Today's News

  • Top golfers compete for city championship

    More than 50 local golfers hit the links last weekend, competing for the right to call themselves the best golfers in Los Alamos in this year’s City Championship, held at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. 

    Competing in six different flights, the golfers created a tight competition throughout the weekend, with some battles coming down to the final hole. 

    In the Gold Tee flight of the men’s championship, Jason Norman emerged victorious with a net score of 138 across the two days of competition. Interestingly, Norman played without a handicap and still managed to earn the best net score in the flight, finishing one stroke ahead of Jacob Benelli and Tim Johnson, who did have handicaps.

    In the Blue Tee flight of the men’s championship, John Rau easily earned first place with a score of 131. 

    The second-place finisher was Pat Metzger, finishing eight strokes behind with a score of 138. Ben Alei was the third place finisher with a score of 140.

    Darren Knox was the champion in the Blue Tee flight of the senior men’s championship with a net score of 138, and Kurt Anast finished right behind with a score of 139. However, Anast finished with a better gross score but lost due to the difference in handicaps. 

  • District 2-4A previews: Taos High School

    Leading up to the new school year, the Los Alamos Monitor will be previewing the teams in Los Alamos High School’s new district 2-4A. The new district will provide new rivalries, renew old rivalries and continue existing rivalries. The new matchups should provide fun competition throughout the school year. 

    Another one of Los Alamos High School’s new district rivals this school year will be Taos High School, a school that LAHS has played often in non-district games in recent years. 

    Though Taos has struggled mightily in some sports, there is a chance for great competition in others, which could lead to some fun games between the two northern schools. 

    One of the best rivalries that could develop in the next few years is in girls’ cross country, where both schools have been strong at their respective levels recently. 

    For years, LAHS has been one of the model programs for cross country in New Mexico, winning countless championships. But, Taos has also been strong in the sport, especially on the girls’ side. 

  • Atomic City Update: Start of football practice is one of the most exciting times



    For many people in this community, the upcoming week is significant because it is the final full week of summer before school begins again. But for me, this week is noteworthy for a different reason. I have had Monday, Aug. 6, circled on my calendar for a few months because it is the day that high school football practice begins. 

    It is a very exciting time of year, because for the first time since school let out, the entire high school football team will be together every day throughout the fall. It is a time when players are able to prove what they can do on the field, and the bonds that will help a team find success begin to form. 

    Many people, myself included, feel that this is the most important time of the year for a young football team, or really any sports team. 

    There is more time in the nearly three weeks leading up to the first game of the season to learn the offense, learn the defense and put everyone in the best position to succeed. For all the other high school sports, this time of preparation begins on Aug. 13. 

  • Tough schedule awaits LAHS volleyball

    As the Los Alamos High School volleyball team looks to rebound after a tough 2017 season, the schedule that awaits them will be extremely tough, from the first game of the season to the end of October. 

    The season kicks off on Aug. 25 at home, when the Hilltoppers take on Bloomfield at 2 p.m. Bloomfield went 13-10 in 2017 and advanced to the first round of the Class 5A state tournament. In something of a surprise, LAHS defeated Bloomfield 3-1 last season in a non-district matchup. 

    With a road matchup against St. Michaels on Aug. 28, the schedule gets no easier. The Lady Horsemen were 17-7 last year, advancing all the way to the Class 4A semifinals. St. Michael’s defeated the Hilltoppers 3-1 last year. 

    The road games continue on Aug. 30 with a trip to Santa Fe High School, a team that went 9-12 last year and defeated LAHS 3-1. 

    Following that game, the Hilltoppers face what will likely be the toughest match of the season, taking on St. Pius at home on Sept. 4. 

    The Sartans went 20-3 last year and played in the Class 5A state championship game. The team also defeated the Hilltoppers 3-0 in a non-district matchup. 

  • District 2-4A previews: Moriarty High School

    Leading up to the new school year, the Los Alamos Monitor will be previewing the teams in Los Alamos High School’s new district 2-4A. The new district will provide new rivalries, renew old rivalries and continue existing rivalries. The new matchups should provide fun competition throughout the school year. 

    Of the four schools that Los Alamos High School will share District 2-4A with this school year, none has more consistently good sports programs than Moriarty High School, which will lead to an immediate, and fun, rivalry between the two schools. 

    The rivalry should begin immediately during the fall sports season, as the two schools will likely be battling for the top spot in the district in both boys and girls soccer. Last year, the boys soccer team went 14-7-1 and advanced to the semifinals of the Class 4A state tournament, before falling to Hope Christian. 

