Today's News

  • Candia, Medins and Williams have best predictions

    In spite of a slight, cooling rain, 45 runners and walkers enjoyed an evening jaunt Tuesday.
    The Pace Race featured one mile or three-mile courses on Barranca Mesa and in Bayo Canyon.
    For the three-mile route, the runners ran around Barranca Mesa Elementary, down the horse trail into Bayo Canyon to the point and then turned back on Gonzales Road to Barranca Elementary.
    Most of the three-mile runners beat their predictions in spite of the steep switchback required to get out of the canyon back onto Barranca Mesa.
    Nine runners on the long course, however, had predictions that were within 30 seconds of their actual time.
    Roxana Candia was the best predictor for the long course. She was off her prediction by just one second.
    Ted Williams was the second best predictor at four seconds off while John Ullman was only 10 seconds off his prediction.
    Other runners whose predictions were 30 seconds or less off included Katie Gattiker and Jesse Woodroffe at 16 seconds off, Heidi Bjorklund at 24 seconds off, Nikol Strother at 25 seconds off, Zach Medin at 26 seconds off and Richard Thompson III at 30 seconds off.

  • Today in history July 16
  • Rollover injures at least one

    Santa Fe County Sheriff deputies, Los Alamos fire, paramedics and police responded to a crash in the westbound lane of N.M. 502 around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. Witnesses to the rollover reported at least one person being taken to the Los Alamos Medical Center for injuries.

  • Out For the Day

    Los Alamos residents Beatrice Morton, Jerry Dudley, sitting together in one photo, and Pat Day, standing in the other, hang out at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The senior center and many other local entities have programs designed for older members of the community. To read more about some of those, see the “Boomer Times” section in today’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Former sheriff is appealing his conviction

    SANTA FE (AP) — A federal appeals court in Denver is set to hear arguments in the case of former Rio Arriba County sheriff Tommy Rodella, who received a 10-year prison sentence for violating a motorist's civil rights while brandishing a handgun.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the appeal hearing has been scheduled for September 29.
    Rodella's attorney plans to argue that Rodella's stop of Espanola motorist Michael Tafoya was lawful and that he didn't receive a fair trial.
    The scheduling of the hearing comes as the U.S. Attorney's Office in Albuquerque fights to seize Rodella's assets to help pay nearly $150,000 that Rodella owes the government for his fine in the case.
    After being found guilty, Rodella received a $200,000 fine and was ordered to pay $10,000 to the motorist.

  • Clinton, Bush lead in campaign funds

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The two presidential candidates whose immediate families include former presidents loom large in early fundraising for 2016.
    Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush account for almost half the roughly $377 million that presidential groups for all the expected 22 candidates say they’ve raised. Most campaigns, including Clinton’s and Bush’s, were required to file their initial reports with the Federal Election Commission by midnight Wednesday.
    Those document financial activity between April 1 and June 30 and will list the names of everyone who gave at least $200.
    The maximum contribution for the primary is $2,700. The FEC reports also will show how candidates are spending their money — on consultants, office space, advertising, polling and more.
    Wednesday’s reports provide only a glimpse of all the money that donors are handing over. The candidates also benefit from super PACs created specifically to help them.
    Those groups, which accept contributions of any size and are subject to legal limits on how closely they can work with the campaigns, file their FEC reports at the end of the month.
    Ahead of the deadlines, many candidates and their super PAC boosters have publicized their fundraising totals.

  • Local Briefs 7-15-15

    Local veteran needs a hand

    The American Legion Post 90 announced a Los Alamos-area World War II veteran, who served 35 missions in Europe with the Army Air Corps, is in need of assistance getting his yard up to code.
    Post 90 said the vet, whom it didn’t identify, has been issued warnings by Los Alamos County and cannot afford to pay someone to do the yard work, nor can the vet, 96 years of age, physically do the work himself.
    Post 90 is looking for volunteers, two lawn mowers and two weed eaters. The post estimated the work would be completed in 4 hours or less.
    Anyone wishing to volunteer is asked to show up at 1916 Spruce at 8 a.m. Saturday.
    For questions, contact Ed McDaris at em93116@gmail.com or 719-244-7637.

    Henderson gets Coalition post

  • Update 7-15-15

    Science on Tap

    Science on Tap will be Thursday at the UnQuarked Wine Room in Central Park Square. The presentation will be “From Trinity Test to Artificial Joints: How Computational Mathematics Has Transformed Our World.” Science on Tap will start at 5:30 p.m.

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos Farmers Market will return Thursday to the Mesa Public Library parking lot. The market runs from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Highlights this week include kids art with Rosie and Her Mom and a potting demonstration.


    “Back to the Future” (1985) is scheduled to be screened at Ashley Pond tonight. The movie starts at sundown.


    Registration is open for the High Mountain Mudfest volleyball tournament, which is scheduled for July 18. The tournament is played at North Mesa Park in mudpits. Teams are coed and consist of 6-12 players, including at least four women. For more information, call 662-8173.

    Zoo To You

    Mesa Public Library will host “Zoo To You,” an educational program sponsored by the Albuquerque Biopark. The program will include live birds and reptiles. It is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday in the library parking lot.

  • Angel Fire to host Ragnar race

    Angel Fire Resort and the Village of Angel Fire recently announced that it will host the first New Mexico based Ragnar Trail relay race Aug. 28-29.
    Ragnarians will find their inner wild as they run, camp and sleep over two days and one night. Teams of eight people (four for Ultra teams) will race on single-track trails in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
    The high-elevation, adventure course spans 115 miles long, with each runner averaging approximately 15 miles each.
    The race takes an average of 22 hours to complete. Registration for the Ragnar Trail Angel Fire race is limited and only open until July 23.
    For more information, visit ragnartrail.com

  • LANL Foundation breaks fundraising record

    Los Alamos National Laboratory employees pledged a record $356,550 to the 2015 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) drive, the lab announced this week.
    The drive encourages LANL employees, retirees and subcontract personnel to donate to a fund that awards college scholarships to northern New Mexico students.
    Additionally, more employees participated in this year’s campaign than in past years, LANL announced.
    “Our employees know first-hand that education can unlock opportunity for these talented students who hold the promise to be future leaders in government, industry or the nonprofit sector,” said Steve Girrens, LANL associate director for Engineering Sciences, this year’s LAESF scholarship drive champion. “This scholarship program provides an opportunity for employees, contractors and retirees to play a valuable role in helping our region’s high school and college academic stars attain their higher education goals.”
    Coupled with $250,000 in matching funds from Los Alamos National Security, the total amount contributed in this year’s campaign is nearly $607,000.
    Scholarships are awarded on the basis of grade-point average, test scores, diversity, financial need, academic rigor, leadership and community involvement.