Today's News

  • More water rate hikes on horizon

    In fiscal year 2018, Los Alamos residents can anticipate water rate increases ranging from 8 to 1.5 percent every year for the next 20 years, provided both the Board of Public Utilities and the Los Alamos County Council approve the Department of Public Utilities’ plan to get revenues to match costs.
    The increase is necessary in order to fund a 20-year Capital Improvement Project plan for replacing the county’s aging water distribution and production infrastructure and for bringing the water distribution system’s cash reserves up to safe levels, according to Deputy Utility Manager for Gas, Water, and Sewer Services Jack Richardson.
    In response to citizens’ concerns that the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) was neglecting the needs of the water system, the board directed DPU staff to develop a “Water System Needs and Cost Structure Report.”
    Over the course of three meetings between October and December, Richardson presented his findings to the board. (Go to losalamos.legistar.com to watch the meetings and read the report.) Richardson summed up the key issues for the Los Alamos Monitor.
    “I think this report shows that we have been paying attention, at least for the last 17 years, and definitely for the next 20 years. It just takes time,” Richardson said.

  • Hospital welcomes Nomi as first baby of year

    At 5:55 a.m. Monday, Nomi Chang became Los Alamos County’s first baby born in the new year.
    The daughter of father Jae Chang and mother Misa Cowee, the New Year’s baby was resting comfortably Tuesday morning. She was born at a healthy 5 pounds and 4 ounces.
    Her birth took approximately three hours.
    “The nurses were absolutely wonderful,” Cowee said.
    LAMC Registered Nurse Kristi Bradshaw said helping with the birthing process is one of the best parts of the job. She was present during the last stages of the baby’s birth.
    “It’s the best thing about working here,” Bradshaw said. “We have birthdays almost every day that we work.”    
    Also on Tuesday, the Hospital Auxiliary of the Los Alamos Medical Center presented the parents with a $100 check to help get Nomi Chang started in the right direction. The money would be deposited into the baby’s college fund, according to Hospital Auxiliary President Carole Watanabe.
    The Hospital Auxiliary operates the LAMC’s Lobby Shop, with all proceeds going to fund various activities around the hospital, including the Christmas Baby and the New Year’s Baby events. To members of the auxiliary, the fun of welcoming new babies into the world never gets old.

  • Storm with snow, strong winds to hit northern New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Forecasters say a blustery winter storm will produce significant snowfall and strong winds across much of northern and eastern New Mexico this week.

    The National Weather Service says deep cold and windy conditions will begin late Wednesday night and that the most moisture from the storm is expected Friday morning.

    Forecasts call for 1 to 2 feet of snow in the northern mountains and over 6 inches of snow in valleys, highlands and northeastern plains.

    Winds are expected to gust up to 55 mph in the Sangre de Christo Mountains and in the northeastern and east-central highlands.

    The Interstate 25 corridor between Santa Fe and Las Vegas are among areas which forecasters say will experience the most major impacts from the storm.

  • Truck route now open

    The truck route is now open. It was closed earlier due to a motor vehicle accident. The accident occurred at the intersection of East Jemez Road and NM 4. Police advise caution.

  • LA girls hoops in a skid

    It began with optimism but it has slowly declined into a losing skid.
    The 2016-17 season began with bundles of promise for the Los Alamos girls basketball team and its seven seniors. With first year head coach Josh Archuleta taking over a team that lost a lot of talent from the previous season, it was evident that the Hilltoppers were going to have a few bumps on the road to extending to its two-decade state tournament appearance run.
    But so far in 2016-17, those bumps became more like mountains. And Los Alamos is slipping down those mountains with every step it takes.   
    The Hilltoppers started the season by winning the games it was supposed to win, beating St. Michael’s, Pojoaque Valley and Belen. But a lack of size and a daunting scheduled have caused Los Alamos to lose eight straight games and enter Christmas break at 3-10 overall.
    During that eight game losing streak, Los Alamos faced four Class 6A teams, the state’s No. 1 ranked team and two tough Class 5A opponents. It also lost its leading scorer Ashley Logan with a season-ending knee injury.
    The bright spots for the Hilltoppers have been on the defensive end. Los Alamos has allowed fewer than 40 points in five games this season, as seniors Sienna Ahlers, Elena Abeyta, Shannon Irwin and Isabell Larribas have provided solid minutes.

