• An evening with Beethoven would be just about any fan’s dream, but what could compare to that? Perhaps, Beethoven performed by pianist Per Tengstrand and Santa Fe Pro Musica. Tengstrand returns to  the stage by popular demand following his Beethoven performance last season.  (A short clip of this performance, and other videos, can be found on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Per-Tengstrand/231992701550).  

  • Living Treasures of Los Alamos welcomes nominations of new Treasures for the next ceremony on April 15, 2012. Only candidates who are current Los Alamos residents and  have made outstanding contributions to the life, heart and spirit of our community are eligible to become Treasures.    
    A written letter of nomination, which includes as much information as possible about the nominee  should be sent to LTLA, P.O. Box 1065, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or by email to rosalieheller88@gmail.com.
    To help in the preparation of the letter, guidelines and biographies of all current Treasures can be found at www.livingtreasureslosalamos.org.

  • Because special areas of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge are open only on Sundays in November, Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a birding trip there on Nov. 13.
    Dave Yeamans is the trip leader. He’s an experienced birder who will help with spotting and identification of the grassland and water birds that show up as migrants or winter residents in this diverse area.  
    Participants will meet at 6:30 a.m. at PEEC to carpool or caravan to the refuge, arriving at 9 a.m. when the gates open.

  • PTO says thanks

    On behalf of the Piñon PTO we would like to send out a huge thank you to all the wonderful volunteers, students and families that participated in the 2011 Pumpkin Patch and helped to make this year a huge success.  
    The Pumpkin Patch raised more than  $3,200 for Piñon Elementary. We would also like to thank Chamisa Elementary School for teaming up with us this year.
    It was a great idea and we look forward to working with them on future White Rock events.

  • Past Rotary Club president Skip King and a skeleton crew welcome Rotary District Governor-elect Mark Glenn, a former rodeo clown, to a recent club meeting at Central Avenue Grill.

  • At 9 a.m. Saturday, Pajarito Environmental Education Center will again offer an historical hike to Guaje Mountain, led by Janie O’Rourke. The hike is about 3-4 miles roundtrip and is free.
    The wind and sleet last weekend led to rescheduling, even though five intrepid hikers showed up.
    The hike will follow a section of an ancient north/south route that once crossed the Pajarito Plateau, connecting the villages of Puye in Santa Clara Canyon to Tyuonyi in Bandelier National Monument’s Frijoles Canyon.
    By the early 1900s, many homesteading families living on the Pajarito Plateau used horses and wagons on the trail.

  • The Family YMCA received funding from two sources this fall in support of environmental clubs at the middle and high schools this year.
    A State Farm Insurance grant of $5,000 combined with $1,000 from the Thaw Charitable Trust based in Santa Fe, will enable the Y to provide hands-on service for high-quality environmental learning in youth-driven activities.
    The Y is partnering with the school-based clubs to recruit community members and partners to assist with projects that club teachers do not have time to fully develop.
    The Y will provide transportation to youth-identified projects during out-of-school hours. Other supporting partners in the school-based clubs are the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Los Alamos Co-Op.

  •  The Los Alamos County Council has declared November as “Peggy Pond Church Month” to celebrate the publishing of a biography about the author of the Southwest classic, “The House at Otowi Bridge.”
    To celebrate the book’s publication, the Historical Society will hold the following events today:

    Special Showing of the Peggy Pond Church Exhibit, 5:30-7 p.m.
    7:30 p.m., Sharon Snyder lecture on Peggy Pond Church, followed by a book signing

    There will also be a special exhibit through Nov. 30 on Peggy Pond Church in the Los Alamos Historical Museum.

  • The League of Women Voters invites the community to the Nov. 10 Lunch with a Leader from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at Central Avenue Grill.
    Katy Korkos, member services coordinator for the Los Alamos Camber of Commerce, and Don Taylor, a professional photographer who owns Don Taylor’s Photography, will talk to the group about improving, maintaining and promoting new businesses in the county.
    Both recently attended Job Schallert’s Destination Retail Boot Camp, which helps businesses in small towns set themselves apart from other businesses to become “destinations.”
     Korkos has lived in Los Alamos since 1983 when she and her husband moved to White Rock to open her restaurant, Katherine’s.

  • Community values
    youth is our asset focus for this week with a special nod to those that help me with the Cookies and Conversation program.
    This asset, number seven of the 40, is the reason the local program began. When data highlighted that only 15 percent of youth felt valued by the community, I knew we needed to do something.
    I often believe we can accomplish a lot through simple communication. Sometimes in the hectic pace of our daily lives, even that can seem like a huge task.

  • Dia de los Muertos conjures up a variety of images. Those which feature skeletons, painted skull faces and sugar skulls are the norm.
    The Mexican holiday is usually celebrated Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, in connection with All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day.
    This year, a group of Española artists will exhibit their interpretations of Dia de los Muertos with an art exhibit from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Nick Salazar Center for the Arts at Northern New Mexico College.

