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  • Don your Santa hats

    Home Instead Senior Care is once again asking Los Alamos residents to “Be a Santa to a Senior.”

    The five-year-old program relies on the generosity of local communities to bring gifts and companionship to isolated and financially challenged seniors.

    Home Instead partners with nonprofits and community organizations to identify seniors who may not otherwise receive gifts, then sets up Christmas trees with ornaments identifying seniors by first name and one or two gifts they would like.

    Shoppers choose an ornament, buy an item on the list and return it, unwrapped, to the tree’s location with the ornament attached.

    The Betty Ehart Senior Center is sponsoring a tree for local residents. Trees are also set up at both Santa Fe Wal-Marts and at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for Santa Fe seniors.

    “Seniors faced with medical bills and the high cost of living can find they have little left at the end of the year,” said Chico Marquez, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. “That’s not the only issue, though. Personal needs may become magnified for so many living alone with no one to share their problems.”

  • Update 12-09-12

    Swearing in

    The public is invited to attend the official “swearing in” ceremony for newly elected officials at 10 a.m. Dec. 21. in the Municipal Courtroom of the Justice Center. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Justice Center.


    To kick off its 50th anniversary celebration next year, the Los Alamos Monitor will distribute a commemorative 2013 calendar today. Look for it inside your newspaper.

    Taxes due

    The first half of 2012 property taxes are due by 5 p.m. Monday. To pay in person, go to the 311 Customer Care Center at the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities at 150 Central Park Square. Or mail payments to: Los Alamos County, P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544-0099.

    DWI council

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council will meet at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Suite A.

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  • Christmas tree lots spring up

    Christmas trees are for sale at the Knights of Columbus on DP Road and Trinity Drive, as well as behind the Elks Lodge on Trinity Drive.

  • Lower temps on the way, possibly snow

    The National Weather Service in Albuquerque provided an update on the possibly significant winter storm system this weekend. The extended period of above normal temperatures generally light winds and very dry conditions will come to an abrupt end over the weekend as a powerful winter storm system crosses over New Mexico.

    Major changes are expected Sunday morning as a potent arctic front surges south across the state.

    High temperatures will likely occur before noon Sunday then rapidly fall through the afternoon. North and northwest winds of 20-30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph will occur behind the front creating bitterly cold wind chill values.

    Meanwhile, snow is expected to develop across the northern mountains and the northeast plains Sunday morning before spreading south through the day.

    The greatest impacts from this storm are expected to occur during a several-hour period from mid-afternoon Sunday into late Sunday evening for the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, southward to the Sandias/Manzanos, eastward to Raton Pass and Santa Rosa.

  • In Brief 12-09-12

    Investigators doubt claim in shooting

    ALBUQUERQUE  (AP) — Investigators appear to doubt the self-defense claim of an Alcalde woman who fatally shot a man inside her home last month.
    The 35-year-old woman hasn’t been charged in the case and the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office still is investigating.
    The woman claims a man barged into her home Nov. 3 and tried to undress her at knife point.
    She says she reached under a pillow, grabbed a loaded gun and shot 33-year-old Lawrence Sandoval of Taos and then fled from her home and called 911.
    The Albuquerque Journal reported Friday that police statements filed in the case indicate the woman gave differing versions of the events that led to the shooting.
    But the woman’s lawyer says his client “has nothing to hide” and “this is a self-defense situation.”

    BLM changes horse roundup plans

    ALBUQUERQUE — Plans for rounding up wild horses in northern New Mexico have changed.
    The Bureau of Land Management says it’s reprioritizing the horse gathers based on drought conditions and the condition of the animals.
    In New Mexico, trapping on Jarita Mesa has been cancelled because conditions there aren’t as bad as they are in other areas.

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  • Raw: SUV Plows Into Front of Jewelry Store

    An SUV comes through the windows at a jewelry store in Lebanon, Tenn., an incident caught on store security cameras. Goods went flying all over the store but no one was hurt.

  • LAHS wins design award

    Los Alamos High School doubled up on design awards. The first award, presented by the New Mexico Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), named Los Alamos High School the winner of the 2012 Contractors for Excellence in Construction Award.

    Los Alamos also received the National Association of Industrial Office Properties (NAIOP) 2012 “Merit Award” at a ceremony in Albuquerque on December 7, 2012. Accepting the award on behalf of the school, Sanjay Engineer stated he was very proud of the award that “recognized the modern design and respected the tradition of the historical campus.”

    Sanjay Engineer from Fanning, Bard, and Tatum Architects was the lead architect on the high school project. He shared news Los Alamos High School also won the Associated Builders & Contractors’ 2012 “Excellence in Construction Award” at the ceremony held on October 26 in Albuquerque. 

    High School Principal Sandy Warnock attended the NAIOP ceremony and accepted the plaque on behalf of the staff, students, and community of Los Alamos. She stated how proud she was of her school and the state-of-the-art design which allowed for a wide range of educational opportunities for her students and staff.