Today's Features

  • The following are the winners of this year’s Scarecrow Contest:
    Best Overall: Hill Stompers, Happy 15th Anniversary Hill Stomper
    People’s Choice Award: Los Alamos Retirement Community, Minions
    Best Business Traditional: Flowers by Gillian, The Flower Lady
    Best Business Contemporary: Aspen Copies & Office Supply, DANBO
    Best Organization Traditional: Habitat for Humanity EVLA, Hank from Habitat for Humanity    
    Best Organization Contemporary: Canyoncito Montessori School, Pajama Hero    
    Best Family Traditional: Jerre Walterscheid, Mardi Gras Grannie
    Best Family Contemporary: Tonelli-Shipman Crew, “Friends not Enemies”
    The “Cowboy” Monster Award:  LA Historical Society, Frank
    The “Brainless” Award:  New Mexico Dance Theater, Performance Company “If I only had a Brain”
    “David Sutton Look- Alike” Award: KRSN, The Morning Man
    “Awesome Acrobatics” Award: LA School of Gymnastics-Female Gymnast
    “Gold Medal Bars” Award: LA School of Gymnastics-Male Gymnast on Bars
    Team Leader Award: Los Alamos Team 4-H, Join LA Team 4-H

  • 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.

    “Sea Monsters” Planetarium film premier and presentation at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Afterward, watch fossil hunters in remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. See the animals come to life on the full-dome screen. Suitable for ages 6 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    “One Act Plays” at 7 p.m. at Los Alamos High School Blackbox Theater, 1300 Diamond Drive. LAHS Olions presents “One Act Plays,” written and produced by students. The performance continues at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $5 for students and $7 for adults.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest performance of the 8x10s, eight  10-minute plays creating an evening of theatre. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 21. Tickets at CB Fox, Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.
    Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest performance of the 8x10s, eight  10-minute plays. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Nov. 21. Tickets at CB Fox, Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.

    Los Alamos Diwali celebration from 6:30-10 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. India House will be catering the food.

  • 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.

  • Matt Hanson, a member of New Mexico’s film industry, has been given the opportunity to re-score a classic film for re-release through New Mexico’s film workers union. During Saturday night’s “A Night in Manhattan” at Fuller Lodge, Hanson will perform an original arrangement of Chopin, with Juanita Madland playing piano in accompaniment.
    Earlier this year, Hanson was introduced to Jon Hendry, the head of the International Alliance of Theater and Stage Employees union and asked to re-score the music for Salt of the Earth, a 1954 classic movie about Mexican-American workers who protested unsafe work conditions and unequal wages compared to their Anglo counterparts at New Mexico’s Empire Zinc Mine in Silver City.

  • Art exhibits
    “Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time.” Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. Photographer Adriel Heisey re-photographed some of Southwest’s most significant archeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, photographed in 1929. Exhibit runs through May 2017.

    Museum of Spanish Colonial Art exhibit: “Starry Night – A Nativity Tableau set in the hills of Northern New Mexico” at 750 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.  
    Art tours
    Allan Houser Studio and Sculpture Garden Tours. Arranged by appointment. The Sculpture Gardens are located 20 miles south of Santa Fe, and the tours last approximately two hours. There is a $25/person fee for the guided tours. To schedule, call 471-1528. David Rettig, curator of Collections for the Allan Houser Estate will lead a tour for collectors and special guests.

  • 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