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  • Santa arrives Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The Festival of Trees from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. is a fund raiser for youth and senior programs.

    The trees will be on display throughout the week during regular senior center hours. Admission Saturday is free, but hard candy, snacks and lunch items for students are gratefully requested.

    Call 662-8920 for information and check back next week for photos of the 2017 trees.

  • Navajo poet Sherwin Bitsui will read his poetry at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos at 1 p.m. Nov. 15 in the UNM-LA Library as part of the celebration of National Native American Heritage Month on campus.

    A Diné (Navajo), Bitsui studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe and now teaches for the MFA in Creative Writing for the IAIA. His honors include the 2011 Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Native Arts & Culture Foundation Fellowship for Literature, a PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award and a Whiting Writers Award.

    Bitsui, also a painter, described how he tries to capture images in words. “My poems come first from a sense of image, texture, color. In Navajo, we process thoughts and speak from a language that has different sensibilities. It includes a view of the land, plant life, animal life as part of the everyday perspective. To navigate in English is like moving through a different consciousness.”

    At his readings, Bitsui asks the audience to close their eyes and watch the poem happen, to inhabit the place of the poem, as a way to journey in real time.

    The community is invited to attend the reading. Visit losalamos.unm.edu/sherwin-bitsui-poet.html for more information.

  • The United Church of Los Alamos celebrated their life of service last weekend as they marked their 70th anniversary.

    On Friday, many church members sliced, diced and chopped their way to a celebratory dinner. Volunteers worked to prepare an old recipe from the Women’s Christian Service Society for a chicken enchilada dinner.

    So many congregation members brought home-made pies that even after hundreds of pieces of pie were served and a blessing given to take some home, a bevy were served after the Sunday service, alongside cake.

    The dinner was very well attended by those seniors that were a part of the church as young children and the young families of today. The elder members seemed pleased with the fact that even though many familiar faces were present, there were equally a number of new ones.

  • Every dog has its day, it’s said.

    Ellie’s day hasn’t happened yet – and that’s a golden opportunity for you.

    She’s shy and sweet and just beginning to know that there’s more out there.

    Like a trail and a leash and a person who is confident and wise – someone who’s willing to show her that she’s got a lot to give, too.

    She’s available for adoption at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. There’s an adoption fee of $75.

    At less than 18 months old, Ellie is a mixed breed, and medium-sized, with Australian cattle dog strongly indicated.

    She’s spayed, vaccinated and micro-chipped.

    Around other dogs, it would be best they are near her size, and if children are present, it’s best they are at least 8 years old.

    She needs a secure yard and someone who understands what a dog needs – kindness, patience and a bit of training.

    The shelter is at 226 East Road. More information is available by calling (505) 662-8179.

  • Permits to cut your own Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest go on sale Monday at forest headquarters at all ranger district offices and select third-party vendors.

    As part of the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, every fourth-grader is eligible for a free holiday tree permit.  In order to redeem the free permit, the student must present a valid fourth-grade pass, downloadable at everykidinapark.gov.

    Once the pass is printed out, the fourth-graders must bring a parent or guardian over the age of 18 with them to the nearest SFNF office to pick up the permit. The free permits can only be fulfilled at a Santa Fe National Forest office.

    The nonrefundable Christmas tree permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for $10 by check, credit/debit card or cash through Dec. 23. Permit purchasers will receive a tree tag, map and guidelines for harvesting a tree.

    One tag is valid for a tree up to 5-inches in diameter and 10-feet in height. Trees taller than 10 feet and/or wider than 5-inches require an additional tag. For example, a 15-foot tree requires two tags.

    The Santa Fe National Forest has a three-tag limit per person.

  • Sipapu Ski Resort’s ski area’s opening day has been postponed ski area is delaying its opening a week due to unseasonably warm temperatures, resort officials announced Tuesday.

    The resort was originally scheduled to open on Saturday, one of the earliest openings in resort history.

