• New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez will be the keynote speaker for the Los Alamos Federation of Republican Women’s 60th anniversary celebration luncheon. The public is invited to attend, noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge.
    A special menu has been prepared for this event and will be provided by Fusion Café. Cost for this event is $15 for non-members and $25 for members.
    The first meeting of the LAFRW was on May 15, 1954. Nineteen women were in attendance.
    Through the years, the members of the LAFRW have participated in county, state and national activities. Currently, there are three LAFRW members serving the citizens of Los Alamos County as elected officials. Sharon Stover is the county clerk, Fran Berting is a county councilor and JoAnn Johnson is the county assessor and the first vice president for 2014-2015 New Mexico Federation of Republican Women. Also representing Los Alamos Republican Women on the NMFRW board for 2014-2015 is Marie Todd, NMFRW member at large and Norma Tech, NMFRW membership data entry chair.
    The LAFRW has a guest speaker or holds a special event at each monthly meeting in addition to conducting the regular business at hand. The women of the LAFRW bring toiletries to the monthly meetings for the women’s shelter in Española.

  • Hilltop Garden work party 
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is allowing the Family YMCA to use its garden as a temporary site for the proposed Hilltop Garden.
    The approval process for having the garden on the North Mesa is still in progress.
    The YMCA will be having a work party from 5-7:30 p.m. today at PEEC, to prepare the gardening season.  
    Bring a water bottle and work gloves and the first 20 volunteers at the work party will receive either a free Hilltop Garden T-shirt or tote bag.   
    Sign up with the garden volunteer sign up page at signupgenius.com/go/10C084DACAF2CA6FC1-hilltop. Drop-ins are welcome.

    Skype conversation with author cancelled
    James Vollbracht, author of “Stopping at Every Lemonade Stand, How tao Create A Culture that Cares for Kids,” was hospitalized this morning due to an unexpected illness according to a statement from the Assets In Action program.
    Bernadette Lauritzen said the author Skype at Chamisa Elementary for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday will be rescheduled, but staff will be on hand for those that don’t get the notification in a timely manner. Those wishing to learn more can call the Assets program at 695-9139.

    Monitor Staff Report

  • Oh my, it’s May!
    OK, well I know we technically we have a few days to go, but alas, May has arrived and it seems like the school bell just rang for August.
    In no time at all, we will flow right into the summer and the Boundaries and Expectations category couldn’t come at a better time.
    This category encompasses numbers 11 through 16 and includes family boundaries, school boundaries, neighborhood boundaries, adult role models, positive peer influence and high expectations.
    Here is an overall rundown of the whole category:
    11. Family boundaries — family has clear rules and consequences and monitors the young person’s whereabouts.
    12. School boundaries — school provides clear rules and consequences.
    13. Neighborhood boundaries — neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people’s behavior.
    14. Adult role models — parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.
    15. Positive peer influence — young person’s best friends model responsible behavior.
    16. High expectations — both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well.
    So we start at the beginning with asset number 11. As kids grow up, you will feel your family boundaries occasionally pushed to the limits.

  • While driving anywhere in New Mexico, the medians and shoulders are peppered with crosses and other memorials — Descansos — to remember a life taken on the road. For 11-year-old Christopher Garcia, these tributes to loved ones touched his heart.
    The roadside shrines are the inspiration for the short film “Descanso.” The family lives in Velarde and Christopher attends Aspen Elementary School in Los Alamos. “There are lots of descansos between Española and Los Alamos,” mom Sha-Marie Reid said. Reid works at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the physics
    The 15-minute short film focuses on Archie, the owner of a road construction business. Archie (played by Chris Ranney) and his family are dealing with a loss, in which a descanso was placed on a roadside. Complications arise when he is notified the memorial has to be moved. It is a story themed around the life fact that where there is an end, there is also a beginning.
    “It’s pretty sad about have many people have died on the roads,” Garcia said. One in particular is near Española. “It has a teddy bear on it, so you know it was someone young, maybe even a baby that died.”


