Today's News

  • Working the night shift at Los Alamos County

    If you have ever attended an evening event, class or council meeting, you may have noticed a county worker in a cowboy hat waiting quietly for it to end.
    That man is Event Attendant Phil Vigil, who has the lonely duty of cleaning up and locking up after everyone goes home.
    Vigil does not mind his solitary duties. In fact, he enjoys them.
    “I like that I’m on my own most of the time,” Vigil said. “Also, on my two previous jobs, because I worked at night, I spent a lot of time on my own and I think I work better on my own. Tell me what my responsibilities are and I’ll take care of them. I don’t need a lot of management. I’m a grown man.”
    Before joining county staff in October 2013, Vigil spent 11 years as overnight security for the Inn of the Anasazi, followed by four years with similar duties at Rancho Encantado.
    “That entailed a lot more than security when you’re working at a four star, four diamond property,” Vigil said. “I did everything there — valet, everything — but officially I was the security guy.”
    Vigil’s late shift at the county is a breeze compared to the 11 p.m.-7 a.m. shift he pulled at the hotels.

  • Bandelier stepping up preparedness efforts

    2011 was a turning point for Bandelier National Monument.
    That not only the year of the Las Conchas Fire and post-fire flooding, it began with a severe drought that prompted backcountry closures and included manmade challenges such the discovery of a marijuana operation in the park, a critical electrical infrastructure failure, frozen pipes and a natural gas shortage.
    At an Aug. 27 presentation to the Local Emergency Planning Committee, Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott stressed the lessons learned during that time and the steps Bandelier has taken to address the issues. Those include asking for help, delegating authority and “over communicating.”
    Lott came back to communication again and again, and the importance of building relationships ahead of time.
    “You can’t spend too much time working together,” Lott said. “Otherwise, if I sit in this hole over here and other people sit in their offices and you don’t network, that’s how you get a Cerro Grande Fire. And a big part of that Cerro Grande Fire was that we didn’t have good relationships.”
    Lott pointed to a similar disconnect during the Las Conchas blaze.

  • School board to meet on Tuesday

    The Los Alamos School Board will hear updates on food services, graduation information and a bond resolution at its meeting Tuesday.
    The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.
    Also scheduled for Tuesday, the board will hear updates about this week’s bonfire and Homecoming parade. This week is Homecoming week around Los Alamos High School, which is highlighted by the Los Alamos-Moriarty football game on Friday.
    At Tuesday’s meeting, the board will hear several presentations, including the bond resolution, which will be presented by Loretta Bush.
    Kurt Steinhaus, superintendent of schools, along with chief operations officer Joanie Ahlers, will also talk about their preparations for upcoming community input meetings about school construction. Those meetings are scheduled to start Sept. 17.
    Following presentations, recognition, which will include recognition for the local winners of the state’s Summer Reading Challenge, and public comment, board president Jim Hall will call for a motion to go into executive session.
    The executive session, according to the board’s agenda, will deal with “collective bargaining strategy prior to negotiations between a public body and a union representing employees of the public body.”

  • Udall visits Valles Caldera

    Sen. Tom Udall traveled to the Valles Caldera National Preserve Friday to discuss efforts to renew the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is due to expire Sept. 30. The preserve was originally purchased with $101 million in LWCF funds. Follow the Los Alamos Monitor for more on this story.

  • LA boys soccer stays on top of district

    Seven different Hilltoppers scored to help Los Alamos’ boys soccer team take down Bernalillo, 7-1, Saturday.
    “We were the better team and played like it all facets in the game,” Los Alamos head coach Ron Blue said.
    The win helped Los Alamos stay undefeated in District 2-5A. Los Alamos is now 2-0 in the district and 9-5-1 overall. It was also scheduled to plat Del Norte (1-11, 0-1-1 2-5A) Tuesday as this paper was going to press. “We should be able to get a result,” Blue said. “We just have to get out there and prove it.”
    Bernalillo, meanwhile, is 4-5-1 overall and 0-2-1 in the district.
    “They have some nice players, they just don’t have the depth,” Blue said.
    DC Kim, Eric Burnside, Daniel Castaño, Andreas Runde, Levon Wiggins, George Steinkamp and Alex Csanadi all scored for Los Alamos against the Spartans.
    Burnside also assisted three goals.
    “It was good to see guys put the ball in the back of the net,” Blue said.
    Los Alamos also had a few goals negated by off side penalties. The ’Toppers got called off sides 11 times in the game.

