Today's Features

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society will host a lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday upstairs at the Mesa Public Library. Dr. Nikki Nojima Louis will speak on her experiences as a Japanese American in World War II and beyond.
    Nojima Louis has lived through two historic dates for Japanese Americans: Dec. 7, 1941, identified as “the date that will live in infamy,” by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Feb. 19, 1942, the date President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry. This was when two-thirds of them American citizens, to be placed in barb-wired “relocation camps.”  
    Nojima Louis will provide a historic overview of Japanese American immigration, incarceration, and self-determination that compares and contrasts her own experiences to those of other Americans who lived in the mid-20th century. She looks forward to a “talk back” with the audience addressing issues of class, race and identity, the importance of story telling and the winds of change that transform our lives.  
    Nojima Louis was celebrating her fourth birthday on Dece. 7, 1941, when the FBI entered her home in Seattle and took her father away. He ended up in a place called Santa Fe, while Nikki and her mother were incarcerated in a camp in Minidoka, Idaho.

  • Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum is looking for volunteers for the upcoming busy tourist season.
    A free annual volunteer training series about the community’s history and historic district will be offered from 3-4 p.m. every Thursday in April and May. The trainings started last week in the Museum Classroom in Fuller Lodge.
    The training includes engaging lectures on Los Alamos history with a different theme each week and an emphasis on visitor engagement and customer service throughout.
    Training is open to the public, and registration is not required. Anyone high-school age and up is encouraged to attend.
    The sessions are part of the Historical Society’s volunteer certification program, where volunteers are trained to serve in the Museum Shop, as tour guides or as guides to the homestead-era Romero Cabin and the historic Hans Bethe House.
    Museum docents work one to four shifts a month. Shifts are four hours.
    Tasks include greeting and orienting visitors, answering questions about Los Alamos history and the community, and making sales in the Museum Shop.
    Romero Cabin docents share the community’s homestead history with visitors.

    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    Chapter AK, P.E.O., meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Emma Stafford, 30 Paige Circle in White Rock. Stafford  will provide a program on homeschooling. Joanie Budzileni is the co-hostess. RSVP to Emma at 672-0540.

    Nature Playtimes from 10-11 a.m. at Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Historical Society lecture at 7 p.m. upstairs at the Mesa Public Library. Dr. Nikki Nojima Louis will speak on her experiences as a Japanese American in World War II and beyond.
    Kiwanis meeting from noon to 1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos. Greg Fisher, economic vitality director for Los Alamos County, will speak on the state of the county economy.


    Selvi Viswanathan is unique. The 2016 Los Alamos Treasure is always dressed in a colorful sari, and it is difficult to miss this charming import.  
    People see an intelligent, soft-spoken, feminine woman who takes time to make everyone around her feel comfortable.  
    It is never easy to fit into another culture, even when that culture is known as a melting pot. Viswanathan achieved this and prospered in the process. The first 29 years of her life were spent in Berhampur Odisha, Tamil-speaking south India. In 1967, fresh from an arranged marriage, Viswanathan traveled alone from Bombay to New York City, delayed a week from accompanying her new husband, V.K. (Nathan) Viswanathan, by a visa holdup.
    Although she had taught teenagers for eight years in India, Viswanathan had never really been alone – never walked outside without family or friends, certainly never taken a plane trip by herself.  
    She managed her fright and took the trip because “it had to be  done.”


    “Quietly effective and caring,” “absolutely reliable,” “hardworking,”  “friendly,” “outgoing,” “competent,” “sincere,” “deeply respected,” “can’t say no,” “our community could use a thousand more like him.”  
    Charles Robert Tallman is being honored as a 2016 Living Treasure for many reasons – none more so than this high personal regard.
    Tallman belongs to that group of long-term residents who form the backbone of much of Los Alamos’ civic life. After his arrival here in 1962 with his wife Janet and two children, David and Katherine, Tallman wasted little time embracing his new community.


    Anyone who has lived in Los Alamos during the last 35 years was sure to see a small, cheerful, dark-haired woman pitching in at a community project downtown, or at Mountain School, county council, the United Church, Rotary or Casa Mesita.
     It’s Nona Bowman, all Southern accent and Western energy – a 2016 Los Alamos Living Treasure.
    Bowman has been a fixture on the Los Alamos volunteer scene since 1982, when she, husband Charlie, and their two young children, Brenda and David, moved here in response to Charlie’s job offer from the Los Alamos Laboratory. (He subsequently managed the neutron science program, became a Lab fellow, and started his own technical business.)  
    Bowman began teaching in the Gate gifted student program, earning a reputation as an energetic teacher able to bring difficult concepts alive. She retired at age 64 in 1998, after more than 15 years.
    Bowman also immersed herself in the larger community. Her best-known Los Alamos role centers on her eight-year Los Alamos County Council membership.
    Elected in November 2002, she was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2006 and served a stint as council chair – evidence of her colleagues’ respect.

  • The Los Alamos Mountaineers will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. April 20 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Speaker Kevin Stillman will give a presentation on the state of the Bandelier backcountry and trails post Las Conchas fire.
    A social and reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m. Program at 7:30 p.m. There will be a slideshow and presentation about the Conchas fire and the floods of 2011 and 2013, how the backcountry and trails were affected, and where Bandelier is in rebuilding the trail system.
    Stillman is the trail work leader at Bandelier. He has worked at Bandelier for seven years and has hiked and backpacked in Bandelier and the surrounding area for many years.

  • 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.
    Gracie—A 7-year-old tabby who was surrendered when her elderly owner could no longer care for her. She’s very shy and is still adjusting to life in the cat room. She prefers a quiet, calm house, and she doesn’t mind the company of cat-friendly dogs!
    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!

  • The second annual Los Alamos Volunteer Fair will start at 2 p.m. Saturday on the UNM-LA campus, building No. 2.

    The goal of the Volunteer Fair, hosted by the 2016 Leadership Los Alamos special projects committee, is to “connect potential volunteers with organizations in need of volunteers.”

    This year’s Los Alamos Leadership Team for the fair is compiling this information into a database and will have it available for the public by summer. Organizations are encouraged to contact losalamosvolunteerfair@gmail.com if they would like to attend the fair or if they have questions or comments about this effort.

  • Ari Le is a post-doc student from MIT with a four-year appointment at Los Alamos National Laboratory, working in the XCP6 group. Le is also the winner of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra’s Concerto competition.  
    Le will solo with that group at 2:30 p.m April 17 at St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art in downtown Santa Fe, playing the “Lachrymea for Viola and Strings” by Britten.  
    The concert will also feature Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and the world premier of “Benthic Metropolis” by Santa Fe Composer Keith Allegretto. David Chavez is the guest conductor.  Admission is free.  Donations are appreciated.