    Author James Vollbracht  of Stopping at Every Lemonade Stand, How to Create A Culture that Cares for Kids, was hospitalized this morning due to an unexpected illness according to a statement from the Assets In Action program.

    Lauritzen said the author Skype at Chamisa Elementary for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday will be rescheduled, but staff will be on hand for those that don't get the notification in a timely manner.

    Those wishing to learn more can call the Assets program at 695-9139.


    April 27- May 3, 2014

    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


    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    10 a.m. Local history talk with John Ramsey

  • 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 friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:


    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 shelter’s website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some 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.



    By Bernadette Lauritzen

    Author James Vollbracht, of “Stopping at Every Lemonade Stand, How to Create a Culture that Cares for Kids,” will Skype his way into Los Alamos, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Chamisa Elementary.

    The Assets In Action, JJAB and Los Alamos Public Schools event comes after a series of community discussions and group book reads kicked off by community leaders like Heather McClenahan, Charlie Kalogeros Chattan and Ellen Ben-Naim earlier this year.

    What would Vollbracht say to those who feel that one person can’t make a difference?

    “If we go out of our way to talk to a kid, ask them about their hopes for the future, help them make contacts, it's a life changing experience; not always, but probably most everyone had a coach, choir director, parent, uncle, grandparent, who changed their lives,” he said.

    LA MainStreet also is sponsoring the event. 

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre would like to honor eight couples who have been married for 50 years or longer during the May 2014 performances of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” (by Joe DePietro and Jimmy Roberts). Each of the eight couples selected will be provided free admission for one of the May performances, and they will be introduced during the intermission of the show.
    “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is a musical revue focusing on the development of relationships over a lifetime. Many of the vignettes are comedic, some are poignant and a few cross the line of sexual innuendo. LALT performances are scheduled for May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17.
    Submit names, year of marriage and brief comments on the longevity of the marriage and/or things that might have changed (or did change) over the decades. Submissions can be made in writing to Pauline at the Senior Center or by email to jimsicilian@comcast.net no later than May 1. 


    Art exhibits

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition: “A Day in the Life: Works by Holly Roberts.” The opening exhibition will be 5-7 p.m. May 30. Show runs until June 21. 


    Art tours

  • The 2014 Dog Jog will be this Saturday at its new location in front of the White Rock United Methodist Church, 580 Meadow Lane, across from the entrance to Overlook Park.
    The Dog Jog is open to all participants, with or without a dog and at any pace. Participants can choose a 3.1-mile competitive run or 2 mile non-competitive fun walk/run.
    Race check-in, T-shirt and informational packet pick-up begins at 8 a.m. T-shirts may have to be mailed. Race prizes and awards will be given for the fastest runners, random walkers and dogs in all manner of fun categories. Registrants will get an event T-shirt with a logo designed by local sixth grader Katie Laintz and a packet filled with entertaining and educational dog-related information.
    The fee for the first adult or child 12 years and older is $25. Additional adults or older children are $15 each and younger children are $5 each.
    Registration forms are available at the Friends of the Shelter website at lafos.org/dogjog, or at the local businesses such as Pet Pangaea, Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital and CB Fox. Participants may also register on race day.
    From 9–10:30 a.m., local veterinarians will be offering a microchip clinic for dogs and cats for a reduced fee of $20. No pre-registration is needed for the microchip clinic.

  • The Los Alamos Young Guns, a team of high school level shooters, placed second in the New Mexico High Schools Spring Satellite Shoot. The team is sponsored by the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club.
    Shooters from 12 high schools participated in the event.
    Top female shooter and second overall was Young Gun member JoAnna O’Neill, with 47, just one shot below the overall winner, Colton Kelley of Aztec High School. Tom Hanlon, also of Los Alamos, placed seventh with a score of 43.
    Team members’ scores (out of 50 shots) were as follows: JoAnna O’Neill, 47, Chris Bond, 40, Nick Greenfield, 38, Josh Smith, 35 and David Smith, 31. Other Los Alamos shooters competing were Sam Stringfield, Quentin Brown and Hannah Willbanks.
    The State High School Shoot is scheduled for April 26 at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton. The Young Guns will compete there also.
    For more information on the youth shotgun program, call 662-0980. 

