• Unknown to many is that there are a number of waterfalls in New Mexico, and Doug Scott is the expert on the topic. Scott will be offering a tour through the Pajarito Environmental Education Center on May 16 for a small group limited to 10 people.
    The group will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7:30 a.m. and will return around 5 p.m. Scott will introduce tour participants to his secret access passages and vantage points for eight waterfalls within a two-mile radius in the San Pedro Parks Wilderness.
    Among the waterfalls the group will discover is Rio Puerco, which cuts a deep, narrow slot canyon through a massive pink granite mastiff as it descends the eastern slopes of the San Pedro Parks Wilderness. Resumadero Falls is a 90-foot waterfall with three separate tiers, while 60-foot Lichen Falls is known as the “Queen” of this land. The group will also visit 50-foot Echo Falls and 30-foot Double Falls in this amazing canyon.
    This is a class 3 hike with a few class 4 spots. The group will navigate through and within sheer granite walls but will climb no class 5 sheer walls. No ropes or belaying will be necessary. This is a safe but thrilling adventure, covering as much as six miles with about 900 feet in vertical elevation gain.

  • Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers for a presentation by Andy Thein after the monthly meeting at
    7 p.m. May 20 at Fuller Lodge.
    Thein’s program begins at 7:30 p.m.
    In June of 2011, Jason Halladay, Mark Schraad, Thien and his wife Sarah took a trip to the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to an unusually mild-tempered Mother Nature, they managed to climb and ski four classic volcanoes: Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood.
    The Los Alamos Mountaineers meetings offer, in addition to the featured talk, refreshments and casual conversation, as well as updates on upcoming trips and safety advice learned from outdoor adventuring.

  • Today
    Student Art Show. 4-7 p.m. at Karen Wray Fine Art Studios, 166 East Gate Drive, next to Yeaman’s Machine Shop. For more information, visit karenwrayfineart.com, or call 660-6382.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The two-part program, “Additional Genealogical Programs to use with Family Search and with Ancestry.com.” Kent Parsons and Irma Holtkamp will present the program. The public is invited. The traditional no-host dinner will be held at China Moon at 5:30 p.m. before the meeting.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Student Art Show. Noon-6:30 p.m. at Karen Wray Fine Art Studios, 166 East Gate Drive, next to Yeaman’s Machine Shop. For more information, visit karenwrayfineart.com, or call 660-6382.

    The 18th Annual Los Alamos Arts Council Kite Festival. 7 p.m. at Overlook Park in White Rock. Event will open with the Gordon’s Summer Concert. There will be a lighted kite flying demonstration, food vendors and free kite building workshops for children. Each child receives a free T-shirt after building a kite. Sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank.

  • Los Alamos Middle School continues their fundraising efforts this week with two events.
    On Friday, a $1 donation will allow students to wear hats throughout the day and a talent show will collect spare change.
    The fundraisers are to raise money to help with medical costs for teachers Ryan Finn and Sherri Bublitz as they battle medical ailments.
    For questions or to learn more, call 663-3252.

  • The Western Landowners Alliance (WLA) is a rapidly growing network and voice for conservation-minded landowners and managers across western North America.
    They envision a future in which private and leased public lands and waters in the West are healthy and resilient to environmental and developmental stressors and are the foundation for prosperous rural economies.
    WLA Executive Director Lesli Allison will give a talk at the Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road on Tuesday, in which she will outline some of the issues, as well as the important work that WLA does across the West. The talk begins at 7 p.m.
    WLA was formed by concerned landowners to vastly increase the role that working lands play in conserving land, wildlife, and water in Western North America.
    Healthy lands provide for increased and sustained agricultural productivity, while providing better habitat and sustaining wildlife’s room to roam.
    The Alliance is led by landowners, with a counsel of respected conservation science and natural resource practitioners.
    They partner with regional landowner alliances, collaborative conservation ventures, cattle and timber associations, and land trusts (WLA is not a land trust).

  • The Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars monthly meeting will be Tuesday and the guest speaker will be Alan B. Carr.
    The topic will be based on Carr’s thesis, “The Long Road to Kursk: The Development, Abandonment and Relearning of Soviet Military Strategy.”
    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Carr’s presentation will start at 7:15 p.m.
    The meeting is in the Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room. The Los Alamos Research Park building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east to the fire station (accessible from southbound land of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge) or east of the Research Park building (access is through the Los Alamos National Laboratory control stations to West Jemez road.
    Entrance to the Research Park main conference room is from the ground level by use of the ground level elevator on the east side of the building to the second level.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.

