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  • Sandy Nininger died a hero’s death at the Battle of Bataan only one month after the United States entered World War II. His actions during the first few days of fighting may have changed the entire course of the war in the Pacific, for which Congress honored Nininger posthumously with the Medal of Honor.

    Nininger was a Key Club member and is honored annually by the Southwest District through the Sandy Nininger Award. The recipient is a Key Club member who has distinguished himself/herself by making the most of his/her opportunities.

  • It’s halftime. The crowd wanders off to beers and bathrooms. The starters refocus. The benchwarmers listen earnestly to the coach, just in case. I stare at the scoreboard, illiterate as a pair of eyeglasses in a purse. This is my game, my field, my team and my audience. But what am I? Do I play or do I grow like the grass, barely aware of the painted lines?

  • His eyes quickly focused on the glowing digits of the clock, which read 4:30 a.m., as he grabbed the ringing handset.

    The voice at the other end of the line said, “Mark, this is the State Rescue Center. A day hiker was reported missing last night in the mountains east of Taos. We need you off the ground at first light, find the hiker and vector in the jet chopper to get him out. Can you do it?"

  • History holds some fascinating stories and a group of Los Alamos High School students are sharing a few of these tales, from a group of poverty-stricken Pennsylvania miners with criminal intentions to two estranged countries opening up to diplomatic relations through a game of ping-pong.

    These students not only caught people’s attention to these moments in history, but they also won awards.

  • The Los Alamos Concert Association presents a “Jewel of a Season” for 2008-2009 five performances by world-renowned artists. Save gas, entertainment money, and see and hear world-class artists in Los Alamos.

    The season opens at 4 p.m. Sept. 14, with a performance by the Jupiter String Quartet.

    The Jupiter String Quartet was recently awarded the Cleveland Quartet Award, a prize, which “honors and promotes a rising young string quartet whose artistry demonstrates that it is in the process of establishing a major career.”

  • Parenting never seems like an easy task; there appear to be many opportunities for your hair to bristle, but there is an alternative to pulling it out by the roots.

    Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church and Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church are sponsoring two parenting classes, titled “Parenting in the 21st Century: A Perspective on Sanity in a Crazy World.”

  • It has been nearly 20 years since Indiana Jones graced our screens in “The Last Crusade.” After many years of speculation and numerous rewrites of the screenplay, Steven Spielberg has once again teamed up with the all- star cast of Harrison Ford, Karen Allen and now Shia LaBeouf and Cate Blanchett to tell a new story of the famous archeologist and his quest for hidden treasure.

    In this latest film, Indiana races against a group of Russian KGB to try and obtain the mythical crystal skull from an ancient South American kingdom.

  • Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) requests the honor of the public’s presence at a “sweet 16” celebration.

    DALA, founded in 1992, invites the community to the 2008 Spring Showcase Recital with free admission for all. The annual recital, which features the artistry of DALA’s older dancers, will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday at Duane W. Smith Auditorium.

  • The second Heritage Partners Annual Campaign for the Los Alamos Historical Society is under way. This year’s theme, “$40,000 for the Museum’s 40th,” celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Los Alamos Historical Museum, which opened in July 1968.

    “The annual campaign is critical this year because a three-year grant we received for Manhattan Project preservation has been completed,” Museum Director Hedy Dunn said. “We are counting on the community and our members to help us keep the momentum going that started with the grant.”

  • Ronn Stewart, artistic director of Moving People Dance of Santa Fe, is returning to familiar turf.

    When his nonprofit dance company performs at 2 p.m. Sunday at Duane Smith Auditorium, Stewart will be able to see his old workplace. For three years, he was the co-artistic director of Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA). Seven years ago, he started Moving People, and although he left the local area, Stewart said he was able to apply his experiences in Los Alamos to the Santa Fe company.

    Plus, students from DALA, such as Andrew Silks, travel to Moving People to take classes.

  • Going green

    Earth Day 2008, which was organized by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and took place April 22 and the weekend of April 26-27, was an outstanding success due to the efforts of a large number of volunteers and the support of many sponsors. This letter is to thank all of these volunteers and sponsors and those who attended one of our events this year.

  • Summer in New York meant long drives on the state thruway, huddled with my friend Angela on two little seats my dad had built for us in the backseat of the family pickup truck, which was black, just like the one I drive today.

    We’d listen to Casey Kasem’s “American Top 40” with the windows down. I would pet the labrador’s giant head while my parents talked and sang “Peggy Sue” or “Spooky” up front.

  • Scholarship Convocation, which was held Wednesday at Duane Smith Auditorium, recognized Los Alamos High School students’ achievements. This information is supplied by students and local scholarship organizations, and is by no means a complete list. Many students choose not to fill out the forms the school sends out with senior packets. Local organizations awarded more than $75,000 to students.

    Awards to Freshmen

    • Lilian Fehler – Allan Rawcliffe Memorial Internship

    Awards to Sophomores

  • Los Alamos residents Jonathan and Tessa Dowell have been regular spectators at the Southern Regional Dulcimer Championship held at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Ark., for about 12 years.

    They keep returning to the championship because of the scenery, Jonathan said – and the people, Tessa added. And the biscuits served at breakfast, Jonathan joked.

    On a more serious note, Jonathan said, “the company is so talented. The other musicians in this community are truly world-class musicians.”

  • The Los Alamos Choral Society, along with the Los Alamos Brass, will present a summer concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

  • Geraldine Keane was working at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area this winter when she was asked to take another position at the ski area, the food and beverage manager of Pajarito Mountain Café.

    “I took it because I love food and beverages,” she said. “It’s a fun time.”

    As result, Keane became the new food and beverage manager in January.

    This wasn’t a new experience for Keane; she has been involved in the food and beverage industry in the past. Keane said she ran the restaurant and bar at the American Legion for 6 years.

  • World Youth Day is a touching experience for those have participated in the event.

    Toni Rogers, a volunteer at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and a participant of World Youth Day when it was held in Denver, remembers young people cheering for the Pope like he was a rock star and a group of cardinals doing the wave in the auditorium stands.

    “It’s really, really touching,” Rogers said. “It’s a lot of prayer and sharing with each other about their faith.”

    She added, “It really, really made a lasting impact.”

  • If anyone wondered what Los Alamos High School art classeshave been up to all year, they just had to take a look around the classroom.

    A semester’s worth of work covered the walls, filled the display cases and decorated tables. Through a school gallery show, which ended Thursday, students’ artwork and creativity were put on display for LAHS and the community.

    “I think the work is really fantastic,” art teacher Dana Salmond said. “They’re so talented ee every student has some beautiful work.”

  • Jeremy Mayne and Mickey Jones, also known as the New Mexico Guitar Duo, will be traveling up the Hill to perform in the Guitars and Gateaux concert at 7 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    They are both seasoned pros within the concert series. Maynes has performed a solo concert in the past; Jones brought the Albuquerque Honors Guitar Quartet to the series and Maynes and Jones concluded the series last year.

  • Fourteen climbers conquered their fears and physical challenges, and as a result, are able to scale mountains, literally.

    The students enrolled in the Los Alamos Mountaineers climbing school, which kicked off March 25, put their skills to the test with a graduation climb at Tres Piedras May 3.

    Graduate climbers practiced traditional climbing, and spent from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. that day “climbing like maniacs,” instructor Kai Davis said.