Today's News

  • Assets in Action salutes school bus drivers

    If you know me even remotely well, you know I love to celebrate even the smallest of occasions. It might be custodian day, bosses day, boo buddies, it doesn’t matter. There is always a reason to celebrate the good things in life.
    This week we arrive at bus safety week and we tip our hat to bus drivers everywhere.
    I particularly salute the school bus drivers who deserve our thanks, and appreciation more than once a year.
    When I was a schoolgirl, my bus driver gave me my first job. She even made me my first pair of overalls, in the most delightful shade of blueberry. Sandy was her name and she played a major role in my childhood.
    Does anyone ever believe they might have that sort of impact on someone?
    My kids didn’t really ride a bus until middle school, but it was, “bus driver Bill,” who drove the special Chamisa Elementary bus. He allowed my kids to climb aboard so they could see what it was like.
    There was Mr. K, Steve O and now, forgive me for not yet knowing names, but the drivers of 137 in the morning and 117, 138 and 139 in the afternoon. I promise to report those names to you next week.
    Now for another of my favorites, how about the idea that someone drove a bus for 25 years! One of my neighbors, Ollie Bergauer drove a bus for Los Alamos Public Schools for 25 years.

  • Community Winds takes 3rd in national competition

    The Los Alamos Community Winds with Conductor Ted Vives, have achieved third place in the community band division of the national The American Prize competition. The band was selected from applications reviewed during the summer from all across the United States.
    The American Prize is a series of new, nonprofit, competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts.
    The Community Winds offered the following autobiographical sketch:
    “The Los Alamos Community Winds is a wind ensemble made up of members of the Los Alamos community. We comprise both amateur and professional musicians of all ages and backgrounds from middle and high school students to retirees in our area. The first performances of a concert band in Los Alamos were noted in newsletters from 1946. Activities over the years have included many weekly summer concerts as well as performing at various civic functions such as the 4th of July fireworks celebrations.”
    Among the goals are:
    1. To provide the Los Alamos community with a quality performing ensemble specializing in the best literature for the concert band and wind ensemble.

  • Constitutional amendments: Yes on 1, No on others

    Five more amendments to the New Mexico Constitution face voters this fall. Amending the Constitution has been a low-key sideline or, perhaps, a sport of state politics since before statehood.
    Find the text of the amendments and pro and con arguments at websites of the Legislative Council Service (LCS).
    Proposed amendments pass the Legislature as joint resolutions and are submitted to the people in general elections, meaning alternate years. The governor has no authority to comment.
    Sometimes elitists argue that amendments are too complex or boring or whatever for “the people” to consider from the perspective of their averageness. This amounts to the same rationale given by radicals such as Sen. Tom Udall with his First Amendment proposal to regulate political speech. Udall and his far left buddies think that regular folks can’t sort through megabucks spending to make a decision.
    I disagree. Voters really do consider constitutional amendments. If that consideration is for one minute, so what? My evidence is that sometimes proposed amendments lose. Individual amendments always get different vote totals. Clearly voters, some anyway, come to different conclusions about a given proposal.

  • Project Lunchbox

    The Kiwanis Boys & Girls Committee awarded Project Lunchbox with a $500 donation earlier this month to support the middle school lunch program. In the photo, Kiwanis president Stephen Boerigter presents Project Lunchbox volunteer, Erica Sullivan, with the donation check. Project Lunchbox is a program run through the Unitarian Universalist Church of Los Alamos (UULA) to provide the Los Alamos Middle School with free lunches, snacks and breakfast items for students in need. Project Lunchbox is deeply grateful to the Kiwanis organization, which offered this generous donation after hearing about the lunch program through an earlier article in the “Los Alamos Monitor.” With the support of organizations such as the Kiwanis Club and Jemez Mountain Trail Runs (which made a similar donation earlier this year), Project Lunchbox is exploring ways to extend its services to include a backpack program that would send students in need home with food over the weekends.

