• PBS’ new special “The Bomb” tells the story of the most powerful and destructive device ever invented.
    Premiering on KNME-TV/New Mexico PBS, channel 5 from 7-9 p.m. July 28, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the detonation of the atomic bomb.
    The show highlights how humans harnessed this incredible power and what challenges we have faced living with it for 70 years. “The Bomb” features newly restored footage of nuclear weaponry, some of which has been declassified only recently by the Department of Defense.
    “The Bomb” takes viewers behind the scenes of the first atomic bomb, revealing how it was developed and how it changed the planet, ushering in a new era and reshaping our lives even today.
    Rare footage from bomb tests through the 1950s and ’60s demonstrates the power and strangely compelling beauty of nuclear explosions. The film focuses on the choices society has made — and continues to make — to live with an invention that could destroy the planet.
    Included are interviews with Richard Rhodes, foremost atomic bomb historian, former Secretaries of Defense and State William Perry and George Shultz, scientists, weapons designers, pilots, witnesses and ordinary men and women who have lived and worked with the atomic bomb.

  • The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project announces Pláticas Presentations – Geology and Fossils on Mesa Prieta. The lecture will be by Scott Aby.
    The July talk is an ongoing series that will be 6:30 p.m. July 28 at Historic Los Luceros in Alcalde. Aby is a longtime geologist and fossil hunter.
    Like many mesas in New Mexico, Black Mesa is topped by a thin layer of lava, which is resistant to erosion. That is why these mesas stand high in the landscape — because everything else has eroded away around them. The lava on Black Mesa is between 3 and 4 million years old, and is a type of lava that flows easily, usually down valleys. In Mesa Prieta’s case, we know that the bottom of the valley was at the top of the mesa when that lava was erupted. This type of lava (called Basalt) gets a coating on it called “desert varnish” after a few million years. Petroglyphs are made by chipping the varnish off the rocks to reveal the lighter colored “fresh” rock underneath.   

  • Performance > Shocking story and adult subject matter is not suitable for kids

  • Arthur Miller’s tragic tale of a salesman with all the wrong dreams is currently playing on stage at the Santa Fe Playhouse and Ironweed Productions.
    Directed by Scott Harrison, “Death of a Salesman” is a gritty story with a reality check for the lead character of the exhausted traveling salesman, Willy Loman (Campbell Martin), who is going through an inner crisis with himself and his family, particularly his son, Biff (Peter Chapman).
    Willy’s family and friends grow increasingly concerned of his ailing mind, due to Willy’s recent car crash. Willy has become increasing disappointed with the neighbored in Brooklyn in which he lives and the fact that he is unable to plant anything. He feels “lost in the greatest country in the world.”
    Willy’s life is plagued with secrets, lies and uncertainty throughout, along with flashbacks of good days gone by. His actions reflect on the entire family. He is obsessed with being known and liked, yet his personality seeps with insecurities.
    Loman’s sons Biff and Happy are grown up and have issues of their own, mostly because of Willy’s antics.

  • Today
    Downtown Dogs is a weekly walking group. All dogs and their humans are invited to walk from Pet Pangaea, 158 Central Park Square for a stroll around Downtown Los Alamos. 7 p.m. Come prepared with a standard leash, no longer than 6 feet.

    Authors Speak Series. Larry Littlefield, “Wildflowers of the Northern and Central Mountains of New Mexico.” 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda. Book sales the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. Through Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery.
    Gentle Hikes with PEEC. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. 8:30 a.m. Free. Adults. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the trailhead. losalamosnature.org.

    Fourth Friday Downtown: Under the Microscope. Explore the natural world through the eyes of microscopes. Examine pond water, plants, fiber, pollen and more. 4-6 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Satisfaction: International Rolling Stones Show. Rolling Stones tribute band. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com. Los Alamos National Bank Night.

  • The White Rock Presbyterian Church is hosting a rummage sale and Navajo taco sale on Saturday to benefit one of three missions selected by the Service Ministry Committee of White Rock Presbyterian Church (WRPC).
    The sale goes from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The three missions selected are Julie’s Helpers Navajo Scholarship Fund, Young Life Camp Scholarships and Operation Christmas Child.
    • Julie’s Helpers Navajo Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Navajo women who plan to return to their community after college to help their people.
    • Los Alamos Young Life Camp Scholarships helps pay for any local youth who desires to attend Lost Canyon Camp in northern Arizona for a week in the summer.
    • Operation Christmas Child is an international program that sends shoeboxes filled with toys, toiletries, school supplies and other gifts to children in need around the world.
    Members and friends of the House of Fellowship (HOF) church will be joining members of WRPC to sell Navajo tacos and fry bread.
    The House of Fellowship is in Bread Springs, about 12 miles south of Gallup. Many of the Navajo in this area live in poverty, without running water or adequate housing. Proceeds from the Navajo taco and fry bread sales will go back to this community to help alleviate the challenges of poverty.

