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Coping With The Holidays

on November 29, 2012 - 7:34am


The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice is sponsoring two Grief Support Groups this holiday season. 

Meetings will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 or 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row.

For those coping with loss due to the death of a loved one, holidays are portrayed as merry times, but they may be times of intense emotion, stress and loneliness when we are experiencing grief.

Groups will be facilitated by Cynthia Goldblatt, LPCC, PHD, MSW and longtime Los Alamos resident.

Please join us to share your feelings and to


Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Nov. 29

on November 28, 2012 - 10:07pm

This week's preview sponsored by

Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa – 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Betty Ehart Senior Center. Free breakfast and photos with Santa. Request a donation of non-perishable food or a monetary donation to help with the Kiwanis annual Foster Children Christmas Party. LA Cares will distribute the food donations.

Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Knights of Columbus on DP Road. Arts, crafts, breakfast and lunch available for purchase.

Meet Me at Mesa – Making the Arts Accessible to People with Dementia. 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Tonight's Powerball Skyrockets to $550 Million

on November 28, 2012 - 8:37pm

Powerball lottery tickets are selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute across the United States today, according to reports, and the jackpot has risen to $550 million. Unlike the long lines seen in cities across the nation, local ticket sales were much slower this evening with a line beginning to form at Smiths on Central Avenue at 7 p.m. and just two people in line at Chevron on Trinity Drive. Victor Martinez is shown purchasing four tickets at 7:15 p.m. from Chevron clerk Robert Torres. "The first thing I will do if I win is help the homeless," Martinez said.

Community Bids Farewell to Nikolas Ventura-Arencon

on November 28, 2012 - 12:45pm

Mourners say goodbye to Nikolas Ventura-Arencon at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church this morning. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

Community members, family and friends filled Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road this morning to say goodbye to Los Alamos High School student Nikolas Ventura-Arencon.

Ventura-Arencon, 14, was a ninth grade student at Los Alamos High School who died in a head-on collision Nov. 21 on N.M. 4 near the White Rock "Y."

Los Alamos Public Schools is providing grief counseling to students and staff.

The principals at Los

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...

on November 27, 2012 - 4:47pm

Now that Thanksgiving is over, County workers were out in today's nearly spring-like weather adding holiday decorations to the light poles along Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Three Generations Construct School Float Structure

on November 27, 2012 - 8:50am

Newly elected County Councilor Steven Girrens, left, works in the garage of his White Rock home Friday, Nov. 23 with his son Craig Girrens - home on Thanksgiving break from college in Colorado and father Paul Girrens - visiting from Kansas for the Thanksgiving holiday. The three generations engineered and constructed the base structure for the Los Alamos Public Schools float for next month's Parade of Lights in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, float builders Steve Girrens, Paul Girrens and Craig Girrens move their project from the garage to an outside

Earth Treasure Show Set for Winterfest Weekend

on November 27, 2012 - 6:02am

Smithsonite, New Mexico State Mineral, Kelly Mine, Magdalena, N.M. Courtesy/LAGS

LAGS News:

Don’t miss the 44th annual Earth Treasure Show sponsored by the Los Alamos Geological Society. The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Masonic Temple at the corner of 15th Street and Canyon Road. 

The show has been moved one week later than usual to coincide with Winterfest activities around town.

This year’s theme is “Collecting New Mexico.” Activities include unique exhibits, a silent auction, geode sawing, a wheel of fortune and