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Today's Features

  • The Western Landowners Alliance (WLA) is a rapidly growing network and voice for conservation-minded landowners and managers across western North America.
    They envision a future in which private and leased public lands and waters in the West are healthy and resilient to environmental and developmental stressors and are the foundation for prosperous rural economies.
    WLA Executive Director Lesli Allison will give a talk at the Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road on Tuesday, in which she will outline some of the issues, as well as the important work that WLA does across the West. The talk begins at 7 p.m.
    WLA was formed by concerned landowners to vastly increase the role that working lands play in conserving land, wildlife, and water in Western North America.
    Healthy lands provide for increased and sustained agricultural productivity, while providing better habitat and sustaining wildlife’s room to roam.
    The Alliance is led by landowners, with a counsel of respected conservation science and natural resource practitioners.
    They partner with regional landowner alliances, collaborative conservation ventures, cattle and timber associations, and land trusts (WLA is not a land trust).

  • The Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars monthly meeting will be Tuesday and the guest speaker will be Alan B. Carr.
    The topic will be based on Carr’s thesis, “The Long Road to Kursk: The Development, Abandonment and Relearning of Soviet Military Strategy.”
    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Carr’s presentation will start at 7:15 p.m.
    The meeting is in the Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room. The Los Alamos Research Park building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east to the fire station (accessible from southbound land of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge) or east of the Research Park building (access is through the Los Alamos National Laboratory control stations to West Jemez road.
    Entrance to the Research Park main conference room is from the ground level by use of the ground level elevator on the east side of the building to the second level.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.

  • The Los Alamos High School Choir has sung their way into the record books with a first place showing at the state competition.
    Choir Director Jason Rutledge, who directs both the middle and high school choirs couldn’t be more proud.
    Rutledge traveled with 85 middle and high school students to that state contest took place at V. Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho in mid-April.
    “Their desire to improve daily as musicians, coupled with their willingness to put forth so many extra hours of rehearsal, created a special setting for us to grow as musicians and a community,” Rutlegde said.
    Rutledge complimented the preparation throughout the semester including lunch and after-school rehearsals, dinner meetings at local restaurants and their individual work at home.
    That result paid off because when Rutledge took those 85 middle and high school students, comprising three choirs, a 5A state champion title followed them home.
    The competition choirs included; the Los Alamos Middle School Hawk Choir, the LAHS Encore, and the award winning LAHS Schola Cantorum.
    “I can not thank my Los Alamos Choir Booster Program enough for all their support,” Rutledge said. “Their care and dedication to the choir program has been overwhelming.”

  • Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. This week only: lamb and beef from Ranchline for the month of May, to pre-order call 323-420-6897. New vendor will have New Mexico raised shrimp.

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have its regular monthly meeting, 12:30 p.m. at ZIA Realty conference room (upstairs) and then move to the Municipal Building for a tour of the County Council Chambers with an opportunity to speak with Republican councilors. All registered Republican women are invited. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe. Contact Donna MacDonald for further information, 662-4001.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The two-part program, “Additional Genealogical Programs to use with Family Search and with Ancestry.com.” Kent Parsons and Irma Holtkamp will present the program. The public is invited. The traditional no-host dinner will be held at China Moon at 5:30 p.m. before the meeting.
    Friday

  • Chaperones needed for sixth grade dance

    The end of the year dance for sixth graders is Saturday and is open to all area sixth graders.
    The dance will be from 7-9 p.m. at Pueblo Gym on Diamond Drive. Admission is $3.
    Volunteers are needed who are a parent of a sixth grade student attending the dance. Students of chaperones get in free. Call 662-9412 no later than Thursday to volunteer. The dance is sponsored by the Youth Activity Center, a program of the Los Alamos Family Council.

    LAVNS seek hospice volunteers

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice is looking for people interested in assisting with the hospice program.
    Training will include, diversity, confidentiality, psycho/social needs, family dynamics and meeting the needs of the individual patient.
    Orientation meeting will be from noon-1:30 p.m. July 1 at Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service office, 2202 Canyon Road.
    To reserve a space, call Visiting Nurses at 662-2525.

  • The Los Alamos Garden Club has chosen Los Alamos High School senior Maria Gibson as the winner of the 2015 scholarship award. The award will be presented to Maria at the Honors Convocation May 27.
    Gibson will be attending New Mexico State University in the fall to study range land science and agricultural business. She has been chosen from the Los Alamos High School to attend the DECCA National Business and Marketing event.
    This summer, she will be working at the Los Alamos County Bear Camp. Gibson has also worked for the county as a lifeguard and at the YMCA as a counselor. Courtesy

  • The League of Women Voters’ Lunch with a Leader event will have Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE) President Ellen Mills as the speaker.
    The event will be 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Mesa Public Library. Mills grew up in Chicago and in Brookhaven, New York.  She came to Los Alamos with her husband, Geoff, and two sons in 1992.  
    Mills has been teaching special education for a total of 37 years. She taught in California, Kansas and Switzerland after she completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Colorado. She has been at several elementary schools and the middle school in her 23 years in Los Alamos, but has been at Mountain Elementary as contact person for the majority of the time. She has held the positions of building representative, secretary, vice president and president of LAFSE. 
    Mills is currently completing her 7th year as president. During that time she has established a strong working relationship with the administration and the Board of Education.

  • Sonyia Williams, daughter of Lian and Matt Williams, was honored recently by Rotary District 5520, the 71 Rotary clubs of New Mexico and west Texas, during this year’s annual conference in Clovis. Williams was selected as the District’s first-place winner in the four-way Rotary Club essay competition. The competition is open to all eighth grade students in District 5520. Williams is the student of Los Alamos Middle School Language Arts teacher Julia Agnew. The Rotary essay committee was chaired by Susan O’Leary.
     

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Historical Society’s Made in New Mexico Series concludes with “Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover,” by Dr. Nina Lanza. The lecture follows the annual meeting with begins at 6:30 p.m. Lanza will speak at 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Wednesday
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. This week only: lamb and beef from Ranchline for the month of May, to pre-order call 323-420-6897. New vendor will have New Mexico raised shrimp.

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have its regular monthly meeting, 12:30 p.m. at ZIA Realty conference room (upstairs) and then move to the Municipal Building for a tour of the County Council Chambers with an opportunity to speak with Republican councilors. All registered Republican women are invited. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe. Contact Donna MacDonald for further information, 662-4001.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society’s Made in New Mexico Series presents the lecture, “Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover,” with Dr. Nina Lanza, on Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.
    The lecture follows the annual meeting with begins at 6:30 p.m. Lanza will speak at 7:30 p.m.
    The Curiosity rover has been on the surface of Mars for about three years. The goal of the Curiosity mission is to determine whether life could have been sustained in the Martian environment at some point in time. Curiosity has confirmed that Mars was indeed habitable: there is abundant evidence that her landing site, Gale crater, has had flowing liquid water in it. Lanza will discuss the latest results from the Rover mission, with a focus on data from the ChemCam instrument.
    Lanza is a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is working on a spaceship with lasers on Mars as part of the ChemCam instrument team on the Curiosity rover. Lanza is broadly interested in understanding the history of water on the martian surface at a variety of scales. Her most recent work focuses on manganese in the martian environment and its implications for habitability.