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  • Today in History for September 3rd
  • Beached Whales Doing Better at Fla. Center

    A group of veterinarians in Florida are feeding fish drinks to five rescued pilot whales, while trying to nurse the mammals back to health so they can one day return to the ocean.

  • Today in History for September 2nd
  • Update 09-02-12

    No trash pick-up

    Los Alamos County will not pick up trash or recycling Monday in observance of Labor Day. Those who have a normal Monday pick-up should put their materials out Sept. 5.

    Library board

    Library Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the White Rock Branch Library.

    No court

    The Los Alamos Magistrate Court will not have a Judge for the week of Sept. 17-21 due to the annual Magistrate Judge’s conference. The court hours will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. that week.

    Square dancing

     Square Dance Club will host a kick-off party with some basic square dance instruction, dancing and sloppy joes, salad, desserts and refreshments from 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Grand opening

    The Los Alamos Democratic Party Headquarters grand opening is slated for noon-4 p.m. Monday at 140 Central Park Square.

  • Next Big Idea Fest showcases innovative car

    A group of 13 Proctor and Gamble engineers who call themselves Team Cheaparral are bringing their Cheaparral 2J-2 Corvette to the Next Big Idea Festival, which takes place in Los Alamos Sept. 15.

    Along with the Corvette, known as the “sucker Vette,” Team Cheaparral wants to bring young people up to speed on why the fields of technology, science and engineering are “cool.”

    “Team Cheaparral exemplifies what we at the Next Big Idea Festival hopes to teach our young people — that by challenging yourself using the math and science skills you learn at school mixed with innovative ideas and resourcefulness, we can open the doors to amazing possibilities,” said Suzette Fox, Los Alamos MainStreet Manager and coordinator of the Next Big Idea Festival.

    Assembly of the Corvette began in 2007, when Team Cheaparral used their science, math and technology skills — typically used to design and build machines that make P&G products (diapers, toothpaste, coffee and razors, to name a few) — to transform a wrecked 1986 Chevy Corvette into an award winning race car for a cost of $2,007.

  • Code Talkers altered course of WWII

    The code developed and used by the Navajo Code Talkers has been called the most ingenious and successful code in military history.

    The code was instrumental in the success of every major engagement of the Pacific, saved countless lives and played a pivotal role in hastening the end of World War II in the Pacific theater.

    Yet it was 1968 before the military declassified the work of the Navajo Code Talkers and longer still before they received the honor they deserved.

    In 1992, the Pentagon officially honored the Code Talkers’ contributions and in 2001 — nearly 60 years after the legendary code was created — the few Code Talkers still living were awarded Congressional Medals of Honor: gold for those who created the code and silver for the others. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was instrumental in getting that bill passed. “With the Navajo language they defeated the enemy” is written in Navajo on the back of the medals.

    Most people have now heard of the Code Talkers, but few are aware of the nature of their contributions.

    The practice actually began during World War I. Cherokee, Cheyenne, Choctaw, Comanche, Osage, Yankton and Sioux were part of telephone squads sending coded messages in their native languages during military actions.

  • Navajo Code Talker recalls WWII

    Navajo Code Talker Jack Jones introduces himself by describing his disabilities. A bomb explosion during World War II injured his left eye, took away his sense of smell and damaged his hearing. Jones apologizes in advance for his hearing difficulties.

    But the 93-year-old Jones needs little prompting to talk about his war experiences. He was 19-years-old when he left his home in Montezuma Creek, Utah to join the Marines and was assigned to serve with the Navajo Code Talkers.

    Jones and his unit practiced the 600-plus-word code developed by the “first 29” until they could use it flawlessly. “We didn’t have any name for military weapons,” Jones said. “So names were given, such as a bomb, we called a chicken egg and a grenade we called a potato.”

    Before his journey across the Pacific began, Jones took to heart the advice of his Navajo elders.  

    “They said, you’re going to war. You have to come back in good health and good mind, wherever you go,” Jones said. “I said to myself, I’m going to a foreign country and I have to come back. So I jerked my hair like that and said, I’m going to come back to this country, right here. I was standing on the coast of San Diego.”

  • Visiting Nurses Service celebrates hospice milestone

    There are no definite plans yet, but if the successful reception the Los Alamos Visiting Nurses Service held at the Scout Lodge on Canyon Road was any indication, Los Alamos could soon be home to the first hospice in Northern New Mexico.

    “The closest inpatient unit is in Albuquerque, so this would be the first one in Northern New Mexico,” LAVNS Executive Director Sarah Rochester said.

    According to Rochester, it’s an idea whose time has come.

    “The Visiting Nurse Service has been doing hospice care in the home for 15 years and we have become increasingly aware that we do not have a place for people to go at the end of life that is covered by Medicare regulations, and that is reimbursable,” she said.

    Rochester also added that hospice’ Medicare partnership may also help fund some of the costs for respite care for the family as well as inpatient care.

    Though final plans have yet to be approved by the LAVNS’ Board of Directors, Rochester said securing a piece of property ideal for a hospice for the site was a big step toward accomplishing their goal.

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