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Today's News

  • White Rock ranked the 16th top suburb in U.S.

    Suburbs make up the fabric of America, offering a little more space (and a lot more peace and quiet) for people who prefer backyard barbecues and soccer games over the hustle and bustle of city-life. As part of its five-part “Best Places to Live” series, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC partnered with Onboard Informatics to rank the top places for Suburbanites and analyze trends based on data from more than 11,000 suburban areas.

    Coldwell Banker Real Estate released its new report, the “Best Places to Live for Suburbanites,” which ranks White Rock, N.M. as No. 16 out of 11,000 suburbs in the United States. In the state of New Mexico, it topped the list as No. 1. 

    The data revealed a glimpse into life in the suburbs, where many people own their homes (75 percent), drive to work (92 percent) and spend approximately four times as much to prepare meals at home than go out to eat.

  • Airlines Set Bag Fee Record in 1st Half of Year

    U.S. airlines collected more than $1.7 billion in baggage fees during the first half of the year, the largest amount ever collected in that six-month period.

  • Dems claim they made no endorsement of Hall

    When is an endorsement not an endorsement.

    Apparently, not when it comes to the two Democratic state senators, who voiced support for Rep Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) in the House District 43 race against Stephanie Garcia Richard.

    Hall’s campaign sent out a press release that said the following:

    “Northern New Mexico’s State Senators Carlos Cisneros (District 6: Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, and Taos) and Richard Martinez (District 5: Los Alamos, Rio Arriba. and Santa Fe) support incumbent State Representative Jim Hall in his campaign for the State House of Representatives.

    “During Hall’s first term in the state legislature Rep. Hall worked with both Senators Cisneros and Martinez, passing legislation to benefit New Mexico and the northern New Mexico region.

    “Senator Richard Martinez said, “I worked with Jim Hall when he was a County Councilor and now as a legislator.  If elected, he will do an outstanding job of representing Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico.”

  • Be There 09-25-12

    Wednesday
    The Los Alamos High School Band Boosters are hosting a “No Cook Noodle Night” from 5-7 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill’s Kelly Hall. With an eat-in or carryout option, the menu includes lasagna with meat and red sauce; spaghetti with a choice of meat or vegetarian sauce; penne with alfredo sauce (meatless); macaroni and cheese; and rice noodles with gluten-free Asian sauce. Dine-in meals include salad, bread and a cookie. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and are available in advance or at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Maire O’Neill at 412-8739.

     Mesa Public Library presents Game Night at Mesa from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bring your games or play theirs. For all ages.

    The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will discuss women in atheism from 6:30-8 p.m. in meeting room one of Mesa Public Library. Feel free to bring a favorite book, quotation or other contribution to free thought by women. All are welcome.

    Thursday
     The Los Alamos Farmers Market will be from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the parking lot at Mesa Public Library.

  • Thank You 09-25-12

    The Los Alamos Arts Council hosted the third annual Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk last Saturday. It was a beautiful day and Fuller Lodge lawn was bustling with artists of all ages expressing their creativity on the sidewalks. Artists of all ages had an enjoyable time.
    Thank you to those who helped to make the event interesting and fun. We were a part of the Next Big Idea Festival and enjoyed all of the activity provided by the nearby booths. Fuller Lodge lawn was definitely the place to be.
    Special thanks goes to Sec Sandoval who attended the event and talked with many of the budding artists about their artistic efforts.
    Thank you to those local businesses that provided prizes for the different categories:
    Coffee House Café, Home Run Pizza, Village Arts, Reel Deal Theater, Metzger’s, Starbucks Coffee, Ruby K’s and  Daniel’s Café. LAAC appreciates your support of our community events.
    LAAC also thanks the Los Alamos County Parks Division for their help in washing away the artistic designs on Sunday. This is in keeping with the reality of the fleeting life of chalk drawings.
    The event could not happen without Arts Council board members who helped with the preparation and monitoring the event.