  • The annual Bobcat Bonanza carnival is from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Barranca Mesa Elementary School, home of the Bobcats.
    The family-friendly event features food, carnival games, a bouncy castle and face painting. Dinner is available from Chuck’s Wagon. Visit the bake sale for a wide variety of homemade treats.
    Kids and adults can try their hand at dunking Barranca Principal Brad Parker, Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn, School Board Member Kevin Honnell, pediatrician Ben Neal and others at an inflatable slide and dunk tank. Anyone 18 and over can sit in the dunk seat themselves.
    The event also features a silent auction with a vast array of prizes donated by various local organizations. Prizes up for grabs include spa services, dining options, one-of-a-kind artwork, jewelry and handicrafts, more than two dozen bottles of wine, themed gift baskets creatively designed by each classroom, professional portrait packages, museum passes and memberships from around the state, recreation memberships (including golf, yoga, gym), children’s classes, movie passes and much more.
    The funds raised at the event will help support school programs such as the science fair, field trips, playground improvements, teacher stipends and the school lunch assistance program.

  • Santa Fe
    Starbucks at Target, 3550 Zafarano Dr.
    Date inspected: March 4
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Dishwasher is not sanitizing properly. Upright refrigerator holding at improper temperature.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Water Boyz, 1700 Llano St., Suite 112
    Date inspected: March 5
    Violations: All high risk violations corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from previous inspection. No further follow up required. 

    Fox’s Uptown Grill, 450 Galisteo St.
    Date inspected: March 6
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Inadequate drain board space, dirty dishes held in all three-compartments of wash sink and in the two drain tabs. Two low-risk violations. Base covering and wall peeling away near refrigerator. Wall near wash area is not easy to clean.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Rasa, 815B Early St.
    Date inspected: March 6
    Violations: One low-risk violation. No base covering on lights throughout the entire facility.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Community Winds to host giving event

    The Los Alamos Community Winds is participating in the largest giving event in history, “Give Grande New Mexico.”
    The May 6 event brings together with communities across the country, including people from Los Alamos to come together on a single day to designate gifts to organizations already doing important work in the community.
    A partnership between the Coalition of Community Foundations in New Mexico and local nonprofits, hundreds (if not thousands) of donors from every neighborhood in the community will come together on a single day to raise significant funds for local needs.
    Give Grande New Mexico is part of a national campaign happening that same day called Give Local America. Both the national campaign and New Mexico’s campaign is supported by a pool of matching funds.

    Jemez Fine Art Gallery celebrates Earth Day

  •  The National Multiple Sclerosis Society invites individuals and teams to pedal toward a world free of MS during Bike MS: Pedal los Pueblos 2014, presented by Sam’s Club, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6-7. This annual two-day fundraising ride is fully supported from start to finish and features a figure-eight route through Northern New Mexico. Registered cyclists commit to raise a minimum of $250 to fund MS education, programs, services and research that directly impact the lives of those affected by the disease. 
    “Bike MS represents more than just an opportunity to raise awareness and funds toward the MS movement, it’s the chance for community members, neighbors, and families to come together and connect with one another,” notes Maggie Schold, Senior Development Manager for the National MS Society in New Mexico. “We are excited for our cyclists to experience this extraordinary ride as they support an extraordinary cause.” 

