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  • Non-traditional students in New Mexico at risk of not being able to afford a college education will benefit from $76,000 in Boundless Opportunity Scholarships announced today by the Daniels Fund.
    Colleges and universities in New Mexico receiving Boundless Opportunity Scholarship awards include: Central New Mexico University; Eastern New Mexico University; and the University of New Mexico, Taos campus.
    Funding is awarded in two-year cycles, so Boundless Opportunity Scholarships are available at other colleges and universities that received awards last year. A complete list of schools offering the scholarship can be found on the Daniels Fund website, DanielsFund.org.
    The Boundless Opportunity Scholarship is available at select two- and four-year colleges and universities and is intended for highly-motivated students seeking the next level of achievement in their lives, regardless of their life path.
    Candidates for the scholarship must demonstrate financial need, and each college or university may focus on particular populations from a list of categories established for the program. The categories include: adult learners; GED recipients; foster care youth; juvenile justice youth; returning military; and individuals pursuing EMT/paramedic training.

  • The entries this year for the Dog Jog Logo contest were “inventive and creative,” according to the Dog Jog Committee.
    The winner of this year’s contest is Kristen Carrara, a fifth-grader from Piñon Elementary School. Second place went to Malea Joyce; third place went to Makenna Ellsworth; and fourth place went to Paige Power.
    The committee chose to award 12 honorable mentions this year to the following artists:
    Emily Carr (a second submission in addition to her winning entry)
    Amaya Coblentz (and special recognition for her inventive signature)
    Kaylee Ellsworth
    Alexis Garcia
    Mirabella Guerin
    Elise Olivas
    Lauren Poague
    Neha Sadasivan
    Lily Shevitz
    Marissa Smith
    Sofie Vandenkieboom
    Carrara, as the winning artist, can look forward to seeing her design on 300 or so Dog Jog 2013 T-shirts around town this spring. She will also receive a free 2013 Dog Jog T-shirt with her design on it.  

  • Faith, hope and love — and the greatest of these, is the one you need at that moment.
    Faith is the thing you believe in, that which is bigger than you. It doesn’t matter to me whether you wear the cross of Jesus or the Star of David or whether you believe in Buddha or some other good deity. Your faith is what pulls you out of the moment and makes you believe in goodness.
    Hope, to me, is what lifts your eyes from the ground to sky. It is what lifts your heart out of your head and transports you to what could be, what will be and how life should be.
    Love is also best defined by you at the moment. Love is the feeling that surrounds you — the people, the community and the zest for appreciation. It is those that take you for who you are, how you best receive it and highlight what is best about you, in any given moment.
    I hope you have all three. I hope you give all three and I hope you look around to others that might not have all three and lend them a kind word or a smile. The best thing is they are free — a low-impact exercise yielding a large payoff.
    I heard an interpretation of the Pope’s mass this morning, where I understand he told those in attendance not to mistake tenderness for weakness.
    I hope the world is listening.

  • 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 until 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.
    “We all know seniors who do so much for our community,” said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead, Inc.
    “These silent heroes give selflessly, expecting nothing in return. And yet, their contributions often make a difference not only to the organizations they serve, but in changing how the public views growing older.”

  • They say it takes a village to raise a child. I believe not only that, but even beyond. Sometimes life brings you rainbows and all is perfect in your world.
    Sometimes life brings you a storm of the century and you wonder how you will ever make it through the darkness.
    We have had so many of those storms, I’m wondering if the rainbows will ever come back.
    One thing I do know, I can always count on my family, friends and community, because we have had so many storms in the last 16 years and without fail, all of you have been by our side.
    Ken and I are very lucky to have so much love sent our way. Saturday evening, March 2 touched my heart beyond any imagination. There are so many people to thank, although words just do not come close to show how you all made me feel and what a financial ease you have given me.
    Thanks to each and everyone of you for everything. You all are the silver lining to my very dark clouds. I send my love and deepest of gratitude to everyone.

    Cindy Geoffrion
    Los Alamos 

  • Local orthodontist and former wrestler, Dr. Devan  Vest, along with Rich Welding, SOC and El Parasol, were all recently recognized for their contributions to the Los Alamos High school wrestling team. Richard Ronquillo of Rich Welding presented hand-crafted awards created for the annual banquet. The sponsors also aided students in raising $2,000 for a fellow wrestler from another school recently diagnosed with cancer. 

