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  • Be There calendar 6-2-15

    Today
    Slot Canyon Talk. 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Doug Scott brings us an all-new slot canyon talk. Doug has documented over 100 slot canyons in New Mexico, and in this talk he’ll show pictures of many of them and talk about where and how to find them. He will also sign copies of his new slot canyon book. Free. losalamosnature.org.

    Tuesdays at the Pond. 7 p.m. Marcus Cavalante. Event is every Tuesday through Aug. 11

    The Los Alamos Adobe Users Group (LAAUG), meets from 7-9 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAAUG is digital photography post-processing. Digital capture is also discussed. Meetings moderated by Doug Coombs and Ken Hanson, or by a group member. Past presentations are posted and available to all on the website laaug.wordpress.com/. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Photography Club. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.
    Wednesday
    Green Hour Hikes with PEEC. 9:30 a.m. Meet at local trailheads for meandering hikes where kids set the pace and decide the activities. Some days you’ll hike far, others you’ll stop and play at an interesting spot. Free. All ages. Check PEEC’s website for trailhead meeting points: losalamosnature.org.

  • Dog training registration starts this week

    Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) will begin Thursday. 
    Classes this session will include Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Beginning Agility, Self-Directed Practice, Continuing Scent Work and Recall. Classes begin the week of July 13.
    There are three ways to register:
    From 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, those interested can register in person LADOC, 246 East Road, near East Park. Bring vaccination records, registration form and payment. The public is asked not to bring the dog to registration.
    People may also register online at LosAlamosDogs.com.
    The public can also register by mail by using the downloadable registration form available at the website.
    Schedule, registration guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website and at the LADOC building.
    Registration is first-come, first-served and classes often fill quickly, so timely registration is advised. Registration materials must be postmarked by June 24.

  • Assets in Action: Do something good for community this summer

    Yesterday, I was sent a link for a story by Elizabeth Richardson Rau for “Brain Child,” the magazine for thinking mothers.
    I’ll add the link at the bottom, but the gist of the article is summed up for me in one quote, “Be instead of brag.”
    I’ll have to make you read the full text of the story, but know that I fall somewhere in the middle.
    I think parents need a balance of bragging about kids, but not over sharing or doing it at the extent of making themselves look better.
    Trust me, there are plenty of kids out there that need to know their parents are proud of anything they do and an equal number that are too proud of everything they do.
    This summer families should do as Rau says and, “be instead of brag.”
    We need to teach youth that sometimes you do good things because it is the right thing to do. There are times when you do something good and that in and of itself should fill their hearts with joy.

  • Next Brown Bag features musical poetry by Dickinson

    The Los Alamos Arts Council announces its next Brown Bag Performance Series with Karen Hall and the Santa Fe Woodwind Quintet.
    The show starts at noon June 3 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.
    Performance includes “Musical Poems and Memories,” Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson, by composer Aaron Copland, arranged by James Preuss.
    Copland remains one of the most identifiably “American” of composers. He is probably best known for his ballet scores Appalachian Spring, Rodeo and Billy the Kid.  From 1949-1950, he composed the intense song cycle “Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson.” This collection constitutes the summit among his works for voice providing compositional maturity and a deeply evocative style, characterized by true, sober and deep emotion. Copland chose texts expressing the main themes of Emily Dickinson’s poetry: nature, life, love, time and eternity, showing profound sensitivity and understanding of the poems.  

  • Weather patterns are often unstable

    Recently, Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed a pact with 11 other states and countries to slash greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change.
    The non-binding agreement pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 to 95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. A United Nations summit on climate control will take place in Paris later this year.
    “Climate change” and “environmental pollution” are not very well delineated. Air pollution that extends tens of thousands of feet upward is hard to miss. Neither is dense, choking smog in Beijing. These are examples of mankind’s polluting the environment and not of global climate changes. The greenhouse effect makes common scientific sense. It is the magnitude of the effect of such pollutions on a global scale and the non-human effects that are the issues.
    Having delved into the matter, it is not clear that we are destined for a 2-degree Celsius rise over the current global level that is currently getting lots of press and TV coverage. Pollution is something mankind can moderate and should! Global climate control is something else!

  • Four Lobos qualify for nationals

    Three days in Austin, four Lobos to Eugene.

    Three University of New Mexico track and field athletes qualified to the NCAA Championships Saturday as the Lobos finished with four total qualifiers at the 2015 NCAA West Preliminary competition this weekend.

    Peter Callahan, Logan Pflibsen and Calli Thackery all punched their tickets to next month’s NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday, joining Alice Wright, who qualified Thursday.

    It’s the ninth-straight year New Mexico has qualified at least four athletes to the NCAA Championships.

    Pflibsen opened the third day of the three-day meet with a personal-record performance in the men’s pole vault.

    The senior out of Streator, Ill., cleared 17 feet, 6 1/2 inches to place fifth overall out of the 48 competitors and secure his bid to nationals. The top 12 finishers in each event qualify to the NCAA finals.

    For Pflibsen, his new lifetime best ranks fourth in New Mexico history and makes him the first Lobo to make the NCAA finals in the pole vault since Robert Caldwell in 2008.

    Only three athletes — Pflibsen, Caldwell and Derek Mackel — have made the event in the last 24 years. Joe Powdrell (1967) and Simon Arkell (1987, 1989, 1990, 1991) are the only other UNM athletes to accomplish the feat.

  • Derby Dames mash it up to start season

    Skaters from Duke City Derby and Farmington’s Animas Rollergirls joined the Los Alamos Derby Dames for a mash-up Saturday at the county ice rink.
    The scrimmage was an opportunity for new players to get some game experience and returners to regain their form, but the action was as intense as a regular game — body after body got knocked down on the concrete flat track as the teams fought for points.
    The Green Chile, however, started hot and only got hotter throughout the game to take down the Red Chile squad, 212-74.
    Latzah Ballz actually scored the first five points of the game for the Red Chile, but it ended up being the team’s only lead in the contest.
    On the second jam, Ivy A. Nightmare broke through Red’s blockers to get the lead jammer position, lapped Red’s entire team twice to score two grand slams, worth five points apiece, and Green never looked back.
    Green’s blockers contained Acute Pain on the third jam while French Bulldozer weaved in and out of Red’s team to score 14 more points.
    Red kept it close with four points from Latzah Ballz and three from Vexy, cutting Green’s lead to 28-17

  • Today in history May 31
  • Cougar is spotted on Friday

    A cougar was sighted near El Gancho Street close to Guaje Pines Cemetery Friday night.
    Police are urging those with pets and small children to take precautions.
    It was unknown whether the cougar that was sighted was the same one Game and Fish officials are looking for. Traps were set up near Los Alamos Airport to try to snare a cougar that killed two dogs earlier this month and attacked other dogs.

  • People in the News 5-31-15

    Sophia Rose Stroud received her doctor of medicine degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine during the commencement and hooding ceremony on May 8.  
    Stroud was selected by the faculty as the outstanding neurology medical student in the Class of 2015.
    She will begin her residency in pediatric neurology at Oregon Health and Science University.

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    The following students have been named to the Dean’s List at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Jillian Lane of Jemez Springs, Lindsay Roach of Los Alamos, Daniel Steward of Los Alamos and Michael Walker of Los Alamos.

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    Amethyst Collins, of Los Alamos, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Collins was initiated at Eastern New Mexico University.