Today's News

  • 'Live' bites the dust

    After months of what Councilor Frances Berting called an “overwhelmingly negative” response to trying to sell Los Alamos using the strapline “Live Exponentially,” council voted on Tuesday to reject the phrase.
    Council revisited the issue at Councilor Pete Sheehey’s request, after a contract with Atlas Advertising, LLC, for implementing the branding strategies developed by North Star Destination Strategies was approved by a 5-1 vote on Oct. 10.
    At that time, council chose to follow North Star’s recommendations, including adopting the line “Live Exponentially.”
    The tone of this meeting was very different and ended with the line’s rejection.
    Instead of developing three logos to illustrate the phrase “Live Exponentially,” Atlas will be directed to develop two logos based on one of seven other tagline options proposed by North Star or “Los Alamos — Where Discoveries are Made.” The third logo will be designed with no strapline connection.
    The decision comes after months of backlash by the community, including numerous emails to councilors, letters to the editor and posts on social media.
    Many of the issues with the phrase came out during extensive public comment at Tuesday’s meeting.

  • Top talent being discussed at MLB's Winter Meetings

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw is considered the top pitcher in baseball, with three Cy Young Awards in four years for the Los Angeles Dodgers, an NL Most Valuable Player award and a $215 million, seven-year contract.
    Max Scherzer may be seeking an even bigger deal as his talks on the free-agent market move forward.
    “I’m not sure Kershaw is relevant,” agent Scott Boras said Wednesday at the winter meetings, “because he’s not a free agent.”
    Jon Lester became the first top-level, free-agent starting pitcher to reach an agreement this offseason, a $155 million, six-year deal with the Chicago Cubs that came together late Tuesday night and still must be finalized.
    Scherzer turned down an offer from Detroit last March that would have paid $144 million from 2015-20.
    Kershaw, meanwhile, has the largest contract for a pitcher in total dollars and has the sport’s highest average salary at $30.7 million.
    “The prominent pitchers that have signed, (Justin) Verlander or (Felix) Hernandez or Kershaw, were not free-agent players,” Boras said. “And certainly if you put a performance like Kershaw into a free-agent market, you’re going to get a much, much different calibration of value.”

  • 'Topper hockey will host Santa Fe in home opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team ended its unbeaten streak just ahead of this weekend’s home opener.
    Los Alamos will finally get its home season going Friday when it takes on the Santa Fe Blue Jackets. Los Alamos, which plays at the county’s outdoor arena, must wait for conditions to be suitable for playing before it can get its season going and, as such, is almost invariably the last team to get its home schedule started.
    Friday’s game is set for 8 p.m.
    Prior to the game, however, there will be a ceremony honoring former Hilltopper head coach Craig Wermer. Wermer was a longtime coach of the team before this season, when he was replaced by his former assistant, Kevin Brake.
    Wermer coached current Hilltopper seniors Hudson Davenhall, Jason Martinez and Trevor Matuszak, throughout the prep careers until this season.
    The Hilltoppers were originally supposed to play three games this weekend at home to get their schedule rolling, but Saturday’s game, against Rio Rancho, was postponed due to standardized testing. That game has tentatively been rescheduled for February.
    Sunday, Los Alamos will host archrival Taos. Game time is 11 a.m.

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  • SF foundation funds healthy choices for teens

    The Santa Fe Community Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to the Española YMCA Teen Center in November to support the Center’s healthy living initiatives.  
    According to Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval, the grant will support tutoring, health education and life skills classes offered at the Española Teen Center.
    “Our goal is to influence youth behaviors that enable healthy choices. We aim to build personal skills, enhance positive values, connect youth to their community through service and outreach opportunities, and support education. This support from the Santa Fe Community Foundation, which we are so grateful of, will further this important work,” The Y’s Executive Director Linda Daly said.   
    “By hiring positive adult role models who counsel and befriend youth, this ‘safe haven’ helps teens to reach their full potential,” she said.
    The center addresses health through programs that include preventative and behavioral health classes on teenage sexuality, substance abuse, psychological health (depression, suicide, bullying) and addiction prevention.

