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Today's News

  • Standing Rock about much more than one pipeline

    What you need to know about the Standing Rock standoff is how much you don’t know. This confrontation, playing out in frigid North Dakota, has drawn thousands of people from across the country and the attention of New Mexico’s senators.
    In April the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe camped in the path of a $3.8 billion pipeline project to protest plans to tunnel under the Missouri River, which the tribe says would jeopardize its water supply and destroy cultural sites. On Sunday, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers rejected the current route.
    It’s not over.
    Here are five things you should know:
    One: Organizers say they’re not opposed to the oil and gas industry. This is about protecting Standing Rock’s drinking water. The company insists the pipeline is safe. Protesters don’t believe it. Since 2010 regulators count 3,300 leaks and ruptures ranging from a few gallons to hundreds of thousands of gallons, according to the Center for Effective Government. Just last week, a natural gas liquids pipeline exploded near Kansas City.

  • NM’s tendency to whine rates high

    “Tendency to whine” should be a business-climate rating category. New Mexico’s tendency to whine probably would be high.
    Just before Thanksgiving there was news that New Mexico has the second worst state business climate for construction contractors. So says the Associated Builders and Contractors, a national trade group. Only Illinois is worse.
    That same day complaints claimed Facebook’s standards for contractors working on its $250 million data center near Los Lunas were too tough. Faced with the whining, ever sensitive Facebook acquiesced to an old New Mexico joke, if the standards are too high, lower the bar. Facebook said it was committed to using local companies and that some of the requirements were only guidelines.
    Our review of rating studies continues. The source is the annual “Toward a Competitive Colorado” report, produced by the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. (metrodenver.org). The report provides 75 measures gathered under the general headings of economic vitality, innovation, taxes, livability, K-12 education, higher education, health, and infrastructure. We continue braving the statistical gods by averaging the measures within each general heading, some of them averages of yet other measures.

  • LA wrestling wins opener

    The Los Alamos wrestling team began its 2016-17 season with a 69-6 win against Tierra Encantada on Friday at the Los Alamos High School Auxiliary Gym. Pictured is 132 pound Los Alamos wrestler Neil Deherrera against Marq Gallegos. The Hilltoppers also competed in the Tom Torres Tiger Duals in Los Lunas on Saturday. Los Alamos will face Pojoaque Valley at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Pojoaque. RALPH ALLEN/Monitor

  • LA hockey splits with Durango

    The Los Alamos hockey team split a doubleheader against Durango on Saturday and Sunday in Durango, Colorado.
    On Saturday, the Hilltoppers earned a 2-1 win, but dropped a 4-1 decision on Sunday.
    In the win, Emily Moulton scored a goal and Ben Rees scored his second game-winning goal of the season. In Sunday’s loss, Rees scored the lone goal for the Hilltoppers.
    Rees now leads Los Alamos with goals this season.
    The Hilltoppers are now 2-1 on the season and will travel to face Amarillo on Saturday and Sunday.
     

  • Prep boys hoops: ’Toppers upend Horsemen

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team is off to its best start since the 2009-10 season.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 3-0 on the season with a 59-50 win against St. Michael’s on Friday night in Santa Fe. It was also the first time Los Alamos defeated the Horsemen since 2009.
    “It’s huge for them to get off to a 3-0 start,” Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. “This is just a big confidence booster for us. We didn’t really play all that well, but we proved that we can play with a quality program like St. Mike’s.”
    During the Hilltoppers 3-0 start, Los Alamos has been without Antonio Trujillo, who was expected to be the team’s starting point guard before the season started. Junior Ramon Roybal has given the Hilltoppers quality minutes in replace of Trujillo. Roybal continued his impressive campaign with an 11-point performance against St. Michael’s.
    “I’m really happy with Ramon,” Kluk said. “He has stepped up and run the point guard for us. He’s handled the ball and he’s handled the pressure. It’s been huge that Ramon has been doing well. Being without Antonio these first three games has gotten Ramon better. It’s just going to pay off down the stretch.”

  • LA girls basketball splits a pair of games

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team split a pair of games in a span of three days.
    On Thursday, the Hilltoppers went on the road and defeated Belen 35-25. But Los Alamos couldn’t carry the momentum into Saturday, as the Hilltoppers fell to Valencia 32-24 at Griffith Gym.
    After the pair of games, Los Alamos fell to 3-3 on the season, and hosted Santa Fe High on Tuesday (after the Los Alamos Monitor’s print deadline).
    The 25 points allowed against Belen was a season low for the Hilltoppers on defense. But against Valencia, the Hilltoppers 24 points scored was a season low on the offensive side.
    On Saturday, Los Alamos struggled to knock down shots and started the game 0 of 6 from the floor and didn’t make a field goal in the first quarter, as the Jaguars took a 9-2 lead after the opening eight minutes.
    Los Alamos didn’t convert a field goal until Anna Lemke knocked down a shot with 5:23 left in the second quarter. The Hilltoppers added three more points during the second quarter, as Valencia led 16-7 at halftime.

  • Downtown Dogs take a stroll
  • PEEC family night set for Dec. 13

    The next Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center is set for Dec. 13.
    Enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey from 6-7 p.m. The nature center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m.
    Mark your calendars: the second Tuesday of every month is Family Night at the nature center. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free for all.
    For more information about this and other programs offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), visit peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • Los Alamos Makers expands by 1,000 feet

    Los Alamos Makers has expanded its makerspace by 1,000 square feet, doubling the amount of room that members can use for personal projects.
    What do people do at Los Alamos Makers?
    People come in all the time to use the 3-D printer. Recently, a member used the 3-D printer to make a bird feeder.
    Sewing has also been very popular, especially because there are machines available for use, plenty of counter space to spread out work, and classes where students can learn the basics, as well as learn quirky new tricks.
    There is a new CoderDojo branch for teens. CoderDojo is a free global network of volunteer-led computer programming clubs. At CoderDojo, teens are welcome to come and learn how to code, build websites, create apps and games, and learn programming languages in a social setting. Attack Research, a company based out of White Rock, is one of the sponsors.
    People come to do woodworking projects, come to fix things at the Fix It Friday events, and come to experiment. Many members come knowing what they want to make, but not sure how they will make it.
    The expansion also allowed them to add a safe place for young children to play, with a sand table, water table and games.
    Los Alamos Makers is located at 3540 Orange Street. The website is losalamosmakers.com.

     

  • UNM-Los Alamos spring semester schedules available

    Course schedules for the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos spring semester are now available at newsstands in various locations in Los Alamos and White Rock, as well as on the UNM-LA campus. Schedules will also be arriving in area mailboxes soon.
    Spring classes will begin Jan. 17, but students are encouraged to register now, before classes fill. An online version of the course schedule is available by visiting losalamos.unm.edu/academics/class-schedule.html. Click on the Spring 2017 tab.
    As a branch campus of the University of New Mexico, UNM-LA offers programs leading to associate’s degrees and academic certificates.
    UNM-LA offers classes at the undergraduate level. The Spring 2017 semester will offer 170 undergraduate classes with 43 of those offered online. Upper division and graduate courses are offered through UNM Extended Learning.
    Popular degree transfer programs include Pre-Professional Health, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Business, Computer Science, and Liberal Arts. Programs developed for the community in response to employer needs include Emergency Medical Services, Fire Science, Electro-mechanical, IT with Cybersecurity, Environmental Technology, Personal care Attendant, and Certified Nursing Assistant.