• The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater are teaming up to bring the popular Backcountry Film Festival to Los Alamos for the fifth year in a row. Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit Winter Wildlands Alliance, the touring the 11th Annual Backcountry Film Festival will make its way to more than 100 locations around the world. The screening will be 7 p.m. Thursday at the Reel Deal and will be the only one in New Mexico.

    The Pajarito Brewpub will be selling beer and wine before the show and at intermission. Also at intermission, PEEC will have a raffle for prizes donated by local businesses and national sponsors. Prizes include gift cards from the Los Alamos Co-op Market, camping gear from CB Fox, Hydro Flask growlers from Fusion Multisport, gift cards from Smith’s, skis from Pajarito Brewpub, a daypack from REI and outdoor items from national sponsors. Raffle tickets will be sold before the show.

    Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Reel Deal Theater for $12, or at the door on the day of the show for $15. As in years past, the film festival is expected to sell out, so it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance.

  • Explore Mars in the Nature Center Planetarium to learn more about Mars. On Friday, Rick Wallace will lead a planetarium show and discussions about Mars including the challenges, opportunities and realities of the red planet. The show starts at 7 p.m. 

    This special planetarium show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are available by calling or stopping by the nature center. Seating is limited. Planetarium shows are suitable for ages four and up. 

    “Back To The Moon For Good,” is an educational full-dome show narrated by award-winning actor Tim Allen. Showtime is 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. 

    The digital film highlights the history of moon exploration and provides an insider’s look at the future of the space race. Meet the teams who are competing for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest inducement prize in history.


    Performance > ‘Once a Ponzi Time’  plays Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 30 with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday

    What happens when a pyramid scheme collapses? When it involves an eager nephew, a ventriloquist father, a Russian hitman and a high-powered businessman, the answer is “comedy.”

    In “Once a Ponzi Time,” Harold Vanderdoff (Michael Adkins) is caught by his own pending financial ruin. With hours to go, he must come up with a clever new scheme with the help of his cheerful, if sometimes dimwitted, nephew Louie (Stuart Rupprecht). Hardly the arrogant, smirking pyramid mastermind, Harold is still a sympathetic character, a well-meaning financier who has made some bad choices. Worst of all, his own wife (Joy Reynolds) is also relying on his consistent 20 percent returns.

  • The Salsa Twins of El Pinto Restaurant are wanting to launch a TV series about New Mexican food. 

    John and Jim Thomas of El Pinto Restaurant & Salsa Company are turning to the Internet to raise funds to produce the New Mexico-based travel adventure TV show. 

    The program, named “Raw & Wild,” rediscovers raw and wild indigenous foods growing across New Mexico. With funding as the first major obstacle to getting any TV program off the ground, they are embracing Kickstarter.com to help fund a small portion of the entire production costs necessary for the pilot.

    In line with Kickstarter.com guidelines there are a set number of days to raise all the funds, or the project receives nothing. The Thomas’s project has a 31-day fundraising window, from start to finish. If the allotted budget of $17,800 isn’t raised before Feb. 12, all pledges are cancelled and the project will not be funded. This funding is a portion of the $50,000 budget necessary to bring the pilot to completion. The balance is being funded by the Thomas brothers.

  • The Los Alamos Senior Centers will host two free performances of a brief play, “Swerving,” written by local playwright Robert F. Benjamin. It will be performed as a “concert reading” by Caroline (“Pip”) Evarts and John Gustafson, with Sally Cassil narrating. “Swerving” premiered during the 2015 8x10 Short-Play Festival at Los Alamos Little Theatre. Performances at senior centers this month use an expanded script with a run-time is 16 minutes.

    “Swerving” is a comedy is about how a codger’s wisdom, longing and congeniality transform a stormy confrontation with a policewoman into a moment of shared compassion.  

    The two performances will be:

    • White Rock Senior Center, 7 p.m. Thursday. White Rock Senior Center is temporarily located just east of Metzgers in the building formerly known as “The Hive.”

    • Betty Ehart Senior Center, 12:45 p.m. Jan. 27.  


    No reservations, but seating is limited for both shows.

  • Applications for 2016 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) awards and all supporting materials are due today. Submissions may be made through an online portal at lanlfoundation.org/scholarships.
    The largest scholarship pool in Northern New Mexico, LAESF supports students who are residents of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties seeking four-year degrees in fields that serve the region.
    High school seniors enrolling in or undergraduates currently attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution are eligible to apply. Applicants must have at least a 3.25 cumulative unweighted grade point average and scores of 19 ACT or 930 SAT (combined Math plus Critical Reading only).
    Scholarships ranging from $20,000 to $1,000 recognize academic performance, leadership potential, extracurricular activities, community service, critical thinking skills and career goals relevant to local community needs. Financial need, diversity and regional representation are also integral components of the selections process.

  • Jan. 17-23, 2015

    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 must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches. 


    Betty Ehart



    BESC Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


    8:30 a.m. Mac Users Group

    8:45 a.m. Variety Training

    10 a.m. Computer Users Group

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Green Chile Chicken Enchilada

    1 p.m. Party Bridge

    1 p.m. Bingo

  • Purchase Daffodils for Hospice now


    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having their annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale fro 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Los Alamos National Bank and Smith’s grocery stores. 

    Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals. Daffodil pre-orders are being taken now through Feb. 26.

    Order a glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) of daffodils for $15, a glass vase with one bunch for $10 or a single bunch (10 stems) for $5. Delivery is free with any $10 minimum order to a single address. 

    Flowers will be delivered March 5 or pick them up at “Daffodil Central” (call LAVNS for location in Central Park Square) March 3 or 4 from 8-5:30 pm. 

    Watch for location sales at LANB and Smith’s grocery stores on March 3 and March 4. 

    To place an order, call 662-2525 or order online at lavns.com.


    Food distribution launches in LA 


    A new service has will launch in Los Alamos to help those less fortunate.

  • 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. You can also check out the Petfinder website for pictures of the adorable adoptable animals: 



    Lady—A 7-year-old Siamese mix (mostly white, but with the blue Siamese eyes). She is the only cat who is roaming in the cat room, and she is soaking up all of the love and attention! She will sit on your lap for hours, so be prepared for snuggling with this little lady. 

  • The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum is holding a winter series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?”
    The series continues Jan. 19 at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. A video/presentation begins at 6 p.m. followed by a large group discussion at 6:30 p.m., ending around 7 p.m. Attendees can bring your dinner. All are welcome. Follow the blog at lafsf.org
    Due to billions of years of evolution, humans share genes with all living organisms. The percentage of genes or DNA that organisms share records their similarities. Humans share more genes with organisms that are closely related. For example, study of the chimpanzees genome indicates a difference of about 1.2 percent from humans.
    However, there are still significant differences. A video will be used to illustrate genome differences with other living things and will describe the role of chromosomes, DNA, RNA and proteins in the development of a human being.
    The discussion will briefly mention how the field of epigenetic has increased the understanding of how environment impacts who we are by switching genes on and off without changing our DNA sequence. The discussion will also mention how the Male Y chromosome is being used to trace human origin.

  • The White Rock Branch Library announces the resumption of its Family-Friendly Film Series starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, in the multi-purpose room.
    The first film to be shown is “Minions,” the 2015 animated hit, which stars the voices of Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm and Michael Keaton. Minions is rated PG. The library will provide light refreshments.
    Also in the line-up for the coming months are “Tomorrowland” on Feb. 11 and “Pan” on March 10.
    Future movies could include “The Peanuts Movie” and “The Good Dinosaur.”
    Pick up a bookmark with the schedule at the desk in White Rock, or in the kids’ area at the Mesa Public Library.
    Both Mesa Public Library and the White Rock branch Library are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
    All library events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 662-8265, or check out the events page on the Los Alamos County Library System’s webpage, losalamosnm.us/library/Pages/default.aspx. 

    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free. More information at peecnature.org.
    Chamber Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. in room 230, building 2, UNM-LA, 4000 University Dr. County Manager Harry Burgess will be the speaker at the Chamber Breakfast. He will be reviewing the county’s accomplishments in the past year and looking forward to the coming year. Reserve a seat online at losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/chamber-breakfast-january-2016-98 or by emailing nancy@losalamos.org.

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will meet at noon in the Patio Room of 1001 Oppenheimer Drive. Contact Donna
    MacDonald for more information at 662-4001.

    Mesa Public Library lecture: “2016 Social Security Reforms: Learn what can hurt you,” at 11:30 a.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs in Room 3. Lee Munson, CFA, CFP will explain how the new laws may lower your benefits. Learn basics, advanced strategies and avoid mistakes. All in plain English.

  • Join the Los Alamos Little Theatre this weekend for the New Mexico premiere of “Once A Ponzi Time,” a fantastic, frenzied, financial farce by Joe Foust.
    Sly Investments and double-dealing abound in this madcap comedy.
    For years, Harold (Michael Adkins) has helped his friends with their investments, but now his artful dodging is about to collapse around him. With the help of his flaky father (Rich Hassman) and naïve nephew (Stuart Rupprecht), he tries to hoodwink the Russian mob (Pete Sanford), bamboozle the SEC agent (Linda Taylor), scam the savvy multi-millionaire (Dennis Powell) and his trophy wife (Holly Robinson), maintain other investors at bay (Justin Smith and Katrina Koehler) and keep his world from falling apart. All the while, his wife (Joy Reynolds) lovingly stands by. Throw in a sassy dummy and you will be rolling with laughter.
    Director Jim Sicilian said this play attracted him when he first read it because he could not stop laughing. Now, after many more readings, he is still laughing.
    Foust constructed a wacky story full of slapstick humor worthy of a fun evening for the entire family.
    The performance are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Jan. 22, 23, 29 and 30 and 2 p.m.  Jan. 24 the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar.

  • I’m often asked what we can do for the children in our community.
    Naturally to me the answer is simply to build Assets, but it is a tough sell and while individuals are doing it like gang busters, unless we can unite around it as a community, it will continue to be a band aid approach, which is better than nothing.
    I still don’t know why is such a tough sell, other than the fact that it is free, which I have stated here before, but it does take a village.
    So if you want an easy resolution, how about a little light reading?
    Naturally, I hope you’ll read James Vollbracht’s “Stopping At Every Lemonade Stand.” Do you know there’s a book club kit? It has five copies of the book.
    Author and educator, Ron Clark has a book called “The 55 Essentials” and because I am insanely cheap and in love with both branches of our local library, I checked to make sure they have it … of course they do.
    While not everyone is a classroom educator, you are an educator in your child’s life. So either address issues and build those Assets blatantly, or sneak in the back door and utilize some of Clark’s ideas that like the Assets are simple and easy to work into every day life.

  • Jan. 10-16, 2015
    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 must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Red Chile Beef Enchiladas
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Tenders
    Noon                Lunch talk:  Senior Skiing with             Hugh Casey
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise

  • All it takes is all you got. This is the motto of the United States Reconnaissance Marine.

    My name is Rigel Baron, born and raised in Los Alamos. I graduated Los Alamos High School at the end of May 2015 and left for Marine Corps boot camp two days after my graduation. Three months later I was a United States Marine – however this was not the end of my story, merely the beginning.
    After boot camp came a short break to spend with family and friends, then more training. On Sept. 15, I began my initial job buildup at Infantry Training Battalion (ITB) in Camp Pendleton, California. This was two months of living outside in a sleeping bag, firing rockets, throwing grenades and shooting guns. Fun if you ask me. Not once did I question myself, look back, or even think of quitting.
    Soon enough November rolled around and I graduated ITB. Literally the next day, I would begin training to be a Reconnaissance Marine. Little did I know the ordeal that lay ahead.

  • 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.
    Lady—A 7-year-old Siamese mix (mostly white, but with the blue Siamese eyes). She is currently the only cat who is roaming in the cat room, and she is soaking up all of the love and attention! She will sit on your lap for hours, so be prepared for snuggling with this little lady.
    Sammy—A young black-and-white tuxedo male cat who was found roaming, and shelter volunteers cannot believe his family never came for him. He is so sweet! Sammy got neutered this week, and he will be ready to pounce into a new home with lots of love and playful antics.

    January Night Sky Show from 7-7:45 p.m. Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $6 per adult, $4 per child.

    Feature Film: “Exoplanets” at 2 p.m. How do we know there are planets outside our solar system, exoplanets? Find out and venture past the edges of our solar system. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $6 per adult, $4 per child.

    National Geographic Arctic Cruise Part II at 10:30 a.m. Steve Becker will show photos of wildlife (polar bears, musk ox, birds, and fin whale) glaciers, icebergs, geology, interesting sky phenomena, and Inuit settlements. Free.

    Family Night: ROCK and Roll at 6 p.m. Come to the Nature Center for a night of books, games, music and hands-on activities all about geology. Free.

    Scientist in the Spotlight from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum. Jeff Favorite: “Getting your arms around area, Simple tips and tricks for sizing up two-dimensional shapes.” Learn how computers figure out the area of irregular figures and use an ingenious device invented in the 19th century to measure areas mechanically. Appropriate for all ages.

  • Art exhibits
    “Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time.” Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. Photographer Adriel Heisey re-photographed some of southwest’s most significant archeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, photographed in 1929. Exhibit runs through May 2017.

    Museum of Spanish Colonial Art exhibit: “Starry Night – A Nativity Tableau set in the hills of Northern New Mexico” at 750 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe. Since 1969, artist Glynn Gómez has assembled a magical Christmas Nativity pageant with wood carvings in the Córdova style. Using birds, rabbits, bears, oxen, and donkeys as narrators, the Nativity unfolds and the story of Christmas comes alive heralded by angels. Artists whose work is represented in the exhibition include Sammy Córdova, Sabinita López Ortiz, Floyd Lucero, Ben Ortega, Eurgencio López, Orlinda López, Gloria López Córdova and Lawrence Baca.
    Art tours

  • LAS VEGAS — Look around. How many computing devices do you see? Your phone, probably; maybe a tablet or a laptop. Your car, the TV set, the microwave, bedside alarm clock, possibly the thermostat, and others you’ve never noticed.
    Much of that computing isn’t doing much while segregated into individual devices. But many of these gadgets have the potential to get smarter by connecting to their fellows, which in turn could open the door to a brave new “Internet of Things.”
    To see where that might be taking us, there’s no better place than the annual gadget extravaganza formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show – and now simply as CES.
    The show, which starts Wednesday in Las Vegas, is the place for companies large and small to show off new connected devices. These range from the seemingly trivial – for instance, smart umbrellas that message you if you leave them behind – to the undeniably helpful, such as navigation devices that display driving directions onto your windshield so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road.