Today's Features


    Kendra Henning will do a lunch talk at noon at the White Rock Senior Center, on downsizing and de-cluttering. Henning is a realtor with 20 years of experience in helping people with organizing and preparing for a move. The talk will be in the Event Hall, located right next to the White Rock Senior Center. Call 672-2034 for more information.


    Summer Family Evening: Water Works with ¡Explora! at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join ¡Explora! for this Summer Family Evening and enjoy hands-on activities all about water! Thanks to Del Norte Credit Union for sponsoring Summer Family Evenings in 2019. 6:30 PM Admission: $0/member family, $5/non-member family. 


    The 5th Annual DisrupTECH is from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course Events Center. Cost is $35 per person and includes lunch.


    Farmer’s Market from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Mesa Parking Lot.


  • “Young people need a place where they can practice their faith, question it, and grow in it,” said Jared Shipley, new youth minister at the Los Alamos Church of Christ.

    “Church can’t be a social club. Christians have to go deeper than that,” Shipley continues.

    Shipley plans learning and service projects, in addition to teen social events.

    Shipley, 25, and his wife Sydnee moved to Los Alamos in late May to begin work with the church’s youth group. He had recently graduated from Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg, West Virginia, with a degree in Biblical studies and an emphasis on preaching.

    He is currently focusing on getting to know the teens and their needs, getting acquainted with all the church members, and learning about Los Alamos.

    “We are thrilled to be here and loving the community,” Shipley says. “It was the smoothest transition that has ever happened to me in my life. The church is really taking care of us. It’s such a beautiful thing when God’s people act like God’s people.”

    He is also preaching once a month and doing some song leading for the church.

  • New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and UNM-Los Alamos present “T.I.M.E. – Temporary Installations Made for the Environment” on the Los Alamos campus from July 1 to Aug. 31. 


    New Mexico artists were invited to create temporary artworks inspired by the natural landscape, artistic and cultural heritage, and history of innovation in the community of Los Alamos. 

    A committee of Los Alamos community members selected the theme of Aha! and five artworks based on this theme. Installations will be on display at various locations on the UNM Los Alamos campus. 

    At the end of the exhibition artworks will be disassembled and removed, leaving no trace of ever having existed. This year’s participating T.I.M.E. artists include Kirsten Angerbauer, Gordon McDonough, Betsie Miller-Kusz, Ben Utigard and Joshua Willis.

    Each year, New Mexico Arts partners with a local community to commission up to five temporary and conceptually rich environmental artworks to be displayed for a short term exhibition in that community. 

  • Max is a puppy who is currently staying at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. He is about 5 months old, and is a Labrador retriever mix.

    Max enjoys playing with other puppies and adults he trusts, but he is a little shy at first. But that is nothing a little bit of sweet-talking and snuggles can’t get around.

    Once Max warms up to you, he can be quite outgoing.

    He loves to bounce around and play, and boy does he love his toys! Max is good with kids, cats, and other dogs.

    He would be great in a home that can help him work on his socialization, basic puppy skills, and obedience. He arrived June 21 and is anxiously awaiting adoption into his forever home.

    For more information on Max, contact the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 662-8179 or police-psa@lacnm.us.

  • Last week, my column mentioned a visit to NMSU. It spoke of the term, “helicopter parents,” and how it had been taken to levels I have not seen before.

    This week, my goal is to demonstrate what that might mean for you, well before the start of a new school year.

    If you have a child in sixth grade or above, it begins for you and now. You as the parent have to look for ways you can step back and allow your children to step up. It will empower them for a lifetime, not just for one good assignment or one good grade. You have to envision that the bird will one day leave the nest and work now, will allow them to fly.

    Do we do everything perfect as parents? No. Will they do everything perfect? No. Will they mess up? Probably so.  I believe that as parents, you may knowingly have to allow them to mess up or even fail, but not cause them to fail.

    When parents have the need for everything to be great, you just might be setting them up to be unsuccessful without you.

    When you are at open house night and I don’t care if this is your 18th child, attend back to school night. I have heard many times that parents have done it before. That might be true, but you haven’t done it for this child, with this set of teachers, and in this school year.

  • Cupcake, a long-hair cat staying at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, certainly lives up to her name. She is a sweetie.

    Anyone who enters her domain at the shelter’s cattery better look out, because she will be nuzzling shins and demanding pets from everyone who happens to come visit her.

    Shelter staff says she also gets along with almost all the other animals and cats in the shelter.

    The ones she doesn’t get along with she avoids. So far, no cat fights.

    She’s a stray, but seems to be very tame and loving. Cupcake is 3 years old. She has no microchip. Cupcake has had all of her shots though and according to the staff, Cupcake is in perfect health.

    Cupcake arrived on May 19, and is now anxiously waiting for someone to treat themselves to a Cupcake who needs a forever home.

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

  • Learn about Tom Jungst’s experiences as an extreme skier and climber at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday.

    This talk will start at about 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

    The Mountaineers’ meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and cover information about upcoming outings. The event is free to attend and is open to the public.

    Jungst took extreme skiing to another level in the early 1980s by combining his skills as a ski racer with ice and rock climbing. He created complex routes from Europe to Alaska to the Northern Rockies.

    The remote peaks of Montana became a testing ground for a new style of extreme skiing that led features in every major ski magazine and even “Rolling Stone.”

    By the mid 1980s, Jungst was skiing for Warren Miller and the wild crew put together by Greg Stump. Join Jungst at the Mountaineers meeting to hear more about his career and the ups and downs of his mountain adventures.

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

  • Grammy nominated, singer and songwriter Kim Richey will make a stop at Fuller Lodge June 27 in support of her critically acclaimed release Edgeland. (2018).  

    The Nashville-based, progressive country artist has recorded eight albums of her own and written for many of the industry’s biggest names.  

    Her songs have been recorded by Trisha Yearwood (“Believe Me Baby (I Lied)”), Radney Foster (“Nobody Wins”), and Brooks & Dunn (“Every River”).  

    Richey has also contributed vocals on albums with Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams, Reba McEntire and Mary Chapin Carpenter.


    Los Alamos faith and Science Forum at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 N. Sage Loop. Nels Hoffman speaking on “Neuroplasticity: How the Mind Changes the Brain.”

    Summer Family Evening: New Mexico Bats at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy a presentation from Justin Stevenson of Fightwns on the biology and behavior of New Mexico bats, as well as the opportunity to meet native bats. Thanks to Del Norte Credit Union for sponsoring these events. Free for member families and $5 for non-member families. More information at peecnature.org.


    “Liberty on the Rocks” meets at 6 p.m. at Cottonwood on the Greens, 4244 Diamond. Join the fun, have a drink! (Dinner entree can be purchased). LOTR is a place to discuss the ideas of liberty, not for electoral politics. Contact Chris Luchini at cbluchini@gmail.com for information.


  • Visitors to the Los Alamos Animal Shelter’s cattery won’t have to walk far for Amelie, an American short hair cat.

    In fact, Amelie will probably hop down off her perch, meet her potential forever home person with her tail up and plenty of purrs. It is what she does whenever anyone enters the cattery.

    Amelie is an owner turn-in and she’s due for a re-evaluation June 27.

    She does not have a collar and or a microchip. But, she does have plenty of love for people who are ready for a very friendly cat.  

    Amelie has had all her shots and is healthy.

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