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Today's Features

  • The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team recently announced Ani Nadiga, Los Alamos High School Class of 2015, is part of a winning team at the 2015 National Speech and Debate Tournament held by the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) in Dallas last month.
    Nadiga and four qualifiers from two high schools in Albuquerque made up winning team New Mexico Blue in World Schools Debate.
    New Mexico Blue beat out more than 100 other teams from across the United States and four foreign countries in this inaugural event at the National Speech and Debate Tournament.
    Worlds Schools Debate is a new event at the NSDA National Tournament. The USA World Schools Debate Invitational featured six preliminary rounds with a mix of teams from the U.S. and around the world debating in the British parliamentary style.
    Also competing at the NSDA Tournament were Los Alamos Hilltalkers Sudeep Dasari, Ben Duan, James Sinnis, Irene Gerrish, Rebecca Cai, Katherine Wang, William McCumber, Robert Zhu and Wilbur Wang. The teams that competed at the tournament in all events were up against the other nationally ranked competitors in speech and debate representing the best of each National Speech and Debate Association district.

  • Today
    Tuesdays at the Pond. 7 p.m. The Nukeproofs, a Los Alamos band playing hardcore punk and rock and roll. Event is every Tuesday through Aug. 11.

    Star Party: Jupiter and Venus. 8 p.m. at the Nature Center. Start off with a brief orientation to the night sky inside the planetarium, then go outside to see the Milky Way through our telescopes, plus Mars and Jupiter passing closely to each other. Free. More information at losalamosnature.org.
    Wednesday
    Green Hour Hikes with PEEC. 9:30 a.m. Meet at local trailheads for meandering hikes where kids set the pace and decide the activities. Some days you’ll hike far, others you’ll stop and play at an interesting spot. Free. All ages. Check PEEC’s website for trailhead meeting points. For more information, losalamosnature.org.

    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620. Also, the United Thrift Shop, 2525 Canyon Road in Los Alamos will be closed due to resurfacing of the parking lot.

    Los Alamos Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday. 6 p.m. at 84 Barcelona Ave. in White Rock. For further information contact Mary Swickard at 672-3300 or Dennis Wulff at 672-9563.

  • Summer Family Evenings returns with a presentation from the owner of the Harrell House Bug Museum. The talk will start at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
    Come and see a large selection of live critters including tarantulas, scorpions, insects, centipedes, crabs and more. Wade Harrell, founder of the Bug Museum, will be on hand to answer questions and share amazing facts about these unusual animals.
    Harrell has been keeping strange animals as pets since he was 6 years old. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in fine art. He was the Animal Specialist at Three Lakes Nature Center in Henrico County, Virginia for 12 years. He is current president of the American Tarantula Society.
    In 2011, Harrell, along with his wife Beth, and daughter, Lily, moved to Santa Fe to start the Harrell House Bug Museum and Science Shop.
    Summer Family Evenings have always been a popular program at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, and now is supported by the Del Norte Credit Union.
    Summer Family Evenings take place at the Nature Center every Wednesday evening throughout June and July. They are free for PEEC members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.

  • I still feel the need to continue with absolute positivity this week, more on the reason for that next week.
    This week, we spotlight some additional entrepreneurs with the Youth Business Grant summer series.
    Today, we look at Los Alamos High School  ’Topper Junseo Kim. Kim started playing tennis in the sixth grade and as a sophomore continues with a travel team and as a Hilltopper.
    Kim applied for a Los Alamos Commerce and Development Youth Business Grant to extend his love of tennis by extending his knowledge to others. He enjoys teaching elementary students and occasionally teaches middle school students, too.
    He sees the benefits of the one on one time spent by him as a coach to help his students avoid distractions while allowing the student to learn a significant amount.
    You can find him on the Nina Marsh Courts in Los Alamos where Kim’s rates are extremely reasonable. The sessions run just $10 for a 30-minute session and $15 for a 45 minute session.
    He can be reached at 412-7589, or via email at JunsLATennis@gmail.com.
    If the hot weather has you not wanting to lift a finger to mow that yard then Macklin Cunico is your guy.
    Cunico is no newcomer to the yard business as he celebrates his fourth year with the LACDC program.

