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Today's News

  • ´Toppers open season with tough test

    Say one thing about the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team: it’s not easing into the season.
    Limping into the season? Most definitely.
    The Hilltoppers opened their 2012 campaign Saturday at with a doubleheader against Piedra Vista, the two-time defending state champion, which is rumored to have perhaps the best team it has ever had this year. Immediately in Los Alamos’ future is Los Lunas, a potential top-five team, before it opens its home season March 3 against Moriarty.
    “I love it for us,” Los Alamos veteran manager Mike Gill said. “We may take our lumps, but it helps us get ready for district.”

  • Lab needs to be protected

    This week, New Mexico received news that, due to budget cuts, the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is moving forward with a voluntary separation program that seeks to reduce the workforce of the lab by up to 800 employees.
    For nearly 70 years, Los Alamos National Laboratory has contributed to the safety and security of the United States.  Its economic footprint in New Mexico has been significant, contributing in terms of dollars and jobs, both direct and indirect.  LANL contributes more than $2 billion to New Mexico’s economy and its impact can be felt throughout the state and the many local businesses the lab works with.  The vitality of the lab is critical to the economy of our region and news of job cuts at LANL is of great concern.

  • Alexander and work comp reform

    Ben Alexander was still going strong the last time I saw him, about 10 years ago, when he sat on a panel for a retrospective on the New Mexico workers’ compensation reform of 1990.  He had been an indispensable member of the task force that labored for months hammering out a compromise to save the state’s economy.
    Alexander died in January at age 91. He is remembered for his political activism, chairmanship of numerous boards, philanthropic activity, and for always being willing to travel from his home town of Hobbs to wherever he was needed.   

  • Andrew and Mousie 02-26-12
  • Youth Activity Center schedule 02-26-12

    Monday — Shuffle board tournament
    Tuesday — Fuse beads
    Wednesday — Movies and munchies
    Thursday — Decorate the board (open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.)
    Friday — Pool tourney (open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.)
    All students in third through eighth grades are welcome to join free of charge.
    The centers are at 475 20th St. (by Ashley Pond) and 10 Sherwood Blvd. (by Piñon Park). Call 662-9412 or 672-1565 or more information.

  • Fashion Maven: When it comes to fashion, observe and improvise

    After browsing many different looks straight off of the runway for this year’s fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear collections, I have become completely inspired.
    Fashion is not only about dressing well, but also about dressing with imagination. Everyone goes through times when they don’t know what to wear, so inspiration is always a good idea, and I’ve got a few great sources for you to rely on.
    One of the primary sources for a designer’s insight is nature.
    Time and again, we see feathers flitting down runways, thick furs draped to perfection and shoes made of leather or other animal products. Yet, designers also draw ideas from the look of nature, itself.

  • There’s no choir like show choir

    “Glee,” the television show about a high school glee club, seems to have increased the popularity of show choir. Now, Los Alamos High School is catching the fever.
    Greg Henderson, choir teacher at both Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School, is offering a new choir course to the students at LAHS: ’Topper Show Choir.
    Henderson’s 15 years experience in conducing chorus and orchestra in schools, churches, youth ensembles, community music groups and music theatre will come in handy for the choir that he’s starting from scratch, or as he said, “from the jazz hands up.”

  • Debating duo talk their way to victory

    Late January seems to have been an important time period for the Hilltalkers, Los Alamos High School’s award-winning debate team.
    Between Jan. 20-22, the debaters set out for Arizona State University in hopes of conquering a tournament, which featured roughly 68 teams from all over the Southwest.
    Though they competed against some private schools that seemingly had more funding and one-on-one attention from coaches, Hilltalkers Andy Zhao and Horace Zhang were not intimidated and managed to place second in the Public Forum event.

  • Animal Shelter 02-26-12

    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.

    DOGS
    Harry —Four-year-old neutered white Poodle/Wheaton Terrier-mix. Good with children and other animals. Housebroken. Courtesy grooming last week. Come see how cute he is.

  • News for Retirees 02-26-12

    Feb. 28-March 3
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:30, 10 a.m.  Tax preparation
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    9 a.m.    Toenail clipping
    10:30 a.m.    Advisory council
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chili dog
    12:30 p.m.    Driver safety program
    7 p.m.     Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training