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Today's News

  • Rosh Hashanah - a time of celebration and personal reflection

    On Sept. 18, the two-day Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah begins. Rosh Hashanah is Hebrew for “head of the year” and this day begins the Jewish year 5770.

    The holiday celebrates the creation of mankind and features festive meals and New Year good wishes. It also begins a 10-day period of personal reassessment and atonement.

  • Boys soccer: Toppers fall to Rams in double overtime Thursday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team had some chances to win during regulation in the first round of the Albuquerque Academy Invitational Thursday, but couldn’t find the net.

    Late in the contest, the Rio Rancho Rams did.

    The Rams scored in the second sudden-death overtime period with only about three minutes remaining until a shootout, giving them a 1-0 lead Thursday in Albuquerque.

  • Girls soccer: Sandia Prep scores two quick goals, knocks off LA

    Thursday’s game against Sandia Prep was the first time Los Alamos’ girls soccer team had hit the pitch in almost three weeks.

    The rust showed early.

    The Hilltoppers struggled in the first half Thursday’s game against the Class A-AAA Sandia Prep Sundevils, going down 2-0 in just about 10 minutes. Though Los Alamos was able to battle back to tie the score early in the second half, Sandia Prep rallied for two more goals to win 4-2.

  • A moment of silence

    Gov. Bill Richardson proclaimed today Patriot Day and in an act of national pride the Los Alamos Fire Department held a ceremony at Fire Station 1 this morning.

    Personnel from Fire Station 1 and 5 bowed their heads in remembrance of what transpired eight years ago on Sept. 11, 2001.

    The 2,966 lives that were lost that day when the planes crashed into the World Trade Center and in Pennsylvania were honored with a moment of silence.

  • But I digress: Can you hear me crashing now?

    I sometimes wonder if scientists have ever computed the density of stupid.

    Lead is fairly dense and yet it is only half as dense as the metal osmium. Platinum, gold and mercury are pretty dense also. Mercury is so dense that lead will float on it.

    But stupid has to be the densest element by far. It never ceases to amaze me how much stupid some people can stuff into such small heads.

    What brought on this rant? Well golly, it could be so many things.

  • Making waves in biofuels

    In the growing catalog of renewable energy options, biofuels have shown promise and provoked consternation with fluctuating prospects in recent years.

    Producers of first generation biofuels from food crops trampled rainforests in Brazil and spiked cornfield real estate speculation in the American Midwest.

    A second generation has found a more sustainable and less disruptive approach by extracting energy from indigestible cellulosic fibre in non-food plants and trees.

  • Ploeger named state aviation division director

      A changing of the guard will soon take place at the Los Alamos County Airport.

      Airport Manager Dave Ploeger, who’s been in his current position for the past four years, will leave the county on Sept. 21 and will go work for the New Mexico Aviation Division.

      Ploeger was offered the position of New Mexico Aviation Division Director during the recent, annual State Aviation conference held at Bishop’s Lodge in Santa Fe. Ploeger will replace the current director, Tom Baca, who is retiring.

  • Time to fix up the home

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  • UPDATE: Toppers take big leap in volleyball poll

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team made quite an impression on poll voters this week.

    The Hilltoppers made a big jump in the Class AAAA poll, which was released Wednesday night by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

    To find out where the Hilltoppers stack up in the classification, read tonight's Monitor.

  • Laminators to perform Sunday

    The opportunity to perform in the White Rock’s 60th anniversary party is an invitation the local band, The Laminators, are happy to accept.

    The band, which includes Mark Clay on drums, Louie Jalbert on lead guitar, Dave Martin on rhythm guitar and Bob Manzanares on bass guitar, will perform a medley of music at 5 p.m. Sunday in White Rock’s Rover Park.

    Jalbert said the band performs 50s, 60s classic jazz, swing, rock n’ roll, country and occasionally throw in one or two variations on a standard.