Today's Features

  • This is the time of year when secretly I may be singing to myself, Andy Williams, It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
    I have never been fond of heading back to school, because I enjoy being at home with my kids. However, I do enjoy seeing everyone else’s children again. I miss those faces during the summer.
    I remember being a first grade parent outside the door and being so excited to see everyone again.
    I want to encourage everyone to start the year on a positive note. Try to find kind and encouraging words to say and start off on a positive note because it really does set the tone for the day.
    If you have seventh grader or a freshman, make sure they attend the orientations planned for them at Los Alamos Middle and High School. More than 125 students and countless adults have spent many hours in leadership training to welcome them and ease their transition.
    One reason I love the WEB and Link Crew programs is that they are grounded in the 40 Developmental Assets framework.
    Make sure you attend open house events, meet key people, hear important information and demonstrate to your children that parent engagement matters. They to see you care, so they care too.

  • The movie “Granite Mountain” will return to Los Alamos this week to film scenes on Camp May Road, the Justice Center, the detention center and private residences in Los Alamos and White Rock. The film and staging will take place at the following locations and times:
    • Sullivan Field Parking Lot—will be closed from 6 a.m. Monday through 9 p.m. Friday for staging of 10-12 large film trailers. Public access will be around the perimeter of the parking lot, including the dumpsters.
    • Camp May Road, Camp May, Pajarito Mountain and resort facilities will be closed from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 9 p.m. for filming.
    Elizabeth Gabel casting agency is still accepting applications for paid extras for the scene being filmed on Camp May Road on Wednesday. Anyone interested in applying should email a photo with name, height, weight and phone number to egabelcasting@gmail.com, and include the year, color, and make of their car. Put “Los Alamos” in the subject line.
    • White Rock Overlook Point will be closed beginning on Thursday at 9 a.m. AM through Saturday at 5 p.m.
    • The Justice Center will be the site of filming scheduled for Friday beginning at 6 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. During that time, the Justice Center will be open, but there will be no public access to the second floor of the building.

  • July 18 —A boy. Michael Douglas Keen. Born to Courtney Fortran and Christopher Keen.
    July 7 —A girl. Cecilia Charlotte. Born to Suzi and RJ Montaño.
    July 28 — A girl. Novalee Maxine. Born to McKenzie Bailey and Chase Enterline.


  • Aug. 7-13
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Enchilada
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Eggplant & Pasta
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.         Cardio Plus Exercise    
    10:30 a.m.        Music with Ruth
    10:30 a.m.        AARP Meeting    
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Grilled Pork Chop

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Monroe, Sam, Jobin, Mudpie, Fireball, and Popsicle—Recently transferred to the shelter from a high-kill New Mexico shelter. They are all young, rambunctious, and ready to steal her new owners’ heart! Popsicle is a gorgeous, all-white longhaired Turkish angora with stunning blue eyes and a heart of gold. Monroe is a shorthaired all-white kitty with one green eye and one blue eye. This sweetie would love to snuggle all day if given the chance. Jobin should have been named Fireball! This little tabby loves to play, and he gets along well with other cats. Sam, Mudpie and Fireball were all at the vet, so the shelter report writer hasn’t met them yet, but potential adopters can stop in to say hi!

  • The movie “Granite Mountain” will be shooting a large scene in Los Alamos on Aug. 5 and is seeking paid extras to work in the film.
    The production, starring Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges and Miles Teller, is the story of the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of wildland firefighters that courageously battled one of the worst wildfires in history to save an Arizona town.
    The production is looking for men, women and children, dogs and cats, people with horse trailers and boats and cars.  
    The crew is casting police officers, fire fighters and families evacuating their homes. Email a photo with name, height, weight and phone number to egabelcasting@gmail.com. Put Los Alamos in the subject line. Also include the year, color and make of your car.

  • The Santa Fe National Forest lifted campfire and smoking restrictions Thursday after widespread rain across the forest and fire danger decreased. The forest implemented Stage I fire restrictions on July 15 based on dry conditions and higher-than-normal temperatures.
    Forest managers use several criteria to determine when to lift fire restrictions, including current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources. The arrival of monsoonal moisture has eased the dry conditions that led to restrictions and decreased fire danger to moderate.
    Although Stage I restrictions on campfires and smoking will be lifted, forest managers urge visitors to continue to use caution around campfires and other potential ignition sources by following campfire safety procedures.

  • The Valles Caldera National Preserve is offering a reward for information about the recent theft of firefighting equipment.
    Special agents with the Investigative Services Branch and U.S. Park Rangers of Valles Caldera National Preserve are seeking information about the recent theft of crucial wildland firefighting equipment, apparently taken between 6 p.m. July 23 and 11 a.m. July 24.
    According to investigators, someone forcibly entered a closed area in the preserve, broke into several storage units and stole a significant amount of equipment that is part of the National Park Service firefighting program.
    The items taken include a utility task vehicle, an equipment trailer, drip torches, fuel cells, gas cans, tools, pumps, generators and compressors.
    The wildland fire crew using the equipment was working on the Big Hat Fire in the preserve when the theft occurred. The crew had recently returned from the Dog Head Fire in Albuquerque and from other fire assignments in New Mexico and Arizona.
    The loss of this equipment will impact interagency firefighting operations in northern New Mexico for the rest of the year, according to National Park officials.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program has had a tremendous start this summer, with some 2,000 hikes reporters in the first few months.
    This popular program is a way to get families outside, exploring the trails together, according to PEEC’s spokeswoman Sandra West.
    The program is a partnership between PEEC, Los Alamos County, Bandelier, and the Valles Caldera with generous support from the Delle Foundation.
    Hikers that use the program enjoy the trails in the passport, which are also included in PEEC’s free Los Alamos Trails app for iOS and Android operating systems, and look for a wooden post with a specially designed rubbing plate.
    Each trail has its own custom-designed plate, with artwork by Heather Ward. When the hikers find the post, they make a crayon rubbing of the plate to “stamp” their passports.  After two, five, eight, 12 and 16 hikes, they bring their passports to the PEEC Nature Center to record the hikes on the giant bar graph and receive their prizes.
    Children are especially fond of the whistle/compass combination that they receive for two hikes, and adults love the bandana printed with all the Los Alamos trails that is the prize for 8 hikes, West said in a release about the program.