Today's Features

  • Lunch with a Leader will be at Mesa Library at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday. Five Los Alamos residents who are leaders in the field of “Zero Waste” will be the speakers. Sue Barns will talk about the Zero Waste Los Alamos team and food waste; Angelica Gurule will discuss recycling in general in the county and the efforts toward zero waste events (including concerts and other events); Tiffany Pegoda and Elchin Zafarov will educate the community about composting; and Jody Benson will talk about what the Zero Waste Restaurant Team has discovered about what some area restaurants are doing to go green.

    Each of them will talk for about 10 minutes, which will allow lots of time to ask questions about this topic.
    Barns grew up in Northern New Jersey but fell in love with Los Alamos during family visits. She came to work at LANL as an Oppenheimer Postdoctoral Fellow in microbiology in 1996 and remained until 2008.

    Gurule serves as the Environmental Services manager for Los Alamos County.

    Pegoda is the owner of Zia Waste, a new worm composting business in Los Alamos. In 2014, she received her certification in Sustainable Resource Management from the New Mexico Recycling Coalition and Penn State Altoona.

  • The 4-Way Test is a set of guidelines Rotarians aspire to live by:  Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

    To encourage thoughtful analysis of these guidelines, Rotary Clubs around the world host writing competitions for students to describe how these principles apply to their lives. The Rotary Club of Los Alamos sponsors this program every year, currently under the direction of Rotarian and School Board member Andrea Cunningham and Los Alamos Middle School Language Arts teacher Brian Appell.

    After eighth-grade essays are submitted, a Rotary committee of judges reads them and determines the best three, based upon an understanding of the 4-Way Test and on general writing skills. Student names are withheld during judging.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is proud to announce this year’s winners: First place, Philippa Fung, daughter of Elizabeth-Sharon and Jimmy Fung; second place, Andrea Chapman, daughter of Dani and Bill Chapman; third place, Charles Wallace, son of Peri and Kevin Wallace. Students each receive cash awards in amounts between $50 and $150.

  • Mia, a mixed-breed boxer, is looking for a home to go to after her owners had to surrender her. Mia is only 10 months old and is a little sad and bewildered these days because of the sudden change.

    Though her owners had no choice but to give her up, Mia doesn’t quite understand why she’s at the shelter. She’s been at the shelter since May 11, according to staff.  They are still trying to figure out her fears, likes and dislikes, but she seems like a gentle enough dog for people to come see her and check her out for themselves. She’s been microchipped, had her check up and she’s in great condition. All she needs now is a loving forever home.

    For more information, call the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 662-8179 or email the shelter at psa-officer@lacm.us.

    Nature Yoga and Trail Run at 11:45 a.m. at the Nature Center. Optional: Arrive at 10:30 a.m. to join Christa for a pre-yoga run. Admission: yoga or run for $7/$5 for members; yoga and run for $12/$8 for members.


    Matter of Balance class is from 2-4 p.m. begins at the White Rock Senior Center. Trainers Ann Church and Maria Francis will teach the evidence-based program designed to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. The eight-session class meets for two hours each Monday and Wednesday through June 17. Sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health.  

    Nature Playtime, Sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico from 10-11 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.


  • This month’s meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars Chapter 229 in Los Alamos will be Tuesday. The speaker this month will be Los Alamos National Laboratory Historian Alan Carr.

    Carr will bring and talk about some original Manhattan District documents. The public is invited to join the group for this interesting presentation.

    The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the Los Alamos Research Park in the second floor conference room.

    The building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east of the fire station and is accessible from the 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.

    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 start about 7:15 p.m.

    The dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with an RSVP, or the program only at no cost.

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Emeritus Terry Wallace will discuss the cosmic and tectonic journey made by the metal gold in three Frontiers in Science public lectures beginning Monday in Albuquerque. 

    "Gold is one of the most fascinating of the 4,500 mineral species on Earth, and no mineral (or metal) evokes more emotion," Wallace said. "But it also has an incredible scientific story: a gold nugget is made of material that was not born in our planet or even our solar system."

    Titled "Gold: from the Big Bang to the Amazon forest," the talks will discuss how the metal was created, how it came to be found on Earth, and the spell it has cast over humankind.

