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

    Santa Fe
    Atalaya Elementary School, Camino Cabra
    Date inspected: March 8
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Aztec Café, 317 Aztec St.
    Date inspected: March 7, opening
    Violations: None
    Notes: All equipment is NSF certified. Facility has been totally remodeled from old Aztec Café. Facility repainted, new hand sink installed. NSF reach-in refrigerators, floors done. Core base in floor. Looks very good.
    Status of establishment: Approved

    The Burrito Company, 111 Washington Ave.
    Date inspected: March 6, other
    Violations: None

  • A group of children duck down and shield themselves with their arms against the plane overhead. It’s not until the female voice comes over the loudspeaker, announcing that everything is fine, do they relax and continue on with their business.
    The youngsters are all dressed alike in drab, gray clothing. In fact, everyone in their community dresses the same. There is no color and no diversity.
    “The Giver,” Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest production, adapted by Eric Coble, directed by Mimi Adams, produced by Pat Beck and based on a book by Lois Lowry, gives the audience a look inside this totalitarian society reminiscent of George Orwell’s “1984.”

  • The volcanic Jemez Mountains rise up from the high desert like an island in the sky surrounded by a desert sea. The Rio Grande rift splits the Colorado Plateau and a sparkling ribbon of water flows along its path. Northern New Mexico’s rich diversity of ecosystems awaits the curious.  
        This June, PEEC offers children the opportunity to explore the landscape. Programs are for children entering grades fourth through sixth (Nature Odyssey) and grades seven and eight (LEAP). Each week is a chance for them to spend their days outdoors, make new friends and meet scientists in the field.  

  • The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is  seeking young professionals interested in visiting Rotary District 3030 in India for approximately one month between Nov. 23 and Dec. 23, as part of the Group Study Exchange program of Rotary International Foundation.
    There are four positions available. Selection is based on application and an interview process and a Rotarian will lead the group.
    During the trip, the group will give presentations to share information about the U.S. and New Mexico/western Texas and will experience the customs, vocations and lifestyle of Rotary District 3030.
    The goal is to promote international understanding and goodwill through person-to-person contact.  

  • While cancer patients typically get much-needed support from family and friends, their primary caregivers often feel isolated and overwhelmed.
    The newly formed Cancer Caregiver Support Group in Los Alamos hopes to change that.
    “Caregivers need a forum to learn from each other what are the pitfalls and challenges of caring for a loved one stricken by cancer,” said Paula Roybal Sánchez, president of the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, which will oversee the support group. “They need a group to share their wisdom.”

  • This week, we continue in the positive values category with asset number 27, equality and social justice.
    This is when a young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty.
    Open the conversation flood gates, but only if you can stand some real dialogue that might be different than your own.
    Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard about Kony 2012, if not, Google it or check out the magazine rack next time you’re at Smiths.
    If you have a student that is in middle or high school, see if they are discussing this with their friends. Ask them if they’ve seen the Youtube video, if not, watch it together.

  • The Los Alamos Rotary Club recently honored Jodi Cull-Host as the student of the month for February.  Jodi is the daughter of Cheri Host and Theresa Cull, both employees of Los Alamos National Laboratory.  Cull-Host’s brother Jamie is a fifth grader at Barranca Mesa Elementary School.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects a senior from Los Alamos High School to honor each month of the school year. The Rotary Student of the Month Committee selects students based on academic excellence, extracurricular involvement and service to the community.

  • 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, lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    Thank you to the community of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Monitor staff for the outstanding support you give to the animals lovingly cared for in the shelter.

    DOGS
    Dorothy — Yellow Lab-mix. Spayed female, just surrendered. No children, please. Social skills need some work. She is still scared and defensive. Senior volunteers will work with her to evaluate her potential.

