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

    Los Alamos

    Daniel’s Café Haagen Dazs, 800 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Sept. 29
    Violations: Two high-risk violations, contaminated equipment — slicer has food product, must clean. Corrected; sanitizer <50 ppm, corrected; one moderate-risk violation, contaminated equipment — cutting boards have deep grooves and need replacing. Must have smooth contact surface and be able to clean. Seal around walk-in refrigerator needs repair, lots of condensation building up inside with compressor overworked.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Gold Water, 208 D DP Road

  •  Discover a new world on Columbus Day weekend, as more than 60 Abiquiu artists open their studios Oct. 8, 9 and 10, for the Abiquiu Studio Tour.
    The tour is a self-guided driving tour that takes visitors and collectors through the village of Abiquiu and the surrounding Chama River Valley — a landscape of imposing mountains, rock formations and the rivers of the Piedra Lumbre basin. Complimentary maps are available at all the studios and local business.

  • Due to the recent Las Conchas wildfire, charred forests and subsequent flooding have left many local trails and forest roads inaccessible. Although the options for local outdoor recreation have temporarily diminished, there are many fantastic destinations a few hours away in the Jemez Mountains.  
    One route in particular, travels through the mountain passes of the Valles Caldera, through an old western village and continues on to the territory of logging companies and railroads.  
    Allowing for better descriptions of important sites along the way, the trip will be broken down into three parts. This article describes the first leg of the journey.

    Traveling Along N.M. 4

  • The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation donated funds to Chamisa Elementary over the summer to create an outdoor classroom. Here students, staff and parents began the process of getting the bricks in place. The amphitheater was recently dedicated at an awards assembly.

  • More than 17,000 dogs were euthanized in Bernalillo County alone last year.
    In dog pounds throughout New Mexico injured and pregnant dogs without a microchip or dog tag go to the top of the list of dogs to be euthanized.
    Size doesn’t matter, even though Chihuahuas are very adoptable, even desired by Albuquerque residents. Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue receives on average, six calls a week from dog pounds throughout New Mexico requesting they take in Chihuahuas and Chihuahua-mixes.

  • Members of the junior class throw candy to the crowd from their float during Friday’s Homecoming parade on Central Avenue.

  • In these days of iPods and podcasts, “pod person” has taken on an entirely new connotation. But in the old days, it was quite an insult. It implied you were emotionless, empty, heartless and flat — in short, not human, just like the aliens who replicated themselves as near-exact copies of human beings in the “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”
    For those who crave the creepy, Mesa Public Library will kick off the autumnal edition of its Free Film Series this week with a screening of the 1950s sci-fi classic.

  •   Alexandra Hehlen of Los Alamos, and a Teen Pulse staff member, was recently selected to participate in the 2011 Miss Jr. Teen Albuquerque pageant competition Oct. 30. Hehlen learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced its selections at the end of September. Hehlen submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s Albuquerque pageant coordinator.

  • Sheree Lynch, executive state director for the Mrs. New Mexico Pageant, said the pageant is seeking applicants for the title of Mrs. Los Alamos. Once selected, the lady will advance on to represent her community in the 2012 Mrs. New Mexico Pageant on Feb. 4, 2012 at the Rodey Theatre in Albuquerque.  
    Local titleholders will compete to win a prize package valued at over $8,000, including an all-expense-paid trip to the nationally televised Mrs. America Pageant. Applicants must be at least 18 years old (no age limit), married at the time of competition and a New Mexico resident, no performing talent required.  
    To request the official application or for information, call Lynch at 970-674-0944 or visit www.mrsnewmexico
    america.com.

  • Oct. 2-8 2011
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY    
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    9 a.m.        Toenail clipping
    9:45 a.m.    Matter of balance class
    10:30 a.m.    Medicare Part D orientation
    9:45 a.m.    Matter of balance class
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken strips
    12:30 p.m.    Driver safety program

  • 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, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    We have a new color-coding system to help you select your perfect new family member. Check it out.
    The shelter has just received a new group of cats and has appointments for their veterinary updates. They are available for viewing and will be adoptable very soon. Come visit Michael, Princess, C-2 and Yoda.

