• United Way chapters from across New Mexico gathered at Los Alamos National Bank as United Way of Northern New Mexico hosted the annual statewide meeting March 10-11. The get-together was a way for the chapter members to discuss the 2-1-1 Program, Community Impact work, roles and responsibilities of boards and staff, and other business.
    United Way chapters in attendance included United Way of Carlsbad and South Eddy County, United Way of Otero County, United Way of Central New Mexico, United Way of Eastern New Mexico, United Way of Lea County, United Way of Northern New Mexico and United Way of Southwest New Mexico.
    “On behalf of the United Way of Central New Mexico, I would like to extend my appreciation to Kristy Ortega and the United Way of Northern New Mexico for hosting our statewide meeting of local United Ways,” said Ed Rivera, president and chief executive officer of United Way of Central New Mexico.
    “Our member organizations are of various sizes and interests, but we always learn from each as we address the challenges that exist in each one of our New Mexico communities.” We had a very fulfilling, enjoyable and productive learning experience for the last several days in the beautiful community of Los Alamos.”

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s new planetarium film, “We are Astronomers,” shows how astronomers seek an answer to the origin of the universe. This family-friendly film will premiere in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium at 7 p.m. Friday. Astronomer Dr. Richard Wallace will give a talk and be available to answer questions.
    “We are Astronomers,” a full-dome film, reveals how technologies, such as the Large Hadron Collider, the observatories of Chile, and the Hubble Space Telescope, work.
    Rick Wallace has a Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from U.C. Santa Cruz, where he focused on numerical calculations of stellar explosions and nuclear fusion. He has a successful career at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he spent the last 30 years. His work included physics simulations, security of Russian nuclear material after the fall of the USSR, technical management, and international safeguards (including 3 years at the IAEA in Vienna, Austria, looking for states that might not be complying with arms control treaty agreements.
    The movie will also play at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
    Tickets can be purchased by phone or at the Nature Center and are only $6 for adults and $4 for children. This movie is not recommended for children under 4 years old. The movie starts promptly at 2 p.m.

  • With beautiful weather and schools in nearby areas on spring break, Bandelier is experiencing record visitation. The count at the visitor center on Tuesday was over 820, a number more like a busy day in mid-July. 
    Without shuttle buses to allow visitors to park their cars in White Rock, and the parking areas across the creek still under construction, parking spaces are at a premium in Frijoles Canyon. On some days people may have to wait in line and park about a quarter mile away from the visitor center. Then, for awhile around mid-day, people may sometimes be asked to come back later.
    “Once they get parked and out onto the trails, everyone has a great day,” said Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. “Unfortunately the shuttle service can’t start up until mid-May, so parking will be strained for the next few weeks. In the meantime we encourage visitors to try to come before about 10 a.m. or after about 2:30 p.m. to miss the busiest times of day.”
    The visitor center, bookstore, gift shop, and snack bar are open from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., seven days a week, and the trails to the archeological sites are open dawn to dusk, about 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at this time of year.

  •  Los Alamos Public Schools is asking the public to attend a meeting at 5 p.m. March 22 in the Barranca Mesa Gym to discuss and share ideas about how to design a modern facility that meets the needs of students and staff.
    Barranca Mesa Elementary is located at 57 Loma Del Escolar St.
    This is the second community meeting to gather input from community members. The next pubic meeting will be March 24 during the school board meeting, where the education specialist presentation will be presented and discussed.

  • This week, I want to tell you how much I hate the words mental health.
    It isn’t painful to talk about heart health, kidney health, lung health, even colon health, for goodness sake.
    However say the words mental health you almost get the same response as if I said something unacceptable. The truth is perhaps we should say brain health?
    There were many years where I worked and we purposefully said the words behavioral health because the stigma associated with mental health was so off putting for so many. The word was a game changer, it was a non-starter, and it slammed the door on the conversation.
    So here I am a dozen years later and we still have the same issues. Perhaps if we started to say brain health and talked about it as commonly as we spoke about cancer, things might change?
    If I tell you a family member has a brain tumor, it is often met with compassion and kindness, someone that wants to bring a meal, send a card or run an errand.
    When we talk about anxiety, depression or severe stress, the words I have heard recently are, “Suck it up.”
    I’d have to check with several coaches I know first, but suck it up may possibly be only appropriate in mid-match on the wrestling mat.

  • With new outbreaks of illness around the globe like the zika virus, forecasting the potential spread of infection has become even more important.
    Come by UnQuarked Wine Room at 5:30 p.m. Thursday for Science on Tap with speaker Nick Generous with Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Information Systems and Modeling group for a brief introduction to the subject of disease forecasting and how new social media tools are helping make predictions even more accurate. The short presentation will be followed by a lively discussion. UnQuarked is located at 145 Central Park Square.
    Science On Tap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum. The On Tap series begins each evening with an informal 10-15 minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. All ages are welcome.

