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  • Today in history July 1
  • Crews working on Diego Fire


    It’s not a wildfire here, but the effects are more than a little noticeable for residents of Los Alamos and Jemez Springs.

    The Diego wildfire that has now consumed approximately 1,000 acres about 8 miles south of Coyote filled western sky with smoke Monday that could be seen billowing over the mountains and filling the air with its undeniable smell.

    The smoke was considerably worse in Jemez Springs, with one resident telling the Monitor that it’s thick enough to force people to keep their windows closed.

    The wildfire became noticeable in Los Alamos on Sunday, leaving some concerned that the area was again in the line of yet another wildfire, which is about a one hour and 20 minute drive from here.

    On Monday, the fire grew from several hundred acres to 1,000, according to a news release from Santa Fe National Forest. Overnight infrared mapping was expected to more accurately determine its exact size, according to the news release.

    There is no estimated containment time, the release said.

    Firefighters are using a range of equipment to battle the blaze, including Hotshot crews, helicopters, six engines and several water tenders.

  • Council OKs golf course restaurant proposal


    On Friday, the Los Alamos County Council voted 6-0 to approve a proposal from the Pajarito Golf Group LLC to operate a restaurant in the golf course community building. Councilor Rick Reiss was unable to attend Friday’s meeting. 

    PGG is comprised of Patrick Mockler-Wood, Catherine Mockler and Dorota and Pawel Listwan, co-owners of the Pajarito Brew Pub and Grill. Menus completely distinct from those at brewpub are planned for the new venue. 

    The county can now proceed with some modest modifications to the venue that PGG has requested and the procurement process for outfitting the restaurant. Staff estimates it will be November before the restaurant is outfitted and ready for occupancy. 

  • Kirk to play summer league with Cavs


    Los Alamos native Alex Kirk, who was not selected in the NBA Draft, will play for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, according to a number of media reports.

    Kirk’s agent Graham Boone of Tandem Sports told the Santa Fe New Mexican that Cleveland offered his client the best opportunity to show his skills.

    “We had a robust market for Alex, as far as the summer league goes,” Boone said. “Teams that were in the back half of the second round (of Thursday’s draft) or didn’t have him in play or a pick made sure they registered their interest in him as soon as the draft was over.”

    The j7-foot junior center averaged 13.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks for the Lobos this past season.

  • 'Parade' coming to Los Alamos Monitor


    The Los Alamos Monitor welcomes Parade, the most widely read magazine in America, to its newspaper beginning Sunday, July 6, the newspaper announced.

    Parade has been a staple in American households since 1941, bringing relevant and insightful coverage of popular A-list celebrities, health, food, investigative reporting and inspirational features to 59 million readers each week.  Its popular columns — including Walter Scott’s Personality Parade, Ask Marilyn, and Parade Picks — have become enduring favorites among readers. 

    Parade speaks to Americans on issues that entertain and inform them—posing questions, providing choices and offering solutions to empower and enrich their lives.

  • Own a piece of legacy


    The Los Alamos community has a chance to own a piece of art by treasured and much-loved resident Dorothy Hoard. 

    In all, 44 framed works of art are available through a silent auction at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. 

    It was Hoard’s wish to entrust the art to her friend and PEEC Board President Teralene Foxx. 

    Hoard died in March. 

    All proceeds of the auction will go into the Dorothy Hoard Memorial Fund and will be used to pay for exhibits and programs at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center.

  • Brazil wins on penalty kicks, advances to World Cup quarterfinals


    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Neymar pointed his right index finger in the air and then formed the shape of a heart with his thumbs and fingers loftily raised above his head.

    The 22-year-old striker had just slotted the winning penalty as Brazil beat Chile 3-2 in a dramatic shootout Saturday after the score was locked 1-1 at the end of extra time in the first of the World Cup's eight second-round matches.

    As Chile's last penalty hit the post, it seemed as though the population of Brazil breathed a collective sigh of relief that its beloved team was still in the World Cup.

    It was a heart-stopper for Brazil, which has spent billions to host football's marquee tournament, but it was a heartbreaker for Chile, which created plenty of chances to force an upset win — none closer than Mauricio Pinilla's powerful shot that hit the crossbar in the last moments of extra time. David Luiz for Brazil and Alexis Sanchez for Chile scored first half goals.

    Shops were closed and usually busy roads were quiet as the country of almost 200 million collectively urged their revered Selacao to victory and ever closer to a sixth World Cup title — a trophy they desperately want to collect on home soil.

  • Leadership Los Alamos taking applications


    Leadership Los Alamos is accepting applications through July 31 for the 2015 leadership program. Leadership Los Alamos is a unique opportunity for citizens of northern New Mexico who are committed to assuming roles of responsibility in civic, charitableand governmental organizations in the region. Class participants will develop their skills to shape the future of the region.

    According to Steve Wells, President and Principal Executive Officer of LANB, “Inspiring others to make Los Alamos a better place to live, work and play is what Leadership Los Alamos is all about. There is no better investment for Los Alamos National Bank.”

    The Leadership program begins September 2014 and runs through May 2015. Application to the program can be made at LeadershipLosAlamos.com.

  • Brazil tops Chile on penalty kicks to advance to World Cup quarters


    BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Brazil advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday with a 3-2 shootout win over Chile following a tense and thrilling battle that ended 1-1 after extra time.

  • Serena Williams ousted at Wimbledon


    LONDON (AP) — All of a sudden, Serena Williams is failing to stick around for long at Grand Slam tournaments.

    Betrayed by her backhand and, more surprisingly, her usually dangerous serve, five-time Wimbledon champion Williams lost to 25th-seeded Alize Cornet of France 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 Saturday in the third round at the All England Club.