Today's Features

    April 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 and $4 for children.
    Parkinson’s Disease discussion from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on the lower level of the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Lori Erickson, Physical Therapist at Los Alamos Medical Center, and Dr. Miles Nelson, president of A Nurse in the Family, will lead the discussion. People facing this disease as well as caregivers and family members are invited. Refreshments will be provided. Call 662-8920 by March 31 to attend.  

    Feature Film: “From Earth to the Universe” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy 180 degrees of entertainment. Join us on a colorful and inspiring journey through our universe. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.  

    Young at Heart Hike at 2:30 p.m. offered by PEEC. A hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.
    Cowboy breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. Pain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and a seasonal surprise pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under.

  • One of the signs of spring in the Jemez Mountains is male elk and deer shedding their antlers.  People like to collect these ”sheds,” which is OK on private land or areas administered by the Bureau of Land Management or the U.S. Forest Service.
    This practice is illegal on the Valles Caldera National Preserve or Bandelier National Monument, or other National Park Service areas.
    Federal regulations forbid the removal of any park property, which not only includes antlers, but also bones, skulls, rocks, flowers and artifacts like arrowheads, pot sherds and old bottles and cans.  Anyone who collects antlers or other items protected by law in Bandelier or the Valles Caldera Preserve can be fined or barred from the area for life.
    Most national parks are considered living museums, where everything in the park is important to the story that is told there or to the natural functioning of the park’s ecosystem.

  • Director Laurie Tomlinson and producer Gretchen Amstutz have announced the cast for the Los Alamos Little Theater’s May production of “Steel Magnolias.”   
    The six women cast are Dianne Wilburn, Holly Robinson, Carolyn Conner, Jacinta Lestone, Trisha Werner and Andi Bishofberger.
    The play will have six evening performances, May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21, and two matinees on May 8 and 9.

  • Well I made it! The interesting or stupid thought, as the case may be, is all based on a memory.
    I never thought I would live to be more than 47. It was just a thought in the back of my mind based on a conversation from when I was about 13.
    I had a foot race with my mom, she ran way faster than me.
    When I was done, I said, “Did you ever think you’d live to be this old?” I recall she was almost offended by the question, but I was wondering aloud, if she ever saw herself at this age. After all, when we were 13, did we?
    The funny thing is at the time, she really would have been 37, not 47, but all these years, I always thought I could never imagine living to be 47. Truth be told, 37 would have been a lot easier to believe.
    It makes me wonder, for better and for worse, what memories do we create for our children?
    I have always been cognizant of what the earliest memory would be for our children based on my own, but the retention age for everyone can vary quite a bit.
    I wonder from time to time what the good lasting memories might be for them.
    Our goal as parents is to allow each child a puppy of their own, that they buy with their own money, pick the name themselves, etc.

  • ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Some University of New Mexico students will have to pay more per semester now that regents have approved a 2.5 tuition hike and a 10 percent increase in student fees.
    The regents voted on the increases during their budget summit Tuesday.
    The university’s administration had proposed a 3 percent tuition increase, but regents moved to lessen the amount after hearing from faculty and student representatives.
    Regents did approve tuition increases for the university’s branch campuses, but agreed to a 1.1 percent tuition decrease for medical school students.

  • Gail Rubin is the featured speaker in Mesa Public Library’s ongoing Authors Speak series at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Library’s upstairs rotunda.
    Her award-winning book “A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die,” brings light to a dark subject.
    The book was awarded Best of Show in the 2011 New Mexico Book Awards and was a finalist in the Family and Relationships category of the 2010 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Reviews. She uses humor to talk about one of the touchiest subjects there is: Death.
    The talks are free and begin at 7 p.m., on the fourth Thursday of each month, followed by the opportunity to meet the authors and enjoy refreshments.

  • Did you know that last weekend, there was no Saturday School at LAHS? Last Saturday, it was, “Matter Day School.”
    Kudos to LAHS teacher Lynn Ovaska and her Natural Helpers crew. As usual Ovaska took a student idea, raised it to a factor of three and blew the doors off the barn once again.
    OK, so I made up the word Matter Day, but we spent time celebrating all that kids love and taking their ideas to the next level.
    Friday there was dancing, henna painting and karaoke in the cafeteria, a freshmen duct tape fundraiser with Scott Reynolds hanging high, followed by some pep rally fun reminiscent of the original ’Topper Man when none other than Gary Houfek entered the building wielding cheese like the arrival of royalty.
    While naturally the Class of 2016 brought that ’Topper Spirit to earn the love of Houfek, the baton was passed to the future of ’Topper Spirit, teacher Stephanie Abney. Who knows what the future holds.
    As is pure ’Topper fashion we don’t go lightly without raising some funds for our fellow man. Freshmen Derek Kober raised well over the $750 mark to ensure that not only he, but also Principal Brad Parker and Assistant Principal Carter Payne signed on for the shave off as well. Bald is beautiful and it will roam the halls well into late spring.

  • SANTA FE (AP) — The television series Longmire will return to northern New Mexico for a fifth season.

    The New Mexico Film Office announced Tuesday that the Netflix series' production will begin at the end of March and run through the end of June.

    The office said filming locations will include Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Los Alamos, Espanola, Glorieta and Pecos.

    Set in Wyoming, Longmire is a contemporary crime drama based on the "Walt Longmire" mystery novels authored by Craig Johnson.

    The series stars Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips and Katee Sackhoff and is produced by The Shepherd/Robin Co. in association with Warner Horizon Television.

  • Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are working with communities in the Jemez Ranger District to conduct the bi-annual Thompson Ridge slash-pit prescribed burn.
    The slash pit, 10 miles north of Jemez Springs, is a joint effort between the Jemez Ranger District and the surrounding area to promote fire-adapted communities in the wildland-urban interface.
    WUI refers to the transition zone between natural areas and developed areas. As more homes are built in the areas adjacent to public lands that are naturally prone to wildfire, the risk to property is high. The slash-pit gives local residents a centralized location to throw away fuels, such as leaves, pine needles, grass and other yard trimmings they remove from their properties.
    Fire managers are hoping  to complete the slash-pit burn between March 21 and 31, but that window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts and available resources. The burn is expected to last one day.
    Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. 

    March 20—Feature Film: “We are Astronomers” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    March 21—Nature Playtimes at the Nature Center from 10-11 a.m. Join local families for fun in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Garden Club meeting from 9:30-10 a.m. at the Crossroads Bible Church on East Road. Refreshments are served followed by a business meeting. Carlos Valdez, director of the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Office in Los Alamos, will present the program "Garden Pests and Insects.” Visitors are welcome to attend.
    Bandelier Takes Over the Nature Center from 6-8 p.m. Here's you chance to talk with Bandelier staff in an informal event design to answer your questions. Free. More information at peecnature.org

     Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Committee day.