    Much like LAHS, which advanced to the Class 5A state semifinals last year, the team will have a new look this year, losing 11 players to graduation. However, they are likely to still be highly competitive, and should provide good competition for the Hilltoppers. 

  • LAHS football hoping experience leads to success

    Coming off a winning season for the first time in five years, the expectations for the Los Alamos High School football team have been raised. The confidence on the practice field seems higher, the skill level is raised and the comfort in the offensive and defensive systems is obvious. 

    Last year, the Hilltoppers went 6-4, dominating against lesser teams while continuing to struggle against teams with high-powered offensive attacks. All of this was done with a quarterback, Dylan Irish, who had never previously played the position, and an all-purpose threat, Jack Stewart, who scored 14 touchdowns and gained 1,000 yards despite not playing football since his freshman year. 

    This year, the core group of offensive weapons is more experienced. Irish returns for his second year at quarterback, while the running backs, led by Cade Yost, have been in the system for four years and appear stronger than ever.  

    Head coach Garett Williams, entering his ninth year at the helm of the Hilltoppers, believes that leadership will be one of the biggest strengths of this year’s group.

  • Atomic City Update: Team-first attitude big reason why HS sports are so special

    As high school sports season gets ready to get kick into high gear, I figured it’s a good time to talk about one of the things I really appreciate about covering prep sports: the team-first attitude. 

    This week, I spent Wednesday afternoon on the football field with the Los Alamos High School football team. After practice, I spent some time talking to a few of the players and came away highly impressed.

    Even when I asked them questions about themselves, the answer always came back to how much they want to help the team win, regardless of what their individual stats look like. 

    This is the same attitude I have encountered from all of the athletes I have talked to at LAHS. There is always a team-first attitude that I appreciate, and that often helps the teams find success. 

    I think that’s the way it is for most high school athletes, to whom a state championship is far more important than impressive individual numbers. After high school, though, it seems like many of those athletes lose that mentality. 

  • 75th wedding anniversary: The Littles

    Ed and Mary Little are celebrating their 75th anniversary today.  

    The Littles were married in Austin, Texas, where Ed was a pilot for the Army Air Corps at Bersgtrom Field during World War II.  Mary, then 20, took the long train ride from their home in Greensboro, North Carolina, to marry Ed.  

    There were only two attendants that attended their wedding and after the ceremony the four of them celebrated at The Chicken Shack. 

    After the war, they moved back to North Carolina where Ed got his degree in physics from UNC-Chapel Hill. Mary helped put him through school by working at the IRS and other jobs. 

    They moved to Los Alamos in 1950 and have lived in town ever since. They still make their home on Barranca Mesa in the house that they helped build in 1963. 

    Ed worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for his entire career. They joined First Baptist Church in Los Alamos when they arrived and have been active in the church their entire lives. They are still faithful members and attenders.  

    Their two children, Robert and Susan, were born in Los Alamos. 

  • Last call to register for Master Gardeners’ conference

    Registration for the New Mexico Master Gardeners’ State Conference will be closing soon. 

    The conference is open to the public and will be held in Albuquerque Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel. Cost is $150 and registration is online at nmmgcon2018.org.  

    The theme is “sustainability,” or “Don’t fight Mother Nature – work with her.”

    Topics will include edible landscapes, waterwise growing for home gardeners, four-season gardening for pollinators, green roofs, sustainability lessons learned from ancient pueblos, composting and even learning how to develop your own vegetable, herb and flower varieties.

    Speakers include well-recognized experts such as author Judith Phillips, Landscape Architect Baker Morrow, sustainability consultant Jeff Goebel and others. 

    “We have designed this conference in the hopes of providing our attendees with new tools for their gardening toolkit, information on the latest sustainability trends and issues and some hands-on workshops to sharpen skills,” said conference co-chair Sam Thompson. “If you have a serious interest in southwest gardening, this is the place to be.” 

  • LANL Foundation scholarships awarded

    The LANL Foundation and invited guests celebrated the recipients of three scholarship categories Wednesday.

    Northern New Mexico Tribal Business Scholarships support Native students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business-related fields. Regional College/Returning Student (RCRS) Scholarships are awarded to nontraditional students seeking a two-year degree or certification after a significant gap in formal education.

    The first Abiquiú Land Grant – Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Scholarship winner was also honored during the reception. This new award is specifically designated for descendants of an Abiquiú Land Grant family pursuing a bachelor’s degree, two-year degree or professional certificate in any field of study.

    A complete list of winners may be found at lanlfoundation.org/scholarship-recipients.