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Steven Lynne: Kroger Lease Could be Executed Tomorrow

on September 24, 2012 - 8:52pm

Los Alamos Deputy Administrator Steven Lynne explains that NADG has been disatisfied with the results of their leasing activities and has opted to transfer its lease to Kroger. What that entails is that Kroger will will assume responsibility from NADG and will assume the deposit assignment. Kroger will reimburse NADG that deposit ... Lynne also said as a clarification that the deposit during the feqasibility period isrefundaqble to Kroger. Most significantly is restarting the lease date, he said. The effective lease date, if approved tonight by Council, would be tomorrow, Sept.

Council Questions Kroger Representatives

on September 24, 2012 - 8:20pm

Members of the Los Alamos County Council question Kroger representatives Steve Sorensen and Don Burnett about Kroger's intentions, should the Trinity Site development lease be transferred from NADG to Kroger.   Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Public Shares Opinion on Trinity Lease Transfer

on September 24, 2012 - 8:04pm

Kenneth Lee is among several residents to speak before council during the public comment portion of this evening's meeting making suggestions to Kroger representatives that would show their good faith for the development of Trinity Site. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Kroger Reps Brief Council on Plans for Trinity Site

on September 24, 2012 - 7:41pm

From left, Los Alamos County Deputy Administrator Steven Lynne and Kroger representatives Don Burnett abd Steve Sorensen address County Council this evening about the Trinity Site lease transfer from North American Development Group (NADG) to Kroger. "We're ready to go ... I've got Kroger approval to do the due diligence ... our objective is to open the store as soon as possible and with what has happened that would probably be the first half of 2014," Sorensen said.

Homecoming Parade Winners

on September 24, 2012 - 3:19pm


  1st Place: LA Girls Soccer.  Photo by Leslie Bucklin via Facebook.

  2nd Place: Dance Arts of Los Alamos.  Photo by Greg Kendall/

  3rd Place: LAHS Football.  Photo by Salvador Zapian/


Military Control of U.S. Nuclear Security if Bill Passes

on September 24, 2012 - 11:30am

Anti-nuclear arms protesters display a banner during the April 2011 Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) rally at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.  Photo Credit: Brian Stansberry under CCA 3.0 Unported license.

Staff Report

Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), Chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, has submitted legislation that would station American troops at the Defense Department's atomic weapons facilities and at nuclear installations controlled by the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration NNSA. 

Rachel Barton Pine Draws Audience to its Feet Sunday

on September 24, 2012 - 9:55am

American violinist Rachel Barton Pine signs autographs in the lobby at Duane Smith Auditorium Sunday following her performance sponsored by the Los Alamos Concert Association. Pine's performance with pianist Matthew Hagle garnered an encore and two standing ovations from the audience.  Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A crowd swarms violinist Rachel Barton Pine in the lobby of Duane Smith Auditorium for autographs and to purchase CDs of her music. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A mother encourages her daughter to meet violinist Rachel Barton Pine. Photo by Carol A.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 13 to Sept. 19, 2012

on September 24, 2012 - 9:32am

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Sept. 13 at 8:03 a.m. / A 63-year-old Los Alamos man reported that his property was damaged in the 100 block of Central Park Square. The estimated loss is less than $100.

Sept. 13 at 8:45 p.m. / A 19-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of criminal sexual penetration on Mesa Verde Drive. The matter is under investigation.

Sept. 14 at 12:07 a.m.


SFI Colloquium: Algorithms, Equations and Logic

on September 24, 2012 - 8:14am

Martin Davis
Professor Emeritus, Courant-NYU; Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley

Wednesday, Sept. 26 • 3:30 p.m. • Noyce Conference Room

Abstract: In this talk, meant for a general audience, surprising relationships, will be explored among the three concepts listed in the title, including unsolvable problems and Gödel undecidability.

The discussion will include philosophical considerations.

Note: We are unable to accommodate members of the public for SFI's limited lunch service; you're welcome to bring your own.