  • The Los Alamos School Board and Community Budget Committee are inviting parents and interested people from Los Alamos to attend and participate in a conversation about the draft Strategic Plan and 2016-17 LAPS budget proposal.
    The first meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, will begin with an overview of the draft Strategic Plan followed by a review of the school funding formula, results from the Legislative session, and considerations for 2016-17 budget.  
    The school board and budget committee are asking for ideas and suggestions from parents and community members.
    The second and third meetings, scheduled for April 5 and 7, will focus on listening to suggestions about the strategic plan and draft budget proposal.
    • 5:30-7 p.m. Tuessday in the high school speech theater
    • 5:30-7 p.m. April 5 in the White Rock Library multipurpose room
    • 5:30-7 p.m. April 7 in the high school speech theater

  • Feb. 15 — A girl. Natalia Sisneros. Born to Gavina Velarde and Nathan Sisneros.
    Feb. 16 — A boy. Elijah Marcus Martin. Born to Veronica R. and Herschel M. Martin.
    Feb. 19 — A boy. EamRoose. Born to Richenda Fox and Richard Roose.
    Feb. 27 — A boy. Bentley David Martinez. Born to Amber and Matthew Martinez.
    March 7 —A boy. Miles Sicheng Chen. Born to Aiping Chen and Pei Huang.

  • Bandelier National Monument has announced this year’s contest for photographers and artists to submit images to be used on the park’s Annual Pass. 
     “Different photographers and artists see Bandelier in many different ways, and we look forward to seeing all of them," said Superintendent Jason Lott."The image we choose will appear on hundreds  of  passes purchased by visitors from all over the country.”  
    The winner will receive an America the Beautiful annual pass, honored at federal recreation areas nationwide.
    Second, third and honorable mention winners will receive a Bandelier annual pass and a copy of the park video, “This Place Knows Us.”
    Winning images will be presented at the Bandelier Visitor Center theater at 4 p.m. April 16. 
    Everyone, entrants and public, are invited to attend and see all of the images, as well as the awarding of the prizes.
    To be considered, images must be representative of Bandelier National Monument.  Due to cultural concerns, images may not include kivas, masks, or petroglyphs/pictographs of humans. Entries must be received by the park by 4:30 p.m. on March 31. 
    For questions about entries, call Chris Judson at 672-3861, ext. 513. 

  • March 6-12, 2016
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Fried Steak
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    8:30 a.m.        Mac Users Group
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Pork Roast    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis

  • Equine lameness affects all types horses – whether they are ridden for pleasure, racing, or sport. Lameness, a health condition that affects a horse’s gait, is the most costly health problem in the equine industry in regards to the price of medical treatment and for time lost to rest.
    Dr. Ashlee Watts, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained what equine lameness is and how it happens. “Lameness is limping in the horse,” she said. “Sometimes the limping can be so subtle that it is difficult or impossible to see and sometimes it is very obvious. Lameness usually happens because of a problem with the musculoskeletal system in a limb, such as arthritis in a joint; however, it can also occur because of neck or back pain.”
    Orthopedic injuries, or injuries that directly affect the musculoskeletal system, are the most common cause of equine lameness and include any damage to the hoof, bones, joints, or soft tissue.
    According to Watts, signs of lameness can vary anywhere from limping to a mild reduction in normal athletic ability. Common signs of more severe lameness include head bobbing while walking or trotting. Head bobbing is usually a tell-tale sign of front limb lameness, while hind limb lameness is usually identified by a hip hike or drop.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Juanz—A big tomcat who was trapped earlier this week. He was a bit traumatized from being neutered earlier in the week, but hopefully shelter staff can start interacting with this big boy soon. Check back for more information!
    Waggs—A loving senior kitty that lost her home due to a family medical situation. This little tortie gal just wants to share her love with someone! Waggs has spent her entire life as an only cat, and she would probably prefer to not have to share her person. Waggs is currently in foster care with Friends of the Shelter – call Mary at 505-470-6973 to meet her.

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory employees pledged a record $2.2 million to United Way and other nonprofits during the 2016 Employee Giving Campaign. More than 500 community and social service organizations will benefit from the generosity of Laboratory personnel.
    “Our Laboratory employees can take pride in this accomplishment,” said Kathy Keith, Community Relations and Partnerships Office director. “Once again, employees have shown through their generosity that their community is important to them and that we are eager to help those around us.”
    Los Alamos National Security, LLC, which operates the Laboratory, plans to prorate its $1 million match among nonprofits selected by employee donors bringing the total donated to $3.2 million.
    The Laboratory has operated an annual employee giving campaign since 1954.

  • What is patience? Why do we need it? Where do we get it? How do we practice it?
    These are some of the questions that will be discussed at the fourth annual Women-to-Women mini-conference 9 a.m. to noon March 19 at the Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Drive.
    The morning of Christian fellowship, mutual encouragement, and spiritual strengthening is open to all women of the community. There is no charge for the event. Tea and finger foods will be served.
    The annual series is focusing on the nine fruit of the Spirit, listed by the Apostle Paul in the Biblical book of Galatians 5:22-23. Previously studied topics have included “Wrapped in God’s Love,”  “Filled with God’s Joy,” and “Living in God’s Peace.”
    The event heretofore has featured guest speakers sharing thoughts on the topic of the day.
    The 2016 program, “The Blessing of Patience,” will follow a different format.
    From audience-submitted evaluations of previous years, event planners have learned that attendees would enjoy more discussion time and worship during the morning than were included before. So, this year the program will feature three guided table discussion sessions on the aspects of patience – what it means, how it flows out of love, and how Christians can demonstrate it.

    March 11 — The Dover Quartet at 7 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium, Los Alamos High School Campus. Tickets are $30-$35, available at: losalamosconcert.org, ticketssantafe.com, Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock, the Lensic box office in Santa Fe and at the door. Youth 6-18 are always free. This young American string quartet rose to international prominence after a sweep of the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2013. The concert includes work by Mozart, Beethoven and David Ludwig.

    Astronomy Show at the Nature Center at 7-7:45 p.m. Explore our universe from the comfort of the planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    Telling on the Wild Side: (Mis)adventures in Story from 10 a.m. to noon at the Nature Center. Explore the process of finding, crafting, and telling stories based on your own experiences and adventures. Cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for PEEC members.  
    More information at peecnature.org.

    Feature Film: “Mysteries of the Unseen World” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center.  Discover what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum. There is far more to nature than meets the eye. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

  • The Los Alamos Mountaineers invite the public to its next meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for an exciting presentation by life-long trail explorer and outdoors adventurer Benedict Dugger, of Phoenix. A social time will be followed by reports of recent and upcoming trips.
    Dugger was born and raised in the Netherlands, 5,200 miles away from the Grand Canyon, surrounded by green rain-soaked pastures in a country where the highest hill is 300 feet and the closest mountains are over 600 miles away.
    At an early age he developed a love for exploring nature and heading out on adventures. After traveling to many countries around the world in his 20s and 30s, he moved to the American Southwest five years ago, where he fell in love with trail and adventure running.
    Dugger has more than 20 years of background in athletics and wellness coaching, sports, fitness and running technique training. The main sport he played and coached was soccer until his early 40s, when he picked up running, and especially trail and endurance running, for the first time.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated with a classic liturgy each Sunday at 9 a.m., followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:15 a.m. and Christian Education for all ages at 10:30 a.m.  A service of Midday Matins with Communion is celebrated at 11:45 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors, Rev. Bruce Kuenzel and Rev. Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.

  • I may have said something kind of similiar before, but I want to tell you that I may have decided what I want to be when I grow up –  Mary Brooks.
    Mary Brooks is a Los Alamos Living Treasure and more important than that, she’s happy to see me whenever I cross her path.
    Mary is the kind of person where you are just happy to be in her presence and I hope you all have a Mary Brooks, who makes your day a little brighter when you see them.
    Lately, I have spent a lot of time on the road. When I remember, I head on over to the White Rock Branch Library and get some books on CD.
    I figure if I have to utilize a large amount of time, I may as well learn something along the way. I’ve been listening to two audiobooks over the last week, and I thought I would share some of the wisdom to enlighten you this week.
    The first is, “The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die,” by John Izzo. I’ll let you discover all of the secrets yourself, but one of them in a nutshell is to become love.

    History on Tap from 5:30-7 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room. The evening’s discussion will be led by award-winning tour guide Georgia Strickfaden. She will discuss what it is like to be a history tour guide in Los Alamos and stories from history.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of the Mesa Public Library. The program will be on using Google for Genealogy. The traditional no-host social dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the China Moon restaurant before the meeting at 7 p.m.
    The Dover Quartet at 7 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium, Los Alamos High School Campus. Tickets are $30-$35, available at: losalamosconcert.org, ticketssantafe.com, Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock, the Lensic box office in Santa Fe and at the door. Youth 6-18 are always free.
    Astronomy Show from  7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore our universe from the comfort of the planetarium. $6 for adults and $4 for children.  
    Telling on the Wild Side: (Mis)adventures in Story from 10 a.m. to noon at the Nature Center. Explore the process of finding, crafting, and telling stories. $25 for non-members and $20/PEEC members. More information at peecnature.org.

  • The Military Order of the World Wars Chapter 229 meeting will be March 15. Speaker State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard will talk about what did and didn’t happen at this year’s Legislative session, including items of particular interest to Los Alamos County.
    The meeting will be held in Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room. The Los Alamos Research Park building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east to the fire stationor east of the Research Park building.   
    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m, followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. The presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.  The Hot Rocks Java Cafe staff will be catering the dinner: Meatloaf and appropriate side dishes. Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. Please note that a dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s). RSVP (yes or no) for the dinner is needed by Sunday. Call LTC Gregg Giesler, USA Retired, Chapter Commander 662-5574 (email g.giesler@computer.org) or Adjutant Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 (email depinyan@cybermesa.com).