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Today's News

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  • Be There 08-29-12

    Today
    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will hold a FAN Club from 5:30-7 p.m. for Los Alamos Visiting Nurses, at 2202 Canyon Road.

    Thursday
    The Los Alamos Farmers Market will be from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Family Game Night at Mesa Public Library. Join the geeks and gamers from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda for game boards galore. All ages welcome, please bring a parent or another adult if you’re 12 or younger.

    W.O.L.F. Foundation at PEEC. Elke Duerr of the Web of Life Foundation will talk about the Mexican Gray Wolf. This will be a hands-on, interactive presentation, for all ages. Duerr will also share footage from her wolf documentaries. Free. 6:30 p.m.  Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    Friday
    Summer Family Evenings: Duck Buddies. An interactive presentation all about ducks.  Learn about wild and domestic ducks, make a duck footprint, do duck crafts and meet live ducks. Free to PEEC members, $5 donation to Duck Buddies for non-member families. 6:30 p.m. at PEEC. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    Sept. 4

  • Thank You 08-29-12

    We would like to thank the community for its support of our third annual High Tea and Fashion Show on Aug. 18, 2012. We served approximately 108 guests.  
    More than 50 volunteers worked for weeks to make this event our most successful fundraising effort,  with the proceeds going toward the costs of our house building mission trips to Juaréz, Mexico.
    The fashions, modeled by 13 ladies, men and children,  were from the Shop on the Corner Thrift Shop, which is open Wednesday mornings on the corner of Diamond and Canyon, across from Griffith Gym.
    In addition, we had a silent auction featuring everything from silk scarves to a wide variety of gift baskets to an airplane ride.
    Several church members donated and prepared the sweets and savories offered, while others, including several members of the youth choir, served our guests.
    We also wish to thank local businesses and individuals who contributed to the event. The Los Alamos Monitor did a beautiful article with color photographs  on the front page of the “Diversions” section.
    KRSN aired an interview with the event chair, RSVP distributed flyers and several people advertised the tea on Facebook. Photos are still posted on the Trinity on the Hill Facebook Group.

  • Change of Heart training

    The Piñon Panthers had a portion of their Change of Heart training on Thursday. The Assets program, sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board is built on improving school climate. The training kicked off Piñon’s ROPES (Rite Of Passage Experience for Sixth), that took place on Friday.

  • Curiosity Mars mission could inspire like Apollo

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Neil Armstrong inspired millions with his moonwalk. Can a feisty robotic rover exploring Mars do the same for another generation?

    With manned missions beyond the International Space Station on hold, the spotlight has turned on machines.

    The newest, the rover called Curiosity, last week beamed home photographs of its first wheel tracks on the Martian soil since its daredevil landing this month. While it did not rise to Armstrong’s “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” interest was so high in the rover’s “seven minutes of terror” approach to the red planet that NASA’s website crashed.

    “There’s something exciting about reaching another place in the solar system. If you think about the kind of interest the landing of Curiosity had, you get a sense of that,” said Smithsonian Institution space curator Roger Launius. It wasn’t on the same level as Armstrong’s feat, “but it was pretty darn exciting,” he said.

    When Armstrong, then fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin, stepped on the moon on July 29, 1969, an estimated 600 million people watched and listened. “Virtually the entire world took that memorable journey with us,” recalled Buzz Aldrin after Armstrong’s death on Saturday.

  • Talking fuel pumps new to LA

    If the normally quiet pumps at your favorite gas station have started spouting advertisements at you recently, chances are the station is one of three locations now under longterm lease to Western Refining.

    In an agreement signed June 6, Western Refining acquired longterm leases from Polk Oil on 12 stations throughout Northern New Mexico. The Chevron on Trinity Drive, the Shell station on Diamond Drive and the Conoco Quik Stop in White Rock are part of that group.

    Although Western Refining operates 222 stores throughout New Mexico, Arizona, Southern Colorado and West Texas — known as Giant Convenience Centers — this is the company’s first venture into Los Alamos County.

    “The transition has gone well,” said Gary Hanson, vice president of corporate communications. “We’ve completed rebranding and the office systems have been converted. And we’re very pleased with the performance of those stations.”

    “Our retail stores help us as a business. They give us an outlet for the oil and gas we produce at our refineries. So it’s good to add these stores to our mix,” Hanson continued. The company has refineries in El Paso and Gallup.

  • Update 08-29-12

    No trash pick-up

    Los Alamos County will not pick up trash or recycling Monday in observance of Labor Day. Those who have a normal Monday pick-up should put their materials out Sept. 5.

    W.O.L.F. Talk

    Elke Duerr of the Web of Life Foundation will talk about the Mexican Gray Wolf. This will be a hands-on, interactive presentation, for all ages. Duerr will also share footage from her wolf documentaries. Free. 6:30 p.m.  Thursday.

    FAN Club

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurses will be hosting the August FAN club in the historic Scout lodge, the site of their new hospice and offices at 5:30 p.m. today. 

    Square dancing

     Square Dance Club will host a kick-off party with some basic square dance instruction, dancing and sloppy joes, salad, desserts and refreshments from 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Grand opening

    The Los Alamos Democratic Party Headquarters grand opening is slated for noon-4 p.m. Sept. 3 at 140 Central Park Square.

  • Super Blitz continues

    The Los Alamos Police Department conducted a DWI checkpoint on Canyon Road near the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Tuesday night. The checkpoint was part of a statewide sweep for DWI as the Labor Day weekend approaches.

  • Shooter in 1967 N.M. courthouse raid dies

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Juan Valdez, a land grant activist who fired the first shot during a 1967 New Mexico courthouse raid that grabbed international attention and helped spark the Chicano Movement, has died. He was 74.

    Valdez died peacefully Saturday at his Canjilon ranch after recently suffering two heart attacks, his daughter Juanita Montoya said.

    Heir to a northern New Mexico land grant, Valdez was 29 years old when he and a group of land grant advocates, led by Reies Lopez Tijerina, raided a Rio Arriba County courthouse in Tierra Amarilla. Their goal was to attempt a citizens’ arrest of then-District Attorney Alfonso Sanchez over Hispanic land rights issues.

    Valdez had gotten involved with Tijerina’s group, known as Alianza Federal de Mercedes — an organization founded to help Mexican-American heirs to old Spanish land grants reclaim land that was illegally taken by white settlers and the U.S. government.

    “Tijerina impressed me when he and most of the people who had walked from Albuquerque set up a camp and refused to leave,” Valdez told retired layer Mike Scarborough in the book “Trespassers On Our Own Land,” an oral history of the Valdez family.