Today's Features

  • It is time to submit entries for the Friends of the Shelter Calendar. It is easy to do online at calendar lafos.org. If anyone has adopted a shelter pet, particularly a pet from the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, consider adding a photograph to the 2016 calendar.

    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.

  • Today
    Los Alamos High School Class of 1985 is having its 30-year reunion. More information can be found on lahs85.org, or on Facebook at Los Alamos High School, Class of 1985.
    Nature Playtimes at the Nature Center. 10-11 a.m. Kids aged 0-5 and their caregivers come to the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore the natural world. Children rotate through themed centers inside and outside, with story time to start them off. Mondays except holidays. Free. More information at losalamosnature.org.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon in the meeting room at the golf course, 4250 Diamond Dr. Guest speaker will be Gabe Baca, UNM-LA director of the Adult Learning Center.

    The Great Books discussion group is now called Mesa Readers. The group meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Mesa Public Library. The group chooses selections that interest its members and selects books and short stories that meet participants’ choices. All are welcome. For more information, call Mary Cernicek at 662-7100.

    Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II lecture. 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. New Mexico State Historian Rick Hendricks will talk about the role New Mexico played in World War II.

  • For many centuries, dogs have been referred to as “man’s best friend.”
    Many of us consider our dogs a part of the family and would do anything to protect them. Whether your dog stays primarily outside or takes regular naps on your bed, a dog house is essential for your pet’s protection outdoors.
    Providing a safe outdoor place for your dog is important, especially if they live outside or are going to spend long periods of time outdoors. Portability, durability and size are all factors to consider when purchasing or building an outdoor shelter for Fido.
    An effective dog house will protect your dog from extreme temperatures, wind, rain, snow and even potential predators.
    Dr. Sarah Griffin, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, explains why a dog house is essential for Texas dog owners.
    “Dogs dissipate heat by convection (fan or wind blowing), radiation (through their skin), conduction (laying on something cool) and evaporation (panting). On a summer day in central Texas when the temperature is 100-plus degrees, 60 percent humidity and 5 mph wind, the dog can only dissipate heat effectively by evaporation. The dog needs a shelter to help him stay cool,” she said.

  • The new White Rock Branch Library will host an Open House from 5- 8 p.m. on Tuesday, featuring best-selling author Hampton Sides. Sides is an award-winning editor of Outside and the author of the bestselling histories, “Hellhound on his Trail,” “Blood and Thunder” and “Ghost Soldiers.” His latest book, “In the Kingdom of Ice,” has just been released in paperback.

    Sides will give a talk at 6 p.m. about the book, and remain after the talk to meet with people and sign copies of his book. Paperback copies will be available for purchase at the event. Refreshments are provided by Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.

    Photography by White Rock photographer Martin Cooper will also be dedicated at 5:30 p.m. at the Open House. Cooper and his wife, Bev, have donated six large pieces, which have been printed on wood, to the library’s permanent art collection.

    The White Rock Branch opened to the public July 31.The Los Alamos County Libraries are open seven days each week, from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Today
    Los Alamos High School Class of 1985 is having its 30-year reunion. More information can be found on lahs85.org, or on Facebook at Los Alamos High School, Class of 1985.

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. The Derailers, country. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.

    Summer Art Camp Showcase. Aug. 3-8. Opening reception from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 8.
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    The Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Parade. 10-11:30 a.m. along Central Avenue.

    Thrash n’ Bash. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Los Alamos Skate Park. Meet & greet the Derby Dames and see what the Atomic Kings have to offer and the community has a chance to show off skating skills to earn some custom items or gear. And for music, local punk rock band The Nukeproofs will be playing their final show together as a group, followed by the band Flesh Castle.

    White Rock Artist Market. First Saturday of the month at the Visitor Center. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Runs through October.

    Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo. Parade. 10-11:30 a.m. along Central Avenue.

  • “Not Back-to-School” breakfast for retirees is Aug. 13.
    For 43 years, retired Los Alamos Public Schools employees have gathered at the yearly event on the first day of Back to School for students and teachers.
    The event was founded by retired teacher Bill Hudson.
    It is the event all retired educators eagerly look forward to each August. Retirees from all over the United States make a special effort to attend the event to share memories and talk with friends and visit after their no agenda, no dues, no obligation meeting.
    This year the breakfast is 9:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 13 in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill. There is a nominal charge of $12 for the breakfast, and for those who can, please add a donation for the use of the church.
    All new retirees should have received an invitation in the mail and other retirees an email about the event. It is important that retirees RSVP to Emily Engel at 662-3846, larse@ieee.org, or Melissa Alexander at 662-4322, talexand@cybermesa.com.
    Leave information on whether or not you plan to attend and be sure to state name, email address and phone number for future contact by this “alumni” group by Monday.
    Those interested are advised to respond early to ensure there is plenty of food for everyone.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served during fellowship hour starting at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • The Blake Family, a local family of five, plans to enter full-time mission work with SIM (sim.org) in Niger, Africa. Carrie (Valentine) Blake, daughter of Allen and Judy Valentine, grew up in White Rock. She, along with her husband Sean and their teenagers Caitriona, Garrett and Derrick, will be leaving in August for French language training in Paris to prepare them for their mission work in Galmi, Niger.
    The Blakes will join the SIM team at the Galmi Hospital in Niger. Sean will be the IT administrator/consultant for the hospital, working with Nigeriens to find culturally relevant solutions to complex technology issues. Key projects will include clean power, electronic healthcare records and mentoring Nigeriens to move into the role of keeping the IT side of the hospital running.
    According to sim.org, SIM is a community of God’s people who delight to worship him and are passionate about the Gospel, seeking to fulfill the mission of Jesus Christ in the world.
    Carrie will serve as the midwifery tutor for the hospital, with goals of introducing compassion into the childbirth paradigm and reducing mortality through addressing issues like obstructed labor and neonatal resuscitation.

  • Former Los Alamos resident James Carothers is currently among the leaders in the Nash Next Contest, a talent competition sponsored by Cumulus Media designed to discover up-and-coming country music artists. Ultimately, the winner will be signed to the new Nash Next Record Label, called Big Machine Records and the Top 10 place winners will participate in a nationwide tour in 2016. First-round voting is underway and continues through today. As of Thursday afternoon, Carothers is ranked No. 10.
    Artist rank is determined by a real-time “Spin Score,” which is a combination of fan voting and fan interaction on the artist’s Nash Next profile. Friends, family, and fans wishing to help increase Carothers’ “Spin Score” and overall ranking in the competition should take the following steps:

    • Visit nashnextcountry.com
    • Click “Register as a Fan” and submit (Name, Email, Password)
    • Find “James Carothers” on the Leaderboard and go to his profile page.
    • Click the arrow to “Vote” (Fans may vote once every 24 hours through today)
    • Click the heart on the top picture to officially become James’s “Fan”
    • Hover over each song and click “Like” once for each song