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  • LALT’S ‘Silent Sky’ celebrates Leavitt’s discovery

    “My heaven? Is a cosmos deep in a gorgeous void,” says Henrietta Leavitt, who in the early 1900s, despite not being allowed near a telescope, made an astronomical discovery that profoundly changed how we perceive our universe.

    Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky” offers a provocative reenactment of Leavitt’s story. The historical drama will show at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 14-29, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sept. 23, all at the Performing Arts Center at 1670 Nectar St.

    Director John Cullinan said the play came to his attention through friends from his previous community theatre group in Massachusetts.

    “It was one of the most beautiful scripts I’d read in a long while,” Cullinan said, “and it had a set of strong and relevant themes that I knew were perfect for Los Alamos: the struggles of women in science throughout history, the intersection of faith and science, and the conflicts we all feel when pulled in several directions by societal expectations and our own passions and vocations.”

    Starring Katrina Koehler as Henrietta; Jess Cullinan as Henri’s sister Margaret; and Kevin Pelzel Andi Bishoffberger, and Kathi Collins as Henri’s colleagues Peter, Annie, and Williamina, respectively, the play is a true ensemble piece.

  • Hydrant testing to begin this week

    The Los Alamos Fire Department will be testing fire hydrants throughout Los Alamos County this week and will continue the testing through November. 

    The purpose of hydrant testing is to ensure that they will provide an adequate water supply for fire suppression and to flush out sediments that have accumulated in the water distribution system over the past year. 

    These tests are part of the regular hydrant maintenance program and are done in conjunction with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU).

    Residents will see LAFD firefighters and vehicles throughout the community flowing water from the hydrants while they are conducting these tests.

    Residents may see some discoloration in their water due to the amount and volume of water being flowed when the hydrants are being tested in their area. If this is the case, residents should run the cold-water spigot located outside their home for a few minutes. This will usually resolve the issue. It is also recommended that residents avoid washing laundry until the water runs clear. If the discolored water does not run clear after a few minutes, call the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Customer Care Center at 662-8333.
     

  • Hydrant testing to begin this week

    The Los Alamos Fire Department will be testing fire hydrants throughout Los Alamos County this week and will continue the testing through November. 

    The purpose of hydrant testing is to ensure that they will provide an adequate water supply for fire suppression and to flush out sediments that have accumulated in the water distribution system over the past year. 

    These tests are part of the regular hydrant maintenance program and are done in conjunction with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU).

    Residents will see LAFD firefighters and vehicles throughout the community flowing water from the hydrants while they are conducting these tests.

    Residents may see some discoloration in their water due to the amount and volume of water being flowed when the hydrants are being tested in their area. If this is the case, residents should run the cold-water spigot located outside their home for a few minutes. This will usually resolve the issue. It is also recommended that residents avoid washing laundry until the water runs clear. If the discolored water does not run clear after a few minutes, call the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Customer Care Center at 662-8333.
     

  • Officer makes girl’s day with gift

    Birthday girl Sharon Jim, of Los Alamos, was surprised by Los Alamos Police Officer Tim Lonz Wednesday with a bouquet of flowers at Smith’s Marketplace.

    Jim was shopping with her mother when she was standing at the deli counter and bumped into Lonz.

    “My daughter, Sharon Jim, is a special person to me and many other people,” her mother said. “For one thing she is an adult developmentally disabled person whom happens to be deaf and is Downs Syndrome.”

    While standing at the deli counter, Jim turned around and noticed a police officer that she had seen several times before and shook his hand and gave him a hug, her mother said. She then proceeded to talk to him using sign language. Her mother interpreted to the officer that she was excited because her birthday was tomorrow and they were going to celebrate. 

    The officer told her “Happy Birthday” and they continued to shop.

    Later, they were checking out and the officer came over bent down on one knee and presented Jim with a flower arrangement and wished her a very Happy Birthday.

  • Wulf to lecture Sept. 18 at Fuller Lodge

    Andrew Wulf will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos at part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s 2018-19 lecture series, “Anniversary Lecture Series.”

    Wulf’s lecture, entitled “Cold War Cultural Diplomacy,” will revisit the American National Exhibition in Moscow, which for six weeks in the summer of 1959 showed more than 2.7 million Russians various aspects of the American way of life.

    Wulf investigated how this complex cultural diplomatic effort was intended to shape a very specific public opinion.

    The story of how the vision for this curious policy tool took shape is based on a variety of first-person accounts of those involved with the project. Perhaps, he speculates, this exhibition, and other Cold War cultural exchanges, hold important implications for current decision-making regarding the crucial American presence at the Dubai Expo in 2020. This series is sponsored by Raffi Andonian and Nicole Kliebert.

