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Mini-Sumo Robot Competition Changes Location to Ashley Pond

on August 7, 2013 - 9:05am

HIVE News:

The second Mini-Sumo Robot Tournament sponsored by The Hive has changed its location.

The competition will now take place at Ashley Pond as part of the Los Alamos County Fair. General contest rules are available at Robots may be purchased or built by the contestant. The Competition is open to all mini-sumos that meet the size and weight limits.

“We had seven entries in our first competition and hope to have even more for this second competition,” Hive Steward Dave Jones said.

View portions of the first competition, at

Scribble Works Reviews: 'Pacific Rim'

on August 6, 2013 - 8:04am

Naftali Burakovsky, left, and Lorenzo Venneri
Scribble Works Reviews

Pacific Rim: The Best Game of the Year

Guillermo del Toro, famous for his critically acclaimed contributions to Mexican cinema (Pan’s Labyrinth) and infamous for down and dirty action like Hellboy and Blade II, returns to the action arena with Pacific Rim, which we award an Alpha.

The story follows the pilots of giant war machines as they battle to overcome an alien threat from beneath the Pacific Ocean. Make no mistake, watching Pacific Rim will not change the way you think.

Cowboy Dinner and Dance Saturday

on August 6, 2013 - 7:47am

'Mud' Portrays Life on Arkansas Delta

on August 5, 2013 - 8:49am

Matthew McConaughey. Courtesy

Movie Review by KIRSTEN LASKEY

“Mud” requires patience. The film takes its time reaching the climax but don’t get antsy and walk out of the theater. You’ll be glad you didn’t.

The movie centers on two young teenage boys – Ellis and his friend, Neckbone – who live in a rural area of Mississippi. While exploring a small island in the Mississippi River, they come upon a boat that mysteriously wound up in a tree’s branches. They consider this to be the perfect hideout until the friends discover someone already inhabits it.

The boat’s inhabitant, Mud, is a

Scribble Works Reviews: 'R.I.P.D.'

on August 5, 2013 - 8:22am

Naftali Burakovsky, left, and Lorenzo Venneri
Scribble Works Reviews

R.I.P.D. Should Rest in Peace

To be honest, we expected director Robert Schwentke’s R.I.P.D (Omega) to be terrible just from watching the trailers. But we walked into it with an open mind and not expecting too much. We just wanted a fun summer blockbuster and this film seemed to have the necessary ingredients: comedy, grand action, famous actors, and the undead.

This hope vanished instantly. Almost every aspect of the film was a failure.

'The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe' Stars 24 Local Youth Aug. 2-3

on July 29, 2013 - 10:05am

Elise Chavez, 9, as Lucy and Cameron Haag, 10, as Tumnus. Photo by Tara Key

Filippo Delzanno, 10, as Edmund; Elise Chavez, 9, as Lucy; Lidia Appell, 10, as Susan and Ryan Rushton, 9, as Peter. Photo by Cindy Richard


"The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe stars 24 local youth who have been rehearsing for the stage play this summer at White Rock Baptist Church.

The production is an adaptation of C.S. Lewis's "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe," and the actors range from 6 to 18 years old. Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 and 2 p.m. Saturday. Aug.

Catch Free Community Shuttle to Beer Fiesta

on July 25, 2013 - 8:32am
LABC News:
Public invited to attend the first ever Los Alamos Beer Co-op "Beer Fiesta" with five local breweries and a band on the ski lodge deck Saturday.
Sponsored by your local beer cooperative. Proceeds benefits efforts to bring a local craft brewery to Los Alamos that is owned by members of the community.
Ski Hill will be open for biking and hiking 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as the Cafe.
Atomic City Transit will provide a free community shuttle to the Beer Fiesta at Pajarito Mountain this Saturday, July 27. Riders

Atomic Film Festival Presents A Monster Double Feature

on July 24, 2013 - 8:23am

Charlotte Keefe's Tribute to Frances Perkins at Toolshed Theatre Friday

on July 24, 2013 - 8:02am

Charlotte Keefe as Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve in the Presidential Cabinet. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

“If A Door Opens, A Journey With Frances Perkins,” written and performed by Charlotte Keefe will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 26 at the Toolshed Theatre in Dixon.

