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Today's News

  • Soccer: LA's boys thump Tigers to advance

    An early first half goal may have been a big problem for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team Saturday afternoon.
    But that goal might have been the worst thing that happened Saturday for the Los Lunas Tigers.
    The Tigers got on the board quickly during the first round of the Class AAAA boys soccer state championship tournament, played at Sullivan Field, but things quickly took a turn for the worse for them.

  • Girls soccer: Toppers rout Broncos at home

    Throughout the 2010 regular season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team has been looking to up its offensive output.
    That wasn’t a problem in the first round of the playoffs.
    Hosting the opening round contest of the Class AAAA championship tournament, the Hilltoppers had one of their most aggressive offensive games of the season, not to mention one of their most efficient. They connected on four of five shots-on-goal in the first half as they routed the Kirtland Central Broncos 6-0 at Sullivan Field.

  • Cross country: LA wins big once again in district

    As expected, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams were the big winners at Friday’s District 2AAAA championship.
    Los Alamos rolled over all comers at the district title race, hosted by Santa Fe High, with the Hilltopper girls picking up a perfect score of 15 and the Hilltopper boys just missing out on duplicating that same feat.
    The Hilltopper boys finished with a total of 19 points, taking nine of the top 11 individual spots Friday — this year, a rule was passed allowing teams to run nine athletes at the district meets statewide.

  • DPU scraps 10 percent rate hike

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities has scrapped plans to ask for a 10 percent increase in favor of looking at other options and bringing the rate issue back to the Utilities Board.

    The board will discuss the alternatives at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the DPU office at 170 Central Park Square.

    Timing played a role in the decision to waive off on pushing for a rate hike. Council tabled the electric rate issue during their Aug. 24 meeting and instructed John Arrowsmith, manager of DPU, to return to the council with a proposal in 30 days.

  • Avoiding fire dangers through the winter

    Using wood and solid fuels to keep homes warm comes with inherent risks. It’s important to understand those risks given the fact that more than one-third of local residents use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes, according to the National Fire Safety Council.

  • NMAC president pays a visit

    To better learn the needs of the county, President Mary Ann Sedillo of the New Mexico Association of Counties met with local officials and senior management Tuesday at the Community Building.
    Sedillo received the NMAC Soaring Eagle Award at this year’s final board meeting in Socorro Oct. 8 for her service and efforts to improve the quality of life for all New Mexico citizens.
    “I’m visiting all 33 counties in the state to learn what your needs are,” Sedillo told the group assembled in council chambers.

  • Negotiations with IMTEC conclude

    Los Alamos County officials announced today that the county has successfully concluded negotiations with IMTEC on the payment of the principal and interest owed to the county for a small business loan, keeping approximately $2.1 million in economic development loan funds.

  • Council candidates say no

    I recently posed the following two questions to all seven county council candidates and made them aware that I would be making their responses public.
    •Do you plan to vote yes or no on the Hannemann mail-in initiative to build a replica of the old Municipal Building on Ashley Pond Park?
    •What is your stand on this initiative?
    Following is a synopsis of the candidate’s responses in the order that I received them:

  • Ghostly encounters

    Editor’s note: In keeping with the Halloween spirit, a couple of Los Alamos residents shared their Halloween stories. Albuquerque ghost hunter, Lisa Yorio also shared her supernatural experiences with the Monitor. These  stories are meant for entertainment purposes.

    Ghostly encounters

  • Boy scouts compete in pushmobile relay

    On Oct. 16, 97 Cub Scouts from seven area Cub Scout Packs competed in the Northern New Mexico District Pushmobile Race at White Rock LDS Church.
    Pushmobile is a relay race similar to soapbox derby. Teams of six to 10 Cub Scouts push a car built by their Cub Scout pack. Each team is divided up so that two scouts start the race, with one steering and one pushing.
    After they race the car 50 feet, another two scouts take over and guide the car for 50 feet to the next station, where the final group of two scouts take over.