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Today's Features

  • Come out to visit the Los Alamos Monitor’s scarecrow “Scoops Byline” and all of the other creations taking part in the Scarecrow Contest on Central Avenue. 

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Los Alamos Mountaineers are partnering to offer a road ride from Jemez Springs to the Gilman Tunnels and back on Sunday.
    Join Ross Lemons on a paved ride to enjoy fall colors, great company, and colorful geology.
    This trip is a bicycle ride on paved roads from Jemez Springs to the Gilman Tunnels and back. The Gilman tunnels are located in the most scenic section of the Guadalupe River Box and were originally blasted out of the rock in the 1920’s for a logging railroad.
    The cottonwoods along the route should be near the peak of their fall colors, making it a most beautiful ride. The total distance is about 29 miles with around 700 feet of elevation gain on way out and about 600 feet on the way back. The rock is a Precambrian crystalline matrix that is pinkish in color making it a popular area for technical climbing. 
    This is an out-and-back ride along N.M. 4 to Highway 485 and Highway 376 to the tunnels, with an option for those who prefer a shorter ride. The group should be back in Jemez Springs by about 12:30 p.m. where those who would like can have lunch at a local restaurant.

  • The annual Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot traditionally asks local children to design a logo for the event t-shirt. This year’s logo artist is Jasmine Tierney, a seventh-grader at Los Alamos Middle School. 
    Tierney created a fun image for a local Dog Jog t-shirt and was asked to design the hunger walk shirt, as well. Tierney lives in Los Alamos with her mother Heidi Morris. When asked about her interests, Tierney said she enjoys helping others, as well as drawing and playing piano and cello. 
    The t-shirt design Tierney submitted shows an energetic stalk of corn and a friendly tomato walking along the Hunger Walk path, with trees on either side and our mountains in view. The cornstalk is leading a happy dog, looking very much like Sabrina, Jasmine’s own beloved pet.
    In recognition of her artistic efforts, Tierney will receive a free t-shirt, a small gift, public recognition and, of course, the honor of having her logo design printed on scores of t-shirts. The shirts will be handed-out to participants in the annual Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot on Nov. 19.

  • The sixth-annual Conference of the Prostate Cancer Support Association of New Mexico will focus on breakthroughs and incremental improvements in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.
    The all-day conference, hosted by the Prostate Cancer Support Association of New Mexico (PCSANM, pcsanm.org), is a free event and will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 4 at Sandia Prep, 532 Osuna Road NE, in Albuquerque.
    This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Peter Lindberg, of Los Alamos, who for about 40 years treated numerous prostate cancer patients in New Mexico. He died in September 2016.
    “This is a good opportunity for men making up our target audience – those over 40, and especially over 50, along with their partners, family, and friends – to spend some time learning about what could be live-saving information,” says Steve Denning, board chair of PCSANM.
    About one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes. Between 1,300 men are diagnosed each year in New Mexico.
    National Cancer Society 2015 statistics also show that African-American men are more likely (about one in five vs. one in seven) to contract the disease than other ethnic groups.

  • For the Los Alamos Friday evening film premiere of “Only the Brave” at the Reel Deal Theater, there was no hoopla, brass bands or meet-and-greets with movie stars.
    The movie documented the all-too-brief lives of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite team of wildland wildfire fighters based in Arizona who took on the June 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire.
    Nineteen members of the 20-member team died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire June 30, 2013. The movie centered on the events leading up to the tragedy.
    “Only the Brave,” is a Sony film starring Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Connelly. It opened in fifth place this weekend, earning $6 million.
    Since much of the movie was shot in Los Alamos, many of the extras who played in the movie came out Friday. The movie began playing at the theater earlier that day.
    They were not disappointed by what they saw. So far, residents have given good reviews.
    “I was worried that it was going to be too sad, but it turned out to be very poignant, too,” said Erika Gorman, who played an extra in one of the movie’s evacuation scenes.
    Christy Conner was six months pregnant with her son Ryan when she got the call to be in the movie.

