Today's News

  • Update 03-17-12


    Today, the United Church of Los Alamos will hold its annual Mexico Mission auction. The silent auction starts at 2 p.m. A live auction called by the Los Alamos Monitor’s own Mike Lippiatt begins at 3 p.m. The United Church is at 2525 Canyon Road.

    Council meeting

    County Council will hold a regular session at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.

    March on Hunger

    Assets In Action is collecting food for the March on Hunger for local food banks. Those wishing to make donations can leave them at either senior center location, KRSN AM 1490, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce or Chamisa Elementary now through the end of the month.

    BPU meeting

  • Society offers bus tour to Trinity Site

    On July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated in the pre-dawn darkness in the high desert ranchland about 30 miles southeast of Socorro.

    It has been 67 years, but there are still some hale and hearty guys around who participated in that test, and a couple of them have agreed to accompany a bus full of Los Alamos Historical Society members to Trinity Site for the April 7 public opening.  

    This rare chance to rub shoulders with history is a fund-raising effort for the Los Alamos Historical Society as it is launching into major long-term enterprises in historic preservation and interpretation for the future.

  • Hall, Richard set to file for House seat

    Jim Hall and Stephanie Richard will announce their candidacies for the District 43 State House seats at ceremonies in two different locations Tuesday.
    Hall will announce his candidacy on the west side of Ashley Pond at 2 p.m. Tuesday and Richard, a Democrat who ran against the late Jeannette Wallace in 2010, said she will be in Santa Fe Tuesday afternoon at the Secretary of State’s office to turn in her paperwork for the primary and the election.
    Hall (R-Los Alamos, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Rio Arriba County) announced Friday that local business owner Denise Lane will be his campaign manager.
    “I have known Jim for 20 years,” Lane said. “We first worked together when I was on the council and he was on the school board.

  • State Briefs 03-18-12

    Man found not guilty in crash arrested again

    SANTA FE (AP) — Santa Fe County jail records show a man who was acquitted of charges in a 2009 crash that killed four teenagers and seriously injured a fifth is facing a new drunken driving charge.
    Records show 30-year-old Scott Owens was booked early Saturday after being arrested by a Santa Fe police officer on charges of aggravated DWI and speeding.
    He’s being held on a $2,000 bond.
    Owens’ trial related to the 2009 crash ended last April with jurors finding him not guilty.
    Authorities had alleged he was driving in the wrong lane just after midnight on June 28, 2009 when he ran into the teens’ car. His blood-alcohol content was double the legal driving limit.

  • Sports Schedule March 19-24


    Girls tennis: Los Alamos at Española Valley, varsity, 3 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Pojoaque, varsity, 4 p.m.


    Boys tennis: Los Alamos at Española Valley, varsity, 3 p.m.


    Boys track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3:30 p.m.


    Girls tennis: Los Alamos at Carlsbad Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Baseball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, JV, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Softball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, JV, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Girls track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, 3 p.m.


  • High winds clocked in excess of 60 mph at LA Airport

     At 1:55 p.m. a wind gust of 63 mph was recorded at Los Alamos Airport. Gusts of 40-50 mph have been common throughout the late morning and early afternoon as a storm front approaches from Arizona.



  • Wedding: Brewer-McClure

    Carla Brewer and Lynn Brewer of  Los Alamos are happy to announce the marriage of their son Travis Brewer to Megan McClure, daughter of Patrick and Jana McClure of Los Alamos.
    Travis and Megan Brewer were married on Jan. 1, 2012 at the Christian Church in Los Alamos.
    Both Travis and Megan are residing in Murfeesboro, Tenn., attending Middle Tennesse State Univerity.

  • Sewer issues plague some homeowners

    In early February, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) sent a letter to 2,438 customers with a potential risk of sewer backups, encouraging them to install backwater valves if their system was lacking one.

    DPU began investigating after finding that four homes that experienced sewer backups should have been equipped with backwater valves. Only one was, and that one was not functioning properly.

    A topographical survey was used to determine which sites could be at risk by being below grade of the nearest upstream manhole. DPU estimates that an average of five homes a year experience sewage backups that could have been prevented with backwater valves.

  • Science Fair Winners

    Los Alamos High School junior Holly Erickson took the grand award in the senior division at the Northeastern Regional Science Fair at New Mexico Highlands University March 3, while sophomore Joe Abeyta and senior Adrian Abeyta placed second and qualified for state competition.

  • Doonesbury's that did not make the print edition

    The Los Alamos Monitor was one of many newspapers that ran replacement ‘Doonesbury' comic strips this week instead of a series that uses graphic imagery along with language to lampoon a Texas law requiring women to have an ultrasound before an abortion. 

     In the attachments below, you can read the week's worth of Doonesbury.