Today's Features

  • The Los Alamos Mountaineers will celebrate another year with a potpourri of their members’ 2012 accomplishments during the Dec. 19 meeting.
    During the past year, the club offered 43 official outings and members had innumerable adventures of their own.
    To wrap up the year, the potpourri features six 10-minute talks chosen from adventures on at least four continents, from the American Southwest to Peru, Nepal, Wales and Mexico and in environments ranging from winter in the high mountains of Colorado, to the slick rock deserts of southern Utah.
    Only six talks can be chosen from the many offered.
    The club board is not yet sharing their picks.
    The meeting will also feature holiday cookies, cakes and pies.
    Club members are asked to bring a contribution to the dessert buffet.
    The Mountaineers welcome the public and visitors are invited to join the buffet and meeting as guests.
    The December meeting will be in the Great Room of Fuller Lodge, beginning with a business meeting at 7:30 p.m. and the potpourri at 8 p.m.
    Members should bring their desserts by 7:15 p.m., to allow time for setup.
    The Mountaineers offers trips that range from easy hikes to technical mountaineering and is committed to safe outdoor practices.

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, December 14, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (12-11-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony Fall 2012
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society “A Brief History of Wendover Airfield”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

    Sunday, December 16, 2012
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, December 17, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM Amy Goodman at Fuller Lodge – “The Silenced Majority”
    02:30 PM Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2012
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau

  • Local cartoonist Stephen McCranie will throw a release party for his recently published graphic novel, from 4-6 p.m. Monday at the Mesa Public Library.
    The free event will include a short talk by the author and a chance to purchase a signed copy of the book for $10.
    The new book, “Belly Flop!” is the third volume in the kids graphic novel series, Mal and Chad. The story follows the boy genius inventor, Mal and his loyal dog, Chad.  
    For all Mal’s inventions, he still can’t seem to get the attention of his school crush, Megan.
    But Megan becomes the least of Mal’s worries when his weather machine goes haywire and engulfs the town in a freak snowstorm.
    McCranie began Mal and Chad as a comic strip for The University of New Mexico school newspaper.
    A publisher from Penguin spotted the strip online and contacted McCranie about making the feature into an all-ages comic book series.
    McCranie has since created three Mal and Chad books, including: “The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever!,” “Food Fight!” and most recently, “Belly Flop!”
    Leading up to the release party, McCranie will visit Piñon and Mountain elementaries to teach students about cartooning and what it’s like being a cartoonist.

  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Bond is in a box-office photo finish with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny over what looks to be the last slow weekend of the holidays.
    According to studio estimates Sunday, Sony’s Bond tale “Skyfall” took in $11 million to move back to No. 1 in its fifth weekend.
    That put it narrowly ahead of Paramount’s “Rise of the Guardians,” the animated adventure of Santa, the Easter Bunny and other mythological heroes that pulled in $10.5 million.
    The two movies inched ahead of Summit Entertainment’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” which had been tops for three-straight weekends. The “Twilight” finale earned $9.2 million, slipping into a tight race for No. 3 with Disney’s “Lincoln,” which was close behind with $9.1 million.
    The top movies were bunched up so closely that rankings could change once final weekend revenues are released Monday.
    The weekend’s only new wide release, Gerard Butler’s romantic comedy “Playing for Keeps,” flopped with just $6 million, coming in at No. 6.

  • On their journey to become the first pilots of a solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the globe, night and day, two Swiss aviation pioneers are planning to fly cross the continental United States in 2013.

  • Atomic City Children’s Theater invites the public to their premiere performance of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”  
    Dive into the sea and meet Ariel (Evelyn Wolbier) who wants to be human.
    Torn between her love for Prince Eric (Jamie Cull-Host) and her life under the sea, Ariel turns to the evil sea witch, Ursula (Nora Cullinan) for help.  
    Meet Ariel’s undersea friends including Sebastian (Joseph Sarrao), Flounder (Kezia Tripp) and King Triton (Johnathan Hood), as well as a host of mermaids, gulls and other sea creatures.  This production features many songs from the Disney motion picture, including “Under the Sea,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and “Part of Your World.”
    Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.  Goodies to benefit Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School students attending the Junior Theater Festival with ACCT in January will be sold at intermission.
    ACCT is part of the Los Alamos Public Schools District.  The play features LAPS fifth- and sixth-grade students.  Another production of “The Little Mermaid, Jr.,” featuring middle school students is scheduled for Feb. 22 and 23.
    Admission is free.

