Today's Features

  • We would like to thank everyone in our community who contributed in creating a wonderful morning for the children of our community at the Children’s Christmas Bazaar at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church during Winterfest on Dec. 3.
    One hundred forty one children and their parents enjoyed this community event.

  • The Los Alamos Public Schools will lose a cog from its well-oiled machine, known more commonly as the Piñon Panthers.
    Jose N. Martinez started working as a custodian for LAPS in 1976 and rounds out his career today, with a celebration of his life and work.
    Martinez builds the assets of both students and staff by going out of his way to be a smiling presence. He starts out the day by making teachers and staff feel good, which is naturally passed on to the students. He can be found still smiling at the end of a long day, which is a sight also welcomed by staff.
    Martinez commutes each day through all types of weather, which indicates his personal integrity and quiet dignity.

  • 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.


  • 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

    8:45     a.m.    Cardio Plus Exercise
    11:30    a.m.    Lunch: Sausage and wild rice
    7 p.m.    Ballroom Dancing

    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.


    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.