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  • This is the last call to sign up for the annual spring break trip to Washington, D.C. at the current price. The price will increase next week due to an increase in airline flights. The trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school eighth grade students. It’s a private trip and not school-sponsored. It has been a three-decade tradition for eighth graders in Los Alamos .
    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 National Aquarium, the Walter Reed Medical Museum, a Capitol tour, the Washington Monument, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo, Arlington Cemetery, night tours of the Presidential Monuments, the Iwo Jima Memorial, Korean Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the Newseum, the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and much more.
    The trip will be four days and three nights in duration. The group will stay at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, Va., minutes from the Washington, D.C. area and sightseeing opportunities.

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    On Jan. 26, two Los Alamos First Lego League teams competed in Albuquerque for the State  FLL Championship. 

    Team one was the Atomic Flying Pickles, comprised of sixth grade Girl Scouts, under the direction of Susannah Rousculp and Scott Doebling.   

    Team two was a mixed fifth and sixth grade girl team (also Girl Scouts), under the direction of Karen Doebling and Vicki Erikkila, called the Banoona Skunk Band. Their teams competed against 27 other mixed teams from across the state and one from Durango, Colo.   

  • CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot thank you
    The 2012 Los Alamos CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot was a great success thanks to the many individuals, businesses, churches and organizations that contributed funds, time, and talents.  
    We had approximately 220 walkers/runners participating in the event and raised $13,055, an increase of more than $4,000 from 2011, and were yet again one of the top CROP Hunger Walk fundraisers in New Mexico (second to Albuquerque).
    2012 was the first year we attempted a logo contest, with Sarah Worley being our young artist with a very creative design.  Thanks to Sarah and the many other third through sixth graders who submitted wonderful logos, and to the many youth in town who participated in hunger banquets to raise awareness of national and global hunger issues.
    The money raised is used at the grassroots level for worldwide relief efforts, with 25 percent of the funds locally disbursed to LA Cares and the remainder to Church World Service (CWS).
    LA Cares provides services to those in Los Alamos County at risk of being homeless via monthly food distributions that support an increasing number of Los Alamos County residents.

  • Taste what Rio Rancho restaurants have to offer at the Third Annual Taste of Rio Rancho, at 4 p.m. March 9. More than 25 local restaurants will take part in this year’s event, which will provide attendees with free samples of their signature foods while supplies last.  
    Due to the response to the first two years of the event, the restaurants will be moved off of the concourse and onto the main floor of the Santa Ana Star Center, creating Rio Rancho restaurant village in a spacious layout.
    In addition to sampling food, attendees will be treated to live music from Point Blank, CRB, as well as Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane Jr.
    “I invite residents to join us for this celebration of restaurants to discover and re-discover the great diversity of eateries in our city,” said Rio Rancho Mayor Tom Swisstack.
    “Eating in Rio Rancho is just one way that residents can ‘Think Rio Rancho First,” in order to support their local community and economy.”
     This year’s participants will showcase a sampling of the diversity of Rio Rancho eateries.

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Santa Fe

    Absolute Nirvana Tea Room, 106 Faithway St.
    Date inspected: Feb. 6
    Violations: None
    Notes: Temperatures good. Always store eggs (raw) on the bottom shelves in the refrigeration unit.
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Babalou’s Cocina Cubana, 3810 Hwy. 14
    Date inspected: Feb. 7
    Violations: One low-risk violation for floors/walls/ceilings — the floor tiles by the ice machine are peeling and tiles are loose. Seal.
    Notes: All the temperature logs, cooling procedure temperature logs, recurring temperature logs are all kept. Facility kitchen looks extremely clean. Water test analysis is required in office by Feb. 28. Temperatures are very good. Dishwashing sanitizing solution is good at 50 ppm.
    Status of establishment: Approved

  • The Los Alamos branch of the American Association of University Women will show “The Invisible War,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 21, as a fundraiser for AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund. The film will be shown in the Jeannette Wallace Hall (building 5) at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.
    “The Invisible War” is an investigation into what Newsweek has called, “the most underreported crime in America,” the epidemic of rape in the United States military. The Department of Defense estimates that 20 percent of women in the services have been sexually assaulted — and that 80 percent of such attacks are never reported.
    Focusing on the stories of several idealistic young servicewomen who were raped and then betrayed by their own officers when they reported their assaults, the film is an examination of the personal and societal toll of these assaults.
    AAUW is committed to improving the way the military deals with sexual assault by ensuring that victims receive adequate support for their cases. The LAF supports three class-action suits that charge the DoD and the military with creating a culture in which sexual assault is tolerated and people who report it face retaliation.

