Today's News

  • Retirement won’t stop Powell from volunteering

    Irene Powell has been a volunteer at many places around Los Alamos, predominately as the director of the Los Alamos Volunteer Association (LAVA), which she retired from earlier this month.
    Although she said she loves volunteering, “it was time to retire.”
    She now wants to devote her time to traveling. Powell and her family recently returned from a trip to the Grand Canyon, which occurred immediately after her last day as LAVA’s director.
    She is not, however, giving up volunteering entirely. She remains active at United Church and the Red Cross.
    The Betty Ehart Senior Center held a Hawaiian-themed going away party for Powell on Aug. 6.
    “I have always felt strongly about volunteer work. She had worked as the volunteer director for Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization the past nine years, which she said was a wonderful job.
    “Helping seniors find volunteer opportunities with nonprofits was a very rewarding occupation,” she said. “I also enjoyed working with the staff there at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. They are very dedicated to the seniors in this community.”

  • LAHS senior blends art, design with science

    Los Alamos has a slew of high school students who have accomplished much in their young lives — EliseAnne Koskelo is one of them.
    Last school year, as a junior at Los Alamos High School, Koskelo was the recipient of several prestigious awards for her work in art, design and science.
    Back in December, Koskelo was awarded a Merit designation from the National Young Arts Foundation for her work blending art and science. Her portfolio was chosen from more that 11,000 applications from across the United States.
    As one of 700 winners of this award, Koskelo travelled to New York City recently to attend master classes in the field of art and design. She received a travel scholarship from the Emily Bradley Memorial Fund and she thanks Linda Zwick and family for their support of education in the arts.
    Koskelo said she first heard about Young Arts through LAHS teacher Margo Batha. “When I applied, I submitted a portfolio which contained pictures and descriptions of my architectural, engineering and fashion design works,” Koskelo said. “I also wrote an essay about the power of design, focusing on my reaction to the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C.”
    She was a part of the DuPont essay contest, which she discovered Googling various science competitions.

  • DPU's invisible employees

    Senior Hydroelectric Maintenance Technicians Joel Kennedy and Bobby Trujillo have been with the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities 18 and 15 years respectively, and Hydroelectric Plant Engineer Adam Cooper joined the team 11 years ago.
    But, on the chance they have reason to visit the department, their fellow employees ask if they are new on the job.
    That is because this crew operates the county’s two hydroelectric plants, located at the El Vado and Abiquiu dams.
    “Some of the citizens don’t even know that there are hydroelectric plants in the state, much less that Los Alamos owns two out of four,” Cooper said.
    The county’s two plants are smaller than the hydro plants at Elephant Butte and Navajo dams, but this three-man team has a full time job keeping them running.
    “These poor guys are just up here, and they are just doing everything, and pretty much invisible to the rest of the county, and really even to the citizens,” said DPU Public Relations Manager Julie Williams-Hill.
    According to Cooper, there is not a typical day.
    “There is no real standard day, which I really like. I don’t like monotony,” Cooper said.

  • Former Los Alamos resident honored with third Murrow award

    Lee Powell, a former Los Alamos resident, has been named the winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award, considered one of the biggest awards in the broadcast news world.
    For Powell, three times is the charm.
    Powell works as a video journalist for The Washington Post.
    “For a newspaper, it shows our work can stand alongside other papers like The New York Times,” Powell said.
    His first win was for a compilation of pieces, as well as a feature that was about a fake ski slope in Virginia. He was working as a broadcast reporter for The Associated Press at the time, in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
    This upcoming award is for also writing a collection of stories from 2014 — about a newspaper publisher, a D-Day veteran and a collector of one of the largest pinball collections around.
    Powell was born in Dallas and moved to Los Alamos in 1989 while in the seventh grade. His mother, Irene, recently retired from being the director of the Los Alamos Volunteer Association and his father, David, worked for the Los Alamos National Laboratory for many years.
    Powell is a 1994 graduate from Los Alamos High School.
    He went onto college in Wheaton College in Illinois, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.

  • 'Topper girls soccer drops opener Saturday

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team lost its opening day game Saturday at Sullivan Field to a tough opponent.

