Today's News

  • Road conditions improve in northern New Mexico

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Road conditions in northern New Mexico are improving. The state highway department reports fair conditions on New Mexico State Highways 434, 38, 120 and U.S. 64. A few icy spots do remain and drivers are urged to slow down and drive with caution for the rest of Monday afternoon and evening.



  • Video: Red & Black Ball Raises Funds for Y's Youth Programs

    The Red and Black Ball, the preeminent fundraising gala for the Los Alamos Y and its annual "Strong Kids" campaign, attracted more than 150 attendees from around the Northern New Mexico region Saturday night.

    This marked the 12th year for the event that touted a Motown theme that featured both live and silent auctions which focused on achieving a $60,000 fundraising goal for the community organization. In 2011, the Y served 3,067 youth through more than 79 programs and in membership. The Y also awarded in excess of $75,000 in scholarships in child care, youth programs, and youth and family memberships.

  • Seen @ The Scene: Photos from the 12th Annual Red & Black Ball Saturday Night

    More than 150 people turned out Saturday evening for the 12th annual Red and Black Ball, a major fundraiser for the Los Alamos Y and its Strong Kids campaign.

    The sold out event featured live and silent auctions and a "Motown" menu for dinner.

    Watch for more details and exclusive video from the Red and Black Ball, only on LAMonitor.com.

  • Reservoir dam fix stalls again

    Hopes of restoring Los Alamos Reservoir Dam before this year’s monsoons were washed away in August of last year during a severe flood following the Las Conchas fire.

    Department of Public Utilities (DPU) personnel were optimistic about having reconstruction underway this spring. But new revelations about the extent of the flood damage and a rapid-fire series of major December snowstorms revised that schedule.

    After nearly 10 years of analysis and planning in conjunction with New Mexico’s State Engineers Office, reconstruction of the dam commenced in March of 2010.

  • Construction begins on TRU Waste facility

    Construction has begun on a new facility that will help Los Alamos National Laboratory accelerate the shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste stored in large boxes at Technical Area 54, Area G.

    The new facility will allow the Lab to repackage boxes as large as 25 feet long that contain TRU waste from as long ago as the 1970s. Mostly equipment stored in fiberglass reinforced boxes, the waste must be repackaged into containers that meet stringent requirements before it can be shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad for permanent disposal.

  • LAFD hosts badge ceremony

    Jonah Cruz Wheat, a 5-year-old Los Alamos boy, was made an honorary firefighter and given the Community Hero Award during a badge ceremony in White Rock Friday.  Jonah came to the attention of LAFD courtesy of a video shot by his father. Jonah was impersonating former LAFD chief Doug Tucker during the Las Conchas Fire.
    One day last year, Jonah was in his backyard when he heard someone yelling for help. Jonah jumped over the fence and ran over to the neighbor’s house. Apparently, the neighbor had been yelling for quite a long time. Jonah told his mother, who called 911. Jonah then spent the next hour or so watching the firefighters and paramedics tend to his neighbor, who eventually ended up being all right.

  • Be My Valentine

    Valentine’s Day is the holiday for candlelight dinners, chocolate and roses. It’s the day when lovers are to profess their love in sentimental verses whether written by their own hand or purchased in greeting cards at the local card store.
    Valentine’s Day may seem like a day of shameless commercialism, but it’s true beginnings are rooted in the expression of romantic love during a time when romance was still very much alive.

    Documented in Early History

    Many researchers associate Valentine’s day with the ancient Roman fertility rite, Lupercalia, practiced between Feb. 13-15; however the first written proof appears in a poem by the father of English literature, Geoffrey Chaucer.

  • Hudson presents, ‘Uncommon Valor’

    Former Marine and Iwo Jima veteran Bill Hudson will show a video, “Uncommon Valor: The Battle of Iwo Jima,” produced by the Canadian History Channel, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.
    The showing will commemorate the 67th anniversary of the historic battle.
    Hudson went back to Iwo Jima for a military reunion and was interviewed by the producers of the video. He earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his actions during the infamous battle. He will comment about his personal experience between scenes from that operation where 6,841 Marines were killed and another 20,000 were wounded.

  • Applications available for scholarships

    MANA del Norte is accepting scholarship applications for the 2012–2013 academic year.
    Applicants must be a resident of one of the following Northern New Mexico counties: Rio Arriba, Taos, Los Alamos, Mora, Santa Fe or San Miguel. This year, five – $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to selected recipients.
    “Since inception in 1989, MANA del Norte has awarded over $125,000 to residents of Northern New Mexico,” said Dolores E. Roybal, president, MANA del Norte.

  • Animal Shelter 02-12-12

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    Thank you to the community of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Monitor staff for the outstanding support you give to the animals lovingly cared for in the shelter.

    Poncho — Thirteen-pound, older neutered male blond Chihuahua/Dachshund-mix. Surrendered because family is moving. Housebroken, good with dogs. Gentle little guy who needs a loving home. No health issues.