Today's Features

     Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Once A Ponzi Time” at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar. Sly Investments and double-dealing abound in this hilarious madcap comedy. Tickets are available at CB Fox, BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door half an hour before curtain time. For more information, visit lalt.org.

    Astronomy Show: “Mars” from, 7-7:45 p.m. Discover Mars with Rick Wallace from the comfort of the planetarium. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $6 per adult, $4 per child. More information at peecnature.org.
    Cañada Bonita Snowshoe Hike from 9-11 a.m. A beginning snowshoe hike from the ski hill parking lot to Cañada Bonita. PEEC’s educator Siobhan Niklasson will lead the group along a snowshoe trail maintained by the Southwest Nordic Ski Club. Along the way, look at the effects of the Las Conchas fire on the forest and snowpack and at some of the ecological features of the winter forest. Register in advance. Free.

  • The Los Alamos naval Junior ROTC is hoping to tempt your taste buds with their annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. Thursday.
    The cadets and their families will be baking and cooking as they try to raise funds for upcoming competitions and awards ceremonies with something to please the vegetarians and carnivores in Los Alamos.
    Shelly Olguin, mother of Cadet Olguin and Booster Club member hopes the community will turn out for their big night.
    “Since this is for their benefit, they are tasked with selling tickets in advance, they will serve the salad, drinks and the cookies,” Olguin said. “They will be bussing the tables, asking if anyone needs anything, refills, take their plates, bring something if the person needs something.”
    The cadets do it all and provide service with a smile as they set up, clean-up and haul supplies back to the unit.
    The meal will be held at the IHM Catholic Church with tickets available from any cadet and also at the door. If your night is too busy, to go options are available.
    Each meal includes, spaghetti with a choice of sauces, salad, a drink, breadsticks and a cookie.
    Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

  • The only thing you should save for a rainy day is money. I only say that because saving money could mean the difference between happiness and sadness for yourself and your family.
    This weekend my family helped two people move that had saved the things they love for a lifetime.
    The sad part is all of the things they were saving, were the things they enjoyed the most. They saved them buried in boxes, stored in other boxes, never enjoying them along the way.
    Now don’t get me wrong, I also save way too much and one goal for 2016 is to purge, purge, purge.
    I remember being in elementary school and reading a story about a woman that had saved a scarf all of her life. She kept in it a box, folded in special paper, always waiting for the special occasion. The story ended with her family removing the scarf from the box to put on her while she lay in her casket.
    That story had an impact on me. I remembered saving this candle and knowing it was special, it sat in the center of my dresser for years. Then I took a photo of it and lit the candle. I enjoyed many hours of that candle, watching it transform along the way … throughout its life if you will.

  • Christina Moore, the daughter of Tammy and David Moore, of Los Alamos, has been named to the Dean’s List of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota for academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2015-2016 school year. A graduate of Los Alamos High School, Moore was a junior at Macalester last fall.

  • Nov. 29 — A boy. Larik David Max Marquez. Born to Kaylina and Christopher Marquez.

    Nov. 30 — A boy. Isaiah Mateo Diaz. Born to Christen Montoya and Javier Diaz.

    Nov. 30 — A girl. Kaylie Rose Martinez. Born to Erica M. Quintana and Louis D. Martinez.

    Dec. 5 — A boy. Sabastian Jovanni Bencomo-Fernandez. Born to Melodie Fernandez and Jorge Bencomo.

    Dec. 7 — A girl. Anikka Ava. Born to Becky Hill and Don Gallegos.

    Dec. 9 — A boy. Elijah Aaron Frias. Born to Justine and Aaron Frias.

    Dec. 10 — A boy. Xaden Ray Chase. Born to Kimberly McKelvey and Jerry Chase.

    Dec. 10 — A boy. Jack Allen Mayeur. Born to Leslie and Jason Mayeur.

    Dec. 11 — A girl. Payton Shayrose Lujan-Terrazas. Born to Melissa Lujan and Tito Terrazas.

