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Today's Features

  • 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.
    Photos needed


  • 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.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Volunteer Examiner group will host the final amateur radio exam session of the year at 6:30 p.m. in the “old fire barn,” 4017 Arkansas. There will be testing for all classes of license. Those who wish to take the initial test for a technician class license will need a picture ID and two other forms of ID and a test fee of $15, cash or check (made out to ARRL VEC). Those who wish to upgrade to a higher-class license will need a picture ID and two other forms of ID, the original license and a copy or a valid certificate of successful completion of exam, plus the $15 exam fee. For more information, contact Bill Boedeker at 662-4220 or  boedeker@cybermesa.com.

  • USS Clinton reunion
    The USS Clinton Crewman’s Reunion Association is looking for crewmen and families for the 18th annual reunion in Florida Oct. 10-14. For reunion information, contact Reunion Coordinator Duncan E. Atkinson, 1510 19th Avenue North, Texas City, Texas 77590; 409-945-6148, 409-739-1341.
    Photos needed
    Blue Star Mothers is seeking photos of area military men and women serving in the armed forces.  Photos will be displayed on the organization’s  “Wall of Heroes”.   Call call Marilyn at  927-4341  or Lena at 927-2687 for more information.

    Singer sought

  • Oct. 9-15 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    
    BESC closed in observance of Columbus Day

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10:30 a.m.    AARP board meeting
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Beef tips
    7 p.m.    Bridge

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    RSVP quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise

  • 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.
    The shelter has just received a new group of cats and has appointments for their veterinary updates. They are available for viewing and will be adoptable very soon. Come visit Michael and C-2.

    Cats

  • Because of cuts, there is not enough money in the budget to fill the Los Alamos Middle School Library with the books their students and teachers need for reading and research, therefore, they are asking for monetary donations, which will be used to purchase the library materials needed.
    For every $15 donated, staff can purchase a new book for the library, ready to be checked out. One hundred percent of all donations go to the library and can be made by visiting www.funds4books.com and enter school code 80ca. Donations must be made by Oct. 17.