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Today's News

  • Police find missing utility payment box

    Sometime over the July 12 weekend, the utility payment box outside the Los Alamos Community Building went missing.
    Little did police know that an angry girlfriend, a bar fight and a stolen trailer would eventually lead them straight to it.
    Five minutes before midnight on July 10, police responded to a disturbance call at the Los Alamos Veterans of Foreign Wars Post on Deacon Street. There, they encountered 48-year-old John Molt of Albuquerque.
    According to police, a very upset Molt explained that he needed help getting back inside the post, because he left his car keys at the bar. Police noted that Molt couldn’t go back in because he had been kicked out of the bar.
    “Mr. Molt stated the people of the VFW weren’t friendly with him and he began arguing with them,” said police in their report.
    This eventually led to Molt getting punched in the face and thrown out of the VFW post.
    In their report, police said Molt then left the scene after they recovered his keys for him.
    On July 11, the owner of a black utility trailer that he rents out to customers had a rude awakening when he noticed the trailer was missing.
    He told police that it is always parked out front of Chili Works restaurant on Trinity Drive, but when went to check on it at 8 a.m. that morning, it was gone.

  • Martinez wants answers about Animas River

    New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez announced Wednesday she has ordered New Mexico Environment Department to launch an investigation into the Aug. 5, 3 million gallon waste spill that impacted the Animas River in the Four Corners area.
    Pressure is on the Environmental Protection Agency, which has been blamed for the spill that turned water in the Animas River into a golden yellow color recently.
    Along with Martinez’s announcement, Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich also announced Wednesday they were among a bipartisan group from Capitol Hill who are demanding the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General to look into the Gold King Mine spill.
    “The release of contaminated water from this legacy mine has polluted the Animas River in Colorado and spread through New Mexico, Utah, the Southern Ute Indian Reservation and the Navajo Nation,” the group of senators wrote in a letter to EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins. “Although the EPA has taken responsibility for this disaster, the OIG investigation and report will assist in determining the details of the accident, provide a better opportunity to improve future remediation projects, and prevent spills of this nature at other legacy mines across the West.”

  • County asks for art center input

    Los Alamos County is inviting residents to complete a survey on what they feel are important characteristics for a community art center.
    Public feedback is being solicited to assist county staff in the Community Services Department with the development of a Request for Proposal for Art Center operations for next year.
    According to Los Alamos County, the department wants to gather public opinion on topics related to the Art Center, such as programs and class offerings that “should be offered across a wide variety of users.”
    Other considerations will include the art gallery and the gift shop.
    The deadline for comments is Aug. 28. Those wanting to give feedback can log onto the open forum page at losalamosnm.us. For additional information, call 662-8261.

  • School board applauds foundation

    The Los Alamos School Board recently recognized the efforts of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation by releasing several praiseworthy statements, that according to new superintendent Kurt Steinhaus.
    According to a press release this week, the school board thanked the LAPS Foundation by saying it “accelerates improvements in public education through the judicious use of private resources,” that it “believes that…an excellent education is every child’s right,” and that accountability in public education is essential for success.
    Additionally, the board praised LAPS Foundations’ acknowledgement that parental involvement is a big key to success.
    The board noted that, this year alone, the foundation has provided more than $100,000 to promote book groups, the FIRST Robotics program, a foreign language lab, professional development grants and several other resources. The last two school years have seen the foundation give out more than $180,000.
    According to its mission statement, “The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation leverages time, talent and funds to promote innovative learning. The school children of Los Alamos are our future. A quality education prepares our children to meet the demands of an increasingly complex workplace and world.”

  • Correction 8-21-15

    In a story appearing in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor, it was incorrectly stated that the Los Alamos County Council meeting Friday was a work session.
    The county council was actually meeting in a regular session at council chambers Friday.
    The Los Alamos Monitor regrets the error.

  • Flipping to the Music

    The crowd was lively for Ryan Shupe and his band last week at Ashley Pond. Tonight, one of the most popular bands in Los Alamos, the Red Elvises, are playing at Ashley Pond as part of the Relay for Life. Concert time is 7 p.m.

  • Local briefs 8-21-15

    One-day open house planned at local church

    On Sunday, the United Church will have a community Open House from 3-5 p.m. to invite people to come see the result of the capital improvements over the last four years.
    The Thrift Shop will be open at that time as well. 662-2971. The church is located at 2525 Canyon Road.
    For more information, call 662-2971, or visit unitedchurchla.org.

    Space available for White Rock Artist Market

    The White Rock Artist Market currently has space is available for its two remaining outdoor Artist Markets, Labor Day weekend and the final market for the season Balloon Fiesta on Oct. 3.  Local artists and artisans are encouraged to sell at the market. On average 400-600 visitors go through the White Rock Visitor Center each day in conjunction with the shuttle going to and from Bandelier National Monument.
    The White Rock Artist Market is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the first Saturday of every month May through October.  The fee to participate is $25 per market. For more information contact Melanie Peña at 661-4836 or email melanie@losalamos.org. To register for either of the remaining markets visit,  eventbrite.com/white-rock-artist-market-registration.

    Roasted organic green chile at co-op

  • Assets in Action: Words of wisdom from an empty nest

    Well, we are officially back to school. This year more than any other, I understand why we start on a Thursday, because by Friday, both young and old were just plain exhausted. It is a nice ease back into the routine.
    Now that the public schools are underway, it will soon be time for families to send their college students back or off for the first time.
    I always feel it is my moral obligation to publically praise University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, the “Community College Feel with the University Appeal.” The number of kids who stayed local might surprise you.
    After a year at UNM-LA, the Lauritzen family has sent our 2014 Los Alamos High School graduate off to main campus and a new home away from home.
    I confess, I wept like a baby! That’s right, you would have thought he was flying to the other side of the world, but he’s no longer at home and only in Albuquerque. I felt bad that he had to endure it, but he knew it was coming the day after he walked that ’Topper stage.
    It was kind of hard for me to grasp why such emotion at even the thought of it, when he’s only an hour and a half away.

  • Be There calendar 8-21-15

    Recurring meetings
    Note: If any of the following listings need to be changed or removed, contact Gina Velasquez immediately at lacommunity@lamonitor.com, or 662-4185, ext. 21.

    The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. For more information, contact Chris Ortega at 672-9789.

    The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, lower level. On Tuesday, there is a fee of $2 per player. There is no charge on Saturday. For more information, contact Avadh Saxena at AVADH—S@hotmail.com or Ed Stein at 662-7472.

    The Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursdays. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at noon every Tuesday at the golf course, 4250 Diamond Dr. Guest speakers every week.  

    Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets Tuesdays from Noon-1 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Church in Kelly Hall.  

  • Church listings 8-21-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served during fellowship hour starting at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