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Today's News

  • Stewart pulls out of race after fatal crash

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen Sunday, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.

    Greg Zipadelli, competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing, said at a news conference that Stewart "feels strongly" about not racing Sunday following Kevin Ward Jr.'s fatal accident. The decision was an about-face for the organization, which had said when the track opened that Stewart would be behind the wheel of his No. 14 Chevrolet when the green flag waved.

    "We gave Tony some time to sleep on it. He feels strongly this is the right thing to do," Zipadelli said. "All you can do is what you feel is right, and we feel this is right. We get through today and do it the best we can as a group.

    "He's going through a tough time. It's emotional for him."

  • Newton wins three medals at Broadmoor competition

    Things haven’t been easy for people who take part in winter sports for the last several years around Los Alamos County.
    But Laney Newton has managed to get around that and hone her figure skating skills.
    Newton, a local competitive skater, as well as a Los Alamos Monitor newspaper carrier, had a big showing last month at the Broadmoor Open competition. The open was at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., which also happens to be the home of the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
    The 12-year-old Newton brought home medals in the free skate, jumps program and the spins program at the competition. She competes in the pre-preliminary level of U.S. Figure Skating.
    Newton practices at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink when she can, but, except for the winter and early spring, does most of her workouts at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe.
    In Santa Fe, she competes with her team, the Desert Ice Figure Skating Club, which is coached by Megan and Mandy Edwards of Rio Rancho.
    Those that are interested in seeing Newton in action can see her in planned show in October at the Chavez Center.
    Newton has been involved in competitive figure skating for four years and has competed in Colorado on several occasions.

  • Sports Briefs 08-10-14

    Cross country program has a preseason meeting today

    The Los Alamos High School cross country program will begin official preseason workouts Monday.
    Interested participants should meet today at 6 p.m. in Auxiliary Gymnasium to collect physical examination information and receive uniforms and locker assignments for the 2014 season. All other paperwork on the Family ID website should also be submitted on or before Sunday’s meeting.
    Anyone in grades 9-12 may tryout out for cross country. Athletes should be physically able to perform all aspects of workouts, including being able to run for 20-30 minutes without a break.
    For more information, email Rob or Kathy Hipwood at rkhipwood@yahoo.com.

    Golf tourney will benefit ’Topper baseball, softball

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball teams will host their Diamonds in the Rough golf tournament Aug. 16.
    The tournament will be at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Price for participation is $80. The fee includes a cart, T-shirt and dinner, as well as a chance to win prizes for participation.
    For more information, call Jamie Aslin at 699-2320 or Roger Anaya at 670-6717.

    Boys soccer starts Monday

  • Animal Shelter 08-10-14

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Miko and Kita are both 4 years old and were surrendered when their family moved. Miko is a tabby cat with some white, and Kita is all black. Kita had some complications following her spay surgery, so volunteers are still learning more about these two. Stay turned for more information!

    Hannah is a 1-year-old gray and white spayed female who is as soft as can be! She was found roaming on Tewa Loop with her buddy Henry, but these two cute kitties were never claimed and are now ready for a forever home. Hannah is very mellow and loves ear scratches and a soft bed to cuddle in.

  • News for Retirees 08-10-14

    Aug. 10-16, 2014
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

  • Horses prone to heatstroke

    Our cats and dogs aren’t the only animals that need special attention during the unbearable summer temperatures. Horses and other large animals get hot, too.
    Though they may not express it in the same way as our domestic pets, heatstroke is still common among large animals, and prevention is the best cure.
    “The important things to consider during summer heat for animals are similar as for humans,” said Dr. Leslie Easterwood, assistant clinical professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM). “It is best to provide clean, fresh water at a rate higher than they would be losing due to sweat.”
    The progression from dehydration to heat exhaustion and ultimately heat stroke can occur rapidly.
    Providing your large animals with access to plenty of water and shade is the most important way to keep their body temperatures under control. Just as with humans and other animals, the higher the temperature or activity level, the more water is required to cool the body.

  • School superintendent search gets underway

    Two Los Alamos residents have apparently expressed an interest in becoming the next superintendent, according to Judy Bjarke-McKenzie. Because of workplace confidentiality laws regarding employees and potential employees, Bjarke-McKenzie said she can say no more about it, except that the search is just beginning.
    “These two individuals approached us,” she said shortly after their executive session meeting ended last week. “We also plan to cast a wider net.”
    Bjarke-McKenzie said she hopes the process of finding a candidate will wrap up sometime in January.
    “We’re are also planning on having staff and community input,” she said, adding that they also plan to set the candidate qualifications and criteria at a public meeting sometime in the near future.
    In March of this year, Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt announced his resignation, effective at the end of this year. He cited not having the full support of the school board as a reason.
    While rumors swirled about what those possible reasons could be, from disagreements on how to modify the state’s teacher evaluation process to disagreements on how to handle declining school enrollment through closing a schools, no one in the administration or on the school board would disclose the reasons or confirm rumors.

  • United Way, county work to coordinate low-income services

    Sixth of a series

  • Update 08-10-14

    Concert Series

    Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Two acts performing: Bronach Celtic Blues Band followed by Belisama Dance group.

    Nature Playtime

    Nature Playtimes Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico. 10-11 a.m. Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers come to PEEC to explore the natural world. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460.

    Lunch With a Leader

    The League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader will feature Ben Carlson, the publisher of the Monitor as speaker at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Mesa Public Library. Please contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or kaskacayman@gmail.com  for the menu choices if you would like to order a lunch from the Co-op ($10) by Aug. 17. You do not have to order lunch to attend this community event.

    County Fair

    Exhibits, 10 a.m. today, Mesa Public Library
    Rodeo, 1 p.m. today at Brewer Arena.
    Check out the County Fair and Rodeo booklet on LAMonitor.com 

  • Cone Zone 08-10-14

     Central Avenue Improvements Project:
    Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and the Post Office driveway. Access to the Post Office will be maintained. Vehicles will be detoured to Deacon Street and the Main Street driveway into Central Park Square is also closed. A pedestrian crossing is located near Starbucks and additional pedestrian detours are posted; please use these detours and stay out of the work zone. Please use alternate business entrances including those along Deacon, 15th Street, 20th Street, and Nectar.
    The contractor continues working day and night crews in an effort to complete this section of the project as quickly as possible
    N.M. 502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:
    Final roadway marking and striping at south leg of Knecht at Trinity is scheduled for Sunday, August 10, weather permitting. Expect minor traffic control at this intersection.
    Western Area Improvements Phase 2:
    Work continues on 46th Street and 47th Street off Trinity. Access to residences as well as services such as mail delivery, emergency services, trash and recycling collection will be maintained.
    Sound Wall between Tewa Loop and Airport Road:
    Shoulder work continues on the south side of East Drive; please do not park on the south side of East Drive.