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Today's Features

  • Los Alamos Public Schools is launching the LAPS Volunteer Program with the help of Volunteer Coordinator Samantha Lippard.

    The goal of the program to connect people in the community with opportunities in the schools where they can share their expertise, lend a helping hand in the classroom or mentor students. Those interested in the program can contact Lippard to find an volunteer opportunity and she will coordinate with teachers and staff to find the best placement for the benefit of students.

    The three main categories of volunteering are tutoring and mentoring, short-term assistance and long-term help. Tutoring and mentoring will focus on semi-frequent visits to school sites where the volunteer is paired with a student who has been identified by a teacher and guidance counselor as needing some extra help socially or academically.

  • Justin Stevenson will discuss the life history, behavior, and biology of bats at 7 p.m. Feb. 6.

    Thanks to support from the Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club, several native species will be on hand to provide a unique opportunity to see these beautiful and amazing mammals up-close and in person.

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club invite you to celebrate North American bats and the important role they play in our ecosystems.

    Attendees will also learn about conservation risks including those effected by the highly contagious and deadly white-nose syndrome. He formerly co-chaired of the New Mexico Bat Working Group, currently serves as vice president of the Western Bat Working Group.

    He is also cofounder of R.D. Wildlife Management and Fightwns, a non-profit initiative focusing on raising critical research funds for white-nose syndrome.

    This event is free thanks to support from the Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club. There are bat-themed door prizes.

  • The Valles Caldera National Preserve has opened the application period for its 2018 livestock grazing program. 

    The National Park Service is accepting permit applications to graze livestock on the preserve for a four-month grazing season, which runs from June 1 through Sept. 30.

    All livestock operators are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed for compliance with NPS requirements, and a selection will be made by random drawing from the group of qualifying applications.

    The NPS will authorize between 93 and 352 livestock Animal Units per Month (AUM), depending on range conditions during the spring, within a grazing area totaling approximately 1,350 acres.

    The 2018 livestock program may be delayed or canceled if the preserve experiences significant drought conditions.

    Applications and associated documents can be found on the preserve’s website (nps.gov/vall). They can also be obtained by sending an email to vall_info@nps.gov, in person at the Valle Grande Entrance Station during normal business hours, or by calling the NPS permit coordinator at 575-829-4100, ext. 4.

  • I believe that any time of year is an opportunity to make a resolution to be better, do better or try harder. I use to teach a class for youth that reminded them that they get a clean slate, every 24 hours.

    This year I have taken on some challenges that are designed a little different compared to other years. The idea is to do a new resolution each month, perhaps making an impact on 12 areas of my life.

    We don’t discuss resolutions as a family really, but perhaps I will gather their thoughts. One of the ones I only slightly forced on them was a gratitude jar. Once a month, everyone writes one slip about something they are grateful for, folds it and puts it in the jar.

    So, on New Year’s Eve or day, we will read through all of the things we are grateful for and for our family, ideally there will be 60 slips of gratitude. I have so many thoughts on this project, but not enough space to write. Ask me how things are going later this year and no, not everybody was as keen on the idea as mom.

    January is to eat less and move more with a cheat day on Sunday. I am happy to be down eight pounds. OK, that and some Jazzercise with friends. It is easy to make good choices and have something to blame it on, too. I hope to continue with this one.

  • Azrah, a 7-year-old calico short hair cat, got the raw end of dispute between a landlord and a tenant, and wound up at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter on Jan. 6.

    She’s putting on a brave face though, still hoping that special someone is going to come in any day and take her to her forever home.

    Azrah has been around and knows what she’s about. Primarily, Azrah likes to snack on canned food and prefers to be indoors napping in a sunny spot or sitting on a warm lap being petted.

    Azrah has had all her shots and is house trained. She’s fond of just about anything and anyone that likes her too, but she is especially fond of kittens and kids.

    Since Azrah is an older kitty, the shelter has lowered her adoption fee to just $35.

    For more information, call the shelter at 662-8179 or email at police-psa@lacnm.us.
    Photo By Paulina Gwaltney Photography, 910-333-6362, Gwaltney’s studio is located at 3500 Trinity Drive.

  • UNM-Los Alamos Community Education classes started this month, targeting a range of interests.

    From Health and Wellness to Language, from Home, Garden and Fine Arts to Professional and Personal Development, there are many classes to feed the spirit of lifelong learners. UNM-LA Community Education program coordinator Mike Katko invites the public to, “Come join us!”

    New and short-term classes begin each month, and the Community Education department is always interested in adding new subjects. Registration continues throughout the spring.

    Some of the new non-credit Community Education classes offered this spring include:
    How to Publish Your Book, a nuts and bolts course taught by Carol MacLeod, a published author with years of experience.

    Chinese Ink Painting-Poetry and Music, taught by Kahlil Tung, a professional artist from China, who instructs in the ancient art of ink painting thousands of years old. 

    Personal Self-Defense, a non-sparring course taught by Miles Ledoux, a self-defense expert who has owned his own studio in the Los Angeles, California area.

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “God Of Carnage,” by Yasmina Reza, continues this weekend at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nector St. in Los Alamos. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through Jan. 27, along with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.
    More information can be found on the LALT website lalt.org.

  • Los Alamos Public Schools will hold the Science Fair this weekend and Eva Abeyta along with a cadre of staff and volunteers are working hard behind the scenes to get ready.

    “This is the perfect opportunity to come support our wonderful talented students and see their hard work up close,” said Abetya. “We have 345 participants which was an increase from last year.”

    Abeyta is very proud to work in a community who volunteers their time for Science Fair and finds it heartwarming to see the community come together and support our youth.

    “I would like to thank all of the people who donated to the Los Alamos District Science Fair,” Abeyta said.

    The Science Fair will be held at the Los Alamos Middle School today (registration) and Saturday. The community is welcome to visit from 1-2 p.m. in the gymnasium, cafeteria, and library.

    The awards assembly for the Elementary Division will take place at 4:30 p.m. and Junior/Senior Division at 5:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. The 2018 t-shirts were designed by E&E Sports and Graphics in Española.

  • Los Alamos High School student Miriam Wallstrom has been selected as one of two New Mexico students to represent the state in Washington, D.C. during the 56th annual United States Senate Youth Program in March.

    Wallstrom will join student Aaron Braddock of Carlsbad, who was also selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation. The students will also each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.

    Wallstrom and Braddock will join Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) during the special week March 3-10.

    The USSYP was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 and has been sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by The Hearst Foundations since inception.

    Originally proposed by Senators Kuchel, Mansfield, Dirksen and Humphrey, the impetus for the program as stated in Senate testimony is “to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and emphasize the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world.”

  • As 2017 came to a close, Chartwell’s Food Services, the organization that feeds the staff and students for Los Alamos Public Schools, had a visit from an “elf.” This elf came to Chartwells through the help of an employee with a goal of helping to feed children.
    Director of Dining Services and Chef Mia Holsapple was asked how people could help kids in need of some assistance with lunch. To the surprise of many, there is a lot of need in our community and the donation was able to provide assistance to all of our local schools.
    The donor saw the need of many, especially single parents trying to find their way. “Her words were that she has been in the place of many people who have needed a hand up in life not a hand out,” said Holsapple. “She was blessed to be able to do this for others this time of the year.”
    The donation was used to assist a variety of students and in a variety of ways. The donor helped students by paying down balances, paying off balances and in some cases adding funds to accounts. Now more meals would be at the ready when students return to school next week.