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Today's News

  • Toomer to present ‘Whitework Accessories in Victorian Period

    Heather Toomer, international author and textile historian, will present “Whitework Accessories in the Victorian Period” on May 6.

    The public is invited to the free lecture, sponsored by the Pajarito Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America.

    The presentation will be at 1 p.m. in Gibson Hall of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 2390 North Road in Los Alamos.

    The PowerPoint lecture will show the changing fashions in collars, cuffs, undersleeves and other white accessories through fashion plates and original pieces but will concentrate on the embroidery.

    Toomer is a freelance author, lecturer and consultant on antique lace and whitework embroideries who has worked with various museums in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

    In the 1980s, she organized a touring exhibition entitled “Lifting the Veil: A Closer Look at Antique Lace,” using lace from her own extensive collection. Her lace-identification guide “Antique Lace: Identifying Types and Techniques” was published in 2001.

  • TRAVEL: Colorado Springs offers endless adventure

    I’m a sucker for a room with a view. It doesn’t matter if it’s water, mountains or a cityscape. I’m not picky. But, some views deserve extra special recognition, like the one at the Garden of the Gods Resort and Club in Colorado Springs. All of the guest rooms and suites offer breathtaking vistas of snow-capped Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods landmark, with its dramatic red rock formations. The panorama is drool-worthy and you may not want to leave your spacious, well-appointed abode – ever!

    Rest assured, though, it’s not only the rooms that have a view at this property. The entire resort was designed with Mother Nature in mind. Wall-to-wall windows purposely showcase the spectacular scenery, whether you’re dining in one of the restaurants, sipping on a libation in the lounge or breaking a sweat in the gym.

    Wherever you go, you’ll have a front seat to this magnificent landscape.                                                         

  • Jemez Springs paintout and show set for April 26

    As an event for artists and art lovers alike, 60 plein air painters are being invited to paint the beautiful Northern New Mexico scenes around the village of Jemez Springs.

    This event includes the paintout, an art show at the Jemez Fine Art Gallery and a workshop by signature artist, Barbara Coleman.

    New Mexico’s love affair with plein air painting (painting in the out of doors) began with the Taos Masters, Santa Fe Cinco Pintores, Georgia O’Keefe and many more artists. Today, there are 370 members of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico PAPNM.org.

    For painters, the vistas and terrain of the Jemez Springs area are breathtaking to paint. Artists can choose from a wide range of subjects within 30 miles of Jemez Springs. Some areas that are rarely, or never, open to the general public will be accessible to the artists.

    Completed paintings will be available for sale at the gallery exhibition following the paintout. More information on this, and other Plein Air Painters of New Mexico events may be found at PAPNM.org

  • Sangre de Cristo Chroale to present ‘A Spring Bouquet’ in Los Alamos

    The Sangre de Cristo Chorale will present its May concert, “A Spring Bouquet,” in Santa Fe at First Presbyterian Church on May 4, and in Los Alamos on May 5, at The United Church of Los Alamos.

    Both concerts are at 4 p.m.

    Sangre de Cristo Chorale’s May performances will be an eclectic mix of songs about spring, flowers and love.
    Settings of biblical love poetry from the “Song of Solomon” by William Billings, Alice Parker, and Healey Willan will complement Benjamin Britten’s “Five Flower Songs,” Morton Lauridsen’s beloved “Dirait-on,” and a set of e.e. cummings poems set to music by Gwyneth Walker.

    For the more cynical among us, they will perform Paul Sjolund’s hilarious “Love Lost: Four Satirical Poems on Love.”

    Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Under 18 are free. Advance tickets may be ordered online at sdcchorale.org.  

    “A Spring Bouquet” will be conducted by Music Director Fred Graham. Graham recently moved  to New Mexico from Minnesota, and is an active singer, voice teacher, choral director, organist and clinician. He is music director at La Mesa Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque and teaches choral and vocal music at Santa Fe Community College.

  • 29th annual Supercomputing Challenge to end April 30

    The 29th annual Supercomputing Challenge will end this year with a festive award ceremony at Smith-Brasher Hall on the campus of Central New Mexico Community College from 9 a.m.-noon  April 30.

    The competition for scholarships and awards will showcase yearlong research projects of budding scientists and engineers throughout the state of New Mexico.  

    The awards ceremony follows a judging event for finalists at Smith-Brasher Hall and Expo in the rotunda at the University of New Mexico Science and Technology Park Monday. Both events are open to the public.

    This year, 40 teams representing 25 New Mexico middle and high schools submitted final reports on their projects.

    Six teams were selected as finalists and will make oral presentations on Monday to a team of judges from our national laboratories, high tech businesses and our state colleges and universities to determine the top prizes.  

    The remaining 34 teams will present their projects at the expo in a science fair poster-type presentation competing for prizes and awards in many other categories.  

    All of the students’ final reports are available at supercomputingchallenge.org/18-19/finalreports/submitted.php.