  • It’s a great year for wildflowers and with all the rain that has fallen on New Mexico this year, wildflowers are emerging in record numbers. The new field guide “Wildflowers of the Northern and Central Mountains of New Mexico: Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia, and Manzano,” has been published just in time for wildflower enthusiasts to find out more about this year’s bounty.
    Author Larry J. Littlefield is the featured speaker starting at 7 p.m. today at the Mesa Public Library. Littlefield is a professor emeritus of plant pathology at Oklahoma State University. He has been a volunteer with the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center and the trails maintenance crew for the U.S. Forest Service since retiring in Albuquerque in 2005. He co-authored the new book with Pearl M. Burns.
    “This unique reference work describes more than 350 wildflowers and flowering shrubs that grow in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia, and Manzano Mountains, as well as neighboring ranges, including the Manzanita, San Pedro, Ortiz and other lower-elevation mountains in central portions of the state.

  • Classic Air Medical will bring its rescue helicopter to the Los Alamos Nature Center, as part of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings program, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union.  The helicopter will touch down at 6:45 p.m. today in the nature center parking lot.  
    PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings have been going strong, so far, with Los Alamos families enjoying wolves, rattlesnakes, baby goats and more at the Wednesday evening events.  Today, the wildland firefighters were scheduled to bring their fire engine, but they’ve been called away to fight fires in other states. Classic Air Medical was happy to step in to show their helicopter and to let kids know how rescues happen in the wilderness.
    For more than 26 years, Classic Air Medical has been providing air medical transport in the states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, New Mexico and Wyoming. They recently opened a new base in Los Alamos.  
    Summer Family Evenings are free for PEEC members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

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    Also, today is the Discovery Canyon Bird Walk.

  • On Aug. 1, Amy Ross and her pilot pals of the Young Eagle program will be hosting free flights for youth at the Los Alamos Airport.
    “The Young Eagle Program enables people who have a passion for aviation to share that passion with kids,” said Ross, the event coordinator. “Flying small planes, referred to as general aviation airplanes, is much different than flying commercially much like driving a car is very different than riding a bus.”
    Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and continues through 11:30 a.m. at the Los Alamos Airport Terminal, as long as good weather prevails. Students ages 8 to 17, must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the required paperwork prior to flight time and remain at the airport during the trip.
    “Once at the field and registered, the kids and the rest of their family will talk about what they’ll be doing during the flight, said Ross.” “They’ll do a pre-flight walk around to talk about the aircraft and how it flies, and finally, the kids will go out for their flight.”
    Recently Los Alamos volunteers Lloyd Hunt and Roger Smith assisted regional pilots John Elling, David Roe, Larry Haight, Ken Dominy, Chuck Swanberg and Doug Warwick for the Santa Fe Young Eagle Flights last month.

  • Today
    Tuesdays at the Pond. 7 p.m. Opera at the Pond: Singers Christina Martos (soprano), Carlos Archuleta  (baritone) and Olivia Hakel (mezzo soprano) will be joined by award winning pianist John Rangel for an evening of opera and musical theater favorites. The performance will include selections from “Carmen,” “The Barber of Seville,” “Porgy and Bess,” “Les Miserables,” and much more. Event is every Tuesday through Aug. 11. Free.

    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. Through Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery.
    Green Hour Hikes with PEEC. Meet at local trailheads for meandering hikes where kids set the pace and decide the activities. Some days you’ll hike far, others you’ll stop and play at an interesting spot. 9:30 a.m. Free. All ages. Check PEEC’s website for trailhead meeting points. For more information, losalamosnature.org.

