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  • According to the American Heart Association, there have been reported associations between pet ownership and cardiovascular health in the last decade. Owning pets—specifically dogs—may help reduce the risk of heart disease in pet owners in a number of ways.
    In addition to companionship, dogs can encourage laughter, physical activity, and other benefits effective in decreasing stress levels. Dr. Sarah Griffin, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical sciences explained why owning dogs may be related to decreased stress levels.
    “The American Heart Association has said that owning pets can have a positive effect on how people react to stress,” she said. “Chronic stress has not been shown to directly increase risk factors associated with heart disease, but it can lead to unhealthy lifestyle choices that are associated with high blood pressure and increased risk for heart disease.”

  • 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
    Peekaboo—An older gal who is mellow. Her favorite things are gazing out the window, helping her humans make coffee, and cuddling with her people. She has had both dog and cat companions in the past, so she might be OK with an older, mellow dog or cat. She loves being petted, and when she’s super happy, she sticks her little pink tongue out! She has an incredibly sweet personality, and she would be overjoyed to share her love.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated with a classic liturgy each Sunday at 9 a.m., followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:15 a.m. and Christian Education for all ages at 10:30 a.m.  A service of Midday Matins with Communion is celebrated at 11:45 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors, Rev. Bruce Kuenzel and Rev. Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.

  • Texas A&M Aggies from around the world will gather for the annual Aggie Muster memorial service. Los Alamos area Aggies will gather at 6 p.m. April 21 at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road, in Craig Hall, the building nearest the west parking lot.
    The speaker will be James G. Ivey ‘73 of Houston. He is a founder, senior officer and board member of Pintail Energy, a petroleum exploration and production company. Ivey served in the U. S. Army Reserve for 30 years and retired with the rank of Colonel.
    Dinner will be barbecue with all the fixings. Suggested donation is $10 per person with children under age 10 free. RSVP by April 19 to Nancy Bliss at  Bliss.nd@gmail.com. Contact David Powell at dwpowell68@msn.com or 662-5877 for more information.

  • Texas A&M Aggies from around the world will gather for the annual Aggie Muster memorial service. Los Alamos area Aggies will gather at 6 p.m. April 21 at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road, in Craig Hall, the building nearest the west parking lot.
    The speaker will be James G. Ivey ‘73 of Houston. He is a founder, senior officer and board member of Pintail Energy, a petroleum exploration and production company. Ivey served in the U. S. Army Reserve for 30 years and retired with the rank of Colonel.
    Dinner will be barbecue with all the fixings. Suggested donation is $10 per person with children under age 10 free. RSVP by April 19 to Nancy Bliss at  Bliss.nd@gmail.com. Contact David Powell at dwpowell68@msn.com or 662-5877 for more information.

  • The Military Order of the World Wars meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday. This month’s speaker is Alan Carr, who will speak about “Project Y Spies: An Historical Perspective on a Perennial Threat.”
    The meeting will be held in Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room. The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner.  The meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.  Call Gregg Giesler, USA Retired, Chapter Commander, 662-5574 (g.giesler@computer.org) or Adjutant Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 (depinyan@cybermesa.com).

     

  • Los Alamos County reminds property owners that the second installment for 2015 property tax bills becomes delinquent after May 11.  
    Payment must be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5 p.m. May 11 or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges. The 311 Customer Care Center is located in the Municipal Building lobby at 1000 Central Ave. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Payments should be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, NM  87544.  
    Payments are also accepted through a property tax lockbox at Los Alamos National Bank.

     

  • After multiple comments on my column last week about Texas, I felt I needed to continue my train of thought and how I see it relating to youth.
    I was fascinated in Texas by so much state support of just being Texas. Now I know there is a fine line between having some self-pride and gloating.
    What I mean by this is that the Texas star is everywhere! It was on the bag of potatoes in the grocery store. It was on those self-sealing bags you use for kid’s sandwiches for lunch. People had it on their salt and pepper shakers on the dinner table, painted in their driveways beside the house number and prominently and quite largely displayed on their homes.
    I see a little bit of pride in our state, but how can we raise our children to be proud of where they come from, when as adults, we don’t seem to have very much?
    I’m excited to see the New Mexico True commercials because there are many things to be proud of about our community and our state. If you don’t feel that way, then I am sure there is an equal amount that can be said of us as individuals too, so what do you do to make it better?
    I don’t mean what does the government do, I mean each and every day, and what do you do to make life for someone better?

