Today's News

  • LA basketball teams win openers

    Los Alamos' boys and girls basketball teams both started their seasons with victories Tuesday night.

    The girls beat St. Michael's 70-61 while the boys took down Valencia 69-43.

    Both teams jumped out to big leads early in their contests and never looked back. The girls led 10-0 less than a minute into their contest and took an 18-point lead into the fourth.

    The boys, meanwhile, used their size to build a 11-2 first-quarter lead and won the next three quarters, as well, to keep pulling away.

    See Friday's Los Alamos Monitor for the complete stories.

  • A look at the hot toys for holiday 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Which toys will warm the hearts of parents and kids for the holiday 2015 shopping season?

    Holiday toys hit the shelves in recent weeks. And so far, just as in the past few years, there's no single hot toy emerging. But anything "Star Wars," life-like robotic pets and remote controlled toys should drive sales.

    As the holiday shopping season kickoff starts over Thanksgiving weekend, toy sales will heat up.

    The Associated Press has compiled a list of some of this year's expected hot toys and trends for 2015:


    — The Black Series Kylo Ren Force FX Lightsaber by Hasbro: toy weapon makes light and sound effects. $199.99.

    —BladeBuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber set from Hasbro: system allows kids to customize weapons. $49.99.

    __The Force Awaken's BB-8 Droid by Sphero: remote-controlled robot that connects to an app. It changes expression and even perks up when given voice commands. $149.99.

    — Star Wars Millennium Falcon RC Quad by Spin Master: remote-controlled version of the iconic ship. $140


    —Little Live Pets CleverKeet from Moose Toys: interactive, singing and talking bird. He responds to voice. $59.99.

  • Community Calendar 11-25-15

    Thanksgiving Happy Hour and Aspen Ridge Thanksgiving Buffet at 11:30 a.m. at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living Center.

    Family YMCA Thanksgiving Day Workout begins at 9 a.m. at the YMCA  Gymnasium. Bring your relatives, friends, and neighbors and join in for a free Thanksgiving Day workout. Doors will open at 8:50 a.m. Several different workout styles for all fitness levels. Be sure to hang around after the workout for door prizes. Ages 13 and up. Contact Stacey Castille at scastille@laymca.org or 662-3100.
    Fourth Friday Fractals at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Be mesmerized by this award-winning fractal show every fourth Friday by the Fractal Foundation. Journey into the never-ending world of fractals as a full-dome show featuring original music. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $10 for adults, $8 for children.
    Planetarium Show: Back to the Moon for Good at 2 p.m. Enjoy this award-winning planetarium show, which gives you a unique view of the space race, past and future. Suitable for ages 4 and up. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

  • Eco-conscious creations exhibited at fashion show

    In Celebration of America Recycles Day, Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division staff hosted a Recycle Fashion Show Nov. 14 at Fuller Lodge. The Recycle Fashion Show is an artistic expression of eco-conscious creations and is a fun event for people of all ages.   
    Fuller Lodge was adorned in flowers and snap dragons fabricated by Derrick Voight using reclaimed rebar and recycled glass. Local resident Becky Dahl hand-crafted geraniums and beautiful poppy flowers using the bottoms of soda pop bottles. Light refreshments were served using compostable cups, plates, napkins and utensils. There was essentially zero waste generated from this event, unless you consider all the glitter left sparkling on Fuller Lodge floor.
    There were over a dozen  participants that ranged from children to adults, but to be eligible the participants were required to design outfits that were composed of at least 75 percent recycled content.
    The participants created the hottest trends in recycle fashion using an empty green chile burlap sack, melted tortilla chip bags, Peet’s Coffee bags, the infamous red Starbucks cups and grandpa’s old playing cards.

  • Time to nominate people for CA awards

    The time has come to say thank you, by nominating someone for the Community Asset Awards.
    The program sponsored by the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) is once again seeking the names and deeds of individuals that do good things in our community, the state or the world.
    “This is a great program where each year community members that live or work in Los Alamos are celebrated for being wonderful and doing great things,” said Bernadette Lauritzen, C’YA Director. “The stories and ages of those nominated vary each year and warm the heart every time.”
    Last January, some 50 do-gooders were recognized for their service in and around the community.
    Those noteworthy names included Tom Severinghouse, Kate Stoddard, Nicole’ Ferry, Henry Vigil, Kurt Steinhaus, Smith’s Food and Drugs Stores and many, many more.
    “The best part about each year is the sheer surprise at folks being stunned that someone took the time to nominate them,” Lauritzen said. “It can be for great volunteer work, going above and beyond as a business or organization, or for doing things that many might never know about.”

