Today's News

  • Hahn to chronicle recent expeditions

    Dave Hahn, a professional climbing guide and ski patroller in Taos, will be the presenter at the next Mountaineers meeting.
    The talk will begin at 7p.m. Jan. 21 at Fuller Lodge.
    Hahn will provide a slideshow of a year in review, detailing his work in guiding and patrolling from Taos to Everest, with a little Antarctica, Africa, Alaska and Mt. Rainier thrown in.
    Hahn has been climbing professionally since 1986. Mount Rainier is his summer home, with almost 30 summers guiding there.
    Hahn has guided extensively in the Antarctic, reaching the highest point on the continent, Mt. Vinson, a record 35 times, and he is well-known for leading expeditions on the Shackelton Traverse on South Georgia Island.
    Hahn has made 30 expeditions over 28 years to Denali and is a veteran of 20 Mt. Everest expeditions, having made the summit 15 times.
    Hahn participated in three expeditions to the north side of Everest intent on solving the mystery of what became of a 1924 pioneering effort; he was part of the 1999 team that found George Mallory’s body at 27,000 feet.
    He has been published in Outside Magazine, and has contributed to several climbing books.

  • Murder mystery a spoof of Christie's classic

    In November, Los Alamos Little Theatre presented a classic whodunit murder mystery, Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.”
    Beginning Friday, LALT will present another murder mystery. While the time period is also in the late 1930s of England, this play is off beat.
    A spoof on the murder mystery classic, “Murdered to Death,” written by Peter Gordon, follows Inspector Pratt who fights his own incompetence to deduce the murderer.
    The plot follows the grand tradition of a long weekend visit at a country estate, where things quickly go awry in a most ridiculous fashion. The owner of the house has invited several guests for the weekend to her home, where her annoyed niece and the worthless butler also reside. The audience soon finds out the odd relationships between the characters.
    Once the murder occurs, it is very possible that the inefficient Acting Inspector Pratt, along with his more resourceful assistant Constable Thompkins, may never solve the case.
    The director of “Murdered to Death” is Patrick Webb, who came to Los Alamos from Fairbanks, Alaska. While in Alaska, Webb had the privilege of playing the role of the Frenchman Pierre in a local production of the play.

  • Backcountry Film Fest brings indie films to town

    Now in its fourth year, the Winter Wildlands Alliance in cooperation with the Reel Deal Theater will bring nine independent grassroots films to Los Alamos on Jan. 22 as part of the “Backcountry Film Festival.”
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater are teaming up once again. Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit Winter Wildlands Alliance, the touring Backcountry Film Festival will make its way to more than 100 locations around the world.
    The local screening will be 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Reel Deal Theater. It will be the only one in New Mexico.
    Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Reel Deal Theater for $12, or at the door on the day of the show for $15. As in years past, the film festival is expected to sell out, so advance purchase tickets are recommended. To purchase advance tickets, visit fyilosalamos.com/event/backcountry-film-festival/ or call PEEC at 662-0460.
    The Pajarito Brewpub will be selling beer and wine in the lobby before the show and at intermission. Also at intermission PEEC will have a raffle for prizes, including items donated by local businesses the Los Alamos Cooperative Market, CB Fox, Fusion Multisport and the Reel Deal Theater, as well as national sponsors Yak Trax, Ambler, Mountain Khakis, Point 6 and Winter Wildlands Alliance.

  • Swim results from St. Mike's

    Here are the results from Saturday’s St. Michael’s Invitational swimming and diving meet. Swimmers are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.


    Team scores

    1. Los Alamos, 540; 2. St. Michael’s, 320; 3. St. Pius X, 224; 4. Cottonwood Classic Prep, 199; 5. Santa Fe, 177; 6. Hope Christian, 167; 7. Taos, 163; 8. Socorro, 149; 9. Santa Fe Prep, 102; 10. Desert Academy, 97; 11. Academy for Technology and the Classics, 15.

