Today's Features

  • Those who braved the crowds and the weather to film Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet Los Alamos on Halloween are encouraged to edit videos down to 10 minutes or less and submit them via Vimeo or YouTube by midnight, Friday  to qualify to win cash prizes from local contest sponsors.
    The members of Pajarito Film Club are on standby to answer questions and teens ages 13-19 may access the post-production instruction and equipment at the new Los Alamos Teen Center through Friday.
    From Friday through Dec. 3, Pajarito Film Club members will screen the film shorts and post semifinalists on social media. Finalists will be featured during WinterFest weekend (Dec. 4-6) at special showings at the Nature Center planetarium and at the Reel Deal Theater. The Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet Mockumentary contest is sponsored by Pajarito Film Club.

  • NEW YORK — Teenagers spend nearly nine hours a day absorbing media and despite all the new options, music and television remain the favorites.
    Common Sense Media released an exhaustive survey Tuesday outlining how young people spend screen time. One concern: the number of youngsters who feel comfortable multi-tasking while doing homework.
    Two-thirds of teenagers said they listen to music every day, and 58 percent said the same about watching television, the study said. By contrast, 45 percent reported using social media every day and only 36 percent said they enjoyed that activity “a lot”; twice as many said they really enjoyed their music.
    Television is the favorite activity of preteens, with 62 percent of respondents aged 8 to 12 saying they watched every day, the study said. Tweens said they spend just under six hours a day of media time.
    Exactly half of the time teenagers spend with video involves watching a TV program at the time it originally airs. The rest is parceled out among time-delayed viewing, DVDs or online video, the study said.
    Boys are much more likely to play video games than girls. The survey found male teenagers spent an average of 56 minutes a day gaming, while girls devoted only seven minutes. Girls spent more time on social media or reading.

  • ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Paleontologists in New Mexico unveiled the first baby Pentaceratops skull ever discovered as hundreds of people lined up to get a look.
    Scientists cut open the giant plaster jacket that protected the skull of the rhinoceros-like, plant-eating dinosaur as it was airlifted out of the desert badlands of northwestern New Mexico and trucked to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
    They revealed the shield-like part of the dinosaur’s skull, some teeth, an arm bone, a rib and what looked like a vertebrae, but museum curator Spencer Lucas said there’s still much work to be done.
    Now, technicians will begin the painstaking work of digging out the fossils from the rock in which they have been encased for some 70 million years.
    The process will take many months, but the public will be able to watch from windows that offer a view into the museum’s preparation room.
    Hundreds of people, including parents with their children, lined up along the windows during a free public viewing last week. Some children got an up-close look as museum staff showed off the find, while other visitors held up their smartphones on the other side of the glass.

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    Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

    6:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 PM County Council Meeting –Replay 11-03-15
    1:00 PM Democracy Now!
    2:00 PM United in Christ
    3:00 PM Road to Recovery
    4:00 PM Uprising
    5:00 PM Democracy Now!
    6:00 PM Los Alamos Council on Cancer – “Head and Neck Cancers”
    7:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Witnessing WWII: A Memorable Panel Discussion”
    8:30 PM Let’s Talk Good Business
    9:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    9:30 PM Cheers for 30 Years: The White Rock Senior Center
    10:00 PM Northern NM Citizen’s Advisory Board
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015
    6:00 AM FSTV
    5:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    6:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    7:00 PM United Church
    8:15 PM Los Alamos Non-Profit Spotlight
    8:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    9:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • It might be hard to believe November is upon us, but that means it is time once again for the annual festivals for the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and Champions of Youth Ambitions.
    The weeklong event kicks off with a feast for the eyes and taste buds with the festival of Chocolate on Saturday.
    “The FOC is an event for the senses,” said Pauline Powell Schneider, event co-coordinator. “Visually, the array of holiday trees and decor is delightful. One hears the sounds of My Blue Heaven as you enter the building and it just puts you in a festive mood … and then you start sampling the tables of confections or sipping the richest hot chocolate you’ve ever had.”
    Trader Joe’s, Sam’s Club and Papa Murphy’s are just a few of the businesses that add their donations to the buffet including; cakes, cookies, candies, cupcakes and s’mores pizza.
    Locally, the chefs from Aspen Ridge Lodge and BESC chefs Fred Ortiz, Michael Mason are great supporters of the Festival of Chocolate. The event allows them to showcase their culinary skills not seen on a day to day basis.
    “They don’t get to do too many chocolate desserts for senior lunches, so they will go all out for the festival,” said Powell Schneider.

