Today's News

  • Award-winning author talks about bomb, espionage

    Steve Sheinkin, award-winning author of “Bomb: The Race to Build- and Steal- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,” visited Los Alamos for the first time last week as part of the Authors Speak Series at the Mesa Public Library.

    The book, a piece of non-fiction for young adults, follows the story of the atomic bomb’s birth and the chaos that followed as three continents raced to control the use of this new weapon.

    “About 10 years ago, I made a decision to start writing textbooks that kids will enjoy reading,” Sheinkin, who previously wrote generic history textbooks, said.

    Without divulging too much information from “Bomb,” Sheinkin read the book’s prologue, which sparked audience interest. Then, aided by a picture-heavy slideshow, he proceeded to introduce the crowd to the most interesting scientists mentioned in his work, citing trivia and fun stories about them along the way.

    Since its release, “Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,” has gained awards such as the Newbery Honor, Sibert Medal, YALSA Award for Excellence and a finalist position for the National Book Award.

  • Van transports pedestrians through construction

    RMCI, Inc. continues to use a 15-passenger van to transport pedestrians through the Canyon Road construction site.
    The van circulates every 5 to 7 minutes while RMCI is working, typically 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. depending on the job activity, Monday through Saturday (RMCI will work Saturdays in June).
    This service for pedestrians will continue until June 28 or when sidewalks are open on both sides of Canyon.
    Each evening, RMCI will re-establish the pedestrian paths for use.
    The van route starts at 9th Street and Canyon Road continuing north on Canyon, making the Nugget, Opal and Piñon Loops. Pedestrians on Nugget, Opal, and Piñon Loops will be picked up in front of their residence.
    Additional stops include the Pine Street cul-de-sac and Quartz at 6th Street. The route will end at Canyon and 15th Street.
    The driver will then turn around and repeat the route in the opposite direction. This does not impact current school bus stops.
    Canyon Road between 15th and Rim Road remains closed with a “rolling” closure; the closure may shift as work progresses.
    Residential access in the immediate closure area will be provided; all others motorists should seek alternate routes.

  • Class of 2013

    The Los Alamos High School Class of 2013 donned their caps and gowns and received their diplomas Saturday morning at Griffith Gymnasium. Read more about graduation in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor. 

  • Update 06-02-13

    LA Theater

    “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” 2 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Little Theater. $20, $15 for seniors and students. For more information call 662-5493.

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    Arts board

    The Arts in Public Places Board has just discovered technical difficulties with the email address associated with its “Open Call for Art.” (ArtProposals@lacnm.us). All proposals must be resent and the deadline has been extended to June 7.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County
    Council will meet in a regular session at 7 p.m. June 4 in council chambers.


    Effective June 4, Kiwanis will meet at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church at 3990 Trinity Drive. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday from noon until 1 p.m. On June, 4, Dennis Gill, a past president of Los Alamos Kiwanis, will brief new members-and bring older members up to date-on the history, goals, and statistics of Kiwanis International and its affiliates. 

  • Kirk, Smith earn the 2013 Clendenen Award

    Few, if any, of the winners of Los Alamos High School’s top student-athlete award expected they’d need to clear off shelf space for it.

    Erin Kirk and Dalton Smith were no exception this year.

    The Clendenen Student-Athlete Award, which was known for many years as the Virchow Award, is given to the Los Alamos High School student-athlete that best exemplifies leadership, community service and academic excellence. Candidates, who are nominated by a varsity coach at the school, also cannot use alcohol, tobacco or drugs during their high school careers.

    The finalists for the award — this year there were three boys and 11 girls — are interviewed in front of a panel of community members, who are charged with selecting the winners.

    Kirk said she was stunned that she was selected out of a field of top quality student-athletes.

    “It speaks very highly of us, all the finalists there were,” said Kirk, talking about the LAHS athletic program overall. “To be a finalist was so amazing.”

    The award was presented as the climax of the Senior Athlete Award Ceremony Thursday night.
    Smith was picked from a small but quality field of student-athletes and he said he felt humbled by his selection.

  • Bandelier to shift to Stage 2 fire restrictions Wednesday

     Beginning at 12:00 am on Wednesday, Stage II fire restrictions are in effect for Bandelier National  Monument and will remain in effect  until weather conditions change.  Superintendent Jason Lott says, “These restrictions are a result of high fire danger, low fuel moisture and regional fire preparedness level.  We have been experiencing many warm windy days and these restrictions will reduce the threat of human caused fires in the monument.”

    Bandelier National Monument staff remind visitors that under Stage II fire restrictions the following are prohibited:  The use of campfires or charcoal grills (gas grills may be used); all outdoor smoking with the exception of inside vehicles or in the designated smoking area in the parking island in Frijoles Canyon.  Violations of these conditions can result in fines.

  • LAFD monitors Thompson FIre

    Deputy fire chief Justin Grider said Saturday that the Los Alamos Fire Department will continue to monitor the Thompson fire, which is located on Valles Caldera land and 30 miles west of Los Alamos, for at least the next couple days.

    As of  11 a.m. Saturday, Grider said the fire is 800 acres but because of wind conditions, it may grow and there may be more smoke.

    He said the chances of the fire impacting Los Alamos is minimal “but there is going to be a lot of smoke and he urged those with breathing problems to take precautions.”

    Grider said he was up at the site Friday afternoon and night and returned home by 11 p.m. And he made another trip up there Saturday morning.

    “We have to give props to the Sandoval County crews as well as the state forestry crews,” Grider said. “They are doing a great job fighting this fire.”

    Grider said fighting the fire is tough because it is in a steep terrain.

    Grider said a Type 3 team also is fighting the fire and a Type 2 team will be in action soon.

    “This just gives them more resources to fight the fire,” Grider said. “Residents can expect to see a lot of air traffic over the area with helicopters dropping water on the area.”

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  • Youth Activity Center schedule 06-02-13

    Monday: Birthday board
    Tuesday: Wii Tuesday
    Wednesday: Movies and munchies
    Thursday: Ping pong tourney
    Friday: Kids choice

    Memberships are free and open to all third- through eighth-graders. The L.A. Activity Center is at 475 20th St., 662-9412. The WR Activity Center is at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565, Open from 3-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; and from noon to 6 p.m. Friday.

  • Word on the Street 06-02-13

    Teen Pulse staff members Owen Bradbury Aranda and Sebastian Garcia asked students, “What’s the first thing that comes to mind?”