• The Santa Fe Animal Shelter wants you to ring in the New Year by making a resolution to neuter your male dog or cat during their “Happy Neuter Year” campaign
    Sponsored by PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, the “Happy Neuter Year,” campaign will provide $20 neuter surgeries for male dogs and cats during the month of January.
        Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population and is safe for puppies and kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
        “Neutering male pets is a simple surgery that reduces unwanted behaviors, like roaming, fighting, and urine marking territories,” says Mary Martin, the shelter’s executive director. “It also guarantees your dog or cat never fathers a litter of puppies or kittens.”
        This special $20 rate is available to all residents of the city and county of Santa Fe. Those who want to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Happy Neuter Year” campaign when they schedule their appointment. This campaign is based on availability.

  • As temperatures plummet, many Americans will be retreating indoors to stay warm and hunker down, but some U.S. cities may have a natural advantage over others.
    This theory was the foundation of new research, commissioned by the makers of Honeywell Infrared Heaters, in partnership with a team of scientists at environmental consulting company Environmental Health and Engineering.
    So where is the coziest place to live?  
    “Defining coziness is a relatively abstract task, but we were up for the challenge.  We believe coziness is defined by a city’s overall comfort, ambiance and accessibility,” said Dr. Ted Myatt, ScD, Environmental Health and Engineering.
    “We synthesized a variety of city data across major metropolitan areas in the United States to calculate an overall ‘coziness’ score. We looked at criteria ranging from fireplace and portable heaters usage, access to parks, and overall walkability to restaurants and coffee shops per capita, stressful lifestyle scores and historical ambiance.”
    Based on this profile, below is a list of the top ten coziest U.S. cities:
    1.   Boston/Cambridge, Mass.
    2.   San Francisco, Calif.
    3.   Santa Fe
    4.   Washington, D.C.
    5.   Portland, Ore.

  • “Our Biosecurity Mission: From Radiation Biology to the Plague,” a lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Hong-Geller will be the first guest speaker for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s “Frontiers” lecture series. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in Fuller Lodge.
    Biology research at Los Alamos National Laboratory started with the study of radiation effects on living systems. In the last 50 years, innovation in biology has driven scientific discoveries in animal research, flow cytometry, the Human Genome project, vaccine development and infectious disease.
    More recently, as a means to develop our national energy mission, research has turned to bioenergy for the production of renewable fuels from biomass. Hong-Geller will trace the history of LANL research in the biological sciences and then focus on host-pathogen biology and mechanisms of pathogen infection.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) announced that as January, its popular Nature Playtimes will be sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM).
    PEEC’s Nature Playtimes are every Monday except holidays, from 10-11 a.m. Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join these free programs, which typically include a craft, story and outside activity.
    The sponsorship is part of BCBSNM’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative, which works with nonprofit organizations like PEEC to improve the health status of children.
    Healthy Kids, Healthy Families is part of BCBSNM’s commitment to help stem the rising tide of obesity and related chronic conditions like diabetes, to help children and their families get healthy and stay healthy.
    The initiative focuses on engaging children and their families in understanding the importance of nutritious food, raising the level of physical activity, improving immunizations rates and promoting safe environments.
    The program is a perfect fit with PEEC, whose mission is to enrich people’s lives by strengthening their connection with nature. Nature Playtimes is one program that targets children, getting them outside, and enjoying nature from an early age.

  • The awards were presented by Claire Swinhoe. Swinhoe an Asset Awards recipient in 2012, is also a member of Beta Sigma Phi and a tireless local volunteer.

    Raffi Andonian/Nicole Kliebert
    Sue Barns
    Joy Beery
    Robert Fuselier
    Faith Glasco and Liz Hjelvik
    Robert Geyer
    Alexandra Hehlen
    Peg Hume
    Rex Kilburn
    Judy Lee
    The Los Alamos Freemasons — Pajarito Lodge No. 66
    Los Alamos Derby Dames
    Chad Lauritzen
    Ken Nebel
    Paul Martinez
    Danny McBride
    Heather McClenahan
    Carol Mead
    Debbie Davidson Morley
    Troy Palmer
    Marisa Prince Den Baars
    Rosemary Rehfeldt
    Rita Sanchez
    Roger Schamaun
    Dr. Gene Schmidt
    Michaelle Sutton
    Susan Sisk and Don Panton
    Alfredo Tena
    Cyndi Wells 

  • Residents living in and around the Los Alamos can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. New Beginnings Fellowship Church will host Life Line Screening on Jan. 15 at 112 East Road.
    • Four key points every person needs to know:
    • Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability
    • 80 percent of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke
    • Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke
    • Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient
    Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women.
    Packages start at $149. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit the website at lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.  

