Today's News

  • Girls tennis: Toppers take 2nd place at Carlsbad

    This weekend's Carlsbad Invitational went pretty much the way Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis coach Bruce Cottrell thought it would.

    Los Alamos finished second in team standings behind the host Carlsbad Cavemen at the tournament. The tournament was scheduled for two days, but Friday's singles competition was called off due to rain.

    While the Hilltoppers were hoping to get the singles matches in, mostly for the benefit of their younger players, they did play some exhibition matches late Friday with Carlsbad.

  • Local scout leader earns the silver award

    The Great Southwest Council of the Boy Scouts of America honored local resident Sandy Jennings with the council-level distinguish service award, the Silver Beaver, at the annual recognition event held Feb. 21 in Albuquerque.

    The Silver Beaver is the highest award that can be presented by a local council for noteworthy service of an exceptional character to youth within the council.

  • Thomas has county's best interests in mind

    Being responsible for a company’s asset sounds like a daunting task. After all, it’s a big job. But if you’re like Los Alamos County Risk Manager Joe Thomas, taking on that responsibility comes naturally after what seems like a lifetime of being in the insurance business.

    Thomas has been the county’s risk manager for a little over a month. He came to Los Alamos from Louisiana, where he worked as a risk manager for an Isle of Capri Casino.

  • Lab safety officer honored

    The Chief Electrical Safety Officer of Los Alamos National Laboratory has won high national recognition for outstanding leadership in electrical safety.

    Lloyd Gordon is an experimental researcher in high-energy, pulsed power engineering and plasma physics. Among his many contributions in his parallel career as a national authority in the field of electrical safety, Gordon has developed a measuring stick for comparing the severity of electrical accidents.

  • Black dogs and new patterns

    A Native American story goes like this:

    There is a cave in which lives an old woman who for years has been weaving a garment – a special garment, sewn from porcupine quills. Its pattern is sacred to honor the ceremony for which it is intended, because it is this ceremony that sustains the world soul.

  • Thoughts on Trinity redesign

    Dear Editor,

    The article in the Friday, March 6, 2009, Los Alamos Monitor failed to elaborate on the problems roundabouts pose for the following five categories of pedestrians: children, the less fleet of foot (whom much of the documentation calls elderly), the visually and cognitively impaired and those who travel via wheel chairs or mobility scooters.

  • Long wait at the pharmacy

    Dear Editor,

    Just diagnosed with a more severe case of the flu, I dropped off the prescription at the nearest pharmacy. Although there was nobody in the pharmacy, the sales assistant behind the counter told me, “It’s 20 minutes.”

    I didn’t see anybody in front of me, so she explained, “They have left for the wait and we must work on their prescriptions before yours.”

  • Hilltoppers upset in hocky finale

    It wasn’t supposed to end this way.

    The Hilltopper hockey team had roared through the regular season with a 15-0-1 record, capturing convincing victories against every team in the state.

    The postseason began with three more wins in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League tournament, putting Los Alamos within a single victory of the league championship.

  • Building up speaking skills

    During the Los Alamos County Speech Contest, students needed to be quick with their words and smooth with their talk. The most skilled speakers proved to be Piñon Elementary School fifth-graders Derek Selvage and John Valdiviez.

    Selvege earned first place in the serious speech competition and Valdiviez earned first place in the humorous competition.

    The title of Selvege’s speech was, “Are you going to help me?” by Mark Hansen. Valdiviez presented a speech titled, “Librarian from the Black Lagoon,” by Mike Thaler.

  • ’Toppers finish 2nd behind Cibola

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team took second for the second straight week to open the season Saturday.

    Running at their second Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational meets in as many weeks, the Hilltoppers finished with 102 team points. They finished second in team competition behind a powerful Cibola squad which demolished the competition at the 2007 Class AAAAA state championship meet.

    Cibola finished with 160 team points, more than Los Alamos and La Cueva put together at Saturday’s meet at Milne Stadium.