Today's News

  • Sports Briefs 03-10-13

    Church collecting used soccer equipment

    Soccer equipment for children in the country of Uganda is being collected at the Crossroads Bible Church.
    The church is located at 97 East Road in Los Alamos. Donations can be made there or at Time Out Pizza in White Rock.
    Equipment such as balls, shoes, jerseys, shorts and shin guards are being requested.
    More information is available by calling Blanca Jones at 505-919-8742.

    Pace Race season starts April 2

    The Atomic City Roadrunners running club will start its 40th Pace Race season with a run April 2.
    The first Pace Race of the season will begin at the Canyon Rim Trail parking lot off N.M. 502. Race time is 6 p.m.
    Pace Races are a weekly event held Tuesdays between April and early October. They include 1- and 3-mile runs and walks at various locations around Los Alamos County.
    More information about the Atomic City Roadrunners and the Pace Race season can be found by calling Ted Williams at 672-1639 or visiting atomicrunners.com on the Internet.

    Recreation division has Facebook page

  • On Schedule 03-10-13


    Baseball: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Moriarty at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.


    Track and field: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Invite, boys and girls JV, 3 p.m.


    Tennis: Los Alamos at Robertson Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8:30 a.m.


    Tennis: Los Alamos at Robertson Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8:30 a.m.

    Track and field: Los Alamos at Cleveland Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8:30 a.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at East Mountain, JV, noon.

    Softball: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, JV, noon and 2 p.m.

  • 50 years of memories

    The Los Alamos Monitor has touched a lot of lives in its 50 years. It has not only marked milestones in the community and kept citizens informed, but at times has had a more personal impact, providing money to reach a cherished goal and at least once serving as matchmaker.

    JoAnn Montoya was one of a handful of employees in the first few months of operations. She recalls the challenges of typing every word of news for the weekly publication, including having to continually adjust the spacing to fit the columns and trying to catch errors without spell check.

    “Doing it hand-typed like that, there were more mistakes that were picked up in spelling,” Montoya said.

    The publication was on a tight budget. The office was a large room above the space now occupied by Origami Japanese Restaurant. Montoya had to type sitting in a plastic lawn chair with a bucket seat.

    Montoya said one early mistake publisher Mark McMahon made was setting up paper routes without taking the canyons into consideration. The young carriers couldn’t manage hauling their loads down canyons and up, so their mothers would have to drive them. The routes were soon rearranged to fit the terrain.

    The paper was printed in Albuquerque and Montoya would sometimes drive down to pick it up.

  • LA girls dominate at track season opener

     The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team got its 2013 season started with a bang Saturday at the Albuquerque Academy Chili Quad.

    Los Alamos earned 11 first place finishes and scored in all but three events Saturday as it collected 119 team points, far outpacing second-place Rio Rancho in the four-team meet.

    Hilltopper star Laura Wendelberger came out strong in her first appearance of the season. Saturday, she grabbed two state meet qualification marks, one in the high jump and one in the triple jump.

    Also for Los Alamos’ girls, Amanda Mercer and Mikayla Pulliam went 1-2 and both qualified for May’s state Class 4A meet in the 3200 meters.

    Los Alamos’ boys also took part in Saturday’s meet. They place third in the four-team meet, earning 60 points.

    Rio Rancho won the boys team competition handily, picking up 126 points, while Academy was second with 69 points.

    Los Alamos’ distance stars, Sean Reardon and Nick Hill, both came up big Saturday, with Reardon qualifying in the 3200 meters and Hill in the 1600 meters. One of the team’s top returning throwers, Brady Stokes, also punched his ticket to state in the javelin.


