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  • Today in history Dec. 24
  • Controversial film to be shown in Santa Fe

    For a while there, it didn’t look too good for fans of Seth Rogen and James Franco comedies, but Sony Entertainment announced Tuesday that it will be releasing the controversial film “The Interview,” albeit limiting its release to 400 “art house” theaters across the country.

    According to Jon Bowman, program director for Santa Fe’s Jean Cocteau Cinema, who is also a former editor for the Los Alamos Monitor, his theater was one of those art houses selected by Sony Tuesday to show the film on Christmas Day.

    The film is scheduled for 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Bowman said the movie will then continue to be shown for at least the next two weeks.

  • Assets in Action: Spend winter break taking it slow and easy

    Once again, it is time for my semi-annual column, for when there is some down time.
    I would like you to spend some time over the next two weeks either doing not much or doing something fun with your kids.
    I enjoy this time of year when people ask, “What plans do you have for winter break?” My answer is, “A whole lot of nothing.”
    Once you get through a little holiday hustle and bustle, spend some time chilling out, hanging around and schedule some time to do nothing together.
    Did you know the public library lets you borrow books for free? A book is a paper collection of words that…just kidding. The point is that sometimes we need to unplug and just find some solace in doing the simplistic things.
    Let your kids see you reading and encourage them to do it too.
    Purchase some cocoa and cookies, rent a movie and push back the living room furniture. Next, grab every pillow and blanket you can find and toss it into the middle. Then lay back and prepare for memories to form.
    My next idea is one for any day other than the actual celebratory days of Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa and that is to eat dinner around the table. If you do that every day anyway, then you are asked to eat on the floor around the coffee table, perhaps while playing a board game.

  • Consider a gift of national parks

    For a last minute holiday gift, why not consider giving someone entry to all the national park areas in the country for a full year? Come by the Visitor Center at Bandelier National Park and buying an Interagency Annual Pass. 
    With this pass, the recipient can visit all the National Park Service areas all over the country (think Petroglyphs, Pecos, Grand Canyon, Everglades, Glacier, Rocky Mountain and 395 others), as well as areas under the Bureau of Land Management (Tent Rocks — Kasha Katuwe), United States Forest Service (Mount St. Helens), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (Bosque del Apache or Las Vegas Wildlife Refuges). 
    In addition, the Valles Caldera National Preserve may begin honoring these passes sometime in 2015. For $80 the pass is good for a year from the month it is purchased, so one bought this December is good through the end of December 2015.  Many of the larger parks, such as Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon, charge $25 per visit, so the pass can repay its cost in just a few visits.  This year’s passes will be available while supplies last.

  • UNM sweeps its rivalry series

    The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team pulled off a sweep of its in-state rival, New Mexico State University, with a 2-point win Saturday.
    The Lobos led by 10 points at the break and held on despite a second half comeback attempt to win 69-67 at the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces.
    The Lobos won the first contest handily between the two, that coming Dec. 3 in Albuquerque.
    Deshawn Delaney again led the Lobos with 17 points and Obij Aget put in 12 for the Lobos, who won their fifth straight contest, a streak that started with the win over NMSU earlier this month.
    NMSU, which is without three starters, including star point guard Daniel Mullings, slipped to 4-8 with the loss. It did bounce back for a win Monday, but that came against Northern New Mexico, which plays in the NAIA.
    The Lobos (8-3) will play Grand Canyon tonight in Phoenix.

  • Ski Report 12-23-14

    Angel Fire

    26-inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. 53 trails and 7 lifts open.


    13-inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Red River

    20-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 20 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

    8-inch base. 2 inches of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.


    29-inch base. 5 inches of new snow reported. 32 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

    25-inch base. No new snow reported. 4 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe

    41-inch base. 5 inches of new snow reported. 63 trails and 7 lifts open.


    37-inch base. 2 inches of new snow reported. 60 trails and 14 lifts open.

    Angel Fire Nordic

    8-inch base. No new snow reported. 5 trails open.

    Chama XC

    25-inch base. No new snow reported.

    Enchanted Forest

    12-inch base. 2 inches of new snow reported. 28 trails open.

    Valles Caldera

    3-inch base. Will open when conditions permit.

