• Los Alamos High School NJROTC unit recently hosted Albuquerque’s La Cueva High School and Farmington’s Piedra Vista High School for the Northern New Mexico Tri-Meet for marksmanship. There were 23 cadets who competed in the event and participated in an informal orienteering activity.
    La Cueva’s Maggie Guetersloh finished in first place precision with 581 followed by LAHS’s JoAnna with 579. LAHS’s Samantha Miller was eighth place with 564. Other LAHS precision shooters were: Holly Hayes (550) and David Murphy (535). LAHS sporter shooters were: Stephanie Nielsen (502) Victor Kim (492), Jodi Thomas (429), Jacob Torres (366), and Felicity Kubic (460). Stephanie Nielsen was the high sporter shooter overall.
    The La Cueva Silver and Blue teams, coached by 1st Sgt. Al Griego took first and second place, while LAHS coached by LCDR Wes Shumaker placed third, with Piedra Vista coached by Lt. Col. David Naber in fourth.
    The cadets were treated to a barbecue by the booster club following the event.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center kicked off its annual fund drive on Nov. 1. Its goal is to raise $15,000 to support the costs of operating the nature center all year long and providing free or low cost nature programs to the community.
    Again this year, PEEC is keeping track of donations through a “bearometer.” If PEEC reaches its goal by Dec. 31, the bear will be able to hibernate for the winter.
    Unique to this year’s annual drive is an opportunity for matching funds. For every $1 donated to the annual fund drive, anonymous donors will match with an equal donation to the one-time Take Wing campaign to raise funds for the new nature center, up to $20,000.
    “We are so grateful for the many people who have generously contributed to our Take Wing fundraising campaign, and they may be asking themselves why PEEC is asking for donations again,” said PEEC Executive Director Katie Watson. “In fact, it’s two entirely different campaigns to support very different things.”
    Gifts to the fund drive go toward the annual operating budget and allows PEEC to keep offering the hikes, classes, talks and school field trips.

  • Selected Los Alamos High School students recently participated in a retreat at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort as part of the Natural Helpers program. The trip was funded by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB). For more information about the program visit preventionnewmexico.com/Natural_Helpers.html.

  • A recent grant of $1,500 was given to Pajarito Environmental Education Center by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation to hold seven field trips, as well as classroom visits for local fifth graders, through the Migratory Bird Study Science Field Trip program.
    The bird-banding program introduces the students to the birds that share their environment.
    “This program exposes our schoolchildren to the core values of PEEC: nature, education and community,” said PEEC’s Director of Education Siobhan Niklasson. “The migratory bird study is a collaborative effort bringing together scientists from across agencies, cultures and continents with a shared passion for birds.
    Scientists from LANL and Bandelier National Monument participate in the study, and PEEC’s educators share our natural heritage and a truly authentic experience of field science with the next generation of students.” Niklasson said. “We are extremely grateful to the LANL Foundation for making this opportunity possible.”
    Through this program, students from Los Alamos and Jemez Pueblo have had the opportunity to see field science in action, and they have gained an appreciation for the wild bird neighbors and a sense of the excitement for doing science in the field.

  • Today
    Auditions for “Mr. Roberts.” 6-9 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theater’s Green Room, 1670 Nectar St. Scripts are available for check out at the Mesa Public Library Reference Desk. For more information, call 670-9448.

    The Los Alamos Adobe Users Group (LAAUG), meets from 7-9 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAAUG is digital photography post-processing. Digital capture is also discussed. Meetings moderated by Doug Coombs and Ken Hanson, or by a group member. Past presentations are posted and available to all on the website laaug.wordpress.com/. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Photography Club. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    LAHS Dance program students and Ballroom dance teacher Mrs. Natasha Barkhudarova will be teaching four weeks of Tango lessons. 7-8 p.m. at the LAHS ’Topper Theater, also known as the Black Box. Adults $40; students/teachers, $20 (for four weekly one-hour classes). Drop-in rate for adults $12; students/teachers, $6 (per class). Proceeds go to the dance program.

    The Los Alamos Historical Society hosts The Southwestern Wine Guy, Jim Hammond to speak about the 400-year-old history of wine making in New Mexico. 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

  • Habitat for Humanity of Española Valley and Los Alamos Inc. is celebrating 20 years of service in Los Alamos and Española. There will be a festival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at 726 N. Riverside Drive at the thrift store location.
    Activities include free bouncy house for kids, special sales in the stores, face painting for a $2 suggested donation and a fundrasing lunch with hot dog, chips and drink for $10.
    The fundraiser will help Habitat for Humanity make the thrift store buildings safe and efficient. The Española branch recently attained vacant and aged buildings to give new life and purpose to the community.
    Through the business in these stores, funding for construction activities are possible.
    There is much to celebrate, including 10 new homes constructed, 56 home repairs completed and six 6 Brush With Kindness projects completed.
    Habitat for Humanity is partners with Help NM, La Alba, United Way and offering help to the Red Cross, Social Services, Goodwill, Crisis Center and more.
    The public is welcome.

