Today's Features

  • Many of us would do anything to relieve our pets of a medical issue, especially if it interferes with their ability to live a normal life.
    Although the veterinary care field is more advanced than ever, some medical issues remain difficult to predict and treat. Seizures, caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain, continue to be a medical issue veterinarians sometimes struggle to monitor and treat in dogs.
    Little warning occurs before a seizure strikes, making the episode frightening for both the owner and the pet. Fido may appear perfectly normal one minute, but the next he is lying on the floor, muscles twitching. “In a normal brain the neurons fire only when necessary and when stimulated. With a seizure, the neurons start firing rapidly and in synchrony,” said Dr. Joseph Mankin, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “Typically, the dog may become agitated or disoriented, and then may collapse on their side,” he continued. “They may exhibit signs of paddling, vocalization, and they may lose bladder control.
    The seizure may last for a few seconds up to a few minutes, and often they will be disoriented or anxious after the seizure. Occasionally, they may be blind for a short period of time.”

  • A panel of Los Alamos residents who witnessed World War II in quite different ways will have a discussion starting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.
    A reception is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. followed by the panel discussion. Each individual will discuss what they witnessed 70 years ago.
    The panel is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture series, “70 Years Since WWII.”
    Young Mary Zemach was hiking with her botanist father in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was bombed.
    Mia McLeod was not yet a teenager in Holland when the Nazis occupied her country.
    As an 18-year-old, Joe Bergstein survived the Bataan Death March and spent the next four years as a prisoner-of-war in the Philippines and Japan.
    Joe’s brother Ivan (Chick) Bergstein entered Europe through Normandy in December 1944 and was engaged in the Battle of the Bulge.
    Moderator Ellen Bradbury Reid grew up in Los Alamos where her father worked on the Manhattan Project. She is the founder and director of Recursos de Santa Fe, dedicated to the exploration of the cultures and environments of the Southwest.
    Bergstein was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, the 12th of 14 kids. He enlisted in the Army Signal Corp in February, 1941, went to the Philippine Islands in July, and was captured on Bataan on April 9, 1942.

  • Happy Assets Month to you and yours. I thought that this column might spend some time talking about the core of the Assets philosophy in creating a Healthy Community, Healthy Youth.
    The thing you hear me prattling on and on about is relationships. I find it ironic when someone comes up with something new they want to do, the essence of the work is essentially Assets and relationship building.
    I think many troubles would be solved if we truly took some time to stop and think about the relationship, not just the academics, not just the sport, not just what everyone is doing or not doing or how someone else could do it better.
    The media it seems is a buzz with so many ugly stories that often it just gets too frustrating to watch.
    Guess what I know for sure?
    There are good cops and bad cops, there are good black people and bad black people, there are good Christians and bad Christians and there are good Muslims and bad Muslims.
    As a matter of fact you can choose a slew of words to insert before “good” and “bad” and the sentence still works, try it. Whites, teachers, doctors, students, gun owners, there are good and bad examples of all kinds of people.

  • Do you want to know how to identify more of the planets and stars in the night sky? Pajarito Environmental Education Center is holding star shows in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. This month the shows will be 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 12.
    Each show will introduce celestial objects easily viewed through binoculars this month including planets, the lunar eclipse, star patterns, star clusters, nebulae, double stars and other celestial objects.
    The September Night Sky planetarium shows are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are available by calling or stopping by the nature center. Seating is limited.  Planetarium shows are suitable for ages three and up.
    Arrive at least 10 minutes early the planetarium shows. To help acclimate to the planetarium’s night sky, no one will be admitted after the show begins.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains and skies.

  • It begins! The 2015-2016 season of Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series charges out of the pen this week with Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “To Catch a Thief” (1955, rated PG), screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting room theater.
    In this jewel of a movie, Cary Grant plays John Robie, aka “the Cat,” a retired burglar renowned for his silence on rooftops and his fine choice in purloined gems.
    After serving six years in World War II, his debt to society now repaid, Robie wants only to live quietly in his mansion in the French Riviera. However, a copy “Cat” has brought the police to his chateau. In order to return to his life of peaceful opulence, Robie must catch the new Cat himself.
    A good chase should always feature a beautiful blonde, and Grace Kelly fits the bill quite well. Kelly plays Frances Stevens, whose mother’s neck sparkles like stars on the Mediterranean. Robie recognizes Stevens’ mother as a potential target and stays close. Stevens keeps him a little closer than his plans absolutely require.

