Today's News

  • 11-3-11 Best sellers

    1. “The Glass Castle,” Jeannette Walls
    2. “Half-Broke Horses,” Jeannette Walls
    3. “North and South,” Elizabeth Gaskell
    4. “Mudbound,” HIllary Jordan
    5. “Española: Images of America,” Camilla Trujillo
    6. “Steve Jobs,” Walter Isaacson
    7. “Feynman,” Jim Ottaviani
    8. “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter,” Carson McCullers
    9. “The Solar System,” Marcus Chown
    10. “Born to Run,” Christopher McDougall

  • 11-3-11 Restaurant inspections

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Los Alamos

    Hilltop House Convenience Store, 400 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 18
    Violations: Two high-risk violations, one for contaminated equipment and one for poor personal hygiene — hand wash sink is being used to do dishes due to the three-compartment sink leaking.
    Status of establishment: Approved, follow-up required on Oct. 31.

    Hilltop House Convenience Store, 400 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 26, follow-up
    Actions: Three-compartment sink leakage corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

  • LA girls soccer falls in state semifinals

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team fell behind 3-0 early in the first half and was unable to recover as it fell 3-1 to Albuquerque-Academy in the Class 4A state semifinals Friday.

    For more details, see Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • LA cross country teams are ones to beat at state

     The scenario heading into the Class 4A state cross country championship meet rarely changes: the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls are the team to beat, the Hilltopper boys will be hoping for an upset of Albuquerque Academy.
    While the 2011 state title race could be more of the same, this year, there’s a wrinkle. By most practical measures, the Hilltopper boys will still be the underdog heading into the state meet, but it may have the psychological edge over Academy after an upset win over the Chargers two weeks earlier.
    That, combined with earning a perfect score at the District 2 race last week, could make the Hilltoppers primed to pull off another upset.

  • Letters 11-03-11

    As you roll your 48-gallon trash roll cart down the driveway to deposit it at the curb, do you ever wonder why you are being charged the same fee per month as your neighbor who has a 96-gallon cart overflowing with trash?  
    There is another option, and it is known as a Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) solid waste rate structure.  
    With a PAYT rate system residents are charged for trash services based on how much waste they put out every week for disposal.  
    By charging for trash services based on roll cart size, a more equitable rate structure is created.  Also, residents are given a financial incentive to reduce trash.  

  • Crisis in rural America

    The U.S. Postal Service study on closing some 3,700 post offices in the nation poses a real crisis for rural America.
    The problem is an $8 billion budget deficit. New Mexico has 54 of those target post offices. Hearings currently are being held to determine which offices should be cut.
    Rural post offices are more than just a place to pick up mail. They are locations to congregate and see your neighbors at the appointed time when the mail truck is scheduled to arrive.
    Driving to the nearest open post office can take hours and be impossible in the winter.
    The only thing worse is losing a school house. School closings began in New Mexico in the late 1940s.

  • 'Pieces of April' puts things in perspective

    No one is exactly how they appear. And no one is exactly who they used to be. These simple, obvious, easily forgettable truths are the bread and butter, or turkey and cranberry sauce, of Peter Hedges’ 2003 drama, “Pieces of April,” screening today at the library.

    Katie Holmes plays April, the self-described “first pancake” of her family — that is, the one that doesn’t fluff up right, the one you throw away. 

  • Be There 11-03-11



    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents “Pieces of April” at 6:30 p.m.


  • Production features family of killers

    Eva Smith was a woman who had everything going for her. She had a job, a good life and dreams for the future. That was before she met the Birlings. A year later, impoverished and in disgrace, Eva kills herself. 

    Meanwhile, the Birlings celebrate their daughter’s engagement and enjoy their lavish life as if nothing had happened. 

  • Film tour returns to Los Alamos

    The 2011 Reel Rock Film Tour is coming with new films and footage to the Reel Deal Theater in Los Alamos at 4 p.m. Sunday. Moviegoers can win swag and watch some climbing and adventure films. 

    The Reel Deal Theatre and the Y are partnering to bring The Reel Rock Film Tour to Los Alamos for one night only. Advance tickets are on sale now at the Y for $10 each, and will be available for $12 at the door, the day of the show.