  • Drug Take Back Day set for Saturday

    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a safe and convenient way to dispose of expired and unused prescription drugs, is set for Saturday.

    According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs, and a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

    You can help prevent misuse by securing your medications or by disposing of unused prescriptions on Saturday at the following locations:

    * Los Alamos Police Department in the North parking lot off Central Avenue from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (or 24/7 by taking them inside the station after Take Back Day).

    * Nambe Drugs at 111 Central Park Square from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (or during their normal business hours after Take Back Day).

    For those wanting to dispose of unused prescription drugs but are unable to visit a Take Back location, contact Kristine Coblentz (k.coblentz@laschools.net) or Brandi Seekins (b.seekins@laschools.net) for a Deterra® Drug Deactivation System, a drug disposal pouch that provides an easy way for people to deactivate and dispose of unused, expired or unneeded medications in their own home.

  • Transgender sensitivity training for community at LAHS set for May 1

    Adrien Lawyer, co-director of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, will offer his presentation, “Transgender 101: A Cultural Humility Training,” for the community on Wednesday, May 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater. Los Alamos Public School staff, parents, youth, and community members are encouraged and welcome to attend.

    “Did you know that transgender folks are twice as likely to experience homelessness as the general population?” asks Lawyer. “We are also twice as likely to experience unemployment. For transgender people of color that goes up to a staggering four times! Transgender people experience discrimination and even physical violence on a consistent basis.”

    Transgender 101 is an introduction to transgender people, their lives and challenges. The presentation covers basic terms, definitions, and concepts as well as how to begin to be a good ally to transgender and gender nonconforming individuals.

    Transgender people are generally not known and understood by others, and Lawyer’s training is meant to address this lack of information and experience. Lawyer has extensive experience training professionals in schools, law enforcement, businesses and the national labs.

    This presentation will be Lawyer’s fourth visit to LAPS.

  • County seeks volunteer ‘actors’ for emergency exercise

    Los Alamos County will be conducting a county-wide active shooter exercise May 18 at the University of New Mexico–Los Alamos campus. The campus will be closed for the exercise, which is being conducted in order to test and improve the county’s overall preparedness in responding to an active shooter event.

    The county is seeking at least 30 volunteers to participate as “actors” in the exercise.

    Exercise activity will last about seven hours starting at 8 a.m.  

    Volunteers will need to arrive at UNM-LA, Building 2 by 7 a.m. in order to be registered and properly briefed. Breakfast and lunch will be provided free.

    Volunteer actor/victims will be provided with symptomology cards (simulating injuries) and moulage t-shirts or other moulage materials to enhance the realism of injuries associated with an active shooter event.

    Volunteers will be at various locations throughout the exercise areas on the campus. All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and must sign participation waivers and other necessary forms.

    Those intersted should send their first and last name and a contact phone number and email address to lacmanager@lacnm.us. In the email, use “Volunteer for Active Shooter Exercise” in the subject line.

  • Frances Chadwick joins LACF

    The board of directors of the Los Alamos Community Foundation selected Frances Chadwick as its newest member.
    Chadwick joined the current board that consists of Don Cobb, Linda Daly, David Izraelevitz, Jenny McCumber, Cindy Rooney and Pat Soran.

    Chadwick is a member of the Triad National Security executive team which assumed management of Los Alamos National Laboratory in November 2018.

    She serves as the laboratory’s staff director, managing the various offices that report into the director’s office. She has specific responsibility for the laboratory’s community outreach programs and is committed to partnering with local and state entities to increase the laboratory’s positive economic impact in northern New Mexico.

    Chadwick has held leadership positions in the laboratory’s business and financial organizations and in the national security programs. She is a voting member of the laboratory’s Benefits and Investments Committee and is a member of the Department of Energy’s Infrastructure Executive Council.

    Originally from the UK, Frances holds a bachelor’s degree from Oxford University, England, and an MBA from the University of California, Davis. She and her husband have lived in Los Alamos since 1996, and have raised three children here.

  • N3B, county announce Adopt-a-Trail addition

    Los Alamos County’s Open Space Division announce one of its most popular trails – School Canyon Rim Trail – will become the latest addition to its Adopt-a-Trail program, thanks to N3B volunteers wanting to make a difference in Los Alamos.

    “We’re very excited to have N3B on board as part of the County’s Adopt-a-Trail program,” said Harry Burgess, County Manager. “Having volunteers who periodically clean up our trails helps with overall maintenance of our extensive trails system, a community asset enjoyed by our residents and many visitors year-round.”

    N3B is celebrating its first anniversary as the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and employees wanted to find a way that they could meaningfully show their support for the community where they are living and working.

    The segment of trail that N3B is adopting runs behind the Pueblo Complex on Diamond Drive, making it convenient for employees who work in the facility or nearby facilities to hike the trail and pick up litter on a frequent basis.

    “We’re excited to celebrate Earth Day by adopting the School Canyon Rim Trail,” said Glenn Morgan, N3B president and program manager.