Today's Features

  • The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will have a grand opening from 6-7 p.m. Thursday for their 2018 headquarters

    The event will be held at the headquarters building at 1650 Trinity Drive, Suite 102, in Los Alamos.

    The public is invited to attend. A light meal will be provided.

  • The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter has another Good Boy up for adoption, who goes by the name of Koda.

    Koda is a 9-year-old pointer/Australian cattle dog with a sweet disposition and a heart of gold.

    He’s housetrained, and understands commands like “come,” “sit,” “down,” “stay” and “heal.”

    He arrived at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter from another county on Sept. 6. Shelter staff say this family-friendly dog would make a nice addition to any family.

    Koda has been described as having a calm demeanor and he even has the whole fetch-and-tug game down pretty good.

    Koda is already neutered, heart-worm tested, micro chipped and has had all his vaccinations. Koda can be had for a $60 adoption fee.

    Call the shelter at 662-8179 if interested.

    Photography by Paulina Gwaltney.

  • From providing companionship to keeping an eye-out for medical emergencies, emotional support and service dogs assist their handlers in a variety of ways.

    While both roles are vital for the well-being of their owners, their job descriptions are not the same – an emotional support animal is a companion animal that can benefit its owner by providing comfort to the individual for a number of medically deemed reasons, while a service dog is a working animal that has been trained to aid people with disabilities such as visual or hearing impairments, mental disorders, mobility impairment, and diabetes.

    As a member of Patriot Paws of Aggieland since 2016, Angelica Frazer, a Texas A&M student and certified service dog trainer, understands the important roles service dogs play in their handlers’ lives. Patriot Paws focuses on training service dogs to assist those who have combat-related disabilities such as mobility issues or post-traumatic stress.

    “Our dogs are trained to pick up dropped items; retrieve items such as a phone, prosthetic, or wheelchair; push an alert button; get help in the event of their handler falling unconscious; open and close doors; and help their handler do laundry, among other things.” she said.

  • The Military Order of World Wars Chapter  229 will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of the Los Alamos Research Building in the Los Alamos Research Park.

    This month is National Emergency Management Month. The  speaker will be LTC Beverley Simpson USAF who is also Los Alamos County Emergency director. 

    Simpson will discuss emergency preparedness in Los Alamos County. The county is surrounding by Urban Interface, National Park Service, LANL, Pueblos and National Forest.  It is sometime hard to tell where one jurisdiction begins or ends. 

    As the emergency manager for Los Alamos County, coordination with these entities to include local business, residents, local, state and federal agencies is essential to effectively and efficiently mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism or other manmade disasters.  The goal is to reduce the risk to all hazards in Los Alamos County.

    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.

  • Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) and the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) has announced the 2018 Festival of Trees date. The event will be Nov. 17 from 10 a.m-2 p.m.

    The theme for the community tree for 2018 is “Snow.”

    Community members will be asked to donate anything snow-related for the tree.Call the senior center at 695-9139 for information. The event is a fundraiser for youth and senior programs. Those will to donate holiday items for silent auction is appreciated.

    Autism Support Group, an informal support group for parents, family and friends of autistic children and adults, will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St.

    Nature Playtime at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun, hands-on activities, hikes, games, and stories in nature. Free.

    Wildflower Walk at 5:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Take a gentle stroll with Chick Keller and learn about our local wildflowers. Free.

    The Los Alamos Garden Club meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Crossroads Bible Church, 197 East Road, Los Alamos. Six members will be honored at the meeting for being Los Alamos Garden Club Members for 50 years or more. The “50-Year Members” are Nancy Bartlit (50 years), Joyce Cady (52 years), Janet Clayton (50 years), Jill Forman (50 years), Jane Sherwood (50 years), and Trish Spillman (50 years). Light refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. Sharon Elias of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will speak on “Reclamation of a Burned Site.” After the business meeting, the annual Harvest Luncheon will be held. Members are asked to bring a dish to share. For more information or questions contact President Ann Lepage 662-8912 or Irene Aikin 662-7027

  • The LAHS Hilltalkers and the LAMS Hawktalkers competed in the Fourth Annual Capitol Congress at the New Mexico State Capitol Wednesday.

