Today's Features

  • LA Soup and Specialty Foods, LLC, owned by Monica Van de Water, has announced it will be offering a pop-up soup and perogies service at projectY cowork Los Alamos Oct. 25 for lunch and dinner.
    Since 2015, Van de Water has offered home delivery service of specialty soups and comfort food sides she cooks out of her licensed commercial-grade kitchen in White Rock.
    Having attracted some loyal followers through her research and development over the years, Van de Water is now ready to expand and wants to introduce her food to the greater Los Alamos and White Rock communities.  
    During the pop-up, patrons may pick up food from projectY cowork, located at 150 Central Park Square, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch and 4-6 p.m. for dinner. Van de Water will be serving her roasted pumpkin garlic soup with Brazilian cheese breads, as well as perogies smothered with either caramelized onions and bacon, or a vegetarian-friendly version with mushrooms. Single- and family-sized portions will be served to eat on-site or take home. Advance orders may be made through the LA Soup and Specialty Foods’ website, but it is not required.

  • I write my column this week as just a mom, just a parent or caregiver like many of you.
    If you don’t really keep up with the news, last week our teachers, kind of got a punch in the gut. I dare to say two rounds of it, to be honest.
    Round one was the data release of teacher evaluations. The snippets that we hear about here and there are not really enough to allow the average bear to really understand what all of the fuss is about. It may even come across as people just not wanting to be evaluated, but if you could hear some of the tales, it is a slap in the face to good educators.
    There is not enough column space for me to explain what is involved in a teacher evaluation, how wrong they can be and how illogical it all sounds when talking about an educational system. As a town that thrives on data, the hypothesis is clearly not supported by the experiment, as the analysis of the data does not allow one to draw conclusions possibly allowing results that may not align partially or at all with the data.
    How’s that for the layman’s explanation?
    Now for round two of the fight. Last week, staff heard they were not allowed to miss more than three days during the school year without suffering more related to evaluations.

    Los Alamos High School Fourth Annual Career Fair from noon-3 p.m. the A-wing lobby. Over 25 Los Alamos community members representing a variety of careers have committed to attend this year’s event. There will also be mock interview sessions and resume reviews. The LAHS food service will be selling lunch items prior to the start of the Career Fair.
    The New Mexico Garden Clubs District II Executive Fall Board meeting is at 10 a.m. at Smith’s Market Place in the upstairs meeting room. Registration is from 10-10:30. Call Treasurer Laurie Hixson for reservations.

    Science on Tap: Harnessing actinium-225 for cancer treatment at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room. All ages can attend this event. Maryline Ferrier, with Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Inorganic Isotope and Actinide Chemistry group, will talk about the research taking place at the lab to better understand actinium-225. Q&A and discussion will follow a short introduction to the subject.

    Nature Yoga from 5:15-6:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members.

  • The 10th annual Elementary Mile will be held in conjunction with the Los Alamos High School Cross Country Invitational Friday.
    The race is open for any elementary-age runner who can run a mile. The Los Alamos Family YMCA and Los Alamos Public Schools elementary physical education teachers have entry forms. Check in ends at 4 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Golf Course clubhouse patio. The race will at 4:45 p.m.

  • Los Alamos Arts Council is ready to bring a bit of frightful autumn fun to downtown Los Alamos again this year by sponsoring the annual Scarecrow Contest.
    Since 2001, scarecrows have graced the streetlights along Central Avenue during the week before Halloween. The registration fee is $10, and the council awards prizes to the scarecrows for their creativity and seasonal spirit. Anyone can participate – individual, family, organization, business.
    The judging takes place during the week. Scarecrows are given points for creativity, being well-designed, and handcrafted. There will be places to vote for the community favorite at CB Fox and Ruby K’s.
    Fill out an application found on the Arts Council website or pick one up at the Arts Council office. Bring the application and scarecrow to the Visitor Center on Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be someone there to assist you and direct you to a numbered pole.

