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  • Protesters set to return to townsite today

    Protesters who came in from Santa Fe for a demonstration Thursday at Ashley Pond are scheduled to make another appearance in town today.
    Today marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, the second of two Japanese cities that was hit with an atomic weapon, that effectively brought about the end of World War II.
    Thursday, protesters hung 70,000 paper cranes at Ashley Pond to mark the detonation of the bomb at Hiroshima, Japan. Many of the protesters are here from the Campaign Nonviolence National Conference, which is being held this weekend at the Santa Fe Hilton.
    Protesters are scheduled to make an appearance in town today from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. They are protesting the continued involvement in national labs, such as Los Alamos, in developing nuclear weapons.
    The Rev. Jim Lawson, a civil rights and peace activist, is scheduled to make an appearance in town today.

  • Senior Center turns 20

    It is difficult to imagine White Rock without its senior center, but that was not the case 20 years ago.
    When Mary Venable and her late husband Doug first proposed the idea, White Rock seniors were immediately on board, but others — including some members of the Los Alamos County Council — just did not understand why seniors could not drive up to the senior center in Los Alamos.
    That council’s chair, Lawry Mann, did support the idea, which gained momentum until council approved the use of three rooms in the White Rock Municipal Complex in 1995.
    The White Rock Satellite Senior Center opened Aug. 3, 1995. The “Satellite” was dropped in 1997.
    County Clerk Sharon Stover, who was serving on council at that time, also gave “enthusiastic support.” At the center’s 20-year anniversary celebration, Stover called the White Rock seniors “a force to be reckoned with.”
    “I keep pointing to Mary Venable, even though she doesn’t like us to say that this was her idea and her doing, but you did: you created a home, all of you folks,” Stover said. “When you think of what a home is, that’s what the White Rock Senior Center is.”

  • Today in history Aug. 7
  • Farmer’s Cooperative Market Postponed until fall

    The Farmer’s Cooperative Market, which has been held on Saturdays for the past few months at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market, has postponed until fall due to production issues. The increased rainfall provided favorable conditions for agricultural pests like grasshoppers, which are exhibiting a quick increase in population and appetite. The farmers are preparing for stable production this fall and are looking forward to returning to Los Alamos on Saturdays.

    The Farmers’ Cooperative Market is comprised of four farms: Camino de Paz, Monte Vista Farm, Tesuque Pueblo Farm and Shepherd’s Lamb. Founding the Farmers’ Cooperative Market was an effort to solve long-standing problems in farming: The marketing and distribution of products takes a significant amount of time away from growing. Small farmers are confronted with artificially low prices due to subsidies to large agribusiness. Finally, there are no longer enough locally owned grocery stores to sell the products. The Farmers’ Cooperative addresses all of these issues. Growing our local food economy, one farm and market at a time.

  • Boutique Air scheduled for takeoff

    Barring any unforeseen circumstances, flights between Los Alamos and Albuquerque will resume next month with a new carrier.
    On July 28, Los Alamos County Council approved a contract with Boutique Air for three round trips a day between Los Alamos and Albuquerque.
    The county will provide a $544,418 subsidy to assure that the airline does not lose money on costs for aircraft, fuel, pilots and ticketing staff, especially as it is building ridership. Vice Chair David Izraelevitz and councilors Susan O’Leary and Pete Sheehey were opposed to the subsidy and voted against the contract.
    The initial contract is for one year, with options to renew for two consecutive years.
    According to Los Alamos Airport Manager David Ploeger, several things are in motion to assure that air service launches next month.
    The contract was sent to the airline at the beginning of this week.
    Ploeger is working with the carrier to obtain the schedule and find out what type of infrastructure, such as phone lines, will be needed at the airport.
    The schedule must be posted on the website and brochures and schedule cards must be designed and published.
    An advertising campaign will be launched and banners will be hung on the airport fence and the overpass at the high school.

