Today's News

  • Businesses give back for Small Business Saturday

    Shopping locally this weekend during Small Business Saturday not only supports Los Alamos residents’ favorite businesses but local nonprofits as well.
    The idea of turning “Shop Small” into “Give Big” is unique to Los Alamos and embraced by businesses and the community at large.
    The idea initiated with United Way of Northern New Mexico Executive Director Kristy Ortega, who approached local businesses in 2012 with the idea of donating a percentage of their Small Business Saturday sales to United Way.
    “It was a good way for businesses to get some advertising and marketing and get people who may not shop locally to think about shopping locally for different reasons,” Ortega said.
    The experiment was successful, and has since expanded to include a range of 501(c)3 nonprofits. Participation is voluntary, but half of the 75 businesses participating in Small Business Saturday this year are donating in some way to local nonprofits. Some place a jar on the counter for customers to contribute to; others donate a portion of the day’s sales ranging from five percent to 50 percent for one business. Many prefer to keep their charitable contributions private.

  • Local expert discusses future of ACA

    Editor’s note: First of a two-part series

    During a seminar titled “Health Insurance in New Mexico,” presented to Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce members Nov. 10, Vanguard Resources, Inc. Founder Anne Sperling outlined possible scenarios for the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.
    Sperling met with the Los Alamos Monitor after the seminar to discuss some of those issues.
    Sperling based her conjectures on her 32-years experience in the insurance industry, on statements Trump made during the 15-month campaign season and on indicators from the Republican Congress.
    Sperling does not believe Trump can keep his campaign promise to repeal the ACA in his first 100 days.
    “He’s got to come up with 60 votes unless he wants to do something outside of the box, and then he’s got to get 50 votes,” Sperling said.  “So is he going to be able to convince these other senators in the first 100 days that this has to be changed? And his sales of that process has to be ‘the changes I want to make are going to be better.’ I don’t know if he’s going to be a good enough sales guy to do it.”

  • LA girl’s hoops falls in opener

    Result-wise, it wasn’t the start the Los Alamos girl’s basketball team wanted.
    But there were some areas of optimism in the Hilltoppers 38-32 season-opening loss to Farmington on Saturday at Griffith Gym.
    Before the season opener, Los Alamos (0-1) first-year coach Josh Archuleta said the strength for this season’s Hilltoppers is team defense. And that was evident in the 38 points allowed. But on offense, Los Alamos appeared to be stale at times and didn’t capitalize on open shots.
    The Hilltoppers perimeter defense was solid, only allowing one Farmington (1-0) triple, which came in the first quarter.  
    Farmington took a 32-25 lead after four quick buckets early in the fourth quarter. The Hilltoppers didn’t score in the final quarter until the 1:25 mark and strung together five more points in the final minute of the game. But the comeback effort was too late, as the Scorpions went up by 13, after starting the quarter on a 14-0 run.
    After a slow opening half, Los Alamos got it going by outscoring the Scorpions 10-3 in the third quarter and taking a 25-24 lead into the final stanza.   
    The Hilltoppers struggled to execute on offense in the second quarter, only scoring six points in the frame, as Farmington took a 21-15 lead into halftime.

  • Rees sends LA hockey past Taos

    Starting the season against a common opponent didn’t faze the Los Alamos hockey team.
    The Hilltoppers began their 2016-17 campaign with a 2-1 win against rival Taos on Friday at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.
    Los Alamos maintained the North Star trophy, which is won by the winner of each Los Alamos-Taos match up. Friday was the second-straight win for the Hilltoppers against the Ice Tigers.
    Los Alamos made the most out of a five-minute power play with 1:55 left in the final period, as Ben Rees capitalized from a rebound and scored the game-winning goal.   
    The Hilltoppers evened the game three minutes into the second period, after a face off puck leaked to toward the center of the Taos zone and Griffin Matuszak ripped a shot into the net.
    In the beginning of the second period, Los Alamos goalie Zach Brown kept the Ice Tigers from increasing their advantage with four key saves. Brown finished with a stellar 32 saves.  
    Taos opened the scoring when Justin Lucero found himself behind the Los Alamos defense and converted the breakaway goal with 3:05 left in the first period.