  • LA girls soccer scores two shutouts

    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team scored a pair of shutouts over the weekend. The Hilltoppers shut out Highland, 6-0, Friday and then blanked Bernalillo, 3-0, Saturday.
    “They’re playing really good,” Los Alamos head coach Gary Ahlers said. “They’re passing the ball and they’re starting to find the back of the net.”
    The shutouts were in large part due to the team’s defenders and it possession up front. Goalkeeper Anna Lemke didn’t have to make a save in either contest.
    “The defense is really playing strong,” Ahlers said.
    Sienna Ahlers scored three goals to lead Los Alamos’ offense against Highland. The ‘Toppers also got goals from Katie Hopkins, Maria Sandoval and Charlotte Leonard.
    Abby Schmalz, meanwhile, assisted three of those goals. She also assisted two goals against Bernalillo. “Those assists are big,” coach Ahlers said. “She can find those open people in those open spots.”
    Sophie Wood, Alix Haily, Jennifer Paige, Sandoval and Hopkins also had assists.
    Emily Hopkins also had another good game against Highland. “She’s a very decisive and controlling player,” coach Ahlers said. “She has great vision.”

  • Hilltopper girls golf gets second state leg

    Wind and rain made conditions tough for Los Alamos' boys and girls golf teams Monday at the Grants Coyote Invite.
    "I was very proud of both teams for simply sticking it out and finishing the round," Los Alamos boys head coach Andy Ainsworth said. "The weather was absolutely horrendous... at many times it was a torrential downpour."
    Despite the rough weather, Los Alamos' girls golf team shot their second state qualifying leg of the season. The Hilltopper girls shot a 381 to earn the state leg. They also tied with Piedra Vista for first-place in the team competition.
    "The girls getting a qualifying leg was a remarkable achievement," Ainsworth said.
    Jennifer Necker led the Hilltopper girls once again. Necker qualified for state with a 91 — her third state-qualifying leg in the team's third tournament of the season.
    Emily Moulton finished right behind Necker with a 92 and earned her first qualifying leg with the score.
    "Individual legs by Emily and Jennifer showed some real toughness," Ainsworth said.
    Elizabeth Lockhart (98) and Leah Mountain (100) rounded out Los Alamos' team score while Sophia Sivils (132) also competed.
    Piedra Vista's Chantalle Kovacs won the individual title with an 82.

  • On Schedule 10-5-15

    Golf: Los Alamos at Grants, boys and girls varsity, 8 a.m.

    Football: Capital at Los Alamos, junior varsity, 4:30 p.m.

    Soccer: Los Alamos at Hope Chritian, boys junior varsity, 3:30 p.m.; girls junior varsity 5 p.m.

    Golf: Los Alamos at Grants, boys and girls varsity, 8 a.m.

    Girls Soccer: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 3 p.m.; St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, junior varsity 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, varsity, 6:30 p.m.; junior varsity 5 p.m.; C-team 4 p.m.

    Soccer: Los Alamos at Taos, boys junior varsity, 4 p.m.; girls junior varsity 6 p.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Capital, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Cross Country: Los Alamos at Fountain, Colo., varsity and junior varsity, TBA

    Boys Soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 11 a.m.

    Girls Soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 1 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity 1 p.m.; junior varsity, noon; C-team, 11 a.m.

  • Game of the week, Oct. 5 - 11

    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team will look to strengthen its grip on first-place in District 2-5A with a pair of district contests next week.
    On Tuesday, the ‘Toppers will travel to Del Norte to take on the Knights at 3 p.m.
    On Saturday, Los Alamos will welcome Capital to town. That game will start at 6 p.m.

  • News for Retirees Oct. 2-Oct. 9

    Oct. 3-Oct. 9, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Grilled Pork Chop
     1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Lemon Cod
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 p.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise