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  • ‘Skyfall,’ ‘Guardians’ duel for box office win

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Bond is in a box-office photo finish with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny over what looks to be the last slow weekend of the holidays.
    According to studio estimates Sunday, Sony’s Bond tale “Skyfall” took in $11 million to move back to No. 1 in its fifth weekend.
    That put it narrowly ahead of Paramount’s “Rise of the Guardians,” the animated adventure of Santa, the Easter Bunny and other mythological heroes that pulled in $10.5 million.
    The two movies inched ahead of Summit Entertainment’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” which had been tops for three-straight weekends. The “Twilight” finale earned $9.2 million, slipping into a tight race for No. 3 with Disney’s “Lincoln,” which was close behind with $9.1 million.
    The top movies were bunched up so closely that rankings could change once final weekend revenues are released Monday.
    The weekend’s only new wide release, Gerard Butler’s romantic comedy “Playing for Keeps,” flopped with just $6 million, coming in at No. 6.

  • Join the Mountaineers

    The Los Alamos Mountaineers will celebrate another year with a potpourri of their members’ 2012 accomplishments during the Dec. 19 meeting.
    During the past year, the club offered 43 official outings and members had innumerable adventures of their own.
    To wrap up the year, the potpourri features six 10-minute talks chosen from adventures on at least four continents, from the American Southwest to Peru, Nepal, Wales and Mexico and in environments ranging from winter in the high mountains of Colorado, to the slick rock deserts of southern Utah.
    Only six talks can be chosen from the many offered.
    The club board is not yet sharing their picks.
    The meeting will also feature holiday cookies, cakes and pies.
    Club members are asked to bring a contribution to the dessert buffet.
    The Mountaineers welcome the public and visitors are invited to join the buffet and meeting as guests.
    The December meeting will be in the Great Room of Fuller Lodge, beginning with a business meeting at 7:30 p.m. and the potpourri at 8 p.m.
    Members should bring their desserts by 7:15 p.m., to allow time for setup.
    The Mountaineers offers trips that range from easy hikes to technical mountaineering and is committed to safe outdoor practices.

  • County survey results now available

    Los Alamos County’s bi-annual citizen survey results are now available for the public to review on the news page of the county’s website at losalamosnm.us and LAMonitor.com. In addition, copies for public review are available at the 311 Customer Care Center located at 150 Central Park Square or at the reference desk of either public library.

    The firm under contract to conduct the county’s survey was CRC & Associates, LLC.  They randomly selected approximately 400 county residents to participate in a 20-minute phone survey or street interview.

    The survey included a variety of questions about county programs and services, community needs, quality of life, media and information resources, openness and transparency of government, economic development and housing needs.

     The county has been regularly conducting citizen satisfaction surveys since 1996. County staff use the information gained from the survey to help guide the county’s goals for service and program improvements.     

  • North Korea Shows Off Images of Rocket Launch
  • Swiss Pilots Plan Solar-powered US Flight

    On their journey to become the first pilots of a solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the globe, night and day, two Swiss aviation pioneers are planning to fly cross the continental United States in 2013.

  • Today in History for December 13th
  • N.H. Store Owner Frets Over 'Fiscal Cliff'

    David Pastor, the owner of an appliance store in southern New Hampshire, worries that the fiscal cliff debate is hurting his sales.

  • Under the sea with ACCT

    Atomic City Children’s Theater invites the public to their premiere performance of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”  
    Dive into the sea and meet Ariel (Evelyn Wolbier) who wants to be human.
    Torn between her love for Prince Eric (Jamie Cull-Host) and her life under the sea, Ariel turns to the evil sea witch, Ursula (Nora Cullinan) for help.  
    Meet Ariel’s undersea friends including Sebastian (Joseph Sarrao), Flounder (Kezia Tripp) and King Triton (Johnathan Hood), as well as a host of mermaids, gulls and other sea creatures.  This production features many songs from the Disney motion picture, including “Under the Sea,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and “Part of Your World.”
    Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.  Goodies to benefit Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School students attending the Junior Theater Festival with ACCT in January will be sold at intermission.
    ACCT is part of the Los Alamos Public Schools District.  The play features LAPS fifth- and sixth-grade students.  Another production of “The Little Mermaid, Jr.,” featuring middle school students is scheduled for Feb. 22 and 23.
    Admission is free.

  • Video: In honor of 12-12-12
  • Most Googled in 2012: Whitney, PSY, Sandy

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The world's attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012, and along the way, millions of people searched the Web to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a record-breaking skydiver.

    Whitney Houston was the "top trending" search of the year, according to Google Inc.'s year-end "zeitgeist" report. Google's 12th annual roundup is "an in-depth look at the spirit of the times as seen through the billions of searches on Google over the past year," the company said in a blog post Wednesday.

    People around the globe searched en masse for news about Houston's accidental drowning in a bathtub just before she was to perform at a pre-Grammy Awards party in February.

    Google defines topics as "trending" when they garner a high amount of traffic over a sustained period of time.

    Korean rapper PSY's "Gangnam Style" music video trotted into second spot, a testament to his self-deprecating giddy-up dance move. The video is approaching a billion views on YouTube.