Today's News

  • Sotomayor: Still tilting at windmills

    The first question St. John’s College President Mark Roosevelt asked U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor during her Worrell Lecture series appearance Wednesday related to her childhood love of reading.
    Roosevelt asked if she still had time to read “with your ridiculously busy schedule” and which books have meant the most to her.
    Books, for Sotomayor, “have made me think of human nature, of life, of ideals, of discoveries – things that I would never on my own come to. I want to see the world through other people’s eyes, and I don’t have enough hubris to think that I will find this on my own, or find the richness that other people have discovered completely on my own.”
    She named three in particular that have most affected her.
    The first is the Bible, which “opened for me an understanding of the person that I wanted to become.”
    “I don’t think the choice of whether you do good in life or bad – or caring about whether you do good in life – is inherent. People assume it is, that somehow we’re born innately good, but I’m not sure that’s true,” Sotomayor said.
    Sotomayor keeps a copy of the Complete Works of Shakespeare in her office, which she opens periodically to mull over a passage.

  • NTSB releases initial report on plane crash

    The National Transportation Safety Board’s initial report into a plane crash that killed two Los Alamos residents in March has revealed no mechanical problems.
    It is customary for the NTSB to release an initial report on all aviation accidents, then follow up later with a final, more thorough report, when an actual cause is also listed.
    Los Alamos residents Karen Young, 46, and Thomas Spickermann, 53, were killed in the accident that occurred around 4 p.m. March 11 at the Ohkey Owingeh Airport on the Ohkey Owingey Pueblo, near Española. Young was reportedly the pilot.
    They were the only people aboard the rental plane, a single engine, special light sport aircraft manufactured by Remos, called a “Remos GX.”
    Officials from the airplane rental company said Young and Spickermann had rented the two-seater plane in order to become familiar with the takeoff and landing procedures at the Los Alamos Airport, 32 miles away.
    Just before the crash, eyewitness reported that the plane’s engine sounded “normal.”

  • Los Alamos Volunteer Fair Saturday

    The second annual Los Alamos Volunteer Fair will start at 2 p.m. Saturday on the UNM-LA campus, building No. 2.

    The goal of the Volunteer Fair, hosted by the 2016 Leadership Los Alamos special projects committee, is to “connect potential volunteers with organizations in need of volunteers.”

    This year’s Los Alamos Leadership Team for the fair is compiling this information into a database and will have it available for the public by summer. Organizations are encouraged to contact losalamosvolunteerfair@gmail.com if they would like to attend the fair or if they have questions or comments about this effort.

  • Le to play for Santa Fe Community Orchestra

    Ari Le is a post-doc student from MIT with a four-year appointment at Los Alamos National Laboratory, working in the XCP6 group. Le is also the winner of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra’s Concerto competition.  
    Le will solo with that group at 2:30 p.m April 17 at St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art in downtown Santa Fe, playing the “Lachrymea for Viola and Strings” by Britten.  
    The concert will also feature Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and the world premier of “Benthic Metropolis” by Santa Fe Composer Keith Allegretto. David Chavez is the guest conductor.  Admission is free.  Donations are appreciated.

  • Community Calendar 4-8-16

    Jemez Thrift Bag Days from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Jemez Thrift Bag Days from 9 a.m.-noon.

    Dark night at 7:30 p.m. at Spirio Soccer Field, White Rock. Pajarito Astronomers will hold first county-sponsored dark night of the year. The public is invited to wander among the telescopes and stargaze. Mercury and Jupiter will be visible. Call Steve Becker at 662-3252 for information.
    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    Chapter AK, P.E.O., meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Emma Stafford, 30 Paige Circle in White Rock. Stafford  will provide a program on homeschooling. Joanie Budzileni is the co-hostess. RSVP to Emma at 672-0540.

    Nature Playtimes from 10-11 a.m. at Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

  • Star party, walking tour at Bandelier

    Bandelier National Monument will offer two programs Saturday to celebrate the park’s Centennial – a tour of the historic structures and an evening opportunity to skywatch.
    The park’s Historic Preservation crew director will lead a walk to look at the Pueblo Revival style stone buildings built in Frijoles Canyon by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. No signups are required.
    The walk will meet at 1 p.m. in front of the Visitor Center, and participants should bring water and wear comfortable shoes. The walk is expected to last 1-2 hours, and there is no charge except for the usual park entry fee.
    That evening, the park will host a Star Party as part of national Dark Sky Week. Many telescopes will be set up in the parking lot of the amphitheater in Juniper Campground to give visitors the chance to look at celestial sights that may include stars, planets, galaxies and lots of dark matter. The star party will be an open-house style. Visitors can arrive any time between 8-10 p.m. to look through the telescopes, and go home when they get cold or sleepy. There is no charge.
    For more information on happenings at Bandelier, check the website at nps.gov/band, or follow the Facebook page, BandelierNPS.

  • When changing jobs, should you leave 401(k) money behind?

    BY Nathaniel Sillin
    Special to the Monitor

  • Programs to cultivate new mindsets is great, when it works

    “The Entrepreneurial Mindset” is the latest great program to land in New Mexico.
    It’s not just for people who want to start businesses. It’s a way of thinking that enables any individual in any job to take personal responsibility for his or her work, applying initiative to the job and committing to be of service to others. It’s based on in-depth studies of hundreds of successful entrepreneurs.
    Through Central New Mexico Community College, the program has been taught to 100 employees of the city of Albuquerque. Mayor Richard Berry has committed to having at least 1,000 employees trained in it. It’s also offered to the public.
    The model was developed by Gary Schoeniger, CEO of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative, who was here recently to train the facilitators who will teach the program to their colleagues from the city and other major local employers.
    If it works, hundreds of city employees will develop the entrepreneurial attitudes that let every person become an idea factory for process improvement and better service to the customers and taxpayers.  

  • LA Jewish Center to host annual Passover Seder

    The Los Alamos Jewish Center will hold its annual community Passover Seder at the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 5:30 p.m. April 23. The event is open to anyone interested.
    The Seder is a ceremonial dinner filled with rituals designed to celebrate the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt.
    The Seder, which is Hebrew for “order,” ushers in the week of Pesach in which Jews refrain from eating Chametz.
    The celebration of Passover commemorates the miraculous delivery of the Jews from years of slavery, culminating in the birth of the Torah, the Five Books of Moses, at Mount Sinai.
    For Jews, the annual time of renewal is a time to look at each other and our society through the lens of the slave. It is a time to let go of all prejudice, intolerance, closed mindedness and limited thinking. It is a time for renewed inspiration to help create a world that is free for all peoples and all religions.

  • FUMC hosts spiritual care seminar

    First United Methodist Church in Los Alamos will host a free seminar Sunday to discuss spiritual care and mental illness.
    Tom Steward, P.A. and Carol Steward will lead the seminar, which starts at 6 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist-Los Alamos Sanctuary, located next to  Sullivan Field. The Stephen Ministry team of FUMC welcomes the greater community of Los Alamos to hear from Tom and Carol Steward as they discuss the impact of mental illness on families. The Stewards will share what the community can do to encourage and support the family of individuals with mental illness.
    Tom Steward is a private counselor who has a practice specializing in psycho-therapy services with the aim to strengthen individuals, couples, families and communities.
    For infomration, call 662-6277. This is a free event with childcare for children ages from nursery through the fifth grade.