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  • Los Alamos High School NJROTC precision air rifle team recently won the National Navy JROTC Championships for 2015. Shooters JoAnna O’Neill, Samantha Miller, Samuel Wolfe, David Murphy and Holly Hayes attend the event last week in Arizona.
    Individual results: O’Neill placed second nationally, Miller ninth and Wolfe landed 10th place.
    Regional results: O’Neill placed first, Miller second, Wolfe third, Hayes fifth and Murphy ninth.
    The team had four shooters make the finals match for the Navy with O’Neill, Miller and Wolfe taking the top three spots and Hays finishing in a tie for 4th place.
    This is the second time team coach LCDR Wes Shumaker has led a team to a national win. Miller’s brother, Cory, was on the first LAHS team to take the championship in 2012.
    The team has an automatic invitation to the National All-Service Junior ROTC championships in March at Camp Perry, Ohio.

  • Valentina Devine loves fiber.
    She loves dying yarn. She loves creating fabulous free-form wearable art combining knitting and crochet, yarns and fabric scraps, old lace and even old clothing. She loves teaching others to leave behind the constraints of knitting only in rows; to capture a freedom of motion in their pieces. She loves the delight of her customers when they walk away wearing a new Valentina design.
    And she loves telling stories about her life as a fabric artist.
    Devine’s solo exhibition “Knit One, Crochet Two” will have an opening reception Friday from 5-7 p.m. The show will be on display until March 21.
    When planning the show, Devine said, “My medium is fiber. Any kind of fiber. Yarn, fabric, ribbon, twine, and sometimes even wire. Anything I can get on a knitting needle or through a crochet hook will work for me. My vision is to fill the gallery with many different items, which are all hand knitted and/or crocheted. I will fill this gallery with interesting pieces and show the public that using fiber in any form can be exciting and rewarding.”
    Devine said the exhibit lives up to her vision. In one area, labeled “Not Arsenic but Old Lace,” there is an array of pieces incorporating all kinds of vintage lace.

  • Today
    Geology & Minerals for Kids – Second Session. 1-3 p.m. Geologist Patrick Rowe will hold a special two-part workshop for kids. During the second session, Rowe will go into more detail about how each kind of rock is formed and where it can be found. $20/$16 PEEC members for one session. Registration required. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    First Born Program of Los Alamos launching celebration. A home visitation non-profit organization that supports child development for children ages 0-3 years of age. 5-7 p.m. at Bridge Care for Women, 3500 Trinity Dr.

    The first meeting of the Los Alamos Public Schools 2015 Budget Committee. 5-6:30 p.m. at the high school Speech Theater.

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

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    Thursday

  • Applications available for cancer retreat

    Applications are available now for the spring 2015 Family Cancer Retreat. The free educational program provides New Mexico’s adult cancer patients/survivors and their loved ones with tools to better manage the disease, treatment and recovery process. The retreat is scheduled for April 17-19 and will be at the Marriott Pyramid North hotel in Albuquerque.
    More than 300 people from more than 125 New Mexican families coping with cancer are expected to participate, making this the largest general cancer education program in New Mexico and the largest program of its type in the United States. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.
    The program will combine discussions and lectures by many of New Mexico’s leading cancer specialists with fun activities that provide a break from the day-to-day challenges of living with cancer.

  • The Los Alamos Co-op Market is celebrating its fourth anniversary Saturday by offering fun learning experiences for all ages, live music, food sampling, cake and semi-annual Inventory Reduction Sale.
    Celebrate community while enjoying interactive booths by a variety of nonprofit organizations including the New Mexico State University County Extension, Camino de Paz, the Family YMCA, and Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    To show appreciation for the co-op’s member/owners, the co-op is offering a 10 percent discount on all regular priced items.
    The co-op will have activities for all ages this weekend:
    • All Day:  Member/owners save 10 percent on regular priced items
    • Start of the member/owner Drive
    • Free gift for new, renewed or upgraded member/owners
    •  Free food and wellness samples
    • 9 a.m.: Local singer/guitarist Dana Smith
    • 10 a.m.:  Shrubs & Switchels (vinegar drinks) by the NMSU County Extension
    • Chair massages by Angela Love-Storkan
    • 11 a.m.:  Bouncy House provided by Little Forest Playschool
    • “I love my Co-op because…” photo shoot
    • Learning on a cellular level by Camino de Paz
    • Environmental fun by PEEC

  • Habitat for Humanity of Española Valley & Los Alamos, Inc. is now accepting applications for a new house in Los Alamos.
    Applicants must currently live or work in Los Alamos to qualify.This is the first time in 20 years Habitat for Humanity is able to build an affordable home in Los Alamos. It is an opportunity to become a homeowner.
    Call 505-747-2690 or 505-614-5853 for more information. Stop by the ReStore at 726 N. Riverside Dr. in Española for an application.

  • Today
    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    “In Bounds.” Abstract expressionism in “The Heat of the Day,” by Dianna Shomaker. Daily Jan. 31-Feb. 22 in the Portal Gallery.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    Wednesday
    Geology & Minerals for Kids – Second Session. 1-3 p.m. Geologist Patrick Rowe will hold a special two-part workshop for kids. During the second session, Rowe will go into more detail about how each kind of rock is formed and where it can be found. $20/$16 PEEC members for one session. Registration required. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • The Los Alamos Creative District will present its On Tap series with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center hosting Nature on Tap with a brief presentation and interactive discussion will follow.
    The event will start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked — The Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.
    Positive Energy Solar employee owner and Marketing Director Karen Paramanandam will lead the informal gathering and talk about transitioning Los Alamos toward a new energy paradigm.
    The discussion will cover the current energy mix on the municipal grid and pose questions related to the steps, impacts and consequences of moving off of fossil fuels.
    The Los Alamos Creative District brings On Tap to downtown Los Alamos every first and third Thursday of the month.
    First Thursdays feature rotating themes of history, nature and art hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society, Pajarito Environmental Education Center, or Fuller Lodge Art Center respectively. Science On Tap by the Bradbury Science Museum is every third Thursday of the month.

  • 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