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  • Scientists study high altitude sickness in cattle

    VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE, N.M. (AP) — The lush grass in northern New Mexico provides a strong lure for drought-stricken ranchers looking for a way to feed their animals. But grazing in the mountains brings a risk of bovine high altitude disease, a potentially fatal illness that costs the beef industry some $60 million a year.

    As many as 2 million cattle graze on public and private land at high altitudes every summer, but with thousands developing the disease each year, ranchers take a chance when they send their animals into the hills.

  • Seen at the Scene: Homecoming 2011

    Homecoming 2011 for the Hilltoppers was punctuated by a full day of events that included a parade, followed by the big game Friday night. The freshman float won first place; the LAHS wrestling team’s float won second; and the Key Club took third place.


  • Update 10-02-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Hamburger night

    Hamburger Nite at The Hill Diner will be from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, the United Way Youth Team and The Hill Diner host a fun, entertaining, community-favorite, fundraiser dinner at 1315 Trinity Drive in Los Alamos. Dine-in only, walk-ins welcome.

    Movie night

    The Mesa Library Movie Series continues at 6:30 p.m. Thursday when the 1956 hit “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” will be featured.

    Hall update

  • Hairy, crazy ants invade from Texas to Miss.

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It sounds like a horror movie: Biting ants invade by the millions. A camper's metal walls bulge from the pressure of ants nesting behind them. A circle of poison stops them for only a day, and then a fresh horde shows up, bringing babies. Stand in the yard, and in seconds ants cover your shoes.

    It's an extreme example of what can happen when the ants — which also can disable huge industrial plants — go unchecked. Controlling them can cost thousands of dollars. But the story is real, told by someone who's been studying ants for a decade.

  • Dam reconstruction resumes next spring

    The good news is that Los Alamos Reservoir Dam is still standing.

    “The diversion worked correctly, and the dam was saved. It has not been damaged in any way by the flooding. So that has been a real success story,” said Deputy Utilities Manager Tim Glasco.

    The “diversion” is a bypass the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) dug after the Las Conchas fire halted the dam construction project.

  • Falling boulder crushes car

    A boulder broke loose from the canyon wall above the Main Hill Road last month — smashing down onto the roof of a passing car.

    A young girl frequently accompanying her father to sports activities would normally have been sitting in the passenger seat under which the boulder’s force completely collapsed that portion of the roof.

    “I’m just so glad I didn’t have anyone in the passenger seat, they would likely have been crushed,” said Joe Rodriguez, head coach of the Hawks volleyball team at Los Alamos Middle School. “Also, if I had been driving a second slower that boulder would have landed in my lap.”

  • LANL announces fund recipients

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has selected Ideum and OnQueue as its latest recipients of awards from the Los Alamos National Security, LLC Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF).
    “Our VAF program provides much-needed capital to these promising companies, reducing their risk without the strings typically attached to equity investments,” said David Pesiri, the Laboratory’s Technology Transfer Division leader. “Further, our team of experts is working closely with both companies to connect them with other resources—like mentors, customers, and contacts—to help make them sustainable and successful.”

  • Seen at the Scene: United Way Kickoff

    The United Way of Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties held its annual campaign kickoff event last week at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

  • Update 09-30-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 in council chambers.

    Homecoming game

    At 7 p.m., the Hilltopper football team will host Albuquerque Academy at Sullivan Field.

    Homecoming coverage

    Look for full Homecoming coverage in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

    Hall update

    State Rep. Jim Hall of Los Alamos will speak at noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 4 on what he has learned since he was chosen to succeed the late Rep. Jeannette Wallace in the legislature. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage.

    Historic meeting

    The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Board will meet at

  • Redistricting dispute heads to high court

    SANTA FE — Legal maneuvering over redistricting continued Thursday as a group of Democrats asked the state’s highest court to intervene in a dispute over which court in New Mexico should handle the politically important task of drawing new boundaries for elected office districts.
    Democrats, including Rep. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe, requested that the state Supreme Court consolidate all redistricting cases in district court in Santa Fe and appoint one judge to handle them.
    Republicans have filed separate redistricting lawsuits in Albuquerque, the state’s largest city, and in Lovington, a community in GOP-dominated Lea County in southeastern New Mexico. The Democratic group brought cases in Santa Fe, where the party is heavily favored.