    Cats

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Los Alamos County Recreation Department have teamed up to offer a special birding trip to the Rio Grande Nature Center in Albuquerque.
    The trip will leave Los Alamos from PEEC at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 8, and will return after lunch. The cost is $20 or $18 for PEEC members. This fee covers the van transportation and the Nature Center entrance fee.
    The Rio Grande Nature Center hosts almost 300 species of birds. About 40 of these are residents and the rest are seasonal migrants. The two most popular year-round residents are the roadrunner, New Mexico’s state bird, and the wood duck. Recently four snowy egrets have been seen.  

  • In recognition of World Habitat Day 2011, Habitat for Humanity of Española Valley and Los Alamos, Inc. will display pictures of typical poverty and Habitat Houses from around the world throughout World Habitat Day, Oct. 3, at the Habitat office and store, 726 N. Riverside Dr., Española.
    They will complete the day with “Desserts from Around the World” from 5:30-7 p.m. at the same location. A presentation by Boni and Roger Cardon of their Habitat Trip to Paraguay this past February, will be at 6:30 p.m. A special tithe from the sales in the Habitat ReStore and Thrift Shop will be sent to one of the featured countries. This is a free event and the public is welcome.

  • As we prepare to cruise into October this weekend, we begin to look at the asset category of support.
    This category comprises six assets that revolve around the area of family, neighborhood and school relationships.
    Important relationships begin in the home, but are often fulfilled by role models in neighborhoods and schools.
    We really are lucky that in some cases, rather sad family dynamics still produce some really decent children. The reverse is also true, but a strong, healthy, supportive family more often than not, results in well-balanced children.
    Having well balanced-children, however does require that families stop every once in a while and make adjustments.

  • Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories that Nancy Coombs will contribute, as she goes through the Leadership Los Alamos course.

    “The ninth class is the best class!” Last weekend participants in the Leadership Los Alamos program could be heard baiting members of earlier classes with their newly learned mantra.
    Along with 27 other interested residents, I retreated to the Valles Caldera Science and Education Center in Jemez Springs to begin the program led by LLA Chairman and Los Alamos County Police Chief Wayne Torpy.
    We had embarked on a nine month long odyssey to enhance our leadership skills and were looking forward to a challenge course led by Phil Bryson of “On The Edge Productions.”

  • The University of New Mexico–Los Alamos has long understood the documented link between broadband deployment, Internet usage and better economic development and educational opportunities.
    Many New Mexicans, especially in rural areas, remain underserved or “unserved” in the areas of Internet access and computer proficiency. And, UNM-LA is doing something about it.

  • More than 45 residents turned out for a rally around downtown Los Alamos on Sept. 25 to call for action on climate change.
    Joined by County Councilor David Izraelevitz, attendees moved their bodies on bike, scooter, stroller and by foot to demonstrate their commitment to moving beyond fossil fuels.
    Emily Irving brought her three young daughters to the rally, where they donned signs and rode on scooters and by stroller down Trinity and up Central.
    “It’s important to tell children as early as possible there is something they can do to protect the world,” Irving said.
    Her daughters won the prize for “Best ‘Alternative’ Vehicle” for their scooters.

  • On Sept. 17, students at Piñon Elementary School observed Constitution Day. As part of the day’s activities, students chalked out the Bill of Rights on the sidewalk in front of their school. Principal Jill Gonzales also got involved in the event and wrote a message on the sidewalk

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center will show the film, “Play Again” at 6:30 p.m.
    Oct. 6. After the film, viewers are invited to stay for a discussion of the issues raised. There is a $7 suggested donation for the viewing and students will sell popcorn and hot chocolate.  
    This documentary follows six teenagers who, like the “average American child,” spend five to 15 hours a day behind computer screens. “Play Again” unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure.

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

    Los Alamos

    • Hot Rocks Java Café, 3917 West Road, in Los Alamos Medical Center
    Inspection date: Sept. 26, corrective action response
    Violations: Improper holding of foods, corrected; improper sanitizing of utensils, corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Española

    • ETS, Fairview Elementary, 1000 Zuni Lane
    Inspection date: Sept. 21