Today's Features

  • Whether it’s through spider webs, tattoos, licorice, a telephone, a wheelchair, the Declaration of Independence or other means, those who see Los Alamos Little Theatre’s “8x10 Six” will find themselves delighted with every story.

    “8x10 Six” is a series of eight one-act plays that pay off in the end, much like the short stories of Shirley Jackson or O. Henry.

    Some might find it hard to keep focused viewing eight plays in the space of two hours, but all of the plays were well-paced and easy to follow.

    Also, the theater offers a 15-minute intermission in the middle, when audience members can catch up with their neighbors over punch and cookies.

    But that probably won’t be necessary, as all of the plays were tightly written, with not a piece of dialogue wasted.
    Although all of the actors turned in good performances in this series, it’s always nice to see Terry Beery and Eric Bjorklund work together, as they make a good comedy duo.

    In their turn in “Red Licorice,” they play two aliens on Earth who are on an important mission. Their dialogue, full of witty repartees that at times resemble a tennis match, kept the audience laughing and engaged as they went about their task.

  • Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap Monday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. at project Y cowork, 150 Central Park Square. 

    This discussion will feature Dr. Cathy Wilson of the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Division.

    Dr. Cathy Wilson is an observational and computational hydrologist and geomorphologist working with the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Division.

    She is also the curator of an exhibit at the Bradbury Science Museum, “Climate Perspectives: Change in the Terrestrial Arctic,” which helps visitors of all ages learn about the complex topic of climate change.

    For the latest information about changes in the Arctic permafrost, please join the conversation at Project Y on May 20.

    On Tap is a series of discussions hosted in downtown Los Alamos. Each month features one On Tap with a rotating theme.

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center partners with the Creative District to host Nature On Tap. The Los Alamos Historical Society and Fuller Lodge Art Center host History and Art On Tap, respectively. The Bradbury Science Museum hosts Science On Tap every month.

    Registration for this event is not required.

    Admission is free.

  • Take a full moon hike with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, astrophysicist Galen Gisler and hiker Jean Dewart on Friday.

    Before the hike participants will gather at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a social potluck dinner, starting at 5:30 p.m.

    Registration is required for this outing and space is limited, so sign up soon!

    PEEC will provide water, cups, plates and utensils for the potluck and participants should bring a dish to share. Before leaving for the hike, Gisler will give participants a brief preview of the evening’s sky in the planetarium. The group will then carpool to a trailhead to enjoy a short hike and to view the full moon and night sky. Attendees should plan to hike about two miles, round-trip. The group will finish hiking by about 8:30 p.m. and return to the nature center.

    Hikers should dress for the weather. Wear layers and bring a hat and gloves. Please bring a headlamp or flashlight (red lights are preferred for better star viewing). Admission for this hike is $8 per family or $4 per person for PEEC and Los

    Alamos Mountaineers and $10 per family or $5 per person for non-members.

    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505-662-0460.

  • Chef Laurence Peña of Chartwells Food Services has been promoted to director of Food Services.

    The K-12 program of Compass Group USA, services all seven school sites, for Los Alamos Public Schools.

    Pena replaces Chef Mia Holsapple, who has taken a promotion within Compass Group.

    Pena has a 20-plus year career, and has managed in the retail, hotel, tribal enterprise and restaurant fields.

    He has also served as a Tribal Council Member for six terms.

    He grew up in Southern California, going to college in New Orleans and returning to New Mexico influenced by his love of food.  

    His passion is creating menu items which are an infusion of Classic American, French, Creole, New Mexican and Modern American cuisines.

    Pena is the former executive chef of La Mesita Eatery and a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, with a degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management.

    Chef Pena is from the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, where he lives with his wife Melanie and their children, Taylor, Justin, Christian and Emelia.

    Pena has plans to soon announce a free summer food program within the next two weeks.

    The program will feed children under 18 for free throughout the summer.

  • By Mary Ann R. Burmester

    You’ve reached a settlement with your soon-to-be-ex, either by direct negotiation or after mediation. You think you’re done and want to celebrate. Sorry to burst your bubble, but there’s still a long road ahead of you.

    The next step is to draft the pleadings that memorialize the agreements reached. The four most common final pleadings are:

    •Marital Settlement Agreement (“MSA”) that addresses dividing up the property and debts, spousal support and child support. There is also a lot of language that attorneys call “boilerplate” that you should go over with your lawyer carefully. It’s like the fine print in any contract.

