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    The Project Management Institute was recently awarded Los Alamos resident John Jones PMI Region 7 volunteer of the year. Jones is a PMI chapter board member.

    The award recognized his contributions during the 2013 calendar year. 

    The board said that as vice president of programs, Jones had reached out to the membership of the Otowi Bridge PMI chapter, asking what changes they wanted.

    Based on membership responses, Jones initiated quarterly dinner meetings and arranged for high quality presenters at these events. 

    Jones also spearheaded New Mexico’s inaugural International Project Management Day (IPMD) event last November in collaboration with the Rio Grande chapter of PMI. 

  •  The Family Strength Network offers programs to help teens and young adults throughout the year. The next round of classes and workshops are available now for registration. Some classes are have been going on since the beginning of the year, however anyone may register for a session until the program ends. Anyone who can’t make the times listed can call 662-4515 or email fsn@lafsn.org to be notified of future classes.

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    Artist and instructor Lisa Coddington’s class at PEEC last summer was well received, so Pajarito Environmental Education Center has welcomed Coddington back for another hands-on art workshop. 

    Participants will learn how to use drawing materials to portray animals such as those found at PEEC or around the Pajarito Plateau. The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with a 30-minute break for lunch.

    With the class size limited to nine, Coddington will be able to work one-on-one with participants as they explore how to use pencil techniques to portray animals. Coddington will teach participants how to select a subject and start an animal portrait. This class is suggested for beginner and intermediate levels. Price is $45, or $36 for PEEC members. There is also a list of required art supplies, which participants will need to purchase separately. Village Arts will carry all the supplies and will offer a 10 percent discount to anyone who brings in the class list.

  • Activities kicked off at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center this week.
    From now until Friday, the aquatic center presents a Spring Fling at the pool. The obstacle course will be up and running every day from 1-3 p.m.
    The aquatic center supports its students, and offers a discount all week for youth from 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
    The aquatic center also launches a new program on April 19. The in-pool egg hunt will begin at 1 p.m. Admission is $2.50/child, and all youth — ages 16 and under — are invited to hunt for
    some colorful eggs in the water. The limit is 150 youth, and all participants are invited to stary after and enjoy the pool.
    The Double Dive-In Feature will present “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” from 7 to 8:45 p.m. April 25. The lights are dimmed, the float toys are out, and the big theater-like screen will go up for the movie. Advance ticket sales are available at the aquatic centers front counter for $5.
    Admission includes treats, a glow necklace, and access to the pool during the movie.  
    At 9 p.m., the featured movie for teens will be “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” and will include pizza sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and is free for all high schoolers.

  • Judging by the success of the Los Alamos High School Speech and Debate team, the coaches have a large part of the honor. Three coaches have recently been recognized both statewide and nationally.
    During the past year, all three have earned the Diamond Coach Award from the National Speech and Debate Association.
    The Diamond Coach Award reflects both excellence and longevity in coaching speech and debate. Of the 25 High School teams which compete in New Mexico and the 34 active coaches, only five have earned a Diamond Coach Award. Three of those five coaches are located here in Los Alamos.
    Margo Batha and Janet Newton are coaches of the LAHS Hilltalkers. Carolyn Connor is coach of the Jemez Mountain Homeschool Speech and Debate team.
    At the state level, the New Mexico Speech and Debate Association (NMSDA) is a professional association of educators and coaches representing public, private and charter schools statewide who are actively engaged in forensics education and high school-level speech and debate competition. 
    Each year the NMSDA awards Speech Coach of the Year and Debate Coach of the Year to two exemplary coaches. To be considered, coaches must be nominated, lead a successful program, and exhibit dedication, involvement and sportsmanship.

  • 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 a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

  • “If everyone in the world had a neighbor like John, this would be a wonderful world.”
    Behind most endeavors is someone who just does his job, keeps things going, avoids the limelight – and is indispensable. Such a one is 2014 Living Treasure John Stewart.
    John was born in New York City and raised mostly in Richland, Washington, where his father worked at the Hanford Atomic Site. He graduated from Washington State College with a degree in psychology, but two years in the Army convinced him that a different specialty might enhance his job prospects. Returning to school, he earned a master’s degree in mathematics. He and Margaret married in 1955; a 60th wedding anniversary beckons. John hired on at the Los Alamos Laboratory in 1959 as a computer programmer (later system manager). He started working in an astronomy group, then oceanography, and ended with seismology.
    “When I retired, I didn’t know what to do with myself, what to keep me off the street.” John reached out to the community.

  • Throughout her life, 2014 Living Treasure Teralene (Terry) Foxx has felt close to nature. “When I
    was six, we moved to a wheat ranch in Idaho on the Little Camas Prairie. Every spring the Camas lilies bloomed. We would walk along the road and my mother would talk about the lilies or pick up a snake and let us touch it. That was my introduction”, Terry’s interest was cemented at the College of Idaho. There she took a seven- week camping field trip from Southern Idaho into Mexico, studying the flora and fauna of Mexico and the Southwest. Later she earned an MS in biology from Kansas State University.

