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Today's News

  • Utah man wins Lamborghini, crashes it hours later

    SANTAQUIN, Utah (AP) — A truck driver who won a $380,000 Lamborghini in a convenience store contest crashed the sports car six hours after he got it, and now plans to sell the 640-horsepower convertible because he cannot afford the insurance or taxes.

    "I already had offers on it. I'm going to sell it," David Dopp said Wednesday. "I have bills more important than a Lamborghini. I've got a family to support."

    Dopp, a 34-year-old truck driver for Frito-Lay, spun out of control just a few hours after taking the keys to the Murcielago Roadster that he won in a "Joe Schmo to Lambo" contest sponsored by Maverik convenience stores.

  • Hengartner is Rotary's student of the month

    The Los Alamos Rotary Club recently honored Andrea Hengartner as the student of the month for December.
    Hengartner is the daughter of Nicolas Hengartner and Leticia Cuellar, both statisticians at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Hengartner’s sister Astrid is a freshman at Los Alamos High School.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects a senior from Los Alamos High School to honor each month of the school year. The Rotary Student of the Month Committee selects students based on academic excellence, extracurricular involvement and service to the community.

  • Hengartner is Rotary's student of the month

    The Los Alamos Rotary Club recently honored Andrea Hengartner as the student of the month for December.
    Hengartner is the daughter of Nicolas Hengartner and Leticia Cuellar, both statisticians at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Hengartner’s sister Astrid is a freshman at Los Alamos High School.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects a senior from Los Alamos High School to honor each month of the school year. The Rotary Student of the Month Committee selects students based on academic excellence, extracurricular involvement and service to the community.

  • Elks help out during Christmas

    The Los Alamos Elks provided gifts to more than 110 less fortunate children in Northern New Mexico. These gifts were purchased by the membership and delivered to St. Vincent de Paul in conjunction with the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and local elementary schools on Dec. 17. Pictured from left to right is the Elks Christmas Giving Tree Team: Jennifer Kieltyka, Dan Gerth, Natalie Dimitrick (chair), Lisa Harris,
    Dick Bjarke and Mark Harris.

  • Be There 12-21-11

    Friday
    Los Alamos Chapter #63, Order of the Eastern Star will be have the final sale of holiday cakes at Los Alamos National Bank from 9 a.m. until closing. For more information, call Nina Laird at 662-7580.

    Saturday
    The United Church of Los Alamos will have a 4 p.m. service on Christmas Eve followed by a live nativity. Residents are welcome to attend the service or stop by the live nativity for refreshments throughout the evening. The nativity will be at Central and Canyon, with a variety of animals. Those wishing to volunteer can call the church office at 662-2971.

  • Winter Solstice sunrise walk canceled

    With predictions of cloudy and snowy weather for the next few days, the Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk at Bandelier is being cancelled for this year.
    “The solstice walk is an opportunity for present-day people to stand in the plaza at the Ancestral Pueblo village of Tyuonyi and watch the sun rise over the cliffs, apparently in alignment with the village’s entryway,” according to Superintendent Jason Lott.  
    “With the great likelihood that the sky will be overcast for the next few days, we’ll all just have to try again next year.
    “Of course it will still be encouraging to see the days begin to get longer!”

  • Ordinance introduced to lease Trinity Site property

    County council approved the introduction of Ordinance 596, for which a public outreach campaign is in full swing.

    Ordinance 596 involves the lease of certain county owned land to NA Los Alamos Trinity LP, in which council would authorize the execution of a real estate ground lease and development agreement with the company.

    “This ordinance is probably one of the biggest issues this council will undertake,” said Council Chair Sharon Stover during Tuesday’s council meeting.

    NA Los Alamos Trinity LP intends to develop the leased premises in the Trinity Site Project to include commercial retail space, entertainment, restaurants, parking and retail concerns.

  • U.S. Senate candidate on the stump in Los Alamos

    U.S. senatorial candidate Hector Balderas discusses how he as the “underdog” candidate can actually win the race during a meet and greet event hosted by the Los Alamos Democratic Party at Fuller Lodge Tuesday. Read more about the Balderas event in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Update 12-21-11

    Holiday schedule

    The Larry Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed Dec. 25, Dec. 26, Jan. 1 and Jan. 2.

    Walk canceled

    Because of the impending winter storm, the Winter Solstice Walk at Bandelier National Monument, scheduled for Thursday, has been canceled.

    Christmas dance

    The Los Alamos Big Band presents a Christmas dance from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

    Trash pickup

    In observance of Christmas there will be no trash or recycling pickup Dec. 26.  If Monday is your normal collection day please put trash and recycling out on Wednesday Dec. 28.

  • Study rejects new hotel

    After hearing about the negative impact expected from a new, high-end hotel proposed for Los Alamos, county council has given staff 120 days to develop alternatives.

    Council was considering the project as a means to halt the revenue bleed from a significant number of meetings and events held off the Hill by Los Alamos National Laboratory and other entities.

    “We recommend that Los Alamos County not pursue the development of any project that adds materially new hotel supply to the market,” said Senior Partner Tony Peterman of Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) during Tuesday’s council meeting. “As proposed, the new Hilton Garden Inn and conference center project would place the existing local hotels at great risk.”