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Today's News

  • Blame it on unintended consequences

    Why do economic downturns catch experts unawares? Even more intriguingly, why do they defy analysis after they’ve happened?

    Neither economists nor financiers can agree on why the world’s economies are in free-fall today. More than 70 years later, there’s still no agreement on what caused the Great Depression. Not even in hindsight does consensus emerge.

  • Jail complex cost goes up

    A divided council voted on several motions concerning the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex - adding to the cost of the project.

    And Councilor Vincent Chiravalle seized the moment to blast the project.

    “This building is a monstrosity and an example of excess in government,” he told those gathered in council chambers for the Tuesday night meeting.

    Following a presentation by  Capital Projects and Facilities Director Anne Laurent, the council voted on various items of the project.

  • Heather Wilson Awarded Superior Public Service Medal

    Former Rep. Heather Wilson received the National Intelligence Superior Public Service Medal (NISPSM) from Director Dennis Blair of National Intelligence in a ceremony Tuesday at ODNI headquarters.

    “This award recognizes Congresswoman Wilson’s years of service to both our nation and to the Intelligence Community,” said Blair in a news release. “Her support, insight and dedication have transformed our community to meet today’s new intelligence challenges.”

  • Katko asks for calm

    Expressing concern for the escalating anger surrounding why, and whether, he’s losing his job, Mountain Principal Mike Katko is asking people to remember the children.

    In a letter he delivered to the Monitor, Katko tells community members that he harbors “no ill will towards anyone.”

  • LAHS students talk way to national tournament

    Like display cases in school hallways stuffed with ribbons and trophies representing student athletes’ victories and triumphs, the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers have a few crowded trophy cases of their own in the school’s Speech Theater.

    In June, the speech and debate team might be adding to the collection.

    Seven Hilltalkers will travel June 14-19 to Birmingham, Ala., to compete in the National Forensic League’s National Tournament.  

  • Lab Notes: Bechtel pushes 2008 revenue to $31 billion

    Bechtel Corporation, parent of Bechtel National, one of the principal partners in Los Alamos National Security announced record revenues for 2008, the sixth straight record year, according to the privately owned company.

    The company also announced a record $35 billion in new contract awards, the third straight year in that category.

    Since 2004, the company has recorded an 80 percent increase in total revenues, from $17.4 billion to $31.4 billion.

  • Get ready to be healthy at the YMCA

    The YMCA is the place to be this Saturday as youth across the nation celebrate YMCA Healthy Kids Day.

    The free fun is a national YMCA event intended to give youth an opportunity to visit their local YMCA and discover some of the activities, programs and events that it offers.

    The nationwide slogan of “Put Play in Your Day,” emphasizes the more fun youth have participating in physical activity, the more likely they are to continue and to lead a healthy life style.

  • Jazz fans to be welcomed at concert

    Do Los Alamos Big Band Leader Jan McDonald and Southwest Jazz Orchestra Founder Jack Manno together have a total of 100 years of experience in the music business? “Not quite,” said  McDonald. “But almost,” Manno added.

      The long-time collaborators will cover almost but not quite 100 years of jazz history in two sets of toe-tapping music from their two aggregations at the 2nd annual “Swing into Spring” concert at  7 p.m. April 28 at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.

  • Six Monkeys: An egg’s life

    When you are growing up, you are an egg wishing to be a cake. It hurts to be so small. You have this horrible shell. You live in a dark carton. No one notices how different you’re from the other eggs. Then one day you are a cake. You are sweet. You are decorated. People celebrate with you. Nevertheless, you  wish you could go back to being an egg.

  • Softball: LA routs Capital at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team put 10 runs on the board in the second and third innings Wednesday to crush the visiting Capital Jaguars.

    Los Alamos pounded out 11 hits in Wednesday’s game at Overlook Park as it thumped Capital 14-2 in five innings of the District 2AAAA contest.

    The win kept the Hilltoppers undefeated in district play and kept them on pace with the district-leading Española Valley Sundevils, whom they face in a critical doubleheader this afternoon.