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No Blue Bus Service Dec. 24-25 And Jan. 1

on December 19, 2014 - 9:44am


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Bus” will not be in service Wednesday, Dec. 24, Thursday, Dec. 25 and Thursday, Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays respectively. 

NCRTD regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will run as normal on the days preceding and following each of these dates.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses more

Izraelevitz: Burning Memories Of Hanukah

on December 19, 2014 - 8:51am
Los Alamos

When my boys were little, they loved Hanukah for two distinct reasons. Like any red-blooded capitalist, they loved the accumulation of wealth during each of the eight nights; the toys, the software, the books, the new underwear; well, maybe not the new underwear, but they knew to be polite about it. They also knew the routine for each night. We would say some brief Hebrew prayers, turn out the house lights, light the Hanukah candles, sing a song or two, and open presents.

Fitness Column: Safe Snow Shoveling

on December 18, 2014 - 1:53pm
Safe Snow Shoveling

It happens every year at this time. People injure themselves while shoveling snow.

The most common injuries while shoveling snow are back and shoulder injuries. While these injuries are most often moderate injuries that can be resolved, the best way to treat the injury is to prevent it in the first place.

Shoveling snow places a large amount of stress on the lower back because of the forward flexion position most of us assume while shoveling. For your safety, avoid a forward lean when you shovel and maintain the natural curve in your spine.

Golf Course Community Building/Restaurant Update

on December 18, 2014 - 12:53pm

Los Alamos Golf Course Community Building. Courtesy/LAC


Recreation Division Manager Randy Smith provided an update today regarding the negotiated lease agreement terms that will pave the way for the Pajarito Golf Group (PGG) to open a new restaurant at the Golf Course Community Building – an amenity that the public has long awaited since last summer.

Smith said that the two parties are very close to announcing a new lease date that will take effect in early 2015. The lease start date was originally anticipated for Nov.

Foxx: From Rags To Riches In Memories?

on December 17, 2014 - 1:54pm
Sydney Frazier and her family volunteer to help work in a rice paddy while traveling in Asia. Courtesy photo
World travelers from left, Sydney Frazier and her parents Kerri and Jason Frazier being faux farmers in New Zealand. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Just over two years ago, my youngest daughter, husband, and then, 8-year-old child left on a two year travel around the world. Two years seemed like a long time but Jan. 7 they leave New Zealand to return to the United States.

Food on the Hill: Bourbon-Drenched Salmon

on December 16, 2014 - 8:59am
Food on the Hill

Salmon is delicious to a lot of hungry creatures: humans, bears, eagles, dogs, cats and raccoons. Other predators at different stages of a salmon’s life include large ducks like goosanders and red-breasted mergansers, cormorants, gulls, fish, otters, seals and sharks. 

Salmon filets poached or baked in a flavorful sauce make an excellent contribution to a meal for a crowd. The dish does not take extensive preparation, cooks fairly quickly and makes a nice counterpoint to holiday hams and other meats.

I’ve taken this salmon dish to a few large events recently,

How the Hen House Turns: Oscar the Cat

on December 16, 2014 - 8:01am
How the Hen House Turns:
Oscar the Cat
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

A short time after we moved from San Leandro, California to Hayward, my brother Harold and friends found a litter of kittens under the Fairview schoolhouse. He brought one yellow and tan fluffball home and introduced him to our dog Boots. Somehow the calico cat grew into the handsome feline I knew as Oscar.

I wish I could remember him as a kitten, but I will never forget him as an adult. Though loving and friendly, as evidenced by rubbing against our jeans, he preferred not to be cuddled.