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Today's News

  • Update 09-02-11

    Lunch with a Leader

    The League of Women Voter’s Lunch with a Leader will be at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 8 at Central Avenue Grill. The guest speaker will be Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki.

    Fuller Lodge

       The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Curtis Room.

    No trash collection

    There will be no residential or commercial trash or recycling collection on Sept. 5. If Monday is your normal collection day, please put out your roll carts by 8 a.m. Wednesday.

    Ranger talk

  • Three county clerk employees receive certifications

    Three Los Alamos County employees received certifications from The NM EDGE County College program during the New Mexico Association of Counties annual summer conference in Roswell.

    Sheryl Nichols, Los Alamos County’s chief deputy clerk, and Adrianna Ortiz, the county’s senior deputy clerk, were presented the New Mexico Certified County Clerk designation, while Bonnie Montoya, of the county’s assessor office, received the certified public official designation.

    The NM EDGE, which stands for Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the public sector, is a program administered by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service.

  • LANL attracts 1,350 students

    Los Alamos National Laboratory this summer attracted 1,350 student interns in both technical and nontechnical fields, giving them the opportunity to conduct research in a wide range of disciplines. In addition, a record number of postdocs – 452–are working at Los Alamos this year.
    “Diverse people, new ideas, excellent work, that’s what the lab is about,” said Jerry Foropoulos, Jr. of High Explosives Science and Technology Division, a judge for the Laboratory’s 2011 Student Symposium, an event that showcases students’ summer projects.

  • Review says no to one-lane roundabouts

    The results of Ourston Roundabout Engineering’s peer review of MIG’s NM 502/Trinity Drive Transportation Corridor Study and Plan are in, and the findings are unequivocal.
    “Our results show that single-lane roundabouts will not adequately handle the existing or future traffic volumes for select approaches.”
    Ourston’s examination consisted of a review of the entire study plus an analysis of four of the corridor’s intersections. It also compared the results obtained with the SIDRA software MIG used to those obtained using ARCADY, another roundabout analysis program.

  • Just A Wag 09-02-11

    Prime appointments

    We have learned that House Speaker Ben Lujan has appointed a certain state representative to the powerful Appropriations Committee and other prime committees.
    Watch for the full story  next week in the Los Alamos Monitor.

    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.

  • Addressing the source

    There’s been a lot of discussion lately about roundabouts, most of it lambasting the county council for galactic stupidity and financial irresponsibility.  
    But I’m here to fight for the other side. Yes, I’m going to argue for roundabouts!  
    I’ve decided that they are a very viable solution. We need to increase throughput and we need to calm people down.
    Any sensible person would agree with the council that Trinity Drive is a death zone, more dangerous than the streets of Fallujah.  
    You take your life in your hands when you come within 20 miles of it.  It’s only a matter of time before the government declares Trinity a disaster area and hires Arizonian lawmakers to build a wall around it.

  • Williams is the top predictor at Pace Race Tuesday


    Ted Williams was the top predictor at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    The Pace Race was held Tuesday starting at Los Alamos Middle School.
    Williams finished the race with a prediction error of just two seconds, topping runner-up Tom Sanford, who was off by eight seconds. Ted Romero finished the race 10 seconds off his predicted finish time.
    The fastest finishers on the 3-mile course Tuesday was James Jablin and Amy Regan. Bob Weeks and Sammy Keie were the fastest finishers on the 1-mile course.
    The next Pace Race is scheduled for Tuesday starting at Estante Way Loop in Pajarito Acres. Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information, call 672-9519.

  • Hilltoppers top Rams in OT, 2-1

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team was victorious Thursday on the road, topping the Rio Rancho Rams in overtime.
    Los Alamos and Rio Rancho both scored early in the first half, but the two teams played the rest of regulation scoreless.
    In the 83rd minute, Hilltopper Amy Neal hit a shot into the corner of the Rio Rancho goal off an assist from Meghan McDonald to pick up 2-1 victory.
    It was the fourth straight win to start the season off for the Hilltoppers, who now have a week off until the Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
    “(The Rams) are ranked No. 4 in the big schools, so that’s a good win,” Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “It was a great effort.”

  • LA scores late, wins in OT, 2-1

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team christened its new artificial turf home field with a victory in the first round of the Louie Cernicek Invitational.
    In the tournament-opening contest at Sullivan Field today, Los Alamos came back from a 1-0 deficit with under two minutes remaining in regulation to tie the score against the Goddard Rockets.
    Then, in the second overtime period, Henry Steinkamp buried a direct kick into the upper right corner of the Goddard goal to give the Hillltoppers a 2-1 win and move on to the second round of the tournament. Los Alamos will play at 8 a.m. Saturday, also at Sullivan Field.

  • LA picks up big sweep at home vs. Academy

    Heading into its first tournament of the season today, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team was looking to get some momentum going Thursday night.
    And the Hilltoppers managed just that.
    The Hilltoppers, playing a tough Albuquerque Academy squad, came from behind in both the first and second sets Thursday, then cruised to big victory in the third set, earning a 25-18, 28-26, 25-12.
    Los Alamos fell behind quickly in each of the first two sets, trailing Academy’s Chargers 6-1 right off the bat in the opening set and was down as late as 18-13 before making an impressive comeback in set two.