  • Nominations sought for Living Treasures

    Do you know someone you think should be a Living Treasure of Los Alamos? Nominations will be accepted through Nov. 30, and a nine-member board will chose three new Treasures, who will be honored at a ceremony in April 2015.
    Selection of the new Treasures will be based on letters of nomination from the public; letters should include the following information:
    • When did the nominee come to Los Alamos?
    • In which areas did the nominee make volunteer contributions to life in Los Alamos?
    • How many years has the nominee been involved in community activities?
    • How did the contributions affect people in the community?
    In what ways is Los Alamos a better place as a result of the efforts of this person?
    Additional information about the nominee is welcome, and biographies of past Treasures since 1999 can be viewed at livingtreasurerslosalamos.org.
    Nominations must be submitted by November 30 to Living Treasures of Los Alamos, PO Box 1065, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or by emailing the information to rosalieheller88@gmail.com.
    Living Treasures was founded in 1999 by a group of residents who wanted to honor the older people of the community who had done so much to maintain and improve the excellent quality of life in Los Alamos. Since 1999, 78 seniors have recognized.

  • View partial solar eclipse Thursday at Bandelier

    On Thursday, Bandelier National Monument will be hosting an opportunity to view one of the universe’s very special events — a partial solar eclipse.
    Rangers will have special solar telescopes and eclipse viewers available for safely enjoying this rare astronomical event. In northern New Mexico, it begins at 3:27 p.m. with a tiny bite showing on the northwest limb of the sun. At mid-eclipse, 4:42 p.m., the moon will cover nearly 45 percent of the sun’s face, and at that stage, the day will seem a little less bright, with shadows a little more crisp, and sun crescents may be visible between leaf shadows on the ground. The encounter between moon and sun ends at 5:47 p.m. as the dragon releases the too-hot sun — or the moon moves on to where it no longer blocks it. Visitors arriving in Bandelier after 3 p.m. are welcome to drive directly into the park without taking the shuttle. Viewing will take place on the front porch of the Visitor Center.
    For details, call the Visitor Center at 672-3861 ext. 517.
    Watching a solar eclipse can be very exciting, but it is essential to remember to never look at the sun directly, and never through binoculars or a telescope without specialized, professionally made filters. Permanent eye damage may occur.  

  • Martinez, King square off in final debate

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democratic hopeful Attorney General Gary King stuck to their talking points Sunday evening, offering no surprises about where they stood on the key issues facing New Mexico while they traded jabs during their final televised debate.
    Martinez referred to King as a politician who has supported tax hikes in the past and would likely do so again. He said she wasn’t being truthful with New Mexicans and hasn’t done enough to turn the state around.
    “The problem we have in New Mexico is it’s time for the excuses to end,” King said at the end of the hour-long debate. “It’s time for us to do something in New Mexico that gets us out of the bottom of poverty, that gets us out of the bottom of child welfare.”
    King pointed to the high percentage of people in New Mexico who are living in poverty, saying that is the root of many of the state’s problems, including challenges within the education system.
    He said more needs to be done than offer low-income school children breakfast before class.

  • Collision on N.M. 502

    Two drivers got into a fender bender on N.M. 502 West Tuesday morning. Police reported no serious injuries, although one driver complained of pain resulting in airbag deployment. Deputies from the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office said the driver of the Honda will be cited, though they weren’t ready to specify for what.

  • Update 10-21-14

    Farmers Market

    7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Pumpkin Patch

    The 4th Annual Community Charity Pumpkin Patch. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Chapel on North Mesa next to the Posse Shack. Free event will giveaway pumpkins, as well as offering Frito pies, donuts, cookies, hot chocolate, hot sider and other treats. There will also be face painting, games, a hay ride and a petting zoo.

    Trick or Treat

    Trick or Treat on Main Street. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday and High-Tech Halloween. 4-6:30 p.m. Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Brown Bag

    Environmental Stewardship. Noon -1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Sam Loftin and Lorrie Bonds Lopez will provide the results of site-wide surveillance and progress toward far reaching environmental challenges to which the laboratory is committed. Free and open to the public.

    Garden meeting

    Public meeting for Hilltop Garden. 6:30 p.m. today at the Y-Express. David Clark, the Y employee chosen to head the garden project, is looking for members of the community that can bring skills to the planning process.  

  • Drug abuse talk set for Wednesday

    A drug awareness presentation will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
     The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is designed to raise awareness of illicit drugs and drug abuse within the community.
    Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone will moderate the presentation which will include additional speakers from the community.