    Los Alamos couldn't get enough going offensively to counteract a couple of critical miscues in the back against the Farmington Scorpions. The Scorpions prevailed 3-1.

    Hailey Kelley scored two of the three goals for the Scorpions (1-0), one in each half, to key the victory.

    Los Alamos' only goal came midway through the second half when Sienna Ahlers chugged her way through the Farmington back line and went across the goal mouth for the first goal of the Hilltoppers' 2015 season.

    Los Alamos (0-1) plays at Bosque School Tuesday afternoon.

    More information on Saturday's contest will be in Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • On Schedule 8-23-15

    Football: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, junior varsity, 4:30 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Los Alamos at Bosque, varsity, 3 p.m.

    Boys Soccer: Los Alamos at Bosque, varsity, 5 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Moriarty at Los Alamos, varsity, 5 p.m.

    Boys Soccer: Moriarty at Los Alamos, junior varsity, 3 p.m.
    Football: Los Alamos at Pojoaque, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Boys Soccer: Clovis at Los Alamos, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Boys Soccer: TBD at Los Alamos, varsity, TBD

    Boys Soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe Prep, junior varsity, 1 p.m.

  • Game Commission to meet Thursday in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Game Commission will meet Thursday in Santa Fe to consider numerous matters, including discussion of a new statewide fisheries management plan. The meeting will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Santa Fe Community College Jemez Rooms, 6401 Richards Ave., Santa Fe. Other agenda items include:
    Discussion of the development of a new easement to provide continued sportsmen access to State Trust Lands for the 2016-2017 hunting seasons.
    Final department proposals to the Bear and Cougar Rule based on based on public comment, harvest data, population status and other management needs.
    United States Fish and Wildlife Service appeal of the department’s denial of its request to release Mexican gray wolves.
    Presentation of the department’s 2017 operating budget and request for commission approval.
    The full agenda detailed agenda-item briefings and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website. Details of proposed rules and opportunities to comment about them also are available on the website, wildlife.state.nm.us.

  • Cross country teams putting in work for a good end

    For the last six years, the Los Alamos girls cross country team has won a state championship.
    For the last four years, the Los Alamos boys cross country team has won a state championship.
    If the girls are going to extend their streak, the same athletes who won it last year will need to step up again.
    All five girls who scored for Los Alamos at last year’s state championship, and the team’s seventh runner, return this year. Maddy Foley, Sophia Galvez, Zoe Hemez, Talia Dreicer, Nica Vasquez and Paulina Burnside are back in action. Those girls won the team’s title last year with 46 points, 12 ahead of Albuquerque Academy.
    The girls average time at state was 19 minutes, 53.98 seconds. co-head girls and boys coach Kathy Hipwood said, “some good young ones will be in the mix as well” this year.
    “I think as a team we want to win state again,” Dreicer said.
    “We want to keep our steak going,” Foley said.
    For the boys to extend their streak, some new faces will need to rise to challenge this year.
    The top-three runners from last year’s team — Greg Ahlers, Cameron Staples and Forrest White — all graduated. The team’s fourth, fifth and seventh runners, however, are all back and are seniors this year.

  • Backing Their Way In

    Los Alamos Fire Department officials, as well as those from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County and the Department of Energy help “push” Hazmat 1 and Truck 3 into White Rock Fire Station 3 Thursday. The trucks were recently added to the Los Alamos Fire Department’s fleet in a joint effort between LANL, the county and the LAFD to better serve the people of Los Alamos County.

  • Lunch ordering process changes

    Los Alamos Public Schools is changing its ordering and payment process for lunches due to its change of providers.
    For approximately the next two weeks, lunches can be ordered through the website, HotLunch.com. A link to that website can be found at laschools.net.
    For those wishing to order, they should visit the website, make the selections of what days they will have hot lunches and order and pay at the site. For specific menus, click on the “Elementary Lunch Menu” for August 2015 to find out what is being served.
    According to the schools, Southwest Food Excellence is going to have three different entrée choices each day, along with a fruit and vegetable bar.
    Those ordering lunches will not have to preselect specific entrees.
    Prices are $4 per lunch. Those who received reduced-prices lunches last school year have a 30-day grace period until 2015-16 applications are processed.
    Those with questions should call the school’s administration at 663-2223.