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  • 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.

  • Sage Cottage Preschool is very appreciative of Los Alamos National Bank and Casa Mesita Thrift Shop for providing us funds to help support our low income families. We also would like to thank Northern New Mexico Health Grant Group for providing us a grant to pay for Health related education.

    Cheri Host
    Sage Cottage Preschool

  • The sound of music will fill the air as the Los Alamos Choral Society and members of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra join together for their annual winter program.
    The concert will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road, and will feature W.A. Mozart’s “Coronation Mass K.317” and G. Puccini’s “Messa di Gloria.” Dr. Mary Place Badarak, director of the Choral Society, will direct the performance. Cindy Little is the accompanist for the Choral Society.

  • With so many restaurants in Santa Fe, it’s hard to pick just one. If your trips to the City Different only happen on weekends like mine do, weeding one favorite out from the list can be a task, so when it comes to trying a new place, it better be pretty enticing otherwise I’d just rather stick to what I know.
    On a recent Sunday jaunt down Cerrillos Road, I noticed that Weck’s had opened right next door to Dion’s.

  • BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Queen Elizabeth II’s dad, Albert — the gentle, stammering Duke of York — never was meant to be king. And from Hollywood’s early honors this season, a drama based on his life never seemed destined as heir-apparent at the Academy Awards.
    Yet “The King’s Speech” took a step closer to the best-picture crown Tuesday, leading the Oscars with 12 nominations and gaining momentum against the online chronicle “The Social Network,” which had previously ruled the awards season.

  • The Pajarito Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America is celebrating National Embroidery Month with two exhibits.
    One will be displayed from Feb. 1-12 in Mesa Public Library lobby display case.
    Chapter members will be present from 10 a.m.-noon on Feb. 6 to explain the various styles of embroidery and answer questions about the chapter.
    The second exhibit will be on display Feb. 4–28 at Village Arts. Chapter members will display many styles of embroidery art.

  • Visitors to Heron Lake State Park in north central New Mexico on Saturday will have a golden opportunity to see and learn about bald eagles in the wild.
    The state park Friends group is hosting the annual Bald Eagle Watch at the state park Visitor Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Raptor experts from The Wildlife Center in Española will be on hand with a live baldy and other educational birds to talk about raptor habitat, habits and rehabilitation.
    Bald eagles were on the endangered species list for years due to the overuse of DDT pesticides in the environment.

  • Complete list of 83rd Annual Academy Award nominations announced Tuesday:

    1. Best Picture: “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “Inception,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “The King’s Speech,” “127 Hours,” “The Social Network,” “Toy Story 3,” “True Grit,” “Winter’s Bone.”

  • NEW YORK — Fifty years after cosmic rays transformed him into a man ablaze, Marvel Entertainment has extinguished the Human Torch’s flame and his life, too, as the pop culture purveyor of super heroes and villains embarks on an ambitious story line that ends the Fantastic Four.
    In the newest issue of one of the company’s longest-running comic books, Johnny Storm’s life is taken amid a massive battle that writer Jonathan Hickman has been scripting for a year-and-a-half. Illustrator Steve Epting did the art.

  • Flavor Flav opens his first
     chicken eatery in Iowa

    CLINTON, Iowa — Rapper and reality TV star Flavor Flav is bringing the flavor of chicken to Iowa.
    Flav’s Fried Chicken opens Monday in Clinton, Iowa. Flav has been there preparing for the launch and told the Clinton Herald he’ll visit often for promotions and even work the fryer.
    Flav says it’s the first in a chain that stemmed from the 99 cent wings he served at Mama Cimino in Las Vegas. His business partner is the brother of that restaurant’s owner.