  •  Lately I have heard the question asked numerous times, “What can we do for the youth?”
    One answer right now, is to support the Los Alamos Teen Center.
    It doesn’t matter how you do that, but of course, to make it easier for you, I like to provide you with some ways.
    The first and the easiest way to support them, is to send an email and ask them to reinstate the funds cut from the budget.
    Now, $10,000 may not seem like a lot of money, but to a nonprofit, it is a ton. Even cutting $500 from a budget, may be the salary of an employee for two weeks, or even a month.
    So the simplest way, send an email, especially if you have a teenager that has set foot in the building and enjoys the experience.
    I’ll even include the email address because I know that anything that takes an extra second just might not get done and the voice of the community needs to be heard.
    If you have a little extra pocket change, send it their way.
    If you are a local business that can benefit the center by saving them a few dollars, maybe you can offer your services.
    Can you donate snacks, art supplies, instruments, items to be used for projects, games, or prizes for all around great fun?

  • January special offer for Los Alamos residents. The Los Alamos Animal Shelter wants to thank the community for shopping locally and adopting locally. The shelter is offering one chance on a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to Pet Pangaea and a $50 gift certificate to Smith’s for each animal adopted from the Los Alamos Shelter during the month of January.
    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptables:
    SHELTER HOURS: Monday – Friday noon to 6 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Also, be sure to check out our website at lafos.org.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Two for one this week! Antwon Cloud and Harley Davidson would be great together. Stay tuned for new arrivals.
    Aleah — A 5-year-old, spayed, female with the most beautiful coat! She is a longhaired calico. She relishes attention from humans, but she can get easily worked up, so she would most likely be better with older, gentle kids rather than young children.

  • Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation announces the first distribution from the Jean Nereson Books Memorial Fund.
    The Los Alamos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has been raising funds to honor the memory of long-time LAPS teacher, Jean Nereson, who taught for 52 years in the Los Alamos elementary schools from 1943 to her retirement in 1995. Nereson passed away in 2012.
    The LAPS Foundation gave $5000 from the fund to benefit the each of the five elementary school libraries. The Foundation will give funds annually for the purchase of new books. The Nereson Family has agreed to match all contributions up to $10,000.
    Donations can be made by check with Jean Nereson Books Memorial in the memo line to: Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, 1900 Diamond Dr., Suite 1, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544.
    Donations made to the LAPS Foundation are tax deductible under Article 501(c)(3). AAUW, the Nereson Family and the LAPS Foundation appreciate consideration of this worthwhile way to honor a fine teacher and the community’s tradition of quality public education. 

  • By Deborah Stone 

    Special to the Monitor

  • Youth may participate in new sculptural welding arts program at the Española YMCA Teen Center thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Presbytery of Santa Fe.
    Sculptural welding had been a favorite of the teens, according to Center Director Ben Sandoval, but the volunteer who lent his equipment found it too difficult to haul it to the Center.
    The program had been defunct for the past 18 months, but this grant will enable the purchase of a welder, safety equipment and supplies, Sandoval said.
    The grant was made by the Presbytery of Santa Fe on a motion of the Mission in the North Committee and comes on behalf of the whole Presbyterian Church in the United States.  
    Regional Presbyter Clerk Sally Watson said these grants are very limited in number and are awarded to proposals which show the greatest possibility of success. “We certainly have every hope this will help your organization in its important ministry,” she said.
    The funds will also be used to support other cultural arts programs offered at the Center, including the diorama scale-model building and the woodworking class
    The Española YMCA Teen Center opened in 2007 and is administered by The Family YMCA under an operating contract with the City of Española.

  • The Board of Directors of the Santa Fe Community Farm is pleased to announce the appointment of Roy E. Stephenson to the position of Executive Director.
    Finally retired from an illustrious career of civil service in New Mexico State Government, Roy E. Stephenson is the youngest son of Founder and Chairman, John E. Stephenson, now 99 years young.
    Stephenson succeeds schoolteacher Linda Marple, who devoted innumerable hours to the farm for the past two years.
    Still in place is the Dream Team of regular volunteers who have helped in so many ways, resulting in the donation of some 15,000 pounds of vegetables to the Food Depot, this year, in addition to the sales at the Sunday Farm Stand.
    The Farm is now closed for the winter, but the indoor work does go on and visits may be arranged.
    To sign up for the newsletter visit the website, SantaFeCommunityFarm.org. The Community Farm can be reached at sfcomfarm@gmail.com, or call 983-3033. 

  • Los Alamos
    Fabulous 50s Diner and mobile unit, 1325 Trinity Drive
    Date inspected: Dec. 17
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Closed due to owner’s passing as of date of inspection.
    Santa Fe
    Old Pecos Foods, PO Box 29264
    Date inspected: Dec. 17
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Need to update operational plans. Approved. No follow-up required.

