Today's Features

  • ALBUQUERQUE — It is with heavy hearts that the family of 99-year-old Geronima Cruz Montoya announces her passing Jan. 2 at a hospital in Albuquerque.
    “She was surrounded by family and friends,” said Robert Montoya, Montoya’s eldest son. “We knew this day would come. We are happy to have had her in our lives for so long, but we know she is in a better place now.”
    Montoya had spent the last few weeks in three different hospitals in Santa Fe and Albuquerque recovering from surgery to repair her broken left wrist and left hip, which she suffered in a fall at her home in Santa Fe, last month.
    An award winning artist, she was honored by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) with its Lifetime Achievement Award and was the group’s poster artist for the 2010 Indian Market.
    A member of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, she was educated at the Santa Fe Indian School. There she studied under Dorothy Dunn and found her inspiration to hone her craft as a painter. She headed the art program at SFIS from 1937 to 1961 and the St. Catherine’s School in Santa Fe. Hundreds of contemporary American Indian artists began their craft under her tutelage.
    She has also served as a board member of the Wheelwright Museum, SWAIA, the Indian Cultural Museum and the All Indian Pueblo Council Museum.

  • By The Culture Trip

  • Imagine a world where people only think with a “science” mind. Former Los Alamos resident Keith Deininger reflects this way of life in his book, “Ghosts of Eden.”
    The novel is Deininger’s second full-length novel from DarkFuse publishing and stems from his own experiences growing up in Los Alamos.
    “The story is of a 12-year-old orphan and a college dropout who are sent to their uncle’s home in Los Alamos following a family tragedy. The dropout is a drug addict that is struggling to come to grips with a reckless past, while the orphan is trying to discover what her place in the world is. The uncle, whom they have never met before, reveals the true purpose of them being there. They will be shown things that will change their perceptions of the physical universe, because nothing is as it seems, and no one is safe from the terrifying secrets awaiting them. When a strange jar is opened, Eden will be reborn.” — The synopsis is quoted from amazon.com.
    Deininger takes his own experiences while he was living in Los Alamos and blends them into the plots of his stories.
    “There is a kernel of ‘Harry Potter’ in the story,” he said, referring to type of fantasy genre of the J.K. Rowling books.

  • Craig Martin to discuss county Open Space plan

    Craig Martin will give a talk about his plan for the Los Alamos Open Space System, a plan he’s been working on for 15 years. The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center on Orange St.
    The purpose of the plan is to identify the key features of county open space that make Los Alamos a desirable place to live and visit, and to outline ways to protect those important resources. The features identified by the plan are vistas and viewpoints, natural resources, cultural and historical resources, the Los Alamos County Trail Network and open space as trail corridors and “Neighborhood open space.”
    The work on this plan began in the late 1990s when the county established two open space planning committees. Martin’s plan relies heavily on the work of those committees, which represents about four years of work.

  • What can one person do to make the world a better place? In the case of Ruby Selvage, she has done more for others at her young age than most people.
    The list is long and so far, she has given her time to many organizations, including local services House of Hope/Trinity Builders, Empty Bowls, the United Way of Northern New Mexico; and national services Stuffed Animals for Emergencies and Wigs for Kids. When asked how she became interested in volunteering, Selvage puts it simply, “I like helping others.”
    Although only 14 years old, she has already spent many years helping the less fortunate. She has donated her hair twice while in elementary school to Wigs for Kids.
    Now a freshman at Los Alamos High School, she finds time to volunteer any chance she gets. “Some volunteer efforts can be done over a long weekend. Other things, like donating hair just takes time to grow,” Selvage said. “I wish I had time to do more. I have missed many opportunities this year because of school work.”
    She has helped United Way with the Dinner Over Diamond fundraiser, as well as other local fundraisers.

  • Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.am. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Open play reading for “Avenue Q: The Musical.” 7 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theater green room, 1670 Nectar St. The play will be performed in May at LALT in a joint production with Dixon Community Players.

    “The Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry,” exhibit in the Upstairs Art Gallery. The exhibit is based largely on the letters of Caroline Henderson and oral histories recorded and archived by Oklahoma State University, which were also the basis for the Ken Burns film, “The Dust Bowl,” introduced by project scholar Dr. Gloria Cordova.

    Temporary exhibit: Saul Hertz, MD: A pioneer in the Use of Radioactive Isotopes. Daily through Jan. 31 at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Keep It Classy. Ongoing at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    Los Alamos Winter Market. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

    Los Alamos Community aBlood Drive. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Volunteer Association. To make an appointment, call 246-1457 or visit bloodhero.com. All donors will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Visa gift card.

  • Chelsy Smith, of Los Alamos graduated from Arizona State University at the spring 2014 commencement ceremony.

    The following students, from Los Alamos have been named to Eastern New Mexico University’s  Dean’s List for the fall semester: Amethyst Collins, Amanda Dermer, Ian Forsyth, Katie Lofton, Julia Montoya, Matthew Morgan, Caroline Rousculp, Kendall Schneider, Kyle Stephens, Steven Williams and Kiana Zerr.
    To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must complete a minimum of 15 hours of courses with a GPA between 3.25 and 4.00.

  • “The Grapes of Wrath” (1940, unrated), showing Thursday at Mesa Public Library, follows the story of one of hundreds of thousands of Depression-era “Okie” families who head for California and its promises of work.
    In this Oscar-winning film based on John Steinbeck’s classic novel of the same name, the Joads and their neighbors have been forced off land their families have been living on for generations. Some of the sharecroppers try to fight, and watch as bulldozers roll over the rooms they grew up in. Others leave in a hurry, clutching flyers advertising jobs for picking fruit in the Golden State.
    Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) and his parents, grandparents, siblings (including two school-age children), and others choose the latter, heaping themselves into a jalopy clearly not designed to hold 12 passengers and their entire estate. And yet off they go along Route 66, mattress tied over the hood and kids’ legs dangling over the tailgate, eventually reaching the heavily guarded California state line.
    While peaches, apples, oranges and grapes do indeed need picking, there are too many people willing to work, driving wages down below subsistence levels. Camps have sprung up to accommodate pickers and their families, in some cases complete with police and locked gates.

  • The winter months give some a bit of time off to relax and recuperate, but one friendly Los Alamos face seemed to be missing in action just a bit too long.
    Valencia Jenkins, a nurse in the Ambulatory Treatment Unit at the Los Alamos Medical Center was helping her dad back in September prepare for the coming winter. Jenkins was helping her dad tarp his boat, when a slip of the foot led to months of recovery. Jenkins landed on another part of the boat while trying to cover the bow and ended up providing her own initial triage.
    Jenkins found herself on the ground with her left leg actively bleeding and literally split to the bone.
    “I stepped up on the trailer, and pulled the tarp over the bow. I still don’t know how, but I fell,” Jenkins said.
    In addition to a lot of discomfort she experienced nerve damage. The wound was not healing in some areas due to the location and lack of a blood supply. This led to necrosis, which was followed by a surgical procedure to remove the dead tissue.
    “The surgery was successful, but left a large defect, hole in the front of the leg,” Jenkins said. “I have had to go to the wound clinic three times a week since the surgery for dressing changes.”

  • Enchilada dinner benefits youth services

    The American Legion Post 90 and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 90 will have a dinner to benefit youth charities supported by each organization. The dinner will start at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Post Hall.
    Some organizations that will be supported are Wounded Warriors, Boys State, Girls State, Make a Wish Foundation, legion youth shooting sports, legion baseball and the high school oratorical contest, plus many more.
    The legion also has a service officer who helps veterans who need help with VA benefits, such as disability claims and insurance claims.
    Both Unit 90 and Post 90 are active in community affairs and with students. They support athletic teams and the NJROTC. Each year college scholarships are awarded. The enchilada dinner is one of several events projected for the year that will benefit youth and community. Dinner includes beans and posole. Cost is $9 per plate.

    Legislators to speak at session preview

    The 2015 New Mexico legislative session will begin Jan. 20 and continue for 60 days. The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos is coordinating with the American Association of University Women to hold a legislative preview 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge, with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited.