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  • Take a trip back to the Old West, when times were simpler and for some, being a cowboy was a way of life.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents, “Cowboy Poet,” debuting at 7:30 p.m. Friday. 

  • The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee will present an exhibit of historic photos titled, “J. Robert Oppenheimer: Photographs From His Life: 1904-1967” from today until May 30 at the Mesa Public Library. The public is encouraged to visit the exhibit.
    An opening reception will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs gallery of the library. Refreshments will be served and members of the JROMC will be on hand to answer questions.

  • David Mutschlecner will read from and sign his new book of poetry, “Enigma and Light,” at Ruby K’s Bagel Café at 6 p.m. Thursday. Tickets to the event are $22.50, which includes the book and refreshments, and will be available at the door the night of the event. Otowi Station Bookstore and Ruby K’s are sponsoring the event.
    He is the author of two previous collections from Ashahta Press, “Veils” and “Esse.”

  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Kristine Coblentz of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Linda Anderman of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos Public Schools and Assets In Action are working together to heighten awareness.
    A short-term working committee has put together a brochure with the goal of educating students to the types of help available and some places the community can go for help.
    The brochure highlights the different types of counseling options available, while educating youth about good stress versus bad stress.
    The efforts will be combined with radio interviews on AM 1490, KRSN and information displayed in this column, both promoting building a Healthy Community! Healthy Youth!

  • Los Alamos Middle School students Sierra Foley, Madison Foley, Jonathan Salazar and Derek Selvage placed the morning wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery during the annual 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip.

  • During spring break, the United Church of Los Alamos sent a team of builders to Juaréz, Mexico to build homes for the less fortunate. “The trip went great! Better than could be expected,” Pastor Keith Lewis said. “Each year is a great year but 2012 was especially amazing. The freshmen and other newcomers stepped up and helped accomplish our work goals quickly, the group as a whole was fun to be with and our families were gracious as always.” Lewis likes to point out to the youth that when they arrived on Monday, the family had no home, but by the end of the week, they had a new home because of their efforts.

  • A big thank you for fun in the sun

    Each year around April 22, the nationally recognized day to emphasize caring for the Earth, is celebrated through various activities by Pajarito Environmental Education Center. This year activities included a display at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, an Earth Day speaker and a festival. Each activity was an outstanding success due to the efforts of a large number of volunteers and the support of many sponsors. This letter is to thank all of these volunteers and sponsors and those who attended one of our events this year.

  • KRSN AM 1490 owners David and Gillian Sutton recently returned from the National Association of Broadcasters convention, as two of 93,000 in attendance.
    The local radio station was recognized for making the cut as one of the top 50 stations in the nation for the Crystal Radio Awards, sponsored by the NAB.
    2012 spotlighted the 23rd Silver Anniversary of the NAB Crystal Radio Awards and KRSN was part of the celebration, in Las Vegas, Nev.

  • 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.

    DOGS
    Chica —One-year-old Chihuahua/Wire-Haired Terrier-mix. Spayed female. What a doll! Small, gentle, housebroken. Good with dogs and kids.
    Salvador (Sal) —Two-year-old neutered male tan Chihuahua-mix. What a sweetie. He is a little frightened right now, but solicits attention. He is housebroken, but has been known to chew a little when left alone. A nice crate would be a good solution.

  • We thank Los Alamos National Bank again for a very generous contribution to the Gift Fund of the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    LANB’s support allows lower-income children and adults in Los Alamos and surrounding communities to have access to our programs of lessons, exercise and recreation.
    During 2011, recipients of all ages were supported by this program and greatly enjoyed using the Aquatic Center.

  • An opportunity is available Saturday at the 2012 Dog Jog to participate in a $20 reduced fee microchip clinic. Veterinarians from Animal Clinic of Los Alamos and Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital have donated their time and expertise to implant the microchips.
    The fee includes the registration of the microchip to a database that can be read by shelters and veterinary clinics throughout the United States.
    No sign is up required ahead of time, just stop by Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock from 9-10:30 am. The clinic is open to the public; participation in the Dog Jog is not required.
    The best reason to have an animal micro chipped is the improved chance that the animal will be reunited with its owner if it becomes lost or stolen.

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

    Santa Fe

    Burrito Spot, 2207 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: April 20

  • First poetry slam in Jemez Springs

    Jemez Springs will host a poetry slam at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Presbyterian Church on Hwy. 4. The Friends of the Jemez Springs Library is sponsoring the event. This is a first for the village. Cleveland High School teacher Katrina Guariscio will kick off the evening. Admission is free.

  • Kiwanis, a global volunteer organization — and Key Cub International, its younger counterpart — have joined forces with UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.
    In an effort to help spread awareness and raise money for the vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation and time of skilled staff members, Los Alamos High School Key Club Secretary, Katelyn Littleton, has dedicated much of her senior year to this cause called, “Project Eliminate.”
    The elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus is being done through the administration of a vaccine that protects a mother and all her children from the deadly disease, which affects roughly 60,000 babies every year, due to unsanitary birthing practices.

  • The years between 1905 and 1917 were difficult for Jews in Russia. The pre-revolutionary years witnessed a persecution of the Chosen People not known to Europe since the Spanish Inquisition.
    Jews were blamed for the assassination of Czar Alexander II in 1881 and became scapegoats for the growing revolutionary sentiment in Russia. They were subjected to humiliating taxes, anti-Semitic laws and state-sponsored terror.
    In the 40 years leading up to the 1917 Bolshevik revolution, nearly three million Jews were forced out of their homes to leave Russia.

  • April is a special month in the literary and library worlds, honoring both poetry (National Poetry Month)  and libraries (National Library Week was April 8-14). In recognition of the role libraries play in providing free and open access to information, the Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series presents a book on challenges to what is included in library collections at 7 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs rotunda.
    “True Stories of Censorship Battles in America’s Libraries” is a compilation of essays edited by librarians Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco, who have experienced challenges to remove material held in their own libraries’collections.

  • At 7 p.m. May 2 PEEC will present a talk on birds of Australia. Marion and Ramie Stelts will show their photographs and discuss these diverse and exotic birds.  The talk is free and open to the public. The Steltses have made six trips to Australia in the last 10 years and have fallen in love with Australian birds. This illustrated talk will discuss birds they have encountered in their travels, including many parrots, raptors, honeyeaters, flycatchers, bowerbirds and others.   For more information, PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Suzanne Vilmain has devoted much of her life to words, first as an English teacher and always as an artist who uses words and text both as the symbols they are and as design elements. She brings some of her work to Mesa Public Library in “Bound Under the Influence: Book Arts by Suzanne Vilmain.”
    In Vilmain’s words,

  • The Asset category of focus this week is number 19, religious community.
    This is when a young person spends one hour or more per week in activities in a religious institution.
    Just in case the word religion turns you off, hold on a minute.
    The beauty is the folks at the Search Institute also look at religion defined as being spiritual.
    If the topic interests you, you can visit Search–Institute.org and type “spirituality” in the search box.
    The link will provide opportunities to look at the current generation vs. baby boomers and view information on everything from spirituality measures to psychological personality measures.

  • 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.
    Save the date. At 9 a.m. April 28 the Dog Jog to benefit Friends of the Shelter will kick off. For more information or an entry form, visit lafos.org/dogjog.

    DOGS
    Rocky — Three-year-old neutered Pug/Boston Terrier-mix. Brindle color and crate-trained.