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Pajarito Greenhouse Opens For Season Wednesday

on April 24, 2016 - 8:16am
The tomatoes are getting tall at Pajarito Greenhouse. From left, James Liberty, Dave Fox and Tim Morrison show off some prime specimens at Pajarito Greenhouse. Many plants are already in stock and more are arriving daily, Fox said. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

In Los Alamos, spring can be iffy, but we know it’s just around the corner when Pajarito Greenhouse is once again open for business.

This year, the greenhouse will open at 9 a.m. sharp Wednesday, April 27.

Pajarito Greenhouse is a department of CB FOX Department Store, but

Olions Serve Tasty Fare In ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’

on April 24, 2016 - 8:02am
The Knights Who Say Ni! baffle King Arthur and Patsy in 'Spamalot.' Photo by Elene Giorgi
 
S
ir Galahad (Daniel Sarrao) and The Lady of the Lake (Evelyn Wohlbier) perform 'The Song That Goes Like This.' Photo by Elena Giorgi
 
Review by BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The Los Alamos High School Olions rendition of “Monty Python's Spamalot" opened Friday at Duane Smith Auditorium to loud guffaws and wolf whistles.

"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" was originally a 1975 feature film, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" by those masters of surreal and silly British comedy from

Los Alamos Composer Rewrites Classic Film Score

on April 24, 2016 - 7:52am

Los Alamos composer/musician Matt Hanson. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

The remake of the1954 classic movie Salt of the Earth will shine a spotlight on Los Alamos composer/musician Matt Hanson at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 1 at The Lensic in Santa Fe.  

While growing up in Los Alamos, Hanson participated in band and orchestra from elementary school through high school, graduating from Los Alamos High School in 2008. At an early age, he showed a remarkable aptitude for music composition and performance.

His parents played classical music for him and, on one occasion at age 5, after listening to

UNM-LA Offers Class On Staging Your Home For Sale

on April 24, 2016 - 7:46am
Before and after photos of a bathroom that has been readied for showing by Alana Light. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Community Education Department is offering the class “Stage Your Home for Sale” 12:30-4:40 p.m., Saturday, April 30.

Join Alana Light to learn about the most important things to do to the home before listing it on the market. Light’s business, A La Carte Design, is based in Santa Fe and serves clients throughout northern New Mexico.

“Buyers and appraisers agree that staging a property for sale makes a difference," Light said.

Smart Design With Suzette: Entertaining Essentials – Home Bar Ideas

on April 24, 2016 - 7:40am
Home bar. Courtesy photo
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Hospitality is about sharing. A hospitable home welcomes visitors and draws them into the warm family circle as treasured guests.

The first thing that guests are offered is a beverage. What better way to offer hospitality then to lead them to your perfectly designed and stocked bar.

I’m not sure it’s because of hit series like “Mad Men,” but there’s a definite return of the home bar. It seems everyone wants one.

Aspen Elementary Students Host African Arts Night

on April 24, 2016 - 7:34am
Students create maasaii necklaces in the art room during African Arts Night April 15 at Aspen Elementary School. Courtesy photo
 
Examples of the African art created by Aspen students this year. Courtesy photo
 

LAPS News:

More than 150 families attended Aspen Elementary School's African Arts Night April 15.

Six teachers have been collaborating to immerse their students in a hands-on and multidisciplinary study of African traditions and culture.

Pastor Granillo: Imaginary Friends

on April 24, 2016 - 7:30am
By Pastor RAUL GRANILLO
Los Alamos

My three-year-old son, Isaac, has an imaginary friend named Zappy. Zappy is well known in our family, and once even took a place at the dinner table. Isaac often tells us about the things Zappy says and does. Sometimes Isaac even blames Zappy for the mischief he gets into. While we don’t tolerate Isaac putting the blame on Zappy, we don’t worry too much about him having an imaginary friend. After all, Isaac is already noticing that Zappy can’t do a lot of the things real people can do.