  • Top LA prep sports moments of 2016

    Los Alamos has a rich history of providing spectacular prep sports moments the entire year. And 2016 wasn’t any different.
    The following moments highlighted another memorable year of Hilltopper sports.
    LA hockey wins pure championship
    The Los Alamos hockey team ended the 2015-16 season by defeating Taos 2-1 in the New Mexico pure hockey championship in March.
    It was the third meeting of the season between the two longtime rivals and the championship game capped off another tight encounter in the series history.
    During that game Los Alamos got off to a 2-0 lead during the third period and was able to fend off a Taos comeback in the final minutes. The win gave Los Alamos the North Star trophy, which is given to the winner of each game of the Taos-Los Alamos series.
    Los Alamos still holds the trophy as it defeated Taos in this season’s opener. Both teams will face each other on Monday at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.
    Last-second magic in the Valley
    It took a bit of magic for the Los Alamos football team to extend its winning streak against rival Española Valley.
    Down 34-29 with seven seconds left, Hilltoppers quarterback Nick Quartieri took the snap and roll to his left and found receiver Kevin Maresca all alone in the end zone to seal the 35-34 victory.

  • Community Calendar 1-3-17

    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. The speaker has not yet been scheduled.
    The Jemez Thrift Shop is having a Bag Day today from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Everyone can fill a large brown paper bag with anything they wish for $5.
    Nature on Tap: Our Local Trails from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discuss the future of the Los Alamos trail network, including the proposed flow trail. Free.
    January 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.

    The Jemez Thrift Shop is having a Bag Day today from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Everyone can fill a large brown paper bag with anything they wish for $5.
    JAN. 7
    Snowshoe Hike in the Valles Caldera from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Join a ranger and PEEC on a 2 - 2.5 hour, easy-to-moderate snowshoe hike in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Admission: Preserve entrance fee.

  • News for Retirees 1-1-17

    Jan. 2-7
    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: by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    BESC Closed New Year’s Holiday

    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Fried
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis

    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus
    10:30 a.m.        Music w/Ruth
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Frito Pie
    1:30 p.m.        Duplicate Bridge

    8:30 a.m.        Ad Hoc Hikers
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training

  • Free legal clinics for veterans  

    Enrolled veterans of the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) who have legal questions on civil matters will have an opportunity to receive free consultation with licensed New Mexico attorneys and other legal professionals on Jan. 10, at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE (just off Gibson) in Albuquerque.
    The Civil Legal Clinic will be open from 8:30-11 a.m.
    The clinic offers brief legal advice about topics such as consumer rights, bankruptcy, landlord-tenant issues, foreclosure and employment.
    Veterans may also bring their questions regarding family law, including divorce, child support, custody and visitation. The clinic does not handle wills or estate planning.
    No appointment is necessary, and veterans are encouraged to bring with them any documents relating to their legal issues. The clinic is the result of a collaborative effort by the NMVAHCS and the State Bar of New Mexico Young Lawyers Division, as well as other legal service providers and community providers from around the state.
    More free civil legal clinics for veterans are scheduled in 2017 for the same time and location on March 14, June 13 and Sept. 12. For more information, please contact Lisa Anderson at (505) 265-1711, ext. 3434.

  • LAPD holds awards banquet

    The Los Alamos Police Department held its third-annual awards banquet Dec. 10, handing out more than 70 awards.
    Included in these awards were three lifesaving and six “of the year” awards.
    “It is always a privilege to recognize employees of the police department for all their hard work and achievements,” said LAPD Commander Preston Ballew.
    The following were the highest awards presented for the night:
    • Dispatcher Roberto Lujan:  two life saving commendations
    • Dispatcher Angela Cordova:  life saving commendation
    • Civilian of the Year: Evidence Technician Anthony Lucero
    • Dispatcher of the Year: Dispatcher Roberto Lujan
    • Detention Officer of the Year: Officer Kathryn Philips
    • Police Officer of the Year: Corporal Adele Girmendonk
    • Supervisor of the Year: Detective Sergeant James Rodriguez
    • Supervisor of the Year: Jail Administrator Hilario “Eli” Salinas