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  • 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.

  • On behalf of the 2011 Youth Team of United Way of Northern New Mexico, we would like to thank the community, Los Alamos Public Schools, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos County Airport, The Fabulous 50’s Diner and The Hill Diner for helping the UW Youth Team raised over $6,933.66 in cash plus over $4,200.00 in in-kind donations.

  • This deer was spotted cutting through a yard on 35th Street earlier this week.

  • 1.  “The U.S. Constitution for Everyone,” Jerome Agel, ed.

    2.  “Threads West, An American Saga,” Reid Rosenthal

     3.  “Pie in the Sky: Successful Baking at High Altitudes” Susan Purdy
    4.  “License to Cook New Mexico Style,” New Mexico Federation of Business and Professional Women
     5.  “The Making of the Atomic Bomb,” Richard Rhodes
    6.  “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day,” Jeff Hertzberg

  • SALEM, Ore. — Don Whetsell buried his grandfather last year, finally laying him to rest 60 years after his death.
    The final resting place next to his wife was far better than the previous one: on a shelf with the neglected remains of 3,500 others in a storage area dubbed the “room of forgotten souls.”
    Whetsell is one of 120 people to claim the remains of loved ones who had been left behind at Oregon’s state mental hospital, some of them in corroding copper canisters that had fused together.

  • During a presentation by the Lads of Enchantment at the January meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos,  the quartet, “ConverGents,” entertained with a selection  of favorite barbershop songs. Quartet  members are left to right, Joe Fritz, Bruce Lamartine, Phil Seeger and Marlin Nutter.

  • Fuller Lodge will be transformed into a rendezvous spot for romantics and friends alike, from 7:30-10 p.m. Feb. 12 for the Valentine Coffeehouse. Candles will adorn tables, coffee will be served and couples will get a chance to listen to a chamber music performance up close and personal.

  • The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series shall here forth be known (unofficially) as the Music Film Series, at least until summer. This season’s slate offers a well-chosen selection of fictional and non-fictional biopics of musicians and their fans.

  • Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall announced the names of the two students who have been selected as delegates to the 49th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be March 5–12, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
    Keanna Cohen of Los Alamos and Kyra Ellis-Moore of Albuquerque were chosen from across the state to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s 49th annual Washington Week.

  • Lunch with a Leader, the monthly event presented by the League of Women Voters, is undergoing a change.
    The meetings will move from the second Tuesday of the month to the second Thursday of the month beginning in February.
    On Feb. 10, Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent, Gene Schmidt, and Kelly Myers (a former teacher, currently with ReMax) will present the findings of almost a year-long effort on a long range planning report for Los Alamos Public Schools.

  • 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.

  • As we prepare to slide into February, can anyone tell me where January went?
    The asset for the month is social competencies and includes assets numbers 32 through 36.
    These assets are internal, and while you can have an effect on helping young people build these assets, a lot of it comes from within.
    I was impressed when the Los Alamos/Española basketball game last week included a performance by J.D. Weiss, playing the national anthem on the electric guitar. It was incredible.

  • The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, through the Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund (LAESF), is launching a scholarship for students who plan to return to formal education after taking a break. The first round of awards is scheduled for this spring.
    This new fund, called the Regional College/Returning Student Scholarship, will award scholarships to returning students pursuing a certificate or a two-year-degree at a regional college.