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Today's Features

  • Today
    Science on Tap. Amanda Barry, a research scientist at LANL, will discuss engineering microalgae for biofuel production. 5:30 p.m. at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.

    Wetland Restoration in New Mexico Desert Grasslands. 7 p.m. Karla Sartor will discuss the birds and plants of desert grasslands in southern New Mexico. The important habitat is threatened by historic overgrazing and climate change. Learn techniques to restore habitats, and how these practices can be applied locally on the Pajarito Plateau. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Republican Party of Los Alamos to Meet with County Manager for monthly meeting. 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, room 610. The public is welcome to attend a presentation by County Manager Harry Burgess on “Upcoming Issues in Los Alamos County.” A business meeting will follow the presentation.

    Valentina Devine: Knit One, Crochet Two, a solo exhibit. Daily through March 21.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library.
    Friday
    LARSO public meetings. 12:15 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

  • LAHS seniors can apply for library scholarships

    The Friends of LA County Libraries will award up to four $2,500 scholarships again this year and also will administer the $2,500 June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship.
    Any senior in good standing, who is enrolled at Los Alamos High School or in an approved home school program in Los Alamos County and plans to continue his or her education at a recognized institution by September of the year following graduation, may apply for the scholarships.
    The June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship is only available to LAHS seniors. June Ettinger was a long-time resident of Los Alamos who taught for more than 20 years at Barranca Mesa and Mountain Elementary Schools.
    The basis of the award is a personal narrative of about 500 words, typed and double-spaced, concerning an age-appropriate book that was not required for school and has not been translated into a visual medium.
    “The student’s essay should tell readers in what way this book has added to their understanding of the human condition or has enhanced their life,” said Maire O’Neill, Scholarship Chairman for the Friends.
    Deadline for the scholarship essays is 5 p.m. April 14. Essays must be delivered to the Friends Bookstore at Mesa Public Library prior to that time.

  • Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Paul Arendt as he leads a hike through Ancho Canyon on Saturday. The group will meet at 9 a.m., and the hike is expected to last about 5-6 hours.
    There are many canyons to explore in White Rock, and the outing will give participants a chance to go with an experienced guide and a group of other hikers. The hike will begin down the Power Line Trail into lower Ancho Canyon, and then it will continue on to Ancho Rapids. From there the hike will proceed upriver to the Red Dot Trail. Along the way the group will examine several petroglyphs and a few old rock formations. The total distance is more than eight miles, with an elevation gain/loss of around 1,200 feet. A limited amount of bush whacking over uneven terrain will be required. The level of this hike is moderate to difficult.
    While it’s free to participate, the hike is limited to 15 adults, and advance registration is required. Meeting location details will be provided upon registration. For more information about this event and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org or contact the organization at Programs@PajaritoEEC.org or 662-0460.

  • With great advances in technology comes the increasing rush to keep up with these advances.
    Libraries are great users of these advances, because of their role as record keepers, catalogers, reference sources, and providers of free reading, listening and viewing materials.
    The Los Alamos County Library System is upgrading to a new Integrated Library System (ILS), in order to have the capacity to accommodate new resources, and to make all these resources easy to find.
    Get ready for a new library catalog, with user friendly features:
    • Mobile compatibility — search from your phone
    • Simple single-box searching, as in search engines
    • Searching all formats — books, downloadables, audiobooks, DVDs — simultaneously
    • Integration of e-books and e-audiobooks into the catalog
    • Fuzzy logic — gives good results even with spelling errors
    • Separate kids and teens catalogs

  • Early Bird registration for the Los Alamos Dog Jog is open from now through April 5.  
    Early registrants can save $5 off of the entry of the first child or adult household member’s registration.
    Every registered individual will receive an event T-shirt with a logo designed by local fifth grader Bella Robertson and a packet filled with entertaining and educational dog related information. Humans without dogs and would like to have one for the race, dog rentals may be available.
    Dogs and their human companions will gather at Rover Park in White Rock on April 25 to run the 5-kilometer course or walk the 2-mile course in the annual Dog Jog. Race prizes and awards will be given for the fastest runners, walkers and dogs in all manner of categories.  
    Coordinated by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, the Mountain Canine Corps and the Atomic City Roadrunners, the Dog Jog is a fundraising event for the Friends of the Shelter.  
    Friends of the Shelter is a nonprofit organization that recruits and trains shelter volunteers and helps purchase needed items and vet services for the dogs, cats and other animals at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.

  • Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Steven Brooks, Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Coordinator for the State of New Mexico will speak about DMC 101 and trends in the state and in Los Alamos County.

    Valentina Devine: Knit One, Crochet Two, a solo exhibit. Daily through March 21.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library.
    Thursday
    Wetland Restoration in New Mexico Desert Grasslands. 7 p.m. Karla Sartor will discuss the birds and plants of desert grasslands in southern New Mexico. The important habitat is threatened by historic overgrazing and climate change. Learn techniques to restore habitats, and how these practices can be applied locally on the Pajarito Plateau. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol cadets participated in a ceremony honoring the contributions of New Mexico’s World War II Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members. The ceremony took place at the State Capitol in February.
    The ceremony was part of the Legislature’s annual Military Appreciation Day.
    Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol Cadets served as a color guard during the ceremony.
    Civil Air Patrol was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in a Washington ceremony last December, as Congressional leaders presented the medal to CAP’s national commander and to 46 living CAP veterans of World War II. The honor recognizes CAP’s founding members’ role in protecting the American homeland and carrying out numerous wartime missions.
    The award had earlier been approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
    Families of three of New Mexico’s World War II CAP members received bronze replicas of the gold medal at the Roundhouse ceremony. These replicas are identical to those presented to living veterans at the Washington ceremony. The wartime service of the late CAP members Robert S. Chamberlin, John F. Davis and James Taylor were recognized.

  • Today
    Making Next Generation Biofuel Systems Work. 7 p.m. at the Reel Deal Theater. Dr. Richard Sayre will discuss next generation biofuel systems. Donations are appreciated. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    Valentina Devine: Knit One, Crochet Two, a solo exhibit. Daily through March 21.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library. Reception 5-6 p.m. March 5.
    Wednesday
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Steven Brooks, Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Coordinator for the State of New Mexico will speak about DMC 101 and trends in the state and in Los Alamos County.

  • Three Young Adult Patrollers and five YAP candidates from Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol traveled to Sunlight Mountain Resort recently in Colorado for the Annual Rocky Mountain Division YAP Jamboree.
    YAPS JoAnna O’Neill, John Rees and Max Herrmann, and candidates Ethan Aulwes, Justin Holmes, Gustavo Rogers, Chris Buntain and Kai Coblentz participated in the two-day event with other young adults from Loveland, Sandia and Sunlight ski areas.
    The skiers trained and practiced on toboggan techniques with O’Neill and Rees in the more advanced groups and the others in the beginner groups.  
    They participated in a scenario challenge where they had to transport a two-foot snowman by toboggan downhill to the lift and were judged on creativity and the condition of the snowman when it reached the bottom.
    Traveling with the group were YAP advisors David Phillips, Steve Maze, and Julie Maze, patrollers Eric Schaller, Mike O’Neill, patrol medical director Robert McClees, and patrol candidates Heidi Rogers and Jessica Gillis.

  • First Born Program of Los Alamos recently celebrated its “kick-off” party at Bridge Care for Women. In attendance were local medical providers, community members and social service providers.
    “We’re excited to be offering this vital service to first-time families again,” stated Board Member Dr. Tom Csanadi during the event.
    Kim Ferguson, program co-manager further explained, “First Born of Los Alamos began accepting referrals in December, and we currently have no waiting list. All Los Alamos families pregnant and parenting for the first time can request services, regardless of income.
    Each family is assigned a specially-trained home visitor who provides information and support concerning that family’s individuals goals, needs, and concerns. Home visits last around 45 minutes and occur on a weekly basis, and all visits include information from the First Born curriculum and the opportunity to check-in with the home visitor to discuss any questions, concerns, or support needs the family has.”