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Today's Features

  • As we look at positive identity and self esteem this month, I decided to reflect on the sport of wrestling.
    I know I have discussed the values of wrestling at some point, but this weekend, I saw wrestling in a new way and thought I’d share.
    The sport in and of itself, builds self esteem, but in some pretty interesting ways.
    The wrestler starts off with his or her weight predominately displayed on a small digital sign for the crowd to see. This explains why the sport is dominated by boys, but makes it even more impressive when you see a girl on the mat.
    If you haven’t seen a match before, for the spectator, it looks a bit like boxing. There are two athletes, one on either side, with their coaches in the corners.

  • Mountain School’s Green Team celebrated National Recycling Day Nov. 15 with a door-decorating contest. Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki, stopped by one of green team’s meetings and explained what materials are recyclable in the county.
    The green team created a school-wide newsletter explaining the information to the entire school, based on what they learned from Nagawiecki’s visit.
    The classes decorated their door with recycled materials and created a door slogan and some students included earth friendly pledges to the decorated doors.

  • Wednesday

    This month’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting features a panel of counselors who will discuss emerging trends and teen issues they are seeing in their work and how we as a community can address these challenges. The public is welcome to attend. The meeting is scheduled one week earlier than usual, at 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Pajarito Cliffs Site, Camino Entrada.  For more information, call 661-4097.

    Chick Keller talks on “Global Warming: What we Know and What the Current Hot Topics Are,” at 7 p.m. at PEEC, 3540 Orange Street. Free.

    Thursday

  • GENEVA (AP) — Physicists are closing in on an elusive subatomic particle that, if found, would confirm a long-held understanding about why matter has mass and how the universe's fundamental building blocks behave.

    Few people outside physics can fully comprehend the search for the Higgs boson, which was first hypothesized 40 years ago. But proving that the "God particle" actually exists would be "a vindication of the equations we've been using all these years," said one Nobel laureate.

    Scientists announced Tuesday that they had found hints but no definitive proof of the particle that is believed to be a basic component of the universe. They hope to determine whether it exists by next year.

  • Dec. 11-17, 2011
    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 Plus Exercise
    11:30    a.m.    Lunch: Sausage and wild rice
    7 p.m.    Ballroom Dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45        Variety Training
    10 a.m.    AARP board meeting
    11:30        Lunch: Lasagna
    7 p.m.    Bridge

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    We have a new color-coding system to help you select your perfect new family member. Check it out.
    Two for the price of one. This is an opportunity to double your feline pleasure.

    DOGS

    Baby — Young spayed female GSD-mix. Very friendly. Loves the dog park.
    Buddy —Another young neutered male GSD-mix. Just waiting on shots. Very sweet and friendly.

  • Today

    Schola Cantorum of Santa Fe presents “El Niño — the Christ Child,” at 3 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. There will be carols, ancient Gregorian chants, Christmas music of the Renaissance and a taste of Celtic Christmas music. Tickets are $15 for general admission and are available at Ruby K’s Bagel Café. For more information visit schola-sf.org or call 474-2815.

    Dec. 14

    The December Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is scheduled one week earlier than usual. They will meet at 6:15 p.m. Dec. 14 in Building #1, Pajarito Cliffs Site, Camino Entrada. For more information, call 661-4097.

  • The Los Alamos High School NJROTC conducted its annual military inspection on Dec. 2.
    Every other year, the area manager for NJROTC Area 9 visits the unit and conducts an on-site inspection.
    This year the area manager, Cmdr. Dial traveled from his headquarters in Millington, Tenn. to conduct the inspection. In addition to the personnel inspection where Dial inspected each of the 85 cadets, other inspection categories include: school system program support, administration of the program, academic program and student mentoring.
    A complete inventory of all Navy provided equipment, uniforms, drill rifles and Navy provided academic materials was conducted.

  • There’s still time to sign up for the annual spring break trip to Washington, D.C. This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home schooled eighth grade students.
    The trip is private and not school-sponsored. Sign-up at worldstrides.org using ID number 65383 or call 1-800-468-5899, using the same ID Number.

  • There are many organizations in town that raise funds for various causes. It seems like there’s always some sort of benefit dinner being held or money being collected to help one group or another.
    One of those organizations is the American Legion Post 90. In fact on Saturday, they had a dinner and raffle to raise funds for the Paws and Stripes program, which takes shelter animals, trains them and pairs them with military veterans who suffer from various illnesses, including post traumatic stress disorder.