Today's News

  • Restaurant inspections 07-04-13

    Los Alamos

    Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizza, 3801 Arkansas Ave.  

    Date inspected: June 18

    Violations: None. 

    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required. 


    East Park Pool Snack Bar, 111 East Road  

    Date inspected: June 18

  • Santa Fe market highlights potential of artisans

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — For 10 years the International Folk Art Market has brought some of the world's finest artisans from far-flung and often poverty-stricken locales to peddle their wares in the well-heeled, artistic mountain town of Santa Fe.

    The show has brought in millions of dollars for the artists, many of whom have gone home to start businesses that employ other mostly impoverished women from developing countries. But it has also helped draw attention to what officials with a new State Department-backed alliance say is one of the largest but most ignored global industries.

    "The artisan sector is the second-largest employer in the developing world, after agriculture," said Peggy Clark, co-chair of The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise and vice president of the Aspen Institute. "But it's just not thought of as a driver of economic growth."

    To try to change that, the State Department last year launched the alliance in partnership with the Aspen Institute. Members include the folk market, retailers, even giants corporations like Coca-Cola and Wal-Mart.

  • Cut hundreds of trees or lose them to fire


    If a tree falls in the forest…

    That little statement used to introduce a philosophical discussion. Today we might ask, “If a tree falls in the forest and lands on a power line, whose responsibility is the resulting fire?”

    A host of insurance companies are suing the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative claiming the utility is responsible for the 2011 Las Conchas fire. 

    The utility argues that the tree fell on its line from private property outside its right of way. 

    We can probably expect more such lawsuits related to the Tres Lagunas and Thompson Ridge fires, both started by downed power lines.

  • Opera opens with breathtaking performance




    Special to the Monitor

    On June 28, The Santa Fe Opera opened its season with “The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein,” a French operetta by Jacques Offenbach. This is an entertaining piece full of wonderful choreography, beautiful costumes and solid musicians.

    The fact that this is an operetta rather than an opera may be deceptive to some opera-goers, but take note: This is not a short work. 

  • People in the news 07-03-13


    Daniel Trugman, a 2009 graduate of Los Alamos High School, received a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysics with distinction, departmental honors, and a physics minor from Stanford University on June 16. Trugman was awarded three University-wide honors: the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, the David M. Kennedy Honors Thesis Prize for top Honors Thesis in the Natural Sciences and the Hoefer Prize for Writing in the Major. He was also a recipient of the 2013 School of Earth Sciences Dean’s Award for Undergraduate Academic Achievement.

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    Navy Ensign Eric C. Mosher, son of Diana M. Esch-Mosher and John C. Mosher, of Los Alamos, recently graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and was commissioned to his current rank. 

  • LA 11-12 all-star team falls to Española



    Above: LA’s Serenity Maestas concentrates on the ball as the runner passes by during a game against Española this past weekend. Left:  Jordan Jaramillo tries to put the tag on Española’s Alexia Garcia. Espanola won both matchups 15-11 and 16-6 to advance to the 11-12 majors softball state tournament. JOHN MCHALE/Monitor


  • Golf tourney slated for later this month


    The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico will host its second annual “Drive for Matches” tournament at Los Alamos Golf Course.

    The Drive for Matches is scheduled for July 20. Price for participation is $100 for each individual and $400 per team, which includes driving range balls, greens fees a golf cart, dinner and door prizes.

    All proceeds from the tournament will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico.

    More information about the tournament can be found by contacting Dawn Brown at 505-614-4231 or dawn.brown@bbbs-nnm.org.

  • Local coach elected to national board


      Louise Janecky has been elected by acclamation to the USAGymnastics’ newly formed National Xcel Committee.  

    USAGymnastics, the national governing body for gymnastics, is addressing the nation’s need for a competitive gymnastics program that goes beyond the traditional Junior Olympic (JO) Program.  

    The traditional linear JO program has consisted of compulsory routines in Levels 1-6; and optional, individually choreographed routines in Levels 7-10.  

    The U.S. National and Olympic teams have been chosen from the top Level 10 gymnasts across the nation. 

  • Nightwalks at Bandelier


    Starting this Friday, Bandelier National Monument will be offering the popular Nightwalks each week (weather permitting) until the end of August

    Numbers of participants are limited,  so visitors need to call the Visitor Center, 505-672-3861 x 517, for reservations and details.  The fee is $6 for adults and $3 for children.   Each Saturday night through the end of August, rangers will offer evening programs at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater.  July 7 will be “Explore the Stars”, a program followed by telescope viewing of constellations.

  • On the Docket 07-03-13

    The information on these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.

    June 27

    Ben Abeln was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs with a blood alcohol level of .08. The original charge was aggravated first-degree DWI (refused to submit to chemical testing).

    Abeln was ordered to pay $241 in court costs and undergo a year of supervised probation.

    Probation conditions include: Defendant will meet with probation officers within seven days and maintain contact as instructed.