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Today's Features

  • NEW YORK (AP) — Barbie's got a brand new bod.

    Mattel, the maker of the iconic plastic doll, said it will begin selling Barbie in three new body types – curvy, tall, and petite. She'll also be available in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles.

    The El Segundo, California, toy company will also continue to sell the original Barbie. The new options come after years of criticism that Barbie had created unrealistic expectations for women.

    Sales of Barbie dolls have been sliding as girls turn their attention to tablets and other toys, falling 4 percent from the previous year in the most recent quarter for Mattel.

    Even before Thursday, however, Barbie has been changing. New skin tones and looks were added last year. And Barbie's foot was movable for the first time, allowing her to kick her heels off and wear flats.

    Dolls with the new bodies are available for preorder at shop.mattel.com, and will ship in February. They will hit start to show up on U.S. store shelves in March and roll in the rest of the world after that, Mattel Inc. said.

  • All interested community members are invited to "Preventing Conflict on Backcountry Trails," a live webinar from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday. American Trails at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. Attendance is free.

    Conflict has come into focus in the trail world during the past few years. The webinar will address principles can be applied to any type of trail conflict. Presenters will include representatives from the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council and Back Country Horsemen of Montana. American Trails is a national trails education and advocacy non-profit.

    There will also be a brief discussion of work being done on the Los Alamos Community Wildfire Protection Plan and its relation to trails and open space.  Public input is being sought into work being done by Los Alamos Fire Department to update and implement this plan.

    “Places and Spaces Los Alamos,” Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), and Eric Peterson, Trail and Open Space specialist with Los Alamos County are collaborating in offering this activity.  This is part of a series of trail-related webinars offered on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

  • So there’s good news and there’s bad news, but either way, I hope to leave you with something to think about.
    Thirty six individuals, couples, clubs and organizations have been nominated for the Community Asset Awards.
    The seventh-annual event will be held on Feb. 7 and yes at this point, I know it is on Superbowl Sunday, must be why the room was available. More details on that later.
    Ironically every year, the very last email from former County Councilor Jim West rolls across my desk, as if a reminder from him about why we do this event in the first place.
    Since this column is usually on the opinions page and Councilor West isn’t able to respond to my column, I’ll just note again that it is on the opinion page.
    Sadly this is the first in the seven year history that not a single youth has been nominated for a Community Asset Award and that makes me very sad. Don’t worry, I know there is at least one person out there that is uttering the phrase, “Well Bernadette, why didn’t you nominate one?”
    Trust me, every year I, all by myself, could fill the room with plenty of folks that deserve kudos, but the truth is I do the legwork to allow you the opportunity to let your voice be heard.

  • TODAY
    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free.
    THURSDAY
    Author, conservationist and environmental activist William deBuys will speak at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave. deBuys is the featured author in Mesa Public Library’s ongoing Authors Speak series for January. In recent months, deBuys has had two books published.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walks at 9 p.m. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Once A Ponzi Time” at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar. Sly Investments and double-dealing abound in this hilarious madcap comedy. Tickets are available at CB Fox, BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door half an hour before curtain time. For more information, visit lalt.org.

    Fourth Friday Fractals at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Be mesmerized by this award-winning fractal show every fourth Friday by the Fractal Foundation. Journey into the never-ending world of fractals as a full-dome show featuring original music. 7:00 p.m. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $10 for adults, $8 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY

  • 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.
    CATS
    Fluffy—He is one cool cat! This 6-month-old male tabby was surrendered with his sibling Stripes and mother Sassy. This guy can play all day long! But when he’s done playing, he’s ready for some snuggles! Fluffy is confident and fun, and he would light up any home.
    Milo—He is a sweet and quiet 6-year-old orange tabby. He can be a bit slow to warm up to new people, but with a bit of patience, he’ll be cuddling on your lap in no time. When he’s not cuddling with his humans, he loves to play with laser pointers and chomp down on wet food. This sweet guy does well with other cats and gentle children.

  • Many dog owners have heard that socializing their puppy is important, but many do not know where to begin. It is important to show your puppy that not all people and animals pose a threat. Exposing your puppy to the world through proper socialization will help them develop into a social, obedient, and confident dog.
    The most critical socialization time for your puppy is between two and 12 weeks of age. During this time, it is important to expose your puppy to a variety of people, animals, and situations. Allowing your pet to experience these things early in life will prevent fear and aggression in the future. It will also promote your puppy’s obedience in critical scenarios. A puppy who trusts their owner that there is nothing to fear will more likely obey their owner without hesitation.
    Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained why it is important to socialize your puppy. “Socializing your puppy is important because it will enable them to be more at ease and focus on commands from you without distractions,” she said. “Socializing with a variety of people and animals also helps puppies develop socially without fear. It is also very important to socialize puppies with kittens and vice versa.”

  • Jan. 24-30, 2015
    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

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10 a.m.        Elder Financial Abuse talk
    10:30 a.m.        Advisory Council Meeting
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury Steak
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 p.m.        Lunch: Tilapia
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1 p.m.        “Friends” Meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise

  • LOS ALAMOS AP) — Bandelier National Monument officials are warning cross-country skiers and others going into forested areas of the Los Alamos-area monument to be aware of hazards from falling trees.
    Stewart Robertson of the monument’s staff says there’s been a dramatic increase of trees killed in the 2011 Las Conchas Fire breaking and falling, particularly on windy days but even on calm ones.
    Robertson says thousands of trees killed by the fire are now weak enough to fall in any direction.
    He also says limbs and branches fall without warning and that one falling tree may hit another and another domino-style.

  • SATURDAY
    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Once A Ponzi Time” at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar. Sly Investments and double-dealing abound in this hilarious madcap comedy. Tickets are available at CB Fox, BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door half an hour before curtain time. Visit lalt.org.

    Free lecture by Dr. Siegfried Hecker at 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1967 18th St. Hecker will talk about “Doomed to Cooperate,” how American and Russian nuclear scientists joined forces to mitigate some of the greatest post Cold War dangers. Free to the public.
    SUNDAY
     Los Alamos Concert Association Presents “Chanticleer: Over the Moon” at 4 p.m. at the Duane Smith Auditorium. The San Francisco-based, Grammy award winning ensemble Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its 12 male voices, ranging from soprano to bass, and its original interpretations of vocal literature, ranging from Renaissance to jazz and popular genres. Tickets are $30 at CB Fox, Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock, Lensic; $35 at the door; or buy online at losalamosconcert.org or ticketssantafe.com Youth 6-18 are free.

  • Last Saturday, the two Los Alamos FIRST Technical Challenge robotics teams participated in New Mexico’s qualifier for the Arizona/New Mexico Regional Championship.  A total of 12 robotics teams competed at Menaul School in Albuquerque, comprised of teams from New Mexico, Arizona, and even Chihuahua Mexico, making this an international event.  
    The two Los Alamos teams, Hawks FTC, and a new rookie team, the Beta Hawks, went head to head in competition throughout the day, holding their own against the other teams.  
    While the Los Alamos veteran Hawks FTC team had trouble in their seeding matches, they rallied in their last seeding match to show what their robot could do and established the high score of the day.
    The Beta Hawks were organized this fall from seventh and eighth-grade Los Alamos students and had about eight weeks to design, build, program and field their robot.
    The Beta’s robot performed consistently throughout the day, winning the majority of its seeding matches. The team earned a fifth-place seed, and was selected as a valued alliance partner by the Magdalena N.M. Geek Bots for competition in the final matches.