Today's Features

  • It is fall again and more than 500 sandhill cranes have arrived at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge with snow geese soon to follow, heralding the annual migration of wintering birds. The refuge is located on state highway 281, just east of the Las Vegas.
    The Annual Fall Wildlife Drive will be open to visitors from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each Sunday in November. This 4 1/2 mile self-guided drive will take adventureres through the short-grass prairie and past lakes, marshes and croplands that serve as habitat for a multitude of migratory birds, including a wide variety of waterfowl, geese, eagles, hawks and sandhill cranes.
    Volunteer roving naturalists will be on hand with spotting scopes to help identify birds.

  • Los Alamos’s own James D. Doss will sign his newest Charlie Moon mystery, “Coffin Man,” at 6 p.m. Friday at Otowi Station Bookstore.
    When Colorado rancher and part-time tribal investigator Charlie Moon gets a call from Wanda Naranjo, she’s panicked. Not only is her sink leaking, which Moon fixes, but her 16-year-old daughter Betty, has gone missing. For how long? Only a few hours, but she’s pregnant. So what about the father-to-be? It’s a good question and anybody’s guess. Betty has kept her lips sealed on the subject.

  • David E. Stuart, the first student in the State of West Virginia to earn a degree in anthropology, came to UNM in 1967/68 where he earned a master’s degree, doctorate and later, an honorary doctorate from West Virginia Wesleyan College.
    He has conducted fieldwork in Mexico, Alaska, Ecuador and the American Southwest, where he continues to publish in both anthropology and archaeology.
    He served The University of New Mexico as a senior academic administrator for many years and still teaches the Archaeology of New Mexico.  
    He will speak on “Pueblo Peoples on the Pajarito Plateau” at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 as part of the Authors Speak series at Mesa Public Library.

  • An evening with Beethoven would be just about any fan’s dream, but what could compare to that? Perhaps, Beethoven performed by pianist Per Tengstrand and Santa Fe Pro Musica. Tengstrand returns to  the stage by popular demand following his Beethoven performance last season.  (A short clip of this performance, and other videos, can be found on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Per-Tengstrand/231992701550).  

  • U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and the Director General Hidekazu Takakura with Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) broke ground today for the construction of a two megawatt solar array on the Los Alamos capped landfill.  This is the first phase of the larger New Mexico/Japan Smart Grid Collaborative Demonstration Project in Los Alamos. 

    NEDO is teaming with Los Alamos County’s Department of Public Utilities, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory for the Los Alamos project, and with the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), Mesa Del Sol, and Sandia National Laboratories for a project in Albuquerque.  Both projects will demonstrate the viability of smart grid technology in New Mexico.

  • Living Treasures of Los Alamos welcomes nominations of new Treasures for the next ceremony on April 15, 2012. Only candidates who are current Los Alamos residents and  have made outstanding contributions to the life, heart and spirit of our community are eligible to become Treasures.    
    A written letter of nomination, which includes as much information as possible about the nominee  should be sent to LTLA, P.O. Box 1065, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or by email to rosalieheller88@gmail.com.
    To help in the preparation of the letter, guidelines and biographies of all current Treasures can be found at www.livingtreasureslosalamos.org.

  • Because special areas of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge are open only on Sundays in November, Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a birding trip there on Nov. 13.
    Dave Yeamans is the trip leader. He’s an experienced birder who will help with spotting and identification of the grassland and water birds that show up as migrants or winter residents in this diverse area.  
    Participants will meet at 6:30 a.m. at PEEC to carpool or caravan to the refuge, arriving at 9 a.m. when the gates open.

  • PTO says thanks

    On behalf of the Piñon PTO we would like to send out a huge thank you to all the wonderful volunteers, students and families that participated in the 2011 Pumpkin Patch and helped to make this year a huge success.  
    The Pumpkin Patch raised more than  $3,200 for Piñon Elementary. We would also like to thank Chamisa Elementary School for teaming up with us this year.
    It was a great idea and we look forward to working with them on future White Rock events.

  • Past Rotary Club president Skip King and a skeleton crew welcome Rotary District Governor-elect Mark Glenn, a former rodeo clown, to a recent club meeting at Central Avenue Grill.

  • At 9 a.m. Saturday, Pajarito Environmental Education Center will again offer an historical hike to Guaje Mountain, led by Janie O’Rourke. The hike is about 3-4 miles roundtrip and is free.
    The wind and sleet last weekend led to rescheduling, even though five intrepid hikers showed up.
    The hike will follow a section of an ancient north/south route that once crossed the Pajarito Plateau, connecting the villages of Puye in Santa Clara Canyon to Tyuonyi in Bandelier National Monument’s Frijoles Canyon.
    By the early 1900s, many homesteading families living on the Pajarito Plateau used horses and wagons on the trail.