Today's News

  • News for Retirees 10-23-11

    Oct. 23-29
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart


    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    9 a.m.    Toenail clipping
    9:45 a.m.    Matter of balance class
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Orange chicken
    12:30 p.m.    Driver safety program
    7 p.m.    Ballroom dancing


    8:45 a.m.    Variety training

  • Animal Shelter 10-23-11

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    We have a new color-coding system to help you select your perfect new family member. Check it out.
    Two for the price of one. This is an opportunity to double your feline pleasure. Also, we will not adopt out black cats until Nov. 7.

    The shelter has just received a new group of cats and has appointments for their veterinary updates. They will be available for viewing and will be adoptable very soon.

  • Cruising with the Cub Scouts

    Cub Scouts from Los Alamos and White Rock joined together for push-mobile races last weekend. The annual event is held at the White Rock LDS church.

  • Take a tour of N.M. without leaving home

    New Mexico landscapes can take your breath away and Kirt Kempter attempts to capture every bit of that beauty with each of his large format photographs now on view at Mesa Public Library Art Gallery.
    The exhibition starts Oct. 31 and runs through the end of November.
    The display is available for viewing during regular library hours.
    Kempter is a student of rocks and landforms, working both as a geologist and photographer.
    Thus, his landscape photography has a geologic bent, focusing on landforms and abstract rock textures. Although most of Kempter’s photographic repertoire is from New Mexico, he also has numerous images from around the world, a result of leading educational tours for Smithsonian Journeys and National Geographic Expeditions.

  • Math pays off for Claire DeCroix

    Los Alamos Middle School seventh grade student Claire DeCroix, 12, created the logo for this year’s New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge. She won $200 at last year’s award ceremony for the best logo. Her logo is used on all promotional material for the statewide competition for the 2011-2012 challenge.
    DeCroix would like to thank her GATE teacher Zeynep Unal for all her support and getting Claire interested in the supercomputing challenge in the fifth grade.
    DeCroix decided to enter the contest because she thought it would be great to win the competition.

  • Doing more with less on the road today

    Between the debt-ceiling kerfuffle and Hurricane Irene, you may have missed two bits of summertime news that will be important for what we drive in the coming years.
    First, President Barack Obama announced that the administration and automakers had reached a deal to double the fuel economy of our national fleet of cars starting in model year 2017 and reaching the goal by 2025.
    Right now, cars and light trucks, light trucks include what I call my “little old lady SUV,” get an average of 27 mpg.
    By 2025, those same vehicles are to average an impressive 54.5 mpg.
    The second bit of news came a little later but was equally interesting.

  • Our View: Leisure Pool should get the nod

    In many cases, this newspaper will remain neutral regarding local option issues and elections opting instead to let citizens enliven the debate through guest editorials and letters to the editor.

    With regard to the leisure pool issue currently before voters in a mail-in ballot question, the Los Alamos Monitor is going to step from the gray of neutrality onto the black and white of this page.

    The leisure pool represents more than just a pool. The project is more than just a lazy man’s way to while away the hours on a hot summer afternoon, or a place for kids to become exorcised of way too much energy.

  • Hall speaks out on redistricting

    Editor’s note: This is the letter that Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval) wrote to redistricting attorneys Richard Olson and Luis Stelzner concerning the redistricting hearings that will take place in December in Santa Fe.
     Dear Sirs:
    Redistricting New Mexico is a critical process for maintaining the public’s confidence in State Government.  Gerrymandering, “cracking,” “packing” and similar stratagems intended to distort elections, punish political opponents, and obstruct the documented will of the voters are deleterious to public trust — difficult to maintain in the best of times.

  • Dems oppose special master for redistricting

    SANTA FE — Democrats and Native Americans opposed on Friday a Republican-backed proposal to have a court-appointed special master draw boundaries of elected office districts, including Congress and the Legislature.
    Groups of Democrats and several Indian tribes, including Laguna Pueblo and the Jicarilla Apache Nation, said a special master will add delays and expense to the politically important task of redistricting.
    The makeup of new districts, and whether they favor Democratic or Republican candidates, can influence New Mexico’s elections for the rest of the decade.

  • LAMC’s White wins nursing award

    Jesse White, a registered nurse on the medical/surgical unit at Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC), received the Nightingale Award at the 2011 Nursing Excellence Awards held Oct. 15, 2011 at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort.  The Nightingale Award is annually presented to a nurse who is just beginning his or her career and shows outstanding promise and dedication.  
    The nomination states, when White “is taking care of a patient, the families have nothing but compliments for his care and attention to detail…the families and patients know him by name.” Also mentioned in the nomination were his “smile, kindness and genuine love of nursing.”