Today's News

  • Track and field teams set personal bests at Rust Buster

    The Los Alamos High School track and field teams traveled to Rio Rancho last weekend for the Rio Rancho Rust Buster, with both teams having standout performances and multiple personal bests.

    For the boys, senior captain Ben Schauer was the leading point-earner, with second-place finishes in the triple jump and the high jump, earning 9.5 points for the Hilltoppers.

    Steven Strevell earned the only first-place finish of the meet for LAHS, winning the 1,600-meter dash with a time of 4:41.82.

    Freshman Rafael Sanchez was also impressive in the 1,600-meter dash, earning fourth place with a time of 4:44.52, which is less than one second away from the all-time LAHS freshman record set back in 1998 by Brad Skidmore.

    Elijah Velasquez impressed in the 800-meter dash, with a time of 2:03.92, which was good for second place.

    In total, the Hilltoppers had 19 new personal records, and earned 50.83 points as a team.

    For the girls, Becca Green was once again a standout for the second meet in a row. In the shot put, Green easily earned first place with a throw of 38 feet-6 inches.

    In the discus, she earned second place with a throw of 117 feet-3 inches, losing by just 2 feet. The next-closest throw after Green’s was 14 feet shorter.

  • Pitchers dominate as LAHS sweeps doubleheader

    Behind unbelievable pitching performances by Reyna Lucero and Savana Luster, the Los Alamos High School softball team swept its home-opening doubleheader against St. Pius X High School, winning the first game 6-0 and the second game 16-1.

    Starting the first game, Lucero did not allow a single hit in her complete game shutout, and was in complete control from the first pitch until the game ended.

    The Sartans had trouble making solid contact starting in the first inning when Lucero worked around a hit by pitch by forcing a pair of weak groundouts to the second baseman and a soft lineout.

    Her dominance continued in the second inning, when she struck out her first batter of the game looking on a pitch down in the strike zone.

    She added on more strikeout in the third inning, and two more in the fourth inning, as St. Pius failed to make consistent contact.

    Lucero cruised until reaching the final inning, when her rising pitch count made her pitches harder to execute. In the seventh inning, she walked the leadoff batter before getting two quick outs on popups on the infield.

    With two outs, it was clear she was beginning to tire as she walked her second batter of the inning and putting runners on first and second. It was the only time a runner reached scoring position for the Sartans the entire game.

  • Sydoriak to speak March 31 at Jemez Springs Library

    Los Alamos Living Treasure and author Stephanie Sydoriak will presents her book “An Ocean Between: 100% American-100% Ukrainian,” at 2 p.m. March 31 at the Jemez Springs Library.

    Sydoriak was born in 1926 of Ukrainian immigrant parents in Boston, Massachusetts. Her undergraduate degree was in physics from Northeastern University. She continued graduate studies at Yale, but left before obtaining her master’s degree when her husband finished his Ph.D.

    The couple moved to Los Alamos in 1948, where they brought up six children.

    In recognition of her service to Los Alamos, she was named a Los Alamos Living Treasure of 2011.

    She will have copies of her book available for purchase and signing.

  • PEEC to host ‘Flat Earth’ debate

    The Los Alamos Nature Center has two planetarium programs the weekend of March 31: a screening of the full-dome film “Incoming!” at 2 p.m. March 31 and a “Flat Earth Debate” at 2 p.m. April 1.

    The Los Alamos Nature Center, operated by Pajarito Environmental Education Center, will be open from 1-4 p.m. on April 1.

    “Incoming!” traces the paths of comets and asteroids and takes a close-up look at interstellar collisions that have impacted Earth – as well as those still pending.

    What evidence is there for a flat Earth? What evidence is there to establish the true shape of the Earth? Local astronomers will hold a discussion of the Flat Earth theories to answer these questions at 2 p.m. April 1.

    Since most Flat-Earthers claim that space flight has been faked and discount photographs as being too easily manipulated, the discussion will be limited to measurements that can be made from the ground and without photographs.

    For more information about this and future planetarium shows, visit peecnature.org/planetarium. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for children. To reserve tickets, call 662-0460.

  • Popular Passport program returns

    Usually if someone tells someone else to “take a hike” it’s not a good thing. And they’re certainly not going to give a prize to the other person for following their suggestion.

    But when the Pajarito Environmental Education Center invites someone to take a hike it’s definitely meant in a good way, and there are even prizes given out to encourage people to hit the trails.

    PEEC, located at the Los Alamos Nature Center, loves to get people out on the many area trails so much, it developed its Passport to the Pajarito Plateau Program. The program launched on Earth Day 2016.

    Since then, over 10,000 hikes have been reported back to PEEC through the program, which is free to participants, with over 200 hikers finishing the hikes covered in the passports, of which there are now two.

    “The first passport came out two Earth Days ago and then the newer one came out last year on Earth Day,” said PEEC Executive Director Katy Bruell. “We won’t be rolling out a third one this year on Earth Day. We may at some point, but right now we’re still exploring funding for that.”

    Bruell said the passports – and prizes given for reaching various numbers of hikes completed – cost approximately $20,000, the majority of which covers the prizes.

