• Imagine a world where people only think with a “science” mind. Former Los Alamos resident Keith Deininger reflects this way of life in his book, “Ghosts of Eden.”
    The novel is Deininger’s second full-length novel from DarkFuse publishing and stems from his own experiences growing up in Los Alamos.
    “The story is of a 12-year-old orphan and a college dropout who are sent to their uncle’s home in Los Alamos following a family tragedy. The dropout is a drug addict that is struggling to come to grips with a reckless past, while the orphan is trying to discover what her place in the world is. The uncle, whom they have never met before, reveals the true purpose of them being there. They will be shown things that will change their perceptions of the physical universe, because nothing is as it seems, and no one is safe from the terrifying secrets awaiting them. When a strange jar is opened, Eden will be reborn.” — The synopsis is quoted from amazon.com.
    Deininger takes his own experiences while he was living in Los Alamos and blends them into the plots of his stories.
    “There is a kernel of ‘Harry Potter’ in the story,” he said, referring to type of fantasy genre of the J.K. Rowling books.

  • Craig Martin to discuss county Open Space plan

    Craig Martin will give a talk about his plan for the Los Alamos Open Space System, a plan he’s been working on for 15 years. The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center on Orange St.
    The purpose of the plan is to identify the key features of county open space that make Los Alamos a desirable place to live and visit, and to outline ways to protect those important resources. The features identified by the plan are vistas and viewpoints, natural resources, cultural and historical resources, the Los Alamos County Trail Network and open space as trail corridors and “Neighborhood open space.”
    The work on this plan began in the late 1990s when the county established two open space planning committees. Martin’s plan relies heavily on the work of those committees, which represents about four years of work.

  • What can one person do to make the world a better place? In the case of Ruby Selvage, she has done more for others at her young age than most people.
    The list is long and so far, she has given her time to many organizations, including local services House of Hope/Trinity Builders, Empty Bowls, the United Way of Northern New Mexico; and national services Stuffed Animals for Emergencies and Wigs for Kids. When asked how she became interested in volunteering, Selvage puts it simply, “I like helping others.”
    Although only 14 years old, she has already spent many years helping the less fortunate. She has donated her hair twice while in elementary school to Wigs for Kids.
    Now a freshman at Los Alamos High School, she finds time to volunteer any chance she gets. “Some volunteer efforts can be done over a long weekend. Other things, like donating hair just takes time to grow,” Selvage said. “I wish I had time to do more. I have missed many opportunities this year because of school work.”
    She has helped United Way with the Dinner Over Diamond fundraiser, as well as other local fundraisers.

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

    Open play reading for “Avenue Q: The Musical.” 7 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theater green room, 1670 Nectar St. The play will be performed in May at LALT in a joint production with Dixon Community Players.

    “The Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry,” exhibit in the Upstairs Art Gallery. The exhibit is based largely on the letters of Caroline Henderson and oral histories recorded and archived by Oklahoma State University, which were also the basis for the Ken Burns film, “The Dust Bowl,” introduced by project scholar Dr. Gloria Cordova.

    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.

    Los Alamos Winter Market. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

    Los Alamos Community aBlood Drive. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Volunteer Association. To make an appointment, call 246-1457 or visit bloodhero.com. All donors will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Visa gift card.

  • “The Grapes of Wrath” (1940, unrated), showing Thursday at Mesa Public Library, follows the story of one of hundreds of thousands of Depression-era “Okie” families who head for California and its promises of work.
    In this Oscar-winning film based on John Steinbeck’s classic novel of the same name, the Joads and their neighbors have been forced off land their families have been living on for generations. Some of the sharecroppers try to fight, and watch as bulldozers roll over the rooms they grew up in. Others leave in a hurry, clutching flyers advertising jobs for picking fruit in the Golden State.
    Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) and his parents, grandparents, siblings (including two school-age children), and others choose the latter, heaping themselves into a jalopy clearly not designed to hold 12 passengers and their entire estate. And yet off they go along Route 66, mattress tied over the hood and kids’ legs dangling over the tailgate, eventually reaching the heavily guarded California state line.
    While peaches, apples, oranges and grapes do indeed need picking, there are too many people willing to work, driving wages down below subsistence levels. Camps have sprung up to accommodate pickers and their families, in some cases complete with police and locked gates.

  • The winter months give some a bit of time off to relax and recuperate, but one friendly Los Alamos face seemed to be missing in action just a bit too long.
    Valencia Jenkins, a nurse in the Ambulatory Treatment Unit at the Los Alamos Medical Center was helping her dad back in September prepare for the coming winter. Jenkins was helping her dad tarp his boat, when a slip of the foot led to months of recovery. Jenkins landed on another part of the boat while trying to cover the bow and ended up providing her own initial triage.
    Jenkins found herself on the ground with her left leg actively bleeding and literally split to the bone.
    “I stepped up on the trailer, and pulled the tarp over the bow. I still don’t know how, but I fell,” Jenkins said.
    In addition to a lot of discomfort she experienced nerve damage. The wound was not healing in some areas due to the location and lack of a blood supply. This led to necrosis, which was followed by a surgical procedure to remove the dead tissue.
    “The surgery was successful, but left a large defect, hole in the front of the leg,” Jenkins said. “I have had to go to the wound clinic three times a week since the surgery for dressing changes.”

