• Dean Koontz outdoes himself with his latest journey, which solidifies his reputation as one of the best storytellers in the book business.

    Koontz’s stories get labeled as horror, but the lyrical writing and compelling characters in “Ashley Bell” aren’t commonly seen in that particular genre. Koontz stands alone, and this novel is a prime example of literary suspense if one is forced to classify.

    Bibi Blair lives by herself, is engaged to a Navy SEAL and has published a novel and several short stories. One day while sitting at her computer, one side of her body starts to tingle and she realizes something is wrong. Doctors run tests and determine that she has a rare form of brain cancer. Even with chemotherapy, she has at most a year to live. She tells her doctor, “We’ll see.” That’s when the novel takes off.

    Blair has a miraculous recovery, and she doesn’t understand why until a mysterious woman gives her a psychic reading, revealing that she’s lived so that she can save a woman named Ashley Bell. Who is this woman, and what does Blair need to do to save her?

  •  Do you want to learn more about how the sun was formed or what generates the sun’s energy? Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is holding a special show in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium at 7 p.m. Friday. 

    Rick Wallace will explore the sun and its effects on the planet, moon, astronauts and future colonies on other planets.

    The special planetarium show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. 

    Tickets are available by calling or visitng the nature center. Seating is limited. 

    Planetarium shows are suitable for ages 4 and up. For more information, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board. 

    Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

    6:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live

    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program

    11:00 PM County Council Meeting –Replay 12-01-15

    1:00 PM Democracy Now!

    2:00 PM United in Christ

    3:00 PM Road to Recovery

    4:00 PM Uprising

    5:00 PM Democracy Now!

    6:00 PM Los Alamos Council on Cancer – “Head and Neck Cancers”

    7:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society 

    8:30 PM Let’s Talk Good Business

    9:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll

    9:30 PM Cheers for 30 Years: The White Rock Senior Center

  • Los Alamos High Schol Dance program students invite the public to their Winter Dance Show in the Duane Smith Auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free.

    The show will include ballroom, Latin, swing, Bollywood, jazz, hip-hop, ballet and Color Guard students, representing the LAHS dance program, as well as other local dance studios and groups.

  • ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A still photographer for the AMC-TV hit “Breaking Bad,” and its spin-off prequel “Better Call Saul,” is set to share her images at a special Albuquerque Museum event.

    Ursula Coyote is scheduled Sunday to discuss her favorite images from the Albuquerque productions as both television shows continue to generate interest in the city where it was filmed.

    “Breaking Bad” follows former high school teacher Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, producing methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul. It ended in 2013.

    “Better Call Saul” follows Jimmy McGill, played by Bob Odenkirk, who later changes his name to Saul Goodman and becomes an attorney for drug lords in “Breaking Bad.”

    “Better Call Saul” is scheduled to begin its second season Feb. 15.

  •  There’s a new partnership in town, and its mission is to provide opportunities for local high school and college students, and small businesses. 

    The Community Internship Collaboration is a joint partnership of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, LLC, University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, Los Alamos High School and the Small Business Development Center. The partnership was formed this fall with the dual objective of giving students real-world learning opportunities while providing businesses with interns who bring fresh perspectives and specific skillsets to the business.

    The new workforce development program allows UNM-LA undergraduates and Los Alamos High School juniors and seniors to gain work experience with small businesses in Los Alamos. 

  •  From early through mid-December, Bandelier National Monument will be hosting this year’s third Artist in Residence, Shawn Skabelund.   

    Skabelund was born in central Utah, received a bachelor’s of fine art’s degree at Utah State University in Logan, attended graduate school at the University of Iowa, and taught drawing and installation art at Northern Arizona University. 

    In 1998, he settled in Flagstaff, Arizona. Today, he is well established in his field, working in drawing, painting, sculpture and installations. His works have been displayed in more than 30 one-person shows across the country, including one at Grand Canyon National Park. 

    Skabelund also has curated shows of others’ works, including this year’s “Fires of Change” at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff. Many of his works can be seen on his website, shawnskabelund.com. 

