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Today's Features

  • National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced last week the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  Los Alamos High School announced that 13 members of the Class of 2017 received the distinction.  
    The students are: Rose Click, Nicolas Dowdy, Megan Kornreich, Justin Lemke, Opale Shappert, Andrew Tang, Zephram Tripp, Darcy Turin, Jennifer Wang, Wilbur Wang, Michelle Yang and Robert Zhu.
    “We are very proud of our 2017 National Merit Semifinalists,” said Principal Brad Parker.  “These students are truly a positive reflection of what our school stands for, the dedication of our staff here at Los Alamos High School and the support of their parents, family and friends.”
    The seniors can continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth some $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level.  About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

  • This month’s meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Los Alamos Research Park, in the second-floor conference room.
    Police Chief Dino Sgambellone will discuss current law-enforcement related topics to include crime statistics, gun safes in local schools and the School Resource Office Program, program efforts, the direction of the department including seeking National Accreditation, and any other topic of interest.
    The Los Alamos Research building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east of the fire station, or east of the Research Park building.
    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. Dinner meetings are open to interested citizens with RSVP, or the program only at no cost. Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. Call LTC Gregg Giesler, 662-5574 (email: g.gieslercomputer.org), or Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 (email: depinyan@cybermesa.com).

  • Halloweekend will haunt downtown Los Alamos once again Oct. 28-29.
    Los Alamos MainStreet will host Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet Oct. 28 in downtown Los Alamos.
    Main Street and Central Avenue, from 15th to 20th Streets, will be closed to auto traffic and become a safe pedestrian area from 4-6:30 p.m., where local businesses and organizations distribute candy to costumed families.
    While businesses in the downtown area open their doors to the public, this is also an opportunity for businesses and organizations that are not located in the downtown area to be involved.
    Last year an estimated 4,000 people took part in the weekend’s festivities.
    Other activities Friday will include Trick-or-Treating at Los Alamos Medical Center from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and High Tech Halloween at the Bradbury Science Museum from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Pet Costume Parade will march down Central Avenue at 5:30 p.m., and the YMCA Costume Climb is set for 6-8 p.m.
    Halloweekend festivities will continue Oct. 29, beginning with pumpkin carving at the Smith’s Marketplace from 10 a.m. to noon.
    The Los Alamos Arts Council will host the Pumpkin Glow on the lawn at Fuller Lodge from 6-9 p.m.
    Los Alamos MainStreet will provide live entertainment inside Fuller Lodge from 6:30-9 p.m.

  • Sept. 18-Sept. 24
    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: by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion             Group
    10:30 a.m.        Advisory Council
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Pot Pie
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Mac Users Group
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users Group
    11:30 a.m.         Lunch: Egg Salad
            Sandwich on Rye    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)

  • Aug. 28 — A girl. Margaret June King. Born to Katharine Garduño-King and Graham King.
    Aug. 28 — A girl. Born to Emerson Evangeline Betts. Heidi and Stephen Betts.
    Sept. 10 — A girl. Leah Vigil. Born to Maureen Armijo and Vincent Vigil.

  • TODAY
    Feature Film: “We are Astronomers” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    “Not Quite Right” performance at 2 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and can be purchased at the door or in advance at CB Fox or from Brown Paper Tickets. Visit lalt.org for more information.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free.
    TUESDAY
    Wildflower Walk at 5:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Take a gentle stroll while learning about our local wildflowers. Free.
    WEDNESDAY
    Pebble Pups: Future Rockhounds of America at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to May 16 at the Nature Center. Start your journey learning about rocks, foxholes and local geology. For youth ages 5-9. Cost is $190 for non-members, $160 for PEEC members.

    Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Susan and Jeff Mather, Rotarians from Fiji, will speak.  

    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Meeting agenda to be announced.

  • This is the time of year when we can have a week of fun and reflection, it, my friends, is homecoming week.
    By the time you read this, a revival of the volleyball and powder puff games will have taken place and we will be ready to feel the burn.
    The burn of course is the heat from the Los Alamos High School bonfire, which with the technical assist from the Los Alamos Fire Department will ignite a storm of spirit in the Sullivan Filed Parking lot from 8-9:30 p.m. Stop on by and thank those fine young men and women of the LAFD for their service if you didn’t get a chance to this weekend.
    The community should come on by for a little bit of fun to launch a whole lot of school spirit.
    The big parade is on Friday and community organizations are ready for a fun fest before the football game, and yeah! No politics. No offense to those running for office, but it is nice to have a political-free zone, even if only for 30 minutes or so.
    I’d like to highlight something that was brought to our attention last year just after the parade.
    Last year, we lost a stellar community guy by the name of Bill Hudson. Someone reflected that something that would have made Hudson happy was to assist in cleaning up the route after the parade, before we all head off to our own corners of the world.

  • LAPS invites the community to a public meeting to share comments and questions about the Smith Auditorium lobby redesign.
    The Smith Lobby Redesign Public Meeting will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 20.
    Lobby construction is tentatively planned to begin in the late spring of 2017. The lobby redesign is anticipated to be completed by November 2017.
    LAPS has contracted with FBT Architects for the redesign work. FBT has met several times with interested community users of Smith Auditorium to work out the initial requirements for the lobby.
    Smith Lobby Redesign Committee members include, LAPS COO Ahlers, Facilities Herb McLean, LAPS Smith Theater Manager Ross Mason, LAPS Rentals Coordinator Kristy Vigil, LA County’s Anthony Strain and Wayne Kohlrust, with Ann McLaughlin representing the LA Concert Assn. and Daren Savage representing Atomic City Children’s Theater.
    Lobby redesign highlights include moving the restroom doors from the theater side of the foyer to the lobby, as well as increasing the sizes of the restrooms and adding a family restroom. FBT’s redesign also adds a will-call window, formal concessions area and moving the theater manager office to the lobby area.
    Anyone who cannot attend can send comments to j.ahlers@laschools.net.

  • TODAY
    Chamber Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in room 230, building 2, at UNM-LA, 4000 University Drive. Topic will be an Economic Development Panel with Will Gleason, Patrick Sullivan and Therese Varela. Catered by Daniel’s Café. Chamber Members can register using their username and password on the events page of the chamber website at losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com.
    THURSDAY
    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.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walks at 8: 30 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    “Not Quite Right” performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and can be purchased at the door or in advance at CB Fox or from Brown Paper Tickets. Visit lalt.org for more information.

    Astronomy Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore our universe from the comfort of the planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

  • Looking for an outdoorsy way to spend a Saturday? Join Evan Rose as he leads a beautiful hike on the Caja del Rio trail Saturday.
    The eight- to 10-mile trek through Santa Fe National Forest offers spectacular views of the Rio Grande, a vast array of wildflowers, and some much-needed fresh air. This outing, organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
    This hike is intended as an introduction to the Caja del Rio region. Participants will descend from Frijoles Overlook to the Rio Grande, providing a unique opportunity to access New Mexico’s greatest river from the east.
    Because the terrain will be steep and rocky, it is important to come prepared. Hikers are asked to wear sturdy hiking boots and bring a backpack containing three liters of water, food for the day, rain gear, a fleece layer, sunscreen and a hat.
    The group will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 8 a.m. before carpooling to the trailhead. Expect to spend the whole day on this trip. The outing is limited to 12 participants, so register now to save a spot. Admission costs $8 for members and $10 for non-members.
    Rose worked on laser and radiography projects at Los Alamos National Laboratory after receiving his Ph.D. in physics. Upon retiring, he began to focus on outdoor activities such as backpacking, canyoneering, climbing and skiing.