    Here are Los Alamos’ results from Saturday’s Chili Quad:


    Team scores

  • Animal Shelter 03-10-13

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.
    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets, petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    This would be a wonderful time to consider giving a home to one of the animals in the shelter.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.
    Basil — Young, petite Lab-mix. Even with all of the barking dogs at the shelter, she sits calmly at her kennel door until you open it to let her out. She would love to show offer her obedience skills to a new mom or dad.
    Fly —A very sweet female Border Collie-mix. She is very shy and living in a foster home, where she is gaining some confidence. To meet Fly in her foster home, call 412-3451.
    Mildred — Young Lab-mix with a bundle of energy. She has a wonderful time running her energy off at the dog park and despite her small size, she enjoys the company of large dogs more than small dogs. She is a very sweet girl who wants to please.

  • News for Retirees 03-10-13

    March 10-16, 2013
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart
    8:30, 10:30 a.m. Tax preparation
    8:45 a.m. Cardio
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Salisbury steak
    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing

    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Soup du jour
    1:30 p.m. MyCD workshop
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis

  • Register now for the Dog Jog

    On your mark, get set, wag. Dogs and their human companions will gather at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock on the morning of April 27, to run the five-kilometer course or walk the two-mile course in the annual Dog Jog.
    Race prizes and awards will be given for the fastest runners, random walkers and dogs in all manner of categories.
    Coordinated by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, the Mountain Canine Corps and the Atomic City Roadrunners, the Dog Jog is a fundraising event for the Friends of the Shelter.
    Friends of the Shelter is a non-profit organization that finds volunteers and helps purchase needed items and vet services for the homeless dogs and cats in northern New Mexico.
    The time is now for early bird 2013 Los Alamos Dog Jog registration.
    Early bird entry fees are $20 for adults and $5 for kids. Participants registering now will save $5 off of the entry fee for the event if submitted on or before April 7.
    Participants will receive an event T-shirt with a logo designed by local fifth grader Kirsten Carrara and a packet filled with dog-related information.
    Anyone interested in joining can get entry forms at the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, or at Los Alamos businesses, including Pet Pangaea, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital and Animal Clinic of Los Alamos.

  • Taste buds and teens

    Local teens were treated to “dirt cakes” Thursday from Assets In Action/JJAB, at the Teen Center. The desserts were away to announce community events with the Los Alamos Historical Society, Village Arts and other community partners, which will hold a variety of activities over the next two months on the theme of dirt and clay.

  • Help fill empty bowls

    For the past five years, KRSN AM 1490 has named the Empty Bowl project as their flagship community service endeavor. With the event just a few weeks away, coordinator Gillian Sutton works behind the scenes to organize final details and collect donations to ensure it’s success.
    “The event involves the whole community and it is fun bringing all the different participants together to work on the event and participate in helping our community,” Sutton said. “We are still looking for quality items for our silent auction and members of the community to donate bread and cookies.”
    Sutton said she is happy to receive the donation of Girl Scout cookies for the event, benefiting two community programs, at the same time.
    She has received participation from the following restaurants; Amy’s Intergalactic Bakery, Aspen Ridge Lodge, Bob’s Bodacious BBQ, China Moon, Coffee Booth Café, Decadent Table, DeColores, Dixie Girl, Fabulous 50’s Diner, Home Run Pizza, Los Alamos Co-Op, LA Medical Center, Morning Glory Bakery, Pajarito Brewing Company, Papa Murphy’s, Ruby K’s, Smith’s, SMP Soup Kitchen, Starbucks and Viola’s.
    To donate bread or cookies, call 663-1490. 

  • Have lunch with a leader Feb. 14

    This month’s’ League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader will be at 11:40 a.m. March 14 at Mesa Library.  The community is welcome to attend. The speaker will be Gary Leikness,  principal planner of the Community and Economic Development Department.
    Leikness has a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Oregon. He  moved to Los Alamos in June 2010, from Rexburg, Idaho, where he was planning and zoning administrator. Prior to that, he was a planner director in Lincoln City, Ore., Fort Worth, Texas and Provo, Utah. He will discuss the work he is doing to complete the comprehensive plan envisioned by our community.
    To attend and have a lunch from the co-op for $10, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or email her at kaskacayman@g mail.com for the menu selections. Orders need to be in by 7 p.m. Tuesday. You do not need to purchase lunch to attend.