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  • PEEC, Reel Deal to bring documentary to LA

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater will show “Racing Extinction,” an undercover documentary exposing the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them from mass extinction, at 7 p.m. Thursday.
    This film is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students and children. Tickets are available at the Reel Deal Theater.
    Produced by Oceanic Preservation Society, the group behind the Academy Award®-winning film The Cove, Racing Extinction brings a voice to the thousands of species teetering on the very edge of life. This highly charged, impassioned collective of activists sets out to expose the two major threats to endangered wild species across the globe. The first comes from the international wildlife trade, and the medicinal “cures” and tonics that are marketed to the public at the expense of rare creatures. The second threat is carbon emissions and acidified oceans that are incompatible with existing animal life. Both threats are made clear in “Racing Extinction” through investigative reporting, undercover photography and covert operations.
    For more information about this and other programs offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • Artists to open exhibit at Abiquiu Gallery

    Artists Jamie Winslow and Elaine Bradshaw will celebrate spring in O’Keefe country with the exhibit “A Sense of Place,” a show of engaging paintings and 3D works.
    Free and open to all ages, the art can be viewed daily from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. from April 29-May 28 at the Galleria Arriba at Abiquiu Inn.
    A public reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. May 5. During this time (and other times by appointment), the artists will be available to explain their techniques, answer questions and help visitors select pieces.
    About the artists
    Bradshaw paints “to celebrate the life force of the natural world, especially here in the high desert.” Through her energetic, colorful acrylic images, she hopes to help viewers to become more aware of and to connect with their own environments. She will display some fused glass works, as well.
    Winslow is a painter and sculptor who aims to intrigue viewers and to draw them into thoughtful dialogue with her pieces. She uses various media to express herself, and notes that her work  “has been described as organic, ethnic, contemporary and sometimes whimsical.” She delights in the joy that her art brings to her own life and to her collectors.

  • Gordon Summer Concert Series lineup announced

    Russ Gordon has released his list for the upcoming 2017 that promises to be his “best series yet.” This year will be his 28th year, and his last.
    The free concerts are Fridays in Los Alamos from May 19 through Sept. 8. Shows are from 7- 10 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs.
    The tentative lineup is:
    May 19: Chuchito Valdes Afro-Cuban jazz from Havana, Cuba and Cancun, Mexico. Master of Cuban music including Son, Danzon, Cuban Timba and Guaguanco. Los Alamos Kite Festival Night.
    May 26: Deke Dickerson. Alt-Indie Rock, Retro Swing, Rockabilly Revival, Roots-Rock, Hillbilly, Surf, Jump Blues and instrumental rock. The King of the Geek Guitar! From Los Angeles.
    June 2: The Coral Creek Band. Americana/Country Rock, bluegrass, Cajun, fol and Island rock from Colorado. Some of the musicians and friends of Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain string Band and Railroad Earth.
    June 9: Western Centuries Alt./Country-rock, with early R&B, Honky-Tonk twang. Reminiscent of the classic country rock bands like The Band, Flying Burrito Brothers and The Byrds. Los Alamos Chamber Fest Night.
    June 16: The Red Elvises. Russian Rock ‘n’ Roll and Siberian Surf Rok. From Moscow and Santa Monica, California. Los Alamos’s favorite Rock ‘n’ Roll band!! LA Daily Post night.

  • UNM’s Institute for Medieval Studies to host lecture series on Middle Ages

    The University of New Mexico’s Institute for Medieval Studies will host its 32nd Spring Lecture Series, “Medieval Animals,” April 24–27, popular with Los Alamos and other area residents, all of whom are welcome to attend.
    “Medieval Animals” will explore how humans and animals interacted on the historical level at key points during the Middle Ages. The topics will include how medieval authors – much like their modern counterparts, including George Orwell and Jorge Luis Borges – used animal characters to critique human behavior and underline human foibles.
    The lectures will also cover how legends grew up around animals both real and mythical in order to offer men and women moral examples that accorded with the medieval worldview, and how the extraordinarily rich representation of animals in medieval art played both a didactic and a decorative role in the culture of the Middle Ages.
    An underlying theme of the series will be to compare and contrast the treatment of animals within medieval Western and Islamic cultures.

  • Former LA resident pens well-reviewed book about Spanish

    Author Judy Hochberg lived in Los Alamos from 1989 to 2000 and recently published a book about Spanish with Bloomsbury Academic Press. Hochberg has a Ph.D. in linguistics from Stanford University and teaches Spanish at Fordham University, New York.
    Although she has not been back to Los Alamos since she moved, the delicious breakfast burritos from Chili Works have not been forgotten.
    Hochberg worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a research staff member with CCS-3 Information Sciences, working mostly on projects having to do with computers and language.
    The project she was hired for involved training a neural net, which is a computer model loosely based on the workings of the brain, to make an association between the acoustics of speech and the movement of the lips and tongue.
    Hochberg explained, “The idea was that this would sort of make speech visible and people who had hearing problems would be able to use this as a way to teach them how to articulate.”
    Another project at LANL that utilized her linguistic skills was developing a program that would automatically identify the writing system used in a document, whether it was printed or hand written. “Of all the papers I published at the lab, those are the ones that get most cited,” she recalled.