  • Today
    The Hilltopper Alumni Society’s holiday social will be from 4-7 p.m. at Dixie Girl, 1789 Central Ave. This is an opportunity for graduates of Los Alamos High School to mix and mingle. There will be a brief introduction to the Alumni Society’s first project; converting the senior photos that once hung in the halls of Los Alamos High School to digital files. All Hilltopper Alumni are welcome to attend and enjoy complimentary appetizers and drinks available for purchase. The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is sponsoring this event.

    The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a December discussion from 6:30-8 p.m. at Mesa Public Library, meeting room 3. All are welcome. For more information, send email losalamoscommunityofatheists@gmail.com.

    Post-Las Conchas Trail Rehabilitation Update. Craig Martin will give an update about the status of many trails impacted by post-fire floods in the summer of 2011. Come hear the latest in trail statuses, work that has been done since the fire and plans for 2013. 7 p.m. at PEEC. Free. No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.
    The holiday Farmers Market will be at Fuller Lodge.

  • On behalf of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, I would like to thank the members of the Los Alamos Garden Club for their generous donation in support of the Los Alamos High School Memorial Garden, a project to which Rotary has devoted three years of planning and fundraising.  
    Doris Jackson, a member of the Garden Club and an accomplished floral designer, presented the check to Skip King, committee chair for the Memorial Garden project, at a recent Rotary meeting.
    The dedication for the Memorial Garden, to which the community is cordially invited, is currently scheduled to take place Dec. 20.
    Again, Rotary thanks the Los Alamos Garden Club for its thoughtful donation and kind support of this meaningful addition to the Los Alamos landscape.

    Linda Hull, president
    Rotary Club of
    Los Alamos

    The Los Alamos Garden Club wants to thank the Los Alamos National Bank for allowing them to hold their annual wreath sale in the bank lobby on Nov. 30.  We also thank the Los Alamos residents who supported the sale.
    The proceeds from the sale support the club’s scholarship fund.


    Sally Warner,
    first vice president, LAGC

  •    Toni Batha, a senior at Los Alamos High School, was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for November.  Batha is the daughter of Margo and Steve and sister of Benjamin Batha.
       The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as Student of the Month.
    In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition. Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and, in particular, their service to the community.
       An accomplished member of the LAHS Hilltalker Speech and Debate Team, Batha has served the award-winning club for five years, coordinating community service projects and team practices, mentoring new members and organizing three statewide tournaments.
    Significantly, Batha is one of several Hilltalkers who successfully established a speech and debate team at Los Alamos Middle School.
      Teen Court, a peer-to-peer counseling sentencing program for teens in Los Alamos County, has also benefited from Batha’s volunteer service.  
    She has served in capacities as judge, jury monitor, defender and prosecutor and has also worked with parents, teens and LAHS staff to provide a plan to address truancy issues.

  • This week, I have elected to continue promoting the efforts of youth is our community, through shopping.
    That’s right, many upcoming holidays, parties, vacations and events during this month lend themselves to gift giving.
    There is a strategy in place that says if you spend 66 of your holiday dollars locally, it will benefit the local economy and small businesses immensely.
    I’m going to take that idea one step further and ask if you can support the business of a local youth, too.
    The Small Business Development Center works annually to help young entrepreneurs start their own businesses and get their name out in public.
    Perhaps you would like to buy a hand made cross, a hand knitted scarf or portraits from a young photographer? If so, have I got a plan for you.
    Local youth like Leia Roach, Elise Koskelo, Derek Selvage, Esperanza Tapia and more have taken the time and weathered the process to become Youth Business Grant recipients.
    Need something cool for the teen in your life? Roach, of Mush Crafts, is happy to get crafty and provide you with a cool gift, at a hot price. Your tech-savvy skills should drive you to etsy.com/shop/mushcrafts.