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  • Community Calendar 10-12-16

    League of Women Voters of Los Alamos nonpartisan candidate forum at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Room in Building 2 of UNM-LA. Come at 6:30 for refreshments and to meet the candidates. Candidates will be U.S. House of Representatives candidates Michael H. Romero (R) and Ben R. Lujan (D); County Council candidates Patrick Monroe Brenner (R), Jaret J. McDonald (R), Steven P. Girrens (R), Peter T. Sheehey (D), Chris Chandler (D), and Antonio L. Maggiore (D); and County Clerk candidates Naomi D. Maestas (R) and Amy Woods (D).

    The Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Council 3137 invite the public to a Taco Fest from 5-8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on D.P Road. Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for kids under 12 years.

    Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The presentation will be “Genealogical Praxis – Recent Experiences and Lessons in My Research,” by D. Kent Parsons. The traditional no-host social dinner will convene before the meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the China Moon Restaurant.

    Nature Yoga at 5:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members.

  • Last wildflower walk set for Oct. 17

    Would you like to learn more about wildflowers on the Pajarito Plateau? Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator Chick Keller will lead the last wildflower walk of the season at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17.
    This will be an easy walk to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos. Keller picks the trail based on what is blooming at the time. The outing is free, and no advance registration is required.
    Participants will receive a plant list that, along with instruction from Keller, will help them learn how to identify fall wildflowers found on the Pajarito Plateau.
    The group meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center, located at 2600 Canyon Road, before carpooling to the trailhead.
    For more information about this, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • Los Alamos History Museum to take over Nature Center

    Ever wonder how homesteaders enjoyed and relied on nature? What did nature mean to the Los Alamos Ranch School? Find out from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    Enjoy photos and conversations with experts from Los Alamos History Museum about the history of our connection to the Pajarito Plateau.
    Kids and adults can churn butter, create a paper homestead cabin, and enjoy stories of the past. Judith Machen, co-author of Homesteading on the Pajarito Plateau, will be on hand to discuss how homesteaders made a living in our natural environment.
    The evening will include stories like this one from Michael Marchi: “I remember my grandfather talking about many difficult times they had in those days. There were no machines to help them plant or weed or harvest. It was all done by hand or with the help of horses.” Bring stories to share about what being outdoors in Los Alamos means to you!
    This historical evening will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.
    The program is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • No Lunch with Leader in November

    The League of Women Voters will not host the usual Lunch with a Leader in November. The group will have a consensus meeting to make a position statement on the issue of charter schools.
    All members in attendance will be able to vote. Any non-members who would like come  are welcome. If they pay dues, they can vote, otherwise they may just sit in on the discussion.
    The meeting will be at the library at 11:15 a.m. Nov. 18, which is a different time than usual. The meeting will adjourn by 1:15 p.m.  
    To order a lunch, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at  231-8286 or email her at kaskacayman@gmail.com by Nov. 17 for the Co-op menu. Each lunch is just $10. Ordering lunch is not mandatory.

  • Assets in Action: Support bullying prevention Oct. 19

    October is Bullying Prevention Month and Substance Abuse Awareness Month.
    There are many great projects afoot in the community and you will hear about some great youth driven projects soon.
    I find it ironic that Bullying Prevention month proceeds the month in which we vote in national elections. I feel like youth get to see adults at their worst in the month in which we focus on bullying prevention.
    One way adults can support youth projects is by wearing orange on Unity Day. The date is Oct. 19 and the whole nation will wear orange to support the cause.
    If you do snap some photos and text or email them to us, so we can show your support for the youth in and around our community.
    There’s plenty of time to get involved and if you need some ideas to engage some youth in your program, there are many ideas to check out at pacer.org.
    They have spent a decade working on bullying prevention and you can register for webinars on the website.
    There are many great events that surround substance abuse awareness, including Red Ribbon week at the end of the month. To  donate bags of soil, tulip or daffodil bulbs, or even mulch for youth projects, give us a call at 695-9139 for a free pick up and help us spread the word.

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  • LAFD opens doors to fire stations

    It was exercise and good times, mixed with a little education Monday night as Fire Station No. 4 opened its doors to public.
    Located across from the Los Alamos Golf Course, the open house kicked off a weeklong series of events organized by the Los Alamos Fire Department. Wednesday, the fire department will dedicate a training center of DP Road followed by another open house at the White Rock Fire Station on Thursday.
    This is the first time the department had an open house of this kind, where kids had a chance to run an obstacle course, get to learn about what firefighters do, pick up a free coloring book and hang out with Sparky the Fire Dog.
    “It’s good to have the residents see the station, see how we live and what we have to offer,” Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes said. “It’s just as much for the adults as it is for the kids. It’s their fire station really, it’s not ours. We just operate it.”
    After the last open house on Thursday, the department will evaluate the events.
    “We’ll probably follow up, take some notes what we did here and try to add to it,” Hughes said.
    Next year, the department may attempt to attract teens to next year’s open house events, perhaps with a career focus.

  • Voters line up as early voting starts

    The county clerk’s office and election poll workers had their hands full Tuesday as residents lined up to register and vote on the first day of early voting.
    At the county Municipal Building, residents were already lined up to register at 8 a.m. County Clerk Sharon Stover reported there were voters already waiting outside the council chambers when the polls opened.
    “Usually, in presidential elections you see more active voters, but in this presidential election we’ve seen a bigger increase than the last presidential election, and even bigger than the election when Obama first ran,” Stover said.  
    While the rivalry between the two presidential candidates has been intense, Stover also attributed it to proactive “get out the vote” campaigns her office has conducted.
    “We’ve been to the schools, we’ve worked the Farmer’s Market and third-party agent training,” she said. “We want to make it very easy.”
    Since 2015, the office has registered 1,589 new voters. The office has also registered a larger than usual number of transactions, about 3,213. That number includes people who have moved to another address or changed parties. In 2015, the office reported 20 people changed parties. In 2016, that number was 308.

  • Public Safety Day draws a crowd

    Over 200 people showed up for the Sheriff’s Public Safety Day, and that was just for the hot dogs and the hamburgers.  
    “The kids really enjoyed climbing up the climbing wall and hearing about the stranger danger topics. They were very attentive to that. All and all, I thought it was a very successful day. We got the word out on being safe,” said Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero.
    Lucero was grateful not only for the support from the community, but also from his fellow sheriffs from Santa Fe, Lea, McKinley, Taos, Chaves and Doña Ana counties.
    In all, 17 sheriffs showed up to help, and to support Lucero. County voters will decide on Question 1 during the General Election Nov. 8, whether the county will keep the sheriff’s office.
    “It’s awesome to see that there are sheriffs from throughout the state that are willing to help a small agency like the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s office, when they know we don’t have the staff to run an event like this well. They volunteered their time and efforts to come and care for the public,” Lucero said.
    The Los Alamos County Sheriff’s booth had literature from the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association about the office of sheriff.

  • LA teachers fight PED evaluation policy

    The Los Alamos Federation of School Employees is fighting against the New Mexico Public Education Department’s teacher evaluation policy and has asked residents to sign a petition to get rid of it.
    Teachers were apparently shocked this year when they got back their evaluations, in which they say they found many inaccuracies that could possibly endanger their ability to make a living teaching.