Today's News

  • The sky is falling

    Once again, a commercial has prompted a virtual war of words, a tirade of tantrums, a carnage of complaints, an onslaught of objections, an assault of alliterative allegories!
    The guilty party was the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, makers of the pain relief medicine Tylenol.
    J&J had the unmitigated audacity to run a commercial in which a homosexual had a headache.
    The sky is falling! The sky is falling!
    Seriously, this bodes global disaster. If gays can have headaches, they can have toothaches, also. Are we doomed to watch men brushing their teeth together? Is nothing sacred?
    Earlier this year, Hallmark Cards wreaked havoc on Earth’s orbit by featuring a same-gender couple in a Valentine’s Day commercial. OK, yeah, the world survived. But just barely.
    It’s bad enough homosexuals have access to medicines, but must we share our favorite munchies with them?
    Nabisco Honeymaid graham crackers and Kraft Oreos have both gone over to the dark side, running commercials featuring gay couples.
    Sylvester Graham, a Presbyterian reverend, invented the graham cracker in 1829. He introduced it as a health food to thwart carnal urges, preaching that sugary foods encouraged self-abuse.
    Some years later, the gay community invented S’mores. Gays 1, Sylvester 0.

  • First Anniversary

    Smith’s Marketplace had plenty to do, and to eat, to celebrate its first anniversary Thursday. There were bouncy houses for the kids and food and drinks for store patrons. The store opened with much fanfare in 2014.

  • Update 7-17-15


    The American Legion Post 90 will host a breakfast at it restaurant on Trinity Drive Sunday. The breakfast, which includes eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes and beverage, will be from 8:30-11 a.m. Tickets are $8. Proceeds go to benefit American Legion programs.


    The July meeting of The Military Order of the World Wars will be at the annual barbecue picnic Tuesday at the Posse Lodge. RSVP by Sunday. Norman G. Wilson at 662-9544, or Eleanor Pinyan at 672-3750.


    Los Alamos Nature Center will host “Fantastic Fractals” at 7 p.m. Saturday. Fantastic Fractals is a planetarium show featuring original music. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the Nature Center.


    The High Mountain Mudfest volleyball tournament is scheduled for Saturday. The tournament is played at North Mesa Park in mudpits. Play starts at 8:30 a.m.


    A performance of the one-woman show, “Sunrise at Otowi Bridge,” about Manhattan Project resident Edith Warner, will be at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday at Los Alamos Little Theatre. The event is free.

    Farmers Market

    The Los Alamos Farmers Cooperative Market will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. It takes place at the Los Alamos Co-Op on Entrada Drive.

  • Funky brass band playing

    Tonight, the Stooges Brass Band, from New Orleans, will be featured at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.
    The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Tonight’s show is not only a part of this weekend’s ScienceFest festivities, but is Holiday Inn Express-LA Co-op Market-New Mexico Consortium Night.
    “They’ll play and the crowd will party,” series promoter Russ Gordon said. “This is going to be an amazing, high-energy show from ‘Treme.’ Those of you who dug the TV show ‘Treme’ or have been to Mardi Gras or any of the almost weekly parades in New Orleans know you’re in for an incredible night. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re probably still in for a great time.”
    According to Gordon, the Stooges is a highly regarded brass band playing “an innovative blend of the traditional New Orleans brass band sound with contemporary jazz, hip-hop and funk.”
    The Stooges won the “Best Contemporary Brass Band Award” at the Big Easy Music Awards and an award for being the “Red Bull Street Kings: Best Brass Band.” The band has played the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival several times, as well as the Bonaroo Festival, South By Southwest and High Sierra Music Festivals.

  • Southwest gets schools' contract

    If the Los Alamos School Board’s choice for a new school lunch provider is any indication, kids will be eating healthier for the same price when they return to school this August.
    In a unanimous 5-0 decision, the board approved the hiring of Arizona-based Southwest Foodservice Excellence Inc. to take over the district’s lunch program from Summit, the school system’s previous school lunch provider.
    In May of this year, the district issued a request for proposals for a food service provider that will provide school lunches at all the schools, as well as catering services for special events, two responded, Summit and Southwest Foodservice Excellence.
    A committee made up of school district employees and parents met twice in June to pick a provider, according to Regina Mertz, chief procurement officer for the school district. Requirements for selection included service capability, finances, references, experience and the company’s ideas for innovation.
    “The highest score, when all was said in done, was for Southwest Foodservice Excellence, so on behalf of the evaluation committee I’m here tonight to recommend to you that we award the contract to Southwest Foodservice Excellence for the next year,” Mertz said to the board.

  • Cuisine is the real thing

    When Joe and Ratchanida (Nam) Lovato opened Thailand Thai Cuisine a week ago Thursday, they were caught off-guard by the response.
    “The first two or three days they just kept coming. It was rough. We didn’t expect that,” Nam said. “But it’s good, because people are excited, because they love Thai food, and we always hear, ‘Oh, your food is so good.’ It’s all about positive comments. We’re really happy with it.”
    That rush of business has made for some slow service, since Nam was the sole chef until just this week. She is currently training another cook in how to make the complex Thai dishes.
    Thai cuisine is very labor intensive.
    Nam and Joe have spent several nights working until 2 a.m., preparing fresh vegetables and other ingredients for the next day. But every dish is made to order.
    The delicate blend of spices that goes into each dish does not come from a premade sauce or mix, but is prepared one dish at a time by Nam herself.
    According to Joe, who manages the front of the house and the accounting, they have averaged 100 tickets a day, with two to three people per ticket. That means that petite, 24-year-old Nam has been cooking approximately 225 meals a day.

  • New Reverend starts at TOTH Church

    He may be young, but the new rector at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church is ready to immerge himself into the Los Alamos community — from young to old.
    At age 30, the Rev. Chris Adams is looking forward to spreading the love of God through all age groups.
    Adams started at TOTH just a mere five days ago and is already getting recognized by community members. His first day of his ministry was July 13.
    “People already know who I am,” he said. “The community has been very welcoming to me and my wife.” After his family’s arrival, neighbors welcomed them and even helped with their move. He said he likens the area to “southern hospitality.”
    “The community has been incredibly hospitable to my wife,” he said, which helps with the motivation of putting himself out there to build relationships with members of the community.
    He will be preaching for the first time Sunday at TOTH, and the church is having a potluck welcome luncheon for him at noon.
    Sunday also happens to be Adams’ birthday. The public is welcome to join in on the celebration to welcome Adams.

  • On The Docket 7-17-15

    July 7

  • Little Leaguers, swimmers competing at state

    On the diamond and in the pool, many local athletes will be competing for state championships this weekend and next.
    Los Alamos County won four Little League district championships this summer — two in baseball and two in softball. The majority of those teams will now compete for state championships.
    The state tournaments will begin this weekend and conclude with a championship round next weekend.
    Two teams begin their state tournaments tonight —the 10-11 year-old baseball and softball teams.
    Los Alamos’ 10-11 softball All-Star team will take on Deming at 6 p.m. in Santa Fe. The winner will then play Las Vegas at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    Los Alamos’ 10-11 baseball All Stars will take on Carlsbad at 5:30 p.m. in Carlsbad. The winner will play South Valley at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
    Clovis’ Zia Little League and Deming are also on the same side of the bracket as Los Alamos.
    Los Alamos County’s Majors earned a first-round bye. The 11-12 year olds will take on the winner of Roosevelt County and Altamont Little League at 9 a.m. Saturday.
    Española Valley, meanwhile, won the 9-10 district baseball title and was scheduled to start the tournament against Las Vegas.

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