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Today's News

  • Veteran’s group wreaths every soldier’s grave

    The Los Alamos American Legion Riders accomplished a milestone Saturday with their visit to honor fallen veterans interred at Guaje Pines Cemetery. 

    With help from the community and other organizations, they were able to lay a wreath on each of the 350 veterans’ graves at Guaje Pines. 

    The Los Alamos event was part of a larger, national effort organized by “Wreaths Across America,” an organization whose goal is to place a wreath on every veteran’s gravesite annually on one day in December. 

    “It’s a national ceremony to honor all of our veterans that have passed,” American Legion Rider Linda Fox said. 

    The American Legion Riders managed to raise $5,250 through fundraisers and donations to get the job done. 

    Though the temperature was in the 20s, about 100 veterans and their families took part in a remembrance ceremony Saturday morning before the group took the wreaths out to the graves. 

  • Program helps over 80 families

    Over 80 families applied for assistance this past holiday season. The Los Alamos Adopt A Family Program was able to match every single family with a generous local sponsor family.

    “We decided to do a trip this year and not presents for us, but it was a good excuse to still shop for someone who needs it more than us,” mom Talia Keller said.  Alpha Zeta set up gifting headquarters at the Christian Church on East Road.

    The Adopt-a-Family program was founded many years ago and has assisted many Los Alamos and surrounding area residents. In 2003, Margie Gillespie, longtime program coordinator, had to step down and the Los Alamos Alpha Zeta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi took on the challenge of coordinating the program.

    “It’s one of our missions, to help people and pass it on to others.  We love getting things for families in need to make them happy at Christmas,” mom Judy Nekimken said. 

    Nekimken brought in a bike and other goodies for a family in need.

    The applying families come into the program through the Los Alamos Public Schools, which means one or more children in the family attend a local school.

  • Robinson leads efforts to support rehabilitation and education

    Environmental Sustainability Board member James Robinson has taken on making Los Alamos “a bear-friendly town” as his special project on the Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB), due to his longtime connection with and love for bears. That started when he was in seventh grade, when he reconnected with his preschool friend, Ty Horak.

    Horak’s mother is Dr. Kathleen Ramsay, who runs Cottonwood Rehab (CWR). The facility’s work took center stage this summer when it rehabilitated two black bear cubs orphaned when their mother was euthanized after attacking a marathon runner at Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    “One day I was down at Ty’s place and his mom comes in, and she puts us to work unloading a bear she’s going to rehab. And that’s when I fell in love with bears,” Robinson said. “Just hanging out with Doctor Ramsay, I get to help rehab them. Through them, I got to learn about and appreciate bears.”

    That passion for bears has grown so strong that Robinson helped found the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, which funds wildlife rehabilitation efforts, particularly for bears. It costs approximately $6,000 to rehab a bear. 

  • Board looks for ways to make LA more bear friendly

    Environmental Sustainability Board member James Robinson updated the board on efforts to make Los Alamos a bear-friendly city at Thursday’s meeting.

    The most recent news is that six of the 13 bear resistant commercial dumpsters purchased through a collaborative partnership between the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF), Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) and Los Alamos County have arrived. NMDGF paid 65 percent of the costs for 10 dumpsters, with the county paying the remaining 35 percent. LAMC purchased three dumpsters with its own funds. 

    That effort was initiated after a female bear charged two workers trying to take out trash at LAMC in November. Game and Fish euthanized the bear after that event, identifying it as one spotted rummaging through trash and approaching film crews at Pajarito Ski Area in July.

    “I was looking at the bear they got. It was a tannish bear, which I believe had learned the art of breaking into residential roll carts early in the spring, and when it was big enough, it got into dumpsters,” Robinson said. 

  • Board looks for ways to make LA more bear friendly

    Environmental Sustainability Board member James Robinson updated the board on efforts to make Los Alamos a bear-friendly city at Thursday’s meeting.

    The most recent news is that six of the 13 bear resistant commercial dumpsters purchased through a collaborative partnership between the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF), Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) and Los Alamos County have arrived. NMDGF paid 65 percent of the costs for 10 dumpsters, with the county paying the remaining 35 percent. LAMC purchased three dumpsters with its own funds. 

    That effort was initiated after a female bear charged two workers trying to take out trash at LAMC in November. Game and Fish euthanized the bear after that event, identifying it as one spotted rummaging through trash and approaching film crews at Pajarito Ski Area in July.

    “I was looking at the bear they got. It was a tannish bear, which I believe had learned the art of breaking into residential roll carts early in the spring, and when it was big enough, it got into dumpsters,” Robinson said. 

