Today's Features

  • Competitors of all ages are once again waxing up their snow shovels for the world famous Angel Fire Resort Shovel Race Championships, presented by Lowe’s Valley Market. Racers from all over the country compete by sitting on the scoop of a standard aluminum snow shovel, handle pointed downhill, and then lift their hands and feet to allow gravity to take them for a ride. Each rider gets two shots to clock the fastest time down the front of the Angel Fire ski mountain and top speeds regularly exceed 60 miles per hour. The practice session will be Friday, with the competition scheduled for Saturday.  
    Shovel racing began as a simple contest in the 1970s when lift operators would ride their shovels down the mountain at the end of their shifts.
    “Three hundred sixty three days of the year Angel Fire Resort focuses on offering guests a full mountain of winter and summer activities, but for these two days we also give our guests something unique to watch and cheer for,” said Dan Swanson, director of marketing, Angel Fire Resort. “We are one of only a handful of resorts world-wide where they offer Shovel Racing as a competitive sport.”
    Racing categories include:
    Little Scoops (ages 6-9)
    Youth (ages 10-13)
    Junior (ages 14-17)
    Women In Media
    Adult Women (ages 18+)

  • Estrella Del Norte Vineyard, near Santa Fe will use one of Santa Fe’s iconic figures, Zozobra, on their wine label “Zozobra Red — Red Table Wine.”
    Use of the Zozobra brand will help promote more awareness about one of the community’s largest events that funds much of the good work the Kiwanis Club is able to do for Santa Fe.
    Zozobra will have his debut into the Santa Fe wine scene following the bottling and labeling at Estrella Del Norte Vineyard by the end of February when it will be released. Tastings as well as an opportunity to purchase the wine at the vineyard estate is available. The winery is 15 minutes north of Santa Fe in the Pojoaque/Nambé valley.
    The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe is an important part of the international Kiwanis Club organization. Originally formed on April 25, 1921, the club has had a significant impact on the children and community of Santa Fe.
    In addition to helping more than 155 students with more than $450,000 for college scholarships, the club has also had an important hand in many community service projects, such as the organization of the annual Pinewood Derby, building a computer lab for St. Catherine’s Indian school, and the Kamp Kiwanis camping facility and program for handicapped children.

  • Jemez Springs Public Library presents author of the Wind River Mysteries, Margaret Coel.
    This author talk is also to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Jemez Springs Public Library.
    The Colorado resident is a mystery writer with stories set in the southwest, and some have said the works have a Hillerman flair.
    Coel will be selling and signing her work, 2 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Jemez Springs Presbyterian Church Community Room.
    Coel is the New York Times best-selling author of the Wind River mystery series set among the Arapahos on Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation and featuring Jesuit priest Father John O’Malley and Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden.
    The novels have received wide recognition. They have been on the bestseller lists of numerous newspapers, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. Five novels have received the Colorado Book Award. “The Spirit Woman,” recieved the Willa Cather Award for Best Novel of the West and was a finalist for the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award for Best Novel.

  • Today
    Free Film Series. “The Apartment.” 6:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library.

    The Los Alamos Master Gardeners February meeting will be 7 p.m. at the White Rock Youth Center (formerly, White Rock Town Hall). The program will be “Bonsai Succulents” given by Extension Agent Carlos Valdez.

    LWV and Sierra Club presents, “BagIt, the Movie.” 7 p.m. at the Reel Deal Theater. $5 adults (children under 18 free).  Still undecided about banning bag? This film will convince people of the need to join the 22 nations and 133 U.S. cities and counties to ban the single-use plastic shopping bag in Los Alamos. scientificamerican.com/article/do-plastic-bag-bans-work/.

    The Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry exhibit in the Upstairs Art Gallery. On display daily through Feb. 20.

    “In Bounds.” Abstract expressionism in “The Heat of the Day,” by Dianna Shomaker. Daily Jan. 31-Feb. 22 in the Portal Gallery.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Customers can fill a brown paper sack with whatever they wish for $5. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

  • Best Picture. Best Director. Best Writing. Best Art Direction. Best Film Editing. “The Apartment” (1960) swept the 33rd Annual Academy Awards. Decide how it holds up to contemporary standards on Thursday when the film reignites the big screen at Mesa Public Library.
    One of the last black-and-white films to win an Oscar for Best Picture, director Billy Wilder’s “The Apartment” is a quiet comedic drama about a man, C.C. Baxter (the young, ungrumpy Jack Lemmon), who has devised a creative if ethically misguided way to distinguish himself from his 32,000 or so co-workers at Consolidated Life, an insurance company in New York.
    Baxter has been lending his cozy, well-located apartment to the higher-ups at his office for their extramarital enjoyments, hoping they’ll put in a good word for him with Mr. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray) up on the 27th floor.
    But as the old gypsy curse says, be careful what you wish for. When his plan succeeds, not only does he have the usual problems associated with avoiding his own domicile in the middle of the night, but Sheldrake’s girl is someone Baxter knows and would really like to have in his apartment sans Sheldrake.

