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  • NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's "like" button isn't going away, but it's about to get some company.

    Facebook has been testing alternatives to "like" in about a half-dozen countries, including Ireland, Spain and Japan. On Wednesday, Facebook started making "haha," ''angry" and three other responses available in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

    In changing a core part of Facebook — the 7-year-old "like" button has become synonymous with the social network — the company said it tried to keep things familiar. The thumbs-up "like" button will look just as it long has, without the other choices cluttering the screen or confusing people. You have to hold that button or mouse over the "like" link for a second or two for the alternatives to pop up.

    Here are seven things to know about Facebook's latest feature, known as Reactions.

    WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE?

    When a friend posts that his father has died, or a cousin gets frustrated with her morning commute, hitting "like" might seem insensitive. Users have long requested a "dislike" button, but that was deemed too negative and problematic. Are you disliking the death or the call for sympathy?

  • THURSDAY
    Discover E 2016 from 4:30-7 p.m. in the commons area at Los Alamos High School. Discover E (Engineering) is an evening of interesting, interactive and fun engineering, science, math and technology demonstrations for K-12 students and their parents or guardians.
    SATURDAY
    Community Resiliency Committee quarterly meeting from 10-11 a.m. in meeting room 1 at Mesa Public Library. The resiliency committee is a subcommittee of the Los Alamos Community Health Council. For more information, to provide input or request minutes, call 470-0841.
    MARCH 1
    LRG First Tuesday Breakfast. Lab retirees are invited to join the Laboratory Retiree Group for breakfast on the first Tuesday of each month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Morning Glory Restaurant, 1377 Diamond Drive, Los Alamos (across from the high school). Morning Glory serves a full breakfast and pastries. LRG will pay for hot coffee or tea. Contact sgirard@losalamos.com for more information.

    Climate Change: The Future of New Mexico’s Pikas at 7 p.m. Find out what pikas can tell us about the future of New Mexico’s alpine animals. Free.

  • The Los Alamos Dog Jog Committee is calling on all creative young artists to put their imaginations and love of dogs to work by submitting a drawing for the 2016 Los Alamos Dog Jog Logo Contest.
    The contest is open to youngsters in the third through sixth grades whose families live or work in Los Alamos County. The winning design will be used as the official logo and be placed on event t-shirts and other materials. The winner will receive one free t-shirt in the size of their choice.
    Go to lafos.org to download the entry form. Entries are due March 5.

  • This week, I’d like to talk to the parents of seniors. This is the time when as parents we need to breathe in and breathe out, “keep calm and carry on.”
    The tendency during this time of year is to freak out realizing all of the things that need to be done. There’s letters to write and applications to send, and volunteer work still missing from the resume.
    Don’t get so consumed by the process that you don’t enjoy the ride. Since I have been down the path before, I will tell you that the time between now and spring break will fly.
    The time between spring break and the end of the year, on the other hand, will travel at warp speed. You won’t even know what you have to do and by when and where to be at what time and if there’s a music, band or dance student in the mix, there’s the last everything to attend.
    You don’t get it back, ever. So try and slow down, force everybody to the table for a dinner here and there, yes even between the multitude of practices. There will be games at home and games away, but when you can take the reins, reign everyone in to sit and eat dinner together.
    When our oldest child went through it, it was all I could do not to weep at the thought that it might be the last everything!

  • The Summit Garden Club’s next meeting is 1:30 p.m. March 7 at the home of  Eva Zhang, 2161 Deer Trail. The program presenter will be Gillian Sutton, owner of Flowers by Gillian. Her talk will be “The Advantages of Using your own Flowers/Local Florist.” Call Shelby Redondo, club president, at 662-2625 for information on the meeting and club.

  • The community is invited to the Women in Los Alamos History Dinner Presentation at 5:50 p.m. March 3 at the Los Alamos Golf Course clubhouse, 4244 Diamond Drive.
    The local Cottonwood on the Greens will provide dinner, followed by a dynamic speaker presenting on Women in Los Alamos History. Bring yourself, your partner, and your children to hear how those who came before us have paved the way. Gain inspiration in what others have achieved.
    The event is part of a two-day visit to northern New Mexico for speaking engagements, workshops, and discussions on ways to support women achieving success in technical careers, and discussions about solutions for gender equality in the workplace.
    Jill Tietjen is a well-known speaker on the topic of gender issues in the work place, and a motivational speaker for young women working toward educations and careers in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM).
    Cost is $15 for non-members, $10 for members and guests, and $5 for students. Contact Sarah Terrill at 505-709-0089 for information.

