Today's News

  • Ealey wins national title

    Former Los Alamos High School athlete Chase Ealey won the shot put event at the USATF Outdoor National Championships on Sunday in Iowa.

    Ealey finished first with a throw of 64 feet, 2.25 inches.

    In February, Ealey won the shot put at the Toyota USA Track and Field Indoor Championships in New York City.

    In high school, Ealey was a state champion in the shot put and javelin her junior and senior years. She also won the Class 4A 100-meter dash four years in a row, as well as running a leg for the 4x100-meter relay state championship squad for three straight years. Ealey helped Los Alamos win three consecutive state team championships. She was the high-point female athlete at the 2011 state meet. Ealey has the second longest throw in the shot (in any class) in state history at 47 feet, 3 inches.

    After graduating from LAHS, Ealey went on to compete at Oklahoma State. She left OSU in 2016 as the most accomplished thrower in school history. She was a school-record holder in the shot put and javelin.  In 2016, she competed in the Olympic Trials.

  • Norman snags 3rd consecutive city championship


    Jason Norman earned the three-peat at the Los Alamos City Championship this past weekend, winning his third consecutive title.

    The 30-year-old Los Alamos High School graduate shot a 71 in each round of the two-day tournament at the Los Alamos County Golf Course to finish with a 142 gross score in the Men’s Championship Flight.

    “It feels good. I always like winning,” Norman said. “I thought I played real consistent. I stayed out of trouble for the most part and didn’t make too many mistakes.”

    In addition to his victories this year, last year and in 2018, Norman also claimed the city championship in 2009, 2008 and 2004, making him a six-time winner of the event.

    Norman, who initially wasn’t sure if he would be able to defend his title this year after his second daughter was born just a week-and-a-half ago, said he’s been playing golf since he could walk.

    “Both my parents played golf,” Norman said. “When I was a kid, they gave me a plastic club and I was hitting wiffle balls with it. And things just went from there.”

  • Public hearing on senior services set for Tuesday

    The Los Alamos and White Rock Senior Centers will host a public hearing on funding priorities for the next four years.

    The hearing will be from 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave.

    The officials holding the discussion, in meeting rooms 2 and 3, will attempt to gather feedback for senior center services and what community members would like to see added over the next four years.

    Comments and suggestions are welcome for expanding current services or planning ahead for the future.

    The request comes from the Governor’s Offfice, as priorities for the next fiscal year will be discussed at the next legislative session.

    More information is available by calling 662-8920 or emailing Director@losalamosseniorcenter.com.

  • Teacher wins national award

    Los Alamos High School biology teacher Stephanie Mitchell has been named Outstanding Biology Teacher for New Mexico by the National Association of Biology Teachers.

    “I am really honored that I was nominated for the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award and thrilled that I received it,” Mitchell said.

    NABT Awards recognize teachers for their expertise in science, for contributions to the profession and service to life science teaching or leadership in learning communities.

    “Stephanie is a teacher who is continually, quietly pursuing excellence in her classroom,” noted Carter Payne, LAHS principal and former colleague in the science department. “I have a deep respect for her intellectual curiosity, commitment to her students, and leadership with her colleagues in our department, school, community and the state .”

    Mitchell has been teaching at Los Alamos High School since 2006. She has taught biology, honors biology, Advanced Placement (AP)  biology and AP physics courses during her tenure at LAHS.

  • Parties should seek next rising tide

    Quay County Sun

    TUCUMCARI — A July 16 column by the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman favors some moderate ideas he thinks the Democratic party should adopt even as it lists leftward.

    I agree. Friedman and I share a belief that Americans tend to settle toward the center even as the Republican and Democratic parties gravitate toward extremes.

    Friedman and I also concur that people mostly miss good jobs. Yes unemployment is down, but, as Friedman points out, “the wealth of the top 1 percent equals that of the bottom 90 percent.”

    At the same time, the type of job that leads to increasing success with hard, smart work has become as much an endangered species as carburetor repair mechanics in the age of fuel injectors.

    While Friedman thinks that raising taxes on the wealthy and reducing student loan burdens will help redivide the economic pie, he added, “I’m disturbed that so few of the Democratic candidates don’t also talk about growing the pie.”

    I have a different way of putting it: We should be scouring the horizon for the next rising tide that will lift all the boats, an analogy apparently made popular by President John F. Kennedy in the optimistic early 1960s.

