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Today's Features

  • Dec. 10 — A boy. Kai Robert Larsen. Born to Karla Sartor and Brian Larsen.
    Dec. 22 — A boy. Zoddyn Sisson. Born to Thane Sisson.
    Dec. 25 — A boy. Aarik Rey Griego. Born to Stephanie and Daniel Griego.
    Dec. 27 — A boy. Andrew Yian Dai. Born to Yamin Hou and Yaomin Dai.
    Dec. 31 — A girl. Aria Jayme Garcia. Born to Amanda and Ruben Garcia.
    Dec. 31 — A boy. Ashton Chanin Lovato. Born to RatchaniDa “Nam” and Joseph Lovato.

  • The Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Division is taking over the Los Alamos Nature Center from 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 and putting up a putt-putt course.
    Play through the nature center and win prizes, including free passes to the pool or ice rink and more.
    It is a great way to learn about the latest news about the trails and enjoy a fun, free evening. This family-friendly event is open to all ages.
    The putt-putt evening will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. The event is free and no registration is required.
    For more information about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Dr. Galen Gisler will reveal the stories behind star colors at 7 p.m. , Jan. 13, Nature Center planetarium. On Jan. 14 and 15, Mysteries of the Unseen World, a film that uncovers what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum, will play in planetarium at 2 p.m.
    The Nature Center will be open regular hours this month: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday as well as 1 p.m. to 4 p.m on Sunday, and closed Thursdays.

  • The Natural Resources Conservation Service, in cooperation with the New Mexico Natural Resources Department, Forestry Division, is offering applications for low-cost tree seedlings sales.
    To be eligible, applicants must own at least an acre of land, and plant the seedlings for either windbreaks, reforestation, Christmas trees, erosion control, conservation education or wildlife plantings.
    There are many species available that are adapted to the area, in deciduous and conifers. For more information or to get on the mailing list, call 471-0410, ext. 3, between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Lemon—A sweet older cat that was left at the front door of the shelter with no information or history. Lemon is currently in foster care receiving treatment for diabetes; her foster home reports that they call her Sugar. When Lemon is feeling better, she’ll be looking for a mellow home.
    Bingley—A soft and sweet gray and tan kitty that just wants a person to snuggle with! She has the sweetest meow that she uses to get your attention when she wants some snuggles. When she’s not snuggling, she can be found curled up in a cat bed. This older, petite girl would probably do better with older children.

  • TODAY
     Feature Film: “We are Astronomers” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free.

    Chapter AK, P.E.O., meeting Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Jane Phillips, 110 Grand Canyon in White Rock. Pamela Massey is the co-hostess. Katie Brousseau will provide the program. RSVP to Jane at 672-1677.
    TUESDAY
    Family Night Sponsored by Kiwanis Club from 6-7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Come to the nature center for a night of fun activities.Free.

    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton will speak on the upcoming election on the proposed county Recreation Bond Issue.

    Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Siobhan Niklasson of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will speak on outdoor play.

  • Mesa Public Library will show the film “Grizzly Man” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting room.
    This is the first in a year-long series of free films that will be shown on the first Thursday of each month.
    The films for January, February and March have been chosen to reflect “The Best of the 2000s.”
    Communing with nature takes on a whole new meaning in the hands of expert filmmaker Werner Herzog, who has nearly 70 films to his credit.
    The film tells the story of bear lover and amateur naturalist Timothy Treadwell, who spent 13 summers living among grizzly bears in the Katmai National Park and Preserve.
    Herzog has taken much of the footage shot by Treadwell himself and blended it with interviews with Treadwell’s friends to create a complete, if enigmatic picture of a man who felt a special kinship with grizzly bears. Herzog wrote and narrated the film.
    Glorious nature photography from Katmai National Park and Preserve is interwoven with Treadwell’s views as one of the founders of the Grizzly People –  a group which disagrees with many Park Service regulations designed to protect wildlife. His ranting against the people who he felt would harm the bears is laced with profanity.

  • Critical care nurse and bear attack victim Karen Williams will speak at the next Lunch with a Leader, a community event presented by the League of Women Voters.
    The lunch will be at 11:45 a.m. Jan. 17 at Mesa Public Library.
    Although Williams works as a nurse at the Los Alamos Medical Center, she is best known for her tragic encounter with a bear who thought her cubs were being threatened while she was running a trail marathon in the Valle Caldera last June.
    Williams is an Air Force brat, so she has lived in many places since they moved every two years. Her father retired in Albuquerque and she ended up in New Mexico.
    Williams became a nurse in 1982 and worked at UNMH for a year in the Burn and Trauma Unit. She entered the Army in 1983 as a military intelligence analyst and specialized in Central and South America. Around this time, Williams also started running in triathlons and completed her first marathon in San Francisco in 1986. In 1988, she left the Army and went back to nursing at UNMH until 2006.
    Following that she moved to Candy Kitchen, New Mexico and lived off-grid for six years. She met her husband, Mike, on Match.com and moved to Los Alamos in 2012 to be with him.

  • The Los Alamos Police Department held its third-annual awards banquet Dec. 10, handing out more than 70 awards.
    Included in these awards were three lifesaving and six “of the year” awards.
    “It is always a privilege to recognize employees of the police department for all their hard work and achievements,” said LAPD Commander Preston Ballew.
    The following were the highest awards presented for the night:
    • Dispatcher Roberto Lujan:  two life saving commendations
    • Dispatcher Angela Cordova:  life saving commendation
    • Civilian of the Year: Evidence Technician Anthony Lucero
    • Dispatcher of the Year: Dispatcher Roberto Lujan
    • Detention Officer of the Year: Officer Kathryn Philips
    • Police Officer of the Year: Corporal Adele Girmendonk
    • Supervisor of the Year: Detective Sergeant James Rodriguez
    • Supervisor of the Year: Jail Administrator Hilario “Eli” Salinas

  • TUESDAY
    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. The speaker has not yet been scheduled.
    WEDNESDAY
    The Jemez Thrift Shop is having a Bag Day today from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Everyone can fill a large brown paper bag with anything they wish for $5.
    THURSDAY
    Nature on Tap: Our Local Trails from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discuss the future of the Los Alamos trail network, including the proposed flow trail. Free.
    FRIDAY
    January Night Sky Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    The Jemez Thrift Shop is having a Bag Day today from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Everyone can fill a large brown paper bag with anything they wish for $5.
    JAN. 7
    Snowshoe Hike in the Valles Caldera from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Join a ranger and PEEC on a 2 - 2.5 hour, easy-to-moderate snowshoe hike in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Admission: Preserve entrance fee.