  • Feb. 21-27, 2016
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10:30 a.m.        Advisory Council
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beef Stew
    12:15 p.m.        Smart Driver Course
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Low Vision/Hearing Support
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Tenders
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1:30 p.m.        “Friends” Meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is taking kids outside this summer with four camps that encourage fourth- through sixth-graders to connect with nature through hands-on fun and adventure.
    From June 6-10, kids can hone their detective skills with Nature Odyssey: Super Sleuths in the Jemez Mountains. In this camp kids will explore the mountains, rivers, and valleys of the Jemez Mountains including the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Campers will learn to navigate the natural environment around us as they become nature detectives. They will investigate diverse habitats through fishing, wayfinding, mapping, tracking, and exploring. Cost is $305 for PEEC members and $325 fornon-members.
    During the same week, June 6-10, middle school kids are invited to join the Living Earth Adventure Program (LEAP). Campers will explore the diverse ecosystems of the Pajarito Plateau and surrounding areas making new friends while exploring the archeology, geology, ecology, and wildlife from the Rio Grande Valley to the Jemez Mountains and beyond! This week includes hiking, caving, an overnight campout and an exciting rafting trip. Cost is $355 for PEEC members and $375 for non-members.

  • • Dylan Kettering, son of Brett and Kate Kettering, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brigham Young University in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, emphasis in Advertising. Dylan is a 2009 graduate of Los Alamos High School.
     
     • Joshua Sauppe, of Los Alamos, graduated in December 2015 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison's College of Letters and Science, with a Doctor of Philosophy in Physics

    • Tristan Goodwin, of Los Alamos, was one of over 200 Cornell College students named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2015 semester. Goodwin earned High Honors, earning a grade-point average of 3.8-3.99.

  • MONDAY
    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Committee Days.

    Meeting of the Los Alamos Garden Club at 9:30 a.m. at the Smith’s upstairs meeting room. Visitors are welcome. Speaker will be Kim Martin.

    Chapter AK, P.E.O. annual soup supper meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Oppenheimer Condos’ Patio Room. Wendy Swanson will be the hostess and Jane Phillips is the co-hostess. Guest Pauline Schneider will present the program “Mindfull Music.” RSVP to Wendy at 662-7392.
    TUESDAY
    Chamber Coffee and Connections at 10 a.m. at Ruby K’s Bagel Café. This is a monthly meeting that gives you the opportunity to discuss issues and exchange ideas in an informal setting with a Chamber representative and fellow Chamber members. There is no set agenda so the conversation is open to the topics that matter the most to you and your business. Coffee and food are no-host. Reserve a seat online http://losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/coffee-and-conn....

  • 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
    Lady—A 7-year-old Siamese mix (mostly white, but with the blue Siamese eyes). She is the current “queen” of the cat room, and she loves soaking up attention from visitors and volunteers! This sweet girl will sit on your lap for hours, so be prepared for lots of snuggling with this little lady. When you’re not snuggling, she loves a good brushing!

  • Los Alamos residents will get an opportunity to visit the Trinity Site during its public access tour April 2, with the Los Alamos Historical Society two-day bus tour.
    White Sands Missile Range is opening the southern New Mexico site where the first man-made nuclear explosion occurred. Officials at the Army installation near Alamogordo have scheduled a free open house on April 2.
    Those who want to join the Historical Society’s special tour will leave April 1.
    Cost is $350 per person for members, or $400 per person for non-members, assuming there are two people per room. Single rooms will be an additional $50 per person. The deadline to purchase tickets is March 18. Visit losalamoshistory.org/trinity_tour_2016.htm for details.
    Visitors will be able to walk a quarter-mile to Trinity Site’s ground zero – the spot where the bomb was exploded on July 16, 1945 at 5:29 a.m. MST.
    Visitors who want to tour the Trinity Site during the free open house, can reach the site through the range’s Stallion Range Center gate, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    There’s a small obelisk at ground zero, and historical photos are mounted the fence around the area.

  • LOS ANGELES — Space tourism projects leaped off the drawing board when a $10 million prize was offered as an incentive for private development of manned rockets, but it took years to make a winner. Many more years have passed since, but the only space tourists have been a few wealthy people who paid millions of dollars for trips aboard Russian rockets to the International Space Station. Things to know about space tourism:

    X PRIZE
    In 1995, the St. Louis-based X Prize Foundation conceived the idea of a $10 million reward for development of a privately financed, reusable spaceship capable of carrying three people to an altitude of 62 miles twice within two weeks.
    The X Prize announcement the following year was timed to an anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's nonstop flight from New York to Paris aboard the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927, which won the aviator the $25,000 Orteig Prize that was offered in 1919 for the trans-Atlantic flight.
    At the time the X Prize was announced, maverick aerospace designer Burt Rutan, creator of the Voyager aircraft that circled the globe in 1986, speculated that the $10 million prize could be won in three years. In fact it took more than eight.

