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Today's News

  • When to seek medical care

    Los Alamos County Office of Emergency Management forwarded the following information Tuesday from the New Mexico Department of Health, calling special attention to information on when people should seek medical care if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

    DOH reports that several hospitals in New Mexico have reported to the Department of Health that they are seeing increased activity of people coming to the hospital with flu symptoms.

  • Letters of interest being accepted for probate judge

    On Tuesday evening, the County Council approved a process whereby citizens interested in being appointed to the currently vacant probate judge position can submit a letter of interest to the council.

    Under state law, any qualified person who is over the age of 18 and a resident of the county may serve as probate judge.

    Applicants are asked to submit a one or two page letter indicating why they would be interested in serving as probate judge.

  • Delegation urges credit card companies to end unfair hikes

    Wednesday, Reps. Harry Teague, Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján joined 15 of their colleagues in the House in sending a letter to the country’s major credit card companies, calling on them to pledge to not change the terms on consumer credit card accounts ahead of federal credit card reform legislation slated to go into effect early next year. 

  • Bad news for Bear Mountain

     My environmental column in the Monitor Tuesday (Oct. 6) extolled the virtues of Myra McCormick and the Bear Mountain Lodge she bequeathed to The Nature Conservancy.

       Bad news from Silver City came the next morning.

    A business story in the Albuquerque Journal was headlined: “Nature Conservancy’s Bear Mountain Lodge Near Silver City Succumbs to Budget Woes ... NO MORE GUESTS.”

    The space between the two-story headings was filled with a large color photo of Ms. McCormick sitting on the low white wall in front of the lodge.

  • Wishes Vives-Hull matter would end, but ...

    I believe most in this community would have been happy to let the Vives-Hull lawsuit end with the jury verdict and all move on with our lives. Instead, Mr. Vives’ lawyer, Paul Mannick, chose to keep the issue alive by his abusive assault on Linda Hull in his letter to the Monitor. What’s wrong, Mr. Mannick, couldn’t prove your case in court and now you have to justify your legal fees to your client by airing your closing arguments again?

  • Independent course on Trinity Place is best way

    The decision by Los Alamos County Council on Sept. 28 to find a new path for Trinity Place and the Los Alamos economy was a gutsy move. 

    It was also the right thing to do. It means that Los Alamos will be designed with Los Alamos in mind. It is a first step toward an economically independent and self-reliant economy and community. Though it may take a bit longer, it will be well worth the wait. 

  • There's more to brains than the size of a hat

    People are unusual animals. We spend a lot of time watching mediocre T.V., but we also describe our thoughts in written language.  We pour beer on our heads at football games, but we also study the whole history of life on Earth preserved in fossils.

    It’s not our biceps that make us people special, but our thoughts. What makes our thinking so complex, able to soar with the poets and solve problems with an engineer?

  • Hilltoppers make one goal count against Capital

    The final score doesn’t always reveal the essence of a contest. That was the case Tuesday as the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team came away with a 1-0 victory over district rival Santa Fe Capital High School.

    Despite the narrow point advantage, Hilltopper head coach Even Gartz said it was not as close as it sounded.

    “We dominated the game,” he said. “We put them back on their heels when we scored in the eighth minute.”

  • Girls take Capital team to soccer school

    Shanna Riciputi had three goals to lead the Hilltopper girls soccer team in their first meeting with Capital High this year.

    An 8-0 lead at half time, took a lot of the suspense out of the game Tuesday.

    Lindsay Benage had two goals, including the 10th point of the match, taking the girls to a 10-0 victory.

    The other six points were scored by Kelsey Neal, Clare Charsley-Groffman, Amelia Neal Keanna Cohen and Feliz Pacheco.

    The team now stands 4-0 in district and 11-3 overall. They play second-place Taos Saturday.

  • Mountain Elementary’s new fundraiser a huge success

    At Mountain Elementary School, students selling popcorn cans, wrapping paper and candy were pushed aside in favor of another fundraising effort.

    Rather than trekking miles around neighborhoods selling novelties door-to-door, Mountain Elementary students will walk around the track at Sullivan Field.

    The fundraiser, called “FUN”d Run, invited students to send out sponsor letters to family members and friends, asking them to sponsor them as they walk around the track, Robbie Harris, Parent Teacher Association president, said.