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Today's Features

  • The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women meeting will be at noon Thursday in the Patio Room at 1001 Oppenheimer Drive. Special guest speakers will be Nora Espinoza, candidate for New Mexico Secretary of State, and Yvonne Chicoine, candidate for First Judicial District Attorney.  Anyone is welcome.
    Espinoza was born and raised in Panama City, Panama, (Canal Zone) and graduated from Balboa High School. She and her husband, Sonny, have been married for 41 years and they have a son, daughter-in-law, and a young granddaughter.
    Espinoza holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious education and spent 22 years as a teacher at Christian schools in Roswell.
    Following her career in education, Espinoza gained valuable experience in government as a legislative assistant in Santa Fe, before moving on to become the protocol liaison for New Mexico Military Institute, where she guided and influenced the lives of young men and women cadets until winning the nomination for state representative in 2006.
    Espinoza also has considerable business experience as the sole proprietor of her own company from 1981-1987, and later as managing partner of a food supply company from 2011-1015.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s 2016 Earth Day talk will feature Valles Caldera superintendent Jorge Silva- Bañuelos, who will talk about the past, present and future of the national preserve.
    The talk is sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, and will be held at 7 p.m. April 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    The talk is free and open to the public.
    Silva-Bañuelos will discuss the history of the Valles Caldera from its geologic origins to its designation as a unit of the National Park System. He will also share his vision and plans for the short- and long-term future of the preserve.
    Silva-Bañuelos was recently selected as the first National Park Service superintendent of Valles Caldera National Preserve.

  • “Plants of the Jemez Mountains, Volume 1, Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Ferns and Horsetails,” by local naturalists Teralene Foxx, Craig Martin and the late Dorothy Hoard is an updated and expanded version of Foxx’s and Hoard’s valuable guide, “Flowering Plants of the Southwestern Woodlands.”
    The original was published in 1984 and updated in 1995.
    “She and I were going to revise it in 2014, and she had the gall to die,” Foxx laughed. “But before she died she gave me all her drawings, and there were over 400 drawings. And I really didn’t want to just let those go into oblivion, and I knew Craig was interested in plants, and a good naturalist, so I asked him if he’d like to do this, and he said yes.”
    Foxx took a more serious tone later in the conversation.
    “For me, this book is a dedication. I was a friend with Dorothy for over 40 years, so it was hard when she died, because we’d done a lot of things together,” Foxx said. “And this, to me, was a way of honoring her. And I think we both feel that way.”
    Martin – who was also a friend of Hoard’s – agreed.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society will host a lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday upstairs at the Mesa Public Library. Dr. Nikki Nojima Louis will speak on her experiences as a Japanese American in World War II and beyond.
    Nojima Louis has lived through two historic dates for Japanese Americans: Dec. 7, 1941, identified as “the date that will live in infamy,” by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Feb. 19, 1942, the date President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry. This was when two-thirds of them American citizens, to be placed in barb-wired “relocation camps.”  
    Nojima Louis will provide a historic overview of Japanese American immigration, incarceration, and self-determination that compares and contrasts her own experiences to those of other Americans who lived in the mid-20th century. She looks forward to a “talk back” with the audience addressing issues of class, race and identity, the importance of story telling and the winds of change that transform our lives.  
    Nojima Louis was celebrating her fourth birthday on Dece. 7, 1941, when the FBI entered her home in Seattle and took her father away. He ended up in a place called Santa Fe, while Nikki and her mother were incarcerated in a camp in Minidoka, Idaho.

  • Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum is looking for volunteers for the upcoming busy tourist season.
    A free annual volunteer training series about the community’s history and historic district will be offered from 3-4 p.m. every Thursday in April and May. The trainings started last week in the Museum Classroom in Fuller Lodge.
    The training includes engaging lectures on Los Alamos history with a different theme each week and an emphasis on visitor engagement and customer service throughout.
    Training is open to the public, and registration is not required. Anyone high-school age and up is encouraged to attend.
    The sessions are part of the Historical Society’s volunteer certification program, where volunteers are trained to serve in the Museum Shop, as tour guides or as guides to the homestead-era Romero Cabin and the historic Hans Bethe House.
    Museum docents work one to four shifts a month. Shifts are four hours.
    Tasks include greeting and orienting visitors, answering questions about Los Alamos history and the community, and making sales in the Museum Shop.
    Romero Cabin docents share the community’s homestead history with visitors.

