• With the new year comes a new focus on the Los Alamos County Nature Center. The building, now nearly completed, sits ready for the next phase of construction: installing the professionally designed and developed exhibits and planetarium projector.
    Meanwhile, finishing touches are being made on the exhibits in a fabrication facility in Albuquerque. Soon they will be transported up to Los Alamos and installation will begin. The new nature center is still on track to open on April 22, which is Earth Day.
    “Every step of this process has been exciting,” said PEEC Executive Director Katie Watson, “But now it’s getting down to the final stages, and we’re all becoming more excited for the grand opening. The exhibits that we’ve been talking about for over a year are taking shape, and we can finally imagine them going into the beautiful new building.”
    The new nature center is a public-private partnership between Los Alamos County and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Under the partnership agreement, the county is responsible for construction of the $4.3 million facility. PEEC has been chosen by the county to operate the new nature center.

  • Businesses
    Cross Fit     
    Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock
    Liz Martineau and Gordon McDonough
    Jim Hay and Reine Williams
    Individuals & Programs
    Sylvan Argo     
    Natalia Barkurdarova   
    Jeff Bingham
    David Bradshaw      
    Dawn Brown    
    Margie Candler  
    Carol Clark     
    Robyn Collom    
    Anna Dillane  
    Andy Erickson    
    Nicole Ferry     
    Dave Fox     
    Joanna Gillespie
    David Griggs     
    Sally Grindstaff     
    Cynthia Justice
    Chloe Keilers     
    John Kottman    
    Phillip Kunsberg
    Jane Lin      
    Joann Lysne     
    Ross Mason
    Heather McClenahan     
    Ann McLaughlin    
    Michael Mason    
    Judy Nekimken     
    Dave Phillips     
    Barbara Pigott   

  • This past weekend was the acknowledgement of the 2014 Assets In Action nominees for our community.
    I’m sure my husband and our children would tell you that I delight in the fact I get to talk the entire evening and it is expected for my duties.
    It is true, I get to preside over the many stories for a variety of people, programs and businesses that make our little world, even better than many of us know.
    There will be a variety of stories about the many do-gooders we recognized, but today, I will highlight a few.
    Two of those recognized are gentlemen who do the hard jobs many of us take for granted each day. They are the postman and the policeman.
    One particular postman, Aaron Tompkins was recognized by a local senior for being her eyes and ears. Tompkins made a note that she didn’t seem right one day, as he delivered her mail. He returned after his rounds just to make sure she was feeling better and didn’t need medical intervention.
    The second gentleman was Los Alamos Police Department Officer David Bradshaw. Bradshaw was recently recognized as the Detention Officer of the Year for 2014. He was recognized for being an honorable man that treats inmates with respect. On occasion, those with warrants would surrender to the Los Alamos jail because they knew they would be treated with compassion.

  • Jan. 18-24, 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
    BESC closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    8:30 a.m.    Mac users group
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Red chile beef             enchilada
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1 p.m.         Bingo
    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
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Green chile             chicken tortilla soup

  • 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 a new best friend today! 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, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Cordelia — A short haired, all-black cat with a tiny little white patch on her chest and a small notch out of her ear. She was trapped on 48th Street on New Year’s Eve, and she was certainly happy to be somewhere warm for the new year! She is extremely friendly, and she will be ready for a warm, indoor home of her own once she gets a clean bill of health from the vet.

  • The 2014 Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot was a great success with 196 runners and walkers attending in spite of cool and very windy conditions. Participants had a wonderful time with the random drawings of turkeys and pumpkin pies after the fun walk/run with time to chat with friends, colleagues and neighbors. The fundraiser ended up with $14,216 donated to the CROP Hunger Walk for emergency relief efforts, and hunger and poverty alleviation, with 25 percent of that amount plus an additional $200 donated to our LA Cares food bank.
    We would like to give special thanks to our main sponsor, Lou Santoro’s State Farm Insurance Agency, as well as The Atomic City Road Runners.
    Thanks also to our other fabulous business sponsors, Eye Associates of New Mexico, Hartway & Breshears, Los Alamos Medical Center, New Mexico Sinus Institute, Santa Fe Sports & Images, Smith’s Marketplace, USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association, The Finishing Touch, Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, United Church of Los Alamos, Veterinary Cancer Clinic, Los Alamos Chiropractic and Sage Integrated Health and Aspen Copies. Thanks for publicity from KRSN radio, LA Daily Post, and the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Los Alamos
    Home Run Pizza, 1627 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Oct. 27
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations. Soda nozzles need to be cleaned. Thermometers needed in all refrigerators. Three low-risk violations. Walls need cleaning to remove food product accumulation. Outside doors are propped open. Sanitizer bottle too close to dough.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    El Rigobertos Taco Shop, 166 Central Park Square
    Date inspected: Oct. 27
    Violations: One high-risk violation. No sanitizer solution in bucket, which was corrected at time of inspection. One moderate-risk violation. Ice scoop stored outside of ice maker, which was corrected at time of inspection.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Classic Fare – TA3 Otowi
    Date inspected: Oct. 28
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Holiday Inn Express, 60 Entrada Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 28
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Hot food items held at improper temperatures, items were thrown out and the violation was corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Albuquerque native Ryan Montaño has been chosen as a “Rising Star” and will perform live as the at the annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Panama City, Florida in April.
    Jazz trumpeter, Montaño, hit the Billboard charts in 2014 with his single, “I’d Like That.”
    For more than 17 years Seabreeze Jazz Festival has featured new talent in their Rising Star segments that have gone onto become some of Jazz’s largest stars including Chris Botti, Eric Darius,
    Euge Groove and Steve Cole just to name a few.
    “I feel, landing the Rising Star gig at Seabreeze Jazz Festival is an affirmation of everything towards which I’ve worked this past decade. To be included on the same artist line-up as many of my musical heroes is truly indescribable,” Montaño said.
    Seabreeze is the first large Jazz festival of the season, attracting fans from across the globe in the thousands. It is closely watched and evaluated by festival organizers, as well as music producers. The Rising Star segment for 2015 is already anticipating more than 8,000 fans in attendance.
    Montaño’s performances can be viewed on Youtube, youtube.com/watch?v=kEJwF5BAEdI.

  • The nation’s largest quilting event will be this weekend in Albuquerque.
    The 2015 Quilt Week event will feature four special exhibits centered on the cultural and artistic heritage of its host state and region. The event is hosted by the American Quilter’s Society.
    QuiltWeek Albuquerque will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center through Saturday. Exhibit hours are from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
    From the “Land of Enchantment: 30 Years of Quilts,” by Gail Garber consists of 30 quilts by Albuquerque’s own Gail Garber. The quilts include traditional and geometric designs, Southwestern pictorial quilts, and the free-form art quilts she is now known for.
    Garber has lived in New Mexico for more than 40 years and uses the elements of the Land of Enchantment as inspiration. Many of Garber’s quilts have not been shown together, as well as some that have never been exhibited.
    Navajo Rug Exhibit shares the history and art of Navajo textile weaving as weaver Vanessa Begay-Lee creates a rug on her loom. 
    The Route 66 collection features around 50 art quilts depicting each quiltmaker’s personal engagement with the iconic Mother Road.

  • Dave Hahn, a professional climbing guide and ski patroller in Taos, will be the presenter at the next Mountaineers meeting.
    The talk will begin at 7p.m. Jan. 21 at Fuller Lodge.
    Hahn will provide a slideshow of a year in review, detailing his work in guiding and patrolling from Taos to Everest, with a little Antarctica, Africa, Alaska and Mt. Rainier thrown in.
    Hahn has been climbing professionally since 1986. Mount Rainier is his summer home, with almost 30 summers guiding there.
    Hahn has guided extensively in the Antarctic, reaching the highest point on the continent, Mt. Vinson, a record 35 times, and he is well-known for leading expeditions on the Shackelton Traverse on South Georgia Island.
    Hahn has made 30 expeditions over 28 years to Denali and is a veteran of 20 Mt. Everest expeditions, having made the summit 15 times.
    Hahn participated in three expeditions to the north side of Everest intent on solving the mystery of what became of a 1924 pioneering effort; he was part of the 1999 team that found George Mallory’s body at 27,000 feet.
    He has been published in Outside Magazine, and has contributed to several climbing books.