  • I confess I’ve never been a fan of chickens. They always seem like nervous and high strung birds, and their pecking and quick movements are unsettling to me. I would have never imagined that these creatures could be used in the realm of animal-assisted therapy. Dogs, yes. Horses, sure. But, chickens? They couldn’t possibly bring a sense of calm and comfort to people. Then I was introduced to Blanco and his gang and something special happened.
    At newly opened Sunrise Springs Integrated Wellness Resort in Santa Fe, sister property to the venerable Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs and Spa, animal interaction sessions are just one of the many experiential activities offered aimed at fostering optimal health and well-being.
    Currently, these interactions involve canines and chickens, both which reside on-site. Canine sessions are with adult service dogs and puppies-in-training from Assistance Dogs of the West, an agency the resort has partnered with to help guests learn canine handling techniques and practice specific training activities to prepare the animals for being future assistance dogs, take walks with the dogs or simply enjoy an opportunity to cuddle with them.


  • “Just existing became what was important.”
    So said Frank Kravetz, World War II veteran and former captive of Nuremberg Prison Camp, or what Frank called the Nazi “hell-hole.”
    “Yet even as I struggled with the day-to-day sadness and despair,” Frank said, “I never once had any regrets that I signed up to serve.”
    An extended tour of Nazi camps as a wounded POW scratching for survival wasn’t what Frank had in mind when he signed up to serve his country in World War II. The kid from the smoky steel mills of East Pittsburgh enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He became a tail-gunner.
    Frank’s life took a dramatic turn Nov. 2, 1944, in a bomb run over Germany. He crammed into the tail of a B-17, wedged inside a flak jacket. The target was Merseberg, a major industrial area. He flew amid an air armada of 500 heavy bombers – each carrying 18 250-pound “general purpose” bombs – escorted by 900 fighter planes.
    While the Americans were ready for business, so was the Luftwaffe. Frank’s plane came under hot pursuit by German fighters. Frank took them on with a twin .50 caliber machine gun. It was a dogfight, and Frank was badly wounded. His B-17 was filled with holes. The crew had to bail quickly.

  • In an effort to identify community needs for higher-level degree options at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management is working with UNM-LA and staff from the Provost office at UNM-Albuquerque to conduct an online survey which is asking for public input.
    As a branch campus in New Mexico, UNM-LA offers associate degree and certificate-level programs. Students who want to pursue upper-division or graduate-level classes typically transfer to UNM, transfer to another institution or stay on the UNM-LA campus and work with the bachelor and graduate program center.
    The survey being conducted by UNM students is designed to assess the needs for various degree programs.
    UNM students have been working with residents in Los Alamos and Albuquerque as they developed the survey.
    Ongoing discussions have suggested a strong interest in a variety of upper division and masters programs in the Los Alamos area. These programs could serve UNM-LA graduates who want to go beyond their associate degree or certificate program, individuals who live in the community and want to pursue more education or new career opportunities, as well as those who relocate here with family members or friends for jobs with LANL or other local businesses.

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center will give a special presentation this weekend of “Sea Monsters”  and will then begin showing the film through the end of December.
    The film brings 82 million-year-old animals to life in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. Local paleontologist Ralph Chapman will give a special presentation to set the stage for the film “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure.” The film allows viewers to take a journey back in time to see some of the most bizarre, ferocious and fascinating creatures ever to inhabit the sea.
    Unexpected discoveries gave paleontologists vital information for creating this film about a time when the middle of North America was an inland sea, home to strange, yet oddly familiar, creatures. “Sea Monsters” follows the life cycle of a female Dolichorhynchops and introduces a variety of aquatic reptiles including the “T-rex of the Ocean,” the 40-foot super-predator Tylosaurus.
    The Bilingual Montessori School generously provided funding to bring “Sea Monsters” to Los Alamos. Sea Monsters opens Friday and also will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Afterward, Sea Monsters will have regular weekend showings through the end of December.