  •  On Sunday, a team of Pajarito Environmental Education Center volunteers will begin working to help Los Alamos become the first certified Community Wildlife Habitat in New Mexico. 

    To meet their goal, they only need a handful of residents to certify their yards as wildlife habitats with the National Wildlife Federation. Promoting urban wildlife habitats in Los Alamos is a significant step towards living with nature, a step that will help ensure children and grandchildren can enjoy the animals and plants of the Pajarito Plateau.

    Certifying a business or residential yard involves providing only four things: a water source, food, shelter/cover and a place to raise young. 

    To certify a backyard or front yard, visit nwf.org and search for “garden for wildlife.” 

  • Reminder that there will be a play reading tonight at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre is hosting an open reading of "Belles: The Reunion," by Mark Dunn.

    This is a funny, touching and clever play about the six Walker sisters reconnecting their lives through a series of phone calls.

    LALT invites everyone to join the action, to either read or to sit back and listen. Bring a friend – someone who may be interested in getting involved in theater!

    Talk on “CTBT On-Site Inspection, Full Scale Integrated Field Exercise in Jordan: Scenario Development and Execution” by Ward Hawkins, LANL Project Manager for Nuclear Testing Limitations at 7 p.m in the Lounge at the Education Building, United Church, 2525 Canyon Road. LANL researchers played major roles in the largest nonproliferation field exercise to date that achieved the goal of testing on-site Inspection capabilities. Open meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security.

    Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will celebrate the holiday season with a potluck luncheon from noon-1 p.m. in the Patio Room at 1001 Oppenheimer Place. All registered Republican women invited. Barbara McClain, New Mexico FRW president, will be guest speaker. Terry Marzili will collect donations and Christmas gifts for the Adopt-a-Family program. Contact Bethany Douglas at 690-6883 for more information.

    Winter dance show by the Los Alamos High School Dance program students at 7 p.m. in the Duane Smith Auditorium. Admission is free. Come and enjoy performances by Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Bollywood, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet and Color Guard students, representing LAHS dance program, as well as other local dance studios and groups.

  • A Santa Fe pet boutique is hosting a holiday event Saturday in celebration of its 20th year in business.
    Teca Tu’s “Happy Paw-L-Days” celebration in the Sanbusco Market Center kicks of with an afternoon Santa Fe animal shelter pet adoption event from noon-3 p.m. and continues at 5 p.m. with food, drinks, carolers and free samples and discounted items until 7 p.m. The store is located in the center, 500 Montezuma Ave., Santa Fe.

  • The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation has extended the deadline for Educational Outreach Small Grants to Dec. 15. Applications may be submitted online at lanlfoundation.org/grants.
    Grants of up to $1,500 are available to support public schools and nonprofits with programs that strengthen teaching and learning in K-12 education in Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties. Grants are not restricted to programs related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
    Organizations are eligible to receive one grant per calendar year, with the yearly funding cycle beginning in January. Only one school or program in each of the 20 school districts is eligible for a grant each year. Awardees that received LANL Foundation grants in the past but did not meet funding report requirements are ineligible.
    For more information, contact Sally Gallegos at sally@lanlfoundation.org or 753-8890, ext. 118.

  • State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard will be the guest speaker at the Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. Tuesday.
    Richard will present her annual legislative preview to chamber members, which will include matters related to the state budget and a discussion of other potential legislation.
    The upcoming legislative session is a 30-day session.
    The session begins Jan. 19 and ends Feb. 18. Legislators may pre-file legislation Dec. 15 – Jan. 13. Feb. 3 is the deadline for introduction of all legislation.

    The Chamber breakfast will be in room 230, Building 2, UNM-LA, 4000 University Drive. Breakfast will be catered by Peggy Pendergast.
    There is no charge for members. Chamber breakfasts are sponsored by the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Programs Office.
Chamber members can register for the breakfast on the Chamber website losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/chamber-breakfast-dec-15-82
or by emailing nancy@losalamos.org.

  • Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish readers, may this season be filled with light for you all.
    This week, I’d like to salute some awesome things that have taken place in our community and remind you to pay attention to what you are thankful for during this nomination period of the Community Asset Awards.
    Wow, did you see the “Nutcracker on the Hill?” It was phenomenal! I think it may be the best ballet I have ever seen. So kudos to Jonathan Guise, Valerie Silks, Tina Anderson and Gina Fisk for some incredible work.
    While I can’t salute everyone, there are a few things I would like to draw attention to encourage your support. Members of the San Ildefonso Pueblo showcased the Winter Buffalo Dance. On the heels of Native American History Month. We particularly thank Ian Fender, Wesley Sanchez, Than Povi Martinez and Santana Sanchez for sharing your history, tradition and culture with the community.
    As the show opens, from the ceiling descends a backdrop of Fuller Lodge that a little bird tells me was painted by Robi Mulford. I am told she painted it by herself and in the confines of her living room. It was such an incredible depiction that there was a collective gasp from the audience.

  • Births
    Nov. 11 — A girl. Sophia D. Ortiz. Born to Danielle and Steven Ortiz.
    Nov. 23 — A boy. Maxwell Halbert Gregory. Born to Britney and Dakota Gregory.
    Nov. 24 — A girl. Frankie-Jean Montoya. Born to Christina Archuleta and Frank Montoya.
    Nov. 29 — A girl. Olivia Liang Xing. Born to Tingting Liang and Hongxi Xing.

  • Dec. 7-12, 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
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Green Chile Cheese Burger
    1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    9 a.m.        A Time to Talk (health issues)
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Tortilla Soup
    Noon        Airport talk w/Dave Ploger
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters

  • 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 micro-chipped, 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.
    Lucy—A 5-year-old calico who just loves cuddling! This sweet girl also enjoys being brushed, and her shorthaired coat will certainly need lots of that. She is still young enough to be friendly and playful, and if she loses a few pounds, she’ll be even more fun and interactive! Lucy is reported to do well with adults, but she can be a bit shy around children.

  • The public is invited to a special screening to see the winning video mockumentaries at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center’s planetarium on the big screen.
    The Pajarito Film Club is hosting a screening of four 10-minute video shorts that were submitted to the first ever Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet contest. Admission is free.
    Following the screening, the Pajarito Film Club will conduct a brief awards ceremony, during which film program graduates who judged the films will review judging criteria and the categories for which each film is being awarded. The winning mockumentarians will be awarded cash prizes in the form of Chamber Checks compliments of the Los Alamos Creative District.
    The viewing audience can enter a raffle for prizes from the New Mexico film worker’s union (IATSE Local 480 Community Outreach program). Popcorn and beverages will be provided by the Los Alamos Teen Center and Los Alamos Film Office.
    The Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet Mockumentary contest is sponsored by Pajarito Film Club. The club of volunteers is working with the Los Alamos Film Office, the Los Alamos Creative District and the Los Alamos Teen Center to develop a series of programs, events and opportunities to participate in the New Mexico film industry.

  • Rabbit Society
    adoption event Saturday

    The New Mexico House Rabbit Society, the local chapter of an international rabbit rescue organization, is pleased to announce its next event: Home for the Holidays, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Eastside Animal shelter, 8920 Lomas Street, NE, Albuquerque.
    Several single rabbits, pairs and a very sweet trio--Snap, Crackle and Pop!- are available for adoption. Rabbits can easily be litter trained and make good pets. Free nail trims also are available, so bring pet rabbits to the event. Call Bill Velasquez at 505-435-9916 for more information.

    Kiwanis Club Breakfast with Santa Saturday

    The annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, with a large contribution from Del Norte Credit Union, will be held from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    The breakfast is free. In return, attendees are requested to donate non-perishable food items or money. Food collected will be used by LA Cares to feed local families in need. Money donated will be used for the Kiwanis/CYFD Foster Children Christmas party. Any money left over from the Foster Children’s party will be used to make up food baskets, which will also be distributed to those in need. Santa is eager to meet with any and all children.

  • Anyone who wants to learn more about the life cycle of stars is encouraged to a special show at 7 p.m. today given by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.
    Galen Gisler will give a tour through the stars and constellations of the December sky, and use them to illustrate the life cycles of stars: where and how stars are born, how they evolve, and how they die.
    The December Night Sky 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.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.