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Today's News

  • LAHS winds group earns first place at state

    Throughout the school year, Los Alamos High School bands have been playing the tune of success and were able to finish their victorious score during the New Mexico Activities Association State Concert Festival in April.

    The winds ensemble and symphonic band traveled to Cibola High School in Albuquerque to compete. While the symphonic band performed for comments only, the winds ensemble captured first place in the AAAA division.

  • Help stock pantries

    On Saturday morning, the Los Alamos community is encouraged to leave something other than letters or bill payments in their mailboxes.

    The Los Alamos Letter Carriers Union (NALC-4112) will pick up nonperishable food items as part of the 16th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers National Food Drive. Los Alamos letter carriers will not be doing this alone; letter carriers in White Rock, along with the Northern New Mexico District of Boy Scouts of America, will be collecting food items for LA Cares.

  • Some election recommendations

    The Monitor will continue its tradition of recommendations in election races, this year making some suggestions for the primary – in which early voting has already begun.

    The Monitor editorial board was not unanimous in its recommendations, and that will be noted when pertinent. And we will not comment on uncontested races.

  • Monitor endorses primary candidates

    The Monitor will continue its tradition of recommendations in election races, this year making some suggestions for the primary – in which early voting has already begun.

    The Monitor editorial board was not unanimous in its recommendations, and that will be noted when pertinent. And we will not comment on uncontested races.

    In the race for the U.S. House seat in the Third District, the board was divided between Don Wiviott and Harry Montoya in the Democratic primary.

  • Grand Jury indicts local residents

    In First Judicial District Court, a Grand Jury has issued criminal indictments for two Los Alamos residents, a local resident currently residing in Santa Fe and a San Juan Pueblo woman.

    Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster explained the indictment process during an interview Wednesday.

    “Now that these individuals have been indicted, the next step is that they will either be re-arrested if the district attorney’s office has requested it, or they will receive a summons telling them when to appear in court,” Foster said.

  • Chief flies high for Guard and Reserve forces

    Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy holds the men and women who serve in the National Guard and Reserve forces in high esteem.

    “It’s very moving to see how much heart they put into service to this country while holding down full-time jobs,” Torpy said after spending Friday flying in a fuel tanker and observing a variety of military exercises during a “Boss Lift” program.

  • Richard Octaviano 'Birdie' Branch

    BRANCH – Richard Octaviano “Birdie” Branch, 79, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2008, due to natural cause. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Branch, June 17, 2005; brother, Larry Branch; and parents, Richard and Grace Branch. Richard was a computer operator for 35 years, and loved to go fishing, work in the yard and he also loved to read.

  • Neel W. Glass

    GLASS – Neel W. Glass, 83, most recently of Rapid City, S.D., died April 27, 2008, in Albuquerque. He was born in The Dalles, Ore., and grew up in Hood River. He left high school at age 16 to join a surveying team in Alaska, and went on to join the Army Air Corp and then to attend the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. in physics from UCLA in 1953 and worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1954 until 1992.

  • Utility customers pay extra for 'convenience'

    At a recent meeting of the Los Alamos County Council, Assistant Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith reported that 38 customers had paid their utility bills by credit card, including an additional “convenience fee” of $4.95.

    Some residents found the new arrangement convenient, but not everybody was happy about the new charge.

    Sheila Shiferl of White Rock said she went in to the utilities office to pay her bill on Friday and discovered a sign that said she would have to pay an extra $4.95 for the service, a new charge that she was not aware of.

  • Airport gets small piece of federal funding

    Eight New Mexico airports will benefit from $7.3 million in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds of which $67,000 goes to Los Alamos. Sen. Jeff Bingaman announced the good news in a release late Tuesday.

    “Airports are an important economic tool, but are expensive to maintain,” Bingaman said. “I’m pleased the federal government is lending a helping hand to several communities in New Mexico to allow them to keep their airports in top shape.”