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  • Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Air hockey tournament (Los Alamos open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., White Rock closed.)

    Tuesday: Christmas coloring contest (Los Alamos open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., White Rock closed.)

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies (Los Alamos open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., White Rock closed.)

    Thursday: Activity Center closed for Christmas Day

    Friday: Staff’s choice game/activity (Los Alamos open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., White Rock closed.)

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is located at 475 20th Street, 662-9412. The White Rock Activity Center is located at 139 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565.

  • The Pondering Column: Questions raised about torture justification

    Today marks the second edition, of “The Pondering Column.” Here I will discuss, reader written questions, regarding morals, philosophy and belief.

    Today’s question, asked anonymously: “Is torture ever justified?”
    This question has particular relevance given recent events. As you may know the CIA released a previously classified report, stating that they had used various techniques of torture to dissolve credible threats against national security.
    The morals behind torture have been an issue for humans since the beginning of our existence, but the answer to this specific question is fairly simple. Yes, torture can be justified.
    Now the real question is, at what point is torture justified? A wide variety of cases would permit torture, at least from my perspective. The only parameter surrounding the permissibility of torture is similar to the “eye for an eye” law of retaliation.
    This law asserts that if one injures another, he or she will be injured to the same extent. So if I shoot your eye, you can shoot mine, but what exactly is taken with torture? The well-being of an individual.

  • Foreign exchange student shares view of Los Alamos

    Every year, families around Los Alamos host exchange students from different parts of the world.  In 2013, teens came from Germany, Poland, France and Serbia, and this year after applying through the Rotary Club, teens came from Europe and South America.
    Arriving from the Netherlands, Frederiek Gerretschen, 16, a junior at Los Alamos High School during the 2014 school year, is one student who has traveled from her hometown to experience American culture.
    “I love to travel and to get to know other cultures, and the best way to get to know a different culture is to live there,” Gerretschen said.
    When Gerretschen turned in her application, she did not know where she was headed or what to expect, but by March she was informed that she would be placed in Los Alamos.
    Since then, Gerretschen has become integrated into the LAHS community. During the fall, she was a member of the cross country team. She currently introduces her own culture to Los Alamos teens through the LAHS International Club.
    Although Gerretschen visited New York prior to her exchange trip, she has identified differences between the Netherlands and the United States.

  • News for retirees 12-21-14 to 12-27-14

    Dec. 21-27, 2014
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken stew
    Noon        Grief support
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Fish and                 chips
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Carne asada
    1 p.m.        Downton Abbey                 show

  • Births 12-21-14

    Dec. 1: A girl, Marina lee VanNewkirk, born to Tiffany and Ryan VanNewKirk
    Dec. 3: A boy, Jeremie Michael Martinez, born to Desiree Nitz and Anthony Martinez
    Dec. 5: A girl, Aubrey Lynn Tatro, born to Alissa and Ryan Tatro
    Dec. 5: A boy, Noah Sifredo Gonzalez Rodriguez, born to Crystal and Arturo Gonzalez
    Dec. 8: A boy, Caleb “Cal” John Coleman, born to Christie and Josh Coleman
    Dec. 11: A girl, MingQing Hu Zhang, born to Xiao Hu and Pengfei Zhang
     

  • Animal Shelter 12-21-14

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Aztec — A 14-week-old, male, gray tabby with white paws and tummy. When he was just getting used to humans, he was cautious and preferred to watch as his more outgoing siblings explored their new territory. Now he is right in the middle of things. He seeks out your attention with a sweet little meow and has a soft, gentle purr when you pet him. He would probably do best in a quieter home where he can feel confident and loved.

  • Guidelines on holiday visits for long-term care residents

    Holidays can be a challenging time for residents of long-term care facilities and their families. Two questions are often asked: Can I bring my loved one home, or to a holiday celebration, and what can I do to ensure a successful visit that doesn’t feel awkward?   
    Regarding visits away from a nursing home, residents receiving skilled nursing care may participate in short visits away from a facility without danger of losing their Medicare coverage. The Medicare Benefit Policy manual outlines rights of residents granted a short leave of absence to attend a family or religious occasion without jeopardizing their Medicare status. As long as a resident returns to the nursing home by midnight on the day of the leave, the facility may still bill Medicare for their stay. For families wishing to have a loved one home for an overnight visit, residents can leave a skilled nursing facility for short periods without losing their coverage, however, facilities may bill residents to hold their beds. For more information, visit medicareadvocacy.org/you-can-leave-the-nursing-home/. Residents who utilize Medicaid for long-term care services may also be allowed to leave a nursing home for brief periods. The state Medicaid plan covers three reserve bed days for brief home visits without prior approval. A physician’s order is required for this arrangement.

  • Planning a home remodel that actually pays off

    There was a time when contractors building McMansion-style home additions or Michelin-worthy kitchens were a regular sight in many neighborhoods — until around 2006, when the Great Recession began to take hold.
    Here’s the good news: home improvements are starting to add value in a rising housing market. Here’s the bad news: you have to be very careful about the renovation or remodeling projects you select to avoid over-stretching your budget.
    In 2014, completing successful home improvements comes down to two critical questions, will you get most of your money back when you sell your property (the days of 100 percent-plus returns on renovations are over, at least for now) and how will project costs affect your overall financial plan?
    Here are questions to fuel your planning:
    • How long you plan to live in the home after the renovation. The Great Recession proved many homeowners didn’t recoup elaborate — or sometimes modest — improvement costs when selling their homes. Even in a recovering market, it’s good to be wary. For now, renovate for the long haul and your personal enjoyment, not overnight sale.

  • New Mexico Bowl outlook

    Utah State (9-4, 6-2 Mountain West) vs. UTEP (7-5, 5-3 C-USA), 2:20 p.m. ET, (ESPN)

    Line: Utah State by 10

    Series Record: Utah State, 2-0

    WHAT'S AT STAKE

    Utah State is a win away from notching its third straight bowl victory for the first time in school history. The Aggies are 3-5 in bowl games and have made the postseason for four straight years. The Miners are seeking their first bowl game victory since 1967 and are coming off their first winning season since 2005.

    KEY MATCHUP

    UTEP's rushing offense versus Utah State's rushing defense. The Miners have 2,552 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns on the ground this season and have rushed for an average of 212.7 yards per game. Utah State ranks 26th in the nation in rushing defense. The Aggies also have forced 29 turnovers in their last 12 games.

    PLAYERS TO WATCH

    Utah State: Brothers Zach and Nick Vigil, both linebackers, have combined for 181 tackles. Senior Zach Vigil is tied at 12th nationally in tackles for loss with 11.2 per game. Sophomore Nick Vigil is tied for fifth nationally in forced fumbles with .42 per game.

  • Church Listings 12-19-14

    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.