Today's Features

  • An informal birthday party was held for Los Alamos artist Francis “Frank” Harlow Jan. 21 at the Los Alamos Historical Society. His 87th birthday was celebrated in conjunction with an exhibit of his artwork at the museum.

    His motorcycle helmet, jacket and gloves are on display as the centerpiece to his artwork.

    A painting of his beloved motorcycle is also on display. “I rode that until I couldn’t balance anymore,” Harlow said. The motorcycle has been on display at several museums in Santa Fe and is now at the New Mexico History Museum.

    Accompanied by his wife Patricia, the two celebrated his birthday with a piece of cake. The couple moved to Los Alamos in 1953 and lived at the same residence since 1962, according to Patricia Harlow.

    Along with being an artist Harlow was a Los Alamos physicist and a noted Native pottery collector and researcher. He specialized in studying the evolution of historical Pueblo pottery and wrote or co-wrote books about it, including “The Pottery of Zia Pueblo” (2003), “Historic Pottery of the Pueblo Indians: 1600-1880” (1990) and “The Pottery of Santa Ana Pueblo” (2005).

  • This spring’s trip to Washington D.C. for 8th graders is scheduled for April 3-7 and there is still a chance to sign up.
    The program is available for 8th graders that attend Los Alamos Middle School, as well as homeschoolers.
    It is a private trip that is organized by Los Alamos resident and former teacher Roberta Cocking. The middle school works in conjunction with WorldStrides touring company, based in Virginia.
    Cocking has organized the trip since 1997.
    The price is paid for by the student, with all airfare and accommodations included in the price. The students stay at a five-star hotel in Arlington, Virginia, near all the historical sites in Washington, D.C. There are nighttime chaperones and a doctor on call is available 24-7 at the hotel.
    Deadline to sign up at the current price is Feb. 7. Students are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible to lock the current price.
    Visit worldstridesdiscovernow.org for more information on costs.
    “So no strangers are coming onto the floor and no kids are leaving after the students are in lock down,” Cocking said.

  • A group of volunteers has been working to propel the history of Los Alamos into the global spotlight. On Tuesday, that group celebrated a significant milestone with a champagne toast in Fuller Lodge. Hundreds of local residents had received invitations marked “Declassified.” They filled the Lodge, which had been decorated with an aura of mystery, not knowing what awaited them.
    Los Alamos Historical Society president Ron Wilkins kicked off the festivities, which culminated in the dramatic unveiling of the “History is Here” campaign results, from the largest single capital campaign ever conducted by a nonprofit in Los Alamos. The long-range goal of the campaign is to raise $7 million, which will go to support several efforts:
    The collections and archives of the Historical Society
    The museum’s ability to enhance its visitors’ experience with new exhibits
    Bathtub Row press and the publications of the Historical Society
    The preservation of historically significant buildings
    New educational programs and technologies that can reach additional audiences
    The occasion marked the halfway point in the History is Here Campaign, with $3,508,189.18 raised to date.

  • Daffodils sale benefits hospice program

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having its annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale in March. Daffodil preorders are being taken now through March 1.
    Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals.
    A glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) of daffodils is available for $15. A glass vase with one bunch is for $10. A single bunch (10 stems) is for $5. Delivery is free with any $10 minimum order to a single address.  
    All flowers will be delivered March 7, or can be picked up at “Daffodil Central” (181 Central Park Square) from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 5-6.  
    Watch for location sales at Los Alamos National Bank and Smith’s grocery stores on March 5-6.  The sale is sponsored in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico.  
    To place an order, call the Visiting Nurse Service at 662-2525 or order online at lavns.com.
    For more details on this event, keep reading the Los Alamos Monitor.

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  • Today
    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    The Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry exhibit in the Upstairs Art Gallery. On display daily through Feb. 20.

