Today's Features

  • Wow, we only have one week to go. I hope you spend this week building excitement for the year ahead. Make sure you do some fun family things as you prepare for the new school year.

    One of the mottos a training used said, “Your attitude determines your altitude.” Parents should be reminded that their attitude is equally important to the success of the student.

    The posting of the class lists and meet the teacher are big days in the life of a child. You should be excited for them and if they didn’t get the friend or teacher they want or in the same class, lunch or team, find a positive. Every year, I know a parent that voices their dismay with everything and everything about school. Imagine if someone set the tone for you each year in a similar fashion?

    As you deliver your school supplies, learn the classroom, look for interesting things to point out later that evening. Is there a class pet, were there cool posters, games, stations or things to do in the room? Make sure you attend the meet the teacher or back to school night. I don’t care if this is your eighth child, it is a new year, a new class, a new teacher, and things change all of the time.

  • The White Rock Senior Center will wrap up the celebration of their 24th birthday Saturday with a car show and fish fry from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    The car show is free and will be on display from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    The fish fry takes place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with Chef Mike Mason at the helm.

    Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children, 12 and under. The tickets must be purchased in advance at the senior centers in Los Alamos or White Rock and are sold on a first-come, first-serve availability.

    The car show, first established last year by a volunteer, has plans of continuing annually, with hopes of increased participation. The volunteer came to love and enjoy what today are referred to as classic cars.

    Back in the day, the cars weren’t considered classics, just regular transportation. Now, they work on them, customize them and occasionally race them.

    On Saturday, you can see and marvel at them while enjoying the White Rock Senior Center.

  • Last weekend, Los Alamos members of the Kiwanis family braved “Excessive Heat Warnings” to attend the Southwest District Kiwanis convention in Chandler, Arizona.

    Attendees included Kiwanis President-elect, Cheryl Pongratz, her husband and Key Club Advisor, Morrie Pongratz, and Builders Club Advisor, Don Casperson.  

    The Southwest District Key Club Board of Directors, including Los Alamos High School students Andrew Watson and Shena Han, joined them at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Chandler.  Shena is the Lieutenant Governor for Key Club’s the Sangre de Christo division.  

    Andrew is the K-Family Relations Chairperson on the Key Club board.

    Kiwanis attendees were updated on Kiwanis projects, attended educational sessions, and elected their leaders for the upcoming year.

    During the Saturday sessions Kiwanis recognized their many “Unsung Heroes” working to achieve the Kiwanis mission of “Serving the Children of the World.” Lynnette Kennard from the Santa Fe Kiwanis Club updated the members on progress in combatting Neo-Natal Maternal Tetanus and Iodine Deficiency Disorder.  Kiwanis International teams with UNICEF to address these challenges worldwide.

  • DENVER (AP) — Hundreds of Colorado properties are under quarantine after a rabies-like virus outbreak has been confirmed in horses.

    KMGH-TV reported Tuesday that the Colorado Veterinarians Office has confirmed Vesicular Stomatitis Virus on 213 properties in Colorado after first appearing in Texas and spreading through New Mexico.

    Health officials say a New Jersey strain of the virus was last in Colorado's livestock in 2014, but this current virus is a subtype from Indiana that the state's horses have no immunity against.

    Officials say this highly contagious virus is transmitted through various flies and could affect county and state fairs and workers on ranches and farms.

    Officials say 400 cases have been investigated this year and only one case has been confirmed in cattle, while the remaining cases are in horses.

  • Are you a “missing” retiree of Los Alamos Public Schools?

    The annual “Not-Back-to-School-Breakfast” is fast approaching. Organizers would like to hear from those who have not received an email invitation to this Aug. 15 event. 

    Anyone interested should call either Lise Chrien at 662-5762 or Eileen Trujillo at 662-6533, or email lisechrien@gmail.com or eileentrujillo29@gmail.com for more information. 

