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Today's News

  • Play reading of ‘Harvey’ at LALT

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre will be having a play reading for the classic tale, “Harvey,” which kicks off the 2015-16 season in September.
    Readings will be 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Green Room at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.
    Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary, 6-1/2 foot tall rabbit.
    To avoid future embarrassment for her family — and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae — Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium.
    At the sanitarium, a frantic Veta explains to the staff that her years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also, and so the doctors mistakenly commit her instead of her mild-mannered brother.
    The truth comes out, however, Veta is freed, and the search is on for Elwood, who eventually arrives at the sanitarium of his own volition, looking for Harvey.
    But it seems that Elwood and his invisible companion have had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors.
    Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn’t so bad after all.

  • PAC 8, PEEC collaborate for summer video class

    PAC 8 Community Media Center is offering 18 video classes this summer.
    The classes are a new addition this year that PAC 8 will be partnering with PEEC in six of its video sessions.
    In the “Outdoor Fun” classes, kids will show their point of view about favorite outdoor locations around Los Alamos.
    The videos from each class will be combined into a short “Los Alamos Welcomes You” film to be projected in the nature center’s planetarium on a continuous basis.
    Participants will be involved in various aspects of video production (acting, camera operation, voice-overs, audio and editing).
    Each participant will receive a PEEC T-shirt and DVD of the film. “Outdoor Fun” classes cost $110. An anonymous donor is offering two half-tuition scholarships, based on need, for the “Outdoor Fun” classes.
    PAC 8 is also offering classes in 2-D and 3-D animation, logic music production, GoPro and Drone classes, Google Earth and music videos.
    The first two sessions of the summer classes will be shot at the The Nature Center where the kids will create a short documentary on the new Center.
    These classes cost $90. Pay for classes at least two weeks before they start.
    Class size is limited to six students per teacher.

  • Assets in Action: Lay off pressures for last two weeks of school year

    My column this week is about a variety of assets. You can pick one or try to do them all: family support, positive family communication, caring school climate, caring for others.
    I would like everyone to understand the stress on youth and school staff as the year winds down. I just want to take a minute and give a nod to school staff and how hard this year in particular is with PARCC, final exams, end of course, etc.
    However, my main focus this week is on youth and how we as a community need to step up for the next two weeks. We need to understand the pressure, real or perceived, we need to be understanding, we need to have conversations around fun stuff that doesn’t involve academics.
    It doesn’t matter if you have school-aged kids or not, you too can step up and be a support system. Pass a kid on the sidewalk, look them in the eye and say hello, how’s it going, almost summer.
    The song by A Great Big World, “Say Something,” keeps coming to mind.
    Tensions are high and the troops are restless. I see it in people of all ages, not just the kids. I see crabby adults, people that need to tell you every grumpy thing on their mind. No matter how much you try and persuade yourself that your poor attitude isn’t or doesn’t rub off on the children, you are mistaken.

  • Cruelty to animals makes bad publicity

    When somebody’s dog gets caught in a leg-hold trap meant for a wild animal, the incident gets publicity.
    Meanwhile, out of sight and unreported, wild animals are getting caught in those traps.  
    Suddenly, in response to an alleged need that has not been demonstrated, New Mexico has a proposal to allow trapping of mountain lions, coming from our Game Commission.
    If this proposal is approved, Gov. Susana Martinez may someday find herself explaining on national TV why her state not only allows, but has increased the scope of animal trapping.
    One of New Mexico’s persistent problems is that we still have not succeeded in updating our public relations image.
    Much of the industrialized world still thinks New Mexico is a third-world backwater. A great way to perpetuate that negative stereotype is to get a worldwide reputation for being cruel to animals.
    Last year the state earned a national black eye from coyote-hunting contests. It may be necessary for ranchers to shoot coyotes to keep them away from livestock, but there is something gruesome about making that into a game with prizes. A move to ban the contests did not pass in this year’s legislative session.

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  • Update 5-17-15

    Leader Lunch

    The League of Women Voters’ Lunch with A Leader is Tuesday. The speaker will be Ellen Mills, who will discuss how unions work for the betterment of the schools. For information, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 231-8286.

    Sustainability

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will have a plastic bag ban discussion at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the municipal building.

    BPU

    The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Public Utilities will be 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

    Presentation

    Laura Green, a board member of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, will give a presentation on Israel in the lecture hall at Los Alamos Golf Course at 3 p.m. today.

    Mitigation

    Los Alamos County is hosting a hazard mitigation plan public meeting. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers. To submit a comment, visit the Open Forum on the county’s website, losalamosnm.us.

    Meeting canceled

    The Los Alamos County Personnel Board meeting intially scheduled for Wednesday has been cancelled due to lack of a quorum. The meeting may be rescheduled.

  • Saying Goodbye

    Los Alamos Public Schools held its annual retirement party for its teachers, technicians and maintenance staff that have been with the district for the long haul. Those that retired this year were awarded flowers and a check from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation at a ceremony at Fuller Lodge.
    Among those retiring this year are Roger Scot Carmody, Carol Hermes, Terry Hiller, Laura Gallimore, Christy Marcotte, Marcella Nogar, Judith Rhode Goggin, Linda Seelau, Jane Shumaker, Rebecca Sims, Sharon Sole, Rebecca Steritz, Patricia Walls, Rick Dopke, Patricia Graves, Margaret Jenkins, John McHale, Gloria Pecos, Wendy Tiee and Juanito Vasquez.
    Assistant Superintendent of Schools Gerry Washburn, who will be having a sendoff himself, was master of ceremonies for the event.