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Today's Features

  • For want of a few more students, the “Artistic Traditions of the Southwest” course at UNM-Los Alamos may be canceled, even if it is only $15 per senior citizen and standard tuition for others.

    “Three people have signed up so far but I’m getting worried because the class starts June 14,” instructor Carol Noones said Wednesday. “We need just four more people and we really hope the community will rally around this unique course and help us keep it open.”

  • The Waybacks have pulled in at No. 9 on the Americana Radio chart, just a few spots ahead of the South Austin Jug Band, a band Los Alamos audiences know well. At No. 4, the Waybacks stand four spots ahead of Tim O’Brien, another Los Alamos favorite, on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart.

    The new album, “Loaded,” like the band itself, is doing very well.

    “These guys can play like bandits,” said Billboard’s Ray Waddell.

  • Always wanted to see Charlton Heston play a Mexican? You could have 40 years ago – but in this case, procrastination paid off.

    Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series will present “Touch of Evil” at 6:30 a.m. Thursday in the upstairs rotunda, a 1958 film retouched in the late ’90s in order to bring the movie as closely as possible to director Orson Welles’ vision for it.

  • Sandy Nininger died a hero’s death at the Battle of Bataan only one month after the United States entered World War II. His actions during the first few days of fighting may have changed the entire course of the war in the Pacific, for which Congress honored Nininger posthumously with the Medal of Honor.

    Nininger was a Key Club member and is honored annually by the Southwest District through the Sandy Nininger Award. The recipient is a Key Club member who has distinguished himself/herself by making the most of his/her opportunities.

  • It’s halftime. The crowd wanders off to beers and bathrooms. The starters refocus. The benchwarmers listen earnestly to the coach, just in case. I stare at the scoreboard, illiterate as a pair of eyeglasses in a purse. This is my game, my field, my team and my audience. But what am I? Do I play or do I grow like the grass, barely aware of the painted lines?

  • His eyes quickly focused on the glowing digits of the clock, which read 4:30 a.m., as he grabbed the ringing handset.

    The voice at the other end of the line said, “Mark, this is the State Rescue Center. A day hiker was reported missing last night in the mountains east of Taos. We need you off the ground at first light, find the hiker and vector in the jet chopper to get him out. Can you do it?"

  • History holds some fascinating stories and a group of Los Alamos High School students are sharing a few of these tales, from a group of poverty-stricken Pennsylvania miners with criminal intentions to two estranged countries opening up to diplomatic relations through a game of ping-pong.

    These students not only caught people’s attention to these moments in history, but they also won awards.

  • The Los Alamos Concert Association presents a “Jewel of a Season” for 2008-2009 five performances by world-renowned artists. Save gas, entertainment money, and see and hear world-class artists in Los Alamos.

    The season opens at 4 p.m. Sept. 14, with a performance by the Jupiter String Quartet.

    The Jupiter String Quartet was recently awarded the Cleveland Quartet Award, a prize, which “honors and promotes a rising young string quartet whose artistry demonstrates that it is in the process of establishing a major career.”

  • Parenting never seems like an easy task; there appear to be many opportunities for your hair to bristle, but there is an alternative to pulling it out by the roots.

    Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church and Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church are sponsoring two parenting classes, titled “Parenting in the 21st Century: A Perspective on Sanity in a Crazy World.”

  • It has been nearly 20 years since Indiana Jones graced our screens in “The Last Crusade.” After many years of speculation and numerous rewrites of the screenplay, Steven Spielberg has once again teamed up with the all- star cast of Harrison Ford, Karen Allen and now Shia LaBeouf and Cate Blanchett to tell a new story of the famous archeologist and his quest for hidden treasure.

    In this latest film, Indiana races against a group of Russian KGB to try and obtain the mythical crystal skull from an ancient South American kingdom.