Today's News

  • The people survive campaign spending

    An hour passed from our 3:05 p.m. polling place entrance until we left. The line of voters ahead of us had about 55 people. It was quiet. People chatted. One set of parents, new to the neighborhood and slightly nonplussed by the length of the line, tended their toddler.
    All of us were at the end of the process of campaigns spending a great of money to get our attention on behalf of a particular candidate. I read that a couple of legislative races crossed the $100,000 mark in spending by each candidate. Yet no one seemed addled or discombobulated by the spending. No one walked around the polling line mumbling, “Thank God, it’s over.”
    No doubt, calls for further regulation of campaign spending will continue from the do-gooders on the left (and a few on the right) who think that good behavior can be regulated into being. These people hate money and believe that people such as the firefighter in line behind me are too stupid to sort through messages and make a decision.
    Our Sen. Tom Udall is one of the leaders in this approach with his scary proposed amendment to the Constitution.

  • Chattering about Susana

    So Susana Martinez came out of her recent reelection campaign pretty much as just about everyone had expected.
    Way back when they were still making glitzy movie musicals, the wondrous Marilyn Monroe won hearts and superstardom with the proposition that “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.”
    Well over a half-century later, New Mexico’s governor for-four-more-years will tell you that if you’re going to strut your stuff today — at least in electoral politics — there’s no better friend than a big, fat campaign treasury, the bigger and the fatter the better.
    From start to finish Martinez had so much cash on hand that her campaign came off as unnecessarily squandering its resources.
    Certainly that was the case in the final weeks of her campaign, long after it was abundantly clear that she had locked it up, but nonetheless continued to sling the high-priced attack TV ad mud with an abandon that appeared almost gleeful.
    Gary King never had a chance.
    The first negative ad Martinez leveled against the erstwhile Democratic nominee prominently featured remarks once made by the state Democratic Party chairman to the effect that King was one of the worst attorneys general in state history.

  • Sports Briefs 11-11-14

    Basketball skills clinics continuing at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host basketball skills clinics this Saturday and next Saturday.
    The basketball skills clinics are scheduled from 9-11 a.m. Nov. 15 and Nov. 22. They are primarily for those registered for the YMCA youth basketball program, but those interested in playing in the program that haven’t registered are also welcomed.
    The clinics are designed to help youth with basic skills such as passing, dribbling and shooting. They are for players with little-to-no previous experience.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Turkey Trot returns Nov. 23

    The annual CROP Walk/Turkey Trot is scheduled for Nov. 23. The event will start at Los Alamos Middle School.
    The Turkey Trot is for any interested participants. Participants my choose to walk or run a 1.7-mile or a 2.5-mile course.
    All participants are also eligible to win turkeys and pumpkin pies in a random drawing.
    Registrations will take place at 1 p.m. at LAMS and the Turkey Trot will start at 2 p.m.
    For more information, call 672-1639.

    Jaguars, Sartans win soccer titles

  • Del Norte is bottom seed in postseason

    For the sixth consecutive year, only one team from District 2 advanced to the state playoffs.
    This year, the Del Norte Knights were the team that made it to the playoffs. And for the fourth time in five years, the district champ will be going in as the lowest seed in the postseason.
    Del Norte, which won District 2 going away, was given the No. 12 seed for the 2014 postseason. The Knights will take on the fifth-seeded Aztec Tigers for the opening round of the 5A playoffs Saturday.
    Those teams will play at Aztec. For the first round of the playoffs, games are scheduled according to where the teams previously played, as opposed to which team has the higher seed.
    Los Alamos, of course, wasn’t even in the playoff discussion this season. Los Alamos finished the year 1-9, its only win of the year coming against Española Valley.
    The only District 2 team with even a prayer of earning an at-large invitation this season was Capital, the district runner-up. Capital finished the year 5-5 and went 3-1 in the district, with its only loss coming against the Knights.

