Today's Features

  • The United Church of Los Alamos is requesting donations of any items for their 2013 auction. New or used items including furniture, toys and certificates for services will allow community youth to build homes for the poor, during spring break. Items donated can even be picked up request. For more information, call 662-2971.

  • Members of the Los Alamos High School NJROTC shooting team traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah last weekend to compete in the Western Navy Championships. The precision team of Tessa Snyder, Brandon Frank, Noah Marriott and John Gibson beat out the team from Socorro High School in El Paso,Texas, for the first place team award. Three members of the team made the Top 8 finals match. Receiving individual awards were: Snyder, third overall;  Frank, fourth overall; and Marriott, seventh overall. Additionally, Gibson and Samuel Wolfe were awarded medals for ninth and 10th place, respectively. In the sporter class, Nikita Belooussov placed fourth individually and set a new unit record in the kneeling position with a 97.
    Pictured, left to right, front row: Gibson and Snyder. Back row: Beloousov, Wolfe, Frank and Marriott. 

  • Elementary Physical Science

    Maximus Jiron, Mountain Elementary, Mountain Elementary, NNMASME Chamber Check $10, American Association of University Women $5, Chamisa PTO $5

    Lydia Kenamond, Mountain Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Manisha Khawas, Mountain Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Gopal Nadiga, Mountain Elementary, CB Fox $15 gift card

    Declan O’Leary, Mountain Elementary, American Association of University Women $5

    Gracie Swensen, Mountain Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Mikey Aslam, Piñon Elementary, Pajarito Lodge #66, Explora Museum $50 gift certificate, American Association of University Women $5, Chamisa PTO $5

    Kevin Clarke, Piñon Elementary, American Association of University Women $5, Chamisa PTO $5

    Sasha Dolin, Piñon Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10
    Katherine Fanning, Piñon Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Michaela Gonzales, Piñon Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Rebekah Lockhart, Piñon Elementary, American Association of University Women $5

    AJ McPherson, Piñon Elementary, Cheryl Pongratz $20

    Kara Moss, Piñon Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

  • BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A car that tells your insurance company how you're driving. A bathroom scale that lets you chart your weight on the Web. And a meter that warns your air conditioner when electricity gets more expensive.

    Welcome to the next phase of the wireless revolution.

    The first wave of wireless was all about getting people to talk to each other on cellphones. The second will be getting things to talk to each other, with no humans in between. So-called machine-to-machine communication is getting a lot of buzz at this year's wireless trade show. Some experts believe these connections will outgrow the traditional phone business in less than a decade.

    "I see a whole set of industries, from energy to cars to health to logistics and transportation, being totally redesigned," said Vittorio Colao, the CEO of Vodafone Group PLC, in a keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The British cellphone company has vast international interests, including its 45 percent ownership stake in Verizon Wireless.

  • Tuesday
    Total Solar Eclipse Talk. Local astronomer Steve Becker talks at PEEC about the total solar eclipse of 2012, which he watched from a cruise ship in the Coral Sea. See video and photos of the November 2012 event, and learn more about eclipses, from 7-8 p.m. Free. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.
    The Los Alamos Community Health Council is sponsoring the Leadership Connection Town Hall, an event from 5:30-7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The goal of the town hall is to report on key Los Alamos County health issues, trends and recommendations. Community leaders will give short presentations followed by questions and discussion. Local LACHC member agencies will have materials about resources and services in Los Alamos. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to deborahfgill@gmail.com by Feb. 25.

  • Elementary Physical Science

    Kaitlyn McGrane, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Pajarito Lodge #66 Explora Museum $50 gift certificate, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $10

    Sean Mitchell and Joseph Merl, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5 each team member, Cheryl Pongratz $20

    Ben Moulton, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, LA County Environmental Services and Environmental Sustainability Board $20 Chamber Check, NNMASME Chamber Check $10, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $10

    Mrs. Schembri’s class, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, American Association of University Women $35, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $20, Aspen PTO $50, Mountain PTA $10

    Ryan Schwarzkopf, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Colin Simpson, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5
    Mrs. Snow’s class, Olivia Koo, Kamaya Ronnine, Shane Tobin, Elizabeth Frost, Amelia Morgan, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $20, Mountain PTA $10

    Kezia Tripp, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Piñon PTO $10 Target gift card, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $10

    Abby Wescott, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Laila Amin, Chamisa Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Collin Buksas, Chamisa Elementary , Elks Participation Award $10

  • There are a variety of opportunities ahead where you can support youth. It gets even better when it involves eating.
    Your first chance is Thursday night, when the Los Alamos High School Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp hosts brisket night.
    This cadre of cadets will set up, sell and serve — all in the name of fundraising to make themselves and their unit even better.
    Brisket night is a monthly event that takes place at the Posse Lodge and will be at 5:30 p.m.
    The food fest includes tender, slow roasted brisket, potato salad, baked beans, a roll, cookie and drink for $10.
    The funds allow the NJROTC teams to travel to competition and compete in a variety of activities from inspection and drill to shooting and using their mad skills in the Brain Bowl.
    Our second group of fundraising young people is our local girl scouts. These pint-sized entrepreneurs will host booths at our neighborhood Smith’s stores, to sell a host of baked goodies, from low-fat to full decadence.
    If counting calories is high on your list, take them up on their option to send treats to troops or buy a few boxes to drop off at our local teen center.
    The quicker these young ladies unload their supplies, the sooner they can get back to earning their badges and advancing to the next level.

  • With his long silver beard and uniform with braided trim, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop became one of the most recognizable figures of the Reagan era — and one of the most unexpectedly enduring.

    His nomination in 1981 met a wall of opposition from women's groups and liberal politicians, who complained President Ronald Reagan selected Koop, a pediatric surgeon and evangelical Christian from Philadelphia, only because of his conservative views, especially his staunch opposition to abortion.

    Soon, though, he was a hero to AIDS activists, who chanted "Koop, Koop" at his appearances but booed other officials. And when he left his post in 1989, he left behind a landscape where AIDS was a top research and educational priority, smoking was considered a public health hazard, and access to abortion remained largely intact.

  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just as Oscar host Seth MacFarlane set his sights on a variety of targets with a mixture of hits and misses, the motion picture academy spread the gold around to a varied slate of films. "Argo" won best picture as expected, along with two other prizes. But "Life of Pi" won the most awards with four, including a surprise win for director Ang Lee.

    "Les Miserables" also won three Academy Awards, while "Django Unchained" and "Skyfall" each took two.

    Among the winners were the front-runners throughout this lengthy awards season: best actor Daniel Day-Lewis for his deeply immersed portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's epic "Lincoln," best actress Jennifer Lawrence as a troubled young widow in "Silver Linings Playbook" and supporting actress Anne Hathaway as the doomed prostitute Fantine in the musical "Les Miserables." Christoph Waltz was a bit of a surprise for supporting actor as a charismatic bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," an award he'd won just three years ago for Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds."

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.

    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. 

    Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets, petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.

    This would be a wonderful time to consider giving a home to one of the animals in the shelter.

    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.



    Fly —A very sweet female Border Collie-mix. She is very shy and living in a foster home, where she is gaining some confidence. To meet Fly in her foster home, call 412-3451.