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  • Community Calendar 3-3-17

    TODAY
    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    March Night Sky Show from 7-8 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    Coro de Camara to perform at 7 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road in Los Alamos. Northern New Mexico’s premiere chamber chorus sings a Broadway concert with highlights from “Les Miserables” and a tribute to Stephen Sondheim. Tickets at the door are a suggested donation of $20 for adults and $10 for students. Visit corodecamara-nm.org.
    SATURDAY
    Saturday and Sunday: Drawing and Painting Natural Forms (2 day class) from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy botanical drawing and watercolor with Santa Fe artist Lisa Coddington. Cost is $48 for members, $60 for non-members.

    Feature Film: “We are Stars” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    SUNDAY
    Feature Film: “We are Stars” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

  • Garden club meeting Monday

    Summit Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the White Rock Library, and will feature a talk and slide show on the flora and fauna of Mongolia.  
    Summit member Bev Cooper and her husband Martin traveled to Mongolia in the Summer of 2015 with the goal of seeing white neck cranes, demoiselle cranes, argali sheep an ibex.  
    The Coopers saw all of these, and experienced a new culture. The public is welcome to attend the talk.
    Also, White Rock Library Director Veronica Encinas will speak about the development and implementation of the plan to landscape the White Rock Library and Teen Center area in a way that would use native plants for greenery and use water wisely.
    For more information, call Shelby at 662-2625.

  • Regional Coalition gets positive vibe from trip

    Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities seem pleased with the way things are going in Washington, D.C., as far as funding for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    Coalition representatives Peter Ives, a councilor for the City of Santa Fe, and Rick Reiss, a Los Alamos County Councilor told Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night the positive about the fact-finding trip the coalition took to Washington, D.C. between Feb. 20-24.
    They both reported that every since the new administration expressed an interest in upgrading and ensuring the safety of the country’s nuclear stockpiles.
    Other coalition members that went were RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero, Los Alamos County Deputy Manager Brian Bosshardt, Commissioner Robert Anaya, County of Santa Fe and RCLC Communications Director Scarlet Rendleman.  

  • ‘It’s important to help out other countries’

    Alysha Lenderman is headed to the tropics to do some hard and sometimes ugly work.
    The Los Alamos resident will spend time in Honduras to help the people of Roatán and St. Helena provide medical care to its population of dogs, cats and other domesticated animals, as a member of “Helping Paws Across Borders,” a New Mexico-based pet rescue organization.
    Lenderman leaves on March 18 and will be there for two weeks.
    “I’m going there to help spay and neuter and provide medical service to animals,” she said. Lenderman’s full-time job is as a public aide officer with Los Alamos County. She also has 10 years of experience working as a veterinarian technician. She will take unpaid leave from her job to volunteer for the work.
    For her second week, she will be using her expertise to give aid to the animals on nearby St. Helena Island.
    Though both places are tourist destinations, Lenderman, takes the job of caring for and helping animals seriously. Both islands are remote. People and animals living on the islands lack many basic necessities including medical care that people from other countries take for granted.
    “There are areas that are nice, but where we are going, it’s not,” Lenderman said.
    Resources in the area are pretty scant.

  • Council passes affordable homeownership program

    Los Alamos County Council voted on an homebuyer assistance program Tuesday night, a move that’s expected to help low-income household achieve homeownership in Los Alamos County.
    “I’m very excited about this program, I hope that the staff will evaluate it at the end of the year to ensure that it’s working, and that it’s being well-utilized,” said  Councilor Chris Chandler. “If it appears to be not being well-utilized then the staff should look at the policies and procedures to see if there’s something that could be tweaked to make it more user friendly.”
    Homeowners who qualify and earn less than 80 percent of the median income will be given an interest bearing, deferred payment loan.
    There will be no interest on the loans for household below the 50 percent median income and a low-interest rate for those between the 50-80 percent income range. Those between 50-59 percent would qualify for a 1 percent deferred payment loan, 60-69 percent, 2 percent, 70-79 percent and 3 percent.
    The county based its loan and median income on Housing and Urban Development guidelines.

  • Prep baseball: LA falls to Las Cruces in St. Pius tourney

    The Los Alamos boys baseball team dropped its opening round game of the St. Pius tournament.

    The Hilltoppers fell to Las Cruces High 8-0 in five innings Thursday in Albuquerque.

    The Bulldawgs opened the scoring with three runs in the first inning and one in the second and 2 in the third. They sealed the shutout victory by tallying two more runs in the fifth.

    It was the first time Los Alamos had been shutout since March 24, 2016.

    Los Alamos continues play in the tournament Friday and Saturday.

  • ‘Goodbye Solo’ to screen at library

    BY KELLY DOLEJSI
    Special to the Monitor

  • Nonprofit lender helps machine shop expand, diversify client portfolio

    Finance New Mexico

  • Hey, MVD, how about solving the faded license plate problem?

    Check out license plates the next time there is an opportunity to cruise a big parking lot, say at the neighborhood supermarket.
    My informal supermarket survey suggests that about half the plates are the new, cool blue centennial plates with the rest the traditional red and yellow. Perhaps half the red and yellow plates (a quarter of the total) show some fading and half of those are significantly dimmed, faded enough so as to be difficult to read. For a few, the red of the numbers will be a faint hint against the remaining yellow of the background. For another few, the sheeting, as the industry calls it, will be dried and peeling. 3M (3M.com) makes sheeting.
    The ugly balloon plates, which seem especially prone to fading, are no more. This design dates to 1999, making the plates a legacy of Gov. Gary Johnson.
    At Santa Teresa, the hordes of Texas license plates are neither faded nor peeling. Likewise on a recent trip to Arizona we saw all of two faded plates, both of them specialty plates.
    The only number I found for a New Mexico vehicle count was 1.7 million in 2009, from  Statista, a German firm. In 2014, those vehicles were driven by the nation’s second worst drivers, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

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