Today's Features

  • The first decade and a half of human space adventure was fraught with Cold War tensions, launch failures and tragic accidents, but also some brilliant successes. Join Peter Polko and Galen Gisler to explore the trials and tribulations of this period of space history in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium tonight.

    This talk begins at 7 p.m.

    Before 1957, there were no artificial satellites in orbit and no humans had ever been outside our protective atmosphere.

    Today we enjoy many benefits of humankind’s ventures into space, including navigations systems, vastly improved weather prediction and scientific advances beyond measure. It was not an easy journey to get to this point! Gisler and Polko will discuss highlights from the first 15 years of human space exploration at this talk.

    In addition to this program, the nature center will show the full-dome film “EXPLORE” at 2 p.m. Saturday. This movie explores the ambition to colonize Mars and how the achievements of individuals can change the world. Enjoy high-quality visuals, custom composed music and professional narration in this immersive film.

  • After the success of the first Yoga Brunch on the Mountain, Pajarito Mountain presents a full series of yoga events Sunday, Sept.1 and Sept. 14.  

    On Sunday, Pajarito will offer a Yoga Brunch at 10 a.m. with Tribe Yoga and Wellness. For $23, guests enjoy a single uplift ticket, doughnuts, bagels, fruit and mimosas, or can enjoy the class and brunch only for $18.
    Sept. 1 will feature Mountain Top Yoga and Hike at 10 a.m., with 360 views across Valles Caldera and the surrounding region, with brunch featured at the lodge at $23 with uplift ticket or $18 for uphill hikers and season pass holders.

    A very special Moonlight BROGA (beer and Yoga) will be from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 14 for $18 with Bathtub Row Brewing serving up some of its craft beer for purchase at the event. The Pajarito Mountain Cafe will also be open 6:30-8:30 p.m., serving up delicious New Mexico specialties.

    Pajarito Mountain is planning to continue a new yoga series in the winter with Ski & Yoga.

    Pajarito Mountain is located at 397 Camp May Road in Los Alamos.

  • The Quatro Blue Grass group will play at the Betty Ehart Senior Center on Monday during lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Lunch is available if reservations are made no later than 10 a.m. The menu includes chicken and noodles, corn bread, fruit salad and the salad bar. The cost is $10 for adults and a $5 donation for members that are 60 and over. An assessment is required for membership.

    Call 662-8920 for information. Reservations can be left on voicemail at 662-8924.

  • The Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Parade Saturday had just about everyone in town feeling a little bit country last weekend.

    The theme of “Off the Beaten Path” was a big hit as the parade marched down Central Avenue.

    First place went to The Hill Stompers Band. Second place went to the Los Alamos Shrine Club Association, and third place went to the League of Women Voters, who celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

  • Get outside this Saturday with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Join PEEC for a bird walk at the Los Alamos Nature Center or hike up Sandia Crest near Albuquerque. Los Amigos de Valles Caldera and PEEC are also partnering to host an outing to Valles Caldera National Preserve’s Hidden Valley, but this event is full and wait list only at this time.

    Local birder Bob Walker will lead PEEC’s August bird walk. The event will be held at the Nature Center and participants should meet there at 6:30 a.m. The group will walk the nature center grounds looking for birds and then watch from the wildlife observation room. This outing is perfect for experienced birders and beginners. Attendees can see Acorn Woodpeckers, Pygmy Nuthatches, White-breasted Nuthatches, Rufous Hummingbirds and more.

    Target species also include Red Crossbills, Calliope Hummingbirds and Zone-tailed Hawks. This event is free, but space is limited and registration is required.

    PEEC is also partnering with the Los Alamos Mountaineers to lead a hike up Sandia Crest for the Northern New Mexico Peak Challenge. The group will hike the summit via the La Luz Trail, one of the best-known trails in the Sandia Mountains. This hike is strenuous and will cover up to 11.5 miles with an elevation gain of over 3,200 feet.

  • The White Rock and Betty Ehart Senior Centers will each host a presentation on “The Five Wishes.”

    The presentations, done in conjunction with Tim Rivera, of Rivera Funeral Homes and Jenifer Bartram of Final Wishes Known, will be today at the Betty Ehart Senior Center and Sept. 18 at the White Rock Senior Center.