  • The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women meeting will be at noon Thursday in the Patio Room at 1001 Oppenheimer Drive. Special guest speakers will be Nora Espinoza, candidate for New Mexico Secretary of State, and Yvonne Chicoine, candidate for First Judicial District Attorney.  Anyone is welcome.
    Espinoza was born and raised in Panama City, Panama, (Canal Zone) and graduated from Balboa High School. She and her husband, Sonny, have been married for 41 years and they have a son, daughter-in-law, and a young granddaughter.
    Espinoza holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious education and spent 22 years as a teacher at Christian schools in Roswell.
    Following her career in education, Espinoza gained valuable experience in government as a legislative assistant in Santa Fe, before moving on to become the protocol liaison for New Mexico Military Institute, where she guided and influenced the lives of young men and women cadets until winning the nomination for state representative in 2006.
    Espinoza also has considerable business experience as the sole proprietor of her own company from 1981-1987, and later as managing partner of a food supply company from 2011-1015.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s 2016 Earth Day talk will feature Valles Caldera superintendent Jorge Silva- Bañuelos, who will talk about the past, present and future of the national preserve.
    The talk is sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, and will be held at 7 p.m. April 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    The talk is free and open to the public.
    Silva-Bañuelos will discuss the history of the Valles Caldera from its geologic origins to its designation as a unit of the National Park System. He will also share his vision and plans for the short- and long-term future of the preserve.
    Silva-Bañuelos was recently selected as the first National Park Service superintendent of Valles Caldera National Preserve.

  • “Plants of the Jemez Mountains, Volume 1, Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Ferns and Horsetails,” by local naturalists Teralene Foxx, Craig Martin and the late Dorothy Hoard is an updated and expanded version of Foxx’s and Hoard’s valuable guide, “Flowering Plants of the Southwestern Woodlands.”
    The original was published in 1984 and updated in 1995.
    “She and I were going to revise it in 2014, and she had the gall to die,” Foxx laughed. “But before she died she gave me all her drawings, and there were over 400 drawings. And I really didn’t want to just let those go into oblivion, and I knew Craig was interested in plants, and a good naturalist, so I asked him if he’d like to do this, and he said yes.”
    Foxx took a more serious tone later in the conversation.
    “For me, this book is a dedication. I was a friend with Dorothy for over 40 years, so it was hard when she died, because we’d done a lot of things together,” Foxx said. “And this, to me, was a way of honoring her. And I think we both feel that way.”
    Martin – who was also a friend of Hoard’s – agreed.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society will host a lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday upstairs at the Mesa Public Library. Dr. Nikki Nojima Louis will speak on her experiences as a Japanese American in World War II and beyond.
    Nojima Louis has lived through two historic dates for Japanese Americans: Dec. 7, 1941, identified as “the date that will live in infamy,” by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Feb. 19, 1942, the date President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry. This was when two-thirds of them American citizens, to be placed in barb-wired “relocation camps.”  
    Nojima Louis will provide a historic overview of Japanese American immigration, incarceration, and self-determination that compares and contrasts her own experiences to those of other Americans who lived in the mid-20th century. She looks forward to a “talk back” with the audience addressing issues of class, race and identity, the importance of story telling and the winds of change that transform our lives.  
    Nojima Louis was celebrating her fourth birthday on Dece. 7, 1941, when the FBI entered her home in Seattle and took her father away. He ended up in a place called Santa Fe, while Nikki and her mother were incarcerated in a camp in Minidoka, Idaho.

  • Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum is looking for volunteers for the upcoming busy tourist season.
    A free annual volunteer training series about the community’s history and historic district will be offered from 3-4 p.m. every Thursday in April and May. The trainings started last week in the Museum Classroom in Fuller Lodge.
    The training includes engaging lectures on Los Alamos history with a different theme each week and an emphasis on visitor engagement and customer service throughout.
    Training is open to the public, and registration is not required. Anyone high-school age and up is encouraged to attend.
    The sessions are part of the Historical Society’s volunteer certification program, where volunteers are trained to serve in the Museum Shop, as tour guides or as guides to the homestead-era Romero Cabin and the historic Hans Bethe House.
    Museum docents work one to four shifts a month. Shifts are four hours.
    Tasks include greeting and orienting visitors, answering questions about Los Alamos history and the community, and making sales in the Museum Shop.
    Romero Cabin docents share the community’s homestead history with visitors.

  • TODAY
    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    MONDAY
    Chapter AK, P.E.O., meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Emma Stafford, 30 Paige Circle in White Rock. Stafford  will provide a program on homeschooling. Joanie Budzileni is the co-hostess. RSVP to Emma at 672-0540.