    Terry and her husband Jim arrived in Los Alamos in 1969 with two daughters Alison and Erin.
    He had accepted a job as an inorganic chemist at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. Their third
    daughter, Kerri, was born in Los Alamos. Terry credits the pull of Los Alamos’ natural setting as
    an immediate attraction. “I have a heart for the mountains. I never got use to the flatness of
    Kansas. It was a chance to come back home.”

  • The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice is looking for people interested in assisting with the hospice program.
    Training will include diversity, confidentiality, psycho/social needs, family dynamics and meeting the needs of the individual patient.
    Orientation meeting will be noon to 1:30 p.m. May 7 at Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Office, 2202 Canyon Road.
    To reserve a space, call Visiting Nurses at 662-2525.  

  • The Hilltop Garden now has an official logo, which was designed by local resident Cayla Aikin.
    While Los Alamos County has issued a Request for Proposal and the Family YMCA has been awarded it, the county must still obtain federal permission for the specific land use.
    According to a press release, Los Alamos County is working with the Family YMCA to move this along as quickly as possible, but it will likely mean that using the land will be delayed for more months than originally thought.
    In the interim, the Y is pursuing plans for developing the space, as well as hosting an alternate site for this summer.
    The community is now free to help dream up ideas for the new garden.  Post any ideas to the Family YMCA Facebook page titled “The Family Y-Hilltop Garden”
    at facebook.com/HilltopGarden
    LosAlamos.
    The Y is currently considering about the kind of shade structure that would be ideal for Hilltop Garden.  

  • When Melissa Schmidt and her Aunt Brenda Kelley knew a change was needed, they created an opportunity for community discussion through a Facebook page called HOLLA, Hope and Love in Los Alamos, one they hope to see grow into a real force of encouragement in the community.
    The idea was born after becoming interested in a website that offers similar goals to what HOLLA hopes to do in Los Alamos and that is to offer hope and help. To Write Love on Her Arms, twloha.com, works to offer hope and help, while addressing the stigma of mental health issues.
    Born in Los Alamos in 1982, Schmidt went on to live in the big world, experiencing the heartaches of life, that many teens are forced to deal with.
    These struggles included the divorce of her parents and confronting issues of sexuality, which led to her dropping out of high school, her senior year.
    “Seriously, guys, stay in school, dropping out in January of your senior year is dumb, trust me,” Schmidt said and returned to get her diploma in 2003. “Now I see that my parents’ divorce was probably the best thing for me and my sisters, and being gay isn’t something I chose, and it is not something I am ashamed of.”

  • Doug Scott has been exploring and writing about the waterfalls of New Mexico for decades. Of special interest is that a new 80-foot high waterfall is being formed this year, for which Scott is documenting the formation and the fact that it will continue to grow for years to come. Scott will share photos and observations of these waterfalls in a slideshow and presentation 7 p.m. April 10 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    There are hundreds of waterfalls in the Land of Enchantment, yet very few people know this. Attendees of Scott’s talks are always greatly inspired to become “Waterfall-lovers” and begin “Waterfalling” immediately.
    At this event, Scott will also sign all four of his outdoor books for those interested: “Taos Waterfalls,” “Taos Mountains,” “New Mexico Waterfalls” and “New Mexico Waterfall Handbook.”
    At age 20, Scott was the first commercial whitewater river outfitter in New Mexico in 1972. Scott was also the founder of Taos Mountain Outfitters in 1972. He has been a New Mexico guide and outdoor enthusiast since moving here in 1957.
    The program is free to attend, and no advance registration is required.

  • Among those I have taken to lunch over the years, I can now add a llama to my list. My dining companion, K-2, was one of six llamas that accompanied our small group on a recent day trek with in Northern New Mexico.
    A handsome blonde and statuesque creature with plenty of personality, K-2 was ever-alert and curious as we hiked the trails in the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Area of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. 
    I led my trusted wooly friend through the dense woods, over bridges and into the gentle creeks within this picturesque and unspoiled wilderness. With his leather padded, two-toed feet and natural agility, he walked with a self-possessed air, exuding confidence as he navigated the terrain without faltering, while carrying a load of gear.
    “Llamas are the perfect low-impact, high altitude pack animal,” said Stuart Wilde, owner and head wilderness guide of Wild Earth Llama Adventures. “They are sure-footed because they have the perfect ‘mountain moccasins’ — like mountain goats — and they have little impact on fragile wilderness trails. They exemplify the ‘leave no trace’ ethic we practice and teach out here.”

