Today's News

  • Definitely not your average vacation

    In  late August, Dave Yost took some time off from his sub-contractor job as a waste characterization engineer with Edgewater Technical Associates at Material Disposal Area-B at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    It was no ordinary vacation.

    Yost flew to Haiti to help Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program build transitional housing in Leogane, which is believed to be the epicenter of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated the region in January 2010.

    It was so bad in Leogane, that 90 percent of the buildings were destroyed. Yost said many of those buildings were built to withstand hurricanes but not powerful quakes.

  • Hamburger Nite in LA

    Conner Cook, 8, of Los Alamos waits for his meal to be served during Monday evening’s Hamburger Nite fundraiser sponsored by the United Way Youth Team and hosted by the Hill Diner. The event raised $3,200 for the United Way General Action fund. See more photos from the event in the Multimedia section of lamonitor.com.

  • Environmental issues continue to plague LANL

    Pickup trucks believed present at the world’s first nuclear bomb test, Coke and whiskey bottles, a calendar and a toothbrush are just a few of the items unearthed by a cleanup of one of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s original toxic dump sites, where the detritus of the 1940s Manhattan Project was strewn through some of northern New Mexico’s most scenic mesas and canyons.
    More important, workers also extracted 43,000 cubic yards of radioactive debris and toxic soil — all beneath highly specialized containment domes — from what is known as Area B, just across the street from a strip of local businesses, and just more than a mile from downtown Los Alamos.

  • Medical Center appoints CEO

    New Mexico native Feliciano Jiron has been appointed the new chief executive officer of Los Alamos Medical Center effective Oct. 24.  

    Jiron replaces Curt Smith, who has served as interim CEO since April.

    “LAMC’s Board of Directors and Physician Advisory Council worked together closely to recruit Feliciano to this important position,” said Don Bivacca, president of LifePoint Hospitals’ National Division, of which Los Alamos Medical Center is a part. “We are confident that he is the right person to lead this organization into the future.”

  • Christie: 'Now is not my time' for White House bid

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday announced he would not run for president, refusing to bow to pressure from GOP donors, fans and luminaries clamoring for another option in the search for a strong Republican to challenge President Barack Obama next fall.

    "Now is not my time," Christie told reporters at the New Jersey Statehouse.

    His decision means that three months before voting is set to begin, the Republican race remains focused on two men — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

  • Fracking cracks open the crannies

    “Fracking” is shoptalk for hydraulic fracturing. The technology uses mixtures of fluids and sand under pressure to crack rocks underground and prop open the cracks.
    In the right rocks, the technique frees natural gas trapped in mini-pockets and adds greatly to the nation’s supply of the popular fuel.
    It works too for extracting oil. The industry proudly promotes fracking. A persistent TV ad shows a lady riding a see-through elevator deep into the Earth to highlight the value of fracking while suggesting no risks.
    But everything has risks. The chance of error and unknowns lurks on every side.
    The policy questions are what are the risks, who bears the risks and how can the total risk be cut.

  • Rumbling In

    Los Alamos’ Jared Mang gets by the Albuquerque Academy defense en route to a first quarter score Friday night. Mang scored three touchdowns in Friday’s Homecoming game as the Hilltoppers picked up a 36-20 win over Academy’s Chargers, its biggest win of the season to date. Los Alamos takes on Bernalillo in its District 2-4A opener Friday night at Sullivan Field.

  • Tampa Bay keeps Colts winless

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Call it ugly. Call it sloppy. Call it anything you want.
    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers don’t care. Close games, rallies, penalty-filled performances, as long as they end with celebrations, the Bucs will take them all.
    Josh Freeman threw for 287 yards and a touchdown, LeGarrette Blount ran for 127 yards and a score, and the Buccaneers rallied to beat the winless Indianapolis Colts 24-17 on Monday night.
    Freeman picked up the tough yards, Blount had the highlight play and the defense ended the night with four sacks. Together, they helped the Buccaneers win their third consecutive game.

  • Lawrence, Stam combine to win golf course’s Oktoberfest

    The duo of Jim Lawrence/John Stam rolled to a big victory at the Los Alamos Golf Course’s Oktoberfest tournament.
    The tournament was held this weekend at LAGC. Teams of two were selected by blind draw with the two net scores for the players combined to calculate the teams’ totals.
    Lawrence/Stam finished with a net total of 129, topping runner-up team Randy Balice/Jon Rau by 10 shots. Lawrence had a net 63 and Stam finished with a net 66 to win the tournament going away.
    Oktoberfest is the final big event of the year at the golf course.

  • State Notes 10-04-11

    Lobo men’s hoops tickets go on sale Wednesday

    ALBUQUERQUE – The University of New Mexico will put 2011-12 men’s basketball season tickets on sale at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
    Tickets will go on sale at the Lobos’ ticket office, located at The Pit in Albuquerque. Tickets may also be purchased online at golobos.com or by calling the ticket office at 505-925-5858.
    The Lobos, who have won at least 22 games in each of head coach Steve Alford’s first four years at the school, are returning senior Drew Gordon and last year’s Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year Kendall Williams.