Today's Features

  • Many of us take every precaution we can to protect our pets.
    With growing technology in the veterinary field, new measures of protection for companion animals are now available to owners at a low cost. Microchipping, one of the newest ways to locate and identify lost animals, is growing in popularity and efficiency.
    A microchip is a glass-encased device that bears an identification number unique to every marked animal.
    Once the microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin and registered with the devices company, the microchip can be activated with a scanner at a veterinarian’s office or local animal shelter.
    With no batteries or power source required to activate a microchip, this device will provide a permanent identity for your pet that will last their entire lifetime.
    Many owners protect and identify their pet with a personalized collar.
    While this method can certainly help identify your pet, there are many strong advantages in microchipping your animal. For instance, pet collars may fall or slip off, and personalized tags may become unreadable after several years. Microchips do not face any of these challenges and have no chance of being removed, no matter where Fido wanders off to.

  • It’s time to get those cameras ready and have your furry pal say “cheese” (or tuna, or kibble). The Friends of the Shelter is now accepting photo entries for the 2016 Shelter Alumni Calendar through Sept. 5.
    Pet owners who have adopted a shelter animal, an abandoned, or homeless animal are invited to send a photo and a brief story about their pet.
    Pet owners whose pets were featured in last year’s calendar are welcome to submit new photos of their pets for this year’s calendar. Entry forms are available at Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital, Pet Pangaea and the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.
    The entry forms include entry information, as well as tips on taking the best photo of your pet. Entries can easily be submitted via the shelter’s website at lafos.org. They can also be sent via email to virginiaking65@gmail.com, or a photo and entry form can be mailed to Friends of the Shelter, P.O. Box 1402, Los Alamos 87544.
    Friends of the Shelter, a humane organization based in Los Alamos is trying to improve the quality of life for unwanted pets and find homes for homeless animals. FOS works closely with the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, with local veterinarians and with other humane societies.

  • From deserts to mountains, coyotes are one of the most adaptable species in New Mexico. However, not everyone welcomes the resilience of this local predator.
    To learn more about the canine, guest speakers Judy Paulsen and Dave Parsons will speak about the challenges and opportunities coyotes provide.
    The talk will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required.
    The presentation reveals the fascinating and complex world of Canis latrans — their keen intelligence, amazing resourcefulness, and importance as keystone carnivores in many ecosystems.
    Paulsen serves as the New Mexico Representative to Project Coyote. Living in New Mexico, Paulsen encounters anti-coyote/predator sentiment and believes that education is critical and policy change is necessary to shift the way coyotes are viewed and treated in the west.
    She works to promote Project Coyote’s “Coyote Friendly Communities” program and to raise awareness about the important ecological role that coyotes play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. She is also actively involved in efforts to prohibit coyote killing contests in her home state.

  • Aug. 16-22, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior civic discussion
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken tenders
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom dancing
    8:30 a.m.        Mac users group
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury steak
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.         Bridge
    7:30 p.m.         Table tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters

  • Jonathan Vander Wiel, of Los Alamos, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, Cum Laude from LeTourneau University spring graduation.

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    Antonia Batha, of Los Alamos, was named to the 2015 Dean’s List at Union College in New York. Batha is a member of the Class of 2017, majoring in gender, sexuality and women’s studies.

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    The following Los Alamos students will begin their first semester at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales this fall: Trisha Barks, John Dermer, Miranda Honnell and Lauren Mazuranich.

  • July 14: A boy,  Liam Grant Ponce, born to  Amber Pyle and Christian Ponce
    July 25: A girl, Charlotte Isabel Thoren, born to Bryanna and Victor Thoren
    Aug. 3: A girl, Aarya Grace Goff, born to Jaipriya and George Goff

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:


    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Annie — A 9-year-old, spayed, female who just loves being petted. She has a very pretty black/gray, orange and white coat with short hair. Due to medical care needed by her owner, Annie is now at the shelter looking for her forever home. She can sometimes be a bit shy with shelter visitors, but she quickly warms up to you when you offer her some belly rubs!

  • Recurring meetings
    Note: If any of the following listings need to be changed or removed,
    contact Gina Velasquez immediately at lacommunity@lamonitor.com, or 662-4185, ext. 21.

    The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. For more information, contact Chris Ortega at 672-9789.

    The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, lower level. On Tuesday, there is a fee of $2 per player. There is no charge on Saturday. For more information, contact Avadh Saxena at AVADH—S@hotmail.com or Ed Stein at 662-7472.

    The Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursdays. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at noon every Tuesday at the golf course, 4250 Diamond Dr. Guest speakers every week. See full Be There calendar for details.

    Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets Tuesdays from Noon-1 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Church in Kelly Hall.

  • As elementary students transition into seventh grade, Los Alamos Middle School had its WEB Crew orientation on Tuesday.
    WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) was introduced last year with help from Los Alamos County to send a Los Alamos Public School employee to train with the best.
    “Students participating in WEB crew last year were able to be​come part of a team making a difference together at our school,” said LAMS Assistant Principal Anna Vargas-Gutierrez. “They were ​​able to take on and develop leadership skills ​as they helped our seventh graders transition to Middle School.”
    “Our LAMS WEB Crew team mentors go through a minimum of 10 hours of training ​prior to the school year beginning,” Vargas-Gutierrez said. “Parents should encourage seventh graders to attend orientation on the Aug. 11 so that they will have an opportunity to meet fellow seventh graders.”
    The four-hour orientation allows those students that are feeling nervous, anxious or worried to begin to make new friends.”
    The two days of training, in addition to preparation prior to orientation includes team building, planning out a tour of the new school building and recalling what questions they may have had upon entering LAMS.

  • The Los Alamos Co-op Market is once again hosting cooking classes for the public.
    Starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 21, Ray Joggerst will explain the intricacies of preparing gourmet steak and sauces. Class participants will learn to prepare steak au poivre, steak with sauce béarnaise and merchant’s steak. Joggerst is excited about the class and plans to leave participants with confidence and recipes to make first-class steak meals at home. Registration is open at the co-op’s Entrada Drive location. Class size is limited to accommodate the space.
    Joggerst enjoys sharing the chemistry behind cooking, and brings an in-depth knowledge of food to each class. He debuted his Shop with the Chef class career in 2013, at the co-op’s with a fermentation class, where he covered vegetable and dairy fermentation techniques. Last year, he taught the Chemistry of Cooking, as part of the ScienceFest activities. This year, he will share his love of gourmet cuisine.
    Each class starts with shopping for the ingredients, takes participants through the cooking process, and concludes with enjoying the final product.
    The Los Alamos Co-op Market provides the community with access to a wide variety of local, natural and organic foods and can be found at 95 Entrada Dr. For more information, visit losalamos.coop, or call 695-1579.