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Today's News

  • Trainer: 'Dogs Can Drive Cars,' Too

    Three dogs in New Zealand have been taught to drive a car. After weeks of indoor training in how to change gear, brake and steer, the canines have finally been allowed behind the wheel of a real car - with a little help from their handlers.

  • Thank You 12-05-12

    The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos wishes to thank all those who helped to make last Saturday’s Breakfast with Santa successful. Our thanks go to Del Norte Credit Union for their continued support of our event.
    We are also appreciative of the many attendees who came to see Santa and to donate food to LA Cares and money for the Foster Children program at Christmas. Thank you for reminding us that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Los Alamos.

    Ann Hayes
    Breakfast Chairperson

  • 'A Separation' screens Thursday

    The Iranian film “A Separation” (2011) is one of the best films I’ve seen in awhile.
    It purports to be about putting a child through divorce and the difficulties of caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease.
    I suppose it is. But it begins and ends in an Iranian courthouse and for me, the focus really became how people tell their sides and the fact that there is no truth, or at least no single truth.
    Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Payman Maadi) certainly have what, in America, we call “irreconcilable differences.”
    Viewers find out in the first minutes of the movie that Simin wants to move with their daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi) to the United States.
    Simin has a visa that will soon expire and doesn’t want to miss what she considers a massive opportunity to improve their daughter’s life. Nader refuses to go, because he needs to take care of his dementia-suffering father, who lives with the family.
    This is not the only legal battle fought, or the only separation discussed, in the Oscar-award-winning film (it won for Best Foreign Language Film).
    The other is, in some ways, even more compelling — certainly rich with suspense and, because it involves even more people, it involves even more versions of nuanced truth.

  • Books for the holidays

    Scholastic books are for sale at The Family YMCA from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, through Thursday. The public is welcome to come to the Y and shop. A variety of picture books to young adult novels are available. Partial proceeds will benefit the Y’s annual campaign that supports scholarships for those needing financial assistance.

  • Be There 12-05-12

    Today
    A joint presentation by the Sierra Club and League of Women Voters will be at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library. Jack Richardson, project manager of the San Juan/Chama Utilization Project will address the county’s plans to divert the water from the San Juan/Chama for use in Los Alamos.
    Thursday
    The December meeting of the Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be a potluck dinner 6:30 p.m. at the home of Denise George, 411 Cheryl Ave. 672-9688

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents “A Separation” at 6:30 p.m.
    Friday
    Los Alamos Chapter 63, Order of Eastern Star, is selling fruitcakes, apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. Contact Judy Goldie, 662-3797 or goldienm@comcast.net; Nina Laird, 662-7580; or Betty Robertson, 662-5185, for more information.

  • Credit union kicks in for Kiwanis

    Ann Hayes of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos accepts a large monetary donation from Del Norte Credit Union board member Roger Stutz to support the Breakfast with Santa. The event raises money for the Kiwanis Foster Kids Dinner and all food donated is distributed to LA Cares.

  • Update 12-05-12

    Book sale

    Scholastic books are for sale at The Family YMCA from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Thursday. The public is welcome to come to the Y and shop. Partial proceeds will benefit the Y’s annual campaign that supports scholarships for those needing financial assistance.

    Calendar

    To kick off its 50th anniversary celebration next year, the Los Alamos Monitor will distribute a commemorative 2013 calendar Sunday Dec. 9. Look for it inside your newspaper.

    Sponsor a family

    The Family YMCA is sponsoring four families for the holidays and welcomes the community to participate by taking part in the Giving Tree. For more information call the Y at 662-3100.

    DWI council

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council will meet at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11 at the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Suite A.

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  • Luminaria sand now available

    Each year, the Los Alamos County Pavement division provides free luminaria sand as a courtesy to residents.  Sand is now available at these locations:
     
    Overlook Park — in south parking lot
    Urban Park — in 42nd St. parking area
    Sullivan Field — west side of parking lot
    Barranca Mesa — at the end of Barranca Road at Navajo
    North Mesa — at the north end of soccer field parking lot
    Residents are asked to limit the amount of sand taken to the amount needed for their holiday luminarias.

  • Property tax bill deadline looms

    Los Alamos County property tax bills for 2012 were mailed to property owners Nov. 1.
    The first half installment becomes delinquent after Dec. 10. Payment must either be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5 p.m. Dec. 10 or postmarked by midnight that same day, to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges.
    The 311 Customer Care Center is located at 150 Central Park Square and open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
    Payments should be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, N.M.  87544.  
    Payments are also accepted through a property tax lockbox at Los Alamos National Bank.

  • Regional Coalition launches website

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced that it has launched a new website at regionalcoalition.org.
    As part of the Regional Coalition’s goal to increase transparency, the website includes the latest information regarding Regional Coalition Board members, meeting notices and minutes and news related to the Regional Coalition.
    It also has a sign-up feature where community members can be added to the Regional Coalition’s information distribution list.
     “We are excited to launch the new website to ensure that our communities are informed and engaged with the work of the Coalition and look forward to continued community input and support as we move forward,” said Santa Fe Mayor David Coss, Chair of the Regional Coalition.
     The Regional Coalition’s Board of Directors includes one representative from eight local government jurisdictions surrounding the Los Alamos National Laboratory.