Today's News

  • Boys basketball: Toppers pick up win at Poe Corn

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team got off to a good start at Roswell’s Poe Corn Invitational Tuesday night.

    The Hilltoppers survived a slow, dreary first round game against the Valenica Jaguars Tuesday. The Jaguars were in no hurry to move the ball down the court against the Hilltoppers, but even though they tried to run a methodical half-court offense, they couldn’t crack the sturdy Hilltopper defense.

    Los Alamos won the Poe Corn opener 40-30 and advances to play the top team in the state tonight, the Roswell Coyotes.

  • Girls basketball: LA wins big over Goddard Tuesday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team bounced back from a slow shooting night to thump the Goddard Rockets Tuesday night.

    Taylor Ealey continued her big showing at the Goddard Holiday Classic scoring 12 points as the Hilltoppers downed the host Rockets 52-28 Tuesday.

  • Thank You Letters

    Delivering Christmas to everyone

    Thank you to the many parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Los Alamos community members and organizations, and a group of elementary students at Aspen Elementary School for your generous contributions to the success of the Angel Tree program.  All of the presents under the tree were a child’s dream come true.  

  • A personal journey to Copenhagen and back

    Editor’s Note: One of the biggest international stories of the year was the United Nation’s Climate Negotiations in Copenhagen, which brought the year to a close on a mixed note. Marielle Remillard, a 2005 graduate of Los Alamos High School and now a graduate student at Johns Hopins University in Baltimore served as the Monitor’s special correspondent in Copenhagen, sharing her thoughts and opinions from the experience. Remillard was one of a group of 26 students competitively chosen to participate in a program called SustainUS Agents of Change.

  • A look back at notable cases of 2009

    Making no excuses for shooting his wife in the heart last year, Jack Markham pled guilty in May and was convicted of second-degree murder in First District Court.

    Assistant District Attorney Karen Snell told the judge that Markham had threatened suicide and his wife moved out two weeks before her murder because she and her friends felt she was threatened by him.

  • 12-30-09 Police Beat

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    Dec. 17

    12:30 p.m. – Inmate Leslie Draper, 24, was charged with possession of a weapon/explosive by a prisoner after being discovered with a razor blade in her possession inside the county jail.

    9:57 p.m. – A 16-year-old Los Alamos female attempted suicide by swallowing prescription medication on North Road.

    Dec. 18

  • Senators kept focus during health reform shenanigans

    One of the ways the constitutional framers arranged to limit the influence they feared “We the People” might wield in the chambers of our national government was to have members of the U.S. Senate appointed by the legislatures of the (then) 13 states.

    That arrangement prevailed until the 17th Amendment to the Constitution in 1913, which provides for the election of senators by voters of their states. It was an attempt to democratize an inherently undemocratic institution wherein each state, irrespective of population, is guaranteed two senators.

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  • Jemez Mountains salamander triggers environmentalist lawsuit

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is being sued over a salamander found only in a small area of northern New Mexico.

    The Jemez Mountains salamander is already classified as endangered by state wildlife managers. However, environmentalists contend the lungless animal needs protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.

  • Show me the money: Top 2009 NM stories share common thread

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Much of what made news in New Mexico in 2009 came down to money.

    There was a pay-for-play investigation that cost Gov. Bill Richardson a federal cabinet post. A former secretary of state faces charges over federal funds for voter education. A longtime state Senate leader was sentenced in a kickback scheme. Former housing authority officials were accused of misusing bond proceeds.

    And the once-glowing revenue picture in New Mexico deteriorated into a scramble to find enough money to keep the state in the black.