  • SOMOS Celebrates Nat’l Poetry Month with Two-Week Poetry Event in Taos, now through April 12.
    To celebrate National Poetry Month in April, the Society of the Muse of the Southwest (SOMOS) is hosting 12 evenings of poetry readings led by 36 poets — many who live in Taos — until April 12. All readings will be at the SOMOS Salon room beginning at 7 p.m.
    The series is free, however, donations to SOMOS are appreciated as are all purchases of poetry books. The series has been curated by Taos poet and co-editor of “Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art,” Veronica Golos.
    “Taos and the surrounding area have a plethora of award winning, spoken word, poets with books,” Golos said. “We will hear from a variety of poets including young poets, firmly established poets, newer poets, formal poets, experimental poets, poets reading Shakespeare, poets reading their own translations, etc. We hope that the Taos community will be generous with their attendance, their donations, and will support poets by buying their books! It has been a great pleasure working with SOMOS curating this event.”
    All poetry readings will take place at 7 p.m. at the SOMOS Salon, unless otherwise noted. A schedule of appearances is as follows:

  • Española
    China Kitchen, 604-A South Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Feb. 20
    Violations: Three high-risk violations. Sanitizer solution not at proper levels, which was corrected at time of inspection. Ice scoop needs its own container. No floor drain in three-compartment sink. Two moderate-risk violations. Needs 2-inch air gap in between three-compartment sink and the dishwasher, must get that fixed within four weeks. Four low-risk violations. Hood and vents are missing filters. Back door needs seal at the bottom. Screen needs to be replaced at back door. Linoleum needs to be replaced.
    Status of Establishment: Follow up required on March 20.

    Tortilleria Temosach, 419 Corlett
    Date inspected: Feb. 27
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • The Harwood Museum of Art in Taos is hosting a number of art, educational, and cultural activities for all ages to kicked off the spring season this weekend, with a panel discussion of contemporary art in Northern New Mexico, and continuing through April 18 with a jazz concert.
    “We’re thrilled that we could offer the community our popular children’s education programs, lectures, films, and musical presentations,” said director of public programs, Rebecca Aubin. “Many of these events give us an opportunity to showcase our state-of-the-art Arthur Bell Auditorium. These programs have been gaining popularity throughout the years and we plan on continuing with this growing tradition. We want the community to know that the Harwood Museum of Art is the place to come in Taos for all your art, learning, history and cultural experiences.”
    The events were kicked off by artists Jonathan Blaustein, Nina Elder and Debbie Long, who focused on contemporary art in Northern New Mexico during a panel discussion. Their work is currently on display, which demonstrates a new trend in how artists are using their art as a medium to talk about planet earth and regional landscapes.

  • Welcome to April, the Asset category of Constructive use of time and a way past due time for spring break.
    This category incorporates numbers 17 through 20 and includes creative activities, youth programs, the religious community and time at home.
    Now for those that know me well, spring break is a time for staying in your pajamas as late as possible, scheduling a whole lot of nothing, eating dinner in front of the television and one of those dinners possibly being comprised of all appetizers.
    I also recommend a healthy amount of baking, making ice cream sundaes, or going through a drive-thru, again in your pajamas for some sort of sweet treat, late at night.
    The theme here is a whole lot of nothing that can still equal a whole lot of fun. Parents and their children need to be able to embrace times where every little detail isn’t scheduled out to the very last minute.
    Throughout the month, we will look at the following assets and how constructive use of time is important, but you can also be constructive doodling on construction paper and mailing cards to our troops, or local home bound seniors who could use a kind word.
    Here is a look at the entire category.
    17. Creative activities — A young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts.

  • Pony Club graduate and instructor Lindsay Lechner performs in a dressage show. The Los Alamos Pony Club show and rally helps participants improve their horsemanship and teamwork skills.

  • The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta board of directors and staff are conducting the first “Oh Say Can You Sing” National Anthem Contest. Singers, entertainers and performers are invited to submit their best National Anthem audition video online.
    Balloon Fiesta staff will choose the top 15, then the top nine will be selected by votes cast by Balloon Fiesta Facebook fans.
    The winners of the “Oh Say Can You Sing” contest will sing the National Anthem at Balloon Fiesta Park’s Main Stage during the 2014 event morning sessions October 4-12, 2014.
    Video auditions are being accepted until April 11. To enter visit: balloonfiesta.com/event-info/oh-say-can-you-sing.
    To submit audition:
    • Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo.
    • Complete the online application and include the link to your video audition.
    • Visit BalloonFiesta.com on April 18 to see if you are a finalist. 

  • Five students from Los Alamos Middle School participated in the recent National History Day regional competitions and each one placed in his or her category! All five students are moving on to compete again at the statewide competition to be April 25 in Albuquerque.
    The National History Day competitions allow several different types of entries including websites, documentaries, papers, performances, or exhibits. Each entry is thoroughly researched and reflects the theme this year, which is “Rights and Responsibilities in History.”
    Thomas Chadwick, Zoe Hemez, and Miriam Wallstrom traveled to Farmington to compete in the Northern New Mexico region in February. Chadwick took first place with his website on D-Day, Hemez took third place with her website on the making of the atomic bomb, and Wallstrom took first place with her documentary on the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War II.
    Antonio Dowdy and Ruby Selvage competed in the Central New Mexico region in Albuquerque in March. Dowdy placed second with his paper on the American concentration camps, and Selvage took first with her exhibit on animal rights.