Today's News

  • ‘Young Frankenstein’ stays true to original inspiration


  • No country for old men: The 2015 Los Alamos Mountaineers trip

    The public is invited to a special presentation at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Fuller Lodge by Michael R. Altherr, a Los Alamos native and avid outdoorsman.
    The title of the talk is not meant as a judgment but rather as a self-effacing reflection of the speaker. An approach hike of 4,300 feet in four miles with a full backpacking kit, four days food and climbing gear will do that.
    Like the movie of the same name the trip was interesting, a bit surreal and somewhat disturbing. Eleven members of the Los Alamos Mountaineers Club participated in the trip with nine reaching the summit of Mt. Whitney (the highest point in the continental U.S.) from the east via the Mountaineers Route or the technical East Buttress. Non-technical summits were also achieved on Mount Russell, Montgomery and Boundary Peaks. An unexpected change in the weather made for interesting climbing conditions in the “Whitney Zone.”
    Organizing trips of this type is becoming more challenging due to increasingly regulated nature of the backcountry.
    Altherr and others will share their experiences in planning for this type of endeavor, and share anecdotes their adventure.

  • Southwest story told through aerial photographs

    During 2007 and 2008, flying at alarmingly low altitudes and slow speeds, Adriel Heisey leaned out the door of his light plane, and holding his camera with both hands, re-photographed some of the Southwest’s most significant archaeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his new bride Anne photographed in 1929.
    For the first time in Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time, large prints of Heisey’s stunning images will be paired directly with the Lindberghs’. The exhibition opens Oct. 25 and runs through May 2017 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe.
    In this exhibition, the Lindberghs’ grainy black-and-white shots are a record of how the sites appeared before later excavations, development, or time altered them. Their images are an excellent yardstick for evaluating changes on many levels over the last 80 years, especially when viewed side-by-side with Andriel Heisey’s recent photographs.

  • LA volleyball takes down Sundevils

    Los Alamos' volleyball team beat Española Valley in three games Wednesday.

    The 'Toppers had numerous players step up to win 25-18, 27-25 and 25-21.

    "Everyone stepped up this game," Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. "There was no standout player; it took all of them working hard out there."

    Los Alamos improved to 11-3 overall and 2-0 in District 2-5A with the win.

    See Friday's Los Alamos Monitor for the complete story.

  • LA soccer teams take down Del Norte

    Los Alamos' boys and girls soccer teams both improved to 3-0 in District 2-5A with victories at Del Norte Tuesday.

    The Hilltopper boys beat the Knights, 4-0, and the Hilltopper girls won their contest, 3-0.

    Both Los Alamos soccer teams are now alone on top of the district standings.

    The Hilltopper girls (9-5-1, 3-0 2-5A) and Del Norte both entered Tuesday's contest with 2-0 league marks. Los Alamos, however, separated itself with the win.

    Los Alamos' boys soccer team (10-5-1, 3-0) was already alone in first place. On Saturday, however, it will host Capital (10-6, 2-1) in a game that will pretty much determine the district champion.

    The boys will take on Capital at 11 a.m., followed by the girls' game at 1 p.m.

  • Volleyball game against Española switched to Los Alamos

    Los Alamos’ volleyball won its final non-district game of the season Saturday.
    The ’Toppers beat Farmington in three sets to secure their third straight win. Los Alamos won the contest 25-22, 25-19 and 25-20.
    Los Alamos (10-3, 1-0 2-5A) will now conclude its regular season with seven straight District 2-5A matches, beginning tonight against Española Valley (6-6, 0-1). The game was originally scheduled to take place in Española, but the schedule changed and now the contest will take place in Los Alamos. Tonight's varsity contest will begin at roughly 6:30 p.m.
    Los Alamos beat the Sundevils at the Rio Rancho Jamboree in three sets, so it has already got past the first mental hurdle. A win tonight, however, will go a long way towards usurping the Sundevils at the top of the district.
    Currently, Del Norte (7-5, 2-0) is also undefeated in the district. Capital (3-9, 1-1) is currently third in district action while Bernalillo (5-7, 0-2) is at the bottom of the standings.

  • Historic Board votes on elevator tonight

    The Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board will vote on its recommendation regarding an elevator at Fuller Lodge at 5:30 p.m. this evening at Fuller Lodge.

  • Community Calendar 10-7-15

    Senior Skip Day. Senior citizens 62 and older nationwide can to visit National Parks, including Bandelier, for free. Anyone over 62 who is a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. is eligible for a Senior Pass, a $10 lifetime pass providing free entry to all federal recreation sites. For more information, check Humanaseniorskipday.com. For more information about Bandelier, check the park website at nps.gov/band, or call 672-3861 x 517.

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos. Brent and Marcia Boyack will give a program on their recent service mission involving Family History in Salt Lake City.

    Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will host a special event at noon in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Special guest speaker Bernadette Martinez will present “Hidden Heritage of New Mexico: Then and Now - The 400 Year Old Secret.” Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Drive. All are welcome. Suggested donation $10 per guest. Proceeds to be donated to the Gynecological Cancer Awareness Project. Contact Bethany Douglas at bethanyjoy139@gmail.com, or 690-6883.

  • Smart House open to the public Saturday

    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities staff will open the Smart House to the public Saturday.  The house is situated behind the CenturyLink building at 1925-D Trinity Drive. Citizens are welcome to stop in between 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Saturday will be the last opportunity for citizens to view the Smart House and learn its role in the demonstration smart grid project. Los Alamos County is in the process of repurposing the facility to office space to lease, pending approval from the county council.
    Los Alamos County originally constructed the Smart House as a component of a larger, joint smart grid project with Los Alamos National Laboratory and Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development organization.
    Using smart grid technologies to balance electric loads and absorb energy output fluctuations, the project partners placed a significant proportion of renewable energy on an electric distribution grid to meet a residential community’s electric needs. In March 2014, the project concluded and issued a final report to the Los Alamos County Council.

  • Assets in Action: Dating violence a tough issue for teens to report

    This week, I chose to tackle a topic that is tough in many ways. The issue is dating violence. The most recent data shows that 14 percent of students have reported not just dating violence, but sexual dating violence.
    The topic is a hard one to approach with young men or young women. While it is probably true young women are on the receiving end, we shouldn’t be jaded to think it can’t happen to young men too.
    According to data from the Love Is Respect website, “81 percent of parents surveyed either believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.”
    If you don’t know if it is an issue, but you are willing to broach the subject, then we are headed in the right direction. If you just choose to believe it is not an issue, I beg you to have the conversation. If I’m, wrong, so be it. If I am right, you could save a lifetime of troubles for that little boy or little girl that lives inside and is afraid to take the first step.
    The website also states that, “57 percent of teens know someone who has been physically, sexually or verbally abusive in a dating relationship,” and “only 33 percent of teens who were in an abusive relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.”