• While millions of Americans have moved into the recovery phase of their holiday season, Jan. 23 marks the beginning of a festive time in Chinese culture. It would be easy to compare the holiday to the Christmas holiday of the Western world but, although there are many similarities, it is a celebration steeped in tradition, folklore and optimism.
    Commonly referred to as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, the Chinese New Year is a time to celebrate warmer days with friends and family — a time of renewal, prosperity and good health for the year to come.

  • The Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Mary Badarak,  presents the “Grand Mass in C minor, K. 427” by W.A. Mozart at 4 p.m. Jan. 29 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3700 Canyon Dr.
    The performance features a chorus of 75 voices and an orchestra of 40 musicians. Cindy Little is the pianist-accompanist for the LACS and organist for this performance.

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.


    Burger King, 701 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Jan. 9
    Violations: One low-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — not everyone in food prep/service area was wearing hair restraints. Must wear hair restraints in food prep area. Hair net, cap, slip-on hair cover, etc.

  • BALTIMORE (AP) — Is the “Poe Toaster” nevermore?
    For decades, a mysterious man left a three roses and cognac on Edgar Allan Poe’s grave to mark the anniversary of the writer’s birth. But after the visitor, dubbed the “Poe Toaster,” failed to appear two years in a row, Poe fans are planning one last vigil this week before calling an end to the annual Jan. 19 tradition.

  • ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s veterans are invited to show off their talents and celebrate the healing qualities of the arts at the 2012 local Veterans Creative Arts Festival on March 7 and 8 (visual arts) and March 9 (performing arts), at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque.
    Main divisions for the 10th annual festival are music, visual arts, creative writing, drama and dance.
    Veterans will be able to enter up to three categories per division. Local first-place winners go on to compete at the national level via digital images and compact disc.

  • The newly formed Santa Fe Wagner Society announces its first event, inviting admirers of the composer and any others who might be interested.
     It will be at 4 p.m. Jan. 28 at the United Church of Santa Fe, 1804 Arroyo Chamiso.  The event is co-presented with the Santa Fe Concert Association as part of its “Note on Music” series.

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer a free talk and slideshow by Hari Viswanathan about his bird photography trip in Peru at 7 p.m. Jan. 26.  
    Viswanathan recently traveled from the Machu Picchu cloud forest to the Amazon rainforest on a special trip to photograph birds.
    He went from 10,000 feet in elevation in the Andes to 1,000 feet in the Amazon rain forest, passing through many different habitats along the way.
    His expert guide helped him locate and photograph some of the 1,879 species of birds in Peru (compared with only 925 species in the U.S.). Viswanathan said he was amazed at how many good looks he was able to get of spectacular species of macaws, toucans, tanagers, hummingbirds and more.  

  • The Los Alamos Concert Association presents Haochen Zhang, at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Zhang is the gold medalist of the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
    Established in 1962 and held every four years, the Cliburn competition is considered by many to be the most prestigious classical piano competition in the world.  The Milwaukee Journal called it “the musical Olympics” and  PBS televised the 2009 competition as “A Surprise in Texas: The Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition,” featuring the finalists vying for the coveted gold medal. Zhang shared the top prize with Nobuyuki Tsujii and become the youngest pianist, at age 19, to win the competition.

  • Jenn Bartram was dealing with a major problem. She woke up in the middle of the night craving sugar. She ate handfuls of candy corn and was trying hard not to eat sweets, but still felt totally out of control.
    She wasn’t sure how to get a handle on her cravings, then Dr. Merry McIntyre recommended Dr. Bobbie Hall.
    Hall is a certified natural health practitioner, master herbalist and naturopathic doctor that has a private natural health practice in town called Trinity Natural Health.  
    Bartram had her first appointment in mid-October and it was then that Hall told her she had Candida — an imbalance that cancer survivors often face.

  • Mountain Elementary School would like to give a big thanks to Otowi Bookstore for providing gift certificates for the fifth and sixth grade student who raised the most money for our read-a-thon for LA CARES.
    Peggy Durbin we thank you!

    Bernadette Morrow
    Mountain Elementary

  • Dave Gamache from Rachel’s Challenge will return to the Hawk’s nest at Los Alamos Middle School next week to show the impact one young person can make on the world.
    The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board will once again assist in demonstrating how using the 40 developmental assets, specifically that of empowering youth, will build in to the PBS plan at the middle school, to be safe, be responsible, be respectful.

  • I was once asked if assets was just about creating events. While I wasn’t sure how to take the question, I did ponder the answer.
    The answer is yes, if you understand two things. In my opinion, assets is about relationships and communication.
    So while you may see “an event,” called Cookies and Conversation, I’m striving to build asset number three – other adult relationships — through the event.
    When a youth has three or more adults in their lives, they tend to be more successful.
    When you see “an event,” involving students at the youth activity center, I’m working on the asset category called constructive use of time.

  • Dr. Paul Lisowski will give a talk on “Nuclear Power — Quo Vadis,” at the January dinner meeting of the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars.
    The meeting will be Tuesday at the Best Western Hilltop House, third floor. There will be a social period at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Lisowski’s talk will begin at about 7:15 p.m.
    The Italian dinner entrée is vegetarian lasagna, an appropriate side dish, salad and tiramisu for dessert. Cost of the dinner is $20 per person.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    Thank you to the community of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Monitor staff for the outstanding support you give to the animals lovingly cared for in the shelter.


    Misty — Border Collie-mix, medium-size female. Was found protecting a small dog from the cold. Young, cute and friendly.

  • Jan. 15-21, 2011
    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

    BESC closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    8:30 a.m.    Mac users
    8:45        Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30        Lunch: Pork chop
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    7 p.m.    Bridge

  • In recognition of  events over the past 100 years of New Mexico statehood, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts will open an exhibit of furniture and tinwork created by the Civilian Conservation Corp participants on March 23.
    These men were stationed at the Bandelier National Monument, Frijoles Canyon Camp #815 from the years of 1933-1942.
    The museum is searching for the names of the men who created the furniture and tinwork during that time.  
    Many of those who made the furniture and tinwork at the camp continued to use those skills throughout their lifetime and passed them on to their family members.

  • Below is a complete list of those who received 2012 Community Asset Awards

    • Jennifer Hanson Bartram          
    • Barbara Blair          
    • Dawn Brown
    •Elizabeth Brug          
    • Erin Burr         
    • Don Casperson
    • Marc Clay          
    • Tom Courtney          
    • Jean Dewart
    • Alison Dorries          

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Santa Fe

    Allsup’s, 650 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: Jan. 9
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for contaminated equipment — ware wash sink cluttered, darn boards cluttered.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    El Tapatio, 1640 Sixth St. (at Hopewell)
    Date inspected: Jan. 5
    Violations: One high-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — no hot water available (corrected).One moderate-risk violation for contaminated equipment — no sanitizer test kit available.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

  • Weavers from Las Tejedoras Tapestry Group will show examples of their work in a show titled, “Passages.” The show begins Friday at in the Portal Gallery space at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Twelve tapestry artists from the group will feature their work. Las Tejedoras Tapestry Group, an offshoot of the Las Tejedoras Fiber Arts Guild, started as a venue for tapestry artists to share ideas and critique each other’s work.
    Now the weavers meet monthly, participate in group shows and work together on design challenges.
    The group is diverse and made up of weavers who vary in experience, but are all drawn to the medium of fiber, which allows them to express their artistic views.