the middle of the immigrant driver’s license bill debate and was accused by the Republicans and governor’s office of changing her stance on the bill.

    The bill, HB 606. was tabled Saturday after a 9-9 tie vote in the House Appropriations and Finance Committee.

    Garcia Richard joined the Republicans in voting against the tabling motion. 

    Garcia Richard again voted with committee Republicans in voting in favor of passing the bill out of committee, but the vote failed to pass with the votes once again tied. 

    “I have been deeply concerned by Gov. (Susana) Martinez’s persistent actions to politicize this issue. I believed the bill deserved another opportunity to be heard in order to allow additional time for a real compromise, which is why I initially voted to blast the bill out of committee,” Garcia Richard said Saturday.

  • Treasure hunter found safe

    Hiker-turned treasure hunter Chanon Thompson is apparently back home in Carrollton Texas, resting after a harrowing ordeal in Bandelier National Monument. 

    Thompson, 33, apparently got lost in the rugged wilderness and had to spend one night alone in the park huddled under rocks in below-freezing temperatures last Friday. But that’s not because people weren’t looking for her.

    A call from her concerned boyfriend who reported her missing touched off a massive search and rescue effort Friday that included a large area of the park as well as other areas she might be. 

    Crews also had searched for her along the Rio Grande near the Falls Trail and in Bandelier’s backcountry.  

    The Bandelier Monument staff was working with New Mexico Search and Rescue under unified command.  The search involved dog teams, technical rescue, the Los Alamos Police Department, Los Alamos Fire Department and three aircraft.