  • The United Church of Los Alamos recently hired Kara Windler as its Director of Christian Ministries (DCE).
    Windler began her relationship with the United Church in 2012 when her and husband Ken arrived in Los Alamos.
    “A good friend of mine from college grew up in the United Church so, of course, I had to check it out when I moved to Los Alamos,” said Windler. “What kept me coming back was the church’s ecumenical spirit and people’s willingness to dive deep into questions of faith.”
    Prior to becoming a member of the church staff, Windler attended their Women’s Book Study, and their Morning Bible Study.
    She found the staff very supportive and enjoyed their interest in always doing what is best for the community.
    Kara has also worked with the Ministerial Alliance, is part of the Los Alamos Police and Fire Department Chaplain’s Corps, providing pastoral care during times of crisis. She has also worked with Los Alamos Medical Center and Los Alamos Visiting Nurses as a Chaplain and has served as the Associate for Liturgy and Pulpit Supply at the White Rock Presbyterian Church.
    Those interested can learn more about the United Church of Los Alamos by visiting their website at unitedchurchla.org.

  • Here are the recent births at Los Alamos Medical Center:

    Oct. 12: A boy, Felix Henrik Szymanski Blom, was born to Sarah Szymanski-Blom and Philip Blom.

    Oct. 17: A boy, Ramon Santiago Hidalgo, was born to M. Adrienne and Santiago Sena.

    Oct. 18: A boy, Viraj Yadav, was born to Sukriti Yadav and Anil Kumar.

  • Oct. 23-28
    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: by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m. Cardio
    9 a.m. Pilates
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Green chile
    chicken tortilla soup
    6 p.m. Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m. Ballroom Dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m. Variety Training
    10 a.m. Low Vision/Hearing Group
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Catfish
    1 p.m. Party Bridge
    1:30 p.m. “Friends” Meeting
    7:30 p.m. Table Tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio Plus
    10:30 a.m. Music w/Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Salisbury steak
    1:30 p.m. Duplicate Bridge

    THURSDAY
    8:30 a.m. Ad Hoc Hikers
    8:45 a.m. Variety Training
    9:30 a.m. Posture Mat Class
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Pasta Primavera
    12:30 p.m. Short Play: “Final Gift”
    1:30 p.m. Beginning Tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom Dancing
    7 p.m. Bridge

  • Horses are beautiful and strong creatures, but they still depend on their owners to keep them healthy.
    One disease horse owners should be aware of is Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA), a virus that can destroy red blood cells, causing weakness, anemia, and death.
    Michelle Coleman, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained how the disease is spread.
    “EIA is an infectious viral disease,” Coleman said. “The most common mode of transmission of EIA is by the transfer of virus-infected blood-feeding insects, such as horse flies. It can also be transmitted through the use of blood-contaminated syringes, surgical equipment, or the transfusion of infected blood or blood products. Although uncommon, transmission can also occur through the placenta in infected mares.”
     There is no treatment, or safe and effective vaccine, available for this disease, so horses that are positive for EIA should be isolated from other horses.
    Most horses infected with EIA also do not show any signs of illness or disease, so it is important to constantly maintain good hygiene and disinfection principles, such as controlling insects in the horse’s environment. 

  • In the cat world, this week’s pet is known as a team player.
    Mando, a year-old Siamese with crème and seal point highlights, will be there when you start your next project or putting the finishing touches on your last one. He loves to know what is going on around him.
    According to the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, where he currently resides, he also has some tricks up his furry sleeve. Apparently he rolls over on command – or he often does, because he’s still a cat.
    He checks all the positive boxes: good with kids, housebroken, and he’s indoor only. He doesn’t seem to mind dogs – perhaps he appreciates them for their entertainment value – and he likes other cats.
    His blue eyes are hypnotic and usually upon you. He’s adorable and attentive. Available for recruitment, so sign him up.
    Please contact the County Animal Shelter 662-8179 or email at Police-psa@lacnm.us.