• Water Canyon Trail is popular with many of the locals in Los Alamos.  
    It is a short, easy journey along an old wagon road through an aspen and pine forest.  Its scenic beauty is unsurpassed, boasting permanent streams, wildflowers and emerging butterflies.
    Paying closer attention, however, you may notice something more about this trail. There is definitely more than meets the eye.
    This is a trail that many have traveled hundreds of times. Bees collect pollen for their hives and evidence of deer and elk show the area’s popularity with the animal kingdom, as well.
    What might not be as well known, however, is that this trail has quite a bit of historical significance.

  • Nobel laureate Paul Nurse will deliver the 41st Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23, in the White Rock Baptist Church (80 State Road 4).
    The lecture, “Great Ideas of Biology,” is free and open to the public.
    Nurse is the current president of Britain’s Royal Society, founded in 1660 to promote understanding of the natural world through observation and experiment, and the director of the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, which when completed will be the largest biomedical research center in Europe.

  • Last September at the Blue Window Bistro there was a fundraiser concert starring Cedric Burnside, who put on an outstanding show which the crowd seemed to dig.
    Friday night, Central Avenue will be closed and Burnside and his new band, the Cedric Burnside Project, will perform again.
    Burnside is the grandson of the iconic Mississippi bluesman, R.L. Burnside. Cedric played with R.L. on the porch, on records and on the road since he was a child.
    He was a winner of the Blues Music Awards’ “Best New Artist Debut” for the record “Two Man Wrecking Crew” in 2009. Two Man Wrecking Crew was the duo that performed at the Blue Window in 2010.
    In 2009 and 2010, Burnside won awards for “Best Blues Drummer.”

  • The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation announced that three students from Los Alamos High School’s Class of 2011 have been awarded the Cerro Grande Scholarship.  
    Alexander Austell, Paul Hemez and Rebecca Wright were chosen as the Class of 2011 recipients of the scholarship. To be eligible, students must have lost their family’s homes in the 2000 Cerro Grande Fire and have been enrolled in a Los Alamos Public School at the time of the fire.
    Austell will attend the University of New Mexico and will study music performance and music education.
    Hemez will attend Western Washington University in Bellingham, where he’s planning to study medicine.

  • The scientist known as Micromike will be the featured speaker at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center Thursday night.
    Micromike, perhaps best known for being discovered living in a cave on Los Alamos National Laboratory property for several years, will speak on the topics of gravionics and sustainability.
    He is the author of the book “Gravionics and a Spiritual Life: How a new philosophy of space and time unites science and spirituality.”

  • Los Alamos Little Theater will hold a play reading session Thursday.
    The reading, which will include scripts from LALT’s season-opening production, the 8-by-10 Short Play Festival, is set for 7 p.m. in the little theater’s green room.
    Anyone who is interested in participating or audtioning for roles is welcome to attend.
    Auditions for the plays will be held Sunday and Monday at the theater.

  • Sr. Appreciation Night is a hit again

    We would like to thank the Los Alamos community and United Way for supporting the 27th Annual Senior Appreciation Night (SAN) on May 28. The purpose of the all-night, early-morning chaperoned party is to provide graduating seniors with a safe alternative to mountain and other celebrations that could lead to drinking and driving.

  • Bradbury Science Museum presenters Liz Martineau and Gordon McDonough will lead several events during the summer months, but they will have plenty of help.
    A series of events, scheduled for Tuesdays between 10 a.m.-2 p.m., will be held at the museum. Along with the Bradbury Science Museum, entities like Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Los Alamos Historical Museum, Bandelier National Monument, Fuller Lodge Art Center, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Assets In Action will sponsor the events.

  • A Senior Recital performance by David Li is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Li has demonstrated a passion for music, particularly for the piano, from a very early age. He began learning to play at the age of seven under the tutelage of Lynn Lamb and has taken lessons for over 10 years.
    At his recital, Li will perform two movements from a lighthearted sonata by Hadyn, a set of two etudes and a nocturne by Chopin, two excursions from Barber, a Griffes scherzo and Ravel’s concerto in G.
    Prior to this, Li has participated in many recitals. He has previously performed at Fuller Lodge and has also performed at local nursing homes and hospice service.

