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Today's News

  • Ladino shares love of history with students

    Robyn Ladino, a New Mexico and United States history teacher at Los Alamos High School, grew up as an “Air Force brat.”
    “I lived in many different places as a child,” Ladino said. “During my lifetime I have moved to new places 14 times, including 22 different homes. Each new place had a history with unique characteristics.”
    She explained that the experiences of living in so many places influenced her desire to teach students about the world around them. Ladino wanted to teach history because she believes the study of history allows people to learn from their past, manage their present and hopefully make their future promising.
    When asked about the importance of students’ understanding the founding fathers framing of the United States Constitution, Ladino said, “I believe students must apply their knowledge and understanding of the U.S. Constitution as up-and-coming responsible citizens. Students need a clear understanding of their rights under the Constitution in order to make sound responsible decisions within our democracy as they move toward becoming adults.”
    In regards to New Mexico history, Ladino said students need this history knowledge because New Mexico is a very unique state, unlike any other in terms of beauty, magnificent diversity and dynamic history.

  • News for retirees 3-1-15 to 3-7-15

    March 1-7, 2015
    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
    MONDAY
    8:30 a.m.     Tax preparation (call)
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Sweet ‘n’ sour             pork
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Lemon cod
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.    Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)
    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)

  • Births 3-1-15

    Feb. 11: Carter Glada Sanderson, a girl, born to Danielle Sturm and Steven
    Sanderson
    Feb. 19: Bythe Kerala Bremser, a girl, born to Sarah and Jeremy Bremser

  • Animal shelter 3-1-15

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Bella — Another aged cat given up when her family no longer wanted to deal with her diabetes. She is currently in a foster home. For more information, call 470-6973.

  • Save the plastic bag and our rights

    In the last month there have been some very emotionally charged letters to the editor published in various media outlets here in town, by Jody Benson, a member of the Sierra Club, demanding a ban on plastic shopping bags in Los Alamos County.
    Understandably, this topic is going to generate a lot of discussion because it concerns how people choose to shop and live their lives.
    Before we ban plastic bags and allow needleless government intrusion into a private transaction let’s look at some facts regarding plastic shopping bags.
    • Plastic bags are made of No. 2 (high-density polyethelyne, HDPE) or No. 4 (low-density polyethelyne, LDPE), both of which are 100 percent recyclable through the “Bag-2-Bag” program Smith’s participates in.
    • Smith’s also recycles its own cardboard and other waste, thus not impacting the county’s solid waste system.
    • Ninety percent of plastic shopping bags are reused in households. The most common reuse is to line trashcans and to dispose of pet waste.

  • Streamline regulating, too

    Engineers aim to streamline everything to work better, faster and cheaper.
    Over the years, countless techniques for doing this have been launched and proved valuable. More come every year.
    Almost every process works better, faster and cheaper than it did 10 years ago. A dusky exception is the vital process of regulating.
    Regulating has built up a backlog of inefficiencies that have remedies on hand in other fields.
    This is not surprising for a system like regulating that works, not by design, but as shaped by a long chain of votes cast on a tangle of super politicized issues.
    The system of regulating emissions has four main steps: rule-setting, permitting, inspection and enforcement. Each step affects all the other steps and each affects the efficiency of the regulating system as a whole.
    Yet, the steps are designed separately, with barely a glance at the thriving engineering field of systems analysis.
    Systems analysis comes in forms that range from very complex to common-sense simple. Systems analysis in the 21st century can use information theory and game theory to shape high-level math problems run on computers.

  • ’Topper girls tennis in the hunt for a team title

    The Los Alamos girls tennis team should be in the mix for a state team title once again this year.
    Similar to the last few years, the Hilltoppers, Farmington and Albuquerque Academy are expected to battle it out for the top spot.
    “I guarantee it will be one of those that will win (state),” Los Alamos girls head coach Bruce Cottrell said. “I don’t think anyone can say we will win state, but we can all say that we can win state.”
    The Hilltoppers made it to the state semifinals last season where they fell 5-3 to the eventual champion, Farmington. Los Alamos only lost one senior from last year’s squad, so it will have essentially the same cast of characters on the court again.
    With all of those girls back, depth will be the team’s biggest strength.
    Farmington’s biggest strength, on the other hand, is in doubles, while Academy has the top two players around.
    Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff finished fourth in state singles last year and will lead the Hilltoppers. Laura Whicker also played in the state singles tournament, but lost to the eventual state runner-up in the first round.
    Astrid Hengartner returns with state doubles experience as well.

  • Girls basketball game postponed

    It was announced at noon that the Los Alamos-Española Valley girls basketball game, originally schdeduled for tonight, has been postponed.

    The game was the District 2-5A championship game. It has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in Española.

    Earlier today, it was announced the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, ice rink and Mesa Public Library are closed Saturday due to the weather.

    That's according to county officials, who said all non-essential functions would be disrupted due to the weather.

    More information will be released as it becomes available on LAMonitor.com

  • Today in history Feb. 28
  • LAPD crime statistics released

    Here are Los Alamos County's crime statistics for 2014, as reported to the media Friday:

    VIOLENT CRIME

    Homicide
    0 instances

    Rape
    4

    Robbery
    1

    Assault
    23

    PROPERTY CRIME

    Arson
    2 instances

    Burglary
    25

    Larceny
    150

    Motor vehicle theft
    2

    TRAFFIC STATISTICS

    Fatalities
    3

    Accidents
    241 instances

    DWI/DUI
    55

    Citations
    1,884

    SERVICE CALLS
    15,377