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  • Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series presents a talk on one of the most discussed issues in New Mexico and the Southwest: water and in particular, the Rio Grande. This study by three authors in different fields examines the history of the Rio Grande from many angles.
    G. Emlen Hall and Fred Phillips will present, “Authors of Reining in the Rio Grande: People, Land and Water,” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.
    The study examines human interactions with the Rio Grande from prehistoric time to the present day and explores what possibilities remain for the desert river.

  • Pregnant women get asked many questions as they await their babies: When are you due? Is it a boy or a girl? Have you picked out a name? Have you written a birth plan?
    Or even, sometimes: Who’s the father?
    In “The Snapper,” sort of a 1993 Irish precursor to the 2007 American mega hit “Knocked Up” — in that both comedies star a fetus that does not result from sacred marital love, but rather from booze — 20-year-old Sharon Curley (Tina Kellegher) does not want to answer that last question.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater will offer a special showing of “Jane’s Journey,” an award-winning film about Jane Goodall, at 7 p.m. Thursday.
    The film will be $10 for adults and $5 for children. 
     It would be hard to name anyone who has had more of an impact in the realm of animal research and wildlife conservation than Goodall.
    Her pioneering study of wild chimpanzee behavior in Africa continues today, more than 50 years later, under the auspices of her institute.

  • The White Rim and Island in the Sky sound like places from fantasy, but these places are real and Dennis Brandt has spent years exploring them.
    At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge, Brandt will present highlights from mountain biking and hiking trips in Canyonlands National Park. Island in the Sky overlooks the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers, near Moab, Utah. The White Rim is a layer of white sandstone boasting a 100-mile loop road enjoyed by mountain bikers, motorcyclists, four-wheel drive enthusiasts and hikers. The Rim trip bestows views of snow-capped mountains, sheer cliffs and the vast maze of canyon country. Nearby expanses of slick rock offer rock climbing, mountain biking, canyoneering and whitewater boating.

  • Welcome to the first day of spring and a look at assets 28 and 29, integrity and honesty.
    Do you know young people that stand up for their convictions/beliefs and tell the truth even when it is not easy?
    Do you?
    My answer to that would have to be, sometimes.
    I don’t have a problem telling the truth, but what does one do when the person not telling the truth has a position of power over you?
    It may or may not be in a work setting, it may or may not be in an organizational or cultural setting, but what does one do when the person not telling the truth or doing wrong is an adult?
    I would tell my children, I don’t know what to do.

  • Posse Shack breakfast from 7-11 a.m. April 1 to benefit Friends of the Shelter, 650 North Mesa Road.
    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-site in foster homes. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out the Petfinder page at petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.

    DOGS
    Dorothy — This yellow Lab/Retriever-mix is leash trained and housebroken and loves her walks. Still gets a bit worked up at the dog park when there are a lot of dogs there. A quiet home would give her potential and a chance to blossom.

  • Youth and their sponsors from the United Church of Los Alamos will  attempt to raise funds for a week-long stay near the beaches of Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, but the effort isn’t being done for a spring break vacation, although the time spent could be fun.
    The fundraising is part of the 27th annual Mexico Mission trip to build homes for needy families.
    A silent and live auction will be held today to raise the money needed to cover a variety of costs for the trip.
    “The auction raises money that we send to Amor Ministries,” said Laura Erickson, the trip co-chair. “They provide the camp facility and have all the building materials ready for us when we arrive.”

  • New Mexico Legislative District 43 Rep. Jim Hall will speak at the March 20 dinner meeting of the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of the Military Order of World Wars.
    Hall will present his observations of events in the recent legislative session.
    The meeting will be at the Best Western Hilltop House, third floor, and will begin with a social period at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Hall’s talk will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The dinner entrée will be salmon with dill sauce, vegetables and salad. Cost of the dinner is $20 per person.

  • Imagine getting a week of vacation, only to spend it working harder and putting in more hours than you normally do each day.
    Also imagine if that week didn’t include sleeping in a bed, taking a real shower and having access to electronics, family and your usual group of friends.
    Welcome to the United Church of Los Alamos’ Mexico Mission 2012.
    During spring break, more than 50 folks will depart for the week described above, but also one that will change the lives of three families forever.
    The 27th annual trip will be the fourth for two of their “four-year seniors.”

  • Residents can have a warm meal and help a cause at the same time on Saturday. The annual Empty Bowls fundraiser, to benefit Self Help, Inc. will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    KRSN AM 1490 owner Gillian Sutton enters her third year of coordinating the program to benefit the community and the region.

