Today's News

  • Assets in Action: Doing something in honor of dads

    This week I am writing about Father’s Day. The relationship is so important and even if there isn’t a father in your family, chances are there wonderful men in your life.

    I hope you take note of those that don’t have that person in their life. A kind word, an acknowledgment of the good things they accomplish, or the hard work they put forward, may feel like water on their soul in a time they need it most.

    To dads I say, I hope there is something you do with your children that is yours alone.

    It doesn’t matter if it is simple or extravagant or changes over time, just that you have something that bonds you, that binds you to a small tradition of each other.

    When kids are young, perhaps you collect rocks from travels near and far. You can keep them in jars, line them on windowsills or build a path through the garden.

    Maybe it is camping, hiking, target shooting or simply watching your favorite teams together. The benefit of the latter is that it is a bond you can still enjoy no matter how many miles may come in between you.

    I hope you’ll take the time this weekend, if your kids are close to do something together. If they are little, maybe it is the zoo, if they are older a movie together, perhaps one mom would never see.

  • Prepare for major life expenses with tax- advantaged accounts

    Practical Money Matters

    College tuition, a new pair of glasses and retirement may seem unrelated, but the tax law says otherwise. By knowing how and where to save your money, you could pay for each of these expenses with tax-advantaged – or in some cases income-tax-free – money.

    Individual Retirement Agreements (IRAs) and 401(k)s are perhaps the two most well-known examples of these types of accounts. But they’re not alone. With educational and medical expenses in mind, consider the following types of accounts and how you might be able to use one to help yourself or your family.

    Invest your college fund in a 529 plan. State-sponsored 549 plans come in two forms. Prepaid tuition plans let you lock in today’s rate for in-state public schools and 529 college savings plans allow you to invest your savings based on your goals and risk tolerance. Contributions aren’t a federal tax write-off, but if you invest in your state’s plan, there might be a state income tax write-off.

  • PED’s teacher evaluations stumble on transparency

    Late last year, we saw some light in the education wars with proposals to revamp the state’s teacher evaluation system. Various legislation would have altered the weight of testing in the evaluation or allowed teachers more sick days. At least two aimed for a complete rewrite.

    The Public Education Department in 2012 handed down the evaluation system by administrative order, and it’s been controversial ever since. Teachers and their unions have complained that it relies too heavily on standardized test scores and that it’s unfair, punitive and demoralizing.

    Teachers explain again and again that not all students are the product of a stable home life and that kids come to school with issues beyond what a teacher can fix during the school day. That’s why they preferred evaluations based on classroom observations.

    During the regular legislative session, several of the evaluation bills rocked along with bipartisan support. The “teachers are human too bill,” with two Republican sponsors, would have let teachers use all ten of their allowed sick days without penalty. After passing both houses nearly unanimously, it was felled by a veto; the Senate voted to override but not the House.

  • LA CAP incubator for military careers, professional pilots

    This time around, the Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol, Composite Squadron granted not one, but two, Billy Mitchell Awards Monday night. As family and friends applauded, Cadets Zachary Lang, 18, and John Fox, 15, got their officer epaulets pinned to their shoulders by their parents. They also received a uniform pin and a plaque.

    “It’s been a long road and  a long hard challenge, but it pays off in the end, said Fox of his achievement
    Lang remarked that besides discipline, duty and service, sibling rivalry had a little to do with his achievement. He said he really became interested in getting the award when his brother Eric received his not too long ago. 

    “It’s long overdue,” Lang said. 

    Fox joined the Los Alamos CAP in October 2013.

    “Of course we’re very proud, he’s been working hard since he joined in the sixth grade,” Fox’s father John said. “Of all the things he does this is the thing he loves the most. Ever since he was little he’s always had a propensity for flight.”  
    Fox is looking to join the Air Force and then go onto college. Lang will be going into the Navy.

  • County Briefs 6-7-17

    Parks and Rec meeting to be

    The regularly scheduled Parks, Recreation, Open Space Board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 1000 Central Ave, Room 110.
    Eric Peterson, Open Space Specialist, will give an update on the Flow Trail Project.

    Summer & Fall Field User Meeting

    The Summer & Fall Field User Meeting has been scheduled for June 28 at the Parks Division Conference Room, located on 101 Camino Entrada Bldg. 5, from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.  
    Bring all schedule requests and a copy of the organization’s Liability of Insurance naming Los Alamos County as additional insured to the meeting.
    Mandatory attendance is required. If you are unable to attend, designate someone in your place. If you have any questions, contact Kim Trujillo at 662-8159. Forms can be obtained on the county web site at lacnm.us.

