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Today's Features

  • Enrolled veterans of the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) who have legal questions on civil matters will have an opportunity to receive free consultation with licensed New Mexico attorneys and other legal professionals on Jan. 10, at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE (just off Gibson) in Albuquerque.
    The Civil Legal Clinic will be open from 8:30-11 a.m.
    The clinic offers brief legal advice about topics such as consumer rights, bankruptcy, landlord-tenant issues, foreclosure and employment.
    Veterans may also bring their questions regarding family law, including divorce, child support, custody and visitation. The clinic does not handle wills or estate planning.
    No appointment is necessary, and veterans are encouraged to bring with them any documents relating to their legal issues. The clinic is the result of a collaborative effort by the NMVAHCS and the State Bar of New Mexico Young Lawyers Division, as well as other legal service providers and community providers from around the state.
    More free civil legal clinics for veterans are scheduled in 2017 for the same time and location on March 14, June 13 and Sept. 12. For more information, please contact Lisa Anderson at (505) 265-1711, ext. 3434.

  • 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

  • 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 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, since she’s so sweet! When Lemon is feeling better, she’ll be looking for a mellow home that is understanding of the needs of a diabetic cat.

  • BY RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    Associated Press

  • Giving an adorable puppy or kitten as a gift this holiday season may seem like a wonderful idea, but it is important to remember that pets need a lifetime of care and commitment long after the holiday season. Surprising your family with a new fuzzy friend on that special holiday morning is tempting, but be sure to first consider these facts to avoid being unprepared when bringing a pet home.
    Giving the gift of companionship requires a considerable amount of research and preparation. There can be many reasons why a pet may be unsuitable for a home, such as if the receiver is not financially or mentally prepared for a pet. Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained how pets can often come with hidden expenses. “Pets, even healthy ones, require a financial commitment for basic requirements, such as food, collars, and leashes, as well as medical needs, such as basic vaccinations,” she said. “Unexpected illnesses or injury may also add to that financial burden, which can be too much for some owners to handle.”

  • Christmas came early for Los Alamos Family Council. Their gift this year is in finding a youth loving new employee in Jordan Redmond, to run the Youth Activity Centers in Los Alamos and White Rock.
    During the LA Public Schools winter break, the Los Alamos location will be moving to a temporary location when schools resume in January. Until that time a full slate of activities are available at the White Rock location in their equally beautiful new facility.
    “The remodel is very exciting as it will enable us to better serve the youth who participate in the program,” Redmond said. “While also providing a more welcoming and warm environment.”
    Redmond is the proud father of two children, a son, Severus, nearly two-and-a-half who already delights in sharing with others. His daughter, Edelweiss, was born this past September. Redmond says he and wife are blessed as the newest arrival already sleeps through the night and shows a keen interest in Darth Vader, a true mark of genius.
    The Youth Activity Centers are firmly rooted in the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets and understands that the relationship built between youth and community adults, equals success for the students.

  • FRIDAY

     Astronomy Show: Sun and Winter Solstice from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join us to learn about the solstice and our Sun. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

     

    The Los Alamos Golf Course golf shop will be closed starting today through Jan. 3. 

     

    Jemez Thrift Shop will be closed.

     

    SATURDAY

    PEEC is closed today. Regular hours resume Dec. 26.

     

    The Los Alamos Golf Course will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

     

    The four state museums in Santa Fe will close at noon today. 

     

    Jemez Thrift Shop will be closed.

     

    SUNDAY

    PEEC is closed today. Regular hours resume 

     

    The Los Alamos Golf Course will be closed with normal hours resuming on Dec. 26. 

     

    Teusday

    No Kiwanis meeting and no newsletter.

     

  • Bandelier Offers Walks on Winter Solstice

    For Ancestral Pueblo farmers, keeping track of the changing of the seasons was crucial for knowing when to plant and harvest. This year, Bandelier National Monument will offer ranger-guided walks to observe possible solstice markers among the Ancestral Pueblo dwellings in Frijoles Canyon. 
    On Wednesday, winter solstice, the Sunrise Walk will meet at 7:15 a.m. in front of the Visitor Center, and the Sunset Walk at 1:30 p.m.
    These times may sound strange, but the 400-foot canyon walls make a big difference in the first and last times of the day that the sun appears as seen from the canyon bottom. The walks will be postponed to the following day if the sky is overcast.
    The shuttles have finished for this year, so participants can drive down to the Visitor Center area, and no signups are required. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly in layers.  Both walks are about 400 yards each way on a level paved trail. The area along the trail, like most of Bandelier National Monument, is habitat for many kinds of native wildlife, so dogs and other pets are not permitted.

  • TODAY
    Astronomy Show: Exoplanet Update for 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
    How many exoplanets have we found this year? Which ones do we think are similar to Earth? Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Christmas Bird Count at 6:30 a.m. at the Nature Center. Participate in the longest running citizen science project in the world, the National Audubon Society’s 117th Annual Christmas Bird Count. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Feature Film: “We are Stars” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film connects us to the evolution of the Universe and explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.

    First United Methodist Church will host a dinner to recognize firefighters and police of Los Alamos County at 5:30 p.m. at the church, 715 Diamond Drive. For questions, call 662-6277.

    The Pajarito Lodge 66, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of New Mexico invite the community to attend an installation ceremony at 4:30 p.m. at the lodge, 1400 North Sage Loop. Refreshments will be served. Anyone interested about Freemasonry or what happens in a lodge is encouraged to attend the event.
    SUNDAY