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  • Author and photographer Don Usner is the featured speaker Thursday at Mesa Public Library. The talk is free and begins at 7 p.m.
    Usner’s latest book, “Chasing Dichos through Chimayó,” was published by UNM Press. The book is a chronicle of his search for the deep roots contained in old sayings, proverbs and adages from a disappearing culture and language.
    The book is also a very personal and moving story of riding in the car with his mother to Chimayó to find those old stories. The stories start with a description of how the storyteller is related to Usner’s branch of the family, and a recounting of common relatives and family stories that use those proverbs to illustrate a point.
    Usner is an accomplished photographer, who has been tapped to provide photographs by the Valles Caldera, Museum of New Mexico and the Lannan Foundation, among others. The book also contains unique photographs of the people and landscapes.
    Usner spent his youth in Los Alamos and Chimayó. Growing up in these places fostered in him a love for the natural landscape and a deep appreciation of his cultural roots in the Rio Grande valley — subjects that have remained a focus of his work throughout his life. Usner was named one of 10 Luminarias in New Mexico by the New Mexico Community Foundation in 2013.

  • Today my column is all about me, well actually more all about we.
    The “we,” in my column is, the Lauritzen family, established in 1990. Actually, Feb. 24, 1990, to be exact.
    So how exactly does my 25th wedding anniversary have to do with the building of the Assets you ask? My answer is everything of course, but mainly the Asset category of support.
    Twenty-five years ago today, not only did I marry a really great guy, Chad, also known as the “Sci Guy,” but I consider today when our entire family started.
    We have three rather lovely young men that we are pretty fond of, Chandler, a freshman at UNM-LA, the community college feel with university appeal, who wants to be a pharmacist. Also the proud owner of Fuzzball, a dog he bought with his own money in sixth grade.
    Next we have Spencer, a Los Alamos High School junior, Naval Junior ROTC cadet and the dad of 8-month-old Alex. Don’t worry he’s a German shepherd, Akita mix, also paid for with his own money.
    The youngest is Aaron, Los Alamos Middle School eight grade student and WEB Crew leader. His own dog will come at some point, please one family can only handle so much dog hair.

  • Los Alamos High School coaches Margo Batha and Christine Engelbrecht, Los Alamos Middle School coach Sherri Bublitz, Jemez Mountain Home School coach Carolyn Connor are seeking volunteers to judge speech and debate rounds or donate food to feed visiting coaches and volunteer judges. Judges have to be 18 or over, in any profession. Volunteers may or may not be associated with Los Alamos Public Schools. Judges must commit to a minimum of two volunteer hours.

    A variety of snacks, entrées and beverages are needed and 30 coaches who will be volunteering their time at the state tournament. Donations of disposable plates, silverware, and napkins are also welcome and appreciated. Food and drink donations are needed at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on each of the three days of the tournament. Register at http://bit.ly/1z4Gpmw to donate food for the state tournament.

     “The Los Alamos Speech and Debate community is thrilled to host the State Speech and Debate Championships. With our outstanding judge pool and supportive community, we know the tournament will be a success,” said Batha, Hilltalkers and president of the New Mexico State Speech and Debate Association.

  • Feb. 22-28, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:30 a.m. Tax preparation (call)
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)    
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chile cheese dog
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Low vision/hearing             support
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Hot turkey             sandwich
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.    “Friends” meeting
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m. Tax preparation (call)
    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio Plus Exercise

  • 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 best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    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 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
    Bella — An aged cat given up when her family no longer wanted to deal with her diabetes. She is currently in a foster home. For more information, call 470-6973.
    Charlie — A 9-year-old, neutered, male Maine coon cross who is reported to be good with adults, gentle children and cats. He might be fine with gentle dogs also, as he is a mellow cat. Charlie loves to be petted and interact with people. He will receive a veterinary update and become available for adoption. Charlie’s long lovely coat requires frequent brushing.

  • Former news anchor
    to talk in Santa Fe

  • Today
    Science on Tap. 5:30-7 p.m. at Unquarked Wine Room. Harshini Mukundan, research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will discuss the global threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m., at UNM-LA, room 610. The public is welcome to attend a presentation on “Global Warming Science: Where we are Now” by Chick Keller. A business meeting will follow.

    The Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry exhibit in the Upstairs Art Gallery. On display through today.

    “In Bounds.” Abstract expressionism in “The Heat of the Day,” by Dianna Shomaker. Daily through Sunday in the Portal Gallery.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    Saturday
    Waffle breakfast fundraiser. 7:30-10:30 a.m. at 15th and Canyon Road. The event is sponsored by the Pajarito Lodge No. 66 and the Northern New Mexico Blue Star Mother’s Chapter 4. $7 adults, $3 for children 6 and under. Proceeds go to providing care packages for deployed military.

