Today's News

  • Ornaments add festive air to events

    A special joy at Christmastime is to bring out the family’s old ornaments and enjoy each one again. We pick out ones that add a certain design to the tree.For the season, I choose three classics from my boxes full of air pollution affairs and hang them on this year’s evergreen. The glow fills the crannies amongst nobler glories.The plan sprang to life when a friend, call him Dave, stopped to chat from his truck as I walked along an idle street. Dave is a master of plopping quips on your plate.

  • Hazmat incident

    Unlabeled chemicals, in a very small quantity, were left at Jemez House Saturday in White Rock and caused a bit of a stir as HazMat vehicles arrived to retrieve and dispose of the substances.The chemicals were part of an old leather tanning kit, according to officials.

  • Holiday joy does not wane with age

    Christmas came early for seniors in Los Alamos, now that Santa Claus has already visited both Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Aspen Ridge Lodge Assisted Living on Friday.“You have to be a good girl and share,” Santa said as he handed out dozens of individual gifts to residents, whose faces shone with expectation every bit as much as when they were younger.Aspen Ridge manager Eduardo Rivera played Santa’s helper as each resident got a personalized present, followed by refreshments in the lobby of the assisted living facility.

  • Spotlight on Los Alamos: Home for Christmas

    When Paul Kressin thinks of Christmas, he is reminded of the winter just after he was diagnosed with kidney failure. “Christmas is always good,” he said. But that first year in 1999, when he began dialysis, was memorable and not least because the whole community gathered round. Kressin is a loan officer at Intermountain Mortgage Company and a real estate appraiser who was born and raised in Los Alamos.“The real estate community set up a medical account to help pay my bills and stuck a bunch of money in it.

  • Wrestling: Toppers get tough draws at Piedra Vista

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper varsity wrestling squad got some rough first-round draws Friday in the Piedra Vista Invitational.Kory Nelson, Zak Wilde and Eric Carlson all drew seeded wrestlers to open the tournament Friday in Farmington and all three fell in tough bouts.All four of the Hilltoppers in varsity competition were still alive heading into day two of the tournament Saturday.

  • Boys basketball: Pojoaque upends LA in tournament

    JACONA — The two Ben Lujan Tournament semifinal teams wanted Friday’s game badly.However, in more than one spot in the game it looked like neither wanted the game at all.In the semifinal game, played at Ben Lujan Gymnasium, the Hilltoppers opened an 8-point halftime lead but lost that lead by the end of the third quarter.In the fourth quarter, the Pojoaque Elks grabbed the lead and threatened to pull away several times, but shot just 3-for-10 from the free throw line in the final period, keeping the Hilltoppers in the game.Alex Ki

  • SPORTS UPDATE: Saturday's Hilltopper results

    Here is a summary of Saturday’s Los Alamos Hilltopper sports. More information on the Hilltoppers will appear later this week in the Monitor.


    Girls basketball

    At Griffith Gymnasium Saturday, the Hilltopper girls varsity basketball squad hung with the visiting Kirtland Central Broncos through three quarters, but the Broncos pulled away in the final period to win 50-39.

  • Discover the best and worst of Wiccan rituals

    The recent Yule ritual held at the Unitarian Church in Los Alamos is one example of “wonderful,” said Azrael K, co-author with Amber K of “Ritual Craft: Creating Rites for Transformation and Celebration” (Llewellyn Publications, 2006).“There was a lot of participation,” she said in an interview Wednesday.

  • Longtime Los Alamos resident gives back to his community

    Frank Harlow, longtime Los Alamos resident, picked up his first paintbrush in 1968. “I just loved the idea of painting,” he said.

  • Thinking Makes It So: Neruda's nitrogen base composition

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote a column about Pablo Neruda, the greatest poet who ever lived, according to Gabriel Garca Mrquez, not according to me. Mrquez has more authority on the matter, what with a canon of extremely popular published books to his name, and me with my long-ish list of Monitor page 4s. So we’ll just assume he’s right, while silently TP-ing Neruda’s soul in our minds.Anyhow, in that particular “Thinking Makes It So,” I spoke at some length of a treasure I found, of all places, in a book of Neruda’s love sonnets.