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  • GOP nominates Tripp

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Don Tripp of Socorro was nominated Saturday to become the top House leader by Republicans who will control the chamber next year for the first time in more than a half century.
    GOP members also selected Rep. Nate Gentry of Albuquerque to serve as majority leader and Rep. Alonzo Baldonado of Los Lunas as majority whip.
    Rep. Kelly Fajardo will be chairwoman of the GOP caucus.
    Gentry said Tripp was nominated unanimously.
    Tripp has served in the House since 1999.
    The speakership won’t become final until January, when the Legislature convenes and all 70 members — 37 Republicans and 33 Democrats — vote on the top leadership position. Tripp will win the job if Republicans stick together The GOP gained enough seats in Tuesday’s election to take control of the House for the first time in 60 years.

  • Update 11-11-14

    Packing Party

    White Rock Presbyterian Church will host a Shoebox Packing Party for needy families. 7 p.m. Friday at 310 Rover Blvd. in White Rock. Event will include food and door prizes. Donations are also welcome. For more information and to make donations call 672-3682.


    Atomic Film Festival. “When the Wind Blows.” An animated story based on the book by Raymond Briggs about a couple facing nuclear devastation aided only with instructions from the government’s “Protect and Survive” leaflet. 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Free.

    GOP meeting

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have the monthly meeting 6:15 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Drive. All registered Republican women are invited to join. In honor of Veteran’s Day, Bill Hudson will be the guest speaker. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe.


  • Home solar: Weighing the cost benefits

    Advocates for home solar have been doing their homework as they prepare to counter a proposal to assess a fixed wires charge ($10 in January, increasing to $15 in July) on customers with home photovoltaic (PV) units.
    Leidos, a consulting firm that conducted a Cost of Service and Rate Design Study for the Department of Public Utilities, suggested the fee as a means of recouping infrastructure costs from customers with net metering.
    Home solar advocates concede that approximately 60 percent of electricity charges pay for the infrastructure necessary to carry power to consumers, with the cost of electricity itself accounting for only 40 percent of the fee.
    Home solar users may end up paying nothing for electricity, since the retail rates they pay when they are pulling electricity from the grid (usually at night) are zeroed out by what DPU pays them when their home generating systems are putting power back into the grid, a system known as net metering.
    “Now, 10 years from now, everybody in town has PV on their roof, so no one is paying an electric bill,” said Chick Keller, one of those contesting the new charges. “But there’s nowhere to send the electricity because the infrastructure is broken down because nobody’s paying for it. So you see the problem.”

  • One killed in N.M. 4 accident

    Updated 3:41 p.m.: N.M. 4 is now open, and is expected to remain so throughout the evening.

  • Today in history Nov. 11
  • Lost class ring recovered after 44 years


    Seth Stradling was doing some chores in his backyard recentlywhen he spotted something on the ground. 

    It was a ring. But it wasn’t just any ring, it was a class ring, from Los Alamos High School, Class of 1970. It had a blue stone, the initials “M,L,A” inscribed in it and something that looked like a golf club or golf clubs inscribed on it.

    “I was either in the garden or putting in some flagstone. I dug up the ring, looked at it, stuck it in my pocket and forgot about it for a month,” he said. 

    However, since  it was a class ring, it was always in the back of his and his wife Jennifer’s mind. Whose was it? Do the owners still live in town? Did they know it’s even lost? 

  • N.M. 4 now open in both directions

    Update, 7 p.m.: According to the Los Alamos Police Department, the roadblock at West Jemez Road and NM 4 has been lifted, and residents that live in the Jemez Mountains are now allowed to use the road, according to LAPD commander Preston Ballew.

    Ballew said a commercial vehicle crashed around 9:50 a.m.

    LAPD, LAFD, Sandoval County Sheriff's Department, Bandelier and the New Mexico State Motor Transportion were on the scene all day today.

    According to officials at the scene, there was one fatality. The route remains closed due to fuel spillage. It is not known at this time what caused the truck to veer off the road, police are still investigating.

    A release from the county said, " Accident at mile marker 47. Only one vehicle involved. Crash scene under investigation right now so expect road will remain closed for awhile longer. NM4 back gate to Jemez Springs remains closed westbound and NM4 is closed eastbound near the Valles Caldera. NM4 back gate east to Bandelier is open.

    Stay tuned to LAMonitor.com for updates.

  • Unusual dark space found by LANL, NASA


    By looking at the dark spaces between visible galaxies and stars the NASA/JPL CIBER sounding rocket experiment has produced data that could redefine what constitutes a galaxy.

    “What was very surprising is the brightness of many fluctuations that appear between stars and galaxies,” said Los Alamos scientist Joseph Smidt, part of the data analysis team that studied the data from CIBER. “These fluctuations are having us rethink what goes on between stars and galaxies. The data suggests that galaxies shed many more of their stars into the intervening space than was originally thought.”

    Results from two of four CIBER flights, launched from White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in 2010 and 2012, appear in today’s issue of the journal Science.

  • LA girls roll to another title


    RIO RANCHO – The only thing that might have given anyone pause when trying to figure out Los Alamos’ chances to win its sixth straight state title was a hiccup two weeks earlier at home.

    But, as it turned out, it was indeed nothing more than a hiccup.

    Los Alamos rose to the occasion once again Saturday, scoring a solid victory over all comers to make it an even half-dozen consecutive state championships. Los Alamos scored just 46 points, 12 points better than Albuquerque Academy. The Hilltoppers’ other big challenger, St. Pius X, finished comfortably back in third place.

    The Hilltoppers poured it on in the second half of the race, with Maddy Foley, Sophia Galvez and Zoe Hemez pulling away from the main pack to help secure the win.

    “It felt really good,” said Hemez afterward. “Running with Talia (Dreicer) was really helpful to me. We were feeding off each other’s energy.”

    Along with Los Alamos going for some program history Saturday – trying to top its former best of five consecutive state crowns – Hilltopper Maddy Foley went into the race with a real shot to vie for the program’s first individual state champ since 2005.

  • LA boys claim fourth straight Class 5A state cross country title


    RIO RANCHO – It’s getting to the point where it can hardly be called an upset anymore.

    Los Alamos not just defeated, but crushed all comers at Saturday’s Class 5A boys championship race.

    Once again, Los Alamos’ boys went in as the underdogs against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, and once again defeated the Chargers, this time by a wide margin.

    Greg Ahlers led the victory march Saturday, posting a blazing fourth place finish, keeping close watch with the front of the pack, which included some of the best runners in the state.

    Ahlers, who had hip trouble late in the season, showed no signs of it Saturday. At the halfway point in the race, he kicked things into high gear, passing a pack of runners, including some from Academy, toward the front of the race.

    Los Alamos finished with 43 points easily topping second-place Academy with 61 points. Miyamura, which featured state individual champion Nile Thomas, was a distant third.

    It was the fourth straight state team championship for Los Alamos, and for three years of those four, the Hilltoppers have come in as the underdogs.

    This year’s win came as no surprise to Ahlers.