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Today's Features

  • Community Education students at UNM-Los Alamos built an electronic vehicle in just one month this summer.

    Instructor Michael Ham and his classes produced a working prototype of TWEAK (Three-Wheeled Electric Alternative by KinAesthetic Wind).

    “The idea was to build a small commuter vehicle that would be inexpensive — similar to a motorcycle but safer,” Ham said.

  • Gerald “Jerry” Eagon worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 40 years. When he retired, he wondered what he would do to pass the time. Little did he know, he would be on the road every week around Los Alamos with a truckload of food and learning one of life’s great lessons.

    He has worked as a volunteer in the Meals on Wheels program for six years. He said he enjoys the work and being outside.

  • This week we look at the Asset category of Boundaries and Expectations. I’ve heard from a great deal of you this week about how you enjoyed making the connection not just to youth, but to the office, co-workers or the community in general.

    So this week, we’ll talk about Boundaries and Expectations and how they relate to the flu. The last week and a half have been a great trial run for us. Oh, once we pass the hump, please don’t get too comfy that our time with the flu is done.

  • When it comes to raising money, the United Way Youth Team is one well-trained fundraising machine. In fact, the group of young people has run a successful campaign every year since team’s inception.

    Team members have either met or exceeded their goals, Carla Gray Weisler, marketing director for United Way of Northern New Mexico, told Los Alamos Public School Board Thursday night. For instance, last year the team exceeded its $7,000 goal by $3,000. “We’re very proud of our youth team,” she said.

  • The venue for Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag series may be Fuller Lodge but audience members might feel transported to the United Kingdom. The Los Alamos branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society will perform dances, Vicky Hypes of Belisama School of Irish Dance will take to the floor and The Roaring Jelly, the local Celtic band, will play some old-timey tunes.

    The show, “Triple Blast for the Senses,” will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

  • Hurricane Katrina sowed a lot of destruction but from the wreckage grew compassion and civic action.

     In 2005 this storm did not do what the weathermen and everyone else thought it was going to do. Instead of following the projected path, it headed straight into New Orleans.

    Levies were broken, wind moved objects that one would think wouldn’t move and a city was flooded. In a city known for having its own soul, it seemed like everything was lost.

  • The Band of Heathens are not afraid of taking a walk on the wild side, but no worries, they won’t meander far enough to get kicked out of town, Los Alamos Summer Concert Series organizer Russ Gordon said.

    This is a real plus for Los Alamos residents because “I think they have damn good music,” Gordon said. “They’re exciting, good energy and good music.”

    The band, which originated from Austin, Texas, will perform their music at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond.

  • The congregation at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church has put a lot of work into the new Kelly Hall.

    Money has been raised, walls were constructed and landscaping has been planted.

    With the upstairs of the new hall completed and just a few items left to do on the downstairs level, the time seems right to celebrate what the congregation accomplished. Yep, it’s time to party.

  • It rained this afternoon and the moisture made the night air cool and crisp, but it feels stifling in my apartment.

    My home’s airless atmosphere reflects my present mind. I keep looking at the blinking cursor on the computer screen and wonder what should be my next word. Writer’s block feels suffocating. I can’t think of anything to write, my only thought is how long my creative limitations are stretching out at the moment.

  • “It began over three years ago,” Jan McDonald said, speaking of “Sweet,” his first CD release.  “The project grew from a trumpet and rhythm section to friends and then more friends and then a string section and more friends.”

    McDonald and “friends,” all accomplished musicians, will perform jazz standards and original compositions from “Sweet” in a Los Alamos concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Fuller Lodge, accompanied by Dave Anderson, woodwinds and The Bert Dalton Trio.