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  • The Los Alamos Co-op Market’s “Shop with the Chef” cooking classes is back for the season to give local chefs the opportunity to share their love of cuisine, picking out the ingredients and taking participants through the process to the final product.
    Three classes are available for $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers plus tax:
    • Healthy One-Dish Meals by Emily Schmidt on Jan. 28
    • Valentine’s Day Dinner Made Simply by Co-op General Manager Steve Watts on Feb. 11
    • The Key to French Cuisine by Edwin Theodore on March 11.
    The classes will be 6 p.m. at the Los Alamos Co-op, 95 Entrada Drive. Registration is now available at the
    Co-op. Class size is limited to accommodate the space, so registering early will ensure a chance to attend.
    The Healthy One-Dish Meals class focuses on making a delicious, healthy, balanced breakfast and dinner using nutritious whole foods. Participants will learn with a hands-on demonstration, in addition to sampling the meals. Schmidt practices family-friendly, nutritious cooking and believes that “food is the answer” to being on track with health and wellness. Schmidt’s recipes are gluten-free.

  • Santa Fe
    Subway, 2801 Rodeo Road, Suite B-9
    Date inspected: Jan. 6
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Vents and fans have dust build up.Top of bread warmer is dusty. Door handles have grime build up.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Taco Bell, 1201 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: Jan. 6
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Ice from condensation or from a leak in the condenser unit is pooling onto food product and/or container. Ice is not a potable water source.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up with Corrective Action Response by Jan. 17.

    Panda Express, 3522 Zafarano Drive, Suite F1
    Date inspected: Jan. 8
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Food temperatures in in danger zone for front display line and some items in walk in. Two moderate-risk violations. Grill equipment has grease build up on all sides. Wood handle utensils are degraded and shall be made smooth, non-absorbent and cleaned.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up with Corrective Action Response by Jan. 14.

    Chuck Higgins LLC, 847 Ninita St.
    Date inspected: Jan. 8
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Dirk Norris, former Outreach Programs Manager for the New Mexico Film Office, announced the creation of the New Mexico Film Foundation, a nonprofit corporation whose mission is “To help support the independent film industry in New Mexico while offering financial assistance and educational opportunities to New Mexico independent film makers.”
    While the film industry continues to grow in New Mexico through the efforts of the New Mexico Film Office, programs such as the “New Visions” contract award, “Governor’s Cup” and “Film Maker Intensive,” programs designed to help New Mexico filmmakers, no longer exist. “We have a large community of independent film makers right here in New Mexico,” Norris said, “and the time is now to bring more attention to them, and offer them support.”
    Once it gets funding, the New Mexico Film Foundation will offer a variety of grants aimed at helping those creative “above the line” writers, directors, producers and actors that want to tell stories through film and digital media.

  • BOSTON — “Antiques Roadshow,” PBS’s series, has announced its Summer 2014 Tour destinations: Bismarck, N.D., Santa Clara, Calif., Birmingham, Ala., Austin, Texas; Albuquerque, Chicago, New York and Charleston, W.Va.
    Programs recorded in those locations will make up the 11-time Emmy® Award nominated production’s 19th broadcast season on PBS, airing in 2015. 
    The stop in Albuquerque is July 19.
    “‘Antiques Roadshow’ couldn’t be happier to embark on our second summer of a beefed up, eight-city tour,” said Executive Producer Marsha Bemko. “From a first-time visit to West Virginia to a long-awaited return to New York’s thriving antique scene, we are thrilled about each and every city we are traveling to.”
    Roadshow’s 2014 Tour invites almost 50,000 fans to join the production as it travels across the country on the search for America’s next hidden treasure. 
    Admission to “Antiques Roadshow” events is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance. Ticket applications and complete ticketing rules will be available on pbs.org/antiques or by dialing toll-free 1-888-762-3749 by 7 p.m. local time.

