Today's News

  • Why read the Bible often?

    “You talk about the Bible all the time. What are some good reasons why I should actually read it?”

    The a priori supposition of this column is that the Bible has something to say that is of value to your life. Though we cannot, in the brief space allowed here, do justice to the arguments for the veracity and validity of Scripture, we may certainly identify a few of the important reasons why you should read it!
    First, you will gain a clearer understanding about a book that has played a significant role in the history of western civilization. You cannot read very far in most classic literature or research the development of our culture without finding references to Scripture or the truths it proclaims.
    The book explores the big questions: “Who am I? What is my purpose? Where am I going?” There are other books that purport to reveal your life’s purpose. This one, however, has been around the longest and proven its staying power and reliability.
    Fundamentally, the Bible introduces you to God. It attributes a name, personal character and volition to the spirit you’ve always suspected was there somewhere. Along the way, you will begin to discover your story in God’s big story.

  • Church listings 2-27-15

    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

  • Pajarito ready for powder-filled weekend

    After a lot of sunny days this winter, dark clouds and snowy weather returned to northern New Mexico last week.
    Pajarito got 4 new inches of snow last night, 5 the night before and 11 since it was open last Monday.
    “It’s a blessing from Mother Nature,” Pajarito General Manager Tom Long said. “We wish it would have come in December, but we’re happy to have it. It made the conditions even better.”
    The 11 inches of new snow didn’t enable Pajarito to open any new terrain, but it did make the conditions on the trails that were already open nice and soft. Friday’s snow in particular was cold and dry — the definition of powder.
    “It should make for really fun skiing,” Long said.
    Snow is in Pajarito’s forecast for the next week also. Depending on how much snow actually falls, Long said they might be able to get the mountain 100 percent open.
    Right now, the front side is essentially 100 percent open while trails on the town side are still just a little too thin.
    The mountain’s tree skiing, however, is starting to be ok in spots.
    “The timing (of the storm) was good,” Long said. “We’re looking forward to a nice weekend.”

  • Pet Talk: Probiotics for pets on the rise

    Probiotics, or “good bacteria,” can be defined as living microorganisms that, when administered in adequateamounts, can offer multiple health benefits to the host. Though they have been gaining popularity amongst humans in the past decade, the possibility of similar probiotic supplements for your pets’ health is on the rise.
    “Essentially, we are trying to give live bacteria in supplement form that have beneficial properties to ananimal in order to improve their digestive health,” said Dr. Jan Suchodolski, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “It is imperative that bacteria are alive once they reach the gut and that they are also delivered in high amounts. That’s why a high-quality product is needed.”
    In order to fully understand how probiotics work, it’s important to know that the beneficial effects of probiotics are bacterial strain specific, meaning every bacterial strain has a potentially different effect. Some probiotic strains, for instance, stimulate the immune system, while other strains produce anti-inflammatory biomolecules or antimicrobial molecules to combat pathogens.

  • LAPS in compliance with immunization regulations

    There has been a great deal of conversation in the community and the media about immunizations against certain communicable diseases.
    In fact, one recent story (lamonitor.com, Feb. 6) noted Los Alamos County was “… second in the state for the number of vaccination exemptions at 3.1 percent for children ages 4 to 18….”
    For Los Alamos, the number of parents who requested vaccination exemptions (immunization waivers) amounted to about 100 students out of the more than 3,500 enrolled in school. The vaccination exemptions requested by parents were primarily based on religious or medical reasons, which are allowed by state law.
    Our community will be pleased to know Los Alamos Public Schools is in compliance with the New Mexico Department of Health rules and New Mexico School Manual regarding immunizations and exemptions.
    Michele Wright RN, LAPS Nursing Team leader stated, “Either students have completed their vaccines, are following a schedule to catch up on missing vaccines, or have valid religious beliefs or medical conditions for not receiving their vaccines.”

  • Hilltoppers dig deep to reach district basketball final

    By the third meeting between the Los Alamos girls basketball team and Del Norte, head coach Nestor Trujillo had a pretty good idea what he wanted his team to do against the Knights.
    He knew their tendencies and which matchups he wanted to take advantage of.
    Two of Del Norte’s post players, however, were injured in their win against Bernalillo Tuesday.
    Without them, Del Norte came into the District 2-5A semifinal and gave Los Alamos a different look. For the first half, the Hilltoppers were stifled.
    “I think Del Norte brought it,” Trujillo said. “Obviously it was a rough blow for that team and I think it’s human nature to take them a little lightly.”
    Los Alamos won the game 40-36 to reach Saturday’s 7 p.m. district championship game at Española Valley, but it certainly wasn’t the team’s prettiest win of the season.
    “To be able to grind it out and find a way to win I think says a lot about these kids,” Trujillo said.
    Ashlynn Trujillo grabbed an early rebound and assisted Amber Logan on a fast-break bucket.
    After that, both team’s shooters got cold. Los Alamos led 9-7 after the first quarter and went into halftime tied with Del Norte at 14.
    Coach Trujillo said he felt “fortunate” the game was tied.

  • Some people really need a hobby

    Earlier this week, millions of people wasted their time watching the Oscars.
    With so many other things happening in the world, you’d think people would demand more variety. It’s the same old thing year after year.
    But on the same day as the Oscars, in Daytona, Florida, Matt “Megatoad” Stonie (world class eating champion) consumed 182 slices of bacon in five minutes (a little more than six pounds). Watching someone gulp down 28,000 milligrams of sodium is true entertainment.
    And they know how to do it right in Guadalajara, Mexico, too. With 2,600 pounds of pork, 2,400 pounds of tortillas and enough hot sauce to kill a Roman Legion, 130 people constructed a 2-mile long chain of tacos! Yes, this is entertainment with a bite!
    Whether its a competition to see who can squirt milk the furthest from their eyeballs, or attempting to break the world record for spit distance (currently at 7 feet), humans know no bounds on the extents of pure sport and merriment.
    It took a while for people to realize that the true value of setting a record is that it offers someone the opportunity to break it.

  • Today in history Feb. 27
  • Lab, schools on delay

    Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos Public Schools have announced this morning that they will operate on a delayed schedule.

    LAPS will be on a 2-hour delay. LANL has asked local employees to come in at 10 a.m. and other employees to get to work at 10:45 a.m.

    Los Alamos County also announced it is on a 2-hour delay today, although it said the transit service would be operating on a normal schedule and trash and recycling would also be picked up today.

    Check back with LAMonitor.com for more information, which will be posted as it becomes available.

  • Hilltoppers reach district championship game

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team beat Del Norte 40-36 Thursday to earn the right to play for the district championship. That game will Saturday at Española Valley, 7 p.m.

    The Hilltoppers were sluggish early, but went into halftime tied at 14.

    Del Norte took a 16-15 lead in the third, but then Los Alamos came alive. Jordan Duran made three field goals to spark a 9-2 run. The Hilltoppers stayed aggressive and scored more points in a four-minute span than they had the previous 20 minutes. They took a 29-20 lead into the fourth.

    Del Norte got back within 1 point of Los Alamos halfway through the fourth, but the Hilltoppers were able to finish on top.

    Ashlynn Trujillo led Los Alamos with 15 points — 10 of which came in the fourth. Duran and Amber Logan both finished with 6. Los Alamos also got points from Sofia Roybal (5), Makaela Jones (4), Shannon Irwin (2) and Ashley Logan (2).