Today's Features

  • Was our recent prescribed burn successful? What does it look like now? Ramon Garcia, wildland division chief, will answer these questions and more during a guided hike into the burned area Tuesday.
    The hike will leave the nature center at 5:30 p.m. to explore areas touched by the recent fire and compare them with parts of the forest left unburned.
    Participants will return by 6:30 p.m. with knowledge about forest fuels and local efforts to preserve our homes and ponderosa forests.
    The Los Alamos Nature Center is open until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. After the hike, there is time to visit the nature center and enjoy the free talk, “Wild Utah: America’s Red Rock Wilderness,” by Terri Martin from the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.
    To register for this hike, and for more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Elizabeth — A 4-year-old Blue Russian mix who prefers the company of people. She does seem to do fine with other cats though, particularly if they are mellow and don’t pick on her too much! She still enjoys a bit of playtime, and she loves chasing catnip mice around the cat room. This sweet girl will meow softly at you when she’s ready for some loving.

  • Los Alamos High School Principal Brad Parker announced Friday seven students were named as Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.  
    “We are very pleased to recognize the academic achievement of these students and congratulate them on this honor,” Parker said.
    The students are Nathan Delgado, Val Jackson-Hundley, Faith Koh, Faith Montaño, Julia O’Brien, Kaelan Prime, Camille Rousculp and Sydney Schoonover.  A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, was presented to the students during a reception Friday.
    Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition, Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition.

  • Sept. 9 ­— A boy. Isaac Chu. Parents  Haowen “Wendy” Ge and Pinghan Chu
    Sept. 19 — A boy. James Suazo, Jr. Parents Selina Loretto and James Suazo Dr.
    Sept. 19 — A girl. Anita Delvina Gonzales. Parents: April and Cavan Gonzales (San Ildefonso Pueblo)
    Sept. 25 — A girl. Hazel Rose Roybal. Parents Claire and Ross Roybal
    Sept. 26 — A boy. Lawrence Ben Montoya. Parents Conztancia Loretto and Gabriel Montoya

  • Oct. 3-Oct. 9, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Grilled Pork Chop
     1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Lemon Cod
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 p.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise

    Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse Cowboy Breakfast. 7-11 a.m., Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road, near the stables, plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and seasonal surprise pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. Cost of $7 for adults and $4 for children 10 years old and younger. Proceeds benefit the Sheriff’s Posse.

     Lecture. Acting Los Alamos National Laboratory Theoretical Division Leader Jack Shlachter discusses the history of Jews in T Division during the Manhattan Project in a special presentation at 3 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum. Free and open to the public.

     Planetarium Show. Enjoy 180 degrees of entertainment in the planetarium. Check peecnature.org for show details. Suitable for ages 3 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children. 2 p.m. More information at peecnature.org.

     The Los Alamos Light Opera presents “Young Frankenstein.” 2 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr. Tickets are available at CB Fox or at Brown Paper Tickets $12 seniors & students/$15 adults. For more information, visit losalamoslightopera.org.

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag Performance Series presents guitarist Marcos Cavalcante noon Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. Cavalcante will perform works of classic, popular and Jazz guitar.

  • Do you want to learn more about the planets, stars, and other visible objects in the night sky? Pajarito Environmental Education Center is holding star shows in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium this month at 7 p.m. today, Oct. 9 and Oct. 16.
    Each show will introduce celestial objects easily viewed through binoculars that night including planets, the lunar eclipse, star patterns, star clusters, nebulae, double star and other celestial objects. After the planetarium show, PEEC’s telescopes will be available, so viewers can have a better view of the celestial objects in the night sky, weather permitting.
    The October Night Sky planetarium shows are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are available by calling or stopping by the nature center. Seating is limited.  
    Planetarium shows are suitable for ages three and up. Viewers should arrive at least 10 minutes early for the planetarium show. To help acclimate to the planetarium’s night sky, no one will be admitted after the show begins.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Attention current Los Alamos Middle School eigth-graders and Los Alamos home school eighth-graders: It is not too late to sign up for the spring break Washington, DC trip. Sign up to lock in the current price of the trip. It is a trip of a lifetime!
    Trip will be March 26-29. Trip includes round-trip transportation, all meals, five-star hotel accommodations, sight seeing transportation, night chaperones at the hotel, the Newseum, a “Shear Madness” play at the Kennedy Center, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Complex, the International Spy Museum, night tours of the Presidential Monuments, the Capitol Building, the White House and much more. For more information call Roberta Geoffrion Cocking at 670-0679. To register, call 1-800-468-5899 or on-line atworldstridesdiscovernow.org using trip ID 116072.
    For more information, see “LAMS Washington, DC Trip” on Facebook.

  • I’m beyond excited to use the column space this week to talk about some of the finest folks at Los Alamos Public Schools.
    National Custodian Day is Oct. 2! That’s right, some of the hardest working folks in the district have their very own day to be celebrated and I hope you will join me in the salute.
    These are the hard working crews that sweep, mop, wipe tables, clean bathrooms, empty trash and recycle bins. They wipe down water fountains, set up lunchrooms take down lunchrooms, get tables and chairs for the multitude of awards assemblies, open houses, meetings, science fairs and probably a hundred other things they are asked to do on a moment’s notice.
    Who are some of those fine folks I talk about, you might ask? Well, let me name just a few.
    Barranca: Santiago Ortiz, Maria Marquez and Daniel Baca.
    Aspen: Jesus Talamantes is head custodian, Martha Torres and Magalay Perez are evening custodians.
    Chamisa: Jorge Aragon, Carole Pollat and Carmen Miramontes.
    Mountain: Randy Ritche, Bruce Reibe and Eileen Jaramillo.
    Piñon: Patsy Sanchez, Isidro Rodriguez and Carmen Miramontes.
    Middle School: Alfredo Tena is head custodian, Lorraine Sisneros, Mark Mascarenas, Daniel Baca, Janet Torres are evening custodians.