• There’s still time to sign up for the annual spring break trip to Washington, D.C. This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home schooled eighth grade students.
    The trip is private and not school-sponsored. Sign-up at worldstrides.org using ID number 65383 or call 1-800-468-5899, using the same ID Number.

  • There are many organizations in town that raise funds for various causes. It seems like there’s always some sort of benefit dinner being held or money being collected to help one group or another.
    One of those organizations is the American Legion Post 90. In fact on Saturday, they had a dinner and raffle to raise funds for the Paws and Stripes program, which takes shelter animals, trains them and pairs them with military veterans who suffer from various illnesses, including post traumatic stress disorder.

  • Today
    There will be a poetry gathering at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

    Los Alamos High School Choirs are hosting a waffle breakfast fundraiser from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge. Cost is $6 for adults and children older than 6.

    The Los Alamos Garden Club holiday social for members and their guests will be from 2-5 p.m. at Joyce and Howard Cady’s home.

  • Los Alamos Middle School Principal Rex Kilburn rallies the troops at LAMS for the Youth Food Project. In addition, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board recently received a State Farm Adivosry Grant, to benefit LAMS. The State Farm Advisory Grant work party will be at the school near the new solar array from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The work party, under the direction of teacher Stephanie Krantz, would appreciate any donation of time from community members. Volunteers are asked to bring shovels and gloves. Bernadette Lauritzen/Courtesy

  • On Sunday, there will be a special Contemporary Service to celebrate the gift of life and love that God has given in the birth of His Son, Christ Jesus. The service will begin at 6:07 p.m. in Kelly Hall. There will also be a Christmas meal of ham with all the trimmings and dessert at 5:17 p.m., just before the service. This will be the last service of 2011, as there will be no service on Christmas Day. Join in the celebration and the dinner. Trinity on the Hill is located at the corner of Trinity and Diamond,  at 3900 Trinity Dr. Richard TripletT/Courtesy

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Los Alamos

    TA-53 Cafeteria, LANL
    Date inspected: Nov. 30
    Violations: Two high-risk violations for improper holding — salad bar, cheese and eggs temperature needs to be adjusted; milk temperature needs to be adjusted.
    Status of establishment: Approved, follow-up required on Dec. 31.

    TA-55 Cafeteria, LANL
    Date inspected: Nov. 30
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for administration — invalid permit posted.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.


    Pig Boy Willy, 1027 N. Railroad Ave.

  • NEW YORK (AP) — Welcome to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Guns N’ Roses.
    The seminal rock band of the late 1980s and early ‘90s, best known for hits like “Welcome to the Jungle,” ‘’Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “November Rain,” leads the 2012 class of inductees announced on Wednesday. Also making the cut is the hip-hop trio Beastie Boys; rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers; the late singer/songwriter Laura Nyro; Donovan; and influential British rock group The Small Faces/The Faces, which included Rod Stewart and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood.

  • A desire for sustainable, clean, wholesome food and superior soil quality, has led more and more suburban and city dwellers to keep laying hens in their backyards and gardens.
    Across America municipalities are allowing — and even encouraging — residents to keep laying hens within city limits.
    Join Patricia Foreman, author of “City Chicks: Keeping Micro-flocks of Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Makers, Bio-recyclers and Local Food Suppliers,” at 2 p.m. Dec. 18, for a talk and book signing at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, as she shares her humor, passion and knowledge about raising chickens in the cities and suburbs of America. 

  • WinterFest is over for another year, but that doesn’t mean the opportunity to fill up on holiday cheer is gone. Celebrations are just a car trip away.
    From Las Posadas and Christmas at the Palace in Santa Fe and the annual holiday light parade in Española, to Lighting up Ledoux in Taos, there’s enough holiday spirit to last until St. Nick comes down the chimney.

  • The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos wishes to thank all those who helped to make last Saturday’s Breakfast with Santa successful.
    Our thanks go to Del Norte Credit Union, who sponsored the event. We are also appreciative of the many attendees who braved the cold, snowy weather to visit Santa and to donate food to LA Cares and money for the Foster Children program at Christmas.
    Thank you for reminding us that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Los Alamos.

