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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

Councilor Wismer Expresses Disappointment in Councilor Chiravalle's Response

on September 22, 2012 - 5:12pm

Photo: County Councilor Michael Wismer

I read in today's Los Alamos Daily Post, Councilor Vincent Chiravalle’s response to my concern over his decision to disclose information discussed in closed session. 

I must say that I am deeply disappointed in his response, both on a personal and a professional level. 

He says the allegation is “unfounded and absurd;” I had hoped he would admit his mistake and take responsibility for his actions. Obviously I misjudged him.

The issue of the NADG assignment of developer responsibilities was discussed over the course of a number of closed sessions,


Councilor Responds to Claims He Breached Confidentiality

on September 22, 2012 - 3:21pm

Photo: Councilor Vincent Chiravalle

Staff report

In a statement to the Los Alamos Daily Post, Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle responds to claims that he has spoken publicly about confidential matters under discussion by the Los Alamos County Council.

Councilor Michael Wismer asserted at Tuesday's County Council meeting that Chiravalle has twice breached the confidentiality of issues discussed by Council in closed meetings - most recently last week's revelation that NADG is pulling out of the Trinity Site project.

Chiravalle announced the pullout by the developer during a


Bass/Baritone Javier Ortiz Joins 'Music of Faith, Grace & Love' Sept. 30 at Immaculate Heart of Mary

on September 22, 2012 - 2:34pm
IHM News:
"Music of Faith, Grace & Love" will be the theme of an upcoming concert at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
The program begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 and will feature classical, sacred and contemporary Christian music, with special guest artist and bass/baritone Javier Ortiz.
Other performances will spotlight the talents of local vocalists, chamber choirs, pianists, guitarists, violinists and the Black Mesa Brass Quintet.
Admission to the concert is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit the Cathy LeClaire Memorial

LAHS Graduate Creates Documentary on Kenya

on September 22, 2012 - 1:20pm

The public is invited to a free screening of "Education is Hope" about Kenya by William O'Donnell and Dylan Westfall at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Reel Deal Theater. Courtesy/RD


Former Los Alamos High School student William O’Donnell, produces the film Education is Hope, tracing the impact of education in Kenya on students, their family, and their community.

There will be a free public screening at the Reel Deal Theater at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

Education is Hope is a grassroots film that will transport you to a hard country where poverty and back-breaking labor

Gifts, Gifts, Gifts: 2012 Quilt Market Set for Sept. 29

on September 22, 2012 - 1:00pm

The “Smokey River Quilt” is this year’s Donation Quilt. Courtesy/LAPQG


Saturday, Sept. 29 is the 2012 Quilt Market co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Piecemaker’s Quilt Guild and Jemez Mountains Bear Paw Quilting Guild. 

This year the Quilt Market will be presented from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road in Los Alamos.

Members have made quilted “treasures” that will be for sale. Bed quilts, table runners, placemats, wall hangings and wearable items are just a few of the items that will be featured. 

There is a huge selection of


Going Batty at Small Business Center

on September 22, 2012 - 11:11am

A small bat has taken up residence above the entrance to the Small Business Center in Central Park Square as seen Wednesday. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Photo by Greg Kendall/

First New Mexican Tapped to Lead EPA Regional Office

on September 22, 2012 - 10:00am
Photo: Ron Curry
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement on the appointment of Ron Curry to be the Environmental Protection Agency's Administrator for the South Central Region 6, which includes the State of New Mexico.
"For more than three decades, the State of New Mexico has entrusted Ron to be a custodian of our natural resources," Udall said. "Today, I applaud the Environmental Protection Agency for entrusting him with the responsibilities and challenges that come with leading this important regional office.