  • The Family YMCA is taking registration for its free Diabetes Education and Prevention program. Topics to be covered are: what Type 2 diabetes is; what having pre-diabetes means; the signs, symptoms and risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes; how to reduce the risk of getting type 2 diabetes; and how to make the necessary lifestyle changes to lower that risk.
     Sara Pocernik will teach the class. She is a registered dietitian with experience in many areas of nutrition. She completed her bachelor’s degree in dietetics and nutrition science at Michigan State University and a got her master’s degree in nutritional biochemistry from Tufts University. She has also worked as a clinical dietitian in intensive care and dialysis units.
    This class is made possible by Lou Santoro State Farm Insurance Agency. Classes will be from 11:15 a.m.-noon, Tuesdays, March 26-May 7, for six weeks. Pre-register at the Y by March 21. Class size is limited.
      For more information, visit laymca.org, or call 662-3100.  

  • The Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of the Military Order of World Wars in Los Alamos announces that Alan Carr will present a talk on the British Mission to the World War II Los Alamos Manhattan Project.
    The meeting will be Tuesday at the Masonic Shrine Club Hall, on the southeast corner of the 15th Street and Trinity Drive intersection. Parking and entrance is on the east side of the building.
    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. The dinner entrée is salmon with appropriate side dishes, served buffet-style. Carr’s presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $23 per person. Note the change in venue for this meeting from the previous venue of the Hilltop House.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to the general public for the dinner and program, or the program only at no cost. A dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s).
    RSVP (yes or no) for the dinner is needed by today. Call Lt. Col. Gregg Giesler AUS retired, chapter commander, at 662-5574 or send email to g.giesler@computer.org; or Lt. Col. Norman G. Wilson USAF retired, chapter adjutant, at 662-9544 or NrmWil5@cs.com. 

  • Sheree Lynch, executive state director for the Mrs. New Mexico Pageant, said the pageant is seeking applicants for the title of Mrs. Los Alamos. Once selected, the lady will advance on to represent her community in the Mrs. New Mexico Pageant, June 29 at the KiMo Theatre in Albuquerque.  
    Applicants must be at least 18 years old (no age limit), married at the time of competition and a New Mexico resident, no performing talent required.   
    To request the official application or for information, call Lynch at 970-674-0944 visit mrsnewmexicoamerica.com.

  • The Family YMCA announces that dietitian Sara Pocernik has joined the staff.
    Pocernik is a registered dietitian with experience in many areas of nutrition.
    She completed her bachelor’s degree in dietetics and nutrition science at Michigan State University, and a her master’s degree in nutritional biochemistry from Tufts University.
    She has also worked as a clinical dietitian in intensive care and dialysis units.
    Pocernik is accepting personal nutrition counseling appointments at the Y on Fridays; other days are available with advance notice.
    She will also teach a six-week weight loss class that will be at noon, beginning in April and a diabetes education and prevention class, which is free to the community, beginning March 26.
    All of Pocernik’s classes and appointments will be at the new Y Express, 140 Central Park Square.
    Contact Melanie Chapman at The Family YMCA, 662-3100 or mchapman@laymca.org
    for more information or to make an appointment. 

  • 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.
    DOGS
    Cessna —A German Shepherd/Lab-mix. He was found, lost and very thin, near the Los Alamos Airport. He recovered at the shelter and enjoyed attention from volunteers. He is a very nice dog and will be a fine family member for someone. He spent some time as part of an outdoor-dog family and seems to get along with some of the female dogs, but would do best as an only dog.
    Fly —A very sweet female Border Collie-mix. She is very shy and living in a foster home, where she is gaining some confidence. To meet Fly in her foster home, call 412-3451.

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    Los Alamos National Laboratory retiree Leandro Thomas Gonzales, released his novel, “Follow the Spinning Sun.” 

    It explores why the Anasazi abandoned their homeland, which made way for the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and the founding of the town of Los Alamos.   

    The novel is based on the legend of the Great Migration, where the spinning sun led the Anasazi away from their ancestral homelands to new locations.  

    Gonzales said he associated the role of the spinning sun to the cloud, in the “Book of Exodus,” that led the Jewish people out of Egypt.

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    The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz and colorful characters. Students are in their final week of rehearsals for Atomic City Children Theater II’s production of Disney’s “The Jungle Book Kids.”

    The cast is made up of 34 third and fourth-grade students from all five elementary schools in Los Alamos and White Rock.

