Today's News

  • Business Spotlight: Dunbar spins magic with stained glass windows

    There has been long admiration of stained glass windows in churches, businesses and even private residences. Spin Dunbar is the owner of Dunbar Stained Glass and has been commissioned stained glass structures for private homes, public buildings and churches since 1972. He has resided in the Santa Fe area since the mid-1980s.
    His work has been on view from coast to coast and many places in northern New Mexico, including work in Fuller Lodge, the Masonic Lodge in Santa Fe, Southern Methodist University in Taos, Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz, Masonic Lodge of Holy Faith in Galisteo and the home of “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin in Santa Fe.
    He has also did restoration for several churches, such as Church of the Holy Faith in Santa Fe, Señora Nuestra in Galisteo made some windows for the St. Francis Basilica Cathedral.
    He works with architects, homeowners and church committees to achieve designs that work best with their needs, budgets and environment. He works with clients to create one-of-a-kind designs.
    All of the work is structurally designed to hold the weight of the glass over time without any distortion, which is expected to last many decades.

  • Update 11-25-14

    County Council

    The Dec. 5 County Council meeting has been changed to a regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in council chambers. At this meeting, the Chicken Ordinance Public Hearing, the Ski Shuttle service and the Branding Revisit are scheduled. Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in chambers.


    The Los Alamos Monitor’s offices will be closed Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving. The newspaper’s office will be open Friday.


    “No Limitations.” Work by photographer Kimber Wallwork-Heineman. Daily through November at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Dec. 2 at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Elisa Enriquez on suicide prevention.

    Christmas Sale

    The United Church Thrift Shop will be having its “Everything Christmas” sale including many gifts, as well as decorations, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Graves Hall.

    Game Night

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

  • News Briefs 11-25-14

    Council on PAC 8 not likely tonight

    Due to technical difficulties, the county was not able to broadcast over PAC 8 during the last council meeting. Since then, we have been investigating possible causes of the problem, working in cooperation with PAC 8, but have not been able to resolve it yet.
    The IT division will be running some additional tests this afternoon on the fiber connection, but it seems unlikely that the council meeting we will be broadcast over PAC 8 on cable TV starting at 7 p.m.
    According to county PIO Julie Habiger, “this issue does not impact our ability to stream the meeting to a computer or capture it using Video on Demand for later replay. The link for streaming is available here under the Nov. 25 council meeting agenda and will be live at 7 p.m.

    County works on Ashley Pond railings

  • Ski Report 11-26-14

    Angel Fire

    20-inch base. No new snow reported. Scheduled to open Dec. 12.


    3-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Red River

    20-inch base. 2 inches of new snow reported. 2 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

    No base report. Scheduled to open Dec. 20.


    22-inch base. No new snow reported. 12 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

    24-inch base. No new snow reported. Scheduled to open Friday.

    Ski Santa Fe

    7-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. Scheduled to open Dec. 6.


    36-inch base. 12 inches of new snow reported. Scheduled to open Friday.

    Angel Fire Nordic

    No base report. No new snow reported.

    Chama Cross-Country

    17-inch base. No new snow reported. Open for the season.

    Enchanted Forest

    No base report. No new snow reported.

    Valles Caldera

    No base report. No new snow reported.

  • Be There 11-26-14

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    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 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 Great Books discussion group is now called Mesa Readers. The group meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Mesa Public Library. The group chooses selections that interest its members and selects books and short stories that meet participants’ choices. All are welcome. For more information, call Mary Cernicek at 662-7100.

    The United Thrift Shop will be closed.

  • LAHS students urged to sign up for math competition

    Los Alamos High School will be participating in the American Mathematics Competition exams on Feb. 3 (“A” exam) and on Feb. 25 (“B” exam).
    Interested high school students need to sign up for one or both exams in the Math Office, room A212. A $5 fee is due at sign up. Register now through Dec. 11.
    The mission of the Mathematical Association of America in offering this competition is to increase interest in mathematics and to develop problem solving through a fun competition. Teachers and schools benefit from the chance to challenge students with interesting mathematical questions that are aligned with curriculum standards at all levels of difficulty. Students gain the opportunity to learn and achieve through competition with students in their school and from around the world.
    The AMC offers a contest with an emphasis on problem solving, not just computation.
    Top students can receive recognition through special honors and awards, including the best in each school and the best in each state.
    More information and practice options may be found on the web at amc.maa.org.

