Today's News

  • Festival of Trees set for Nov. 16

    The annual Festival of Trees has been announced for 2019.

    Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) and the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO), have selected Nov. 16 for their 16th annual fundraiser. The themes for community trees for 2019 are “Science,” and “CommUNITY.” Those individuals, businesses or organizations willing to participate can call 695-9139, by donating trees or ornaments can contact the programs at 505-695-9139.

    The funds benefit youth and senior programs in the community.

  • Community Calendar 8-19-19

    Rep. Deb Haaland on the Green New Deal at 3 p.m. at the nature center. Hear Congresswoman Deb Haaland discuss why she thinks the Green New Deal is a needed bold solution to protect the future of our communities, country, and planet. Free.

    Atomic City Transit and LARSO Transportation are the topics for a presentation at the Betty Ehart Senior Center from 12:30-1 p.m. Join Yvonne and Bernadette as they talk about their programs, and what they have to offer.


    Suds & Shows: The Cabin in the Woods at 7 p.m. at the nature center. See “The Cabin in the Woods” in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium as a part of our summer movie and beer series. Enjoy beer and wine from Pajarito Brewpub and bring a picnic before the show to enjoy outside at the nature center. Cost is $5; cash bar.


  • Always count the days with your kids

    This week, we officially have an empty nest. Our youngest walked the Hilltopper stage in June, and arrived at NMSU this past weekend. If I said it gets easier with each child, that would be a scandalous lie. Each time was hard for me and Monday there was no one to wake up or send off to school. Their dogs are still at home, but today, they had no boys to smooch until they were awake, receiving biscuits as their primary job duty.

    Life changes with each and every year and this week, many parents will find eight-hour days a big change. Yes, many youth providers from the teen center, youth activity centers and libraries will exhale or reduce hours, as they go into different stages as compared to operating at full tilt.

    Try to make this room this week for family dinners, and spend time talking about their day. Emotions may be high as some now have eight teachers a day or classes that require more effort. The next few weekends, decompress, relax and watch movies, reflect or find the school supplies still needed before shelves are full of Halloween candy.

    I highly recommend no electronics during dinner, and phone and computers that charge in the kitchen overnight. If you think you don’t have an issue in that area, shut the wi-fi off before you go to bed and see what conversation results in the morning.

  • Save As You Throw: A public relations disaster

    Guest Opinion

    This past week, the Save As You Throw (SAYT) Research Subcommittee decided to postpone the public poll, perhaps indefinitely, due to “need for finalized rate estimates” and “questions from the public suggest that there is still much confusion about the basics of SAYT.”

    LAC Public Relations Administrator Julie Habiger suggested that the Open Forum Poll “may not be the best way to query public on complex topics...People don’t take the time to evaluate the information presented and give thoughtful responses.” Wrong on both counts.  

    The public is not confused, but fully understands that SAYT aims to reduce waste, pay for increasing costs, and allow citizens to “control” the rate increases through different carts or bags. But SAYT places a significant burden on those with a fixed income, penalizes large families, and creates a new revenue stream without the appearance of raising taxes. 

  • Millenial Voices: Changing the way we think of beauty

    ROSWELL — If standards of beauty were to be followed, our everyday realities would look something like a poetic cliché. Our cheeks would match the tinted roses that line a garden in springtime, our skin would be as clear of imperfections and as uniform as porcelain and our appearance would never be allowed to differ from the ideal.

    Below its shimmering surface, however, this version of perfection is painfully unrealistic and has many obscured examples of what it truly means to have a body. Regardless of what social media would have you think, no human being goes through life looking like a runway model at every given moment. Our hair has its off days, our skin gets sunburned and our makeup sometimes seems better suited for a children’s coloring book. And yet, in spite of this, we are still worthy of love and we should still be able to consider ourselves beautiful. Even the Greek gods and goddesses we sometimes compare each other to are not what our harsh standards would consider perfect; there is a beautiful statue of Aphrodite with belly rolls.

  • CloudTop Comedy Festival coming to Santa Fe

    Santa Fe is a city well known for its creativity, but can it craft a good joke?

