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Today's News

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 12-16-12

    • Monday: Candycane elephant
    • Tuesday: Snowflake card
    • Wednesday:  
    Movies and munchies
    • Thursday: Bottle cap art
    • Friday: Coloring contest

    Memberships are free and open to all in third through eighth grade.
    The White Rock Youth Activity Center is at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565. The Los Alamos Youth Activity  Center is at 475 20th St., 662-9412.

  • Andrew and Mousie 12-16-12
  • Fashion Maven: A chance to reuse my recycled fashion

    I thought that the dress I made from recyclable materials had seen its first and final audience after I modeled it on the runway at the Los Alamos Trash Fashion Show in September. I was wrong.
    In October, I found myself signing up for the Trash Fashion and Costume Contest, Nov. 2 at the Santa Fe Convention Center, as a part of the Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival.
    The festival includes a recyclable art fair and hosts the largest trash fashion show in the United States. This year was the 14th contest.
    On the day of the show, I left immediately after school with my dress, makeup and spare craft materials piled into the trunk of my car. I guess you could say I literally recycled my dress, because I was going to model it at a second show.
    At the convention center, I was given ample time to put on my dress, which is not an easy feat. A panel of several judges interviewed me and I explained to them in detail the materials I used and how I sewed and glued the recyclable components together, to create my dress.
    Tickets to the show were sold and models walked across a raised catwalk, in a large room that also housed the recyclable art fair.
    All the contestants took their turns to strut down the runway, while the emcee read each participant’s bio and outfit description.

  • There’s more to Key Club than meets the eye

    It’s been said that Los Alamos High School has a diverse student body and an as a result, multiple clubs are formed.
    From the Supercomputing Challenge to the Olions, there is a club that fits just about every interest students may have. However, some clubs at the school are not as well known as others are, and because of this, clubs sometimes don’t receive recognition.
    Key Club is commonly mistaken for a group that talks about keys; a club where people that aspire to be locksmiths go; or a science club; but Key Club is an international organization sponsored by Kiwanis. The mission statement is “Key Club is an international student-led organization, which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.”
    Members of Key Club carry out service activities within their community, such as pancake breakfasts at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, building gingerbread houses at Family Strength Networks and helping at elementary school carnivals.
    If members achieve 30 or more service hours, they receive a letter (to put on their letterman’s jacket) for their participation. A member can only receive the letter if they paid their dues, which range from $15-$20.

  • Staff changes at PEEC

    Recent visitors to Pajarito Environmental Education Center may have noticed some new faces crafting children’s games, managing the menagerie of live critters and writing pleas and grants for money.  
    To meet PEEC’s expanding needs, Katie Watson has accepted a new position as executive director, while Angelique Harshman is education programs director and Beth Cortright is nature center coordinator.
    Watson began her career at PEEC as program director in 2010.  She increased the number of public programs and worked to create and offer outdoor education programs for the Los Alamos Public Schools, both at individual schools and at PEEC.  
    She obtained grants for PEEC to create the Pajarito Plateau Field Science curriculum, which enables all elementary grade classes to do standards-based science programs in their schoolyards or trails.
    Watson will continue to plan public programs for PEEC, but will also focus on management and fundraising for the organization.  She has a degree from St John’s College, where she added search and rescue to the Great Books curriculum.

  • News for Retirees 12-16-12

    Dec. 16-22, 2012
    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
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    Advisory Council
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken tenders
    Noon        Lunch talk: Jason Lott
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users
    10:30 a.m.    Coping with the holidays
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Lemon pepper cod
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    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: Glazed ham
    Noon        Swing dance and jump rope performance
    1:15 p.m.    Socrates Café

  • Home For the Holidays

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home.  Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.Thank you, Los Alamos. The past couple weeks have seen numerous adoptions — hopefully this trend will continue and all the shelter pets will find homes for the holidays.

  • Events put on hold by winter weather

    Some Los Alamos Public Schools athletic events were nixed by the weather Friday afternoon.
    Los Alamos’ scheduled middle school and high school wrestling tournaments were both called off this weekend, while the Hilltopper boys basketball team was unable to get down to its consolation round game Friday afternoon in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltopper basketball team had to take a forfeit in the second round of the Joe Armijo Invitational as it couldn’t get off the hill in time for its scheduled game against Albuquerque Academy Friday afternoon. Los Alamos elected not to take part in Saturday’s seventh-place game, either.
    The only team that was in action Friday was Los Alamos’ girls basketball team. The girls actually spent the last two nights in Albuquerque and avoided the winter storm altogether.
    The Hilltopper girls played in Friday’s consolation round of the invitational, but were doubled-up by Cibola 44-22. They were scheduled to play Academy Saturday but the result of that game hadn’t been reported as of press time — Los Alamos defeated Academy 41-30 earlier this month.
    The loss to Cibola, a Class 5A school, dropped Los Alamos to 3-4 on the season.
    In the girls side of the tournament, Volcano Vista was scheduled to face off against Hope Christian in the finale.

  • Ski area hoping for more snow soon

    Friday’s storm was a good starting-off point for Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, but it will need more snow, preferably a lot and all at once, before it can open.
    Pajarito, which is just one of two downhill ski areas in the state which has yet to open this winter, picked up 6 inches from Friday’s snowstorm. While ski area manager Tom Long said that was a good start, that isn’t nearly enough to get its season going.
    Nevertheless, Pajarito staff has high hopes for the current low pressure system that blew Friday’s storm in from the Pacific.
    There was a winter weather advisory in effect for Saturday night, with projections of as much as 8 inches of snow above 9,000 feet in the area. Under ideal conditions, that would give Pajarito an accumulation total of about 14 inches.
    “We’re all really excited to see this,” said Long. “When we get enough snow we can be ready to be running in two days. Everyone here’s excited.”
    Long said the snow from Friday’s storm was relatively heavy and wet — the temperature on the mountain was about 25 degrees during the snowstorm — which he said is better than dry, powdery snow in terms of making a base.
    With wetter snow, Pajarito might be able to open with a lesser base total, roughly 18 inches.

  • Fishing Report 12-14-12

     

    Northeast

     

    Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed May 14 and will stay closed while the dam is being rebuilt.

    Charette Lakes: Closed for the season.

    Clayton Lake: Closed for the season.

    Conchas Lake: The Cannon Cove Campground boat ramp is open and fully functional. Fishing was slow for all species.

    Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.

    Eagle Nest Lake: Snow and ice covered the lake Monday morning, shutting down fishing from boats as well as from the bank. For updated ice conditions contact the state park office at 575-377-1594.

    Lake Maloya: Fishing pressure was light but there were some trout caught by anglers using homemade dough baits, marshmallows and Power Bait. There was some ice forming around the edges of the lake but plenty of open water for bank fishing.

    Los Pinos: We had no reports from anglers this week.

    Manzano Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

    Maxwell Lake 13: Closed for the season.

    Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait and salmon eggs.

    Morphy Lake: Closed for the season.

    Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 24 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs, worms and small copper John Barrs.