  • Learn about studying abroad

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos, which sponsors Youth Exchange programs overseas, will make a lunchtime (11:15 a.m.) presentation about educational opportunities abroad in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School on Wednesday.
    All students (and their parents) who are interested in learning about Rotary’s Youth Exchange program are encouraged to attend. Parents will need to check-in at the main office.
    Find out how to qualify and apply, what responsibilities students have while abroad and what the general expenses will be.
    See a video, get a brochure and information packet, and ask questions about a foreign study experience.
    For more information, contact Linda Hull, president, Rotary Club of Los Alamos, 662-7950.

  • Assets in Action: Get kids to read for fun

    Our community goal for this week is to increase the number of youth that read for pleasure.
    That means reading three or more hours per week for fun.
    The reading for pleasure category is one of the bottom data points for the community, provided by the last data capture.
    Asset number 25 only comes in at 32 percent when the data is tallied and with school work abounding, may be hard for some students to increase during certain times.
    What is my answer to the problem?
    I suggest you head over to Mesa Public Library and talk to Angie Manfredi.
    Tell her your student likes zombies or finds Captain Underpants hilarious and she will provide a solution.
    If you tell her you like adventure, she could probably reel off a list of four titles that would spark your interest.
    Manfredi is a card catalog on legs. For those too young to know what a card catalog is, feel free to ask any librarian for an explanation.
    If you are a super bold parent or caregiver, drag your pre-teen, ’tween or teenager down to the youth services section and find her. Make that child hold a two-minute conversation and they will leave that library with enough ideas to last them for months.

  • Making Trinity Site work

    One key issue that arose about transferring the Trinity Site lease to Smith’s/Kroger involved whether the grocer could succeed where others had failed.

    Smith’s Vice President of Corporate Development Steven Sorensen responded that Smith’s commitment to moving forward with the 110,000-square-foot Smith’s Marketplace is not contingent on having other tenants. NADG had not conducted any of the studies normally performed in the due diligence period, such as topographical surveys, because they wanted a minimum number of tenants signed on before investing resources.

    “We do have a tremendous sense of excitement at Smith’s on getting this new store going,” Sorensen said.”The more important thing for us is whether the topography works: what’s underneath the ground, what you can’t see. We’ve committed the resources to get the due diligence done, and that will begin immediately.

    “We would estimate the due diligence and all of our design costs probably approach somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 million. That’s $1 million with no return to us and no shovel turned in the dirt. That’s our skin in the game.

  • Prescribed burn underway at Valles Caldera

    Commuters traveling home on State Road 4 should expect a slight delay on their way home.
    A controlled burn conducted by the National Park Service  and the Fire Learning Network is predicted to obscure visibility, according to Terry McDermott, Public Affairs Specialist for the Valles Caldera Trust.
    Escort vehicles will be waiting to guide cars through the smoke, according to McDermott.  
    “Traffic may be held up until we get a group of cars to guide through the smoke,” he said.
    The controlled burn will take place south N.M. 4 near mile marker 30, and is expected to continue through Wednesday.             

    Monitor Staff Report

  • United Way Youth Team plans events

    The United Way Youth Team is working to reach their $11,000 fundraising goal for the United Way of Northern New Mexico. The team will host three more events benefiting the United Way Community Action Fund.
    First up will be Atomic City’s Got Talent, a benefit concert showcasing local talent at the Duane Smith Auditorium. The event will be at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets will be available at the door. Costs is $12.50 for adults; $10 for seniors and students; and $7.50 for children 12 and younger.
    Youth Team Project Manager Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta, who will also be Master of Ceremonies with Jordan Ahlers, and Greg Ahlers is coordinating the event.
    The concert will include the following acts:
    • Rozy Richmond singing
    • The Mezzaluna String Quartet (Caitlin Dahl on cello, Mirelle Naud on viola and Chip Mielke and Irene Gerrish on violin)
    • Lindsay Roach, Nicole Graham, and Akane Dunn from New Mexico Dance Theatre
    • Victor Kim on piano
    • National Dance Institute (United Way Community Partner)
    • Elucidation, a dance group (Aaron Nguyen, Chelsea Challacombe, Alice Shao, Helen Lu, Andrew Li, Dani Prokop, Kate Margevicius, Marika Sinnis, and Jing Xie)
    • And more