  • Individual and group registrations for a “Got Dance?” Contest Showcase are now open at The Family YMCA. The contest is limited to 24 acts. Acts may register in person at the Y, or by phone.
    The contest showcase will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 24 at New Beginnings Fellowship Church, with “People’s Choice” and “Judges” awards given. The contest is a fundraiser for Y scholarships with tickets available at the door for $10 per person. Registration is open until April 10.
    Acts must apply through a free registration process at the Y, 1450 Iris Street, online at laymca.org under the “Dance” category, or by phone. For questions call Diana Martinez at 662-3100.

  • Tracy Juechter, who holds a master’s degree in school counseling, will be giving a demonstration of the Alcohol Literacy Challenge (ALC) underage drinking prevention program.
    The ALC has been proven to reduce underage and binge drinking in six published studies. The program challenges a person’s expectancies (i.e., beliefs) about alcohol by teaching that most of the good effects of drinking are caused by the mental associations a person has with alcohol, rather than the actual chemical effects alcohol causes in a person’s body.
    The presentation is 5:30 p.m. today at Duane W. Smith Auditorium. The program will soon debut in Los Alamos schools and the public is welcome take the challenge for one’s own beliefs about drinking.
    Students who understand that they’re responsible for most of the positive effects associated with alcohol naturally drink less.

  • Have you ever wanted to start your own business? Learn the process of starting a successful company from someone who has both academic training in entrepreneurship and the experience of turning his garage-invented technology into a multimillion-dollar business.
    “Everybody has an idea,” said Nicholas Seet, who will teach Intro to Entrepreneurship (Business Plan Development) at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos during the spring semester. “During this class I will give you the steps you need to take to turn your idea into a profitable business.”
    Seet explained in a recent interview that everyone should “look before they leap” and to create a business plan to avoid making costly mistakes.
    “You never know exactly how things will play out when you start a business, but you can use your business plan to put your best guess of what you think you’ll need, explore your ideas, and think through all the details of your business before you start spending money,” Seet said.

  • Daddy/Daughter
    Valentine dance today

    The Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division will host the annual Valentine’s Dessert Dances at Fuller Lodge in February.
    The Daddy/Daughter event is today, the Mother/Son event is Feb. 11 and the Family Dance is Feb. 12. All events are from 6-8:30 p.m. and includes light refreshments, dancing, a craft project and a digital photo keepsake.
    The cost for the event is $16 per couple, $8 for each additional child and $30 per family (includes two adults and two children.) The event is limited to 80 participants.
    For more information about “Dessert Dances,” visit the website at losalamosnm.us/rec or contact the LAC Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division at 662-8170.

    Hilltalkers reschedule bake sale for Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team have rescheduled its bake sale fundraiser from 3-6 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Drive.
    The high school speech and debate team will be accepting donations in exchange for homemade treats including spanakopita, red bean paste buns, macaroons, caramels, brownies, cookies, breads and cakes.
    Baked goods will be available in small portions, as well as whole cakes and loaves.

  • “You could be that one person to make a difference in the life of a teen,” challenged Jason Sole, author of the book “From Prison to Ph.D.” Sole carries a heavy rap sheet from his past.
    A former drug dealer and gang-banger, Sole put in years of hard work and found the courage and resilience to turn his life around.
    He is now a proud family man and an assistant professor of criminal justice. He manages his own consulting business and tours the country as a motivational speaker, a gang prevention specialist and a trainer for the One Circle Foundation.
    Sole attributes much of his success to the mentors in his life — the people who believed in him and his ability to realize his full potential.
    Sponsored by the Los Alamos JJAB and funding from CYFD, Sole recently traveled from Minnesota to Los Alamos to lead a training program for facilitators of the Council for Boys and Young Men. Twenty-four professionals from New Mexico and Colorado gathered to participate.
    “This was one of the best trainings I have ever attended,” said Michelangelo Lobato, counselor at Chamisa Elementary School.