SFI Host: Cris Moore


Pajarito Trail Fest Draws More Than 100 Runners

on September 24, 2012 - 8:04am

Elizabeth Turner is the winner among women runners of Saturday's Pajarito Trail Fest 10 K race. Photo by Jim Stein

Rosy-cheeked kids were all smiles after Toddler Dash and Big Kid Challenge runs at Saturday's Pajarito Trail Fest. Photo by Beth Bowman


More than 100 runners participated in the 6th Annual Pajarito Trail Fest held Saturday at Pajarito Mountain. Sunshine, early fall colors and re-built trails awaited runners for a fine day of running.

Runners from as far as Estes Park, Colo., and Silver City came to run the challenging course.


Charmian Schaller is Kiwanian of the Year

on September 24, 2012 - 7:31am


Charmian Schaller, left, was named the Kiwanian of the Year at the Kiwanis Installation Dinner Sunday, Sept. 23. Courtesy Photo

Lt. Gov. Tracy McAdams, left, swore in new officiers Sunday, second from left to right, Immediate Past President Kristy Ortega, President Don Casperson, 1st Vice President Karen Kendall, 2nd Vice President Steve Boerigter and Treasurer Cindy Eaton. Courtesy Photo

Lt. Gov. Tracy McAdams swears in new directors Sunday from left, Jordan Garcia, Kurt Deshayes, Jim Baran, Morrie Pongratz and Pat Soran. Courtesy Photo

Two stars of Kiwanis - outgoing


NNSA Completes Removal of High Security Special Nuclear Material from LLNL

on September 24, 2012 - 7:30am

Research at the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory supports the nation's nuclear weapon Stockpile Stewardship Program as well as studies high energy density physics and astrophysical phenomena. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced Friday that the last of the Security Category I/II special nuclear material items that required the highest level of security at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have been removed.

LLNL’s primary mission will continue to be to ensure the safety,

Pick Up On ‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’ at LALT

on September 24, 2012 - 7:29am

Jean (Kate Ramsey) attempts to communicate with the deceased Gordon (Eric Bjorklund.) Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

Review by Bonnie J. Gordon

What does it mean to connect? That’s the question posed by playwright Sarah Ruhl in her offbeat comedy “Dead Man’s Cell Phone.”  

Jean (Kate Ramsey) is calmly eating her lobster bisque in a café when she is disturbed by a ringing cell phone. She asks her fellow diner to answer it or turn it off, but he doesn’t respond.

It turns out he has a very good reason for his impolite behavior—he’s dead.

So begins Jean’s odyssey into the life and death of

Column: Managers Are Not Leaders

on September 24, 2012 - 7:28am

Coulumn by Elena Yang

I contend that by first denying managers can be leaders, we may actually begin to explore some links between these two roles.

There must be thousands of research articles on leadership alone, and only slightly fewer on comparing leaders and managers. 

Leadership was one of my least favorite topics when I was taking courses for my PhD. It’s interesting to talk about, but mind-boggling to read through.

To me, leadership is one of those moving targets whose full nature you can never really pin down. As for equating managers with leaders?

Hill Stompers Party at Ashley Pond Park

on September 24, 2012 - 7:17am

The Hill Stompers were at Ashley Pond Park Sunday preparing for an upcoming performance at Honk! Music Festival in Boston. Photo by Karen Kendall

The Hill Stompers entertained community members at Ashley Pond Park Sunday afternoon. Photo by Karen Kendall

Voter Registration Closes 5 p.m., Oct. 9.

on September 24, 2012 - 7:10am
GOP News:

Voter registration for the Nov. 6 general election closes at 5 p.m., Oct. 9.

Anyone wanting to register for the first time in Los Alamos County or wanting to change their name, address or party affiliation, may do so at the Republican Party of Los Alamos County headquarters, 1362-D1 Trinity Dr. (north of Viola's Restaurant.)

The GOP headquarters is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monsay through Friday and the telephone is 505-259-3732..

Applications for absentee voting and sample ballots will also be available at the GOP headquarters.


