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Today's Features

  • Five students from Los Alamos Middle School participated in the recent National History Day regional competitions and each one placed in his or her category! All five students are moving on to compete again at the statewide competition to be April 25 in Albuquerque.
    The National History Day competitions allow several different types of entries including websites, documentaries, papers, performances, or exhibits. Each entry is thoroughly researched and reflects the theme this year, which is “Rights and Responsibilities in History.”
    Thomas Chadwick, Zoe Hemez, and Miriam Wallstrom traveled to Farmington to compete in the Northern New Mexico region in February. Chadwick took first place with his website on D-Day, Hemez took third place with her website on the making of the atomic bomb, and Wallstrom took first place with her documentary on the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War II.
    Antonio Dowdy and Ruby Selvage competed in the Central New Mexico region in Albuquerque in March. Dowdy placed second with his paper on the American concentration camps, and Selvage took first with her exhibit on animal rights.

  • The Los Alamos High School NJROTC precision air rifle team took first place for Navy in the National JROTC Championships last week at Camp Perry, Ohio.
    Shooters Tessa Snyder, Noah Marriott, David Murphy and JoAnna O’Neill, along with their coach Lieutenant Commander Wes Shumaker placed ninth overall in the three-day event.
    On the first day, the team checked in and practiced. The following two days were record fire with a 3 x 20 (20 shots record fire in the prone, standing and kneeling positions).
    After the first practice session, it was determined that the rifle belonging to Snyder needed a rebuild as the air seals were wearing out. The rifle was brought to the firing line the next morning just as the preparation for the first day record firing period began.
    Snyder shot a 580 the first day and followed up with a 581 the second day for the team high scorer with overall score of 1161.
    After the first day, the team trailed the high Navy team by a few points. Los Alamos picked up the pace on day two and finished as the high Navy team and ninth overall. Marriott hit the groove with a personal best 579 on day two and an 1,149 total, followed closely by O’Neill with an 1,148. With Murphy improving on day two for an 1,128 total, the team pulled ahead of New Albany, Ind., to take over the high Navy team position.

  • Antonio Maggiore, a 1995 Los Alamos High School graduate, will speak April 7 for the monthly meeting of the Summit Garden Club.
    His topic will be “Getting away from zeroscaping: the evils of gravel and gardening for good.”
    Maggiore, who established Ecolutions seven years ago, believes that “with a minimal amount of work, it is possible to bring beauty into people’s workplace and life in general.”
    Examples of his work can be seen at Sombrillo, Aspen Ridge and Oppenheimer Place. There his aim was to transform the transition areas — the land between the landscape plantings and the canyons.
    First, he cleaned out debris, then cut down the Siberian Elms, and laid the branches down in order to trap moisture for the pine. His intent was to mimic nature, by encouraging the mycelium layer below the ground. He shaped trees so that water below their driplines would be taken up by shrubs, such as currants, sumac and privets.
    He improved drainage by changing land contours and thus slowing the water down and having it infiltrate the soil.
    Maggiore has designed and executed permaculture projects throughout the state, and can be reached at 577-4123, or at ecolutionsllc@gmail.com.
    For more information, including time of meeting, call Laurie at 672-3483. 

  • Los Alamos High School Senior Tessa Snyder rallied 170 members of the community Thursday for the documentary showing of “Race To Nowhere.” The film showing will be followed up with a challenge for change in late April. Snyder along with mentor Margo Batha plan to offer additional opportunities to view the film prior to the April call to action.
     

  • Another Empty Bowls Success

  • March 30-April 5, 2014
    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
    8:30, 10 a.m. Tax prep
    8:45 a.m. Cardio
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Lemon pepper cod
    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Computer users group
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Swedish meatballs
    12:15 p.m. Better breathers
    2 p.m. MindBody massage
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30, 10 a.m. Tax prep
    8:30 a.m. RSVP Quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Soup de jour
    1:15 p.m. Socrates Café
    1:30 p.m. Daytime Duplicate Bridge
    THURSDAY
    8:30 a.m. Walk-in-the-woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Salisbury steak
    1:30 p.m. Tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge
    FRIDAY
    9:15 a.m. Line dancing
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Roast beef (RPEA lucheon)
    12:30 p.m. Movie: “Calendar Girls,” 2003
    SATURDAY

  • Despite New Mexico’s low rankings among the states when it comes to child well-being and education, studies have shown that children who participate in after school programs offered by the National Dance Institute of New Mexico have markedly higher reading, math and science scores along with displaying better physical fitness and eating habits than their peers.
    Based on New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) test score data for 4th through 7th grade students who participated in NDI New Mexico Advanced Training programs, those students had scores that ranged between 10 to 27 points higher than their peers in reading, math and science.
    The studies were conducted by the RMC Research Corporation (2005–2011) and the University of New Mexico’s Center for Education Policy Research (2011 to present), who NDI New Mexico contracts with to conduct independent, scientific evaluations of its programs. Data was collected from almost 31,000 students, more than 300 parents, 51 NDI New Mexico instructors, and more than 1,600 teachers and school administrators.
    “The arts have a unique power to motivate children by teaching them discipline, a standard of excellence and a belief in themselves which will carry over into all aspects of their lives,” said NDI New Mexico Executive Director Russell Baker.

  • Nicholas Mark Thoma, of Los Alamos, a freshman at Iowa State University, rant in top 2 percent in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

    Elizabeth Wendelberger, of Los Alamos, New Mexico, has been named to the dean’s list in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Engineering for
    outstanding scholarship during the Fall 2013 semester.

    Daniel Ahrens, a Los Alamos High School senior is participating in the American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program: “A Constitutional Speech Contest.” April 5-6 in Indianapolis, Ind.  

  • March 10 — A boy, Andrew Carr, a boy, born to Christy and Alan Carr
    March 11 — A boy, Daniel Gregory Isaacs, a boy, born to Elena and Greg Isaacs
    March 14 — A girl, Amayah Jae Martinez, a girl, born to Andrea and James Martinez
    March 16 — A girl, Eleanora Mae Hornung, a girl, born to Melissa and Brian Hornung
    March 20 — A boy, Jacob Timothy Pacheco, born to Sara and Tim Pacheco
    March 21 — A girl, Madelyne Whiteaker-Austin, born to Sommer Whiteaker and Warner Austin
    March 24 — A boy, Nicco Leon Celestino Manzanares, born to Joelyne and Desi Manzanares
     

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS