Today's News

  • For Burgess, it's about economic development

    This is the second in a four-part series featuring highlights from the community panel interviews of county administrator candidates. Answers to some of the questions, such as the candidate’s experience and how it relates to the position, have been covered in previous Los Alamos Monitor articles.

    Harry Burgess has been the City Administrator for Carlsbad in southern New Mexico, since 2005. Burgess gave a number of specific examples regarding how that experience relates to Los Alamos’ needs.
    Burgess spoke to the Los Alamos Monitor last week about some of his economic development successes in Carlsbad. He gave more detail during the panel interview.

  • Safety Board eyes criticality issues during LANL inspection

    The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board was in Los Alamos last month to meet with NNSA and lab officials and tour transuranic waste operations at Area G and review seismic upgrades the Plutonium Facility.

    In a memorandum dated Aug. 19, addressed to technical director T.J. Dwyer, a number of infractions were uncovered.

    At the Plutonium facility, a criticality safety infraction was declared. Nuclear criticality safety is dedicated to the prevention of  accidents resulting from an inadvertent, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

  • Festival dates released

    The Betty Ehart Senior Center has released the dates for their annual festivals. The Festival of Chocolate, a semi formal gala will be Nov. 12 and features desserts from across the region and live music. The gala is the launch of the Festival of Trees held the following weekend, featuring holiday trees decorated by local individuals, clubs and businesses. The funds will be donated to local non profits offering services to senior and youth programs. Those who wish to donate trees can call 672-4089. More information is available at www.beseniorcenter.qwestoffice.net or by calling Pauline at 662-8920.

  • Help teachers with school supplies

    The Los Alamos High School ’Topper Parent Organization is for parents who would like to be involved to help insure the best possible educational experience at LAHS. The TPO is dedicated to serving the needs of students, parents and staff. For more information, visit www.laschools.net/LAHS under Committees and Organizations, or join today at lahstpo@gmail.com.
    One of the ongoing activities of the LAHS TPO is to present a list of items needed by LAHS staff to meet or enhance educational needs. Parents, community groups and individuals are encouraged to donate. Based on available funds and priorities, the TPO may also acquire items for staff use.

  • Be There 09-27-11

    The Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild will meet from 6-8 p.m. at the United Church for the annual potluck supper. Members are encouraged to bring a quilting story to share. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call Liz Martineau at 667-3157.

    Los Alamos High School homecoming bon fire, 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field. Show your ‘Topper spirit and enjoy some s’mores.

    Los Alamos High School spirit week continues with class choice. Seniors dress as hippies; juniors dress in togas; sophomores dress as animals; and freshmen dress in Hawaiian style.

  • Science and comics collide

    Jim Ottaviani, a writer of comics and graphic novels about science, will be in Los Alamos Sept. 28, for school visits, a lecture at the Bradbury Science Museum at 5:15 p.m., and a signing at Otowi Station Bookstore at 6 p.m. Ottaviani’s graphic biography of Richard Feynman, titled, “Feynman,” has received excellent reviews from physicists and comics fans alike.
    In his biography of Feynman, Ottaviani presents the larger-than-life exploits of a Nobel-winning quantum physicist, adventurer and musician. “Feynman” tells the story of the man’s life from his childhood in Long Island to his work on the Manhattan Project and the “Challenger” disaster. Ottaviani tackles the bad with the good.

  • Rethinking redistricting process

    In all the bombast and posturing of the recently concluded special legislative session for redistricting, there were moments of clarity.
    One of the best was an exchange between two of the house’s most effective representatives, who also happen to be the majority and minority floor leaders – Reps. Ken Martinez, D-Grants, and Tom Taylor, R-Farmington.
    Martinez, rarely ruffled, possesses a fine analytical mind. Taylor, smart and personable, possesses an extra measure of common sense, which can be a rare quality in the Roundhouse.
    Both try to see the other’s side of things.
    Redistricting is the painful, once-a-decade exercise of redistributing political districts to match the redistributed population.

  • Slow traffic to ascertain need for sound barrier

    There has been a great deal of discussion regarding MIG’s proposed roundabout design for NM 502/Trinity Drive. However, another project related to NM 502 that MIG has also been involved in has received very little coverage.
    Residents of the Eastern Area have drawn the county’s attention to the increased traffic noise in their neighborhood by asking for the construction of a sound barrier – a wall – to muffle the traffic noise.  

  • Cope tops predictors at Pace Race

    Roy Cope had the top prediction at last week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ pace race.
    Last week’s pace race was held on North Mesa. The  Roadrunners will host another Pace Race tonight starting at Acoma Lane in Pajarito Acres.
    In last week’s race, Cope finished with a prediction error of just three seconds. Cope just narrowly beat out Ted Williams, who was four seconds off his predicted finish time, while Tim Sandford missed by just six seconds.
    Sandford was the fastest finisher on the 1-mile course with his time of 10 minutes, 2 seconds, while Jackie Marr finished in 10:58.
    On the 3-mile course, Ted Romero had a finish time of 20:54, while Laura McClellan finished in 21:56.

  • C team rolls to big win Monday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper C team football squad picked up its second win in a row, routing the Hope Christian Huskies.
    Los Alamos’ defense keyed the big win Monday at Sullivan Field.
    Hilltopper Sam Ortiz had four sacks on the contest and Ricky Whittemore had a pick-six as Los Alamos cruised to a 32-0 victory.
    “(The) coaching staff believed that our team was improving, which was clear as day (Monday),” Los Alamos C team coach Marco Lucero said. “We feel that the elimination of mistakes, big hits, causing and recovering turnovers was what was more impressive than the win or the final score.”