  • Now in its fourth year, the Winter Wildlands Alliance in cooperation with the Reel Deal Theater will bring nine independent grassroots films to Los Alamos on Jan. 22 as part of the “Backcountry Film Festival.”
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater are teaming up once again. Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit Winter Wildlands Alliance, the touring Backcountry Film Festival will make its way to more than 100 locations around the world.
    The local screening will be 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Reel Deal Theater. It will be the only one in New Mexico.
    Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Reel Deal Theater for $12, or at the door on the day of the show for $15. As in years past, the film festival is expected to sell out, so advance purchase tickets are recommended. To purchase advance tickets, visit fyilosalamos.com/event/backcountry-film-festival/ or call PEEC at 662-0460.
    The Pajarito Brewpub will be selling beer and wine in the lobby before the show and at intermission. Also at intermission PEEC will have a raffle for prizes, including items donated by local businesses the Los Alamos Cooperative Market, CB Fox, Fusion Multisport and the Reel Deal Theater, as well as national sponsors Yak Trax, Ambler, Mountain Khakis, Point 6 and Winter Wildlands Alliance.

  • Today
    Science on Tap. 5:30 p.m. at Unquarked Wine Room. The speaker will be Sara Del Valle talking about using social media to forecast the spread of infectious diseases.

    Atomic Film Festival. “On the Front Lines: The War Years.” 7 p.m. in Fuller Lodge. Free. On Dec. 8, 1941, the Disney Studio was taken over by the military as part of the war effort. Disney spent the next four years creating training, propaganda, and educational films for the Armed Forces.

    Temporary exhibit: Saul Hertz, MD: A pioneer in the Use of Radioactive Isotopes. Daily through Jan. 31 at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Keep It Classy. Ongoing at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    “Murdered to Death.” 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theater. $12-14. Tickets available at CB Fox, online or at the door.
    Kiwanis aluminum can collection. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Sullivan Field. Free.

    “North Korea Beyond ‘The Interview’ and Russia Beyond Crimea.” Sig Hecker from Stanford University will present a free public lecture. 6 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1967 18th St.  

  • Assisted Listening System to debut at LALT on Friday

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will unveil its new assisted listening system at the opening performance of “Murdered to Death” by Peter Gordon on Friday.
    The induction loop system generates a signal that can be picked up by persons wearing a common type of hearing aid. It will be fed by microphones that pick up the dialogue and sound effects generated on stage.
    “This is new technology for us and I expect there will be fine-tuning as we go along,” said LALT President Gracie Cainelli. “We would enjoy feedback from audience members who make use of the system so we can optimize its performance.”
    Cainelli said the system’s purchase and installation was made possible by a generous grant from Los Alamos National Bank and significant donations from a number of LALT patrons.
    LALT also purchased five headsets that can be checked out during performances, for use by persons who do not have compatible hearing aid technology.
    “Murdered to Death,” a spoof on Agatha Christie mysteries, performs 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 16-31, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan 25. Tickets are available online at brownpapertickets.com, CB Fox or at the door. For more information visit lalt.org.

  • Auditions for “Avenue Q” will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Toolshed in Dixon, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Center in Los Alamos and again 6 p.m. Monday.
    “Avenue Q” is a Tony Award-winning musical about 20-somethings trying to make it in the real world, which can be hard for both humans and puppets. The show focuses on young adults trying to figure out life in a big city, scrambling for jobs, dates and finding their purpose in life.
    The cast includes eight puppets, operated by actors on stage, and three humans. Holly Haas, from Dixon, is the director and set designer; Sheila Schiferl, from Los Alamos, is the music director. Brian Huysman will lead the orchestra for performances.
    The show contains full-puppet nudity and is not appropriate for children.
    “Avenue Q” is a joint production of the Dixon Community Players and Los Alamos Little Theatre. Holly Haas of DCP (and formerly of the Los Alamos High School Olions) will direct; Brian Huysman is the music director.
    Persons interested in auditioning should prepare a song from the show for the character(s) they are interested in playing.  The script for the play and a CD of its music are available at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos and the Embudo Valley Library in Dixon.

