Today's News

  • This club's for you

    On Sept. 8, clubs from Los Alamos High School set up booths in the commons area for the annual Activities Fair.
    There are 50 different student organizations and clubs at the high school offering a variety of interests for student participation.
    Clubs range from the Anime Club (Japanese animation), Book Club and Chess Club to a Video Gaming and Tabletop Gaming clubs and Spanish Club. Each year the Activities Fair invites students to visit the club booths and learn more about what each club has to offer.
    If you like to talk, argue and make speeches, become an expert with the HillTalker Speech and Debate Club. Imagine yourself working in the pit at the National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR), join the Auto Club and learn how it’s done. If you want to take singing in the shower to a new level, join the choir to sing in concerts, festivals and community events.
    The Robotics, Science Bowl and Science Fair clubs will challenge students interested in pursuing science. If marketing, management and entrepreneurship sound exciting to students, there is a club called DECA (Distributive Education Club of America) that helps students to learn about these fields.

  • Animal Shelter 09-14-14


     The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:


    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care. 

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

  • Today in history Sept. 13
  • News Briefs 09-12-14

    Hilltopper wish list released

    The annual Wish List for Hilltopper staff has been released for the 2014-2015 school year. Those who have extra school supplies on hand may donate them to the main office.
    Tissues and hand sanitizer are in high demand as allergy season is in full bloom and cold and flu season is around the corner. Additional requests include a variety of breakfast items and pre-packages snacks to get students through the day.
    Questions should be directed to individual staff members or call 672-4089 for additional information.
    Visit the Los Alamos Monitor website to view the entire list.

    U.S. judge refuses to block
    casino pact for pueblo

  • 'Manhattan' sixth episode discussed by public

    As WGN’s Manhattan continues, there was another great audience on Sunday for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s viewing of the sixth episode. The Los Alamos Historical Society would like to send out a special thanks to this audience who contributed a lot of the information in this press release, thank you! The society has collected some of the questions and discussion points heard on Sunday. The bulletin board in the museum is updated, and these points as well as those from previous episodes are available on our website, losalamoshistory.org and on our Facebook page.
    Join the Los Alamos Historical Society Sundays at Time Out Pizzeria in Los Alamos from 8-9:30 p.m. for a viewing and discussion of Manhattan.
    What was the X-10 reactor?
    The X-10 reactor was an original part of the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. It went critical on November 4, 1943. The reactor acted as a pilot reactor, creating the first significant amount of plutonium for the project. Officials were able to see that creating the plutonium worked and built the site in Hanford, Washington to produce the Plutonium needed for the Atomic bombs.
    Did Los Alamos scientists go to Oak Ridge?

  • Update 09-12-14

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    The Zone

    The Zone is now open after school, 3-5 p.m. weekdays. It’s open to all school age kids, and a relaxed attitude to noise applies, so if kids want to listen to music, watch a video, or chat with friends, nobody’s going to come by and say “Hush.” All other library policies apply.


    Los Alamos Middle School is interested in your donations of bagged soil or compost for multiple garden projects at the school. Donations can be left at the main office and large donations can request a pick up by calling 663-3252.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Monday at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Rotary District Governor Lonnie Leslie.


    AAUW Fall Luncheon. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road, lower entrance. $15 per person, catered by Ruby K’s.  

  • O'Keefe museum to put up three works for auction

    SANTA FE (AP) — The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum has decided to sell three works by the American modernist painter to benefit its acquisitions fund.
    Among those to go on the auction block is one of O’Keeffe’s most well-known flower paintings — Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1. The painting is expected to fetch somewhere between $10 million and $15 million when Sotheby’s offers it as the centerpiece of its American art sale in New York in November.
    The other two works are “On the Old Santa Fe Road and “Untitled (Skunk Cabbage).” They are expected to bring in $3.7 million combined.

  • Police chief to speak at MOWW

    The Military Order of the World Wars will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday in the Los Alamos Research Park.
    This month’s speaker will be Chief Dino Sgambellone of the Los Alamos Police Department. He has been an officer for more than 23 years, but has been in Los Alamos less than a year. He will talk about a vision for the police department and issues impacting the community.
    The meeting will be held in Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room. Parking is available east to the fire station (accessible from southbound land of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge) or east of the Research Park building (access is through the LANL control stations to West Jemez road.) Entrance to the Research Park main conference room is from the ground level by use of the ground level elevator on the east side of the building to the second level.
    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m.followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. The presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost. RSVP is due Sunday.

  • LAFD does its part to honor 9/11 victims

    Thursday morning, with a piece of the World Trade Center in hand, a group of firefighters, mostly from the department’s newly-formed honor guard and one police officer quietly assembled in the Pajarito Ski Area parking lot.
    They were there to try out an idea they hope they will be able to open up to the public next year, a hike to the top of Pajarito Mountain as a way to honor those that were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
    As the memory of the terrorist attacks fade in the public consciousness, fire departments across the country including Los Alamos have found ways to honor their comrades who lost their lives during the attacks through smaller, yet more meaningful ceremonies such as “stair climbs,” name readings and moments of silence.
    A stair climb event is where firefighters suit up in full gear and walk a flight of stairs that corresponds roughly to the elevation of the Twin Towers, which is around 1,100 feet.
    According to LAFD Deputy Chief Justin Grider, this hike will be the Los Alamos version of the stair climb ceremony. From the parking lot to the peak is roughly the same distance. Grider said the idea came from the fire department’s honor guard, which was formed just this year.

  • An artful celebration

    As one of the Los Alamos Science Week activities, residents and visitors were invited to tour the municipal building’s collection of public art on Wednesday. Residents could also vote on their favorite submission for a piece of art to adorn the adjoining plaza. The Art in Public Places Board’s (APPB) call for submissions drew a range of creative proposals. Several incorporated technology, others were interactive. At left is the Portal to the Future and right is the Secret Life of a Cube. Go to LAMonitor.com to see other submissions and descriptions. Feedback on the proposals may be sent to appa@lacnm.us.