Today's News

  • 'Los Alamos Monitor' hires new publisher

    The Los Alamos Monitor has a new publisher.
    Landmark Community Newspapers, LLC, which owns the Monitor, announced that David Puddu is the new publisher effective Monday.
    “I look forward to serving our region with fair, accurate, objective, timely and complete journalism, as well as providing our customers with results-based advertising solutions across all platforms,” Puddu said.
    Puddu holds Journalism and Advertising/Marketing degrees from the University of Nebraska where he also played some football.
    He has held numerous general manager and publisher positions. In his most recent position Puddu worked 12 years as publisher of three weekly newspapers in central New Mexico.
    Puddu plans to move to the area from Belen with his wife Deborah and their children (Lana, Sophia and Noah).

  • Update 09-10-14

    Film series

    Atomic Film Festival presents “Atomic Filmmakers: Hollywood’s Secret Film Studio.” 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Free.


    September is Assets Month and local businesses are asked to collect change throughout the month to assist with a variety of youth building programs, including the annual Community Assets Award. Those willing to host a can should call 695-9139.


    Los Alamos Middle School is interested in your donations of bagged soil or compost for multiple garden projects at the school. Donations can be left at the main office and large donations can request a pick up by calling 663-3252.

    Parks and Rec

    The Los Alamos Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Municipal Building.

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Challahs will be available in Amy Shure Bakery Booth and will be taking orders aw well at aimiam@aol.com. Mendez Produce is the featured vendor of the week. All contest winners were sent an email, pick up gift certificates at information booth.  

  • Project Lunchbox feeds middle school children

     Studies show that hungry children can’t learn. Children who miss meals are unable to concentrate, have poor academic performance and suffer from headaches and stomachaches as well as more serious diseases.
    Project Lunchbox, a Unitarian Church of Los Alamos volunteer program, is providing lunches for Los Alamos Middle School children unable to afford them.
    Unlike the elementary schools, the middle school and high school are not able to take advantage of the National School Lunch Program, which provides free and reduced cost lunches to low income students. According to Middle School Clinical Councilor Jennifer Neil, that is because those age groups are not satisfied with a one-choice entrée such as that served in the elementary schools.
    That entrée meets NSLP’s nutritional requirements. But LAPS’ lunch vendor, Summit Foods, provides a choice of items for the older students, making those lunches ineligible for NSLP funding.
    Project Lunchbox bears many similarities to Aaron’s Kids, a program under the auspices of the First United Methodist Church that provides lunches for high school students (see “Poverty strikes close to home for kids, families,” Aug. 5). Aaron’s Kids was also providing lunches for the middle school until Project Lunchbox was founded.

  • UNM-LA shows off renovated labs

    The start of every school year always brings new and exciting changes, but this year, students who use the the biology, chemistry and physics labs at UNM-LA truly have something to look forward to. Over the summer, both of the labs, as well as their associated storage areas, have undergone major renovations and updates that have made the labs easier to use.
    UNM-LA’s Science and Engineering Chair Dawn Venhaus and UNM-LA’s campus resources director Lisa Wismer recently led members of the UNM-LA Advisory Board and other guests on a tour of the facilities Monday showing off the changes, new equipment and technology that make the facilities functioning laboratories and not just classrooms.
    According to Venhaus, part of the success of the new design comes from the fact the facilities were redesigned from the ground up by people that actually use the labs.
    “This new configuration allows us to have four larger groups of students using four setups,” Venhaus said on the tour. “So, we can now accommodate a larger number of students. It’s also easier for them to reach the equipment, as well as see what is happening.”
    The labs also feature demo tables, something they did not have before.

  • Citizens' petition prompts action on 20th and Trinity

    A citizen’s petition submitted by Doris Roberts, owner of All Individual First, has prompted action on getting either a signalized intersection or a HAWK (High Intensity Activated Crosswalk) signal at the corner of 20th Street and Trinity Drive.
    Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 Tuesday to direct staff to work with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), which owns the highway, to assess the potential for some type of signalized intersection or crosswalk at that location and report back.
    Roberts runs a day care program for adults with developmental disabilities, located at 2101 Trinity Drive. Her clients frequently want to visit Ashley Pond or the Farmer’s Market. In order to cross safely, they must walk to either Oppenheimer Drive or 15th Street, take a circuitous ride on Atomic City Transit or make arrangements in advance with Dial-a-Ride.
    “Why can’t these individual have the spur of the moment, ‘I want to go to Ashley Pond for lunch’ or ‘I’m going to walk across to the Farmers’ Market’ instead of having to take the trolley all the way around and all the way back because it’s not safe for them?” Roberts said.

