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Today's News

  • Meeting to discuss WR projects

    The staff of Los Alamos County’s Community Economic Development department will hold a public meeting Monday to discuss the White Rock Complex Remodel project.
    The meeting is scheduled from 5:30-7 p.m. at the White Rock Senior Center.
    In 2012, Los Alamos County council approved a reduced project scope and the associated funding of $8.4 million to be included in the FY13 budget.
    The project returned to council with a redefined scope including a smaller 10,500 square foot library, which will be near Piñon Park, as well as the remodeling of the existing Youth Activity Center and the existing Municipal Complex.
    Also included are plans to expand the White Rock Senior Center — that will go into the space of the current White Rock library branch — and expanding the community activity area into the current Town Hall area.
    According to the county, Monday’s meeting will provide an update to the community on the project, which is currently moving through the design process to construction in concert with the library and YAC portions.
    For questions or more information, contact the economic development department at 662-8087.

  • Update 10-26-14

    Martinez rally

    The public is welcome for a Meet and Greet and “Get out and vote rally” with Gov. Susana Martinez and other state and local candidates. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 29 at the Smith’s Marketplace patio. Lunch and Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Kelly Benner at kellybbritz@gmail.com.

    Library party

    The 20th birthday party for Mesa Public Library. 2-4 p.m. today at the upstairs gallery. The celebration will include a birthday cake, tours of the building led by Library Manager Steven Thomas and tours of the artwork in and around the library by staff member Katy Korkos. Call Mesa Public Library for more information at 662-8240.

    'Friends' meeting

    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. The next meeting is Tuesday. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    Little theater

  • Candidate profile: Pat Casados

    Editor’s Note: Part of Pat Casados’ responses to questions from the Los Alamos Monitor was inadvertently omitted from Friday’s Election Section. She is running for the position of magistrate judge. Casados’ answers are being re-run in their entirety.

    Name: Pat A. Casados
    Age: 63
    Party: Democrat
    Occupation: Los Alamos County Magistrate Judge
    Previous elected political offices: None
    Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? No
    Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? No
    Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Los Alamos County? No

    1. What are your qualification of being a judge?

  • Bus routes to Bandelier will end Monday

    Monday will be this year’s last day of shuttle bus service from White Rock to Bandelier National Monument. 
    The busy season at Bandelier is now over, according to monument officials, and visitors will again be allowed to drive to the Visitor Center during the day.
    In June 2011, the Las Conchas Fire burned over 156,500 acres in the Jemez Mountains, including about two-thirds of the Bandelier backcountry.
    With the watersheds burned bare, summer rains brought huge flash floods down the canyons.
    Because of safety concerns and damage caused by flooding at Bandelier, vehicle parking is limited.
    One of the structures damaged because of flooding was the bridge that allowed visitors to make use of parking spaces on the far side of the creek.
    Without it, the monument had far fewer spaces than needed during its busy season, and visitors would have spent hours waiting in line for parking.
    To make up for those parking issues, the shuttle system was begun and continued in the succeeding summers, a cooperative effort between Atomic City Transit, Los Alamos County and Bandelier.
    This year between the start date in late May and the end date in late October, the shuttles carried more than 45,500 passengers.

  • Clarification 10-26-14

    In Friday’s story, “Letter warns parents about enterovirus,” it was incorrectly implied that there is a vaccine for Enterovirus EV-D-68. There is no vaccine to prevent Enterovirus EV D-68. However, there are vaccines for influenza and other seasonal viruses.

  • On Schedule 10-26-14

    Monday
    Football: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

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

    Friday
    Cross country: Los Alamos at District 2-5A Championship (Bernalillo), boys and girls varsity, 3 p.m.

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

    Football: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity 7 p.m.

