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Today's News

  • Today in History for October 28th
  • NMPA/APME recognizes Monitor with 11 awards

    The Los Alamos Monitor has once again been recognized as one of the top newspapers in New Mexico. The quality of the multimedia news and information organization’s work was affirmed through a number of accolades earned as part of the 2012 Better Newspaper Contest conducted jointly by the New Mexico Press Association and the Associated Press Media Editors.

    This is the second consecutive year, the Los Alamos Monitor earned the E.H. Shaffer Award for General Excellence in the Daily Class III Division, which includes daily newspapers with 6,000 or less in circulation.

    For General Excellence awards, judges consider: quality of writing, general layout, advertising layout and design, use of photos and other artwork, the editorial page, the front page, sports page, and headline writing. At least three editions of the newspaper produced at different points during the contest period are evaluated by the judges in order to determine the winners of General Excellence awards.

  • On Schedule 10-28-12

    Monday

    Football: Los Alamos at Capital, C team, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Volleyball: Capital at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    Thursday

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, varsity, 6 p.m.

    Friday

    Cross country: Los Alamos at District 2-4A meet (Española Valley), varsity, JV, 3 p.m.

    Football: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.

  • Brackets are due out today

    Both Los Alamos Hilltopper soccer teams appear to be in line for a top-four seeding for this year’s Class 4A playoffs.
    The field for the postseason for all three soccer classifications in the state are due out today. The New Mexico Activities Association announced the brackets will be released at approximately 3 p.m.
    Los Alamos boys and girls, two of the most successful programs in state history, are among the top-ranked teams in 4A and have been throughout much of 2012. In the final rankings, released last week, Los Alamos’ girls were No. 2 overall and Los Alamos’ boys were No. 3.
    The Hilltopper girls were ranked No. 1 in Class 4A much of the year, but were leapfrogged by Albuquerque Academy in the final regular season poll. State polls are conducted by MaxPreps.com.
    “I don’t know how that works,” Hilltopper girls coach Jiri Kubicek said. “But they’re going to do what they want, anyway. I’m not going to worry about it. If you want to win at state, you’ve got to beat everybody.”

  • Sports Update 10-30-12

    Turkey Trot set for Nov. 18

    The CROP organization and the Atomic City Roadrunners are sponsoring the Turkey Trot Nov. 18.
    The Turkey Trot is an annual 2.57-mile race starting at Los Alamos Middle School.
    Race time is 2 p.m.
    Prizes will be awarded to the top 25 runners and drawings will be held for a chance to win turkeys and pumpkin pies.
    More information is available by calling 672-1639 or visiting atomicrunners.com on the Internet.

  • 'Toppers hold off St. Pius to win at home
  • LA finishes 2nd to Cleveland in 2012 finale

    It was a solid performance turned in by the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team in its final meet of the season Friday.
    But based on the reactions from the Hilltopper runners, you wouldn’t know it.
    Los Alamos wrapped up its 2012 regular season at home, taking part in the Los Alamos Invitational. Los Alamos finished second behind only the Class 5A Cleveland Storm at the race.
    The Storm’s Luis Martinez, one of the most dominant runners the state has seen in some time, blew away the rest of the field and teammate Aaron Flores was a strong second to lead their team to a 34-point finish. Los Alamos, which placed four runners in the top 10 individually, finished with 40 points.
    Despite the close call at the top of the team results, it wasn’t the finish Los Alamos was looking for.
    Nick Hill, Los Alamos’ top finisher Friday, came in fourth, one slot ahead of Sean Reardon. Hill said the race, hosted by Los Alamos Golf Course, was a grueling one for him personally.
    “I didn’t feel that great, but I wanted to tough it out for my teammates,” Hill said. “In the end, it wasn’t exactly enough. We’re going to have to do a lot better.”

  • PACs defend attack ads

    Campaigning by Political Action Committees in the New Mexico House District 43 race between incumbent Rep. Jim Hall-R and challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard-D continues to escalate.

    Questions to PAC representatives about some of their campaign tactics quickly led to finger-pointing.

    Democratic Party of New Mexico Executive Director Scott Forrester asked why questions were being raised about a mailer attacking Jim Hall when Reform New Mexico Now continues its attacks on Garcia Richard.

    When asked why RNMN is largely funded by out-of-state donors, consultant Jay McCleskey wrote, “The left wing special interest group Patriot Majority is funded by Washington, D.C. unions and has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars attacking Republican legislative candidates, including Hall.

    “Patriot Majority reported having almost $1 million in special interest money on hand last month to be spent on legislative races and we are not going to stand by and allow national unions to buy this seat, so they can push their left-wing agenda in the legislature.”

  • Lab’s community plan soldiers on

    Back in September, the Board of Governors of Los Alamos National Security, LLC unanimously approved recommendations to continue its $3 million a year contribution to support a Community Commitment Plan.

    It was not a total slam dunk and there was some uncertainty about whether the program would carry forward.

    According to Connections, the Los Alamos National Lab’s in-house magazine, LANS approved the plan even though it was not contractually obligated to continue the CCP, as it had been for the first seven years of its contract with NNSA.
    The plan provides the lab’s Community Programs Office with funding from LANS’ management fee to invest in regional education, economic development and charitable giving programs.

    “Reasons to approve a new plan were many, and I’m especially appreciative of the board’s decision because the plan is no longer a specific contractual obligation,” said the lab’s Community Programs Office director Kurt Steinhaus.

    “We listened to many Northern New Mexicans and worked diligently to demonstrate that the previous $3 million LANS spent each year since 2006 in education, economic development, and community giving had a meaningful return on investment for the community and LANL.”

  • Board mulls draft strategic plan

    About three years ago, the Los Alamos Board of Education took a look at how the Los Alamos Public Schools were doing and saw room for improvement.

    At the time, the board said the district’s students and staff should have more opportunities to maximize their potential.

    That’s pretty strong stuff when you realize that Los Alamos has a university campus, as well as a national laboratory, that got its start building the world’s first atomic bomb.

    So with that in mind, the school board set about the next two years creating a five-year plan called “Advancing Lives, the Los Alamos Excellence Journey.” At a recent board meeting, LAPS Superintendent Eugene Schmidt presented a 24-page rough draft of the plan.

    “This is a work in progress and so it’s incomplete,” Schmidt said to the board. “The reason it’s incomplete is because I seek guidance from the board on the direction we are going.”

    Schmidt also advised the board to keep giving him feedback and really study the rough draft to see if this is actually the plan they want.

    “Eventually, you will own this plan and the importance is that this will set us on a course for the next five, 10 to 20 years,” Schmidt said.