    200 medley relay

    1. Los Alamos A (Izzy Runde, Kaitlin Bennett, Jessica Moore, Sydney Schoonover), 1:59.21; 2. St. Michael’s 2:02.37; 3. Hope, 2:07.28; 5. Los Alamos B (Jesse Liechty, Jillian Bennett, Sonyia Williams, Kimberly McKinley), 2:14.04;

    200 freestyle

    1. Kaitlynn Bennett, 2:07.42; 2. Marina Guzman, St. Pius, 2:14.66; 3. Katie Ervin, CCPS, 2:21.26; 4. Caemlyn Tripp, 2:28.35; 7. Onnolee Englert-Erickson, 2:39.76.

    200 individual medley

    1. Kirsten Sweers, St. Michael’s, 2:22.26; 2. Caitlin Fitzpatrick, CCPS, 2:29.06; 3. Alana Goodwin, 2:29.26; 8. Sonyia Williams, 2:47.08; 13. Riana Foley, 3:00.76.

    50 freestyle

  • Running Into One Another

    Los Alamos’ Ashlynn Trujillo drives into the lane against Moriarty’s Alyssa Adams during a game at Sandia Prep last week. The Hilltoppers have a rematch tonight against its rival, Albuquerque Academy, in a game also from last week. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

  • Cross-Course Skiing

    A lone cross-country skier makes their way across the front nine of the Los Alamos Golf Course Wednesday morning.

  • Watchdog critical of WIPP delays

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy and the contractor that runs the federal government’s troubled nuclear waste repository say it could be more than three years before all operations resume at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
    The department and Nuclear Waste Partnership detailed the timeline for decontaminating parts of the plant and resuming the disposal of Cold War-era waste from sites around the country during a meeting Wednesday.
    Full operations will depend on a new ventilation system, something that could take until 2018 to complete.
    Watchdog Don Hancock says there’s a lot of uncertainty around the recovery schedule and costs.
    The repository has been closed since February 2014, when a canister of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory leaked in one of the storage rooms and contaminated more than 20 workers.

  • Target closing Canadian stores

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target is giving up on Canada.
    More than 17,600 employees will eventually lose their jobs when the U.S. discount retailer closes its 133 Canadian stores after only about two years to cut losses that went as high as a billion dollars a year.
    The company didn’t see how to stop the losses before at least 2021, Target Corp. Chairman and CEO Brian Cornell said Thursday. Cornell said on Target’s corporate blog that its Canadian arm was losing money every day.
    The closing is Cornell’s first major move since becoming CEO. His predecessor, Gregg Steinhafel, was pushed out last May after a string of problems, from a massive data breach to woes in the U.S. to Canada.
    Cornell said the company will instead focus reigniting Target’s 1,800-store U.S. business, which has struggled with sluggish sales since the recession.
    Exporting Target’s cheap chic across the border seemed like a no-brainer, because for years droves of Canadians crossed the border to shop at its U.S. stores.

  • State of County Given

    Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce manager Nancy Partridge led off Thursday’s Chamber breakfast, where County Manager Harry Burgess gave his annual State of the County address. Look for the story in Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Update 1-15-15

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will meet at 7 p.m. today at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos room 610. The proposed ban on plastic bags in Los Alamos County will be discussed. The event is open to the public.


    Jane Voss and Hoyle Osborne will present “All In, Down and Out: The Great Depression in Song and Story,” at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mesa Public Library.

    Ken Burns film

    Mesa Public Library will screen the Ken Burns film “The Dust Bowl” Jan. 24 starting at 10:30 a.m. The first half of the 4-hour film will be shown until 12:30 p.m., and the second half will be shown from 2:30-4:30. The film is shown in conjunction with the Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry exhibit, which is in the Upstairs Art Gallery.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will hold a work session in White Rock Jan. 20. The session will be at Fire Station No. 3. It will begin at 7 p.m.

    Coalition meeting

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hold a regular business meeting Friday at the Santa Fe City Council chambers.