    SPACESHIPONE

  • Virgin Galactic later this month in Mojave, California, is preparing to roll out its new SpaceShipTwo, a vehicle the company hopes will one day take tourists to the edge of space. It comes roughly 15½ months since an earlier incarnation was destroyed in a test flight, killing one of the pilots. Despite the setback, the dream of sending tourists to the edge of space and beyond is still alive. Space tourism companies are employing designs including winged vehicles, vertical rockets with capsules and high-altitude balloons.
    A look at projects currently under development:

    VIRGIN GALACTIC
    The most prominent space tourism program, the commercial space line founded by adventurer-business mogul Sir Richard Branson will use a winged rocket plane dubbed SpaceShipTwo, successor to SpaceShipOne, which in 2004 won the $10 million Ansari X Prize that was intended to spur the industry’s development.
    SpaceShipTwo is designed to be flown by two pilots and carry up to six passengers on a suborbital trajectory to altitudes above 62 miles (100 kilometers), an internationally recognized boundary of space.

  • Shelly Wiemann, a financial advisor for Edward Jones, hosted a seminar for female investors at Cottonwood on the Green Feb. 4.
    “I’m interacting with a lot of female investors; women who are in charge of their own financial destiny,” Wiemann said. “We have the only female-run financial services office in Los Alamos. We want to encourage every woman in town to know that there is a resource for you.”
    Over 40 women attended the seminar.  Whether they were married, divorced, single, widowed or still in the beginning of their careers, they all had questions and concerns about investing.
    Why is it important for women to invest?
    The women at the seminar had a variety of reasons for attending. Here are a few:
    Some didn’t think they knew enough to invest. “I’m tired of being clueless,” said Kay Newnam. “Investing can be very risky and I want to be able to ask intelligent questions and know what I’m doing.”

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center is bringing two great storytellers to the Los Alamos Nature Center Saturday.
    Beginning at 11 a.m., master storytellers Teralene (Terry) Foxx and Kimberly Gotches will light up imaginations with stories about what animals do in the frosty environment of winter. Children and adults will enjoy activities and stories about hibernation, migration and adaptation.
    Foxx is known as an ecologist and storyteller, who uses storytelling in schools, churches and environmental settings. She teaches classes in journaling, plant identification and art techniques to children and adults. Foxx has worked effectively with children and adults. To become a master storyteller, she completed a four-year apprenticeship in storytelling from the School of Sacred Storytelling and traveled to several countries and around the U.S. She has been a presenter at the National Storytelling Network Conference and other venues including Nature Odyssey, PEEC’s summer camp.

  • TODAY
    Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting at 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. A panel of adults and teens will speak about “Teen Relationships: Risky choices and recognizing abuse” followed by discussion.
    THURSDAY
    The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the UNM-LA Room 203. The meeting will begin with guest speaker Debbie Maestas, Chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico. A brief business meeting will follow. For more information, contact Bill McKerley at 331-3686.

    Science on Tap at 5:30 p.m. at Unquarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square. Jack Shlachter will discuss “What’s the Matter with Matter?” Schlachter is with LANL’s Theoretical Division. The On Tap series is a 10-15 minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. All are welcome.
    FEB. 22
    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Committee Days.

    Meeting of the Los Alamos Garden Club at 9:30 a.m. at the Smith’s upstairs meeting room. Visitors are welcome. Speaker will be Kim Martin.

  • Today I’m talking to you, the parent or caregiver of a teenager. I’m not talking to parents of certain teenagers, pretty much all of them.
    I particularly mean the parents or caregivers of rich teenagers, poor teenagers and middle income teenagers. I speak to those who have kids with great friends, iffy friends, many friends, a handful of good friends and no friends at all.
    I mean the parents or caregivers of the teens that talk to you, the ones that might if they needed something or the ones you probably think wouldn’t give you the time of day, yup you.
    So, lately we have heard about teenagers sending naked pictures via cell phone, receiving them, trading them like baseball or Pokémon cards, some storing them in a virtual album or just some just sneaking a peek.  
    If you are reading this column, did you have a talk with your teenager? Even if you didn’t think in a million years it would be them, did you have that conversation?
    You see I did, even though I didn’t think so because I know my cell phone automatically opens a photo and I needed to know what to do if it happened like that for a youth. I understand the answer to be to delete it without hesitation. It doesn’t matter if you know who sent it or not and DON’T forward it, EVER!

  • What’s the Matter with Matter?
    Like people, materials contain defects or imperfections not visible to the human eye. These variations can come into play during material creation and use for many applications including nuclear reactors and weapons. The Los Alamos National Laboratory is currently developing a concept for a large-scale facility, called MaRIE (short for Matter-Radiation Interactions in Extremes), to probe materials during processing and while they are undergoing high stress to follow in real time the evolution of their defect structures. This work will help build design tools to predict the performance of real-life materials under important conditions.
    Jack Shlachter, with the lab’s Theoretical Division, will help explore this topic at the next Science On Tap. The discussion begins 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.
    Join in for a discussion where small things really do matter.