Today's News

  • Fulfilling expectations is not as easy as pie

    My inspiration to pursue different things comes from the oddest places. After watching the 1992 Olympics, I became inspired to try  figure skating. When I read about one of the twin sisters in the “Sweet Valley High” book series working on the high school newspaper, I thought I would give journalism a try.

    And as a result of watching the main character in a movie serve up slices of a pie called Chocolate Strawberry Oasis, I strolled down the aisles of the grocery store looking for the ingredients to make this dessert myself.

  • 05-06-10 Update

    Jemez fire

      A downed power line involved in the Rivera Fire has disrupted power to 40 residences in the Cerra del Pino area. Jemez Mountain Electric is on site. The fire started at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday four miles west of Jemez Springs in Sandoval County.  No injuries have been reported. The fire has burned approximately 10 acres of ponderosa pine and mixed conifer. No structures are threatened. No evacuations are in place at this time. For additional information please call the Rivera Fire Information Center at 505-438-5321.

  • Conflict fills final budget hearing

    Tension rose and emotions ran high during Tuesday night’s County Council meeting. Discussion of the airport and environmental services went off without a hitch, however when the administrative services and capital improvement process topics came up, a heated discussion ensued.

  • Remembering that fateful day in May

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories running through Sunday when the Monitor is dedicating a special edition to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Cerro Grande Fire and the opportunities that exist for the community into the next decade.

    In October of 1969, Jerry, my husband, and I moved to Los Alamos. There have been many changes before Jerry retired from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in March 2002. I can easily remember when TG&Y, the local variety store, was located where Central Avenue Grill now stands.

  • Planning for the journey ahead

    Councilors questioned UNM-LA’s unsuccessful campaign for a mil levy during Tuesday’s Los Alamos County Council meeting, when UNM-LA asked the county for financial assistance for FY 11’s operations.

    Administrators and the UNM-LA advisory board asked themselves that same question during a special work session Wednesday at the college.

    Board and staff discussed what direction should be taken from this point.

  • Economic panel dealt with data pool

     The raw material from which able decisions are shaped is information. Ignoring the tradition is a recurring story. The trials and tribulations of data have endless forms, some as large as national politics and others as small as a dozen-person panel or a small-town issue.This column about a  panel in 1975 first appeared in the Monitor on April 2, 2000. In the last 35 years, I fear public forums large and small have lost too much of a  vital strength: a broad sense of data exchange.  

  • Sounding off on Ordinance 555

    The May 2, 2010 editorial, “Ordinance threatens to hamstring future councils,” does not include important information about funding capital projects. Prior to the conversion of LANL to a privately operated laboratory, large capital projects were funded through elections in which citizens approved an increase in the property tax rate to fund the projects. Essentially citizens were voting for or against a project and voters approved the swimming pool, the library and the senior center.

  • Jobless numbers climb as hopeful jobseekers resume searches for work

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More confident employers stepped up job creation in April, expanding payrolls by 290,000, the most in four years. The jobless rate rose to 9.9 percent as people streamed back into the market looking for work.

    The hiring of 66,000 temporary government workers to conduct the census helped overall payroll growth last month. However, private employers — the backbone of the economy — boosted jobs, too. They added a surprisingly strong 231,000 positions last month, also the most since March 2006, the Labor Department reported Friday.

  • Raichur/Whicker capture state title

    ALBUQUERQUE — It was a long time coming, but for Los Alamos’ top doubles team of Patrick Raichur and Matt Whicker, it couldn’t have been much better.

    The duo of Raichur and Whicker grabbed the first doubles title for the Hilltoppers’ program since 1989 Thursday at the Class AAAA state championship tournament.

    Raichur/Whicker downed Albuquerque Academy’s duo of Jordan Key/David Zumwalt in the final round Thursday afternoon. While the second set of the contest was somewhat of a struggle, Raichur/Whicker gutted the set out.

  • O’Hara/Worland grab third in 4A doubles

    ALBUQUERQUE — With Brenna O’Hara stomping off the court in disgust following she and her partner Sarah Worland’s loss in the Class AAAA semifinal, it would’ve been hard to imagine a few hours later the team would bounce back for a big end to their season.

    O’Hara and Worland, a pair of seniors on the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team, did just that, however, knocking off Ksenia Bosina/Alice Linder of Albuquerque Academy to grab third place at the AAAA doubles championship tournament Thursday afternoon at the Jerry Cline Tennis Complex.