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  • A friend indeed

    BY WREN PROPP

    Special to the Monitor

    It started with William.

    He’s the dear friend of 8-year-old Bailey McVay, a third-grader at Barranca Elementary in Los Alamos.

    He’s recovering from childhood cancer, and he’s half a world away, living with his parents in Australia. And, he’s the reason she decided – months ago – that she’d go under the electric razor at a charitable “shave” for childhood cancer research sponsored annually by the nonprofit St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

    In Los Alamos, the event is organized by members of the Los Alamos Fire Department. This year’s event on March 17 has generated $2,466 so far, with 23 individuals having their heads or faces shaved, organizers said. Those donating to Bailey’s decision, like paying up when someone successfully acts on a “dare,” have contributed $526, with more donations expected. In the five years the LAFD members have held the event, they’ve raised a total of $22,669.

    But it wasn’t about the money, for Bailey.

  • NM 30 project to start in April

    BY WREN PROPP

    Special to the Monitor

    Less than a mile on NM 30 – also known as the Los Alamos Highway – will go under the shovel in early April.

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation project poses slow and go conditions for the estimated 13,000 drivers on the road most weekdays until December. The two-lane road is the main route to work each day for Los Alamos National Laboratory employees who live in and around Española, Santa Clara and San Ildefonso pueblos. NM 30 connects to NM 502, the last leg to Los Alamos. 

    The $4 million project was explained Thursday at the Santa Claran event center in Española by the department’s District 5 leaders, the construction contractor and Santa Clara Pueblo Gov. J. Michael Chavarria. About 50 members of the public attended.

    Most of the speakers recognized that the 180-day project will try the patience of commuters and residents during the project’s work schedule of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. But they asked for patience.

     “Please be respectful of one another,” urged Gov. Chavarria.

  • Hunger, homelessness go hand in hand in Los Alamos County

    Plugging in “Los Alamos County” and “millionaires” into any search engine yields results guaranteed to astonish. 

    “Los Alamos County tops nation in millionaires” reads one headline, “Atomic City USA: How once-secret Los Alamos became a millionaire’s enclave…” 

    Underneath all that though is another story – a story about the not-so-rich and the network of companies, charities and religious institutions that help support them.  

    One person who has seen this first hand is Helen Morris Bond, the executive director of Self Help Inc. 

    Bond has been a part of Self Help, Inc. for 18 years. Self Help, Inc. is a Los Alamos organization that helps Los Alamos residents who are down on their luck get back on their feet. Self Help does so by connecting people to the funds and resources they need to make a new start.

    Bond spoke to residents at the Trinity On The Hill Episcopal Church in Los Alamos Thursday about what Self Help does to combat hunger in Los Alamos. 

    A United Way agency, Self Help employs Bond and one staff member, and numerous volunteers who help members of the community get the help they need.

  • Hike to Window Rock April 8

    Join the Santa Fe National Forest from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 8 to as part of the Forest Your Health, a local partnership and health initiative.
    The Window Rock Trail hike will include trash pickup, sign installation, archeological interpretation and campfire finale (hot dogs and s’mores).
    The hike is part of Window Rock and lies north of Española off of the highway to Abiquiu.
    Participants should not bring less than three liters of water, plus lunch, shade hat, sunscreen and clothing layers. The round-trip hike is eight miles.
    Contact Jennifer Sublett for more information and to sign-up for this bi-annual stewardship hike at jasublett@fs.fed.us or 505-753-7331.

  • LALT looks for producers

    Los Alamos Little Theatre is engaged in producing short staged readings periodically for the Betty Ehart and White Rock senior centers.
    The group is looking for anyone interested in either directing or acting in the staged readings. Because these are brief (10 - 15 minute plays), they are a great opportunity for people who would like to get some experience or practice without a huge investment of time.
    Interested directors or actors should send an e-mail to Pat Beck at pdbeck@aol.com.
    The next time slot for providing a staged reading is in May.

  • Bus Driver Appreciation Day celebrated

    Los Alamos Public Schools honored their bus drivers March 17 during National Bus Driver Day.
    “We are truly fortunate in this District to have such a tremendous group of professional drivers and bus assistants. Our team performs their job assignments each day with concern for the safety of students and the public. It is an honor to be a part of this team and district,” said Keith Rosenbaum, LAPS transportation director.
    “Today we celebrated National Bus Driver Day to show our appreciation to the unsung heroes of our community. They get up early every day to guarantee our children get to school on time, safe and sound. The Los Alamos Schools Credit Union wanted show them that we care and that their role in our community is important.  I’d like to thank Bethany for organizing this event and Keith for giving us this opportunity to brighten their day,” said Matt Schmidt of the Los Alamos Schools Credit Union.

  • Community Calendar 3-24-17

    TODAY
    Fish Fry Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Immaculate Heart Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. Cost is $10 for Adults, $7 for children.

    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Astronomy Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Canter. Explore the night sky from the comfort of the planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Habitat for Humanity is hosting a Hawaiian at the Pajarito Brew Pub and Grill. Live Hawaiian-themed music. A special menu of Hawaiian and Hawaiian-inspired dishes and beverages. What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring? So don your loudest Hawaiian shirt and your best grass skirt and hula over to a tropical island paradise at the Pajarito Brew Pub and Grill.

    Snowshoe Hike in the Valles Caldera at 1 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join a ranger and PEEC on a 2 - 2.5 hour, easy-to-moderate snowshoe hike in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Preserve entrance fee. More information at peecnature.org.

    Feature Film: Exoplanets at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center.

  • DPU launches app for customers

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) announced the launch of its free Los Alamos DPU app Thursday by Smart Energy Systems. 
    The a new cloud-based platform has a friendly interface for DPU customers to access their accounts, track consumption and pay utility bills from their computers or mobile devices, according to department officials.
    In 2015, a DPU customer satisfaction survey revealed that a segment of customers wanted more online functions.
    “Customers under the age of 45 told us that they wanted better ways to do business with us online. We listened and believe the Los Alamos DPU App will allow customers the flexibility and convenience they seek,” said Utilities Manager Tim Glasco, in a statement issued Thursday.  
    Some of the advantages that DPU customers can expect from the Los Alamos DPU app when used on their computers or downloaded to their mobile devices include the ability to:
    • Customize the home screen to create personalized dashboards,
    • View current and historic bills,
    • Make payments with a credit card or electronic check,
    • View current and historic consumption,  
    • Compare personal consumption to the average of all Los Alamos customers’ consumption, and
    • Receive alerts for high or low usage.

  • How to use digital devices this Lent for holy reflection

    BY HEIDI A. CAMPBELL
    Texas A&M University

  • Women helping women