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  • Those who have wanted to go on a National Geographic or Smithsonian exploration, but balked at the almost $4,000 cost are in luck. It’s not a discount on these adventures being offered, but rather the same level of experience in their own backyards for a much lower cost.
    Local geologist Kirt Kempter, who leads group trips for both National Geographic and Smithsonian exploration, is leading a trip for Pajarito Environmental Education Center to Georgia O’Keeffe country on Saturday. The cost is $25 per person or $60 per family.   

  • The risks for identity theft are everywhere. Mail, computers, credit cards, even trash all present opportunities for criminals to gain access to personal information. To prevent identity theft, people must constantly be aware of the ways that criminals use to gain access to personal, identifying information.
    The Los Alamos Council of the Extension Association of New Mexico in conjunction with the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization are sponsoring a program on learning how to recognize the most common scams and how to protect identity.  

  • Thank you to local
    pediatrician Dr. Tom
     
    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk Cheerleaders have just completed their season for 2010 and 2011.
    The team cheered at every one of the Hawk home football games, the complete seventh and eighth grade girl’s and boy’s basketball seasons, home wresting meets, and girl’s volleyball.

  • “The battle of Iwo Island has been won. The United States Marines by their individual and collective courage have conquered a base which is as necessary to us in our continuing forward movement toward final victory as it was vital to the enemy in staving off ultimate defeat. By their victory, the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions and other units of the Fifth Amphibious Corps have made an accounting to their country which only history will be able to value fully. Among the Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue.”

  • The asset of the week is #34, cultural competence. This is when a young person has knowledge of — and comfort with — people of different cultural, racial or ethnic backgrounds.
    Have you heard of the Juntos program? The word Juntos actually stands for Joining and Understanding Now Teens Overcome Separation and is sponsored by both the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Y.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.  
    Don’t forget our two-for-one, $35 Cat-a-Palooza adoption event is still going on for a limited time.
     
    Cats

  • The Kingdom of Bhutan, or the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is a small landlocked country bordered by Tibet on the north and northwest and surrounded by northern India.
    High Himalayan peaks form the western and northern boundaries and Bhutan’s elevation ranges from 100 to 7,541 m. In fact, Gangkhar Puensum, on the disputed border with China and the country’s highest point, is widely recognized as the world’s highest unclimbed peak.

  • Ten year-old Cade Allen Cummins was the center of attention recently at a special Court of Honor. Pack 27 Cub Scouts and the Great Southwest Council of Boy Scouts of America convened on Jan. 24 to award the distinguished Certificate of Merit to Cummins for his bravery.  

  • At the White Rock Senior Center members and guests are always greeted with a cup of coffee and a treat.
    This simple act of hospitality sets the tone for that person’s experience in the center.
    Those who visit can enjoy their snack in the chat room with 621 other members and guests that frequented the 283 square foot space last year. That equals 5,241 times.

  • 1.  “The Secret Life of Bees,” Sue Monk Kidd
    2.  “Anathem,” Neal Stephenson
     3.  “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” Garth Stein
    4.  “The Constitution of the United States, The National Center for Constitutional Studies,” ed.
     5.  “When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times,” Pema Chodron
    6.  “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” Jamie Ford
    7.   “Arsenals of Folly,”

  • Otowi Station Bookstore and the Blue Star Mothers of America collected four vanloads of gently used books to send to U.S. servicemen, women and veterans.
    “During the campaign, which started January 16, customers dropped off books in boxes, bags, and plastic tubs,” said Ellen Ben-Naim, coordinator of the project at Otowi Station.
    Marla Griffith, Blue Star Mother and coordinator of the project in Los Alamos, said that she has made three trips to Albuquerque, where the books were sorted, packed and distributed.

  • THIS WEEK ON PAC-8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, February 11, 2011
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – LIVE!
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay
    04:00 PM Udall Update
    04:30 PM New Mexico History Conference
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Pure Mind
    09:00 PM UCTV

  • Find a treat for your sweetheart or indulge yourself at the HeArts & Gifts Valentine’s fair on Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church parish hall.
    Vendors will offer handcrafted jewelry and turned wood items as well Scentsy candles and Avon products. The World Youth Day group will provide hot food and drinks throughout the day, beginning with breakfast burritos and hamburgers at lunchtime.
    Several artists from the Fuller Lodge Art Center will demonstrate how their art is done, for those that might like to take up a new hobby.

  • Hearts, cards, jewelry, stuffed animals, candy and a night out are all some of the usual Valentine’s Day gift ideas for hopeless romantics, but this year, a trio of Española artists are offering a different type of gift. The gift of art.
    Nikki Bustos, Cruz Lopez and Toby Morfin collaborated to put together “The Art of Love,” a show featuring art pieces devoted to the theme of love. The show opens from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 11, at the Bond House Museum in Española, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

  • The American Association of University Women will present Sherry Robinson, a Chautauqua speaker, at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 16 at the First Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr.
    The New Mexico Humanities Council and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs make the event available. Robinson’s presentation is titled, “Apache Voices.”
    Robinson, an award-winning journalist, is the author of “Apache Voices and El Malpais, Mt. Taylor and the Zuni Mountains.” She is working on a second Apache book about the Lipan Apaches.

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center has a birding class to help those curious about identifying birds. Local birder Dave Yeamans will give a beginning birding class at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the PEEC nature center, 3540 Orange Street.
    Those attending should come prepared with questions and bring binoculars, if possible. The cost is $10 for individuals or $20 per family, less for members of PEEC.
    The class will be about an hour, but will extend as long as people have questions.

  • How are you feeling this week? The asset focus for today is asset #33, interpersonal competence. Do the youth in your life have the skill of empathy or well being for others?
    We found ourselves in a gas shortage last week. I’m wondering what did you do to make a difference for those that were suffering? Did you turn down the thermostat, take a shorter shower or cut down on anything?

  • The Española Valley Humane Society faces frozen pipes and gas outages during coldest week of the year. Community support saves the lives of many, but the crisis isn’t over.  
    On Thursday, the staff at the Española Valley Humane Society thought that the worst weather was behind them, but when water bowls in the dog kennels started to freeze over mid-day, they knew that the challenge was just beginning.
    The private non-profit organization operates

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.  
    Every cat is only
    $35 with an extended two-for-one sale.

  • It’s hard to keep elementary children engaged in everyday activities without them losing interest, so the fact that a group of Barranca Elementary students did cost analysis and are in the process of doing fundraising for a school project is pretty impressive.
    The project began when students in Nicole McGrane’s sixth grade class began a conversation about what the Parent Teacher Organization does for the school. The class started talking about how run-down the basketball courts were.