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  • 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.

  • A representative from the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation will be at Los Alamos High School to help students and parents complete the Financial Aid Application at the FAFSA Fast Five Grant Workship, from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, in the Mac Lab.
    By attending a FAFSA Workshop and completing the FAFSA, students could win a $500 grant to help them with their college expenses. To reserve a space in the Mac Lab, contact Connie Goettee at 663-2595 or email c.goettee@laschools.net.
    Parents and students will need to bring several important documents to complete the FAFSA, including a 2012 Federal Income Tax Return, W-2 forms, birthdate, Social Security Number, any 2012 business and investment mortgage information, business farm records, stock, bond and other investment records, and current bank statements.
    To be eligible for the FAFSA Fast Five Grant, you need to be a U.S. citizen, a New Mexico high school senior and resident, attend a FAFSA Fast Five Grant Workshop and submit your FAFSA application during the event and attend a U.S. college or university the Fall of 2013.
    Student participants will be required to complete an online application and survey on NMknowledge4college.org website.
    The deadline to submit a 2013-2014 FAFSA application and complete the online application and survey is April 1. 

  • The Los Alamos County Science Fair, with the help of coordinator Dawn Brown, runs like a well-oiled machine. In fact, some may say that she’s helped make the fair an event worthy of praise.
    The praise was heaped upon her last weekend, when volunteer, and husband, Art Brown was asked to stop the awards ceremonies for a brief pause, as Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt acknowledged Brown before the crowd.
    “Dawn Brown is terrific,” Schmidt said. “Under her guidance and direction, participation in the science fair has become the thing to do. What makes her special is her ability to stay in perpetual motion. As a community, we need to offer one giant collective thanks.”
    Brown, along with committee members Andy Erickson, Mary Ethel Plotner, Ryan Ross, Randy Ryti, Eva Abeyta, Heather Coy, Barb Musgrave, Katie Tauxe, Becky Steritz, Becky Littleton, Amy Gilbert, Debbie Smith and Susan O’Brien, work behind the scenes for months, to pull off the day’s events.
    More than 321 students represented 309 projects on Saturday, filling Los Alamos High School with science, technology and more volunteers than can possibly be named in a single story.

  • There are so many things I want to write about, this week.
    I think I have settled on the topic of Manti Te’o. I will take a different approach, though.
    The background story is that this is a 20-something college student and football star that appears to have been duped, at least a portion of the time, in an online romance.
    If we set the issue of guilty or not guilty, of knowing or not knowing, of being naive or being a master of deception aside, we have many other, more important issues to discuss.
    When I watched the interview on the ABC show, “Katie,” the thing that bothered me the most were some things that related to his relationship with his parents.
    I will start by saying that this appears to be a lovely family with only the best interest of each other at heart. A family with great core values, among them a love for each other.
    The trouble comes when Te’o made several references of wanting his parents to be proud of him.
    At the heart of that statement, is a lovely sentiment. A child actually cares what his parents think of him.
    The problem I have, is that he was so worried that his father wouldn’t be proud of him, that he lied about ever meeting her face to face, so as not to disappoint him.

  • 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.

  • When you take a second to make a difference, people tend to take notice.
    Los Alamos High School Hilltopper Daniel Ahrens did just that — and many people will benefit because of his compassion.
    The LAHS junior is the Speech and Debate team captain and the captain of the Lincoln Douglas debate team, but that isn’t what he was rewarded for.
    “Daniel is an outstanding student who is articulate, well-mannered and blessed with an excellent sense of humor,” said LAHS Speech and Debate coach Margo Batha.
    Ahrens is the second of four boys, the last two of which are twins, so he learned at an early age to be calm and collected.
    He is a five-year member of the YES Corps program and as such, had honed his first aid skills with years of first aid classes and lots of trail work.
    At the La Loma Invitational, the Hilltalkers 50th annual speech and debate tournament, this particular skill set came into use.
    The event hosted 235 students from all over the state, along with more than 100 adult judges and volunteers.

  • Noted French experimental writer Michel Butor, having taught in many countries around the world, was teaching at the University of Albuquerque in 1973-74 when he began a long series of communications and collaborations with French poet and Post-war School of Paris painter, Camille Bryen.
    The two men exchanged letters, drawings, paintings and collages over the course of their correspondence, which were later published in a book, “Bryen: En Temps Conjugués.” Blandine Chavanne, director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes (Museum of Fine Arts in Nantes) is curating an exhibition of their work during this period and will speak about the men and their project in a lecture Feb. 4 at the Santa Fe Art Institute.
    Admisson is $10 for general admission, $5 for students and seniors.
    Author and curator Chavanne was named director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes (Museum of Fine Arts in Nantes) in 2006.
    After earning her Diplôme d’études appliquées in fine arts in 1978, Chavanne received a Diplôme from l’Ecole du Louvre in 1982 and became the curator of the City of Poitiers Museums until 1991.