Today's News

  • Park Monitor is good idea

    Park Monitor good idea

    Dear Editor,

    Hallelujah, hooray and thank you so very much, decision makers of Los Alamos County government! Well done!

    Thank you for your wise decision to hire a state park monitor, which is much needed and for the putting up of a fence around the park.

  • Stimulus jobs at lab, really?

    Stimulus jobs at lab, really?

    Dear Editor,

     The article “Lab wants to spread jobs, put stimulus to work,” (Monitor, April 15) was very interesting. However, I offer the following additional comments.

  • Celebrate Earth Day

    “The most direct road to … (Los Alamos) … was a treacherous washboard running through the Indian Pueblo of San Ildefonso, over the muddy Rio Grande, and then up a series of muddy switchbacks. As we neared the top of the mesa, the view was breathtaking. Behind us lay the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, at sunset bathed in changing waves of color – scarlets and lavenders. Below was the desert with its flatness broken by majestic palisades that seemed like the ruined cathedrals and palaces of some old, great, vanished race.

  • Los Alamos middle-schoolers finish strong

    Despite a few hurdles, Rachel Robey and Gabe Montoya captured third prize out of 61 teams in the N.M. Supercomputer Challenge this year.

    For one thing, they were from Los Alamos Middle School. They were middle-schoolers up against tough high-school competition, not to mention increasingly proficient elementary school participants as well.

  • FY-2010 Budget Hearings kick off with gusto

    Day one of the county's budget hearings moved along at a mostly vigorous clip Monday evening in council chambers and spirits remained high.

    “It’s been mentioned that the county has healthy fund balances and we do,” Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne said. “We’ll start at about $122 million and end at about $110 million.”

    The main weakness the county has is its lack of diversity, he explained adding, “Our greatest risk is one of our biggest assets because it pushes us towards a certain conservatism.”

  • Baseball/softball: Games vs. Taos delayed yet again

    Apparently, four days’ warning wasn’t enough for the Taos Tigers to find a way to get to Los Alamos.

    Monday’s baseball and softball doubleheaders between Taos and Los Alamos were postponed again after Taos’ administration informed Los Alamos High School athletic officials that their teams didn’t have transportation to make the trip.

  • Golf: LA girls take 2nd, boys 4th at home invite

    One of the main goals for the Los Alamos Hilltopper golf teams Monday was to take some of the pressure off the rest of their season.

    Unfortunately for both, the pressure is still on.

    With the 2009 spring season winding down, neither of the Hilltopper teams has clinched a spot at the state Class AAAA tournament next month. While the Los Alamos boys no longer have the opportunity to clinch prior to the District 2AAAA tournament, the Hilltopper girls could’ve punched their ticket at their home invitational.

  • School cleanup

    This Friday, folks at Piñon Elementary will put their backs into some shovel work to beautify the campus and celebrate Arbor Day.

    “We are having a school-wide event for campus beautification that includes rotational activities for students with everything from helping improve our field, a walk a thon for our track fundraiser, planting trees an hedges to PEEC activities,” Principal Megan Lee said.

    PTO President Melanie McKinley is thrilled about the event and their sponsors.

  • Fire Union files “Prohibited Practices” Complaint

    Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos Fire Association Local #3279  have been in collective bargaining since January.

    On April 6, the county declared negotiations were at an impasse and without an agreement with the union, county council approved a 3 percent pay increase for firefighters on April 7.

    While five councilors voted in favor of the pay hike, Nona Bowman was absent,  Councilor Robert Gibson voted against the pay hike.

  • Equal Pay champion to speak at UNM-LA Friday

    Lilly Ledbetter is the namesake of the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act signed into law in January by President Barack Obama.

    Ledbetter is traveling to UNM-Los Alamos as part of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Spring Convention.

    The public is invited to hear Ledbetter speak at 4 p.m. Friday in the college lecture hall in Building 2, about how her historic legislation restored the long-standing interpretation of civil rights laws and EEOC policies that allow employees to challenge any discriminatory paycheck they receive.