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Today's News

  • Play reading at LALT set for Sept. 26

    The public is invited to the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Sept. 26, for an open play reading of “Neverwhere,” a rousing, eye-popping, modern urban fairy tale.
    Richard Mayhew leads a boring, rat-race of a life until the night he rescues the wounded Lady Door on the streets of London. Richard’s selfless act turns his life inside-out and leads him into the strange, shadowy world of London Below, a kingdom of sewer tunnels and abandoned
    Underground stations, home to the forgotten and discarded people of London Above. Richard desperately wants his old life back, but first he needs to help Door find out who wants her dead, and why. Along the way, he’ll meet earls and marquises, hunters and blackfriars, and noble rats. He’ll face the Great Beast of London and an angel named Islington. And in the end, he may become the hero Below he could never be Above.
    An adaptation by Robert Kauzlaric, based on Neil Gaiman’s modern classic, “Neverwhere” is being proposed for performance at Los Alamos Little Theatre in September 2018.
    The Performing Arts Center is located at 1670 Nectar St., Los Alamos.

  • Community Calendar

    TODAY
    Nature Pirate Treasure Hunt from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Come to the nature center to make a chest and fill it with natural treasures. Free.
    THURSDAY
    Summer Nature Painting
from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy botanical drawing and watercolor with Santa Fe artist Lisa Coddington. Cost is $56 for members, $70 for non-members.
    FRIDAY
    Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild “Tomorrow’s Heirlooms” Quilt Show from 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. at the Crossroads Bible Church in Los Alamos. Tickets for the show are $2 for adults and $1 for children under 12. There will be vendors from all over New Mexico, a silent auction and numerous quilts and other hand-made items to view. Tickets will be available for the Donation Quilt “Spinning Stars.”

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will present Alan Ayckbourn’s “Communicating Doors,” a time-traveling murder mystery, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 22-23. Visit lalt.org for more information.
    SATURDAY

  • Time to ask, ‘What makes us awesome’

    If you are struggling in your relationship with a teenager or have a senior that will graduate this year, you must read any books by Patricia Hoolihan.
    Recently I came across one of her quotes that might re-define how we see things today. “A pat on the back, though only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, is miles ahead in results.” – Bennett Cerf
    There was a time when we praised kids so much, we were worried about damaging them, but now I wonder if we have let the pendulum swing too far the other way.
    In 2013, two high school students Faith Glasco and Elizabeth Hjelvik started, “The Wall of Awesome,” in Los Alamos. I am proud that their efforts still continue on a smaller scale today, but I am asking you to take it one step further.
    Take a minute this week to ask your kids one of two questions…or both would be great. What makes you awesome? What makes life awesome?
    The answers might just surprise you and they may struggle, just make sure you pause long enough to make them think about it. I also suggest you have an answer for them when they have nothing.

  • Don’t let Gov. Martinez politicize science education

    BY REP. G. ANDRES ROMERO AND BILL MCCAMLEY
    NM House of Representatives

  • Celebrate the sunshine and N.M.’s low disaster risk

    In my garage is an old suitcase packed with old clothes. It’s to grab in an emergency. 

    There’s a sturdy canvas bag tucked away in a suitable place, where a couple of checkbooks are kept and a backup computer hard drive is stored.

    Because I live in central New Mexico, I probably will never need those things. New Mexico is a pretty good place to avoid natural disasters.  

    The state is ranked 40th out of 50 states for the number of disaster declarations and 33rd of 50 for relative riskiness by the company Core Logic, based on an analysis of storm damage.

    But, this week as we appreciate the sunshine and our dry feet, let’s be relaxed but not complacent. The recent hurricanes remind us that disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. What could happen here? What can we prepare for, individually or collectively?

  • Atomic City Update: Girl's soccer takes the field for a good cause

    Often, the benefits of sports are seen as helping an individual gain more self-confidence and developing team building skills. They are often one of the most positive parts of our society, and offer a diversion from other parts of the world.

    When someone steps into a football stadium or a baseball stadium or a basketball arena, they are able to step away from the world and enjoy a different version of reality for a few, short hours.

    However, there are times when sports help to accomplish great things in the outside world. That is what the Los Alamos High School girl’s soccer program will be doing this week when they host their annual ‘Kick for the Cure’ game.

    Each year, the program features one home game on its schedule and uses the profits from that game to donate money to cancer research. Donations will be collected during both the junior varsity and varsity games on Tuesday against Hope Christian High School.

