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Today's News

  • C’YA launches new website

    Champions of Youth Ambitions has launched a new website for accepting nominations for the Community Asset Awards. The website can be found at cya-nm.org and nominations are accepted through Dec. 23.

  • Small biz event helps local shops

    Los Alamites turned out in droves for Small Business Saturday this year.
    According to Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge, one business owner reported her sales at 1 p.m. were 10 times those of a normal Saturday.
    Partridge also reported that people were waiting at Pig + Fig Bakery & Café at 7 a.m. Saturday. The restaurant was one of the locations with maps to the scavenger hunt, which people had been clamoring for since Thursday.
    White Rock’s Seeking Chameleon was one of the businesses on that scavenger hunt. Owner Catherine Richmond said it had “a tremendous effect.”
    “I was very busy on Small Business Saturday and had a number of new people come in who had decided to participate in the scavenger hunt, so they were coming in for the first time,” Richmond said. “I kind of happily heard one person say, ‘Well, while we’re here, we might as well do some shopping.’ And it was like ‘Yeah.’
    “So I think that it’s a great idea, and the chamber worked really hard to make it effective for the planet Mars of White Rock.”
    More established businesses also prospered.

  • Today in history Dec. 2
  • Feds prepare to repackage radioactive waste in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy is preparing to treat dozens of containers of radioactive waste that were inappropriately packed at one of the nation's premier nuclear weapons laboratories.

    It was a similar container from Los Alamos National Laboratory that ruptured in 2014, forcing the closure of the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository.

    The chemical reaction that caused the breach was spurred by organic cat litter that was meant to absorb moisture.

    The treatment process will involve adding water and an inert material to the 60 containers in question to stabilize them so they can ultimately be disposed of. State and federal officials describe the work as calculated and methodical.

    Officials say the work is expected to begin next spring following safety assessments and upgrades to the building where the treatment will be done.

  • Today in history Dec. 1
  • Prep girls basketball: SF High topples Los Alamos

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team is going through an offensive rough patch.
    And Hilltoppers coach Josh Archuleta said he’s not ready to “let the reigns loose” on offense. Turnovers remain the big issue for the Hilltoppers who amassed more than 20 turnovers for a second-straight game.
    Los Alamos scored less than 40 points for the sixth time this season en route to a 51-38 loss against Santa Fe High Tuesday night at Griffith Gym.
    “I asked them what team we’re going to be,” Archuleta said. “I can’t have a heckle and jeckle team where I let them turn loose and have double-digit turnovers. Once you’re in double-digit turnovers, it’s hard to recover from that. We really worked on shooting (on Monday) and emphasized on going back to the basics.”  
    The Hilltoppers fell to 3-4 on the season, while the Demons improved to 2-4.
    “If we keep teams to 40 and below it would be a different ball game,” Archuleta said. “I know we’re the better team but when it comes down to crunch time, these girls love that atmosphere.”
    Offensively, Los Alamos struggled out of the gate going 1 of 3 from the floor. Meanwhile, Santa Fe went 4 for 4 to start the game, including two 3-pointers to help give the Demons a 12-10 first quarter lead.

  • Standing Rock about much more than one pipeline

    What you need to know about the Standing Rock standoff is how much you don’t know. This confrontation, playing out in frigid North Dakota, has drawn thousands of people from across the country and the attention of New Mexico’s senators.
    In April the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe camped in the path of a $3.8 billion pipeline project to protest plans to tunnel under the Missouri River, which the tribe says would jeopardize its water supply and destroy cultural sites. On Sunday, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers rejected the current route.
    It’s not over.
    Here are five things you should know:
    One: Organizers say they’re not opposed to the oil and gas industry. This is about protecting Standing Rock’s drinking water. The company insists the pipeline is safe. Protesters don’t believe it. Since 2010 regulators count 3,300 leaks and ruptures ranging from a few gallons to hundreds of thousands of gallons, according to the Center for Effective Government. Just last week, a natural gas liquids pipeline exploded near Kansas City.

  • NM’s tendency to whine rates high

    “Tendency to whine” should be a business-climate rating category. New Mexico’s tendency to whine probably would be high.
    Just before Thanksgiving there was news that New Mexico has the second worst state business climate for construction contractors. So says the Associated Builders and Contractors, a national trade group. Only Illinois is worse.
    That same day complaints claimed Facebook’s standards for contractors working on its $250 million data center near Los Lunas were too tough. Faced with the whining, ever sensitive Facebook acquiesced to an old New Mexico joke, if the standards are too high, lower the bar. Facebook said it was committed to using local companies and that some of the requirements were only guidelines.
    Our review of rating studies continues. The source is the annual “Toward a Competitive Colorado” report, produced by the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. (metrodenver.org). The report provides 75 measures gathered under the general headings of economic vitality, innovation, taxes, livability, K-12 education, higher education, health, and infrastructure. We continue braving the statistical gods by averaging the measures within each general heading, some of them averages of yet other measures.

  • LA wrestling wins opener

    The Los Alamos wrestling team began its 2016-17 season with a 69-6 win against Tierra Encantada on Friday at the Los Alamos High School Auxiliary Gym. Pictured is 132 pound Los Alamos wrestler Neil Deherrera against Marq Gallegos. The Hilltoppers also competed in the Tom Torres Tiger Duals in Los Lunas on Saturday. Los Alamos will face Pojoaque Valley at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Pojoaque. RALPH ALLEN/Monitor

  • LA hockey splits with Durango

    The Los Alamos hockey team split a doubleheader against Durango on Saturday and Sunday in Durango, Colorado.
    On Saturday, the Hilltoppers earned a 2-1 win, but dropped a 4-1 decision on Sunday.
    In the win, Emily Moulton scored a goal and Ben Rees scored his second game-winning goal of the season. In Sunday’s loss, Rees scored the lone goal for the Hilltoppers.
    Rees now leads Los Alamos with goals this season.
    The Hilltoppers are now 2-1 on the season and will travel to face Amarillo on Saturday and Sunday.