  • UNM-LA job fair attracts people looking for a piece of the American dream

    Over 100 people attended the annual University of New Mexico-Los Alamos job fair, an event that attracts more and more visitors each year.
    “It’s become an annual event and we were able to get our press to the media quickly this year,” UNM-LA Student Advisor Grace Willerton said.
    Willerton has been organizing the job fair for three to four years, but the job fair was actually started several years before that through a grant by another organizer. Willerton was happy to take up the mantle.
    “When I took over that program, I really felt like it was valuable to continue that just for our student’s experience just to understand how to approach employers before they graduate,” Willerton said.
    Isabella Stevens, 16, was one of those people. She came to the fair looking for something that would fit with her schedule.
    “I don’t know yet… maybe something with the county or something like that,” she said.
    The job fair is also one of the ways UNM-LA connects with the community while adding to its own value as a community member.
    “There’s a lot of people looking for part-time workers, student employees, this is a really nice way to bridge those,” Willerton said.

  • UNM officials react to governor’s budget vetoes

    University of New Mexico officials reacted Friday after Gov. Susana Martinez struck higher education funding from the proposed budget.
    “At this juncture, UNM hopes the governor and the Legislature will provide a higher education budget as soon as possible so we can continue to serve New Mexicans,” Acting UNM President Chaouki T. Abdallah said.
    Line-item vetoes eliminated $745 million for higher education institutions across New Mexico, setting up a budget cliff on June 30 at universities, colleges and specialty schools for the blind and deaf.
    Los Alamos is home to UNM’s Los Alamos campus. Campus officials contacted for reaction said they will do the best they can in light of the uncertainty the situation has caused with planning budgets, whether that is for UNM-LA or the entire UNM system.
    “We had been working on our budget for months, and we work with uncertain information, but we work with the best available information that we have at the time,” UNM-LA CEO Cindy Rooney said. “At the time we built our budget, we were looking at a 1 percent cut to our budget, in addition to the cuts we sustained last year. Now, it looks like there will be a  more significant cut, but the cut will be uncertain... in light of recent events we aren’t sure when we will know.”

  • Shipping resumes to only US underground nuclear waste dump

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The nation's only underground nuclear repository has received its first shipment of waste, more than three years after shipping was halted in response to a radiation release that contaminated part of the facility.
    The U.S. Energy Department said Monday that the shipment from a federal facility in Idaho marked a milestone for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and the government sites where waste left over from decades of nuclear weapons research and development has been stacking up.
    The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant was forced to close in February 2014 after an inappropriately packed drum of waste ruptured, hampering the government's multibillion-dollar cleanup program.
    Some operations at the repository resumed in December after an expensive recovery effort, but federal officials have acknowledged the resulting backlog.
    The facility hopes to receive four shipments a week by the end of 2017.

  • Group sees food insecurity grow in LA

    The moment LA Cares, a food charity based in Los Alamos was officially created in 1994, the charity faced an uphill battle.
    Back then, when the group was known as Homeless Services of Los Alamos, those who needed assistance had to go to Española.
    Many Los Alamos County residents then questioned the need for such a service. After all, Los Alamos County was and still is, known as one of the counties with the highest number of millionaires in the world.
    Homeless Services of Los Alamos started out with 12 clients.
    “In the beginning, we were always asked three questions,” LA Cares Secretary Linda Burns said at a recent talk about what LA Cares does in the community. “Do we really have a need up here? Are there really homeless people here? The answer was, there were and there are. We have delivered food to people living in cars, people living in tents, people living in motorhomes that didn’t look roadworthy.”
    They even delivered to a person living in a shed out behind someone’s house, according to Burns.
    “We never did know whether the people living in the house knew he was living in the shed,” Burns said. “The third question was ‘do you have to be homeless to benefit from LA Cares?’ And the answer was no.”

  • Gas leak shuts shopping center down

    UPDATE: The shopping center, located at 535 Central Avenue, is now open and all businesses affected earlier today are open.

    A gas leak shut down the old Smith's shopping center at around 11 a.m. Saturday morning. The shopping center is located at 535 Central Avenue. Stores and restaurants affected by the leak are Bealls Department Store, Auto Zone and Pajarito Brew Pub and Grill. The Fire Department and the Department of Public Utilities are on the scene now determining where the leak is and what caused it. No word yet on when the affected stores and restaurants will be open. Restaurants on the other side of the shopping center, which include Daniel's Cafe, Pyramid Cafe, and Thailand Thai Cuisine are still open. Fire and police have not blocked the shopping center off, just the lower half where all emergency activity is taking place. The shopping center, which contains the old Smith's grocery store that is now vacant, is located across from Smith's Marketplace at 751 Trinity Drive.