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Today's Features

  • The annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos and DelNorte Credit Union, will be from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    The breakfast is free. In return, attendees are requested to donate either non-perishable food items or money. Food collected will be used by LA Cares to feed local families in need. Money donated will be used for the Kiwanis/CYFD Foster Children Christmas party.

    Any money left over from the Foster Children’s party will be used for Foster Children needs.

  • During this special time of year, the San Ildefonso Pueblo Visitor’s Center invites the community to its annual bazaar Saturday.

    The 9 a.m.-4 p.m. event will feature the newest creations from pueblo artisans for the holiday season.

    The Pueblo de San Ildefonso Tourism Department holds the annual Holiday Bazaar at the Pueblo’s Tewa Center. The exact address for first time visitors, is 74 Povi Kaa Road in Santa Fe.

    “The bazaar is open to the public and features the artwork of the local artists of our Pueblo, such as: pottery, paintings, jewelry, sewing and handmade crafts,” said Denise Moquino, of the Tewa Visitor’s Center. “There will also be baked goods including; Indian bread, pies and cookies, cakes and more.”

    The concession stand is staffed by members of the Tribal Youth Council to benefit the program. Members will have an array of good food, snack items and drinks on hand throughout the day. 

    Pueblo artists will also donate an item that will be raffled off throughout the day. All questions can be directed to Denise Moquino at 455-3549 or 692-5580.

    This story has been corrected to reflect the correct date of the event.

  • The Betty Ehart Center will host a free play reading at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the White Rock Senior Center will have a free play Thursday of “Epiphany” by David MacGregor.

    The play is directed by Pat Beck and features Jim Nesmith and Pat Beck. It centers on a long-term couple’s discussing what (and who) is truly important in their lives. How can one man’s simple epiphany trigger such a reaction in his partner? Are we really hard-wired by biology to live only 30 years or so, and now that medical science lets humans live much longer, how does that affect the way we should live our lives?

    The readings are part of an ongoing partnership among the Senior Centers, Los Alamos Little Theatre, and playwright Robert Benjamin to bring live theater in enjoyable snippets every few months to the senior community.

    The readings are intended not only to be entertaining, but also to spark conversation about issues relating to aging.

    Previous readings include “I’m Herbert,” by Robert Anderson; “Final Gift,” “Fresh Out,” “Swerving” and “Too Soon,” by Benjamin; “MusicPoemMusic” by Elaine Jarvik; and an excerpt from “Not Quite Right,” co-authored by Jarvik and Benjamin.

  • A litter of six tiny kittens was transferred from an animal shelter in Moriarty to the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter Nov. 17. The kittens are still trying to figure out where they are and what it’s all about.

    Animal shelter volunteers were going to attempt getting a picture of all six together but their curiosity level and willingness to make friends was just too strong.

    They said just two of them, Nikolai, a Russian Blue and Laka, a Bombay, was the limit, as far as pictures were concerned. Nikolai has grey fur, like two of her siblings, and Bombay has black fur, like two of his siblings.

    All of the kittens in the litter are spayed and neutered. They are also litter-box trained and have been vaccinated.

    While attentive and well-behaved, they seemed to have other things to do than sit for a picture. Nikolai and Laka seemed more interested in jumping off the table in an effort to get to know their new, older friends at the shelter.

    Very curious and active, Nikolai, Laka and the rest of the crew are also healthy, friendly with humans, and very anxious to explore the world outside the shelter.

    For those looking to provide a forever home for these curious kitties, they can, call the shelter at 662-8179 or email at police-psa@lacnm.us.   

  • If Los Alamos Post Office customers looking to ship holiday gifts are lucky, they may get post office clerk Ted Romero to help them out. For the past 20 years, Romero has been using his smile and his wits to help customers through one of the most stressful times of the year.

    Not only is Romero good at solving problems, he can also tell a great joke.

    Romero said he likes to joke with the customers because it helps take their minds off their worries, especially if the wait may be a little longer than expected.

    “Life is tense enough as it is,” Romero said.

    It also makes good economic sense.

    “If people get the service they want, they will keep coming back. There is more than one shipping option,” Romero said. “We like people to be happy.”

    Romero also is a resident of Los Alamos County, which sometimes leads to some strange interactions outside of work.

    “Some of my older customers sometime say ‘I know you from somewhere,’ and I’ll go, ‘Oh yeah, I met you at your niece’s bar mitzvah…” Romero joked.

    It’s then, though, they catch on to where they really met him, and everyone’s in on the joke.

  • The holidays are all about family, and no two businesses in Los Alamos County speaks to family more than Warm Hearts Yarn and Atomic City Quilts.

    With its walls and floor space stacked with crafting, heirloom, scrap booking and quilt supplies, it’s easy to see why. The two businesses have everything one needs to make that special gift or create the next quality family keepsake.

    The stores also sell bead jewelry and regular jewelry. The store also sells soaps, candles and lotion from local vendor Heather Quinn, with many of the items making perfect stocking stuffers.

    Atomic Quilts and Warm Hearts also has gift certificates available.

    About two years ago, Atomic Quilts move in and the two businesses set up shop together in the same space at 1247 Central Avenue, Suite C.

    On Small Business Saturday, the stores will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., but since the day is a special one for Los Alamos, Atomic Quilts owner Shelly Kuropatwinski said they may keep the doors open later for those last-minute shoppers.

    Warm Hearts Yarn first moved into the shop from their White Rock location in September 2015 and Atomic City Quilts started fresh at the new location.

    Kuropatwinski got into quilting 17 years ago simply because her baby needed a quilt.

  • For those looking for a unique gift to give this holiday season, they might want to make a virtual stop at Caffeination Station. Caffeination Station is where one can order hand roasted coffee right here in Los Alamos.

    Caffeination Station owner Conner Maxwell sells three different flavors of beans, Tanzanian, Colombian (medium and dark roast) and Ethiopian Harar. The Station doesn’t yet have a physical address, but can be found on Facebook (facebook.com/caffeinationstationNM) where customers can contact her for orders. She’s also available by email at caffeinationstationNM@gmail.com.

    One-pound bags are $13 and half-pound bags are $8.

    She also has an instagram page at caffeinationstationnm where customers can follow her progress in her new business venture.

    While Maxwell would like to open a coffee shop in Los Alamos someday, she decided to start things off as a roaster and see where that takes her. After all, she said, “the heart of the coffee business in the bean.” She also discovered that state regulations are much kinder to coffee roasters.

  • For Brad and Rose Nyenhuis, the journey to opening Los Alamos County’s go-to spot for runners, cyclists, climbers and skiers began with a Craigslist ad.

    Before moving to New Mexico, the two of them lived in Chicago. Brad Nyenhuis owned a machine shop, and Rose Nyenhuis worked at a running store. But for years, they had sought an escape to the mountains, and thought opening a business would be the perfect opportunity.

    They looked for any kind of store for sale in Colorado, Utah and surrounding states, and one day stumbled across an ad on Craigslist for a man selling a bike shop in Los Alamos.

    Though the ad didn’t lead to a viable opportunity, the town grabbed onto them and didn’t let go. 

    “We loved the town, and we especially loved the people,” Brad Nyenhuis said.

    They decided they could find success in the area by starting a business aimed at the athletic community, specifically runners and bikers, a community they found to be well-represented.

    On Nov. 21, 2013, the business became a reality when they opened Fusion Multisport.