Today's News

  • ’Topper baseball knocks off Academy in extras

    ALBUQUERQUE – The challenge for the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team heading into the final week-plus of its regular season is to remain viable in the District 2-5A race for second place.
    Wednesday, Los Alamos cleared a big hurdle of that challenge.
    The Hilltoppers came back from a run down late to the district-leading Albuquerque Academy Chargers at Marburger Field to force extra innings.
    Then, in the top of the ninth, Los Alamos came up with three doubles to take a commanding lead and ultimately pull off the upset over the Chargers, 7-4.
    Designated hitter Travis Gonzales looped a fly ball over the head of Academy right fielder Markus Parrish, driving in a pair of runs that would ultimately give the Hilltoppers the win in the top of the ninth. Third baseman Antonio Gonzales doubled in Travis Gonzales one batter later for insurance.
    Instead of Los Alamos dropping another big 2-5A contest, as it did in its district opener March 29 after earning a big lead in extra innings, Hilltopper relief pitcher Rico Zerr came on to pick up the save with little trouble from Academy’s hitters.

  • Church youth to give presentation on Mexico house build trip

    The United Church of Los Alamos and the Universalist Unitarian Church will host a joint program at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, during its services, hosted by the youth.

    The youth were part of the recent delegation that spent their spring break with adult counterparts in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. The group built an incredible three homes in a one-week time period, changing the lives of three Mexico families forever.

    “Our kids in LA are great kids, always enjoy being around them in any setting,” said the Reverend Keith Lewis, the Pastor for Youth and Congregational Ministries, at the United Church. “This bunch especially, no gripes or complaints, just good old fashion sweat and hard work.”

    After a long journey and an overnight stay on the floor of a Phoenix church, the teams crossed the border, unpacked their campsites and prepared for the work ahead. The work includes mixing concrete by hand for the three build sites, followed by framing day, roofing day and stucco day. The final day was a beautiful bilingual passing of the keys to a new home, the first set of keys they have ever owned.

    According to Lewis, their hard work was so well done that teams not only finished their daily projects on time each day, but on some days, even finished early.

  • The consequences of Susana Martinez’s decision to destroy higher education

    A few weeks ago, Susana Martinez vetoed funding for every state college and university. All of it.

    Since then, neither she nor House Republican leaders have proposed a plan to restore it. Because every public school relies on New Mexico for 30 percent-50 percent of their budgets, if not changed this decision will annihilate them.

    What does this mean for you? Plenty.Without funding, schools will either completely shut down or offer dramatically less education for much higher tuition; meaning many of our kids will have to go away for university. We will then have a less educated workforce, like engineers to design our roads, accountants for our businesses, and doctors to take care of us when we are sick.

    Furthermore, two-year schools provide technical programs for well-paid, steady careers like commercial truck drivers, welders, and X-ray techs. Those, as well as specialized classes for wind energy at Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari and aviation maintenance at ENMU-Roswell, could disappear.

    And does your child participate in a high school dual-credit course? Those are probably gone.

    The governor’s veto will obliterate jobs. Businesses start and grow where they can find people educated in areas like the ones described above; so they won’t start or grow here when those programs vanish.

  • Volunteers needed for new steering committee

    Los Alamos County Council approved a contract at its regular meeting Tuesday with Design Workshop to create a new Tourism Strategic Plan.
    As a result, the county is seeking volunteers from Los Alamos or White Rock to serve as representatives on a new steering committee led by Council Vice-Chair Susan O’ Leary.
    The Tourism Master Plan/Economic Development Strategic Plan Steering Committee will serve as an advisory body to the County Council and county planners for the tourism strategic planning process.
    The committee will provide county planners with community member input during the planning process to ensure that the interests of the community at-large as well as tourism stakeholders are considered as the strategic plan is developed.
    This input will be acquired through formal participation in steering committee meetings facilitated by the Design Workshop and informal comments and feedback during the planning process.
    The committee will also serve a valuable role in communicating project progress with the general public and County Council.
    Volunteers can be from the community-at-large, a business, or an organization, and will join county staff and others representing amenities, assets and attractions, lodging/hotels, history, the National Park Service and San Ildefonso Pueblo.

  • Community Calendar 4-21-17

    Join the Los Alamos History Museum for an exhibit opening from 3-5 p.m. Friday in the Los Alamos History Museum Rotating Gallery. Culture and Collaboration: The Los Alamos/Japan Project explores the goals of this unique intercultural initiative to create understanding through shared history, partnerships, dialogue, multiple perspectives, and collaboration. On display through July 9.

    Astronomy Show: Solar System Revelations
at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Dr. Galen Gisler uncovers new revelations about our Solar System. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    Earth Day Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Join us to celebrate Earth Day at the Los Alamos Nature Center, where there will be engaging activities, fun entertainment, and delicious food. Free.
    Saturday to March 5:
Earth Day Feature Film: We are Stars
at 12:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film connects us to the evolution of the Universe and explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

  • Local Habitat for Humanity awarded housing grant

    Special to the Monitor

    Habitat for Humanity – Española Valley and Los Alamos was awarded a $15,000 grant from Wells Fargo Housing Foundation.