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

    Santa Fe
    Atalaya Elementary School, Camino Cabra
    Date inspected: March 8
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Aztec Café, 317 Aztec St.
    Date inspected: March 7, opening
    Violations: None
    Notes: All equipment is NSF certified. Facility has been totally remodeled from old Aztec Café. Facility repainted, new hand sink installed. NSF reach-in refrigerators, floors done. Core base in floor. Looks very good.
    Status of establishment: Approved

    The Burrito Company, 111 Washington Ave.
    Date inspected: March 6, other
    Violations: None

  • A group of children duck down and shield themselves with their arms against the plane overhead. It’s not until the female voice comes over the loudspeaker, announcing that everything is fine, do they relax and continue on with their business.
    The youngsters are all dressed alike in drab, gray clothing. In fact, everyone in their community dresses the same. There is no color and no diversity.
    “The Giver,” Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest production, adapted by Eric Coble, directed by Mimi Adams, produced by Pat Beck and based on a book by Lois Lowry, gives the audience a look inside this totalitarian society reminiscent of George Orwell’s “1984.”

  • The volcanic Jemez Mountains rise up from the high desert like an island in the sky surrounded by a desert sea. The Rio Grande rift splits the Colorado Plateau and a sparkling ribbon of water flows along its path. Northern New Mexico’s rich diversity of ecosystems awaits the curious.  
        This June, PEEC offers children the opportunity to explore the landscape. Programs are for children entering grades fourth through sixth (Nature Odyssey) and grades seven and eight (LEAP). Each week is a chance for them to spend their days outdoors, make new friends and meet scientists in the field.  

  • The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is  seeking young professionals interested in visiting Rotary District 3030 in India for approximately one month between Nov. 23 and Dec. 23, as part of the Group Study Exchange program of Rotary International Foundation.
    There are four positions available. Selection is based on application and an interview process and a Rotarian will lead the group.
    During the trip, the group will give presentations to share information about the U.S. and New Mexico/western Texas and will experience the customs, vocations and lifestyle of Rotary District 3030.
    The goal is to promote international understanding and goodwill through person-to-person contact.  

  • While cancer patients typically get much-needed support from family and friends, their primary caregivers often feel isolated and overwhelmed.
    The newly formed Cancer Caregiver Support Group in Los Alamos hopes to change that.
    “Caregivers need a forum to learn from each other what are the pitfalls and challenges of caring for a loved one stricken by cancer,” said Paula Roybal Sánchez, president of the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, which will oversee the support group. “They need a group to share their wisdom.”

  • This week, we continue in the positive values category with asset number 27, equality and social justice.
    This is when a young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty.
    Open the conversation flood gates, but only if you can stand some real dialogue that might be different than your own.
    Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard about Kony 2012, if not, Google it or check out the magazine rack next time you’re at Smiths.
    If you have a student that is in middle or high school, see if they are discussing this with their friends. Ask them if they’ve seen the Youtube video, if not, watch it together.

  • The Los Alamos Rotary Club recently honored Jodi Cull-Host as the student of the month for February.  Jodi is the daughter of Cheri Host and Theresa Cull, both employees of Los Alamos National Laboratory.  Cull-Host’s brother Jamie is a fifth grader at Barranca Mesa Elementary School.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects a senior from Los Alamos High School to honor each month of the school year. The Rotary Student of the Month Committee selects students based on academic excellence, extracurricular involvement and service to the community.

  • 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.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    Thank you to the community of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Monitor staff for the outstanding support you give to the animals lovingly cared for in the shelter.

    DOGS
    Dorothy — Yellow Lab-mix. Spayed female, just surrendered. No children, please. Social skills need some work. She is still scared and defensive. Senior volunteers will work with her to evaluate her potential.

  • The Northeastern Regional Science Fair was March 3 at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas. Los Alamos County was represented by 65 Los Alamos Public Schools students and two home school students. For the seventh-straight year, Los Alamos High School will be represented at the International Science and Engineering Fair.
    LAHS junior Holly Erickson took the grand award in the Senior Division, in the physical science category. She will compete in May for $2.5 million in cash, prizes, awards and scholarships. She will compete against 1,200 students from across the globe in Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Results from the Northeastern Regional Science Fair:

  • Join the American Association of University Women at 7:30 p.m. March 15, for “It’s Fun, It’s History, It’s New Mexico,” a Chautauqua presentation  by Mary Diecker of the New Mexico Humanities Council. The public is invited to the event at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road.
    It’s fun: Laugh a little and learn a lot about the state. It’s history: It’s good guys, bad guys, ladies and those “not so” ladies. It’s New Mexico: It’s the state stuff (state cookie, fossil, song, butterfly, bird) and more. It’s the people, places and things of the Land of Enchantment.