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  • Los Alamos County Ice Rink was formed by damming water and setting out sprinklers. Within 60, years it has turned into a modernized facility that is embraced by the community. To recognize the rink’s age and accomplishments, an anniversary celebration is being planned.The three-day celebration will begin with an After-school Birthday Bash, which will be held from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the ice rink.

  • Getting into college is tough. “It’s a question of demographics,” said Dr. Whitney Laughlin of Rubin Education Services. More young people, 70-75 percent, are going to college and more are looking at a small number of top schools in the U.S., which is creating a bottleneck, she said.To add to the situation, the government is providing less financial aid. As a result, Laughlin is offering some assistance to college-bound students and their families by hosting a workshop from 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at Fuller Lodge.

  • After Sunday, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Mission will be no more. Its identity, which is shared with Immanuel Lutheran Church in Santa Fe, will change.Rather than being a daughter mission of Immanuel, Redeemer Evangelical will become a sister congregation known as Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church. The difference between being a mission and a congregation, Rev. Brian Kachelmeier said, lies in church policy and structure.

  • A single act can create significant changes. Just look at what occurred in Albuquerque during the 1920s and 1930s.During this time period, a campaign was underway to make Albuquerque the crossroads of New Mexico.To accomplish this, the city worked to realign Route 66. Instead of running north to south, city officials including mayor ex-officio and former governor Clyde Tingley, worked to realign the highway from east and west.

  • The Los Alamos Little Theatre kicks off the New Year with a brand new show: “The Devil and Daniel Webster” by Stephen Vincent Benet, the 20th-century Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, novelist and short-story author. The show is coupled with the premiere of “Yogurt Security,” local playwright Robert F. Benjamin’s and Elaine Jarvik’s 10-minute satire on life in Los Alamos and travel under the latest TSA regulations.

  • The Greenland Ice Sheet has experienced record melting in recent years and is likely to contribute to sea level rise as well as to possible changes in ocean circulation in the future.Meanwhile, the annual addition of 70 million people to world population stresses resources in countries where water tables are falling and wells are going dry, forests are shrinking, soils are eroding and grasslands are turning into deserts. Where countries are overwhelmed by these trends, weaker governments are breaking down. Each year the number of failing states increases.

  • Last week I inquired at Daylight Delights whether the restaurant would be open on Dec. 24. Told that it would be, I proceeded with my invitations to friends and two daughters here for the holidays, and gathered there for brunch.Two tables were quickly joined and we eight friends enjoyed a delightful late breakfast.

  • I am writing to you so that I may express my most heartfelt thanks to all the friends, family, residents and businesses that came to my family's side in our crisis.

  • The Musical Fireworks season of the Los Alamos Concert Association continues Jan. 11 with a blockbuster performance by two operatic legends, Frederica von Stade and Samuel Ramey. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Duane Smith Auditorium, and will be followed by a gala invitation-only reception for contributors to the Karolyn Coulter Memorial Concert Foundation.

  • Whether hosting religious events or visiting an ill patient, Rabbi Jack Shlachter has helped lead the Los Alamos Jewish Center. Now, leadership will be passed to new hands as Shlachter and his family take a temporary leave of absence to go to Vienna, Austria.Shlachter explained he will be working for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization. His work in Vienna could last up to two years.

  • Swing in the New Year with the Devil, Daniel Webster and Los Alamos Little Theatre.The Los Alamos Little Theatre (LALT) will hold its annual New Year’s Eve party Monday. For the last 36 years at least, LALT has faithfully held a party to ring in the New Year. The theatre was actually founded along with the start of Los Alamos and the Manhattan Project, back in 1943.

  • The new year will be greeted with music during the upcoming Los Alamos Arts Council Brown Bag concert at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 2 at Fuller Lodge.The program for the first Brown Bag concert of 2008 will include “Clarinet, Cello and Piano,” by Mary Lynn Place Badarak, musical director of the Los Alamos Choral Society, and “Piano Quartet No. 1, Op.

  • In a letter to the Los Angeles Times, actor Kirk Douglas calls “Lonely are the Brave” (1962) his favorite of the more than 60 films on his resume. I understand why.Based on Edward Abbey’s novel “Brave Cowboy,” David Miller’s film begins with a cowboy and his horse, alone in the dust outside of Duke City, N.M., a.k.a. Albuquerque.The horse, Whiskey, doesn’t want to be saddled. John W.

  • The recent Yule ritual held at the Unitarian Church in Los Alamos is one example of “wonderful,” said Azrael K, co-author with Amber K of “Ritual Craft: Creating Rites for Transformation and Celebration” (Llewellyn Publications, 2006).“There was a lot of participation,” she said in an interview Wednesday.

  • Frank Harlow, longtime Los Alamos resident, picked up his first paintbrush in 1968. “I just loved the idea of painting,” he said.

  • Think nothing is happening in Los Alamos between Christmas and New Year’s? The Los Alamos Big Band is offering an event to be marked on people’s social calendars.For the ninth straight year, there will be a Big Band Dance at 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. Music will feature the Los Alamos Big Band with two vocalists. The special guest soloist will be Michelle Trieste who is visiting Los Alamos from Denver. In addition, Paula Ward will also sing.

  • There is a new program in town bringing benefits to local nonprofits, businesses and consumers through a consumer card.The Locals Care Card program offers shoppers community or reward points when they shop at designated businesses.

  • My Score: 3.5/5“I Am Legend” is an adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel and a remake of the 1971 "The Omega Man" starring Charleton Heston. This is a story about the last man on earth after a manmade virus turns deadly. The setting is Manhattan; parts of it unchanged but other parts in ruins, full of grass and weeds and abandoned vehicles.

  • Aspen Elementary School students are an active part of the creative process in their winter concert; they are not just performers, they are also choreographers and composers.Students’ artistic vision will take the limelight during a winter concert at 6 p.m.

  • If you missed the fall concert of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, held in November in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, you missed a fine evening.The church is a favorite of performers and audiences alike for its warm surroundings and excellent acoustics. In addition to their accustomed orchestral pieces, we were treated to a rare appearance in town of two of Los Alamos' most celebrated classical music performers, Kay Newnam, violin; and Thomas O’Conner, oboe.