Today's News

  • Sculptor: 1,800 Pound Pumpkin Used in Display
  • Readers Rewarded

    Recently, the Chamisa Elementary PTO celebrated three students’ reading efforts over the summer, with the help of the local Masons.The students were awarded bicycles. Pictured from left to right are: Norissa Valdez, third grade; Susan Herrera; Jake Turin, Mason representative; Nate Turner, fifth grade; and and Malachi Laskie, kindergarten. C Students that read during the summer assist the retention of knowledge from the previous school year. The work with the Masons has aided the summer reading program of kindergarten through sixth graders. Students have been known to increase their reading time, recorded in minutes, into the hundreds and in some cases, the thousands.

  • Assets in Action: Take a moment, get involved

    Parent involvement in schooling is our focus this week. This is defined as parents being actively engaged in helping their children succeed in school.
    There are so many ways to be involved. From checking, — but not hovering over Powerschool — to attending school events and supporting school efforts, the possibilities are endless.
    This year, elementary parents will be able to check Poweschool for some grades and I caution parents not to go over the deep end with this opportunity.
    Use this year as a training ground for preparing for middle school.
    If there’s one thing I could tell you, it is to provide opportunities for your student to accomplish an assignment over several days or weeks before it is due.
    The science fair, for example, is one way that you can remind students not to save everything for the weekend before the project is due.
    The goal is not to help your student so much that they don’t accomplish the goal on their own. If everything is saved until the day before it is due, then let them sweat it out. Let them have to sacrifice something fun, a game, an event, some television or video game playing to finish the project. If you save the day every time, it will come back to bite you in the butt, I promise.

  • Be There 10-23-12

    Republican candidate Jefferson Byrd will visit Los Alamos for a town hall meeting at 5 p.m. at the GOP headquarters, 1362 Trinity Dr., Suite D1. The public is welcome to attend.

    GeekOut Family Night will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. upstairs, at Mesa Public Library. Bring your own games, or play theirs.

    Los Alamos High School will host a Financial Aid Information Night at 6 p.m. in the Speech Theater. All interested students and parents are encouraged to attend. New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation Representative Ruben Reyes will provide information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, scholarships, grants, work-study programs and loan programs. An LAHS counselor will also be available to answer questions. For more information about Financial Aid Information Night, contact Connie Goettee at 663-2595 or c.goettee@laschools.net.

    The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host an open discussion at 6:30 p.m. in meeting room 1 of the Mesa Public Library. All are welcome. Bring any topics or thoughts you might have. Questions can be sent to losalamoscommunityofatheists.com.

    The last outdoor Farmers Market of the season will be from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

  • Shutterbugs: Share your photos with the community

    Whether you’re an amateur with a really good eye or a seasoned pro, Los Alamos Life wants your best photos. Get your most striking pictures featured in the next edition of Los Alamos Life, set to publish in February 2013.

    Los Alamos Life is an award-winning full color, glossy annual magazine that presents a quintessential snapshot of moments in the life of Los Alamos. The magazine is reminiscent of the iconic Life magazine, but it is bolder and more colorful in its presentation.

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Los Alamos Life says a lot about Los Alamos, its people and what it’s like to live in this majestic mountain hamlet — home of scientific discoveries that have literally changed the world.

    Los Alamos Life is looking for photos that will help tell that story... Nature, wildlife, kids, pets, funny moments from a family gathering, poignant shots of our senior citizens ... Photos can include everything from action sports to thought-provoking still life.

  • State of the lab

    Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan addresses a group of community business leaders at the Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort Tuesday morning. McMillan talked about the state of LANL and more details will be available in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Update 10-23-12

    Trick or Treat

    Trick or Treat on MainStreet will be from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Alamos.

    Authors Speak

    Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series presents Margaret Wood, companion of Georgia O’Keeffe at 7 p.m. Thursday.

    Film Festival

    The Atomic City Film Festival will present “Them,” 1954 Sci-Fi classic thriller tells a tale of the earliest atomic tests in New Mexico that cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters and threaten civilization. The film will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    Brisket night

    The LAHS NJROTC will host a Barbecue Brisket Night from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the Posse Lodge on North Mesa. The cost is $10 per plate and includes brisket, potato salad, vegetable, a roll, drink and dessert.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a special session at 7 p.m. today in council chambers.

  • Gov. stumps for Hall

    Gov. Susana Martinez showed up at the Hilltop House in Los Alamos Sunday to support Republican State Representative candidate Jim Hall. Telling his supporters that they very well could have a Republican majority in the state legislature, she said it was more important than ever that Jim Hall returns as the state representative for the 43rd District.

  • T-Board urges clean energy plan

    After a series of discussions on alternative fuels for the Los Alamos County fleet, Transportation Board members have a recommendation for council: move forward.

    The conversation began in June with a presentation on compressed natural gas by Board Chair Eugene Dougherty.
    Based on a study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory titled, “Business Case for Compressed Natural Gas in Municipal Fleets,” Dougherty concluded that “a moderately-sized fleet, such as the one deployed by the county, (Atomic City Transit and refuse vehicles) would see a six-year payback on investment.”

    That six-year payback is based on an average price of $1.20 per gallon through 2025. The low cost of natural gas could also produce considerable savings in the long run. Initial studies also indicate lower maintenance costs for CNG vehicles.

    The initial investment is steep, with the fueling station alone costing $2 million to $6 million. The county would also have to invest in CNG designed vehicles.

    Jon Bulthuis reported on his experience with Santa Fe Trails’ CNG fleet at a meeting in July. Santa Fe Trails has been using CNG for 20 years and “have seen the good and the bad of it.”

  • LA schools receive $138K

    The Los Alamos Public Schools got a nice surprise recently when it learned the state has awarded four of its schools $138,000. The schools are Los Alamos High School, Piñon Elementary, Barranca Elementary and Mountain Elementary.

    LAHS received $65,958.03; Mountain received $26,700.90; Barranca received $23,448.38 and Piñon received $22,283.53.

    According to New Mexico’s Public Education Secretary Designate Hanna Skandera, the funds were part of Gov. Susana Martinez’s “Real Accountability, Real Results” legislation to improve the state of New Mexico’s public school system. The law, passed in 2011, is designed to help schools that need improvement as well as reward those that are doing well. One of the key components of the law was assigning each school in New Mexico an easily identifiable letter grade.

    “The bottom line we said that since the school grades law was passed we want to champion success, and this is our opportunity,” Skandera said.

    The funds will be used to invest directly in the students through either the purchase of educational software, books or other teaching aids that would directly benefit the students.