Today's News

  • Smith's exec meets local retailers on development

    In the lead-up to council’s approval of the Trinity Site contract, one hotly debated issue was whether having a Smith’s Marketplace as the anchor store would prove to be a benefit for local retailers or drive them out of business.

    Those fears intensified when the North American Development Group backed out and Smith’s/Kroger assumed the contract.

    As Smith’s/Kroger officials prepare to present design plans for county approval, it is working to alleviate those fears. To that end, Vice President of Public Affairs Marsha Gilford met last Wednesday with those who could be most impacted by the development.

    “Our approach, and our true philosophy, is that there is so much business that’s leaking out to Santa Fe and Albuquerque that this store will keep a lot of that business and retail shopping activity in Los Alamos. And if we can do that, then all the smaller businesses are going to thrive as well,” Gilford said.

    “We don’t expect that we’re going to have everything that people need and want. We think we’ll have a great selection and we intend to make this just an exciting store for the Los Alamos customers. We have a lot committed to this store and want it to be fabulous.

  • Raw: Massive Croc Escape at S. Africa Farm

    About 7,000 crocodiles escaped a crocodile farm when the gates on a dam were opened this week to alleviate pressure created by rising flood waters. About 2,000 have been recaptured, the Beeld newspaper reported Friday.

  • 'Brain Pacemakers' Try to Zap Alzheimer's
  • Dual in the Four Corners

    Peter Brewer, going for a pin against Tierra Encantada’s Jorge Marquez, and the Hilltoppers will take part in the very tough Aztec Duals Saturday. Most of the top teams from the Four Corners area will be in action. Los Alamos is coming off a win at last week’s Pecos Invitational, at which Brewer finished second in the 220-pound weight division. 

  • Schools must provide athletic opportunities for the disabled

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Students with disabilities must be given a shot to play on a traditional sports team or have their own leagues, the Education Department said.
    Disabled students who want to play for their school could join traditional teams if officials can make “reasonable modifications” to accommodate them. If those adjustments would fundamentally alter a sport, the department is directing the school to create parallel athletic programs that have comparable standing to traditional programs.
    “Sports can provide invaluable lessons in discipline, selflessness, passion and courage, and this guidance will help schools ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to benefit from the life lessons they can learn on the playing field or on the court,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement Friday.
    The groundbreaking order is reminiscent of the Title IX expansion of athletic opportunities for girls and women four decades ago and could bring sweeping changes to school budgets and locker rooms for years to come.
    “This is a landmark moment for students with disabilities. This will do for students with disabilities what Title IX did for women,” said Terri Lakowski, who for a decade led a coalition pushing for the changes. “This is a huge victory.”

  • Ski Report 01-25-13

    Angel Fire

    29-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 63 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest

    32-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 33 trails open.


    14-inch base. No new snow reported. Will reopen when conditions permit.

    Red River

    40-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 54 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

    15-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 2 trails and 2 lifts open.


    28-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 41 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    29-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 22 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe
    36-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 57 trails and 6 lifts open.

    32-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 81 trails and 14 lifts open.

    Valles Caldera
    6-inch base of variable conditions. No new snow reported. 9 trails open.

  • LA girls face top team in 4A for early district lead

    Tonight, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team has a chance to set the tone in a big way for the remainder of the District 2-4A season.
    After dismantling the Bernalillo Spartans in their 2-4A opener Tuesday night, the Hilltoppers take on the Santa Fe Demons at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos (11-8 overall, 1-0 in district), which has won two of three games under new head coach Ann Stewart, can take the early advantage in the district race, not to mention a huge psychological advantage over the rest of 2-4A, with a win tonight.
    That win, however, isn’t going to come easily.
    The Demons, at 17-0, are the only undefeated basketball team in the state of New Mexico, boys or girls, and are ranked No. 1 in this week’s Class 4A power ratings.
    Santa Fe, which spent most of its first two years as an also-ran in district, came on last year to grab a runner-up finish and gave defending district champ Española Valley a serious run for its money.
    Heading into this season, the Demons, with a very talented — and relatively young — group of players, were expected to make noise in 4A. What they’ve been is a rock band cranked all the way to 11.
    Santa Fe is averaging a whopping 60.8 points per game while giving up less than 40 points per outing.

  • This week’s TV listings

    Due to a glitch in the production process, the incorrect TV programming schedule grids published in Thursday’s “Diversions.” As always, the latest local TV listings are available under the features tab at LAMonitor.com.

  • Today in History for Jan. 25th
  • Will smart machines create a world without work?

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Last in a three-part series on the loss of middle-class jobs in the wake of the Great Recession, and the role of technology.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They seem right out of a Hollywood fantasy, and they are: Cars that drive themselves have appeared in movies like "I, Robot" and the television show "Knight Rider."

    Now, three years after Google invented one, automated cars could be on their way to a freeway near you. In the U.S., California and other states are rewriting the rules of the road to make way for driverless cars. Just one problem: What happens to the millions of people who make a living driving cars and trucks — jobs that always have seemed sheltered from the onslaught of technology?

    "All those jobs are going to disappear in the next 25 years," predicts Moshe Vardi, a computer scientist at Rice University in Houston. "Driving by people will look quaint; it will look like a horse and buggy."