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  • Be There calendar 2-24-15

    Today
    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    “In Bounds.” Abstract expressionism in “The Heat of the Day,” by Dianna Shomaker. Daily Jan. 31-Feb. 22 in the Portal Gallery.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    Wednesday
    Geology & Minerals for Kids – Second Session. 1-3 p.m. Geologist Patrick Rowe will hold a special two-part workshop for kids. During the second session, Rowe will go into more detail about how each kind of rock is formed and where it can be found. $20/$16 PEEC members for one session. Registration required. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Transitioning to a new energy paradigm

    The Los Alamos Creative District will present its On Tap series with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center hosting Nature on Tap with a brief presentation and interactive discussion will follow.
    The event will start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked — The Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.
    Positive Energy Solar employee owner and Marketing Director Karen Paramanandam will lead the informal gathering and talk about transitioning Los Alamos toward a new energy paradigm.
    The discussion will cover the current energy mix on the municipal grid and pose questions related to the steps, impacts and consequences of moving off of fossil fuels.
    The Los Alamos Creative District brings On Tap to downtown Los Alamos every first and third Thursday of the month.
    First Thursdays feature rotating themes of history, nature and art hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society, Pajarito Environmental Education Center, or Fuller Lodge Art Center respectively. Science On Tap by the Bradbury Science Museum is every third Thursday of the month.

  • Usner featured at Authors Speak Series

    Author and photographer Don Usner is the featured speaker Thursday at Mesa Public Library. The talk is free and begins at 7 p.m.
    Usner’s latest book, “Chasing Dichos through Chimayó,” was published by UNM Press. The book is a chronicle of his search for the deep roots contained in old sayings, proverbs and adages from a disappearing culture and language.
    The book is also a very personal and moving story of riding in the car with his mother to Chimayó to find those old stories. The stories start with a description of how the storyteller is related to Usner’s branch of the family, and a recounting of common relatives and family stories that use those proverbs to illustrate a point.
    Usner is an accomplished photographer, who has been tapped to provide photographs by the Valles Caldera, Museum of New Mexico and the Lannan Foundation, among others. The book also contains unique photographs of the people and landscapes.
    Usner spent his youth in Los Alamos and Chimayó. Growing up in these places fostered in him a love for the natural landscape and a deep appreciation of his cultural roots in the Rio Grande valley — subjects that have remained a focus of his work throughout his life. Usner was named one of 10 Luminarias in New Mexico by the New Mexico Community Foundation in 2013.

  • Assets in Action: A proud 25 years of marriage, family

    Today my column is all about me, well actually more all about we.
    The “we,” in my column is, the Lauritzen family, established in 1990. Actually, Feb. 24, 1990, to be exact.
    So how exactly does my 25th wedding anniversary have to do with the building of the Assets you ask? My answer is everything of course, but mainly the Asset category of support.
    Twenty-five years ago today, not only did I marry a really great guy, Chad, also known as the “Sci Guy,” but I consider today when our entire family started.
    We have three rather lovely young men that we are pretty fond of, Chandler, a freshman at UNM-LA, the community college feel with university appeal, who wants to be a pharmacist. Also the proud owner of Fuzzball, a dog he bought with his own money in sixth grade.
    Next we have Spencer, a Los Alamos High School junior, Naval Junior ROTC cadet and the dad of 8-month-old Alex. Don’t worry he’s a German shepherd, Akita mix, also paid for with his own money.
    The youngest is Aaron, Los Alamos Middle School eight grade student and WEB Crew leader. His own dog will come at some point, please one family can only handle so much dog hair.

  • What’s next for the Keystone pipeline?

    After six years of dithering, the Keystone pipeline project has finally cleared both the Senate and the House with strong bipartisan support — mere percentage points away from a veto-proof majority. Now it goes to the White House where President Barack Obama has vowed to veto it.
    The Keystone pipeline should have never been an issue in Congress. Because it crosses an international border, the pipeline requires State Department approval.
    With millions of miles of pipeline already traversing the country and dozens already crossing the U.S.-Canada border the Keystone pipeline should never have made news, except that Obama’s environmental base has made it the literal line in the sand.
    Within the president’s base, only two groups feel strongly about the Keystone pipeline — the unions want it, the environmentalists don’t. Each has pressured him to take its side.
    I’ve likened the conflict to the classic cartoon image of a devil on one shoulder prodding an activity saying, “Oh it will be fun, everyone is doing it,” vs. the angel on the other warning, “be careful, you’ll get into trouble.”

  • 'Toppers finish tied for 8th at state

    RIO RANCHO — The regular season didn’t end as well as the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team was hoping, but the state tournament went about as well the team could’ve hoped.
    The Hilltoppers picked up 82 points, tying their District 2-5A foe, Del Norte, for eighth place in the final Class 5A team standings Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center. Along the way, the Hilltoppers grabbed a state championship and a runner-up finish along with a sixth-place medal individually.
    Los Alamos brought 11 qualifiers with them to the state tournament, a good total despite not earning the finish it was hoping to in district the previous two weeks.
    Los Alamos certainly wasn’t going in with a lot of momentum in Friday’s first round after back-to-back lackluster performances, finishing third in the 2-5A team championships — the Hilltoppers had won three straight district team titles prior to then — and third, unofficially, in the 2-5A individual qualifier the previous week and picking up just one individual championship.
    But the Hilltoppers were able to bounce back at state and earn the finish head coach Bob Geyer was predicting at the start of the season.
    “If you had asked me a week ago what we were going to do, I would’ve said something like 15th,” Geyer said.

  • Technology does transfer

    This column’s continuing theme is that we don’t know the New Mexico economy.
    That idea got a boost, presumably inadvertent, from Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.
    “Those numbers blew me away,” he said. “That’s more than half a billion dollars that ripples annually though our entire community and economy.”
    Heinrich was speaking recently at the announcement of a $536 million, 836-job economic impact of the Air Force Research Laboratory on Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque.
    Perhaps Heinrich’s surprise should not surprise. After all, two of the five topic headers on his website talk about “Building a Prosperous Energy Future” and “Growing New Mexico’s Outdoor Recreation Economy.”
    A third topic was Heinrich’s new spot of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
    Expecting much technology transfer from the Research Laboratory is fantasy. It is in the “warfighting technologies” business, as its website says.
    In 1993, Al Narath, then president of Sandia National Laboratories, explained the continuing overall reality of national laboratory technology transfer. He asked the rhetorical question of all the science here as contrasted to our low economic rankings.

  • Today in history Feb. 24
  • Former LA grad named new judge

    Los Alamos native and 1996 Los Alamos High School graduate Jennifer Attrep, 37, was appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez Monday evening to be Los Alamos’ next First Judicial District Judge.
    Attrep will replace former Judge Sheri Raphaelson, who stepped down at the end of last year after voters decided not to retain her for another term.
    This will not be the first time Attrep, who now lives in Santa Fe, has served the First Judicial Court as a judge. In July 2014, she was appointed by Martinez to fill out another judge’s term until the end of the year.
    When contacted Monday night by the Los Alamos Monitor, Attrep said she was thrilled with the news that she will be returning once again.
    “I’m so honored to get the appointment from Gov. Martinez,” Attrep said. “I’m really grateful to have the opportunity to return the bench and serve the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe once again.”

  • Today in history Feb. 23