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  • Los Alamos Middle School students and Principal Rex Kilburn pose with the 100 BEST trophy as it tours through Los Alamos Public Schools.

  • Settling an estate can be difficult and time consuming.
    Those who have been in the position of trying to find all the papers and information needed at the time of death and for estate settlement, know how much time and frustration can be involved.
    “After I’m Gone — Things to think about your Estate” is a program intended to provide the public with information to make the process easier.  
    Don Davidson will present the talk at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the White Rock Town Hall. Davidson will share what he has learned going through the process of getting his affairs in order.
    Learn what can be done to help family handle personal affairs upon a family member’s death.
    At the time of a death, there are various immediate questions.  
    Is there a will and/or trust? Where are the will and trust? What kind of funeral service should there be? Where are the telephone numbers of relatives? Who else needs to be informed? More questions arise as the estate settlement proceeds. What bills need to be paid? Wasn’t there land in another state? Where are all the stock certificates? How do we divide some of the personal belongings? Who gets the china and silver candlesticks? Was there more than one life insurance policy? The list goes on and on.  

  • The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will begin at 7:30 p.m. today at the Christian Church, 92 East Road.
    The featured speaker will be Greg Conklin, MS Optira Inc. His talk is titled, “LIDAR (Light Ranging and Detection) Techniques and Use.”
    LIDAR is a commercial technique that utilizes phase based lasers to collect measurements of points on the surface of a physical object.
    These points can be projected into 3D space and used to make 3D meshes and solids. Conklin received his master’s degree in chemistry from New Mexico Tech and has vast experience in managing large LIDAR projects.
    The September field trip will be to Shark’s tooth ridge some miles off of N.M. 550 on a dirt road located between San Ysidro and Cuba.
    For this trip, they will meet at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Sullivan Field. Fossil shark’s teeth and septarian nodules may be found with the potential for visiting an ammonite locality as well.
    Plan on bringing collecting gear, plastic baggies, a camera, sunscreen, a hat, water, lunch and snacks.
    Contact Paul Bradley at Ppbradpp@aol.com for more details and to confirm attendance.

  • This week, we salute the Bonding to School asset, number 24.
    I like to connect the community in the spirit of homecoming, during this week.
    I did not grow up here, I did not attend the schools here, but I feel connected to them because of my children.
    When I am at Chamisa Elementary, I am, indeed, a Cheetah. Although I do not currently have students in the middle school, I do a great deal of work with students and staff and when there, I feel like a Hawk. Finally I feel like a ’Topper and proudly wear my #16 jersey and soon, a delighful T-shirt, representing the NJROTC unit.
    This week, we can all feel like ’Toppers as we view their spirit days from afar, take part in the LAYL bonfire, watch the parade or attend or listen to the football game.
    This week, we can all take pride in the accomplishments of students, whether they are in the ’Topper band, part of the unit of Navy Color Guard or the elementary-age students that will sell cotton candy during the football game to raise money for physical education programs. Go Mr. Black!
    This past week, we also celebrated the honor of receiving the award for one of the 100 BEST Communities for Young people from America’s Promise and ING.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on site adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. 

    Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. 

    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.

    DOGS

    Coqueta — Six-year-old spayed female Retriever/Chow-mix surrendered. Good with adults and gentle children. Has been an outdoor dog. 

    Five Border Collie puppies— Four-months-old, four males and one female. They are pretty shy and the volunteers are working on socialization. Keep watching as they develop into fun, approachable pups.

    Ponjo — Black-and-white Jack Russell/BC-mix, neutered male. Social and active. Good with other dogs.

    Two-step — One-year-old neutered male brindle Boxer/Shepherd-mix. Housebroken, really nice dog. Loves the dog park. Friendly and active, good with people.

    CATS

  • Art openings

     

    An exhibit featuring photos by Jamey Stillings, Linda Connor, Chris McCaw, David H. Gibson and Sharon Harper will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 28 at photo-eye Gallery, 376-A Garcia St. 

    Art exhibits

     

  • 1. “American Dream ...,” Jim Cullen

    2. “The Scarlet Letter,” Nathaniel Hawthorne

    3. “Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass,” Frederick Douglass

    4. “The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin,” Benjamin Franklin

    5. “All Things Shining ...,” Hubert Dreyfus

    6. “Hamlet,” William Shakespeare

  • 1. Whistle, Flo Rida

    2. We Are Never Getting Back ..., Taylor Swift

    3. One More Night, Maroon 5

    4. Lights, Ellie Goulding

    5. Some Nights, fun.

    6. Everybody Talks, Neon Trees

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

     

    Santa Fe

     

    Agua Fria Elementary, 3160 Agua Fria

    Date inspected: Sept. 4

  • Local flavor

     

    • The Los Alamos Choral Society is preparing for its January 2013 Winter Concert that will feature Handel’s “Messiah.” Sign-up and music check-out will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 18, 2012 at the United Church. Regular rehearsals, which begin Sept. 25, are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the United Church. All singers are welcome.

     

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center will air a free live webcast of the bat flight from Bracken Cave near San Antonio, Texas from 5-6:30 p.m. Sept. 18.  Chris Judson from Bandelier will be on hand to talk about the bat flight and answer questions.

    Did you know that the 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats living in Bracken Cave eat approximately 200 tons of insects every night? They emerge from the cave each evening to feed, to the wonder of scores of eager spectators.

    Now, with the age of technology, those spectators don’t even need to be in Texas. Those wanting to witness this exciting spectacle can watch “BatsLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure” via webcast.

    Bats are the only mammals that can fly, thanks to their modified fingers and thin membrane. In order to catch insects, most bats are highly maneuverable, fly very fast and sometimes fly as far as 30-50 miles in one night. 

  • “How I Learned to Lead ‘Priedhorsky Moderate:’ Forty Adventures in Canyon Country, Starting Age 10”

    Part coming-of-age story, part exploration of local natural beauty and part compendium of debacles, Reid Priedhorsky’s talk is about the canyons of the Colorado Plateau. 

    In photographs and illustrations, he will tell the story of his 40 adventures in the ethereal landscape, which inspired the alien worlds of Calvin and Hobbes’ “Spaceman Spiff,” at 7:45 p.m. Sept. 19 at Fuller Lodge.

    Priedhorsky will speak about impacts of growing up Priedhorsky and give a presentation to show exactly what happened as a result.

  •  High atop the mesa and deep within the Jemez forest, lies a special place full of historical logging villages and pueblo ruins. This area sees little motorized traffic aside from the occasional 4-wheeler or dirt bike passing through.

    Even those who pass through fail to notice the hundreds of cultural sites along the way. These sites are often completely camouflaged by natural foliage or rocks, only noticeable to those with a trained eye.  

    Within just a few miles of mesa, adventurers can see a historical logging village, a large pueblo ruin, hundreds of lesser pueblo ruins, and rock art from multiple periods of time. Those who desire to find these places will find their way with a little research.

  • Today

    LeadHer: Los Alamos is a new, interdenominational Christian women’s group. To learn more about the international organization go to leadher.org/. For more information about LeadHer Los Alamos, contact Shona Neff at 672-1567.

     

    Mesa Public Library presents Game Night at Mesa from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bring your games or play theirs. For all ages.

     

  • On Friday, the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series will have an encore summer concert as part of LA MainStreet’s Next Big Idea: A Festival of Discovery, Invention and Innovation.

    At 7 p.m. Friday, the series will be back at Ashley Pond for a concert with Stephanie Hatfield and Hot Mess, plus Bill Palmer’s TV Killers, two rock bands from Santa Fe.

    Hot Mess is an Indie rock band playing mostly original music with a great drummer and loud guitars. Hatfield’s vocals might remind folks of Brandi Carlile, Janis Joplin, Florence and the Machine, Adele and Sheryl Crow. Hatfield is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and is married to guitarist Bill Palmer.

    Palmer is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. He fronts the rock band that is similar in style to Tom Petty, Neil Young, Ryan Adams and Hatfield’s Hot Mess.

  • Wednesday

    Master storyteller Susan Frontczak will provide a day of instruction on how to use your voice and movements to develop a character and bring magic into the stories you tell. 9:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m. $35/$25 for PEEC, Historical Society and Chamber of Commerce members. For more information or to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org. 

     

    LeadHer: Los Alamos is a new, interdenominational Christian women’s group. The purpose of this group is to help women grow spiritually through revelation, inspiration, and application. LeadHer Los Alamos meets twice a month. During the first meeting, the women get together and watch a video teaching with a theme. For more information about LeadHer Los Alamos, contact Shona Neff at 672-1567.


  • As kids get back into the groove, it’s sometimes hard to gauge how happy they are to be back in school.

    This week, we look at assets in the commitment to learning category, which are #22 and #23.

    The school engagement assets find youth actively involved in their own learning. This is the season when you occasionally see some middle school students outside for part of their learning, collecting bugs for science.

    The project takes the students out of the classroom and demonstrates a hands-on, real world application to education.