• The Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, has had a successful year, earning top place finishes in drill meets and competitions and on Dec. 11, the cadets were recognized for their efforts during the fall awards ceremony.

    “We have an outstanding group of cadets this year,” Lt. Cmdr. Wes Shumaker said. He added this year’s group of cadets experienced more success at drills and competition then they had in the past.

    What is the reason for their success?  “I think they have more dedication to the unit,” Shumaker said.

  • The Los Alamos Heart Council (LAHC) announces a new initiative: Learn to “Love Your Heart.”

    The council will kick-off the initiative with a free presentation on “Women and Heart Health: What Everyone Should Know” at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in the downstairs classroom. No registration required.

    February is “American Heart Month” and Friday is National Wear Red Day, which is a campaign to raise awareness regarding cardiovascular disease in women.

  • The members of the Black Mesa Brass go way back. And after a period of separation, Larry Bronisz, trombone; Joe Holland, trumpet; Jan McDonald, trumpet; Jerome Morzinski, tuba; and the newest member, John Hardgreaves, French horn; have gotten the quintet back together. And their first concert will be the Brown Bag show at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

    “Joe, Jerry, Larry and I have been playing together in some form for (about) 20 years,” McDonald said.

    He added Hardgreaves has performed in the group for the last six months.

  • Exploring new places and cultures can be alluring to many people; for Kristina Parrack, a freshman at Los Alamos High School, the attraction of traveling is about to be experienced.

    Parrack will be stepping into her traveling shoes as a participant in the People to People Student Ambassador Program.

    She will be taking the Celtic Cultures Tour, which will begin June 8 and finish June 26. During those 18 days, Kristina will visit England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

  • Looking for an escape from “The Big Game” Sunday? Looking for something different? Well, Sunday just happens to be when the Wiccan holiday of Imbolc will be celebrated in Los Alamos.

    Imbolc, Imbolg, Oimelc or Candlemas are all names for the ancient Celtic Sabbat celebrating the first fertility festival of the year. Literally translated “Oimelc” means “ewe’s milk,” and “Imbolc” translates into “in the belly” referring to the ewe’s pregnancy. This would be the time of year when the new lambs would be born.

  • On Feb. 6, the Los Alamos Concert Association continues its “Jewel of a Season” with a performance by the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. The concert will take place at                     8 p.m. in Duane Smith Auditorium and will be followed by a reception.

    Tafelmusik is presented in conjunction with Los Alamos County’s 60th Anniversary celebration and special ticket pricing applies for this concert.

  • The Atomic City Children’s Theater is making its debut this weekend. About 30 students and two directors have been working since October for this opportunity to show the community what they can bring to the stage.

    See their work on stage during the production of “The Music Man,” which will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Duane Smith Auditorium. Admission is free.

  • At the dinner table one night, after my sister and her family announced they were moving into town, my father raised his glass and toasted to new beginnings.

    Wiping the slate clean  and starting fresh probably isn’t considered an art form but it should be, in my opinion.

    I love the characters in books and movies who dream of shucking the current state of their life and hitting the road. They yearn to travel down a strip of asphalt that runs off into the horizon and what awaits them beyond that vanishing point is anyone’s guess.

  • The number of budding scientists rose to the nth power on Saturday as the Los Alamos Public School District held the County Science Fair.

    Two hundred twelve students entered individual, team and classroom projects. Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School doubled their number of entrants compared to the 2008 event.

    Curriculum Coordinator Dawn Jalbert and her assistant Dawn Brown led a team of staff and volunteers to pull off the weekend event.

  • This year, Los Alamos County marks the 60th anniversary of becoming a county.

    Claiming status as a county sounds like such a simple thing, but, in truth, there was nothing simple about it.

    Many of the “rights” that today’s independent-minded Los Alamos County citizens consider basic – voting in elections, owning a home with dependable utilities, having a County Council with real power – came agonizingly slowly, in a long, complex series of crises and decisions that reached to the very top of American government.

  • Since opening Bilingual Montessori School in June, Odalys González Fernádez has experienced many accomplishments in less than a year. Not only did she fulfill her dream of operating a school, but enrollment has climbed up to 30 families.

    Today, González Fernádez is heading to the Capitol Building to be recognized for a new accomplishment.

    She is one of 20 Small Business Development Center clients to earn a 2008 success client award.

  • With a little help from a group of patrons in Los Alamos, an internationally known Korean artist was able to make an encore recently in northern New Mexico.

    Soun Hong, the Korean painter whose installation drew praise at the recent Site Santa Fe’s Biennial, “Lucky Number 7,” came back to participate in a unique educational outreach program in the Santa Fe schools.

    Phil Hertzman, a physician who practices in Los Alamos and Santa Fe, said he was very glad to be involved in a group effort to enable Hong’s return from Korea earlier this month.

  • It’s been 10 years since Dr. Yushu Cheng first opened the doors to the Acupuncture Clinic and with an anniversary and a new year underway, Cheng is taking the opportunity to thank Los Alamos residents and wish them a Happy New Year.

    It’s been a busy 10 years for Cheng. “Every year we treat lots of different cases,” she said. “Mostly they are pain, muscle pain, nerve pain, joint pain (and) many different kinds of pain. Also we treat traumatology problems, internal medical disease, dermatology disease, genecology problems.”

  • The new exhibit at the Los Alamos Historical Museum focuses on a subject that affected the entire nation, but for the local community, it especially hit close to home.

    In fact, not only does the exhibit feature displays from the Rogers Historical Museum in Rogers, Ark., but the local museum was able to incorporate a few materials from its own collection.

    The exhibit, “The Life Atomic: Growing Up in the Shadow of the A-Bomb,” addresses the height of the Cold War.

  • This week we look at Asset #38, Self-Esteem. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they have high self-esteem.” Nationally, only 52 percent of youth feel like they have this Asset in their lives.

    The funny thing is when we mention the words self-esteem, there’s almost an audible groan. There’s nothing wrong with having self-esteem, but when you don’t have it, a lot seems to go wrong.

  • When fires ravaged through southern California last year, many members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Los Alamos understood the fire victims’ situation because they had experienced a similar situation themselves.

    Sherry Hardage of the Unitarian Church explained about seven people in the congregation had lost their homes during the Cerro Grande Fire so they felt compelled to extend help to California.

  • Two big names will be featured in the program for the Los Alamos Choral Society and Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra (LASO) concert. The concert, “A Winter Feast of Bach and Brahms” will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.  

  • A lot can happen in just a few minutes. Laughter, tears and drama can be produced in just a short amount of time.

    This will be particularly true in the Santa Fe Playhouse’s Bench Warmers Short Play Festival. Eight 10-minute plays will capture life’s spontaneity. The festival begins today and runs through Feb. 15. Among the plays that will be featured during this time will be “Stuck,” which was written by local playwrights Robert Benjamin and Elaine Jarvik.  

  • This year’s ‘Topper Revue has six teenagers trapped in a DVD. In addition to this dilemma, these teens get chased by a tap dancing ghost, scramble to find clues for who put them in their present predicament, but still manage to see a great deal of talent along the way.

  • Of all the arts, I think storytelling is the most powerful; it can transport you to far away destinations and introduce characters that feature a wide range of personalities.

    But best of all are the emotions that a great story produces.

    My favorite storyteller is my grandfather. He is hands-down the best in my family.