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Today's Features

  • Green thumbs moving to Los Alamos often get a shock. Not only is the soil difficult to work with, but the water situation is a little tough, too.
    One can go all winter without a drop and a very expensive water bill, and then suddenly wake up to a deluge when the spring arrives. It can destroy all the hard work of nursing that flower or vegetable garden through yet another tough year. With the lowest annual precipitation count of six inches and a high of 30(!) inches, New Mexico is indeed a land of contrasts.
    So.. what to do? The New Mexico State University Los Alamos County Cooperative Extension Office suggests the key to lessening water bills and frustrations is to just go with the flow. Instead of planting Touch Me Nots, Black-Eyed Susans and Spiderworts, try for something a little closer to home, plants native to New Mexico that are just as pretty and can thrive on little to no water.
    For vegetable gardening, a little research into how the Native Americans thrived up here on the Pajarito Plateau can go a long way. They did it on just a little water and very little work. The Three Sisters technique has been used by the pueblo indians for centuries. They discovered that planting beans, squash and corn together results in a garden that’s virtually maintenance free, even in the driest and toughest of conditions.

  • On a beautiful spring Saturday morning, a few local ladies (and a few men) gathered in the Memorial Rose Garden with Extension Officer Carlos Valdez to learn tips and tricks for pruning rose bushes. The New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service has been working with the Garden Club every year for 30 years on this particular talk.
    “It’s been a great relationship that we’ve had,” Valdez said, and thanked the Garden Club for providing all the beautiful roses in the garden. The Los Alamos Garden Club has been in place since the mid-1940s and has taken care of the Memorial Rose Garden since 1957.
    Although the workshop focused on pruning rose bushes, Valdez began the morning with general information concerning planting and rose care.
    Extra tip: It is best to ease into the growing season with water and fertilizer. In the same way, ease out of the season gently with those things.
    Plantings Roses: To explain most of his tips, Valdez used the example of bare root roses. “Find yourself a reputable rose supplier. You want to purchase the highest grade of rose that you can get,” he said. Once the rose bush is purchased, soak overnight in a bucket of water and plant it the following day.

  • TODAY
    Join the Los Alamos History Museum for an exhibit opening from 3-5 p.m. Friday in the Los Alamos History Museum Rotating Gallery. Culture and Collaboration: The Los Alamos/Japan Project explores the goals of this unique intercultural initiative to create understanding through shared history, partnerships, dialogue, multiple perspectives, and collaboration. On display through July 9.

    Astronomy Show: Solar System Revelations
at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Dr. Galen Gisler uncovers new revelations about our Solar System. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    SATURDAY
    Earth Day Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Join us to celebrate Earth Day at the Los Alamos Nature Center, where there will be engaging activities, fun entertainment, and delicious food. Free.
     
    Saturday to March 5:
Earth Day Feature Film: We are Stars
at 12:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film connects us to the evolution of the Universe and explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

  • This month’s Military Order of the World Wars Chapter 229 meeting will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room.
    The speaker will be Rep. Stephanie Garcia-Richard. She will be reporting on actions taken in this year’s annual New Mexico legislative session.
    The meeting will begin with a social period, followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. The presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost. The Hot Rocks Java Café staff will be catering the dinner: Pork tenderloin and appropriate side dishes. Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. A dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s). RSVP either with a yes or no for the dinner by Sunday.
    Call LTC Gregg Giesler, USA Retired, Chapter Commander, 662-5574 (g.gieslercomputer.org) or Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 (email: depinyan@cybermesa.com).
     

  • The Los Alamos Nature Center is ending the month with a star workshop at 7 p.m. April 28 and an exciting astronomy film “Phantom of the Universe” at 2 p.m. April 29 and 30.
    The Friday star workshop is a family-friendly two-hour program that starts by charting the major constellations in the planetarium. Then, weather permitting, participants will practice identifying objects and constellations outside the nature center. Educator Jon Lorenz will weave Greek and Southwest Native American star legends of the visible constellations in view. Space is limited. Visit peecnature.org/planetarium to register.
    “Phantom of the Universe” is a full-dome planetarium show that showcases an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. This film will play at 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

  • TODAY
    Astronomy Show: Star Stories - Color
at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Cost is  $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    Fish Fry Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Immaculate Heart Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. Cost is $10 for Adults, $7 for children.

