• Friends of the Shelter invites Los Alamos residents to the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter to have their colors done.  
    The new Pet Adoption Matching Program uses colors to help potential adopters find the cat or dog that best matches their home environment, lifestyle, family situation and companionship needs.  
    In doing this, shelter personnel hope to increase the rate of adoptions from the shelter and to reduce the number of failed adoptions.
    Potential adopters will have the opportunity to complete a short questionnaire before they visit the cat room or dog kennels.

  • Los Alamos Historical Society and Pajarito Environmental Education Center have joined together to present an afternoon for children and adults from 2-4 p.m. July 30 at PEEC, 3540 Orange St.
    At 2 p.m., the Historical Society will sponsor a reading of Terry Foxx’s children’s book about fire. The book will help children understand fire and how the forest recovers from it.  It was written and illustrated by Foxx after the Cerro Grande fire with Foxx’s daughter Alison Carlisi.  As a child Carlisi, accompanied her mother as she studied forest recovery after the La Mesa fire.    

  • Last week, the children of Ponderosa Montessori School Inc. hosted a luncheon for some of the firefighters at Fire Station 3 in White Rock.
    All 10 firefighters on duty went to the school where the children had prepared a lunch for them. The children were excited and happy for the opportunity to give back after all the hard work all firefighters (from near and far) had done for the community.

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s “Griselda” is the simple tale of a woman and the struggles forced upon her by her husband as a cruel proof of honor.
    Griselda (Meredith Arwady) is the wife of the King of Thessaly, Gualtiero (Paul Groves), whose subjects are not very fond of the queen. As a result, Gualtiero forces Griselda to endure various tortures in order to prove to his people that she is worthy of her station. But there’s a twist: Griselda is completely unaware that Gualtiero’s actions are intended only to prove a point.

  • 1.  Party Rock Anthem, LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock

    2.  Give Me Everything, Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack and Nayer

    3. Rolling in the Deep, Adele

    4. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

    5. Super Bass, Nicki Minaj

    6.   The Edge of Glory, Lady Gaga
    7.  How to Love, Lil Wayne
    8. Good Life, OneRepubli
    9.  Tonight Tonight, Hot Chelle Rae
    10. E.T., Katy Perry featuring Kanye West


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

    Friday, July 22, 2011
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – LIVE!
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay (7-11-11)
    03:00 PM Start up Ceremony of the MW Turbine
        at the Abiquiu Hydroelctric Facility
    04:00 PM The House of Yahwah
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society -“World War II: One Soldier’s Story”
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Pure Mind
    09:00 PM UCTV

    Saturday, July 23, 2011
    5:00 UCTV

  • LOS ANGELES — Calling all superheroes, zombies, space aliens, comic-book lovers and kids of all ages: Comic-Con is here.
    The pop-culture convention, which annually draws thousands of costumed fans to San Diego, begins Thursday, but the die-hards (and those with weekend-long passes) will get a peek at the colorful convention floor on Wednesday night.
    Hundreds of exhibitors and more than 130,000 guests are expected to pack the San Diego Convention Center for the sold out, four-day event.

  • Whether you’re an armchair traveler or an active one, the county libraries are offering “novel destinations” for the imagination and stories to savor from around the globe.
    Last September, former County Councilor Robert Gibson, County Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith and their friend Chris Ortega, decided to undertake a trip to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
    Along with three others from New Mexico, the local adventure travelers devised a trip of a lifetime to scale the fabled mountain and to explore the Serengeti National Park, home to some of the largest herds of wildlife in Africa. Immortalized in Hemingway’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” the 19,340-foot mountain seems to epitomize one of the most mythical spots on earth.

  • Young members of The Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program will again present free concerts in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.  The daytime concerts feature arias, duets and ensembles from opera and classical works and afford audiences in both cities the opportunity to hear the young artists.
    The Albuquerque concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church, 10000 Spain NE (between Eubank and Morris).  In Santa Fe, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis will be the venue for the concert on at 11:30 a.m. July 28. Both are free and everyone is welcome. Seating begins one-half hour before the performances and is on a first-come first-served basis.

  • Dave Yeamans, local birder and active member of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center Birders group will give a talk on bird banding at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 7 p.m. July 27.
    The talk costs $8 for PEEC members and $10 for non-members, but this fee will be refunded if participants decide to volunteer with the annual Park Flight bird banding field trips in August through October.
    Bird banding starts with getting a permit to conduct a study on birds of a particular type in a defined area. In this talk, passerines, or perching birds, are the target group and the areas include upper Alamo Canyon in Bandelier National Monument and also the Valles Caldera ranch headquarters area.

