• Virgin Galactic later this month in Mojave, California, is preparing to roll out its new SpaceShipTwo, a vehicle the company hopes will one day take tourists to the edge of space. It comes roughly 15½ months since an earlier incarnation was destroyed in a test flight, killing one of the pilots. Despite the setback, the dream of sending tourists to the edge of space and beyond is still alive. Space tourism companies are employing designs including winged vehicles, vertical rockets with capsules and high-altitude balloons.
    A look at projects currently under development:

    The most prominent space tourism program, the commercial space line founded by adventurer-business mogul Sir Richard Branson will use a winged rocket plane dubbed SpaceShipTwo, successor to SpaceShipOne, which in 2004 won the $10 million Ansari X Prize that was intended to spur the industry’s development.
    SpaceShipTwo is designed to be flown by two pilots and carry up to six passengers on a suborbital trajectory to altitudes above 62 miles (100 kilometers), an internationally recognized boundary of space.

  • Shelly Wiemann, a financial advisor for Edward Jones, hosted a seminar for female investors at Cottonwood on the Green Feb. 4.
    “I’m interacting with a lot of female investors; women who are in charge of their own financial destiny,” Wiemann said. “We have the only female-run financial services office in Los Alamos. We want to encourage every woman in town to know that there is a resource for you.”
    Over 40 women attended the seminar.  Whether they were married, divorced, single, widowed or still in the beginning of their careers, they all had questions and concerns about investing.
    Why is it important for women to invest?
    The women at the seminar had a variety of reasons for attending. Here are a few:
    Some didn’t think they knew enough to invest. “I’m tired of being clueless,” said Kay Newnam. “Investing can be very risky and I want to be able to ask intelligent questions and know what I’m doing.”

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center is bringing two great storytellers to the Los Alamos Nature Center Saturday.
    Beginning at 11 a.m., master storytellers Teralene (Terry) Foxx and Kimberly Gotches will light up imaginations with stories about what animals do in the frosty environment of winter. Children and adults will enjoy activities and stories about hibernation, migration and adaptation.
    Foxx is known as an ecologist and storyteller, who uses storytelling in schools, churches and environmental settings. She teaches classes in journaling, plant identification and art techniques to children and adults. Foxx has worked effectively with children and adults. To become a master storyteller, she completed a four-year apprenticeship in storytelling from the School of Sacred Storytelling and traveled to several countries and around the U.S. She has been a presenter at the National Storytelling Network Conference and other venues including Nature Odyssey, PEEC’s summer camp.

    Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting at 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. A panel of adults and teens will speak about “Teen Relationships: Risky choices and recognizing abuse” followed by discussion.
    The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the UNM-LA Room 203. The meeting will begin with guest speaker Debbie Maestas, Chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico. A brief business meeting will follow. For more information, contact Bill McKerley at 331-3686.

    Science on Tap at 5:30 p.m. at Unquarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square. Jack Shlachter will discuss “What’s the Matter with Matter?” Schlachter is with LANL’s Theoretical Division. The On Tap series is a 10-15 minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. All are welcome.
    FEB. 22
    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Committee Days.

    Meeting of the Los Alamos Garden Club at 9:30 a.m. at the Smith’s upstairs meeting room. Visitors are welcome. Speaker will be Kim Martin.

  • Today I’m talking to you, the parent or caregiver of a teenager. I’m not talking to parents of certain teenagers, pretty much all of them.
    I particularly mean the parents or caregivers of rich teenagers, poor teenagers and middle income teenagers. I speak to those who have kids with great friends, iffy friends, many friends, a handful of good friends and no friends at all.
    I mean the parents or caregivers of the teens that talk to you, the ones that might if they needed something or the ones you probably think wouldn’t give you the time of day, yup you.
    So, lately we have heard about teenagers sending naked pictures via cell phone, receiving them, trading them like baseball or Pokémon cards, some storing them in a virtual album or just some just sneaking a peek.  
    If you are reading this column, did you have a talk with your teenager? Even if you didn’t think in a million years it would be them, did you have that conversation?
    You see I did, even though I didn’t think so because I know my cell phone automatically opens a photo and I needed to know what to do if it happened like that for a youth. I understand the answer to be to delete it without hesitation. It doesn’t matter if you know who sent it or not and DON’T forward it, EVER!