  • October is Bullying Prevention Month and Substance Abuse Awareness Month.
    There are many great projects afoot in the community and you will hear about some great youth driven projects soon.
    I find it ironic that Bullying Prevention month proceeds the month in which we vote in national elections. I feel like youth get to see adults at their worst in the month in which we focus on bullying prevention.
    One way adults can support youth projects is by wearing orange on Unity Day. The date is Oct. 19 and the whole nation will wear orange to support the cause.
    If you do snap some photos and text or email them to us, so we can show your support for the youth in and around our community.
    There’s plenty of time to get involved and if you need some ideas to engage some youth in your program, there are many ideas to check out at pacer.org.
    They have spent a decade working on bullying prevention and you can register for webinars on the website.
    There are many great events that surround substance abuse awareness, including Red Ribbon week at the end of the month. To  donate bags of soil, tulip or daffodil bulbs, or even mulch for youth projects, give us a call at 695-9139 for a free pick up and help us spread the word.

  • Ever wonder how homesteaders enjoyed and relied on nature? What did nature mean to the Los Alamos Ranch School? Find out from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    Enjoy photos and conversations with experts from Los Alamos History Museum about the history of our connection to the Pajarito Plateau.
    Kids and adults can churn butter, create a paper homestead cabin, and enjoy stories of the past. Judith Machen, co-author of Homesteading on the Pajarito Plateau, will be on hand to discuss how homesteaders made a living in our natural environment.
    The evening will include stories like this one from Michael Marchi: “I remember my grandfather talking about many difficult times they had in those days. There were no machines to help them plant or weed or harvest. It was all done by hand or with the help of horses.” Bring stories to share about what being outdoors in Los Alamos means to you!
    This historical evening will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.
    The program is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Would you like to learn more about wildflowers on the Pajarito Plateau? Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator Chick Keller will lead the last wildflower walk of the season at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17.
    This will be an easy walk to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos. Keller picks the trail based on what is blooming at the time. The outing is free, and no advance registration is required.
    Participants will receive a plant list that, along with instruction from Keller, will help them learn how to identify fall wildflowers found on the Pajarito Plateau.
    The group meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center, located at 2600 Canyon Road, before carpooling to the trailhead.
    For more information about this, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

    League of Women Voters of Los Alamos nonpartisan candidate forum at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Room in Building 2 of UNM-LA. Come at 6:30 for refreshments and to meet the candidates. Candidates will be U.S. House of Representatives candidates Michael H. Romero (R) and Ben R. Lujan (D); County Council candidates Patrick Monroe Brenner (R), Jaret J. McDonald (R), Steven P. Girrens (R), Peter T. Sheehey (D), Chris Chandler (D), and Antonio L. Maggiore (D); and County Clerk candidates Naomi D. Maestas (R) and Amy Woods (D).

    The Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Council 3137 invite the public to a Taco Fest from 5-8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on D.P Road. Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for kids under 12 years.

    Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The presentation will be “Genealogical Praxis – Recent Experiences and Lessons in My Research,” by D. Kent Parsons. The traditional no-host social dinner will convene before the meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the China Moon Restaurant.

    Nature Yoga at 5:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members.

  • The Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office performed the certification and preparation process for the Absentee and Election Day voting machines to be used in the Nov. 8 General Election.
    The testing passed with a perfect match between the test votes cast and the test results. Every voting machine underwent functional testing, according to the clerk’s office.
    Functional testing ensures the proper operation of the buttons, connections and other components of the voting machines, such as the audio-visual ballot marking interface.
    “Testing is absolutely fundamental in the preparation of any election, and provides an added level of confidence in the accuracy of the election results,” said County Clerk Sharon Stover.
    With the certification preparation process complete, the ICE voting machines are ready for deployment to the three vote centers, which are: Los Alamos County Municipal Building - Council Chambers, Los Alamos County Golf Course Community Building, multi-purpose room, and the White Rock Library’s  multi-purpose room.