  • LA throttles Artesia at home, 64-29

    It was a long way to go for the Artesia Bulldogs this weekend, and the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team made it a long bus ride home.
    Los Alamos trounced Artesia Saturday at Griffith Gymnasium, 64-29.
    Los Alamos broke open Saturday’s contest in the second quarter, outscoring Artesia 21-8 to spark the rout. Ashlynn Trujillo scored three buckets, while Makela Jones and Jordan Duran combined for 8 more points in the second quarter, giving the Hilltoppers a 32-13 edge at the break.
    The Hilltoppers never looked back.
    With Saturday’s win, Los Alamos improved to 8-1 on the season and, perhaps more importantly, improved to 3-1 against Class 5A opponents. It was Los Alamos’ third straight win since falling to Los Lunas in the opening round of a tournament at Albuquerque Academy the previous week. 
    Artesia, of course, is in the extreme southeastern corner of New Mexico, approximately 265 travel miles away from Los Alamos.
    The Bulldogs (4-3) wisely bundled two games in two days as they made the long trip north. They also faced Belen Friday night, but that game didn’t turn out any better than Saturday’s game at Los Alamos, with the Bulldogs falling 61-34 in Belen.

  • Tourism boss will take over child welfare division

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday announced another round of cabinet changes, including a shift that will have the state’s tourism chief leading the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.
    Yolanda Deines, who has headed the agency for four years, will be stepping down. Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson will take her place.
    Martinez said Jacobson has a strong desire to improve the well-being of children and is willing to work alongside case workers and child advocates.
    “Moving forward, I feel Secretary Jacobson is the right person to lead the Children, Youth and Families Department,” Martinez said in a statement. “Her strong intellect and impeccable management skills will serve the agency well, and she is a leader who is well known for producing results.”
    The agency has been hampered in recent years by staffing shortages, an overwhelming caseload and a series of high-profile abuse cases that have drawn criticism.
    It’s also in the midst of a massive reform effort aimed at changing the way child abuse and neglect cases are investigated. The reforms were initiated earlier this year in response to the case of 9-year-old Omaree Varela of Albuquerque who police say was kicked to death by his mother in December 2013.

  • Update 12-23-14

    Luminaria Skate

    Los Alamos County Ice Rink will host a Luminaria Skate Wednesday. It will be from 5-7 p.m. at the ice rink. Price for participation is $6.50 or $2.50 for kids 5 and under. For information, call 662-4500.

    County Council

    The next scheduled Los Alamos County Council meeting is 7 p.m. Jan. 6 in council chambers.

    Walkup Center

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will have abbreviated hours for the upcoming holidays. Wednesday, the aquatic center will close at 5 p.m. and will remain closed until Dec. 26. It will also close at 5 p.m. Dec. 31 and will be closed on Jan. 1. Call 662-8170 for more information.

    Trash collection

    Los Alamos County will pick up curbside trash Wednesday for those whose regular collection day is Thursday. Customers should also put trash out Dec. 31 for those whose regularly scheduled collection day is Jan. 1.

    Ken Burns film

    Mesa Public Library will present “The Dust Bowl,” a film by Ken Burns, Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

  • Young musicians encourage giving

    Salvation Army volunteers are a regular sight at storefronts during this time of year, but a couple of Los Alamos High School students decided to put their own spin on that Sunday.
    Caleb Hatler and Sally Grindstaff did their shifts in front of the Smith’s Marketplace Sunday afternoon.
    But, along with the traditional bell ringing, the two also brought their own instruments to play Christmas favorites for customers going in.
    “I thought it would be a great chance to use my ability and to help bring some money to the Salvation Army,” said Hatler, a freshman at LAHS.
    Hatler brought his bassoon to his shift. The bassoon, a wind instrument in the double-reed family of instruments, is often featured in orchestral bands.
    He said he’s been playing the bassoon for about five years.
    “My favorite thing about the bassoon is its unique tone,” said Hatler. “It’s very beautiful and it can be loud or soft. It can play some very fun melodies and some very emotional melodies, too.”
    Bell ringers for the Salvation Army, which was founded in England in the 1860s, are usually most active around the Christmas season, collecting donations in their red kettles to help those in need.
    Today was the final day for local efforts for the Salvation Army.