  • Derailers start up busy music weekend in town

    The Gordon’s Summer Concert Series will be in full swing for the Los Alamos County Fair that starts today.
    The concert series will feature The Derailers, a Texas country dance band, at 7 p.m. The concert is at Ashley Pond and is free.
    There are only five remaining Gordon’s Summer Concerts for the season, including tonight’s. The series wraps up Sept. 4.
    According to the band’s website, the Derailers have been around for more than a decade.
    Their music tips a hat to the likes of Buck Owens, George Jones, the Beatles and Elvis.
    The Derailers had a show in Albuquerque Thursday night and are coming to Los Alamos tonight before another show at the Pecos Flavors Winery in Roswell Saturday.
    For those who don’t get their fill of country music this weekend with the Derailers can still kick their heels at this weekend’s Cowboy Dinner and Dance Saturday night.
    The dinner and dance event is scheduled to start at 5 p.m., shortly after the conclusion of day one of the county rodeo.
    The featured band for the dance is The Rifters, who are scheduled to start playing at 7 p.m. following the food.

  • Convicted drug trafficker back in court Wednesday

    One of the suspects caught in a well-publicized drug bust last year is in hot water again, this time for violating his probation.
    Nicholas Hagermann, 28, of White Rock, was arrested on one count of trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and given five years of supervised probation with drug court.
    Because he also agreed to plead guilty, Hagermann also gave up his right to a trial.
    Hagermann was sentenced March 25 in Los Alamos District Court.
    Soon after he was freed however, he stopped showing up for meetings with his probation officer and allegedly left town without leaving a change of address.
    In court recently, Hagermann pled not guilty and a status hearing was set for noon Wednesday.
    However, Hagermann appeared in court while still in custody and the state was hesitant to let him go, arguing that Hagerman was facing “substantial jail time” if the state proves his guilt concerning his future probation violation.
    “He changed addresses without notifying probation, and he also failed to complete drug court (treatment),” said Los Alamos Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist. “He is guilty of a felony, he’s not standing before your honor innocent of anything.

  • Local Briefs 8-7-15

    School zone warning signs to be tested

    Los Alamos County announced it will test school zone flashers next week prior to the start of school.
    The county will activate the beacons on Tuesday and Wednesday according to the normally scheduled times they will be on — before the start of the school day and following dismissal times — during the school year.
    School starts Thursday.
    For questions about the test, contact the Traffic and Streets Division at 662-8113 or email lacpw@lacnm.us.

    County clerk will be at fair

    County Clerk Sharon Stover and her staff will have a booth at Ashley Pond following Saturday’s parade.
    The booth will be open until 2 p.m. to talk about the 2016 elections and offer voter registration services. A voting machine will also be set up for demonstrations — attendees can vote on their favorite flavor of ice cream.
    Clerk’s office staff will also inform residents about FraudSleuth, a free online tool which helps prevent possible fraudulent filings against their property.
    For more information, visit the county clerk’s webpage at losalamosnm.us/clerk.

    GRT Holiday is this weekend

  • Correction 8-7-15

    In an Aug. 5 story in Diversions, it was incorrectly stated that Los Alamos Historical Society was a sponsor of the screening of the film “Message From Hiroshima." The Historical Society was not a sponsor of the screening. The Los Alamos Monitor regrets the error.

  • Laser light shows return to planetarium

    Despite the cancellation last month, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center has announced the laser light shows that will be in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    Starting today, there will be different shows with various themes.
    Viewers can experience laser lights, music and information set up by Prismatic Magic, a national company that sets up laser light shows throughout the country.
    “Lasers are neat because there is no focal point. It is a powerful thing to watch,” said Beth Cortright, nature center manager.
    She also said that these shows are safe for people with epilepsy because the lasers are slow enough not to have a dangerous health effect. She does advise that if people start to feel dizzy or ill to just close their eyes and listen to the music or look away from the images.
    Speaking of the music, Cortright also encourages viewers to sing along out loud.
    The lineup has something for everyone from classic rock music to kid and family-friendly tunes, as well as newer, modern music, such as Katy Perry. Classic music fans can view laser images and listen to songs from bands such Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, U2 and Pink Floyd.