Local News

  • Assets in Action: Take some time off this summer

    This week, let’s talk about boundaries and expectations in the schools, in local business and in the life of the student.

    As the topic relates to schools, I want to caution school staff not to spend the next 2-3 weeks in the classroom prior to the official start of school. If you aren’t required to be back in the building yet, try to stay away as much as possible.

  • Shelter Report

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets. Others are in foster care with loving temporary homes. If you haven’t visited the facility, you will be impressed with our four-footed friends’ new digs. Roaming animals are given names upon entering the facility, since it’s often difficult to get them to tell us. Additionally, they are trained in stealing your heart when you come to visit.

  • BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!Injured Cyclist Identified

    The senior cyclist seriously injured after crashing into a guard area on West Jemez Road early Thursday afternoon has been identified as Herb Schon of Eldorado.

    Schon, 79, rode his bicycle into a guard arm and hit a gate on LANL property near the bottom of Pajarito Ski Hill.

    His helmet split when he hit the ground and he sustained a severe gash to his forehead. 

    Los Alamos Fire Department personnel transported Schon by ambulance to the heliport at Los Alamos Medical Center.

  • NM unemployment rate dips slightly in June

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson's administration reports that New Mexico's unemployment rate dropped to 8.2 percent in June, from 8.4 percent in the previous month.

    Nearly 78,300 New Mexicans were without jobs in June.

    Unemployment statewide remains well above the 7.1 percent jobless rate in June 2009.

    The state Department of Workforce Solutions said New Mexico has lost 14,200 jobs during the past year.

    Unemployment last month ranged from 3.6 percent in Los Alamos County to 19 percent in Luna County in southern New Mexico.

  • Flash flooding possible through the weekend

    The National Weather Service issued the following weather statement early Friday morning...


  • Ships evacuate spill site as Tropical Storm nears

    ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) — Engineers prepared to abandon their vigil over BP's broken oil well Friday as ships and rig workers evacuated the Gulf of Mexico ahead of Tropical Storm Bonnie.

    The mechanical plug that's throttled the oil for a week will be left closed, even if the undersea robots monitoring the well's stability leave. The only way BP would know if the cap had failed would be satellite and aerial views of oil gushing to the surface.

  • NM tribe wins gas appeal

    ALBUQUERQUE  — An appellate court in Washington, D.C., has ruled in favor of northern New Mexico’s Jicarilla Apache Nation in a dispute over natural gas royalties dating from more than 20 years ago.

    The decision could mean millions of dollars for the tribe.

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled last week the U.S. Department of Interior improperly relied on regulations that went into effect after the 1984-1988 period in question.

  • Sports and barbering connect

    “The usual? Finger-length on top, 3/8 on the sides?” Dave Patterson asked as he draped a cape around one of his regular clients.

    A handful of men watched television while waiting for their turn in the barber’s chair Thursday afternoon at Dave’s Sports Barbershop in Central Park Square. Anchors from ESPN talk about sports, helping the men pass their time.

    A Kobe Bryant figurine sits atop one of the mini-lockers that hold miscellaneous barbering tools and a barber pole churns lazily in one corner of the room.

  • Well-known cyclist crashes

    Officials are puzzling over a bizarre bicycle accident that sent a top bicyclist to the hospital with serious injuries Thursday afternoon.

    Herb Schon, 79, of Eldorado is an avid cyclist who’s logged thousands of miles including a trip from San Francisco to New Hampshire in 2007.


    Read the full story in today's Monitor.

  • IMPORTANT ADVISORY!State Health Department Shuts Down Aquatic Center

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center closed shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday after being informed by a State Department of Health official of a possible bacteria contamination in the pool.

    An individual diagnosed with Cryptosporidium, caused by microscopic parasites, reported using the pool and staff are now disinfecting all areas used by the public.

    Read the full story including when the pool should re-open in today's Los Alamos Monitor.