Today's Features

  • It was love at first sight in the early 1940s when Lou Pierotti set eyes on Lee Ruffini across the counter at the Wonder Bar in Walsenburg, Colorado, where Lou was working. They have been together for 70 years spending more than 60 of those years in Los Alamos.
    On June 12, 1944, the two were married in the Catholic Chapel at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver. Lou was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, stationed at Lowry Field, while Lee was working as a medical assistant in Walsenburg after having attending the University of Colorado.
    After Lou was discharged from the service in January 1946, they made their home in Walsenburg, moving first to White Rock and then to Los Alamos in the early 1950s.
    For more than 30 years the two worked side by side. Lou and Lee first owned and operated Pierotti’s Soda Bar in the Community Center until 1966. In the beginning Lou cooked and Lee waited tables. In 1967 they opened Pierotti’s Floral Shop on Central Avenue with Lee as head floral designer. They retired in 1984, and continue to make their home in Los Alamos.

  • Today
    Play reading for LALT’s November show: Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” also known as “Ten Little Indians. 7 p.m. at Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar Street. Anyone interested in auditioning for this production is highly encouraged to attend the reading.

    Los Alamos Community of Atheists will hold an open discussion upstairs at Mesa Public Library from 6:30–8 p.m. All are welcome. Find them on Facebook or email losalamoscommunityofatheists@gmail.com with questions.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    “The Darker Side of White: Art by Tiffany Rose” at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Art Gallery. Daily through Sunday.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. This week at market produce, fruit, meat, baked goods, plants, honey, gift ideas, dairy, along with live music.

    Authors Speak Series. Tom Harmer, a lifelong student of natural history, outdoor survival and native practices in the wild. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

  • Garret Nelson was promoted to captain in the United States Marine Corps on June 6. Capt. Nelson is a 2004 graduate of Los Alamos High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 2010. He is currently stationed at Marine Air Corp New River, North Carolina.  He is assigned to Squadron HMLA 167, where he pilots the AH-1W Super Cobra.
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    Robin Caroline Yoshida, a Sociology major, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. Yoshida, a resident of Los Alamos, is a member of the class of 2015.
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    Laura Wendelberger, of Los Alamos has been named to the Dean’s List in the University of Notre Dame’s First Year of Studies for outstanding scholarship during the spring 2014 semester.
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    Leslie Bucklin, Vanessa Espinoza, Phil Martinez, Jessica Roberts and Allison Washburn, all of Los Alamos, graduated from Eastern New Mexico University on May 10.
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    Ariel Koh, of Los Alamos has been awarded $5,000 scholarships each by National Security Technologies, LLC (NSTec), to encourage interest in science and engineering. Koh plans to attend Georgia Institute of Technology for mechanical engineering.  

  • Sue Watts has spent most of her adult life volunteering for various organizations, such as the Girl Scouts of the USA to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    In her work with the Girl Scouts, she helped girls and adults to develop their appreciation of nature and taught many leaders how to take troops camping and trekking on long trips.
    She said she became a Girl Scout leader, which got her back outside. That led to becoming an outdoor troop camping trainer and she realized she had found her niche, she said in a recent interview.
    “Many of the participants had never backpacked or seen the Milky Way before. The Girl Scout programs change lives, and I have just loved that whole experience,” she said.
    Born in Iowa, Watts grew up in Ohio and Nevada. Only having previously visited Bandelier in the 1970s, she took up residence in Los Alamos after her daughter moved to the town in 1998. “My husband and I figured that this is where we would spend the later years of our lives,” she said.
    Watts was able to transfer her passion and experience into volunteering at PEEC to help residents and visitors enjoy the natural beauty of the Pajarito Plateau.

