Today's News

  • Join in the 19th Annual Butterfly Count

    The 19th Annual Los Alamos Butterfly Count will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    From there, the group will carpool or caravan to sites around the county. Steve Cary, New Mexico’s butterfly expert, will join the group to help with spotting and identification.
    A $5 fee per person will go to PEEC and to the North American Butterfly Association’s continent-wide butterfly census.
    The fire affected the usual counting areas, but warm weather and rains should coax butterflies out of other places.
    As more flowers bloom around the county, butterflies are becoming more visible. For those wanting to join up later, the group will count at Camp May in the middle of the day.

  • Welcome to a new school year

    Happy school year! I love that saying from the new little Mini-Wheat character on the Kellogg’s commercial.
    The first day of school is a tough pill to swallow sometimes, so I hope you fared well.
    The first day of school is sort of like jogging, it doesn’t sound appealing to me. I assume that is because it marks the end of summer and I like it when everyone is home.
    Don’t get me wrong, I won’t miss the rising temperatures, both on the thermometer and in the bodies of kids that have had too much time together.
    It will be nice to get up and walk through the living room without it looking like a war zone, with sleeping bodies strewn throughout.

  • Police Beat 08-16-11

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    Aug. 5

    12:37 p.m. – Marcos Romero, 31, of Chimayo was arrested on Trinity Drive on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction for unknown charges.
    Aug. 6

    4:15 p.m. – Christian Perea, 19, and a 17-year-old boy, both of Los Alamos, were arrested at 2896 Walnut St., and charged with battery upon a peace officer.

    7:30 p.m. – A 17-year-old Los Alamos boy was charged with criminal damage to property on Paige Loop. The estimated damage is less than $1,000.
    Aug. 8

  • Can social media impact epidemics?

    Connecting social media and epidemiological research, a new study by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Tulane University will attempt to predict the future, i.e. people’s social behavior during an epidemic, using Twitter, the social media messaging site. If successful, the results will improve the computer models used to plan and respond to disease outbreaks. Understanding human behavior can help save people’s lives and the government millions of dollars in vaccine costs and epidemic response planning.

  • Correction 08-16-11

    The article, “Event supports Alzheimer’s research,” which appeared in the Sunday, Aug. 14 edition of the Los Alamos Monitor, listed Vickie Griffis’ title at Aspen Ridge as, “director of families for five years.” It should have said Griffis has been a volunteer facilitating the Alzheimer’s support groups in Los Alamos for five years. Her title at Aspen Ridge is activities director, which she held for two years.

  • Superblitz to kick off Friday

    SANTA FE— New Mexico Department of Transportation Secretary Alvin C. Dominguez, New Mexico State Police Chief Robert Shilling and Santa Fe Mayor David Coss were joined today by representatives from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and other state and local officials to kick off the state’s latest Superblitz to coincide with the national crackdown on impaired driving, themed “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
    The Superblitz will run from Aug. 19 through Labor Day, Sept. 5 and will correspond with the nationwide enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving and reduce roadway fatalities. The campaign will target young male drivers and motorcycle riders, who are reportedly the most common perpetrators.

  • Update 08-16-11

    DPU meeting

     The Board of Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Department of Utilities conference room, 170 Central Park Square.

    LANL meeting

    LANL is holding a public meeting at 5:30 tonight to discuss the Open Detonation Hazardous Waste Permit Modification at Fuller Lodge.

    Pool maintenance

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed for public swimming beginning at 7 p.m. Friday for annual pool maintenance, and will re‑open on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 6 a.m. 

    County council

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 in council chambers for its regular meeting.

  • Lemon cupcakes entice 300-pound bear--video extra

    A massive black bear, dubbed “Cupcake” by New Mexico Game and Fish officers, was captured about 9:30 p.m. Saturday at a home in Barranca Mesa.

    Officers had lined a path with lemon cupcakes leading to a large cage on wheels they placed in the side yard of Herbert and Bunnie Newman’s canyon rim home late Friday afternoon.

    “Nothing happened the first night but the second night our neighbor, Chris Ward, called to say she heard a loud bang and thought we may have caught the bear,” Herbert said during an interview this morning.
    With flashlights in hand the neighbors ventured into the night to investigate. They shined their lights into the cage and saw Cupcake peering up at them.

  • Predicting the future?

    “To predict the future, we have to understand the past,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Sara Del Valle. For more on connecting social media and epidemiological research, see page 3.

  • Ceremony launches Redi-Net

    Ceremonies for the launch of the REDI-Net community broadband infrastructure were groundbreaking in more ways than one.

    Dignitaries attending from New Mexico’s congressional delegation, from three county governments, three pueblos and several other partner organizations attested to one of the most far-reaching cooperative efforts ever undertaken in Northern New Mexico.