Today's News

  • Authority selects new CEO for Spaceport America

    UPHAM (AP) — An engineer who has held senior management and planning posts at White Sands Missile Range is Spaceport America's new CEO.

    The board of the authority that oversees the commercial spaceport in southern New Mexico announced Thursday the selection of Daniel Hicks to replace Christine Anderson.

    Hicks' 34 years as an Army civilian employee at White Sands has included working on strategic planning and numerous programs involving missiles, sensors and space.

    Hicks is expected to assume his new positon in November. He's a graduate of Las Cruces High School and New Mexico State University.

    Anderson resigned this summer after holding the position since 2011.

  • Investigation finds 7 more with deficient education licenses

    Las Vegas Optic

    EDS NOTE: The jump on page 1 of today's Los Alamos Monitor should read: See PED, page 3.

  • Homeowners share energy-efficiency tips

    Los Alamos residents had a show-and-tell experience on energy efficiency and water-wise gardening Saturday at the county’s first Energy Efficiency Home Tour.
    Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) Education Programs Director Siobhan Niklasson proposed the idea to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU). PEEC is contracted to do energy and water conservation education for the department. Five homeowners opened their homes to the 81 people who attended the event.
    The tour included examples of how to retrofit a home for energy efficiency or build an energy-wise home from the ground up. All had some common features, such as energy efficient appliances and lighting, energy efficient windows, but other features varied widely.
    The most visually impressive home on the tour was the contemporary, glass-walled home of Sally and Joe Fitzgibbon, which they built after the Cerro Grande fire.
    Both this home and the home of Tom and Rebecca Shankland incorporate passive solar orientation into the design. The homes are oriented 10 degrees and seven degrees east of south, respectively, to allow for optimal heating in the morning and shade in the evening. Both homes incorporate overhangs to shade the windows in the summer and mechanisms for increasing airflow through the house.

  • Prep soccer: LAHS girls get bye, boys receive 5 seed

    Last season, the Los Alamos boy’s soccer team benefited from a first-round bye en route to a state championship appearance.
    This season, the Hilltoppers will have to play an extra game to get there, as they were selected as the No. 5 seed for the Class 5A state tournament, the New Mexico Activities Association announced Sunday.
    “When we knew that we finished third in our district, we knew that it was going to be tough for us to get the bye,” Los Alamos coach Ron Blue said. “We were prepared for it.”
    Los Alamos, which finished the regular season 13-5-2 overall and 3-2-1 in District 2-5A, will host a first-round matchup against No. 12 Goddard at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sullivan Field.
    “We felt like our last two games were playoff games,” Blue said. “Goddard has a losing record so it’s odd that they made it. But with that being said, we know that we’re a pretty solid team and we should be able to go out and play our game.”
    District 2-5A members Albuquerque Academy and Capital both received a first round bye. Academy was selected as the No. 1 seed, while the Jaguars were selected as the No. 3 seed.

  • Prep cross country: ’Topper boys, girls finish 4th at home meet

    The Los Alamos cross country teams are beginning to inch closer to Albuquerque Academy.
    But, the Chargers continued to have the upper hand in Friday’s Los Alamos invitational at the Los Alamos Municipal Golf Course. Academy finished in first on the boy’s side, while the Charger g-irls placed second.
    Both Hilltopper teams finished fourth, respectively.
    The Academy boys benefited from four top-10 individual finishes. Jordan Lesansee, who was the top individual, ran a 16:04.77 to lead the Chargers. A.J. Kedge, Academy’s second-best runner, finished in fifth place. Mark Harrington placed eighth, while Julian Garcia finished in ninth. Skyler Forman, who placed 12th, rounded out the 35-point performance for Academy.
    On the boy’s side, Rafael Sanchez continues to lead the Hilltoppers, the eighth-grader finished in fourth individually with a 16:46.92. It was Sanchez’s fourth-best performance of the season. Seniors Kai Coblentz and Chris Buntain capped the top three for Los Alamos. Coblentz, who finished in 27th place, ran a 17:48.02, while Buntain ran a 17:54.07 to place 29th.

  • Overcoming isolation of the elderly

     A woman I know lives alone and, at age 60-plus, has a chronic health condition. Often she doesn’t feel well. She thinks she would not be good company, so she doesn’t reliably return the calls of people who are trying to be her friends. 

    She’s isolated and depressed and has difficulty asking for help when she needs it. Eventually those friends may stop calling. Does that sound like anyone you know?

    Social isolation of the elderly and those with disabilities is an epidemic of our time. It’s receiving increasing recognition in public policy and public health circles. Isolation makes many frail elderly individuals miserable. And they develop health problems that add costs to our health systems. 

    Most people who have homes want to stay in them as they age; the studies confirm what common sense would tell you. But they (make that “we”) are all at risk for the frailties of old age, including losing the ability to drive and other skills basic to living independently.

  • News for Retirees

    Oct. 24-Oct. 29

    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart




    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    9:45 a.m. Matter of Balance Class

    10 a.m. Advisory Council

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken Tenders 

    6 p.m. Argentine Tango Dancing

    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing


    8:45 a.m. Variety Training

  • LAHS girl’s soccer shutout Capital, boys tie in regular season finale

    Finishing the regular season on a high note was key for the Los Alamos girl’s soccer team.
    The Hilltoppers did just that with a 7-0 win against Capital on Thursday in Santa Fe. Los Alamos finished the regular season 15-5 overall and 4-2 in District 2-5A.
    “This was really good because I was able to play and start some of the backup players,” Los Alamos coach Gary Ahlers said. “We have the injury bug that hit us. I got several players that are down right now. Being able to play some of the players that haven’t seen a lot time is a big confidence booster.”
    The Hilltoppers are virtually a lock for not only a spot in the Class 5A state tournament, but also a home game in the first round. But, the question now for Los Alamos is whether or not it did enough to earn a top-four seed and a first round bye. That question will be answered on Sunday during the soccer state tournament selection show.
    “If we get a five or a six seed, I’m not going to be upset with it,” Gary Ahlers said. “There are some teams out there that won their district and if they get the top four seeds I won’t be upset. When you get to this time of the season, the top six are pretty close on any given day.”

  • DOH sets new hours in Los Alamos

    The New Mexico Department of Health has changed the hours of operation and services provided at the Los Alamos Public Health Office due to staffing changes.
    The clinic, located at 1183 Diamond Drive, No. D, in Los Alamos, will be open Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed noon-1 p.m.) and will be closed Mondays.
    Services provided at this clinic will include children’s medical services (children and youth with special health care needs), and women, infants, and children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program. Services will be provided by appointment only.
     All other public health services are available at the Rio Arriba County Public Health Office located at 2010 Industrial Park Rd in Española. Appointments are also required at the Rio Arriba office.
    For more details, contact the Los Alamos Public Health Office at 662-4038 or the Rio Arriba Public Health Office at  753-2794.

  • Community Calendar 10-21-16

    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.
    Photography Class for second and third-graders from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore the basics of taking a good picture with retired teacher Mrs. Magelssen. This class is perfect for second- and third-grade students. A camera and snacks will be provided. Space is limited. Advance registration required. Cost is $16 for members, $20 for non-members.

    Feature Film: “From Earth to the Universe” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy 180 degrees of entertainment. Join us on a colorful and inspiring journey through our universe. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.

    Dark Night at 6:30 p.m. at Spirio soccer field, Overlook Park, White Rock. The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night, weather permitting. The public is invited to wander among the telescopes and star gaze. Five planets will potentially be visible during the night: Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. There will be a tour of the late-summer and fall constellations, and telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve at 662-3252 for information.