    There were 240 students competing in eight chambers: three Varsity chambers and five Novice chambers. Of those students, 35 were LAMS Hawktalkers, and nine were LAHS Hilltalkers.  

    The Hawktalkers had four students who placed in their Novice Chambers: Nada Draganic, sixth place in her chamber; James Tyldesley, fourth place in his chamber; Dominic Dowdy, third place in his chamber; and Yun Kim, first place in her chamber.

    The Hilltalkers had two students who placed in their Varsity Chambers: Mike Peters, third place in his chamber; and Malea Joyce, second place in her chamber. Both students are Hawktalker alumni.

    “Our students worked very hard to prepare for this tournament, and everyone received  excellent feedback from their judges” said Sherri Bublitz, sponsor of the Hawktalkers.  “Adults were also impressed with the poise, confidence, and maturity of every member of the team.”

    The New Mexico Speech and Debate Association proudly sponsors this tournament, which represents a unique opportunity for students to simulate the legislative process in an authentic legislative environment.

  • “My heaven? Is a cosmos deep in a gorgeous void,” says Henrietta Leavitt, who in the early 1900s, despite not being allowed near a telescope, made an astronomical discovery that profoundly changed how we perceive our universe.

    Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky” offers a provocative reenactment of Leavitt’s story. The historical drama will show at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 14-29, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sept. 23, all at the Performing Arts Center at 1670 Nectar St.

    Director John Cullinan said the play came to his attention through friends from his previous community theatre group in Massachusetts.

    “It was one of the most beautiful scripts I’d read in a long while,” Cullinan said, “and it had a set of strong and relevant themes that I knew were perfect for Los Alamos: the struggles of women in science throughout history, the intersection of faith and science, and the conflicts we all feel when pulled in several directions by societal expectations and our own passions and vocations.”

    Starring Katrina Koehler as Henrietta; Jess Cullinan as Henri’s sister Margaret; and Kevin Pelzel Andi Bishoffberger, and Kathi Collins as Henri’s colleagues Peter, Annie, and Williamina, respectively, the play is a true ensemble piece.

  • For the seventh year, the Los Alamos Opera Guild of The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc., Atomic City Transit and Bandelier National Monument will be present “Opera on the Rocks” at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater Saturday.

    The performance this year includes a concert staging of scenes from several popular operas. The New Mexico Performing Arts Society will present selections from Gounod’s Faust, Richard Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier,” Johann Strauss, Jr.’s

    “The Gypsy Baron” and Offenbach’s “Barcarolle,” all selections from their sold-out performances in Santa Fe.

    Opera on the Rocks is an informal, family-oriented introduction to the world of opera, set in the beautiful, rustic amphitheater at Bandelier’s Juniper Campground.

    Shuttle buses provided by Los Alamos County Atomic City Transit, will bring visitors beginning at 3 p.m., from Sullivan Field in Los Alamos and from the White Rock Visitor Center.

  • An esteemed string quartet and a Cliburn gold medalist will join forces to open the Los Alamos Concert Association’s 73rd season on Sept. 28 in the Duane Smith Auditorium.

    Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. Artists in residence at Princeton University for many years and currently at Yale University, the quartet is also the collaborative ensemble at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth.

    Born in Anyang, South Korea, Yekwon Sunwoo is the first Korean to win a Cliburn gold medal.  In 2005, he made his recital and orchestral debuts in Seoul before moving to the United States to study at the Curtis Institute where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He earned subsequent degrees at Juilliard and at the Mannes School of Music and currently studies with Berndt Goetzkeat the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover.

    Since his victory in Fort Worth, he has toured extensively in Europe, the U.S. and Asia.