  • Assemblage and collage have a long history in contemporary art and Mesa Public Library Art Gallery shows a local master of mixed media, Santa Fe artist Dirk Wales.
    From densely texted paper juxtaposed with reprinted photographic images, bits and pieces of tickets and paper bric-a-brac, Wales’ works are small worlds contained in one-of-a- kind boxes.
    An artist, author and film maker, the “eclectic” work of Dirk Wales is intriguing and engaging.
    Enjoy visiting the eccentric worlds of Dirk Wales beginning next week at the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery.
    The exhibition will run from Jan. 29 through Feb. 27, with a talk with the artist from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 30.
    A steady influence for the work is the presence of the American artist of the 1940s, 50s and 60s, Joseph Cornell who essentially “invented” box art, that is, collage and assemblage in boxes.
    Wales follows Cornell’s lead with assemblage in photographs and in boxes.
    A good example of this work is a category called Heroes. Featured are three of Wales’ mentors: Joseph Cornell, Camille Claudel and Egon Scheile. He has made cubes of their images, photographed the cubes in compelling ways and then combined the cubes and images in a box.

  • Are you an adult with an ongoing health condition? Join a free 2 ½ hour MyCD Workshop being sponsored by the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and the Family Y.
    There is information on how to manage chronic disease for support and finding practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to communicate with a doctor and family.
    If anyone has conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or anxiety, a MyCD Workshop can help take charge of one’s life.
    MyCD Workshop will be once a week for six weeks beginning from 1:00-3:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The program runs through March 18.
    Learn from Pauline Schneider, executive director, Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and Paula Roybal Sánchez, extension home economist, Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service and trained volunteer leaders with health conditions themselves.
    Topics that will be discussed include:
    Session 1 – Feb. 11: Introduction to workshop, Group introductions, Mind-Body connection/distraction, Getting a good night sleep and Introduction to action plans;

  •  Northern New Mexico Community members are preventing type 2 diabetes together by participating in the free National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) offered in Española by The Family YMCA and the Rio Arriba Cooperative Extension Service.
    Guided by trained lifestyle coaches, groups of participants will learn the skills necessary to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress.
    People with prediabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are five to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with prediabetes will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within three years.
    “One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater.” said Melanie Chapman, Wellness Director of The Family YMCA. “The NDPP Program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”
    Participants will learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.

  • Zinio, the world’s largest digital newsstand is now part of the Mesa Public Library.
    This service has been added in addition to audio books and eBooks available to download instantly from the library’s website free of charge. Zinio is an online newsstand with full content, online magazines — and its all free. The program launched on Jan. 8.
    Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video.
    Current issues of more than 40 magazines in a broad range of subject areas will be available to library patrons, no limit on checkout and no returns. “Unlimited number of people can be reading the same issue at the same time,” Electronic Services Manager Gwen Kalavaza said. “That is different than ebooks and it holds a future for magazines, which is good.”
    Anyone with a library card can either come by the Mesa Public Library Reference Desk for more details, or sign up online.
    All the details to sign up for a free account are available on the library webpage, losalamosnm.us/library.
    Library staff are available to help patrons get started using the new service. Call the Mesa Reference Desk at 662-8253 to find out more.

  • Middle school science teachers in New Mexico are being asked this month to nominate their promising female students to attend the Tech Trek summer camp in July, sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Young Women in Computing program at NMSU.
    The camp is open to seventh grade girls from throughout New Mexico who have an interest in science, math, engineering, or technology (STEM) careers.
    At Tech Trek, girls are immersed in a world that empowers and encourages them to think about themselves as future scientists, engineers, mathematicians and computer specialists.
    Camp attendees will stay in the dorms at New Mexico State University to attend challenging classes and fascinating, hands-on workshops taught by university instructors and professionals in a wide range of fields.
    The camp program also includes a field trip to the NASA space center to experience women in real-world science careers, and a career night to meet dozens of professionals who will share their experiences with the girls.
    Parents of seventh grade girls who attend the summer camp will pay only a small registration fee, as the entire camp has been funded by generous contributions from the AAUW and local technology companies.
    However, girls must be nominated by their science teachers before they can apply.

  • It is the little things that make the difference, because you never know what is going on in someone’s life.
    I’ll give you an example that I hesitate to share, because the purpose isn’t to evoke an “awwww” from you the next time I see you, but for you to see something a little differently.
    The last six months of 2013 really sucked, to be honest with you.
    Don’t get me wrong, there were some pretty awesome things that happened too, but every month from July through December, something difficult in the Lauritzen family took place.
    The things ranged from major family medical issues, to a vehicle accident and really, just more than you could imagine.
    While I won’t get into details here, suffice it to say that each month got harder and harder to the point where we didn’t always share what was taking place.
    It wasn’t because we didn’t want people to know, or didn’t want to share; it was the simple fact that it was difficult thing after difficult thing that eventually seemed unreal, making me feel like a drama queen or at the least, Debbie Downer, from “Saturday Night Live.”
    Our close friends were great, being kind, making dinners from time to time and mainly listening to the occasional vent.

