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    Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

    6:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 PM County Council Meeting –Replay 11-03-15
    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 Los Alamos Council on Cancer – “Head and Neck Cancers”
    7:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Witnessing WWII: A Memorable Panel Discussion”
    8:30 PM Let’s Talk Good Business
    9:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    9:30 PM Cheers for 30 Years: The White Rock Senior Center
    10:00 PM Northern NM Citizen’s Advisory Board
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015
    6:00 AM FSTV
    5:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    6:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    7:00 PM United Church
    8:15 PM Los Alamos Non-Profit Spotlight
    8:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    9:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Festival of Chocolate Saturday

    It might be hard to believe November is upon us, but that means it is time once again for the annual festivals for the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and Champions of Youth Ambitions.
    The weeklong event kicks off with a feast for the eyes and taste buds with the festival of Chocolate on Saturday.
    “The FOC is an event for the senses,” said Pauline Powell Schneider, event co-coordinator. “Visually, the array of holiday trees and decor is delightful. One hears the sounds of My Blue Heaven as you enter the building and it just puts you in a festive mood … and then you start sampling the tables of confections or sipping the richest hot chocolate you’ve ever had.”
    Trader Joe’s, Sam’s Club and Papa Murphy’s are just a few of the businesses that add their donations to the buffet including; cakes, cookies, candies, cupcakes and s’mores pizza.
    Locally, the chefs from Aspen Ridge Lodge and BESC chefs Fred Ortiz, Michael Mason are great supporters of the Festival of Chocolate. The event allows them to showcase their culinary skills not seen on a day to day basis.
    “They don’t get to do too many chocolate desserts for senior lunches, so they will go all out for the festival,” said Powell Schneider.

  • Chickens and Chi

    I confess I’ve never been a fan of chickens. They always seem like nervous and high strung birds, and their pecking and quick movements are unsettling to me. I would have never imagined that these creatures could be used in the realm of animal-assisted therapy. Dogs, yes. Horses, sure. But, chickens? They couldn’t possibly bring a sense of calm and comfort to people. Then I was introduced to Blanco and his gang and something special happened.
    At newly opened Sunrise Springs Integrated Wellness Resort in Santa Fe, sister property to the venerable Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs and Spa, animal interaction sessions are just one of the many experiential activities offered aimed at fostering optimal health and well-being.
    Currently, these interactions involve canines and chickens, both which reside on-site. Canine sessions are with adult service dogs and puppies-in-training from Assistance Dogs of the West, an agency the resort has partnered with to help guests learn canine handling techniques and practice specific training activities to prepare the animals for being future assistance dogs, take walks with the dogs or simply enjoy an opportunity to cuddle with them.

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  • Volleyball wins district, gets No. 5 state seed

    Española Valley fought like heck to keep from giving up its District 2-5A volleyball title Saturday, but Los Alamos was able to beat the Sundevils a fourth time and finish its district season with an unblemished record.
    The Hilltoppers won the district championship in five games.
    The Sundevils won the first set, 25-18, but Los Alamos tied things up by taking the second set, 25-21.
    The Sundevils then put Los Alamos’ back against the wall by taking the third set, 25-19. The Hilltoppers, however, finished strong and won the fourth and fifth set, 25-22 and 15-8, to take the match.
    The win improved Los Alamos’ record to 18-3 overall and 9-0 in district games.
    The ’Toppers will now enter the Class 5A state championships as the No. 5 seed.
    The state tournament will begin with pool play at 8 a.m. Thursday. In Pool D with Los Alamos are No. 4 Los Lunas and No. 9 Moriarty.
    The winner of each pool will get a first-round bye and an automatic spot in the quarterfinals while the second and third finishers will have to compete in the round-of-12 Thursday afternoon. The quarter and semifinals will take place Friday and the championship is Saturday.
    St. Pius X got the No. 1 seed and is in Pool A with No. 8 Albuquerque Academy and No. 12 Española Valley.