  • The Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be hosting a Garden Fair at the Demonstration Garden on Central Avenue Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
    A wide variety of garden activities and seminars will be available for the gardening public. Tours of the garden, activities for children and information on a range of topics from plant selection, irrigation, gopher management, a plant clinic and a plant sale will be offered at the fair.
    Master Gardeners will be available throughout the fair to talk about the diverse garden designs and answer questions.
    This week has been designated National Garden Week by the National Garden Club. The National Garden Club, founded in 1929, is the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world.

  • Welcome to interactive media, albeit a bit old school.
    Earlier this week, I was at a meeting where we discussed what ties you to your school. The question isn’t rhetorical. I really want to know.
    I don’t care if it was when you were in school or now that your kids or grandkids are in school, what is it that makes you fond of the place?
    I really want the answer and will give you several ways to tell me. I would also like to know if you don’t have that tie or fondness and what caused it to become that way?
    I don’t want to tell you my thoughts, but I’m interested to know if they are similar.

  • June 5-11, 2011
    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 plus exercise
    9 a.m.    Toenail clipping
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Salisbury steak
    1 p.m.        Bridge
    1:30 p.m.    Pilates
    7 p.m.     Ballroom dancing

    8:45 a.m.    Variety training

  • 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.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.  
    We get lots of roaming cats and dogs. Don’t assume your cat was a meal for a coyote. Check with the shelter and see if your best friend is bunking with us. Proof of rabies vaccination is required when claiming your pet.


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

    Friday, June 3, 2011
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – LIVE!
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting (Replay 5-24-11)
    03:00 PM Start up Ceremony of the MW
        Turbine at the Abiquiu Hydroelctric Facility
    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, June 4, 2011
    5:00 UCTV

    Sunday, June 5, 2011
    06:00 AM UCTV

  • Leather bound and one-cloth books with marbled end papers, gilded edges and print with an elegant typeface have always been aesthetic objects: works not just of literary art but of visual art also.
    The Palace of the Governors Press has created an exhibit about the art of the printed word, the art of the broadside — a simple one-sided sheet of printed paper, which originated in 16th century England. And, LIBROS, the Albuquerque-based group of the New Mexico Book Arts Guild has created an exhibit of books as art.
    Both exhibits are showing at Mesa Public Library Art Gallery throughout the month of June: explore these forms of books and the printed word.

    Word Art: A Poetry Broadside

  • WASHINGTON — PBS officials say hackers have cracked the network’s website, posting a phony story claiming dead rapper Tupac Shakur was alive in New Zealand, and a group that claimed responsibility for the hacking complained about a recent “Frontline” investigative news program on WikiLeaks.
    PBS confirmed Monday that the website had been hacked. The phony story had been taken down as of Monday morning. It had been posted on the site of the “PBS NewsHour” program, which is produced by WETA-TV in Arlington, Va.

  • Dallas nightclub patron sues comedian Andy Dick

    DALLAS — A Texas man is suing comedian Andy Dick over his December performance at a Dallas nightclub.
    Robert Tucker claims he suffered emotional distress and defamation as a result of an alleged incident in which Dick exposed his genitals while walking through the audience.
    The suit filed May 10 also names a talent agency that represents the comedian and the club where he performed. It says they should have known Dick’s “long history of assaulting patrons.”
    The lawsuit cites Dick’s January 2010 arrest on felony sexual abuse charges, after allegations he groped a bouncer and patron at a Huntington, W. Va., bar, as well as other incidents.

  • The Los Alamos Monitor has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.

  • Blink and you might miss it. Embudo is that kind of a place. But take the time for a leisurely drive between Velarde and Taos, and you’ll find a quaint community that offers rafting, eateries and wineries.
    Nestled between the Rio Grande and mountains  that seem to reach for the sky, Embudo with a population of 383, is a quiet little community spotted with residences and a couple of restaurants in between.

  • Village Arts surprised artists and those who want to try their hand at it recently by giving out nearly 50 unique, random frames to customers.
    Individuals who received the frames were asked to fill the frames with artwork of their choice and to bring them back to Village Arts for a month-long showing.  
    Village Arts staff chose and built uniquely sized and styled wooden frames, hoping to inspire individuals to create a piece of work to compliment the frame.
    The staff wasn’t disappointed.
    “Normally customers come to us to find a frame that enhances their work” said Village Arts co-owner Ken Nebel. “This time, we turned the tables on them, and the results are fantastic.”