    Temperatures will drop again this week, which is ideal for snowmaking, and snow was in the forecast for Tuesday. Cold temperatures have allowed Sipapu’s crews to make snow already on beginner and intermediate trails: Thumper, Lower Bambi and Butterfly. They will continue snowmaking efforts as temperatures allow.

    “Our mountain crews continue to monitor temperatures and we’ve made snow whenever we could,” said John Paul Bradley, mountain manager of Sipapu.

    The team was continuing to prepare the mountain for opening day, which was targeted as Nov. 18, as conditions allow, Bradley said in a release.

    “We feel confident with the progress we’ve already made that we’ll be able to open on the 18th,” he said.
    Sipapu Ski Resort is known for being the first resort to open and the last to close in New Mexico. Last year, Sipapu opened on Nov. 19, 2016, continuing the 14-year trend as being the first to open in the state.

  • The Los Alamos History Museum will present a lecture by Sharon Snyder at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge, called “How Los Alamos Became a Ranch School:  A Homesteader’s Farmhouse, a Few Sheds, and a Muddy Puddle of Water.”

    The lecture is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s 2017-2018 lecture series “100 Years on the Pajarito Plateau.” This lecture series is sponsored by Raffi Andonian and Nicole Kiebert.

    The ranch school that existed here between 1917 and 1943 was special, and developed into one of the best schools of its kind throughout the West, earning a national reputation among all prep schools. Sharon Snyder will be presenting a talk on topics ranging from how Ashley Pond Jr. ended up in New Mexico and became the partner of Harold Brook, the homesteader whose land eventually held the school, to who financed the expansion of the school as it grew, and why did the boys wear shorts in the winter and sleep on screened porches year round? Learn the answers to these questions and more at the third lecture in the 2017-2018 Historical Society’s lecture series this Tuesday.

    Snyder is the award-winning biographer, author and poet of Peggy Pond Church, as well as the Publications Director of Bathtub Row Press, the publishing house of the Los Alamos Historical Society.

  • Registration is now open for the annual WinterFest Holiday Lights Parade. This year’s “Woodland” themed parade will march up Central Avenue beginning at 6 p.m. Dec 2.

    The official tree lighting ceremony will follow the parade at 7 p.m. around Ashley Pond.

    To participate in the parade, visit eventbrite.com/e/los-alamos-winterfest-holiday-lights-parade-2017-registration-37288847948.

    Los Alamos celebrates winter with many events scheduled around town, and The Holiday Lights Parade is the highlight of the WinterFest weekend. For more information and a full schedule of WinterFest events, visit losalamosmainstreet.com/events/winterfest/.

    Los Alamos MainStreet, and the LACDC, would like to extend a sincere thanks to the WinterFest sponsors: Los Alamos National Bank and Los Alamos County. 

    MainStreet welcomes more WinterFest sponsors, and those interested in sponsoring should contact Suzette Fox, MainStreet executive director at suzette@losalamos.org, or KayLinda Crawford, MainStreet event coordinator at kaylinda@losalamos.org.

  • TODAY
    Pueblo Canyon Geology Walk at 12:30 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Hear about the geology of Pueblo Canyon from Elaine Jacobs while hiking the gentle Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail. Free.
    THURSDAY
    Fall prevention presentation
from 2-3 p.m. at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living, 1010 Sombrillo Court in the Recreation Room. Presenters will be Donna McHenry, EMS, Pauline Schneider, the senior center director, and Cynthia Goldblatt, Los Alamos Retirement Community community liaison. Community is invited.  Refreshments will be served. No RSVP required. Contact Goldblatt at 695-8981 for information.

    Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The program will be presented by Irma Holtkamp. The subject will be “Using Clues in Census Records to Find Your Family in Other Sources.” The traditional no-host social dinner will convene earlier that evening at 5:30 p.m. at the China Moon restaurant.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walks
at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Astronomy Show: Inside the Sun at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Explore our local star with Dr. Joyce Ann Guzik. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    SATURDAY

  • El Centro Family Health Clinic and the Santa Fe National Forest are sponsoring a hike along Window Rock Trail on Nov. 18 as part of an initiative for “Forest Your Health.” The biannual hike to scenic Window Rock is an 8-mile round-trip trek to one of the most state’s largest rock spans, a “window” worn out of igneous rock.

    The hike is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the trailhead north of Española on the road to Abiquiu – with the hike ending at 5 p.m., after sharing hot dogs and s’mores over a campfire. Dress accordingly with long pants, hiking boots and leather gloves – participants will be picking up trash along the hike.

    For more information, contact Jennifer Sublett, at jsabulett@fs.fed.us or 753-7331.

  • All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed Friday, in observance of Veterans Day, which honors the service of all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Forest offices will resume regular business hours on Monday.
    Anyone who plans to visit the Santa Fe National Forest over the weekend should know before they go. 
    Check the weather forecast, and be prepared for seasonal fluctuations. Use good judgment and basic safety precautions when hiking, fishing or camping on the SFNF.  Although fire danger has decreased across the SFNF, campfire safety and prevention is always a priority.  Never leave a campfire unattended, and make sure it is out cold before leaving the area.
    For more information, contact the local ranger district or forest headquarters at 438-5300. Follow the SFNF on Twitter (@SantafeNF) and Facebook.

  • November is Native American Heritage month. An additional focus takes place the day after Thanksgiving, called Native American Heritage Day.

    Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye of the Laguna Pueblo began an event in 2010 called Rock Your Mocs Week. This year the week takes place Nov. 12-18. It will be the third year Los Alamos supports the effort by Rockin our Mocs.

    It is a chance for Native Americans, both youth and adults, from all backgrounds, to wear their moccasins for a day or the week and share their pride and culture. The traditional moccasins are as different as the people who will wear them.

    A friend of mine, Deb Minyard from Pojoaque High School, received a pair as a gift when she was the 2015 New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Her student, Nessa, asked if she could give her a handmade pair as a gift. When Minyard accepted, the student measured her feet in the traditional way, by tracing them.

    The handmade moccasins were crafted by Bernard Mora of the Tesuque Pueblo. The beautiful gift brought Minyard to tears, making her feel like a part of the student’s family. Minyard considers the gift one of her most treasured possessions.

  • Fees at many recreation sites and amenities at the Santa Fe National Forest will be waived over Veterans Day weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

    Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds and developed trailheads, in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.

    Other agencies also participating in the fee-free days including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Managements and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    The fee-free availability includes sites in the Santa Fe National Forest which normally charge day-use fees and campgrounds. Site on the National Reservation System are not fee-free, according to a press release from the Santa Fe National Forest.

    If you plan to visit, “know before you go,” by checking the weather forecast and being prepared for seasonal fluctuations.

    Follow basic safety precautions for hiking, fishing and camping in the national forest.

    Although fire danger is somewhat lower, campfire safety and prevention is always a priority while outdoors, according to the press release.

    Never leave a campfire unattended and make sure it is out and cold before leaving your campsite.

  • The Los Alamos VFW Post 8874 will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. at Ashley Pond to honor veterans Saturday. The special ceremony will include a color guard and trumpet player.

    Following the ceremony, the public is invited to the VFW for a celebration, at 1793 Deacon St., Los Alamos.
    The American Legion Frank G. Frainier Post 90 in Los Alamos is planning a steak dinner and live music night on Veterans Day Saturday.

    Legion members, the public and anyone eligible for membership is welcome for the steak dinner that starts at 4 p.m. in the dining hall at 1325 Trinity Drive, said Commander Linda Fox.

    The dinner costs $15 for a ribeye steak, loaded baked potato, salad, roll, dessert and soft drink. To reserve a dinner, call the American Legion at 662-7772 before 8 p.m. Thursday.