  • LA gets 12th and final seed for state

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team has a tough road if it wants to compete for a chance at a state title.
    Los Alamos was afforded only a No. 12 seed in the 12-team Class 5A playoffs. The 5A playoffs will start Thursday in Rio Rancho.
    The Hilltoppers have pool play scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Santa Ana Star Center. And hanging out in the pool along with the Hilltoppers are top-seeded Piedra Vista and eighth-seeded Los Lunas.
    There are four pools of three teams each in pool play. The top finisher in each pool will get a bye into the quarterfinals of the direct elimination round, while the second- and third-place finishers in each pool will have to play a first round elimination match.
    Los Alamos finished the regular season with a won-loss mark of 12-9 and finished second in both the District 2 regular season race and the district tournament.
    Saturday, the Hilltoppers fell to the Española Valley Sundevils in the district tournament finals.
    Española Valley, which has dominated Los Alamos all season, took the tournament championship in Española. Although most of the sets were tight, the Sundevils still won in four, 25-13, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22.

  • Today in history Nov. 11
  • N.M. 4 now open in both directions

    Update, 7 p.m.: According to the Los Alamos Police Department, the roadblock at West Jemez Road and NM 4 has been lifted, and residents that live in the Jemez Mountains are now allowed to use the road, according to LAPD commander Preston Ballew.

    Ballew said a commercial vehicle crashed around 9:50 a.m.

    LAPD, LAFD, Sandoval County Sheriff's Department, Bandelier and the New Mexico State Motor Transportion were on the scene all day today.

    According to officials at the scene, there was one fatality. The route remains closed due to fuel spillage. It is not known at this time what caused the truck to veer off the road, police are still investigating.

    A release from the county said, " Accident at mile marker 47. Only one vehicle involved. Crash scene under investigation right now so expect road will remain closed for awhile longer. NM4 back gate to Jemez Springs remains closed westbound and NM4 is closed eastbound near the Valles Caldera. NM4 back gate east to Bandelier is open.

    Stay tuned to LAMonitor.com for updates.

  • Volleyball gets final seed into playoffs

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team got the 12th and final seed into the Class 5A state tournament, the New Mexico Activities Association announced Sunday.

    Los Alamos, which fell 3-1 to the Espanola Valley Sundevils in the District 2 championship match Saturday night, will advance to the pool play round starting at 11 a.m. Thursday in Rio Rancho. Los Alamos will be grouped with top-seeded Piedra Vista and eighth-seeded Los Lunas in Group A.

    More information about the Class 5A poseason will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Unusual dark space found by LANL, NASA


    By looking at the dark spaces between visible galaxies and stars the NASA/JPL CIBER sounding rocket experiment has produced data that could redefine what constitutes a galaxy.

    “What was very surprising is the brightness of many fluctuations that appear between stars and galaxies,” said Los Alamos scientist Joseph Smidt, part of the data analysis team that studied the data from CIBER. “These fluctuations are having us rethink what goes on between stars and galaxies. The data suggests that galaxies shed many more of their stars into the intervening space than was originally thought.”

    Results from two of four CIBER flights, launched from White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in 2010 and 2012, appear in today’s issue of the journal Science.

  • LA girls roll to another title


    RIO RANCHO – The only thing that might have given anyone pause when trying to figure out Los Alamos’ chances to win its sixth straight state title was a hiccup two weeks earlier at home.

    But, as it turned out, it was indeed nothing more than a hiccup.

    Los Alamos rose to the occasion once again Saturday, scoring a solid victory over all comers to make it an even half-dozen consecutive state championships. Los Alamos scored just 46 points, 12 points better than Albuquerque Academy. The Hilltoppers’ other big challenger, St. Pius X, finished comfortably back in third place.

    The Hilltoppers poured it on in the second half of the race, with Maddy Foley, Sophia Galvez and Zoe Hemez pulling away from the main pack to help secure the win.

    “It felt really good,” said Hemez afterward. “Running with Talia (Dreicer) was really helpful to me. We were feeding off each other’s energy.”

    Along with Los Alamos going for some program history Saturday – trying to top its former best of five consecutive state crowns – Hilltopper Maddy Foley went into the race with a real shot to vie for the program’s first individual state champ since 2005.