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Today's Features

  • During the season of Great Lent, the community of Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church in Los Alamos has participated in traditions of the Orthodox Church. These traditions include Lenten fasting, meditation and mid-week Lenten Liturgy.
    Blini Breakfast, last month, is a meal with Russian blini, dairy and fish, which marks the last meal for non-Lenten foods until Pascha (Easter). This meal has been a tradition in Los Alamos for more than 10 years.
    Lenten Meditations this year are based on the writings of Saint Isaac the Syrian. Hieromonk John using the rare text, “The Ascetical Writings of Saint Isaac the Syrian,” has led the meditations.  

  • LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — The two Colt six-shooters are relics of a bygone era and of a sensational kidnapping case that "stirred the city to its foundation" a century ago.

    The kidnapping of 2-year-old Waldo Rogers from his home near the New Mexico Highlands University campus generated relentless media attention with coverage in the New York Times and daily updates in the Optic.

    "Presented to Tim O'Leary by citizens of Las Vegas, N.M. April 1911," reads the meticulous engraving on the barrel of one of the silver-plated guns. The other is inscribed to A.A. (Apolonio) Sena.

  • NEW YORK (AP) — ABC canceled two of its three soap operas on Thursday, consigning "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" — and Susan Lucci, daytime's most famous actress — to television history.

    The move leaves "General Hospital" as ABC's only daytime drama, one of only four that will remain on ABC, CBS and NBC's daytime schedule.

    Soap operas have slowly been fading as a TV force, with many of the women who made up the target audience now in the work force. In place of the two canceled dramas, ABC will air shows about food and lifestyle transformations.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will meet at 7 p.m. at the home of Nona Bowman, 1045 Los Pueblos (662-3192). Steve Lynne of the Los Alamos County Administration Department will be the guest speaker. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for charity donations. For more information, call Donna MacDonald at 662-4001 or Ann Wadstrom at 662-7578.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association meets at 7 p.m. in Room 3 of the Mesa Public Library. Alan Wadlinger will give the presentation, “Historical Drivers and Emigration — Iroquois Confederacy Influence on the U.S. Government Structure.” The public is invited. For more information call Jodie Frye at 662-3381.

    Friday

  • By participating in UNM-LA’s eight-week Summer Bridge Program 2011, high school graduates and GED Recipients can get a tuition-free head start on college.  
    “Students enroll with a cohort of other first-time college students and receive personalized attention from the UNM-LA staff and faculty,” said Student Advisor Jackie La New.  “The students will take classes together, participate in focused study sessions with faculty, learn to navigate college, and build a support network of other students, faculty and staff.”
    This summer, students will take a math or English course and have the option to take a one-credit course of introduction to opera, T’ai Chi Chu’un, yoga, or aquatic aerobics.  

  • One spring morning, the birds outside Becky and Tom Shankland’s house at the edge of White Rock Canyon set up a ruckus.
    They hurried to the window to see the birds scolding something — a cat. Not a neighborhood house cat prowling for a feathered snack, but a slightly larger creature with a distinctive spotted coat and cropped tail. A bobcat.
    Bobcats are fairly common but secretive predators in much of New Mexico, including Los Alamos County.
    According to Rick Winslow, a carnivore biologist with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, there are about 35,000 to 55,000 bobcats in New Mexico and in Los Alamos, their population density is comparable to that of coyotes.

  • The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos will host a scholarship fundraiser at Central Avenue Grill on Saturday. Proceeds from the fundraiser will provide scholarships to UNM-Los Alamos students and assist them in successfully completing their educational goals.
    “UNMLA serves both traditional and non-traditional students. Many of our adult students do not have the same scholarship options as our students entering college directly after high school graduation,” said Director of Students Services Dr. Patricia Boyer.

  • Tyler Perry gives family new home

    NEWNAN, Georgia — Movie mogul Tyler Perry delivered on a Christmas promise when he handed the keys of a new four-bedroom house to an 88-year-old woman who lost her rural Georgia home to a fire.
    Rosa Lee Ransby and her seven grand- and great-grandchildren lost their home a week before Christmas.
    Perry saw the story on a local television newscast and decided to rebuild the house. He also fully furnished it.
    More than 20 family members attended ceremony in rural Coweta County on Friday.
    Country star Strait buys resort stake

    BOERNE, Texas — Country superstar George Strait is taking a swing at another of his passions: golf.

  • The Los Alamos Monitor has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.

    1.  “The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls,” Valorie Schaefer

    2.  “The Manhattan Project,”
    Dan Elish
     3.  “American Prometheus ...,”Kali Bird and Martin Sherwin
    4.  “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” Rebecca Skloot
     5.  “Los Alamos: 1944-1947,”
    Toni Michnovicz Gibson and Jon Michnovicz
    6.  “109 East Palace,” Jennet Conant
    7.   “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand,” Helen Simonson

  • 1.  “Hop,” weekend gross, $21.2 million
    2.  “Hanna,” $12.3 million
    3.  “Arthur,” weekend gross,
    $12.2 million
     4.  “Soul Surfer,” $10.6 million
    5. “Insidious,” weekend gross, $9.3  million
    6.  “Your Highness,” weekend gross,
    $9.6  million
    7.   “Source Code,” weekend gross,
    $8.6 million

    8.  “Limitless,” weekend gross,
    $5.4 million

    9.  “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” weekend gross $4.7 million

    10.  “The Lincoln Lawyer,” weekend gross, $4.2 million