    The award is part of Wells Fargo’s mission “to build stronger communities by investing and volunteering in support of neighborhood revitalization efforts … to create affordable and sustainable housing for low-to-moderate income families, seniors and veterans.”

    Wells Fargo Bank Community Engagement Coordinator Mike Sedillo and Española Wells Fargo Bank Branch Manager Jeannette Chavez said they looked forward to working with Habitat EVLA on its 2017 house build.

    Chavez has worked with Habitat for Humanity in Santa Fe in previous years.

    “We have numerous employees who are excited about actually building a house from the ground up,” Chavez said. 

    Team Wells Fargo will lead the volunteers for the official kickoff for the 2017 Build on Saturday. Team Wells Fargo will also participate in Habitat for Humanity’s annual Women’s Build the weekend before Mother’s Day.

  • Earth Day festival set for Saturday

    The Los Alamos Nature Center will host its annual Earth Day Festival at its Canyon Road location beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    The public is invited to the festival for a full day of entertainment, food, activities, informational booths, and more.
    There will be entertainment for all ages. Recycle Man performs at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Hill Stompers perform at noon. They’ll be a variety of food vendors with delicious lunch and snack options from Dr. Field Goods Kitchen, Secret City Kitchen, Los Alamos Co+op Market and Houdini’s Magic Kettle Corn.
    New things to do this year are two free shows at the center’s planetarium. Shows include: “We are Stars” at 12:30 p.m. and “Exploding Universe” at 2 p.m.
    Other things to do include picking up a new Passport to the Pajarito Plateau Part II, touring the solar array at the EcoStation, viewing the “One Second of Bottles at the center’s Sustainability Pavilion, making ollas for the garden and helping Buguy find Roady to solve “The Case of the Mixed up Lunch Bags.” Successful puzzle solvers will get a prize.
    Festival-goers can also pledge to help nature and win a prize. Attendees to the festival will also learn about the plans for the Los Alamos Museum of Art, Citizen’s Climate Lobby and the Defenders of Wildlife.

  • LANL union to host town hall meeting Wednesday

    A union that represents some scientists and technical workers that work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory will host a town hall-style meeting Wednesday in Los Alamos to discuss the upcoming contract transfer.
    The Department of Energy’s rebid process for the lab’s management and operations contract, currently held by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, is scheduled to start in the late spring or summer.
    The union, the “University Professional and Technical Employees,” is advocating for a non-profit company to take over the contract.
    Members of the community are invited to the meeting.
    “This is really organized as a true town hall meeting, where we want input from stakeholders,” said Jeff Colvin, executive vice president of the union. “Stakeholders are basically every employee at the laboratory and people who live in the local communities. Everybody is a stakeholder in the success of the laboratory. We want to hear from them.”
    Colvin and others plan to attend to provide as many answers as they can.
    “They will know what’s going on, as far as we know, concerning what the bid process is about, what the timeline is, and to have their say in what they’d like to see happen in this upcoming bid process,” Colvin said.

  • Local pizzeria takes a time-out

    Local pizza joint, Time Out Pizzeria, will temporarily close its doors in Los Alamos.

    But have no fear. The restaurant’s White Rock location is staying open for business and a new space in Los Alamos is in the works.

    When asked about the reasoning for the closure, owners Omar and Trisha Sanchez explained that they simply could not afford the rent anymore. Although business was good, “a lot of things happened when we first started here; a lot of that stuff killed us and we weren’t able to stand up,” Omar Sanchez told the Los Alamos Monitor.

    The owners provided some insight about the events that led to their decision. Road closures on Central Avenue were the main culprit, they said.

    The first year they opened the Los Alamos location, the road construction began.

    “Phase One was at the height of the summer months and it just killed us when they shut the road down,” Omar Sanchez said.

    Then Smith’s opened up and drew a crowd over to Trinity Drive, and finally, Phase Two of road construction on Central Avenue provided the final blow. The Sanchez’s were starting to get ready for the summer but the landlords had other plans and gave them 30 days to move out.

  • Council grills DPU, passes budget

    Los Alamos County Council voted to tentatively approve the budget of the Department of Public Utilities’ $71.4 million budget for 2018 by a slim majority, as some councilors said the department wasn’t doing enough to curb proposed rate increases for consumer water usage.

    In its 2018 proposed budget, the DPU built an 8-percent rate increase into its 2018 budget in an effort to raise cash reserves that will be used to build a new wastewater treatment plant in 2021.
    The council has yet to approve the 8-percent increase, an issue that’s scheduled to be taken up sometime this year by the council.

    Some councilors didn’t think DPU did enough with its 2018 budget to prevent the proposed rate hike.

    “I guess I’m wondering why any business wouldn’t think about shouldering some of the impact of the financial situation through expense cuts as opposed to just raising rates,” Vice Chair Susan O’Leary said to DPU Manager Tim Glasco.

    Glasco replied that they have tried to be as efficient as possible with department expenses, but the replacement of an extensive network of aging waterlines and the pending replacement of a water treatment plant are the main drivers behind the increase.

    O’Leary took issue with the DPU’s proposed 2-percent salary increase.