Today's News

  • Locals wed on tropical island

    Warm ocean breezes added another pleasant layer to the marvelous memories two local adventurers brought back from their exotic wedding in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

    “It really was perfect,” Veterinarian Shayna Whitaker said. “In fact, the entire week we spent in Jamaica was perfect.”

  • Taos is out of District 2-4A and Santa Fe is in under new proposal

    Many coaches around the state, including more than a few from Los Alamos High School, have bemoaned teams from small districts which sometimes seem to qualify for postseason events by default.

    Guess who might now be in one of those loathsome districts?

    In the newly revised New Mexico Activities Association’s Alignment and Classification Proposal, District 2AAAA, which Los Alamos competes in, could be down to just four teams for the four-year block of 2010-2014.

  • Basketball: Results from local free throw contest

    The local winners of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest will head later this month to the district championship.

    Los Alamos held its free throw contest Jan. 25. The contest was for girls and boys between the ages of 10-14.

    In all, five boys and five girls will advance in the different age categories. Each contestant was given 15 free throws.

    The winners at the district meet, which will be held at Peñasco High School, will advance to the state championship. That will be held March 28 in Albuquerque.

  • Going for the crown

    Bernadette Lauritzen wears a large number of hats in the community. She is a wife, a mother and a board member of the Leadership Los Alamos and Friends of the Senior Center. Laurtizen also runs Assets in Action, works as the wedding coordinator at the United Church of Los Alamos, operates the Los Alamos Youth Leadership program, writes and photographs for the Monitor and hosts a program on KRSN radio.

  • Pajarito offers solution to Valentine’s Day dilemma

    For ski and snowboard enthusiasts who are worrying that they will have to sacrifice their favorite sport to enjoy Valentine’s Day festivities, worry no more. The Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is offering a solution to this conflict. From 3:30-6 p.m., the ski area will host a wine tasting at the ski lodge.

    For $30 per couple or $18 per person, people can enjoy a selection of wines from Black Mesa Winery, chocolate truffles from CB Fox and a fruit and cheese tray from Pajarito Mountain Café.

    CB Fox will also have truffles for sale.

  • Getting to the bottom of a fishy question

    Where do good ideas for science fair projects come from?

    Everybody is different, but for freshman Nathan Clements at Los Alamos High School, the idea crept up on him. Not only that, but like scientists since Galileo, he also had to adapt his idea to reality as he went along.

    Clements has participated in the county science fair for the last two years. Each time he's gone on to regional and state competitions and placed at state both times.

    He’s been doing quite a bit of fishing around the area lately with his father and one of his older brothers.

  • Preliminary CIP scores available

    Los Alamos residents who submitted applications for Capital Improvement Projects can now find out exactly how their applications rated.


    The Capital Improvement Projects Committee met Thursday during a public meeting in council chambers in order to score all 23 of the applications that were submitted.


    Community Development Director Rick Bohn said that there was some debate amongst the committee members on how exactly they would handle the scoring process.


  • Observing China’s nuclear weapons program

    Danny Stillman’s 10 trips to China all started with a conversation about a prompt burst reactor.

    He explained he ran the intelligence division at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 13-and-a-half years. During this time, Stillman made it a point to interact with his counterparts.

    During a conversation with a scientist from China, Stillman asked him about prompt burst reactors. This particular reactor, Stillman said, simulates neutrons and gamma rays  from a nuclear device that is going off.

    That topic, he said, was his opening to travel to China.

  • Pajarito to host USASA competition

    Coming up, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area will greet skiers and snowboarders with more than just snow-packed slopes and scenic views; they will be given an opportunity to receive national recognition for their skills.

    For the first time, the ski area will host the Terrian Park Slope Style/Snowboard competition, which being presented by the U.S. Amateur Snowboard Association (USASA).

    The slope style competition will be held Saturday in the new terrain park.

  • Police Beat 2-9-09