Today's News

  • Homeowners share energy-efficiency tips

    Los Alamos residents had a show-and-tell experience on energy efficiency and water-wise gardening Saturday at the county’s first Energy Efficiency Home Tour.
    Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) Education Programs Director Siobhan Niklasson proposed the idea to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU). PEEC is contracted to do energy and water conservation education for the department. Five homeowners opened their homes to the 81 people who attended the event.
    The tour included examples of how to retrofit a home for energy efficiency or build an energy-wise home from the ground up. All had some common features, such as energy efficient appliances and lighting, energy efficient windows, but other features varied widely.
    The most visually impressive home on the tour was the contemporary, glass-walled home of Sally and Joe Fitzgibbon, which they built after the Cerro Grande fire.
    Both this home and the home of Tom and Rebecca Shankland incorporate passive solar orientation into the design. The homes are oriented 10 degrees and seven degrees east of south, respectively, to allow for optimal heating in the morning and shade in the evening. Both homes incorporate overhangs to shade the windows in the summer and mechanisms for increasing airflow through the house.

  • Overcoming isolation of the elderly

     A woman I know lives alone and, at age 60-plus, has a chronic health condition. Often she doesn’t feel well. She thinks she would not be good company, so she doesn’t reliably return the calls of people who are trying to be her friends. 

    She’s isolated and depressed and has difficulty asking for help when she needs it. Eventually those friends may stop calling. Does that sound like anyone you know?

    Social isolation of the elderly and those with disabilities is an epidemic of our time. It’s receiving increasing recognition in public policy and public health circles. Isolation makes many frail elderly individuals miserable. And they develop health problems that add costs to our health systems. 

    Most people who have homes want to stay in them as they age; the studies confirm what common sense would tell you. But they (make that “we”) are all at risk for the frailties of old age, including losing the ability to drive and other skills basic to living independently.

  • News for Retirees

    Oct. 24-Oct. 29

    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

    9:45 a.m. Matter of Balance Class

    10 a.m. Advisory Council

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken Tenders 

    6 p.m. Argentine Tango Dancing

    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing


    8:45 a.m. Variety Training

  • LAHS girl’s soccer shutout Capital, boys tie in regular season finale

    Finishing the regular season on a high note was key for the Los Alamos girl’s soccer team.
    The Hilltoppers did just that with a 7-0 win against Capital on Thursday in Santa Fe. Los Alamos finished the regular season 15-5 overall and 4-2 in District 2-5A.
    “This was really good because I was able to play and start some of the backup players,” Los Alamos coach Gary Ahlers said. “We have the injury bug that hit us. I got several players that are down right now. Being able to play some of the players that haven’t seen a lot time is a big confidence booster.”
    The Hilltoppers are virtually a lock for not only a spot in the Class 5A state tournament, but also a home game in the first round. But, the question now for Los Alamos is whether or not it did enough to earn a top-four seed and a first round bye. That question will be answered on Sunday during the soccer state tournament selection show.
    “If we get a five or a six seed, I’m not going to be upset with it,” Gary Ahlers said. “There are some teams out there that won their district and if they get the top four seeds I won’t be upset. When you get to this time of the season, the top six are pretty close on any given day.”

  • DOH sets new hours in Los Alamos

    The New Mexico Department of Health has changed the hours of operation and services provided at the Los Alamos Public Health Office due to staffing changes.
    The clinic, located at 1183 Diamond Drive, No. D, in Los Alamos, will be open Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed noon-1 p.m.) and will be closed Mondays.
    Services provided at this clinic will include children’s medical services (children and youth with special health care needs), and women, infants, and children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program. Services will be provided by appointment only.
     All other public health services are available at the Rio Arriba County Public Health Office located at 2010 Industrial Park Rd in Española. Appointments are also required at the Rio Arriba office.
    For more details, contact the Los Alamos Public Health Office at 662-4038 or the Rio Arriba Public Health Office at  753-2794.

  • Community Calendar 10-21-16

    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.
    Photography Class for second and third-graders from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore the basics of taking a good picture with retired teacher Mrs. Magelssen. This class is perfect for second- and third-grade students. A camera and snacks will be provided. Space is limited. Advance registration required. Cost is $16 for members, $20 for non-members.

    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, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.

    Dark Night at 6:30 p.m. at Spirio soccer field, Overlook Park, White Rock. The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night, weather permitting. The public is invited to wander among the telescopes and star gaze. Five planets will potentially be visible during the night: Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. There will be a tour of the late-summer and fall constellations, and telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve at 662-3252 for information.

  • Pajarito Astronomers to hold dark night Saturday

    The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a county-sponsored dark night beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park, weather permitting.
    The public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze.  Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune will potentially be visible during the evening.
    There will be a tour of the late-summer and fall constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.  
    Viewing will end before midnight.
    Call Steve at 662-3252 for information.

  • LALT to hold play reading Tuesday

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will hold an open play reading of Tom Stoppard’s classic comedy “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Performing Arts Center.
    Acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, the play is the tale of Hamlet, as told from the worm’s-eye view of two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play.
    In Stoppard’s best-known work, the Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads the two characters to a tragic but inevitable end.
    Brief appearances of major characters from Hamlet, who enact fragments of the original play’s scenes, add to the bewilderment of the two protagonists, who voice their confusion at the progress of events occurring onstage without them in Hamlet.
    LALT will produce the play in the spring. The reading is an opportunity to gain familiarity with the script prior to auditions in February.
    Men and women of a wide age range are needed for the cast. John Cullinan will direct. John Gustafson is the producer.
    The Performing Arts Center is located at 1670 Nectar St. More information is available at LALT.org.

  • Tax Help New Mexico seeks community tax volunteers

    Tax Help New Mexico and the IRS are seeking community volunteers across New Mexico and especially in the greater Albuquerque metropolitan area to provide free tax assistance to those who need help filing their taxes.
    Tax Help New Mexico volunteers serve in a variety of roles. Volunteers are needed to electronically file tax returns, greet taxpayers and help organize their paperwork, set up and keep running computer equipment used to electronically file tax returns, manage the tax site and do quality control.
    “Tax Help New Mexico needs fellow New Mexicans all across the state and at this time, from Albuquerque and near-by communities. We are looking for area volunteers who are interested in taking a little time to learn about taxes and then helping others by preparing federal and state income tax returns for free,” said IRS spokesperson, Liz Perea. “Volunteers are certified to prepare simple, non-business tax returns for people with low to moderate incomes. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to volunteer. There is a role for anyone who is interested, anyone who wants to help and give back to their community.”

  • ‘Lion King’ a visual delight for all ages