  • Friday's prep football scores

    Artesia 56, Roswell 6
    Atrisco Heritage 65, Rio Grande 14
    Aztec 49, Piedra Vista 14
    Belen 49, Los Lunas 7
    Bloomfield 55, Thoreau 0
    Carlsbad 25, Hobbs 14
    Chaparral 24, Santa Teresa 19
    Clayton 57, Raton 0
    Cleveland 38, Volcano Vista 0
    Clovis 35, Alamogordo 0
    Cobre 48, Socorro 6
    Del Norte 41, Capital 7
    Dexter 19, Texico 18
    Escalante 52, Questa 14
    Estancia 74, Dulce 0
    Floyd 51, San Jon/Grady 0
    Foothill 44, Menaul 34
    Gateway Christian 22, Tatum 14
    Goddard 50, Lovington 0
    Grants 13, Albuquerque Academy 12
    Hagerman 58, Fort Sumner 35
    Hondo 68, Animas 18
    Jemez Valley 39, Ramah 20
    Kirtland Central 60, Wingate 0
    La Cueva 28, Sandia 17
    Laguna-Acoma 64, Cuba 0
    Lake Arthur 74, Roy/Wagon Mound 0
    Logan 60, Mescalero Apache 0
    Lordsburg 39, Capitan 13
    Magdalena 71, Cloudcroft 0
    Mayfield 51, Deming 0
    Melrose 66, Dora 14
    Miyamura 38, Gallup 0
    Navajo Prep 50, Tohatchi 0
    Oñate 45, Gadsden 20
    Pojoaque 21, West Las Vegas 19
    Rio Rancho 51, Cibola 16
    Ruidoso 35, Portales 0
    Santa Fe Indian 28, Crownpoint 22
    Shiprock def. Zuni, forfeit

  • LA scores first win of year vs. ’Devils

    ESPAÑOLA — It took two long months for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team to get over the hump.
    After struggling this entire season, the Hilltoppers finally broke into the win column Friday night, and managed to do so in a tough place: Española Valley.
    Los Alamos had to gut it out through a sloppy fourth quarter, but held on for a 38-28 victory over the Sundevils.
    The two teams were playing for a chance to stay alive in the District 2-5A race, although both teams needed not just a win but also some help in order to do so. It was Los Alamos that ended up getting both, not only picking up the win but getting the win it needed from Del Norte, which crushed Capital 41-7 Friday night, to stay alive.
    Now, with a winnable game scheduled for next week at Bernalillo, Los Alamos could find itself in a position that seemed almost absurd just days ago: a chance to play for the district title and the right to go to the state playoffs.
    “We knew we needed to win,” said Hilltopper fullback Derek Selvage, who had a monster game against the Sundevils. “We haven’t had many guys out (for football) this season, but we’ve had as many guys as we’ve needed.”

  • Playoff brackets to be released by NMAA

    Los Alamos’ girls and boys soccer teams, not to mention the rest of the teams in the state, will learn their postseason fates today.
    The New Mexico Activities Association will release it playoff brackets for all classifications today. Brackets will be released on the NMAA’s website, nmact.org, by 5 p.m.
    The Hilltopper girls have clinched a playoff spot and Los Alamos’ boys, with a 10-8-2 record and a runner-up finish in District 2, appear to be a very safe bet to get entry into the playoff field.
    The first round of the 5A postseason will be played Friday and Saturday at various sites around the state. The main draw, which will include the top four seeds — all of which have byes in the first round — will begin Nov. 6 in Albuquerque.
    In the state rankings, released last week, Los Alamos’ boys are ranked ninth. If they were to remain in that position when today’s seeding is released, they would be on the road for the first round, possibly heading to eighth-ranked Santa Teresa.
    Should Los Alamos move into the top eight, which it may have a chance to do after sweeping its final three contests of the year, it would have a first-round game at Sullivan Field.

  • LA’s Foley is the big winner in girls cross country race

    It wasn’t the finish the home crowd was expecting from the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team.
    But, despite a lackluster showing at the Los Alamos Invitational Friday, the Hilltoppers aren’t quite ready to push the panic button.
    Los Alamos hosted the final meet of its regular season Friday at Los Alamos Golf Course. Los Alamos, which has been the dominant program in Class 5A all season long, finished behind not one but two 5A teams taking part in the meet, the St. Pius X Sartans and the Albuquerque Academy Chargers.
    Academy and St. Pius, the two teams the Hilltoppers will likely have to fend off in their quest for a sixth consecutive state championship in two weeks, both scored their first better team finishes of the season against the Hilltoppers Friday. The Chargers finished with 74 team points — good enough for the runner-up spot — and the Sartans finished in third place with 86 points, which edged out Los Alamos, which had 87 points and finished fourth in team standings.
    Despite being at home for the only time in 2014, Los Alamos knew Friday’s race would be a challenge going in.
    Los Alamos was dealing with both injury and illness Friday. Regular starter Zoe Hemez sat out the race and Los Alamos elected to start just six runners.