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, November 4, 2011
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – LIVE!
    10:00 AM The Thom Hartman Show
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay (10-25-11)
    02:30 PM Los Alamos Council on Cancer –         Breast Cancer Update
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society –         “Homesteads on the Pajarito Plateau”
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Pure Mind
    09:00 PM UCTV

  • We’ve all heard the story of Cinderella, who became an unlikely bride after being granted a wish by her fairy godmother and met a handsome, young prince. Her ugly stepsisters however weren’t so lucky.
    Then there’s Little Red Riding Hood, who encountered a big, bad wolf while on her way to grandmother’s house. In the end, a hunter saved Red Riding Hood and the wolf got a belly full of rocks for his trouble.
    The fairy tales we grew up with all had a sweet ending and everyone lived happily ever after. Until now, that is. The Los Alamos Light Opera performed “Into the Woods” at the Duane Smith Auditorium. The performance had twists and turns to each tale. But then again, what else would one expect of the Brothers Grimm version?

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

    Los Alamos

    Hilltop House Convenience Store, 400 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 18
    Violations: Two high-risk violations, one for contaminated equipment and one for poor personal hygiene — hand wash sink is being used to do dishes due to the three-compartment sink leaking.
    Status of establishment: Approved, follow-up required on Oct. 31.

    Hilltop House Convenience Store, 400 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 26, follow-up
    Actions: Three-compartment sink leakage corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

  • There aren’t a large number of  craft fairs that can boast a 23-year track record, but the ladies of Beta Sigma Phi can.
    At 9 a.m. Saturday, vendors will showcase their work at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.
    Items available at the craft fair will include jewelry, clothes for pets, quilts, jerky, handmade wooden items and more. For some, the highlight of the event is the homemade goodies that shoppers can buy at the bake sale table. Confections of oatmeal, cranberry or chocolate chips will be available.
    Coffee, tea or apple cider can be purchased and holiday music will entertain shoppers.
    Beta Sigma Phi is a sorority based on friendship and culture that has deep roots in the heart of the Los Alamos community.

  • If we were playing Jeopardy and the category was cultural history, the answer would be “the ancestral pueblo, the homesteaders, the Boys Ranch School, the Manhattan Project and now home to one of the largest multidisciplinary, multi-program research institutions in the world.” The question, of course, would be “What is Los Alamos?”  
    The ninth class of Leadership Los Alamos (aka “The Best Class”) focused on “Being Culturally Inclusive in Leadership” in their second training session Oct. 14 at Fuller Lodge.
    Barbara Judy, chief of resources at Bandelier National Monument and an alumnus of Leadership Los Alamos class, took the group on an accelerated journey through time.

  • Ahhh, November and the Asset month of empowerment ...
    This category incorporates Assets 7-10 and includes the areas of being valued by the community, youth as resources, service to others and safety.  
    One way assets will work in this area, is a through a new endeavor called the Hubba Bubba awards.
    Students from Los Alamos High School will have the opportunity to recognize staff members for the way they make a difference at LAHS.
    Assets in Action had forms for students to fill out during lunch on Monday. They can also request them via email at www.AssetsInAction.info.
    Why Hubba Bubba? Hubba Bubba, while known as a popular gum, in our case, stands for Help Us Build Better Assets.

  • Lee Powell has been awarded a 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award for writing, given by the Radio Television Digital News Association.
    The Murrow Awards honor excellence in electronic journalism and are among the most prestigious in broadcasting.
    Powell’s winning entry included video pieces about a high-profile departure from Washington and why April is so popular a month.
    Savannah Guthrie, an anchor of NBC’s “Today” show, presented the award to Powell during a dinner in New York City on Oct. 10.
    He also contributed to two other Murrows awarded to the AP, including one for overall excellence.
    This is Powell’s second national Murrow Award.

  • Three young men from Troop 422 in White Rock received their Eagle Scout Award on Oct. 23. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints sponsors troop 422.
    Each young man recently finished their Eagle Scout Projects benefiting places in the community.  
    Dallin Parker repaired the water drainage system at the White Rock Methodist Church across from Overlook Park.
    Daniel Dahl built four insulated dog houses for the Los Alamos Animal Shelter to use or to give to needy families.
    Alan Dahl landscaped part of the Los Alamos Eco Station with recycled materials such as crushed glass and drought- friendly plants.
    Mentors pins were given to Nathan Pack, Justin Tozer and Robert Forsyth during the ceremony.

  • 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.
    Two for the price of one. This is an opportunity to double your feline pleasure. Also, we will not adopt out black cats until Nov. 7.


    Two for the price of one. A great opportunity to double your feline pleasure.