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Today's News

  • Elected officials update council

    Budgets for the offices of elected officials — county assessor, county clerk and probate judge — passed unanimously without discussion on Tuesday. (See Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor for more on the sheriff’s office budget.)
    County Assessor Ken Milder and County Clerk Sharon Stover provided updates on their departments’ activities on Monday.
    Milder’s Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez noted that the assessor’s office is funded through both the general fund and the property valuation fund. The department was able to decrease general fund expenditures 2.6 percent in its FY2016 budget, while property valuation fund expenditures increased 14 percent.
    A recent audit by the New Mexico Property Tax Division confirmed that the department had generated approximately $15.3 million in property tax revenue.
    The department is currently working with Deputy County Manager Brian Bosshardt to render property owned by private Los Alamos National Laboratory contractors onto the county’s tax roles. According to Valdez, this would not only increase the county’s tax base, Los Alamos’ low property taxes would also benefit the contractors.

  • Today in history April 27
  • Animal shelter 4-26-15

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

    CATS

  • 'Toppers baseball and softball each take two from Española

    Los Alamos' baseball and softball teams each won a pair of games against District 2-5A rival Española Valley Saturday.

    While the Hilltopper girls beat Española twice by the mercy rule, 11-1 and 13-3, both baseball games were tight and tense throughout.

    Los Alamos won the first baseball game 3-0 and the second game 6-5 in extra innings.

    "That was a blast," Los Alamos head baseball coach Mike Gill said.
    "We just held in there and got the job done."

    After winning the first game, Los Alamos struck first in the second game with a two-run second inning.

    Española cut the lead in half in the third and then took a 3-2 lead in the fifth.

    Los Alamos responded by taking the lead back in the bottom of the fifth, but Española rallied again in the sixth to take the lead once again, 5-4.

    Down to its final out in the seventh, Zealand Waltersheid hit an RBI single, scoring Jarrett Genero and sending the game into extra innings.

  • Hoffman, Zurek are honored by LANL

    Darleane Hoffman and Wojciech Zurek are 2014 Los Alamos Medal recipients, the highest honor bestowed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, LANL’s press office announced Thursday.
    “Darleane Hoffman’s distinguished career and her contributions to nuclear science and actinide chemistry make her a trailblazer and role model for all women in science, while Wojciech Zurek’s world-renowned work in quantum theory has inspired Nobel Laureates and provided a bridge between classical and quantum mechanics,” said LANL Director Charlie McMillan. “Los Alamos does not necessarily award a medal each year, preferring instead to wait to bestow the honor only upon a prestigious subset of nominees who have demonstrated the highest levels of scientific achievement. This year’s recipients are well worth the wait.”
    The Los Alamos Medal was established in 2001 to honor those who have contributed to the laboratory at the highest level. The Los Alamos Medal recognizes individuals who have made a contribution that changed the course of science, a major enhancement of LANL’s ability to accomplish its mission, a significant impact on sustainability and/or established a major direction for the lab and the nation.

  • Lewis & Todd 4-26-15
  • Word on the Street 4-26-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Wilbur Wang asked students, “If you could be an exchange student to another country, which one would you choose?”

  • Exchange student from Serbia expands her horizons in U.S.

    Every year, Los Alamos High School hosts a group of foreign exchange students who apply through various global programs such as the Rotary’s Youth Exchange, to explore American culture in depth.
    Srna Petrovic, an 18-year-old senior from Serbia, is one such student who views her exchange experience as an opportunity to “see how other people live in a different part of the world.” To her, being an exchange student means to “go somewhere where you have never been before and to stay with someone that you have never met before.”
    Petrovic applied for the exchange program because she “loved traveling and exploring new cities.” Originally, Petrovic wanted to be located near the ocean, but despite the fact that she was placed in Los Alamos, the opposite of a seaport town, she said she has come to love the mountains and sunsets.
    For Petrovic, the language barrier was nonexistent. Her proficiency in English, allowed her to observe the full swing of the American school system, as well as many different United States’ holidays, her favorite being Thanksgiving.
    Petrovic notes that in Serbia, she has “15 subjects each year, which [she] cannot choose.” There are also no clubs or extracurriculars available.

  • News for retirees 4-26-15 to 5-1-15

    April 26-May 2, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Tater tot casserole
    Noon        Grief support
    12:15 p.m.        Smart Driver class
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken tacos
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.         “Friends” meeting
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis

  • Great expectations for ourselves and our children

    “If your children are no better than you are, you have fathered them in vain, indeed you have lived in vain,” according to Alexander Solzhenitsyn in “Cancer Ward.”
    Actually, I am not satisfied merely if my children are better than I am, for I have set that bar rather low. At the very least, my goal is that my children will be above average, better than their peers.
    I am not speaking of academic ability. We are drowning in evidence of academic strengths and weaknesses, based on required standardized testing.
    Instead, I am thinking of positive youth development, sometimes referred to as character development.
    Do people view me as a man of integrity? Do people view my children as people of integrity? Are they contributing members of society, in their families, at the workplace, and in their churches?
    Psychology is not as accurate when it comes to measuring positive youth development. It is a more subjective domain — the evidence is easier to misinterpret and exaggerate.
    A large amount of research in psychology is based on survey data, in which people describe themselves.