    ACCT II will present two performances of Disney’s “The Jungle Book Kids” at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. March 16 in the Mountain Elementary school gym. Those attending are asked to enter through the gym doors at the back of the school. The show runs about 30 minutes and admission is free.

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    PAC 8 is offering Spring Music Video Classes. Be a part of new classes that have never been offered before. Classes will be in two sessions. One session began March 6 and will run through March 27. 

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

     

    Española

     

    Cariños Charter School, 116 Calle Espinoza

    Date inspected: March 6, other, second inspection

    Violations: None

    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

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    The Pajarito Brewpub and Grill next to Beall’s in the Mari-Mac shopping center, is like a beacon in the night for those who want dinner after 8 p.m.

    Despite what appears to be a very small space from outside, the owners have done a good job of using the space they have available. Not only do they have a bar in the establishment, but they also have a few booths and a decent amount of seating for diners. 

    Admittedly, the brewpub and grill was not the first choice on a recent Sunday afternoon, but alas, it was one of the only choices open after 2 p.m. A trip to another restaurant was attempted and despite the fact that the sign said they closed at 3 p.m. and it was only 2:36 p.m., the doors were locked. So a visit to the brewpub was in order.

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    Patagonia, one of the great wild places of the Americas, will be the subject of the March meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. 

    Doug Shepherd, who will tell the tale, is simultaneously a sponsored athlete (Mammut, Sterling Ropes, Cilogear Backpacks) and a post doc in systems biology at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Doug writes, “Patagonia has always stood out as a far away place that I would never be able to visit, let alone climb in, because of the horrible weather. In December 2012, I took a chance and went on a two-week trip, crossing my fingers and hoping we would get to climb instead of sitting around and drinking wine. Thankfully, we had almost too much good weather, and spent the majority of our trip in the mountains.”

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    Last year, Ken Nebel from the Fuller Lodge Art Center was throwing around ideas about collaboration with Raffi Andonian from the Los Alamos Historical Society, and Andonian suggested that if the Art Center hosted a show about pots, the Historical Society could share its collection of works by well-known potters. 

    Eventually, the idea morphed into “We Who Are Clay,” a collection of contemporary works by (mostly) New Mexico artists at the Art Center and the history of clay and adobe at the Historical Society, as well as a variety of clay-related activities throughout town. For the kick-off, the Art Center will hold an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, hosted by Self Help, Inc. Then on Saturday, Self Help hosts the Empty Bowls Project.

  • On Sunday, youth from across the community unite for one cause.
    The Mexico Mission auction will feature both, a silent and live auction, designed to raise funds for homes to be built during spring break in Mexico.
    The workers will include members from the United Church of Los Alamos, the Unitarian Church and non-church members, all who are on a mission to help their fellow man.
    The students have donated their time and gift certificates for services. The items include tennis lessons, babysitting, a photo session and more.
    The process wouldn’t be possible without UNCHLA member Laura Erickson and husband Randy.
    “I am excited about the auction because it brings the whole community and church family together to support the mission trip,” Laura said. “It is a very tangible way for everyone to say they support the youth and adults who are going to build in Puerto Peñasco.”
    The United Church of Los Alamos heads out on trip number 28 this year with an equal number of adults and youth — experienced and freshmen trip-goers.
    Just prior to the auction, the team often finds out information on the families they will build for. Amor Ministries works with local Pastors of Puerto Peñasco to decide who will receive the gift.

  • There are lots of opportunities to do good for those in need this weekend.
    The annual Empty Bowls Project to benefit Self Help will take place on Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    KRSN AM 1490 radio station owner Gillian Sutton has been working throughout the year to build relationships with project partners to benefit the program.
    Sutton has rallied volunteers from near and far to donate the soup that fills the purchased bowls.
    Amy’s Intergalactic Bakery, the Decadent Table, De Colores, Dixie Girl, Morning Glory Bakery, Pajarito Brew Pub, Starbucks, Viola’s and more come together to raise funds to assist others.
    Empty Bowls is the flagship community service event for KRSN, where they not only donated hundreds of hours of time and promotion, but this year, will donate gift certificates from their latest venture, Flowers by Gillian.
    KRSN/Flowers by Gillian will also provide refreshments at the Fuller Lodge Art Center artist reception and the Historical Museum opening, Friday evening, to promote the Empty Bowls Event.
    A silent auction with more than 70 gift baskets, gift certificates, donations of clothing and more will be on display and available for bid.
    The event is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and includes music from the Brave New Brass Quintet and the Craig Martin Experience.