    Ann Hayes
    Breakfast Chairperson

  • The asset of personal power looks at how youth feel about the amount of control they have over what happens to them.
    I believe this asset can be a bit hard for youth to envision in a long-range way. At this point, it has a lot to do with students taking classes they want to take or getting involved in programs or projects they want to be a part of, either in school or in the community.
    It also has a lot to do with their level of engagement in their current activities. Do they know they have an activity come up that week or do they get in the car and just take part in whatever you have planned for them?
    Open a dialog to see what kids are interested in at a young age. What things would they like to try and what can you make happen?

  • La Leche League of Los Alamos will discuss, “Nutrition and Weaning” at their monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Monday in the nursery at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road.
    All interested, pregnant, or breastfeeding women are welcome to learn and share, through mother-to-mother support, the basics and benefits of breastfeeding.
    A lending library with books and audiotapes concerning childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and nutrition is available. Nursing babies and toddlers who have difficulty separating are welcome.
    LLL is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing information, education, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.

  • Thank you very much

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the individuals who assisted with the fundraising effort for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. What an outstanding, giving, caring, generous team I had the pleasure to work with.
    I’d like to thank Kim G., who provided the superior, professional banners and printed materials. Her time and financial support were over and above anything I could have expected.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    We have a new color-coding system to help you select your perfect new family member. Check it out.
    Two for the price of one. This is an opportunity to double your feline pleasure.


    Baby — Young spayed female GSD-mix. Very friendly. Loves the dog park.
    Buddy —Another young neutered male GSD-mix. Just waiting on shots. Very sweet and friendly.

  • Chick Keller will wrap up Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Climate Change series with a talk titled, “Global Warming: What We Know and What the Current Hot Topics Are,” at 7 p.m. Dec. 14. The talk is free and open to the public.
    It is now well established that human emissions of so-called Greenhouse Gases are warming the planet.  Even top critics agree on the observed warming, that humans are the cause of rising CO2 in the atmosphere, and that this is causing warming.
    They deny however, that processes feedback positively in response to CO2 warming, thereby adding to the warming. And so the discussion has now moved to just how much warming there will be.

  • After the Las Conchas Fire destroyed 156,293 acres last June, students from the Los Alamos High School DECA Chapter began spreading the word on what the community can do to keep forests and homes safe from fires.
    Vice President of Membership Sarah Patterson said, “Prevention is often on the minds of a community after a fire. That is why we have chosen ‘now’ to promote our campaign.”
    Vice President of Communications James Milligan said even though October was National Fire Month, the group noticed that the community does not have an ongoing fire prevention campaign.
    “We figured it was about time to start one,” he said.

  • The musicians of the Best Brass of Christmas return to Los Alamos this year to present a concert of Christmas favorites.
    Presented in cooperation with the Los Alamos Arts Council, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and Winterfest, this concert includes carols of the Christmas season, American spirituals and the music of Bach.  

  • The League of Women voters invites the community to their Dec. 8 Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. at Central Avenue Grill.
    All lunches are $15 and include choice of entree, drink, tax and gratuity. The guest speaker is Christine Chavez, Los Alamos County’s Water and Energy Conservation coordinator.
    Chavez started working in Los Alamos in January 2011. After she earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental science and her master’s degree in biology from New Mexico State University, she worked with the City of Las Cruces as their Water Conservation coordinator and as a senior water resource specialist with the Office of the State

  • The annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, will be from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The breakfast is free. In return, attendees are asked to donate either non-perishable food items or money. Food collected will be used by LA Cares to feed local families in need. Money donated will be used for the Kiwanis/CYFD Foster Children Christmas party. Any money left over from the Foster Children’s party will be used to make up food baskets, which will also be distributed to those in need. Come out and see Santa and enjoy a breakfast and a morning of cheer.
    Above, John Arrowsmith is busy cooking pancakes at last year’s Breakfast with Santa event.

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Los Alamos

    Café Sushi, 3801 Arkansas Ave.
    Date inspected: Nov. 29
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    El Parasol, 1903 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Nov. 29
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for contaminated equipment — cutting boards needs to be replaced. Grooves are too deep. Must be able to clean properly and contact surface needs to be smooth.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.
    Date inspected: Nov. 17, pre-opening