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  • Serving from the heart

    Though the sheriff can no longer afford to pay him, Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Deputy John L. Horne said that was never an issue.

    Horne, father of the former Undersheriff John N. Horne, continues to accompany Sheriff Marco Lucero on rounds as a volunteer deputy.

    It has been a tough year for Horne. His son died in his sleep unexpectedly June 16 of what Horne thinks was  caused by sleep apnea. 

    His son also worked for Lucero as a volunteer, after the Los Alamos County Council slashed the office budget in its quest to shut down the office over concerns about duplication of services.

    To the Hornes, It’s was all about loyalty to their friend Lucero and preservation of the office, and nothing else.

    “We figured Marco needed the help and we believed in what he was doing,” John L. Horne said.

    To John L. Horne, that’s all it continues to be about. Though he misses his son immensely and will soon be to Missouri, he remains focused on the job.

    When asked if he still helps Lucero in remembrance of his son, he said it goes beyond all that.

    “No, that’s totally separate. My son spoke for himself,” Horne said.

  • Los Alamos School Board meeting on Monday

    The Los Alamos school board will meet at 1 p.m. Monday to consider the rankings of schools for construction and renovations in the school district’s Five Year Facilities Master Plan.

    The board will discuss moving Mountain Elementary closer to the top of needs for capital improvement.

    The meeting will be in the school board meeting room, at the Administrative Offices, 2101 Trinity Drive.

  • Dark Night set for Saturday in WR

    The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night on Saturday at Spirio Soccer Field, located at Overlook Park in White Rock.
    The Dark Night will bet at sunset, which is approximately 6:30 p.m.
    The Pajarito Astronomers said the public is invited, weather permitting, to view the skies through the telescopes which will be set up for the event.
    According to the Astronomers, the planets Mercury, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune should all be visible, and possibly some Orionid meteors throughout the evening.
    Also planned for the Dark Night is a tour of the summer and fall constellations, the Milky Way, and telescopic views of double stars, clusters and other celestial bodies.
    Viewing will end before midnight.
    For more information about the Dark Night, you can call 662-3252.

  • This week on PAC-8, Oct. 20-26

    THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, October 20, 2017
    6:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting –Replay 10-10-17
    1:00 PM Democracy Now!
    2:00 PM United in Christ
    3:00 PM Road to Recovery
    4:00 PM Uprising
    5:00 PM Democracy Now!
    6:00 PM Chamber Business Breakfast – Tourism Strategic Plan
    7:00 PM Los Alamos History – James B. Conant
    8:00 PM Los Alamos High School Graduation
    10:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, October 21, 2017
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, October 22, 2017
    6:00 AM FSTV
    5:00 PM The Prophetic Word
    5:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    6:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    7:00 PM United Church
    8:15 PM Suicide Prevention PSAs
    8:30 PM Mountain Chapel
    9:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • LALT to hold auditions for ‘God of Carnage’ Oct. 22, 23

    Los Alamos Little Theater will hold auditions for the January 2018 production, “God of Carnage” at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St., at 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday.
    “God of Carnage “ by Yasmina Reza won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play.
    In this dark comedy a playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter.
    At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.  Characters will be two men and two women.
    The play will be directed by Paul Lewis and produced by John Gustafson.
    Actors should prepare a short two- to three-minute monologue of their choosing, or select one of the suggested monologues at lalt.org.  
    Memorization is not necessary, but the actor must be sufficiently familiar with the monologue to present a dramatic interpretation.
    Copies of the script and suggested monologues are available for two day checkout at the Mesa Public Library (reference desk). 

