Today's News

  • ’Toppers football opens district play Saturday at Del Norte

    The Los Alamos football team will go into District 2-5A play with some momentum.
    The Hilltoppers begin their quest for their first district title since 2011, at 1 p.m. Saturday against Del Norte at Milne Stadium in Albuquerque.
    “I think we’re right where we need to be,” Los Alamos coach Garett Williams said. “These guys have done a great job the last three weeks. They kind of made the decision to refocus and elevate their level in practice. And it’s starting to show.”
    After wins against Gallup and Santa Fe High, the Hilltoppers (3-3) also assured they would have the best record going into District 2-5A play.
    “It’s been great for these guys coming off two big wins,” Williams said. “They’re playing great and they just elevated their level the last two weeks.”
    Los Alamos goes into Saturday scoring 28.8 points per game, which is the most of any District 2-5A team this season.
    Quarterback Nick Quartieri has likely been the most explosive District 2-5A player. The Los Alamos quarterback has scored a district-leading 15 rushing touchdowns and has also thrown five touchdown passes.
    The Hilltoppers defense has improved, and last week had to come up with key stops against Santa Fe. The Los Alamos defense is allowing 26.3 points per game.

  • Shen awarded the Community Youth Award

    Los Alamos High School student Andy Shen was awarded the high school Community Youth Award from Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) last week.
    The award, sponsored by the Los Alamos Children’s Clinic and the Los Alamos Animal Clinic, was for his efforts to mentor speech and debate students and help the Hilltalkers succeed.

  • League of Women Voters to host forum Oct. 13

    The League of Women Voters will host the second of two non-partisan candidate forums on Oct. 13 in building 2, room 230 at UNM-LA.  
    This forum features U.S. House of Representatives candidates Michael H. Romero (R) and Ben R. Lujan (D); County Council candidates Patrick Monroe Brenner (R), Jaret J. McDonald (R), Steven P. Girrens (R), Peter T. Sheehey (D), Chris Chandler (D), and Antonio L. Maggiore (D); and County Clerk candidates Naomi D. Maestas (R) and Amy Woods (D).
    Members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers will again assist in running the forum.
    Democracy is not a spectator sport.  To become better informed, join the League Women of Voters Los Alamos.  Membership in the League is open to men as well as women.  For more information, check lwvlosalamos.org.

  • Bandelier Fall Fiesta Saturday

    Bandelier National Monument will host a Fall Fiesta and an International Observe the Moon Night Saturday.
    The Fall Fiesta will be from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Frijoles Canyon near the Visitor Center, with more than a half dozen local Pueblo artists offering their handmade crafts for sale, including pottery, drums, kachinas and jewelry. There will also be a dance group presenting traditional dances in late morning and early afternoon.
    There is no charge for the event beside the regular park entry fee. Visitors arriving after 9 a.m. and before 3 p.m. will need to take the free shuttle buses from the White Rock Visitor Center.
    That night, rangers and visitors will join sky enthusiasts worldwide in International Observe the Moon Night. There will be a talk on the moon, “Lunacy,” at 7 p.m., followed by telescope viewing, in the shuttle parking area in Juniper Campground.
    Nights are turning chilly, so warm clothing is encouraged, and viewing will depend on cloud cover.
    For more information, contact the Bandelier Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517. 
    The park also has a website, nps.gov/band, and a Facebook page, BandelierNPS.

  • Community Calendar 10-7-16

    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    October Night Sky Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    Bag Day at the Jemez Thrift Shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Bag Day at the Jemez Thrift Shop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Feature Film: “Black Holes” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through the galaxies in search of answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.  

    Fenton Lake Fishing Program at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Learn how to fish and what makes a healthy aquatic ecosystem in this fishing adventure for all ages at Fenton Lake. Equipment provided. No previous experience needed. Advance registration required 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Cost is $5 entry fee for Fenton Lake
    Feature Film: Black Holes at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through the galaxies in search of answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for child. More information at peecnature.org

  • Laws should never be unamendable

    Unamendable: a law that cannot be changed, no matter how problematic it has become. Think about that.
    An “unamendable” provision of the New Mexico Constitution has finally been amended. This was the provision that required school board elections to be held at a separate time from all other elections. It has resulted in miserably low turnouts at school elections for decades.
    The provision was written in a way that required impossible majorities to change it. So even though solid majorities have voted several times over the years to change this, it was not done until a few weeks ago, when the state Supreme Court found a legally adequate argument to acknowledge the will of the voters.
    It will still take several steps, including new legislation, before the change can be implemented, so that school elections can be held together with municipal and other nonpartisan elections.
    At the same time, however, the voters of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County have just temporarily dodged a bullet of unamendability: a proposed city ordinance to require all employers, with no exclusions, to provide sick leave.

  • McCurdy Mission Day set for Oct. 25

    The Albuquerque District United Methodist Women are planning a day tour to McCurdy School, 216 S. McCurdy Road in Santa Cruz (near Española) from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 25. The “McCurdy Mission Day” will start with a short tour and them volunteers will be assigned tasks that will help expedite the programs.
    For information, contact Peggy Blackburn at 884-2412, or email her at yanespeg@swep.com by Oct. 18.
    The group needs to know how many will attend to plan for tasks and reservations for lunch at a local restaurant, to be paid by attendees.

  • Council marks Domestic Violence Awareness month
  • DA candidate Chicoine seeks more accountability in 1st Judicial District

    To First Judicial District Attorney candidate Yvonne Chicoine, the words accountability and respect are missing from the office, and she means to restore them.
    She said that for too long, victims, law enforcement and even the convicted have not had a fair shake when it comes to justice in the First Judicial District.
    “I’ve talked to some people who are in recovery and ex cons who said ‘if you don’t hold us accountable, you’re making us feel like we aren’t worth anything,’” she said during an interview about her candidacy with the Los Alamos Monitor Tuesday. “They want to be held accountable for their mistakes… they feel isolated, and they want to feel like they are a part of the community.”
    Police officers too have gotten short shrift when it comes to First Judicial DA’s office.
    “Crimes against law enforcement officers are just treated as part of the job. If you sign up to be a law enforcement officer or a first responder you’re signing up to take abuse. I don’t think that’s a proper view,” she said.

  • Council sets scope for CIP projects

    By a 6−0 vote, the Los Alamos County Council approved eliminated two proposed Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) and set caps on spending for nine other projects.
    Councilor David Izraelevitz was not present.
    The discussion focused on three economic development projects.
    Councilor James Chrobocinski proposed eliminating the DP Road improvements project, which would bring utilities and infrastructure to the A-8 parcel. That parcel is under consideration for housing development and/or a recreation center.
    “I don’t think that is the best place for residential,” Chrobocinski said. “Unfortunately, it does have a stigma attached to it, because it’s more industrial and a past history of contamination on DP Road. I think it would be difficult to sell to someone to live there, and I don’t necessarily at this time think it’s the right thing to do.”
    Councilors Steve Girrens and Kristin Henderson countered that the former Department of Energy (DOE) site has been cleaned to residential standards.