Today's News

  • Tab for Fannie, Freddie could soar to $259B

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government spelled out Thursday just how much the most expensive rescue of the financial crisis will end up costing taxpayers — as much as $259 billion for mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    That figure would be nearly twice the amount Fannie and Freddie have received so far. To date, the rescue of the two companies has cost taxpayers $135 billion. They have repaid $13 billion to the Treasury Department as dividends.

  • Volleyball: Toppers sweep, earn district crown

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team clinched its third straight District 2AAAA title and a postseason berth by sweeping the Santa Fe Demons Wednesday night.
    Los Alamos started out slow in the first set of Wednesday’s match, played at Griffith Gymnasium, but bounced back to win 25-21. It took the next two sets by counts of 25-15.
    With the regular season district title and a No. 1 seed in the upcoming 2AAAA tournament secure, the Hilltoppers can now turn at least one eye toward the upcoming Class AAAA playoffs, which are scheduled to get going Nov. 11.

  • Keep it within the fence posts

    Unlike Congress, the New Mexico Legislature is not teetering on the brink of a Republican coup this year. Democrats have firm control  of both houses.
    Democratic control of the Senate is assured for next year because no Senate terms expire this year. Senators like it that way. All the statewide offices are up for election this year. So senators can take a free shot at them without having to relinquish their Senate seats.

  • Los Alamos County’s traffic control war room buzzes 24/7

    Hidden away in the back room of a nondescript building at the Pajarito Cliffs site the proverbial war room of the county’s traffic division is abuzz.

    A video wall shows an array of digital images and traffic monitor screens. While on a console, a row of computer monitors provides more information.

    Alipio Mondragon, traffic operations manager, mans this futuristic-looking system.

    What this Star Trek-like command center allows the transportation division personnel to do, Mondragon said, is to monitor traffic signals.

  • Update 10-21-10

    Spooky Los Alamos

    Do you have a spooky tale that you want to share?  Have you had a spooky encounter at a place in town, or in general? Features Editor Jennifer Garcia wants to hear your stories. Send them to lacommunity@
    lamonitor.com by Oct. 28.

    CIP meeting

    The County’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold the next set of public hearings on Phase 1 applications at 5:15 p.m. today, in Council Chambers.

    Ribbon cutting

  • Firefighter charged with voyeurism

    A Los Alamos firefighter has been charged with voyeurism and tampering with evidence for allegedly videotaping a female firefighter in the shower area of Station 3 Sunday.

    Capt. Aaron Adair has been issued a summons to appear in court.

    "He has been placed on paid administrative leave while criminal and administrative investigations are underway," Chief Doug Tucker said.

    Read Friday's edition of the Los Alamos Monitor for further details on this developing story.

  • Be There 10-21-10

    Enjoy a Halloween hayride from 4-6 p.m. at the Posse Lodge. The cost for adults is $5; $2 for youth (4-17); and $1 for children. Members of the Posse Lodge, Pony Club and the Los Alamos Recreation Division work together to create a fun hayride for all ages. After the hayride, warm drinks and refreshments will be available at the Posse Lodge. Dress warmly and bring your own blankets. Register at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center front desk. There is a limited number of tickets being sold per hour.

  • Halloween upcycling party for kids at PEEC on Saturday

    Go to PEEC from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday for some spooky Halloween crafting fun.  
    Kids ages 10 and up are invited to wear their costumes to PEEC for a free crafting party.  
    They’ll turn plastic bags into pencil cases, tote bags, and more.  
    Bring a plain cotton T-shirt, if you’d like to make a shirt. Snacks will be served.
    The activities will be led by Emma Starrett for the Los Alamos High School and middle school environmental clubs.  

  • PEEC offers tour of preserve

    Natali Steinberg, docent of the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, is offering her guided tour of this ecological treasure on Sunday, leaving from PEEC at noon.
    This time of year is inviting for photographers and artists because the fall colors of the golden cottonwoods and scarlet sumac should be at their prime.
    The Preserve closes for the winter on Oct. 31.

  • Power outages keep DPU busy

     Lightning kept electric linemen with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities busy early this morning.
    Several blown fuses in Los Alamos, primarily in the Barranca Mesa and Villa neighborhoods, caused five different power outages beginning as early as midnight with the latest at 8:50 a.m.
    Crews restored power to those affected within the hour of each occurrence.
    The first outage was reported at midnight and affected 25  customers on Villa near 37th Street.