Today's News

  • 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.

  • Prep Roundup: Basketball scores from Friday games


    Boys Basketball

    Alamogordo 51, Rio Grande 43

    Artesia 50, Moriarty 48

    Clayton 61, Guymon, Okla. 60

    Clovis 68, Cleveland 60

    Del Norte 47, Farmington 44

    Deming 58, Roswell 56

    Desert Academy 49, Magdalena 44

    Eldorado 94, Las Cruces 63

    Escalante 66, Questa 40

    Fort Sumner 51, Springer 40

    Gallup 49, Cibola 37

    Goddard 62, Ruidoso 58

    La Cueva 81, Albuquerque High 79

  • Today in History for Jan. 19th
  • Buzzer-beater lifts LA over Sandia

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team earned a big win over the Class 5A Sandia Matadors at home Friday night.

    With no time left on the clock, Hilltopper guard Anna Scott buried a long-range 3-pointer to sink the Matadors.

    The Matadors (10-4) tied the game with under 15 seconds left on the clock 43-43, but Scott got a step against her defender to the right of the key and buried a NBA-range 3 at the buzzer to give the Hilltoppers a 46-43 win.

    It was the first victory for new Los Alamos head coach Ann Stewart.

    More information on the game will be in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • SOC employee arrested on murder charge

    Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas R. Rodella Friday announced the arrest of Kaiwee Martinez, 35, who is charged with an open count of murder in the November 3, 2012, shooting death of Lawrence Sandoval, 33, of Taos at the woman’s Alcalde home.

    Securing our Country (SOC), the lab security force that employed Martinez, released the following statement.

    “Kaiwee Martinez is employed by SOC Los Alamos (a subcontractor to LANS, LLC) as an Unarmed Security Officer,” SOC spokesperson Liddie Martinez said. “She has been on leave without pay since the day of the incident in November 2012.  She has not had access to Los Alamos National Laboratory since that time.”

    “We conducted a comprehensive, detailed investigation into Mr. Sandoval’s homicide over the course of the next 10 weeks,” Rodella said. “Early on in our investigation it was determined that the defendant’s account of events preceding the shooting was not credible.”

    The defendant had told RASO investigators that she shot Sandoval in self defense.  

  • Update 01-18-13

    No fees

    On Monday, visitors may enjoy Bandelier as well as other national parks and monuments throughout the United States free of charge.

    Boy Scouts

    The Los Alamos Boy Scout Museum Society Inc. will hold a community-wide meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the upstairs meeting room, over the Fabulous 50s restaurant, at the American Legion Post 90.


    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple, on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. On Jan. 22, Katherine Gauntt of the Walkin N Circles Ranch, Inc., in Edgewood, will speak on the ranch’s horse rescue program.

    Bracelet sale

    Chamisa sixth graders will sell bracelets and key chains before school on Tuesday to raise money for field trips. Prices range from $3 to $7.

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    Ice rink closure

    The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will close one hour early on Feb. 15 to accommodate a private group.  Public skating will be from 1:45-6 p.m. Contact the Ice Rink at 662-4500 with any additional questions.

  • Briefs 01-18-13

    Tax break proposed for hiring graduates

    SANTA FE (AP) — Lawmakers are proposing a tax credit to encourage businesses to hire students receiving graduate degrees in science and technology from a New Mexico college.
    The measure is to help stop the so-called brain drain of highly educated professionals leaving New Mexico for jobs in other states after earning a master’s or doctorate degree in mathematics, engineering, technology, the sciences or a health-related field.
    Employers could receive a tax credit of $5,000 for each qualified graduate that’s hired for a full-time job with benefits.
    Albuquerque Sen. Tim Keller, the No. 3 Democratic leader in the Senate, is sponsoring the bill along with Republican Rep. James Smith of Sandia Park.

    Gov. declares emergency due to shortage

  • UNM-LA honors Jeannette Wallace

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos’ newest lecture hall was dedicated to the late New Mexico State Rep. Jeannette O. Wallace in a ceremony last Sunday.

    “It’s the very first named structure we’ve had on this campus and I don’t think we could have found another individual that was more deserving of it,” said Campus Resources Director Lisa Wismer. “And it’s also a wonderful inspiration for generations to come about what one person can do.”

    Wallace died in April 2011, while serving her 11th term as state representative for District 43, an election, which she won at the age of 76.

    In UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page’s letter to UNM’s naming committee, Page calls Wallace a friend to the university. The letter reads, “She wrote letters of support for capital improvements, advocated for bond referendums that benefited our library acquisitions and worked to minimize budget reductions in higher education. In the 49th legislature she introduced a Joint Memorial in support of the UNM Los Alamos initiative for Environmental Science Education for Northern New Mexico.”

    Wallace held positions on the House Appropriations and Finance Committees.