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Today's News

  • Electrifying The holidays

    You see colored lights swirling around the lampposts along Central Avenue and dazzling the pavement along N.M. 4 in White Rock. At the finale of the Holiday Lights Parade, people await anxiously to see the electric color explosion occur at Ashley Pond.

    It’s amazing the effect a few dots of twinkling lights can produce. With a the pull of a switch, the holiday season is ushered in along with all the excitement and merriment that the season brings with it.    

  • Under the spreading maple tree

    I was 6 or 7-years-old, sitting cross-legged in the grass in front of the duplex home my parents shared with my grandmother. I was puncturing helicopters with my fingernails.

    It might not sound like much, but I remember this better than my first communion, my first boyfriend or my first day at any job I’ve ever had, maybe because this was the first day I did something unlike myself, the first time I had enough sense of self to experience such a sensation. Or maybe because of the worms.

  • Atomic City Children’s Theater to present a sweet musical

    Atomic City Children’s Theater presents “Willy Wonka Junior” this weekend at Duane W. Smith Auditorium. Admission is free to the public and there will be free surprises offered to the first 500 audience members. There will also be five Golden Tickets hidden among the programs, which can be redeemed for a Wonka Chocolate bar.

  • LASO conductor to hand over the baton to the public

    Have you ever dreamed of conducting a symphony orchestra? If so, your dream could become a reality.  

    At 7 p.m. Friday in the White Rock Baptist Church, the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will give its traditional Christmas concert. At the end of the concert, a drawing will be held and the winner will have the opportunity to stand on the conductor podium and lead the orchestra in a familiar holiday tune.  

  • Shop for a good cause

    The Chamisa Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is offering an opportunity to cross items off the holiday shopping list and score some unique finds.

    The shopping extravaganza will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the elementary school.

    About 20 vendors are expected to attend to sell jewelry, photographs, different holiday crafts, hats, scarves, hand-made wallets and gift bags.

    The majority of the vendors are from Los Alamos but several may be coming up from Española.

  • Los Alamos, White Rock have mild month

    October was cold and wet, but November was the opposite with dry and mild conditions throughout, save for two minor storms. Mean temperatures in Los Alamos were nearly five degrees above normal and the precipitation total at month’s end was merely one quarter of an inch, about one fifth of what we expect in November in Los Alamos.

  • Clinic set for Saturday

    The Los Alamos Public Health Office, in conjunction with Los Alamos Public Schools, will conduct a free, one-time-only H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccination clinic for Los Alamos and White Rock school-aged children (pre-K through 12).

    The clinic will run from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at White Rock Fire Station #3 across from the Hampton Inn on SR 4.

    Note the following:

    • The vaccine will be nasal mist only (this is a live vaccine); and

  • LACDC reveals new team concept

    Hiring Suzette Fox as its community projects coordinator is part of a wider plan underway at the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC).

    With Fox’s arrival, LACDC has taken the opportunity to implement a team approach to managing all of its projects. The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet and the Meeting and Visitor Bureau are tied closely together in working toward the overall company-wide goal of helping create a viable community through a sustainable economy.

  • At one time or another, we are all poor

    In a letter to the Monitor on Dec. 1, Don Willerton requested more information about who the poor in Los Alamos are. It is easier to answer his question by discussing who the poor are not. “The poor” are not victims of their own personal choices. Poverty, despite the myths we tell ourselves so we can try to sleep better at night, is not a punishment for personal failures and bad life choices. It is neither the result of laziness, nor of the lack of motivation or responsibility.

  • New place for Police Beat appreciated

    Thank you for listening to your readership and moving the police blotter with its mug shots off the front page.

    Kathryn Willcutt

    Los Alamos