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  • Los Alamos beats Colorado at regionals

    Los Alamos County’s junior All-Star softball team took down the Colorado state champs, 19-7, in the opening round of the Southwest Regional championships Saturday in Santa Fe.
    “Everyone was playing solid,” Los Alamos manager Robbie Harris said. “We had really good defense and excellent bats.”
    With a 17-9 lead in the fifth inning, Los Alamos’ Lauren Harris smashed a two-run home run to end the contest with the 10-run mercy rule.
    Harris also hit a home run in the second inning and finished the game with six RBI.
    Los Alamos started strong and scored 16 runs in the first three innings to pull away.
    Jayde Tucker gave Los Alamos the early momentum. In the bottom of the first, Tucker hit a single, stole third base and then stole home to put Los Alamos up 1-0.
    In the second inning, Los Alamos extended its lead to 10-1. Tucker hit a two-RBI single, Harris hit a three-run homer and Reyna Lucero smacked a two-RBI double.
    Colorado then had a big inning, but Los Alamos matched Colorado’s big inning with a six-run third, scoring on walks by Jordan Jaramillo and Lucero.
    Lucero also started the game on the mound for Los Alamos and pitched the first couple of innings.

  • Today in history July 25
  • Stones' tribute band plays tonight

    Russ Gordon hopes Los Alamos music fans will get “satisfied” at tonight’s summer concert.
    Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute band, will appear at Ashley Pond at 7 p.m. All Gordon’s Summer Concerts are free.
    Satisfaction dubs itself as “The International Rolling Stones Show.” This is the 15th year the group has been together and its website boasts 2,500 live performances during that time.
    The group became the first Rolling Stones show to debut on the Las Vegas Strip in 2005 and was given positive reviews for its performance.
    In 2010, according to the group’s website, it was approved by the Rolling Stones to perform long term engagements with the Walt Disney Corporation.
    Chris LeGrand performs as the Stones’ legendary frontman, Mick Jagger. LeGrand started Satisfaction in 2001.
    LeGrand helped roll out “Gimme Abbey,” a multimedia stage production with Satisfaction and a Beatles tribute band that debuted in 2014.
    The Summer Concert Series has brought in some different tribute bands in the past few seasons, including The Police Experience and last year’s Yellow Dubmarine, a Beatles reggae tribute.
    Next week is Los Alamos Monitor night. Big Sam’s Funky Town is scheduled to perform.

  • Former LA resident charged in sex crime

    A sex offender who lived in Los Alamos was recently arrested in Seattle and charged with soliciting sex with a minor.
    Los Alamos sheriff Marco Lucero said he’d recently been in contact with Seattle officials about Nolan Cyre.
    Lucero, who keeps tabs on registered sex offenders in Los Alamos County, said Cyre was “briefly” registered in the county last year.
    Lucero said he’d had several communications with Cyre during his short stay in Los Alamos before he chose to move to Washington state.
    Cyre, according to a story in the Seattle Times, was arrested earlier this month while allegedly attempting to pay an underage girl $100 for sex. According to the story, Cyre was allegedly attempting to meet the girl at a Seattle fast-food restaurant when he was arrested.
    Cyre was originally convicted of a sex offense in North Carolina in 2010.
    Lucero said there are currently eight registered sex offenders in Los Alamos County.

  • Opera at Bandelier returns on Sept. 26

    Opera on the Rocks at Bandelier National Monument’s Juniper Campground outdoor amphitheater is an annual event now in its fourth year.
    This year the performance will take place on the evening of Sept. 26.
    Opera Alta will present “Bastien and Bastienne” and selections from Mozart’s “Magic Flute.” “Bastien and Bastienne” was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he was 12. It is the story of the travails of a shepherdess and her sweetheart, helped along by a would-be magician.
    The selections from Mozart’s famous “Magic Flute” will include  “The 3 Spirits and Papageno” and arias from Tamino and Pamina. All will be sung in English.
    The event is an opportunity for those not familiar with opera, as well as opera enthusiasts, see the opera in a unique venue.
    Beginning at 4 p.m. participants can pick up the Atomic City Transit shuttles from either Sullivan Field in Los Alamos or the White Rock Visitor Center.
    Parking will not be available at Bandelier for the event.
    Respected drummer Arnold Herrera from Cochiti Pueblo will be the first performer of the evening, starting at 4 p.m. A sing-along prior to the main event and the two main performances will be coordinated by local opera singer Alicia Solomon.

