Today's News

  • Science Bowl team defends title

    Editor’s note: Due to a source error, the wrong photo and story about the Los Alamos High School Science Bowl team was submitted to the Los Alamos Monitor Thursday.

    For the third year in a in a row, the Los Alamos High School Science Bowl team won first place in the Regional Science Bowl March 4 on the Albuquerque Academy campus. Approximately 34 teams from New Mexico high schools competed in the regional event.
    Launched in 1991, the Science Bowl is a competitive science education and academic event among teams of high school students who compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. Each team is composed of four students plus an alternate.

  • Update 03-09-12

    Kiwanis meeting

    Susan Mack from the Family Strengths Network will be the speaker at the weekly Kiwanis meeting from noon-
    1 p.m. Tuesday at the Masonic Temple.

    Council meeting

    County Council will hold a regular session at 6 p.m. March 20 in Council Chambers.

    Planning and zoning

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the council chambers.

    Public meeting
    Residents are invited to attend a public meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the 37th Street Playlot, located at the intersection of 37th and Villa.  Parks Division Manager Richard McIntyre will be discussing the replacement and renovation of the playground.

  • Group sheds light on school salaries

    Employee salaries of 32 New Mexico school districts are now available online.

    And it’s not the work of state government’s Sunshine Portal, but rather that of the Albuquerque-based Rio Grande Foundation.

    Rio Grande Foundation President Paul Gessing said the non-profit organization requested the data from 40 school districts with populations exceeding 1,000 through the state’s public records law. Eight, however, failed to comply with the law’s 15-day timeframe. Those school districts include Alamogordo, Cobre, Las Vegas, Lovington, Ruidoso, Silver City, and two northern New Mexico school districts: Taos and Pojoaque.

  • Bandelier boss is business booster

    Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover believes Park Superintendant Jason Lott can claim some credit for the fact that Bandelier has been gaining visitation at a time when other parks are losing it.

    “Jason has a lot of creative ideas,” Stover said.

    Lott is currently planning more proactive marketing and outreach campaigns to increase visitation, although his ability to do this is limited by the number of staff available to implement projects.

    “The goal is to not just promote Bandelier but to promote the county as a destination,” Lott said. “Let’s make this a two-night stay.”

  • Getting a new sense of PLACE

    Despite Thursday’s snow storm, dozens of people piled into Fuller Lodge to discuss the formative stages and the potential of building affordable work/live space for “creatives” as part of the Los Alamos Creative District downtown revitalization.

    The community forum was part of a three-day visit by Minnesota-based PLACE — a non-profit builder of sustainable communities.

    The courtship between PLACE and Los Alamos is underway, PLACE President and Executive Director Chris Velasco said.

    Velasco said PLACE visits a community on an invitation-only basis and has to determine if the community has the will, resources and desire for such a program, while the community has to determine if it even wants a creative living space.

  • Aquatomics get autographs

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics swimmer Kalen Melton gets a T-shirt autographed by a Japanese Olympic hopeful as Alana Goodwin (right) and Onnolee Englert-Erickson (rear) watch. The LA swim team hosted visiting Japanese swimmers at a pasta dinner.  The Japanese team, which had one backstroker in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, has candidates for the 2012 London Olympics in the breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke events.  The Japanese Olympic swimming trials will be held in early April. Aquatomics swimmers got autographs of several swimmers on their swim caps and T-shirts and presented the Japanese visitors with small protocol gifts. The delegation departed for Japan on March 8 after nearly three weeks training in Los Alamos.

  • Two more CIP projects advance

    Two more capital projects cleared the hurdle of the county’s evaluation and oversight committee on Thursday evening, but not without serious consideration and nearly five hours of debate. The projects now move to County Administrator Harry Burgess for his consideration to include in the FY2013 budget for design/build funding.

    First up was the White Rock Civic Center Complex. Project consultant Steve Kells of Kells and Craig Consulting in Albuquerque, showed the complex design, which brings together four functions — senior center, youth center, activity center and library — in a complementary arrangement as a new civic center complex for the community.

  • Maximizing the value of business

    Many business owners dream of selling their business at a price that will pay them in retirement what they earned while working. The ones who achieve this goal start planning and preparing well before retirement by saving a portion of personal income from the business in retirement accounts and diverse investments and by managing the business so it’s offered for sale at the peak of its success.
    Not everyone needs to earn the same amount of money in retirement as he did while working, but many business owners hope to get as much money as possible for their business so they can invest in other income-generating instruments. That requires the business to be valued as high as possible.

  • Remembering Diamond Tooth

    SANTA FE -- Diamond Tooth Miller wasn’t as bad a guy as I thought. To begin this month, we talked about the Occupiers’ raucous demonstration at a Santa Fe dinner meeting for conservative lawmakers. That led to some reminiscences about other legislative rowdiness over the years.
    The column ended with a faulty remembrance of Diamond Tooth Miller shooting the chief justice of the state Supreme Court in the lobby of La Fonda hotel in Santa Fe. I ended with admitting I couldn’t find reference to the event on the Web or in any of my trusty reference books.

  • Toppers advance in tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team jumped on the Highland Hornets early during Thursday’s opening round of the Andres Arguello Memorial Tournament.
    Los Alamos scored four times in the first inning and three more times in the fourth as it cruised to a 10-3 victory.
    Thursday’s win moved the Hilltoppers into the tournament semifinal round where they were scheduled to take on host St. Pius X this morning. Results of that game weren’t available at press time.
    The tournament continues through Saturday in Albuquerque.
    Hilltopper manager Mike Gill said he’s particularly happy that his team is getting the ball in play during the early part of the season, part of the reason the Hilltoppers have had success so far.