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  • The Village of Jemez Springs will officially kick off the holiday season with a series of events and festivities around town on Saturday.
    The day begins at 3 p.m. with the traditional performance by the Albuquerque Boys Choir, at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, across from the state monument. Elliot Higgins and the Hummingbird music camp facilitate the annual event. Admission is free.
    The community Holiday festivities in the park start at 4:30 p.m. with music performed by local kids and an opportunity for families to help decorate the Christmas tree. Musicians include Sage Mijares with her young Suzuki violin students. Mijares will also perform with her siblings, Noah and Isabella. Music students from Jemez Valley public schools will also perform.
    Santa will arrive at the gazebo at 5 p.m., followed by the annual Christmas tree lighting and caroling at 5:30 p.m. Friends of the Library will offer baked goods and free warm drinks, in the conference room, next to the library.
    From 5-9 p.m., the state monument hosts the annual luminaria event among the ruins of the old Gisewa pueblo and San Jose de los Jemez Mission Church. The event is free and includes hundreds of traditional luminarias, Native American flute music and Jemez pueblo dancers.

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

    Los Alamos

    Café Sushi, 3801 Arkansas Ave.
    Date inspected: Nov. 27
    Violations: One high-risk violation for contaminated equipment — sanitizer > 200 ppm. Corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Daniel’s Café, 800 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Nov. 27
    Violations: One high-risk violation for contaminated equipment — Coke nozzles need cleaning. One low-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — hair restraints, all food handlers must wear a cap or hair net.
    Notes: Have prep refrigerator serviced.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    El Parasol, 1903 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Nov. 27
    Violations: None
    Notes: Excellent facility.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Española

    Advantage Sweets/Baskin Robbins, 1111 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Nov. 28
    Violations: None
    Notes: Hair restraints must be used in food prep/service areas. No exceptions. Noted staff using hair restraints, good. Gloves, good. Facility doing good.

  • Most artists will say that sharing their talent with others is what drives them to create art. Española resident and artist Monica Duran is no different. She feeds her creative need by making contemporary art pieces, using mixed media — and for the second time, she will share her artwork with the public in a show.
     This time, it will be on exhibit at the Bond House Museum in Española. The show opens with a reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday and will be on display through Jan. 3.
    Despite the fact that she enjoys making art, she’s not able to devote as much time as she’d like to create her pieces because she’s battling terminal cancer. The proceeds from selling her art will go toward her cancer foundation. She is in need of surgery that could save her life.
    “I decided to show it (my art) because I felt in my spirit that it was time. I wanted other women to read my story and not give in to the illness,” Duran said. “I know first-hand that this can either make you or break you and I choose to fight to make it. Art is my passion and I love to create wonderful and beautiful things.”

  • Los Alamos is offering a hearty dose of holiday spirit with WinterFest 2012 this weekend.
    WinterFest commences on Friday, with the 19th annual Los Alamos Crèche Show, which is held annually on the first weekend of December.
    Crèches,” or nativity scenes featuring the Christ child, are displayed by Los Alamos residents, for all to see. Because Los Alamos’ residents come from all over the world, there is always a myriad of crèches on display. The show will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday and again from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints-Los Alamos Ward, located at 1967 18th St., off Spruce St. and 15th. Those wishing to display their crèches should bring them to the church early Friday morning and may pick them up after the Saturday show. Free entry includes refreshments, live music and an area for children to play.
    Then at 7 p.m. Friday, Dance Arts Los Alamos will help kick off WinterFest with a performance of “Hansel and Gretel” — a full-length ballet that continues on Saturday and Sunday. Visit danceartlosalamos.org for times and other details or call 672-9462. The performance takes place at Duane Smith Auditorium.

  • The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos wishes to thank all those who helped to make last Saturday’s Breakfast with Santa successful. Our thanks go to Del Norte Credit Union for their continued support of our event.
    We are also appreciative of the many attendees who came to see Santa and to donate food to LA Cares and money for the Foster Children program at Christmas. Thank you for reminding us that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Los Alamos.

    Ann Hayes
    Breakfast Chairperson

  • Scholastic books are for sale at The Family YMCA from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, through Thursday. The public is welcome to come to the Y and shop. A variety of picture books to young adult novels are available. Partial proceeds will benefit the Y’s annual campaign that supports scholarships for those needing financial assistance.

  • This month of focus for our assets category is positive identity and includes assets 26 through 31.
    We will spend December and January looking at the category, but individually they include caring, equality and social justice, integrity, honesty, responsibility and a healthy lifestyle.
    The next few weeks are conducive to the first of our assets in the caring category.
    This month, we would like you to “Take A Second, Make A Difference,” in the life of one of our own.
    A plan is underway to collect get-well cards for a local young lady, recently in a car accident, prior to Thanksgiving.
    As Divine continues to heal, this is our chance, as a community, to let her know that we care about her and wish her well during her recovery.
    It doesn’t matter if you know her or not. Drop a note, make her laugh and let her know to hang in there.
    The teen years are a very social time for youth and missing your friends, trying to recover and being out of your daily habits can be hard for anyone, but even more so for a young person that has encountered great strife.
    Your cards can be dropped off at one of three community locations, which include the Betty Ehart Senior Center, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and with the Chamisa Elementary Student Council, in care of Valerie Adams.  

