Today's Features

  • The Los Alamos Monitor has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.

  • The Los Alamos Big Band, under the direction of Jan McDonald, will host a free community concert and dance from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 9 at Fuller Lodge.  McDonald, a renowned jazz musician and former director of the Los Alamos High School Marching Band, said, “Los Alamos has been good to us for so many years. We’d like to give back, especially now after the fire and evacuation. We want to provide an opportunity for the community to relax and have a good time. We thought this (free performance) would be a good way to say ‘thanks’ and lift everyone’s spirits after a difficult summer.”

  • On Sunday, September 4th, Janie O’Rourke will lead a hike for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 11 a.m. Sunday, along the Anniversary.  This two to three-mile hike has steep sections and affords beautiful views.
    The Anniversary Trail was dedicated in 1993 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the town of Los Alamos. The east end of the trail follows the alignment of the original road constructed in 1921 for Los Alamos Ranch School and the homesteaders living on Los Alamos Mesa.  
    Forty years later, building materials for the Manhattan Project had to be hauled up to Los Alamos using the steep and narrow switchbacks that had been hewn into the mesa bluff.

  • He thrashes his head from side to side, giant red lips opening and closing, as he moans and groans at the crowd. He flails his huge paper mache arms and sometimes flips the crowd the bird. He sports a different color of hair each year and his bowtie, cummerbund and cuffs are always a different color, too; something that onlookers have come to anticipate. Sometimes he wears earrings, other times his lobes are bare.
    The fire dancer taunts him with a torch, while dancing around the 50-foot effigy. He never knows when his flowing tunic will be ignited, sparking the end to his “life,” which in turn incites a roar of approval from the crowd, complete with whistling and chants of “Burn him! Burn him!”

  •  U.S. Senator Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for internships in his Washington, D.C. or state offices. To apply online, visit www.tomudall.senate.gov/?p=internships  or www.tomudall.senate.gov.  
    Internships are available in the Washington D.C., Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Carlsbad and Santa Fe Offices. Deadline to apply for Washington internships is Sept. 15. State internship deadlines are flexible.  

  • Otowi Station Bookstore is sponsoring a book drive to help replace chapter books damaged in a recent flood in the library of Aspen Elementary School. According to Librarian Lisa Laprairie-Whitacre, rainwater from a thunderstorm flowed in through the windows, onto the tops of the bookshelves and down four bookshelves. Chapter books written by authors’ last names beginning with F through R were damaged or destroyed in the flood.

  • Mackenzie Wehner was the guest speaker at a recent Rotary Club meeting, received a $27,000 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship for a year of academic study at Cambridge University, England. Wehner’s scholarship is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos under the auspices of Rotary District 5520, which encompasses all of New Mexico and West Texas.
    Wehner, who was born and raised in Los Alamos, graduated from LAHS in 2004. She is the daughter of Tom Wehner and Barbara Lange, now of Santa Fe.  
    Wehner earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale and has completed three of four years of medical school at Stanford University.

  • Today
     Geekout game night will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m., upstairs in the Mesa Public Library.

    A Tsankawi Evening Walk will be at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 672-3861, ext. 517. The walk is free.

    Los Alamos Medical Center’s “To Your Health” community education series continues from 6:30-7:30 p.m., as Dr. Jonathon Owen of Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico will speak on “Prevention and Screening for Chronic Kidney Disease” in the large conference room.

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents “The Social Network,” rated PG 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library.

  • Kiwanis recently awarded the first Jeannette Wallace Memorial Scholarship to Keanna Cohen. On the occasion of the presentation, Terry Wallace Jr., son of the late Rep. Jeannette Wallace, presented Kiwanis with a check for $22,975, all of the money that remained in the Wallace election fund. The money will be placed in a permanent fund for the scholarship so that it can be awarded each year. Jeannette had been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos since January 1988 and her husband Terry is also a long-time Kiwanian.

  • I have a pouty lip as I write this week’s column, and there’s a good reason for it. The end of the month marks the end of assets month, which started at the beginning of August, with the help of the Los Alamos County Council.
    I will soon contact council to see what they have done to help spread the assets message, because the winner will receive baked goods from the “assets kitchen.”
    You see, we work pretty hard trying to get the asset message across, trying to tie it into pre-existing programs and projects and trying to teach people how to work it into the course of their day.
    It is the big impact events that help to get the word out, but the little things you do daily keeps it going.