  • The Los Alamos High School Choir has sung their way into the record books with a first place showing at the state competition.
    Choir Director Jason Rutledge, who directs both the middle and high school choirs couldn’t be more proud.
    Rutledge traveled with 85 middle and high school students to that state contest took place at V. Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho in mid-April.
    “Their desire to improve daily as musicians, coupled with their willingness to put forth so many extra hours of rehearsal, created a special setting for us to grow as musicians and a community,” Rutlegde said.
    Rutledge complimented the preparation throughout the semester including lunch and after-school rehearsals, dinner meetings at local restaurants and their individual work at home.
    That result paid off because when Rutledge took those 85 middle and high school students, comprising three choirs, a 5A state champion title followed them home.
    The competition choirs included; the Los Alamos Middle School Hawk Choir, the LAHS Encore, and the award winning LAHS Schola Cantorum.
    “I can not thank my Los Alamos Choir Booster Program enough for all their support,” Rutledge said. “Their care and dedication to the choir program has been overwhelming.”

  • Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. This week only: lamb and beef from Ranchline for the month of May, to pre-order call 323-420-6897. New vendor will have New Mexico raised shrimp.

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have its regular monthly meeting, 12:30 p.m. at ZIA Realty conference room (upstairs) and then move to the Municipal Building for a tour of the County Council Chambers with an opportunity to speak with Republican councilors. All registered Republican women are invited. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe. Contact Donna MacDonald for further information, 662-4001.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The two-part program, “Additional Genealogical Programs to use with Family Search and with Ancestry.com.” Kent Parsons and Irma Holtkamp will present the program. The public is invited. The traditional no-host dinner will be held at China Moon at 5:30 p.m. before the meeting.

  • Chaperones needed for sixth grade dance

    The end of the year dance for sixth graders is Saturday and is open to all area sixth graders.
    The dance will be from 7-9 p.m. at Pueblo Gym on Diamond Drive. Admission is $3.
    Volunteers are needed who are a parent of a sixth grade student attending the dance. Students of chaperones get in free. Call 662-9412 no later than Thursday to volunteer. The dance is sponsored by the Youth Activity Center, a program of the Los Alamos Family Council.

    LAVNS seek hospice volunteers

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice is looking for people interested in assisting with the hospice program.
    Training will include, diversity, confidentiality, psycho/social needs, family dynamics and meeting the needs of the individual patient.
    Orientation meeting will be from noon-1:30 p.m. July 1 at Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service office, 2202 Canyon Road.
    To reserve a space, call Visiting Nurses at 662-2525.

  • The Los Alamos Garden Club has chosen Los Alamos High School senior Maria Gibson as the winner of the 2015 scholarship award. The award will be presented to Maria at the Honors Convocation May 27.
    Gibson will be attending New Mexico State University in the fall to study range land science and agricultural business. She has been chosen from the Los Alamos High School to attend the DECCA National Business and Marketing event.
    This summer, she will be working at the Los Alamos County Bear Camp. Gibson has also worked for the county as a lifeguard and at the YMCA as a counselor. Courtesy

  • The League of Women Voters’ Lunch with a Leader event will have Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE) President Ellen Mills as the speaker.
    The event will be 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Mesa Public Library. Mills grew up in Chicago and in Brookhaven, New York.  She came to Los Alamos with her husband, Geoff, and two sons in 1992.  
    Mills has been teaching special education for a total of 37 years. She taught in California, Kansas and Switzerland after she completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Colorado. She has been at several elementary schools and the middle school in her 23 years in Los Alamos, but has been at Mountain Elementary as contact person for the majority of the time. She has held the positions of building representative, secretary, vice president and president of LAFSE. 
    Mills is currently completing her 7th year as president. During that time she has established a strong working relationship with the administration and the Board of Education.

  • Sonyia Williams, daughter of Lian and Matt Williams, was honored recently by Rotary District 5520, the 71 Rotary clubs of New Mexico and west Texas, during this year’s annual conference in Clovis. Williams was selected as the District’s first-place winner in the four-way Rotary Club essay competition. The competition is open to all eighth grade students in District 5520. Williams is the student of Los Alamos Middle School Language Arts teacher Julia Agnew. The Rotary essay committee was chaired by Susan O’Leary.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society’s Made in New Mexico Series presents the lecture, “Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover,” with Dr. Nina Lanza, on Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.
    The lecture follows the annual meeting with begins at 6:30 p.m. Lanza will speak at 7:30 p.m.
    The Curiosity rover has been on the surface of Mars for about three years. The goal of the Curiosity mission is to determine whether life could have been sustained in the Martian environment at some point in time. Curiosity has confirmed that Mars was indeed habitable: there is abundant evidence that her landing site, Gale crater, has had flowing liquid water in it. Lanza will discuss the latest results from the Rover mission, with a focus on data from the ChemCam instrument.
    Lanza is a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is working on a spaceship with lasers on Mars as part of the ChemCam instrument team on the Curiosity rover. Lanza is broadly interested in understanding the history of water on the martian surface at a variety of scales. Her most recent work focuses on manganese in the martian environment and its implications for habitability.

