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Today's News

  • Tucker Tapped For Fire Chief

    County Administrator Max Baker has appointed Deputy Fire Chief Doug Tucker to fire chief of the Los Alamos Fire Department.

    “Doug is very qualified and prepared to be the Fire Chief for Los Alamos County,” Baker said. “His many years of experience both with the County as deputy fire chief and from his time with the Phoenix Fire Department have demonstrated an admirable career of that complete preparation.

  • Running: Klimczuk is top predictor this week

    Tomasz Klimczuk had the top prediction at Tuesday night’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ pace race.

    Tuesday’s pace race was the annual Lollipop Run. Each competitor at the Lollipop Run, is awarded with a hard candy after finishing.

    The race took place in Bayo Canyon on a figure 8 course.

    Klimczuk, running on the 3-mile course, finished with a prediction error of just 2 seconds, beating out Aaron Goldman who had a good prediction error of just 14 seconds.

  • Road race, kickball set for Saturday

    The annual Firecracker 5K Fun Run is set to go off again Saturday, while kickballs will be in the air in White Rock.

    The Firecracker 5K, which is sponsored by the Family YMCA of Los Alamos, will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, while the Los Alamos County-sponsored Red, White and Blue Kickball tournament is slated for a 9 a.m. start at Overlook Park.

    Day-of race registration for the Firecracker 5K is scheduled for 7-7:45 a.m. in the YMCA’s parking lot (1450 Iris St.).

  • Sports update

    The Majors All-Star Little League tournaments start Sunday in White Rock, while the Juniors tournament, which was scheduled to start Sunday, has been pushed back to Monday.

    Sunday's Majors tournament games start at 11:30 a.m. at Byers Field and Monday's Juniors tournament games start at 5:30 p.m. at Virchow Field.

    White Rock Little League will face Española Valley Little League at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the Majors tournament opener, while Los Alamos Little League takes on Santa Fe American Little League at 6 p.m.

  • ACI Update: Silva, Waters have edge in round robin play

    NOTE: Due to early deadlines owing to the July 4 holiday, coverage of the Atomic City Invitational will be delayed in the print edition of the Los Alamos Monitor. Check our website for tournament updates.

    Nick "James" Silva knocked off top-seeded Eddie Sanchez to take control of the senior men's Atomic City Invitational championship Friday.

    Silva was dominant in his victory Friday over twice-defending champion Sanchez, taking their match-play contest 6 and 5. Silva (2-0) needs just to beat Fred Robinson Saturday to win the ACI title.

  • But I digress: The 176 Pound Tumor

    Amanda called out to her husband, “Honey, come take a look at it.  It’s gotten a little bigger.”  

    Jeff walked into the room as his wife gently poked the growth hanging off her body and asked her, “So, how much does it weigh today?”   Amanda poked it again and said, “Just over 80 pounds.  What do you think?  Should I have a doctor take a look at it?”  

    Jeff replied, “Naw, let’s see if it hits 100 pounds first.  So, what do you want to do for dinner?”

  • Captured fugitive accepting responsibility and facing consequences

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part three of a three-part series covering the life of Leslie Kathryn Draper as recounted by her during a jailhouse interview.

    Los Alamos police exercised a search warrant on a Villa Street home in late February. They worked with state police and the Clandestine Meth Lab Unit out of Albuquerque to address and remove hazardous materials found inside the bedroom in which Leslie Kathryn Draper had been staying.

    Draper was not home and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

  • More work gets underway at ABS

    A lot can happen in a short amount of time.

    It seems that not so long ago, the new Holiday Inn Express at the Entrada Site was nothing more than a sign announcing that construction would soon be underway. Today, the hotel is taking shape, as are the buildings at the Airport Basin Site.

    A few months ago, a drive along N.M. 502 in front of DeColores Restaurant did not give a passersby any indication of what might be going on behind the restaurant. Today, rooftops peek out over the rim of the “bowl” behind the De Colores parking lot.

  • Lab finds second chick of threatened owls

    A new little offspring of a pair of Mexican spotted owls has just been found at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The laboratory is a known habitat for two nesting couples, and now both pairs of the threatened species have new chicks.

    The Mexican spotted owl is one of a handful of threatened species at Los Alamos. Their habitat is protected and they coexist with the nuclear weapons business under special conditions and dispensations.

  • Golf: Defending champ wins Atomic City qualifying round

    Prior to Wednesday, the last time Lee Sanchez played golf in Los Alamos, he found himself in a playoff with one of the Normans.

    Wednesday, he found himself in a playoff with one of the Normans.

    In Wednesday’s qualifying round of the Atomic City Invitational, Sanchez, the defending tournament champion, shot an even-par 72 after 18 holes, a total which was equaled by Curt Norman.

    The two faced off in a sudden-death playoff, with Sanchez sinking a short putt on the third playoff hole to take the victory.