Local News

  • LA Community Garden grows more funding

    During a small “barn-raising” at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market Tuesday, State Farm representatives presented Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board members with a check for $96,250 from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.

    The money will support the Los Alamos Youth Food Project’s educational and outreach community garden at the Los Alamos Middle School.

    “This grant was a competitive process across the nation and this is one of 68 community organizations to receive a service-learning, youth-led grant across the United States and Canada. It speaks well of our youth leadership,” said State Farm Agent Lou Santoro at the award ceremony. “I want to thank all of the young people that participate and make this work possible. You are making lasting change and we applaud you for that. Thank you.”

    The ceremony included the construction and decoration of a small hoop house at the co-op, which is a partnering satellite location for community garden project. The hoop house will be used for winter planting and spring seedling starters.

    The JJAB has contracted with The Family YMCA to deliver the grant’s education and food-assistance objectives throughout the next year.

  • Official Health Fair Guide inside today's paper

    The Official Guide to this Saturday's Los Alamos Health Fair will be delivered inside Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

    The guide is packed with 28 pages of information about the Health Fair and the providers associated with the event.

    Today's newspaper will be delivered to virtually every household in the county via Total Market Circulation. A regular program of the Los Alamos Monitor, TMC delivery is designed to blanket the market and deliver to homes regardless of subscriber status.

    The effort brings additional news, information, special sections and other supplements to members of the community who might not otherwise have access as non-subscribers. The TMC delivery also gives non-sbuscribers the opportunity to get acquainted with the award-winning journalism being produced by the newspaper.

    Those who subscribe to the Los Alamos Monitor also gain full access to all the news and information in print as well as online. For more information on becoming a subscriber, click here

  • 10 things to know for Wednesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Wednesday:


    In the busiest single day of his re-election campaign, the president will cover 5,300 miles, as Romney casts the race as moving his way.


    The dramatic overhaul of the operating system may prove that the largest software maker can still compete or reinforce perceptions that it is falling behind.


    King Abdullah has managed to fend off domestic challenges for 22 months, but growing opposition and a foiled al-Qaida plot mean things are heating up.


  • Today in History for October 24th
  • Paraplegic survives 3 days stranded in NM desert

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A paraplegic man who says he was stranded in the New Mexico desert without his wheelchair dragged himself down a dirt road for three days, crawling about four miles before a motorist finally stopped to help him.

    Tattered and dirty, Ricky Gilmore's blue jeans tell part of the story. His body tells the rest — the skin on his left leg and buttocks is shredded, his wrist is sprained and his kidneys are in bad shape from going without food and water.

    "Ah man, I'm just a big mess. I ache and I'm just in the first stages of healing," he told The Associated Press on Tuesday from his hospital bed at the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, N.M.

    Gilmore is being treated for acute kidney failure from dehydration, a sprained wrist and a blood infection. He spent two days in intensive care and it could be at least another week before he can go home.

  • Sculptor: 1,800 Pound Pumpkin Used in Display
  • Shutterbugs: Share your photos with the community

    Whether you’re an amateur with a really good eye or a seasoned pro, Los Alamos Life wants your best photos. Get your most striking pictures featured in the next edition of Los Alamos Life, set to publish in February 2013.

    Los Alamos Life is an award-winning full color, glossy annual magazine that presents a quintessential snapshot of moments in the life of Los Alamos. The magazine is reminiscent of the iconic Life magazine, but it is bolder and more colorful in its presentation.

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Los Alamos Life says a lot about Los Alamos, its people and what it’s like to live in this majestic mountain hamlet — home of scientific discoveries that have literally changed the world.

    Los Alamos Life is looking for photos that will help tell that story... Nature, wildlife, kids, pets, funny moments from a family gathering, poignant shots of our senior citizens ... Photos can include everything from action sports to thought-provoking still life.

  • Update 10-23-12

    Trick or Treat

    Trick or Treat on MainStreet will be from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Alamos.

    Authors Speak

    Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series presents Margaret Wood, companion of Georgia O’Keeffe at 7 p.m. Thursday.

    Film Festival

    The Atomic City Film Festival will present “Them,” 1954 Sci-Fi classic thriller tells a tale of the earliest atomic tests in New Mexico that cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters and threaten civilization. The film will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    Brisket night

    The LAHS NJROTC will host a Barbecue Brisket Night from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the Posse Lodge on North Mesa. The cost is $10 per plate and includes brisket, potato salad, vegetable, a roll, drink and dessert.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a special session at 7 p.m. today in council chambers.

  • Gov. stumps for Hall

    Gov. Susana Martinez showed up at the Hilltop House in Los Alamos Sunday to support Republican State Representative candidate Jim Hall. Telling his supporters that they very well could have a Republican majority in the state legislature, she said it was more important than ever that Jim Hall returns as the state representative for the 43rd District.

  • T-Board urges clean energy plan

    After a series of discussions on alternative fuels for the Los Alamos County fleet, Transportation Board members have a recommendation for council: move forward.

    The conversation began in June with a presentation on compressed natural gas by Board Chair Eugene Dougherty.
    Based on a study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory titled, “Business Case for Compressed Natural Gas in Municipal Fleets,” Dougherty concluded that “a moderately-sized fleet, such as the one deployed by the county, (Atomic City Transit and refuse vehicles) would see a six-year payback on investment.”

    That six-year payback is based on an average price of $1.20 per gallon through 2025. The low cost of natural gas could also produce considerable savings in the long run. Initial studies also indicate lower maintenance costs for CNG vehicles.

    The initial investment is steep, with the fueling station alone costing $2 million to $6 million. The county would also have to invest in CNG designed vehicles.

    Jon Bulthuis reported on his experience with Santa Fe Trails’ CNG fleet at a meeting in July. Santa Fe Trails has been using CNG for 20 years and “have seen the good and the bad of it.”