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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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sept. 11-Sept. 17
    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
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Shaved Ham, Swiss             Cheese on Kaiser Roll
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Polish Sausage
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise    
    10:30 a.m.        Music with Ruth    

  • Steve Foltyn, former Arts in Public Places member, will be the League of  Women Voter’s  leader for the monthly community event, “Lunch with a Leader” at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 20 at Mesa Library.
    Foltyn was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in the suburbs northwest of the city.  After a four-year tour in the U.S. Air Force, he attended the University of Missouri-Rolla where he received a master’s degree in Physics in 1979.  
    As a graduate student, he worked at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory during the summers of 1978 and 1979, and he became a technical staff member at the lab in 1980.  
    Foltyn’s research interests, including lasers, thin films and laser-material interactions, supported several different isotope separation, laser fusion and defense projects, and eventually led to his joining the Superconductivity Technology Center, where he worked for 20 years before retiring in 2008. Foltyn first became aware of the county’s Art in Public Places board in 2010, and had paid little attention to the public art in town until he was encouraged by a friend to apply for a board vacancy.  

  • Aug. 22 — A boy. Adam Joseph Martinez. Born to Samantha Montoya and Aaron A. Martinez.
    Aug. 24 — A boy. Lukus Colton Jimenez. Born to DeNae and Leonard Jimenez.
    Aug. 27 — A girl. Ada June Spence. Born to Amber and Evan Spence.
    Aug. 28 — A boy. Staas Monroe Jakulewicz. Born to Mitzi Boswell and Micah Jakulewicz.

  • TODAY
    Feature Film: “Mysteries of the Unseen World” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum. There is far more to nature than meets the eye. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    “Not Quite Right” matinee 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 from 10-11 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free.

    Chapter AK, P.E.O. meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Marilyn Doolen, 713 Meadow Lane. Marilyn is also co-hostess and providing the program. RSVP to Marilyn at 667-3571.
    TUESDAY
    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Los Alamos Kiwanis will take a field trip to the Teen Center. Plan to arrive early to be sure of parking.