  • The Los Alamos ScienceFest has announced its call for entries for its fourth annual SMART Contest — a Science and Math-Based Art contest. A panel of local judges will award winners that will share in cash prizes.
    “We are looking for art that demonstrates scientific or mathematical concepts, principles or phenomena in creative ways, “ said Melanie Peña of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, “It can be created digitally using computers, be photographic or produced through traditional fine arts methods.”
    The SMART Contest is free to enter. All entrants must upload a digital representation of their artwork onto the contest website. Entries will be accepted through July 31.
    “This contest has been a successful part of Los Alamos ScienceFest, since it first started in 2011,” said Suzette Fox, Los Alamos MainStreet executive director. “We receive submissions from all over the world and see some really spectacular and original artwork.”
    The art entries will be posted to a gallery on the contest website as they are received. They will be available for public viewing and voting.

  •  Art exhibits

    Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014 runs through Oct. 12. 


    “Imprints of  Home, Works on Paper”,  is a group show featuring art prints, and poems by 12 artists. First Friday artist receptions, 3-6 p.m. July 5 and July 19 at the Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque. Show closes July 25. 


    A special guest exhibition, “Golden Paths,” acrylic and gold leaf paintings by Edwina Milner, will be on exhibit until July 7 at the New Concept Gallery. The reception is from 5-7 p.m. June 20 and is open to the public. 


  • Today
    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. Past presentations can be reviewed by joining the Yahoo group for LAPC found at groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/la-photoclub/info. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

  • Only wackadoos are already looking ahead to the new school year. I am one of those wackadoos.
    Assets work, sponsored by the JJAB and the LACDC is underway yet again and we primarily revolve around the school year.
    We put a lot of plans and projects in place during the summer and they all seem to launch at the back to school time.
    We have already secured county sponsorship of Assets In Action month in September. We will kicked off the month with a county sponsored proclamation from Councilor Steve Girrens, with the help of Julie Habiger, on Sept 9.
    Last year, Assets held the first College/Military Day when we ask all community members to wear their college or military apparel, to demonstrate where they continued their path of lifelong learning. That takes place on Sept. 5.
    We’re also ready to begin collecting the names of those people that make a difference in our community with the Community Asset Awards.
    The names are collected all year long, culminating in mid-December. The highlight of the project is a small gala at the Betty Ehart Senior Center to recognize good people of all ages.

  • Before her death in March, Dorothy Hoard, Los Alamos resident, a Living Treasure and ardent supporter of the community, entrusted her friend Terry Foxx with her artwork. Hoard’s wish was that it would be used to further her legacy by offering the artwork for sale to the community through the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    To honor this wish, the center is offering one-of-a-kind pieces of Hoard’s work through a silent action, going on through the end of the month. All proceeds of the auction will go into the Dorothy Hoard Memorial Fund and will be used to pay for exhibits and programs at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center.
    The artwork can be viewed and bid on either online, or at the PEEC Nature Center. Bids will be accepted until 10:30 p.m. on June 30.
    In all, 44 works are on exhibit and available for bidding. The media and subject matters vary, but the recurring theme is Hoard’s ability to capture nature and the beauty of the Pajarito Plateau and surrounding areas through her artwork.

  • Selvi Viswanathan is a proud nature enthusiast. Her house on Barranca Mesa is decorated with several gardens and is a certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
    She has won several awards for her gardens through the Los Alamos Garden Club. Her butterfly garden and bird garden won first place in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
    The butterfly garden was planted in honor of her mother. She also has a hummingbird garden in memory of her only sister.
    She achieved certification in 1995.
    Viswanathan has recently developed a sensory garden, which has five different planters with plants and flowers that each represents the five senses.
    For the sight planter, there are several brightly colored flowers. Sound has a waterfall fountain. Touch consists of plants with texture, such as a cactus and a plant soft, fuzzy leaves. Taste has planted spices and herbs. Smell has sweet scented flowers.
    Viswanathan said she hopes her 5-year-old grandson will enjoy the garden and learn from it.
    She came up with the idea after attending the Demonstration garden, she said. “We had cut down three Piñon trees which were not looking good and also (the garden) needed more sun. So this area seemed like a perfect fit for the sensory garden,” Viswanathan said.