Topper Softball Has Two Big District Wins Today

on April 23, 2016 - 9:17pm
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Scenes From Today's Pre-Prom Gathering At Pond

on April 23, 2016 - 9:06pm

Ashley Pond Park was the hot spot for prom photos late today before Los Alamos High School students headed to their 2016 prom at Buffalo Thunder. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ladailypost.com 

LAHS students from left, Kim McKinley, Isaiah Espinosa, Taylor Jaramillo, Koby Cotter, Nora Caglar and Erik Leith. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ladailypost.com   

LAHS students gathered at Ashley Pond Park late today where their parents snapped photos of the couples before they left for their prom at Buffalo Thuner. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ladailypost.com 

Schultz: Turning Away Is Not The Solution

on April 23, 2016 - 8:29pm
By ROBYN SCHULTZ, Chair
Democratic Party of Los Alamos County
 
Complaining about the current state of politics in our country seems to be very popular. I hear people say that the process is rigged, that “political machines” control everything, that the average person has no power. I agree that the process is not optimal and can be very confusing.
 

People are right to complain about our political system, but turning away is not the solution. “Political machines” are made up of people. People like you and me.

Daily Postcard: Happy Earth Day!

on April 23, 2016 - 9:22am

Daily Postcard: Wonder where this butterfly was hiding out Monday? Quemazon ... looks like spring is here! Photo by Trisha Ancell

PEEC Earns Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

on April 23, 2016 - 9:10am

PEEC News:

On Earth Day, April 22, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) accepted a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for environmental education and outreach.

The award ceremony was held at the Rio Grande Nature Center, where awardees accepted recognition of excellence in one of seven environmental categories: water resource protection, resource stewardship, wildlife and ecosystem stewardship, environmental education and outreach, youth projects, environmental leader of the year, or lifetime achievement.

Trio de Los Alamos Presents Chamber Music At Next Brown Bag Concert

on April 23, 2016 - 9:08am
Trio de Los Alamos is, from left Shanalyn Kemme. Cindy Little and Brian Newnam. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

At noon Wednesday May 4 at the United Church of Los Alamos,  a trio of musicians will treat the community to classical chamber music.

The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag Show will feature Trio de Los Alamos, which includes pianist Cindy Little, violinist Brian Newnam and cellist Shanalyn Kemme. Little and Newnam are both local musicians who perform regularly throughout the community and Kemme hails from Albuquerque.

Udall Advances Funding For Economic Development

on April 23, 2016 - 8:59am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined the Senate Appropriations Committee in advancing two bipartisan bills to spur economic development and fund transportation projects, affordable housing, and other priorities important to New Mexico.

New Mexico programs receiving support and funding through the two bills include the airports in Carlsbad, Clovis and Grant County; Spaceport America; Native American housing construction; Tribal justice programs; the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Tribal science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

Family Strengths Network Offers Program On Community Service For Families

on April 23, 2016 - 8:47am

FSN News:

Join Family Strengths Network 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 27 for "Community Service: A Family Affair."

This program is for kids and adults and is free to the public. A donation of non-perishable food items is being requested to benefit LA Cares.

Compassion, empowerment, awareness, respect and responsibility are taught to our children when they learn how to connect to community through service. Mary Ann Novak will expound on the benefits of serving as a family. Conversation also surrounds ways to serve with one's family in the community.

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Summit Garden Club Meets May 2

on April 23, 2016 - 8:43am

SGC News:

The Summit Garden Club hosts its May meeting at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 2 at the home of Laurie Hixson, 307 Potrillo Dr., in Pajarito Acres in White Rock.

The meeting will start with a short talk on gophers by “Gopher Andy,” Andy Espinoza. In addition, each May the club meets to assess its activities during the past year and to discuss its projects for the coming year. 

Included among the Club's many projects are refurbishing and maintaining gardens at the Bandelier National Monument and the creation of the White Rock Community Garden (across the highway from the Visitors Center).

Heinrich Commends Student Intern Dominic Pacheco

on April 23, 2016 - 8:40am
 
Dominic Pacheco and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich pose in front of the statue of former New Mexico U.S. Sen. Dennis Chavez in the United States Capitol. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich commended University of New Mexico (UNM) senior and Rio Rancho native Dominic Pacheco Friday for interning in his Washington, D.C. office. Pacheco was part of UNM's Fred Harris Congressional Internship program.