  • Physical Science
    Elementary Division
    Gus Yeager, Aspen Elementary, American Association of University Women $5, Glencoe/McGraw $25 gift card

    Michael Chigaev, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Superintendent’s Choice Award, CB Fox certificate $10, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $25

    Sruthi Garimella, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Los Alamos Schools Credit Union $10

    Nicholas McGrane, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, CB Fox $20 gift card, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $10

    Emily Moulton, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Fourth place
    Neha Sadasivan, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Los Alamos Schools Credit Union $10

    Hanna Stidham, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Chamisa PTO $5

    Kent Teshima, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Chamisa PTO $5

    Elementary Life Science Grand Award
    Rebecca Brug, Chamisa Elementary, Los Alamos Garden Club $15, Pajarito Environmental Education Center $20, Los Alamos Master Gardeners $10, Los Alamos Credit Union $10

    Amelia Duffy, Chamisa Elementary, Los Alamos Garden Club $10

    Second place

  • After flood, fire and the constant rumor of zombies or locusts, Chamisa Elementary turns 45-years-old today.
    Festivities have been set for Wednesday, with a school board meeting and the science fair dinner for regional qualifiers planned for tonight.
    Wednesday will host a short celebration at 11:30 a.m., complete with cupcakes, song and a salute to retiring teacher Kathy Kelly.
    A few surprise guests are slated for the events, which have been kept under wraps.
    The evening event takes place at 6 p.m. with a special color guard from the Los Alamos High School NJROTC program. The program will send Cheetah alumni to parade the colors, signaling the official event start.
    A community potluck is the fare for the evening, or special arrangements to order dinner can be done by calling Brian at the Bandelier Grill. The Apells, a Chamisa family, recently bought the grill.
    Sixth grade students will host a jewelry sale, thanks to the help of Chamisa art teacher, Renee Mitsunaga. Mitsunaga has worked with a variety of students during the lunch hour to have hand made gifts available. A veritable plethora of baked goods will be sold for those additional last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts.

  • The year was 1971.

    And Bill Enloe thought for sure he was going to get drafted.

    With the Vietnam War in full swing, he had just graduated from Eastern New Mexico University and immediately after getting his degree, he was handed a 1-A draft designation.

    He walked into the Los Alamos National Bank to close his accounts, resigned to his fate.

    “I actually knew the vice president of the bank and I was closing out my accounts,” said Enloe, who was the captain of the 1966 Los Alamos High School football team that won the state championship.

    “I mentioned what was going on and she said, ‘Why don’t you work here until you are actually drafted?’ I don’t know if it was fate or bad luck. They put a moratorium on the draft a few months later.”

    And the rest, they say is history.

    In August 1971, the bank was eight-years-old with one branch office, $15 million in assets and 12 employees. Today, LANB has six branch offices, $1.6 billion in assets and 350 employees, and it has also become the largest community bank in New Mexico.

    On Feb. 1, Enloe, 64, the chief executive officer of LANB, announced his retirement after 42 years at the bank.
    Enloe worked his way up the LANB ladder and became president in 1979.

  • Physical Science
    Elementary Division

    Shawnee English, Aspen Elementary, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $10, Los Alamos Schools Credit Union $10

    Mrs. Gallegos and Mrs. Martens, Aspen Elementary, Los Alamos Heart Council $25, CB Fox $10 gift card, Mountain PTA $10
    Ellie Hurst, Aspen Elementary, Los Alamos Garden Club $15

    Joshua Levine, Aspen Elementary, Chamisa PTO $5

    Mrs. Martens class, Aspen Elementary, American Association of University Women $15, CB Fox and $10 gift card, Mountain PTA $10

    Mrs. Martens and Mrs. Lathrop-Diesberg, Aspen Elementary, CB Fox $10 gift card, Mountain PTA $10

    Steven Strevell, Aspen Elementary, Los Alamos Schools Credit Union $10

    Dana Urbatsch, Aspen Elementary, Los Alamos Garden Club $10, Los Alamos Master Gardeners $15, Chamisa PTO $5

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.
    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets, petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    This would be a wonderful time to consider giving a home to one of the animals in the shelter.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.