  • TODAY
    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    MONDAY
    Chapter AK, P.E.O., meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Emma Stafford, 30 Paige Circle in White Rock. Stafford  will provide a program on homeschooling. Joanie Budzileni is the co-hostess. RSVP to Emma at 672-0540.

    Nature Playtimes from 10-11 a.m. at Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Historical Society lecture at 7 p.m. upstairs at the Mesa Public Library. Dr. Nikki Nojima Louis will speak on her experiences as a Japanese American in World War II and beyond.
     TUESDAY
    Kiwanis meeting from noon to 1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos. Greg Fisher, economic vitality director for Los Alamos County, will speak on the state of the county economy.

  • By COLLEEN OLINGER

    Selvi Viswanathan is unique. The 2016 Los Alamos Treasure is always dressed in a colorful sari, and it is difficult to miss this charming import.  
    People see an intelligent, soft-spoken, feminine woman who takes time to make everyone around her feel comfortable.  
    It is never easy to fit into another culture, even when that culture is known as a melting pot. Viswanathan achieved this and prospered in the process. The first 29 years of her life were spent in Berhampur Odisha, Tamil-speaking south India. In 1967, fresh from an arranged marriage, Viswanathan traveled alone from Bombay to New York City, delayed a week from accompanying her new husband, V.K. (Nathan) Viswanathan, by a visa holdup.
    Although she had taught teenagers for eight years in India, Viswanathan had never really been alone – never walked outside without family or friends, certainly never taken a plane trip by herself.  
    She managed her fright and took the trip because “it had to be  done.”

  • By COLLEEN OLINGER

    “Quietly effective and caring,” “absolutely reliable,” “hardworking,”  “friendly,” “outgoing,” “competent,” “sincere,” “deeply respected,” “can’t say no,” “our community could use a thousand more like him.”  
    Charles Robert Tallman is being honored as a 2016 Living Treasure for many reasons – none more so than this high personal regard.
    Tallman belongs to that group of long-term residents who form the backbone of much of Los Alamos’ civic life. After his arrival here in 1962 with his wife Janet and two children, David and Katherine, Tallman wasted little time embracing his new community.

  • By COLLEEN OLINGER

    Anyone who has lived in Los Alamos during the last 35 years was sure to see a small, cheerful, dark-haired woman pitching in at a community project downtown, or at Mountain School, county council, the United Church, Rotary or Casa Mesita.
     It’s Nona Bowman, all Southern accent and Western energy – a 2016 Los Alamos Living Treasure.
    Bowman has been a fixture on the Los Alamos volunteer scene since 1982, when she, husband Charlie, and their two young children, Brenda and David, moved here in response to Charlie’s job offer from the Los Alamos Laboratory. (He subsequently managed the neutron science program, became a Lab fellow, and started his own technical business.)  
    Bowman began teaching in the Gate gifted student program, earning a reputation as an energetic teacher able to bring difficult concepts alive. She retired at age 64 in 1998, after more than 15 years.
    Bowman also immersed herself in the larger community. Her best-known Los Alamos role centers on her eight-year Los Alamos County Council membership.
    Elected in November 2002, she was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2006 and served a stint as council chair – evidence of her colleagues’ respect.

  • The Los Alamos Mountaineers will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. April 20 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Speaker Kevin Stillman will give a presentation on the state of the Bandelier backcountry and trails post Las Conchas fire.
    A social and reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m. Program at 7:30 p.m. There will be a slideshow and presentation about the Conchas fire and the floods of 2011 and 2013, how the backcountry and trails were affected, and where Bandelier is in rebuilding the trail system.
    Stillman is the trail work leader at Bandelier. He has worked at Bandelier for seven years and has hiked and backpacked in Bandelier and the surrounding area for many years.