Today's News

  • LA trips up Taos

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team snapped a six-game winless streak Saturday with a victory over the Taos Tigers.
    Los Alamos won’t have a ton of time to celebrate its victory, however, as it is scheduled to take on the Santa Fe Demons Wednesday at home.
    The Hilltoppers (4-7-2) tallied in each half Saturday to knock off the Tigers 2-1 in Taos. Alex Csanadi and Tristen Roach each picked up goals. Jairo Marquez earned an assist.
    Prior to Saturday’s win, the Hilltoppers hadn’t won since Sept. 5. The Hilltoppers had two straight ties at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational — it fell in both those contests in tiebreakers — then dropped four straight decisions, including losing twice to Capital.

  • On Schedule 09-30-14


    Boys soccer: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.; Los Alamos at Santa Fe, JV, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Capital at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.


    Football: Española at LAMS, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.


    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Highland, JV, 4:30 p.m.; varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    Football: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Cross country: Los Alamos at Twilight Festival (Phoenix, Arizona), boys and girls varsity, TBA.


    Cross country: Los Alamos at Santa Fe Indian School Invite, boys and girls JV, C team, 9 a.m.; LAMS at Santa Fe Indian School Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grades, 3 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 11 a.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 11 a.m.

    Volleyball: Farmington at Los Alamos, C team, 3 p.m.; JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 5 p.m.

  • Girls soccer holds on to top Taos, 2-1

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team and the Taos Tigers scored all the goals in their game Saturday in a 7-minute span in the first half.
    But Los Alamos’ two goals, coming just four minutes apart, would hold up as it picked up a 2-1 victory.
    Hilltopper Charlotte Leonard scored in the 32nd minute coming off an assist from Catie McDonald. McDonald scored shortly afterward off an assist from Cory Carnes to give Los Alamos a 2-0 lead.
    Just before halftime, Taos scored to halve the lead, but neither team could find the net in the second half.
    Los Alamos dominated the game from start to end, getting off 28 shots in the contest to just 3 for the Tigers. Goalkeeper Megan Bucklin got the start and was credited with the win for the Hilltoppers.
    “I was happy with our performance,” Los Alamos head coach AJ Herrera said. “We knew exactly what was coming at us from Taos. Taos worked it up to their fast forwards up top, but we did very well with balls in the air to prevent that.”

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  • LAPD takes aim at domestic violence

     The Los Alamos Police Department will soon be taking a new, proactive tact with domestic violence, all in an effort to reach people before they become victims of domestic violence.
    According to LAPD Officer Adele Girmendonk, while her department is quite good at providing resources and numbers at the scene of an incident, she and her fellow officers are often the first contact domestic violence victims have with any type of help. Girmendonk said the department hopes to change that, hopefully through an awareness campaign starting this October (October is domestic violence awareness month).
    The campaign will include notifications on the department’s web site at losalamosnm.us/police and other events throughout the year. Readers may have already noticed police officers at Saturday’s Health Fair at the Los Alamos High School, where they handed out resources and contact information to attendees.
    The department was also working with the Los Alamos Teen Center. Recently, the teens were featured in the Los Alamos Monitor creating domestic violence prevention posters for the health fair.
    LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone praised Girmendonk for her efforts to help the department become more proactive when it comes to domestic violence.

  • Old allegations resurface at candidate forum

    At the Sept. 18 League of Women Voters Candidates’ Forum, an audience member asked, “Have you ever been accused of abuse of your authority or of improper behavior toward subordinates?”
    Incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) responded no.
    Republican challenger Geoff Rodgers, though, had a response.
    “Yes, when I was the transportation director for Los Alamos Public Schools a couple of drivers accused me of improper behavior. The only thing I can say is that one of my accusers submitted a written public retraction. One of my accusers was terminated for slapping a 4-year-old child on the bus. And one of my accusers admitted under oath that the anonymous letter that she wrote, she only wrote because she was asked to, and she only wrote in that letter what she was asked to write.
    “So what I took away from that experience is that you have to be very, very careful about how you deal with people, especially with subordinates. So when you go about administering discipline to a subordinate, you have to be respectful, which I am. I think that the last four years on the council, I have been in a position with a subordinate staff, and if this were any kind of real problem, that would have surfaced again and again and again.

  • Big crowd at Health Fair

    Members of the community gathered Saturday at Griffith Gymnasium for the 2014 Health Fair. People lined up for free flu shots and many other health related check ups. A free helmet giveaway was available for kids. 

  • McMillan reacts to EM taking over cleanup

    Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan sent an email to employees Friday, announcing four Los Alamos National Laboratory workers have been reassigned and the Department of Energy has pulled nuclear waste cleanup operations from the contractor that runs the lab after a barrel of waste packed at Los Alamos leaked.
    The email obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor read: “the laboratory today is implementing a number of measures aimed at supporting the Department of Energy’s objectives to reopen the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) repository near Carlsbad.
    “Among the actions are changes in our leadership responsible for managing our environmental cleanup and transuranic waste operations. I have asked Deputy Associate Director Enrique (Kiki) Torres to serve as acting lead for our Environmental Programs while the Lab works with DOE to develop a path forward.
    “These actions come after a number of internal investigations and reviews since the February discovery of a leak underground at WIPP from a waste drum that originated here at Los Alamos. Although the exact causes of the leak are still under investigation, I have determined that today’s changes are necessary now as part of our continued recovery actions.

  • Update 09-28-14

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Tuesday at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be . Speaker will be Nina Thayer, a travelogue about Norway and Iceland.


    Los Alamos Little Theater presents auditions for “Murdered to Death.” 3-5 p.m. today. Scripts are available at Mesa Public Library. Needed are five men and five women, ages 25-65. Performances are scheduled for January.


    The Los Alamos League of Women Voters presents the Los Alamos County Council Candidates Forum. 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Also invited are the unopposed candidates for probate judge and public education commission. The county clerk will explain the election procedures. 6:30 p.m. conversation and refreshments.

    Viewing party

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

    Downtown Dogs

    A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.