• Ted Garcia, who has worked for the Los Alamos Public School District for the past 18 years, was  recently named the “Classified Employee of the Year.” Garcia most recently served as the head custodian at Aspen Elementary.  
    He received the award May 5 at a ceremony at Fuller Lodge. On the same day, he announced his retirement.  
     “It is an honor.  I do this work because I like it. Aspen is a wonderful place,” Garcia said when he accepted his award. “I do extra if I can. I love helping people.  I do my best to make everyone’s day a little bit better.”

  • Five students, two from Los Alamos Middle School and three from Los Alamos High School, will travel to College Park, Md. June 12-16 to represent New Mexico in the 2011 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest.
    The theme for NHD this year is “Debate and Diplomacy; Successes, Failures, Consequences.”
    Only students placing first or second at the state level NHD competitions are eligible to participate nationally.
    From Los Alamos Middle School, Grace Kim and Madeline Lockhart won second place at the state level in the Junior Group Documentary category for their documentary, “The Pueblo Revolt: Debating Spain’s First Colonization of New Mexico — A Story of Oppression and Redemption.”

  • Randy Foster, Los Alamos County Police Department captain and Joaquin Valdez, Los Alamos County chief deputy assessor, are among the 18 statewide professionals who recently graduated from the ninth Local Government Leadership Program.
    Foster attended Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico State University and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. He is currently a senior member of the Los Alamos Youth Leadership program, a member of the International Society of Chiefs of Police and a member of the FBI National Academy Association.

  • The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 90 Los Alamos will offer red crepe poppies on Wednesday.
    This reminder of the sacrifice of countless thousands called to war is an annual event undertaken by the members of Unit 90 in Los Alamos. Volunteers from the unit will take part in this nationwide program in memory of the citizen soldiers who gave their lives in the cause of freedom.
    Funds collected on Poppy Day are used to assist veterans and their families. It is a self-help program, for the Auxiliary’s familiar red paper poppy is handmade in Poppy Shops run by Auxiliary volunteers.

  • Thanks for
    the support

    As the Los Alamos County Science Fair season draws to a close I would like to thank all of the organizations and individuals who helped to create another premiere science fair this year.
    With the help of the Los Alamos community we sent 64 students to the Regional Fair in Las Vegas, 32 to the State Fair in Socorro and three Los Alamos High School students to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles.  

  • The Beth Ladino Family Resource Library at Family Strengths Network is the place in Los Alamos to find ideas for summer fun. Now is the time to stop and browse their shelves because several new books have been added that will help families become more savvy travelers, enjoy the outdoors and spend more quality time together this summer.

    Traveling with Kids
    Whether you’re planning to travel by plane, car, or on foot, these travel books are full of tricks to make it easier:

  • The Los Alamos Choral Society will present its Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the United Church of Los Alamos. Mary Lynn Place Badarak with Cindy Little as pianist/accompanist, directs the Choral Society of about 60 mixed voices. The theme of the concert is “Seasons of Love.”
     “For this concert, we present the many facets, or seasons, of love: from favorite old folk songs to uplifting spirituals to the heartbeat of Broadway,” Badarak said.

  • Students of Dance Arts Los Alamos will perform a mixed bill of original works at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. A highlight of the evening performances will be the ballet “Symphonic Dances,” collaboration between DALA Ballet Curriculum Director Christin Severini and Executive Director Valerie Silks.
    “Symphonic Dances” boasts a cast of over 70 dancers comprising levels II–VI of DALA’s ballet program. The piece will showcase the students’ technical ability and musicality.
    Nicole Silks, a senior student at DALA, will perform the soloist role. Works by George Balanchine and Georges Bizet’s Symphony in C inspired the choreography.

  • Macchio: ‘Dancing’ judges’ comments were ‘rude’ 

    LOS ANGELES — Ralph Macchio feels like the judges on “Dancing With the Stars” didn’t give him a fair shake.
    The “Karate Kid” star was kicked off the hit ABC show Tuesday and after the credits rolled, he told reporters he “felt circled as the one couple that didn’t get praise and built up like the others did.”

  • Looking back at childhood, what memories come to mind? Having family picnics at the park? Running through an open field with friends? Gazing at the sky, making shapes out of the clouds? How about attending the Los Alamos Kite Festival?
    For the 14th year, the Los Alamos Arts Council presents the Los Alamos Kite Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the soccer fields at Overlook Park in White Rock. Children of all ages are welcome to join the festivities. Whether you build a kite, fly a kite, enjoy a picnic with family and friends, or just take in the artful scene, this is a community tradition not to be missed.
    Because of funding from Los Alamos National Bank, the Kite Festival is a free event.