    For anyone who cannot attend this year, they are encouraged to send an updated email address and news of their current activities to the group.

  • The Los Alamos and White Rock Senior Centers will host a public hearing on funding priorities for the next four years.

    The hearing will be from 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave.

    The officials holding the discussion, in meeting rooms 2 and 3, will attempt to gather feedback for senior center services and what community members would like to see added over the next four years.

    Comments and suggestions are welcome for expanding current services or planning ahead for the future.

    The request comes from the Governor’s Offfice, as priorities for the next fiscal year will be discussed at the next legislative session.

    More information is available by calling 662-8920 or emailing Director@losalamosseniorcenter.com.

  • Los Alamos High School biology teacher Stephanie Mitchell has been named Outstanding Biology Teacher for New Mexico by the National Association of Biology Teachers.

    “I am really honored that I was nominated for the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award and thrilled that I received it,” Mitchell said.

    NABT Awards recognize teachers for their expertise in science, for contributions to the profession and service to life science teaching or leadership in learning communities.

    “Stephanie is a teacher who is continually, quietly pursuing excellence in her classroom,” noted Carter Payne, LAHS principal and former colleague in the science department. “I have a deep respect for her intellectual curiosity, commitment to her students, and leadership with her colleagues in our department, school, community and the state .”

    Mitchell has been teaching at Los Alamos High School since 2006. She has taught biology, honors biology, Advanced Placement (AP)  biology and AP physics courses during her tenure at LAHS.

  • The United Church of Los Alamos offers Vacation Bible School for kids and their parents.  

    The theme is, Athens: Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Tell The Truth. VBS will take place from 11a.m.-12:30 p.m. each Sunday in August.

    On Aug 4, there will be a hamburger and hot dog kickoff.

    “VBS is a fun, engaging way to learn and be part of Church community,” said Youth Pastor Keith Lewis. “As we engage the scriptures.”

    The United Church of Los Alamos is located at 2525 Canyon Road and families can call 662-2971 to register.

    Los Alamos Monitor Staff

    Los Alamos Co-op will host a make-your-own Kokedama Ball lesson, taught by resident experts Calvin McKinley and Dominic Chiri on Saturday.

    Kokedama balls are a Japanese technique for displaying plants without the need for a pot or a vase, using moss, soil and peat to form a ball, with the plant’s roots tucked inside.

    The Co-op hosts about 12 events of this ilk a year, taught by co-op employees and community members alike.

    The lessons vary in attendance greatly, with some requiring waitlists and others needing to be cancelled due to low turnout.

    The Co-op has hosted similar lessons for the past seven years, offering everything from beer education classes to warm farming classes.  

     “The community has been very supportive, and that’s what the whole idea is, we are just really trying to gather the community and give people something fun to do while educating,” said Outreach Co-Coordinator Katie Gallaugher.

    The Co-op will offer a kids cooking class in August, hosted by Kelly Parker in conjunction with little sprouts kitchen. The children are told to bring their “favorite adult” to attend the cooking class with them.

    Eastern New Mexico News

    FORT SUMNER — You visit the moonlit gravesite of an infamous outlaw at midnight on the anniversary of his violent death, you do well to expect about anything.

    So if you visited the Fort Sumner burial ground purporting to hold the remains of “Billy the Kid,” shot dead just before midnight on July 14, 1881, in a house on a property adjoining that site, you could be forgiven a few goose bumps.

    Maybe there won’t be something as dramatic as a spectral vision or a rattling on the bars of the cage enclosing the tombstone, but what was that sound, and what are those strange lights in the distance?

    That sound is a birdsong — interpret that as you will — and those three new lights in a row out yonder are probably a new fixture by the farmers who live out there.

    Apart from a storm flashing distantly in the north, it was a calm summer evening lit by a near full moon Sunday when a small cohort gathered to commemorate the 138th anniversary of The Kid’s killing and herald a new film examining his life.