  • Enchilada dinner benefits youth services

    The American Legion Post 90 and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 90 will have a dinner to benefit youth charities supported by each organization. The dinner will start at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Post Hall.
    Some organizations that will be supported are Wounded Warriors, Boys State, Girls State, Make a Wish Foundation, legion youth shooting sports, legion baseball and the high school oratorical contest, plus many more.
    The legion also has a service officer who helps veterans who need help with VA benefits, such as disability claims and insurance claims.
    Both Unit 90 and Post 90 are active in community affairs and with students. They support athletic teams and the NJROTC. Each year college scholarships are awarded. The enchilada dinner is one of several events projected for the year that will benefit youth and community. Dinner includes beans and posole. Cost is $9 per plate.

    Legislators to speak at session preview

    The 2015 New Mexico legislative session will begin Jan. 20 and continue for 60 days. The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos is coordinating with the American Association of University Women to hold a legislative preview 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge, with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited.

  • I’d like to stay on the topic of New Year’s Resolutions since the mood is right. Do you have any this year? Will you talk to your children about one?
    Making resolutions, sort of like building Assets doesn’t have to be some hard, unattainable without a lot of suffering goal.
    As a society we have made it about losing weight or traveling to Italy, but what if we modeled for our children just something that makes you better. You could help them create a pattern for life.
    What if your resolution was to try something new? How about read more books in 2015 or be more patient?
    I knew a Pastor named Danny Allen when every time you asked how are you, his answer would be, “Learning patience every day.”
    I was younger then and his words have resonated with me for more than 20 years.
    I also think in our society today, we get militantly angry so quickly when something doesn’t go our way.
    We’re becoming a TV murder-mystery generation, where we think everything should be solved and problems righted by the end of the hour.
    It makes me really think about the issue of bullying in our very own community. If such a large percent of students say on a random survey they are bullied, but don’t ever report it, or tell anyone that can help, why do you think that is?

  • The Los Alamos Art Council’s Brown Bag Performance Series presents a preview by Los Alamos Little Theater of “Murdered to Death,” by Peter Gordon.
    “Murdered to Death” is a hilarious spoof of the best Agatha Christie traditions, with an assembled cast of characters guaranteed to delight: Bunting the butler, an English Colonel with the prerequisite stiff upper lip, a shady French art dealer and his moll, bumbling local inspectors and a well meaning local sleuth who seems to attract murder - they’re all here, and all caught up in the side-splitting antics which follow the mysterious death of the owner of a country manor house. But will the murderer be unmasked before everyone else has met their doom, or will audiences die laughing first?
    The reading will be noon Wednesday in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge.
    “Murdered to Death” performances will be 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday Jan. 16-31, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Jan. 25.
    Tickets at CB Fox or at the door prior to the show. Purchase tickets online at BrownPaperTickets.com.

  • 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.


    Ellie — A 3-year-old, spayed, female, white with lovely calico markings. She is pretty, friendly, and good with adults, gentle children and most other cats. No dogs, please! Friends of the Shelter is getting her dental care updated, and she will be ready to come home with you.

  • Dec. 17: A girl, Alisson Ortega, born to Lorena Miramontes and Christian Ortega
    Dec. 18: A girl, Evelyn Jean Sena, born to Celsa and Paul Sena
    Dec. 20: A girl, Kecong Milan Liu, born to Chu Wang and Yue Liu
    Dec. 22: A boy, Ian Choi, born to Suyeong Hwang and Hongchul Choi

  • Jan. 4-10, 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
    2-4 p.m.    An afternoon at                 Downton Abbey Tea
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio        
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Salisbury steak
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Grilled chicken             breast
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    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

  • Jane Hite, 4, left and Charlotte Lay, also 4, enjoy Grace Lin’s book “Ling and Ting, Twice as Silly” at the Mesa Public Library, shortly after they wrapped up their own New Year’s celebration at the library for its “Noon Year’s Eve” family-friendly event, where the kids counted down to 12 noon to ring in the New Year.

  • Santa Fe
    Taqueria Agrelia, mobile — various locations
    Date inspected: Oct. 20
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    La Petite Academy, 1361 Rufina Circle
    Date inspected: Oct. 20
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Ambient thermometer not reading at proper temperature. Two moderate-risk violations. Trim seal coming off refrigerator. Particle build up around floor drain, sides of stoves, shelving, freezer and vents.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Oct. 31.

