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Today's News

  • Geyer accepted into Coast Guard Academy

    Cory Geyer has been granted permission to come aboard. To the United States Coast Guard Academy wrestling team, that is.
    Geyer, a standout wrestler for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, with two top-four finishes in his prep career, has been accepted to the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.
    It’s a big accomplishment for one of the top wrestlers to come through Los Alamos’ program in recent years, but Geyer said he’s not quite ready to jump on ship just yet. He said he will still continue the application process to attend the Air Force Academy, but at his point he likes what he’s seen from the Coast Guard.
    Regardless of where he ends up, Geyer said his primary objective is to serve his country.
    “I’ve always had the idea that everyone should serve their country to the best of their abilities,” Geyer said. “If you think the best way to serve your country is by being a teacher and being the best teacher you can be, or by being a garbage man, be the best garbage man you can be. With my skill set, I think I can help out the most in the military.”
    Specifically, Geyer said, he wants to be an aircraft pilot and, interestingly, thinks the Coast Guard might give him more opportunity to do so than the Air Force.

  • LA falls at Piedra Vista

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team lost in the Four Corners area Friday night.
    The Piedra Vista Panthers dropped the Hilltoppers 44-37 in Farmington, handing the Hilltoppers their fourth loss in their last five games and their second loss of the season to a Class 4A team.
    Los Alamos (4-5), which was scheduled to host Grants Saturday, will be at the Goddard Holiday Invitational starting Wednesday.

     

  • Happy trails to the retiring Sen. Bingaman

    In February, when Sen. Jeff Bingaman announced his retirement from Congress, the state Senate passed a memorial saluting Bingaman’s 30 years of service.
    Nearly every senator, from both sides of the aisle, had something to say about the unassuming, hardworking Democrat.
    Sen. Carroll Leavell, R-Jal: “He’s been a great statesman for New Mexico. I didn’t always agree with him, but he was accessible and always listened.”
    Sen. Dede Feldman, D-Albuquerque: “He didn’t grandstand. He didn’t come to a position until he’d considered all the facts.”
    Sen. Rod Adair, R-Roswell: “He is unfailingly courteous in every situation. That’s a rarity in Washington and in politics. It should be a goal for all of us.”
    Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup: “He was a helper, and we love him for it.”
    Sen. William Burt, R-Alamogordo: “He’s the most even-keeled person I’ve ever met.”
    Sen. Tim Jennings, D-Roswell: “He sat and listened and kept his mouth shut. He put the state above all issues. I don’t blame him for wanting to come home.”
    Jennings’ response addressed the first reaction many had, which was, “How can he do this to us?”

  • Vigil honors victims

    As the crowd huddled with their candles in the cold twilight at Ashley Pond Friday evening, Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta, president of the Los Alamos High Student Council, started reading the names many of the attendees were already too familiar with, even though Newtown, Conn. is 2,000 miles away.

    As he made his way down the list of names and ages of victims in the horrific tragedy from just one week ago, some looked straight ahead and some bowed their heads in silent prayer. Many also wept.

    Gupta organized the candlelight vigil, saying it was something he had to do.

    “It reminded me of Columbine,” he said. “People needed to think about this, they needed to let their sadness out, because no matter who you are, this affects everyone.”

    Featured speakers at the event included county council Chair Sharon Stover and Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt.

    “Tonight, we’re here because we care about others,” Schmidt said to the crowd. “It is my belief that love is stronger than hate,” Schmidt told the crowd. “It is my belief that light is stronger than darkness. That’s why we’re here today with our candles.  …My guess is that there are many candles burning tonight for the children of Newtown, Connecticut.”

  • LAMS student suspended for having knife

    A routine inspection of a middle school student’s backpack took a dark turn Dec. 19 when police found a folding razor knife, a metal pipe and a rock inside the backpack.

    It all started when Principal Rex Kilburn told the school’s resource officer to take the student out of his morning class. Kilburn told the officer the student may be carrying a knife of some sort on his person.

    When the student, described in the police report as a 13-year-old male was interviewed, he at first allegedly denied he had a knife on him.

    But when Kilburn inspected the backpack he found the knife as well as the rock and a metal pipe in his backpack.

    The student told Kilburn the pipe was a piece of his parent’s piano and that he wanted to use it to replace a part missing of the school’s orchestra piano. The rock was something he just liked to kick on the way home, the student said.

    While waiting for the child’s mother to come to the school, other students came forward and stated that the 13-year-old was allegedly threatening to kill another student, and was also allegedly trying to recruit other students to help him do it.

