• ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — His mythical exploits and jail escapes made this son of Irish immigrants one of the nation’s most famous Old West outlaws. Yet fewer know that the man widely known as Billy the Kid was a central figure in a violent, Irish-English land war in New Mexico, and was beloved by Mexican-American ranchers who felt discriminated against by racist white bankers and land thieves.
    And the Kid’s end came only after he refused to abandon his Mexican-American teen girlfriend.

  • Village Arts will present the work of Alex Scheinker through January. Scheinker, born in Moscow and raised in New York, is a more recent resident of New Mexico. He credits a visit to Touching Stone Gallery in Santa Fe with his inspiration to begin working in the Sumi-e traditional style of Chinese ink painting.
    “I had never seen so much texture, such stark contrast, such powerful simplicity and I was instantly thinking, how did they do this? What is it? I want to do this,” he said.

  • Tlatelolco, Mexico — 1531. Years of torture and slavery made the native population less than accepting of the Spanish Catholic forces now dominating their lands; but one event transformed the beliefs of thousands of Aztecs. One of their own was visited by a celestial messenger promising protection for his people and the direct word of God, if a temple was built in her name.
    Each December, millions celebrate the anniversary of her appearance to the native Juan Diego, many of these celebrations are in New Mexico. It is said that those who pray to her witness miracles for themselves and for others.

  • Los Alamos Public Schools will accept open enrollment applications for School Year 2012-13 starting at 7 a.m. Thursday.
    The application is posted on laschools.net or one can be picked up from the district office receptionist.
    Completed applications may be dropped off with the district office receptionist, faxed to 663-3247, or scanned and emailed to Gayla Romero at g.romero@laschools.net.
    Applications are put in order by date and time received, but parents who stand in line will have a priority over parents who fax or email their application.
    The district office is open from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and is located at 2075 Trinity Dr., across from Ashley Pond.

  • We would like to thank everyone in our community who contributed in creating a wonderful morning for the children of our community at the Children’s Christmas Bazaar at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church during Winterfest on Dec. 3.
    One hundred forty one children and their parents enjoyed this community event.

  • The Los Alamos Public Schools will lose a cog from its well-oiled machine, known more commonly as the Piñon Panthers.
    Jose N. Martinez started working as a custodian for LAPS in 1976 and rounds out his career today, with a celebration of his life and work.
    Martinez builds the assets of both students and staff by going out of his way to be a smiling presence. He starts out the day by making teachers and staff feel good, which is naturally passed on to the students. He can be found still smiling at the end of a long day, which is a sight also welcomed by staff.
    Martinez commutes each day through all types of weather, which indicates his personal integrity and quiet dignity.

  • As we look at positive identity and self esteem this month, I decided to reflect on the sport of wrestling.
    I know I have discussed the values of wrestling at some point, but this weekend, I saw wrestling in a new way and thought I’d share.
    The sport in and of itself, builds self esteem, but in some pretty interesting ways.
    The wrestler starts off with his or her weight predominately displayed on a small digital sign for the crowd to see. This explains why the sport is dominated by boys, but makes it even more impressive when you see a girl on the mat.
    If you haven’t seen a match before, for the spectator, it looks a bit like boxing. There are two athletes, one on either side, with their coaches in the corners.

  • Mountain School’s Green Team celebrated National Recycling Day Nov. 15 with a door-decorating contest. Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki, stopped by one of green team’s meetings and explained what materials are recyclable in the county.
    The green team created a school-wide newsletter explaining the information to the entire school, based on what they learned from Nagawiecki’s visit.
    The classes decorated their door with recycled materials and created a door slogan and some students included earth friendly pledges to the decorated doors.

  • 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.

  • The Los Alamos High School NJROTC conducted its annual military inspection on Dec. 2.
    Every other year, the area manager for NJROTC Area 9 visits the unit and conducts an on-site inspection.
    This year the area manager, Cmdr. Dial traveled from his headquarters in Millington, Tenn. to conduct the inspection. In addition to the personnel inspection where Dial inspected each of the 85 cadets, other inspection categories include: school system program support, administration of the program, academic program and student mentoring.
    A complete inventory of all Navy provided equipment, uniforms, drill rifles and Navy provided academic materials was conducted.

  • 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