  • Those who talk about art and want to sound like aficionados try to integrate terms like balance, harmony, proportion, movement, color, shape, form and space.
    On Friday, Fuller Lodge Art Center invites the public to attend an opening reception for “Back to Basics,” and throw around a few of these terms in conversation, or eavesdrop on the artists as they observe the collection for the first time.
    The show’s call for artists suggested they highlight one or more of the fundamental elements of art to create a lasting impression. The Art Center challenges Los Alamos residents to be the jury. Does this exhibit showcase a variety of basic elements and will you think about some of its pieces after you leave?

  • The 14th annual Los Alamos Dog Jog was greeted with perfect weather, resulting in an amazing turnout of over 300 two-legged walkers and runners and their accompanying four-legged friends.
    The 2011 Dog Jog was organized by the Atomic City Roadrunners, Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, and the Mountain Canine Corps (MC2) search and rescue team.  At the end of the day, an outstanding $14,000 was raised for Friends of the Shelter.  

  • On May 16, the Los Alamos Middle School student council presented Donna Schroeder, executive director of the United Way of Northern New Mexico, with a check for $374.34. The check was the result of a fundraising drive put on by the middle school student council.  The council sold Hawk and ‘Topper wristbands to students.  
    Pictured from left to right, Ben Reidys, Madison Foley, Donna Schroeder, Rigel Baron and Jonathan Salazar.


  • Thank You
    for Earth Day 2011

    Each year around April 22, Earth Day, the nationally recognized day to emphasize caring for the Earth by becoming more sustainable, is honored with various activities by Pajarito Environmental Education Center. This year’s activities included a display at Mesa Public Library, an Earth Day Speaker and a festival. Each activity was an outstanding success due to the efforts of a large number of volunteers and the support of many sponsors. This letter is to thank all of these volunteers and sponsors and those who attended one of our events this year.

  • It’s that time of year again: time for the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. The 2011 season kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday at Overlook Park in White Rock, with Junior Brown.
    Brown invented his own guitar, combining the standard six-string electric guitar and the lap steel guitar. He plays country, rockabilly, western swing, honky tonk, neo-traditionalist country and alt-rock. According to his website, www.juniorbrown.com, “he has the soul of country and the spirit of rock.” Samples of his music can also be found on the site.

  • Sending some love to Afghanistan

    Our son Michael is now in Afghanistan. He’s at a very small, remote tent base up in the mountains of northeastern Afghanistan, known as FOB Finley Shields.
    They don’t have any shopping there, so here we go again with the shipping.
    We’ll try to send two packages each month for the coming year, through April 2012.
    They need men’s and women’s socks and toiletries. They’d like any old DVDs and contemporary country CDs. They’re requesting some stationery, cards, etc, with envelopes that they can use to send letters home. They also need pens and pencils.

  • For the past 26 years, Senior Appreciation Night, a volunteer, community-driven effort, has aimed at saving teen lives. This year marks the 27th anniversary.
    Businesses, organizations, community leaders and individuals created the annual tradition in response to a crisis situation regarding drinking and driving during graduation celebrations.
    SAN was started because of an upsurge of dangerous activities in the late 1970s and early 1980s, detailed in Los Alamos Monitor articles. Parties in the mountains, where police had no jurisdiction, were prevalent and had led to several wrecks and deaths.

  • We are so thankful to all the local businesses and organizations that sponsored the 2010 Relay for Life, the artists who decorated birdhouses, the participants who raised funds and the cancer survivors who helped us celebrate.
    The Relay For Life is an event to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease.
    Over $38,000 was raised at the 2010 Relay to support the American Cancer Society.
    The money is used to provide cancer research, education, advocacy and service.  
    Gold Sponsors
    of over $1,000
    Los Alamos Medical Center
    Lou Santoro State Farm
    Silver Sponsors
     of $500
    C.B. Fox 

    Los Alamos MainStreet

  • May 16-21, 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

    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    9:30 a.m.    Advisory council
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch:  Fish
    1 p.m.        Bridge
    1:30 p.m.    Pilates
    7 p.m.     Ballroom dancing

    8:30 a.m.    Mac users group

  • 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.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.  
    We get lots of roaming cats and dogs. Don’t assume your cat was a meal for a coyote. Check with the shelter and see if your best friend is bunking with us. Proof of rabies vaccination is required when claiming your pet.