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Letter to the Editor: Thank You Smith's For LAHS Treats

on December 20, 2014 - 1:46pm
By Members of the Holiday Cheer Committee
 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Smith's store in White Rock for donating cookies, hot chocolate, hot cider and candy canes to share with the students of Los Alamos High School as part of our Holiday Fun Week. 
 
These treats were a great stress reliever for students during finals week, and were greatly appreciated. Close to 600 students enjoyed a hot drink and cookie during the day Wednesday, and candy canes Thursday.
 
Thanks again to Smith's in White Rock for being so supportive of Los Alamos High School and our
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Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

on December 20, 2014 - 9:35am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” Director Ridley Scott’s take on the epic Bible story of the Exodus, will not be replacing “The Ten Commandments” anytime soon. Or as my husband said, exiting the theater, “Cecil B. DeMille’s legacy is safe.”

Exodus: Gods and Kings is shot in dark tones and features a great many poorly lit scenes. The visuals are as ominous as the score. Some of the lines are mumbled. The finer details are lost in the murkiness on the screen. Perhaps that is all intentional. We never quite know what is going on in these shadows.

Izraelevitz: Burning Memories Of Hanukah

on December 19, 2014 - 8:51am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
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.

Letter to the Editor: Please Return Red Jackson's Sign

on December 19, 2014 - 8:24am
By MELISSA BLAIR
Los Alamos

An act very upsetting to the North Mesa Stable area has occurred.

Red Jackson's barn has been an icon at the stables since the late 50's. Sometime in the last week the sign he hung at the barn was stolen. His barn has been called Red's Bunkhouse since he owned the barn and was quite a character at the los Alamos stables. The dressage area is named after him.

I currently own the barn and have for the past three years. I filed a police report Thursday and am very upset such an iconic piece of the stable's history is gone.

I am asking for help from the public

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Letter to the Editor: Response To Story About Bob Geyer

on December 19, 2014 - 7:59am
By J. MONTOYA
Los Alamos
 
Editor's note - The author of this letter is a woman and is not to be confused with Assistant Wrestling Coach Jude Montoya.
 
After reading the story about the complaints that had been filed against Los Alamos High School Head Wrestling Coach Bob Geyer and then reading the letter to the editor regarding those complaints; it is obvious that those who read the story were mislead into thinking that the complaints about Coach Geyer were only about him yelling at the wrestlers ... that couldn't be further from the truth.
 
I want to clarify that the complaints

Letter to the Editor: Thanks For Making Annual Kiwanis Breakfast With Santa Successful

on December 18, 2014 - 1:58pm
By ANN HAYES
Breakfast With Santa Chairperson

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos wishes to thank all those who helped to make our recent Breakfast with Santa successful.

Special thanks go to Del Norte Credit Union for their continued generous support of this event.

To the hundreds of attendees who came to see Santa and donate food to LA Cares and money for the Foster Children program, thank you for reminding us that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Los Alamos.

And lastly, without the help of the Key Club, Builders Club and Kiwanians who work tirelessly throughout the morning, we would

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Fitness Column: Safe Snow Shoveling

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

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.

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