Today's News

  • Lab science pitched in energy hearing

    A day after the Department of Energy released the administration’s budget request for the next fiscal year, the full Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee discussed funding issues with Secretary Samuel Bodman.Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., the committee chair, pressed the secretary for an explanation for the elimination of the DOE’s weatherization program.Sen.

  • It's coming down

    The Municipal Building has stood on Ashley Pond since 1967, but council decided Tuesday night to have it demolished because of structural problems.“There’s no reason the building should still be there,” structural engineer John A. Martin said. Martin is the seismic expert who assessed the building for the design firm hired by the county to look at the Municipal Building.Before the engineering report from the Hartman Majewski Design Group was submitted to the county on Jan.

  • What is a woman worth?

    Here’s one of those rare cases where you can love a book – and love the movie based on it as well. They’re two unique works of art, the novel and the film “The Joy Luck Club,” while cut from the same silky fabric.In both, Amy Tan, either as a novelist or a screenwriter, tells the intersecting stories of eight women, four Chinese mothers and their American-born daughters.

  • Beatrice Duran Kain

    KAIN – Beatrice Duran Kain passed Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, after a long illness. She was born in Ribera, N.M., to Jose Duran and Terrisita Padilla Rivera Duran on Sept. 6, 1924. Beatrice was a home defense factory worker in World War II, housewife and successful business partner with husband, Tom Kain. She was preceded in death by brothers Jose Sam Duran, Max Duran and Robert Duran.

  • Judging Science Fair a prized lesson

    This year’s Los Alamos County Science Fair drew 157 entries. The last Saturday morning in January, I was at the high school cafeteria. The room was abustling with fresh hopes and ideas.Our three-judge team had six special awards from the Sierra Club to give for the best projects on the environment. Projects are in categories by field of science and student class – elementary, junior, and senior (high school). Winners were announced in last Thursday’s Monitor.To start our judging, our team first had to decide which projects to judge.

  • Arlene Patrick

    PATRICK – Arlene Patrick first visited North Oahu, Hawaii, with her beloved husband, Jim, in 1987. She felt a special connection to the island and, after another visit with her husband, had a great desire to share the experience with her whole family. Just before Christmas her wish was fulfilled. Now that she is no longer physically with us, we hope that her spirit finds its rest in that peaceful and beautiful place she loved so well. Arlene Patrick passed on Jan. 1, 2008, after a courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer.

  • Budget roller coaster opens season

    President Bush released a $3 trillion budget proposal for next year that includes a 7 percent increase for defense, plus additional costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan War.Of special interest to Los Alamos was the presentation of the Department of Energy budget by Secretary Sam Bodman Monday, which included requests for Los Alamos National Laboratory and the nuclear weapons complex.Los Alamos, according to one breakdown of the DOE budget, request would receive $1.838 billion in Fiscal Year 2009, a reduction of less than $15 million from the current year. 

  • Domenici makes final show

    SANTA FE — In his final appearance before a joint session of the Legislature Monday, retiring Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., called for an end to partisan politics. “We are in danger of losing our ability to move forward as a nation because of destructive personality-driven partisan politics,” Domenici said.

  • A pledge for workers

    ALBUQUERQUE — Today is Super Tuesday, and Democrats in 23 states are going to the polls to help decide who will become the next president of the United States. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., tried Saturday night to convince some 3,000 people she’s the right person to lead the country. “I want you to hire me for the hardest job in the world,” Clinton said during her “Solutions for the American Economy” town hall at Highland High School.

  • Spotlight on Los Alamos: A pretty good mind

    He has a Ph.D. from Cal Tech in astronomy, mathematics and physics, and is a Laboratory Fellow, but Dimitri Mihalas has another remarkable distinction.