    Temporary exhibit: Saul Hertz, MD: A pioneer in the Use of Radioactive Isotopes. Daily through Jan. 31 at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Keep It Classy. Ongoing at the Fuller Lodge Art Center. Art inspired by classes and art groups that meet in the Art Center. Pottery, paintings, photography, jewelry, etc. The exhibit shows work created in classes during 2014, as well as work by participants in the Los Alamos Photography Club, Adobe Users Group, Life Drawing Group, Ashley Pond Woodworkers and the Beader Babes. Runs daily through Jan. 31.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

  • I learned many years ago that it is the friends, books, music, games and movies you surround yourself with that help create the person you become.
    Last week, I had the pleasure of making a presentation to the Leadership Los Alamos class of 2015, soon to be “the best class.”
    I loved Robin Williams and after he died last year, I noticed a movie he made I had not seen. Ah, technology and sure enough, you can request a movie and watch it within a few days.
    I’ll save you the pain of the movie, unless you are up for something deep and profoundly sad from, “What Dreams May Come.” The truth is two children are lost in a car accident and later the father passes in a second car accident.
    The profound part was an exchange between husband and wife about the son struggling in school. The mother wants to ease the workload and the father doesn’t because he knows the boy is capable.
    The movie later shows how another conversation where the boy admits to the dad, that he isn’t as smart as the dad and always feels like he’s letting him down.
    Flashback to the Leadership Los Alamos session where it was admitted that youth often feel like they are continuously a disappointment when they never make the grade or do, as well as parents expect.

  • When Geologist Patrick Rowe leads a trip for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, it always fills up with a waiting list equally as long.
    So this time, PEEC decided to bring Rowe to the PEEC nature center, to give everyone a chance to learn from Rowe’s extensive knowledge about geology.
    The free program begins 7 p.m. Wednesday. Rowe will share and discuss samples from his amazing rock collection, making special note of what can be found in northern New Mexico.
    The event will be a great introduction to local geology, or a refresher for those already knowledgeable about the subject.
    The program is free, and no advance registration is required. To learn more about this and other PEEC programs, visit PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org or call 662-0460.

  • Eighteen students from Los Alamos elementary schools and Los Alamos Middle School were at Chamisa Elementary recently for the 2015 County Spelling Bee. Over the last several months they’ve been attending school Word Clubs for practice through listening, writing and pronouncing thousands of words that could have been used in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and learning to think through the surprises. Most of the contestants are avid readers as well.
    First place went to the New Mexico Spelling Bee representative, Nora Cullinan, who is an 8th grader at Los Alamos Middle School.
    Second Place went to Olivia Koo, a 5th grader at Barranca and third place went to Sruthi Garimella, a 7th grader at LAMS.
    The last rounds with five spellers, included Philip Ionkov, a 5th grader at Aspen and Hannah Gartz, a 6th-grader from Piñon. Supporting the spellers were families, friends, and teachers who were there to cheer on all of the contestants.
    Spelling Bees have been in operation across the United States since 1925, with now-famous Scripps sponsorship beginning in 1941. Bees had been in place for many years and the smooth operation of the contest has been dependent on school-level coordinators, a school district facilitator, and supportive judges from throughout the county.

  • The best state sales tax systems (or gross receipts tax, as it is called in New Mexico) are broad, low, and don’t tax necessities, like food.  
    If tax systems are broad and low, that means that the tax burden is shared widely by different products and services and doesn’t fall too heavily on any one product or service.
    Meanwhile, most states avoid taxing necessities so that citizens who live paycheck to paycheck are not forced to choose between paying the rent and putting food on the table.   
    Unfortunately, New Mexico‘s gross receipts tax (GRT) is neither broad nor low. At last count, there were 338 exemptions for everything from boxing matches to all-terrain vehicles and these exemptions significantly narrow the tax base.
    The GRT also averages more than 7.25 percent across New Mexico, which is relatively high, according to the Tax Foundation.
    The one area where New Mexico’s GRT gets it right is the fact that, since 2005, New Mexico no longer taxes food or medical services. This was an important reform, since the food tax not only fell on a necessity, it was also very regressive in that it fell hardest on those who could least afford it.

  • Jan. 25-31, 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
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Pasta primavera
    12:15 p.m.    Smart Driver course
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Tilapia
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.    “Friends”
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table Tennis

    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken chile             cheese soup
    1:30 p.m.    Daytime duplicate             bridge