  • Paddy Martinez, who discovered uranium, died 50 years ago

    Paddy Martinez, of San Mateo, died August 26, 1969, almost 50 years ago. He was 91. His moment of fame—actually a six-month moment—came in the July 1950 when he found rocks that were revealed months later as the first discovery of uranium ore found in New Mexico.

    These days the Martinez story has faded to three words: “a Navajo sheepherder.” This is the designation of the Grants Chamber of Commerce.

    Paddy was more than a sheepherder. He was something of a non-academic polymath, one of those people who knew and did everything.

    To start, he was smart enough to recognize that the rocks he saw might be (a) uranium and (b) of value and then (c) to do something about his discovery. These connections had escaped crowds of educated types scouring the area northwest of Grants to supply the federal government’s post World War II and Cold War uranium demand.

    The government had declared itself the only buyer. Martinez learned about the potential value of uranium by overhearing conversations, possibly at the Lux Motel or the Yucca Hotel.

    The number of sheep he had make him a rancher. He took the rocks to Grants businessman Carrol Gunderson, who forwarded them to the Santa Fe Railway, owner of the mineral rights.

  • One hack, 106 million people

    The Associated Press

    SEATTLE — A hacker accessed the personal information of 106 million Capital One credit card holders or credit card applicants in the U.S. and Canada, in the latest massive data breach at a large company.

    Capital One Financial Corp., one of the nation’s largest issuers of credit cards, said among the information obtained by the hacker was 140,000 Social Security numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers. It said no credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were compromised.

    The breach is among the largest of a major U.S. financial institution on record. The bank said the bulk of the hacked data consisted of information supplied by consumers and small businesses who applied for credit cards between 2005 and early 2019. Consumers concerned that their information may have been hacked are advised to take steps such as obtaining a free copy of their credit report or freezing their credit.

  • Home flooded by recent rainfall

    At least two homeowners were flooded out of their homes Friday by water flowing down an embankment off of Central Avenue near the roundabout roadway construction on N.M. 502.

    Jane Johnson, a former employee for the Los Alamos Monitor, and David Vasquez the Monitor’s sports reporter were in their separate townhomes on Verde Ridge Street Friday night when rain water seeped into the first floor of both homes.

    According to Johnson, the water was carried down the embankment, through her backyard fence and into the first floor of her home.

    Johnson is now temporarily living  with her daughter in Los Alamos.

    “I’m still walking around in a daze,” she said, adding that this was the worst possible time something like this could happen.

    “My granddaughter’s getting married in two weeks, and I’m not even in my house,” Johnson said.

    Johnson is waiting to see what would happen next. She filed a claim with her insurance company, but isn’t sure that would help.

    “Since it’s floodwater… my insurance probably won’t cover it,” she said.

  • Health clinic to open Thursday

    A partnership between the state and Las Clinicas Del Norte is due to start this Thursday, easing a shortage of healthcare services for teens, the working poor in Los Alamos County and others who have trouble accessing healthcare.

    On Thursday, Las Clinicas Del Norte is set offer its services inside the same building as the branch of the New Mexico Public Health Office located on Diamond Drive. The office is located across from Los Alamos High School on Diamond Drive.

    According to Las Clinicas Del Norte CEO Andrea Sandoval, the clinic will offer teens and others all the services that the public health office took away from Los Alamos when it centralized its services in Española four years ago. When that happened, many agencies and individuals from the community expressed concerns that the teens would not have access to anonymous services they used to, such as free condom distribution and other birth control programs.

    “That’s not the only services we will be offering, we are offering more options and access to primary care,” Sandoval said.

    The services will include immunization updates, family planning services, primary care and mental health counseling services. Patients will also be able to get blood tests at the clinic. 

  • County launches live traffic webcams

    The Los Alamos Public Works Department launched a new tool for commuters and others looking for a faster or better way to get around town.

    Through a link on the county’s website, visitors can view six intersections and roads simultaneously on their phones or their computers before heading out the door. 

    To check out the webcams, click here.

    Called “MyDrive,” the program was developed and implemented in July by the Traffic and Streets Division within Public Works.

    Crews mounted web cameras at five locations  in Los Alamos and one in White Rock that stream real-time views of major intersections and busy roadways.

    County Manager Harry Burgess said the system cost $3,500 and is a good investment for all who will use it.

    The county is piggybacking off a system that was already installed with Federal Emergency Management Agency funds after the Cerro Grande Fire.

    “And honestly, to add a webcam camera these days is really not that expensive these days,” Burgess said.

    The funds for the camera system came out of the Public Works budget, he said.

    The system is expected to improve traffic flow and enhance safety on the road, Burgess said.