Today's Features

  • Like humans, it is normal for dogs to experience the occasional upset stomach, or episode of diarrhea, but experiencing severe symptoms, such as bloody stools, may be a sign of something more serious.
    Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) refers to a group of gastrointestinal diseases that result in the inflammation of the intestines. The exact cause of IBD in dogs is unknown, but bacteria and nutrients normally found in the intestine are thought to be the cause of the abnormal immune response that causes inflammation.
    Dr. Jonathan Lidbury, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained IBD’s potential causes. “IBD is a syndrome that is characterized by chronic intestinal inflammation in dogs,” Lidbury said. “The cause of IBD in dogs is not fully known, but recent research has provided some important clues. Basically, there is a loss of tolerance in the dog’s intestinal immune system to the nutrients or bacteria that are normally found in the bowel. This leads to inflammation of the intestines.”
    Common signs of IBD in dogs include excessive diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Dog owners may also notice rumbling sounds in the abdominal cavity, flatulence, and even bloody stools in dogs with IBD.

  • Jan. 9 — A girl. Aubrianna Padilla. Born to Marlene Martinez and Joshua Padilla.
    Jan. 15 — A girl. Kady Lynne King. Born to Elanda and Alexander King.
    Jan. 15 — A girl. Ava Catherine Wood. Born to Elizabeth and Brandon Wood.
    Jan. 18 — A boy. Donovan Joseph Salazar. Born to Destiny Velasquez and Derek Salazar.
    Jan. 20 — A girl. Aurora Rose Wong. Born to Charissa and Andrew Wong.
    Jan. 21 — A girl. Madeline Rose Martinez. Born to Alisha and Michael Martinez.
    Jan. 23 — A boy. Mason Ezra Rodriquez. Born to Vanessa Rodriquez.

    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $6 per adult, $4 per child.
    Nature Playtimes from 10-11 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.
    LRG First Tuesday Breakfast. Lab retirees are invited to join the Laboratory Retiree Group for breakfast on the first Tuesday of each month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Morning Glory Restaurant, 1377 Diamond Drive, Los Alamos (across from the high school). Morning Glory serves a full breakfast and pastries. LRG will pay for hot coffee or tea. Contact sgirard@losalamos.com for more information.

    Tales of Trails in the Bandelier Backcountry at 7 p.m. Discover the best ways to explore the Bandelier backcountry. Free.

    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Rick Reiss, new chairman of the Los Alamos County Council, will give Kiwanis a preview of the council’s activities in 2016.


  • Café Scientifique, New Mexico’s portion of the Teen Science Café Network, is gearing up for a two-part series of cafés about Mars. The first café, which will take place in Los Alamos at the YMCA Teen Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday and in Taos, at the Mural Room of the old county courthouse on Feb. 23 will be presented on Human Landing sites on Mars.
    Suzi Montaño and Steve Johnstone from Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Space Data Science and Systems Group (ISR-3)will present on the state of manned missions to Mars, and how close to a reality colonizing Mars has become. Teens will have a chance to review the criteria for landing sites and make recommendations to the LANL/NASA team.
    For more information and directions, visit Cafenm.org/schedule.html and for questions please contact RJ Montaño at RJ@scieds.com.

  • Feb. 9  is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Learn about geology through stories and music with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey from 6-7 p.m. The nature center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m.
    This program is free to attend thanks to a generous sponsorship from Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos.
    For more information about this and other programs offered by PEEC at the Nature Center, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Don’t miss the last opportunity to see this zany, madcap play at Los Alamos Little Theatre Friday and Saturday.
    “Once A Ponzi Time” is a fantastic frenzied, financial farce by Joe Foust. The play starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar.
    Tickets are on sale at CB Fox, BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door half an hour before curtain. More information is available at lalt.org.
    Sly Investments and double-dealing abound in this comedy. For years, Harold (Michael Adkins) has helped his friends with their investments but now he is up to his neck in a scheme he never wanted to start in the first place. His artful dodging is about to collapse around him. With the help of Gramps, his flaky father (Rich Hassman), and naïve nephew (Stuart Rupprecht), he tries to hoodwink the Russian mob (Pete Sanford), bamboozle the SEC agent (Linda Taylor), and swindle the bossy, rude, and arrogant multi-millionaire (Dennis Powell) and his trophy wife (Holly Robinson). He also has to maintain other investors at bay (Justin Smith and Katrina Koehler) to keep his world from falling apart. All the while, his wife (Joy Reynolds) lovingly stands by. Throw in a sassy dummy and you will be rolling with laughter!

  • Seventh-grade science and math teachers in New Mexico are encouraged to nominate up to five students for Tech Trek, an exciting week-long summer camp focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program is coming to the campus of New Mexico Tech in Socorro from June 19-25. Cherie Burch is the camp director.
    The deadline for nominations is Sunday. After being nominated, students complete an application and interview process before final selections are made in early April. Cost for the camp is $50 per student, as the program is funded by AAUW, a national organization dedicated to empowering women and girls, and by New Mexico businesses and individuals.
    The Tech Trek summer camp is sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), nationally and in New Mexico. It builds on AAUW’s research report “Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” which demonstrates that camps like Tech Trek improve girls’ interests in STEM.  
    Forty-eight to 60 girls will be selected from New Mexico to attend the camp, where they will gain first-hand knowledge of real-world applications of STEM, in a fun-filled, hands-on college environment. More information can be found at TechTrek-NM.aauw.net.

  • Los Alamos County’s Community Services Division has announced the roll out of the second phase of the public interface for its new recreation reservation software WebTrac on Feb. 1.
    The new website is user-friendly and allows customers to explore and sign up for recreation activities from home. Phase I was rolled out in November.
     As of Monday, patrons will have access to information and availability for camping and vendor permits; parks, pavilions and shelters; fields, courts and arenas and indoor facilities. Users can also place reservations for parks, pavilions and shelters as well as camping and vendor permits.
    Access the website at https.web2.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/nmlosalamoswt.wsc/splash.html or via the link from the recreation page of the county’s website at losalamosnm.us.

  • Rapid changes in our climate are affecting people and ecosystems in the Southwest and around the world, and there is a lot we can do. Dr. Chick Keller will introduce climate science and lead a discussion about how we how we can move forward at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Nature Center planetarium. This talk is part of a lecture series on climate change.
    Keller has spent about 25 years studying climate change and interacting with the leading scientists in the field. He has written several review articles trying to make sense of the hundreds of scientific papers on aspects of the subject.
    PEEC’s Climate Change Lecture Series:
    • Feb. 16: Effects of the Southwest with Keller
    • March 1: The Future of New Mexico’s Pikas with Marie Westover
    • March 15: TBD
    • March 29: Understanding the Impact of Drought, Wildfire, and Infestation with Dr. Richard Middleton.
    • April 13: Where Do We Go from Here with Dr. Cathy Wilson and Dr. Keller at the Bradbury Science Museum.
    These lectures will be at the Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, except the April 13th event. They are free to attend, and no registration is required.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Once A Ponzi Time” at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar. Sly Investments and double-dealing abound in this hilarious madcap comedy. Tickets are available at CB Fox, BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door half an hour before curtain time. For more information, visit lalt.org.

    Fourth Friday Fractals at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Be mesmerized by this award-winning fractal show every fourth Friday by the Fractal Foundation. Journey into the never-ending world of fractals as a full-dome show featuring original music. 7:00 p.m. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $10 for adults, $8 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $6 per adult, $4 per child.