    Tacos y Mas, 1260 Siler Road
    Date inspected: Oct. 20
    Violations: Ten high-risk violations. Various foods not holding proper temperatures. Eggs stored above cheese in refrigerator. Degreaser spray bottle not labeled. Particle accumulation on grill. Chlorine sanitizer at 0 ppm. Cleaning cloth not stored in sanitizer. Waste water tank draining onto ground. Utensils in hand wash sink. No paper towels at hand wash sink. No hot water and soap at hand wash station. One moderate-risk violation. Heavy particle accumulation on fan. Two low-risk violations. Open spaces around air conditioning unit. Permit not posted.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Oct. 31.

  • Call for artists to join
    Art in Public Places program

    The Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts and the Local Selection Committee at Central New Mexico Community College seek an artist or artist team to create a site-specific commission project on the CNM campus.
    The work will be situated at the center of the main campus, adjacent to major intersecting pedestrian walkways, the existing Student Resources Center and a planned outdoor auditorium. Professional artists demonstrating a level of experience that is commensurate with the project scope and budget are invited to submit qualifications to this opportunity. A total of $120,000 is available for the project inclusive of all costs, taxes and fees. Submissions accepted through Feb. 9.

    Play reflects
    secrets in desert

  • They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of his two children during a Korean War massacre.
    Brady took up a personal campaign for increased gun control after surviving a head wound when a man tried unsuccessfully to kill President Ronald Reagan, for whom Brady was press secretary. Chung began a years-long quest for justice, which eventually prompted the U.S. Army to acknowledge having killed civilian refugees at No Gun Ri.
    Brady and Chung, who died within days of each other in August, are among the notables who left the world in 2014.
    Among the political figures who died in 2014 was Ariel Sharon a hard-charging Israeli general and prime minister whose efforts to reshape the Middle East caused some to call him a war hero and others a war criminal. Another was Marion Barry, the former Washington, D.C., mayor whose accomplishments were often overshadowed by his arrest for drug use.
    The suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams touched off a national conversation about depression. The overdose deaths of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, model Peaches Geldof and heavy metal frontman Dave Brockie were grim reminders of the scourge of drug use.

  • National YMCA survey finds more than half of American adults say outside support can help keep their 2015 resolutions
    Each year, millions of Americans resolve to get in better shape and become healthier versions of themselves. According to a recent national YMCA survey of more than 1,000 adults, less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolution in 2014. An overwhelming 71 percent said they tried but fell short, and 40 percent confessed that they made it through only a couple of weeks or months.  
    However, there’s hope for the coming year. One-third of survey respondents who plan to make a resolution in 2015 believe they’ll stick to it and reach their goals, with more than half believing that encouragement from others will keep them committed.
    “Finding a supportive community like the Y can be beneficial in keeping resolutions on track, because our organization is so much more than a nonprofit gym,” said Linda Daly, CEO of The Family YMCA. “It’s a community of supportive neighbors that offers more health, more hope and more opportunity for the New Year and years to come.”

  • Los Alamos got some nationwide attention in 2014 with the “Manhattan” TV series, which focused on the early days of the Manhattan Project.
    First aired on WGN America in July, the show is about “brilliant but flawed scientists” who lived in Los Alamos during World War II and were racing to build the world’s first atomic bomb.
    The characters are fictional, and the drama focuses on family life, such as, what was it like for wives “not knowing about their husbands’ work,” according to the network’s synopsis.
    Although filmed in Santa Fe, the Los Alamos Historical Society and Time Out Pizzeria hosted a viewing party and discussion group for each of the 13 episodes.
    Large numbers of residents showed up for each viewing party and discussed the historical accuracies and inaccuracies of the show. Notable historical facts were also highlighted during the community talks.
    Weekly post-viewing discussions can be viewed on the Los Alamos Historical Society’s website at losalamoshistory.org.
    “Manhattan” has been renewed for a second season and more viewing parties will be scheduled.

  • Los Alamos Elks Christmas Family committee members Lisa Harris (past exalted ruler), Craig Taylor (exalted ruler), Sue Cummings (past exalted ruler) and Natalie Dimitruck (committee chair, lodge trustee) stand with gifts the Elk’s Lodge members donated this year for more than 90 northern New Mexico children.

  • Ahh, the new year.Aand even better, New Year’s resolutions. I know the big decision is whether to do it or not, can you do it or not, will it be beneficial or not?
    I have an answer to the problem and to all of the questions, the answer is yes!
    You already know it, this year make the choice, and I mean really make the choice to intentionally build Assets.
    It doesn’t matter if it is for your own child, a neighbor, a grandchild, a niece or nephew, or for someone you don’t really know.
    I get asked all the time, what can be done to help our youth? And the answer is to intentionally build Assets, every day.
    I can post things on Facebook, I can write columns for the newspaper, but the best thing I can do as an individual is to build them in my own children, in your children and for children I don’t even know, or just haven’t met yet.
    Good attendance at school? Check. A reduction in risk-taking behaviors? Check. A chance to build the resiliency factors that make kids strong? Check.
    So why is it so hard to convince educated people that this is really the answer? Why don’t individuals or organizations adopt the entire philosophy and put it into everyday practice?