Today's News

  • Update 08-14-14

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at noon Friday in council chambers in the Municipal Building.

    Blood drive

    A blood drive will be held Aug. 21 and Aug. 22 at the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 22.

    Lunch With a Leader

    The League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader will feature Ben Carlson, the publisher of the Los Alamos Monitor, as speaker at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Mesa Public Library. Contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or kaskacayman@gmail.com  for the menu choices if you would like to order a lunch from the Co-op ($10) by Sunday. You do not have to order lunch to attend this community event.


    Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Two acts performing: Bronach Celtic Blues Band followed by Belisama Dance group. on Aug. 19. The wrong date was reported Tuesday.

  • P and Z begins comprehensive plan review

    Los Alamos Community & Economic Development Director Anne Laurent brought only one visual aid with her to Wednesday’s Planning and Zoning Commission work session on revising the county’s comprehensive plan: a stack of approximately 20 documents, most ranging from one inch to four inches thick.
    “Those are all the documents we’re going through to pull out and highlight information to incorporate into the new comprehensive plan,” Laurent said. “This is why, when people say, what’s in our comprehensive plan, you don’t get a good answer, because it’s too big to get your arms around it. It’s not a document that you can engage in easily: not the staff, and not the citizens.”
    According to Laurent, the staff’s goal is to compile a unified document of 200 pages or less, so that those trying to adhere to the comp plan do not have to pore over numerous documents in order to comprehend it.
    “Our goal is to take all the investment that has been made over the years and compile it into a usable document for our commission, for our staff, for our citizens,” Laurent said.
    Staff plans to tackle the onerous task (which has been attempted several times since the Cerro Grande fire interrupted the last major effort) in three stages.

  • Heading back to school

    Today was the first day of school for Los Alamos County students. 

  • Summer Concert to be at Del Norte Credit Union


    Friday’s Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series show will be at Del Norte Credit Union, 1000 Trinity Dr. “We’re calling the evening ‘Co-op Night’ and we thank DNCU, Zia Credit Union, LA Schools CU, LA Food Co-op and the Española Community Market for their support of the Series and support of our town,” Coordinator Russ Gordon said.

    Friday’s concert is free of charge thanks to the sponsors in the community and starts at 7 p.m. The public is asked to bring their own chairs.
    The music will be by Guy Forsyth and his new band, the Hot Nut Riveters from Austin, Texas. Forsyth was the original lead singer of the Asylum Street Spankers and he called them “Texas’ original Recession Era band.”

    “That band played two of the most bizarre, fun and downright naughty concerts this town has ever seen,” Gordon said. “When I found out that Guy Forsyth was leading his own roots-rock and blues band about five years ago we booked that outstanding group three different times and they we’re tremendous musicians and great entertainers.”

  • Be There 08-14-14

    The Mesa Public Library Film Series. “The Other Son,” 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room.

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

    “Off the Cuff.” a juried collection of artwork by artists who answered the call to “run wild, take a snapshot, experiment, gesture, sketch, scribble, doodle — then walk away. Let unfinished work do the talking. Marta Light is featured n the Portal Gallery. Daily through Sept. 20 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Los Alamos Light Opera Fundraiser. “Broadway On the Hill,” a concert of Broadway songs. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $10 and available at the door. There will also be a raffle; $5 for five tickets, or $10 for 15 tickets. One of the prizes is two Orchestra Center tickets to “Wicked” at Popejoy Hall and there are other items donated by the community. All proceeds go to benefit LALO — a local 501(c)3 nonprofit.

  • Film review: Birth mix-up explores sense of identity

    Immediately upon birth, most of us inherit a culture, race, religion and economic status. We go home to a large house in a modern city, or a shack in an occupied territory. Freedom might belong to us, or it might not. Everything that makes us “us” starts from these facts, over which we have no control.
    In other words, who we are depends on whom we are born as.
    So what happens if we are switched at birth? Who are we then? “The Other Son” (2013, rated PG-13, French), screening at 6:30 p.m. today at Mesa Public Library, explores this idea with more depth and care than any other I’ve seen.
    Joseph Silberg (Jules Sitruk) and Yacine Al Bezaaz (Mehdi Dehbi) were born as each other.
    One lives in Tel Aviv, Israel, while the other resides in the Palestinian West Bank, occupied by troops the first’s father, a colonel, commands. But had they gone home as infants with their correct birth mothers, their situations would be entirely reversed.
    The film thoroughly examines the differences between the boys’ lives, and without any contrivance. Even the story of the original mix-up does not feel forced. It is entirely plausible. It has probably happened.

  • LA Co-op hosts truckload sale, cooking classes

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market will host its first ever Truckload Sale this weekend as part of its Member Appreciation Days.
    The sale is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the co-op, located at the Entrada Business Park.
    Along with the sale — which will feature discounts on several items, including deli items — there will also be live music, chair massages, a bouncy house and scavenger hunt both days.
    The Co-op also has a pair of cooking classes scheduled, one coming up Tuesday and the other set for Sept. 9.
    Tuesday, Lisa Bakosi will host the Shop with the Chef class. Bakosi is a local nutritionist and author and will share recipes from her book, “Balance for Busy Moms.”
    Chemistry of Cooking is scheduled for Sept. 9. In that class, Ray Joggerst will speak about emulsions, dispersions, protein denaturation and what makes foods gel.
    Joggerst’s class is being held in conjunction with the Los Alamos Science Fest.
    Both classes begin at 6 p.m.
    For more information on the Co-op, visit its website, losalamos.coop, or call 695-1579.

  • Carlson talks newspapers at next Lunch with a Leader

    The League of Women Voters’ monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader will feature Los Alamos Monitor publisher, Ben Carlson. The talk will start at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Mesa Public Library.
    Carlson joined the Los Alamos Monitor in February 2014 as the newspaper’s publisher. The Landmark Community Newspaper asked him to relocate from Central Kentucky following the resignation of Keven Todd.
    Carlson is a native of Western New York and a U.S. Air Force veteran. He met his wife, Cyndie while in the service. They have five children and two grandchildren.
    His previous work experience includes being editor of The Brunswick Beacon in Shallotte, North Carolina, senior editor of CBS Sports.com in Fort Lauderdale, editor of the Livingston County News in Geneseo, New York, sports editor of the Rochester Free Press in Rochester New York, and sports editor of The Evening Tribune in Hornell, New York.
    Along with numerous awards for news and opinion writing, Carlson was the 2013 Kentucky Sheriff’s Association Citizen of the Year and has served in a variety of civic capacities, including Chamber of Commerce board member and leadership roles in Rotary, Kiwanis and the American Red Cross.

  • Protecting pets from predators

    As caring pet owners, we do everything possible to keep our pets out of harm’s way. However, with more wooded and natural areas being developed into neighborhoods and businesses, wild animals have fewer places to reside. Birds of prey, such as hawks and eagles, can pose a serious threat to cats and other small animals, and depending on where you live, coyotes and mountain lions may also be a danger. Since we share our habitat with wild animals, learning how to prevent an attack can make all the difference.
    Supervising your pets when they’re outside is an effective way to deter predators. “Even in local outlying neighborhoods, hawks, coyotes, and other predators can harm pets,” said Dr. Stacy Eckman, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “Stay away from nesting predators such as owls and hawks if you know where their nests are and keep your pet’s area clean and free of debris or plant material that predators can hide in.”

  • Water takes center stage

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