    Middle-schoolers invited to participate in Dance For A Cure at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse Shack. Cost is $5. Pizza while supplies last. Benefits the American Cancer Society.
    SATURDAY
    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. 
Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
     
    Coffee with the Warden
from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Bring wildlife questions and talk with the local Game & Fish warden Amos Smith. Free.
    SUNDAY
    Feature Film: Sea Monsters, “A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
     

  • Over 100 people attended the annual University of New Mexico-Los Alamos job fair, an event that attracts more and more visitors each year.
    “It’s become an annual event and we were able to get our press to the media quickly this year,” UNM-LA Student Advisor Grace Willerton said.
    Willerton has been organizing the job fair for three to four years, but the job fair was actually started several years before that through a grant by another organizer. Willerton was happy to take up the mantle.
    “When I took over that program, I really felt like it was valuable to continue that just for our student’s experience just to understand how to approach employers before they graduate,” Willerton said.
    Isabella Stevens, 16, was one of those people. She came to the fair looking for something that would fit with her schedule.
    “I don’t know yet… maybe something with the county or something like that,” she said.
    The job fair is also one of the ways UNM-LA connects with the community while adding to its own value as a community member.
    “There’s a lot of people looking for part-time workers, student employees, this is a really nice way to bridge those,” Willerton said.

  • Author Judy Hochberg lived in Los Alamos from 1989 to 2000 and recently published a book about Spanish with Bloomsbury Academic Press. Hochberg has a Ph.D. in linguistics from Stanford University and teaches Spanish at Fordham University, New York.
    Although she has not been back to Los Alamos since she moved, the delicious breakfast burritos from Chili Works have not been forgotten.
    Hochberg worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a research staff member with CCS-3 Information Sciences, working mostly on projects having to do with computers and language.
    The project she was hired for involved training a neural net, which is a computer model loosely based on the workings of the brain, to make an association between the acoustics of speech and the movement of the lips and tongue.
    Hochberg explained, “The idea was that this would sort of make speech visible and people who had hearing problems would be able to use this as a way to teach them how to articulate.”
    Another project at LANL that utilized her linguistic skills was developing a program that would automatically identify the writing system used in a document, whether it was printed or hand written. “Of all the papers I published at the lab, those are the ones that get most cited,” she recalled.

  • The University of New Mexico’s Institute for Medieval Studies will host its 32nd Spring Lecture Series, “Medieval Animals,” April 24–27, popular with Los Alamos and other area residents, all of whom are welcome to attend.
    “Medieval Animals” will explore how humans and animals interacted on the historical level at key points during the Middle Ages. The topics will include how medieval authors – much like their modern counterparts, including George Orwell and Jorge Luis Borges – used animal characters to critique human behavior and underline human foibles.
    The lectures will also cover how legends grew up around animals both real and mythical in order to offer men and women moral examples that accorded with the medieval worldview, and how the extraordinarily rich representation of animals in medieval art played both a didactic and a decorative role in the culture of the Middle Ages.
    An underlying theme of the series will be to compare and contrast the treatment of animals within medieval Western and Islamic cultures.

  • Russ Gordon has released his list for the upcoming 2017 that promises to be his “best series yet.” This year will be his 28th year, and his last.
    The free concerts are Fridays in Los Alamos from May 19 through Sept. 8. Shows are from 7- 10 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs.
    The tentative lineup is:
    May 19: Chuchito Valdes Afro-Cuban jazz from Havana, Cuba and Cancun, Mexico. Master of Cuban music including Son, Danzon, Cuban Timba and Guaguanco. Los Alamos Kite Festival Night.
    May 26: Deke Dickerson. Alt-Indie Rock, Retro Swing, Rockabilly Revival, Roots-Rock, Hillbilly, Surf, Jump Blues and instrumental rock. The King of the Geek Guitar! From Los Angeles.
    June 2: The Coral Creek Band. Americana/Country Rock, bluegrass, Cajun, fol and Island rock from Colorado. Some of the musicians and friends of Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain string Band and Railroad Earth.
    June 9: Western Centuries Alt./Country-rock, with early R&B, Honky-Tonk twang. Reminiscent of the classic country rock bands like The Band, Flying Burrito Brothers and The Byrds. Los Alamos Chamber Fest Night.
    June 16: The Red Elvises. Russian Rock ‘n’ Roll and Siberian Surf Rok. From Moscow and Santa Monica, California. Los Alamos’s favorite Rock ‘n’ Roll band!! LA Daily Post night.