  • Rock hiding craze sweeps Alamogordo

    ALAMOGORDO (AP) — A new craze has hit Alamogordo, one that involves residents of all ages painting and hiding rocks throughout the community.
    “My sister lives in Illinois and they do the rock thing there, she was telling me about it. I thought it would be neat for kids here because there’s not a lot for kids to do around here,” said Patricia Glore, founder of the Alamo Rocks Facebook page. “So we painted rocks for two weeks, hid about 50 of them and then I started the page.”
    As residents found the hidden rocks, they also found instructions painted to the back of the rocks directing them to the Alamo Rocks page. Currently, the group has over 2,300 members.
    “This is something I do with my great grandkids,” Glore said. “(My great grandson) found his first rock by himself yesterday and he was so excited. This gives them something to do outside of the house, so they’re not stuck indoors playing on tablets and watching TV.”
    Organizations such as the Alamogordo Public Library and Alamo Jump have jumped onboard with the craze, hosting rock painting parties for the community.

  • Los Alamos Big Band to host Fall Dance at Fuller Lodge

    The Los Alamos Big Band will host a Fall Concert and Dance from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 27 at Fuller Lodge.
    The Los Alamos Big Band is a 16-instrument, 1940s, Glenn Miller-style swing band that plays for public events, weddings, conventions, fund raisers, and more. The band will be playing favorites such as “In The Mood,” “String of Pearls,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “New York, New York,” and even “Clarinet Polka.”
    The band also features two well-known vocalists, Elisa Enriquez and Rene LeClaire, who will perform famous tunes such as “Chicago,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Lady is a Tramp,” and “Moonglow.”
    The band has been playing at dances throughout Northern New Mexico since 1984 under the direction of Jan McDonald, who was for many years the band director at Los Alamos High School. Admission is free; donations are welcome.
    For more information, contact Dean Decker at deandecker4@aol.com. 

  • Austria’s cities filled with history

    This is the second in a two-part series on Austria. Part one appeared in the Oct. 11 edition of Diversion and can now be found at lamonitor.com.

  • Art, commerce woven into Taos Wool Festival

    Some people can tell fall is coming when the leaves begin to turn and the temperature drops. But if they’re into fiber arts, fall is when the Taos Wool Festival comes to town.
    The 34th annual festival, which celebrates all things wool, from shearing sheep to making yarn and clothing, happened in Taos Oct. 7 and 8 at Kit Carson Park. Sponsored and organized by the Mountain and Valley Wool Association, over 63 vendors came from New Mexico, Colorado and Texas to show people what they got and to demonstrate their skills.
    Besides vendors, the festival also featured contests and demonstrations throughout the weekend. Saturday morning featured a yarn show competition, a garment and home accessories and fleece competition.
    The festival also featured a wool and fleece sale. Sunday featured a spinning, knitting and crochet contest, a hand-dye competition and a silent auction. The silent auction was a fundraiser for the Mountain Valley Wool Association that will help cover the costs of this year’s festival.
    The first festival was held in 1984 at the park, and featured just 15 vendors. It’s become much bigger since then.

  • Girl’s soccer struggles against top-ranked 5A team

    In one of the most important games of the district season, The Los Alamos High School varsity girl’s soccer team fell to Albuquerque Academy 3-0, the Hilltoppers’ second loss to the Chargers in two weeks.
    Though the scoreboard may not show it, LAHS head coach Ann Cernicek felt her team played much better than the first times the two teams met.
    “I thought the first half was really good,” Cernicek said. “And we were able to fight until the bitter end. We were able to create opportunities and just couldn’t convert them unfortunately.”
    The Hilltoppers came out strong in the first half, as an early shot from Anna Rose Matuszak went just wide of the net.
    Her shot came from the high energy of LAHS in the early going, as they understood how important getting off to a good start is against Academy, which has been consistently ranked as the top team in Class 5A.
    Though Academy kept most of the possession in the first half, the back line of LAHS, led by Jaci Linn, Vianey Terrazas and Valeri Li, were successful at keeping the ball out of the dangerous areas.
    That began to change 15 minutes into the game, as Academy started lofting passes high into the air and over the head of the defense, while the forwards from Academy used their speed to get behind the defense.