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Today's News

  • 'Rio' speaks louder than 'Madea'

    LOS ANGELES — Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg’s talking birds have edged out Tyler Perry’s sass-talking grandma at the weekend box office.
    Hathaway and Eisenberg’s animated family adventure “Rio” took in $26.8 million to remain the No. 1 movie for the second-straight weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
    “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family” debuted a close second with $25.8 million, another solid opening for writer-director Perry, who also stars as boisterous, opinionated grandma Madea.
    Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson’s circus romance “Water for Elephants” premiered in third-place with $17.5 million.

  • Best Sellers 04-28-11

    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.

  • Celebrity News 04-28-11

    Steven Tyler says he did drugs
    with Perry in 2008

    NEW YORK — Steven Tyler says he wasn’t the only Aerosmith member who was abusing drugs in recent years.
    In an interview with Rolling Stone, Tyler says he and Joe Perry did drugs together in 2008 after years of sobriety. Aerosmith had been working on a new album, which never developed.
    Tyler says Perry was so impaired by snorting prescription pills, he couldn’t even play his instrument. Tyler says he was no better — he couldn’t sing.
    Perry declined to comment to Rolling Stone and didn’t return a request for comment from The Associated Press on Tuesday.

  • Learn about herbal medicines

    Herbalist and environmental consultant Kristi Beguin will offer a class on herbs from 6-8 p.m. May 6 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    The class will involve more than a simple discussion of herbal remedies for specific complaints, but will encourage the exploration of cultural ideas, personal histories and womanly insights into how monthly cycles affect overall health and well being.
    As the discussion evolves, herbal formulas and how they can be used to maintain balance within the body will be considered.
    Since 1991, Beguin has taught classes at PEEC based on her study of native, traditional and medicinal plants in both the Northwest and Southwest.

  • Fired up over fire, solitude and writing

    New York Times best-selling author Philip Connors signs “Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout” at 6 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station Bookstore.
    To be a fire lookout, Norman Maclean once wrote, isn’t a matter of body or mind, but of soul. Connors should know.
    He’s spent a third of each year for nearly a decade watching for smoke in the Gila National Forest of New Mexico. Connors is a major new voice in American nonfiction and wrote his debut tale, “Fire Season.”
    A decade ago Connors left work as an editor at the Wall Street Journal and talked his way into a job far from the streets of lower Manhattan: working as one of the last fire lookouts in America.

  • Former soldier shares his WWII experiences

    How often have people heard about the “Greatest Generation,” without thinking that there might be some of those people locally, who were part of the daunting experience of World War II?
    The Los Alamos Historical Society teamed with Mesa Public Library to bring forth the story, the artifacts and the experiences of war from the point of view of one Los Alamos citizen, Stephen D. Stoddard.  
    Stoddard served in WWII in the 55th Armored Infantry Division in Patton’s Third Army and was wounded in action in the Battle of the Bulge in 1945. He later served in the U.S. Army of Occupation in Germany near the Austrian border and was assigned a post in a former Night Fighter Base near Pocking that had been turned into a Displaced Persons’ Camp.

  • Green Team collects pet supplies

    “I’m excited about collecting supplies because these animals need them as a daily necessity,” said Charlotte Leonard, a seventh grade member of the Middle School Green Team.  
    She’s referring to the table the Green Team will man at Pajartio Environmental Education Center’s Earth Day celebration Saturday.  The group will collect old pet supplies — toys, bedding, leashes, food and treats — as well as gather donations to send to the Española Animal Shelter.
    Members of the seventh grade Green Team spent a day during their spring break volunteering at the shelter.

  • Los Alamos Concert Assocation presents MetalesM5

    Celebrate Mother’s Day and join the Los Alamos Concert Association for its final concert of the 2010-2011 season at 4 p.m. May 8 in Duane Smith Auditorium. The concert features Metales M5 Mexican Brass Quintent.

  • Rhetoric pushes bounds of civility

    I am compelled to respond to recent letters to the Los Alamos Monitor regarding the proposed improvements to N.M. 502, locally named Trinity Drive. One was published April 16, written by  Anthony Amsden and the other printed April 19, in the ViewPoint section, by Norman Delamater.
    These writers echo the opinions of a number of vocal detractors, and both of these writers are under the false impression that four lanes means better traffic flow. If one were to consider only the difference between four and two lanes, they would be correct, but they are missing the point.
    The alternatives, in the extremes, are four lanes with traffic lights (more or less our current situation), and two lanes with no traffic lights (Option A1).

  • Johnson could inject dose of reality in to presidential race

    A comment I used to hear a lot during Gary Johnson’s two terms as governor was, “Gary is just Gary.”
    Gary being Gary made him an ineffective governor, but as a candidate for president? Bring him on!
    That’s because, in these times of the coached, coifed and vacuum-sealed candidate with the entourage of handlers and spinners, the candidate who manages to be just himself is a breath of fresh air.
    When Johnson makes a statement, we know it’s his honest opinion and not the product of focus groups and polls.
    Johnson doesn’t pander.