The play is a tribute to one of the most important and influential women in the United States. Despite her incredible legacy of accomplishments, she is little known. That is why “If A Door Opens” is such an important play.

The play gives insight into this incredible woman through a series of stories

Scribble Works Reviews: 'DESPICABLE ME 2'

on July 23, 2013 - 8:23am

Naftali Burakovsky, left, and Lorenzo Venneri
Scribble Works Reviews

DESPICABLE ME 2: Funny, Stupid, and Quite Good

Despicable Me 2, directed by animation heavyweights Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin, follows the story of the villain-turned-father Gru (Steve Carell.) Gru’s adventure to defeat a new supervillain and discover love along the way is both hilarious and enjoyable to watch.

Since this is an animated comedy, we can’t look at it as anything more. There is little to criticize, and although Despicable Me 2 is certainly not an excellent

Couples Gather at Friday's Summer Concert

on July 22, 2013 - 6:58am

Jeannie Bridge dances with her friend Frank Krawczyk. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Firefighter Cari Mace with her boyfriend Jon Shroyer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Dr. Merry McIntyre with her friend Louie Martinez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A couple snuggles against the evening breeze. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Cindy and John Hollabaugh share a dance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A couple of Paula Nelson fans. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Ron Crotzer dances with his daughter Sarah, 11. Photo by Carol A.

Unleash Your Inner Cowboy on Wild West Weekend

on July 22, 2013 - 6:23am

A young buckaroo gets up close and personal with a lasso. Photo by Cheron Bayna Ryan

NMHM News:

SANTA FE—Immerse yourself in cowboy culture Aug. 9-11 at the New Mexico History Museum’s Wild West Weekend, a special event celebrating the exhibition Cowboys Real and Imagined.

Cowboy musicians and poets join trick ropers, saddle makers, silversmiths and more to provide three days of hands-on fun for the whole family. The events are free; the exhibition is by regular admission (Sundays free to New Mexico residents, Friday evenings free to everyone, children 16 and under free daily.)


Beer Fiesta Saturday at Pajarito Mountain

on July 21, 2013 - 7:56am

'Canes of Power' Showing at Bandelier July 20

on July 16, 2013 - 9:58am
Three Laguna Canes. Photo by Silver Bullet Productions at Laguna Pueblo


Saturday, July 20 at noon, Bandelier will present the very special documentary, "Canes of Power" in the theater at the park Visitor Center.

In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln presented silver-headed ebony canes to the Governors of the 19 New Mexico Pueblos to recognize their authority, sovereignty, and relationship with the Federal government. Similar canes had been presented by the government of Spain in 1620 and that of Mexico in 1821.

Narrated by actor Wes Studi, the Silver Bullet Productions film "Canes of

Three-Day Fiestas de Taos Slated for July 19-21

on July 15, 2013 - 11:18am

Children in costume for Fiestas de Taos. Courtesy photo

Staff Report:

TAOS—Voted by locals as Taos News’ 2013 “best annual event in Taos County,” Fiestas de Taos revives a centuries-old celebration of Taos, New Mexico’s culture, history and traditions with weekend long events July 19–21 in Taos Plaza.

Known originally as Fiesta de Santa Ana y Santiago, Fiestas de Taos (Taos Fiestas) is a community celebration honoring the two Catholic patron saints of Taos – St. Anne (Santa Ana) and St. Yago (Santiago), celebrated in Taos since the 1600s.

One of the biggest annual summer events in Taos,

Fun Flies at Friday's Summer Concert

on July 13, 2013 - 10:18am
Community members waved balloons and kids to the music of the West Africa Highlife Band at Friday's summer concert at Ashley Pond. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ 
The music of the West Africa Highlife Band drew audience members to dance at Friday's summer concert at Ashley Pond. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
West Africa Highlife Band. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
West African bass player. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Kids play with light sticks at the concert. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Dancing to the music. Photo by Carol A.

