Today's News

  • Police take down local meth lab

    An investigation that began 13 days ago led police to the Saturday morning discovery of a meth lab inside a bedroom at 3629-A Villa St.

    A photo and information about the woman at the root of the investigation, Leslie Katherine Draper, 23, was featured in Thursday’s Monitor.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers fall in 2AAAA title game

    ESPAÑOLA – The packed house at Edward Medina Gymnasium was entirely on its feet for the final minutes of the District 2AAAA boys basketball championship game.

    An estimated crowd of 3,700 watched the Española Valley Sundevils and Los Alamos Hilltoppers sweat it out through a contentious final quarter.

    With the Sundevils clinging to a 1-point lead late, Española Valley head coach Richard Martinez elected to run a 3-man weave throughout the final five minutes of the ballgame.

  • Baseball: LA opens season with two losses

    Heading into the 2009 season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team wants to turn a corner.

    Prior to Saturday’s opening doubleheader at Bomber Field against the Piedra Vista Panthers, Hilltopper manager Mike Gill said he expects his team to reach the next level and become a legitimate state title contender this season.

    Los Alamos got a good look at what it will need to do — and what it can’t afford to do — if it wants to compete in Class AAAA this season starting with Saturday’s game one.

  • Complete Streets Workshop aims to educate

    As county and school officials wait in anticipation for the Trinity Site project agreements between Boyer and the county to be signed, another aspect of the downtown revitalization project is taking shape.

    County Planner Paul Belson, in conjunction with LA Walks Co-Chair Janie O’Rourke, the Downtown Streets Standards Committee and members of the public, held an open house last month to help educate the public about the Complete Streets program, as well as plans for making Trinity Drive more user friendly.

  • Tesla delivers first car to New Mexico owner

    It was a different world for Robert Efroymson back in September 2006 when he plumped down a hefty advance for a Tesla electric sports car, which was then expected for delivery in early 2008.

    Since then, the scientist and venture capitalist met his wife, moved to Albuquerque and had a son.

    Now he has a piece of the future.

    Tesla meanwhile had moved to Albuquerque to set up operations and then in the ups and downs of take off, moved back to California.

  • Analysis: Frustrations with Valles Caldera erupt into public debate

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of two parts. It is about perceived problems at the Valles Caldera National Preserve and the second part will consider  some possible solutions.

    Dorothy Hoard, a long-time resident of Los Alamos, has charted the fate of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.  In 2000 she saw trouble.  

  • Does not seem like a good deal to us

    What is going on? This week the New Mexico Senate gave the go-ahead for a new development on the west side of Albuquerque and the redevelopment of a mall within the city. And they approved a much smaller redevelopment project in downtown Las Cruces.

    While this may sound good, we wonder.

    The Legislature’s approval of the issuance of $408 million in bonds for SunCal’s industrial development on Albuquerque’s west mesa, and $164 million in bonds to redevelop the Winrock Mall into retail, residential and office space.

  • Yes, Tuesday is a special day

    How many of you know that Tuesday is a very unique day? The last such day was five years ago and the next one is seven years away.

    Well, Tuesday is  square root day, a humorous holiday celebrated on dates where the day and the month are both the square root of the last two digits in the current year.

    For example, the last square root day was Feb. 2, 2004, (2/2/04) and the next square root day is this Tuesday, 3/3/09.

    The final square root day of the century will occur on Sept. 9, 2081.

  • Honoring women

    “New Mexico Women Making a Difference,” an exhibit of 35 black-and-white photographs by aj Melnick, opens at the Los Alamos Historical Museum on March 19 with a reception from 4-6 p.m. As is characteristic of Melnick’s work, the show is inclusive – with women from various fields and representative of the multi-cultural New Mexico population.

  • School to teach how to conquer mountains

    Scale cliffs, creep up rocks and conquer mountains through the Los Alamos Mountaineers’ climbing school.

    The education in endurance begins March 23 and runs through May 2. Classes are held Saturdays in April and Monday nights from March 23 through April.

    Monday sessions are classroom lectures and demonstrations and the Saturday sessions will take students to various locations around White Rock to climb and practice various climbing skills.