"We were thrilled to have Dominic Pacheco join our office this semester as a Fred Harris intern," Heinrich said.

Central Avenue Road Work Begins Monday

on April 23, 2016 - 8:36am

COUNTY News:

Monday, April 25 Century Club Construction will begin construction warranty work on Central Avenue from Oppenheimer Drive to 20th Street. 

This work includes the replacement of a sidewalk ramp at Ashley Pond Park. The crosswalk will be closed through Wednesday, April 27. Pedestrians are to follow the pedestrian detour to a crosswalk at Bathtub Row.

Beginning April 28, an asphalt patch will be placed on the westbound lane of Central Avenue, west of the crosswalk at the corner of 20th Street and Central Avenue. Century Club Construction will have a flagging operation from 20th

Arborist Laural Hardin Talks About Trees Sunday

on April 23, 2016 - 8:22am
Arborist Laural Hardin answer tree questions at PEEC Sunday. Courtesy photo
 

PEEC News:

Selecting the right tree for one's yard and the best location to plant it has more impact on the landscape than one might realize. Understanding what the tree needs to thrive and whether it may cause future plumbing problems can save home owners time, stress, and money down the road.

Join Laural Hardin 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, April 24 at the Los Alamos Nature Center to discover the important questions to ask when shopping for a tree and learn how to select the right tree for the right place.

Hardin is a

Daily Postcard: Baby Finches Nest In Satellite TV Mount

on April 22, 2016 - 4:34pm
Daily Postcard: Baby finches spotted in a nest built into a satellite TV mount on Canyon Road that hatched 11 days ago. Photo by Bob Drake

Bad Clowns Is Topic At Authors Speak With Benjamin Radford Thursday

on April 22, 2016 - 4:16pm

Benjamin Radford

LIBRARY News:

The Authors Speak presentation at Mesa Public Library, 7 p.m., April 28, will feature Benjamin Radford, author most recently of Bad Clowns, published by UNM Press.

Radford is the deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine, a research fellow for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, the author of eight books and more than a thousand articles on a variety of topics including urban legends, the paranormal, critical thinking and media literacy.

Bad Clowns. Courtesy/LAC

Corrales residentRadford has built a career in “myth-busting” – finding those urban

Udall Presses EPA Administrator On Reimbursements, Compensation For Gold King Mine Spill

on April 22, 2016 - 8:18am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to move more quickly to respond to requests for reimbursements and process tort compensation claims by Navajo Nation residents and other New Mexicans harmed by the devastating release of toxic water from the Gold King Mine in Colorado.
 
Speaking at the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, Udall, the lead Democrat on the subcommittee, told McCarthy that it's unacceptable that eight months after the spill, the Navajo Nation and

Pajarito Astronomers Hold Dark Night May 7

on April 22, 2016 - 8:17am
PA News:
 
The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night at 8 p.m. (sunset,) Saturday, May 7 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park.
 
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. The planets Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn and its rings will be visible. There will be a tour of the spring constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.
 
Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve Becker at 505.662.3252 for information.

United World College Presents A Celebration Of Culture Through Music Saturday

on April 22, 2016 - 8:16am
Courtesy/CIR
 
CIR News:
 
CIR is partnering with United World College to bring this spirited multicultural music program to Santa Fe.
 
The performance will feature the United World College African chorus, a jazz trio, student solos and ensembles with Ronald Maltais, artistic director and the UWC percussion ensemble directed by Marc Clark.
 
The performance begins at 2 p.m., Saturday April 23, at Christ Church of Santa Fe (1213 Don Gaspar Ave.) Cost is $10 general admission.
 
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Yang: Almost Final Words On Half-Truths

on April 22, 2016 - 8:13am
By ELENA YANG
Los Alamos

As much as I love studying organizations, there are times I just want to throw my hands up and say, “Why bother?” Especially when everything about organizational life seems complicated, without easy answers, or often, with no answers. We like nothing better than a linear, neat, straight road to lead us through the day. So it is with issues like “change!’ 

On the one hand, we extol those who embrace change and disdain those who “resist” change; on the other hand, we don’t ever know exactly how to go about engaging change effectively.

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