Today's News

  • Pet Talk: Blind dogs are just as loveable and playful as dogs with sight

    Some dogs are born blind while others develop blindness over time from age and disease. No matter the situation, blind dogs are just as loveable and playful as dogs with excellent eyesight. Dr. Lucien Vallone, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, cleared up some confusion about caring for blind dogs.
    “Blind dogs are certainly adoptable,” Vallone said. “In fact, most blind dogs’ owners actually report that their dog’s quality of life is excellent. In addition, many owners find that blind dogs become more attached to either the owner or other pets within the household, which is often viewed positively. After adapting to a new environment, which can take several months, most blind dogs lead lives that are almost identical to sighted dogs.”

  • Shelter Report 5-15-16

    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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    While the Los Alamos animal shelter does not typically take bunnies, a small bunny was dropped off a little while ago and went immediately into foster care. Little Bunny is a cute little black bunny that has been litter box trained and is allowed to roam free in the house. She gets along well with another male bunny in the house, but the female bunny is very jealous. Little Bunny is very friendly, especially when she’s hungry, and will sit in a lap for an hour or so at a time. She loves romaine lettuce, carrots, hay, and rabbit food!

  • Aspen Ridge book signing features Francis Harlow

    Aspen Ridge Lodge is hosting a reception and book signing with Francis H. Harlow and Dwight Lanmon, authors of “Adventures in Physics and Pueblo Pottery: Memoirs of a Los Alamos Scientist” on Tuesday.
    The press release on the new book calls Harlow a “modern Renaissance Man,” as indeed he is. Like the Renaissance men of old, Harlow has immersed himself in whatever he pursued and earned recognition not only as a physicist (his given career) but as an expert on Puebloan pottery, a fossil hunter and an artist.
    Harlow made major contributions to the field of fluid dynamics during a 50-year career as a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    Shortly after his move to New Mexico with his wife, Patty, he picked up his first brachiopods and plunged into collecting and studying the fossilized creatures, eventually writing two books on the topic.
    Harlow’s passion eventually transferred to collecting both ancient and modern Puebloan pottery. His desire to learn more about the historic pieces he was collecting led him to the New Mexico Laboratory of Anthropology, where he was eventually asked to piece together 34 boxes of pottery shards.

  • Stover launches campaign for 43rd District

    Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover launched her campaign for state representative for New Mexico House District 43 on Tuesday. Stover is running on the Republican ticket against Democratic incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard.
    House Speaker Don L. Tripp was there to support Stover.
    Tripp and Stover have worked together on juvenile justice issues and on issues related to the New Mexico Association of Counties. Stover has served as president of that organization for the past year.
    “She’s just so active. She’s the Energizer Bunny,” Tripp said. “She knows everybody, and everybody I talk to has great accolades about what she’s done over the years. She’s so involved in the community and does so much for the whole area.”
    Tripp promised to put Stover on the appropriations committee if she is elected.
    Morrie Pongratz, who emceed the event, introduced Stover as “a friend who’s been impressing me with her character, her compassion, her energy and her industry since about 1980, when I first met her through the county’s recreation board.”

  • Upgraded White Rock center to open in autumn

    If all goes well, the newly renovated White Rock Senior Center and surrounding buildings will reopen for business at the White Rock Municipal Complex by Oct. 31.
    The senior center will also be open for lunch. That’s because the newly renovated senior center will feature a commercial kitchen, something it has never had before and really needed, according to Pauline Schneider, executive director of the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization.
    “Even though it’s not an assisted care facility or anything like that, the focus has always been on recreation, socialization, education and now nutrition,” she said at Monday’s White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee meeting at the White Rock Public Library.
    WRMPIC had spent several years guiding this project and others to fruition. June will be the last time the committee meets, as it’s fulfilled its purpose. Schneider is a member of the committee.
    Before the senior center renovation project began, all hot meals were cooked and prepared at the Betty Ehart Center and driven down to White Rock. The new kitchen will enable the senior center to be more like the Ehart Center when it comes to meal planning and programming.
    The White Rock Senior Center also will have better bathrooms.

  • Success in the heart, UNM-LA grads told

    Terry C. Wallace Jr., the principal associate director for global security at Los Alamos National Laboratory, started the commencement speech with a Scottish proverb.
    “When the will is ready, the feet are right,” he said. “You’ve accomplished something special, and significant. You pursued an education, personal betterment, and frankly, you did so against all sorts of challenges, which makes this accomplishment even more outstanding.”
    About 100 graduates, dressed in their University of New Mexico-Los Alamos red and orange gowns and caps, waited for their big moment Thursday night at the Los Alamos First Baptist Church.
    The event lasted an hour as Wallace, and fellow students Craig One Feather and Jemima Spill, imparted many valuable lessons to the graduating class.
    Wallace urged the graduates to do what it takes to follow their dreams, acknowledging the fact that a number of the graduates already had careers and families.  

  • LA loses battle with Centennial in quarters

    ALBUQUERQUE — The No. 7 Los Alamos baseball came close to knocking off the second seeded Centennial Hawks Thursday at Eldorado High School. Centennial’s only lead of the game came in extra innings, but Los Alamos was unable to even things up after that and ended up falling, 5-4, in the quarterfinals.
    “What a battle,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “They fought. We fought. A lot of the runs didn’t come easy for either team.”
    Los Alamos led 1-0 and 2-0 before Centennial tied the game in the fourth. The ’Toppers then took the lead back in the bottom of the fourth, but Centennial was able to tie the contest once again in the seventh to send the game into extra innings.
    After Centennial scored a run in the eighth, things looked bleak for Los Alamos, but the ’Toppers caught a break. After two ’Toppers struck out, James Neal hit a high pop up in the infield. Three Hawks could have caught the ball, but Centennial’s second baseman called for it. The ball hit his glove, but bounced out to keep Alamos in the game. Los Alamos then loaded the bases —Connor Mang reached on an error after a hard hit and Jarrett Genero got hit by a pitch.
    With the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second, Los Alamos grounded out to Centennial’s second baseman to end the game.

  • Decision making on public lands needs to be close to users

    Special to the Monitor

  • Herbicide spraying to start



    The Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division announced today that it has postponed spraying in the following turf areas indefinitely: Rover Park, East Park, Community Soccer, Myrtle Green, Ashley Pond, Fuller Lodge, Aquatic Center, Western Area, Urban Park, Barranca Mesa, North Mesa Sports Complex and Overlook Park. Spraying was originally scheduled from May 16-27. A discussion of the Division’s Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPM) will be included at the regularly scheduled session of the Parks and Recreation Board at 5:30 p.m. June 9 in room 110 of the municipal building. For more information, call the Parks Division at 662-8159.

  • On the Docket 5-13-16

    April 28
    Michael Casey Spawn  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Wilbur E. Temple pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Mildred Valdez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 21 to 35 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $150 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Kyle Moore pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Sentence deferred until May 27. He must also pay $65 in court costs. Moore  also pled guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Ida Duran pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Sentence deferred until June 28. Defendant was also sentenced to defensive driving school. Defendant also pled no contest to failing to display a current, valid registration plate. For that charge, defendant was fined $30 and must also pay $65 in court costs.