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Today's News

  • UNM-LA holds 36th graduation convocation

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos held its 36th annual Graduation Convocation on May 12 at the Crossroads Bible Church in Los Alamos, granting awards to some of the 97 students who collectively earned 116 degrees.

    There was a capacity crowd of more than 450 friends and family members celebrating with the 67 students who participated in the commencement.

    UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney led the convocation, celebrating the achievements of students and faculty. This year, Rooney led the procession of faculty and graduates into the auditorium carrying the UNM-LA mace.

    A mace, a traditional symbol of university scholarship and integrity, is used by higher education institutions for special ceremonial occasions to signify the importance of the event and the conformation of the academic process.

    The UNM-LA mace, new this year, was designed and built by Advisory Board member Pat Soran, with a UNM-LA symbol produced by Skip Canfield, a UNM-LA instructor.

  • Leadership Los Alamos celebrates graduates of ‘best class ever’

    Pajarito Ski Lodge hosted a graduation ceremony May 12 for Leadership Los Alamos. The graduating class of 2016-17 consisted of 26 Los Alamos locals who completed the nine-month long program and lovingly referred to themselves as the “Best Class Ever.”

    Leadership Los Alamos started in 2003 as a non-profit organization that focuses on finding and building leaders within the community.

    It is a unique opportunity for individuals who live or work in Los Alamos and are committed to assuming roles of responsibility in civic, charitable, and governmental organizations in the region.

    The program starts with an orientation and continues with seven all-day sessions that each focus on a different civic-oriented topic or issue.

    Chair-Elect Brian D’Andrea began the ceremony by reiterating the ultimate mission behind LLA and the privilege to recognize those who committed to Leadership Los Alamos.

    “Most fundamentally, it is to inspire engagement within the community and hopefully leadership positions or leadership roles,” D’Andrea said.

    He noted that LLA is a mix of introductions into the community but also an inspiration to lead.

  • New furnace installed at Barranca Mesa pool

    The venerable Barranca Mesa Pool will be half a century old next year in 2018. As the old lady is getting older one or the other pool element has to be replaced to keep the old pool young for all its young patrons.
    Two furnaces heat the pool water to a comfortable temperature of 83 degrees, so that swimmers as well as bathers can enjoy the water.
    The the first furnace was replaced four years ago, and now No. 2 was falling apart and had to be replaced.
    “I was surprised to find out that the replacement was much smaller than its predecessor,” said Jorg Jansen, manager of the pool. “Modern technology made this possible and at the same time increasing the heating capacity to 900,000 BTU/hr. What an achievement! And what a sight seeing the furnace dangling in the air as the crane operator lowered it very slowly in its resting place.”
    They are ready to open the pool on Memorial Day weekend on at noon May 27.
    Come and join the fun! If you are not yet a member of the Barranca Mesa Pool Association become one before the fun season begins by contacting president2017@barrancapool.com.

  • VP Pence avoids political fray surrounding him

    BY KEN THOMAS AND CATHERINE LUCEY
    Associated Press

  • Meet Topper Freshman Academy candidates

    The community will get a chance to meet the two candidates for Topper Freshman Academy Principal on Monday in the Speech Theater.
    The position became available after the academy’s principal, Carter Payne, was selected as the new principal at Los Alamos High School. Payne will start as principal at LAHS July 1.
    To meet candidates for the Topper Freshman Academy, visit the Speech Theater at these times:
    • 5:30 p.m.: Jill Gonzales is the principal of Piñon Elementary School at Los Alamos Public Schools.  She has 10 years of administrative experience, which also includes Assistant principal of Bonita Vista High School in Chula Vista, California.  Her teaching experience includes US History and AVID at the High School and served as an Educational Advisor and Activities Director in Redondo Beach, CA.  Jill received a Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science from the University of California and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from California State University.

  • Senior center play touches on aging issues

    The Los Alamos Little Theater performed a short, 10-minute play on Wednesday at the Los Alamos Senior Center called “Dead Right,” written by Elaine Jarvik.
    Director Pat Beck welcomed everyone to their theater and introduced the actors to the audience. She explained that this performance was a partnership between the Los Alamos Little Theatre, the senior centers and local playwright Robert Benjamin. “It’s not only a short play that you get to enjoy, but also a discussion with me and the actors,” said Beck. She explained that this staged reading touches on issues relating to aging and then briefly set the scene: “This play is about a couple who are having breakfast and reading the paper.”

  • Sarah von Sternberg is new schools, public safety reporter

    Sarah von Sternberg has joined the Los Alamos Monitor as the new education and public safety reporter.

    Sarah is from Spring, Texas, and graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2014 with a bachelor’s of arts degree in English. After moving to Austin shortly after, she landed an administrative job working for Travis County’s installment of the Head Start program.

    “That was my first job out of college and I am immensely grateful for everything I learned there,” she said.

    After living in Austin for two years, Sarah got married and promptly moved to New Mexico for her husband’s employment at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. She applied for a mailroom position at the Monitor but was happy to learn they had a reporter position available.

    “I knew this would be a great opportunity for me. I’m so happy to be putting the skills I learned in school to good use,” she said.

    As far as activities outside of work, Sarah said, “My husband and I take full advantage of the town’s beautiful and countless trails.”

    She also has a cat named Oppie, named after, Robert Oppenheimer, a huge piece of the town’s history. 

  • Phil Scherer starts as sports reporter

    Phil Scherer is a recent graduate from Division II Lindenwood University, and joins the Los Alamos Monitor Staff as its sports reporter.

    Scherer is a St. Louis, Missouri native, where he spent the first 21 years of his life before relocating to New Mexico.

    He is an avid sports fan, and can be found watching the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues whenever they are playing.

    Growing up, Scherer was involved in the Boy Scouts of America, where he attained the rank of Eagle Scout, a distinction earned by just 2 percent of Boy Scouts.

    In high school, Scherer was a member of the swim team. However, during his junior year, he sustained a major shoulder injury that ended his swimming career.

    When competing in athletics was no longer an option, he decided writing about them was the next best thing. By going into sports journalism, he was able to combine his two biggest passions in life: sports and writing.

    He was a four-year member of his college newspaper staff, where he was a reporter, sports editor and managing editor throughout his collegiate career. Scherer earned regional and state awards throughout college for writing and page design.

  • Jemez Springs event to raise funds for veterans

    Fun, food and music will take over Jemez Springs Saturday, as 11 bands will help the community raise funds to help homeless veterans.

    The event is sponsored by Homeless Veterans No Mas, an organization started by local radio personality Dotie Brown, Larry Waisner, Don Conger and others.

    The concerts, which cost $5 for adults and $2 for children, will raise money to support the Fisher House Organization.

    The organization’s goal is to raise money for Fisher house, an organization that provides nearby housing for families who have veterans hospitalized at a Veteran’s Administration hospital.

    Homeless Veterans No Mas is trying to raise $25,000 to help get a “Fisher House” built near the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque.

    The concerts will be on two stages, the main one, which will feature acts at the Jemez Valley Community Center, and the other stage, which will feature more acoustic acts at the town’s gazebo.

    Homeless Veterans No Mas started in earnest over an experience Waisner had with a friend, who also happened to be a veteran. While Waisner kept up with his friend through the years, there came a day when someone contacted him to tell him that his friend had died of exposure.

    “He had died because he was homeless,” Brown said.

  • Food waste is money down the drain

    BY NATHANIEL SILLIN
    Practical Money Matters