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  • New Mexico to provide backdrop for new film 'Hostiles'

    SANTA FE (AP) — A new movie starring Christian Bale and Native American actors Wes Studi and Adam Beach will be filming in northern New Mexico through September.

    The New Mexico Film Office announced Tuesday that principal photography for the frontier epic "Hostiles" will begin this month. Locations include Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Abiquiu and Los Alamos.

    The film is set in 1892. It tells the story of a legendary Army captain played by Bale who ends up escorting a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family from a remote Army post back to tribal lands.

    Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess says the region is proud to serve as a backdrop for the production.

    Officials expect about 350 New Mexico crew members to be hired for the project, along with 10 New Mexico cast members.

  • Today in history July 5
  • Open space gets support in comp plan meeting

    Nearly 50 people packed White Rock Fire Station No. 3 on June 29 for the comprehensive plan meeting on open space, trails and circulation.
    Architectural Resources Consultants (ARC) Principal Planner Stephen Burstein kicked things off with some results from the recent random sample survey, which garnered 599 responses out of 3,000 mailed out. The results showed:
    • 79 percent of survey respondents support undeveloped public lands open space.
    • 63 percent support active recreation.
    • 61 percent support playgrounds or tot lots.
    • 72 percent believe there should be a focus on developing bike trails in the next five years.
    • 76 percent would like to see the Canyon Rim Trail extended to other points in the community, such as Ashley Pond and the historic district and 75 percent would like to see that reach the aquatic center.
    The survey asked for responses to development on public lands, but did not specify whether that would or would not impact the county’s open space.
    Respondents were fairly evenly split about whether using public lands for housing development would be acceptable, but 59 percent opposed manufacturing or industrial use of public lands.

  • Cone Zone: Week of July 4

    For more information about these projects, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us. Slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. The below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.        
    Public Works
    Projects
    Canyon Rim Trail
    Construction on the west leg of Canyon Rim Trail continues. The trail is closed to pedestrians. Clearing and excavating south of DP Road continues. No traffic delays on New Mexico 502 or DP Road are anticipated.
    Knecht Street Improvements Project
    On Tuesday, the eastbound right lane of Trinity Drive will be closed to continue concrete work starting at the intersection of Knecht Street.
    Western Area Phase 4 Improvements Project
    Construction continues on 40th Street south to the UNM-LA parking lot. 40th Street is closed to through traffic and on-street parking is restricted. The UNM-LA parking lot at the end of 40th Street is closed. Use University Drive to access the parking lot on the southwest corner of the UNM-LA campus. Sidewalk closures and pedestrian detours will be present during the time of construction.

  • Bird walk in Lower Rendija Canyon

    To help beginning birders recognize some of the species living in Los Alamos, long-time resident and bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon will lead a three-mile hike at 7 a.m. July 10 at the Nature Center.
    Adults and children who can hike quietly are encouraged to attend. This is an opportunity to spot, identify and admire local species of birds. Potential sightings may include white-throated swifts, red-tailed hawksand sapsuckers.
    Fitzgibbon is passionate about the outdoors and the history of Los Alamos. Aside from working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory until 2013, he holds the first and only sighting of a California Condor in Los Alamos.
    This hike is limited to 12 people, so register now. Admission costs $5/non-member and $0/member.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • News for Retirees July 3-9

    June 3-July 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. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    BESC Closed July 4th

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Alfredo
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.         Cardio Plus Exercise
    10 a.m.        Options Trading                 Group    
    10:30 a.m.        Music with Ruth    
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Mussels over Saffron
            Risotto
    1:30 p.m.        Duplicate Bridge

  • Community Calendar 7-3-16

        TODAY
    Cowboy Breakfast 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 10 years old and younger. Proceeds benefit the Los Alamos Rotary Club.

    Feature Film: “Exoplanets” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. How do we know there are planets outside our solar system, exoplanets? Find out and venture past the edges of our solar system. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    MONDAY
    “Fireworks Extravaganza” from 2-11 p.m. at Overlook Park in White Rock. The Kiwanis Fourth of July Celebration will have food, activities and fun for the entire family.
    TUESDAY
    “We are Stars” Planetarium Film at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. What are we made of? Discover how life on earth is linked to the evolution of the universe by following the formation of hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of carbon, and the molecules for life. Cost is $6 adults, $4 for children.
    WEDNESDAY
    Movies in the Park at 8:30 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos. “Minons.” Free. Bring blankets, pajamas and snacks to watch a movie under the stars. Weather cancellations are made an hour before showtime.

  • Shelter Report 7-3-16

    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, 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.
    CATS
    Maggie is a 13-year-old gray tabby that was recently surrendered to the shelter. She’s hanging out in a larger kennel, since the kittens are a bit too rambunctious for her, but she loves company from visitors and volunteers. Maggie just wants a quiet home with someone to snuggle with! This sweet kitty is declawed, so she will need to be an indoor-only cat (as we prefer that all of our cats be, declawed or not).

  • Yes! We have no bananas

    “Bananas –59¢/lb.” Bananas are rich metaphors for the untold oddities that lurk deep in nature and in humans.  
    People see different things in a banana plantation. You hear them called banana “plants;” others call them “trees.” Botanically, bananas grow on a plant whose “trunks” of tightly-woven leaves look to all the world like trees. Say what you will.
    Equally strange, the heavy bunches of bananas grow upwards from their stem-end, which looks upside down to our eyes. Nor is that surprise the last.  
    In the early 1800s, sailors returning from trips to the tropical Americas would earn a little extra profit by loading on board the mostly unknown long, yellow fruit. In 1866, one Carl B. Frank began the first planned importing of bananas from northern Panama to New York City.
    That same decade saw the birth of banana republics, a name coined in a 1904 book of short stories by O. Henry.  
    Bananas are now as common as fish, but the exotic fruit is still popular in today’s markets. Nothing grows a tougher wrapper that makes peeling and eating so easy. Nothing else has a bite-size cross section that neatly reseals the end where it is bitten or cut.

  • Conscience and Republican Convention delegate voting rules

    BY DR. L. JOHN VAN TIL
    Visions and Values