  • As summer began, butterflies are more frequent visitors to the Pajarito Plateau. To learn more about these creatures, local butterfly enthusiast Roy Michelotti will introduce listeners to the most common species of butterflies seen in and around Los Alamos.
    In addition to discussing butterfly identification, he will also explore the creature’s biology, behavior, life cycle, and more. This talk will start at 7 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center. It is free, and no registration is required.
    This event precedes the Dorothy Hoard Memorial Butterfly Count that is scheduled on Saturday. For the day of the butterfly count, participants will meet butterfly expert Steve Cary at three separate areas to observe, count and learn about butterflies: mesa top, high altitude and streamside.
    Participants will meet at the Burnt Mesa Trailhead at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning, and will stay around this area until 10:45 a.m.
    Next, they will count at Camp May from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., followed by a lunch. The last stop is Cañon del Valle on N.M. 501, where the group will stay from between 1:45-3:15 p.m. Participants are welcome to stay for the whole day, or only opt to only count at some locations.
    This event is $5 for adults and free for children. Register in advance.

  • I don’t want to say it, but it seems like has to be the first because it feels like that elephant in the room. School starts soon.
    There’s a lot to do ahead like back-to-school shopping, a special orientation for both freshmen and seventh graders and checking school websites.
    There’s also plenty of time to read a good book and have some good conversation before it all begins.
    Our teens today have to deal with a lot. If they aren’t the ones going through something big, chances are they know someone that is doing just such a thing.
    The staff at Mesa Public Library are trying to assist me in assembling tools to educate youth and their families with some resiliency reading. I don’t mean books on how to be a better you, but actual stories where you can read similar life situations in story form and see what others tried and how they came out on the other side.
    The topics range from cutting, stalking, depression and mental health issues and while tough topics, it might help some youth see that they aren’t alone in the world. The titles include “Willow,” by Julia Hoban, “Kiss of Broken Glass,” by Madeleine Kuderick, “Scars,” by C.A. (Cheryl A.) Rainfield, “Cut,” by Patricia McCormick.

  • July 1: A boy, Marcus Bailey Aaron Matthew DeGood, born to Passion DeGood
    July 7: A boy, Sounak Chakraborty, born to Amrita and Saumen Chakraborty

  • Laura Wendelberger, of Los Alamos, has been named to the Dean’s List in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Engineering and College of Science for outstanding scholarship during the Spring 2015 semester.

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    Amanda Ziemann, of Los Alamos, graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in imaging science from RIT’s College of Science in the spring 2014-2015 semester.

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    Morgan Bretzke, of Los Alamos, graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth, with a bachelor’s degree in applied science, public health education and promotion.

  • 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-6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m.-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.

  • Imagine your child is sick or injured and has to be hospitalized. In Juarez, Mexico there is an added stress for parents to deal with — there is no accommodations at the hospital for parents to stay with their kids. As a result, parents are forced to sleep on the street outside the medical facility. The Los Alamos STARS program has stepped in to help.
    The very first Fiesta de Los Alamos is being held from 6-10 p.m. July 25 at Fuller Lodge. Proceeds from the event benefits Hospital Infantil de Especialidades in Juarez, as a fundraiser to support a mobile home-like shelter so families no longer have to sleep in the streets.
    Members of the Los Alamos Rotary STARS, a satellite group of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, have visited the hospital in Juarez twice since March and have witnessed this dilemma first hand. On each visit, the group has met with hospital staff and the parents themselves to better understand what can be done to help.
    “It is an emotional experience to see what these kids are going through and seeing the parents struggle,” said STARS Advisor Jim Nesmith. “It is a project that is near and dear to my heart.” Nesmith has been involved with the program in Juarez since the start.

  • Los Alamos Youth Leadership is seeking volunteers for the next school year.
    Students who sign up will have to commit to the program and projects for the next year.
    LAYL Director Susan Odegard-Fellows said she is hoping for at least 30 students for this year’s program. “The program is in need of high school students who want to make the community a better place.”
    Students at Los Alamos High School have been part of the program, some for many years. Nick Gonzales, an incoming junior is coming up on his third year being involved. He decided to join during his first year of high school because his mother was one of the adult leaders at the time. “I had been in scouts for a long time and thought it would be a fun leadership experience,” Gonzales said.
    The Legacy project he worked on is his favorite contribution to the program so far. It was his idea to install air hand dryer units in the high school gymnasium.
    Gonzales worked through every aspects of the process, from working with the distributor of the product to electrical aspects. He also had to work with the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) to get funding for the project.
    A Legacy Project stays with the community for years to come and for the public to enjoy now and in the future.