Today's Features

  • The Los Alamos School Board and Community Budget Committee are inviting parents and interested people from Los Alamos to attend and participate in a conversation about the draft Strategic Plan and 2016-17 LAPS budget proposal.
    The first meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, will begin with an overview of the draft Strategic Plan followed by a review of the school funding formula, results from the Legislative session, and considerations for 2016-17 budget.  
    The school board and budget committee are asking for ideas and suggestions from parents and community members.
    The second and third meetings, scheduled for April 5 and 7, will focus on listening to suggestions about the strategic plan and draft budget proposal.
    • 5:30-7 p.m. Tuessday in the high school speech theater
    • 5:30-7 p.m. April 5 in the White Rock Library multipurpose room
    • 5:30-7 p.m. April 7 in the high school speech theater

  • Feb. 15 — A girl. Natalia Sisneros. Born to Gavina Velarde and Nathan Sisneros.
    Feb. 16 — A boy. Elijah Marcus Martin. Born to Veronica R. and Herschel M. Martin.
    Feb. 19 — A boy. EamRoose. Born to Richenda Fox and Richard Roose.
    Feb. 27 — A boy. Bentley David Martinez. Born to Amber and Matthew Martinez.
    March 7 —A boy. Miles Sicheng Chen. Born to Aiping Chen and Pei Huang.

  • Bandelier National Monument has announced this year’s contest for photographers and artists to submit images to be used on the park’s Annual Pass. 
     “Different photographers and artists see Bandelier in many different ways, and we look forward to seeing all of them," said Superintendent Jason Lott."The image we choose will appear on hundreds  of  passes purchased by visitors from all over the country.”  
    The winner will receive an America the Beautiful annual pass, honored at federal recreation areas nationwide.
    Second, third and honorable mention winners will receive a Bandelier annual pass and a copy of the park video, “This Place Knows Us.”
    Winning images will be presented at the Bandelier Visitor Center theater at 4 p.m. April 16. 
    Everyone, entrants and public, are invited to attend and see all of the images, as well as the awarding of the prizes.
    To be considered, images must be representative of Bandelier National Monument.  Due to cultural concerns, images may not include kivas, masks, or petroglyphs/pictographs of humans. Entries must be received by the park by 4:30 p.m. on March 31. 
    For questions about entries, call Chris Judson at 672-3861, ext. 513. 

  • March 6-12, 2016
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Fried Steak
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    8:30 a.m.        Mac Users Group
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Pork Roast    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis

  • Equine lameness affects all types horses – whether they are ridden for pleasure, racing, or sport. Lameness, a health condition that affects a horse’s gait, is the most costly health problem in the equine industry in regards to the price of medical treatment and for time lost to rest.
    Dr. Ashlee Watts, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained what equine lameness is and how it happens. “Lameness is limping in the horse,” she said. “Sometimes the limping can be so subtle that it is difficult or impossible to see and sometimes it is very obvious. Lameness usually happens because of a problem with the musculoskeletal system in a limb, such as arthritis in a joint; however, it can also occur because of neck or back pain.”
    Orthopedic injuries, or injuries that directly affect the musculoskeletal system, are the most common cause of equine lameness and include any damage to the hoof, bones, joints, or soft tissue.
    According to Watts, signs of lameness can vary anywhere from limping to a mild reduction in normal athletic ability. Common signs of more severe lameness include head bobbing while walking or trotting. Head bobbing is usually a tell-tale sign of front limb lameness, while hind limb lameness is usually identified by a hip hike or drop.

  • 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 our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Juanz—A big tomcat who was trapped earlier this week. He was a bit traumatized from being neutered earlier in the week, but hopefully shelter staff can start interacting with this big boy soon. Check back for more information!
    Waggs—A loving senior kitty that lost her home due to a family medical situation. This little tortie gal just wants to share her love with someone! Waggs has spent her entire life as an only cat, and she would probably prefer to not have to share her person. Waggs is currently in foster care with Friends of the Shelter – call Mary at 505-470-6973 to meet her.

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory employees pledged a record $2.2 million to United Way and other nonprofits during the 2016 Employee Giving Campaign. More than 500 community and social service organizations will benefit from the generosity of Laboratory personnel.
    “Our Laboratory employees can take pride in this accomplishment,” said Kathy Keith, Community Relations and Partnerships Office director. “Once again, employees have shown through their generosity that their community is important to them and that we are eager to help those around us.”
    Los Alamos National Security, LLC, which operates the Laboratory, plans to prorate its $1 million match among nonprofits selected by employee donors bringing the total donated to $3.2 million.
    The Laboratory has operated an annual employee giving campaign since 1954.

  • What is patience? Why do we need it? Where do we get it? How do we practice it?
    These are some of the questions that will be discussed at the fourth annual Women-to-Women mini-conference 9 a.m. to noon March 19 at the Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Drive.
    The morning of Christian fellowship, mutual encouragement, and spiritual strengthening is open to all women of the community. There is no charge for the event. Tea and finger foods will be served.
    The annual series is focusing on the nine fruit of the Spirit, listed by the Apostle Paul in the Biblical book of Galatians 5:22-23. Previously studied topics have included “Wrapped in God’s Love,”  “Filled with God’s Joy,” and “Living in God’s Peace.”
    The event heretofore has featured guest speakers sharing thoughts on the topic of the day.
    The 2016 program, “The Blessing of Patience,” will follow a different format.
    From audience-submitted evaluations of previous years, event planners have learned that attendees would enjoy more discussion time and worship during the morning than were included before. So, this year the program will feature three guided table discussion sessions on the aspects of patience – what it means, how it flows out of love, and how Christians can demonstrate it.

    March 11 — The Dover Quartet at 7 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium, Los Alamos High School Campus. Tickets are $30-$35, available at: losalamosconcert.org, ticketssantafe.com, Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock, the Lensic box office in Santa Fe and at the door. Youth 6-18 are always free. This young American string quartet rose to international prominence after a sweep of the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2013. The concert includes work by Mozart, Beethoven and David Ludwig.

    Astronomy Show at the Nature Center at 7-7:45 p.m. Explore our universe from the comfort of the planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    Telling on the Wild Side: (Mis)adventures in Story from 10 a.m. to noon at the Nature Center. Explore the process of finding, crafting, and telling stories based on your own experiences and adventures. Cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for PEEC members.  
    More information at peecnature.org.

    Feature Film: “Mysteries of the Unseen World” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center.  Discover what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum. There is far more to nature than meets the eye. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

  • The Los Alamos Mountaineers invite the public to its next meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for an exciting presentation by life-long trail explorer and outdoors adventurer Benedict Dugger, of Phoenix. A social time will be followed by reports of recent and upcoming trips.
    Dugger was born and raised in the Netherlands, 5,200 miles away from the Grand Canyon, surrounded by green rain-soaked pastures in a country where the highest hill is 300 feet and the closest mountains are over 600 miles away.
    At an early age he developed a love for exploring nature and heading out on adventures. After traveling to many countries around the world in his 20s and 30s, he moved to the American Southwest five years ago, where he fell in love with trail and adventure running.
    Dugger has more than 20 years of background in athletics and wellness coaching, sports, fitness and running technique training. The main sport he played and coached was soccer until his early 40s, when he picked up running, and especially trail and endurance running, for the first time.