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Have lunch with a leader

By Special to the Monitor

 

The League of Women Voters will have their monthly Lunch with a Leader at 11:40 a.m. Jan. 10. The speaker will be Tom Ribe. The event is open to the public.

Ribe is a native of Los Alamos, raised by long-time League of Women Voters activist Mally Ribe. 

He worked for Los Alamos National Laboratory between 1992 and 1997 in the Environmental Restoration program. He has his master’s degree in environmental policy from the University of Oregon and has written extensively on energy, public lands and wildfire. 

His talk will cover Los Alamos’ power sources and urge an update of the electricity supply over the next decade to address climate change. 

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Schneider to perform as part of Brown Bag Series

By Special to the Monitor

 

 

 The Los Alamos Arts Council's January Brown Bag Series will feature guitarist Dr. Gregory Alan Schneider. The concert will be at noon Jan. 9 at Fuller Lodge.

Schneider, a composer, guitarist and educator, holds degrees from Indiana University and the University of North Texas.  

His compositions have been performed across the U.S., Canada and Europe.  As a guitarist, he has performed as an orchestra member with the Santa Fe Opera and served as artist-in-residence for five seasons with the SFO.  

He owns Music Together of Los Alamos, has served as music director for the Los Alamos Choral Society, teaches at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and teaches guitar/bass privately.

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Register for strength training program

By Special to the Monitor

 

There is an opportunity awaiting those who made a New Year’s resolution to get into shape and get fit.

The Strong Women and Men program is a research-based strength training program for women and men 50 years of age and older.  Previously called the StrongWomen and Men Growing Stronger programs, this offering allows for both women and men to strength train in the same class.  

Scientific research has demonstrated that exercise with weights(strength training) will increase strength, muscle mass and bone density in middle-aged women and men.  

Additionally, strength training improves self-confidence, sleep, vitality and reduces risk for diabetes, heart disease, depression and obesity. Components of the program include:

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Top sports stories of 2012

By Mike Cote

 

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Golf is a leisurely activity that many people enjoy. The previous 12 months at Los Alamos Golf Course was anything but.

Some happy moments and some sad moments, along with some uncertainty about the long-range outlook of the course was the top local sports story of 2012.

LAGC, the second-oldest public course in the state, was showing its age for some time before the decision was made to condemn the old clubhouse building. The management of the course was forced to move into the cramped quarters of the old clubhouse, which is currently also housing the pro shop and what remains of the abbreviated snack bar.

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Top school stories of 2012

By Tris DeRoma

Here is a look at the top education stories in Los Alamos County for 2012.

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LA named one of the best communities for young people

 

In September, county and school officials celebrated at Chamisa Elementary the fact that America’s Promise Alliance picked Los Alamos as one of the best 100 best communities for young people.

According to its website, the organization’s purpose is to “focus on ending the high school dropout crisis and ensuring that students graduate ready for college and the 21st century workforce. This marks the second time Los Alamos has won the honor.

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LA to host Canadian hockey team Thursday

By The Staff

Can you say road trip?

A Canadian high school hockey team from Kenora, Ontario, made the 1,500-mile journey to take part in the Taos Tournament this weekend.

The Canadians, though, are making a little side trip.

On Thursday morning, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers will play host to the Saints of St. Thomas Aquinas at 10:15 a.m.

Los Alamos also will take part in the Taos Tournament but for now, it is focused on its Canadian visitors.

According to the Kenora newspaper, the Kenora Daily Miner and News, the idea for the trip came from Saints coach Travis Batters. He and school board trustee Mike Faveau were in Northern New Mexico a few years back and made some contacts.

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Deep freeze hits LA

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01-02-13 Be There

Friday
The Fuller Lodge Art Center is seeking art for its first thematic exhibit of the New Year titled, “Behind the Scenes.” There’s a story behind every piece of artwork; something magical in the process of its creation. Create and collaborate to help tell the whole story — and document all steps. Download an application for the show at library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1103899759177-507/CFA_Behind-the-Scenes-form.pdf.

Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Frost/Nixon,” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4,5,11,12,18 and 19; and at 2 p.m. Jan. 13. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. They are available at C.B. Fox or at the door. For more information, visit lalt.org.
Sunday
A Cowboy Breakfast will be from 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. The menu will feature plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and special variety of the month pancakes, along with sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. The cost for adults is $7 and is $4 for children 10-years-old and younger. Proceeds benefit the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse.
Jan. 7

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Gibson helps NJROTC raise funds

By Bernadette Lauritzen

Los Alamos High School senior and NJROTC Cadet John Gibson, is one young man that likes to make things a little better, when there is something to be done. The ’Topper teen is currently the commander of the tug-of-war and small-bore rifle teams and a cadet ensign with four years of service in NJROTC.