  • This April will mark another milestone for Los Alamos: the much-anticipated Nature Center will open its doors to residents and visitors alike, so they can learn all about the nature they experience on the Pajarito Plateau.
    The new nature center will be run by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    PEEC will be hosting an event from 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 24 at its current location at 3540 Orange Street, for those interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer docent.
    The informal event will be open-house style, so anyone can drop in during the event. PEEC staff and current volunteers will be on hand to discuss what skills are needed to be a docent and what can be expected in this highly visible volunteer job. Pastries, coffee and tea will be served.
    To learn more about becoming a docent or for information, contact PEEC Volunteer Coordinator Linda Boncella at linda@peecnature.org or 662-0460.

  • Santa Fe
    El Paseo, 208 Galisteo St.
    Date Inspected: Dec. 18
    Violations: Three high-risk violations. Eggs raw stored above ready to eat food (corrected). Not sanitizing glassware in bar area three-compartment sink 0ppm (corrected 50 ppm). Hard surface sanitizer +200ppm (corrected 100 ppm). Employee drink in prep area not in container with straw and lid (corrected). Two moderate-risk violations. Particle accumulation on ice machine and bottom of freezer. Peeling paint above hand washing sink. Two low-risk violations. Floor tiles cracked or missing in food prep, food storage and toilet rooms. Light cover in food prep area cracked
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

  • It is the thought that children learn best when they are having fun. A summer camp where art and science merge is now accepting applications for kids in Los Alamos. The camps start in July. Registration is now underway for Big Sky Build It! in Los Alamos.
    Camps in Santa Fe start in June and vary slightly from the Los Alamos schedule. For details about the Santa Fe programs, visit bigskylearning.com.
    Developed in 1996, Big Sky Learning has provided innovative, hands on programs for children, teens and teaching professionals. Campers learn to make high-flying rockets, designing and building their own robots and soldering music systems for their iPods.
    “The classes are a small ration of teacher to camper,” said Michael Sheppard, Big Sky Learning founder and director. Big Sky Build It! is the camp that branched out to Los Alamos three years ago. “We are seeking participants to keep the program going,” he said.
    Courses are scheduled at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Los Alamos. Each program is a week long and goes for three weeks. The current schedule for the Los Alamos program is July 13-23.
    Instructors consist of teacher and teen educators. The program is partnered with Santa Fe Public Schools and Sheppard said the program is in the process of partnering with Los Alamos Public Schools.  

  • Today
    Public meeting regarding Sherwood Improvements Project in White Rock, in association with the construction of the new library. 5:30 p.m. at White Rock Activity Center.

    “It’s The Thinking, Not The Drinking!” Effective Underage Drinking Prevention Talk. 5:30-6 p.m. at Los Alamos Middle School. An underage drinking prevention message will be shared by Tracy Juechter, just prior to the presentation of the Hawk Sampler. The program is sponsored by Los Alamos Teen Court. For more information, call Jenn Bartram 662-8099.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Nicole McGrane, Audrey Juliani and Kimberly Pulliam will speak about the Natural Helpers program at Barranca and Aspen Elementary Schools.

    The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will include a presentation by members Norbert Ensslin and Nathan Moody, “Northern Sangres Traverse — A Colorado Adventure.” 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

  • Science On Tap will cover
    antibiotic-resistant bacteria

    The Los Alamos Creative District will present the next installment of its On Tap series 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked — The Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.
    The Bradbury Science Museum hosts this week’s brief presentation and interactive discussion will follow.
    Harshini Mukundan, research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will discuss the global threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
    Mukundan asserts the unnecessary and uncontrolled use of antibiotics and the use of antibiotics in food animals to prevent, control and treat disease and for promoting growth are only some of the reasons for the rapid increase in antibiotic resistance today.
    “To prevent the world from entering a post-antibiotic era in the very near future, where even common infections can prove life threatening, urgent and immediate change is mandatory,” Mukundan said. “The choices we make and the responsibility we show can slow down the emergence of antibiotic resistance and ensure the viability of these miracle drugs for future generations.”
    The Los Alamos Creative District regularly brings On Tap to downtown Los Alamos on every third Thursday of the month.
    Sign-up ongoing for spring
    Family Cancer Retreat

  • The Los Alamos DWI Planning Council in collaboration with Family Strengths Network will offer a free course to the parents of local teenagers, called “Love and Logic.”
    The class will be from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturdays from 8:30-10:30, between Feb. 28 and March 21 at Los Alamos High School
    “Being a teenager is very difficult,” said course leader, Michaelangelo Lobato. “Often times adults won’t talk to teens because they are afraid of them, and it’s very easy to feel ostracized by the community. Don’t talk at your kids, talk with them.”
    Lobato, a Chamisa Elementary School counselor and the former director of the local Teen Center understands teens deeply and has worked for years in front of and behind the scenes to ensure their success.
    “I struggle every day trying to be a good parent, and these techniques have really helped me when I feel helpless,” Lobato said. “It is positive, uses humor and works.”
    Lobato advises parents to let teens know how their behavioral affects everyone around them, without blaming and arguing. He reminds parents to instead give choices, give fair, enforceable consequences when they make a mistake and to be consistent.