    All Frontiers in Science presentations begin at 7 p.m. and are free to the public.

    The lectures are:

    * Monday at Explora, 1701 Mountain Road, NW, Albuquerque

    * Wednesday at the Jemez Rooms, Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe

    * Thursday at the Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Drive, Los Alamos

    The lectures are sponsored by the Fellows of Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Frontiers in Science lecture series is intended to increase local public awareness of the diversity of science and engineering research at the laboratory.


    The Los Alamos Little Theatre will perform “8x10 Six” at 7:30 p.m. at the performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. The performance is an evening of eight short plays written by New Mexico playwrights. Cost is $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors.

    Vermiculture Class at 4 p.m. at the Los Alamos Co-op Market, 95 Entrada Drive. Cost is $13 per person. Pay in advance at the Co-op front desk. Call 695-1579 for information.

    Gentle Walk from 9 a.m.-noon at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Full Moon Hike and Potluck Dinner from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join PEEC for a hike under the full moon and a fun potluck dinner. Cost is $8 per family and $4 per person for PEEC and Los Alamos Mountaineer members, $10 per family and $5 per person for non-members.


  • When at the New Mexico Fiber Crawl this weekend, visitors should make sure to visit the Close Knit Yarn Cooperative, which will host the event the entire weekend. Located at 1247 Central Ave., the co-op will feature yarns and other fibers from local dyers and producers such as Wooly Wonka, Mesa Rosa and Enchanted Sky Enterprises.

    The co-op kicks things off today with a two-hour reception at the Fuller Lodge Throne Room. The reception will start with a talk from artist Sam Buelow at 5:30 p.m. Buelow is scheduled to talk about liminal space and it’s impact on the medium of fiber arts. The actual reception is from 7-9 p.m.

    The Close Knit Yarn Cooperative was started last year, after the owner of the Warm Harts Yarn business retired.  The cooperative had a grand opening in November.

    “The shop is doing very well. It’s a gathering place for knitters and crocheters of all skill levels,” Close Knit Yarn Cooperative member and Board Secretary Joy Betha said.

    The Close Knit Yarn Cooperative is open all weekend also from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., where shoppers and fellow artists can go in and see what they have to offer. The cooperative will also have an open stitching session from 2- 5 p.m. Saturday, where visitors can bring whatever they’re working on and stitch away.

  • Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for two community nature-themed events this weekend.

    On Saturday, join PEEC at Los Luceros Historic Site for a community picnic and to learn about pollinators. On Sunday, visit the Los Alamos Nature Center for a community seed swap. Both events are free to attend and are open to the public.

    On Saturday, PEEC is partnering with New Mexico Historic Sites and Audubon New Mexico to host a community picnic at Los Luceros Historic Site. At the event, participants can learn about pollinators and get an introduction to bee keeping.

    PEEC’s education team will host a butterfly survival game for kids to learn about host plants and nectar resources.

    Participants can also dissect flowers at PEEC’s booth. Bring a picnic to this event and enjoy the beautiful property, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit peecnature.org for directions.

    In addition to this picnic, PEEC is hosting a community seed swap on Sunday, from 1-4 p.m. Participants can bring seeds to share or collect seeds to plant in their own gardens. If you’re bringing seeds to share from your garden, mark them clearly with the name of the plant and the year from which they were saved.

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — For generations, Mexican-born Gustavo Brambila’s family has worked in the wine industry of California’s Napa Valley in some form. He went to college on a baseball scholarship but the passion of flowery aromas and crisp peach flavor remained in his soul and he eventually got a degree in fermentation sciences.

    His dream: His own vineyard.

    Brambila’s story and others are the focus of “Harvest Season,” a new PBS documentary examining the contributions of Mexican Americans in the wine industry of California’s Napa Valley.

    The film, scheduled to begin airing Monday on most PBS stations as part of the Independent Lens series, shows how the Mexican Americans have shaped the industry as farmworkers and later vineyard owners in one of the richest wine regions in the world.

    Through the eyes of winemaker Gustavo Brambila, Mexican migrant worker Rene Reyes and wine entrepreneur Vanessa Robledo, the documentary shows how the California wine industry’s most silent figures battle weather, climate change and wildfires. They speak of their families’ deep roots with vineyards and how it shapes their dreams for the future.