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Today's News

  • It’s fix-a-leak week

    Because minor water leaks account for more than one trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes, the Los Alamos Deptartment of Public Utilities joins the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense in declaring this Fix-a-Leak Week.

    “We want to remind our residents and businesses to check their plumbing fixtures and their irrigation systems for leaks,” said Matthew Dickens, DPU’s conservation coordinator.

  • Softball: Pintos’ big 7th seals win over LA

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team hung with a very good Moriarty Pintos’ squad Tuesday for six innings.

    The seventh inning, not as much.

    The Pintos exploded for seven runs in the top of the seventh to break Tuesday’s game wide open at Overlook Park en route to a 13-3 victory.

    Moriarty’s starting pitcher Morgan McWilliams hit a solo home run to lead-off the seventh Tuesday while the next five hitters following her reached base and came around in the inning.

  • Boys tennis: LA picks up title at Carlsbad Invite

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis team edged Lovington’s Wildcats to win the Carlsbad Invitational this weekend.

    Los Alamos finished with 22 team points while Lovington earned 17 team points at the tournament.

    The Carlsbad tournament was scheduled for two days, but Friday’s singles tournament was rained out. Saturday’s doubles tournament went on as scheduled, however.

  • Girls tennis: Toppers take 2nd place at Carlsbad

    This weekend's Carlsbad Invitational went pretty much the way Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis coach Bruce Cottrell thought it would.

    Los Alamos finished second in team standings behind the host Carlsbad Cavemen at the tournament. The tournament was scheduled for two days, but Friday's singles competition was called off due to rain.

    While the Hilltoppers were hoping to get the singles matches in, mostly for the benefit of their younger players, they did play some exhibition matches late Friday with Carlsbad.

  • Local scout leader earns the silver award

    The Great Southwest Council of the Boy Scouts of America honored local resident Sandy Jennings with the council-level distinguish service award, the Silver Beaver, at the annual recognition event held Feb. 21 in Albuquerque.

    The Silver Beaver is the highest award that can be presented by a local council for noteworthy service of an exceptional character to youth within the council.

  • Thomas has county's best interests in mind

    Being responsible for a company’s asset sounds like a daunting task. After all, it’s a big job. But if you’re like Los Alamos County Risk Manager Joe Thomas, taking on that responsibility comes naturally after what seems like a lifetime of being in the insurance business.

    Thomas has been the county’s risk manager for a little over a month. He came to Los Alamos from Louisiana, where he worked as a risk manager for an Isle of Capri Casino.

  • Lab safety officer honored

    The Chief Electrical Safety Officer of Los Alamos National Laboratory has won high national recognition for outstanding leadership in electrical safety.

    Lloyd Gordon is an experimental researcher in high-energy, pulsed power engineering and plasma physics. Among his many contributions in his parallel career as a national authority in the field of electrical safety, Gordon has developed a measuring stick for comparing the severity of electrical accidents.

  • Black dogs and new patterns

    A Native American story goes like this:

    There is a cave in which lives an old woman who for years has been weaving a garment – a special garment, sewn from porcupine quills. Its pattern is sacred to honor the ceremony for which it is intended, because it is this ceremony that sustains the world soul.

  • Thoughts on Trinity redesign

    Dear Editor,

    The article in the Friday, March 6, 2009, Los Alamos Monitor failed to elaborate on the problems roundabouts pose for the following five categories of pedestrians: children, the less fleet of foot (whom much of the documentation calls elderly), the visually and cognitively impaired and those who travel via wheel chairs or mobility scooters.

  • Long wait at the pharmacy

    Dear Editor,

    Just diagnosed with a more severe case of the flu, I dropped off the prescription at the nearest pharmacy. Although there was nobody in the pharmacy, the sales assistant behind the counter told me, “It’s 20 minutes.”

    I didn’t see anybody in front of me, so she explained, “They have left for the wait and we must work on their prescriptions before yours.”