    The action will begin with the junior varsity match at 3:30 p.m., with the varsity game to follow at 5 p.m.

    This game will offer the public a chance to watch the LAHS girl’s soccer team, which has proven to be one of the top teams in the state, and at the same time help people around the world.

  • Football contiues road dominance

    The Los Alamos High School varsity football teams continued its dominant road play last weekend, defeating Grants High School 37-0 at Port of the Pirates Stadium.

    This was the team’s second straight road win, and by an identical shutout score as their week one win over Pojoaque High School.

    Though the defense impressed, it was the offense that got the Hilltoppers going early.

    After forcing a turnover on downs on the first Grants possession, the Hilltoppers offense marched right down the field and scored with ease, as senior running back Ryan McNeil forced his way into the end zone from six yards out, as LAHS took a 7-0 lead.

    They would stretch that lead to 14-0 on their next drive, as the running game of the Hilltoppers could not be stopped.

    After once again running their way the length of the field, LAHS junior quarterback Dylan Irish snuck his way into the end zone from three yards out, scoring their second touchdown of the first quarter.

    The defense made its first big play of the game on the next Grants possession, forcing a fumble and giving possession back to the Hilltopper offense. They did not waste the opportunity, as senior running back Jack Stewart ran the ball in from three yards out and stretched the lead to 21-0.

  • WR Baptist Church says farewell to Pastor Chuck

    White Rock Baptist Church said farewell to Pastor Chuck McCullough on Sept. 10 with an ice-cream social.
    Pastor Chuck, as he was called fondly by members of the congregation, had been senior pastor at White Rock Baptist Church since July 1, 1986.

    McCullough said he felt God had been leading him to leave the church because that is what is best for the church. He had been pastor of White Rock Baptist Church for 31 years. The church has flourished under his leadership, but he said he was excited about where God will lead the church in the future.

    White Rock Baptist was started in 1969 as a mission outreach from First Baptist Church in Los Alamos.

    In 1970, the new church bought property along State Road 4, and in 1972 the first church building was completed on the property. A second building was completed in 1978. In August 1997, a sewer backup in a county line caused a major flood in the building on Sunday morning.

    The old building had to be decontaminated.

  • Stidhams mark 30 years at LA Church of Christ

    In 1987 Ronald Reagan was in his last year as president of the United States, the Minnesota Twins won the World Series, and a gallon of gasoline cost 89 cents.

    In August of that year, Timothy D. Stidham and his wife Tanya, moved with their four children to Los Alamos from Sherman, Texas. And so began what would be 30 years of service to the Los Alamos Church of Christ. Thirty years and counting.

    The church will honor the Stidhams with a banquet at Fuller Lodge on Monday. Besides the meal, present and former church members will share memories and the Stidhams’ son Tony will present a commemorative slide show. In appreciation for their longtime service, the church is also sending the Stidhams on a Caribbean cruise.

    Tim began at the church as youth minister and served in that capacity for five years. In 1992 he became pulpit minister and has worked in that capacity ever since. Tanya has served as women’s minister since 2000. Their second son Tony is currently youth minister for the church, a position he has held since August, 2011.

    The couple met in Guam when their fathers were stationed there in the military. They have been married 43 years.

  • LAPS Foundation to host fundraiser Oct. 14

    The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation has announced that it will hold its popular fundraiser, Taste of Knowledge at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the old De Colores restaurant location. The theme this year is “Experience the Food and Wine of Spain.”

    Pig+Fig’s Chef Laura Crucet will create scrumptious Spanish tapas, which will be paired with unique boutique Spanish wines.

    Representatives from Favorite Brands and Jose Pastor Selections will talk about the different wine producing regions of Spain and what wines are produced there. During the tasting, local jazz band The Ryan Finn Quartet will entertain with live music. Ryan Finn is the Los Alamos Middle School Band instructor, whose classroom benefitted from a $25,000 makeover facilitated by the LAPS Foundation in the summer of 2016.

    As this is a fundraiser benefiting Los Alamos Public Schools’ teachers, staff, students and facilities, the LAPS Foundation is including elements from many talented Los Alamos students. LAHS Culinary Arts students will prepare the food under the supervision of Chef Laura Crucet, while LAHS Art Club members will dress as Spanish waiters and help out during the event. Several DALA and LAHS dancers will perform Spanish-themed dances, and Key Club and Hilltalkers members have volunteered to help with the event, as well.