  • Historical Society launches first ebook 

    Launching on Small Business Saturday is the ebook version of “The Secret Project Notebook,” by Carolyn Reeder. Beloved in print, this children’s book tells the story of Fritz, the son of a Manhattan Project scientist and is now available on your ereader!
    Small Business Saturday and the Museum Shop will be open from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. The public is invited to celebrate the launch of the new ebook, check out the books and gifts for sale, and get a Small Business Passport stamped to be entered to win a free book published by Bathtub Row Press.
    Holiday shopping will continue on Dec. 1 — the History Museum and Museum Shop will be open from 5-7 p.m. for Cider Monday. More personal than online Cyber Monday shopping, Cider Monday will feature hot cider and live acoustic guitar music from Pat Burns, who is releasing a new CD, “Burns.”
    At both of these events, the public can browse the book version of “The Secret Project Notebook” before getting it on your ereader.
    The historical novel for young adults tells the story of a seventh-grader named Fritz who has just arrived in the secret city of Los Alamos during World War II.
    Fritz makes new friends, explores his new home, has to deal with bullies, and gets into serious trouble with a prank that has unintended consequences.

  • C'YA funding provides supplies for schools

    There’s no rest for Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA), as they are busy with their first grant cycle from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation.
    The $1,500 grant has allowed the local nonprofit to purchase supplies and increase its elementary offerings to six throughout the region.
    “The grant has allowed me to purchase supplies that are normally outside of my personal expenses and provide those science lessons to more students,” said Chad Lauritzen, known by his pint-sized prodigies as the Sci Guy. “I was also able to expand into an additional new school, Velarde Elementary and focus on some additional lessons for K-2 students.”
    The additional supplies include lab coats and safety goggles, so everyone can feel like a scientist.
    C’YA’s fun, free science has already reached 315 students with repeat visits increasing those totals.
    Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) teaches a variety of grades ranging from kindergarten through sixth, but when they travel to Dixon and Velarde, they spend the day teaching every class in the school.
    While he loves teaching and getting kids excited about science, Lauritzen knows that education is equally about building the relationship with students, so they are eager to learn in the future.

  • How is solar energy working in freezing northeast?

    A couple of months ago, National Grid, one of Massachusetts’ two dominant utilities, announced rate increases of a “whopping” 37 percent over last year. Other regional utilities are expected to follow suit.
    Why, when natural gas prices are at historic lows that have been predicted to lower electricity rates, is the northeast facing double-digit increases? Changes have been mandated, but the replacements aren’t ready yet.
    Remember last winter’s polar vortex, when freezing weather crippled the northeast for days and put a tremendous strain on the electric supply?
    Following the near crisis, utility executives were brought into Congress to explain the situation. They revealed that the northeast was one power plant away from a blackout.
    Heading into this winter, New England has seen one big power plant close within the past year: Salem Harbor Power Station in Salem, Massachusetts — which went “dark” on June 1. Another major closure is scheduled within weeks: Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

  • Winter weather information for area schools

    As fall turns to winter, we can anticipate some days when the weather will be a challenge because of ice or snow. There will be days that we either cancel school for the entire day or delay the start of the school day by two hours. The decision about the status of the school day must be made by 5:30 a.m., so everyone who needs to be notified can get information in a timely manner.
    When a decision to cancel, delay or dismiss school early is made, all of the major network television stations and local media will be contacted. Information about the decision will be posted in a trailer that runs along the bottom of the TV screen. This information will also be available on the district website at laschools.net and through E-Alerts. Schools will also place the information on their information line and the district information line at 663-2223.
    Parents and staff wishing to receive E-Alerts are encouraged to register on the District’s website using the E-Alert button in the upper right corner of the district homepage. School status information will be sent as E-Alert notifications by email and text messages to those who have subscribed to E-Alerts. For instructions on how to subscribe to E-Alerts visit laschools.net/e-alerts.