Today's Features

  • In the age of technology, Kindle and social media, the traditional book has started to fall by the waste side. Scholastic book fairs and other programs to draw in younger readers have also dwindled over the years, but there is still hope.
    Los Alamos native Phil Rink is fighting to keep school-age children reading – especially boys.
    “Some kids are bored with some of the books they are given to read,” Rink said. “Boys will read if you give them something to read.” Rink is a 1978 graduate of Los Alamos High School.
    Rink has written a collection of short books surrounding the lives of two boys – Jimi and Issac.
    Jimi and Isaac Books use a new approach to storytelling, but the books will feel familiar to older readers.
    “Our books are full of short sentences, short pages, short chapters and really big ideas,” Rink said. “These were once called ‘Boy’s Books,’ but the industry is now allergic to that category.”
    The main characters are Jimi, named after Jimi Hendrix and Isaac, named after Isaac Newton.


  • OK, we’re on that downhill slide toward spring break.
    I like to joke with students that this is the time of year when students and staff tend to lose their minds. The closer we get, the more everybody will be beyond ready for some time off.
    What I would say is that we all need a reminder to get back to basics, to help everyone hang in there.
    No matter your age, stay hydrated, get enough sleep, try to take the stairs when possible or find any type of exercise you enjoy. This is what keeps the boat floating and helps us stay grounded when times are tough.
    I would also like parents to remind their students to be extra aware of the work of the custodial crew. We as parents would be sad to see the mess left behind each day. Trash left right on lunch tables and under them, paper towels thrown right beside the trash can.
    Parents please be cautious of constantly concentrating on grades and always speaking of academics. Kids still need to be kids and there is a time and a place for everything. Make sure you give a darn about asking how your day is and making sure the answer only relates to life in general.

    Jemez Thrift shop bag day from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having their annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale fro 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Los Alamos National Bank and Smith’s grocery stores. Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals.
    Jemez Thrift Shop bag day from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Los Alamos County Transportation Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. in room 110 at the municipal building. The New Mexico Department of Transportation will provide an update regarding the NM 502 Trinity Drive Improvements Project.

    Group Coaching Session on Using Testimonials and Case Studies from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Pig+Fig Café in White Rock. Join Mandy Marksteiner when she shows you how to use case studies and testimonials in your marketing materials. Breakfast is on Mandy.

    Los Alamos Little Theater will perform “Lions in Illyria” at 7 p.m. The show is appropriate for all ages, and will last about 75 minutes. For this production only, tickets are priced at $10 for all seats. Get tickets at C.B. Fox, online through lalt.org or at the door.

  • The first film ever in which a Latino was nominated for an Oscar, Director Robert Montgomery’s “Ride the Pink Horse” (1947), will screen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.
    In this noir-style film shot in Santa Fe, Gagin (Montgomery) speaks few words but carries a big secret – or at least, so it seems – all the way to the border town of San Pablo, where FBI Agent Bill Retz (Art Smith) and bad guy Frank Hugo (Fred Clark) figure him out posthaste, or so it seems.
    Basically, Gagin and Retz both want something from Hugo, and the main question is who will get it first. But “Ride the Pink Horse” is full of shifty glamor and merry-go-round rides. Gagin’s criminal involvement offers plenty of bewilderment, but as sometimes happens in noir, most enigmatic of all is a naive woman.
    Pila (Wanda Hendrix), a teenager Gagin meets in San Pablo, tails him everywhere. She helps him find the La Fonda hotel, warns him of dangers, heals him after his inevitable knife fight, and even changes her hair to suit his liking. In exchange, he verbally abuses her. He appears to have suffered a bad relationship in the past, which doesn’t excuse his behavior.

  • While Fuller Lodge is being renovated, Wednesday's noontime Brown Bag show will be at United Church. The Los Alamos Arts Council showcases the En Saga Players, as well as two works by Wolfgang Mozart and Jean Sibelius.  
    En Saga Players is made up of local musicians including Kay Newnam, violin; Brian Newnam, viola; Joseph Fasel, clarinet; Laura Taylor, flute; James Knudson, cello; Regina Doorn, contrabass, as well as high school students and violinists Michelle Yang and Grace Kim.
    Brian Newnam explained the pieces the ensemble are performing, Mozart’s “Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major, K. 581” and Sibelius’ “En Saga Septet,” are very different from one another. He described Sibelius’ work as dark and turbulent. Still, when Brian Newnam said he came across the work, “I was just infatuated by it. I love it.”  
    Turns out others feel the same way.
    The Newnams helped introduce New Mexico to the piece in 2013. Brian Newnam recalled after the performance one audience member commented, “I wished it never ended.”
    In contrast, Mozart’s piece is “a lighter work. Totally different mood,” Brian Newnam said. It is cheerful and light-hearted.

  • Feb. 28-March 5, 2016
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Pork Chop
    6 a.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 a.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11 a.m.-1 p.m.     Visit from rep. of U.S. Sen.             Udall
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Fried Chicken    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters

  • Jan. 26— A boy. Oliver Ruxson Privette. Born to Jessica and James Privette.
    Feb. 7 — A girl. Hanna Carmen Valencia. Born to Evelena and Matthew Valencia.
    Feb. 8 — A boy. Aiden Michale Maestas. Born to Kayla and Antonio Maestas.
    Feb. 9 — A girl. Lakai Krantz. Born to Felicia Montoya and Kyle Krantz.
    Feb. 13 —A boy. Wakely Carl Parkinson. Born to Desta and David Parkinson.

  • This weekend is the last weekend to enjoy the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Hours are Saturday: Public skate is noon-5:30 p.m. LAHA 5:45-9:30 p.m. Sunday: Public skate from noon-5 p.m. LAHA 5:30-7:30 p.m. Adult hockey 7:45-9:45 p.m.

  • Rebecca Boerigter and Jason Lengyel, of Wisconsin, have announcement their engagement.
    Boerigter is the daughter of Stephen and Kathleen Boerigter, of Los Alamos. Lengyel is the son of Paul and Joan Lengyel, of Osceola, Wisconsin.
    The afternoon wedding is planned for Oct. 7 in Beloved Barn, Wisconsin.