    The purpose is to foster discussion for those that need a boost to create such documents. Often many find the process time consuming or financially limiting, and these events hope to solve both issues.

    “After all the years of meeting with families under what could be described as the worst day of their life,” said Rivera. “I have experienced how much stress and conflict can be avoided if a person documents their personal wishes. I always receive comments on how much people appreciate being able to ask questions and have explanations and answers directly from someone in the profession.”

    Bartram will facilitate the discussion for Five Wishes and serves as a mobile notary. The benefit of having a mobile notary gives the document another level of legitimacy. Those who attend today’s event, from 10-11 a.m., will leave with documentation in hand. The team believes that events like this can help take the mystery out of what can feel like a taboo or for some uncomfortable subjects.

  • The League of Women Voters’ will host its Lunch with a Leader community event Tuesday, featuring Genie Stevens from the Global Warming Express.

    The event will be in Mesa Library at 11:45 a.m.

    Stevens was born in New York City and grew up surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on Cape Cod and then in Nova Scotia.

    She attended Dalhousie University in Canada, Emerson College in Boston, Harvard University in Cambridge and the University of New Mexico, for studies in theatre direction, education, psychology and cross-cultural communication.

    Stevens has lived, for the most part, in New Mexico since 1993, where she has raised her daughter, Marina, who instigated the idea for the after-school program, “The Global Warming Express,” based upon the book by the same name that Marina wrote to give to President Barack Obama.

    Being raised by an ocean scientist in a naturalist family caused Stevens to be a life-long advocate for nature and, in 2012, she decided to dedicate her work exclusively to the environment, and specifically, to bringing education about climate change and the solutions, to children and youth.

    Leftover Salmon will perform at 8 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park as part of the Secret City Concert Series. A Kids Show will start at 6 p.m. followed by an opening at 6:30 p.m. Colorado’s Leftover Salmon has established itself as one of the great purveyors of Americana music, digging deep into the well that supplies its influences; rock ‘n’ roll, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, soul, zydeco, jazz and blues.

    Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo will host a pool tournament at 8 a.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Exhibits will be from 5-8 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. Viewing for the handicapped will be from 4-5 p.m.
    Fuller Lodge Art Center will host its 39th annual Summer Arts and Crafts Fair on the lawn at Fuller Lodge. The fair will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and about 100 artists will display their arts and crafts from all over the Southwest. The fair features jewelry, photography, glasswork and more.

  • The Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest has closed Forest Road 376 to through traffic due to a blocked culvert at mile marker 5.3, about four miles north of the Gilman Tunnels and three miles south of Porters Landing.

    The culvert is slated for replacement, but recent monsoonal weather patterns and the subsequent runoff and debris have made it an immediate public safety issue.

    SFNF personnel have placed temporary barricades on both sides of the blocked area, and visitors are advised to avoid using FR 376.

    The work to replace the culvert is expected to begin soon, which will require a longer-term closure of FR 376. 

    “We regret the inconvenience this may cause, but our first priority is always public safety,” Jemez District Ranger Brian Riley said.

    Before contractors begin the major work on the culvert, the district will place signs at the north and south entrances to FR 376 to let the public know that the road is closed.

    For more information, contact the Jemez District Office at 575-829-3535.

  • Last weekend, Los Alamos members of the Kiwanis family braved “Excessive Heat Warnings” to attend the Southwest District Kiwanis convention in Chandler, Arizona.

    Attendees included Kiwanis President-elect, Cheryl Pongratz, her husband and Key Club Advisor, Morrie Pongratz, and Builders Club Advisor, Don Casperson.  

    The Southwest District Key Club Board of Directors, including Los Alamos High School students Andrew Watson and Shena Han, joined them at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Chandler.  Shena is the Lieutenant Governor for Key Club’s the Sangre de Christo division.  

    Andrew is the K-Family Relations Chairperson on the Key Club board.

    Kiwanis attendees were updated on Kiwanis projects, attended educational sessions, and elected their leaders for the upcoming year.

    During the Saturday sessions Kiwanis recognized their many “Unsung Heroes” working to achieve the Kiwanis mission of “Serving the Children of the World.” Lynnette Kennard from the Santa Fe Kiwanis Club updated the members on progress in combatting Neo-Natal Maternal Tetanus and Iodine Deficiency Disorder.  Kiwanis International teams with UNICEF to address these challenges worldwide.