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  • Community Calendar 4-10-16

    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.

  • Living Treasures: Viswanathan a transplant who loves natural gardens

    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.”

  • Living Treasures: Tallman’s work with Rotary, students makes a difference

    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.

  • Living Treasures: Bowman’s body of work impressive

    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.

  • Mountaineers meeting set for April 20

    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.

  • Shelter Report 4-10-16

    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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Gracie—A 7-year-old tabby who was surrendered when her elderly owner could no longer care for her. She’s very shy and is still adjusting to life in the cat room. She prefers a quiet, calm house, and she doesn’t mind the company of cat-friendly dogs!
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped a few weeks ago. He’s still adjusting to life at the shelter and interaction with humans, so check back in a few weeks for more information about Juan!

  • Los Alamos reaches final round in Odyssey School project

    Los Alamos’ “Odyssey High School Project” just took a giant step toward reality Friday when Superintendent of Schools Kurt Steinhaus received word from the “XQ Institute” that they reached a crucial goal.

    The Los  Alamos group topped 1,200 schools across the U.S. and are now in a pool of 50 finalists for the next round. The five school districts that win this final round will receive $10 million each from the institute to help fund and implement a “new” high school.

    “After careful review, we are so excited to tell you that we think your Odyssey High School design is truly substantial and promising, and we are including you in the running to take it to the next level! You should be incredibly proud,” said a spokesperson for the XQ Intitute in a note to the group.

    Steinhaus released the written statement to the media about the milestone.

    In the beginning of the school year, the group put together a contest entry for the institute, an organization of education specialists and entrepreneurs looking to change the way high school is taught in the U.S.

    According to its website at xqschool.org, the organization is looking to fund five U.S. school districts who have the best proposal to do that.

  • Medicare takes aim at diabetes epidemic

    BY BOB MOOS
    Southwest Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid

  • SCORE offers mentoring, low-cost training

    Considering all the business smarts stored in the brains of seasoned executives, it would be a shame to let it go to waste.
    SCORE gives entrepreneurs the key to that stored knowledge by pairing them with volunteer mentors who have decades of expertise in all aspects of starting and running a business. It also hosts workshops and seminars that teach basic and advanced skills that are crucial for a business owner to have.
    When the nonprofit formed in 1964, its name was an acronym for the Service Corps of Retired Executives, because early mentors were recruited from the ranks of the retired. The organization later shortened its name, as many of its volunteers still hold jobs in a complex and rapidly evolving global economy.
    Thanks to its resource partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and its nationwide network of volunteers, SCORE can offer its services at little to no cost.
    SCORE’s wide reach
    Santa Fe is home to one of the state’s most active — and oldest — SCORE chapters. Launched in the mid-1970s, it mentored more than 800 clients last year, and 500 more attended its workshops.

  • On the Docket 4-10-16

    March 30
    Selina M. Branch pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit in a school zone. Defendant was fined $30 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    March 31
    Dominic Crandall pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Steven A. Martz was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.