Local News

  • Local expert discusses future of ACA

    Editor’s note: First of a two-part series

    During a seminar titled “Health Insurance in New Mexico,” presented to Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce members Nov. 10, Vanguard Resources, Inc. Founder Anne Sperling outlined possible scenarios for the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.
    Sperling met with the Los Alamos Monitor after the seminar to discuss some of those issues.
    Sperling based her conjectures on her 32-years experience in the insurance industry, on statements Trump made during the 15-month campaign season and on indicators from the Republican Congress.
    Sperling does not believe Trump can keep his campaign promise to repeal the ACA in his first 100 days.
    “He’s got to come up with 60 votes unless he wants to do something outside of the box, and then he’s got to get 50 votes,” Sperling said.  “So is he going to be able to convince these other senators in the first 100 days that this has to be changed? And his sales of that process has to be ‘the changes I want to make are going to be better.’ I don’t know if he’s going to be a good enough sales guy to do it.”

  • Police Beat

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.


    Nov. 9

    2:57 p.m. — Police reported that a 16-year-old Los Alamos male was the victim of a car following too closely at the intersection of East Jemez Road and State Highway 4.


    Nov. 10

    10:55 a.m. — Police reported that a 68-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of an accident with no injuries at the intersection of Bryce Avenue and Rover Boulevard.


    Nov. 12

    9:47 a.m. — Mathew Ruybal, 26, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant. The original charge was driving with a suspended or revoked license at the intersection of 39th Street and Canyon Road on Oct. 7.

  • NM professors seek immigrant protections

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A group of professors at the largest university in the nation’s most Hispanic state are asking for more protection of immigrant students.

    Professors and instructors at the University of New Mexico are delivering a letter Friday to the school’s president, Bob Frank, amid uncertainty from immigrant students who are living in the country illegally but have temporary protective status.

    Advocates say the students are scared of being deported after the election of Republican Donald Trump as president. Trump has previously said he wanted a “deportation force” to remove immigrants living in the country illegally.

    Organizers say more than 900 people have signed the letter.

    The University of New Mexico has long allowed immigrant students who are living in the country illegally to attend at in-state tuition rates.

  • Animal Shelter

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday. 

    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.


    Noel—A big, fluffy calico kitty who loves to snuggle! She is approximately 7 years old, and she came to the shelter when her owner had to move into assisted living. She loves attention and enjoys being held; she also enjoys being petted, as long as you steer clear of her big belly! Noel is playful with both adults and children, and she loves playing with string toys.

  • Pesky peacocks pose problems for Newton’s neighbors in Vegas

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Feathers are flying in the neighborhood around Wayne Newton’s estate, where residents are complaining that peafowl like the ones on the Las Vegas showman’s 40-acre ranch have become roosting, roaming pests.

    Residents who live near Casa de Shenandoah claim peafowl from the ranch wander the neighborhood — squawking, scratching family cars and creating a traffic hazard.

    “We heard something on our roof that scared us to death,” April Juelke told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We thought a burglar was breaking in, but it was a bunch of peacocks.”

    The Juelkes and others say the birds roost at the ranch. The couple say their Labrador retriever, Reginald Winthorp, has twice had intestinal illnesses that they blame on bird droppings.

    Newton’s lawyer, Jay Brown, said the birds aren’t Newton’s.


    “We’ve never bought a peacock. We’ve never brought in a peacock,” Brown said.

  • Mountaineers meeting set for Tuesday

     The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host speakers and adventurers Kelly Gallagher and Don Krier at their meeting that starts at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Nature Center.

    Gallagher and Krier will give a presentation about “Adventures in the Alps: Mont Blanc and Matterhorn.” The two speakers will talk about the several days of acclimatization in the French and Swiss alps that they spent climbing peaks and traversing glaciers to prepare for ascents of Mont Blanc and Matterhorn. They experienced fabulous weather and good health, and drank quite a bit of Génépi and overindulged on gelato. This talk describes the gorgeous setting and routes for their two weeks of alpine climbing.

    The social at 6:45 p.m., followed by reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m. Program starts at 7:30 p.m.

  • Community Calendar


    Feature Film: “Black Holes” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through the galaxies in search of answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Cost is  $6 for adults, $4 for children. 


    Nature Playtimes at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free. 


    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Committee Day.


    A Mountaineer’s Story: Climbing the Alps at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Meet an adventurer. Be inspired. Plan your next expedition. Free.

    The local chapter of the AARP will have a meeting from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Betty Ehart Senior Center classroom. The public is invited to the Senior Housing Forum with a panelist of Realtor Kelly Myers, contractor Carl Thomas, Cynthia Goldblatt from Aspen Ridge, Paul Andrus, Andrew Harnden and Steve Brugger. Coffee and juice will be offered beginning at 9 a.m.


  • News for Retirees

    Nov. 20-26

    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.


    Betty Ehart




    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    10 a.m. Senior Civic Discussion Group

    10 a.m. Advisory Board Meeting

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Manhattan Clam Chowder

    6 p.m. Argentine Tango Dancing

  • Births

    Nov. 8 —A girl. Mae Taylor Casleton. Emily and Dave Casleton.

    Nov. 10 — A boy. Born to Saaish Trideep Rajale. Shikha Sharma and Trideep Ragale.

    Nov. 12 —A boy. Logan John Huber. Born to Katharine and Keith Huber.

    Nov. 13 — A girl.  Elizabeth Marie Madril. Born to Kerry and Patrick Madril. 

  • LASG to host ‘Elf Magic’ Dec. 3

    Los Alamos School of Gymnastics will be hosting its annual day of “Elf Magic” on Dec. 3, this year.
    The public is invited to watch.
    The day begins with the boy’s team meet. Level 4-7 boys will be competing at 9 a.m. on all six men’s competitive events: floor exercise, vault, high bar, parallel bars, rings and pommel horse. DJ Repp, a graduate student at UNM in sports medicine, an intern at UNM hospital, a former collegiate gymnast at the University of Minnesota, a USA Gymnastics certified judge and a native New Mexican will be officiating.  
    Then at 11:30, the level 1, 2 and 3 boys and copper girls will have their meet/parent show.
    This is the first opportunity of the season for these gymnasts to qualify up a level and/or onto the competitive teams.
    Then at 1:30 p.m., the 2016-2017 girls’ competitive team, divisions Bronze-Platinum (JO levels 3-6 equivalent), will be competing.
    After all three meet sessions are over, all LASG gymnasts are invited to participate in annual Los Alamos Light Parade and ride on the LASG float.  
    Following the parade all girls competitive team level gymnasts (Bronze-Platinum) are invited to the annual girls’ team sleepover at the gym.
    This is a warm up to the USA Gymnastics competitive season, which begins in early January.