Today's News

  • Masks from around the world at Pinon

    In the tradition of Carnivale, the Pinon Elementary School students showed off their creativity for the celebration of masks around the world.

    Students from grades Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade created masks in Stephanie Rittner’s art class to show off during the school-wide multicultural parade, which was held on the campus Friday. “We wanted to have a parade just like Carnivale should be,” Rittner said.

    “We have a very diverse group of students here and we wanted to show that during this event,” Principal Jill Gonzales said. It was the first of its kind for the school.

    Funding came from the Artists’ In Residency program in conjunction with the state Fine Arts Grant. Retired art teacher Thelma Hahn participated as the Artist in Residence and aided the fourth and sixth graders in creating their masterpieces.

    Parents also were invited to share in the celebration.

    Jennifer Handy had two children in the parade; kindergartener Samantha and 6th grader Cameron. Some children’s masks were selected to be in an art show set for May. 

  • A journey of faith: Pilgrims make trek to Chimayo

    They come in the thousands.

    Some walk more than 100 miles over the course of several days. Some walk with family or friends, others walk alone. All will converge at the Santuario de Chimayo, where they will wait in long lines to enter the chapel to pray and retrieve some of the fabled Holy Dirt.

    The faithful take pilgrimages to Chimayó year round to pray for healing, for help for a loved one or in thanksgiving for an answered prayer. The flow of pilgrims is stepped up during Lent, when any day of the week you may see people walking singly or in small groups. On weekends during Lent churches organize groups of walkers.

    It all culminates on Good Friday, when thousands of pilgrims converge on Chimayo from every direction. Many start in Nambe, where they will have a 10- to 11-mile walk to the chapel. A surprising number walk 30 miles from Santa Fe. The pilgrims come from all directions.

  • IG pushes to enhance safeguards at Area G

    The Department of Energy Inspector General recently released a report addressing safety issues at Area G at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    It was the second inspection in two years of Material Disposal Area G, located in Technical Area 54. The site is one of Los Alamos’ active disposal areas for low-level radioactive waste. 

    The report reads, “We noted that Los Alamos developed corrective actions designed to address safety issues identified during the 2011 safety assessments. While progress had been made, our inspection identified opportunities for further improvements regarding training, the consistency of Area G operational activities with safety requirements and updating safety-related documents.”

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  • Syracuse on to Final Four, beats Marquette 55-39

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When played to perfection, there's nothing quite like Syracuse's aggressive, half-court 2-3 zone defense.

    It's 40 minutes of trapping and shot-challenging, of closing off angles, of trusting teammates.

    "We showed," senior guard Brendan Triche said, "that defense wins games."

    Yes, the Orange D certainly does.

    With a second suffocating performance at the East Regional, No. 4-seeded Syracuse shut down No. 3 Marquette 55-39 Saturday to earn coach Jim Boeheim his fourth trip to the Final Four — and first since a freshman named Carmelo Anthony helped win the 2003 NCAA championship.

    "A tremendous, tremendous defensive effort," Boeheim said.

    Fittingly, a matchup between schools from the soon-to-break-apart, rough-and-tumble Big East became quite a struggle on the offensive end. Syracuse (30-9) was led by senior forward James Southerland's 16 points. Michael Carter-Williams, a 6-foot-6 guard who is out front in the zone, was named the regional's top player after accounting for 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists, five steals and only one turnover Saturday.

  • LA baseball sweeps Miyamura in twinbill

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team swept a big doubleheader Saturday at Bomber Field.

    Los Alamos scored three unearned runs in the fifth inning of the first game against the Miyamura Patriots to win the opener 3-2, then broke open a tight ballgame in the nightcap with a three-run sixth inning, an inning which included an inside-the-park home run by Jared Mang for a 7-2 victory.

    The Patriots are a dangerous Class 4A program that beat the Hilltoppers earlier this season, but the Hilltoppers with the wins claim the season tiebreaker.

    Lane Saunders, who came on in relief of starter Steven Williams in the fifth inning, earned the victory and Connor Mang picked up the save in game one. Jared Mang threw a complete game to earn the win in game two.

    More information on the doubleheader will be in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • It's curtains for my Chemical Romance

    By Sebastian Garcia


    “Have you heard the news that you’re dead? No one ever had much nice to say, I think they never liked you anyway.” 

    Those familiar with rock band My Chemical Romance, probably recognize those lyrics from their 2006 concept album, “The Black Parade.” 

    Dealing heavily with the theme of death, MCR unknowingly wrote the band’s epitaph. Fast-forward seven years after “The Black Parade,” which critics called “this generations ‘Sgt. Peppers’ ” and MCR is no more.  

  • Weathering the spring season

    Alexandra Hehlen

    When I woke up on the first day of spring, I was at first relieved. I felt as if I was one step closer to summer, until I walked out the door.

    Contrary to my hopes, the first day of spring was chillier than I had expected it to be. And over the past few days, the weather has been fluctuating between nippy winter conditions and warmer, breezy circumstances.

    This rather indecisive weather pattern sometimes makes it difficult to put together an outfit for the day.

    The first few weeks of spring often pose a dilemma. The temperature is just a little too low to wear sandals, but not cold enough to wear your favorite toasty winter boots.

  • Exploring the dangers of Facebook

    Elizabeth Hjelvik


    What is the point of Facebook? Since its launch in 2004, the social network has become increasingly popular. 

    On his blog, founder Mark  Zuckerberg said, “I founded Facebook on the idea that people want to share and connect with people in their lives.” 

    So why is it that there seems to be a large population of users that utilize Facebook as an online diary? 

  • People in the News 03-31-13

     Hannah Breshears of Los Alamos, has been named to the dean’s List at the Savannah College of Art and Design for fall quarter 2012. Full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the quarter receive recognition on the dean’s list.

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    Andrea Cherne graduated from the Adams State University, Alamosa, Colo., fall 2012 commencement on Dec. 15, in Plachy Hall. Cherne received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry and music/performance. Adams State awarded 155 undergraduate degrees in the fall ceremony.