    Jessica Baxter has faith that the city best known for art and food can also produce a good punch line.

    She is getting ready to unleash the first-ever CloudTop Comedy Festival starting Sept. 12 in Santa Fe. She has assembled a large number of comedians of all tastes and styles to ply their trade all over the city at various events throughout the four-day festival.

    For Baxter, a local arts administrator and events director, one thing missing from Santa Fe’s art scene was the art of having a good laugh.

    “I think there are so many incredible, high art options in Santa Fe… New Mexico in general, that if you wanted to go to the opera, you want to buy a sculpture, a piece of art… there are an unbelievable number of options. Santa Fe has that figured out,” Baxter said. “What we don’t have quite figured out quite yet, or what we’re starting to do is starting to appeal to a broader demographic. We’re trying to provide another form that appeals to a lot of people where you don’t have to have a lot of money or knowledge to enjoy.”

  • Very large oversize load to travel on New Mexico highways

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Officials say a very large oversized load will be traveling at very slow speeds on several highways across part of New Mexico the next couple of days.

    The state Department of Transportation says the so-called "super load" will be escorted by state police as it travels Friday night, Saturday and Sunday from Texas to Albuquerque, with stops in Vaughn and Bernardo.

    Highways that are part of the route include U.S. 380, U.S. 60 and Interstate 25.

    Sandia National Laboratories spokesman Troy Rummler says the load consists of a large electrical transformer that will be used for Department of Energy research.

    Albuquerque-based Sandia is a federal installation involved in the nation's nuclear weapons program and international nonproliferation efforts.

  • Quatro Blue Grass group to play at senior center Monday

    The Quatro Blue Grass group will play at the Betty Ehart Senior Center on Monday during lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Lunch is available if reservations are made no later than 10 a.m. The menu includes chicken and noodles, corn bread, fruit salad and the salad bar. The cost is $10 for adults and a $5 donation for members that are 60 and over. An assessment is required for membership.

    Call 662-8920 for information. Reservations can be left on voicemail at 662-8924.

  • Yoga series at Pajarito to start Sunday

    After the success of the first Yoga Brunch on the Mountain, Pajarito Mountain presents a full series of yoga events Sunday, Sept.1 and Sept. 14.  

    On Sunday, Pajarito will offer a Yoga Brunch at 10 a.m. with Tribe Yoga and Wellness. For $23, guests enjoy a single uplift ticket, doughnuts, bagels, fruit and mimosas, or can enjoy the class and brunch only for $18.
    Sept. 1 will feature Mountain Top Yoga and Hike at 10 a.m., with 360 views across Valles Caldera and the surrounding region, with brunch featured at the lodge at $23 with uplift ticket or $18 for uphill hikers and season pass holders.

    A very special Moonlight BROGA (beer and Yoga) will be from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 14 for $18 with Bathtub Row Brewing serving up some of its craft beer for purchase at the event. The Pajarito Mountain Cafe will also be open 6:30-8:30 p.m., serving up delicious New Mexico specialties.

    Pajarito Mountain is planning to continue a new yoga series in the winter with Ski & Yoga.

    Pajarito Mountain is located at 397 Camp May Road in Los Alamos.

  • Explore early days of space exploration

    The first decade and a half of human space adventure was fraught with Cold War tensions, launch failures and tragic accidents, but also some brilliant successes. Join Peter Polko and Galen Gisler to explore the trials and tribulations of this period of space history in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium tonight.

    This talk begins at 7 p.m.

    Before 1957, there were no artificial satellites in orbit and no humans had ever been outside our protective atmosphere.

    Today we enjoy many benefits of humankind’s ventures into space, including navigations systems, vastly improved weather prediction and scientific advances beyond measure. It was not an easy journey to get to this point! Gisler and Polko will discuss highlights from the first 15 years of human space exploration at this talk.

    In addition to this program, the nature center will show the full-dome film “EXPLORE” at 2 p.m. Saturday. This movie explores the ambition to colonize Mars and how the achievements of individuals can change the world. Enjoy high-quality visuals, custom composed music and professional narration in this immersive film.