  • Be There 09-10-14

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    The Zone is now open after school, 3-5 p.m. weekdays. It’s open to all school age kids, and a relaxed attitude to noise applies, so if kids want to listen to music, watch a video, or chat with friends, nobody’s going to come by and say “Hush.” All other library policies apply.

    “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.

    “Detonography: The Art of Evelyn Rosenberg” at the Mesa Public Library upstairs gallery. Exhibit runs through Sept. 30. Authors Speak Series: Book signing, 7 p.m. Sept. 11.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Challahs will be available in Amy Shure Bakery Booth and will be taking orders aw well at aimiam@aol.com. All contest winners were sent an email, pick up gift certificates at information booth.

  • Community Briefs 09-10-14

    Aaron’s Closet open this week

    Aaron’s Kids Closet — Free Store is people helping other people and sharing the love of Jesus with anyone who is in need. There are no eligibility requirements. You do not have to show an ID, proof of residency or income, simply take what you need no payment required or accepted. They are freely sharing — what has been freely received.
    Donations needed are clothing, shoes, coats, etc. that are available for school age children.
    Aaron’s Closet is located at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr., across from Los Alamos High School next to Sullivan Field behind the Lemon Lot
    For more information all 662-6277, or visit firstinyourheart.org.
    Hours are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every second Thursday of the month and from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the following Friday.
    To help with the closet or donate gently used clothing and shoes, call church office or Michelle at 660-0340.

    Feldman to speak at
    AAUW Fall Luncheon

  • A family fight against MS

    The Bike MS: Pedal Los Pueblos race to support Multiple Sclerosis was last week at Cities of Gold Hotel and Casino in Pojoaque.
    The Snow family of White Rock supported the ride. “I have four family members that currently live with MS,” said Deb Snow.
    Her mother for 27 years, one brother for 12 years, daughter for three years as well as herself for 17 years, she said.
    Snow and daughter Jackie Becker volunteered at one of the rest stops providing food and drinks to the individuals that cycle 30-100 miles to raise money for NMSS, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
    “I believe one of the most important things for people to know about MS is that the symptoms can be very different for each individual. It is also important to understand that a lot of the symptoms are not visible to everyone, i.e. fatigue, numbness and tingling, balance issues and cognitive issues, among others,” Snow said. “These symptoms can change day to day, or even hour to hour.”
    Snow would also like people to know that they can be helpful by understanding the complexity of the disease and how quickly it can change. One way is to be as supportive as possible for that individual.
    “Continued research is imperative in finding the cause of the disease and a cure,” Snow said. 

  • How much testing is enough and when is it too much?

    What do you remember fondly about your school days? When you look at photos that capture these early years in school, you remember how nervous you were in your carrot costume before your big part in the school play. You remember how proud you felt standing next to your blue-ribbon science fair project. Oh! There you are with the turkey you colored after tracing your little hand on a piece of paper.
    And you remember using a No. 2 pencil to bubble in multiple-choice answers on a test. OK, maybe a photo of this last one didn’t make it into your grandma’s album.
    There was a time not so long ago when students were given a comprehensive assessment at the end of third grade and eighth grade, and then took the ACT/SAT tests for college purposes. These were informational tests, telling parents what their children had achieved academically and how they compared to other students across the country.
    When the results came in from that big test, teachers gave their students a little more practice as needed, and parents may have pulled out the flash cards for a little extra help at home — and everyone remained focused on teaching and on raising whole children.

  • Do teachers have to be defiant to do their jobs?

    The special education teacher told me the kind of story you’d want to hear from a special education teacher.
    A girl in fifth grade couldn’t read and could barely speak. Nothing was working for her.
    The teacher found a reading program designed for autistic children and fought the bureaucracy to get approval to be trained in it. She gave the program to the girl and it worked. Other special education teachers have heard the story and are asking for the same program.
    She can’t fight any more, she says. She’s on a long leave of absence and may simply retire.
    I’ve been asking New Mexico teachers how they are faring in the brave new world of public education. My question: Is there still room for creativity or spontaneity in teaching? Are they able to bring their own ideas and abilities into their activities? Can they to respond to whatever is happening, in the world or in that classroom, regardless of what’s on the day’s official task list?
    The first thing to know is this: Nobody’s happy. The problem, they say, is testing, testing, testing.
    We’ve all been hearing these complaints: Too many days spent on testing itself, too many more days devoted to teaching just for the tests, and test results applied not to improve students’ education, but to grade teachers.