Today's Features

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre has added a matinee performance of “Murder at the Lone Elm” for 2 p.m. Sunday.
    LALT cancelled the planned matinee performance on Jan. 13 because of the weather and bad driving conditions.

    People who purchased tickets for the Jan. 13 show can use them at any of the remaining performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

    “Murder at the Lone Elm” is an interactive mystery in which the audience gets to question the suspects and try to identify the killer. Those who correctly guess the murderer’s identity are entered into a drawing for prizes at the end of the show.

    Ice cream with toppings are served prior to the play’s beginning — so be sure to come early to get your seat and a bowl of ice cream.

    Seating is capped at 114 persons —be aware that a sellout is possible. Tickets may be purchased in advance at CB Fox or online at Brown Paper Tickets.

    For more information, visit lalt.org” for 2 p.m. Sunday.

    LALT cancelled the planned matinee performance on Jan. 13 because of the weather and bad driving conditions.
    Those who purchased tickets for the Jan. 13 show are welcome to use them at any of the remaining performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater are teaming up again this year to bring the popular Backcountry Film Festival back to Los Alamos.

    This year, Century Bank has signed on as the headline sponsor for this festival.

    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 screening at the Reel Deal is at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 will be the only one in New Mexico.

    Tickets are available now.

    Pajarito Brewpub and Grill will be selling beer and wine before the show and at intermission. Also at intermission, PEEC will raffle off prizes donated by local businesses and other sponsors.

    Prizes include lift tickets from Pajarito Mountain, skis and a snowboard from Pajarito Brewpub, lift tickets from Taos Ski Valley, gift card to Ruby K’s and Pig and Fig, PEEC t-shirts, a Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op sweatshirt and more. Raffle tickets will be sold in the lobby before the show.

  • The Los Alamos County Council is seeking letters of interest from residents interested in filling the unexpired term of Councilor Christine Chandler, who ended her term with council upon election as the House District 43 representative.

    Her term will expire Dec. 31, 2020.

    Applicants must be a registered voter and resident of Los Alamos County, and cannot be employed by the county.

    They should submit a letter of interest explaining their background, experience and why they are interested in the position.

    Letters of interest must be received no later than at 5 p.m. Jan. 24.

    The letter should be submitted to Harry Burgess, County Manager, 1000 Central Ave, Suite 350, Los Alamos, NM 87544. It can also be e-mailed by the deadline to lacmanager@lacnm.us.

    Any individual submitting a letter of interest must attend the council meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 in Council Chambers, and be prepared to respond to questions from councilors. The council expects to interview applicants and then make their selection that evening.

  • Well Happy New Year!

    This is a time of New Year’s Resolutions and they often get a bad rap. Maybe we should just approach the topic as, what do you want to do differently this year? All of us can do something better or differently and we shouldn’t be so concerned about it that we swear it off.

    Last year, I had a few different ones, but none that made me feel like they were not able to accomplish or that I would be a loser if they weren’t perfect. They were often fun to do, but then again, my kids think I have an odd definition of fun.

    The first was a thankful jar, where once a month, family members were asked to write down one thing they were thankful for, to place in the jar.

    As the moment for reminders came, there was often a deep sigh or gnashing of teeth…just kidding. If you didn’t mention the reaction, you could occasionally see joy when they knew they had a good one.

    Did I tell you my kids are now 18, 20 and 22? My hope was two-fold, you realize that even when life can be crappy, there’s got to be something positive. We haven’t read them yet, so I may need to report back on that one. Ideally, there are 5 of us, so there should be 60 slips in the jar.

  • Drax, a Rottweiller mixed breed, was sent to the shelter on New Year’s Eve. Drax is a stray who is 1 year and 7 months old.

    He’s looking for his forever home, with a family that likes an active puppy.

    Drax has not visited the vet yet, but shelter staff said it’s OK for those who might want to adopt him to come by the shelter and check him out to see if he’s a good fit.

