Today's Features

  • Hundreds of stone calendars around the Southwest mark the seasons, but what do the markings mean and what do they predict?
    Hear a talk by Ron Barber on “Stone Calendars of the Southwest,” sponsored by the Los Alamos Mountaineers at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Barber will share some preliminary results of the Stone Calendar Project, a hobby that somehow got out of hand. Barber was born and raised in the oil fields in the wilds of South America.
    His parents hauled their kids through the mountains, deserts and jungles always in search of new adventures. Encountering indigenous cultures and ancient sites led to a long-term interest and curiosity about lost civilizations. He is an explorer by nature, an engineer by profession.

  • Happy Valentine’s Day! This week, we look at asset number 33, interpersonal competence. This is when a young person demonstrates that he or she has empathy, sensitivity and friendship skills.
    I witnessed a beautiful example of this last weekend at the state district wrestling competition, but let me provide a little background.
    You know, we often recognize athletes when they succeed in their sport and are even more impressed by their ability to maintain good grades while doing it, but what about their character?

  • Valentine’s Day is the holiday for candlelight dinners, chocolate and roses. It’s the day when lovers are to profess their love in sentimental verses whether written by their own hand or purchased in greeting cards at the local card store.
    Valentine’s Day may seem like a day of shameless commercialism, but it’s true beginnings are rooted in the expression of romantic love during a time when romance was still very much alive.

    Documented in Early History

    Many researchers associate Valentine’s day with the ancient Roman fertility rite, Lupercalia, practiced between Feb. 13-15; however the first written proof appears in a poem by the father of English literature, Geoffrey Chaucer.

  • Former Marine and Iwo Jima veteran Bill Hudson will show a video, “Uncommon Valor: The Battle of Iwo Jima,” produced by the Canadian History Channel, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.
    The showing will commemorate the 67th anniversary of the historic battle.
    Hudson went back to Iwo Jima for a military reunion and was interviewed by the producers of the video. He earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his actions during the infamous battle. He will comment about his personal experience between scenes from that operation where 6,841 Marines were killed and another 20,000 were wounded.

  • MANA del Norte is accepting scholarship applications for the 2012–2013 academic year.
    Applicants must be a resident of one of the following Northern New Mexico counties: Rio Arriba, Taos, Los Alamos, Mora, Santa Fe or San Miguel. This year, five – $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to selected recipients.
    “Since inception in 1989, MANA del Norte has awarded over $125,000 to residents of Northern New Mexico,” said Dolores E. Roybal, president, MANA del Norte.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    Thank you to the community of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Monitor staff for the outstanding support you give to the animals lovingly cared for in the shelter.

    Poncho — Thirteen-pound, older neutered male blond Chihuahua/Dachshund-mix. Surrendered because family is moving. Housebroken, good with dogs. Gentle little guy who needs a loving home. No health issues.

  • Selecting and preparing foods that are low in sugar, fat and sodium can be a challenge for people with diabetes.
    The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, will offer a series of free cooking classes for diabetes sufferers, their family members or caretakers.
    Kitchen Creations will meet from 5-8 p.m. every Thursday for four weeks, beginning March 8, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road.  

  • Feb. 12-18, 2012
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    8:30, 10 a.m.    Tax preparation
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    9 a.m.    Toenail clipping
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Barbecue bonanza
    7 p.m.    Ballroom dancing

    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10:30 a.m.    AARP Board mtg.

  • The following births were reported at Los Alamos Medical Center:

    • Dec. 7: A boy, Amari Isaiah Anthony Salazar, born to Eryana Herrera
    • Dec. 29: A girl, Halo Grace Baca, born to Raeanne and Johnny Baca
    • Jan. 6: A boy, Jonathan Leroy Wehner, born to Craig and Rachel Wehner
    • Jan. 10: A boy, Dylan Curtis Cunningham, born to Kelsey and Christopher Cunningham
    • Jan. 10: A boy, Deaglan William Lloyd Greshman, born to Jennifer and Cheylan Gresham
    • Jan. 12: A boy, Markus Haarten Henzl, born to Daniela and Vladimir Henzl
    • Jan. 13: A boy, Logan Avery Dobra, born to Angela and Nenad Dobra
    • Jan. 13: A girl, Kendelle Brooke Martinez, born to Andrea and John Martinez

  • Aubrie Powell of Los Alamos has been named to the 2011 fall semester dean’s list at Ohio Wesleyan University. To qualify for Dean’s List recognition, Ohio Wesleyan students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale in all applicable classes. Ohio Wesleyan University is located in Delaware, Ohio.


    Jenny Tumas of Los Alamos was among seven Clemson University students who attended the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States Biennial Conference held in Ottawa, Canada.