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Today's Features

  • The 19th Annual Los Alamos Butterfly Count will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    From there, the group will carpool or caravan to sites around the county. Steve Cary, New Mexico’s butterfly expert, will join the group to help with spotting and identification.
    A $5 fee per person will go to PEEC and to the North American Butterfly Association’s continent-wide butterfly census.
    The fire affected the usual counting areas, but warm weather and rains should coax butterflies out of other places.
    As more flowers bloom around the county, butterflies are becoming more visible. For those wanting to join up later, the group will count at Camp May in the middle of the day.

  • Happy school year! I love that saying from the new little Mini-Wheat character on the Kellogg’s commercial.
    The first day of school is a tough pill to swallow sometimes, so I hope you fared well.
    The first day of school is sort of like jogging, it doesn’t sound appealing to me. I assume that is because it marks the end of summer and I like it when everyone is home.
    Don’t get me wrong, I won’t miss the rising temperatures, both on the thermometer and in the bodies of kids that have had too much time together.
    It will be nice to get up and walk through the living room without it looking like a war zone, with sleeping bodies strewn throughout.

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

    July 6:  A boy, Siris Alexander Deer, born to Amanda Lind and Daniel Deer
    July 25: A girl, Donicia Pauline Lovato-Garcia, born to Sofia R. Lovato and Charles Garcia
    Aug. 3: A girl, Nia Jaye Martinez, born to Felicia Martinez
    Aug. 5: A girl, Kate Summer Ji, born to Zhengping Ji and Xue Wu

  • 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.
    Thanks to the shelter staff for outstanding service to the community during the Las Conchas Fire evacuation.
    It’s summer, remember that pets also suffer when the temperature rises. Cooling animals (dogs, rabbits, cats) by giving them a “cool” bath or shower to help keep their body temperature down.
    A cool towel on a tile floor to lay on, a cool towel or washcloth laying over the skin, next to a fan will also help cool the animal.
    Make sure they have plenty of cool water to drink as well.

  • Aug. 14-20, 2011
    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

    MONDAY    
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:30 a.m.    Advisory council
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Baked fish
    1:30 p.m.    Pilates
    7 p.m.    Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    Mac users

  • The members of Los Alamos Mountaineers have been going to the canyon country since at least the 1970s. Bill Priedhorsky has been one of their regulars and is now in his fifth decade of canyon exploring in southeast Utah and northeast Arizona. With any luck, he will make his 100th trip in 2014 or sooner. So what is the excitement about? At the Wednesday meeting of the LAM, Priedhorsky will tell the story of one canyon adventure, Antone Ridge, while making the point that the story of one says something about the adventure of all.

  • The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road. Steve Becker, PhD, of Los Alamos National Laboratory will give a talk titled, “Spitzbergen/Svalbard, an Arctic Wonderland.”
    In July 2010, Becker took a National Geographic Cruise of the Spitsbergen/Svalbard Island Complex located north of the Arctic Circle. The cruise had good weather and conditions allowing the cruise participants to see polar bears, walrus, reindeer, birds and whales, incredible glaciers and geology.
    Those on the cruise experienced the midnight sun and entered the polar ice cap. Becker will show a 30-minute DVD giving the highlights of the voyage and then show photos from his CDs.

  • There are food drives and blood drives, but it’s likely that very few have ever heard of a seed ball drive.
    Local Boy Scout and Los Alamos Youth Leadership member Jin Park has organized a “seed ball drive,” to take place Aug. 20, in Los Alamos and White Rock.
    “In wake of our evacuation and the continuing flames of the Las Conchas fire, I figured something could be done to help restore vegetation to burned areas,” Park said. “The idea came in the form of seed balls.”
    Park, a Los Alamos High School senior, athlete and musician, is organizing the community project as part of his requirements for Eagle Scout.

  • The Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club is hosting the Second Annual State Youth Shotgun Competition Aug. 27.
    Local organizer Mike O’Neill and Mark Gruber of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish have been working on the event for several months.
    “The purpose of the competition is to bring together youth shotgun teams from across New Mexico to compete in trap, skeet, and bunker trap”, O’Neill said.
    “We hope to have at least 10 teams comprised of both boys and girls aged 12 to 17.”
    The local teams were formed three weeks before the first state competition last year. Los Alamos had the only female entrants in the 2010 competition and will have even more girls competing this year, O’Neill said.

  • Beginning on Aug. 28, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2000 Diamond Dr.,  will host a new series titled, “Redeemer Theological Academy.”

    The purpose of the academy is to offer seminars and courses free of charge to the community, explaining what the historic Christian faith is, what they believe and why they believe it.