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Today's Features

  • Before Los Alamos’ Day at the Isotopes stadium, the last baseball game I attended was in Havana, Cuba.

    It felt a little surreal watching America’s favorite pastime in a foreign country. None of the sights I had grown accustomed to at a ball field were visible. There were no spectators sipping beer or munching on hot dogs and the stadium was completely bare of a glitzy scoreboard with dancing lights and electronic sounds.

  • Perhaps its producers thought billing it as a comedy would be a bigger draw – believing, maybe, that people prefer to laugh than to think, or to identify, or to care. But “The Milagro Beanfield War,” directed by Robert Redford, is most of all a sweet movie, full of adorable characters happy to shoot old pistols when they have to.

  • When my daughter Heather Burke and I joined the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, we created a geocache with environmental flavor at PEEC to celebrate the nature center. It was named “Hide and Go Peek.” The hope was for searchers to experience PEEC, with its native plant and water conservation areas.  

    Avid geocachers ourselves, we chose to make a two-stage cache that would be just a little bit puzzling to find.

    During the year, the results and comments from geocachers have been a pleasure and an education.

  • This week we take a look at Asset #17, Creative Activities. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they spend three or more hours a week engaged in music, theater or other arts.”

    I should have turned the column this week over to someone who is a more knowledgeable source. I’m about as creative as a turnip, with no disrespect to turnips.

  • Shaunessy Nadeau, Dr. Dan Dessauer and Dr. Jacque Kottenstette have all at one point traveled down to the Bahamas, but these trips were not to sit back, relax and enjoy the tropical sun.

    Nadeau, a veterinarian technician, and veterinarians Dessauer and Kottenstette at the Los Alamos Animal Clinic, were on a mission to help out man’s best friends.

    They participated in the Helping Paws Across Borders, which is a group of animal professionals dedicated to reversing the horrific conditions some companion animals endure across the U.S. borders.

  • America has encountered tough times and surely more challenges are around the corner. However, there have also been successes, triumphs and achievements. With this mixed bag of situations, perhaps a celebration is needed. A chance to recognize achievements and the opportunity to build optimism for whatever lies ahead.   

    So what perfect timing that Independence Day is approaching and Los Alamos is ready to deck itself out in red, white and blue to embrace July 4.

  • The Honduran soccer team bested Team USA in early June.

    Fortunately, this was not preparation for the World Cup, but a friendly game between a group of teens from Los Alamos and youth from the orphanage in Honduras where they were visiting.  

    Ten high school students and their four adult chaperones from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish spent the first week of their summer vacation at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos or Our Little Brothers and Sisters Orphanage in Honduras.

  • American music has its roots in the blues and Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series is offering a chance to hear the music that has sprouted so many other genres. John Németh will be featured in the concert, which start at 7 p.m. Friday at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

    Németh describes his concerts as “high energy, lots of improvisation in the show and they’re going to hear great songs.”

  • The absence of snow on Pajarito Mountain does not mean that the ski area is closed for business.

    The chairlifts are still open and the slopes are not empty as they wait for the winter months.

    No, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is keeping busy. Take this weekend, for instance, one of the ski lifts will be in operation for two days of hiking and biking.

    The lift will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The fee for bikers is $20 and for hikers, the price is $10. The fee covers the whole day.

  • My college English professor once said that when you are traveling, it is not actually the destination that matters but what occurs along the way.

    I’ve always had the travel bug in me – I’ve boarded trains, planes, ships and traveled in automobiles to destinations throughout the world and I’ve concluded that my professor was right.

    My favorite part of any trip is that stretch of time spent getting to a particular place.