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Today's Features

  • WASHINGTON (AP) — George Clooney used his Hollywood celebrity to draw attention Wednesday to the humanitarian crisis in the volatile border between Sudan and South Sudan, offering a firsthand account of the suffering as thousands forced to take refuge in caves because of daily aerial bombardments.
    “What you see is a constant drip of fear,” the actor and human rights activist told the packed room of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as his every move was accompanied by the incessant sound of camera shutters clicking.
    Just back from an eight-day trip to the region, Clooney described a secret, six-hour trip across the border to the Nuba Mountains, rocket attacks, death and destruction. He recalled how a 9-year-old boy had his hands blown off.

  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax” has easily beaten Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “John Carter” at the weekend box office.
    Studio estimates Sunday put Universal Pictures’ “The Lorax” at No. 1 for the second-straight weekend as the animated adventure based on the children’s book took in $39.1 million. That raised its 10-day domestic total to $122 million, making “The Lorax” the top-grossing movie released this year.

  • FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A new television show that follows Navajo Nation police officers as they patrol the reservation’s 17 million-plus acres is set to hit the airwaves.
    “Navajo Cops” premieres Monday evening on the National Geographic Channel and features some of the tribal department’s 330 men and women on patrol.
    The show follows officers as they provide services and respond to calls across the sprawling reservation. About 180,000 residents live on the nation’s largest Indian reservation, which extends across parts of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. The officers have to balance modern law enforcement with ancient customs.

  • A group of children duck down and shield themselves with their arms against the plane overhead. It’s not until the female voice comes over the loudspeaker, announcing that everything is fine, do they relax and continue on with their business.
    The youngsters are all dressed alike in drab, gray clothing. In fact, everyone in their community dresses the same. There is no color and no diversity.
    “The Giver,” Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest production, adapted by Eric Coble, directed by Mimi Adams, produced by Pat Beck and based on a book by Lois Lowry, gives the audience a look inside this totalitarian society reminiscent of George Orwell’s “1984.”

  • The volcanic Jemez Mountains rise up from the high desert like an island in the sky surrounded by a desert sea. The Rio Grande rift splits the Colorado Plateau and a sparkling ribbon of water flows along its path. Northern New Mexico’s rich diversity of ecosystems awaits the curious.  
        This June, PEEC offers children the opportunity to explore the landscape. Programs are for children entering grades fourth through sixth (Nature Odyssey) and grades seven and eight (LEAP). Each week is a chance for them to spend their days outdoors, make new friends and meet scientists in the field.  

  • Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Obedience Club began March 12. Classes this session include puppy kindergarten, basic manners, competitive obedience, intermediate agility, the “rent” free club and conformation. Classes begin the week of April 9. Class schedule, registration guidelines and registration forms are available on the LADOC website at ladoc.dogbits.com and at 246 East Road. Registration is first-come, first-served. Registration materials must be postmarked by March 23.

  • The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is  seeking young professionals interested in visiting Rotary District 3030 in India for approximately one month between Nov. 23 and Dec. 23, as part of the Group Study Exchange program of Rotary International Foundation.
    There are four positions available. Selection is based on application and an interview process and a Rotarian will lead the group.
    During the trip, the group will give presentations to share information about the U.S. and New Mexico/western Texas and will experience the customs, vocations and lifestyle of Rotary District 3030.
    The goal is to promote international understanding and goodwill through person-to-person contact.  

  • While cancer patients typically get much-needed support from family and friends, their primary caregivers often feel isolated and overwhelmed.
    The newly formed Cancer Caregiver Support Group in Los Alamos hopes to change that.
    “Caregivers need a forum to learn from each other what are the pitfalls and challenges of caring for a loved one stricken by cancer,” said Paula Roybal Sánchez, president of the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, which will oversee the support group. “They need a group to share their wisdom.”

  • Today
    Sustainable Los Alamos Series: Your Sustainable Home. Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Los Alamos Co-op to share tips with your neighbors about what you do to save water, energy and resources at home. Giveaways and samples. 7 p.m. PEEC, 3540 Orange St. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Thursday

  • This week, we continue in the positive values category with asset number 27, equality and social justice.
    This is when a young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty.
    Open the conversation flood gates, but only if you can stand some real dialogue that might be different than your own.
    Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard about Kony 2012, if not, Google it or check out the magazine rack next time you’re at Smiths.
    If you have a student that is in middle or high school, see if they are discussing this with their friends. Ask them if they’ve seen the Youtube video, if not, watch it together.