  • D’Agostino leaves post at NNSA

    The National Nuclear Security Admninistration has confirmed that administrator Thom D’Agostino will be leaving his post Jan. 18.

    D’Agostino said NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator Neile Miller will become acting administrator and acting undersecretary for nuclear security.

    D’Agostino is leaving after more than 36 years of federal service, including the last five-and-a-half years as the NNSA administrator and under secretary for Nuclear Security, and two years as deputy administrator for Defense Programs.

    “My wife Beth and I have decided the timing is right for me to leave Federal service,” he said. “This was a difficult decision for me as I am committed to serving our country, committed to the missions of the NNSA, the Environmental Management Organization, the Office of Legacy Management and I am committed to you in carrying out this mission.  

    “However, I have an equally important commitment to my wife and family and I am a strong believer that organizations are healthier when leadership changes on a periodic basis. The time is right for this change and I will step down from this position on 18 January 2013, at the end of the first term of the Obama administration.”

  • Track Santa Claus Monday

    Los Alamos trackers will use state-of-the-art technology to mark the course taken this year by Santa Claus and his eight tiny reindeer during the jolly elf’s annual mission to spread joy to all the children of the world. Visit LAMonitor.com beginning at 6 a.m. Monday to see St. Nick’s whirlwind journey.

    Dec. 21 marks the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere and also the eve of the completion of the 13th b’ak’tun on the Mayan calendar. Despite some rumors to the contrary that are being spread by very naughty children, Santa Claus takes to the skies above the North Pole again this year on Christmas Eve, bringing joy to all those who believe in the spirit of Christmas.

    “We expect Santa and his team to arrive in Northern New Mexico about midnight on Christmas Eve,” said Los Alamos space scientist Diane Roussel-Dupré of the lab’s Space Data Systems group.

    While Santa’s tradition of delivering toys and goodies across the world has endured for countless generations, Los Alamos has helped track Father Christmas for nearly two decades. Working in concert with the North American Aerospace Defense Command and other agencies, Los Alamos has helped ensure Santa’s safe passage across the globe.

  • Update 12-23-12

    Monitor closed

    The Los Alamos Monitor office will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

    No blue bus service

    The NCRTD blue buses will not be in service Chrismas day and New Year’s day. For more information call toll free 1-866-206-0754, or visit ridethebluebus.com.

    Holiday dance

    The Los Alamos Big Band will present their annual Christmas Dance from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Thursday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. Admission is free.

    Live nativity

    There will be a living nativity staged in the United Church parking lot at 5 p.m. Monday Greet the holy family, the shepherds and kings and pet the stable animals. There will also be a candlelight service at 4 p.m. and one at 11 p.m.

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  • 'Toppers down Pirates at home Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team made a big third quarter stand and hit shots down the stretch when it needed to, picking up a key win Saturday.

    Los Alamos held the Grants Pirates to four points and one field goal in the third quarter, slowing to a crawl what had been an efficient offensive attack in the first half to win 55-48 at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Kiana Zerr posted her best performance of the season, scoring 14 points and hitting eight straight free throws at one stretch to aid Hayley Each, who had another big night for the Hilltoppers (5-5).

    Each scored 17 points in the first half and 25 for the contest. She hit all four of her free throw attempts in the final quarter, including both ends of a key 1-and-1 chance to help seal the victory.

    Saturday’s win came on the heels of a 44-37 loss Friday night to Piedra Vista.

    For Grants (6-3), Sydney Mares had 17 points and Haley Hall had 13. However, the Pirates were held to just two field goals in the second half, although did go 26 of 41 from the foul line.

  • Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 5 a.m. Tuesday

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST TUESDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 3 TO 6 INCHES ACROSS THE SAN JUAN... JEMEZ AND SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... AND 1 TO 3 INCHES ACROSS THE NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS AND UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL BEGIN LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH CHRISTMAS MORNING. THE HEAVIEST SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE LIKELY LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY CHRISTMAS MORNING.

    * WINDS... WESTERLY WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH.

    * SNOW LEVELS... TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL LOCATIONS.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... SNOW PACKED AND ICY ROADWAYS ARE POSSIBLE CREATING DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS FOR THE HOLIDAY. BLOWING SNOW WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES BELOW 2 MILES AT TIMES. DANGEROUS WIND CHILL VALUES FROM 10 BELOW ZERO TO 10 ABOVE ZERO ARE EXPECTED LATER TONIGHT AND CHRISTMAS MORNING.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE RESTRICTED DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW.