• For the seventh year, Los Alamos will get a sampling of Indian culture, as Dances of India entertains residents with its free performance at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    This year, the group headed by dance instructors Kavita Nandakishore and Alina Deshpande, will showcase their skills as they offer up their own version of the classic tale, “Snow White.” The event will be from 4-6 p.m. Saturday.

  • Autumn is swiftly settling upon our enchanted land. The amount of daylight diminishes with each passing day as the Aspen leaves reveal the first signs of their golden transformation.  
    The first leg of the journey traveled the passes of N.M. 4 through Jemez Springs, proceeding west on N.M. 485 to Gilman Tunnels. The next leg of the journey, from Gilman Tunnels to Porter Landing, offers many opportunities to enjoy unique scenery and history, while soaking in the changing fall colors.

    Beyond Gilman Tunnels

     Shortly past the tunnels, the road switches from paved to gravel where it becomes Forest Road 376. The continuing road loosely follows an old railroad spur leading to Porter Landing.   

  • When thinking of New Mexico, few Americans think about spy vs. spy intrigue, but in fact, to many international intelligence operatives, the state’s name is nearly synonymous with espionage, and Santa Fe is a sacred site.
    The KGB’s single greatest intelligence and counterintelligence coups and the planning of the organization’s most infamous assassination, all took place within one mile of Bishop Lamy’s statue in front of the St. Francis Cathedral in downtown Santa Fe.
    In his book, “A Spy’s Guide to Santa Fe and Albuquerque,” former CIA agent E. B. Held uses declassified documents from both the CIA and KGB, as well as secondary sources, to trace some of the most notorious spying events in U.S. history.

  • I write this column with a very heavy heart this week. On Sunday, I learned that Search Institute leader Dr. Peter Benson passed away after a battle with colon cancer.
    Benson was essentially the leader of the band, but feel free to insert the description of your choice: the front man, choir director, chairman of the board, or the coach.
    The “coach” is probably the best description because he is known for saying, “If you’re breathing, you’re on the team.”
    I had seen Benson numerous times at asset conferences in Minnesota, New York and Ohio. After one particular conference where we spent a lot of time talking about sparks, I decided to write him a letter.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    We have a new color-coding system to help you select your perfect new family member. Check it out.
    The shelter has just received a new group of cats and has appointments for their veterinary updates. They are available for viewing and will be adoptable very soon. Come visit Michael and C-2.


  • Because of cuts, there is not enough money in the budget to fill the Los Alamos Middle School Library with the books their students and teachers need for reading and research, therefore, they are asking for monetary donations, which will be used to purchase the library materials needed.
    For every $15 donated, staff can purchase a new book for the library, ready to be checked out. One hundred percent of all donations go to the library and can be made by visiting www.funds4books.com and enter school code 80ca. Donations must be made by Oct. 17.

  • Of all the plays about insanity that have been produced over the years, Dale Wasserman’s 1963 Broadway play, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” is probably the most well-known. Adapted from Ken Kesey’s novel of the same title, published in 1962, Wasserman’s movie won five Academy Awards. But Kesey and Wasserman weren’t the only ones to tackle the topic.

  • Drivers needed

    Los Alamos Lions Club provides services to the community. One activity is the HELP program, which started 30 years ago. The program provides free transportation for medical treatment and appointments outside the county. Patients are transported to Española, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. There are 30 drivers, but more are always needed. today.  If you would like to be a volunteer driver call Barbara Croley at 672-3618 or Lee Sullivan at 661-8037.

    Be a volunteer

  • Guest Conductor, Dr. William Carson, director of bands at Coe College, will present a new performing edition of Percy Grainger’s “Spoon River” during the Los Alamos Community Winds performance at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at Crossroads Bible Church.
    “Spoon River” for concert band wasn’t published during Grainger’s lifetime, but in 1993 Carson found a manuscript in Percy Grainger’s handwriting, in the Music Building of Coe College.
    “That inspired me to find out what they were. If they were the band parts that Grainger intended for ‘Spoon River,’ then that is really exciting and people are going to want to play it,” Carson said.

  • Michelle Pauline Boerigter was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for September. Michelle is the daughter of Kathleen and Stephen Boerigter and sister of Rebecca and Kim Boerigter.
    The  of Los Alamos selects one student from the current Los Alamos High School graduating class to honor each month of the school year.  Students are selected on the basis of their academics, extracurricular activities and their service to the community.

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Los Alamos

    Daniel’s Café Haagen Dazs, 800 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Sept. 29
    Violations: Two high-risk violations, contaminated equipment — slicer has food product, must clean. Corrected; sanitizer <50 ppm, corrected; one moderate-risk violation, contaminated equipment — cutting boards have deep grooves and need replacing. Must have smooth contact surface and be able to clean. Seal around walk-in refrigerator needs repair, lots of condensation building up inside with compressor overworked.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Gold Water, 208 D DP Road

  •  Discover a new world on Columbus Day weekend, as more than 60 Abiquiu artists open their studios Oct. 8, 9 and 10, for the Abiquiu Studio Tour.
    The tour is a self-guided driving tour that takes visitors and collectors through the village of Abiquiu and the surrounding Chama River Valley — a landscape of imposing mountains, rock formations and the rivers of the Piedra Lumbre basin. Complimentary maps are available at all the studios and local business.

  • Due to the recent Las Conchas wildfire, charred forests and subsequent flooding have left many local trails and forest roads inaccessible. Although the options for local outdoor recreation have temporarily diminished, there are many fantastic destinations a few hours away in the Jemez Mountains.  
    One route in particular, travels through the mountain passes of the Valles Caldera, through an old western village and continues on to the territory of logging companies and railroads.  
    Allowing for better descriptions of important sites along the way, the trip will be broken down into three parts. This article describes the first leg of the journey.

    Traveling Along N.M. 4

  • The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation donated funds to Chamisa Elementary over the summer to create an outdoor classroom. Here students, staff and parents began the process of getting the bricks in place. The amphitheater was recently dedicated at an awards assembly.

  • More than 17,000 dogs were euthanized in Bernalillo County alone last year.
    In dog pounds throughout New Mexico injured and pregnant dogs without a microchip or dog tag go to the top of the list of dogs to be euthanized.
    Size doesn’t matter, even though Chihuahuas are very adoptable, even desired by Albuquerque residents. Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue receives on average, six calls a week from dog pounds throughout New Mexico requesting they take in Chihuahuas and Chihuahua-mixes.

  • Members of the junior class throw candy to the crowd from their float during Friday’s Homecoming parade on Central Avenue.

  • In these days of iPods and podcasts, “pod person” has taken on an entirely new connotation. But in the old days, it was quite an insult. It implied you were emotionless, empty, heartless and flat — in short, not human, just like the aliens who replicated themselves as near-exact copies of human beings in the “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”
    For those who crave the creepy, Mesa Public Library will kick off the autumnal edition of its Free Film Series this week with a screening of the 1950s sci-fi classic.

  •   Alexandra Hehlen of Los Alamos, and a Teen Pulse staff member, was recently selected to participate in the 2011 Miss Jr. Teen Albuquerque pageant competition Oct. 30. Hehlen learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced its selections at the end of September. Hehlen submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s Albuquerque pageant coordinator.

  • Sheree Lynch, executive state director for the Mrs. New Mexico Pageant, said the pageant is seeking applicants for the title of Mrs. Los Alamos. Once selected, the lady will advance on to represent her community in the 2012 Mrs. New Mexico Pageant on Feb. 4, 2012 at the Rodey Theatre in Albuquerque.  
    Local titleholders will compete to win a prize package valued at over $8,000, including an all-expense-paid trip to the nationally televised Mrs. America Pageant. Applicants must be at least 18 years old (no age limit), married at the time of competition and a New Mexico resident, no performing talent required.  
    To request the official application or for information, call Lynch at 970-674-0944 or visit www.mrsnewmexico

  • Oct. 2-8 2011
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    9 a.m.        Toenail clipping
    9:45 a.m.    Matter of balance class
    10:30 a.m.    Medicare Part D orientation
    9:45 a.m.    Matter of balance class
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken strips
    12:30 p.m.    Driver safety program