Today's News

  • ´Toppers come away with big wins at home Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swim teams picked up easy wins at Saturday’s Los Alamos Quadrangular meet.
    The Hilltopper girls were 100 points better than runner-up Taos Saturday, rolling up 504 points. The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, finished with 524 points, well ahead of the other four teams at the meet combined.
    Along the way, Los Alamos picked up one new state qualification time. Ashlynn Bennett punched her ticket to the state meet in the 50-yard freestyle, earning a top finish with her time of 27.01 seconds.
    Bennett won both her individual events for the Hilltopper girls, while Molly Finn earned a win in the 200 freestyle and a second-place finish in the 500 freestyle.

  • Toppers finish 9th at Moriarty contest

    The winter break usually affords sports teams a little breather in the middle of the season.
    In the case of the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team, it might have been too long a layoff.
    The Hilltoppers struggled to a ninth-place finish Saturday at the Moriarty Pinto Invitational. The Hilltoppers lost all four of their duals contests, one of which, a particularly ugly 60-18 defeat, came at the hands of a team the Hilltoppers perhaps should’ve hung closer with, the Valley Vikings.
    It was a low-energy showing for Los Alamos Saturday, something that may have been due at least in part to the long layoff — the Hilltoppers hadn’t wrestled competitively in nearly three weeks.

  • LA pulls away from SF Prep late to win

    It was a bit of a dangerous game for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team in many ways Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers took on the Santa Fe Prep Blue Griffins in an afternoon contest at Griffith Gymnasium. Santa Fe Prep is a solid Class 2A school with some bruising post players inside.
    Along with the physicality, the game was one that Los Alamos had virtually nothing to gain and everything to lose. A Class 4A team should defeat a Class 2A team, the conventional wisdom among the basketball playoff selection committees, but if the Class 2A team pulls off a win, the 4A team’s playoff stock can drop like a rock.

  • Late free throw lifts LA over St. Pius

    In a matter of minutes, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team went from solid lead to almost certain overtime to a chance to win with under two seconds remaining Friday night.
    In the process, the Hilltoppers picked up an important win over a Class 4A opponent, something it badly needed.
    After an offensively-sluggish contest, the Hilltoppers started to pull away from the St. Pius X Sartans midway through the fourth quarter Friday, taking a 31-23 lead with about five minutes to go. The Sartans, who had gotten little going on their side of the court for the bulk of the contest, put together a rally that would tie the score with just 6.0 seconds left.

  • The more things change ... the more they stay the same

    On the state’s 75th anniversary of statehood, historian Richard Melzer asked how New Mexico’s economy – in 1987 and the previous 75 years – could be described in the same terms: alternately sunny and gloomy.
    We’re still asking that question this year on the statehood centennial.
    Melzer observed that the state’s successes resulted from a happy combination of resources and demand.
    Coal was discovered near Gallup and Raton just as railroads and smelters needed a source in the Southwest.
    World War II and the Cold War gave us the labs, which, in turn, launched or helped attract high-tech industry.
    After World War II, when the nation needed oil and natural gas, New Mexico had both in abundance.

  • Engagement: Glesmann-Courtright

    John and Geniece Courtright of Los Alamos and Lloyd and Cathy Glesmann of Pappillion, Neb. announce the engagement of their children, Riley Courtright and Kate Glesmann. The couple plan to be married in Omaha, Neb. on July 6, 2012.
    Kate is a 2006 graduate of Papillion High School and 2010 graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln. She is a social worker for KVC Behavioral Healthcare in Omaha. Riley is a 2005 graduate of Los Alamos High School and recently received a master’s degree in sports management from Minnesota State University in Dec. 2011. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Unversity of Nebraska Lincoln in 2009. Riley currently works for the Alexandria (Minn.) Blizzard Hockey team.

  • Animal Shelter 01-08-12

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    Thank you to the community of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Monitor staff for the outstanding support you give to the animals lovingly cared for in the shelter.

    Bandit — One year old male Shih-Tzu/Poodl-mix. Maybe 20 lbs. Will be vetted Monday.
    Callie and Misty — Callie is a small brown and white terrier mixed-breed female. Misty is a Border Collie-mix, medium-size female.

  • Learn how to build a sustainable community

    Tom Nagaweicki, Los Alamos County Environmental Services specialist, will give an interactive talk at Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday.  
    The talk is free and open to the public and is the first in a series of three talks focusing on sustainability in Los Alamos.
    Nagawiecki will guide an interactive discussion filled with facts and focused on identifying and discussing what residents can do now to help create a more sustainable Los Alamos.
    The presentation will focus on waste and energy and will include updates on actions being taken by the county government.

  • Mountain Lions get into the holiday spirit

    Building on the tradition that it is better to give than to receive, the fifth and sixth graders at Mountain Elementary held a read-a-thon to raise money for LA Cares. Reading for three hours on Dec. 21, the last day before winter break, the students raised $2,710.68. Principal Gerry Washburn credited teachers Mary Ethyl Plotner and Bernadette Morrow for spearheading the fundraising project. Principal Washburn noted, “We are proud of the students at Mountain and this is another example of the students and staff’s commitment to the community and fostering an atmosphere of kindness and concern for others.”  Washburn also wanted to recognize the two students who raised the most money in each grade, sixth-grader Victoria Naranjo and fifth grader Landon Burke.

  • Backcountry Film Festival Returns to the Reel Deal

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center once again brings the Backcountry  Film Festival to the Reel Deal Theater at 7 p.m. Thursday, for the only New Mexico showing of the film.
    Last year’s show was sold-out. Tickets are $10 at the door and will benefit PEEC, thanks to Jim O’Donnell and the Reel Deal. There will also be a raffle for winter gear.
    The seventh annual world tour of the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival highlights the winter backcountry experience.
    Submissions come from filmmakers who travel every corner of the globe to submit their best backcountry work and from grassroots filmmakers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions and submit their best film short.