  • Atomic City Children’s Theater and Los Alamos Public Schools will reprise “Willy Wonka, Jr.”
    Originally presented in 2009, the current production is performed by a cast of Los Alamos Middle School students.
    Follow the adventures of five lucky children who win a contest to tour the famous Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory.
    Evelyn Wohlbier plays the eccentric Willy Wonka and leads the tour down the Chocolate River, through the Candy Inventing Room, the Fizzy Lifting Room and the Chocolate Dipping Room.
    Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company with his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory, or suffer the consequences. Cast members hail from LAMS with a few supporting Oompa Loompas from various LAPS elementary schools.
    Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Duane Smith Auditorium.  
    ACCT is funded through a grant and affiliated with LAPS. For more information see atomiccitychildrenstheater.com or contact Daren Savage at d.savage@laschools.net.  
    Auditions for a third and fourth grade production of Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” are coming Feb. 25.

  • Today
    “Jump Start Your Gardening” — First Session. 7-8:30 p.m. In this two-part program, Natali Steinberg will give instruction on how to start veggies and annuals from seed indoors. Second session on March 10. $40/$32 PEEC members for both sessions. Registration required. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    The Great Books discussion group is now called Mesa Readers. The group meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Mesa Public Library. The group chooses selections that interest its members and selects books and short stories that meet participants’ choices. All are welcome. For more information, call Mary Cernicek at 662-7100.

    “Climate Prisms:” Understanding Climate Change. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum. Learn how the museum, a scientist, and an artist are working together to shed light on climate change data. Admission is free and open to the public.

  • “Uncommon Valor,” a documentary about the battle on Iwo Jima will be presented to the public at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the upstairs meeting rooms.  
    “Uncommon Valor” is a Canadian-produced documentary, which is not often shown in the United States. This free showing commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima.
    Los Alamos Living Treasure Bill Hudson was among the first Marines to land on the small volcanic island on Feb. 19, 1945. He described the scene as follows:
    “I never heard so much noise or saw so much smoke in my life. The scene could only be described as chaos, havoc, destruction, carnage, suffering and death. That was an experience that was just absolutely unbelievable.”
    At the end of that first bloody day, only 27 of the 47 men in Hudson’s platoon were left, and after a month of intense fighting, only two platoon members remained to fight- many had been killed, and many others injured. The United States Marine Corps counted more than 26,000 casualties in the battle, with 6,800 dead.

  • This column is not meant to incite a riot, just for me to share information some may not be aware of related to the dreaded topic of immunizations.
    I respect the right to immunize or not immunize your child for religious or health reasons, but sometimes as we grow older and experience different things, we learn something new and hope that an experience may benefit another.
    I am 46 years old, just for a frame of reference, so when we were kids we didn’t have the opportunity to get a chicken pox vaccine. As a matter of fact, many neighborhood moms would pool all the children together, so everyone got it at once, had someone they could play with and they got through it together.
    The funny thing is, it wasn’t until I was 24 years old and working for a children’s radio station that I finally got the chicken pox. I didn’t learn until many, many years later that my oldest brother didn’t get them until he was 27 years old.
    Fast forward some 20 years later when another relative didn’t get them until he was 50 years old. He had no idea he didn’t have them as a child, especially after all of the chicken pox party stories.

  • The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having its annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale in March. Daffodil preorders are being taken now through March 1.
    Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals.
    “We look forward to making it a huge success this year,” Executive director Georgia Mesibov said. LAVNS has a goal of 2,500 bunches. “We appreciate the community support.”
    A large glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) of daffodils is available for $15. A small glass vase with one bunch is for $10. A single bunch with no vase (10 stems) is for $5. Delivery is free with any $10 minimum order to a single address. Gift cards are optional.
    Order forms are available the LAVNS.com. Payments are by cash or check only. No credit cards are accepted.
    The flowers will be delivered within Los Alamos County by a team of volunteers from the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program associated with the senior centers in Los Alamos and White Rock. Other people of the community to lend their hand were Irene Powell of LAVA — Los Alamos Venture Accelerator, members of the Los Alamos High School Key Club and the participants of the Salvation Army Bell Ringers.

  • 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 best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    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 your 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
    Bella — Another aged cat given up when her family no longer wanted to deal with her diabetes. She is currently in a foster home. For more information, call 470-6973.

  • Jan. 21: A boy, Ryder Lee Guise, born to Rhiana and Jonathan Guise
    Jan. 22: A girl, Malila Lee Porter, born to Nalisha Johnson and Mark Porter
    Jan. 23: A boy, Jason Coriz, born to April and Eric Coriz
    Jan. 23: A boy, Nathan Sung Nguyen, born to Doan and Ham Nguyen