  • The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Kids Ride Free program is back for a second year. Children between the ages of 2 and 12 years old will ride for free with the purchase of one full price adult ticket on the daily excursion trains. The successful program has also been extended to the Cinder Bear Experience — a half day excursion from Chama to Cumbres Pass.
    The train climbs the 10,015-foot-high Cumbres Pass, winds through tunnels and over trestles, and past waterfalls, mountain forests, and alpine meadows.
    A ride on the train is an adventure and is now a top summer vacation pick with the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Kids Ride Free program.
    The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is America’s highest and longest narrow gauge railroad.
    The railroad is owned jointly by the states of New Mexico and Colorado and crosses back and forth between the two states 11 times.
    Daily excursion trains stop at the Osier Dining Hall for a lunch of roast turkey, homemade meatloaf, baked fish and a fresh salad bar. The children’s menu includes hot dogs, macaroni and cheese and chocolate and pumpkin pie peach cobbler desserts made fresh daily.
    The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad was designated a National Historic Landmark in October of 2012.

  • Originally from Massachusetts, Heather Ward has lived in Los Alamos for more than 10 years. She strives to create highly realistic drawings of animals, both wild and domestic and pushes her media to the limits to achieve the effects she wants.
    Preferring to work with dry media, her favorites are charcoal, graphite, pyrography and scratchboard.
    Scratchboard is a subtractive medium, similar to carving, where material is removed to create the art. Abrasive tools are used to scratch away the ink on the surface to reveal a white clay underneath. “I was very reluctant to try scratchboard because I assumed it was very unforgiving — once you make a scratch it’s there for good,” said Ward who is a self-taught artist. “But it turns out that’s not the case at all. By using different tools and adding black ink when necessary, many mistakes can be covered up.”
    It’s not just knife-work either; almost any abrasive tool will work. “I use sandpaper, fiberglass brushes, even tattoo needles to get the textures and values I want.” To see what tools Ward uses, visit heatherwardwildlifeart.blogspot.com/2013/02/scratchboard-tools.html.

  • The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will hold its spring concert in May and it will be conducted by Don Gerheart. The concert master will be Los Alamos High School alum Rachel Hixson.
    The spring concert will be 7 p.m. May 2 at the Crossroads Bible Church. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
    The program will consist of the following: Overture to Nabucco from Verdi, Carmen Suite No. 1 from Bizet and Symphony in D Minor from César Franck.
    For Hixson, the program is a wide-range mix of classical rhythms and scales. She said she is looking forward to the duties of maintaining the orchestra and helping colleagues tune and bow their instruments.
    “It is an excellent program,” Hixson said. “It is filled with fun overtures and Carmen is the perfect introduction to the Santa Fe Opera production coming up this season.”
    Gerheart also said he enjoys the range of tempos in Carmen, such as the overture to the bull fighting scene in the opera to the march-like beats.
    Gerheart admits the program is long and challenging. “It’s a nice variety of ranges,” he said. “Franck’s work is an extensive piece with many changing modulations.” The piece is several minutes long and switches from string to wind instruments.

  • After 23 years of teaching at Los Alamos High School, math teacher Joy Handsberry has had a chance to see a totally different side of staff and students, one of love and compassion.
    Handsberry was diagnosed with ovarian cancer earlier in the school year, which was discovered during a routine doctor’s appointment and after an odd pain that happened a day earlier.
    “I mentioned it to my doctor, Dr. Molly Vosburg, the next day to her great credit, Dr. Vosburg immediately ordered a CT scan and we caught the cancer at stage 2,” Handsberry said. “Since the diagnosis, it’s been quite a whirlwind of treatment with surgery followed by chemotherapy. The thing that has stood out most to me along this path is just how wonderful people are and how much they long to help.”
    Thursday, LAHS students Emily Pittman, Emma Lathrop and the LAHS Key Club, with the help of the Kiwanis Club, will host a spaghetti fundraiser dinner at the Christian Church on East Road.
    The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with spaghetti, meatballs, bread, salad, cookie and a drink on the menu. Donations will be accepted for Handsberry.
    Pittman’s involvement was the organization of events. Pittman found the location for the dinner and also found adults and students willing to help with set up and clean up.