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Today's News

  • A complaint about police behavior

    I used to have the utmost respect for our local police department and considered their efforts to be outstanding but no more. My 18-year-old granddaughter was carelessly pulling her boy friend’s car from in front of our house and an oncoming car hit the front end. Three police personnel just happened to be nearby and investigated immediately.

  • About the 12 jobs eliminated at 3M

    I am extremely disappointed with the recent job elimination action by the 3M Corporation in Los Alamos. Only eight weeks ago, a 3M company officer spoke to the assembled workers at Imtec’s HYTEC Technology Center in Los Alamos. He told us, your jobs are safe; your job may change, but you will have a job. Eight weeks later there was a different plan and no satisfactory explanation for the job cuts by the 3M Corporation. Twelve positions were eliminated, without warning, on Dec. 7.

  • Tax junk food, not fruits, vegetables and baby food

    The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce (GACC) proposed last month that New Mexico reimpose the tax on food. The food tax issue has not gone away, but a wiser strategy would be a targeted tax on junk food, rather than making necessities like fruits, vegetables and baby food more expensive for New Mexico families.

  • 12-22-09 Update

    See Police Beat on Page 3

       Incidents in this week’s Police Beat include a drug bust involving several individuals including former Monitor mailroom employees, a hit and run, home and business burglaries, rocks shattering home and vehicle windows and dog bites on an 8-year-old girl and an 80-year-old woman. Read the week’s full report on Page 3.

    Monday dancing canceled

  • L.A. eyed for National Historical Park

    The Manhattan Project is worthy of national park status, both in terms of historic significance and cultural suitability, according to the draft of a five-year study that was released this week. But even if Congress can’t incorporate the whole subject at first, Los Alamos appears to be most worthy as a location for a National Historical Park.

    “Los Alamos is sitting pretty,” said Cynthia Kelly, president of the nonprofit Atomic Heritage Foundation based in Washington, D.C. “It’s a very nice outcome for you guys.”

  • Rebirth and recovery

    Though it may seem grim at the time, death and destruction can sometimes yield renewal and rebirth. Such is the case for vegetation lost in the Cerro Grande Fire.

    Next year will mark the 10-year anniversary of the fire. The devastation caused by the fire is not something that Los Alamos County residents will soon forget. It ravaged vegetation and destroyed homes, sent residents fleeing to Santa Fe and the surrounding areas in search of shelter and blew across Los Alamos Canyon, leaving behind a charred, naked landscape.

  • Girls basketball: LA earns back-to-back victories

    If the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team wanted to keep things interesting for its two home games this weekend, it managed just that.

    Los Alamos went right down to the wire with the Piedra Vista Panthers Friday night and had to stave off a comeback attempt against Aztec’s Tigers Saturday night to take the first two of a challenging three-game set that continues Monday.

  • Wrestling: Toppers earn 4 medals Saturday

    It wasn’t even on the team’s schedule initially, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team is glad it made Saturday’s trip.

    Los Alamos earned a quartet of top-four finishes Saturday at the Rattler Open out of 10 competing wrestlers with Jodi Cull-Host and Desmond Fellers both advancing to the championship bout.

    The Rattler Open was held in Tucumcari.

  • Swimming and diving: LA teams top La Cueva to win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming and diving teams won both ends of Saturday’s quadrangular meet in Albuquerque.

    The Hilltopper girls held off a big challenge from the La Cueva Bears Saturday at the Valley Quadrangular, winning by just two points, while the Hilltopper boys earned a solid victory over second-place La Cueva at the meet.

    Friday, the Hilltopper girls diving team swept the top four spots in competition at Sandia High School.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers open Ben Lujan tourney against Warriors

    It won’t be home for the holidays, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team won’t be that far away.

    The Hilltoppers open up the Ben Lujan Invitational Monday when they face the Socorro Warriors in the tournament’s first round.

    This year marks the 10th annual Ben Lujan tournament, which is hosted by Pojoaque. The field this year includes four Class AAAA teams, two Class AAA teams and a pair of AA schools.