Today's Features

  • 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.

  • The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum is holding a winter series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?”
    The series continues Jan. 19 at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. A video/presentation begins at 6 p.m. followed by a large group discussion at 6:30 p.m., ending around 7 p.m. Attendees can bring your dinner. All are welcome. Follow the blog at lafsf.org
    Due to billions of years of evolution, humans share genes with all living organisms. The percentage of genes or DNA that organisms share records their similarities. Humans share more genes with organisms that are closely related. For example, study of the chimpanzees genome indicates a difference of about 1.2 percent from humans.
    However, there are still significant differences. A video will be used to illustrate genome differences with other living things and will describe the role of chromosomes, DNA, RNA and proteins in the development of a human being.
    The discussion will briefly mention how the field of epigenetic has increased the understanding of how environment impacts who we are by switching genes on and off without changing our DNA sequence. The discussion will also mention how the Male Y chromosome is being used to trace human origin.

  • 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. 

    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free. More information at peecnature.org.
    Chamber Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. in room 230, building 2, UNM-LA, 4000 University Dr. County Manager Harry Burgess will be the speaker at the Chamber Breakfast. He will be reviewing the county’s accomplishments in the past year and looking forward to the coming year. Reserve a seat online at losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/chamber-breakfast-january-2016-98 or by emailing nancy@losalamos.org.

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will meet at noon in the Patio Room of 1001 Oppenheimer Drive. Contact Donna
    MacDonald for more information at 662-4001.

    Mesa Public Library lecture: “2016 Social Security Reforms: Learn what can hurt you,” at 11:30 a.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs in Room 3. Lee Munson, CFA, CFP will explain how the new laws may lower your benefits. Learn basics, advanced strategies and avoid mistakes. All in plain English.

  • 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.

  • I’m often asked what we can do for the children in our community.
    Naturally to me the answer is simply to build Assets, but it is a tough sell and while individuals are doing it like gang busters, unless we can unite around it as a community, it will continue to be a band aid approach, which is better than nothing.
    I still don’t know why is such a tough sell, other than the fact that it is free, which I have stated here before, but it does take a village.
    So if you want an easy resolution, how about a little light reading?
    Naturally, I hope you’ll read James Vollbracht’s “Stopping At Every Lemonade Stand.” Do you know there’s a book club kit? It has five copies of the book.
    Author and educator, Ron Clark has a book called “The 55 Essentials” and because I am insanely cheap and in love with both branches of our local library, I checked to make sure they have it … of course they do.
    While not everyone is a classroom educator, you are an educator in your child’s life. So either address issues and build those Assets blatantly, or sneak in the back door and utilize some of Clark’s ideas that like the Assets are simple and easy to work into every day life.

  • 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.