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  • ‘Life of Pi’ is stunning

    “Life of Pi” is a beautiful film. It is an adaptation of a best-selling book with the same title, by Yann Martel.
    The film is incredibly visually captivating and filled with gorgeous special effects and magnificent cinematography.
    In the film’s plot, the protagonist, Piscine Molitor Patel, also known as Pi, discusses faith and his life’s story with a young Canadian writer.
    Pi tells the younger man of his fascination with all religions from an early age. Subsequently, the protagonist discusses his shipwrecked journey across the Pacific Ocean while sharing a life raft with an adult Bengal tiger called Richard Parker.
    The film is presented in an incredibly dream-like manner and involves many serial images.
    One small problem with the film is that, as a viewer, one gets the sense that there are elements missing from the original novel.
    Another is that the conclusion is somewhat weak and this ultimately diminishes the sense of wonder that the rest of the film worked so hard to establish.
    It is almost as if the film becomes a fable, a spiritual journey rather than a realistic depiction of true events.

  • Coming home for the holidays

    College begins a new chapter in life for both students and families. Students get to see a life outside of Los Alamos and families adjust to missing a family member that is miles away.
    Some young people have described the experience of leaving home as exciting, overwhelming, interesting and sad.
    In contrast, families have said that having a part of their family leaving is sad, but also a proud experience because that person is moving on in life.
    In the months of November and December, the weather gets colder, people’s bank accounts dwindle and the holidays arrive.
    This time of year marks a season of giving, joy and guilt-free eating, but it’s also a time for families to be reunited.
    Aidan Bradbury Aranda, a 2012 Los Alamos High School graduate, is attending the University of Southern California and is majoring in film.
    Bradbury Aranda said that leaving New Mexico was “an interesting change because I was used to living in a smaller town and moving to the big city was exciting, but also a bit overwhelming.” He also said he missed the nature, the stars and green chile.
    Even though he likes California, Bradbury Aranda said, “I like being home because I get to see my family again, as well as my friends, plus I prefer living in my house than in my dorm room.”

  • Local developer arrested on domestic charge

    Los Alamos developer Stan Primak was arrested and charged with aggravated battery against a household member at his home Friday night.

    According to the criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, Los Alamos police were dispatched to the 1300 block of 44th Street, after responding to a 911 call at 8:24 p.m.

    Primak’s neighbors, who had earlier been to the Primak residence for dinner, met Cpl. Miguel Maez.

    “As we approached the front door, I immediately observed the victim was bleeding profusely from the nose and her face was covered in blood,” Maez wrote in the complaint. “The victim iwas being assisted by (her friend).”

    According to the statement of probable cause, Stan Primak had locked himself in the bathroom. Maez knocked on the bathroom door and asked Primak to come out.

    Seconds later, Primak, 61, opened the door and was escorted to the kitchen. Primak refused to answer any questions from Maez.

    Primak was arrested and taken to the Los Alamos Detention Center. He later posted a $3,000 cash surety bond and was released.

  • Strong earthquake shakes parts of Alaska, Canada

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A powerful earthquake sparked a tsunami warning for hundreds of miles of Alaskan and Canadian coastline, but the alert was canceled when no damaging waves were generated.

    The magnitude 7.5 quake and tsunami warning that followed caused concern in some coastal communities, with alarms sounding and people rushing to higher ground for safety.

    But the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center later said the waves were too small to pose a threat, reaching just six inches above normal sea level in places such as Sitka and Port Alexander.

    "Initially, in the first 15 to 20 minutes, there might have been a bit of panic," Sitka Police Chief Sheldon Schmitt told The Associated Press in a phone interview. But he said things calmed down as the town waited for the all clear.

    The temblor struck at midnight Friday (1 a.m. PST Saturday) and was centered about 60 miles west of Craig, Alaska, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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  • 'Toppers end drought with overtime win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team finally broke into the win column for the 2012-13 season, winning a nail-biter in overtime.

    Los Alamos’ Simon Heath and Skyler Veenis had big buckets in the overtime period as the Hilltoppers downed the Taos Tigers 57-54 at Griffith Gymnasium Friday. William Steinkamp’s rebound-and-putback with just four seconds remaining tied the game at 47 and forced the extra period.

    Los Alamos led most of the game but Taos looked like it might grab the win after going up early in the fourth quarter and led 45-40 with under a minute left in regulation.

    See more on Friday’s win in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • American Eagle Pilot Arrested at Minn. Airport
  • Raw: 'Unresponsive' Man Rescued From Sailboat

    The Coast Guard says it airlifted a man with heart disease from a sailboat in the stormy Gulf of Mexico to shore in Louisiana. The Coast Guard said officials were called early Thursday about a couple aboard a 64-foot sailboat bound for Houston.

  • Case Highlights Legal Issues for Sperm Donors
  • Seen @ The Scene: LAMS construction

    Workers brave the cold temperatures as construction continues at the Los Alamos Middle School.