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  • Peterson talks airfields

    James Petersen’s talk on Historic Wendover Airfield will touch on the origin of Wendover, Utah, and then focus on the period from the inception of the Army Air Force base to the end of World War II.
    The talk is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s 2012-2013 lecture series, “History and Science,” and will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Fuller Lodge.  
    The history of the B-17 and B-24 bomber training, as well as the contribution of Wendover to the Manhattan project, will be discussed.
    The presentation will include original photographs from the airfield and current images of the airfield and restoration projects. Some vintage film footage and interviews from the WWII veterans will also be shown.
    Petersen is a Salt Lake City, native and received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Utah.  He worked on U.S. Air Force projects in the 1970s, including airborne computer design, fire control systems, remotely piloted aircraft communication systems and a U-2 project.  
    He later worked in industrial automation, founding a real-time controls company that completed projects throughout the U.S.

  • Learn about skunks at PEEC

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center welcomes national skunk expert Jerry Dragoo, who talk at the Nature Center from 2-3 p.m. Nov. 11.
    This adult and family talk is free to PEEC members and is $5 per person or $10 per family for non-members. Dragoo will talk about his years of skunk research and give a behind-the-scenes look at the PBS Nature episode, “Is That Skunk,” on which he was featured.
    The skunk is one of the most recognized mammals in North America and, due to its use of scent glands as a defense mechanism, it also is one of the most maligned.
    However, “the skunk” refers to more than the well-known striped skunk.
    The Mephitidae (skunk family) is composed of 12 species, which occur primarily in the western hemisphere (four of these species are in New Mexico).
    Skunks are a diverse group of carnivores living in a variety of habitats with different ecological requirements and a wide variety of behavioral and reproductive idiosyncrasies.
    Skunks also can provide economic benefits, but occasionally, individual animals are perceived as nuisance animals.

  • Tis the season for the Nutcracker

    The New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT–PC), directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, will present its first production of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” on Nov. 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.
    “NMDT-PC dancers have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to perform my version of this much-loved ballet,” Baker-Dillingham said. “I hope NMDT–PC’s premiere of
    ‘The Nutcracker’ will renew and rejuvenate your enthusiasm for this holiday favorite and prepare you for the joys of the season.”
    NMDT-PC is known in the Los Alamos community for presenting both original and traditional ballets, including “Dracula,” “Snow White,” “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” “Cinderella,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Alice,” “Aladdin” and “A Christmas Carol.”
    NMDT–PC, joined by special guests from the NMDT School, will now add Baker-Dillingham’s version of “The Nutcracker” to its repertoire.

  • Restaurant Inspections 11-08-12

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Los Alamos

    Daniel’s Café Haagen Dazs, 800 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 31
    Notes: Not open at time of inspection. Will move this facility to November food list.

    Home Run Pizza
    Date inspected; Oct. 30, follow-up
    Violations: Improper holding — prep refrigerator, corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Los Alamos Ski Club (Pajarito Mountain Café), Pajarito Mountain Road
    Date inspected: Oct. 31
    Violations: None
    Notes: No food preparation occurring. Facility check overall OK, clean.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.


    Tortilleria Temosachi, 419 Corlett Road
    Date inspected: Oct. 21, follow-up
    Violations: Storage, paints, toxic chemicals present in food facility. Corrected, removed.
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Shell Deli No. 92, 615 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 31

  • Be There 11-08-12

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in room three at Mesa Public Library. The program will be a presentation by Valerie Hansen, a professional genealogist from Albuquerque, titled, “Mythology of Genealogy: Working with Sources.” The public is invited to attend.
    “Bag Day” week at Jemez Thrift shop in White Rock. The thrift shop is on the west side of Smith’s parking lot, and is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. A visitor may take a tall paper bag and fill it with anything in the store for $5. Proceeds fund scholarships for youth.