  • Nearly everyone can remember a classic love story: “Romeo and Juliet” and “Gone With the Wind” are among the favorites we come across in our lifetimes.
    The current Santa Fe Opera production, “La Bohème” is another sure entry to this list. Full of romance and tragedy, Giacomo Puccini’s finest opera focuses on two lovers in 1830s Paris: the poet Rodolfo (David Lomelí) and seamstress Mimi (Ana María Martínez) experience love at first sight when the latter comes looking for a match to light her candle.

  • It’s no surprise when atomic fission happens, especially in a place like Los Alamos. Recently, the Atomic Theatre Festival experienced a splitting of its own because of the Las Conchas Fire.
    The festival is an event in Los Alamos and Santa Fe combining plays written by local playwrights about science and Los Alamos.
    Performances were originally scheduled in Los Alamos and Santa Fe during July and August, but the fire forced delay of the Los Alamos portion of the Festival until Aug. 26-28.
    However, Santa Fe performances will continue as planned, beginning Aug. 5.   

    The Santa Fe plays are:

  • Overlook Park is a popular place for a host of recreational activities in White Rock. The ball fields are alive with the sounds of people playing sports and flying kites and hiking trails boast amazing views of the mountains that encompass the area.
    One of those trails lies just west of the park on a mesa overlooking the ball fields. This trail is heavily traveled but few hikers notice the many historic artifacts scattered at their feet and the pueblo caves and rock carvings along the way.   
    Following the trail west toward the mesa, one might begin to notice numerous caves carved out of the soft volcanic tuft. Upon first inspection, these caves might be mistaken for the modern inventions of children playing in the rocks.

  • The Red Elvises return to Los Alamos for a show at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond. If you’ve never seen this band, here’s a chance to catch a group of showmen.
    Lead singer Igor usually wears  pink floral outfits, while the rest of the band wears leopard print outfits. The clothing gives a bit of insight to the band. Just like they’re non-traditional duds, the Red Elvises are not your typical rock band. They are a fusion of rock, Siberian surf, reggae, doo-wop, Russian folk-rock, Russian rokenrol, tango and Klezmer.
    “Besides being excellent musicians, this band of mostly Russian émigrés are tremendous entertainers and a whole lotta rockin’ fun,” said Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series promoter Russ Gordon.

  • If you missed your senior prom, don’t worry, there’s still a chance to don your prom duds. On Friday, you can go to the prom with all of the fun, none of the stress and almost none of the cost.
    The Friends of the Senior Center, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Assets In Action will hold an intergenerational, community prom from 6-8 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    “Seniors often tell me that these events remind them of happy times in years past. It helps us all to connect with each other,” said Pauline Powell Schneider, the Director of Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization.
    Admission is $1 and the donation of one food or other non-perishable item, which will be donated to a local food pantry.

  • Ariana Brown was awarded a scholarship from the Kiwanis Club. From left, Art Brown, Dawn Brown, Ariana Brown and Kiwanis Club President Fran Berting. Brown was active in many groups including Los Alamos Youth Leadership and Mexico Mission. She will attend Northern Arizona University and study children’s advocacy.


  • Juan Vasquez, left, and Randy Richey, custodians at Mountain Elementary were hard at work last week, getting ready for the start of the new school year.

  • Thanks for
    supporting LAYL

    I would like to express my gratitude to the following organizations that supported and sponsored  Los Alamos Youth Leadership through the 2010/11 school year: The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos High School, the Family YMCA and Leadership Los Alamos. 
    Also many thanks to the adult mentors who volunteered their time throughout the school year: Art Brown, Randy Foster, Bernadette Lauritzen, Wayne Kohlrust, Morrie Pongrantz, Melissa Romero, Veonica Rodriquez and Sharon Stover. 

  • The Builders Club at the Los Alamos Middle School is a Kiwanis-sponsored organization of community service-minded students and is their equivalent of the Key Club at Los Alamos High School.
    Similarly, the K-Kids Club at Barranca Mesa Elementary School is the associated elementary school version.
    The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club newly chartered both of these clubs through Kiwanis International this past school year, and are supported.
      The faculty advisor for the Builders Club this year was Stephanie Krantz and for the K-Kids, it was Sharon Allen.

  • The Rice Bowl Dinner, a House of Hope fundraiser for house-building mission trips to Juaréz, Mexico, has been rescheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. July 21 in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    Tickets are available at the door and are $8 for adults and $4 for children younger than age 12. Kids attending VBS that week at Bethlehem Lutheran Church will be admitted free with a paying adult.
    Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food donation for LA Cares for those in need, following the Las Conchas Fire.
    The Rice Bowl menu will offer rice, chicken teriyaki, stir-fry vegetables, ice cream and fortune cookies, following the VBS theme of “PandaMania, Where God is Wild about YOU!”