Today's Features

  • After several hours of non-stop interrogation — the same questions over and over and the understanding that the police could keep you indefinitely — what would you do? You might get angry. Yell. Rage. Kick your chair. Or, would you cry? Would you grow very quiet and give up?
    It depends less on your personality than on your guilt, according to Capt. Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe), an agent of the Stasi, the East German Secret Police, in “The Lives of Others” (“Das Leben der Anderen”). Wiesler is the perfect, perilous, professorial patriot. He’s both smart and he believes in what he does, which, unfortunately for playwright George Dreyman (Sebastian Koch), is to root out any potential threats to the state.

  • The new Los Alamos County Administrator, Harry Burgess, will be the featured speaker at the League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Feb. 9. The public is invited to this event at the Central Avenue Grill.
    Burgess was appointed Los Alamos County administrator in October 2011. Prior to this appointment, he worked in the governmental sector within New Mexico for more than 17 years.
    Burgess’s educational background covers a variety of areas related to local government. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations (personnel/organizational management), a master’s degree in fire and emergency management administration, a master’s degree in business administration and a doctorate in economic development.

  • In a letter released from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the United States Department of Education, eight Los Alamos High School students were selected as 2012 candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program.
    The U. S. Presidential Scholars Program was created in 1964 by executive order of the president to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors.
    In 1979, the program was expanded to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative and performing arts.  

  • Today
    The Family Strengths Network presents Families in Action, from 6:30-8 p.m. every Tuesday, Jan. 31-March 6. The class is for 14-19 year old and a parent/guardian. For more information, visit lafsn.org.

    Critter and Kinnikinnick clubs start up again at Pajarito Environmental Education Center and run from 3:45-5:15 p.m. every Tuesday at PEEC. Kids explore, experiment and enjoy nature. The cost is $100 o r $80 for members for 13 sessions. Register at PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    The Brown Bag Performance Series at noon at Fuller Lodge has been canceled for the month of February.

  • On Jan. 24, Army Spc. Kyle Beery presented the NJROTC with a flag flown over Camp Ramadi, Iraq on Aug. 30, 2011. Beery was serving in Camp Ramadi with Bravo Co., 1-325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division at the time this flag was flown. Along with the flag was a certificate of authenticity, with signatures from commanding officer Lt. Col. Charles Masaracchia. Beery is seen here presenting the flag to NJROTC instructor Lt. Cmdr. Wes Shumaker, while Gunnery Sgt. Bret Painter, also an NJROTC instructor, holds the certificate. Beery was a member of the unit all of his four years at LAHS. He is on leave from Ft. Bragg, N.C. for two weeks.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    Thank you to the community of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Monitor staff for the outstanding support you give to the animals lovingly cared for in the shelter.


    Louie — A sweet-natured older gentleman. He’s a Lab-cross, well behaved with simple needs like ear scratches and tummy rubs.

  • Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2012
    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
    9 a.m.    Toenail clipping
    10 a.m.    Strong people screening
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Green chile chicken enchiladas
    12:30 p.m.    Driver safety program
    7 p.m.    Ballroom dancing

    8:45 a.m.    Variety training

  • The Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center invites the public to participate in open-house activities Feb. 12-18 during the National Salute to Veteran Patients. 
    “The National Salute to Veteran Patients gives everyone a chance to let those who have given so much to our nation know that they are not forgotten,” said Sonja Brown, chief of Voluntary Service and Public Affairs for the New Mexico VA Health Care System.
    “We want people of all ages to bring Valentine’s Day cheer throughout that week for our patients.”
      Brown said she hopes visitors also will learn more about the roles volunteers play at the medical center throughout the year and perhaps pursue volunteer opportunities.

  • On Wednesday, Los Alamos High School staff members recognized the efforts made by Assistant Principal Mike Johnson during the construction phase. They presented him with balloons, a six-pack of Pepsi Max and a note of thanks.
    LAHS Registrar Dena Brent said Johnson kept his calm demeanor during the construction. “It would take a saint to do all this,” she said.
    In addition, librarian Ken Holmes said, “He did a very good job of coordinating.
    Maire O’Neill added, “he never appeared frustrated or raised his voice. He’s respectful and kind and looks to make the day better for his employees.”
    In addition to the balloons and soda, Johnson was serenaded by Bel Canto.

  • Join Habitat for Humanity for the commemoration and dedication of the 600th Habitat House in New Mexico at 1 p.m. Feb. 3 in the New Mexico State Capitol Building Rotunda.
    Following the Capitol Rotunda activities, there will be a dedication and celebration of the milestone event.
    The event will be at 4 p.m. at the home of Habitat Partner Family, Umberto Mendoza and Debbie Montoya in the Tierra Contenta Community, 7252 Vuelta de la Luz, Santa Fe.
    Anticipated attendees and invited guests for both events are: Habitat for Humanity Affiliates throughout the state of New Mexico; and local, state and federal officials; media representatives; volunteers; individual donors; as well as funding organizations.