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Today's News

  • The quest for perfection

    New Mexico businesses that want help becoming more efficient frequently call on the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership — a nonprofit agency of the U.S. Commerce Department that helps small and mid-sized U.S. businesses create and preserve jobs, become more profitable and save time and money. In New Mexico, where most businesses are small, MEP services are used by doctors’ offices, machine shops, small farms and agricultural operations, and businesses that serve the oil and gas industry.
    MEP uses multiple techniques to help businesses increase profits by standardizing production and administration to provide continuous improvement that eliminates waste and strives for perfection.
    Lean manufacturing theory recognizes that there will always be some degree of product variation but it seeks to minimize aberrations that result in added expenses when products must be discarded or returned to the production line for repair or reassembly. Motorola, in its drive toward perfection in 1986, introduced an idea called Six Sigma based on the letter in the Greek alphabet used to measure mathematical variations from a standard. Motorola aspired to refine its manufacturing process to a sigma rating of six, meaning that 99.99966 percent of its products would have zero defects.

  • Andrew and Mousie 12-02-12
  • Word on the Street 12-02-12

    Teen Pulse staff member Robert Naffziger asked students, “Did you go shopping on Black Friday?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 12-02-12

    • Monday: Birthday board
    • Tuesday: Yarn holiday craft
    • Wednesday:  
    Movies and munchies
    • Thursday: Snow swabs
    • Friday: Peppermint ornament

    Memberships are free and open to all in third through eighth grade.
    The White Rock Youth Activity Center is at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565. The Los Alamos Youth Activity  Center is at 475 20th St., 662-9412.

  • Jack White makes a break

    Break-ups are never an easy thing to handle, especially if the people breaking up are in a band together.
    Depending on the popularity of the band, individual members may have a hard time starting new endeavors.
    None have been more successful than Ozzy Osbourne, who crafted his own dark image, after getting kicked out of Black Sabbath; and John Lennon, who rose to immortal status with solo albums such as “Imagine,” after the break-up of The Beatles.
    Jack White, one half of former alternative rock band The White Stripes, tries his hand at a solo career with his debut solo album “Blunderbuss.”
    Released on April 23, 2012, “Blunderbuss” sold 138,000 copies in its first week, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
    White came into the music industry with then-wife, Meg White, in 1997, as The White Stripes. After a successful music career, the Stripes broke up in 2011.
    After 14 years of being one-half of a duo, many wondered if White could successfully break away and strike out on his own.
    The answer is, not really. Lets face it, White was the driving force behind the White Stripes.

  • Fashion Maven: Clothes make a statement

    Many of you out there read this column every time it’s published and some of you may even follow the advice in it. Article after article has been written, telling people how they should dress, how to do their hair and what accessories to use. Yet, at the end of the day, what does it matter? What is the purpose of being fashionable, anyway?
    It’s easy to imagine that many people would ask themselves this — and you can’t blame them. After all, we grow up learning why manners are useful and why doing our homework is important, but unless you have a fashionable family, is anyone ever taught the reasons that dressing well is crucial?
    Fashion is an essential part of life. Style can determine first impressions, credibility and self-esteem.
    For example, if you go to school in your pajama pants, you give off the impression that you would rather be sleeping. People often assume that if you appear as if you could care less about the way you look, your attitude may likely match your ensemble.
    Dressing for an interview, which some job-seeking teenagers may have to do, falls into the same category. If one candidate for a job appears at an interview smartly dressed and the other shows up in sweatpants and slippers, who do you think is more likely to get the job.

  • Tryouts bring out serious players

    On Nov. 18 volleyball players did their best to make it onto a team for Northern New Mexico Fusion Volleyball, a girls’ Junior Olympic Volleyball program.  
    Fusion is a non-profit organization sanctioned by the U.S.A. Volleyball organization.  Its goal is to train and provide competition for athletes ranging from elementary school to high school.
    Assistant Coach Kyle Stokes said, “The point is to get the kids interested in volleyball and if it clicks with the then they get better and progress.”  
    The program offers smaller teams, select coaching and highly competitive play.  NNM Fusion is a club that participates in the Sun Country Region Volleyball Association of U.S.A. Volleyball, one of 38 regions in the United States.  The Sun Country Region has club programs in Texas, New Mexico and southwest Colorado. “Most of the competitive play will be in-state, but some of the older, more experienced teams will compete out of state and in regional competitions,” Stokes said.  The season starts in January and wraps up in April.  
    Tom Courtney has been director of Fusion for two years. He explained that he and the board of directors pick which tournaments to attend.  They also find capable coaches to instruct the athletes.  

  • Animal Shelter 12-02-12

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home.
    Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.
    Thank you, Los Alamos. The past couple weeks have seen numerous adoptions — hopefully this trend will continue and all the shelter pets will find homes for the holidays.
    DOGS
    Axle — Don’t let those sad-looking eyes fool you. Axle is a playful and affectionate neutered male. The shelter temperament testers describe this Pit-mix as a “total sweetheart.” He would love a family that appreciates big, sloppy dog kisses.  
    Bagel — Very busy female Border Collie found on the Rim Trail, near Rover. She will need an active family to keep her happy.
    Ciera — Spayed female Shepherd-cross who likes to get to know her human associates before she shares her story with them.

  • News for Retirees 12-02-12

    Dec. 2-8, 2012
    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: Beer battered cod
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken enchilada
    Noon        Lunchtime concert: Juanita Madland students
    12:30 p.m.    Better breathers
    1:30 p.m.    Friends meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    RSVP quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Eggplant over linguine
    1:15 p.m.    Socrates Café
    1:30 p.m.    Daytime duplicate bridge
    THURSDAY

  • Listen to holiday music with LASO

    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will treat the community to a free concert of holiday music at 7 p.m. Dec. 7. The traditional concert will be given in the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Don Gerheart will conduct the program. For him, the music is “familiar, lively and fun.”  Included will be “A Christmas Festival” and “Sleigh Ride” — both favorites by LeRoy Anderson. The music will swing with a jazz beat in “A Swingin’ Holiday” and will rock with “Christmas Rocks At The Pops.” The audience will have a chance to participate in a sing-along of familiar Christmas tunes.
    Gerheart is no stranger to conducting Los Alamos ensembles. For 26 years, he has directed bands in various Los Alamos schools. He also directed seven shows for the Los Alamos Light Opera.  He said standing on the podium and conducting is what he likes best.
    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra is made up primarily of adults in the community.  Enhancing the group for this concert will be five violinists, two violists and two cellists — all Los Alamos High School students that recently qualified for the All State Orchestra. Some of these students will be playing beside one of their parents, who plays regularly in the orchestra.