Today's News

  • News for Retirees Nov. 15-21

    Nov. 15-21, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion Group
    10:30 a.m.        Advisory Council Mtg.
    12:15 p.m.        Smart Driver Course
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Grilled Pork Chop
    1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    8:30 a.m.        Mac Users Group
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users Group
    11:30 a.m.        Green chile ckn tortilla soup
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge

  • Los Alamos: A unique place with incredible views

    Special to the Monitor

  • Pet Talk: Preventing diabetes in cats

    Diabetes mellitus (also called sugar diabetes) is becoming more common in our society. Genetics and lifestyle play an important role in humans; however numerous processes can contribute to the development of this disease. In addition to the rise of human diabetes cases, veterinarians are also seeing an increase in the prevalence of diabetes in cats.
    Diabetes mellitus is characterized by an absolute lack or relative deficiency of insulin. The two most common forms of diabetes in people are Type 1 and Type 2, and most diabetic cats have a form that mimics human Type 2 diabetes. During digestion, nutrients from the cat’s diet are broken down into smaller components—like glucose—that the body can use as energy. Insulin, a hormone responsible for the regulation of glucose in the bloodstream, is produced by the pancreas. Glucose can only enter the cells to be used as energy in the presence of insulin. If there isn’t enough insulin, the body begins to break down fat and protein, leading to increased appetite and weight loss.

  • Animal Shelter 11-15-15

    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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Tanker—A very sweet beige-and-white tabby who was found at Los Alamos Fire House 4. Tanker is about a year old, and he does well with both people and cats. Tanker is still young and playful, particularly if catnip is involved! Once he’s done playing, though, this sweet guy loves lounging on your lap, and he would make a great marathon buddy (TV marathon, that is!). Shelter staff and volunteers can’t believe that this sweet guy is still at the shelter.

  • Hilltoppers ousted by defending champs

    The Los Alamos volleyball team’s season came to an end Friday in the Class 5A state quarterfinals.
    The Hilltoppers traded blows with the defending state champs, Centennial, but the Hawks were able score late to close out the first two games and then finished the ’Toppers off in the third set.
    Centennial won the match 25-22, 25-23 and 25-15.
    “The first two games we played well together and were really gunning for it,” Sierra Foley said.
    “In the first and second games, they were scared,” Samantha Melton said. “That was a good feeling.”
    In the first game, Los Alamos took an early lead and played with confidence the rest of the way.
    Noelle Gallegos scored the first point of the game with a dink on the line and Melton followed up with an ace. Centennial fought back and took a 4-2 lead, but three straight Foley kills put Los Alamos back in front.
    “At this level, you have to score out first,” Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. “When you score to start a set, it catches the other team on its heels a little.”
    The teams kept trading leads and the first game was tied 10 different times.

  • Scarecrow contest results

    The following are the winners of this year’s Scarecrow Contest:
    Best Overall: Hill Stompers, Happy 15th Anniversary Hill Stomper
    People’s Choice Award: Los Alamos Retirement Community, Minions
    Best Business Traditional: Flowers by Gillian, The Flower Lady
    Best Business Contemporary: Aspen Copies & Office Supply, DANBO
    Best Organization Traditional: Habitat for Humanity EVLA, Hank from Habitat for Humanity    
    Best Organization Contemporary: Canyoncito Montessori School, Pajama Hero    
    Best Family Traditional: Jerre Walterscheid, Mardi Gras Grannie
    Best Family Contemporary: Tonelli-Shipman Crew, “Friends not Enemies”
    The “Cowboy” Monster Award:  LA Historical Society, Frank
    The “Brainless” Award:  New Mexico Dance Theater, Performance Company “If I only had a Brain”
    “David Sutton Look- Alike” Award: KRSN, The Morning Man
    “Awesome Acrobatics” Award: LA School of Gymnastics-Female Gymnast
    “Gold Medal Bars” Award: LA School of Gymnastics-Male Gymnast on Bars
    Team Leader Award: Los Alamos Team 4-H, Join LA Team 4-H

  • Strickfaden named 2015 NM tourism professional of year

    Georgia Strickfaden of Los Alamos has been named the 2015 Tourism Professional of the Year by the New Mexico Hospitality Association.
    New Mexico Tourism Secretary Rebecca Latham presented Strickfaden with the award during the annual Hospitality Awards event Nov. 10 at the Sheraton Uptown in Albuquerque.
    Strickfaden was born and raised in Los Alamos. A former school teacher with a passion for showing off the depth and breadth of Los Alamos history and its setting in northern New Mexico, she launched her small van-tour company Buffalo Tours in 1985.
    Her Atomic City Van Tour departs most days at 1:30 p.m. from in front of the Bradbury Science Museum at 15th Street and Central Avenue. Call 662-3965 for updated tour information and to leave a message.

  • Community Calendar 11-13-15

    “Sea Monsters” Planetarium film premier and presentation at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Afterward, watch fossil hunters in remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. See the animals come to life on the full-dome screen. Suitable for ages 6 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    “One Act Plays” at 7 p.m. at Los Alamos High School Blackbox Theater, 1300 Diamond Drive. LAHS Olions presents “One Act Plays,” written and produced by students. The performance continues at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $5 for students and $7 for adults.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest performance of the 8x10s, eight  10-minute plays creating an evening of theatre. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 21. Tickets at CB Fox, Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.
    Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest performance of the 8x10s, eight  10-minute plays. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Nov. 21. Tickets at CB Fox, Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.

    Los Alamos Diwali celebration from 6:30-10 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. India House will be catering the food.

  • Hike with Craig Martin to the Natural Arch

    Walk with local trail expert Craig Martin and visit the rock window on Saturday. This hike is about two miles round trip with around 400 feet of elevation gain.
    To participate, register online at peecnature.org. Afterward, meet Martin and other hikers at 10:15 a.m. on Nov. 14. Bring water, snacks, hat, sunscreen and good hiking shoes or boots.
    Martin is the former open space specialist for Los Alamos County. He is a writer, musician and avid hiker. His books such as “Los Alamos Place Names,” “Valle Grande, A History of the Baca Location No. 1” and “100 Hikes in New Mexico” have helped preserve the history of the area and acquaint people with the importance of the landscape and its uses. The new Los Alamos Trails app is a result of his years of exploring.
    Hikers will meet at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road and then carpool to Mitchell Trailhead. Registration is required. Attendance is $5 for PEEC members and $7 for non-members. Visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • Not losing is a loser’s game

    Visions and Values