    Drax has been vaccinated and sterilized. He has also been microchipped.  

    For more information, call the shelter at 662-8179 or email police-psa@lacnm.us.

  • This month’s meeting will be on Tuesday. The speaker this month is Companion Robert Hull. He will be talking about the Russian attempts and success to kill its  ”traitors.”

    The public is invited to join the group for the interesting and informative presentation.     

    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 meeting will be held in Los Alamos Research Park in the second-floor conference room. The Los Alamos Research building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east of the fire station {accessible from southbound lane of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge} or east of the Research Park building {access is through the LANL control stations to West Jemez road.} Entrance to the Research Park main conference room is from the ground level elevator on the east side of the building to the second level.

    The Military Order of 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 Café staff will be catering the dinner: Spiral cut ham and appropriate side dishes.

  • Cantus, “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States,” will perform in Los Alamos at 4 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Duane Smith Auditorium.  

    Presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association, the ensemble will explore in song what it means to connect in our modern world with a program titled “Alone Together.”

    The program will be anchored by three works written for Cantus. 

    “We two” is a multi-movement setting by Steven Sametz of a Walt Whitman poem. David Lang’s “Manifesto” is a modern exploration of yearning.  A new work by Libby Larson introduced by Cantus this season, is set to poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay and Emily Dickinson. 

    Filling out the program will be songs by Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, Jennifer Higdon, Simon and Garfunkel, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

  • Happy New Year, let’s get to work.

    One goal for 2019 should be having conversations with our young people that might be difficult. One of the things that can help guide is the release of the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey. The high school and middle school data have been posted to the website. 

    The youthrisk.org site is great for middle and high school data that reaches back for more than a decade. The questions are interesting and have a continuity that captures good data year after year. You can compare the results for other counties in New Mexico and dive deep into data. 

    You can analyze populations, sample sizes, compare male and female response and more. You can take the side of people that say it is a momentary capture of data on a given day but I like to say, so is your blood work, but you lend that some credibility, right? 

    Take it with a grain of salt or ask your students a few questions that may enlighten your day, or lead to some conversation about what is out there.

    There are simple things that be tackled like wearing a helmet while cycling, eating breakfast or rarely or never wearing a seatbelt.

  • Join Steve Becker in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium today to explore the night skies this month.

    Becker will give audience members an interactive tour of the heavens that will highlight the planets, star patterns and constellations that may be readily observed throughout the month.

    This talk begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and is perfect for stargazers who want to learn more.

    In addition to this talk, the nature center will play the full-dome film “Mysteries of the Unseen World” in the planetarium on Saturday at 2 p.m.

    This vibrant film reveals the many wonders of the world that can only be seen with the help of technology and special filming techniques. It explores the mysteries of things that are too fast, too slow and too small to be seen with the naked eye.

    Due to the winter storm Los Alamos has received, parking is limited at the nature center.

    The public is encouraged to arrive in advance for these events and use caution when walking in the parking lots and sidewalks.

    Seating is limited for both the talk and movie, so please call the nature center at 662-0460 or stop by to reserve tickets.

    Admission for both events is $6 for adults and $4 for kids. Events in the planetarium are not recommended for children under age 4.

    Blood Drive from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church hall, 2200 Diamond Drive. Contact Vitalant, 877-258-4825, for information.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will present “Murder at the Lone Elm,” by Miles Ledoux at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. An interactive murder mystery: when a guest at the Lone Elm Inn falls down the stairs to his death, the head of hotel security suspects foul play. She rounds up the most likely suspects and tries to determine “whodunit” before the killer claims more victims. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and children. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at CB Fox. Visit lalt.org for information.
    Los Alamos Little Theatre will present “Murder at the Lone Elm,” by Miles Ledoux at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and children. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at CB Fox. Visit lalt.org for information.
    Free Cha Cha dance lessons from 7-9 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center ballroom.