Today's News

  • Former WH aide: Lab directors urged CMRR delay

    First of a series
    Editor's note: Part 2 will include reaction from LANL director Charlie McMillan.

    WASHINGTON — A former White House aide on Monday said the directors of the U.S. national laboratories “came forward” during closed-door budget-planning sessions five months ago to propose a delay in building a plutonium research facility, a plan that has since drawn Republican fire.

    Lawmakers have taken great interest in what heads of the three main laboratories — Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos and Sandia — think about the ramifications of delaying work on the $6 billion Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement plant because these institutions play a key role in overseeing the nuclear arsenal.

  • Edgewood may join NCRTD

    The North Central Regional Transit District may welcome a new voting fellow to its 11-member board of directors as soon as September.

    Late last week, the Town of Edgewood formally requested approval to join the district during a public hearing at NCRTD’s regularly scheduled monthly board meeting.

    Last December the board requested that Executive Director Tony Mortillaro send informational letters regarding board membership to all eligible non-members including the Town of Chama; the Village of Questa; Taos, Picuris and Nambe Pueblos; and Edgewood – of which only Questa and Edgewood responded with interest. But the Edgewood Town Council was the only entity to pass a formal resolution of intent to join NCRTD.

  • Abney case heading to higher court

    The case of alleged child abuser Tyrell Abney is heading to District Court.

    That decision came after Los Alamos County Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados heard nearly three hours of testimony from Detective Brian Schamber and others related to the case. Abney is charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm – a first-degree felony.

    After hearing the testimony, Casados took a brief recess and returned to court to announce that Abney’s case would be bound over to District Court. Casados also reduced Abney’s bail to $50,000 cash or surety bond. He’s still being held at the Los Alamos Detention Center. If he’s found guilty Abney could face up to 18 years in prison.

  • Workers' comp with a wrinkle

    The Workers’ Compensation Administration is suggesting yet another attempt to change the statutory language relating to workers who get injured while using drugs or alcohol.  Meanwhile, the workers’ compensation community is more and more concerned about workers who get addicted to drugs as a result of their injuries.

  • Thunder rolls to 4-2 series win

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After years of nagging Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks not to take him out of games, Kevin Durant finally got his wish.
    Durant had 34 points and 14 rebounds while playing all of regulation for the first time all season, and the Thunder claimed a spot in the NBA finals by beating the San Antonio Spurs 107-99 on Wednesday night.
    Russell Westbrook added 25 points for the Thunder, who trailed Game 6 of the Western Conference finals by 18 in the first half and erased a 15-point halftime deficit before pulling ahead to stay in the fourth.
    “It’s an amazing moment for him to play like this in this moment, in this setting, and I wasn’t going to take him out,” Brooks said.

  • Gut-busting Workout

    Members of the Atomic City Roadrunners take off from the start of the New Quemazon Gutbuster run. Results will be in Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Topes Notes 06-07-12

    Albuquerque faces Memphis, Round Rock in homestand
    The Albuquerque Isotopes open a seven-game homestand tonight when they start their four-game series with the Memphis Redbirds at Isotopes Park.
    The Isotopes are scheduled to start Michael Antonini (1-3, 4.84 ERA) against Memphis’ Nick Additon (1-6, 5.40) in tonight’s opener. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
    Several promotions are planned for this homestand, including tonight’s home appliance giveaway. Fireworks are scheduled for Saturday night and $.50 hot dog night is Monday.

  • YMCA honoring Griggs at tourney

    The Family YMCA’s third annual Strong Kids Classic Golf Tournament changed its official name to remember long-time Y friend and golf community member, Ed Griggs.
    The Ed Griggs Memorial Strong Kids Classic will be Saturday at Los Alamos Golf Course. The scramble-format tournament has a 1 p.m. shotgun start time.

  • Quick Hits 06-07-12

    Taylor fires an ace at LAGC

    Los Alamos Golf Course had its second hole-in-one of the 2012 season and Wayne Taylor had the second hole-in-one of his life June 1.
    Taylor aced the par-3 No. 8 hole at LAGC. Taylor used a 6-iron on the 172-yard hole.
    The hole-in-one was witnessed by Jay Staton, John Engle and Beau Ballard.

    Brewer earns football award

    Los Alamos Hilltopper football player Peter Brewer picked up an award at football camp last week.
    Brewer was named Top Gun Linebacker by Football University at its regional camp in Denver. The national camp will be July 19-21 in Williamsburg, Va.
    Brewer is one of Los Alamos’ top returning starters for the 2012 season.

    Taos Marathon is Sunday

  • Best Sellers 06-07-12

    The Los Alamos Monitor  has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.