Sumo Robots Rumble at the Hive Saturday

on July 12, 2013 - 3:18pm

Staff Report

The Hive is holding its first ever Mini-Sumo Robot Rumble starting at noon Saturday, July 13 and continuing until there is a winner.  The public is invited to visit the Hive and watch the competition. The Hive is at 134 N.M. 4, in White Rock just east of Metzger's Do it Best Hardware. 

Mini-Sumo Robots are electronic gadgets that are fun to build and program without extensive technical knowledge. The Hive plans to offer more Mini-Sumo Robot building classes along with Arduino Microprocessor instruction.

Beautiful Chamber Music & Decadent Desserts Equal One Sweet Deal at Summertime Coffeehouse!

on July 11, 2013 - 8:37am
Cellist Joel Becktell and Violinist and violist Kay Newnam will perform at the Summertime Coffeehouse. Courtesy photo

LAAC News:

What could be better than spending an evening listening to beautiful chamber music? How about if desserts were thrown into the mix? Now that is one sweet deal!

The Los Alamos Arts Council presents the Summertime Coffeehouse July 20 at Fuller Lodge. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and music begins at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at CB FOX.

Seating is limited so people are encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.

Violinist and viola

Rain Didn't Dampen Enthusiasm at Friday's Concert

on July 7, 2013 - 9:01am

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band's Mary Frances rocks it out as JP Miller makes his guitar sing during Friday's summer concert at the Los Alamos Food Co-operative Market sponsored by the Co-op, Holiday Inn & Suites and the New Mexico Consortium. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Playing their nu funk style music from left, Derrick Johnson on trombone, Lee Allen on drums and Al Ingram on guitar of Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

The crowd gets in the groove at Friday night's summer concert featuring Yo Big Fat Mama's Booty Band from Ashville, N.C.

More Scenes From July 4 Festivities at Overlook

on July 7, 2013 - 8:05am

Director Ted Vives leads the Los Alamos Community Winds in their annual July 4 concert at Overlook Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

The Los Alamos High School Toppers 'Helmet Booth' July 4 at Overlook Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Key Club members sell tickets for the 'Best Seat in the House' at the Kiwanis Club's annual July 4 Fireworks extravaganza at Overlook Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Members of the New Beginnings Church hold a 'Rebuild Raffle' to help rebuild the church on East Road heavily damaged in an electrical fire July 4,

Scribble Works Reviews: THE LAME RANGER

on July 6, 2013 - 8:42am

Naftali Burakovsky, left, and Lorenzo Venneri

Scribble Works Reviews

(Kevin Gao contributed to this review)


The Lone Ranger is, contrary to the ill conceived title, the story of a duo composed of odd Comanche Tonto (Johnny Depp) and East coast city lawyer John Reid (Armie Hammer), as they face off against bandits and greedy railroad owners.

Jerry Bruckheimer’s film is the second major western released in the last year, following Django Unchained. We’d rather watch Tarantino’s masterpiece than this pointlessly action packed and

Habenaro Skydivers Thrill Crowd at July 4 Event

on July 5, 2013 - 1:15pm
The Habenaro Skydivers thrill the crowd of more than 10,000 people attending the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos Fourth of July Celebration at Overlook Park Thursday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Battle of the Bands: Higher Ground Bluegrass and Syzygy Tie for First

on July 5, 2013 - 1:01pm
Michelangelo Lobato, left, of Syzygy belts out a number with Concert Promoter Russ Gordon. Syzygy tied for First Place in Thursday's Battle of the Band. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
In a First Place tie at Thursday's Battle of the Bands at Overlook Park, Higher Ground Bluegrass - bluegrass and folk from northern New Mexico, Fred Bolton guitar/vocals, Dave Devlin-mandolin & dobro, Pat Mahoney fiddle/vocals Laura Leach Bass/vocals, Duke Weddington banjo/vocals. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Syzygy - a harder rock band from Los Alamos tied for First Place in

2013 Kiwanis Fireworks Extravaganza!

on July 5, 2013 - 10:14am

Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos 4th of July extravaganza at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Elena E Giorgi

Photo by Elena E Giorgi

Photo by Elena E Giorgi

Kiwanis members prepare the fireworks shells for Thursday's big event. Photo by Morrie Pongratz/Kiwanis