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Today's Features

  • Senior Hydroelectric Maintenance Technicians Joel Kennedy and Bobby Trujillo have been with the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities 18 and 15 years respectively, and Hydroelectric Plant Engineer Adam Cooper joined the team 11 years ago.
    But, on the chance they have reason to visit the department, their fellow employees ask if they are new on the job.
    That is because this crew operates the county’s two hydroelectric plants, located at the El Vado and Abiquiu dams.
    “Some of the citizens don’t even know that there are hydroelectric plants in the state, much less that Los Alamos owns two out of four,” Cooper said.
    The county’s two plants are smaller than the hydro plants at Elephant Butte and Navajo dams, but this three-man team has a full time job keeping them running.
    “These poor guys are just up here, and they are just doing everything, and pretty much invisible to the rest of the county, and really even to the citizens,” said DPU Public Relations Manager Julie Williams-Hill.
    According to Cooper, there is not a typical day.
    “There is no real standard day, which I really like. I don’t like monotony,” Cooper said.

  • Lee Powell, a former Los Alamos resident, has been named the winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award, considered one of the biggest awards in the broadcast news world.
    For Powell, three times is the charm.
    Powell works as a video journalist for The Washington Post.
    “For a newspaper, it shows our work can stand alongside other papers like The New York Times,” Powell said.
    His first win was for a compilation of pieces, as well as a feature that was about a fake ski slope in Virginia. He was working as a broadcast reporter for The Associated Press at the time, in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
    This upcoming award is for also writing a collection of stories from 2014 — about a newspaper publisher, a D-Day veteran and a collector of one of the largest pinball collections around.
    Powell was born in Dallas and moved to Los Alamos in 1989 while in the seventh grade. His mother, Irene, recently retired from being the director of the Los Alamos Volunteer Association and his father, David, worked for the Los Alamos National Laboratory for many years.
    Powell is a 1994 graduate from Los Alamos High School.
    He went onto college in Wheaton College in Illinois, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.

  • It has been a banner year for former Los Alamos resident James Carothers and his family.
    After landing a booking agent in Nashville, Tennessee, in January, he is one step closer to becoming a bona fide country music artist.
    Carrie Moore-Reed from Third Coast Talent is his agent, while his wife, Jill, has been assisting with booking venues for James.
    “It’s an uphill battle for any artist,” Jill Carothers said.
    James opens for bands in the Nashville area in country-themed bars and clubs. A possible gig in Washington state is in the works, but has not been finalized.
    In April, he played a Battle of the Bands at The Crazy Bull in Macon, Georgia. That performance is available on YouTube. He also plays at the Bluebird Café in Nashville.
    James scored a full-time gig at the start of the summer when he walked into the George Jones Museum and Entertainment Complex.
    The four-story location houses a museum, bar and restaurant, and an additional rooftop terrace bar that over looks the Cumberland River and the Tennessee Titans football stadium.
    The facility makes its own moonshine on the premises, as well.
    James first heard of an opening through one of his current band members who thought he would be a good fit for the gig.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Garth Reader, of Los Alamos, announce the engagement of their daughter Megan Marie Reader to Anthony Michael Sandoval.
    The bride and groom reside in Albuquerque and are planning a wedding for 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at United Church of Los Alamos.
    The groom’s parents are Mark and Theresa Sandoval of Albuquerque.

  • Which site has 50,000 volunteer-logged petroglyphs? What is the largest petroglyph site in North America? The answer to both of these questions is Mesa Prieta, an amazing archaeological treasure just in our own backyard. To learn more about this fascinating area and unique nonprofit, come hear Katherine Wells, founder of Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project, discuss her work. She will show petroglyphs from the Archaic, Puebloan and Historic periods, and answer questions about the volunteer organization that helps oversee and protect this important site.

    The Wells Petroglyph Preserve was created in 2007 when Katherine Wells donated 156 acres on Mesa Prieta to The Archaeological Conservancy. Katherine purchased the petroglyph-rich land on the mesa in 1992.  She had the vision for a preservation and educational effort for Mesa Prieta and the determination to develop a program dedicated to its protection. An additional 25 acres were added to the Wells Petroglyph Preserve in 2014, bringing the total protected area to 181 acres.

    This presentation will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • One-day open house planned at local church

    On Sunday, the United Church will have a community Open House from 3-5 p.m. to invite people to come see the result of the capital improvements over the last four years.
    The Thrift Shop will be open at that time as well. 662-2971. The church is located at 2525 Canyon Road.
    For more information, call 662-2971, or visit unitedchurchla.org.

    Space available for White Rock Artist Market

    The White Rock Artist Market currently has space is available for its two remaining outdoor Artist Markets, Labor Day weekend and the final market for the season Balloon Fiesta on Oct. 3.  Local artists and artisans are encouraged to sell at the market. On average 400-600 visitors go through the White Rock Visitor Center each day in conjunction with the shuttle going to and from Bandelier National Monument.
    The White Rock Artist Market is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the first Saturday of every month May through October.  The fee to participate is $25 per market. For more information contact Melanie Peña at 661-4836 or email melanie@losalamos.org. To register for either of the remaining markets visit,  eventbrite.com/white-rock-artist-market-registration.

    Roasted organic green chile at co-op

  • Well, we are officially back to school. This year more than any other, I understand why we start on a Thursday, because by Friday, both young and old were just plain exhausted. It is a nice ease back into the routine.
    Now that the public schools are underway, it will soon be time for families to send their college students back or off for the first time.
    I always feel it is my moral obligation to publically praise University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, the “Community College Feel with the University Appeal.” The number of kids who stayed local might surprise you.
    After a year at UNM-LA, the Lauritzen family has sent our 2014 Los Alamos High School graduate off to main campus and a new home away from home.
    I confess, I wept like a baby! That’s right, you would have thought he was flying to the other side of the world, but he’s no longer at home and only in Albuquerque. I felt bad that he had to endure it, but he knew it was coming the day after he walked that ’Topper stage.
    It was kind of hard for me to grasp why such emotion at even the thought of it, when he’s only an hour and a half away.

  • Recurring meetings
    Note: If any of the following listings need to be changed or removed, contact Gina Velasquez immediately at lacommunity@lamonitor.com, or 662-4185, ext. 21.

    The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. For more information, contact Chris Ortega at 672-9789.

    The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, lower level. On Tuesday, there is a fee of $2 per player. There is no charge on Saturday. For more information, contact Avadh Saxena at AVADH—S@hotmail.com or Ed Stein at 662-7472.

    The Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursdays. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at noon every Tuesday at the golf course, 4250 Diamond Dr. Guest speakers every week.  

    Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets Tuesdays from Noon-1 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Church in Kelly Hall.  

  • 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 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served during fellowship hour starting at 10:15 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

  • SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church for the first time has appointed women to three high-level church councils previously reserved only for men — a move scholars and Latter-day Saint feminists say marks a small, but noteworthy step in an ongoing push to increase visibility and prominence of women in the faith.
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the appointments Tuesday of three high-ranking women to committees that make key policy decisions for a faith of 15 million worldwide members.
    The women are Linda K. Burton, president of the faith’s largest organization for women called the Relief Society; Rosemary Wixom, president a branch dedicated to teaching children called General Primary and Bonnie L. Oscarson, who leads the Young Women’s organization.
    Mormon leader Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said in a statement that he is pleased the councils will have the women’s wisdom and participation.
    Jan Shipps, a retired religion professor from Indiana who is a non-Mormon expert on the church, called it an important change that was likely a response to pressure being applied in recent years by feminist Mormons.
    “It’s a way of saying women are important, but we are not going to make women members of the priesthood,” Shipps said.