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Today's News

  • Toppers are at Griffith this weekend

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls and boys basketball teams will have their home openers this weekend.
    Los Alamos’ girls will host the Pojoaque Elks tonight at 7 p.m. The Hilltopper boys, after tonight’s trip to Sandia Prep, will face the Piedra Vista Panthers Saturday at 5 p.m.
    Both Hilltopper teams will be looking tonight to bounce back from season-opening road losses. Los Alamos’ boys fell to the Kirtland Central Broncos 48-25 Nov. 20, while Los Alamos’ girls dropped a 52-46 decision at St. Michael’s Tuesday.
    In Tuesday’s contest the Hilltopper girls led for all of the first three quarters. However, the Hilltoppers’ offense, which was very efficient in the in the first half — 11-for-19 from the field — struggled in the third quarter, tallying only six points.
    Los Alamos got into foul trouble in the second half which hampered its play on both ends of the court and the Horsemen took advantage.
    Tonight, Los Alamos (0-1) will likely have to deal with heavy full-court pressure from Pojoaque (1-1), which is coached by wily veteran Ron Drake, who steered Española Valley to four straight District 2-4A titles before taking over Pojoaque’s program this year.

  • Ulrich, Lockhart pace LASG team

    Charlotte Ulrich and Liz Lockhart were the top all-around scorers for the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers at the Los Alamos Invitational Nov. 3.
    Ulrich, who had a 35.55 in the all-around, and Lockhart, who finished with a 35.45, were among 137 gymnasts from seven teams that participated in the meet.
    In all, 30 Atomic Tumblers competed; fourteen, including Ulrich and Lockhart, in the Jr. Olympic Program, fourteen in the Xcel Program, and two competed in both. The Xcel program is an alternative to the rigorous Jr. Olympic Program, allowing gymnasts the opportunity to perform routines choreographed to fit each individual.
    Ulrich won the Level 5 Junior A Division, earning gold in the all-around (35.55) and floor exercises (9.2), silver on balance beam (9.05) and vault (8.55) and took the bronze on the uneven parallel bars (8.75). Lockhart, the only Level 6 gymnast to compete for the Tumblers, took gold on bars (8.75), a tie for gold on vault (9.2), and silver on beam (9.0), floor (8.5), and all-around (35.45). Both gymnasts achieved their highest all-around scores of the season in this meet.

  • Today in History for November 30th
  • Raw: Secret Santa Gives Out $100 Bills in NJ, NY

    A man known as Secret Santa II, who didn't want his face shown on camera, is giving out $100 bills in storm-stricken Staten Island and in Elizabeth, N.J.

  • Mo. Powerball winner verified; Ariz.'s a mystery

    DEARBORN, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Lottery officials on Thursday verified one of two tickets that matched all six numbers to split a record $588 million Powerball jackpot, but that ticket holder — and another in Arizona — remained a mystery, even as neighbors and co-workers lamented their losses and gossiped about who may have won.

    The tickets were sold at a convenience store in suburban Phoenix and a gas station in Dearborn, Mo., just off Interstate 29, the highway linking Kansas City to the Canadian border.

    Missouri lottery officials said they verified a ticket that was presented to them Thursday and set a news conference for 11 a.m. CST Friday at North Platte High School, near where the ticket was bought.

    Lottery Chief Operations Officer Gary Gonder couldn't provide any details, including whether the ticket was bought by someone from Missouri.

    Speculation had many of Dearborn's 500 residents buzzing about who had won.

