Today's Features

  • A $15 million grant is helping University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and 10 other two-year colleges educate a workforce to fulfill the growing demand for healthcare professionals in New Mexico. The grant, awarded in October 2014, is funding equipment, faculty and staff to support the students served in the Emergency Medical Service program that qualifies for funding under the grant.
    Funded by the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training, the grant is going by the acronym SUN PATH. The mission of the New Mexico Skill Up Network is to expand and improve the ability of community colleges in New Mexico to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less. SUN aims to prepare program participants to succeed in acquiring the skills, degrees, and credentials needed for high-wage, high-skill employment while also meeting the need of employers in New Mexico. Pathway Acceleration in Technology and Healthcare is about the focus on preparing students for a career in health care by teaching the necessary skills to do the job while strengthening reading, writing, and math abilities.

  • Walk with local trail expert Craig Martin and visit the rock window on Saturday. This hike is about two miles round trip with around 400 feet of elevation gain.
    To participate, register online at peecnature.org. Afterward, meet Martin and other hikers at 10:15 a.m. on Nov. 14. Bring water, snacks, hat, sunscreen and good hiking shoes or boots.
    Martin is the former open space specialist for Los Alamos County. He is a writer, musician and avid hiker. His books such as “Los Alamos Place Names,” “Valle Grande, A History of the Baca Location No. 1” and “100 Hikes in New Mexico” have helped preserve the history of the area and acquaint people with the importance of the landscape and its uses. The new Los Alamos Trails app is a result of his years of exploring.
    Hikers will meet at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road and then carpool to Mitchell Trailhead. Registration is required. Attendance is $5 for PEEC members and $7 for non-members. Visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • Georgia Strickfaden of Los Alamos has been named the 2015 Tourism Professional of the Year by the New Mexico Hospitality Association.
    New Mexico Tourism Secretary Rebecca Latham presented Strickfaden with the award during the annual Hospitality Awards event Nov. 10 at the Sheraton Uptown in Albuquerque.
    Strickfaden was born and raised in Los Alamos. A former school teacher with a passion for showing off the depth and breadth of Los Alamos history and its setting in northern New Mexico, she launched her small van-tour company Buffalo Tours in 1985.
    Her Atomic City Van Tour departs most days at 1:30 p.m. from in front of the Bradbury Science Museum at 15th Street and Central Avenue. Call 662-3965 for updated tour information and to leave a message.

  • Sept. 29 — A girl. Ava Jo Romero. Parents Valerie Duran and Joseph Romero.
    Oct. 3 — A boy. Emerson Hepbron Holmes. Parents Karen and Matthe Holmes.
    Oct. 9 — A girl. Stevie Rae Martinez. Parents Tanya and Steven Martinez.
    Oct. 12 — A boy. Kaius Roman Preston. Parents Annette and Daniel Preston.
    Oct. 16 — A boy. Zachary Allyn Williams. Parents Stephanie and Garett Williams.
    Oct. 9 — A boy. Noah Michael Unzueta. Parents Christina and Michael Unzueta.
    Oct.19 — A girl. Alithyia Jenae Gallegos. Parents Stephanie Sandoval and Patricio Gallegos.

  • Have you ever watched your pet eat their meal and thought, “Wow, did they even taste it?” Though some pets require more energy than others, it is important to know your pet’s normal eating and drinking habits so you are more likely to detect any dietary abnormalities. Being familiar with your pet’s standard schedule of urination and defecation is also important, as any continuous irregular activity could be a sign of an illness
    One of the most common ailments in dogs and cats is kidney (renal) disease, a broad term that applies to any disease process that leaves the kidneys unable to effectively filter toxins out of the blood and maintain water balance in the body. In acute kidney disease, signs can occur quickly and can be very severe, while chronic renal issues include non-specific signs and the disease develops slowly.

  • Stella Terrazas is the new executive director of Los Alamos Retirement Community for Sombrillo Nursing Home.
    Terrazas was born and raised in Las Cruses, where she attended New Mexico State University and earned a bachelor of arts degree in Business Administration. She is preparing to take the New Mexico Nursing Home Administration Board Exam.
    Terrazas has been a past director of Aspen Ridge Lodge and successfully administered the assisted living facility for several years.
    Terrazas provides great respect and dedication to the Los Alamos Retirement Community with a philosophy of leading with love and care. She said she is committed to a holistic model of resident, family and staff relations in which the entire community is dedicated to care for loved ones.
    Sombrillo Nursing Home is a nonprofit, long- and short-term nursing home with rehabilitation services and hospice care in Los Alamos providing patient care in northern New Mexico for more than 30 years.
    The Los Alamos Retirement Community welcomed Terrazas to lead Sombrillo Nursing Home and continue to provide services for residents.
    For more information about the services at Sombrillo Nursing Home  contact her directly.

  • The Symphony’s Concertmaster David Felberg and Principal Violist Kim Fredenburgh are featured soloists during the fall tribute to two Viennese masters, led by Guest Conductor Philip Mann.
    The performance starts at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lensic Theater, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.
    Widely regarded as Mozart’s greatest string concerto, the Sinfonia Concertante is a deeply expressive masterpiece that combines technical virtuosity and rich harmony. Schubert’s monumental and final Symphony in C Major earned the nickname “Great” for its grandeur and sense of space. Schumann proclaimed it the greatest instrumental work since Beethoven.
    A free pre-concert lecture will be given at 3 p.m. by conductor Philip Mann. The lecture is sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank and Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda and Spa.
    Tickets are $25 to $80. Half-price tickets available for children ages 6-14 with adult purchase (no children under 6 admitted). Call 983-1414 or 1-800-480-1319 for tickets through The Santa Fe Symphony box office, or call the Lensic Box Office at 988-1234.

  • Be a time-traveler and get your taste buds ready for the annual Kiwanis Autumn Wine Dinner, “Then and Now” set for 6-8 p.m. Oct. 24 in Kelly Hall at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.  
    The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos will host a celebration of the foods from the Manhattan Era paired with the wines of today, catered by the Blue Window Bistro.  
    Building on the excitement and enthusiasm of the recent designation as part of The Manhattan Project National Historic Park, Kiwanis invites the public to an evening that captures the tastes from the Manhattan era enhanced with wines available today, carefully selected to pair with each appetiser. Popular foods from the 1940s, including Edith Warner’s Chocolate Cake (remembered as Robert Oppenheimer’s favorite), will be deliciously prepared by the chef and staff of the Blue Window Bistro. The wait staff will serve the pairing wines with information about the wine characteristics.
    This year, the event will have live entertainment from Kiwanian Rod Pittman. Bring $10 to gamble in a game of coin tosses called “Heads or Tails” where the winner splits the prize winnings with the Kiwanis Service Fund. Participate in a silent auction with vintage wine, a Blue Window dinner and a three-month YMCA membership.  


  • One of Ireland’s great cultural assets, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, will perform in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Nov. 7.
    Presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association as part of its 70th anniversary celebration, the orchestra will be led by distinguished Hungarian conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy.  
    Joining the orchestra as soloist will be the celebrated Hungarian cello prodigy István Várdai in performances of concertos by Haydn and C.P.E. Bach. The spirited Haydn concerto was lost for nearly 200 years. Finally unearthed in 1961, it is often considered the single greatest musicological discovery since the Second World War.  Haydn’s 49th Symphony and the Divertimento for Strings by Béla Bartók will complete the program.