    Following the dinner, members and anyone eligible to join the legion – which includes anyone who was in the military, or parents, or siblings of those in the military – can stay for the live music that starts at 6 p.m. in the bar area.

    Bat Bennett, a well-known musician, will play his special mix of tunes in the bar.

    “People really get involved,” Fox said. “He’s really a very good entertainer.”

  • The Los Alamos County Ice Rink’s is set to open its winter season with a free skating lessons event at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 15.

    Free mini-skating lessons will be free for children 10 and under from 1:30–2 p.m. and children  11 to adult can try free lessons from 2:15–2:45 p.m.

    Registration for skate lessons is now open online or available at the Walkup Aquatic Center.

    Prior to opening day, contact the PROS Division at 662-8170, visit the website at losalamosnm.us (click on Recreation) or email lacrec@lacnm.us for more information.

  • By MATT O'BRIEN, AP Technology Writer

    Don't throw away your Stephen King collection just yet. But the Master of the Macabre might want to keep an eye out behind him, because scientists have just unleashed a nightmare machine on a mission to churn out its own bone-chilling tales.

    MIT researchers have applied the electrodes and brought to life a new fiction-writing bot they call Shelley — after "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley. To keep the bot busy — no wandering the countryside terrorizing villagers! — the team gave it a crash course in the horror genre, forcing it to read 140,000 stories published by amateur writers on a popular online forum.

    Now Shelley's artificial neural network is generating its own stories , posting opening lines on Twitter, then taking turns with humans in collaborative storytelling.

    COLD, CALCULATING HORROR

    "She's creating really interesting and weird stories that have never really existed in the horror genre," said Pinar Yanardag, a postdoctoral researcher at the MIT Media Lab. One strange tale, for instance, involved a pregnant man who woke up in a hospital.

  • Here are the newest members of the community born at Los Alamos Medical Center:

    Oct 19: A boy, Leo Timothy Uhlenbrock, was born to Emily and Kyle Uhlenbrock.

    Oct. 20: A boy, Owen Iefan Griffith, was born to Lauren and Gareth Griffith.

    Oct. 22: A boy, Tycho Rook Lanza Williams, was born to Nina Lanza and Richard Williams.

  • Children and adults may love the spooky traditions of Halloween, but our pets are less likely to appreciate the costumes, masks and parties associated with Halloween night.

    Kit Darling, infection control coordinator at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, recommended a few tips to keep your pet safe this Halloween.

    “Keep candy secure from pets,” Darling said. “Many candies are toxic to pets, such as chocolates. Candies and gum containing the sugar-free sweetener xylitol are also toxic.”

    Additionally, lollipops and other candies with plastic wrappers can cause intestinal blockage if ingested, Darling said. Be sure to clean up candy trash and store candy on a high shelf to prevent pets from reaching it.

    Other items to keep away from your pets include candles, pumpkins, pumpkin seeds, corn, lights and electrical cords.

    These objects are a hazard if consumed or chewed on by your pet. If you suspect your pet has ingested a dangerous item, Darling recommended contacting the Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 or your veterinarian.

    Pet owners may want to dress their pet for Halloween night, but this may not be the best idea. Darling said pets shouldn’t be dressed in costume unless you know they are comfortable wearing the outfit.

  • Powerball didn’t work out for you this week. You picked the wrong color combo for your unicorn look. They closed the highway before you got through the construction zone.

    There’s bad luck all over.

    Here’s a tip.

    The puppy Morello over at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter could be the best thing that’s happened to you in quite awhile.

    His charm is his youth, and potential.

    A mixed breed with terrier traits, he’s a small puppy likely to reach medium proportions.

    He’s got a cute ear fold happening and appears genuinely interested in what comes next.

    He’s got some of his shots, not all, and he’ll need boosters.

    Consider making Morello part of your universe. Bad luck doesn’t last long when you’ve got a friend.

    Please contact the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 662-8179 or email at Police-psa@lacnm.us.