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  • Community Calendar 7-27-16

    TODAY
    Chamber Business After Hours from 5:30-7 p.m. at projectY cowork Los Alamos. RSVP Requested: losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com.

    Summer Family Evenings: Wildland Fire Fighters at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. See inside a fire fighter’s truck! Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun.  Cost is $5 for non-member families and free for PEEC member families.

    The United Thrift Shop at 2545 Canyon Road is having a half price sale on everything but jewelry today.
    THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga at the nature center with Christa Tyson, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members and $12 for PEEC members. 

    NM FAST SBIR/STTR Proposal Workshop Webinar (USDA Focus) from 1-3 p.m. at projectY cowork Los Alamos.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walks from 8:30 a.m.- noon at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Young at Heart Hike at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join us on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.

  • Assets in Action: Engage people now before it’s too late

    We have heard a lot in the last few weeks about people taking the lives of others in public situations.
    It seems we want to be able to blame terrorism, and perhaps that is because it is easier than addressing some of the serious issues that exist right here at home.
    When we have situations dealing with American-born offenders, it is something different. We try to label some events as domestic terrorism, but some situations are different.
    If our youth or young adults are so disenfranchised they are driven to such horrific outcomes, what if it could be that, on occasion, there is no one to blame but ourselves?
    I am talking about situations not related to ISIS, and I preface this column with the fact that I am not a counselor.
    However, I feel some things need to be addressed before we become one of those communities in the same situation.
    It is no secret about my devotion to the 40 Developmental Assets. I think we have many youth and adults for that matter that need some.
    Everyone has some baggage in their lives. People of all ages are dealing with things great and small. If someone seems a little off, please reach out to them, even if it is by offering resources from an organization or agency that isn’t you.

  • Cox, D’Avanzo named preseason All-MWC, Lobos picked 5th

    A pair of senior defensive leaders, linebacker Dakota Cox and defensive lineman Nik D’Avanzo, were named preseason All-Mountain West in a vote by members of the league’s media. It marked the fourth time in Bob Davie’s five seasons at the University of New Mexico that he has had a pair of players on the preseason list.
    However, it’s a little different as UNM has two defensive players selected for the first time since the 2010 season when Carmen Messina and Jonathan Rainey were both named to the team.  While both Cox and D’Avanzo are seniors, neither have redshirted in their careers.
    Only San Diego State has more players on the defensive side, with three. Cox is looking to become the first player in school history to lead the team in tackles in all four of his seasons.  Both Cox and D’Avanzo were named honorable mention All-MW last year in a vote of the league’s coaches.

  • Talents gleam in North Mesa

      The opportunity to play against the southwest’s top junior softball talent will benefit Los Alamos Little League, despite going winless last weekend.
    Los Alamos hosted the Little League Junior Softball Southwestern Regional last Saturday through Tuesday at the North Mesa Sports Complex. The regional included Texas West (Oil Belt Little League), Texas East (La Grange Little League), Louisiana (Vidalia Girls Softball), Deming, who was the New Mexico representative and Los Alamos, who earned a bid for hosting the regional.
    Texas East won the regional on Tuesday to advance to the Little League World Series.
    The host battled but went winless
    Los Alamos began the regional on Saturday by falling to Texas West 9-1. Texas West got the scoring started by tallying three runs in the first innings and Los Alamos answered with one run in the bottom of the first. Texas West added two more runs in the second to lead 5-1. Los Alamos missed a prime opportunity to get back into the game when it left a runner stranded on third base in the bottom of the fifth. Texas West put the game out of reach with three runs in the sixth.

  • Fall prep sports approaching, schedules set

    With the fall prep sports season less than a month away, teams around the state are ramping up the energy at their respective practice sessions.
    Among those teams are Los Alamos football, volleyball, boys and girl’s soccer, and boys and girl’s cross country. All the schedules for the fall are also finalized, which means the Hilltoppers know whom they can prepare for in the upcoming season.
    The Los Alamos football team has its eyes set for Aug. 26 - the football season opener. The Hilltoppers will host Pojoaque at 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field. It will be the seventh-consecutive season opener between Los Alamos and Pojoaque, with the Hilltoppers winning four of the last six meetings.
    Los Alamos will have two new Class 5A opponents in 2016, Grants (Sept. 9) and Gallup (Sept. 23). District 2-5A play will begin Oct. 8 against Del Norte in Albuquerque and it will continue with a home match-up against new district opponent Albuquerque Academy Oct. 14. The rivalry against Española Valley will be renewed Oct. 28 in Española, and the season finale will be at Sullivan Field against Capital.

  • Shelter Report 7-24-16

    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 the 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
    Bingley—A10-year-old fluff ball who was adopted from the shelter 3 years ago, and she’s a little sad to be back! Unfortunately one of her human friends developed an allergy to Bingley, so she’s looking for a new forever home. This sweet girl has a very pretty gray and tan longhaired coat.
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped a few weeks ago. He’s still adjusting to life at the shelter, but two very dedicated Friends of the Shelter volunteers have been working with Juan to help him relax. He’s finally learning that people can be nice and gentle, particularly when they have treats! Check back in a few weeks for more information about Juan!

  • Perspectives on a national conversation

    BY CHIEF DINO SGAMBELLONE
    Los Alamos Police Department

  • The cost of RPS in New Mexico

    BY TIMOTHY J. CONSIDINE
    Professor, University of Wyoming

  • Mosquitoes capable of transmitting zika found in Roosevelt Co.

    The New Mexico Department of Health and New Mexico State University announced Thursday that Aedes albopictus, a species of mosquito that can transmit Zika virus, has been identified in Roosevelt County.
    This is the first time this mosquito species has been identified in this county.
    Mosquito surveillance in many of New Mexico’s southern counties is part of a NMSU project funded by the New Mexico Department of Health to map out the range and distribution of both Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the state. Both mosquito species are capable of transmitting Zika virus to people.
    The ongoing project has not yet sampled all of the counties in the southern half of the state.
    “This collaboration with NMSU will help us get a clear picture of the areas at risk of Zika transmission in the state,” said New Mexico Secretary of Health Lynn Gallagher.
    To date, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes have been trapped and identified this summer in Doña Ana, Eddy, and Chaves counties and now Aedes albopictus in Roosevelt County. Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes have also been reported from Otero County and Aedes albopictus from Curry County in past years.

  • Branding efforts enter next phase

    At the July 12 Los Alamos County Council meeting, staff provided an update on the county’s branding initiative and suggested a change in direction.
    Council approved the “Brand Identity” (the logo called “Balance” and the strapline, “Where Discoveries Are Made”) in December 2015. Staff has since been working with Atlas Advertising, LLC to finalize the logo design and develop design guidelines and a marketing plan.
    Once the logo was finalized, the first priority was integrating the brand identity with such items as county uniforms, stationary, business cards and fleet vehicles. Staff worked with Atlas to write an Identity Style Guide, which illustrates how the logo and strapline can be used in different media. They also established an internal branding review committee to answer questions as they arose.
    “Right now, it’s all about trying to help our employees first understand what is branding? Why is it important? Why are we being kind of nitpicky about quality, consistency and messaging? And then the more technical part if it, which is its application within the county,” said Public Information Officer Julie Habiger.