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  • Heart Smart Poster Contest Winners

    The Family YMCA and Los Alamos Heart Council co-sponsored a Heart Smart Poster Contest for children in grades K-6th.
    Posters were judged on originality and the healthy message it depicted, winning posters were displayed at the Los Alamos Health Fair. The following children won prizes for their posters:

    Kindergarten through third grade

    First place: Heidi and Wendy Sheppard
    Second place: Sarah Taylor
    Third place: Ryan Worley
    Fourth place: John Worley

    Fourth through sixth grade

    First place: Sarah Worley
    Second place: Eliana Rodriguez
    Third place: Paulina Burnside
    Fourth place: Maarla Duffield

  • This year’s Veterans Day community celebration will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the American Legion Post 90, 1325 Trinity Dr. All veterans, their families and friends, as well as the general public are invited to attend. The local theme is “Honoring the Vietnam Veteran.”
    More than three million men and women served in Vietnam and more than 58,000 made the ultimate sacrifice.
    Veterans Day is a national holiday to thank and honor the 23 million living veterans that have honorably served their country in both wartime and peacetime. There are currently 1.4 million Americans serving in the U.S. military with thousands currently deployed overseas, many in harm’s way.   
    This year’s guest of honor and speaker will be Major Dave Carver, USMC (ret).
    Carver served more than 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a Los Alamos resident and Los Alamos National Laboratory employee. He served in a variety of positions in a long and distinguished career. Carver was wounded four times in action in Vietnam serving as a radioman in an infantry company.
    Deacon Michael Irving, from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church of Los Alamos, will deliver the invocation and benediction.

  • Tickets to a land of chocolate are available for $20, from the Betty Ehart Senior Center — and the trip is scheduled for Nov. 10.
    The annual Festival of Chocolate will be from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. to benefit local senior and youth programs.
    The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and Champions of Youth Ambitions have teamed together for the fundraiser.
    “We could not do this event without volunteers,” said Pauline Powell Schneider, LARSO director. “The seniors who come that night to serve, welcome and support the event; people we work with regularly, like Los Alamos Retirement Community and the Medical Center, are very supportive of the event and they have kitchens with creative chefs who are happy to donate chocolate treats for our festival.”
    Through the efforts of Los Alamos MainStreet and a variety of local business, the long-term tradition of the Festival of Chocolate will kick off a weeklong event called, The Festival of Trees.
    Holiday trees, available by silent auction are unveiled annually during the Festival of Chocolate, when the bid sheets officially go up and Chef Michael Mason’s homemade hot cocoa begins to pour.

  • For several years, the Los Alamos Photography Club has offered a place for photography enthusiasts to not only learn more about photo techniques, but to also hone their skills.  
    Now, there’s another group that will help photographers take the next step and learn about Adobe products and digital photo processing. The Adobe Users Group, founded by Doug Coombs and Kenneth Hanson, will focus on the program Adobe Lightroom, as well as Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop elements.
    The group is currently accepting new members and will meet from 7-9 p.m. at the Fuller Lodge Art Center, the first Tuesday of every month, with the first meeting scheduled for Nov. 6. There is no charge to join the group.
    Coombs said putting the group together is a joint effort between the Los Alamos Photography Club and the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group.
    Although the two groups focus on photography and photo techniques, Coombs wants everyone to know that they are separate.
    “The (photo) club is more software agnostic. We focus on how to do photos and print photos,” Coombs said. Despite the fact that his time will now be divided amongst the two groups, he said that the photo club still intends to host the annual photo show.

  • 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
    Autumn — This spayed female is one of those rare breeds that doesn’t come around very often — a New Mexico Brown Dog. She is housebroken and leash-trained, just don’t try to force her to be friends with any dog smaller than her.
    Axle — Axle is a playful and affectionate neutered male. The shelter temperament testers describe this Pit-mix as a total sweetheart. He would love a family that appreciates big, sloppy dog kisses.
    Ciera — Spayed female Shepherd-cross who likes to get to know her human associates before she shares her story with them.
    Coqueta — Six-year-old spayed female Retriever/Chow-mix surrendered. Good with adults and gentle children. Has been an outdoor dog.