    •If there are children involved, the Parenting Plan deals with legal custody (decision-making) and visitation. Some lawyers put the child support provisions in the Parenting Plan, keeping all child-related provisions in one document; other lawyers put child support in the MSA, keeping all money-related provisions in one document.

    •Next, the Final Decree of Dissolution of Marriage is prepared, which includes the legal name change if the wife wants it.

  • Making memories is important as your family continues to grow, no matter what ages we discuss. This month, or sometime during the summer, try to start a new memory that can be carried out for years to come. The problem is some traditions get lost as children become adults.

    I love to hear family traditions that can be done no matter where you are or how things change. I know a family that, “watches,” a certain baseball game together each year. The beauty is that they do it, even if they aren’t even in the same state. Today’s technology allows for easy access via cell phone, Facetime or Skype. It might allow us to, “do,” something together, even if we aren’t together when we do it.

    I also believe that you make some family in life as you go throughout this journey of life. I have a very good friend from Great Britain. When William and Kate got married, I made an attempt at scones and probably gave her some un-remarkable tea to enjoy during the early morning festivities.

    When Harry and Meghan got married, I made the scones once again.

  • Dusty, a purebred longhair, arrived at the shelter April 29, and is now looking for a forever home. Dusty, who is just 5 years old, arrived as a surrender because her original owners could not take her to their new place. 

    Fortunately, Dusty doesn’t have to go through a lot of prep for adoption, since she’s been vaccinated and her owners kept her in excellent health. 

    The only thing missing in Dusty’s life is another owner who will care for her forever this time around. 

    Dusty has no behavioral issues, and seems to get along with anyone that wants to give her all the love and attention she deserves and needs. 

    She’s very well behaved as can be seen in this lovely picture of her… a very content kitty indeed.

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

  • It’s been a busy spring at Bandelier National Monument and the parking lot in Frijoles Canyon is filling up! The wait is over - shuttles will start back up Thursday. 

    The shuttles are free, have really big windows to take in the scenery along the way, and run seven days a week from Thursday through Oct. 16. 

    Starting at 9 a.m., they leave the White Rock Visitor Center every half hour on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends.  

    Every run stops at Juniper Campground and then proceeds to the Bandelier Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon then stops at the campground again on its way back to White Rock. 

    “The County of Los Alamos and Atomic City Transit provide us with a terrific service”, said Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. “We just don’t have enough parking, and the shuttles make it possible for visitors to have a relaxed, enjoyable day at the park without having to wait in a long line for a parking space.”  

    Visitors who arrive at the park before 9 a.m. or after 3 p.m. may drive into Frijoles Canyon without taking the shuttles.

  • This week, I’d like to celebrate the mothers in your life, as teacher appreciation day and Mother’s Day is this week. While you may not have a mother in your life, I hope there is a woman that makes a difference for you.

    This year, I will graduate my youngest child from high school. My reflection is on all those new moms, that are just starting the journey. I feel like in no time at all, they will learn the wonderful part of how grand life became when their children came on the scene.

    When our kids were young, my good friend Karen Greenfield and I had a pact that if anything happened to either one of us, the other would take care of her children. We would do it until her children went into kindergarten. Did you just chuckle? It wasn’t a joke, she even had it written in her will. She also had plans in place for her children to be given to me until family arrived, if something happened to her and her husband.

  • The summer of Girard began Sunday, as Vitra Design Museum’s retrospective “Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe” opened at the Museum of International Folk Art.

    The exhibition, in combination with MOIFA’s folk art collection gifted by Alexander and Susan Girard, provides a complete picture of this beloved modern designer who made Santa Fe his home for 40 years.

    Girard’s life spans continents, absorbing inspiration from cultures across the world. He was born in New York City in 1907 and received his education in Europe only to return to the United States in 1932. Known for imbuing interior spaces with life and color, Girard re-imagined corporate identities and residential interiors and curated his collection of toys and folk art pieces from around the world into exhibitions and designed environments. In 1951, Herman Miller hired Girard as the director of their new textile division, where he created more than 300 textiles.

    Vitra Design Museum’s exhibition “Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe” provides a perspective that New Mexicans have only seen in Girard’s staging of “Multiple Visions: A Common Bond,” the long-standing exhibition comprised of pieces from Girard’s personal folk art collection.