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Letter to the Editor: Why Pick on the Next Big Idea Festival?

on September 13, 2013 - 10:07pm
Los Alamos

I have read a couple of Letters to the Editor in the Los Alamos Daily Post criticizing the leaders of the Next Big Idea Festival for not being more respectful of Yom Kippur, which began today at sunset, and ends at nightfall Sept. 14. The op-eds stated that the Next Big Idea Festival should have been rescheduled out of respect for Yom Kippur.

The LA Daily Post published a calendar of events in Los Alamos for this weekend, and there seems to be more going on that just the Next Big Idea Festival.

LDS Church Hosts Preparedness Fair Sept. 21

on September 13, 2013 - 8:08am

LDS News:

The Santa Fe Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which includes three wards in Los Alamos County (Los Alamos, Pajarito and White Rock Wards) is sponsoring a Preparedness Fair, titled "Oil in Your Lamp."

The Fair is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at the White Rock Building of the LDS Church, 366 Grand Canyon Dr. in White Rock. The event is free and open to everyone.

The Preparedness Fair will include demonstrations, information booths and displays. The Los Alamos Fire Department will be present with a fire engine and LAFD employees demonstrating first

United Skates Rolls Out 52nd Year!

on September 13, 2013 - 7:57am

United Skates meets Friday evenings during the school year. The first session at 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. is for third graders and younger. The second session is 7-9 p.m. for fourth graders and older. Courtesy photo

The skate program started in 1962 and takes place in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church adjacent to Sullivan Field. Courtesy Photo

Courtesy Photo


Letter to the Editor: On Big Ideas, Ignorance, and Irony

on September 9, 2013 - 3:23pm
Los Alamos

It strikes me as ironic that in an age that has not known smallpox, in a town founded on reason, we're debating whether or not a make-believe sky-god will be offended by our choice of date for a Big Idea conference.

Why limit our concern to Jehovah, though? Should we also check with Allah, God, Zeus, Amen-Ra, Quetzalcoatl, Zoroaster, Yukiyú, and the thousands of other gods mankind has invented  throughout the millennia? Each of those has or had adherents whose belief is just as strong and whose sacred-day rules are just as arbitrary.
No matter what day is picked -

Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church to Participate in National 'Back to Church Sunday' Sept. 15

on September 6, 2013 - 6:29am

PCA News:

"Back to Church Sunday," part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church (PCA) in White Rock at 10:20 a.m. Sept. 15. Everyone is welcome to attend.

National "Back to Church Sunday" ( is an initiative that is "Inviting America Back to Church." It seeks to reach the "un-churched" and "de-churched" — people who once attended church, but don't any more — and invite them to return for a special Sunday.

First Friday Pagan Dinner This Week

on September 5, 2013 - 7:16am

OLW News:

Our Lady of the Woods (OLW) will hold a First Friday Pagan Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday at the Pyramid Café in Los Alamos.

Anyone interested in paganism, Wicca, or learning about OLW is welcome to join OLW members for an informal dinner on the first Friday of each month. 

Whether a beginner, advanced practitioner or just curious, all are welcome.

TOTH Generations Service Set for Sunday

on September 5, 2013 - 7:05am
God’s Message of Friendship

Come join us at Trinity On The Hill Episcopal Church’s Generations Service at 6:07 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 8, in Kelly Hall, at 5:15 p.m. a free dinner is provided.

At the last Generations’ service, we had a wonderfully fun time giving and receiving God’s message of friendship through our upbeat music and words from our celebrants. Our new Priest-in-Charge, Fr. Gary Baldwin, called it “refreshing.” Rev. Alicia Pope gave the Gospel, and our Seminarian, Laurie Triplett, gave a very heartfelt and thought-provoking homily.

The homily focused

Letter to the Editor: The Next Big Idea Might Tackle Ignorance

on September 4, 2013 - 8:37am
Los Alamos

It should be brought to the attention of the entire Los Alamos community that the 2013 Next Big Idea is scheduled on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement and most important day of the Jewish calendar.

We understand that the event organizers have been aware of this conflict since January but decided to maintain the regularly scheduled plan for the 2nd Saturday in September. That decision is something that many members of the Jewish community in Los Alamos take to heart.

We realize not all people are aware of when Jewish holidays take