“I enjoy the practice of mutual support that I see every single day in the cadets,” Gibson said. “The unit runs on the effort, blood, sweat and tears poured in by each and every cadet. If it weren’t for each one, we could not have the whole.”

Like any club or organization, the unit finds itself raising funds to travel to events and compete in a variety of areas. Gibson knew that in addition to regular fundraising duties, he could contribute a bit more.

He was inspired to make paracord bracelets after attending a Science Technology Engineering and Math seminar, in Daytona, Fla. Gibson attended the presentation at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, via the NJROTC program.

“It’s no secret the unit is very active in the community and as a result of our constant travel expenses and materials costs, I was simply trying to do my part to give a little bit back to the organization that has given me so much throughout high school and helped prepare me for my future,” Gibson said.

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Youth hockey festival hits the ice in LA

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Police Beat 01-01-13

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.
Dec. 20

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12:03 p.m. — Connie Lemon-Sandoval, 67, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of driving on a suspended license, driving without insurance, and having no tail lamps at 38th Street.
(No time given) — Police arrested a 17-year-old Los Alamos teen for possession of a controlled substance in the 1300 block of Diamond Drive. He was then referred to juvenile authorities and released to his parents.
11:48 p.m. — Raynard Frank, 41 of Blackfoot was arrested for aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (refusal to submit to chemical testing),  and failure to stay in his lane on N.M. 4.
Dec. 21

10:06 a.m. — A 50-year-old female reported to police her house had been burglarized in the 800 block of Scott Way.
Dec. 22

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Voices of the Manhattan Project echo into history

By Arin McKenna

The proposed Manhattan Project National Historical Park still has some Congressional hurdles to overcome, but its supporters are doing what they can to make that history more accessible now.

To that end, the Atomic Heritage Foundation and the Los Alamos Historical Society partnered to create “Voices of the Manhattan Project,” a public archive of oral histories collected from Manhattan Project veterans and their families.
A collection of 71 videotaped oral histories recorded between 1991 and 1992 forms the foundation of the Los Alamos contribution. That project was underwritten by the Los Alamos Historical Society with grants from the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities and the Los Alamos Lodgers Tax Board.

Historical Society staff, led by Theresa Strottman, conducted the interviews with the help of Dohn Chapman, who was director of PAC-8 at the time.

Strottman has since moved to Silver City, but project volunteer Yvonne Delamater, who managed scheduling and conducted several of the interviews, remembers the project vividly.

“It was a very important project, to get their memories of what it was like in Los Alamos before they passed on. And many of them have passed on,” Delamater said.

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Church fire tops the list

By Tris DeRoma

Here is a look at some of the top police, fire and rescue stories of 2012.

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It took close to three hours but the Los Alamos Fire Department extinguished a major fire at New Beginnings Fellowship Assembly of God Church at 112 East Road on July 4.

Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider confirmed the fire was out around 1 p.m. It looked as if the fire was out earlier but LAFD was contending with hotspots in the rafters of the chapel.

Grider said the chapel was a total loss and the main church received smoke damage.

After a lengthy investigation, it was later determined that the fire’s cause was electrical.

Paint truck skids off N.M. 4

The forest was awash in white and yellow paint.

A white 1998 International flatbed truck, carrying 1,000 gallons of yellow and white road striping paint, was heading eastbound on N.M. 4 near mile marker 49, when it exited the roadway and fell approximately 200 feet before coming to rest in the forest Sept. 18.

The vehicle driven by Francisco Maes, 51, of Willard, unleashed its colorful cargo on the way down the embankment. Maes suffered injuries that were reported to be serious and was flown by helicopter to Christus St. Vincent in Santa Fe. 

He later said his brakes went out.

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The best games from 2012

By Mike Cote

If you’re a fan of fall sports, the month of October 2012 was your month.
More than any other, October featured the top contests of the year for the Hilltoppers.
Of the Los Alamos’ top 10 events of the calendar year, October features more entries, three, than any other month — although February just missed out matching that total by a few days. But with fall sports getting to their nitty-gritty in October, it’s easy to see why.
That particular month, the Hilltoppers had to duke it out with the Capital Jaguars, the Española Valley Sundevils and a team from the Midwestern United States.
As always, the Los Alamos Monitor takes a look back at the most exciting Hilltopper sporting events of the past 12 months. This list is, of course, completely subjective, but does take into account postseason implications, competitiveness and the all-important “gasp” factor. Only events attended by a Los Alamos Monitor representative were considered for this list.
Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Hilltopper Contests of 2012:

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10. Softball: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, May 5

The playoffs haven’t been kind in recent years to the Hilltopper softball team, so getting out of a late-inning jam was somewhat unexpected.

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