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  • 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.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society Archives are closed in preparation for a move, tentatively scheduled for April. More than 1,800 linear feet of documents and photographs along with more than 20,000 items will be moved from Fuller Lodge and the Community Building to the new, purpose-built facility that is part of the new Municipal Building. The Historical Society is asking that donors hold on to items until after the move so they will not get lost during the transition. Research requests also cannot be accommodated during this time. The museum will continue its normal hours. Call 662-6272 for more information.

  • Let’s get ready to GRAPPLLLLLEE!
    You really didn’t think I would make it through a wrestling season without a column about it, did you?
    This weekend, the Hilltopper Wrestling team will host the Fourth Annual Bryan Sanchez Tournament.
    Sanchez, a former ’Topper, was a Hispanic Merit award scholar, a crimson scholar, and went on to attend New Mexico State University. The only sport he participated in was wrestling.
    Sanchez was considered wise beyond his years and he took incredibly good care of his mom Rita, a Los Alamos Middle School teacher, and sister Elena, former ’Topper wrestling manager.
    Rita is without a doubt, team mom and the only parent that can get away with yelling, “Come on honey,” to her boys, as she watches them with pride.
    “I was floored and so proud and so excited when they changed the name of the tournament. I knew that it came from the heart. The tournament brings him back to me every year and brings me closer to those boys,” Rita said.
    Her philosophy is simple; the kids give back to you what you give to them. If you give them love and respect, they will return it. It also helps that she is a kid at heart, which builds her relationship with the team.

  • 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.

  •  Students and parents are invited to attend the second annual AP Night at Los Alamos High School, from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday.
    The evening will begin with a brief presentation in the ’Topper Theater.
    Attendees will then be able to meet with teachers and students to learn more about AP and honors course offerings at LAHS.
    Representatives from the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos will also be on hand to discuss the dual credit/concurrent enrollment program.
    All LAHS students must take an AP class, an honors class, an online class, or a dual credit class to graduate.
    “AP Night provides students and parents a great opportunity to learn more about the AP program at the high school and what we have to offer in preparing students to be successful in college,” said Principal Sandra Warnock. “With registration for the 2013-2014 school year fast approaching, this is the perfect time to talk with our knowledgeable staff before selecting courses for next year.”
    AP courses are college-level courses offered in high school. At the end of the course, students are required to take the AP exam. Currently, LAHS offers more than 20 AP courses, five honors classes and four dual credit courses on campus in addition to UNM-LA offerings.

  • Editor’s note: Below are a portion of this year’s science fair results. Because there was such a large volume of results, they will be published over a few days.

    Animal science
    Junior Division,
    grand award
    First place
    Megan Dahl, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10
    Second place
    Hannah Coy, Aspen Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10
    Third place
    Philo Shelton, Aspen Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10
    Honorable mention
    Xavier McTeigue, Aspen Elementary, Pajarito Environmental Education Center $30, Sierra Club, Pajarito Chapter student membership

    Tazler Smith, Aspen Elementary, Mountain PTA $10

    Devin Simpson, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Behavioral and Social Science
    Junior Division
    First place, Junior Life Sciences Grand Award
    Sam Menefee, Mountain Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10
    Second place
    Janessa Gonzales, Piñon Elementary, Mountain PTA $10
    Third place
    Josh Stein, Aspen Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10
    Third place
    Hannah Carrara, Los Alamos Middle School, Superintendent’s Choice Award, Haagen Dazs certificate, Mountain PTA $10

  • The search is on for New Mexico’s outstanding senior volunteer.
    The Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, honors the contributions of adults 65 and older, who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.
    Nominations for outstanding senior volunteers will be accepted between Feb. 1 and March 31. State winners then will be selected by popular vote at SalutetoSeniorService.com.
    Online voting will take place from April 15-30. From those state winners, a panel of senior care experts will pick the national Salute to Senior Service honoree.
    Home Instead, Inc. will donate $500 to each of the state winners’ favorite nonprofit organizations and their stories will be posted on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s nonprofit charity of choice.
    Senior care professionals and those who work at hospitals, senior care facilities and other places where seniors volunteer are encouraged to nominate older adults. So, too, are family caregivers and the adult children of aging parents. Older adults also may self-nominate.

  • The Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 8874 is seeking a scout to compete for this year’s VFW Scout of the Year Scholarship. This is a program that provides a $5,000 scholarship award.
    Scouts who are registered, active members of a Boy or Girl Scout Troop, Venturing Crew, or a Sea Scout Ship who have received the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venture Silver Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award are eligible to enter.
    Scouts must be 15 years of age and have demonstrated practical citizenship in school, scouting and the community.
    Scouts must be enrolled in high school at the time of selection.
    All applicants still in high school who reach their 18th birthday during the nomination year remain eligible if otherwise qualified.
    Scouts should submit the completed VFW Scouting Scholarship form, resume of high school activities, scouting record, community service record and letters of recommendation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars John D.
    Gamble Post 8874, no later than March 1, 2013.
    A Scout can enter through one VFW Post only.

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

    Española

    Giant #862, 1616 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Jan. 28, other
    Notes: Recall recon, Annie’s rising crust frozen pizza. No product sold at this location, Manager advised, copy of recall left.
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Joann’s Restaurant, 938 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Jan. 22
    Violations: Three high-risk violations, two for contaminated equipment — can opener dirty, corrected on site; auto dishwasher not dispensing sanitizer. Owner fixed, corrected on site. One for poor personal hygiene — hand sink had hot water turned off. Corrected, still needs repair. One moderate-risk violation for contaminated equipment — cutting boards needs replacement or to be resurfaced. Two low-risk violations for floors/walls/ceilings — floors/walls/ceilings need repair, cleaning and painting; walls/ceilings need painting, cleaning.
    Notes: Salads stored in Coke/beverage unit, holding at 35-43 degrees. Soda merchandising refrigerators are not designed for non-packaged foods. Need proper refrigeration units for non-packaged foods.
    Status of establishment: Approved

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Outdoor Adventure Programs consist of two weeks of day programs for students entering fourth through sixth grades; one week for students entering seventh and eighth grades, and now, a four-day overnight survival skills camp for adults and families with children ages 12 or older.
    Rourke McDermott will run the new camp titled, “Medicine Hawk’s Summer Survival Skills,” from June 6-9 in the Jemez Mountains.
    Participants will learn skills including primitive fire making, shelter building, making ember bowls and spoons, wild crafting (finding and eating edible wild plants), hunting with throwing sticks, traps and snares, making cordage, locating and purifying water primitively, weaving baskets, making primitive pottery and primitive camouflage.
    The weekend will be packed full of demonstrations and hands-on lessons, with plenty of time to perfect new skills. It will conclude with night survival games.