Today's News

  • LANB, OCC modify regulatory pact

    The Los Alamos National Bank signed another consent order with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Dec. 17.
    LANB president Steve Wells said this consent order replaces the one signed with the OCC in November of last year.
    “It further clarifies the areas LANB needs to address to be in compliance and to meet the expectations of our primary regulator,” Wells said in an email.
    According to a SEC release, the focus of the order is on improving the bank’s credit administration, credit underwriting, internal controls, compliance and management supervision. Additionally, the Order requires that the Bank maintain certain capital ratios and receive approval of the OCC prior to declaring dividends.
    The Order terminates the previously entered Formal Agreement dated November 30, 2012 and will remain in effect until terminated, modified or suspended by the OCC.”
    Wells said the consent order does not directly affect an agreement that LANB signed with Kansas City Federal Reserve earlier this year.

  • Summer school may return for elementary school students

    If all goes well, the holiday spirit may pay off in dividends this summer for elementary school students needing to improve their grade point average.
    Los Alamos teacher Suzanne Lynne, as well as District Curriculum Coordinator Pam Miller have been working hard to bring back summer school for elementary school students this summer. All they are waiting on now is the Los Alamos School Board’s final approval, which they may receive as early as January.
    Their plan is charge a tuition of $100 per student per subject for the month-long session, which will consist of hour and a half classes in math and reading, five days a week.
    According to Miller, summer school for elementary school students has not always been able to happen, in fact it didn’t even happen at all last year. In the years that it did, tuition has been as high as $175, as well as free, but both fee structures presented the same problem, low attendance.
    If it was too expensive, people simply didn’t sign up and if it was free, then people didn’t place a high priority on attendance Miller and Lynne said at the meeting.
    There’s a reason why the School Board is interested in summer school at this early date. If the program is approved, school officials can start identifying students now who may need the extra help this year.

  • Pajarito ski area offers snowsports programs to N.M.’s Native Americans

    A ground breaking outreach program is being launched this winter at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in Los Alamos which organizers, Director Of the Native Nations Sports Ambassador Program, David Vosburgh and Founder Jean Cornell working along with Suzy Chaffee of Native American Olympic Team Foundation hope will make it possible for more Native American youth and their chaperones to enjoy skiing and snowboarding.
    “Those with proper tribal membership IDs can purchase a full-day lift ticket, including rentals, for a flat fee of $25, a discount of 30 to 60 percent off regular daily rates Friday to Sunday and holidays.
    The offer is valid throughout the 2013-14 ski season including holiday periods,” said Tom Long, Pajarito Mountain General Manager.
    Olympic ski icon and 1971-73 World Freestyle Champion Suzy “Chapstick” Chaffee will help launch the Pueblo ski program on Saturday, Jan. 4.
    “She is excited about skiing with the kids,” said David Vosburgh, who helped organize the Pajarito program.
    “We are inviting school groups of 20 to 70 (including chaperones) from any of New Mexico’s 19 pueblos for a special weekday learn-to-ski program at Pajarito Mountain which provides rental equipment, lift tickets, and two-hour lessons for $25 total,” he said.

  • Update 12-29-13


    Through 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Mesa Library, The Faces of Lannan Exhibition comprises 74 photographic portraits by Don Usner of many of the world’s most noted authors including Nobel prize winners. These black and white portraits, captured moments before the authors would go on stage for their Lannan Foundation Readings and Conversations lecture, offer insight and clearly evoke each personality. Everyone from Gore Vidal and Noam Chomsky, Toni Morrison to Isabel Allende, are included in this special exhibition.

    Radio licenses

    The Los Alamos Volunteer Examiner Group will be giving exams for Amateur Radio Licenses. This session will be 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7 in the Club Meeting Room at 4017 Arkansas (the Old Fire Barn). Those interested in a new license need a picture ID or 2 other forms of ID with your name and address on them (Utility bill, Credit Card bill or other) and a test fee of $15 either in cash or a check made out to “ARRL VEC.” For those seeking a license upgrade, one will need the picture ID or two other forms of ID plus an original license and a copy of the license, or a valid CSCE (Certificate of Successful Completion of Exam) and a copy of the CSCE plus the exam fee of $15. For additional information, call Bill Boedeker at 662-4220.


  • Pet Talk: Eye injuries to horses … what to look for

    Horses are known for their massive stature and majestic features. Everything from their muscular physique to their large, lovely eyes leaves us in awe.
    However, just as horses can injure their joints and muscles quite easily, ocular trauma is common due to their eyes’ unique size and shape, and can become dangerous if not treated quickly.
    “There are several features of the equine eye that makes it quite vulnerable to injury and anatomical features of the equine skull that contribute to this increased risk for injury,” said Dr. Leslie Easterwood, Assistant Clinical Professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
    “The equine head features a complete bony orbital rim and globes that protrude on each side, leaving the eyes vulnerable to injury.”
    Ocular injuries in horses should not be taken lightly. If you suspect that your horse is showing signs of abnormality, it must be evaluated promptly and accurately. “Owners should be counseled to consider any abnormality involving the eye as cause for concern requiring prompt veterinary attention,” Easterwood said.
    “Owners should watch out for squinting, tearing, lid swelling, corneal opacity and facial asymmetry.”

  • Animal Shelter 12-29-13

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Dogs and cats are great at chasing away the blues on cold nights, so come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptables:
    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 website at lafos.org, where you can 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.
    Two for One this week! Sparkle and Bambino, or Antwon Cloud and Harley Davidson would be great together.

  • News for Retirees 12-29-13

    Dec. 29-Jan. 5, 2013
    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: Spaghetti with meat sauce
    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    8:30 a.m. Mac users group
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10:30 a.m. Computer users group
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: BBQ pork sandwich
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis
    BESC closed for New Year’s Day
    8:30 a.m. Walk-in-the-woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Tilapia
    1:30 p.m. Tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge
    9:15 a.m. Line dancing
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken tenders
    12:30 p.m. Movie: “Patch Adams” 1998
    10 a.m.-1 p.m. BESC open
    10 a.m. Table tennis
    10:30 a.m. Computer class
    2 p.m. An afternoon with Downton Abbey tea




  • Registration for dog training classes begins Jan. 6

    Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) will begin Jan. 6.
    Classes this session will include: “Intro to NoseWork,” which harnesses a dog’s amazing sense of smell for a fun, exciting new sport. Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Conformation and Competitive Obedience will also be offered, and classes will begin the week of Jan. 27.
    Class schedule, registration guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website (ladoc.dogbits.com) and at the LADOC building (246 East Road, Los Alamos).
    Registration is first-come, first-served, and classes often fill quickly, so timely registration is advised. Registration materials must be postmarked by Jan. 17.

  • Free one-month subscription to the Monitor with pet adoption

    As a thank you for providing a shelter pet with a forever home, we would like to offer you a free one-month subscription to the Los Alamos Monitor.
     All you need to do is provide your name, address and phone number on a form at the shelter upon adoption, to begin delivering your paper to your home.
    After the free one-month subscription expires, we invite you to contact us about your service and to extend your subscription.
    Thank you again for saving a life.
    Best wishes from the Los Alamos Monitor.  

  • Word On the Street 12-29-13

    Teen Pulse staff member Kenzi Hunsaker asked LAHS students, “What is your new year’s resolution?”