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Today's News

  • Running: Weeks is the best Pace Race predictor

    Bob Weeks was the top predictor at this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, a weekly event sponsored by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was held Tuesday at Piñon Park. Tuesday’s race featured a staggered start, where slower predictors started ahead of faster predictors.
    Weeks, on the 1-mile course, missed his prediction by just two seconds. Weeks needed the good prediction, however, as Jackie Marr (three seconds), Ted Romero (three seconds) and Daren Jones (four seconds) were immediately behind him.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday. That race will start at the roundabout on Diamond Drive.
    For more information about the next race, call 662-2856. For information about the Atomic City Roadrunners, visit www.atomicrunners.com.

  • Fishing report 05-27-11

    Northwest

    Animas River: The flow is 738 cfs. Fishing is reported as fair for brown and rainbow trout. Recent rains and snow melt will affect water clarity. Fly anglers are having good success with bead-headed pheasant tails, prince nymphs and copper john’s all size 14-16. Worms, salmon eggs and Panther Martins are also working. The river was stocked with 175 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.

  • Football: LA prepares for upcoming season

    There is a lot of work to be done before fall rolls around and the Los Alamos Hilltopper football program isn’t wasting any time in getting at it.
    And while getting prepped for the 2011 football season is first priority, setting the groundwork for years to come is also at the top of the to-do list.
    Los Alamos is wrapping up its second week of spring workouts this week, hoping the extra work will pay off this season.
    Teams around New Mexico have the opportunity this season to hold spring workouts. The New Mexico Activities Association, which governs most interscholastic sports at the middle school and high school levels, approved spring workouts early this year in order for teams to get a jump on mandatory practice, which will start Aug. 1.

  • Just A Wag 05-27-11

    LAMC improvements

    Word is that Los Alamos Medical Center has installed a $400,000 heating and air conditioning unit in its operating room area.
    We’ve also heard that the hospital is investing a substantial amount of money to enhance its neonatal care division.
    This includes the hiring of a top-notch neonatal director.
      Send us your wags
    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  
    The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought.
    E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • Economic stimulus outcome not dramatic but measurable

    New Mexico’s economic stimulus money will begin to peter out in July. From the numbers, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act didn’t live up to our biggest expectations, which were very big, but it defied predictions by pessimists.
    In a nutshell, stimulus funding didn’t jumpstart our economy, but it kept the bottom from falling out and bought us some time. If you were one of the people who got or kept a job supported by stimulus money, and you’re now about to be unemployed, it’s at least a better time to be job hunting than it was in the depths of the downturn.

  • It’s getting APPalling out there

    My wife and I broke down the other day and got ourselves some smart phones.  But it turns out that the phones really aren’t all that smart.  
    My phone couldn’t learn even the simplest of dog tricks like roll over, beg or fetch.  It does however stay with amazing non-agility.
    It didn’t take long for us to find ourselves downloading apps. Reading apps.  Game apps.  Navigation apps.  Productivity apps.  
    I suddenly knew what it felt like for Columbus, opening your eyes one morning and discovering a new world.  
    Well, almost exactly like that, except that I didn’t get to destroy civilizations, steal riches or brutalize and enslave any Indians.

  • LAHS athletics: Delano, Blair win Clendenen Awards

    Shannon Blair and Graham Delano were named the 2011 recipients of the Clendenen Student Athlete Award.
    The two Los Alamos High School graduating seniors were named this year's award winners at a ceremony Thursday night at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Delano and Blair were selected for the honor among 19 total male and female student-athletes nominated.
    See Sunday's Monitor for more information.

  • Last shuttle spacewalkers make history above Earth

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA completed its part in the construction of the International Space Station on Friday, with the final spacewalkers in the 30-year shuttle program attaching an extension boom.

    "Twelve years of building and 15 countries and now it's the Parthenon in the sky and hopefully the doorstep to our future," spacewalker Gregory Chamitoff before heading back inside. "So congratulations everybody on assembly complete."

  • Nuke expert chosen to lead lab

    Monitor Staff Report

    Michael Anastasio said he had hoped to retire June 1 as the director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. It looks like he got his wish.

    On Thursday, Charles McMillan was appointed director of LANL and president of Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), the company that manages and operates the lab for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

    The appointments were announced by Norman Pattiz, chairman of the LANS Board of Governors, and are effective June 1, 2011.

    McMillan becomes the 10th director in the laboratory’s nearly 70-year history.

  • County begins clubhouse demolition

    From a press release

    Residents and commuters on Diamond Drive will soon notice contractor activity at the Golf Course as the demolition of the former Clubhouse and adjacent swimming pool facility gets underway.

    The demolition contractor, Coronado Wrecking and Salvage, will install a fence around these building areas later this week. The first phase of demolition will include removal of hazardous materials such as asbestos, which begins Monday, April 25.

    These activities will not be visible to the public or have public impacts. Work on abatement will continue through May. Demolition activities will begin later in June, and will include large trucks hauling away debris from the site via Diamond Drive.