  • What’s the Matter with Matter?
    Like people, materials contain defects or imperfections not visible to the human eye. These variations can come into play during material creation and use for many applications including nuclear reactors and weapons. The Los Alamos National Laboratory is currently developing a concept for a large-scale facility, called MaRIE (short for Matter-Radiation Interactions in Extremes), to probe materials during processing and while they are undergoing high stress to follow in real time the evolution of their defect structures. This work will help build design tools to predict the performance of real-life materials under important conditions.
    Jack Shlachter, with the lab’s Theoretical Division, will help explore this topic at the next Science On Tap. The discussion begins 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.
    Join in for a discussion where small things really do matter.

  • Feb. 15-20, 2016
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    BESC Closed Presidents’ Day
    8:30 a.m.        Mac Users Group
    8:45 a.m.        NO Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beef Tacos
    Noon        Lunch talk: Chocolate
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.    Tax Preparation
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.        NO Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:15 a.m.        Music with Ruth    
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beer Batter Cod

    Feb. 14 — Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

    Dances of India Valentines Day performance from 3-3:30 p.m. at Sombrillo Nursing Home. Also 3:45-4:15 p.m. at Aspen Ridge Lodge.

    Afternoon at Downton Abbey tea from 2-4 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The tea’s theme will be Valentine’s Day, and we put it into a 1925 setting. Tickets, priced at $10 for children 12 and under, and $20 for adults, and available at senior center.

    Auditions for Los Alamos Little Theater May production of “Steel Magnolias” from 5-9 p.m. at the Little Theater, 1670 Nectar Street. Call backs will from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 17. The cast calls for six women. Scripts will be available at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos and in White Rock. The performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. May 6 and 7, 13 and 14, 20 and 21 and 2 p.m. May 8 and 14. Call Laurie Tomlinson, director, for more information.
    Meeting of the Los Alamos Garden Club at 9:30 a.m. at the Smith’s upstairs meeting room. Visitors are welcome. Speaker will be Kim Martin talking about hoop gardens.

  • New Mexico Small Business Development Center at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos announced Friday Bob’s Bodacious BBQ, a barbeque restaurant owned and operated by Frank Good and Pam Hushman, was the recipient of its Star Client Award.
    The Star Client Award recognizes a client of NMSBDC that has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the success of its business and the community.
    Good and Hushman assumed ownership of the small business in January of 2011. They focus on the quality of their barbeque brisket and outstanding face-to-face customer service. In a challenging restaurant industry, Good and Hushman ensure that their clients have a unique and quality experience, according to a release by UNM-LA.
    Good and Hushman received assistance from SBDC at UNM-LA to expand their business.
    Bob’s Bodacious BBQ is well known for its sauce, which comes in two versions: Original Bodacious BBQ Sauce and Sweet Bodacious BBQ Sauce.

  • 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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Fluffy—One cool cat! This 6-month-old male tabby was surrendered with his sibling Stripes. Fluffy can play all day long, but when he’s done playing, he’s ready for some snuggles! Fluffy is confident and fun, and he would light up any home. Fluffy is friendly with other fun-loving cats, and he would likely do best in a home with another cat (or even a dog) to keep him company.

  • This month’s meeting of Military Order of the World Wars will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room.  The speaker is Dr. John Hopkins, who will speak about "Strategies of Regional Nuclear Powers."

    The topic will include discussion about nuclear stockpiles, strategies of Pakistan, India and Israel will be outlined, and the strategies of China, France, Britain and South Africa.

    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. The presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. 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 Hot Rocks Java Cafe staff will be catering the dinner: Fajitas and appropriate side dishes. Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. A dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s). RSVP (yes or no) for the dinner is needed by Sunday.

    Call LTC Gregg Giesler, USA Retired, Chapter Commander, 662-5574 (email g.giesler@computer.org) or Adjutant Eleanor Pinyan, 505-672-3750 (email depinyan@cybermesa.com).

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated with a classic liturgy each Sunday at 9 a.m., followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:15 a.m. and Christian Education for all ages at 10:30 a.m.  A service of Midday Matins with Communion is celebrated at 11:45 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors, Rev. Bruce Kuenzel and Rev. Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.

    Astronomy Show from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore our universe from the comfort of the planetarium. Cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child.
    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

    Dances of India Valentines Day performance from 3-3:30 p.m. at Sombrillo Nursing Home.

    Dances of India Valentines Day performance from 3:45-4:15 p.m. at Aspen Ridge Lodge.

    Afternoon at Downton Abbey tea from 2-4 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The tea’s theme will be Valentine’s Day, and we put it into a 1925 setting. Performances by LAHS ballroom dance class and Lads of Enchantment Barbershop Group. Costumes encouraged! All ages welcome at this fundraising event. Tickets, priced at $10 for children 12 and under, and $20 for adults, are available at senior center.