  • Jane Clements, a Bradbury Museum guide shows Eli Carrasco, 5, how to create slides with water samples from the area, then examines the slides through a microscope.
    The Bradbury Science Museum hosts the “Scientist in the Spotlight” series every second Saturday of the month. The informal conversations led by scientists and other professionals are hands-on and interactive with kids of all ages and adults.
    Teri Roberts, a software engineer, also showed a group of children how computers work through the entire process from binary digits to supercomputers. Roberts works at Los Alamos National Laboratory. GINA SCHULTZ/Monitor

  • Storyteller Terry Foxx will present “Dust Bowl Stories — the complex relationship between humans and the Great Plains.” The talk starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Using written and oral histories, as well as interviews with local residents who lived through that period of history, Foxx will weave the stories of survivors into an understanding of this ecological event.
    The Dust Bowl story is one where human decisions, economics and nature intertwined to create one of America’s worst environmental disasters resulting in human suffering. It is a story of poverty, prejudice and intolerance, as well as tenacity and survival.
     “The stories told will help lead us to an understanding of the past, in the hope that we will not repeat the mistakes that led to the Dirty Thirties,” Foxx said.
    Foxx is a storyteller and ecologist who has written a number of articles related to understanding the ecosystems of the Pajarito Plateau. She will draw on her experience to engage the audience in a discussion of present issues that can potentially result in environmental imbalance.
    “Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry” is a travelling exhibit, which is shown in the Upstairs Gallery through Feb. 20.

  • Los Alamos County Library System presents “All In, Down and Out: The Great Depression in Song and Story.”
    The performance begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mesa Public Library, upstairs art gallery.
    Jane Voss and Hoyle Osborne will present a historical concert-lecture.
    Voss & Osborne created this program several years ago to mark the 80th anniversary of the Stock Market Crash of 1929.
    They have presented it as part of the New Mexico Chautauqua to enthusiastic audiences in Silver City, Las Cruces, Raton, Farmington, Las Vegas, Kirtland and Aztec.
    The Great Depression inspired an amazing body of American popular and folk song. Woody Guthrie, Langston Hughes, Irving Berlin, Blind Alfred Reed, E.Y. Harburg, Bessie Smith and others showed their own takes on many different aspects of the Depression. The songs will be interwoven with readings from outstanding writers and wits of the day, as well as from ordinary working people. Several of the stories tell about the Depression experience in New Mexico.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Volunteer Examiner Group exams for Amateur Radio Licenses. This session will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Club Meeting Room at 4017 Arkansas (the Old Fire Barn). If testing for a new license, bring a picture ID, or two other forms of ID with your name and address on them (utility bill, credit card bill or other) and a test fee of $15 either in cash or a check made out to “ARRL VEC.” Fill in your Social Security number on the form 605 License Application. For those seeking a license upgrade, bring a picture ID or two other forms of ID plus your original license and a copy of the license, or a valid CSCE (Certificate of Successful Completion of Exam) and a copy of the CSCE plus the exam fee of $15. For additional information, call Bill Boedeker at 662-4220, or email boedeker@cybermesa.com.

    Made in New Mexico Lecture Series: “Seventy Years of Computing in the Nuclear Weapons Program.” 7:30 p.m. in Fuller Lodge. Dr. Bill Archer directs the development of massively parallel, multi-physics simulation codes at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Temporary exhibit: Saul Hertz, MD: A pioneer in the Use of Radioactive Isotopes. Daily through Jan. 31 at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Keep It Classy. Ongoing at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

  • Habitat for Humanity of Española Valley & Los Alamos, Inc. is currently accepting applications for a New House Partner. The home is to be built in Los Alamos. Applicants must live or work in Los Alamos and fit the HUD income guidelines for Los Alamos.  Applications are available online, at the Habitat office or contact 505-747-2690 for further information and/or application.

  • OK, still on resolutions for 2015, it is never too late to start, so let’s go!
    My idea for you is to run, don’t walk to the nearest place to buy a page-a-day calendar. The one I’m thinking is called, “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff…and it’s all small stuff.”
    Richard Carlson, Ph.D. is behind the calendar and countless books of the same name and various topics.
    If our local Smith’s doesn’t have one, I wanted to point you in a direction to find one. The online store that starts with an A charged more in shipping and handling than I purchased the calendar for in the region.
    The store that starts with a W had it for $4.96 and yes, even though I like to shop local, sometimes I can’t pass up a good deal.
    What I have enjoyed about it and only in the first dozen days of 2015, is simple wisdom. Maybe because I am simple, maybe because I’ll take all the wisdom I can get but I do like it when it is easy.
    Here’s a sample:
    When a person begins to recognize happiness moments, their “ordinary life,” becomes much richer, happier, full of gratitude, yes and even more, “extraordinary.”