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Today's Features

  • A Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico Teacher of the Year Award is given to instructors who have made a difference in their students’ lives, contributed to the advancement of music in their community and is an example of a professional music educator. Teacher of the Year awards are not easy to receive, however, local music teacher Charlene Cox-Clifton has two. She earned her first Teacher of the Year award in Kansas in 1985-1986. The second one was awarded to Cox-Clifton in November during the Professional Music Teacher of New Mexico conference.

  • In the past, no real recycling program existed at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. This all changed, however, when the students took control of the recycling operations. The Spirit Club, which currently includes fourth-graders, has not only taken control of recycling at the school but made it a success. Twenty-five gallons of materials were recycled a week last year at the elementary school; this year, the load increased to more than 200 gallons a week.

  • New Mexico sometimes seems to suffer from low esteem. “In Mexico, we’re accustomed to not having a high opinion of ourselves or of our state,” said New Mexico journalist Sherry Robinson. Through her presentation for the Los Alamos Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge, Robinson hopes to give the state a boost of confidence.

  • Staff and volunteers at Los Alamos Visiting Nurses are taking advantage of November, National Hospice Month, to educate the community about hospice. Hospice, said executive director of Visiting Nurses Sarah Rochester, is more of a philosophy than a place and its about caring and sharing. Additionally, she said, it is more about living than dying. Hospice, Rochester said, promotes living to the last moment of your life and Visiting Nurses personnel will spread this message throughout the community during this month. Los Alamos Visiting Nurses has been operating for 34 years.

  • The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization Community Health Council is offering a sweet deal, feast on chocolate while supporting good causes. The third annual Festival of Chocolate will be held from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

  • Most animals come and go from the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, but this is not the story for Nalani and Puff. The two cymric long-haired cats came to the shelter and have stayed at the shelter for longer than average. Puff, and his sister, Nalani, have experienced two failed adoptions. Their shyness and long hair both require attention and while their new owners meant well, they didn’t realize the type of care these cats need.

  • It’s been 20 years, more than 760 sermons and countless joys for Tim and Tanya Stidham, ministers at the Los Alamos Church of Christ.The Rev. Tim Stidham and his wife came to Los Alamos in September 1987, when Tim took a position as youth minister at the church. Within a few years, he accepted a position as preacher, and has led the congregation ever since.Before coming to Los Alamos, Tim served in Jacksonville, Ark.; Valonia, Ark.; Whitesboro, Texas; and Sherman, Texas.

  • Even community service non-profits need a helping hand from time to time and Mission Los Alamos is here to extend one.According to its website, www.missionlosalamos.org, is a Christian-based organization established to provide information on local help resources. Its founder, Evelyn Rainey, said the community needs a resource list, which the website provides. The website provides information about organizations offering everything from clothing and counseling to food and health care.

  • Just how does Los Alamos do business? This is a question a group of young professionals from Sarov, Russia, will work to answer during their eight-day visit to the county starting Saturday.A group of five individuals, who represent education, government and other areas of Sarov, will tour Los Alamos National Bank, travel to different historic sites in the county and participate in sessions, which will focus on a variety of topics such as how local economy works in the U.S.Additionally, they will visit with locals in their particular fields.

  • Have you ever had a moment in your life where you feel so stuck in a rut that any attempt to escape seems utterly hopeless? Perhaps it was caused by being overworked at the ol' nine to five, or by trying to resolve too many problems for other people. Perhaps it was because you failed at something that you were incredibly passionate about. Or, worst of all, maybe there was a time when the morals or ethics of your duties were fundamentally questionable. In the case of Michael Clayton, in Tony Gilroy's most recent film, a