    No ban on
    fireworks planned this month

    The Los Alamos Fire Department is not planning to request a ban on fireworks this month because of adequate moisture levels, according to city officials Tuesday.
    However, fire officials still urge caution as the county enters fire season. Look for updates in upcoming issues of the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Los Alamos teen remains missing

    Dylan Carman, 16, of Los Alamos, has been missing since Friday.

    He was last seen in Los Alamos and according to Los Alamos Police Department Commander Oliver Morris, “He is a missing person/runaway and he has not returned yet.”

    The family recently moved away from Los Alamos, across the country. According to his father, Chris Carman, Dylan Carman was against the move and wanted to stay in his hometown.

    Dylan Carman was scheduled to board a plane in Albuquerque to meet his father on the East Coast, but never boarded.

    “He is 16, with no resources of his own. Regardless of what anyone says or thinks, I can’t imagine a more dangerous set of circumstances. I know he’s afraid that I’m angry with him for running, but I’m not. I’m only scared of what will become of my son,” said Chris Carman.

    His father mentioned the numerous family members waiting and hoping to see him. He described them as “An entire, loving support system, just waiting for him.”

    Dylan Carman is 6’1”, thin, dark complexion, curly brown hair and brown eyes. According to his father, Dylan Carman is soft-spoken, good natured and humorous.

  • ‘Say yes to the very best’

    Los Alamos High School’s Class of 2017 gathered one last time Saturday morning, bidding adieu to 12 years of hard work, fond memories, classroom friendships, state championships and their favorite teachers.

    One of their principals also returned to urge his students to take advantage of the many opportunities that will come their way.

    Brad Parker, who was many of the students’ principal at Barranca Elementary School and most recently, Los Alamos High School, was one of the speakers. Parker announced his retirement earlier this year.

    The class’s respect and  love for him was evident as honors student Louisa Era May Belian introduced him using all of his nicknames, including,   “Big Kahuna” and “Bad Brad.”

    “Words have power. One of the words you can say that will change your life is ‘yes,’” he said. “I don’t mean ‘yes, I’m happy to do something illegal, immoral or unethical.’ I mean ‘yes, I’m open to a new opportunity, I’m willing to embrace it. It means examine yourself and having the boldness to say no to a lot of good things, and say yes to the very best.

    “And say yes often,” Parker said.

  • First Occasional LA Pub Crawl
  • Wednesday Evening Market to start at Santa Fe Farmers’ Market

    With the solstice on June 21 comes the grand opening of Wednesday Evening Market from 3-7 p.m. in the Railyard, 1607 Paseo de Peralta.
    Wednesday Evening Markets will be open from 3-7 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 21 – Sept. 27.
    In addition to the freshest produce around, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market will host fun family activities, multiple farm-fresh dinner options to choose from, and a diverse array of programming from author and storyteller Joe Hayes to Wise Fool New Mexico (circus entertainment).
    The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market partners with multiple businesses in the Railyard (including galleries, restaurants, and the Violet Crown) to present the weekly “Wednesday Eve @ The Railyard” event series. Come feed your senses with an evening farmers’ market amazing, art, music, dinner, drinks, family movies, African Dance Classes with Elise Gent, and more!
    Opening day on June 21 coincides with “Make Music Santa Fe,” a nationwide music event with a local concert.

  • Exploding Universe talk and film at the planetarium

    Ever wonder what types of cosmic events shaped the Universe?
    Dr. Rick Wallace will discuss the importance of novae and supernovae after a presentation of the film Exploding Universe On June 30.
    This special show takes place at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
    Exploding Universe, a film that uncovers the cosmic events that shaped the Universe, will play in the planetarium on Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, at 2 p.m.
    The film explores a world where supernovas erupt, massive materials collide, and protons give birth to life as we know it.
    The Los Alamos Nature Center will be open regular hours the rest of June: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday as well as 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.
    The nature center is open late on Tuesdays, until 8 p.m., closed Thursdays for regular maintenance.
    The nature center will be closed on Independence Day, July 4.
    For more information about these and future planetarium shows, please visit peecnature.org/planetarium.
    To reserve tickets, call 662-0460.