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Today's Features

  • Mysteries can offer more than just a crime and a fast-talking detective; author Margaret Coel is attracted to the puzzles and the different worlds that this genre offers. She will discuss her attraction to mysteries during the Authors Speak presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.

    Her love of mysteries was furthered fueled by one of the masters of mystery novels, Tony Hillerman.

    “Tony Hillerman encouraged me,” Coel said. “He was a great influence. He actually gave me a quote – ‘She’s a master.’

  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to recognize this month, Self Help, Inc. is sowing some seeds of information about this disease with the goal of reaping hope.

    Dr. Erin Bouquin, a breast cancer survivor and a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee, will give a talk titled, “Perspectives on Breast Cancer” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

    Self Help is hosting the talk, which is free.

  • This week we take a look at Asset #28, integrity and Asset #29, honesty.  According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when the young person acts on convictions and stands up for his or her beliefs,” and “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they are able to tell the truth, even when it is not easy.”

  • This year’s House of Hope building project in Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, almost didn’t happen.

    The diocese for Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, which operates House of Hope, prohibited plans to go down to the city and build a house. The upswing in violence in Juárez pushed the decision.

    Members of House of Hope, an all-women team of volunteers, didn’t take no for an answer. In an act of faith and perseverance, they meet with the diocese to state their case and eventually earned permission to go.

  •  Rain cancelled the “FUN”d Run, a Mountain Elementary School PTA fundraiser, last week but this morning the students hit the ground running at Sullivan Field. Here, third- and fourth- graders make laps around the track. Principal Gerry Washburn got into the spirit by wearing  pink camouflage fleece pajamas. During the fundraiser students wrote letters to family and friends asking for sponsorships to walk around the track. It was a successful campaign, more than $25,000 was raised.

  • I live with two dogs, one cranky almost-12-year-old and one puppy, whose fur is spun by baby silk moths.

    Some weeks, I have an extra dog on loan from a vacationing friend, a super-fierce Yorkie who can hide inside an oven mitt if he needs to. Essentially, I live in dog world, where all we do is rip the fluff out of stuffed bats and bunnies and look for better and better places to pee.

  • I just got back from a three-day house building project. I have a book to read before Leadership Los Alamos meets again on Friday and I am only half-way through it. There are three articles to write for Sunday’s paper. My apartment is crying out to me to clean it.

    There really is no time to waste with this lengthy to do list but Wednesday evening I just wanted to procrastinate and do something decadent like watch a movie at the theater on a week night.

  • A lot has transpired for the Los Alamos Beta Sigma Phi members. They hosted the state sorority’s convention in June and honors Charlotte McQuillan, a member who died this year. While members reminisce, they are also looking ahead to the annual tea on Sunday.

    Beta Sigma Phi, according to its website, is an international women’s friendship network. It provides education and community services.

    This time last year, Beta Sigma Phi members were fundraising to prepare for what seemed like the kickoff to a new year.  

  • The annual Los Alamos County Science Fair will take place on Jan. 23 in the Los Alamos High School cafeteria.  The public is invited to view the projects from noon-2 p.m.  

    Students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade will display their projects in elementary, elementary class, junior and senior divisions.

    The elementary projects are divided into three categories. The students in junior and senior divisions will compete for first, second and third place and Honorable Mention in 17 categories.

  • Friends of the Shelter in Los Alamos is joining forces with the Española Animal Shelter and Colfax Pet Rescue to have a mobile pet adoption in Los Alamos.  

    Adoptable animals from the three organizations and foster animals will be at the event.

    All three animal organizations are 501(c)3 nonprofits.

    Friends of the Shelter is dedicated to improving homeless pets’ lives.