  • Cause of house fire is not determined

    An investigation into a May 15 house fire by the Los Alamos Fire Department has proved inconclusive, said a spokesperson for the LAFD. LAFD Dep. Chief Justin Grider said the department’s conclusion is official.
    “The rule and cause determination has been ruled undetermined by the fire department,” said Grider. However, he said the homeowner’s insurance company is still investigating.
    Part of the investigation he said includes investigators testing objects within the area of origin.
    According to private insurance investigator Matt Williams, the fire started in an area that included a kitchen countertop.
    The fire occurred in the Tsikimu neighborhood on North Mesa sometime in the morning.
    According to police reports, Cpl. James Keane was patrolling the area when he spotted smoke coming from the house. Keane found two residents who had breached a raised glass door and were trying to get to a 57-year-old resident of the home who was still inside the burning building.
    Keane then went inside the burning house and brought the man out safely.
    The man was successfully treated at the local hospital for his injuries.
    Also rescued from the house were three dogs.

  • Church listings 7-24-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served during fellowship hour starting at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Longest serving employee honored

    Employment longevity for Los Alamos County employees is now being measured in “Hubers.” For example, someone retiring after the standard 25-year career is said to have half a Huber.
    “She is the standard for longevity at the county, and that standard continues to grow,” said Joseph D’Anna, deputy chief financial officer.
    That is because Shirley Huber just celebrated 50 years with the county. She was hired in 1965 — three years before the county was even incorporated.
    “The one constant in this county since its inception is Shirley,” D’Anna said.
    The actual date of Huber’s hire was Nov. 16, 1965, but the head of Huber’s division, Information Management Manager Laura Gonzales, asked Huber to move the date of her party up to sometime before Gonzales herself retires in October. Huber chose July 23, which also happens to be her birthday.
    “I used to always tease her that I was going to retire before she did, and she’s like, ‘Oh, no.’ And here it is, and I’m going to retire before she does,” Gonzales said.
    Technically, Huber could retire tomorrow and still have logged in 50 years with all her accumulated sick leave — almost 4,000 hours — and vacation leave.

  • About our changes…

    Effective Aug. 1, the Los Alamos Monitor print publication will be moving to a three issues per week publishing cycle and we will be investing more to expand our coverage in print and online.
    The Los Alamos Monitor in print will publish Wednesday, Friday and Sunday each week and online 24/7. We will continue to cover news in the printed edition, but we will expand our feature-oriented content throughout the newspaper and online site.
    We will also continue to grow our stable of tourist and niche products both in print and online.
    In an effort to better serve our subscribers, we will be moving from carrier delivery to mail. We have been a carrier delivered newspaper for decades, relying on independent contractors to handle distribution.
    Over the years, habits have changed and reliability of service has diminished in some cases, along with our ability to control service for timely delivery.
    These changes have been going on in the newspaper industry for many years as newspapers adjust to changing habits and disruptive technology. New Mexico especially has seen many such changes.
    Frequency changes are happening everywhere in cities both large and small, reflecting how people consume information in many ways.

  • ‘Looweeloowhy Onosay Ahway Gadow’

    I love all sorts of music.
    The world of music is like a buffet, and it’s fun to sample new dishes just to get a taste.
    I even like the taste of rap. Well, some of it. Most rap tastes like salted prunes dipped in Vegemite.
    The only two forms of music that I’ve never particularly liked are “country and western.”
    That nasal whining can ruin a good set of speakers, but there is one thing you can say about country music: when you listen to it, you know what’s being said.
    I love how Dennis Warner captured the true meaning of love in his song, “If my nose were full of nickels, I’d blow it all on you.”
    Or how about rockabilly’s legendary Johnny Burnette, who crooned out “You’re sixteen, you’re beautiful and you’re mine.” Did anyone ever ask him exactly how, at the age of 26, he knew her under-aged lips tasted like strawberry wine?
    Whatever one’s favorite music, it’s interesting to see how many people can enjoy a song without knowing what the song is about.
    The epitome of the enigmatic is, without a doubt, “Louie, Louie.”
    First sung by Richard Berry, it was later immortalized by The Kingsmen.