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council announces its Brown Bag Performance Series concert on Nov. 5 at noon in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge. This concert features local Los Alamos music students.
    The teachers of all these students are members of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the Professional Music Teachers of NM (PMTNM) and its local affiliates, Los Alamos Music Teachers Association (LAMTA) and the Santa Fe Music Teachers Association (SFMTA).
    The LAAC’s Brown Bag concerts showcase local performing artists and are free and open to the public.
    More information about the LAAC visit losalamosartscouncil.org/.

  •  Nov. 2-8, 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

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Green chile baked potato soup

    Noon Grief Support 


    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 best 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 – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to 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.


    This is a great time to select from a variety of lap-warming cats. The shelter has something for everyone. Choose from young to mature, playful to peaceful, interactive to solitary, claws to no claws and every color you could want.

  • Santa Fe
    Roques Carnitas, 1316 Vitalia St.
    Date inspected: Aug. 27Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Refrigerator does not have thermometer.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from previous inspection. No further follow up required. 

    Pecos Trail Cafe, 2239 Old Pecos Trail
    Date inspected: Aug. 28
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Food out of date in the refrigerator, which was corrected by disposal of out of date food. Food in walk in refrigerator unlabeled with date, which was corrected at time of inspection.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from previous inspection. No further follow up required.   

    Hillside Mariposa, 86B Old Las Vegas Hwy
    Date inspected: Aug. 28
    Violations: None.  
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.


    Parents and kids have a less spooky way of spending the early hours of Halloween this year.
    Before trick or treat time, drop by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 1-3 p.m. Friday for some nature-themed activities. Costumes are optional, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
    The cost to participate is $5 per child, and no advance registration is required. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org or call 662-0460.

    Monitor staff report

  • Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc. has announced a haunted history of Santa Fe, just in time for Hallowwen.
    The tour will allow guests an opportunity to visit some of the most historically haunted areas of Santa Fe. With the city of Santa Fe being the oldest capital city in the United States and histories of varying cultures occupying what is known as the downtown plaza since the year 1050, the area is rich in both historic triumphs and tragedies. Its long history of Native Americans, Spanish, Mexicans and pioneers have led the city to be one of the most haunted in America.
    Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe (hotelchimayo.com) is now offering a special package that includes a Saturday night hotel stay, a fall flavor treat — from wine, local caramel corn and hot cider — and a two-hour Haunted History walking tour with historian, Peter Sinclaire, who’s been leading tours and “spooking about” Santa Fe for more than 20 years.
    “Many of Santa Fe’s ghosts have an emotional issue that keeps them from moving on. I share both their tales and the rich history of this city in my storytelling,” Sinclaire said. “My tours offer the opportunity to go beyond the five senses and explore Santa Fe’s supernatural history.”

  • Kimber Wallwork-Heineman is an award-winning photographer and artist who has prepared an extensive new body of work for her show in the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery. The show, called “No Limitations,” will be displayed for the month of November. The Gallery is open to the public during regular library hours.
    There will be a reception for the artist in the Gallery, 5-8 p.m Nov. 6, . All are welcome to come and meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.
    Wallwork-Heineman has achieved prominence in the world of photography, having her won first place in New Mexico Magazine photography competition “Only in New Mexico” category in July, 2014, first place in the 2010 New Mexico Magazine annual competition in 2010, and the Grand Champion award in the 2009 New Mexico “No Frills” photo contest. The work being shown in this exhibit will include many of those award-winning photographs, alongside work that begins with those photographed images but then evolves into painting. Her subject matter includes a wide range of

  • While most of us are familiar with the Red and Blue Dot Trails in White Rock Canyon, there are a number of smaller, lesser-known canyons in the area that are worth exploring.
    Experienced hiker Paul Arendt will lead a PEEC hike at 9 a.m. Saturday to discover the wonders of some of these canyons.
    Arendt will lead a small group on a looping hike, which will include several smaller canyons south of White Rock and east of N.M. 4.
    The hike will begin at 9 a.m. and will proceed (roughly) adjacent to Route 4 for approximately 2.5 miles, before turning east along a small wooded canyon south of Water Canyon.
    The group will then proceed through Water Canyon and have a short rest and snack at a spectacular promontory overlooking Water Canyon (and a bit of the Rio Grande Gorge).
    The hike will then gradually turn back toward the beginning, while going up another lovely small wooded canyon that eventually rises up onto Power Line Mesa.
    The hike is expected to end at roughly 1 p.m.
    Arendt, who leads many hikes for PEEC, enjoys hiking and climbing in the White Rock Canyon, the western U.S., Europe and South America.
    This hike is free to attend, but registration is required and space is limited to only 20 participants, so those interested are encouraged to register soon.

