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Sign goes up on new brewpub

Workers hoisted the sign at the new Pajarito Brewpub and Grill early Monday afternoon. The new eatery, located in the Mari-Mac shopping center, has not announced an opening date.

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Hilltoppers handle Espanola, other prep FB scores

By Associated Press



Artesia 58, Roswell 13

Aztec 20, Farmington 7

Belen 51, Miyamura 30

Bernalillo 26, Capital 0

Bloomfield 54, Thoreau 0

Capitan 54, Mescalero Apache 0

Carlsbad 57, Hobbs 7

Cleveland 54, Cibola 16

Deming 42, Chaparral 7

Dexter 20, Eunice 14

Dulce 33, Navajo Pine 20

Escalante 48, Questa 14

Gadsden 14, Alamogordo 12

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Watchdog groups call for NNSA chief to resign

By John Severance

National Nuclear Security Administrator Thom D’Agostino has come under fire after revelations surfaced regarding construction cost overruns on a security project at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

At least two watchdog groups called for D'Agostino to resign Friday following the news that a seven-year $213 million project at Technical Area 55 to upgrade the security perimeter for nuclear weapons plutonium facilities at LANL has been beset by delays and possibly up to $25 million in cost overruns.

“We call on NNSA Administrator Tom D’Agostino to step down given the agency’s chronic failures across the national nuclear weapons complex,” Jay Coghlan of Nuclear Watch New Mexico said Friday night. “And if he doesn’t do the right thing and resign then we call upon the in-coming president to not reappoint Mr. D’Agostino for more failed leadership of a dysfunctional agency.”

Tune in for live action

It all seemed to have started with Steve Irwin, aka the Crocodile Hunter. Sometimes it was hard to tear your eyes away from the TV as he stalked and captured alligators and crocodiles, jumping on them and wrestling them into submission. But it wasn’t just those animals he messed around with. He also handled venomous snakes and all sorts of other creatures that would make your skin crawl.

After Irwin’s untimely death, few would have thought that yet another brave soul would emerge and pick up where Irwin left off, but along came Ernie Brown Jr., aka Turtleman. Brown is from Kentucky and is well known in his neck of the woods. Whenever someone has a critter that needs “disposing” of, they call Turtleman.

“Call of the Wildman” on Animal Planet chronicles Turtleman’s adventures throughout the bluegrass state. He has handled everything from possums and raccoons to snakes (both venomous and non-venomous) and, of course, turtles. Just like Irwin, he captures the animals, then releases them back into the wild. And like the Crocodile Hunter, he also does some risky things.

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Power restored in North Mesa

 Power has been restored in the North Mesa neighborhood of Los Alamos, according to the Department of Utilities.

Earlier, there were reports of outages on North Mesa and the Alamo areas.

The initial report came in around 1:45 p.m. that power was out on North Mesa in the San Ildefonso and Alamo areas as crews backfed power to the area. At 3:30 p.m., a report from DPU said that power was restored in those areas. But 15 minutes later, it was reported power was still out in San Ildefonso area of North Mesa.

DPU said an underground fault caused portion of North Mesa to lose power.


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Oh deer!

By Tris DeRoma

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DPU analyzes infrastructure needs

By Arin McKenna

Los Alamos County's infrastructure is aging. In fact, it is nearing the end of its useful lifespan.

That’s the assessment from the Department of Public Utilities.

"Our system is typical in rural America. A large part of our infrastructure has aged, and at least on paper, it's operating toward the end of its useful life," said Rafael De La Torre, deputy utility manager for electric distribution at DPU.

"The overhead system has a useful life of 50 to 75 years and a large majority of our system was built when Los Alamos came into existence, back in the 50s. So if you do the math, our system is operating toward the end of its useful life.

"The underground system, similarly, a lot of that was installed during the 1970s, and has a useful life of 30 to 40 years. So again we're operating under those parameters right now."

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All hail breaks loose in Los Alamos -- photos added

A massive hailstorm struck Los Alamos and two to four inches of ice were on the roadways Friday afternoon. The ice, though, has melted in most places and the roads are passable in most areas.


At about 2:30 p.m., a severe thunderstorm moved through the area, dropping marble-sized hailstones on the townsite. And a  caller working near East Gate reported golf-ball sized hail.

LAPD Captain Randy Foster said there were no reports of damage. At about 3:40 p.m., Foster said there were some rocks on West Jemez Road that were eventually cleared by LANL personnel. There were no accidents, he said.

The county, meanwhile, postponed a groundbreaking for the multi-purpose arena scheduled for the North Mesa Stables today. The county reports the stable's roads were muddy and impassable.

The county deployed snowplows to help remove the ice. By 3:30 p.m., the sun was back out and that helped melt the ice on the roads in time for the evening commute.

One motorist reported that a passenger side mirror was damaged due to the hailstorm.

Stay tuned to LAMonitor.com for more details.    

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VIDEO EXTRA -- County Council candidates: How would you keep young people in Los Alamos?


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Power, phones down at Monitor offices

Shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, Department of Public Utilities crews working to repair a water leak on DP Road inadvertently took down an electrical transformer knocking out power and phones to the Los Alamos Monitor offices.

Crews at the scene could not give a firm time when power would be restored.

Email is being monitored remotely in the interim, so if you have an urgent news or advertising situation please send that to info@lamonitor.com and it will be channeled to the appropriate party.

Power was restored about 4 p.m. and business operations are scheduled to return to normal Tuesday morning.

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LA among winners in Saturday prep FB games

By Associated Press



Carlsbad JV 33, Jal 0

Cloudcroft 39, Tularosa JV 6

Hope Christian 21, Socorro 14

Los Alamos 29, Albuquerque Academy 25

Mayfield 34, Volcano Vista 24

Questa 54, Dulce 18

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Wilson's son campaigns in LA

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Operation Hilltopper set for Monday

Emergency first response organizations in Los Alamos County have, for the past year, been training their personnel, polishing their plans and tweaking their equipment in a comprehensive effort aimed at preparing to deal with a scenario that nobody hopes will ever arise – an active shooter loose at a school.

Operation Hilltopper, scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Monday, is a full-scale exercise designed to test police, fire, emergency medical support, Los Alamos Medical Center and Los Alamos High School personnel and their abilities to adequately respond to just such an event.

 Toward that end, the Los Alamos County Office of Emergency Management is letting residents living in the vicinity of Los Alamos High School know that on the day of the exercise, from 8 a.m. to noon Monday they will see a significant number of emergency vehicles around the high school and the hospital.

In addition, observers are likely to hear gunshots (only blanks, no live ammunition will be used) and even the screams of actors portraying victims. 

“We would also like to give residents an advanced heads-up regarding possible traffic delays, especially at the Canyon/Diamond intersection while this exercise is taking place,” the county said in its press release. 

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