Today's Features

  • Daddy/Daughter
    Valentine dance today

    The Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division will host the annual Valentine’s Dessert Dances at Fuller Lodge in February.
    The Daddy/Daughter event is today, the Mother/Son event is Feb. 11 and the Family Dance is Feb. 12. All events are from 6-8:30 p.m. and includes light refreshments, dancing, a craft project and a digital photo keepsake.
    The cost for the event is $16 per couple, $8 for each additional child and $30 per family (includes two adults and two children.) The event is limited to 80 participants.
    For more information about “Dessert Dances,” visit the website at losalamosnm.us/rec or contact the LAC Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division at 662-8170.

    Hilltalkers reschedule bake sale for Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team have rescheduled its bake sale fundraiser from 3-6 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Drive.
    The high school speech and debate team will be accepting donations in exchange for homemade treats including spanakopita, red bean paste buns, macaroons, caramels, brownies, cookies, breads and cakes.
    Baked goods will be available in small portions, as well as whole cakes and loaves.

  • “You could be that one person to make a difference in the life of a teen,” challenged Jason Sole, author of the book “From Prison to Ph.D.” Sole carries a heavy rap sheet from his past.
    A former drug dealer and gang-banger, Sole put in years of hard work and found the courage and resilience to turn his life around.
    He is now a proud family man and an assistant professor of criminal justice. He manages his own consulting business and tours the country as a motivational speaker, a gang prevention specialist and a trainer for the One Circle Foundation.
    Sole attributes much of his success to the mentors in his life — the people who believed in him and his ability to realize his full potential.
    Sponsored by the Los Alamos JJAB and funding from CYFD, Sole recently traveled from Minnesota to Los Alamos to lead a training program for facilitators of the Council for Boys and Young Men. Twenty-four professionals from New Mexico and Colorado gathered to participate.
    “This was one of the best trainings I have ever attended,” said Michelangelo Lobato, counselor at Chamisa Elementary School.

  • Master Gardener class forming now

    Los Alamos gardeners interested in expanding their horticultural horizons may register for the 2015 New Mexico State University Master Gardener training course, sponsored by the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension.  
    Designed specifically for home gardeners, the class is held every Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 17-May 12.
    NMSU College of Agriculture, Environmental and Consumer Sciences faculty will teach the class and topics run the gamut from pruning and soils to pesticide safety and landscaping.
    Certified Master Gardeners become official educational agents of the university and work closely with faculty and staff to provide horticultural services and information to the general public.  
    “More than 650 Los Alamos residents have completed the training program since its inception in 1984,” said Carlos Valdez, director of the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service.  “They have both honed their horticultural skills and found satisfaction in sharing their expertise with the Los Alamos community.”
    In addition to the Demonstration Garden, the Los Alamos Master Gardeners’ Association has reached out to the community through various activities, programs and donations.

  • OK, we’ll start with something heavy and end with something light.
    I want to know what you think is missing, not just for youth, but in what makes a community?
    I want this to be a virtual, or if you wish, postal meeting where you tell me your thoughts. If you feel like you can trust me and can drop me an email, text, or phone call.
    I dislike meetings when things are decided by only who can show on that day. I want everyone to have valuable input which is my reason for the column.
    If you don’t know me well or just feel more comfortable putting pen to paper, then drop me a note.
    I’m not looking for two things in this goal. I am not looking for a free-for-all anonymous rant. It can be anonymous but I want to know real issues, for your family, a friend, or about something you see or hear in the community.
    I am also not looking for pie in the sky things, a Jacuzzi in every home, an indoor athletic facility that would take millions of dollars.
    I want to know what you’re seeing or not seeing. What are you, the youth, the senior citizens, or the poor, not feeling from this community?
    There will be a public meeting on March 12. Details will come later, but I want the community to help craft the resources pooled for such a meeting. I have heard some great suggestions and I want more.

  • Do you see birds around Los Alamos and find yourself asking, “What is that bird? Can anybody help me figure out what I’m seeing?” Avid birder Dave Yeamans will give it a try in a presentation starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    The program, which has been very popular in the past, will last about an hour, followed by time for sharing problematic bird identifications, bird feeding ideas and general birding information. Yeamans will share photos, videos, and sounds, concentrating on about 20 common birds — some that are easy to identify and others that aren’t. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars.
    Yeamans has watched birds most of his life, starting in Los Alamos many years ago, and in the last five years has become a birder of the type he calls “semi-pro.” He is active in Audubon bird counts, bird banding, field trips, and local birding activities, and he has led birding trips for the PEEC birders group and for the PEEC Nature Center. He has been an outdoor educator all his life, especially as an Outward Bound instructor and BSA scout leader.

  • Feb. 1-7, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio    
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken and rice
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Pork roast
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1 p.m.        My CD workshop
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.     Table Tennis

    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken chile             cheese soup

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:


    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.


    Crest — An orange tabby. He is one of the current cat room greeters, and loves to be the center of attention! He can be a bit demanding and may prove to be a dominant presence in a multi-cat setting.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com.  The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • “I’ve been told to ‘act like a real man.’ Does the Bible have any instruction on what constitutes a ‘real man?’” — Charles

    So, you want to be a real man? Then stand up, fight for your rights, show who is boss, swagger, cuss, spit, scratch, shoot something, have a smoke and drink a beer. If you’re old, go to one of those clinics that promise to remake you into the virile man of your youth.
    Or not. This might be a stereotypical (if unfair) caricature of manliness in our culture. But it is not consistent with what the Bible portrays.
    First, understand that the Bible does not give a checklist; i.e., “be this” or “do that” and then you will be a real man.
    Second, remember that God created humankind in His image (Gen. 1:26-27). He created them “male and female.” Thus, we affirm that the created intent for a real man is to reflect something of God’s nature and purpose.
    Third, Scripture describes the character of the honorable man in many places (e.g., Ps. 1; 15; Pr. 3-7; Ezek. 18:1-9; I Tim. 1:5f; 2:1-4; 3:1-13; 6:11-14; Titus 2:2, 6-8, 11-3:11; II Pet. 1:3-8). In these texts, we find that the honorable man is one who seeks to be godly.

  • What began as a small group of students at Santa Fe’s Acequia Madre School concerned about global warming has grown to include more than 100 area children. The Global Warming Express (GWE) was founded by 9-year-olds to take action to encourage adults to adopt more earth-friendly practices. They testify at public hearings, have written a book to send to President Barack Obama and launched a successful campaign to solarize Acequia Madre Elementary School. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales gave the keynote speech at a fundraiser for the GWE on Wednesday at Tomasita’s restaurant with support from Positive Energy Solar, the state’s leading solar installer.

    “It’s been an incredible experience to watch these young people rally their community to effect positive change in the world” said Positive Energy Solar CEO Regina Wheeler. “Imagine what could happen if every community had kids driving the conversation about climate change like we do here in Santa Fe. We’re thrilled to help them on their journey. I hope to see everyone in Santa Fe come out to support Global Warming Express on Wednesday night.”