Today's News

  • Pesticides and your pets

    While spring is a time to plant beautiful flowers in your yard, it also brings pesky insects out in numbers. Because of this, a potential hazard this time of year for pets is pesticides.
    “Before choosing a pesticide read the label to ensure it is safe for your pet,” said Michael Golding, assistant professor at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
    “Avoid products with bone-meal as these can be tasty to your pet, and pesticides with organophosphates and carbamates as these can be extremely deadly.”
    The most common ways pets come into contact with pesticides is licking the toxic substances from their feet or coat, or by directly consuming the product from a container that has been left out.
     If your pet begins showing symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, trouble walking, drooling, nausea, and/or tremors contact your veterinarian immediately as these are signs that your pet is suffering from pesticide related toxicity.
     “A common way pesticides cause problems in our pets is through organophosphates and carbamates,” Golding said. “They act as competitive inhibitors of acetylcholinesterase, a key component of the central nervous system that allows the brain to regulate the body.”

  • A fresh start for New Beginnings Church

    For close to eight months, the burned out hulk of a chapel at the New Beginnings Church on East Road just sat there.

    It served as a stark reminder of a blaze that erupted July 4, enveloping the chapel and causing significant smoke damage to the other parts of the property on East Road.

    On Friday, crews from Parker Construction of Los Alamos leveled the chapel and one of the back buildings.

    Pastor Shawn Amburgey could not have been happier.

    “It’s exciting to me that we are finally seeing some progress,” Amburgey said before construction crews began their demolition work. “The community and people who drive by this every day had to be wondering why nothing was happening with the church.”

    As it turned out, there was plenty going on behind the scenes.

    Amburgey was dealing with his insurance claim, hiring contractors and trying to handle a mountain of paperwork, which also entailed getting county approval for planning and zoning purposes.

    “People don’t see that work was going on and how much work is being put into it,” Amburgey said. “We were all working very diligently and all of this takes time.”

    And before the demolition could begin, there was the matter of asbestos abatement.

  • Scouting museum idea gets backing

    Besides being the site of one of the most famous laboratories in the world, Los Alamos is known for being closely associated with something else on a large scale too — scouting.

    For almost 100 years, the history of scouting in Los Alamos has been closely woven into the cultural fabric of the town.

    No matter where you turn, somewhere in town, an Eagle Scout Project helped build something; a scout-sponsored fundraiser helped someone or some organization that really needed it — and in turn aided that person or organization in returning the favor back to the community at some point.

    Also through the years, there have been numerous camping trips, camporees, dinners and other scouting events that have contributed to the history and collective memory of Los Alamos.

    A person who’s been a big part of that is Vernon Kerr, who started out as a Cub Scout in Gallup. He was one of the initial organizers of Cub Scout Pack 326 in White Rock in 1963, was an assistant scoutmaster in Troop 326 and was also a post advisor for Explorer Post 326.

    He readily admits he did not make Eagle Scout, the highest rank in scouting, but he had a good excuse. “I never made it to Eagle; I only made it to Life, which is the second highest. That was because the war (World War II) came along,” he said.

  • Update 03-03-13

    Library meeting

    The Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at White Rock Branch Library.

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    The Los Alamos Monitor published its first edition March 7, 1963. Look for the special 50th Anniversary retrospective magazine in your newspaper this Thursday.
    Also, mark your calendars for the Los Alamos Monitor’s 50th Anniversary Festival Saturday afternoon, May 18 on the lawn at Fuller Lodge. More details coming soon!

    Garden club

    The Summit Garden Club will meet Monday for a workshop on basic floral design. Visitors welcome. For more information, call Betsy Comly at 672-1574.

    Council meeting

    Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Photo show

    The Los Alamos Photography Club (LAPC) will be hosting its annual photography show for 2013 at the Mesa Public Library from March 4 through March 29. 

  • Co-op now has glass recycling drop-off

    A new yellow glass drop-off recycling dumpster has been placed at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market as an added convenience for residents to participate in the program.
    The program now includes four drop-off locations: Los Alamos Co-op, Sullivan Field, Los Alamos County Eco Station and Overlook Park Convenience Center. Residents can recycle glass bottles and jars of all colors at any of these locations.
    “I am happy that the co-op is now a glass drop off location, which allows customers to save time by combining shopping trips with glass and TerraCycle recycling trips.  As a cooperative, we are always looking for ways to improve and encourage sustainability as well as develop community partnerships,” said Los Alamos Co-op Outreach Coordinator Sandra West.
    The new glass recycling dumpster adds to the recycling program at the store that includes the Terracycle program, which enables residents to recycle chip bags, cereal box liners, cereal bags and packaging from Bear Naked products. Front End Manager Cody Ulibari said, “I’m extremely enthusiastic, through the help of the county, the co-op continues to exceed in environmental excellence.”

  • Missouri fugitive nabbed in Los Alamos Thursday

    Rowena MacDonald, 46, a woman wanted on numerous charges for methamphetamine dealing and manufacturing in St Louis County, Mo., was picked up by law enforcement at noon Thursday, the Los Alamos Police Department said Friday.

    MacDonald was detained on warrants out of Missouri, according to LAPD Cmdr. Randy Foster.

    The warrants were issued in connection with her alleged activities dealing meth in Missouri.

    The original charges were possession of a controlled substance, distributing a controlled substance after admitting to using meth and allowing others to manufacture the drug at her home, according to authorities. Court documents, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, said that MacDonald allowed others to cook and make meth at her Missouri home. The newspaper also reported that between 2010 and 2012, MacDonald bought pseudoephedrine 25 times in St. Louis County.

    “Los Alamos contacted us,” St. Louis County Police spokesman George Vaughn said. “And we have her on our wanted list. We are going to send our fugitive team out to get her and bring her back.”

    Foster said MacDonald was picked up by Sgt. Chris Valdez from New Mexico State Police around noon Thursday and taken to the Los Alamos Detention Center, where she was to be picked up by Missouri authorities.

  • Beer co-op concept comes to a head

    Heads up all you beer enthusiasts, if you’ve developed the habit of going off “the Hill” for a good brew, you should know that there’s a plan in the works to fix all that.

    Steve Watts, vice president of the Los Alamos Food Co-op board of directors, said he’s currently trying to start a brewery and taproom right here in Los Alamos. Set up along the lines of the food co-op, he’s currently looking for investors as well as people who are looking to become members of the new venture.

    “The co-op model gives people the idea that they can really own it as well as have a say in the business,” said Watts, adding that the co-op model has helped them raise funds for the project, since people can readily buy a share in the business.

    Watts said they are offering $100 investment shares that would eventually pay a dividend, as well as various membership plans, such as a Class A full equity share for $250, which gives buyers a direct share in the business. Other membership plans include an annual membership to the co-op for $50 or an annual Class B investment share for $100.

    For more information and details on each of the plans, go to losalamosbeer.coop.

    Watts said if the project gets enough funding, then they will go ahead and look for a location, buy equipment and hire employees.

  • Rescuers End Search for Body in Fla. Sinkhole
  • Animal Shelter 03-03-13

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.
    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets, petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    This would be a wonderful time to consider giving a home to one of the animals in the shelter.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.

  • News for Retirees 03-03-13

    March 3-9, 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
    8:30, 10:30 a.m. Tax preparation
    8:45 a.m. Cardio
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken fried steak
    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing

    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Beer battered cod
    12:15 p.m. Better breathers
    1:30 p.m. MyCD workshop
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis