Local News

  • Spirit Week: Fun traditions with some changes

    Most of the familiar activities associated with Spirit Week are set to begin today with a few changes.

    “The biggest change is the start time for Friday’s Homecoming Parade, which has been moved up to 2:30 p.m. from its traditional 3 p.m. start time of years past,” said Los Alamos High School Assistant Principal Mike Johnson.

    “All school release times stay the same and all school bus pick-up and drop-off times remain the same. The only change is to the start of the Homecoming Parade.”

  • Venture capitalists fund NM deals

    SANTA FE – New initiatives and advanced technology at New Mexico’s national laboratories are playing a role in the state’s entrepreneurial growth, according to panelists at the Coronado Ventures Forum’s annual “State of the Venture Capital Industry” program Thursday.

    Brian Birk, a managing partner of Sun Mountain Capital, said he wasn’t sure about the quantity of deals involving laboratory technology lately.

    “But qualitatively, they have really paid benefits over the last 3-4 years,” he said.

  • Council candidates reveal stand on Trinity Site Project

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a series of questions asked by the Monitor to the five candidates running for County Council. The candidates responses run each Sunday leading up to early and absentee voting, which begins Oct. 7. The election is Nov. 4.


    Frieda Schiller, 85, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away on Monday, September 15, 2008, following a lengthy illness. Frieda lived a life of dignity and strength; she was an active member in her community and a friend to all. A special thank you to all her friends and associates at the Betty Erhart Senior Center in Los Alamos - your warmth and friendship meant so much to her.


    Glenda Marie Cremer Ponder, a resident of New Mexico since 1960, passed away on September 17, 2008. She was born April 19, 1937, in Hobart, Oklahoma, to Ed and Grace Hood, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Thomas B. Ponder; daughter, Debbie and husband, Ken Maier; daughter, Mary and husband, Keith Yarbrough; son, David and Wife Sande Cremer; and sister, Louise Henderson.


    On Monday September 15, 2008, Tami McClary, daughter of Jimmy Fred and Wilma Jean McClary, peacefully passed away, freeing her spirit from the imprisonment of paralysis. Tami McClary is survived by her two children, Donnell Chambers and Damien Lujan, grandchildren Destini Chambers, Jaden Chambers, Jasmine Chambers, Donovan Lujan and Alora Lujan, her mother Wilma Jean McClary, sister Michelle Worley, and brother Sean Patrick McClary.


    William James Johnson Jr. was born to William James Johnson and Sadie Hassell Johnson on November 5, 1931, in Richmond Hill, NY, where he resided through high school graduation. He attended Auburn University in Alabama and was in the ROTC program until he graduated. In 1954 he entered the Navy using his education and skills as a nuclear physicist and electronics engineer.

  • Hafer awarded REALTOR's highest honor

    Ardyth Hafer, a Realtor with LA Real Estate Group in Los Alamos, is New Mexico’s 2008  Realtor of the Year. The Realtor’s Association of New Mexico’s (RANM), honored Hafer at an awards ceremony during the RANM Annual Conference at Sandia Resort and Casino on Sept. 12 in Albuquerque.

    The annual RANM Realtor of the Year is awarded to an outstanding leader who has committed time, talent and expertise to the Realtor organization, their community, and to furthering the real estate profession.

  • Enrollment up at UNM-LA

    The number of students choosing to return to UNM-Los Alamos this fall increased by an incredible 38.59 percent this fall over 2007 numbers according to UNM-LA Institutional Researcher Valida Dushdurova.

    Most of these returning students are enrolled full-time, Dushdurova said. The full headcount is not yet complete for the Fall 2008 semester, but so far, overall enrollment numbers are up slightly compared to Fall 207.

    The news at UNM-LA’s Bernalillo Site looks especially good, with overall enrollment numbers up 8 percent over last year

  • Obama seeks Hispanic and Native American vote in Espanola

    ESPAÑOLA – Neither heat nor hunger from waiting up to seven hours in the sun seemed to dampen the spirits of nearly 10,000 people who flooded the Plaza de Española to see presidential candidate Barack Obama Thursday.

     Hundreds more strained to hear Obama from outside the plaza perimeter.

    Española Mayor Joseph Maestas expressed delight with the turnout joking, "You've all just temporarily doubled our population."