    Dec. 14 — A girl. Zerenity Anita Madrid. Born to Angel Marie Madrid.

  • ALBUQUERQUE — A Catholic community health organization wants to draw attention to child poverty in New Mexico and is using a parody of the state’s successful tourism ad campaign to do it.
    Catholic Health Initiatives St. Joseph’s Children, a group that is pushing for the expansion of early childhood education, this week launched a “New Mexico Truth” campaign consisting of a website and commercials about how children in the state suffer economically.
    The organization’s CEO, Allen Sanchez, said the website is meant to parody the “New Mexico True” campaign that has been credited with boosting tourism.
    “The year of El Nino,” the website NewMexicoTruth.org boasts, using the term that means “the child” in Spanish but also describes a weather pattern with unusually warm temperatures.
    That declaration is followed by various statistics on child poverty. Specifically, the website cites Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2015 report that ranks New Mexico 49th in the nation in children’s well-being.
    The poverty campaign also uses a logo similar to “New Mexico True,” a multimillion campaign with slick commercials and online videos of the state’s landscapes and cultural attractions.

  • The White Rock Branch Library announces the resumption of its Family-Friendly Film Series starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, in the multi-purpose room.
    The first film to be shown is “Minions,” the 2015 animated hit, which stars the voices of Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm and Michael Keaton. Minions is rated PG. The library will provide light refreshments.
    Also in the line-up for the coming months are “Tomorrowland” on Feb. 11 and “Pan” on March 10.
    Future movies could include “The Peanuts Movie” and “The Good Dinosaur.”
    Pick up a bookmark with the schedule at the desk in White Rock, or in the kids’ area at the Mesa Public Library.
    Both Mesa Public Library and the White Rock branch Library are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
    All library events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 662-8265, or check out the events page on the Los Alamos County Library System’s webpage, losalamosnm.us/library/Pages/default.aspx. 

  • Join the Los Alamos Little Theatre this weekend for the New Mexico premiere of “Once A Ponzi Time,” a fantastic, frenzied, financial farce by Joe Foust.
    Sly Investments and double-dealing abound in this madcap comedy.
    For years, Harold (Michael Adkins) has helped his friends with their investments, but now his artful dodging is about to collapse around him. With the help of his flaky father (Rich Hassman) and naïve nephew (Stuart Rupprecht), he tries to hoodwink the Russian mob (Pete Sanford), bamboozle the SEC agent (Linda Taylor), scam the savvy multi-millionaire (Dennis Powell) and his trophy wife (Holly Robinson), maintain other investors at bay (Justin Smith and Katrina Koehler) and keep his world from falling apart. All the while, his wife (Joy Reynolds) lovingly stands by. Throw in a sassy dummy and you will be rolling with laughter.
    Director Jim Sicilian said this play attracted him when he first read it because he could not stop laughing. Now, after many more readings, he is still laughing.
    Foust constructed a wacky story full of slapstick humor worthy of a fun evening for the entire family.
    The performance are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Jan. 22, 23, 29 and 30 and 2 p.m.  Jan. 24 the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar.

  • Jan. 10-16, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Red Chile Beef Enchiladas
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Tenders
    Noon                Lunch talk:  Senior Skiing with             Hugh Casey
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise

  • All it takes is all you got. This is the motto of the United States Reconnaissance Marine.

    My name is Rigel Baron, born and raised in Los Alamos. I graduated Los Alamos High School at the end of May 2015 and left for Marine Corps boot camp two days after my graduation. Three months later I was a United States Marine – however this was not the end of my story, merely the beginning.
    After boot camp came a short break to spend with family and friends, then more training. On Sept. 15, I began my initial job buildup at Infantry Training Battalion (ITB) in Camp Pendleton, California. This was two months of living outside in a sleeping bag, firing rockets, throwing grenades and shooting guns. Fun if you ask me. Not once did I question myself, look back, or even think of quitting.
    Soon enough November rolled around and I graduated ITB. Literally the next day, I would begin training to be a Reconnaissance Marine. Little did I know the ordeal that lay ahead.