  • Tonight some things I say may surprise you, some may upset you and some may enlighten you.
    The easiest place for kids to get beer, is right next to the milk. It was a campaign slogan from an organization called FACE that we used in the community about 15 years ago. It made some parents down right irate, that we were teaching their kids where to get beer.
    I remember thinking, “Oh hon, if you think I’m the first one that brought it to their attention, we’ve got a lot more to worry about.”
    Recently I was made aware of a YouTube post called, “Being 13.” It was a glimpse at social media and access from the perspective of this generation. I watched it in utter fascination and I didn’t have a clue!
    The teenagers were checking their Facebook updates 100 times a day. I don’t do anything one hundred times a day. If my body didn’t blink and breathe without a Post-it note to remind me, I’d be dead for sure.
    Parents, I hate to tell you this, but we have no idea what it is like to be a teenager today. I say this knowing that I have three and that I work with hundreds of them.
    Many teens today are so worried about what is going on, being said and taking place that they can’t stop checking to make sure they aren’t missing out.

  • The Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum is holding a winter series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?” on Feb. 16.
    The group meets at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church on the third Tuesday of the month. A video/presentation begins at 6 p.m. group discussion at 6:30 p.m.

  • Sue Watts was the Spirit of the West winner, named for former County Councilor Jim West at the 2016 Community Assets Awards.
    The event hosted by the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA).
    West was nominated by Becky Shankland for her service to benefit the community through volunteer efforts at PEEC.
    Watch the Los Alamos Monitor for more winners later this week.

  • The LAPS School Board congratulated Piñon Elementary School student Leeson Weaver this week.
    Leeson won the northern New Mexico MATHCOUNTS Chapter Meet as the highest-scoring individual student on the written test. He also came in second in the Countdown Round, which included Jeopardy-style buzzers and a 45-seconds-per-question situation, in a bracketed single elimination format.
    Piñon’s all-girl team came in second, behind Los Alamos Middle School, in the team competition. The team included Jennie Gao, Lily Shevitz, Kira Lorenc, Lizzie Massa and Izze Thomas. The Los Alamos students plan to attend the state meet at Albuquerque Academy on March 19.
    Los Alamos Middle School was first place, Piñon Elementary was second and Barranca Mesa Elementary placed third.
    Mountain, Aspen, and Chamisa were also represented for 100 percent representation by eligible Los Alamos Public Schools.
    MATHCOUNTS is a national math competition. In New Mexico, regional competitions occur in February with the top competitors moving on to the statewide competition and then on to the national finals.

  • Feb. 7-14, 2016
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beer Battered Cod
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Enchilada
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45  a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:15 a.m.        Music with Ruth    

  • Steve McKee, President and CEO of McKee Wallwork & Company, will be the speaker at the Wednesday's Chamber Business Breakfast. The topic will be One of Our 50 is Missing: Procurement, REAL ID and GRT. Getting New Mexico on a level playing field.
    The Chamber Breakfast will be 7:30-9 a.m. Wednesday in room 230, building 2, UNM-LA, 4000 University Drive.
    McKee is a leading brand strategist with nearly three decades of experience. He authored the books "When Growth Stalls" and "Power Branding," as well as a long-running marketing column in BusinessWeek.com.
    Breakfast will be catered by Daniel’s Cafe. Prospective members should contact the Chamber to be registered for the event. Chamber Members can register for the breakfast on the Chamber website losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/or by emailing nancy@losalamos.org.

  • Back on Feb. 11, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill authorizing the establishment of a beautiful but little-known park, Bandelier National Monument. It is rich in archeological sites and dramatic landscapes.
    Thursday is the one hundredth anniversary of that event, and the park is planning special events throughout the year to celebrate.
    “It is our honor and privilege to be stewards for Bandelier National Monument," said Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott . "The staff take great pride in preserving and protecting the monument’s extraordinary resources, and we’re all looking forward to providing a range of exceptional experiences during Bandelier’s Centennial year.”
    Also, 2016 is also the centennial of the National Park Service, created on Aug. 25 of the same year. So there will be centennial celebrations at the other 408 National Park Service areas throughout the country.  
    On Thursday, the park’s birthday, members of the park staff will be giving out cupcakes to local shoppers at the Smith’s store in Los Alamos.
    The Friends of Bandelier, the organization of private citizens who love and provide support for the park, will also be there.