    Visit losalamoshistory.org for a complete schedule of lectures and events. The lectures are at Fuller Lodge on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

  • LA Choral Society to begin rehearsals Tuesday

    Los Alamos Choral Society will begin rehearsals on Tuesday at the United Church in Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road, for the February winter concert.

    Returning singers should plan to show up at 6:30 p.m. to pay the usual membership donation of $25, register, and pick up music. People interested in joining Choral Society may also come at this time.

    LACS is a large, non-sectarian, non-audition choir of approximately 30 to 60 members and is recruiting this year – especially for tenors and basses.

    The first rehearsal of the fall will be held immediately after registration is completed, from approximately 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

    The winter concert will feature Beethoven’s “Mass in C.” The concert will also include Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus,” Copland’s “The Promise of Living,” and Charles Ives’ “Psalm 90.”

    Members of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will join Choral Society in the performance.

  • Hunts open for many small game species

    White-winged dove, mourning dove, dusky (blue) grouse and squirrel seasons are open statewide. These hunts offer great opportunities to get a new hunter out in the field.

    The weather tends to be warmer and good opportunities exist with minimal hiking.

    The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish offered tips for the season.

    White-winged and mourning doves can typically be found throughout the state in warmer, open habitats, around water and near farm or agriculture fields. New Mexico has two hunting zones, North and South.

    The dividing line starts at the Arizona/New Mexico border and runs along I-40 to U.S. Highway 54, in Tucumcari, and then north along U.S. Highway 54 to the New Mexico/Texas border. The seasons in both zones start on Sept. 1 and run through Nov. 29 in the North Zone and through Oct. 28 in the South Zone. The South Zone will reopen Dec. 1 through Jan. 1, 2019. The bag limit is 15 singly or in aggregate per day, with no more than 45 in possession. A Harvest

    Information Program (HIP) number is not required for Eurasian collared-dove, there is no bag limit and the season is year-round statewide.

  • Ceramics exhibit to open at the UNM-LA library

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    “Sculptural Vessels”, an exhibition of ceramics by Sharon Brush, will open in the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Library on Sept. 19.

    UNM-LA will host a reception from 1:15-2:15 p.m. during the university’s common hour, and the public is invited to attend.

    Brush, who is currently a ceramics instructor at UNM-LA, participated in a residency at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts from 1999-2000. Formerly a brick manufacturing factory, the facility has a huge beehive kiln, as well as a number of studios.

    The residency program attracts many potters, and selection is highly competitive. Brush was accepted for a residency and also served as an instructor.

    After her residency, Brush lived in Silver City before moving to Show Low, Arizona, where she served as the gallery director and was an instructor of Fine Arts at Northland Pioneer College.

    The “Sculptural Vessels” exhibition will feature Brush’s mid-sized pieces, which are generally 25-inches to 27-inches tall.

    Brush constructs her pieces using a combination of hand building techniques: slab, coil and pinch.

    For the exteriors, Brush does not use traditional glazes, instead applying burnished slips (terra sigillata) to create a more matt surface.

  • Atomic City Update: LAHS volleyball shows signs of big progress

    One of the most important things I look for when I watch high school sports is improvement. Sometimes, improvement can be small, and other times it can be obvious, but any type of improvement is important. 

    When I watch the Los Alamos High School volleyball team this year, the improvement is clear. Last year, the young players were often unsure of their responsibilities and made far too many errors in attacking, blocking and serving. This year, with everyone on the team a year older, the confidence is higher, the skill level has been raised and everyone knows their own individual responsibilities. 

    Now, it’s only a matter of time before these improvements show up in the win column. The team currently has a 1-3 record, losing three games against St. Michael’s, Santa Fe and St. Pius after winning the opening match of the year against Bloomfield. 

  • Runathon raises money for LAHS cross country

    Each year, the Los Alamos High School cross country team holds a Runathon, where students run around the Sullivan Field track as many times as possible in an hour to earn donations for the program. 

    The students are required to collect pledges from community members in the weeks leading up to the event. These can be a flat donation, or an increasing amount depending on how many laps or miles are run. 

    Every athlete is required to obtain 10 or more pledges, or $75 in donations. 

    This is the team’s largest fundraiser of the year, and helps pay for uniforms, travel expenses, team awards, entry fees and other miscellaneous costs. 

    Thursday night, not even dropping temperatures, swirling winds and the threat of storms could slow down the runners, who were determined to earn as much money as possible. 

    One of the unique aspects of the event is that the runners are encouraged to dress up in costumes. This year, many of the varsity boys ran the race shirtless with green skirts on top of their running shorts, while many girls dressed up in white t-shirts and red suspenders.