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Today's Features

  • On July 4, I read an Associated Press story about Marines in Afghanistan. They were hauling weight-buckling packs, the reporter wrote, and walking a many miles in sweltering 100-degree heat.

    Since it was Independence Day, the Marines mentioned that people back at home were celebrating the holiday.   

  • Art is never static. The last word can be typed on the page or the curtain can fall after the final scene, but the work still goes on. For instance, local playwright Robert Benjamin wrote “Parted Waters” and had it performed in Phoenix. Since then, the play has been through some revisions and Benjamin is ready to unveil “Parted Waters,” in its newest form to Los Alamos.

  • Los Alamos County  residents and visitors will have one more opportunity to visit a mobile museum right in their own back yard when the Van of Enchantment returns with a brand new exhibit on the history of the railroads in New Mexico.  A museum on wheels, the Van of Enchantment is a converted RV that tours New Mexico carrying artifacts and materials from New Mexico’s state  museums and monuments. The Van of Enchantment, also known as ‘Vanna,’ brings its contents to life with dynamic activities inside and outside in the adjacent tented activity area.

  • There’s no need to wait for your 18th birthday to attend college. Kids entering the first through 12th grades can learn new skills and have a great time on the UNM-LA campus this summer.

    As usual, UNM-LA will hold Children’s College, now in its 25th year. This year UNM-LA will partner with Pajarito Environmental Education Center and incorporate a nature hike. Children’s College will be held from Aug. 3-7. Children’s College focuses on a fun science-oriented curriculum.

  • On Wednesday, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer a butterfly identification class taught by butterfly expert Steve Cary.  

    Attendees at the PEEC Annual Dinner in 2007 will remember Cary’s talk and slides of butterflies of New Mexico.  In the class, participants will learn to identify local butterflies.

  • First the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series brought music from Africa to the county; now, it is moving south of the U.S.A.

    Texas troubadour Danny Santos will bring in his mix of Tejano music, which is a mix of Texan and Mexican music, along with some Americano style music.

    “He’s going to bring something for a different audience,” concert organizer Russ Gordon said. “The audience who likes folk. We (the concert series) play a lot of Americano and folk music.”

  • My nephew loves Transformers. He has the toys, the stickers, the pajamas, and adores Autobot heroes Bumblebee and Optimus Prime.

    He also went to see the new Transformers movie and loved it. I’m sure he loved it for all the cool robots and the great transformations that they performed.

  • Compared to other counties, Los Alamos’ history seems relatively short, but certainly not uneventful.

    The same can be said about its art. Local art is multifaceted, abstract, realistic, nostalgic and poignant. It can be spotted anywhere from the side of the road to a museum wall.

    Besides its abundance, art has also had a long presence in Los Alamos. It’s always been here, right down to the petroglyphs etched in canyon walls.

  • Before Los Alamos’ Day at the Isotopes stadium, the last baseball game I attended was in Havana, Cuba.

    It felt a little surreal watching America’s favorite pastime in a foreign country. None of the sights I had grown accustomed to at a ball field were visible. There were no spectators sipping beer or munching on hot dogs and the stadium was completely bare of a glitzy scoreboard with dancing lights and electronic sounds.

  • Perhaps its producers thought billing it as a comedy would be a bigger draw – believing, maybe, that people prefer to laugh than to think, or to identify, or to care. But “The Milagro Beanfield War,” directed by Robert Redford, is most of all a sweet movie, full of adorable characters happy to shoot old pistols when they have to.