  • Learn how to identify birds that come to feeders in winter, at 7 p.m. Feb. 12, as David Yeamans gives his talk on backyard bird identification in the Los Alamos area.
    What is that bird? Can anyone help me figure out what bird I’m seeing? Yeamans will try to help. During the program, he will share photos, videos and sounds to aid in everyday bird watching. There will be a concentration on about 20 common birds, ranging from easily recognizable to complicated.
    After the talk, the floor will be open for sharing problematic bird identifications, bird feeding ideas and techniques and general birding information.
    Yeamans has watched birds most of his life, starting in Los Alamos many years ago.
    For the past five years, he has been a self-described “semi-pro” birder.
    Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information. 

  • Love is in the air and if you’re one of those people who never knows what to get their loved one for Valentine’s Day, the Lads of Enchantment can help you express your love and devotion.
    The group will travel throughout the community on Thursday, singing love songs.
    “We sing three Valentines songs and we present a rose to your loved one,” Joe D’Anna said. “We will come to your home or place of work, so long as we are not violating any owner or management policies.”
    The cost is $35 and although it is seen as a fundraiser, the gents said they do it to bring joy to the recipients and hopefully raise a little awareness for future programs.
    If they happen to raise a few extra dollars, they spread the wealth with those funds, too.
    “In the past, we have sponsored the attendance of high school students to music camps in the Los Alamos area, but in recent years we sponsored the attendance of Los Alamos high school students to New Mexico Youth Harmony Camp,” D’Anna said.
    The Duke City Sound of the Barbershop Harmony Society has hosted the New Mexico Youth Harmony Camp for the last 12 years.

  • Caitlin (“Katie”) Haynes, a senior at Los Alamos High School, was honored as Rotary Student of the Month for January. Haynes is the daughter of Karen and Don Haynes and older sister of Trip Haynes.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month.
    In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition. Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and in particular, their service to the community.
    Haynes is an active member of the LAHS Hilltalker Speech and Debate Team, an award-winning club and has served as a team captain for three years. Active on the national debate circuit, she has won awards at what are considered some of the most competitive tournaments in the country.
    She has also received the National Forensic League’s highest honor — the title of Academic All-American, an award based on service. She is a National Merit semi-finalist and a member of the National Honor Society, where she currently serves as treasurer.

  • Aaron Robinson, Chamisa Elementary, NNMASME Chamber Check $10, Los Alamos Schools Credit Union $10

    Robert Zhu, Los Alamos Middle School, NNMASME Chamber Check $10, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $25

    Malcolm Carr, Mountain Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Cade Cummins, Mountain Elementary, Los Alamos Schools Credit Union $10

    Engineering: Electrical/Mechanical
    Senior Division
    First place
    Cade Mallett, AMS International/Los Alamos Chapter $50, NNMASME Chamber Check $10, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $25
    Second place
    Adrian Abeyta, Los Alamos High School, Superintendent’s Choice Award, Haagen Dazs Certificate, NNMASME Chamber Check $10

    Engineering: Materials and Bio Engineering
    Junior Division
    First place
    Maia Menefee, Los Alamos Middle School, AMS International/Los Alamos Chapter $40, NNMASME Chamber Check $10
    Second place
    Theresa Torres, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10
    Third place
    Sebastian Torrez, Mountain Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Engineering: Materials and Bio Engineering
    Senior Division
    First place
    Holly Erickson, Los Alamos High School, Superintendent’s Choice Award, CB Fox certificate $10, NNMASME Chamber Check $10

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Española

    Valley Superette, 231 S. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Jan. 31
    Violations: Three high-risk violations, two for improper holding — warmer, pork at 120 degrees. Corrected. Food particles/product on display doors and inside needs to be cleaned. One for contaminated equipment — meat product on band saw; meat product in grinder; meat product on slicer. Three moderate-risk violations, one for improper holding — need thermometers inside all refrigerators. One for animals/vermin/openings — restroom needs self-closing device. One for administration — invalid permit posted, expired on June 30, 2012.
    Status of establishment: Approved, follow-up Feb. 10.