  • Driver’s ed for seniors pays off in savings and safety

    If you are 55 or older, you can save some money on your auto insurance by taking a driver safety class. New Mexico law (paragraph 59A-32-14 in the Insurance Code) provides that insurers must give you a discount if you take such a class, approved by the Traffic Safety Bureau of the state Transportation Department, and provide a certificate to your insurance company. The statute does not specify the amount of the discount. The discount is good for three years.
    I recommend that you do this. You will learn useful things, you will be a safer driver, and you will not be bored. Take an in-person class rather than an online class, if you can find one. Check with a senior citizen center near you to find out if classes are offered. In some cities, AARP offers classes taught by trained volunteers.  
    You might find yourself in a lively conversation – as I have on several occasions. A few examples:
    Some years ago, the instructor talked about the strength of the steel barriers that line hazardous places on New Mexico roads. I was fascinated. I occasionally drive on roads where one of those barriers is the only thing between a sheer drop and me. Since that class, I’m a little more confident that the barrier will save me if I’m driving at a reasonable speed.

  • Thankful for students, parents, community

    Superintendent, Los Alamos School District

  • UNM wins national championship

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Lobos’ motto this week was, “Expect Nothing, Achieve Everything.”
    On Saturday, they did just that.
    Behind one of the most dominating performances in NCAA history, the No. 1 University of New Mexico women’s cross country team won its first-ever national title at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.
    The Lobo women, competing in their 10th-ever NCAA Championship, placed all five of their scorers in the top 25 at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville and combined to score 49 points, the lowest team score by any team since 1982.
    “It’s a great day,” New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said. “Super excited for the women. They’re going to remember this for the rest of their lives and that’s really special.”
    The Lobos’ championship is the second NCAA title in University of New Mexico history, joining the New Mexico skiing’s NCAA title in 2004. It’s the fourth NCAA women’s cross country title in Mountain West history.
    “It’s amazing,” senior Courtney Frerichs said after the race.

  • Nearly 200 run in Turkey Trot

    Approximately 190 runners and walkers participated in the year’s CROP Turkey Trot run and walk Sunday. Some of the runners even embraced the holiday by running like turkeys and Pilgrims.
    The race was held at the Los Alamos Middle School on North Mesa. There were 2.5-mile and 1.7-mile routes available.
    Below are the top finishers in the 2.5 mile run.

    Place Name Time
    1. Valerio Pinchetti 16:17
    2. Steven Strevell 16:21
    3. Ryan Smeltzer 17:06
    4. Laura Woodroffe 17:33
    5. Tad Hughes 18:29
    6. Duncan Fuehne 18:42
    7. Roxana Candia 19:25
    8. Paul Bradley 19:31
    9. Jesse Woodroffe 19:33
    10. Zack Medin 19:35
    11. Wyatt Watson 19:37
    12. Quinn Abfalterer 19:38
    13. Neha Sadasivan 19:46
    14. Amaya Coblentz 19:48
    15. Mark Schraad 19:58
    16. Zac Tobin 20:07
    17. Roshan Prasad 20:23
    18. Ricky Hensley 20:58
    19. John Worley 21:02
    20. Ryan Worley 21:40
    21. Kristen Coblentz 21:41
    22. Margie Stockton 22:00
    23. Shane Tobin 22:14
    24.Luke Atkins 22:17
    25. Nick Parra-Vasquez 22:21
    26. Irene Abfalterer 22:22
    27. Ralen Smith 23:13

  • Hilltoppers looking to finish strong on the ice

    After an early exit in last year’s state championship hockey tournament, the Hilltoppers are looking for a stronger finish this season. After being eliminated the state tournament, the Hilltoppers beat Taos to win the league’s pure championship (comprised of teams where all of the athletes attend the same school) and hold on to the traveling North Star Trophy the entire season. Los Alamos, however, wants to make some noise against composite teams this year, as well.
    “As always, we’re looking ahead at the state tournament,” Los Alamos head coach Kevin Blake said. “We were a No. 2 seed last year and got knocked out in the quarters. This year we want the guys to go deeper. We have the team for it.”
    Los Alamos has three seniors to lead it this year — Cory Schramm, Isaac Dunwoody and Chris Bond.
    In the team’s first five games, Schramm has scored two goals and assisted four more. Schramm’s freshman brother, Carson, leads the team with 10 goals and two assists.
    “It’s been fun to watch those two,” Blake said. “They’ve been the driving force so far.”
    Dunwoody and Sam Fisher will be rotating in goal this year for the ’Toppers, replacing Zealand Waltscheid who’s playing junior hockey in Oregon.