Botanist Jack Carter Leads PEEC Workshop

on September 24, 2012 - 7:09am

Botanist Jack Carter, at right in blue, with Mark Jones, left, at Saturday's workshop at PEEC. Photo by Felicia Orth

PEEC News:

Noted botanist Jack Carter gave a workshop Saturday morning at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) on tree and shrub identification using the latest edition of his book, Trees and Shrubs of New Mexico (Mimbres Publishing, 2012.)

Nearly 20 people from Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Taos participated, learning new botanical words and gaining confidence in their identification of New Mexico flora, including roseberry juniper, big joint-fir, desert willow,

County Line Highlights Monday & Tuesday Council Meetings

on September 24, 2012 - 7:07am

Special Council Meeting on Monday

A special Los Alamos County Council meeting is being held today, Sept. 24 to discuss the Trinity Site Revitalization Project - the actual title of the agenda item is: "Consideration of Approval of Assignment & Assumption, Consent, and Lease Modification Agreement related to the Trinity Site Real Estate Ground Lease and Development Agreement, from NA Los Alamos Trinity (NADG) to Topvalco, Inc., a Kroger related entity."

The meeting begins at 7 p.m.


CONE ZONE: Week of Sept. 24

on September 24, 2012 - 6:57am

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1

Fifth Street between Myrtle and Canyon is closed.

Work continues on Myrtle between 9th Street and 15th Street. This section of Myrtle is closed to through traffic with flagging operations during the day and two-way traffic at night.

The work zone on Canyon Road is between NM502 to just south of Nugget.

Municipal Court Closed Sept. 26 to 28

on September 23, 2012 - 10:05pm


The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed Sept. 26, 27 and 28 to allow staff to attend training.

Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr, Ste C, Los Alamos, NM 87544.

Some payments may be paid online at

The Court Clerk’s Office will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1.

Courtesy photo

Teachers Union to Host Candidate Forum Sept. 25

on September 23, 2012 - 11:09am


The public is invited to attend a House District 43 Candidate Forum 4:30-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

Republican candidate Jim Hall, appointed incumbent, and Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard will participate in the event, which is sponsored by President Ellen Mills and Vice President Ryan Ross of the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees.

The forum is structured to provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions and learn where the candidates stand on the issues.


Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Celebrates National Gymnastics Day

on September 23, 2012 - 10:34am

Athletes at Los Alamos School of Gymnastics. Courtesy/Minesh Bacrania Photography

LASG News:

  • “Gymnastics provides a great foundation for building strength, flexibility and fitness and also for life skills, enhancing self-esteem and goal-setting abilities.”  -USA Gymnastics

Los Alamos School of Gymnastics (LASG) joined USA Gymnastics and its member clubs across the nation Saturday, Sept. 22 to celebrate National Gymnastics Day.

National Gymnastics Day is an annual event to showcase the sport of gymnastics and to encourage and promote physical fitness and good nutrition among the nation’s


Letter to the Editor: Ashley Pond Park Really Should Go Forward

on September 23, 2012 - 12:27am

By Kristin Henderson
Candidate for Los Alamos County Council

Since I am running for a seat on the County Council, I would like to clarify my position about projects that have already gone through the community vetting process and been approved by Council, as my attendance at a recent Ashley Pond project meeting was noted in a recent front page article in the Monitor.

I am in favor of moving forward with projects that have already had public input and then are approved by Council. That includes this one.

The meeting I attended was about the Ashley Pond project, which includes improving ADA

Analysis Paralysis Infiltrates Ashley Pond Park

on September 23, 2012 - 12:20am

George Padnovich of Sites Southwest reviews the 30 percent design plan for the Ashley Pond Park project during a  public meeting Thursday in the Community Building. Photo by Greg Kendall/


About 26 members of the public gathered at a meeting Thursday, Sept. 20 in the Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue to learn more about upcoming improvements to Ashley Pond Park.

The meeting announcement stated that improvements to Ashley Pond Park are coming soon and that the project is "currently at the 30 percent design stage, with plans to complete design