  • Presley Gao, of Los Alamos and Gavin Laur, of Santa Fe will be traveling to Santa Barbara, California, in January to compete as division finalists in the Music Teacher National Association Piano Competition. Gao will be competing as a finalist in the Junior Piano Competition and Laur will be in the Senior Piano Competition.
    Gao is the son of Jun Gao and Hongzhao Tian.
    Gao earned this opportunity after winning the Junior Division of the MTNA Statewide Piano Competition.
    An eighth grader at Los Alamos Middle School, he has been studying piano for six years and currently is a student of Steinway Artist Jacquelyn Helin.
    Laur is the son of Ruth and Paul Laur and won the senior division of the competition. He is a junior at the New Mexico School for the Arts. He has been studying piano under the direction of Helin for 10 years.
    Gao was awarded the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico’s Danfelser Scholarship in 2012 and has won many other awards, including first place in the State Honors Level One (2010) and Level Two in 2012. He had first place in District Honors for a consecutive three years in 2010-12. Gao had won the MTNA junior competition previously and also achieved the highest level of Santa Fe Sonata Contest. He is currently an Epik Artist of Performance Santa Fe.

  • Dates set for festivals
    of chocolate, trees

    The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) have announced dates for the annual festivals.
    The Festival of Chocolate, a fundraiser will take be from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 15. Reservations for the gala event will be announced soon.
    The Festival of Trees will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 22. The silent auction of fully decorated holiday trees, a craft fair and pictures with Santa is free with the donation of breakfast, lunch and snack items to be used for local schools and to benefit area food banks.
    Both festivals will be at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    To learn more call 662-8920.

    Winter donations being collected around town

    Los Alamos High Schools students in the Child Development classes are seeking donations of snack items, hats and mittens for needy students in and around Los Alamos.
    Donation drop points include Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos Middle School, Chamisa Elementary and the Los Alamos and White Rock locations of the senior center.
    Large donations can be retrieved by calling 663-3252.

    Search is on for Mrs. Los Alamos

  • The Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club hosted the 2014 Northern New Mexico Youth Clay Challenge earlier this month for athletes from Los Alamos, Taos, Otero, Mora and Sandoval counties.
    Shooters from 4-H, Scholastic Clay Target Program and Boy Scouts participated in the event. The competition included three age groups: 12 and under, 13-15 and 16-18.
    Los Alamos girls dominated the 16-19 females with JoAnna O’Neill taking first overall, Kes Luchini took second and Shelby Chavez took third. Luchini and O’Neill played through tiebreakers to determine the winners in two events.
    In the 16-18 males, Nick Greenfield took overall first place and Josh Smith took overall third place. Tom Hanlon took fourth overall.
    First place overall in 13-15 females went to Andrea Simons.
    “Our young shooters and their coaches had a great time at this event,” said LASC youth programs coordinator Michael O’Neill. “It is always nice to see the big smiles on the kids’ faces when they are breaking clays.”
    The event was sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish and the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club.
    Last month, nine Los Alamos youths participated in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Shooting Access for Everyone (SAFE) Program at the Los Alamos Sportsmens Club.

  • Costumed participants experimented with science-related activities for High-Tech Halloween on Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum.

  • This week, I start with an apology to “my bus drivers,” those that haul my precious cargo to and from school most mornings. Those fabulous people include; Jiri Kubicek, Jill Beck and Mike Thompson. If you missed the opportunity to celebrate bus safety week, keep them in mind as Thanksgiving approaches.
    The Asset coordinator in me wants to respond to the recent information about kids and drug use, but you’ll have to wait for next week for that one, for this week, we celebrate.
    First I celebrate, the next New Mexico Teacher of the Year, Debra Minyard, a music teacher and AVID instructor at Pojoaque Valley High School. Minyard is the reason we currently have Link Crew and WEB Crew programs at our high school and middle school this year.
    Speaking of WEB Crew, a salute to Joshua Archuleta, who organized some of his fellow leaders to carve a small patch of pumpkins for the pumpkin glow.
    It wasn’t just that Archuleta invited his fellow members, but made sure they had drinks and snacks and patiently taught them some of the art of pumpkin carving. He demonstrated techniques that yielded big results and continued to answer questions for the team.


    Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 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

    10:30 a.m. Feldenkreis Class

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken with fettuccini