  •  All parents of current Los Alamos High School freshmen are invited to attend Freshmen Parent Night on Monday beginning at 6 p.m. in the Speech Theater.
    “This is our second year hosting a Freshmen Parent Night,” said Cindy Black, one of the guidance counselors at the high school. “It gives us one more opportunity to answer any lingering questions parents and students may have about the first year of high school.”
    Topics to be covered at Freshmen Parent Night will include Freshmen Academy, credit requirements, the new Academic Support Center, Academic Time, Saturday School and Naviance.
    For more information about Freshmen Parent Night, contact the LAHS Guidance Office at 663-2797.

  • If you’re looking into a new pet but don’t want to settle for the usual cat or dog, geese might be a good pet for you.
    In order to own pet geese, you must have adequate space and check with city guidelines and neighborhood associations to make sure backyard poultry, ducks and geese are allowed in your area.
    Although many of us have heard the horror stories of aggressive geese attacking park visitors, pet geese who are hand raised and handled daily are often more docile.
    Before you jump into owning geese, there are a few things you should know and consider in order to create a comfortable living environment where your geese can thrive.
    Your first step in owning pet geese is choosing the right breed. There are a number of breeds to choose from, many of them making great pets. Dr. Sharman Hoppes, clinical associate professor for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, recommends breeds like the Toulouse, the American Buff and the Pilgrim, as these breeds are considered to be good pets by her clients.
    Geese are also flock animals, so consider getting 2-3 geese to help create a more natural environment. Females are less likely to fight with one another, so they may make a better option as pets.

  • Opera Southwest in Albuquerque will present the New World Premiere of the lost opera “Amleto” or “Hamlet” by Franco Faccio, libretto by Verdi’s librettist Arrigo Boito.
    “Amleto” premiered in 1865 in Genova, Italy, to unanimous acclaim and was revived in 1871 at La Scala. There, the leading tenor Tiberini had fallen ill and by opening had lost his voice. After its disastrous reception, Faccio was so distraught he withdrew the opera and refused to have it performed again.
    The faded, torn score in the composer’s own handwriting was found in 2003 in the archives of Casa Ricordi in Milan, Italy, by composer Anthony Barrese, now artistic director and principal conductor of Opera Southwest.
    In 2005, Barrese organized a read-through of the score with the Sarasota Opera for Placido Domingo, who wrote: “I had the pleasure to attend a presentation of this work by the talented young conductor Anthony Barrese, and I remember well the strong impression made by both the quality of the music and the performance.”

  • Sign up now to participate in Small Business Saturday that runs from Nov. 28 through Winterfest on Dec. 7.
    The committee organizing Small Business Saturday events has started planning activities for shoppers and needs the businesses to register now. It costs nothing to be included and provides businesses with promotion. Home based businesses will have a kiosk Nov. 28.
    Businesses will be asked to consider the option of donating a small portion of sale proceeds from Nov. 28 to United Way of Northern New Mexico or another nonprofit of their choice. Advertising representatives from KRSN, The Los Alamos Monitor and others will offer additional opportunities to be included in special Shop Local promotions. This is a big communitywide push to keep shoppers on the hill during the holidays and to grow dollars in your cash registers. Call Nancy or Darla at 661-4816 to get on the Small Business Saturday list or email nancy@losalamos.org.

  • A little bit of love goes a long way and recently Los Alamos High School students showed that love with a thank you to Metzger’s employees, from the entire student body.
    The thank you card included a small gift card for their service to the student body as a refuge for a morning bite for breakfast, lunchtime treat or, as some may hear later, a savior at the end of the day.
    A simple conversation with LAHS teacher, Lynn Ovaska and students in the International Club began with a focus on expressing concern for the Syrian refugees and what our students could do to help. 
    “The problem is so big and overwhelming that we talked about how sometimes you need to focus your energy on making a difference in your own neighborhood,” Ovaska said.
    The students did just that by collecting change from their peers in order to purchase gift cards as a thank you for their service to the community that is LAHS.
    The students operated off the saying by Mother Teresa, “Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.”