  • LA football loses to Del Norte in finale

    Los Alamos’ football team headed into Friday night’s game against Del Norte with an opportunity to force the playoff selection committee to take a good, hard look at it.
    A win would have given Los Alamos a second-place finish in District 2-5A, ahead of the 9-1 Española Valley Sundevils. That would have meant if the selection committee wanted Española in the playoffs, it would have had to take Los Alamos as well.
    Del Norte, however, ended any chance Los Alamos had. The Knights stacked the box to squash Los Alamos’ running attack and went on to win the game, 42-0.
    After sitting out against Bernalillo with a concussion, Lane Saunders returned to the lineup against Del Norte. Running back Derek Selvage, however, got hurt early against Del Norte and did not return.
    While Del Norte stifled Los Alamos’ run, it ran for several big plays to successfully end Los Alamos’ season.
    With the Del Norte win, Española Valley (9-1, 3-1 2-5A) claimed the District 2-5A championship, Capital (7-3, 3-1) finished second followed by Del Norte (4-6, 2-2), Los Alamos (4-6, 2-2) and Bernalillo (0-10, 0-4).
    Española and Capital will now represent the district in the Class 5A state playoffs.

  • ’Topper girls take second in 5A

    ALBUQUERQUE — When the Los Alamos girls’ soccer team traveled to the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex for the latter rounds of the Class 5A state tournament, it knew any game could be its last.
    The No. 5 seeded Hilltopper girls, however, embraced the underdog spirit and kept their season going longer than anyone expected. Los Alamos knocked off No. 5 Aztec in overtime in the quarterfinals, 2-1, and then stunned the top-seeded Farmington Scorpions, 3-1, in the semifinals.
    Heading into the Saturday’s championship game against No. 3 St. Pius X., the Hilltoppers knew that, win or lose, the next game would be its last.
    “Last night we gathered in a hotel room and talked about our favorite memories,” senior Emily Hopkins said after the championship game. “We all cried.”
    The Sartans had won the previous two state championships and Los Alamos wasn’t able keep them from making it three in a row Saturday. St. Pius beat Los Alamos in the championship game, 1-0.
    “The game was extremely close,” Hopkins said. “We had our chances.”

  • LA boys finish with red trophy

    The Los Alamos boys’ soccer team came up short of a state title Saturday, falling to Albuquerque Academy 2-0 in the Class 5A championship game.
    Even though Los Alamos didn’t reach the pinnacle, the team made an incredible run to bring home a red trophy.
    “I don’t think it was luck,” senior captain Alex Csanadi said. “Everything we’ve been working on for the last couple of months came together and we showed we’re one of the best teams in the state.”
    After getting a first-round bye, the No. 3 ’Toppers blew by No. 6 St. Pius X, 3-0, in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
    Los Alamos then battled the No. 2 Roswell Coyotes for 100 minutes only to have the semifinal contest decided by a shootout.
    “The best was winning it on PKs,” Csanadi said. “We’ll all be happy about that for the rest of our lives.”
    The shootout win gave Los Alamos a spot in the finals, but after finishing second two years in a row, Albuquerque Academy wasn’t going to be denied a third-straight year.
    Academy fired shot after shot in the game, but defenders Ralph Archbold, Tristan Roach and Kye Jones did a good job limiting the quality of those shots. Goalie Seth Hailey also had double-digit saves in the contest.

  • Surviving Hitler’s ‘Hell-Hole’: Remembering Frank Kravetz

    “Just existing became what was important.”
    So said Frank Kravetz, World War II veteran and former captive of Nuremberg Prison Camp, or what Frank called the Nazi “hell-hole.”
    “Yet even as I struggled with the day-to-day sadness and despair,” Frank said, “I never once had any regrets that I signed up to serve.”
    An extended tour of Nazi camps as a wounded POW scratching for survival wasn’t what Frank had in mind when he signed up to serve his country in World War II. The kid from the smoky steel mills of East Pittsburgh enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He became a tail-gunner.
    Frank’s life took a dramatic turn Nov. 2, 1944, in a bomb run over Germany. He crammed into the tail of a B-17, wedged inside a flak jacket. The target was Merseberg, a major industrial area. He flew amid an air armada of 500 heavy bombers – each carrying 18 250-pound “general purpose” bombs – escorted by 900 fighter planes.
    While the Americans were ready for business, so was the Luftwaffe. Frank’s plane came under hot pursuit by German fighters. Frank took them on with a twin .50 caliber machine gun. It was a dogfight, and Frank was badly wounded. His B-17 was filled with holes. The crew had to bail quickly.

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