Today's Features

  • ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The manager of a private New Mexico ranch says he will continue to let movie productions film at the site after a studio squelched rumors that actors stole American Indian artifacts while filming “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” there.
    Diamond Tail Ranch manager Roch Hart told The Associated Press he’s happy a 20th Century Fox investigation found the cast did not swipe any of the ancient items scattered throughout the property.
    If items were found missing, the ranch might have banned future filming, he said.
    “We really don’t want to open it up to cattle ranching so we’re happy to continue to let more filming,” Hart said. “But we are going to impose stricter guidelines. I have a few things up my sleeve.”
    Diamond Tail Ranch sits near two Native American pueblos, a historic Hispanic village and an abandoned mining community. Jeep tours bring visitors to the isolated, mountainous region, where it’s not uncommon to find arrowheads, petroglyphs, pieces of pottery and even bones dating back hundreds of years.
    “Maze Runner” star Dylan O’Brien suggested during a recent TV interview that cast members took artifacts from the ranch despite warnings not to do so.

  • The Taos Chamber Music Group’s 23rd season continues on Nov. 7-8 when it presents the world-renowned American String Quartet in its only Southwest concerts this year. Two different programs are planned at the Harwood Museum of Art, and both start at 5 p.m.
    A new work written for the Quartet by George Tsontakis will be featured during the Saturday concert, along with Mozart’s String Quartet in D Minor K. 421 and Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No.1.
    The Sunday program includes Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major, Johannes Brahms’s Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No.1, and, with TCMG flutist Nancy Laupheimer, a Flute Quartet by Ferdinand Ries
    Appearing for the first time in the intimate setting of the Arthur Bell Auditorium, the Quartet performs for its fifth time on TCMG’s concert series and looks forward to returning “home,” as ASQ violist Daniel Avshalomov describes Taos.
    “So many close friends, trails, meals, views, sounds, scents – it is a joy we anticipate for months before each return visit,” Avshalomov said.


  • Need a dose of inspiration and stunning views of the Himalayas? “Meru,” an inspiring film showing vibrant images 21,000 feet above the Ganges River, is coming to Los Alamos, thanks to Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater at 7 p.m. Thursday.
    The story of “Meru” follows three climbers on their second attempt to ascend the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, one of the most challenging big-walls in the Himalayas. Proceeds from this special feature film support local businesses, PEEC and the Reel Deal Theater.
    On Thursday, the climbers, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk, share their passion, friendship, hope, obsession, and sacrifices on the big screen.
    Shut down by their first attempt, they regroup and commit to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, this time under even more extraordinary circumstances.
    Tickets to see “Meru” Thursday are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and can be purchased by calling the Reel Deal at 662-1580 or stopping by the theater.
    The Reel Deal Theater is located at 2551 Central Avenue in Los Alamos.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • University of New Mexico-Los Alamos staff bid farewell to long-time employee Irene Martinez after 25 years of service in the enrollment and admissions office.
    Almost every student that has attended the university has had some sort of contact with Martinez who called all the students her kids. Martinez served in a number of positions during her time at UNM-LA, including support for the Department of Instruction, but spent the majority of her time in Student Services.
    A retirement party was held in Martinez’s honor where faculty and staff enjoyed a potluck lunch and shared stories about how Martinez had made a positive impact on each of them.
    Kathryn Vigil, UNM-LA student enrollment director, who supervised Martinez, tearfully said, “Irene was a key employee in this department and she knew a little bit about everything that was going throughout the campus. She will be sorely missed and impossible to replace.” Vigil also commented that on particularly difficult days, she was relieved to see Irene’s car in the parking lot each morning and she knew everything would be OK.
    On Martinez’s last day, she sent an email to UNM-LA faculty and staff simply stating, “It’s hard for me to say goodbye, so I will leave with these words, until we meet again.”

    Business After Hours. The Los Alamos Retirement Community and Aspen Ridge Lodge invites Los Alamos Residents to the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living, 1010 Sombrillo Ct. Come for some networking, nosh on some nibbles and learn what is new at the retirement community. Call Cynthia Goldblatt, Community Liaison at 661-0066 or 695-8981 for a tour of the Los Alamos Retirement facilities of Aspen Ridge Lodge and Sombrillo Nursing Home.

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Science on Tap. Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Thomas Leitner has been working on tracking phylogenetics and epidemics. Join him at this Science on Tap beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square, for Science on Tap.

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, Bldg. 2, Lecture Hall, Room 230. For more information, contact Bill McKerley at 672-1067.

    “Meru” movie Screening. Witness the incredible journey of three big-wall climbers, and see the beauty of the Himalayan mountains from a different perspective at the Reel Deal Theater. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 7 p.m.

  • Oct. 11-Oct. 17, 2015
    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 must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    BESC         Closed Columbus Day
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Fish
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.         Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:15 a.m.        Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beef Stew
    12:30 p.m.        AARP General Meeting
    1:15 p.m.        Alzheimer’s Support             Group    
    1:30 p.m.        Daytime Duplicate Bridge

  • As humans, we know the important role our hands and feet play in completing normal, daily activities. When any kind of injury affects the use of our hands and feet, we may find it very difficult to go about our regular routine. Just as humans depend on their limbs to complete daily activities, Fido’s paws are just as important to him. Running in the backyard, digging a hole for his bone and going for a walk in the park are all endeavors Fido would struggle with if he did not have healthy paws. To promote a healthy and active lifestyle, all dog owners should learn how to keep their pet’s paws free of injury.
    One of the most common ways to injure your dog’s paws is by allowing them to step on an extremely hot or cold surface. In the Texas summer heat, concrete and wood pavements can become especially hot. If your dog is exposed to a hot surface for too long, it can potentially cause sores or blisters to develop on your dog’s paw pads. In extreme winter conditions, doggie booties might be necessary to avoid chapped pads or an infection from chemical ice melters.

  • 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 best 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, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your 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.
    Phoebe — A momma cat and her kittens will be visiting the vet over the next few days and will be available for adoption soon. Check back early next week for their status.
    Tanker — A very sweet beige-and-white tabby who was found at Los Alamos Fire House 4. Tanker is about a year old and he does well with people and cats. Tanker is still young and playful, and he enjoys being chased around the room by Sylvester. This sweet guy loves lounging on a lap, and he would make a great marathon buddy (TV marathon, that is!).

    Night Sky Show. Explore the expansive universe and enjoy its beauty from the  planetarium. Afterward, see the night sky through telescopes, weather permitting. Suitable for ages 3 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children. 7 p.m. More information at peecnature.org.

    The Los Alamos Light Opera presents “Young Frankenstein.” 7:30 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr. Tickets are available at CB Fox or at Brown Paper Tickets $12 seniors & students/$15 adults. For more information, visit losalamoslightopera.org.

    American Legion Post 90 Comfort food meatloaf dinner. From 5:30-7 p.m. today at the American Legion Post 90 Restaurant, 1325 Trinity Dr. Cost is $13 per plate, which includes individual meatloaf (beef, veal and pork), mashed potatoes and gravy,
    green beans or corn, salad, roll and dessert. Enjoy dinner at the newly remodeled smoke-free dining room. Net proceeds will support the American Legion Auxiliary programs.
    Planetarium Show. Enjoy 180 degrees of entertainment in the planetarium. Check peecnature.org for show details. Suitable for ages 3 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children. 2 p.m. More information at peecnature.org.