  • House GOP selects team

    The House Republicans held their leadership election Monday night, selecting Don Bratton (HD-62) for Floor Leader, Nate Gentry (HD-30) as Whip and Alonzo Baldonado (HD-8) as Caucus Chair. 
    This election marks a new direction for the Republican Caucus that has been lead by Tom Taylor for the last six years. Anna Crook has served as Caucus Chair for eight years while Don Bratton served the previous term as Whip.
    “I look forward to serving as Floor Leader for the Republican Caucus and equally anticipate Rep. Taylor’s full support.  It has been a pleasure working with Tom these past two years.  I know his experience and knowledge will be crucial to a smooth transition.”  Bratton said.
    “I have been truly honored to serve as Floor Leader these past six years, and will do everything in my power to make sure our new leadership team hits the ground running,” said Taylor. “The best thing about these elections is that they are “all in the family.”  Regardless of the outcome, we are family and will continue to act as such for the betterment of the state.” Taylor said that he is anticipating a new role that is more focused on legislation, something he had largely put aside due to the duties of Floor Leader.

  • Lab co-sponsors Resource Fair

    Business owners who want to learn more about doing business with LANL or other government agencies are encouraged to attend the Northern New Mexico Resource Fair from 8-11 a.m. Dec. 5 at the Ohkay Owingeh Convention Center, north of Española.
    At the resource fair, attendees can
    • get up-to-date information on how to register their business with various state government agencies
    • learn how to become more successful in bidding for contracts from LANL and other government agencies
    • learn how to certify their business as a small business
    • connect with available business resources
    • network with other businesses
    • learn about the WorkKeys skills assessment program.
    “This resource fair is designed to give businesses more knowledge about procurement processes and upcoming opportunities from LANL, LANL subcontractors, the state of New Mexico, local governments and other large organizations in need of goods and services in 2013,” said Kathy Keith, executive director of the Regional Development Corporation. “We encourage local businesses to come and learn about available resources.”

  • $588M Powerball jackpot tickets sold in Ariz., Mo.

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two lucky ticket holders — one in Arizona and another in Missouri — are waking up Thursday to new lives as multimillionaires after the largest Powerball jackpot drawing ever.
    Powerball officials said two tickets matched all six numbers to win the record $587.5 million jackpot. The numbers drawn for Wednesday night for the second-highest jackpot in U.S. lottery history are 5, 16, 22, 23, 29. The Powerball is 6.
    It was not clear whether the winning tickets belonged to individuals or were purchased by groups.
    One of the winning tickets was sold in the Kansas City area but the winner has yet to come forward, Missouri Lottery spokesman Gary Gonder said. The ticket holder has 180 days to claim the prize.
    Gonder said he would visit the store that sold the winning ticket to help with an expected onslaught of media attention. No details on that store have been released.
    Arizona lottery officials said early Thursday they had no information on the Grand Canyon State’s winner or winners, but they planned to announce Thursday morning where the ticket was sold.

  • Luján talks tech transfer

    Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District and co-chair of the Congressional Technology Caucus highlighted the Department of Energy’s response to President Barack Obama’s Executive Order on accelerating technology transfer and the commercialization of federal research in support of high-growth businesses.
    In October of 2011, Obama directed the heads of executive departments and agencies with research laboratories to increase the rate of technology transfer from laboratories to the commercial marketplace and to accelerate the economic impact from federal research and development investments.
    In response to the president’s memo, Luján sent a letter to Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu recommending actions for DOE to consider when addressing the president’s directive.

  • Update 11-29-12

    Arts and Crafts

    The Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Knights of Columbus Hall on DP Road. The event runs until 3 p.m.

    Call for entries

    Photo entries are being accepted until Dec. 9 for the 2013 edition of Los Alamos Life. The award-winning, full color glossy magazine features the best of photography done by local residents. Send your high resolution digital images to info@lamonitor.com.

    Calendar

    To kick off its 50th anniversary celebration next year, the Los Alamos Monitor will distribute a commemorative 2013 calendar Sunday Dec. 9. Look for it inside your newspaper.

    Idea Factory

    Idea Factory: Contribute your ideas about the Pajarito Plateau. Join PEEC as they discuss key messages and stories about the Pajarito Plateau. 6:30 p.m. today. Free. For more information or to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460.

    Library Board

    The Los Alamos County Library Board holds regular meetings the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays) at 5:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library Board Room or at White Rock Branch Library. The next meeting is Dec. 3.