    Penitentiary of New Mexico, 4311 Hwy. 14
    Date inspected: Dec. 17
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Worker training needed. Approved. No follow-up required.

  • Through a grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, four Los Alamos High School English teachers were able to attend the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention recently in Boston.
    As representatives of the high school English department, Maria Thibodeau, Whitney Pomeroy, Elizabeth Radcliffe and Janet Newton cumulatively participated in close to 50 sessions on a wide range of current topics in English education.
    The topics included round tables on implementation of the new Common Core standards as they relate to classroom discussion, non-fiction reading and writing, argumentation, and overlooked technology opportunities.
    The NCTE, as the primary professional organization for English teachers, drew together more than 5000 educators and teacher-leaders to discuss and share best practices around research-based and classroom-tested ideas.
    Those teachers who were able to attend returned energized and excited to share the ideas explored at the Convention with their classes, departments and the school district at large.
    Through the generosity of its donors, the LAPS Foundation is pleased to offer Professional Development grants to LAPS teachers at every grade level.

  • As you prepare for a new year, I hope you might add some asset building on to your list.
    I hope this is the year that you engage youth either more often, better than in years of the past, or even begin for the first time.
    The Asset mind set is not just about being nice, but framing things more positive when possible and helping youth acquire the skills, experiences and traits they need to become successful adults.
    No one lives a perfect life, but sometimes all you need to do is lend an ear, or insert some hope into someone’s day, to make things just a little easier to bear.
    As adults, we can recall a time when life just seemed pretty crummy. Perhaps there was a parent that was ill, a job that fell through or a relationship that ended, that added the weight to the shoulders, which was just the beginning of a heavy load.
    Wow, have times changed from when we adults were young and how much can change so quickly. It doesn’t matter if you are 30, 50, or 70, what you do know is that day, that week, that month, or that year is now just a blip, on the computer screen of life.
    So what can you do? I can offer you tons of ideas, there are tons of handouts, emails, text messages or books I can let you borrow.
    The thing is I can lead you to Assets, but I can’t make you build.

  • The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women hosted its end of the year Christmas luncheon Dec. 12 at the home of Lawry and Alice Mann. Among the festivities was a 2013 Year-in-Review and collecting gifts for the Adopt-a-Family program to which the LAFRW regularly contributes. The first meeting of 2014 will be noon Jan. 9 at Ridge Park Clubhouse, 505 Oppenheimer Drive. Left to right: Frances Fernandes (SFFRW president), Donna Macdonald, Crystal Dufresne (treasurer), Mary Wilhoit (LAFRW president), Fran Berting, Mary Brooks, Terry Marzili, Cathy Walters (secretary), Lisa Shin and daughter, Ellie Giovanielli, Jane Gordon and Margaret Harrach. 

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Dogs and cats are great at chasing away the blues on cold nights, so come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptables:
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can 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.
    Two for One this week! Sparkle and Bambino, or Antwon Cloud and Harley Davidson would be great together.

  • Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) will begin Jan. 6.
    Classes this session will include: “Intro to NoseWork,” which harnesses a dog’s amazing sense of smell for a fun, exciting new sport. Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Conformation and Competitive Obedience will also be offered, and classes will begin the week of Jan. 27.
    Class schedule, registration guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website (ladoc.dogbits.com) and at the LADOC building (246 East Road, Los Alamos).
    Registration is first-come, first-served, and classes often fill quickly, so timely registration is advised. Registration materials must be postmarked by Jan. 17.

  • As a thank you for providing a shelter pet with a forever home, we would like to offer you a free one-month subscription to the Los Alamos Monitor.
     All you need to do is provide your name, address and phone number on a form at the shelter upon adoption, to begin delivering your paper to your home.
    After the free one-month subscription expires, we invite you to contact us about your service and to extend your subscription.
    Thank you again for saving a life.
    Best wishes from the Los Alamos Monitor.  



    Dec. 29 — “We’ve Got the Power”: A Special Screening. 4 p.m. at the Reel Deal Theater, sponsored by PEEC. Brad Marshland's new documentary explores the important topic of alternative energies. $12. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.


    Dec. 31 — “Nana’s Naughty Knickers.” A special New Year’s Eve show. 7-10 p.m. at Los Alamos Little Theater, 1670 Nectar St. $20.




    Jan. 1 — Affordable art sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center.


    Jan. 1 — New Year’s Day Ice Skating. Noon at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. 


    Jan. 2 — Affordable art sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center.


    Jan. 2 — The Mesa Public Library Film Series. “Amelie” 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room.


    Jan. 3 — “Nana’s Naughty Knickers.” 7:30-10 p.m. at Los Alamos Little Theater, 1670 Nectar St. Free.