  • Aspen Elementary School raised almost $10,000 in October through the Tiger Trot. Proceeds will benefit the school.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite 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.
    Thank you, Los Alamos. The past couple weeks have seen numerous adoptions — hopefully this trend will continue and all the shelter pets will find homes for the holidays.
    DOGS
    Axle — Don’t let those sad-looking eyes fool you. 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.  
    Bagel — Very busy female Border Collie found on the Rim Trail, near Rover. She will need an active family to keep her happy.
    Ciera — Spayed female Shepherd-cross who likes to get to know her human associates before she shares her story with them.

  • Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service  announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2012 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.
    Now in its seventh year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.
    Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS), quality improvement and financial performance.
    “The 2012 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community. Their success offers data-driven proof of being well-managed and high quality care providers to hospitals, managed care organizations, ACOs and other potential referral partners across the healthcare continuum,” said Susan L. Henricks, president and COO of National Research Corporation, the parent company of OCS HomeCare.
    “Again, this year, we updated our methodology to reflect the rapidly evolving quality-focused healthcare landscape and national value-based purchasing trends.

  • Marcus Gutierrez, a senior at Los Alamos High School, was honored as Rotary Student of the Month for October.  Gutierrez is the son of Melinda and Joaquin Gutierrez and brother of Deanna and James.
       The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month.  In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition. Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and in particular, their service to the community.
       Community service has been an important part of Gutierrez’s academic life. For the past two summers, he has volunteered at the medical offices of Dr. James Ziomek, assisting with office work and minor procedures, as part of a physician-shadowing opportunity. Service trips to orphanages in Honduras and Colorado inspired him to coordinate a school-wide toy and school supplies drive at LAHS, to benefit these children and resulted in the collection of donations large enough to fill seven suitcases.

  • See and learn about reptiles and amphibians of New Mexico from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Scott Bulgrin, president of the New Mexico Herpetological Society, will give a talk on New Mexico herpetological fauna, followed by a live animal demonstration and display.
    New Mexico is home to at least 123 species of reptiles and amphibians. The Pajarito Plateau boasts around 30, including 12 species of snakes and 11 species of lizards. Many of these are often overlooked or well camouflaged, so getting the chance to see such seldom seen and wild animals up close can be a treat.
    Some of the critters Bulgrin might bring include a Couch’s Spadefoot Toad, Great Plains Toad, Sonoran Desert Toad, Box Turtle, Painted Turtle, Snapping Turtle, Side-Blotched Lizard, Bull Snake, Glossy Snake, Great Plains Ratsnake and Desert Kingsnake.
    For almost 50 years, the New Mexico Herpetological Society has promoted the scientific study of the state’s reptile and amphibian populations and the recognition of their role in the ecosystem. They educate the public about these unusual and unique animals through field trips, community outreach programs and monthly meetings.

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

    Española

    Pig Boy Willy
    Date inspected: Nov. 17
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Santa Fe

    Andiamo, 322 Garfield St.
    Date inspected: Nov. 16
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for contaminated equipment — dishwasher solution is not dispensing into the dishwasher. Temperature, 149 degrees, not adequate for hot water sanitizing. Three low-risk violations, two for floors/walls/ceilings — carpeting is used in the bread cutting area. Few tiles by the hand sink wall are missing. Seal. Remove carpeting around this area of dining room, where loaves of bread are sliced. Remove within three months. One violation for ventilation/lighting — light bulb in walk-in cooler does not have cover. Corrected during inspection.
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Casa Real, 1650 Galisteo St.
    Date inspected: Nov. 19, opening

  • The 2012 public ceremony at the Rotunda of the New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe, will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 10 to honor all who have served in the nation’s military.  
    A wreath donated to the people of New Mexico by the Worcester Wreath Company, will be presented and remain on display through December. The event is celebrated simultaneously at other state capitols across the country and marks the hour that Wreaths-Across-America begins its annual transport of  gravesite wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
    The state wreath is three-feet in diameter, made from Balsam Fir and displays flags representing each of the branches of the military, as well as POW/MIA designated service members. An invitation  is extended to members of those branches to attend and be recognized during the ceremony.  
    The mission of Wreaths-Across-America is summed up in its motto: “Remember, Honor, and Teach.” The Stephen Watts Kearny Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, invites the public to join them in this national event.  More information about Wreaths-Across-America can be found at wreathsacrossamerica.org/.
    For information about the ceremony at the Rotunda, contact Judy Reed at pandjreed@comcast.net or 986-1048.

  • Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday for a winter hike to Ancho Rapids and the Red Dot Trail in White Rock. Paul Arendt, local hiker and outdoor enthusiast, will lead this moderately difficult day hike.
    This one-way hike can be a perfect outing for a winter day, since in the summer, the trails are often too hot.  
    In order to have a shuttle from the end point back to the beginning, hikers will meet at the bottom of Piedra Loop, at the parking area for the Red Dot Trail, then carpool to a parking area about three miles south of White Rock. From this second parking area, the hike will proceed eastward, eventually dropping in to Ancho Canyon.  
    Ancho Canyon terminates at Ancho Rapids in the Rio Grande, where there are some rock formations to observe.
    Hikers will rest and eat an early lunch at the rapids before continuing north along the route, which parallels the rio. They’ll be able to enjoy another rest stop at the waterfall near the bottom of the Red Dot Trail. To finish, hikers will proceed up the Red Dot Trail to the cars parked at the trailhead. The total hike time and length are estimated at five-and-a-half hours and seven miles.

  • Don’t miss the 44th annual Earth Treasure Show, sponsored by the Los Alamos Geological Society. The show will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 8 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Masonic Lodge, on the corner of 15th Street and Canyon. Note that the show has been moved one week later than usual, to coincide with WinterFest activities around town.
    This year’s theme is “Collecting New Mexico.” Activities include exhibits, a silent auction, geode sawing, a wheel of fortune and food. Budding geologists of all ages are invited to bring their rocks and minerals for identification. In addition, a special craft activity is planned for this year; the Sand Man from Ouray, Colo., will provide sand, jars and expertise on the art of creating sand jar scenes at the kids craft table. This piece of smithsonite, the New Mexico state mineral, is from the Kelly Mine in Magdalena.

  • First, a big thank you to all the citizens of Los Alamos County who gave generously to the recent Letter Carrier-Boy Scout Fall Food Drive Nov. 17.
    An estimated 18,000 lbs. of food and supplies were collected with about 1,000 pounds sent to the San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen in Española.
    The remainder was donated to LA Cares, for local monthly distribution to those in need within our community.  
    The Atomic City Letter Carriers (NALC-4112) and their volunteers worked long and hard, performing the triple duties of delivering flyers, picking-up food and all while performing their regular duties of delivering your mail.
    Many volunteers from LA Cares and other organizations and individuals worked hard preparing, sorting, transporting and storing all the donations.
    LA Cares distributes food boxes monthly throughout the year, so please call 661-8015 if you can help with these distributions or are in need of food assistance.
    In addition, every Los Alamos and White Rock BSA unit in the Northern New Mexico District participated for two- to three-hour shifts (some scouts worked much longer), including Cub Scout Packs 20, 22, 27, 222, 229, 326, 422; Boy Scout Troops 22, 71, 122, 129, 222, and 422; and co-ed Venture Scout Post 20.

  • The annual Community Asset Awards search is underway and the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Chamber of Commerce want to know who you think stands out for 2012.
    The Community Assets Awards strives to recognize the things people do — in and around Los Alamos — to make the community or the world a better place.
    “I love that the Community Asset Awards honor those unsung heroes, those people who are not looking for praise or attention, but just do good things for the community because they enjoy doing them,” said Katy Korkos, Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Member Services Director. “ I love it that people who have a good idea and follow through with it are honored.”
    Each year, people of every age and background are nominated to receive recognition, with a youth and an adult recognized to receive the Director’s Choice Award and someone who will receive the Spirit of the West Award.
    The Spirit of the West Award was created to honor former Los Alamos County Councilor and Leadership Los Alamos alumni Jim West. Before his passing away, West knew the award was created, in his honor.

  • The Thrift Shop at the United Church moved to the lower level of Craig Hall and had a grand opening Nov. 14

  • Happy holidays!
    This week, we are still in the asset category of empowerment with a look at the asset of safety (#10).
    I will stretch on this area, but bear with me for a minute.
    This Saturday, the Trinity on the Hill will offer the best event of the season, the Children’s Bazaar.
    The event allows families, with children in kindergarten through sixth grade, an opportunity to shop for holiday gifts on their own.
    Children arrive at the church between 9 a.m. and noon, with a list of 10 names or less. Youth workers escort them to a special room, where they can purchase gifts to surprise family members on upcoming holidays.
    The items are varied and the prices are more than reasonable, but the increase in the asset category of empowerment is huge.
    It doesn’t matter what holiday you celebrate. Yes, I realize it is a Christian church, but think of all of the upcoming holidays, including birthdays, during which your children would love the opportunity to surprise the adults in their lives.
    While the pint-sized shoppers go on their merry way, parents and caregivers are treated to baked goods, newspapers and the excitement yet to come.
    Trinity on the Hill has thought of everything, as they even wrap the gifts and include gift cards for each item.