Today's News

  • Snow removal ordinance fails

    An ordinance that would have required residents to remove snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours of a snowfall failed by a 5–2 vote of the Los Alamos County Council on Tuesday. Only councilors David Izraelevitz and Kristin Henderson supported the motion.
    Community Development Director Paul Andrus tried to reassure council that the CDD would not be heavy-handed in enforcing the ordinance, noting that it would be enforced on a complaint basis with a focus on resolving the problem.
    The ordinance required a courtesy notice as the first step in resolving the issue, but also allowed fines for noncompliance. CDD would also work with those physically unable to clear sidewalks.
    “We see this as an ordinance that is attempting to address that hazardous or chronic situation, something that is clearly a problem, something that clearly needs to be addressed within a particular time period,” Andrus said.
    Andrus stressed that tickets are rare under a program such as this. County Manager Harry Burgess pointed out that only 5 percent of the nuisance complaints that staff process end up in court.

  • Mountain Air Cleaners opens at new location

    The Los Alamos Laundromat may be closed, but owner Dina Quintana wants people to know that Mountain Air Cleaners is up and running in a new location.
    “We definitely want people to know that we’re still here and that even with the laundromat gone, there are still things that we can do,” Quintana said.
    Quintana – who owns the enterprise with her husband Richard Beaudoin – explained why the couple had to close the laundromat, which they acquired 25 years ago. There had been a laundromat at that location since the 1950s.
    Their landlord decided to utilize the building they were in for other purposes and gave all the tenants notice.
    “We certainly did not want to reduce our services,” Quintana said. “But the truth of the matter is that we did not own the building. We rented the building and our landlord elected to do something different with the building. And we had to respect that.”
    Quintana and Beaudoin tried to find another location, but were unable to locate any with the type of infrastructure a laundromat requires.
    Laundromats have very specialized utility needs, such as large power and sewage capacity, not the type of infrastructure found in most commercial space.

  • Census report: N.M. sees economic growth; LA remains steady

    New Mexico residents have been riding a wave of recent economic prosperity and growth, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau report.
    New Mexico saw a significant rise in income and a decrease in poverty rates, according to the “2015 American Community Survey,” released Thursday.
    The data showed that real median household income grew by 1.2 percent, or $523, for all households in New Mexico.
    The Santa Fe and the Albuquerque metro areas saw the fastest rates of growth, with incomes rising 5.3 percent in Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos census statistics showed 4.2 percent of the population lives in poverty and 4 percent of county residents do not have health insurance. Median household income has remained steady at $105,989.
    Acting Secretary of New Mexico’s Economic Development Department Barbara Brazil welcomed the good news, and credited Gov. Susana Martinez with contributing to New Mexico’s rise in economic prosperity.

  • Prep football: LAHS defeats Santa Fe High

    The Los Alamos football team defeated Santa Fe High 25-18 Friday night at Ivan Head Stadium in Santa Fe. 

    The Hilltoppers improved to 3-3 on the season, and will enter District 2-5A in first place. Santa Fe fell to 0-5 on the season. 

    Wednesday's Monitor print edition will include a full recap of Friday's game. 

  • ’Toppers volleyball falls to DN in district opener

    Not being able to capitalize after a strong start is beginning to haunt the Los Alamos volleyball team.  
    The Hilltoppers fell to Del Norte 20-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-19 in the District 2-5A opener for both teams Wednesday at Griffith Gym. It was the fourth-straight loss for Los Alamos, which fell to 5-8 overall and 0-1 in district. Del Norte improved to 7-4 overall and 1-0 in district.
    “We just have to keep playing,” Hilltoppers coach Diana Stokes said. “We’re going to work a bit harder in practice. I don’t know if its nerves, but you would like to be set by district.”
    Los Alamos started strong and jumped out to a 16-11 lead in the first set. The Hilltoppers extended their lead to 21-13, before the Knights went on a six-point run to close the gap to 21-19. A Mackenzie Alexander kill gave Los Alamos a 23-20 lead, and Gabriela Vallejos finished the set with back-to-back service aces.
    “They just have to believe in themselves. They get up and then they just kind of quit playing,” Stokes said.  

  • Community Calendar 9-30-16

    Book and Gift Fair at the Los Alamos Medical Center from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Doctor’s Lobby. Sale benefits the LAMC Auxiliary. All major credit cards accepted.

    Gentle Walks at 8:30 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Admission: Free.
    High Tea at 3 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 10 and under. Tea served with savory and sweet offerings, piano music by Joe Cox, fashions from Shop on the Corner, and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the church office. All proceeds go to support the “House of Hope” and “Trinity Builders” in their house building mission work in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico November 2016. Call 662-5107 for more information.

    Tales on the Trail at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center.  Join storytellers for a walk around the nature center landscape and Kinnikinnik Park. Free.

    Feature Film: “Exploding Universe” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through space and discover explosive events that shaped the Universe. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

  • On the Docket 9-30-16

    Sept. 8
    Marjorie Gavett  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Sept. 9
    Marcos Gonzales  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Steven Reneau  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Friedrick Spoerel  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Sept. 12
    Robert Coyne was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of not having a proper building permit. Defendant was fined $60. Sentenced deferred until Dec. 10.

    Carson L. Ware was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs. Sentencing deferred until Nov. 10. Defendant also sentenced to defensive driving school and community service.

  • Meet county attorney candidates Oct. 6

    Members of the public are invited to meet the top candidates vying for the position of county attorney at a reception hosted by the County Council at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Community Room at the Golf Course. Refreshments will be served.
    Becky Ehler recently retired as the county attorney.
    The position is appointed by the Council.

  • Walkup Aquatic Center to hold Pumpkin Splash

    It will be an “out of this world” Pumpkin Splash & Halloween Carnival at the Walkup Aquatic Center on Oct. 29.  
    Admission is $7 per person and limited to 150 space travelers. Admission includes diving into the pool to collect your pumpkin, flying over to the classroom for pumpkin decorating, then moving from one adventure to the next with space themed carnival games, a photo booth and crafts. The event is from 10 a.m.– 1 p.m. with the pumpkin retrieval beginning at 11 a.m.
    The 2016 Pumpkin Splash is a “Teal Pumpkin” event that offers food and non-food treat options to all participants.
    For more information contact the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Division at 662-8170 or lacrec@lacnm.us. Registration is also available online at losalamosnm.us/rec. 

  • ‘Language of Bears’ talk set for Oct. 4

    Bears are incredibly intelligent animals who use vocalizations and body language to communicate.
    Join wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Nature Center for an exciting talk about the language of bears.
    Ratajczak will share photos, stories and data that explain how bears communicate in the wild. This is a free talk at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    Ratajczak is a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service in the Santa Fe National Forest. Apex (top) predators and other large mega-fauna are his passion and specialty.
    Before he joined the Forest Service, Ratajczak managed a black bear rehabilitation, research and education facility outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
    He then went on to work for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and served as the big game program coordinator managing the state’s bear, deer and elk programs.
    He eventually became chief of wildlife for the state of Tennessee but found the “desk-life” didn’t suit him and decided to pursue his lifelong dream of living and working in the west.
    Ratajczak’s talk will be at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. The talk is free to attend, and no registration is required.