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Today's News

  • Update 03-15-13

    No power

    The Fuller Lodge Art Center announced it will be open Saturday without power. This weekend, Fuller Lodge, the Community Building and Ashley Pond Park will be without electricity as county crews begin the first phase of major improvements planned for Fuller Lodge over the summer.

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    Sock hop

    The Los Alamos Family Council will hold its Fabulous Fifties Family Sock Hop. The Hop is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. March 23 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall on Canyon Road. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 for a family. Call 662-4160 for information.

    CRC meeting

    The Deptartment of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee will hold its first meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 27, in the Community Building’s Training Room. This will primarily be an organizational meeting to appoint a chair and vice-chair and review the scope of work. The public is welcome to attend.

    'Van Choc Straw'

    LALT presents “Van Choc Straw” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday. Tickets, $12 general admission and $10 for students, are available in advance at CB Fox or at the door. 

  • White Rock restaurant serves up family fun

    Several restaurants have come and gone in White Rock, but one local restaurant is now celebrating nearly six years.
    Owners Trish and Omar Sanchez created Timeout Pizzeria, modeling the restaurant after one of Omar’s favorite childhood restaurants in Roswell. He was inspired by the restaurant’s displays of local memorabilia, which he felt gave a real sense of community.
    In fact, much of the décor in the restaurant’s arcade room comes from Omar’s family farm in Roswell. Antique bikes, signs, toy cars and trucks and figurines line the walls and ceiling. Some of the toys actually belonged to Omar, or his siblings, when they were children.
    Los Alamos sports memorabilia occupies the rest of the wall space. Local athletes, both past and present, have donated Hilltopper jerseys, letterman jackets, helmets and signed team photos — and they are always looking for more. Both Trish and Omar expressed their desire to continually add more to their collection. Memorabilia donations are always welcome.

  • Crash reported on N.M. 4

    Initial reports are stating a couple on a motorcycle ran off N.M. 4, propelling the two people over the guard rail Thursday night, around mile marker 49.
    According to Los Alamos Fire Department sources, the couple was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center and reported to be in stable condition.
    The crash happened about six miles up from where a paint truck went off the road in August.
    Police also reported there were two other cars involved as well.
    The call came in at 5:31 p.m. and police and fire were dispatched at 5:33.
    Crews were on the scene until just after 7 p.m.
    LAPD said the investigating officer was still working on the report as of press time.
    Once the report is released, check LAMonitor.com for updates.
     

  • LAHS to hold memorial service

    There will be a service at Los Alamos High School in memory of Isaac Anthony Hayden, at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Griffith Gym.
    Anyone is welcome to attend, but the service is especially intended for students. Following the service, Young Life will host an opportunity for remembrances to be shared at The Coffee Booth.
    Hayden died Tuesday night at his White Rock home.
    Public visitation will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday in White Rock Baptist Church, with the funeral to follow at 10:30 a.m.
    Hayden’s obituary information is available online at LAMonitor.com, and it will be published in Sunday’s edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.
     

  • Comet gazers

    More than a dozen people gathered at the White Rock Overlook Park to watch Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) set over the Jemez next to the crescent moon, just after sunset March 12. The moon and comet dropped out of the clouds just before sinking beyond the horizon.

  • LA real estate entrepreneur eyes statewide market

    Zia Realty Group Broker/Owner James Chrobocinski shrugs off the suggestion that he is a “mogul in the making.”

    “I wouldn’t go that far,” he said.

    But Chrobocinski’s expansion into the Los Alamos real estate market has been meteoric and his plans are undoubtedly ambitious.

    Chrobocinski’s Los Alamos roots run deep. His grandfather, James Bramble, moved to Los Alamos to work on the Manhattan project.

    LAPD Cmdr. Randy Chrobocinski Foster is his brother and his other brother Joe Foster, and his sister Jennifer Foster King, also live here.

    Chrobocinski moved to Corpus Christi with his father just after junior high.

    “I have been trying to get back here ever since,” Chrobocinski said. It took him 26 years to reach that goal. He and his wife Jacqueline, decided to move here with his son JJ in June 2011 in order to take care of his grandfather.

    Chrobocinski’s career path echoes his mother’s, Jeannie Bramble Foster, who worked as a registered nurse in Los Alamos for a number of years before becoming a real estate agent for the Pat Rogers Agency.

  • Torpy set to return

    Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy is scheduled to return to work toward the end of March or early April, according to his colleagues, who have been filling in for him since he recently took leave to have open-heart surgery.

    “As long as all the doctors say, ‘no problem,’ he’ll be coming back to work,” LAPD Cmdr. Randy Foster said.

    Torpy left about four weeks ago for surgery to replace a damaged heart valve.

    Phil Taylor, coordinator for Los Alamos County emergency services, has been filling during Torpy’s absence.

    He said being acting chief has been an eye-opening experience.

    “Until you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes — and I’ve walked at least a couple of yards — I have a way better appreciation for what cops do for a living now than I did before taking the job,” Taylor said. “It’s been a humbling experience.”

    While Torpy has been away, Taylor has also been doing his regular job, which also meant staying up for 24 hours to help find a hiker lost in the Bandelier National Monument last weekend.

  • Church Listings 03-15-13

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • LAJC to host Passover Seder

    The Los Alamos Jewish Center will hold its annual community Passover Seder at 5:30 p.m. March 26 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    The event is open to anyone interested in attending.
    The Seder is a ceremonial dinner filled with rituals designed to celebrate the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt.
    The Seder, which is Hebrew for “order,” ushers in the week of Pesach, in which Jews refrain from eating chametz.
    The celebration of Passover commemorates the delivery of the Jews from years of slavery, ultimately culminating in the birth of the “Torah,” the “Five Books of Moses,” at Mount Sinai.
    Thus, for Jews all over the world, the annual time of renewal is an opportunity to look at themselves and society through the lens of the slave, once again.
    It is a time to let go of all prejudice, intolerance, closed mindedness and limited thinking. It is a time for renewed inspiration to help create a world that is free for all peoples and all religions.
    This year, Rabbi Jack Shlachter of the Los Alamos Jewish Center, will lead the Community Seder as an evening of ritual, dedicated to the memory of the Exodus from Mitzrayim, or Egypt, and the freedom and respect for everyone.

  • Shooting intellectual blanks

     Wahhhh!  Wahhhh!  Wahhhh!  Quick, someone call the wahhhmbulance!
     Another “misunderstood” NRA member with a 45-caliber mouth and a 14-caliber brain comes shooting out of a barrel of ignorance, whining about my not understanding his side of the firearms debate.
     But before I start slinging stones, let me first say on a very serious note that I am sickened and offended by Mr. Smith’s vile statement that if someone with a gun were to enter my classroom, I would “use the children as shields.”  
    If necessary, I would, like any other teacher in Los Alamos, throw myself in front of a volley rather than risk injury to any students.  He knows absolutely nothing about teachers.
     His idiotic statement is exactly what I would expect from a ditto-head who pridefully labels himself as a “pro-gunner pro-lifer.”
     Pro-gun pro-life?  That’s like saying pro-sewage pro-air freshener.
     I must openly admit, however, that I would consider using Mr. Smith’s head as a shield, if not for the fact that an empty shell provides no real defense against a bullet.
     Look, I see nothing wrong with law abiding citizens owning firearms.