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Today's News

  • PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIES: Saying thanksee^

    The first time I spoke to Madonna Wegloski I walked into her office with a question, but we were soon joking around. We laughed about the lack of scenic views at the Monitor. I pointed out that all we see in the newsroom is the top strip of the building next door and Madonna joked that all she saw was the parking lot.  Most of my memories of Madonna are like this - short snippets of her life.

  • An ear for music

    Music that features every part of the orchestra, is new and familiar, and challenges and satisfies both the musician and the audience. These are the qualities in music that the music selection committee of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra uses in planning a program.

    These qualities are clearly and poignantly evident in the concert to be presented on April 17.

    The program will open with the “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland.  This piece for brass and percussion was composed in 1942.

  • LA shuts out Bernalillo on road

    BERNALILLO — This week is a critical week for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team in its quest to reach its stated goal of a district championship.

    With a huge doubleheader against the Española Valley Sundevils looming this weekend, Los Alamos faced the Bernalillo Spartans Wednesday in a big road contest. The Sundevils are the two-time defending District 2AAAA champions, while the Spartans feel like they could complicate the 2AAAA race if they get hot at the right time.

  • Hilltoppers fall in district opener

    BERNALILLO — A pitchers’ duel it was not.

    In their first of three meetings during the District 2AAAA baseball season, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and the Bernalillo Spartans slugged it out to the bitter end.

    Only a disputed force-out call at second base ended the offensive onslaught in Wednesday’s game, a contest which saw five home runs and 12 extra-base hits.

    Bernalillo held on behind laboring pitcher Kellan Quintana to win 13-11 and take the early edge in the 2AAAA race.

  • Education: LAPS tabs 4 candidates for superintendent post

    Four candidates made the short list out of 33 who applied to become the new Los Alamos Public Schools superintendent.

    The finalists include John A Davis, Ed.D., of Cumberland Center, Maine, Walter G. Gibson of Los Lunas, N.M., Stephen R. Rowley, Ph.D., of Los Gatos, Calif., and Eugene J. Schmidt, Ph.D., of Bridgeport, Wash.

    The Board of Education made the announcement Tuesday saying the finalists represent many years of experience in the classroom and in the administration of schools and school districts across the United States.

  • Report calls for complex shake-up

    A new report released this morning by a network of nuclear watchdogs proposes to reduce radically the nuclear weapons stockpile and shrink the weapons facilities from eight to three locations.

    Left standing in the 10-15 year plan would be the two New Mexico laboratories and the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas.

  • County: Councilors reaffirm their agreement with schools

    County officials and Los Alamos School Board members have come to consensus regarding property on Trinity Drive.

    As a result, both entities have been working together to form an agreement to move construction forward in that area.

    During Tuesday night’s county council meeting, councilors passed a motion authorizing the council chair to sign a document representing the principles affirming a partnership between the Los Alamos Public School District and Los Alamos County.

  • Solving the mystery of the teenage brain

    The teenage brain is a mystery to any parent who has a young adult.

    Teenagers seem to lose their minds and parents wonder if they ever get them back. The answer rest assured is yes.

    On Saturday, the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and UNM-LA in conjunction with partnering agencies will sponsor a symposium on the teenage brain, with two free presentations.

    JJAB Coordinator Debbie Gill knows that education is key in this community.

  • State’s solar trumps Arizona’s

    SANTA FE — Although barely noticed by the media, renewable energy supporters feel very good about the legislative session just completed. One solar energy spokesman even announced, “We’re pleased about everything that happened.”

    He had a point. The solar industry received favored treatment by lawmakers and the administration of Gov. Bill Richardson. Backers of some other renewable energy sources weren’t happy that solar power received so much of the attention and they received so little.

  • Buzz needs to start somewhere

    Creating excitement — or “buzz” in marketing lingo — about products or services is a matter of survival in a competitive market — especially when most consumers are spending only on essentials until the economy shows signs of recovery and stability.

    Buzz describes the positive word-of-mouth marketing or hype among consumers that often precedes the release of a much-anticipated product. Real-time, portable communications technology facilitates the building of buzz by allowing rapid exchanges of information among large numbers of people.