Today's Features

  • Los Alamos County’s White Rock Branch Library was given a Citation award from the American Institute of Architects Albuquerque Design Awards Program. The annual awards program encourages and recognizes distinguished architectural achievement by New Mexico architects.
    The program serves to increase public awareness of the outstanding services provided by architects, and emphasizes the importance of the architect’s role in shaping the quality of the built environment through design excellence.
    This year’s entries were judged by a panel of AIA Architects from the San Francisco, California area.

  • DeAnza Valencia-Sapien has been named associate state director for advocacy for AARP New Mexico.
    Valencia-Sapien, a lawyer with more than 18 years of experience in strategic communications, public policy and community affairs, began her new position Dec. 7.
    Valencia-Sapien will lead the office’s federal and state efforts in legislation, guide and support AARP volunteers on health, consumer and utility issues, and work with lawmakers, community leaders and other organizations.
    “We are very excited to have someone with DeAnza’s experience and enthusiasm join our office,” said Gene Varela, AARP New Mexico state director.
    “Advocacy is the thread that has run through my entire career,” said Valencia-Sapien.
    Sapien is the former president of a health care advocacy consulting firm and is the former deputy director of the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool. As a founding partner of The MVM Group, she developed and implemented an eight-week entrepreneurial business accelerator for the City of Santa Fe and served as the executive director of the Regional Coalition of Los Alamos National Laboratory communities.

  • Holiday shoppers looking for a gift idea about Los Alamos should stop by the Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum shop. The Historical Society has published a new children’s activity book based on the life of Bences Gonzales called “Meet Bences Gonzales” that is now available for $7 at its temporary location at 475 20th St.
    The coloring pages and activities of “Meet Bences Gonzales” let children experience what life was like through many different eras of Los Alamos’ history.
    Gonzales was an important community leader from the homesteading era through the post-war period. The book follows his life as he homesteaded, ran the Trading Post for the Los Alamos Ranch School, worked for the Manhattan Project and contributed to civic life after the end of World War II.
    The activity book gives a window into daily life in Los Alamos throughout history. There are cabins to build, pack trips to plan and even a mysterious explosion to investigate. Local artist Turner Mark-Jacobs created the coloring pages and illustrations, based on historic reference photos from the Historical Society archives.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City says a bleeding host reported after a communion wafer turned water red was caused by bread mold, not a miracle.
    Officials said Wednesday that a scientist found the conclusive natural explanation for the wafer that turned water in an ablution bowl a dark red color at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Kearns.
    The diocese appointed a committee to investigate after the host that went uneaten on Nov. 8 appeared to bleed after being left unattended for several days.
    Committee chair Monsignor Francis Mannion says the church sets a high bar for proving a miracle and rules one out if an event has a conclusive natural explanation.
    He says in a statement that miracles have occurred in the church’s history, but false claims undermine its credibility.

  • 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 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:45 a.m. Preceding worship is our Christian Education hour which begins 8:30 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

  • Welcome to finals week. Hang in there, I hear some free time just ahead. I often talk to students and remind them that this is the time of year, along with spring break, that some students and some staff members seem to lose their minds.
    Now while I say it in a joking way, it is to draw attention to the fact that, this week can be stressful for many and in many different ways.
    As a parent of teenagers, I remind you that depending on their stage of schooling, they may not yet be aware of the onslaught of stress that seems to hit.
    This week, take some extra time to make sure they get to bed at a decent time, stay hydrated and try to get some breakfast in there somewhere. Maybe this is the week that you pack some nice treats in their lunch, take some extra time for dinner or ease off other pressures a bit.
    Our kids today and yes, I’m ball parking us all in the same age category, do not leave the life we led when we were their age. It is true, their technology alone is the primary cause. Our parents couldn’t be breathing down our necks with every missed assignment…truthfully until the report card came home.
    This is the first year that I hear elementary aged parents talking about the extreme stress their young children are under. To that I say, at the elementary age there is a lot that you can control.

  • Whether visitors are interested in landscape photography, birdwatching, Ancestral Pueblo astronomy, or just enjoying the charms of the park, Bandelier National Monument will have special events for many tastes through December.  
    Three of the park’s Artists in Residence will be hosting the opening of a “Pop-Up” show of their works in the Visitor Center theater from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. The artists will be present and refreshments will be served. Featured artists are Philip Metcalf, Patricia Galagan and David Halpern.
    “Three Visions of the Landscape” demonstrates how differently these three photographers have seen and interpreted the landscape, approaching it with different visions and techniques. Halpern has photographed the American landscape for more than six decades. “The more understanding one develops of a place over time, the more likely it will be that one’s photography will define the character of that place,” Halpern said.  

  • The public is invited to a special Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Nothing says Christmas quite like the sound of a choir performing carols. This choir happens to be composed of tubas and euphoniums.
    The group came together in 2002, and has played at various venues throughout Los Alamos every holiday season since then. The choir is made up of a core of adult musicians from other groups in Los Alamos (Big Band, Symphony, etc.) and is augmented by talented high school students. They play an eclectic mix of arrangements specifically created for a tuba choir. There is no admission charge.

    Coro de Cámara presents “Gaudete! A Joyful Christmas Concert” at 7 p.m. at United Church in Los Alamos and at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Avenue in Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service present a grief support group focused on “Coping With the Holidays” at 11 a.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The holiday season evokes feelings of joy, celebration and love but can be difficult for those who are experiencing grief. Emotions, stress and loneliness can feel overwhelming and a support group focused on coping strategies and new ways of planning for the season can be enormously helpful. The session is open to the community and will facilitated by Collette Fordham, LMSW, medical social worker for the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service. To reserve a space, call 662-2525.
    Chapter AK, P.E.O. social meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Joan Brown, 325 Aragon Ave., in White Rock. Joy Beery is the co-hostess. Katie Brousseau will present a program on Christmas customs from the days of our seven founders. There will be a little holiday music by Joann and Joan Brown. RSVP by Dec. 13 to Joan at 672-1534.

  • Winter may be knocking on New Mexico’s door, but it is not too early to think about spring planting.
    More than 65,000 tree and shrub seedlings are now available for purchase through the New Mexico State Forestry Division’s 2016 spring conservation seedling program. Seedling sales began earlier this week, with distribution for spring planting beginning on March.  
    Careful planting of tree and shrub species is an important part of New Mexico’s healthy forests and watersheds.
    “Tree seedlings help rehabilitate areas affected by fires and protect crops,” said Conservation Seedling Forester Carol Bada. “They promote energy conservation and improve the health of lands throughout New Mexico.”
    Seedlings are available to landowners who own at least one acre of land in New Mexico, and who agree to use the trees for conservation purposes.  
    These include reforestation, riparian restoration, windbreak establishment, tree plantations, erosion control and wildlife habitat.
    Seedlings can be ordered online at nmforestry.com and by mail-in application form. All proceeds are reinvested into the program.