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Today's Features

  • The story of the Casad family began as a classic westering tale with families moving from New Jersey to Ohio to Illinois to Kansas. There, an act of violence propelled the family on a flight from justice that took it to New York to Panama to California to New Mexico.
    Along the way, fortunes were made and lost and made again. In southern New Mexico, the Casads became large landowners, agricultural innovators and leading families.
    Rick Hendricks, Ph.D. is the current State Historian of New Mexico and will talk about his upcoming book on the Casad family of the Mesilla Valley. He will be part of the Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

  • Thursday
    The Los Alamos High School NJROTC will have a brisket dinner from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Posse Shack on North Mesa. The price will be $10 and the menu includes brisket, corn, potato salad, roll, cookies and a drink.

    The Los Alamos Arts Council will begin its 2011 Guitar Concert Series, Guitars at the Lodge, at Fuller Lodge at 7 p.m. Beverage and cookies available at 7 p.m., music begins at 7:15 p.m.  Admission is $15 at the door for non-members, $10 for members.

  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed film goddess whose sultry screen persona, stormy personal life and enduring fame and glamour made her one of the last of the old-fashioned movie stars and a template for the modern celebrity, died Wednesday at age 79.

    She died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized for about six weeks, said publicist Sally Morrison.

  • BERLIN (AP) — Germany is determined to show the world how abandoning nuclear energy can be done.

    The world's fourth-largest economy stands alone among leading industrialized nations in its decision to stop using nuclear energy because of its inherent risks. It is betting billions on expanding the use of renewable energy to meet power demands instead.

    The transition was supposed to happen slowly over the next 25 years, but is now being accelerated in the wake of Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant disaster, which Chancellor Angela Merkel has called a "catastrophe of apocalyptic dimensions."

  • National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, Michael Chapdelaine will play a solo concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge, as part of the Guitars at the Lodge Series.
    Chapdelaine has won top honors in five international guitar competitions, including first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America Competition, the world’s most prestigious classical guitar competition. He has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowships and holds a master’s degree from Florida State University. He studied with Spanish maestro Andres Segovia and has been professor of guitar at the University of New Mexico since 1985.

  • At a luncheon in White Rock recently, members and friends of Summit Garden Club celebrated the club’s first 50 years and looked to future events.
    Chartered in 1961, Summit began with eight members whose goal was to learn various aspects of gardening and flower arranging, starting with the basics of floral design. Four members, Dorothy Crawford, Margaret Hanson, Bunnie Newman and Kathleen Hoverson, were honored for 50 years of service.

  • A team of four sixth graders from Barranca Mesa Elementary placed second in the MathCounts chapter competition, on Feb.12 at Pojoaque Valley High School. MathCounts is a nationwide coaching and competition program for students in grades six through eight. The MathCounts program encourages excellence, confidence and curiosity through fun and challenging math programs. With their second-place finish, the Barranca students advanced to the state competition in Albuquerque on Saturday.

  • Thursday
     The Los Alamos Arts Council will begin their 2011 Guitar Concert Series, Guitars at the Lodge, 7 p.m. March 24 at Fuller Lodge. Beverage and cookies available at 7 p.m., music begins at 7:15 p.m.  Admission is $15 at the door for non-members, $10 for members.
    Thursday
    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold a brown bag meeting from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road, in the lounge on the lower level of the Sunday School building. Sharon Stover of the county council will be guest speaker.  For more information call Donna MacDonald  at 662-4001 or Ann Wadstrom at 662-7578.
    Saturday

  • BOSTON (AP) — A Texas construction worker badly disfigured in a power line accident two years ago has received the nation's first full face transplant at a Boston hospital.

    More than 30 doctors, nurses and other staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital led by plastic surgeon Dr. Bohdan Pomahac (POE'-ma-hawk) performed the 15-hour operation last week on 25-year-old Dallas Wiens (WEENS), of Fort Worth, Texas. He was listed in good condition at the hospital on Monday.

  • VIENNA (AP) — Japan's nuclear crisis has exposed huge weaknesses in how the world deals with such disasters, the U.N. nuclear chief said Monday, urging changes in emergency nuclear responses worldwide.

    Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, also told a 35-nation IAEA board meeting that — while the situation at Japan's crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear site remains serious — "we are starting to see some positive developments."