Today's Features

  • If you’ve ever had to pitch a business or product idea to an investor or potential partner, you know the presentation can make or break the deal.
    Because the stakes can be high, serious entrepreneurs quickly learn what to avoid when giving a presentation, whether it’s a 30-minute speech before a peer group or six-minute proposal to Demo Day investors.
    Some of the presentation do’s and don’ts are intuitive: Think about what keeps you engaged when someone’s talking and what makes your attention drift to your email in-box.
    Every presentation should be a story with a logical beginning and end and a narrative thread that connects these dots. In the business world, it often starts with a problem that your product or service ultimately solved.
    If your creation is interesting, the story of its genesis should be equally compelling. Once you’ve framed the tale and decided what to emphasize in the allotted time, determine how you’ll sidestep the most common public presentation minefields.
    Avoid jargon: Lingo or other coded language alienates people who don’t speak it, and it even bores professionals who are fluent. Pretend you’re explaining your product or service to an inquisitive 10-year-old and use words designed to draw her in rather than exclude her from the conversation.

  • A pair of local bands will headline Friday’s Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.
    The bands, DK and the Affordables and Eddy and the Nomads, will split time at the Summer Concert Series.
    Friday’s concert, a free program sponsored by Los Alamos County, is the final Summer Concert of 2015. It will be at Ashley Pond starting at 7 p.m.
    DK and the Affordables was founded by DK Warner, a do-it-all performer with many influences spanning rockabilly, but Warner said one of his main influences is Jim Bowie, a Buddhist banjo master from Oklahoma.
    Among the lineup for the Affordables are keyboardist Aaron Anderson, bassist Rob Heineman and saxophone player Quinn Marksteiner.
    A classic rock band, Eddy and the Nomads are staples of the concert series, having played numerous shows there over the 26-year history of the series.
    This year’s series started in early May as part of the county’s Kite Festival. Among this year’s highlights were Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute band, and the Red Elvises.
    The Summer Concert Series is coordinated by Russ Gordon. For information on the series, visit gordonssummerconcerts.com.

  • Community calendar


    Recurring meetings


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


    Nature Playtimes at the Nature Center. 10-11 a.m. Kids aged 0-5 and their caregivers come to the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore the natural world. Children rotate through themed centers inside and outside, with story time to start them off. Mondays except holidays. Free. More information at losalamosnature.org.


    CoDA, an open 12-step group for recovery from codependency, meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at White Rock Methodist Church on Meadow Lane. For information call 672-3874 or 672-1498.


    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.


  • July 27: A girl, Lisa Raylynn Dishta, born to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Dishta
    Aug. 8: A girl, Naevia Grace Villa, born to Tamara Sanchez and Jesse Villa
    Aug. 8: A boy, Matthias Anthony Fabian Abeyta, born to Ambrosha Baca and Leon Abeyta
    Aug. 11: A boy, Patrick Stuart Taylor, born to Laura and Stuart Taylor
    Aug. 12: A boy, Preston Scott Tyler, born to Amanda Apgar and Eric Tyler
    Aug. 15: A boy, Gilbert Joseph Lopez, born to Tammy and Bobby Lopez

  • Aubrie Powell, of Los Alamos, a graduate of Los Alamos High School, has graduated Magna Cum Laude from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in music.
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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, Lauren Mazuranich, Jacqueline Fernandes and Richard Morley.

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    Kendall Schneider and Mariah Zerr, of Los Alamos, have been selected to serve as President’s Ambassadors at Eastern New Mexico University.

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    Erik Bojorquez and Taylor Pomeroy, both of Los Alamos, were named Eastern New Mexico University counselors for Dawg Days 2015. Dawg Days is the annual back-to-school kickoff weekend that serves as a welcome to new students. The weekend’s events, including a foam party and community barbeque, are led by the Dawg Days counselors.