  • As a thank you for providing a shelter pet with a forever home, we would like to offer you a free one-month subscription to the “Los Alamos Monitor.”
    All you need to do is provide your name, address and phone number on a form at the shelter upon adoption, to begin delivering your paper to your home. After the free one-month subscription expires, we invite you to contact us about your service and to extend your subscription.
    Thank you again for saving a life. Best wishes from the “Los Alamos Monitor.”  

  • Families in Los Alamos County are helped through the office of Self Help, Inc. who serves as the local Salvation Army branch. The generosity of the community helps Los Alamos County families to pay for basic needs such as housing, food, utility bills, emergency travel, and clothing.
    The 45 volunteers started ringing the bells right after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at both Smith stores.
    Annie Bard, director of the White Rock Senior Center, and Irene Powell, RSVP director at the Betty Ehart Senior Center scheduled the ringers. Ringers were creative in dressing up like Santa or singing or putting candy canes on top of the donation bucket.
    A special thanks to the Smith’s stores for allowing the bell ringers to be there.
    Thank you, Los Alamos, for donating $15,000 to help needy families of Los Alamos County.
    2013 Salvation Army Bell Ringers:
    Annie Bard
    Jessica Bard
    Janet Basinger
    Al Bateman
    Nancy Bearss
    Romayne Betts
    Brian Boyer
    Josephine Boyer
    Lee Builta
    Mary Cernicek
    Bev Copper
    Bert Dennis
    Janet Donnelly
    Heather Donnelly
    Mike Donnelly
    John Fitzpatrick
    Terry Hahn
    Louise Hassman
    Roy Hopwood
    Sandy Jennings
    Bert Kortegaard

  • On Tuesday, Assets In Action presents its next installment of “What’s Up Doc?” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at White Rock Town Hall.
    The program, which has brought the health professionals from the Los Alamos Children’s Clinic to educate the community in family-friendly venues, has added other professionals to the fold as they delve into the tough topic of striving for a health community.
    Tuesday’s session will include a presentation from the New Mexico Suicide Prevention Coalition, to highlight some warning signs for parents and caregivers of youth.
    NMSPC Director Laura Harrison, knows the topic can be tough for many, “Suicide prevention sounds scary, but it’s really simple. It’s about knowing the warning signs of suicide, and then knowing what to do with that info. That’s what we teach on a basic level.”
    Harrison was impacted at the age of 19, after a suicide death of a friend. “I didn’t want other teens to go through what I had,” Harrison said.
    The Assets program would like the gathering to be multi-purpose and reflect on current needs and long-range strategies to build resilience and enhance community.

  • JANUARY SPECIAL OFFER FOR LOS ALAMOS RESIDENTS! The Los Alamos Shelter wants to thank the community for shopping locally and adopting locally. The shelter is offering one chance on a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to Pet Pangaea and a $50 gift certificate to Smith’s for each animal adopted from the shelter during the month of January. The animal must be one who arrived in 2013.
    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Dogs and cats are great at chasing away the blues on cold nights, so come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of adorable adoptables:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of the favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals, or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed, or neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Two for one this week

  • New Mexico middle school students will display their talents of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the Annual Future City Competition Regional Finals on Jan. 25 at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque.
    This year’s theme for Future City Competition is “Tomorrow’s Transit: Design a Way to Move People in and Around Your City.”
    Approximately 25 teams, comprised of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from all over New Mexico, have been tasked with creating transportation solutions that are quick, safe, reliable and sustainable; whether by air, foot, car, bike, or public transit.
     Led by an educator and engineer mentor, students learn the basics of city planning and management as they design a virtual city using SimCity software. Via the research essay, the students delve deeper into a citywide issue.
    This year’s question asks them to review the transportation options and needs of their own city, create viable ideas that consider safety, accessibility, intermodality and sustainability in an effort to re-imagine a better and more efficient city. From there, each team builds a physical model of their city using recycled materials costing no more than $100.

