Today's News

  • Quilt Show draws crowds in Los Alamos

    Counterclockwise, from top: An early crowd looks over items Friday at the Los Alamos Peacemakers Quilt Guild Quilt Show at Crossroads Bible Church.

  • John Boehner, behind the tears

    WASHINGTON — The “regular guy with a big job” has seemed at the center of palace intrigue forever, a man to shake things up in the old days, to be plotted against on and off ever since.
    There was nothing regular about John Boehner’s rise and fall and rise and fall in the House, nothing constant except that tan and the smoke-filled rooms wherever he was allowed to light up.
    Boehner’s announced exit as House speaker and from Congress altogether caps a political career that began as the head of a homeowners association in an Ohio neighborhood and made him second in line to the presidency.
    A firm opponent of abortion rights, he was essentially undone by disaffection from conservatives who want to push an anti-abortion struggle over Planned Parenthood financing to the point of closing the government, a step too far for him. He was once one of the agitators – a member of the Newt Gingrich Gang of Seven who seized the Republican congressional agenda, then the reins of House power, in the 1990s. He was ultimately undone by tea partyers and other conservatives he’d kept in line as speaker for nearly five years – barely, and at a cost.

  • Pope’s visit reveals political battle lines

    While papal visits to the United States are increasingly common, what is uncommon is to see political-ideological battle lines drawn around a pope. The tendency this time is especially acute among liberals, who eagerly frame Francis as one of them – a categorization Francis has resisted. “I’m sure that I haven’t said anything more than what’s written in the social doctrine of the Church,” he said as his plane approached U.S. soil.
    To some degree, liberals are certainly justified in linking Pope Francis to many of their concerns – climate change, wealth redistribution, poverty. And even many conservatives seem to concede this pope to the political left. In truth, however, both sides lack a full picture.
    To illustrate the point, I’ll focus on the subject area that brings Pope Francis here to America to begin with: a major international Catholic Church synod on family and marriage.
    Though Francis is absolutely forgiving and charitable and merciful, including to homosexuals, when it comes to marriage and family, this pope has been unflinchingly orthodox in support of historic Church teaching. Some of his language has been even stronger than his predecessors. The extent to which that is true is at times shocking. Here are just a few examples:

  • Animal Shelter 9-27-15

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Tanker — A very sweet beige and white tabby who was found at Los Alamos Fire House 4. Tanker is about a year old, and he does well with both people and cats. He also might do OK with dogs, if introduced slowly and properly. Tanker is currently our only cat at the shelter, and he is relishing in all of the attention from shelter staff and volunteer! He loves lounging on laps, and he would be so happy if someone decided to take him home!
    In foster care

  • News for Retirees Sept. 27-Oct. 2

    Betty Ehart

    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Fried Steak
    1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Caesar Salad
    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 Exercise
    10:45 a.m.        Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Fish and Chips    
    1:30 p.m.        Daytime Duplicate Bridge
    8:30 a.m.        Walk-In-The-Woods
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training

  • Transforming into a U.S. Marine

    Special to the Monitor

  • Game of the week, Sept. 28 - Oct. 4

    Los Alamos’ volleyball team has played well so far this season. On Wednesday, when Capital comes to town, the games will start to mean more as the Hilltoppers jump into their District 2-5A schedule. Los Alamos and Española Valley are expected to compete for the district title, but every district contest will be important.
    On Thursday, Los Alamos will host Albuquerque Academy, as well. The Chargers are 6-3, which includes a 3-1 win over Española Valley.
    The varsity contests will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m.

  • ULLR Fest coming up Saturday

    As leaves change at Pajarito Mountain, the resort is getting ready to hold its annual Ullr Fest, named after the Norse god of snow. The festival will take place next Saturday, Oct. 3.
    The popular fall event will feature a New Mexico brewer’s festival with more than a dozen local craft beers and live music by the Jimmy Stadler Band. There will also be a disc golf tournament at Camp May, a costume contest and kids activities.
    The brewer’s festival will take place from noon-5 p.m. and the band will play from 2-5 p.m.
    Atomic City Transit will also be providing a free shuttle up to the event, leaving from Sullivan Field every half hour, from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    On Saturday and Sunday, Pajarito will also offer lift-accessed hiking and mountain biking. The lifts will spin from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Lift-accessed hiking and biking will also take place Oct. 10-11 and Oct. 17-18 before the mountain switches gears to get ready for ski season.
    Pajarito is also offering discounted season passes for the upcoming winter until Oct. 4.

  • On Schedule 9-28-15

    Football: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, junior varsity, 4:30 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Robertson at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.; junior varsity 4 p.m.

    Golf: Los Alamos at APS Ladera Invite, varsity, 8 a.m.

    Volleyball: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 6:30 p.m.; junior varsity 5 p.m.; C-team 4 p.m.

    Boys Soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, varsity, 4 p.m.; junior varsity 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Taos, middle school, 4 p.m.

    Cross Country: Los Alamos at Desert Ridge, middle school, 3 p.m.

    Volleyball: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, varsity, 6:30 p.m.; junior varsity 5 p.m.; C-team 4 p.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Española Valley, middle school, 4 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Los Alamos at West Las Vegas, junior varsity 4 p.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Highland at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Los Alamos at La Cueva, junior varsity 4 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Boys Soccer: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 6 p.m.

  • Lobos open C-USA with tough test

    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico men’s soccer team opens Conference USA play this weekend with a very difficult test at the South Carolina Gamecocks, who are coming off a 3-1 win over No. 8 Elon Tuesday night. If that doesn’t grab the attention of the newly minted No. 7 Lobos, who are on a five-match winning streak, it should.
    “They’re a good team with some real capable players,” UNM head coach Jeremy Fishbein said about the Gamecocks. “I sure hope they come out and play us and want to go toe-to-toe. That’s what we look for. We want a game where we can get at them and commit numbers to the attack, and so does the opponent. That’s what makes for an entertaining game.”
    Each of UNM’s five wins this season has come by a single goal, so while the Lobos aren’t blowing teams out, they are stepping up and playing well at the right times.
    “Little moments dictate outcomes,” Fishbein said. “I feel good about (the team) because we’ve carried play at important times. ... And five of our seven opponents have been in the top 25 when we’ve played them. So we’ve played, and played well against, top teams.”