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  • Valles Caldera announces winter schedule

    Snowshoeing, cross country skiing and sleigh rides highlight a full calendar of winter activities announced by the Valles Caldera National Preserve.  
    The schedule also includes two free snowshoeing and skiing access days. Winter hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Valle Grande Staging Area.
    An expanded holiday schedule will run every day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 26 through Jan. New this season, the preserve will remain open for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, Jan. 21 and for President’s Day, Feb. 18.  
     Skiing and snowshoeing open the season on Dec. 7, weather permitting. Fees are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 years and older), $8 for youth (5-15 years) while kids four and younger are free. Five-day passes are available for $40 per adult and $32 for seniors and youth.
    Reservations are not required but all must check in and depart from the Valle Grande staging area. Also, the Valle Grande Trail, Coyote Call Trail and the surrounding area on the south side of N.M. 4 will remain open every day for hiking, skiing and snowshoeing free of charge.

  • Update 11-18-12

    Special Section

    Look for “The Spirit of Giving” special section in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor. The publication will be packed with information to help you shop smarter, not harder.

    Trash collection

    In observance of Thanksgiving, there will be no trash or recycling collection on Nov. 22 or Nov. 23. If Thursday or Friday is your normal pickup day put out trash and recycling by 8 a.m. Nov. 21 for collection. 

    Office closed

    The Los Alamos Monitor office will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day, Thursday. Normal office hours will resume Friday.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 27  in council chambers.

    Library board

    The Los Alamos County Library Board holds regular meetings the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays) at 5:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library Board Room or at White Rock Branch Library. The next meeting is Dec. 3.

  • WIPP appeal filed against NMED

    Southwest Research and Information Center and Margaret Elizabeth Richards filed a Notice of Appeal in the New Mexico Court of Appeals against the New Mexico Environment Department decision of Nov. 1, to allow “hot” Remote-Handled transuranic nuclear waste in shielded containers to come to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

    The appellants and approximately 200 individuals argue that the request to modify the state’s WIPP permit be subject to a public hearing because of the dangers posed by RH waste, the technical complexity of handling RH waste at WIPP and the substantial public interest in the request.

    NMED approved the Department of Energy request although the state agency had in December 2011 and January 2012 rejected virtually the same request.

    “SRIC feels that the permit request was incomplete and did not adequately address the real reason that DOE wants shielded containers — there is not enough space for RH waste because of the way the facility has been mismanaged. State law requires a public hearing, but since NMED rubberstamped the request, we have no choice but to sue,” said Don Hancock of SRIC.

  • Crave a Twinkie? The price is going up fast online

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twinkies are being sold on the Internet like exquisite delicacies.

    Hours after Twinkie-maker Hostess announced its plans to close its doors forever, people flocked to stores to fill their shopping baskets with boxes of the cream-filled sponge cakes and their sibling snacks — Ding Dongs, Ho Hos and Zingers.

    Late Friday and Saturday, the opportunists took to eBay and Craigslist. They began marketing their hoard to whimsical collectors and junk-food lovers for hundreds — and in some cases — thousands of dollars. That's a fat profit margin, when you consider the retail price for a box of 10 Twinkies is roughly $5.

    Greg Edmonds of Sherman, Texas is among those who believe Twinkies are worth more now that Hostess Brands Inc. has closed its bakeries. He lost his job as a sales representative eight months ago, so he is hoping to make some money feeding the appetites of Twinkie fans and connoisseurs

  • Safety Questions Surround School

    At first, Mary Ann Schnedler thought someone might have hit a deer. As headmaster of the Montessori School on Canyon Road since 1978, she’s seen her share of deer strikes.

    However what happened outside her school a couple of weeks ago happened to be a little scarier than a deer strike; someone had come around the curve too fast on Canyon and crashed their car into the student pick-up and drop-off area. No one was hurt, not even the driver, but for Schnedler, that was pretty much the last straw.

    “This certainly was an eye opener,” Schnedler said. “At the time, the parents were unloading their kids. If that car came to rest just a few inches closer, one of our parents or our children would’ve been hit.”

    Compounding the problem, people weren’t even slowing down for the emergency vehicles that were parked trying to offer aid, she said.

    According to Schnedler, the issues have been building for some time. When the school was founded in 1968, the neighborhood was a lot smaller back then. Through the years, however, the neighborhoods surrounding the school have grown up around it, but the signage along the road has not.

  • Board green lights sewer rate hike

    The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously to endorse a plan for increasing sewer rates at a meeting last week.

    The increase is necessary to cover the costs of repairing and replacing the 50- to 60-year-old infrastructure, including the future replacement of the White Rock Wastewater Treatment facility.

    In a statement released prior to the board meeting, Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith said, “Los Alamos is fortunate in that our electric, gas, and water rates are much lower than other communities. However, because of Los Alamos’ extremely varied topography, the infrastructure required to provide sewer services to this small community is more expensive.

    “For instance, most communities with less than 20,000 citizens do not need to maintain and operate two wastewater treatment facilities, but this is a necessity for our gravity-fed collection system. Restructuring the sewer rate to a flat fee for our residential customers, more fairly allocates the costs across the board.”

  • Today in History for November 17th
  • LA volleyball team falls in state semifinals

    For the fifth straight year, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team has been bounced out of the Class 4A state tournament by St. Pius X.

    The Sartans won in three straight sets, 25-21, 25-16 and 25-15 in the state semifinal.

    Los Alamos finished second in pool play and advanced to the semifinals with victories against Farmington and Roswell.

    For more details, read Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • LA volleyball team advances to state semifinals

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team advanced to the semifinal iround of the Class 4A state tournament with a 3-1 win Friday against Roswell.

    The Toppers will take on St. Pius X at 4:45 p.m. today in the semifinals. St. Pius has knocked the Hilltoppers out of the playoffs the past four years. .
    Los Alamos, which finished second in pool A Thursday morning, swept the No. 11 seed, Farmington, 25-16, 26-24, 25-10 to advance to the quarterfinals against Roswell Friday morning.

  • Pair of tumblers win their divisions

    Nicole Aldaz and Brianna Fryer were the big winners for the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics at its meet late last month.
    LASG’s Atomic Tumblers competed in the Zia Trick or Treat Meet Oct. 27-28 in Santa Fe.
    Fryer won the Xcel Bronze child division competition at the meet, tying for the top spot or winning outright all four disciplines — balance beam, parallel bars, vault and floor exercises. Fryer finished with an all-around score of 36.70, topping teammate Kayli Lincoln in the same division. Lincoln had an all-around score of 35.15.
    Aldaz, meanwhile, was the winner in the Level 4 senior division. Aldaz won the vault, bars and finished second on the balance beam and the floor.
    She posted an all-around score of 35.60.

    Here are the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics results from the Zia Trick or Treat Meet. Scores for individual participants are as follows: all-around place, all-around score; vault place, vault score; parallel bars place, parallel bars score; balance beam place, balance beam score; floor exercises place, floor exercises score.

    Level 4, Senior

    Nicole Aldaz, 1, 35.60; 1, 9.10; 1, 8.40; 2, 9.05; 2, 9.05.
    Zoe Mathis, 5, 33.45; 4, 8.90; 3, 8.25; 3, 8.70; 8; 7.60.

    Level 4, Junior