  • United States Air Force Col. Don Davis, currently assigned to the Los Alamos National Laboratory Weapons Systems Engineering Division, will be the guest speaker for Tuesday’s dinner meeting of the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars at the Los Alamos County Research Park.
    Col. Davis’ talk will address the status of the USAF ICBM Force and issues that affect the readiness of this important Air Force responsibility.
    The meeting will be at the Los Alamos Research Park Hot Rocks Java Café in the main meeting room and will start with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Davis’ presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program, or the program only at no cost. Cost for the dinner and program is $25 per person.
    The Los Alamos County Research Park building is located at 4200 West Jemez Road (west of the West Jemez Road Fire Station).

  • There’s still time to sign up for the annual spring break trip to Washington, D.C. This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home schooled eighth grade students. The trip is a private trip and not a school-sponsored trip. Sign up online at worldstrides.org using ID Number 94821 or call 1-800-468-5899 using the same ID Number.
    The trip will include sightseeing in and around Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md. Highlights of the trip include the White House, the International Spy Museum, the Walter Reed Medical Museum, a Capitol tour, the Newseum, the Pentagon Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo, Arlington Cemetery, night tours of the Presidential Monuments, the Iwo Jima, Korean, the Vietnam Memorials, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and much more. The trip will be four days and three nights in duration. The group will stay in a five star hotel in Crystal City, minutes from the D.C. sites.
    For questions call Roberta Cocking at 670-0679 or 623-225-7953. Sign up today by sending in a deposit in order to lock in the current trip price. There is scholarship money available for students needing financial assistance. Worldstrides has an “Extended Payment Plan” that would allow payments to be made even after the trip. 

  • Española
    Burger King, 701 Riverside Drive
    Date inspected: Dec. 30
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Staff was not wearing gloves when inspector arrived, which was corrected immediately, however staff did not wash their hands before putting on gloves. One moderate-risk violation. Burger toppings were not at proper holding temperature, which was corrected at time of inspection. Two low-risk violations. Not all staff, including manager were not wearing hair restraints. Ceiling vents above fryer were moldy and dusty and in need of a thorough cleaning.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Carniceria Ortega’s, 4011 Riverside Drive
    Date inspected: Jan. 2
    Violations: Complaint sent to inspectors. Two high-risk violations. No towels or soap at hand wash station. No labels on packages. Three moderate-risk violations. Permit is not posted on the wall. Beef left on the counter top. Blood all over meat grinder, slicer and on the floor and walls. One low-risk violation. No towels in restroom.
    Status of Establishment: Follow up required Jan. 3.

  • Most Americans know the parched feeling after a long flight or a cold, dry night — the effects are often visible with flakey skin, stuffy noses and chapped lips. In fact, a recent survey of U.S. moms revealed that the most annoying winter ailments to their families are dry skin and chapped lips, followed by stuffy noses.
    Launching this week, the Vicks® Moisture Map is an online tool created by team of scientists to help families understand how too little humidity can create issues for the body, pets and even the home.
    The interactive map pinpoints the top 10 driest cities across the country by synthesizing weather data and geographical data from several sources.
    “When looking at the top cities in America with the driest air, the Southwest definitely has a cluster due to the desert environment in states like New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada.

  • The Mesa Public Library, “Quotes: The Authors Speak Series,” presents Johnny D. Boggs, award winning Western author. 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Mesa Public Library, upstairs rotunda.
    Boggs has been praised by “Booklist” magazine as “among the best western writers at work today” and is one of the few authors to have won both the Western Heritage Wrangler Award and Spur Award for his fiction.
    He will talk about his prolific writing career and his two new books, “Greasy Grass: A Story of the Little Big Horn,” (published in January 2014) and “Billy the Kid on Film 1911-2012” (Published October 2013). Other titles include “East of the Border,” “The Hart Brand,” “Northfield” and “Jesse James and the Movies.”
    The Santa Fe resident has six Spur Awards from Western Writers of America for adult fiction, juvenile novels and other genres. He has also won the Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for Outstanding Western Novel of 2003 for “Spark on the Prairie: The Trial of the Kiowa Chiefs.”