    Los Alamos

    Aramark Coffee Kiosk
    Date inspected: Jan. 30
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for administration — expired permit.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society will offer its 2012-2013 lecture series, “History and Science,” featuring “The Seven LANL Explosives Fatalities — Technical and Human Perspectives (U),” with guest speaker Cary B. Skidmore, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Fuller Lodge.
    When the implosion concept came to the Manhattan Project, it brought with it a need to use explosives in a new way. Rather than destroying or breaking apart something, precisely shaped pieces were needed to assemble or create a nuclear critical mass.
    This need spawned the science of high explosives and a series of technological advancements ensued. Unfortunately, three accidents in the late 1950s caused instant death for seven explosives workers at the then Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. Lessons were learned from these experiences and improvements were made in the safety of explosives operations. Much of the information associated with these accidents was not available to the families at the time. The openness of more recent years has provided opportunities for the families of the victims to visit the sites and gain some context for the supreme sacrifices that were made.

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory continues its 70th anniversary lecture series at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Bradbury Science Museum, with a talk by Oak Ridge National Laboratory historian Ray Smith, about that laboratory’s role during World War II and the shared national security mission with Los Alamos that continues today.
    Smith has worked at the Tennessee facility since 1970, becoming its official historian in 2005.
    Soon after assuming this role, he led the first-ever public tours of selected Y-12 National Security Complex historic buildings and began facilitating the creation of a formal Y-12 history center that opened in 2007.
    Initially at Y-12, Smith was an electronics technician. Subsequently, he supervised craft workers that maintained nuclear weapons production facilities.
    From 1994 through 1999, Smith served as associate director of the site’s facilities management organization.
    A U.S. Air Force veteran, Smith completed Air Force Technical School training in electronics and attended the University of Tennessee. He holds a certificate from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and is a member of five historical societies.

  • Energy and Transportation
    Junior Division
    First place
    Haley Capon, Chamisa Elementary, Elks Participation award $10
    Second place
    Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, NNMASME Chamber Check $10
    Third place
    Evan Shipley, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, CB Fox $30 gift card, Kiwanis of Los Alamos $75
    Mikala Bucklin, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, NNMASME Chamber Check $10
    Energy and Transportation
    Senior Division
    First place
    Simon Redman, Los Alamos High School, NNMASME Chamber Check $10, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $50
    Second place
    Kim Seungheon, Los Alamos High School, LANL Participation Award $10
    Engineering: Electrical/Mechanical
    Junior Division
    Junior Physical Science Grand Award
    First place
    Colin Hehlen, Los Alamos Middle School, Los Alamos Geological Society $10, IEEE $10
    Second place
    Noah McCabe, Los Alamos Middle School, AMS International/Los Alamos Chapter $30, NNMASME Chamber Check $10
    Third place
    Aaron Lauritzen, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10
    Third place
    Jerome Colletti, Los Alamos Middle School, LANL Participation Award $10
    Honorable Mention

  • This month the League of Women Voters invites the community to their Lunch with a Leader with Steven Thomas, the new Mesa Library manager. He will not have to go far, since the event is from 11:40 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Feb. 14, upstairs in the Mesa Public Library. 
    Thomas grew up in Arkansas, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Arkansas. While he was at the University of Tennessee, he earned his master’s degree in library and information science and met his wife Lisa.
    His career has taken him all over the United States. He started in Brooklyn, N.Y., then went to Fayetteville, Ark. as director of operations, then went to Charleston, W.V., as assistant director of a system of 11 libraries. Just before coming to Los Alamos, he was the assistant director of the Washington County Library System.
    Although he was not really looking for a job change, when he and Lisa saw an advertisement for Mesa Public Library, they knew they wanted to move here. He said he immediately fell in love with Los Alamos, the library and its staff.
    He will talk about e-books and current trends in publishing, and how this is impacting libraries. He will also talk about relevant updates regarding the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act and libraries.