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Today's News

  • Legendary resident dies at 94

    One of the most iconic residents in the history of Los Alamos County died over the weekend.
    Lou Pierotti, known for his entrepreneurship, his charity work and his on-field persona as the outrageous front-man of his world famous 5-man softball team, died Saturday afternoon. He was 94.
    Pierotti is best remembered for the Pierotti’s Clowns, the undermanned fastpitch team he founded. The team, which dressed from head-to-toe as circus clowns, complete with face paint, played 200 games in its history, winning 177 of them, in a span of three decades. The team was known for its antics, with Pierotti behind most of them.
    The team drew hundreds of fans to its games, which it played both in Los Alamos County and on the road.
    In its heyday, Pierotti’s Clowns raised more than $200,000 for charity — as Pierotti told the Los Alamos Monitor in one of his last public interviews in 2009, “that was a lot of money back then.”
    “Lou was a big part of the history of this county,” said Heather McClenahan of the Los Alamos Historical Society. “There was so many people he touched. So many things he did for so many people. To say that we’ve lost a treasure seems so inadequate.”

  • Battling for the ball
  • LA baseball team goes 1-2 at tough Piedra Vista tourney

    The Los Alamos baseball team took on the defending state champs, Piedra Vista, for a second time this season on Saturday. For the second time Piedra Vista was able to beat the ’Toppers by a 3-2 score, but it needed extra innings to get the win.
    “It was a good ball game,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said.
    The Panthers led 2-0 after five innings, but Los Alamos fought back.
    Connor Mang started the top of the sixth inning with a single. Jared Mang hit a single and moved Connor to third base. Lane Saunders then got an RBI with a ground out.
    Los Alamos tied the game in the seventh. Jarrett Genero singled. Zealand Waltersheid laid down a sacrifice bunt to put Genero in scoring position. Then Jake Rutten hit a single into right field to bring Genero home.
    Piedra Vista had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the seventh, but Los Alamos’ defense came through and made a play at the plate. With a runner on second, Piedra Vista hit a single into center field. Jared Mang fielded the ball and threw home. Trevor Pacheco did a good job blocking home, Gill said, and tagged the runner out to send the game into extra innings.
    In the bottom of the ninth, however, two Los Alamos errors and an intentional walk loaded the bases. Piedra Vista then plated the winning run with a sacrifice fly.

  • Altmann sends it in Alaska

    With nothing to lose and everything to gain, Garrett Altmann didn’t hold anything back, Monday, in Haines, Alaska.
    After three attempts, the conditions finally allowed the Freeride World Tour’s competitors to take on The Venue in Alaska. The tour had been there for nine days, but the wait paid off with sunny skies and fresh snow.
    Altmann started the day in 15th place and needed to move into the top-12 to advance to the tour’s finale in Verbier, Switzerland.
    On the top section Altmann launched off a cliff and was in the air long enough to do a couple of tricks — crossing his skis and then doing what the judges called a “donkey kick.”
    On the bottom section Altmann went big again, tossing a front flip off of a blind rollover. He was unable to land the rick, however, and ended up doing a couple of cartwheels before regaining control.
    Altmann fell once more in a tight spine section and ended up kicking both skis off while tumbling down in his slough.
    The two falls kept him from moving up in the tour’s rankings and qualifying for Verbier, but the good news for Altmann is he’ll get another chance.

  • Lecture to focus on tuberculosis

    Los Alamos researcher Harshini Mukundan will discuss the re-emergence of tuberculosis in the first Frontiers in Science lecture of the season.
    The lecture will take place at the Duane Smith Auditorium. It is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.
    Mukundan's lecture, "The Microbe Strikes Back: The Return of Tuberculosis," will focus on focus how effective diagnosis can prevent the spread of tuberculosis and save lives.

    For a video on the topic, visit https://youtu.be/IgEm0HKGhn4

  • Today In History, March 23
  • Legendary resident Lou Pierotti dies

    Lou Pierotti, longtime Los Alamos resident and famous for his 5-man softball team, has died, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church priest Glenn Jones confirmed today.

    Pierotti, who was 95, died Saturday afternoon. Pierotti, who was a local entrepreneur, also founded Pierotti's Clowns, a famous 5-man softball team, sponsored by the local Kiwanis group.

    No funeral date has been announced. Check back at LAMonitor.com for more details.

  • Today in history March 22
  • Education issues topic of meeting

    Los Alamos School Board vice president Matt Williams will host a discussion about the current issues facing Los Alamos Public Schools.
    Williams will present information on the recent LAPS budget committee meetings and the 20-Year Facilities Plan at the meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday. The meeting will take place at the Chamisa Elementary School gymnasium.

    Meeting time is 6 p.m.
    Williams said one of the topics of discussion at the meeting will be the rebuilding of one of the elementary schools, which the school board will have to commit to within the next five months. How the rebuild may affect other school sites will also be discussed.
    The public is invited to attend. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.
    Those interested in expressing their opinions, including those who are not able to attend Tuesday’s meeting, may contact Williams directly at m.williams@laschools.net or the school board at laps.board@laschools.net.

  • Update 3-22-15

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a work session in White Rock Tuesday. The meeting will be at the White Rock Fire Station starting at 7:30 p.m.

    School Board

    Los Alamos School Board will have an executive session Monday. The executive session will start at 5 p.m. at the Los Alamos Public Schools administration building. The school board will also have a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Egg Splash

    The annual Egg Splash event will take place at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center April 4. It will start at 1 p.m. There is a limit of 150 participants 16 years of age and younger. Tickets are on sale. For more information, call 662-8170.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting will have a meeting at noon Tuesday. The meeting will be at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Kathryn Wells, who will speak on the Mesa Prieta petroglyphs.

    Bear Camp