  • May 26: A girl, Rhee S. Nath, born Sushmita Ghosh and Pulak Nath
    June 2: A boy, Israel Martinez, born to Ericka Velasquez and Jason Martinez
    June 3: A girl, Jaslynn Marie Rose Sauer, born to DeAnna and Dominic Sauer
    June 6: A girl, Brooklyn Nova Jimenez, born to DeNae and Leonard Jimenez
    June 7: A boy, Thomas Aquinas Meyer, born to Rachel and Chad Meyer
    June 7: A girl, Charlotte Rose Stein, born to Erin Hemphill and Stuart Stein
    June 18: A girl, Payson Ryleigh Romero, born to Dancie Smith and Lance Romero
    June 19: A girl, Adelina Sofia Ortiz, born to Elyza and Daniel Ortiz
    June 20: A boy, Ethan Vance Romero, born to Christina and Adrian Romero
    June 20: A boy, Jonathan Jerome Sanchez, born to Victoria M. Sanchez

  • June 28- July 4, 2015
    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
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Meatballs with rice
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.         Lunch: Chicken tenders
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1:30 p.m.        “Friends” meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio plus exercise

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today.
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Annie — A 9-year-old, spayed, female who just loves being petted! She has a very pretty black/gray, orange and white coat with short hair. Due to medical care needed by her owner, Annie is now at the shelter looking for her forever home. She can sometimes be a bit shy with shelter visitors, but she quickly warms up to you when you offer her some belly rubs!
    Freckles — An 8-year-old, spayed, female tortie whose pretty face is orange on one side and dark of the other. She is an indoor kitty who loves attention from adults. She can be a bit selective about other feline company and should have her own separate “facilities.” She wants to avoid children and dogs.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email 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 located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served during fellowship hour starting at 10:15 a.m. 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.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • “Is there a biblical model for how Christians should think about war?” — Katrina

    The Old Testament, of course, is rife with examples of war in which the enemy of God’s people is to be utterly wiped out (Deut. 20:16-18; Josh. 6:17-21). Some debate exists regarding whether or not the Israelite practice of the “ban” (i.e., “dedicated to God for the purpose of utter destruction”) is any way a justification for modern warfare.
    We will note here only that ancient Hebrew regulations concerning war represent a step forward from surrounding cultures in which wanton marauding and murder were the norm. Such passages do not serve as evidence of God’s approval or preference for killing (see Ex. 20:13).
    The subject is fraught with ambiguities. Argument may be made that Jesus did not forbid the soldier from being a soldier (Matt. 8:5ff; Luke 3:14). He recognized the harsh realities of this broken world with its wars and rumors of war (Matt. 24:6-7).
    Simultaneously, war is always an evil. Conflict is the result of human passions (James 4:1-3) and, in its essence, is not compatible with Christian life.
    So, there are principles that guide Christian thought in this arena.

  • Today
    Downtown Dogs is a weekly walking group. All dogs and their humans are invited to walk from Pet Pangaea, 158 Central Park Square for a stroll around Downtown Los Alamos. 7 p.m. Come prepared with a standard leash, no longer than 6 feet.

    Authors Speak Series. Craig A. Smith. Author and music critic with his new book, “A Vision of Voices,” a biography of Santa Fe Opera founder John Crosby. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through Saturday at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Friday
    Fourth Friday Downtown: Working with Wind Power. Engineer and design wind generators or build and fly a miniature helicoper. 4-6 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. WhiteWater Ramble. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.   
    Saturday
    Farmers Cooperative Market. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Co-op Market. The Farmer’s Cooperative Market will bring food from four farms, Camino de Paz, Monte Vista Farm, Tesuque Pueblo Farm and Shepherd’s Lamb. The producer’s co-op is also working with the co-op to make items from these farmers available in the store on a daily basis.