Today's News

  • Harder feelings linger in Senate


    Hardly a day passes without Tim Jennings’ name cropping up in Senate committees or floor discussions: “Sen. Jennings was working on… I was working with Sen. Jennings to…”

    The Roswell Democrat was liked and respected, yes, but his absence is a constant reminder to Senate Democrats of the bruising election cycle that took their president. Most certainly, Majority Floor Leader Michael Sanchez, another target of the governor’s blitz, is not willing to forgive and forget.

    The spirit of compromise lubricating gears in the House and (maybe) in the Governor’s Office is harder to detect in the Senate, where floor debate on some bills has been pointed and even sarcastic.

    In February, Senate Democrats shot down a Republican measure to increase use of state aircraft.

  • Fuller Lodge to get transformer

    This weekend, Fuller Lodge,  the Community Building and Ashley Pond Park will be without electricity as county crews begin the first phase of major improvements planned for Fuller Lodge over the summer. The Fuller Lodge Art Center, however, will remain open despite the lack of power.

    Department of Public Utilities and Facilities crews will install a new transformer on the Fuller Lodge grounds to correct a long-standing problem with the main power feed to the building.  

    Typically, the primary electrical service should be connected to one side of the transformer and the secondary for the building’s power is fed from the secondary side.

  • LA lecture to feature Sandia beginnings

    Sandia National Laboratories historian Rebecca Ullrich will discuss Sandia’s transition from a Los Alamos division to an independent organization during a presentation at 5:30 p.m. March 13 at the Bradbury Science Museum. The talk is part of the laboratory’s 70th anniversary lecture series.

    Sandia Labs’ origins are in Los Alamos’ Z Division, the engineering assembly and test support functions of the Manhattan Project. At the end of World War II, Z Division relocated to a site near Albuquerque where it expanded, evolved and ultimately became a separate national laboratory.

  • Police beat 03-12-13

     Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.


    Feb. 28 

    3:10 p.m. — Rowena MacDonald, 46, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a felony warrant issued from the state of Missouri.

    2:47 p.m. — Larry Bobo, 37, of Los Alamos, was arrested on charges of driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, no tail lights and having an obstructed windshield at the corner of Diamond Drive and Ridgeway Drive. 

    March 1

    12:07 a.m. — Kevin Herring, 35, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a charge of battery against a household member in the 4000 block of Sycamore Street.

  • United Way Recognition event
  • Manhattan Project bill gets another shot

     Congress is once again looking at the possibility of establishing a Manhattan Project National Historical Park. 

    On March 7, Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) introduced the legislation, S. 507, which would create a national park with units in Los Alamos,  Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Hanford, Wash. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) co-sponsored the bill.

    “As Americans, we have a special obligation to preserve and protect our heritage, and the Manhattan Project National Historical Park will ensure that all Americans learn about the significance of the Manhattan Project and how it continues to shape our history,” said Senator Alexander. 

    Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, pledged to support the park during a visit to the Hanford B Reactor.

  • Local rugby coach named to Hall of Fame


    Local rugby coach Demetrio Cardiel was named to the Albuquerque Aardvarks rugby club Hall of Fame in a ceremony last week.

    Cardiel, who is currently coaching Los Alamos’ U19 club, helped the Aardvarks acquire their home field of Phil Chacon Park in Albuquerque in 1993, the field they still call home. He was also a star player for the Aardvarks, leading them to the national finals in 2009 and the national round of 16 in 2010.

    The Aardvarks have been active in Albuquerque-area rugby since their inception in 1973.

    Cardiel, who continued to be active with the Aardvarks even after moving to Los Alamos in 2000, was one of five Aardvark players inducted in the team’s fourth annual ceremony.

  • LA baseball team finishes sixth at St. Pius X tournament


    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team went 1-2 and finished sixth in the St. Pius X Invitational last weekend.

    Los Alamos bounced back from an opening round loss to El Paso (Texas) by blasting the Bernalillo Spartans in their consolation round contest Friday.

    The Hilltoppers jumped out to a 6-0 lead, thanks to a five-run rally in the top of the second inning. 

    They would score four runs in the top of the sixth to shut the door on the Spartans, taking a 10-1 victory.

  • Girls basketball update: Los Lunas knocks LA out of playoffs

    ALBUQUERQUE – The Los Alamos Hilltoppers cut the Los Lunas Tigers' lead down to 7 with 1:44 remaining Tuesday afternoon but could not whittle the lead down any further.

    Los Lunas topped the Hilltoppers 57-44, knocking the Hilltoppers out of the 4A tournament.

    Erin Kirk hit a tough driving shot in the paint to cut the Los Lunas lead down to 48-41 and the Hilltoppers had chances to cut the lead down beneath 7, but couldn't convert several open shots.

    Read Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor for more information on the game.

  • US Officials: North Korea poses serious threat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An unpredictable North Korea, with its nuclear weapons and missile programs, stands as a serious threat to the United States and East Asia nations, the director of National Intelligence warned Tuesday in a sober assessment of worldwide threats.

    Testifying before a Senate panel, James R. Clapper delivered the U.S. intelligence community's overview of global threats posed by terrorism, cyber attacks, weapons of mass destruction, the months-long civil war in Syria and the unsettled situation in post-Arab Spring nations.

    The outlook on North Korea comes as the communist regime announced that it was "completely scrapping" the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and has maintained peace on the peninsula for more than half a century. The Obama administration on Monday slapped new sanctions against North Korea's primary exchange bank and several senior government officials as it expressed concern about the North's "bellicose rhetoric."