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  • To live in northern New Mexico is to be surrounded by rugged beauty. But what happens if a medical emergency happens out in the wilderness? Luckily Classic Air Medical, a helicopter medical transport service, is ready to help.
    Meet pilot Geoff Rodgers and the medical team at 7 p.m. Tuesday, to discuss the work of this helicopter rescue company and how they work with the local community.
    Rodgers is a former Los Alamos county councilor and current pilot for Classic Air Medical. He served as a pilot for both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserves, and also has experience flying for EMS, firefighting and powerline construction operations.
    Classic Air Medical began as Classic Tour Helicopters, a helicopter tour service operating around Bryce Canyon. Over the years, the increased need in emergency transportation and search and rescue operations led Classic Air Medical to change its focus from tourism to its current mission of emergency air transportation services. It serves not only New Mexico, but also Wyoming, Oregon, Colorado and Arizona.
    The talk will be at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • Reminder: It is time to submit entries for the Friends of the Shelter Calendar. Do it online at calendar.lafos.org. If you have adopted a shelter pet, particularly a pet from the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, consider adding their photograph to the 2016 calendar.
    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. 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.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Cupcake — A 4-year-old, calico, who still learning about shelter life and slowly adjusting. She has a gorgeous coat that she would love to show off to new visitors! Young kids might be a bit too rambunctious for her, but she does enjoy the company of older children and adults. Cupcake is hoping that you’ll stop in so she can show you how sweet she is and take her home!

  • Fifty years ago a far-sighted, bipartisan group in Congress established the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which taps a fraction of the nation’s offshore oil and gas revenues to give all Americans a lifetime of outdoor recreational opportunity.
    Congress intended the fund to be used for “preserving, developing and assuring accessibility to … outdoor recreation resources … and to strengthen the health and vitality of the citizens of the United States …”
    Every state has benefited from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It has built playgrounds and parks, improved hiking trails and campgrounds, and provided access to public land for the enjoyment of Americans of every age, background and place of residence.
    In fact, some of the first LWCF grants in New Mexico went to Los Alamos County nearly 50 years ago and used to develop Camp May Community Park.
    Other local projects have included ball field lighting, the comfort station at Overlook Park and improvements at Los Alamos Entrance Park.

  • As September arrives, we discover National Attendance Awareness Month and Los Alamos Public Schools is excited to engage the entire community as to the importance of good attendance.
    “School is more fun when you have good attendance,” said Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Los Alamos Public Schools superintendent. “It is easier to understand the assignments, the learning makes better sense, you are caught up, there is more time to ask questions, you are able to ‘stay on top’ of the work and it is easier to make good friends.”
    As part of Steinhaus’ back to school welcome message, he reminded students and families of key items that are important to student success including taking care of yourself, getting involved, planning, making good decisions, asking for help when you need it, having a good attitude and being true to yourself.
    While the ideas are meant for students, the message could also apply to community members. When youth see adults with role model behaviors like taking care of themselves and having a good attitude, the lessons are absorbed like a sponge and can create behaviors or patterns for a lifetime.

  • Life-sized mannequins, piles of medical equipment and extensive checklists filled the testing room during the last day of University of New Mexico-Los Alamos EMT-Basic class recently as students endeavored to diagnose and treat their “patients.” They were taking practical and written tests to finish the 10-credit core course that enables them to sit for the National Registry Exam to be certified Emergency Medical Technicians or EMTs.
    The EMT certification is a stepping-stone to become a paramedic or other medical professional, and EMTs can work in pre-hospital environments, such as patient transport, fire departments and police departments. EMT-Basic is a core class of UNM-LA’s Associate of Science degree, and also serves students pursuing bachelors and medical degrees, or individuals who need emergency responder skills.
    “My test scenario was a man with shortness of breath having an anaphylactic reaction,” said student Holly Erickson, a junior at Clemson University in South Carolina, describing her final exam in EMT-Basic. “I found out he was allergic to peanuts and gave him epinephrine.”