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Today's Features

  • Cobalt, a relatively common mineral, may hold promise as an industrial catalyst with potential applications in such energy-related technologies as the production of biofuels and the reduction of carbon dioxide.

    That is, provided the cobalt is captured in a complex molecule so it mimics the precious metals that normally serve this industrial role.

    In work published Nov. 26 in the international edition of the chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie, Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists report the possibility of replacing the normally used noble metal catalysts with cobalt.

    Catalysts are the parallel of the Philosopher’s Stone for chemistry. They cannot change lead to gold, but they do transform one chemical substance into another while remaining unchanged themselves. Perhaps the most familiar example of catalysis comes from automobile exhaust systems that change toxic fumes into more benign gases, but catalysts are also integral to thousands of industrial, synthetic, and renewable energy processes where they accelerate or optimize a mind-boggling array of chemical reactions.

    It’s not an exaggeration to say that without catalysts, there would be no modern industry.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home.
    Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.
    DOGS
    Axle — Don’t let those sad-looking eyes fool you. Axle is a playful and affectionate neutered male. The shelter temperament testers describe this Pit-mix as a “total sweetheart.” He would love a family that appreciates big, sloppy dog kisses.  
    Ciera — Spayed female Shepherd-cross who likes to get to know her human associates before she shares her story with them.
    Coqueta — Six-year-old spayed female Retriever/Chow-mix surrendered. Good with adults and gentle children. Has been an outdoor dog.
    ThreeBorder Collie puppies (Reggie, Fly and Romper) — Border Collie puppy siblings, six-months-old. Neutered/spayed and up-to-date on shots. Responding very well to soclialization by shelter volunteers and guidance from other shelter dogs.

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center invites students in grades K-4 to come to their annual Holiday Eco Crafts event from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 5.
    There, kids can hand-make gifts out of natural and recycled materials for everyone on their list.
    Gifts to make will include pinecone fire-starters, recycled notebooks, cornhusk dolls, tree cookie ornaments, rock carvings and more.
    Plenty of materials will be available to make gifts for parents, grandparents and brothers and sisters.
     There will also be recycled wrapping paper and cards on hand, so kids can wrap their gifts and address them to the recipients before they head home.  
    Parents are welcome to stay during the class, or to leave kids at PEEC and enjoy a few hours of kid-free shopping.
    PEEC’s own shop also has some holiday gift ideas, including stocking stuffers and animal adoptions.  
    The class costs $15 or $12 for PEEC members. Register in advance at PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Visit Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday or from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 1, to contribute ideas about the natural qualities of the Pajarito Plateau.
    PEEC would like to know what aspects of local nature they should showcase, and public input is desired.
    PEEC volunteers, board and staff are working to create an interpretive plan.
    When completed, the interpretive plan will answer questions like: What should a nature center in Los Alamos say and show? What are the key messages should it send to visitors and residents? What activities will best address those key messages?  What will it mean to the community it represents?
    PEEC wants to hear stories about the natural area and learn from the people of Los Alamos, exactly what they think of when asked to describe the Pajarito Plateau.
    This input will help PEEC’s interpretive planning committee write a plan that reflects what is important to the community.
    The events will start with a presentation on PEEC’s mission and vision.
    Then, participants will join in an interactive idea-generation activity and have a chance to vote on the natural qualities they like to see addressed by PEEC.  
    Those ideas will, in turn, help PEEC create a plan to strengthen people’s connection with the natural world around them.

  • Nov. 25-Dec. 1
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken strips
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Low vision/hearing group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Fish (lemon cod)
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    1:30 p.m.    Friends meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    RSVP quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Beer cheese soup
    1:15 p.m.    Socrates Café
    1:30 p.m.    Daytime duplicate bridge
    1:30 p.m.    Tire pressure check

    THURSDAY

  • J.R. Ewing was a business cheat, faithless husband and bottomless well of corruption. Yet with his sparkling grin, Larry Hagman masterfully created the charmingly loathsome oil baron — and coaxed forth a Texas-size gusher of ratings — on television's long-running and hugely successful nighttime soap, "Dallas."

    Although he first gained fame as nice guy Capt. Tony Nelson on the fluffy 1965-70 NBC comedy "I Dream of Jeannie," Hagman earned his greatest stardom with J.R. The CBS serial drama about the Ewing family and those in their orbit aired from April 1978 to May 1991, and broke viewing records with its "Who shot J.R.?" 1980 cliffhanger that left unclear if Hagman's character was dead.

    The actor, who returned as J.R. in a new edition of "Dallas" this year, had a long history of health problems and died Friday due to complications from his battle with cancer, his family said.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • What is your take on so-called “Black Friday?” — A. L. H.

    One’s desire to give gifts to loved ones is not problematic — at all. Also, the desire to get good deals and save money is not wrong. I say save where you can.
    After all, we are called to responsible stewardship and frugality. However, I think many Orthodox Christians find Black Friday problematic because it manifests certain materialistic tendencies in our secularized culture.
    What constitutes problematic materialism? Huge amounts of attention to material “stuff” and less concern for God and neighbor. It is not hard to observe that every major corporation and store has exploited “Black Friday,” making it into a veritable holiday.
    It is now advertised as the day we go out and spend more money to get better deals. On this day, many people will go to great lengths to get the last sale item.
    We may sacrifice peace of mind and soul. By risking encounters and even possible fights, just to get the last sale item, we risk upsetting the sense of fellowship that we attained at the Thanksgiving table. We all know the stories of our neighbor getting trampled and killed during the opening rush into a store to find the best deal. What is this?

  • It’s an Indoor Holiday Bazaar at the Art Center
    ’Tis the season to go shopping. At many stores, one can expect to see the same kinds of things year after year, increasing the challenge of finding the perfect gift. Things are different at Fuller Lodge Art Center’s Affordable Arts sale, where there are always new artists joining the mix of regional artists, who share their artistic manifestations of what they believe makes the perfect gift.
    This year, 33 new artists join the 98 regular Gallery Shop artists, to offer gifts for everyone, with all prices at $250 or less. There are many things for sale at less than $100. These artists are driven to produce and nothing makes them happier than knowing their art will be shared and loved by others.
    For the Affordable Arts sale, the artists search their creativity to come up with work that will fit well into others’ lives.  When preparing for Affordable Arts, Gallery Manager Amy Bjarke specifically looks for things that will make good gifts — from the functional to the quirky. Functional items include things like  pottery and hand-tooled pens, cards and clothing. Quirky means whatever will tickle one’s fancy and make them smile. Melted record mirror anyone?

  • Mesa Public Library will offer a Sunday afternoon of events as part of the downtown Winterfest celebration.
    A new exhibition, “The Plazas of New Mexico” will open with a reception at 2:30 p.m. Dec 9., in conjunction with a talk by Chris Wilson of the University of New Mexico, the author of the book of the same title, at 1:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of the library.
    “The Plazas of New Mexico” documents the heritage of New Mexico’s public plazas and the everyday life and community celebrations that help sustain them. It traces three distinct design traditions — the Native American center place with kiva and terraced residential blocks; the Hispanic plaza with church and courtyard houses; and the Anglo square with courthouse and business blocks.
    The exhibit, comprised of images from the book, bring to life three urban design traditions, while profiling recent plaza revitalization projects and newly designed community plazas.
    “The Plazas of New Mexico” is about the past, for the future. Plaza site plans, elevation drawings, bird’s-eye views, community histories, historic photos and documentary photographs bring to life the history, physical setting and social life of 22 communities.