  • Police Beat

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.


    Nov. 9

    2:57 p.m. — Police reported that a 16-year-old Los Alamos male was the victim of a car following too closely at the intersection of East Jemez Road and State Highway 4.


    Nov. 10

    10:55 a.m. — Police reported that a 68-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of an accident with no injuries at the intersection of Bryce Avenue and Rover Boulevard.


    Nov. 12

    9:47 a.m. — Mathew Ruybal, 26, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant. The original charge was driving with a suspended or revoked license at the intersection of 39th Street and Canyon Road on Oct. 7.

  • NM professors seek immigrant protections

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A group of professors at the largest university in the nation’s most Hispanic state are asking for more protection of immigrant students.

    Professors and instructors at the University of New Mexico are delivering a letter Friday to the school’s president, Bob Frank, amid uncertainty from immigrant students who are living in the country illegally but have temporary protective status.

    Advocates say the students are scared of being deported after the election of Republican Donald Trump as president. Trump has previously said he wanted a “deportation force” to remove immigrants living in the country illegally.

    Organizers say more than 900 people have signed the letter.

    The University of New Mexico has long allowed immigrant students who are living in the country illegally to attend at in-state tuition rates.

  • Business altruism pays off even when payoff isn’t the point

    For many businesses, philanthropic giving has an element of self-interest: It’s giving with the expectation of getting something back in the form of tax breaks and image building.

    But more and more businesses are discovering that unselfish giving has a value that’s immeasurable and that reverberates throughout the community, the workforce and the economy. 

    Community quality of life 

    Businesses that create and nurture an organizational culture based on gratitude can drive significant change that benefits everyone, not just their customers, especially if they can involve likeminded entrepreneurs.

    When a business spearheads a project that solves a local problem or provides a public service, such as building a bike path or setting aside company land for habitat restoration, it demonstrates an investment in the city or town in which it’s based and a commitment to making the host community a better place for everyone to live and work. 

  • How do you get middle school girls hooked on STEM?

    Although women comprise a small fraction of tech professionals—just one in four, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology —several nonprofits and startups are working to jumpstart women’s participation in computer science.

    In a previous column, I considered Grace Hopper Academy, a New York City coding bootcamp designed explicitly for women. GHA’s sister school, Fullstack Academy, takes that program online with a Remote Immersive program. Most recently, I examined how the Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) has expanded female educational access in sub-Saharan Africa using big data. But what about middle school girls here in the United States?

    Middle school is perhaps the most prudent place to promote female participation in STEM, according to several studies. Given that many girls rule out tech careers by high school, educators and administrators would be wise to pique student interest before it’s too late. A Philadelphia-based non-profit called TechGirlz takes that challenge seriously.

  • Animal Shelter

    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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday. 

    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.


    Noel—A big, fluffy calico kitty who loves to snuggle! She is approximately 7 years old, and she came to the shelter when her owner had to move into assisted living. She loves attention and enjoys being held; she also enjoys being petted, as long as you steer clear of her big belly! Noel is playful with both adults and children, and she loves playing with string toys.

  • Pesky peacocks pose problems for Newton’s neighbors in Vegas

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Feathers are flying in the neighborhood around Wayne Newton’s estate, where residents are complaining that peafowl like the ones on the Las Vegas showman’s 40-acre ranch have become roosting, roaming pests.

    Residents who live near Casa de Shenandoah claim peafowl from the ranch wander the neighborhood — squawking, scratching family cars and creating a traffic hazard.

    “We heard something on our roof that scared us to death,” April Juelke told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We thought a burglar was breaking in, but it was a bunch of peacocks.”

    The Juelkes and others say the birds roost at the ranch. The couple say their Labrador retriever, Reginald Winthorp, has twice had intestinal illnesses that they blame on bird droppings.

    Newton’s lawyer, Jay Brown, said the birds aren’t Newton’s.


    “We’ve never bought a peacock. We’ve never brought in a peacock,” Brown said.