Today's News

  • Former NFL lineman, TV actor Alex Karras dies at age 77

    DETROIT (AP) — Alex Karras, the rugged lineman who anchored the Detroit Lions' defense in the 1960s, then went on to an acting career in which he starred in the sitcom "Webster" and famously punched a horse in the 1974 comedy "Blazing Saddles," died Wednesday. He was 77.

    Karras, who had recently suffered kidney failure, died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by family members, said Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney.

    Diagnosed with dementia, Karras in April joined the more than 3,500 former NFL players suing the league for not protecting them better from head injuries, immediately becoming one of the best-known names in the legal fight.

    Detroit drafted Karras with the 10th overall pick in 1958 out of Iowa and he was a four-time All-Pro defensive tackle over 12 seasons with the franchise.

  • 10 things to know for Wednesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):


    He is expected to tell a House panel at noon that he pleaded for more security before the ambassador and two others were killed.


    Gunmen in a hijacked hearse snatched the body of Heriberto Lazcano from a funeral home after the Zetas strongman was killed.


    Yongda Huang Harris was dressed in a bulletproof vest and fire-resistant pants when he was taken into custody on suspicion of transporting hazardous materials.


  • Today in History for October 10th
  • Senior Washburn reinstated to Los Alamos High School football team

    The "Speech Theatre" at Los Alamos High was the backdrop to a different kind of drama Tuesday night as friends, family and well-wishers showed up at the scheduled school board meeting to show their support for high school senior Grant Washburn. Among the crowd of supporters was Washburn's dad, Gerry, who heads the school district’s human resources department.

    Part of the board's agenda concerned the fate of Washburn's football career. Washburn was suspended from all extracurricular activities, including football, after a voluntary search of his vehicle Aug. 30 produced an empty baggy that subsequently tested for substances consistent with marijuana.

    During the hearing, Washburn told the board that indeed, he left campus without permission to drop a friend off in another part of town. It was implied that it was this friend that left the rolling papers, two cigarette lighters and the empty baggy behind.

    The board patiently heard two hours of testimony over whether to reinstate the star football player, and then took another hour to make its decision.

    When all was said and done, the board decided to reinstate Washburn to the Los Alamos High School football team.

  • LA picks up 3-1 win over Sandia Prep

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team had to overcome several unforced errors, but it came back from fourth set hole to top the Sandia Prep Sundevils.

    One night before it faces its arch rival, Española Valley, Los Alamos dropped Class 3A Sandia Prep 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 25-16.

    Sandia Prep was up 15-10 and 16-13 with the side-out, but the Hilltoppers in the fourth set, but Los Alamos senior Erin Kirk reeled off 11 straight points from the service line to close out the match.

    Read more about the Hilltoppers’ win in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • VIDEO EXTRA -- County Council candidates: How would you keep young people in Los Alamos?
  • Look for double edition in today's newspaper

    A major equipment failure related to Monday's power interruption on DP Road resulted in an unavoidable delay in printing Tuesday's edition.

    The parts needed to repair a piece of equipment that was damaged after the power outage were shipped out and arrived Wednesday morning. The problem was not discovered until early Tuesday afternoon and by then it was too late to try and print the Tuesday edition at a sister plant in Las Vegas, NM.

    However, the Tuesday edition will print and be delivered with the Wednesday edition.

    The Tuesday e-edition is available on the website. Given the circumstances, the e-edition has been opened and is accessible for both subscribers and non-subscribers.

    We regret this service interruption.

    You may view an electronic version here.

  • Wilson’s son campaigns in LA

    Josh Hone, the son of Republican senate candidate Heather Wilson, was in Los Alamos Friday to campaign for his mother at the Coffee Booth.

  • Power outage hits DP Road

    A water line rupture on DP Road Monday resulted in a power outage affecting 12 businesses there.  Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ Gas, Water and Sewer crews were called out Monday to perform an emergency repair of a water line break, which occurred due to aging pipes.
     During the excavation, a primary electric wire was accidentally contacted and damaged, resulting in partial power to approximately 12 DP Road businesses east of 234 DP Road including, the Los Alamos Monitor. 
    In order for DPU’s electric linemen to safely make repairs, power lines east of 234 DP road were de-energized. Initial reports of the damage were made at 12 noon. DPU’s electric crews de-energized the lines at 1 p.m. and restored power at 4 p.m. after all repairs were made.

  • Smith’s Fuel Station to open Wednesday

    Smith’s Food and Drug Stores is opening its 19th Smith’s Express fuel station in New Mexico at 1239 Trinity Dr. at 8 a.m. Wednesday, following a ribbon cutting hosted by Smith’s representatives and Katy Korkos, Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Member Services coordinator.
    The station is comprised of 10 filling nozzles, courtesy air hose, a convenience-item case for snacks, and a 10-foot by 20-foot kiosk for the fuel attendant. Smith’s is planning to build a new Smith’s Marketplace store across the street that is expected to open in early 2014.
    “We are pleased to now offer our Los Alamos and White Rock customers fuel savings at our Smith’s Express,” said John Roberts, Smith’s Los Alamos store director.  “In fact, rewards points maybe redeemed to save up to $2 per gallon through the remainder of the year.”