Today's News

  • Health and Fitness: Squats: the spinach of lifts

    We all have a love-hate relationship with squats, the so-called “king” of all exercises.

    But by understanding the mechanics and benefits of the squat, you can increase your attraction to this exercise and enhance its value in your routine.

    When performed correctly, squats build the body’s power muscles of the lower back, hips, buttocks and thighs. Being an exercise with a large range of motion, the squat stretches each area worked and then requires a hard contraction of the muscle spindles to perform the lift.

  • Banking on knowledge: Website redefines values

    The restless energy of the World Wide Web continues to carve out new spaces and inspire new journals, tools and experiences. One quality they seem to have in common is the creation of novel communities with unique shapes and dimensions.

    A few highly successful Internet communities like MySpace and Facebook have become daily accessories to the real world, offering platforms for self-expression with strong social overtones.

    Others, like SecondLife, are rooted in a virtual world with a peculiar emergent life of their own.

  • Electronic rock band next up in series

    Los Alamos is in for an “ultra-funky, organic, electronic experiment.”

    Some listeners will think of Pink Floyd or Air. Others, of Herbie Hancock. Others, of contemporary electronica bands like Sigur Ros or The Beta Band.

    The Frequency, however, have a style all their own.

    On its Myspace page, the Los Angeles-based group describes its sound as “a reflection of things old and new,” and its inspiration as coming from “a love of Moogs, the sound of a real Fender Rhodes piano and vintage Fender amps.”

  • Hall: ‘No excuse for bad behavior’

    County Council Chair James Hall said he felt ashamed of the behavior exhibited by various community members caught up in the skate park project set for construction in downtown Los Alamos.

  • School renewal takes shape

    Nine months away from a likely school bond referendum that has not been formally set, Los Alamos Board of Education President Steve Girrens and retiring Superintendent Jim Anderson sounded like the election plan was all but a go.

    Speaking at a Kiwanis Club luncheon Tuesday, Girrens laid out the 20-year program that many civic and community groups will probably see over the next several months.




    We want to thank all those friends who came to George’s retirement celebration at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church.

    It was a wonderful turn out and it gave us an incomparable memory to treasure. You have been most generous in your outpouring of cards, gifts and comments to George, and we are most grateful.

    This is a community we love and the people here are indeed a blessing in our lives.

    Thank you, each one.


    Joann and George Anderson

    Celebrating 20 years

  • Thinking Makes It So: A little magnificent

    Of all my memories of Shanghai, I most clearly recall sitting on the bus. Specifically, I remember looking out at miles of e hi-rises, hundreds of them, bland, uniform, claustrophobic as gravel, but overwhelmingly big, filling up both ground and sky.

  • KSL absorbed; IMTEC bought

    Two recent announcements played on the sensitive nerve of employment uncertainty in the Los Alamos community. One was about the acquisition of IMTEC a rapidly growing manufacturing company that got its start in Los Alamos as HYTEC and employs a few dozen people locally.

    The other was about a decision to end a primary support services subcontract involving 876 employees at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    HYTEC to IMTEC to 3M

  • Three teachers help shape young minds

    They may live in different communities, have different backgrounds, but Diane Jenkins, Barbara Cruz and Jennifer Moss are united in one purpose; teaching the newest generation of students.

    In recognition of these three teachers’ work to accomplish this mission, Little Forest Playschool staff honored its employees during the annual corporation meeting May 15. They each received a plaque and a flower.

    “(I’m) just proud to receive that plaque,” Jenkins said. She added she is happy to work with the children, and their parents.

  • Aspen Elementary donates 2,300 books to clinics

    The third grade GATE program at Aspen Elementary School collected 2,300 books for the Checkerboard Area Health System waiting rooms.

    Used children’s books in good condition were needed to make the waiting rooms more patient friendly, and the Checkerboard Area Health System worked to comply with the CAHS Community Guidance Council’s request for books.

    Several other donors contributed to the book drive. Jemez Valley Medical Clinic and the Cuba Health Center received multiple donations of children’s books.