    A blanket drive for homeless women and children in Santa Fe is underway. New and gently used blankets can be dropped off through Nov. 9 at: Piñon Elementary, Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock, Time Out Pizza, the White Rock Library, CB Fox and Bilingual Montessori. For more information, call Tyler Van Anne at 500-5034.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “The Woman in Black” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9,10,16 and 17; and at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Los Alamos Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased at CB Fox or at the door.

  • Alexander to speak on hearing loss

    Among seniors, hearing loss is the third most prevalent, but treatable, disabling condition behind arthritis and hypertension.  
    Frequently, however, hearing loss is misinterpreted as a lack of intelligence or a lack of interest.
    For those individuals with hearing loss, this could not be further from the truth.
    The reality is that individuals with hearing loss are sometimes the last to recognize they have a problem.   
    “Have you Heard?  Hearing Loss and Older Adults” is a program intended to help people understand the basics of hearing — the anatomy of the ear and how natural hearing works, the causes of hearing loss and treatment options. This free program is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the White Rock Town Hall.  
    Dr. Ian J. Alexander from ENT Associates of Los Alamos, will present the program being sponsored by the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, Los Alamos Extension Association of New Mexico and Los Alamos Senior and Retired Organization.
    Alexander has practiced otolaryngology in the Los Alamos area since 2009.
    He said he enjoys caring for patients with general ear nose and throat concerns including pediatrics, facial trauma and chronic sinusitis.

  • Thank you letters 11-8-12

    Pumpkin Glow Thanks

    On behalf of the Los Alamos Arts Council, I would like to thank the community for coming out and supporting the Pumpkin Glow. The LAAC would not be able to produce this event without the help of the following people: Lisa and Joe Lloyd, Marlane Hamilton and the board of the Los Alamos Arts Council.
    I also appreciate the help from Sara Del Valle and others who helped set up and keep the pumpkins lit during the event. In addition, thank you to the following organizations and families for putting together displays for their pumpkins: House of Boo, Cub Scout Pack 20, the Society for Creative Anachronism, the Apgar family and the Urbatch family.  
    I would like to thank the County Parks Department for loaning us straw for the event.
    Thank you to Smith’s who donated pumpkins for the community carving party at Fuller Lodge and Los Alamos National Bank for the glowing necklaces at the event.
    Thank you also to Jeremy Varela for producing the special effects at the end of Fuller Lodge and MainStreet for sponsorship through the Small Projects promotion.

  • Biofuels construction update
  • Mental Health Month aims to erase stigma

    Los Alamos County has proclaimed the month of November as Mental Health Awareness Month. As such, the Los Alamos County Health Care Program is raising awareness of trauma, the devastating impact it has on physical, emotional and mental well-being and how therapeutic techniques based in neuroscience can mitigate these effects and create dramatic changes in people’s lives.

    A traumatic event — which threatens lives, safety or personal integrity — can affect individuals profoundly.

    “Most people think that ‘trauma’ refers to physical trauma that occurs as a result of a car accident or assault,” said Therese Baca, Health Care Coordinator.  “But it’s much more than that.”

  • Dems gain control in House, lose ground in Senate

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and her Republican allies lost ground in the state House of Representatives in the general election, but gained seats in the Senate, including ousting a pair of Democratic leaders.

    The GOP waged a fierce legislative campaign battle in hopes of knocking off enough Democrats to take control of the House for the first time in nearly 60 years, but unofficial returns suggested the party went the other direction and lost seats.

    Although several races remained tight and the outcomes uncertain, Democrats expect to see a net gain of three seats for a possible 39-31 majority. House Democrats currently hold a slim 36-33 edge and there’s one independent.

    One of the races where Democrats picked up a seat was in District 43, where challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard knocked off Jim Hall by 309 votes out of more than 13,000 votes cast.

    Hall carried Los Alamos by 770 votes, but Garcia Richard won the Santa Fe precincts, gaining 1,000 votes out of 1,200 cast and she won in Sandoval County by 400 votes. Hall carried Rio Arriba County by 36 votes.

    “As we look to the future, I’d also like to recognize and thank Representative Hall for his service over the past year,” Garcia Richard said.