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  • Spellbound in the magical Yukon

    By Debbie Stone

    Special to the Monitor

  • Biologists find cave life that may be 50,000 years old

    BOSTON (AP) — In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both Fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 50,000 years old.
    The bizarre and ancient microbes were found dormant in caves in Naica, Mexico, and were able to exist by living on minerals such as iron and manganese, said Penelope Boston, head of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute. .
    “It’s super life,” said Boston, who presented the discovery Friday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Boston.
    If confirmed, the find is yet another example of how microbes can survive in extremely punishing conditions on Earth.
    Though it was presented at a science conference and was the result of nine years of work, the findings haven’t yet been published in a scientific journal and haven’t been peer reviewed. Boston planned more genetic tests for the microbes she revived both in the lab and on site.
    The life forms – 40 different strains of microbes and even some viruses – are so weird that their nearest relatives are still 10 percent different genetically. That makes their closest relative still pretty far away, about as far away as humans are from mushrooms, Boston said.

  • ‘The Other Place’ to open Friday

    Los Alamos Little Theatre tackles a play about life, loss, and nothing is as it seems with its newest play, “The Other Place.”
    The drama opens Friday and centers on Juliana Smithton, a successful neurologist who is on the brink of a breakthrough in her field, but the rest of her life is unraveling. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and her own health is in jeopardy.
    Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present, and the elusive truth about Smithton boils to the surface.
    Gwen Lewis, director, was drawn to this play because “Sharr White did a beautiful, tasteful job writing about a very difficult situation. The characters of Juliana and Ian go from professionals to a place that is new and challenging for both of them. Both explore feelings of helplessness, which the audience will be able to relate to,” she said.
    Just as Smithton’s research leads to a potential breakthrough, events take a disorienting turn.
    During a lecture to colleagues at an exclusive beach resort, she glimpses an enigmatic young woman in a yellow bikini amidst the crowd of business suits. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems.

  • LA Community Winds presents Mussorgsky Masterpiece

    The Los Alamos Community Winds will present its mid-Winter concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at White Rock Baptist Church.
    The concert will feature marches, original music for concert band, as well as music from film and television.
    The featured work on the program is Modeste Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”
    Written in honor of his artist friend, Victor Hartmann,“Pictures at an Exhibition” takes the listener on a stroll amongst paintings and sketches depicting the Russian people, legends, and myths. Each movement is separated by a “promenade” literally intended to be heard while walking from one gallery to the next. Sadly, only a few of the original Hartmann paintings exist.
    Originally written for piano, the work has achieved much greater fame and recognition in the concert hall due to its being transcribed for orchestra in 1922 by Maurice Ravel (at the request of famed conductor Serge Koussevitzky.) Ravel was able to exploit more fully the coloristic possibilities the work contained despite the “monochromatic” quality of the original.
    While Ravel’s orchestration was not the first created for orchestra, it has certainly become the most famous.

  • Prep boys basketball: Toppers crash out of district tourney

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team fell in the second round of the District 2-5A tournament to Del Norte Tuesday night in Albuquerque.

    Del Norte's 53-40 win sends the Knights to the district tournament semifinals, where they'll face Española Valley on Thursday in Española. The loss moves Los Alamos to 13-14 overall, which will likely be enough to send the Hilltoppers to the state tournament.

    Seeding selections for the state tournament will be made Sunday.

  • Prep girls basketball: LA falls in 2-5A tourney

    Back-to-back losses to Capital ended the Los Alamos girls basketball season.
    After losing to the Jaguars 42-32 Saturday in the regular season finale, the Hilltoppers fell in Santa Fe again Monday, dropping a 42-35 decision in the first round of the District 2-5A tournament.
    Capital’s win on Saturday assured that it would host the district tournament first round, as Los Alamos fell to last place in the district standings.
    The Jaguars advanced to the second round against Del Norte, while the Hilltoppers end their season with a 6-21 overall record. Capital also topped Los Alamos in the team’s three meetings this season.
    The Hilltoppers will miss the state tournament for the first time in over a decade.
    Los Alamos will lose Elena Abeyta, Isabell Larribas, Sienna Ahlers, Casey Trujillo, Ashley Logan and Shannon Irwin to graduation.

  • Prep boys basketball: LA tops Academy in district tourney 1st round

    The opponent likely played a big part in the Los Alamos boys basketball team's offensive improvement.     

    Nonetheless, even without starting point guard Antonio Trujillo, the Hilltoppers cruised to a 63-39 win against Albuquerque Academy Monday at Griffith Gym in the first round of the District 2-5A tournament.

    "We didn't try to force as many crazy passes underneath," Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. "We only had five turnovers the first half and that helped us get our lead. Hopefully we'll have another game (tonight) where we cut down on those turnovers." 

    Los Alamos advanced to play Del Norte in the second round at 5:30 tonight in Albuquerque.

    "Del Norte is good and quick offensively," Kluk said. "But defensively, we just kill ourselves when we play them. If we can be in control offensively and hit the big guys, we should be alright."

    In the Hilltoppers final two regular season games, the offense was sped up and was forced to make several mistakes by Capital and Espanola Valley's full-court press.

    Academy doesn't possess the same speed as the Jaguars and Sundevils, which allowed Los Alamos to set its offense and get the ball inside early and often.

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    BY NATHANIEL SILLIN
    Practical Money Skills

  • Community Calendar 2-19-17

    TODAY
    Feature Film: “Black Holes” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center.  Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    MONDAY
    PEEC Nature Center is open  10 a.m.-4 p.m. today. Free.
    TUESDAY
    Pebble Pups: Future Rockhounds of America from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Nature Center. This geology program is for youth ages 5-9. Cost is $95 for non-members, $80 for PEEC members.

    Community Night: Local Wildlife Photography at 6 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover the art of nature photography. Free.

    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Laura Loy, director of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Community Internship Collaboration, will speak about this partnership.

    Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Artist Ruth Tatter and Michelle Griffin of the Los Alamos Museum of Art will be the speaker.

    Parenting the Love and Logic Way, a class for parents of grade-school children, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St. Free. To register, visit lafsn.org, or call 662-4515.

  • Births 2-19-17

    Jan. 15 — A boy. Lincoln Edward Disterhaupt. Born to Jennie and Jason Disterhaupt.
    Jan. 31 — A boy. Waylon Knox. Born to Victoria and Lee Knox.
    Jan. 31 – A girl. Isabella Kaylee Neukirch. Born to Amanda and Levi Neukirch.
    Feb. 1 — A boy. Robert Joseph Lopez. Born to Tammy and Robert Lopez.
    Feb. 8 — A girl. Riley Grace Martinez. Born to Amber and Matthew Martinez.
    Feb. 8 — A boy. Quinn Sebastian Argo-Mitchell. Born to Sylvan Sierra Argo and Albert James Mitchell.