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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Less than a month after announcing a plan to separate its DVD-by-mail and Internet streaming services, Netflix reversed course Monday and said it would keep the two services on a single website. Customers had complained loudly that the plan would have made it more difficult to watch movies. Investors hated it, too.
    In the end, the company backed down. But Netflix’s turbulent relationship with subscribers over the last three months raises questions about how it’s being managed during the transition from delivering movies on disc to sending them over the Internet.

  • “This concerto is one of the greatest pieces in clarinet repertoire — one of the prime jewels in literature.  I am delighted to be playing it.”  Dr. Robert Marcus used these words to describe “Mozart’s Concerto For Clarinet, K 622 (1791),” which he will perform with the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Crossroads Bible Church.
    Marcus is a retired physician from the department of Medicine at Stanford University, now living in Santa Fe. He has had an active musical life, performing in symphony and chamber groups, while also maintaining a busy medical career. In 1995 he performed the “Mozart Clarinet Concerto” with the Redwood Symphony in California.

  • For the seventh year, Los Alamos will get a sampling of Indian culture, as Dances of India entertains residents with its free performance at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    This year, the group headed by dance instructors Kavita Nandakishore and Alina Deshpande, will showcase their skills as they offer up their own version of the classic tale, “Snow White.” The event will be from 4-6 p.m. Saturday.

  • Autumn is swiftly settling upon our enchanted land. The amount of daylight diminishes with each passing day as the Aspen leaves reveal the first signs of their golden transformation.  
    The first leg of the journey traveled the passes of N.M. 4 through Jemez Springs, proceeding west on N.M. 485 to Gilman Tunnels. The next leg of the journey, from Gilman Tunnels to Porter Landing, offers many opportunities to enjoy unique scenery and history, while soaking in the changing fall colors.

    Beyond Gilman Tunnels

     Shortly past the tunnels, the road switches from paved to gravel where it becomes Forest Road 376. The continuing road loosely follows an old railroad spur leading to Porter Landing.   

  • When thinking of New Mexico, few Americans think about spy vs. spy intrigue, but in fact, to many international intelligence operatives, the state’s name is nearly synonymous with espionage, and Santa Fe is a sacred site.
    The KGB’s single greatest intelligence and counterintelligence coups and the planning of the organization’s most infamous assassination, all took place within one mile of Bishop Lamy’s statue in front of the St. Francis Cathedral in downtown Santa Fe.
    In his book, “A Spy’s Guide to Santa Fe and Albuquerque,” former CIA agent E. B. Held uses declassified documents from both the CIA and KGB, as well as secondary sources, to trace some of the most notorious spying events in U.S. history.

  • Dates announced

    The Betty Ehart Senior center has announced the dates for the Festival of Chocolate and the Festival of Trees.
    The fundraisers will benefit programs for youth and seniors in 2011 and 2012.
    The Festival of Chocolate will be  from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 12, with tickets available for $20, starting at the end of October.
    The Festival of Chocolate formally launches the Festival of Trees which hosts their event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 19.
    Admission is free, but collections of non-perishable items are taken to benefit programs.
    To donate a chocolate dessert or a holiday tree for auction call 672-4089 for more information.
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  • The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. Guests are always welcome. You do not need to own a Corvette to attend. For more information, contact Mike Luna at 672-4087.

    The Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursdays. They enjoy a meal and combine fun and social gathering with a business meeting. Those interested are invited to attend one of the meetings as a guest. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at 11:45 a.m. every Tuesday at Central Avenue Grill.

  • Today
    Nate McDowell of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Climate Research Lab, will give a talk on the “Effects of Climate on Plants,” at 7 p.m. at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. The talk is free and open to the public.

    Thursday
    Poetry gatherings, 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in Room 3 of the Mesa Public Library. There will be a discussion and sharing of “Roadblocks in our Genealogy Research.” Everyone is asked to bring their research roadblock to share. The public is invited. For more information, call Jodie Frye at 662-3381.

  • I write this column with a very heavy heart this week. On Sunday, I learned that Search Institute leader Dr. Peter Benson passed away after a battle with colon cancer.
    Benson was essentially the leader of the band, but feel free to insert the description of your choice: the front man, choir director, chairman of the board, or the coach.
    The “coach” is probably the best description because he is known for saying, “If you’re breathing, you’re on the team.”
    I had seen Benson numerous times at asset conferences in Minnesota, New York and Ohio. After one particular conference where we spent a lot of time talking about sparks, I decided to write him a letter.