  • Santa Fe Enchantment, the 2012 national seminar of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, will bring more than 600 needlework enthusiasts from across the country to Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque through Friday.
    Participants will attend classes in all facets of needle arts.
    While registration for the seminar is now closed, the public is invited to visit Buffalo Thunder to view a display of needlework done by masters and award winners in various embroidery techniques.
    The national tapestry “America the Beautiful” will also be shown. EGA stitchers from around the country contributed designs representative of their area.
    During the seminar, the Needlework Boutique will offer a wide variety of threads, patterns, notions, accessories and gadgets for sale. Books about all phases of needlework will be available at the bookstore.
    The EGA seminar provides an opportunity to see the finest in needle arts and shop for hard-to-find stitching accessories.
    For more information, contact Marilyn Foster, 672-9404.

  • The ladies of the Xi Nu chapter of Beta Sigma Phi look good for 25, that is 25 years of craft fairs.
    Their silver anniversary takes place Saturday, with their 25th annual craft fair at Crossroads Bible Church, located near the Los Alamos Airport.
    The 9 a.m.-3 p.m. event will have shoppers glowing in the warmth of shopping locally and helping small-based businesses as the holiday season approaches.
    This year, the ladies, under the direction of Cathy Shisler, have more than 50 booths lined up.
    Breakfast and lunch items will be available for purchase with the help of Kenny’s North Carolina Barbecue, along with coffee, fresh baked goods and a few healthy items thrown in, compliments of the sorority members.
    Perhaps the best value of the day is the $1 raffle ticket or six tickets for $5 that gives shoppers (even those not present) the chance to win one of more than 50 items contributed by vendors.
    Of course the most prized item of the day is a handmade quilt, by Xi Nu member Alice Garcia that has been in the works for a year and a half. The hand made quilt is in celebration of their silver anniversary and reflects silver nods throughout the slightly-larger-than-king-sized artistic snowman endeavor.

  • The Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, located on Hwy. 281, just east of Las Vegas, will be open each Sunday in November from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for the Traditional Annual Fall Flight Festival featuring a 4-1/2 mile self-guided auto drive.
    This tour allows visitors to enjoy the short-grass prairie in areas of the refuge that are not open for general public use the rest of the year.
    Visitors can observe directly the impact of current drought conditions on ponds, lakes, marshes and fields. With the lack of water, migrating waterfowl will be limited, but numerous grassland birds such as mountain bluebirds, meadowlarks, horned larks and sparrows along with various wintering raptors will be visible.
    Volunteer roving naturalists will be on hand with spotting scopes to help visitors identify birds. No walking is required. Attendees are encouraged to bird from or close to their vehicle, so birds will not be disturbed. All events at the refuge are free.
    Special Wildlife Kids Crafts, featuring a different themed craft are held each Sunday between 1-3 p.m.
    Interpretive programs are repeated at noon and 1:30 p.m. each Sunday:
    Sunday:  “Live Raptor Presentation” By Santa Fe Raptor Center. This program is ideal for children.

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer the first in a series of three classes on travel and nature journaling taught by Terry Foxx, Katy Korkos and Fairley Barnes Nov. 6.
    The class is on three consecutive Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m., and costs $40 for PEEC members and $50 for all others.
    This price includes all supplies and materials for the three sessions.
    Many are looking for ways to connect with the world through travel or through observing nature.  When traveling, people pack their suitcase with a notebook intended to be a journal.
    The first one or two nights, they are judicious in writing notes, then life overtakes them and they come home with a blank notebook. Or they go on a walk, something catches their eye and they want to remember. But they say to themselves, “I’m not an artist” and they tuck the experience away in memory that soon fades.
    But there is a more permanent way to record explorations. Korkos, Barnes and Foxx will share ways to record observations, feelings,and experiences in a variety of journal types that are simple, easily done and don’t require a mastery of art.
    For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

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

    Los Alamos

    Aspen Lounge, 400 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 30
    Violations: One high-risk violation for contaminated equipment — sanitizer didn’t have solution made. One cap of bleach per one gallon of warm water. Corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Hilltop House Convenience Store, 400 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 30
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Los Alamos Holiday Inn Express, 60 Entrada Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 30
    Violations: Three high-risk violations, two for improper holding — milk, refrigerator needs to be turned down. Corrected; eggs without shell at 45 degrees, corrected, thrown out; sausage at 170 degrees, corrected and thrown out. Food handler said she turned off warmer over half an hour ago, since no customers. One for poor personal hygiene — hand wash sink needs paper towels. Corrected.
    Notes: Milk display refrigerator needs temperature turned down. Corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Santa Fe

