• I am writing to you so that I may express my most heartfelt thanks to all the friends, family, residents and businesses that came to my family's side in our crisis.

  • The Musical Fireworks season of the Los Alamos Concert Association continues Jan. 11 with a blockbuster performance by two operatic legends, Frederica von Stade and Samuel Ramey. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Duane Smith Auditorium, and will be followed by a gala invitation-only reception for contributors to the Karolyn Coulter Memorial Concert Foundation.

  • Whether hosting religious events or visiting an ill patient, Rabbi Jack Shlachter has helped lead the Los Alamos Jewish Center. Now, leadership will be passed to new hands as Shlachter and his family take a temporary leave of absence to go to Vienna, Austria.Shlachter explained he will be working for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization. His work in Vienna could last up to two years.

  • Swing in the New Year with the Devil, Daniel Webster and Los Alamos Little Theatre.The Los Alamos Little Theatre (LALT) will hold its annual New Year’s Eve party Monday. For the last 36 years at least, LALT has faithfully held a party to ring in the New Year. The theatre was actually founded along with the start of Los Alamos and the Manhattan Project, back in 1943.

  • The new year will be greeted with music during the upcoming Los Alamos Arts Council Brown Bag concert at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 2 at Fuller Lodge.The program for the first Brown Bag concert of 2008 will include “Clarinet, Cello and Piano,” by Mary Lynn Place Badarak, musical director of the Los Alamos Choral Society, and “Piano Quartet No. 1, Op.

  • In a letter to the Los Angeles Times, actor Kirk Douglas calls “Lonely are the Brave” (1962) his favorite of the more than 60 films on his resume. I understand why.Based on Edward Abbey’s novel “Brave Cowboy,” David Miller’s film begins with a cowboy and his horse, alone in the dust outside of Duke City, N.M., a.k.a. Albuquerque.The horse, Whiskey, doesn’t want to be saddled. John W.

  • The recent Yule ritual held at the Unitarian Church in Los Alamos is one example of “wonderful,” said Azrael K, co-author with Amber K of “Ritual Craft: Creating Rites for Transformation and Celebration” (Llewellyn Publications, 2006).“There was a lot of participation,” she said in an interview Wednesday.

  • Frank Harlow, longtime Los Alamos resident, picked up his first paintbrush in 1968. “I just loved the idea of painting,” he said.

  • Think nothing is happening in Los Alamos between Christmas and New Year’s? The Los Alamos Big Band is offering an event to be marked on people’s social calendars.For the ninth straight year, there will be a Big Band Dance at 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. Music will feature the Los Alamos Big Band with two vocalists. The special guest soloist will be Michelle Trieste who is visiting Los Alamos from Denver. In addition, Paula Ward will also sing.

  • There is a new program in town bringing benefits to local nonprofits, businesses and consumers through a consumer card.The Locals Care Card program offers shoppers community or reward points when they shop at designated businesses.

  • My Score: 3.5/5“I Am Legend” is an adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel and a remake of the 1971 "The Omega Man" starring Charleton Heston. This is a story about the last man on earth after a manmade virus turns deadly. The setting is Manhattan; parts of it unchanged but other parts in ruins, full of grass and weeds and abandoned vehicles.

  • Aspen Elementary School students are an active part of the creative process in their winter concert; they are not just performers, they are also choreographers and composers.Students’ artistic vision will take the limelight during a winter concert at 6 p.m.

  • If you missed the fall concert of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, held in November in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, you missed a fine evening.The church is a favorite of performers and audiences alike for its warm surroundings and excellent acoustics. In addition to their accustomed orchestral pieces, we were treated to a rare appearance in town of two of Los Alamos' most celebrated classical music performers, Kay Newnam, violin; and Thomas O’Conner, oboe.

  • The whole state seemed to have learned a lesson from local author Nancy Bartlit’s “Silent Voices of World War II: When the Sons of the Land of Enchantment Met Sons of the Land of the Rising Sun,” and its new knowledge revealed the book should a finalist for the New Mexico Book Awards.Sunstone Press in Santa Fe, which published the book in April 2005, nominated the book for Best New Mexico History Book.The winners were announced during a banquet Nov. 9 in Albuquerque.

  • A musical celebration of Christmas will be occurring at 4 p.m. Sunday in Bethlehem Lutheran Church. From choir members to musicians, everyone is getting involved.Matt Nichols, director of youth and family ministry, explained every other year the church hosts a children’s pageant. During the “off” years, they do something different, he said.Paula Nichols, music director, explained she choose a concert because “I just thought it would be fun.

  • “A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley” sings a slightly different tune than the original Charles Dickens’ story.For instance, Marley does not appear in just one scene as a gloomy, depressed spirit, warning Ebenezer Scrooge of what is in store for him Christmas Eve night. No, Marley appears on the stage numerous times as the narrator.

  • Christmas tunes will be presented in shiny, bright brass instruments during the “Christmas in Brass” concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.An 11-piece brass ensemble, made up of musicians from the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, Los Alamos Big Band, Santa Fe community orchestra and other groups, will present the free concert.Jerry Morzinski, one of the performers, said the concert has been presented for six years.He said he has presented the concert with low brass instruments, tubas and euphoniums.

  • A woman searching for her identity, an actor unprepared for the play and a man struggling with love and finances take center stage in the Los Alamos High School drama club’s one act plays.For the one-acts, the Olions Thespian Club, seized control of all the theatrical operations – from the directing to the lighting, the students called the shots. The community had an opportunity to see the young thespians’ handiwork last week and the opportunity to experience the one-acts will be available at 7 p.m.

  • “The Golden Compass” is a beautiful, fun, exciting, fantasy of a different world. Animals talk! There are no engines. Instead blue balls that glow and spin, power cars and planes.A wonderful sense of style permeates the entire place – sort of like a Lalique necklace, yet there is also a 1940s look to suits and clothing without being dull or drab. It is all so very chic.The animation is slick and fits in so well, it is hard to tell when “The Golden Compass” is animated sometimes.Dakota Blue Richards plays Lyra Belacqua.

  • Have you ever walked on the Mitchell Trail after the Cerro Grande fire of 2000? Hundreds of volunteers, including Mountain Elementary School students, planted Ponderosa pine seedlings in the burned area the year after the fire.A lot of people think there are no trees living there. Mountain Elementary School sixth-graders thought that too until they went on a field trip and collected data to find out how many trees are growing there.Students counted the number of trees in 1/20-acre plots and measured their height. The average density of Mrs. Plotner, Mrs.