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Today's Features

  • The following Eastern New Mexico State University students from Los Alamos were named to the Dean’s List for the fall of 2015:
    Trisha Barks of Los Alamos
    Amanda Dermer of Los Alamos
    John Dermer of Los Alamos
    Jacqueline Fernandes of Los Alamos
    Ian Forsyth of Los Alamos
    Eric Maez of Los Alamos
    Julia Montoya of Los Alamos
    Amethyst Moon of Los Alamo
    Kendall Schneider of Los Alamos
    Kiana Zerr of Los Alamos
    Mariah Zerr of Los Alamos
    To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours with a GPA between 3.25 and 4.00.

  • Giving an adorable puppy or kitten as a gift this holiday season may seem like a wonderful idea, but it is important to remember that pets need a lifetime of care and commitment long after the holiday season. Surprising your family with a new fuzzy friend on that special holiday morning is tempting, but be sure to first consider these facts to avoid being unprepared when bringing a pet home.
    Giving the gift of companionship requires a considerable amount of research and preparation. There can be many reasons why a pet may be unsuitable for a home, such as if the receiver is not financially or mentally prepared for a pet. Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained how pets can often come with hidden expenses. “Pets, even healthy ones, require a financial commitment for basic requirements, such as food, collars, and leashes, as well as medical needs, such as basic vaccinations,” she said. “Unexpected illnesses or injury may also add to that financial burden, which can be too much for some owners to handle.”

  • 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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Mandy—A 6-month-old black and white female kitten that was originally thought to be feral. But after a few days in the cat room, she learned how great humans are, and this sweet girl cannot get enough attention. She’ll be heading to the vet soon and then will be ready for adoption, but interested adopters can still stop in to meet her.

  • TODAY
    Special Planetarium show: “Our Solar System” from 7-7:45 p.m. Learn more about the planets in our solar system and some recent discoveries in planetary science. Admission charged.
    SATURDAY
    Christmas Bird Count at 6:30 a.m. Participate in the longest running citizen science project in the world, the National Audubon Society’s 116th Annual Christmas Bird Count. Free.

    Pajarito Masonic Lodge No. 66 installation of officers at 10 a.m. at the lodge, at the corner of 15th and Canyon. The Installation Ceremony is one of the very few traditional Masonic Rituals that is open to the public. If you and any of your family, friends, or neighbors are interested or curious about Freemasonry, this is an opportunity to come to the Lodge and get a taste of what we’re all about.

    Coping with the Holidays from 11 a.m.-noon at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice is offering this grief support group for those coping with loss of a loved one. People are invited to join to share feelings and to talk about new ways of planning for this season. To reserve a space, call 662-2525.

  • Los Alamos County’s White Rock Branch Library was given a Citation award from the American Institute of Architects Albuquerque Design Awards Program. The annual awards program encourages and recognizes distinguished architectural achievement by New Mexico architects.
    The program serves to increase public awareness of the outstanding services provided by architects, and emphasizes the importance of the architect’s role in shaping the quality of the built environment through design excellence.
    This year’s entries were judged by a panel of AIA Architects from the San Francisco, California area.

  • DeAnza Valencia-Sapien has been named associate state director for advocacy for AARP New Mexico.
    Valencia-Sapien, a lawyer with more than 18 years of experience in strategic communications, public policy and community affairs, began her new position Dec. 7.
    Valencia-Sapien will lead the office’s federal and state efforts in legislation, guide and support AARP volunteers on health, consumer and utility issues, and work with lawmakers, community leaders and other organizations.
    “We are very excited to have someone with DeAnza’s experience and enthusiasm join our office,” said Gene Varela, AARP New Mexico state director.
    “Advocacy is the thread that has run through my entire career,” said Valencia-Sapien.
    Sapien is the former president of a health care advocacy consulting firm and is the former deputy director of the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool. As a founding partner of The MVM Group, she developed and implemented an eight-week entrepreneurial business accelerator for the City of Santa Fe and served as the executive director of the Regional Coalition of Los Alamos National Laboratory communities.

  • Holiday shoppers looking for a gift idea about Los Alamos should stop by the Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum shop. The Historical Society has published a new children’s activity book based on the life of Bences Gonzales called “Meet Bences Gonzales” that is now available for $7 at its temporary location at 475 20th St.
    The coloring pages and activities of “Meet Bences Gonzales” let children experience what life was like through many different eras of Los Alamos’ history.
    Gonzales was an important community leader from the homesteading era through the post-war period. The book follows his life as he homesteaded, ran the Trading Post for the Los Alamos Ranch School, worked for the Manhattan Project and contributed to civic life after the end of World War II.
    The activity book gives a window into daily life in Los Alamos throughout history. There are cabins to build, pack trips to plan and even a mysterious explosion to investigate. Local artist Turner Mark-Jacobs created the coloring pages and illustrations, based on historic reference photos from the Historical Society archives.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City says a bleeding host reported after a communion wafer turned water red was caused by bread mold, not a miracle.
    Officials said Wednesday that a scientist found the conclusive natural explanation for the wafer that turned water in an ablution bowl a dark red color at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Kearns.
    The diocese appointed a committee to investigate after the host that went uneaten on Nov. 8 appeared to bleed after being left unattended for several days.
    Committee chair Monsignor Francis Mannion says the church sets a high bar for proving a miracle and rules one out if an event has a conclusive natural explanation.
    He says in a statement that miracles have occurred in the church’s history, but false claims undermine its credibility.

  • 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 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:45 a.m. Preceding worship is our Christian Education hour which begins 8:30 a.m. 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. and worship at 10:30. Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    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

  • Welcome to finals week. Hang in there, I hear some free time just ahead. I often talk to students and remind them that this is the time of year, along with spring break, that some students and some staff members seem to lose their minds.
    Now while I say it in a joking way, it is to draw attention to the fact that, this week can be stressful for many and in many different ways.
    As a parent of teenagers, I remind you that depending on their stage of schooling, they may not yet be aware of the onslaught of stress that seems to hit.
    This week, take some extra time to make sure they get to bed at a decent time, stay hydrated and try to get some breakfast in there somewhere. Maybe this is the week that you pack some nice treats in their lunch, take some extra time for dinner or ease off other pressures a bit.
    Our kids today and yes, I’m ball parking us all in the same age category, do not leave the life we led when we were their age. It is true, their technology alone is the primary cause. Our parents couldn’t be breathing down our necks with every missed assignment…truthfully until the report card came home.
    This is the first year that I hear elementary aged parents talking about the extreme stress their young children are under. To that I say, at the elementary age there is a lot that you can control.