    Nature Playtimes from 10-11 a.m. at Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Historical Society lecture at 7 p.m. upstairs at the Mesa Public Library. Dr. Nikki Nojima Louis will speak on her experiences as a Japanese American in World War II and beyond.
     TUESDAY
    Kiwanis meeting from noon to 1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos. Greg Fisher, economic vitality director for Los Alamos County, will speak on the state of the county economy.

  • By COLLEEN OLINGER

    Selvi Viswanathan is unique. The 2016 Los Alamos Treasure is always dressed in a colorful sari, and it is difficult to miss this charming import.  
    People see an intelligent, soft-spoken, feminine woman who takes time to make everyone around her feel comfortable.  
    It is never easy to fit into another culture, even when that culture is known as a melting pot. Viswanathan achieved this and prospered in the process. The first 29 years of her life were spent in Berhampur Odisha, Tamil-speaking south India. In 1967, fresh from an arranged marriage, Viswanathan traveled alone from Bombay to New York City, delayed a week from accompanying her new husband, V.K. (Nathan) Viswanathan, by a visa holdup.
    Although she had taught teenagers for eight years in India, Viswanathan had never really been alone – never walked outside without family or friends, certainly never taken a plane trip by herself.  
    She managed her fright and took the trip because “it had to be  done.”

  • By COLLEEN OLINGER

    “Quietly effective and caring,” “absolutely reliable,” “hardworking,”  “friendly,” “outgoing,” “competent,” “sincere,” “deeply respected,” “can’t say no,” “our community could use a thousand more like him.”  
    Charles Robert Tallman is being honored as a 2016 Living Treasure for many reasons – none more so than this high personal regard.
    Tallman belongs to that group of long-term residents who form the backbone of much of Los Alamos’ civic life. After his arrival here in 1962 with his wife Janet and two children, David and Katherine, Tallman wasted little time embracing his new community.

  • By COLLEEN OLINGER

    Anyone who has lived in Los Alamos during the last 35 years was sure to see a small, cheerful, dark-haired woman pitching in at a community project downtown, or at Mountain School, county council, the United Church, Rotary or Casa Mesita.
     It’s Nona Bowman, all Southern accent and Western energy – a 2016 Los Alamos Living Treasure.
    Bowman has been a fixture on the Los Alamos volunteer scene since 1982, when she, husband Charlie, and their two young children, Brenda and David, moved here in response to Charlie’s job offer from the Los Alamos Laboratory. (He subsequently managed the neutron science program, became a Lab fellow, and started his own technical business.)  
    Bowman began teaching in the Gate gifted student program, earning a reputation as an energetic teacher able to bring difficult concepts alive. She retired at age 64 in 1998, after more than 15 years.
    Bowman also immersed herself in the larger community. Her best-known Los Alamos role centers on her eight-year Los Alamos County Council membership.
    Elected in November 2002, she was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2006 and served a stint as council chair – evidence of her colleagues’ respect.

  • The Los Alamos Mountaineers will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. April 20 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Speaker Kevin Stillman will give a presentation on the state of the Bandelier backcountry and trails post Las Conchas fire.
    A social and reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m. Program at 7:30 p.m. There will be a slideshow and presentation about the Conchas fire and the floods of 2011 and 2013, how the backcountry and trails were affected, and where Bandelier is in rebuilding the trail system.
    Stillman is the trail work leader at Bandelier. He has worked at Bandelier for seven years and has hiked and backpacked in Bandelier and the surrounding area for many years.

  • 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 our 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
    Gracie—A 7-year-old tabby who was surrendered when her elderly owner could no longer care for her. She’s very shy and is still adjusting to life in the cat room. She prefers a quiet, calm house, and she doesn’t mind the company of cat-friendly dogs!
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped a few weeks ago. He’s still adjusting to life at the shelter and interaction with humans, so check back in a few weeks for more information about Juan!

  • The second annual Los Alamos Volunteer Fair will start at 2 p.m. Saturday on the UNM-LA campus, building No. 2.

    The goal of the Volunteer Fair, hosted by the 2016 Leadership Los Alamos special projects committee, is to “connect potential volunteers with organizations in need of volunteers.”

    This year’s Los Alamos Leadership Team for the fair is compiling this information into a database and will have it available for the public by summer. Organizations are encouraged to contact losalamosvolunteerfair@gmail.com if they would like to attend the fair or if they have questions or comments about this effort.