    Classic Fare and Catering

  • Finding a decent Northern New Mexican meal on the Hill is not an easy task. In fact, it’s nearly impossible.
    Yes, there are restaurants that churn out Northern New Mexican food, but there’s always something missing.
    Sometimes the dishes lack flavor and sometimes the chile is no more than bland chile water. There’s no heat and there’s no flavor. Until now.
    DeColores Restaurant has been at the same location for years. It’s on the edge of town, so it’s sometimes forgotten. But it’s well worth your while to have a meal or two there.
    On a recent Thursday evening, the restaurant was practically empty.
    A singer/guitarist entertained the handful of patrons scattered about the dining area.
    One look at the menu and it was evident that things had changed.
    The prices had gone up slightly, but there was also a lot more to choose from.
    In addition to the traditional Northern New Mexican fare, the restaurant also offers a variety of hamburgers, salads and other items.
    It was hard to make a decision about what to order, but the waitress was patient, coming back a couple of times before a decision was made.
    In the meantime, free chips and salsa were offered to munch away on as the menu was browsed. The chips were good.

  • The Dia de los Muertos show at Northern New Mexico College has become an annual tradition.
    Now in its fourth year, the show will once again feature 16 artists from Northern New Mexico and beyond, displaying their best interpretations of the Day of the Dead. The man behind the show is Española’s Toby Morfin. For the past few years, Morfin has curated the show, all in an effort to share his — and other artists’ — talent with valley residents and those from surrounding areas. This year, Española artist Cruz Lopez also helped curate the show.
    The type of work displayed is as varied as the artists that create it. A good portion of the artists have done the show before, but there are also some new faces this year. Rachel Montoya is one of the newbies. Montoya, a jewelry artist, collaborated with Arturo Montaño for this exhibit. But she’s no stranger to exhibiting her work. In fact, she won first place for jewelry at this year’s Spanish Market.
    “It’s nice to add her to the show,” Morfin said. He said the show continues to improve each year and has attracted a big audience.

  • As Director of the Betty Ehart Senior Center and as a music therapist, Pauline Schneider sees both the difficulties dementia sufferers and their caregivers face daily and also how music and the arts can help people connect and enjoy the  arts’ effects.
    “I have worked with people in all phases of dementia and even those who seem to have stopped relating to the world around them, remarkably respond to music. One person, who hadn’t spoken for quite some time, began to sing along with a familiar tune from decades ago and knew all the words, stayed on key and stayed focused until it was over,” Schneider said.
    She invited Mary Yamada of the Los Alamos Retirement Community, who has worked with people with dementia for 15 years and Carol Meine of Mesa Public Library arts programming, to get together and create a pilot program for people with dementia and their caregivers to meet in a non-clinical setting to enjoy the arts together.

  • Carole Rinard, a local needlework master, received the Gold Thread Award on Oct. 28 at the 2012 national seminar of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, at Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque.
    This annual award is given to individuals who have given freely of their time and talents to best exemplify the EGA mission of fostering the highest standards of excellence in the practice of the art of embroidery. Carole is being honored at both the regional and national level for her life-long dedication to fiber arts.
    Upon moving to Los Alamos in 1981, Rinard immediately became active in the Embroiderers Guild at the local, regional and national levels.
    She received the Rocky Mountain Region’s first Clare Award in 1989 for outstanding service to the region. In 2004, she was the chairperson of the EGA 18th National Exhibit, which opened in Los Alamos in April of that year. As an EGA Master Needlework Judge, she has judged fiber arts at venues throughout the country.
    Rinard has exhibited widely and won awards for her needlework in Kansas and New Mexico. In 1995, she was one of 100 EGA needle artists to be selected to stitch an ornament for the White House’s Blue Room Christmas Tree.
    The ornament “New Fallen Snow at the Santa Fe Opera” is in the permanent collection of the Executive Mansion, Washington, D.C.

  • The League of Women Voters will have their monthly Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. Nov. 8 at Mesa Library.
    Their leader in November will be the new County Attorney Becky Ehler.
    After working in Alamogordo for 19 years as the city attorney and as the legal advisor to the City’s Department of Public Safety, she came to Los Alamos in June 2012 with her husband of 34 years.
    They purchased a house in White Rock where they live with the animals their kids left behind when they moved out.
    Ehler has worked in Gallup and Roswell and had brief experience with the federal government as a summer intern in a congressional office.
    Ehler thinks working in local government is the best  choice because of the increased opportunity to directly interact with residents.
    She also believes she has a better opportunity to make an impact on the community at this level. “ It’s very gratifying to be able to see the outcome of a project upon which I have worked and see the genuine benefit to the citizens at the end of the project.”
    The event is open to the public. To attend, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or email her at kaskacayman@gmail.com. Food is ordered from the co-op.
    The meal includes a sandwich or soup or salad and half-sandwich and a cookie for $10.  

