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Today's News

  • Today in History for October 10th
  • Senior Washburn reinstated to Los Alamos High School football team

    The "Speech Theatre" at Los Alamos High was the backdrop to a different kind of drama Tuesday night as friends, family and well-wishers showed up at the scheduled school board meeting to show their support for high school senior Grant Washburn. Among the crowd of supporters was Washburn's dad, Gerry, who heads the school district’s human resources department.

    Part of the board's agenda concerned the fate of Washburn's football career. Washburn was suspended from all extracurricular activities, including football, after a voluntary search of his vehicle Aug. 30 produced an empty baggy that subsequently tested for substances consistent with marijuana.

    During the hearing, Washburn told the board that indeed, he left campus without permission to drop a friend off in another part of town. It was implied that it was this friend that left the rolling papers, two cigarette lighters and the empty baggy behind.

    The board patiently heard two hours of testimony over whether to reinstate the star football player, and then took another hour to make its decision.

    When all was said and done, the board decided to reinstate Washburn to the Los Alamos High School football team.

  • LA picks up 3-1 win over Sandia Prep

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team had to overcome several unforced errors, but it came back from fourth set hole to top the Sandia Prep Sundevils.

    One night before it faces its arch rival, Española Valley, Los Alamos dropped Class 3A Sandia Prep 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 25-16.

    Sandia Prep was up 15-10 and 16-13 with the side-out, but the Hilltoppers in the fourth set, but Los Alamos senior Erin Kirk reeled off 11 straight points from the service line to close out the match.

    Read more about the Hilltoppers’ win in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • VIDEO EXTRA -- County Council candidates: How would you keep young people in Los Alamos?
  • Look for double edition in today's newspaper

    A major equipment failure related to Monday's power interruption on DP Road resulted in an unavoidable delay in printing Tuesday's edition.

    The parts needed to repair a piece of equipment that was damaged after the power outage were shipped out and arrived Wednesday morning. The problem was not discovered until early Tuesday afternoon and by then it was too late to try and print the Tuesday edition at a sister plant in Las Vegas, NM.

    However, the Tuesday edition will print and be delivered with the Wednesday edition.

    The Tuesday e-edition is available on the website. Given the circumstances, the e-edition has been opened and is accessible for both subscribers and non-subscribers.

    We regret this service interruption.

    You may view an electronic version here.

  • Wilson’s son campaigns in LA

    Josh Hone, the son of Republican senate candidate Heather Wilson, was in Los Alamos Friday to campaign for his mother at the Coffee Booth.

  • Power outage hits DP Road

    A water line rupture on DP Road Monday resulted in a power outage affecting 12 businesses there.  Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ Gas, Water and Sewer crews were called out Monday to perform an emergency repair of a water line break, which occurred due to aging pipes.
     During the excavation, a primary electric wire was accidentally contacted and damaged, resulting in partial power to approximately 12 DP Road businesses east of 234 DP Road including, the Los Alamos Monitor. 
    In order for DPU’s electric linemen to safely make repairs, power lines east of 234 DP road were de-energized. Initial reports of the damage were made at 12 noon. DPU’s electric crews de-energized the lines at 1 p.m. and restored power at 4 p.m. after all repairs were made.

  • Smith’s Fuel Station to open Wednesday

    Smith’s Food and Drug Stores is opening its 19th Smith’s Express fuel station in New Mexico at 1239 Trinity Dr. at 8 a.m. Wednesday, following a ribbon cutting hosted by Smith’s representatives and Katy Korkos, Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Member Services coordinator.
    The station is comprised of 10 filling nozzles, courtesy air hose, a convenience-item case for snacks, and a 10-foot by 20-foot kiosk for the fuel attendant. Smith’s is planning to build a new Smith’s Marketplace store across the street that is expected to open in early 2014.
    “We are pleased to now offer our Los Alamos and White Rock customers fuel savings at our Smith’s Express,” said John Roberts, Smith’s Los Alamos store director.  “In fact, rewards points maybe redeemed to save up to $2 per gallon through the remainder of the year.”

  • Smiths awards $47K to local schools

    At a time when funding for public schools is stretched, Smith’s Food & Drug Stores will donate $47,152.48 to Los Alamos and White Rock public and private K-12 schools through its Earn & Learn Program.
    A check presentation will be Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm in the speech theater at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.  Smith’s Store Managers John Roberts from Los Alamos, and Boyd Moffett from White Rock will represent Smith’s.
    Local schools receiving a portion of the funds in undesignated cash contributions based upon their level of support in the program include: Los Alamos Middle School $5,066.60; Los Alamos High School $4,728.38; Mountain Elementary $4,380.14; Barranca Mesa Elementary $4,157.33; Aspen Elementary $3,665.20; Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation $3,099.73; and Los Alamos Band Boosters $2,927.88. Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock received $4,786.26.
    Since 2006, Smith’s has gifted $448,665 to Los Alamos area schools. The donation from Smith’s is unrestricted and schools may select the most appropriate use for the funds. Eligible schools must be a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit, state-accredited, K-12 school located within Smith’s operating areas in New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming and Montana.

  • Update 10-09-12

    Night in Italy
    Tickets are available for “A Night in Italy” fundraiser for Assets in Action. The event takes place Oct. 20 at the Hilltop House Hotel. Tickets are $40 each and proceeds benefit youth development programs. Additional information is available by calling 661-4846 or by email at AssetsInAction.info.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The board meets monthly. More information can be obtained by calling 662-8173.

    Elk Festival

    The Valles Caldera will hold its annual event through Oct. 14 with the headquarters at the Visitor Center. Daily festival activities will include elk viewing, elk education booths and various demonstration booths. This event is free and open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 for a work session at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.