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Today's News

  • 'Transformers' stay in shape

    LOS ANGELES — “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” now rules this year’s box office as the blockbuster sequel became 2011’s top domestic hit with $261 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
    Paramount Pictures’ sci-fi smash starring Shia LaBeouf remained No. 1 in its second weekend with $47 million and shot past “The Hangover Part II” to first-place on the domestic chart.
    Debuting in second place with $28.1 million domestically was the Warner Bros. comedy “Horrible Bosses,” featuring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as bumblers plotting against their nasty supervisors.

  • Best Sellers 07-14-11

    The Los Alamos Monitor has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.

  • 'Faust': The choice between good and evil

    The 2011 Santa Fe Opera season is underway, and in addition to providing a much-needed distraction from recent fire-related concerns, it offers a fantastic way to experience the amazing art of live performance — one sure to captivate from start to finish.
    Charles Gounod’s “Faust” is the perfect example of a classic struggle between good and evil, with the devil himself controlling much of the stage.
    “Faust” opens with conductor Frédéric Chaslin leading the overture. The music is slow, yet riveting as it sets the tone and precedes the dramatic entrance of Faust (Bryan Hymel) onto a simple stage featuring bookcases and a desk.

  • Hidden history: Sawyer's Road meets N.M. 4

    N.M. 4 is a picturesque journey through pine forests, high desert mesas and quaint mountain towns.  From the junction of Highway 501, N.M. 4 gently ascends the slopes above Water Canyon before winding gently into the Jemez Mountains. This highway travels effortlessly through the forests to many popular outdoor destinations and is even used as an alternative route to Albuquerque. However, this popular scenic byway began as a dusty wagon trail carved out of the rocks with picks by local settlers nearly 100 years ago.  

    Historical Origins  

  • Don't let courts redistrict

    State legislators assume they’ll be back at the  Roundhouse in a couple of months for a special session devoted to redistricting New Mexico’s three U.S. House seats, along with the five seats that comprise the Public Regulation Commission and, of course, the legislature itself.
    Their target date for this late-summer conclave is Sept. 12, after Labor Day when the tourist season has waned, and hotels, motels and other accommodations will be available during their Santa Fe sojourn.
    This will be Gov. Susana Martinez’s first special session, and it is she who will set the date for the legislature to convene.
    Nor has she indicated whether that mid-September date suits her fancy.

  • Blackened land and red ink

    Clearing out old magazines last week, I came across a National Geographic (May 2010) story summarizing simply and graphically how, exactly, the 230-square-mile blast zone around Mount St. Helens is recovering.
    If life can return on this most damaged of lands, it’s encouraging for us.
    Ecologists expected most growth to begin on the margins.
    Instead, it’s recovering from the inside out. Surviving pocket gophers pushed soil to the surface, where wind-blown seeds landed and took root; perennials poked through the ash, shrubs resprouted.
    Other burrowing creatures, like toads and mice, emerged. As new plants appeared, insects returned; elk hooves broke up the crust and mixed ash and soil. It will take 50 years for a forest to reappear.

  • Community announcements 07-14-11

    Basketball camp
    Coach Justin Black will run a basketball skills camp for grades 3-8 July 18 through July 21. The event will be held at Chamisa Elementary with a high school option available. The camp will run in the afternoons and varies depending upon age. Black has 13 years of basketball coaching experience ranging from junior high through high school levels. The cost is $45.
    For more information email Black at j.black@laschools.net or call 505-716-1149

    Drivers needed
    Los Alamos Lions Club provides important services to the community. One important activity is the HELP program, which  provides free transportation for medical treatment and appointments outside the county.  

  • Uncle Lucius brings Southern-style rock to LA

    The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series, starring the Texas Southern rock band Uncle Lucius, moves to Los Alamos National Bank Friday.
    Their lead singer, Kevin Galloway left his banking job in East Texas in 2002, moved to Austin and two years later had one of Austin’s top rock bands.
    “What do you think, LANB staff, shall I book you some gigs? Steve Wells on lead guitar? Bill Enloe as a country singer? I can picture that,” said Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series Promoter Russ Gordon.
         Uncle Lucius took rock ‘n’ roll from it’s roots in R&B, blues and country and came up with a Southern outlaw, soulful rock band.

  • Opera Guild thanks heroes with music

    The Los Alamos Opera Guild will honor those who were instrumental in saving the Los Alamos community from the ravages of the Los Conchas fire.
    The Los Alamos County Council and members of the fire and police departments will be the special guests at the Guild’s open house from 3-6 p.m. Sunday.
    Two rising young singers from the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Singer Program, soprano Maria Lindsey and tenor Matthew Newlin, will perfora for the group at 4 p.m.
    Individuals that are interested in learning more about the Los Alamos Opera Guild and their activities that support The Santa Fe Opera, as well as music in the Los Alamos community are welcome to attend.  

  • Be There 07-14-11

    Today
    A poetry gathering will be at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of the Mesa Public Library.

    Talk on Climate Change by Chick Keller at 7 p.m. at PEEC, 3540 Orange St. Free and open to the public.

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold a barbecue at 6 p.m. at the home of Dr. Ann Wadstrom, 253 San Juan.  Members and potential new members are invited. Hamburgers and drinks will be supplied. Members, please bring a salad or dessert. Spouses, friends and family are welcome. For more information call Donna MacDonald at 662-4001 or Wadstrom at 662-7578.

    Friday