Today's News

  • LA wins big at Pecos tourney Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team took five first-place finishes en route to a dominating performance at the Pecos Invitational Saturday.

    Los Alamos picked up 11 top-four finishes, including a sweep of the championships between 160-195 pounds, as it cruised to a big team win. Los Alamos grabbed 223.5 total points, 95.5 points better than its next nearest competitor, St. Michael’s, to take the team title.

    Individually, Chandler Lauritzen, Cory Geyer, Arnoldo Ortiz, Brian Geyer and Diego Madrid picked up championships at the tournament. John Michael Romero at 126 pounds, Lane Saunders at 152 and Peter Brewer at 220 all advanced to the championship round for the Hilltoppers as well.

    More information about the Hilltoppers’ win will be in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Jemez Pueblo wants to reclaim land

    Valles Caldera National Preserve is replete with evidence of ancestral villages, sacred and ceremonial sites and shrines of the Jemez people.

    Jemez Pueblo has, in fact, never severed its ties with this ancestral homeland. Jemez people continue to rely on the Caldera for subsistence hunting, forage for livestock, irrigation water, wild plants and trees used for food, medicine and ceremonial objects, timber for construction and firewood and obsidian and chert for stone tools.

    But the pueblo’s ultimate concern centers on trails and sacred areas used by the pueblo’s religious societies, and mineral and hot springs used by medicine societies for curing ailments.

    “The Valles Caldera is our cathedral. It is just as important for us as the Vatican is for the Catholics and as the famous Blue Lake is to Taos Pueblo. It is where the spirits of our ancestors reside and it is our most important spiritual place,” said former Jemez Governor Madalena at a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing in June, 2010.

    Oral histories say that the image of an eagle with a lightning bolt coming from its beak on Redondo Peak (known as Wav e ma to the Jemez people) was the sign for the tribe to settle there when they migrated from the Four Corners region.

  • Gun legislation surfaces

    First in a two-part series

    In the aftermath of the shootings in Aurora Colo., Newtown Conn. and Taft, Calif. Legislation both for and against gun control has been popping up all over the country.

    As the national debate continues to foment, it was only a matter of time until New Mexico’s recently reconvened state legislature came up with some of its own.

    Rep. Miguel Garcia, D-Bernalillo, recently introduced legislation that he said would tighten up background checks at gun shows and also establishes a state background check system.

    “Our Wild West days are over. Our Wild Bill Cody and Annie Oakley days are over. Our legislation will require background checks for the mentally and criminally adjudicated at gun shows in New Mexico, and for private individual purchases.” The bill is known as HB 77.

    Another piece of proposed legislation is HB 114, sponsored by Rep. Nora Espinoza, R-Roswell, seems to go completely in the opposite direction. It tells the feds to back off — or else.

  • Andrew and Mousie 01-20-13
  • Word on the Street 01-20-13

    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon asked LAHS students, “What is your opinion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 01-20-13

    • Monday: AC closed
    • Tuesday: Lego contest
    • Wednesday: Movies and munchies
    • Thursday: Bingo
    • Friday: Indoor games

    Memberships are free and open to all in third through eighth grade.
    The White Rock Youth Activity Center is at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565. The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is at 475 20th St., 662-9412.

  • Fashion Maven: What's trending in the fashion world

    The weather is still cold enough that someone would have to pay about $1 billion to make you stop wearing cuddly sweaters, warm pea coats and toasty boots, but believe it or not, spring is heading our way and in the fashion world, it has already arrived.
    Designers recently wrapped up most of their spring runway shows and I’ve combed through some of their looks to bring you the top trends of the coming season before anyone else does.
    What’s my reason for such an early start? During, after and even before the spring runway shows, clothing stores and less prominent designers take the extravagant looks they see marching down the runways and “humanize” them.
    These consumer-friendly products, which are based on — but are less flamboyant than — the exotic creations seen during the fashion shows, are then sent to your favorite stores, all before spring even turns the corner.
    That means that right now, the newest spring trends are already in stores and if you want to get the cream of the crop, shopping for the next season now is much smarter than waiting until the flowers start sprouting in the spring.
    So let’s cut to the chase. Here’s a list of next season’s trends and essential pieces.

  • Organizations help those in need

    Every year, joy is brought to children who don’t have the most ideal situation at home.
    Each Christmas, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos helps give children in Santa Fe and the surrounding areas, a brighter holiday through the Angel Tree.
    The Angel Tree is a Christmas tree set up in the church and is covered with tags listing the requests of children in need of gifts. The parish community members fulfill the tag requests to help families who can’t afford presents for their children.  
    This year, 586 children received 1,065 gifts, including 24 bicycles, more than 60 gift cards and one mini iPad, in total equaling more than one ton of presents.  
    This is all made possible through the coordination of three different organizations that work with IHM: Sojourners, a homeless advocacy group; Bienvenidos, a food bank in Santa Fe and Children Youth and Family Services Foster Care. All three of these groups help find children who are in need of Christmas gifts.

  • Animal Shelter 01-20-13

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.
    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets, petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    This would be a wonderful time to consider giving a home to one of the animals in the shelter.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.

  • Raw: Leader Threatened With Gun During Speech

    Bulgarian police detained a man after he pointed a gas pistol at a Turkish minority party leader as he was delivering a speech at a party caucus in the capital Sofia on Saturday. No shots were fired.