Today's Features

  • Butterflies, birds, bears and bindweed will be the topics of discussion at tonight’s wildlife habitat forum, 7 p.m. at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Each local wildlife enthusiast on the panel will discuss his or her respective topic, and then together they will give community members a better idea of how we can give these species a better environment by making Los Alamos a certified Community Wildlife Habitat, an initiative that is already well-underway.
    The forum is free to attend, and no advance registration is required.
    Each featured expert in the forum will present information and answer audience questions. The panel of experts includes Steve Cary on “Butterflies,” Bob Walker on “The Best Places to See Birds in Los Alamos and White Rock,” Hari Viswanathan on “How to Discourage Wild Animals From Becoming a Nuisance” and Terry Foxx on “Our Changing Landscape and Invasive Plants.”
    The steps toward making Los Alamos a certified Community Wildlife Habitat are already being undertaken, as the county already has more than 100 homes, two schools and four public places in with Certified Wildlife Habitat designations. The next steps are to increase the number of habitat certifications, and to conduct more community outreach events, clean ups and restoration projects.

  • The American Association of University Women invites the public to coffee, dessert and a presentation by award-winning author Stacia Lewandowski on the History of the Santa Fe Art Scene.
    The talk is from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Oppenheimer Senior Condos patio room at 1001 Oppenheimer Dr.
    Lewandowski will share stories and artwork from her book and signed copies will be for sale.
    Entrance is by a tax-deductible donation to the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, with a memo line stating “Jean Nereson Books Memorial Fund.”
    Also, this is the last chance to donate library books for elementary school libraries.
    The AAUW campaign’s goal is to raise $20,000 for the Jean Nereson Books Memorial Fund is nearing its goal, according to AAUW committee member, Nina Thayer.
    Each of the five local elementary schools has already received $1,000 that was used to purchase new books that are now available to the students for library check-out.
    The completed goal will provide identical funds for purchases of new books each year for the next three years. 

  • “Fun!” “Colorful!” “Interesting!” This is what Los Alamos High School students are saying about a new program premiering this upcoming school year.
    The selecting of this program started its journey when United Way of Northern New Mexico’s Youth Team was interested in reinvesting the money they raised to help current and future students.
    Through numerous meetings and conversations with people in the community United Way was directed to The Boomerang Project by Dr. Marvel Harrison. This lead to the convening of organizations interested in providing peer to peer support services for our students.
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, LAPS Foundation, YMCA Teen Center, LAHS, LAMS, and United Way of Northern New Mexico came together to begin implementation of Link Crews and WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Crews in LAHS and LAMS.
    At the high school level, this peer to peer mentorship program partners incoming freshmen with two upper classman to not only welcome the to the school, but to help them succeed through their tenure at LAHS.

  • Today
    Summer Family Evenings: Earthquakes in our Backyard. 6:30 – 8 p.m. Join Emily Schultz-Fellenz for hands-on activities and images about how, where and when earthquakes occur around Los Alamos. Drop in any time during the program. No advance registration required. $5 non-member families/free PEEC members. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    “Things with Wings,” is a juried group exhibit displaying the work of Los Alamos artists and artists from northern New Mexico. Each artist has an interpretation of the theme, as reflected in paintings, ceramics, photographs and manipulated digital media. The Portal Gallery features the woodcut prints of Lily Schlien. Daily through Saturday at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

  • Film director to discuss technical photography

    Peter Kuran will discuss the history and basics of photography, and Edgerton, Germeshausen, and Grier, Inc.’s role in filming the technical photography during the atmospheric testing years, during a talk at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. The talk is free and the public is welcome.
    Kuran is the award-winning producer and director of “Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie,” a documentary presenting the history of nuclear weapons development and testing.
    In 2002, Kuran won an Academy Award in the Scientific and Technical Achievement category for Restored Color Imaging, a photochemical process he developed to restore original color negatives of government footage, including previously classified footage, of which portions were badly faded.
    The talk, “Atomic Bomb Photography and the EG&G Film Project,” also will explore current projects involving researching, cataloging and scanning the EG&G Technical Film Collections.

    PEEC explores
    earthquakes in LA

  • The League of Women Voters invites the entire community to attend their Lunch with a Leader event 11:45 a.m. June 17 at the Mesa Public Library. Featured speakers will be Tarin Nix and Ellen Morris Bond who will be discussing the “living wage” and how that might be implemented in Los Alamos.
    Nix has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas and has spent the last eight years working to advance progressive issues and candidate campaigns throughout the country. In 2012, she moved to Los Alamos to run Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard’s campaign.
    Recently Nix ran the successful campaign to extend the Santa Fe Living Wage to Santa Fe County.
    Bond graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in English and then earned a master’s degree in community development from University of California-Davis.
    Bond became interested in the nonprofit service world while working as a Vista Volunteer from 1978-1981. Since 2001, she has been executive director of Self Help, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting those in need in northern New Mexico. She has broad experience in casework, advocacy, case management, resource development and extensive experience in receiving and managing public and private funding.

  • Since we have officially arrived at summer, the Assets column generally takes on a more laid back format.
    During the school year, we try and keep up with an Asset of the month focusing on those encompassed in the category, during that time.
    Now I would like to see what you want to hear about? Are there topics that interest you or that I could expand on?
    As for me, I would like to hear what you think kids need to know or need to learn about in general?
    As the parent of a graduate, I am very interested in the wisdom of parents whose children have just completing their first year of college. What wisdom can they pass along or would they like to share?
    I tend to pick up on things as I see them and wonder what we as parents aren’t teaching our children or what we aren’t learning from them.
    My favorites are to turn your ringer volume on your cell phone off deafening levels. That is one for youth and adults. Also, try not to have a full-fledged irrelevant conversation for the entire room to suffer through or at least step outside.
    My next favorite is to invest in a pair of ear buds, the new school version of headphones.

  • June 8-14, 2014
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:45 a.m. Cardio
    9:45 a.m. Matter of Balance class
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Salisbury steak
    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Oven fried chicken
    Noon Grief support
    2 p.m. MindBody massage
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis
    8:30 a.m. LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:30 a.m. AARP Board meeting
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: BBQ pulled pork on a bun
    1:15 p.m. Alzheimer’s support
    1:30 p.m. Socrates Café
    1:30 p.m. Daytime Duplicate Bridge
    8:30 a.m. Walk-in-the-woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Tilapia
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge
    9:15 a.m. Line dancing
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Frito pie
    12:30 p.m. Movie: “Forces of
    Nature,” 1999


    June 8-14, 2014

    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart


    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    9:45 a.m. Matter of Balance class

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Salisbury steak


    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:


    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    Also, be sure to check out lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care. 

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.