  • Light a candle of rememberance

    The Compassionate Friends, a bereavement group, and its Los Alamos chapter will have its 18th Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting on Sunday at the Ashley Pond bandstand.
    The Worldwide Candle Lighting is now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe. The event began in the United States in 1997 as a small Internet observance.
    Since 1997 it has increased to include the entire world, moving from time zone to time zone, as a 24-hour wave of light. In addition to the formal services, thousands of families will participate privately in their homes. It is a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends — a quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.
    The Los Alamos chapter was established about a year and a half ago.
    The Compassionate Friends and allied organizations are joined by local bereavement groups, churches, funeral homes, hospitals, hospices, children’s gardens, schools, cemeteries and community centers. Services have ranged in size from just a few people to nearly a thousand.

  • Be There calendar 12-11-14

    Aaron’s Kids Closet, a free store, will be open 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. Available items are clothing, shoes and coats for school aged children. For information on how to donate, call the church office or Michelle at 660-0340.

    Poetry gathering. 6:30 p.m. in the Southwest Room at Mesa Public Library.

    “Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family.” Exhibit runs daily through Jan. 2 at the upstairs art gallery at Mesa Public Library.  

    Affordable Arts. On display through Jan. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. With 124 artists participating — the vast majority from northern New Mexico and more than 50 Los Alamos artists.
    The Los Alamos Chapter No. 63, Order of Eastern Star will sell Collin Street Bakery holiday fruitcakes, apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (or until sold out) in the Los Alamos National Bank lobby. For more information, contact Judy Goldie, 662-3797, email judygoldie1@gmail.com, or Nina Laird, 662-7580.

  • More praise from Aspen students

    Editor’s note: The following letters were written by sixth graders from Aspen Elementary School regarding recent renovations and rededication of the school. Keep reading the Los Alamos Monitor for more letters.

    I am loving our new building for several reasons.
    First of all, the dining hall is beautiful. I especially like the quietness of the room.
    Second, I like the light sails on the ceiling. They also add to the scenery down on the first floor.
    Third I like the glass window next to the elevator because it is cool to see the gears of it. It will be also very helpful for disabled people.
    Thank you so much for building the new school and supporting the idea.

    I am loving our new building for three reasons. I am grateful for the money you spent for us and I am happy for our new classrooms and I am grateful for the technology. Thank you so much for our new school.

    I am loving our new building for several reasons.
    First of all, the thing I’m most excited about is the new technology. In the portable, we could not use the internet all at the same time because it would cut us off.
    A second reason is the new desks and chairs. They are so helpful for our binders because now we can hang them and not trip over them.

  • Understanding conflicts of interest in freelancing

    Journalists are quick to go after elected officials who cross the line, so a skeptical public should know that we’re just as quick to go after one of our own. Sometimes too quick.
    In writing about the Interstate Stream Commission’s decision on the Gila River, I ran across a scuffle in which one newshound accuses another of conflict of interest.
    This is not just a family squabble. Because a lot of work gets farmed out to contractors, consultants and freelancers, it’s worth a look.
    Mary Alice Murphy was a reporter for the Silver City Daily Press. She retired in late 2007, but continued with the paper as a freelancer.
    In September 2008, an Arizona Water Settlement Act committee asked her to create a website, take minutes and post agendas. The newspaper reported this on its front page. She was paid alternately by the county, the ISC, or the Gila Conservation Coalition and at times did the work gratis.
    In September 2010, Murphy stopped freelancing for the Daily Press. By then, her independent website, The Grant County Beat (grantcountybeat.com) was operating. It’s a great community resource, but she works on the side to support it.

  • Colors of the holidays

    Like light through a prism, Los Alamos has many unique “colors” of musical talent to offer.
    The Los Alamos Community Winds invites the public to attend its 4th Annual Holiday Prism Concert as we showcase the many sounds of the season. The show begins 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Crossroads Bible Church.
    Featured are local string quartet, String Theory performing “Carol of the Bells.” They will be joined by several other players for Karl Jenkins “Palladio.”
    Also on the program are vocalist Rene LeClaire performing music by Miklos Rosza and John Jacob Niles, pianist Frances Meier with music by Claude Thornhill and the First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos Handbell Choir under the direction of Trudy Gabel.
    “Prism Concerts were originally conceived in some of our nation’s colleges and universities as ways to promote academic programs in music and recruit students by showcasing (in a single concert) all the different facets of the ensemble curriculum,” said LACW Director Ted Vives. “Our hope is to do the same for the amazing variety of musical talent that we have here in Los Alamos.”