Today's Features

  • The U.S. Postal Service will begin celebrating the National Park Service’s Aug. 25 centennial just in time for summer vacation letter writing by issuing a pane of stunning forever stamps depicting 16 examples of national treasures.
    To create buzz and excitement among national park fans, each stamp will be previewed alphabetically over the next three weeks, beginning Monday.
    “These stamps celebrate the 100th anniversary of the national parks and depict the beauty and diversity of these national treasures,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. “They serve as an inspiration for Americans to visit, learn and then write about their cherished memories of trips to these incredible wonders.”
    “This set of stamps will take people on a journey to some of the most amazing places in the world,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “We are thrilled that the 16 national park stamps issued in ’16 for the centennial depict the variety of parks that collectively tell the story of our country.”

  • 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 our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped a few weeks ago. He’s still adjusting to life at the shelter and interaction with humans, so check back in a few weeks for more information about Juan.
    Queenie—A 1.5-year-old shorthaired black cat that was surrendered due to a housing situation change. The owners were very sad to surrender her, and Friends of the Shelter wants to find her a great new home! Queenie is currently recovering from her spay surgery, so shelter staff and volunteers will start interacting with her when she’s feeling better. Check back soon for more information.

  • April 3-9
    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. Lunch eservations must be made by 10 a.m.
    Betty Ehart

    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion
    11:30 a.m.        BBQ Pulled Pork Bun
    Noon        Broadway singer Seph             Stanek preview Concert
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Beer Battered Cod    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis

    April Night Sky Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    Parkinson’s Disease discussion from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on the lower level of the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Lori Erickson, Physical Therapist at Los Alamos Medical Center, and Dr. Miles Nelson, president of A Nurse in the Family, will lead the discussion. People facing this disease as well as caregivers and family members are invited. Refreshments will be provided. Call 662-8920 by March 31 to attend.  

    Feature Film: “From Earth to the Universe” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy 180 degrees of entertainment. Join us on a colorful and inspiring journey through our universe. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.  

    Young at Heart Hike at 2:30 p.m. offered by PEEC. A hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.
    Cowboy breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. Pain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and a seasonal surprise pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under.

  • One of the signs of spring in the Jemez Mountains is male elk and deer shedding their antlers.  People like to collect these ”sheds,” which is OK on private land or areas administered by the Bureau of Land Management or the U.S. Forest Service.
    This practice is illegal on the Valles Caldera National Preserve or Bandelier National Monument, or other National Park Service areas.
    Federal regulations forbid the removal of any park property, which not only includes antlers, but also bones, skulls, rocks, flowers and artifacts like arrowheads, pot sherds and old bottles and cans.  Anyone who collects antlers or other items protected by law in Bandelier or the Valles Caldera Preserve can be fined or barred from the area for life.
    Most national parks are considered living museums, where everything in the park is important to the story that is told there or to the natural functioning of the park’s ecosystem.

  • Director Laurie Tomlinson and producer Gretchen Amstutz have announced the cast for the Los Alamos Little Theater’s May production of “Steel Magnolias.”   
    The six women cast are Dianne Wilburn, Holly Robinson, Carolyn Conner, Jacinta Lestone, Trisha Werner and Andi Bishofberger.
    The play will have six evening performances, May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21, and two matinees on May 8 and 9.

  • Well I made it! The interesting or stupid thought, as the case may be, is all based on a memory.
    I never thought I would live to be more than 47. It was just a thought in the back of my mind based on a conversation from when I was about 13.
    I had a foot race with my mom, she ran way faster than me.
    When I was done, I said, “Did you ever think you’d live to be this old?” I recall she was almost offended by the question, but I was wondering aloud, if she ever saw herself at this age. After all, when we were 13, did we?
    The funny thing is at the time, she really would have been 37, not 47, but all these years, I always thought I could never imagine living to be 47. Truth be told, 37 would have been a lot easier to believe.
    It makes me wonder, for better and for worse, what memories do we create for our children?
    I have always been cognizant of what the earliest memory would be for our children based on my own, but the retention age for everyone can vary quite a bit.
    I wonder from time to time what the good lasting memories might be for them.
    Our goal as parents is to allow each child a puppy of their own, that they buy with their own money, pick the name themselves, etc.

  • ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Some University of New Mexico students will have to pay more per semester now that regents have approved a 2.5 tuition hike and a 10 percent increase in student fees.
    The regents voted on the increases during their budget summit Tuesday.
    The university’s administration had proposed a 3 percent tuition increase, but regents moved to lessen the amount after hearing from faculty and student representatives.
    Regents did approve tuition increases for the university’s branch campuses, but agreed to a 1.1 percent tuition decrease for medical school students.

  • Gail Rubin is the featured speaker in Mesa Public Library’s ongoing Authors Speak series at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Library’s upstairs rotunda.
    Her award-winning book “A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die,” brings light to a dark subject.
    The book was awarded Best of Show in the 2011 New Mexico Book Awards and was a finalist in the Family and Relationships category of the 2010 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Reviews. She uses humor to talk about one of the touchiest subjects there is: Death.
    The talks are free and begin at 7 p.m., on the fourth Thursday of each month, followed by the opportunity to meet the authors and enjoy refreshments.

  • Did you know that last weekend, there was no Saturday School at LAHS? Last Saturday, it was, “Matter Day School.”
    Kudos to LAHS teacher Lynn Ovaska and her Natural Helpers crew. As usual Ovaska took a student idea, raised it to a factor of three and blew the doors off the barn once again.
    OK, so I made up the word Matter Day, but we spent time celebrating all that kids love and taking their ideas to the next level.
    Friday there was dancing, henna painting and karaoke in the cafeteria, a freshmen duct tape fundraiser with Scott Reynolds hanging high, followed by some pep rally fun reminiscent of the original ’Topper Man when none other than Gary Houfek entered the building wielding cheese like the arrival of royalty.
    While naturally the Class of 2016 brought that ’Topper Spirit to earn the love of Houfek, the baton was passed to the future of ’Topper Spirit, teacher Stephanie Abney. Who knows what the future holds.
    As is pure ’Topper fashion we don’t go lightly without raising some funds for our fellow man. Freshmen Derek Kober raised well over the $750 mark to ensure that not only he, but also Principal Brad Parker and Assistant Principal Carter Payne signed on for the shave off as well. Bald is beautiful and it will roam the halls well into late spring.