  • We are so close to the end of October, that we will look ahead to November and a focus on the asset category of empowerment.
    This asset category contains assets seven through 10 and include; community values youth, youth as resources, service to others and safety.
    The assets program was disappointed when our Night in Italy event was forced to cancel, due to low-ticket sales.
    Perhaps it was timing, perhaps it was cost or perhaps there were too many events on the calendar.
    What I do know is that 100 percent of time was donated to make the effort a go. The assets program didn’t spend a penny in cost to attempt this fundraiser.
    Our thanks to local caterer Jarda Belmonte, who had the gumption to try something new to benefit youth development programs in our community.
    On a positive note, our Smith’s Change For Change collection earned our program $175.75 in donations and for that, I thank you.
    Our reason for fundraising is to at least make an attempt at sustainability. This is a part- time program and with additional funds, we could do so much more.
    The second reason is that we started the year with a $5,000 reduction in budget and must always anticipate that to happen in consecutive years.

  • Alleged hauntings and ghost sightings of places where accidents and tragedies occurred is not uncommon. In fact, there are many places throughout the state that are said to be haunted, so it should come as no surprise that the New Mexico State Penitentiary’s Old Main facility is on that list — especially since it was the site of a vicious riot in 1980.

    Inmates at the Penitentiary of New Mexico, overtook prison guards in the early morning hours of Feb. 2, 1980. Fed up with airing grievances about overcrowding, substandard food and the treatment of some prisoners — that seemed to fall on deaf ears — they decided to take action.

    During a routine inspection in one of the dormitories, the inmates overtook four prison guards and took them hostage. They then went to another dormitory, where another four guards were taken hostage. They continued to take hostages until they had acquired a total of 12. 

    During their initial assault, they were able to gain access of the control center, where they were able to get keys for the five grill gates in the prison. What happened after that will forever be etched in New Mexico history. For 36 hours, prisoners and guards alike, were tortured, beat, stabbed and raped. There were also several overdoses after the rioters gained access to the prison pharmacy.

  • 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
    Autumn — This spayed female is one of those rare breeds that doesn’t come around very often — a New Mexico Brown Dog. She is housebroken and leash-trained, just don’t try to force her to be friends with any dog smaller than her.
    Axle — Axle is a playful and affectionate neutered male. The shelter temperament testers describe this Pit-mix as a total sweetheart. He would love a family that appreciates big, sloppy dog kisses.
    Ciera — Spayed female Shepherd-cross who likes to get to know her human associates before she shares her story with them.
    Coqueta — Six-year-old spayed female Retriever/Chow-mix surrendered. Good with adults and gentle children. Has been an outdoor dog.

  • Five precision shooters from Los Alamos High school NJROTC went to Colorado Springs to the Olympic Training Center to compete in the Men’s and Women’s Air Rifle portion of the monthly tournament Oct. 19. The course of fire at a distance of 10 meters for men is 60 shots and for women 40 shots in the standing position. The top shooter for the team was Brandon Frank with a 557. Samuel Wolfe was second with a 547, both exceeding the necessary score of 534 to qualify for the Distinguished Expert Badge for international. Tessa Snyder fired a 345/400 just one point below the Distinguished Badge qualifying score. Former cadet Cory Miller also traveled from The University of New Mexico to Colorado Springs to participate in this event. In December, the five cadets will fire qualifying matches in both air rifle and small bore for the Junior Olympics in March 2013.

  • The Rising Moon Gallery will host a potluck and ceremony to honor the victims of genocide around the world from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 2.
    Bones made of clay, by adults and children of the Abiquiu community, will be laid out in a ceremony to honor the victims of genocide.
    The making of the bones is a community project that supports the national One Million Bones project.
    The One Million Bone project allows participants to showcase their creativity and join a global community working to end genocide by making a bone and/or sponsoring a bone for $5.  
    Proceeds are donated to direct service and advocacy organizations through the One Million Bones project headquartered in Albuquerque.
    Bones made at the Rising Moon Gallery and at the Abiquiu Elementary School and La Puerta School will be transported to Albuquerque to become part of a national installation in Washington, D.C. at the National Mall on June 8, 2013.
    One Million Bones is a fundraising art installation and education project designed to recognize the millions of victims killed or displaced by ongoing genocides.
    Its mission is to increase global awareness of the ongoing devastation of genocide, raise $5 million to protect and aid displaced victims and educate students about tolerance through art and social activism.