  • LAPS faces up to $1M in budget cuts

    The Los Alamos Public Schools’ $26.8 million budget could take a hit of up to $1 million this fiscal year as the state prepares to make up for a projected $675 million budget shortfall.
    LAPS is already looking at a $660,000 reduction after cuts the legislature made in November. That figure could grow to $1 million once the legislative session gets under way in January.
    Cuts to teacher positions and pay is off the table, said Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus at Tuesday’s school board meeting.  
    “I want to make sure there’s no confusion with regards to what’s being presented,” Steinhaus said. “The district office is not proposing to the board any teacher cuts at this point, there’s no proposing that.”  
    The budget cuts would be seen in reduced payouts to the district from the State Equalization Guarantee fund and “sweeps” by the New Mexico Public Education Department to the transportation fund and instructional materials fund from now until June 30.
    “They are contemplating cash sweeps,” said LAPS CFO Lisa Montoya. “Anything we hold in reserve over the 3 to 5 percent they (NMPED) suggest we save, they will take out of our accounts.”

  • LA hockey sweeps Odessa

    After dropping a tough 6-4 decision on Friday against NM Ice U-16, the Los Alamos hockey team came back with a 12-0 victory on Saturday and a 7-2 win on Sunday against Odessa. The Hilltoppers are back in action on Jan. 4, when they’ll host Santa Fe at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.  JOHN MCHALE/Monitor

  • Prep girls basketball: Bulldogs edge Toppers

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team fell to 3-10 on the season after dropping a tightly contested game to Artesia 45-44 on Saturday at Griffith Gym.
    The Hilltoppers trailed by 10 entering the final quarter. An Ashley Antencio foul-and-bucket cut the Artesia lead to 43-37 with 3:35 left in regulation. A pair of Isabell Larribas free throws inched the Hilltoppers within four points. The Bulldogs got a 45-41 edge before Elena Abeyta hit two free throws and a triple to make it 45-44 with 11 seconds left.
    After Artesia missed a free throw attempt on the other end, Los Alamos snatched the rebound and Abeyta made her way down the court and put up a lay up attempt that only hit the backboard and didn’t give the Hilltoppers the buzzer-beating win.
    Los Alamos started strong and got off to a 6-1 start and led 7-5 after the first quarter. The Bulldogs took their first lead of the game with 2:07 left in the second quarter and had a 23-21 advantage at halftime.
    Artesia went on a 15-5 run midway through the third quarter that helped it lead 41-31 after 24 minutes.
    Abeyta finished with a team-high 19 points, while Atencio snatched a team-high seven rebounds for Los Alamos.
    The Hilltoppers are off until Jan. 5, when they’ll begin play in the Aztec Tournament.  
     

  • Eldorado runs past Los Alamos, 63-44

    It was evenly matched for 16 minutes.
    Then, Eldorado switched to a full-court pressure defense that dismantled the Los Alamos boys basketball team’s rhythm.
    That second-half adjustment helped Eldorado claim a 63-44 victory against the Hilltoppers Friday night at Griffith Gym.
    “They (Los Alamos) thought that once we stayed with them for a few minutes, we would be in it,” Hilltoppers coach Mike Kluk said. “There was a bit of fatigue settling in from playing two nights in a row. They (Eldorado) picked up the pressure and once they got their legs under them, they just kept rolling.”
    Los Alamos fell to 4-4 overall, while the Eagles improved to 3-1 on the season.
    The Eagles only led 26-23 halftime, as the Hilltoppers were having success defending one of the few teams that matched up in size with Los Alamos. The Hilltoppers also had success getting the ball inside on the offensive end.
    “We came out with some intensity,” Kluk said. “We trying to be tougher tonight and for a half I thought we were fairly tough. But when things got down, I think our toughness went away. We just have to keep working on that.”

  • DOH reduces Los Alamos public health office hours

    The New Mexico Department of Health announced Friday that it will reduce the hours of operation and services provided at the Los Alamos Public Health Office.

    The office will now only be open Wednesdays and Fridays beginning Monday, according to a press releases issued at 5 p.m.
    The clinic, located at 1183 Diamond Drive, Suite D, will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays (closed from noon-1 p.m.), and will be closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

    Services provided at this clinic will include Children’s Medical Services (children and youth with special health care needs), and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program.

    Services will be provided by appointment only.

    Health department spokesman David Morgan said the department is still determining what they are going to do about replacing the nurse at the health clinic.  The clinic’s nurse resigned October.

    Since that time, the county has sought answers from the state about the reduced hours, which were Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and the replacement of a nurse.

    All other public health services are available at the Rio Arriba County Public Health Office located at 2010 Industrial Park Rd in Española. Appointments are also required at the Rio Arriba office.