  • LALO’s ‘Guys and Dolls’ set for March 22 weekend

    Special to the Monitor

    What a gamble! Because of all the promises that the Duane Smith Auditorium would be ready in time, Los Alamos Light Opera (LALO) bet on late February dates and lost. But Lady Luck was with them, and Crossroads Bible Church agreed to host the romantic comedy “Guys and Dolls” a month later.

    Now, here it is! LALO presents the Tony Award winner from the 1950s in four performances, March 22, 23 and 24.

    When polled by LALO a year ago, theater enthusiasts in Los Alamos chose “Guys and Dolls” as the best bet for an upbeat and family-friendly show with great songs, a large cast, a full orchestra, and dancing.

    Laurie Tomlinson directs the show with favorite music director Gretchen Amstutz and choreographer Brooke Davis.

    “Guys and Dolls” is from a Damon Runyon short story about a couple of New York City gamblers, their rowdy pals, and the girls they fall for. It’s a classic, Tony Award-winning Broadway show, with book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling and music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. The full sets built for the Duane Smith Auditorium have been adapted to the new venue to transport the audience to “The Big Apple,” with  its gamblers, street vendors, chorus girls and con artists tempting the many tourists.

  • LALT delivers madcap comedy sequel with ‘Secondary Cause of Death’

    Special to the Monitor

    Three years ago, Los Alamos Little Theater treated audiences to Peter Gordon’s “Murdered to Death.” This month, thespians will present the eagerly anticipated sequel, “Secondary Cause of Death,” Fridays and Saturdays, beginning this weekend.

    It’s 1939, and Colonel Charles Craddock has inherited Bagshot House, the setting for “Murdered to Death,” which he has remodeled into a hotel. Craddock is less than charmed to welcome Inspector George Algernon Pratt, who arrives once again, this time delivering to the colonel unfortunate news about his mentally unhinged wife. Very soon after, Pratt becomes ensnared in a dangerous and labyrinthine whodunit.

    Questions ensue and almost nobody escapes suspicion.

    Who is the enigmatic Polish count? Is Henrietta really an Army captain? Where does the colorful thespian Cardew Longfellow fit into the picture? And since this is 1939, where does Hitler fit in?

    Joan Maple’s less famous sister Cynthia, the housekeeper, Intelligence agents, and double-agents keep the plot spinning out of control in the best possible way.

  • FLAC to open ‘Spirit Lines and Untold Minds’ exhibit

    The Fuller Lodge Art Center will open its newest exhibit “Spirit Lines” from 5-7 p.m. March 23.

    Through a myriad of mixed media, over 40 artists have shown us the spirit within their artwork.

    Whether through totems or religion, Shringar or Wabi Sabi, or even just seeing beauty in the broken parts of the world, “Spirit Lines” captures the soul of each artist on display. The public is invited to by and celebrate life as it is…perfect in its imperfections.

    Compassionate Touch Network will also be opening their exhibit, “PhotoVoice – Untold Minds,” in the Portal Gallery at the same time. This show is a dynamic approach to sharing photos, telling stories, and changing communities. At the heart of “Untold Minds” is the belief in giving voice to the individual and collective experiences of individuals living with serious mental illness.

    Elizabeth Brosha will be playing the harp through the evening. Meet the artists, listen to the music and enjoy free refreshments.

    The exhibits will remain on display through May 5.

  • Less of New Mexico's famed chile crop produced in 2017

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico farmers produced fewer of the state's famed hot peppers in 2017, and data released by federal and state agriculture officials show the value of the chile crop has declined.

    The tallies for the last growing season show planted chile acreage has shrunk by more than half over the last 17 years, from a peak in 2005 of 17,500 acres (7,082 hectares) to 8,100 acres (3,278 hectares) last year. About 94 percent of that was harvested.

    The number of tons produced also has dropped, and agricultural experts are placing the blame on a lack of labor and a persistent drought that has forced farmers to shift priorities.

    As for the value of the crop, that dropped to an estimated $44.6 million in 2017 despite continued demand for New Mexico's signature crop.

    New Mexico Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte said Wednesday that limited irrigation supplies have resulted in farmers focusing what little water they do get on more permanent crops such as the pecan orchards that line the Hatch and Mesilla valleys in southern New Mexico.

    That has left annual crops such as chile, lettuce and onions in the dust.

    Still, Witte said there's no danger of New Mexico's annual tradition of roasting green chile going by the wayside.

  • Arts & Entertainment Calendar March 14

    Art exhibits
    National Museum of Nuclear Science & History has opened a permanent exhibit by American sculptor Jim Sanborn called “Critical Assembly, the Secrets of Los Alamos 1944: An Installation by American Sculptor Jim Sanborn,” which recreates the Manhattan Project experiments that determined when plutonium goes “critical in an atomic bomb.” The museum is open seven days a week from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and is located at 601 Eubank Blvd. SE, in Albuquerque. Call 505-245-2137 for information, or visit nuclearmuseum.org.

    The Face of Time exhibit open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center, 2132 Central Ave., Los Alamos, in the Portal Gallery at the Fuller Lodge Art Center, we will be featuring the work of local artist Jocelyn Warner! Warner’s show, “The Face of Time” will showcase her hand-made clocks, ranging in a variety of media from wood to ceramics. Open through Saturday.

    House of Eternal Return, Meow Wolf. Located at 1352 Rufina Circle, Santa Fe. Call 395-6369 for information. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed every Tuesday. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.