Today's Features

  • Third-grade students in the Aspen Elementary class, taught by Nicole Gutierrez, celebrated National Voter Registration Day Friday, along with Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover, who was asked to participate as part of Career Day.
    Gutierrez said her class has learned about past and present U.S. presidents and talking about why it was important to vote.
    “Hands on learning is found to be very successful in school, so I know this opportunity will help our Aspen third-grade class become active voters when they turn 18,” Guitierrez said.
    After having discussions with the students on the importance of registering to vote and exercising the right to vote, Stover and Elections Manager Gloria Maestas conducted a Mock Election, using demonstration ballots, called “ice cream ballots,” and a Dominion ICE voting machine.
    The students voted and inserted their ballots into the voting machine.
    Once everyone had voted, the students anxiously awaited, while Stover and Maestas tallied the results.
    Rainbow Sherbet was the most popular ice cream flavor, and Saturday was the winner for the favorite day of the week, along with Google as the search engine, and winter was their favorite season.


    Feature Film: Black Holes at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through the galaxies in search of answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for child. 


    Valles Caldera Field Trip from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Nature Center. Examine volcanology in the Valles Caldra and explore some of the preserve’s geothermal springs with scientists Fraser and Cathy Goff. Cost is $32 for members, $40 for non-members. More information at peecnature.org.


    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. With the assistance of the party chairmen, Kiwanis has invited the County Clerk candidates, Republican Naomi D. Maestas and Democrat Amy Woods, and the Probate Judge candidates, Republican Abraham Dispennette and Independent candidate Anne Nobile, to participate in an election forum during the Kiwanis meeting.


    Family Night Sponsored by Kiwanis Club at 6 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy a night of games and songs around the campfire with Melissa Mackey. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

  • The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will host the Energy Efficiency Home Tour to highlight real-world applications to reduce energy consumption and improve all-season comfort in the home. 

    Los Alamos County homeowners will open the doors to share their homes and the energy-efficient design features and upgrades that have worked for them between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 15. 

    Homes featured on the tour in the Los Alamos town site and White Rock neighborhoods incorporate passive solar design, energy-efficient building materials, energy-efficient windows and doors, thermal insulation, water-and-energy-conserving garden designs and irrigation systems, photovoltaic systems, and more.

    Owners have been able to greatly reduce electric and natural gas bills. 

    For more information and to register for the tour, visit the Pajarito Environmental Education Center website at peecnature.org/events/details/?id=15650. 

  • The Albuquerque District United Methodist Women are planning a day tour to McCurdy School, 216 S. McCurdy Road in Santa Cruz (near Española) from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 25. The “McCurdy Mission Day” will start with a short tour and them volunteers will be assigned tasks that will help expedite the programs.
    For information, contact Peggy Blackburn at 884-2412, or email her at yanespeg@swep.com by Oct. 18.
    The group needs to know how many will attend to plan for tasks and reservations for lunch at a local restaurant, to be paid by attendees.

    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    October Night Sky Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    Bag Day at the Jemez Thrift Shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Bag Day at the Jemez Thrift Shop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Feature Film: “Black Holes” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through the galaxies in search of answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.  

    Fenton Lake Fishing Program at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Learn how to fish and what makes a healthy aquatic ecosystem in this fishing adventure for all ages at Fenton Lake. Equipment provided. No previous experience needed. Advance registration required 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Cost is $5 entry fee for Fenton Lake
    Feature Film: Black Holes at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through the galaxies in search of answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for child. More information at peecnature.org

  • Los Alamos High School student Andy Shen was awarded the high school Community Youth Award from Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) last week.
    The award, sponsored by the Los Alamos Children’s Clinic and the Los Alamos Animal Clinic, was for his efforts to mentor speech and debate students and help the Hilltalkers succeed.

  • The League of Women Voters will host the second of two non-partisan candidate forums on Oct. 13 in building 2, room 230 at UNM-LA.  
    This forum features 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).
    Members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers will again assist in running the forum.
    Democracy is not a spectator sport.  To become better informed, join the League Women of Voters Los Alamos.  Membership in the League is open to men as well as women.  For more information, check lwvlosalamos.org.

  • Bandelier National Monument will host a Fall Fiesta and an International Observe the Moon Night Saturday.
    The Fall Fiesta will be from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Frijoles Canyon near the Visitor Center, with more than a half dozen local Pueblo artists offering their handmade crafts for sale, including pottery, drums, kachinas and jewelry. There will also be a dance group presenting traditional dances in late morning and early afternoon.
    There is no charge for the event beside the regular park entry fee. Visitors arriving after 9 a.m. and before 3 p.m. will need to take the free shuttle buses from the White Rock Visitor Center.
    That night, rangers and visitors will join sky enthusiasts worldwide in International Observe the Moon Night. There will be a talk on the moon, “Lunacy,” at 7 p.m., followed by telescope viewing, in the shuttle parking area in Juniper Campground.
    Nights are turning chilly, so warm clothing is encouraged, and viewing will depend on cloud cover.
    For more information, contact the Bandelier Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517. 
    The park also has a website, nps.gov/band, and a Facebook page, BandelierNPS.

  • Bears are incredibly intelligent animals who use vocalizations and body language to communicate.
    Join wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Nature Center for an exciting talk about the language of bears.
    Ratajczak will share photos, stories and data that explain how bears communicate in the wild. This is a free talk at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    Ratajczak is a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service in the Santa Fe National Forest. Apex (top) predators and other large mega-fauna are his passion and specialty.
    Before he joined the Forest Service, Ratajczak managed a black bear rehabilitation, research and education facility outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
    He then went on to work for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and served as the big game program coordinator managing the state’s bear, deer and elk programs.
    He eventually became chief of wildlife for the state of Tennessee but found the “desk-life” didn’t suit him and decided to pursue his lifelong dream of living and working in the west.
    Ratajczak’s talk will be at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. The talk is free to attend, and no registration is required.

  • It will be an “out of this world” Pumpkin Splash & Halloween Carnival at the Walkup Aquatic Center on Oct. 29.  
    Admission is $7 per person and limited to 150 space travelers. Admission includes diving into the pool to collect your pumpkin, flying over to the classroom for pumpkin decorating, then moving from one adventure to the next with space themed carnival games, a photo booth and crafts. The event is from 10 a.m.– 1 p.m. with the pumpkin retrieval beginning at 11 a.m.
    The 2016 Pumpkin Splash is a “Teal Pumpkin” event that offers food and non-food treat options to all participants.
    For more information contact the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Division at 662-8170 or lacrec@lacnm.us. Registration is also available online at losalamosnm.us/rec.