  • The time has finally come for me to write a column that is much needed by society as a whole. OK, the time has come for some levity and I put it off until today. The theme is that at any age you can re-frame the way you think about things. It might take some effort, but you can do it.
    My husband Chad and I were married 25 years on Feb. 24. Now while I did write about the event, I didn’t write about a pretty nice gift I received due to the fact that I didn’t want to appear to be gloating, but the time has come.
    I was very excited to buy a Volkswagen Beetle. Also because I don’t want the hate mail, don’t worry, our family has bought an American car my entire married life and even before then. So fuss if you want about my purchase of a non-American vehicle, but I am sure that everyone employed at the University Volkswagen in Albuquerque is American and lives and works in the state of New Mexico, I’ll climb off my soap box now.
    It is also the first car that I own in my own name and my first vehicle that is not a mini van.
    The first day I headed to work and saw two young men almost get in a fight at a bus stop.

  • May 10-16, 2015
    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
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic discussion group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Ceasar salad bar
    Noon        Grief support
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Baked ham
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio plus exercise

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Buttercream — An orange kitty who was recently surrendered to the shelter. Shelter staff and volunteers are still getting to know Buttercream, so stay tuned for more information.
    Moose (previously known as Moo Moo) — A beautiful, long-haired Maine Coon mix. She is approximately 4 years old, and she was surrendered due to owner allergies. She is reported to get along well with older kids, but younger, rambunctious kids are a bit scary for her. She also prefers the company of humans rather than dogs. This gorgeous girl has a very long snout, which makes her look very exotic. Come meet this cutie today!

  • Today
    Los Alamos Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday. 6 p.m. at 84 Barcelona Ave. in White Rock. For further information contact Mary Swickard at 672-3300 or Dennis Wulff at 672-9563.

    Dr. Bob Fuselier, of the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, will provide a free lecture about dog bite awareness. 6:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club building at 246 East Road. Dr. Fuselier’s dog-bite awareness lecture promotes proper greeting of dogs and their owners, offering adults and children easy-to-remember steps to avoid becoming a dog-bite victim. Talk is for people only, no dogs are allowed. Freebies given to all that attend.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    Art show opening for Michelle Grove. 4 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. Snacks and refreshments will be provided at opening reception. The show will be on display through May. Grove is a teacher at Los Alamos High School and an adjunct professor at Northern New Mexico College.  

  • Heather Ward, whose work currently fills the Portal Gallery at the Fuller Lodge Art Center, will teach a workshop on Saturday and again on May 16 on the tools and techniques of scratchboard.
    Scratchboard is a board coated with white clay, then coated with a thin layer of black ink.
    The ink is scratched away leaving white-on-black designs.
    Students will learn to create detailed, realistic drawings using a variety of instruments from tattoo needles to steel wool, and optionally also adding color with ink, watercolor pencils, colored pencils, or acrylic paint.
    It’s almost impossible to take just a quick look at a scratchboard piece by Ward.
    At first glance many appear to be photographs. The first hint that they are not is the predominance of black in the background, while the animal subject is distinct with a vast amount of detail.
    Ward captures exquisitely fine detail in the portrayal of fur and feathers, using different sizes and kinds of scratches to produce very realistic looking textures.

  • After surfing through the Legislature on a rare wave of bipartisan support, the debate over civil asset forfeiture now moves to local communities, as defenders of the controversial practice hope to preserve county and municipal ordinances as a tool in the ongoing war on drunk driving.
    In the Legislature, where a discouraging word can almost always be heard on even the most Mom-and-Apple-Pie issue, the question of whether the government should be able to seize your property without actually proving you guilty of a crime seems to arouse the libertarian in even the staunchest law-and-order advocate.
    The bill, sponsored by Ruidoso Republican Rep. Zachary Cook, passed both House and Senate without a single dissenting vote despite dire warnings from the Department of Public Safety that ending asset forfeiture absent a criminal conviction of the property’s owner would have an “indeterminate but substantial” negative impact on law enforcement statewide.
    And, although her former colleagues in the law enforcement community urged Gov. Susana Martinez to veto, she signed the bill in April.