  • The Northeastern Regional Science Fair was March 3 at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas. Los Alamos County was represented by 65 Los Alamos Public Schools students and two home school students. For the seventh-straight year, Los Alamos High School will be represented at the International Science and Engineering Fair.
    LAHS junior Holly Erickson took the grand award in the Senior Division, in the physical science category. She will compete in May for $2.5 million in cash, prizes, awards and scholarships. She will compete against 1,200 students from across the globe in Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Results from the Northeastern Regional Science Fair:

  • Join the American Association of University Women at 7:30 p.m. March 15, for “It’s Fun, It’s History, It’s New Mexico,” a Chautauqua presentation  by Mary Diecker of the New Mexico Humanities Council. The public is invited to the event at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road.
    It’s fun: Laugh a little and learn a lot about the state. It’s history: It’s good guys, bad guys, ladies and those “not so” ladies. It’s New Mexico: It’s the state stuff (state cookie, fossil, song, butterfly, bird) and more. It’s the people, places and things of the Land of Enchantment.

  • Last week, Los Alamos High School DECA members traveled to Albuquerque to compete at the DECA State Competition.
    Formerly known as Distributive Education Club of America, DECA is now “an Association of Marketing Students” and prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance and hospitality.
    Students are given the opportunity to gain work experience through Los Alamos High School’s DECA Store, operated out of D-wing (formerly P-wing),  as well as work experience. DECA gives students the potential for travel, recognition and awards for learning classroom content — not to mention the scholarships and cash awards for outstanding achievement.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Museum celebrates Women’s History Month with a new traveling exhibit, “Inspired Excellence: The Story of Marie Sklokowska Curie and Lise Meitner.” The exhibit, on loan from the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, includes stories about the women’s lives, as well as hands-on displays. It will be in the museum through March 30.
    This exhibit reveals how two women endured challenges during an era when women were not welcome in the field of scientific discovery. Despite a lack of financial support, unsophisticated academic facilities and little recognition of their endeavors, they persevered and triumphed.

  • Last week Librarian Beverly Baker invited some readers to Chamisa Elementary to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Suess. Here, School Board President Melanie McKinley reads her favorite Suess book, “And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street,” to Becky Sims’ kindergarten class.

  • After our asset interlude into adult skill building, we’re back and focusing on positive values.
    This asset category looks at asset numbers 26-31, and begins with caring. The focus is young people placing high value on helping others. This is an easy one, and we see many ways for it to happen.
    This month, several locations will assist with the annual Assets In Action, March on Hunger.
    The program collects non-perishable food, with a preference for individually wrapped items that are easy to consume for lunch.
    A large number of students regularly don’t have lunch and Assets hopes to assist with having things for staff members to offer during such a time.

  • Michael G. Smith is a very-early retired Los Alamos National Laboratory chemist and former adjunct mathematics faculty at Santa Fe Community College.
    He will be the special guest speaker at a Poetry Gatherings special event titled, “Confluence: Patterns and Symmetry in Poetry and Mathematics,” at 6:30 p.m. March 8 in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

  • Recognizing that the need for donations is greater than ever at local food banks across the nation, Curves International kicked off the 2012 Curves Food Drive March 1 with a challenge to all Curves Clubs to meet or exceed last year’s donations.
    Each club, including Curves of Los Alamos, is asking its members to donate bags of non-perishable food or cash throughout the month of March to support their local community food bank.
    In addition, Curves of Los Alamos will waive the membership fee for new members who bring in a bag of non-perishable food or donate $30 to their local food bank from March 12—25.

  • During a lecture sponsored by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center Wednesday evening, author and museum curator Katherine Ware offered alternative perspectives of environmental issues, seen through the eyes of contemporary landscape photographers.
    Ware shared photos excerpts from her book “Earth Now: American Photographers and the Environment,” a collection of photos from the recent museum exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Art bearing the same name.

  • 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, lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    Thank you to the community of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Monitor staff for the outstanding support you give to the animals lovingly cared for in the shelter.

    DOGS
    Dorothy — Yellow Lab-mix. Spayed female, just surrendered. No children, please. Social skills need some work. She is still scared and defensive. Senior volunteers will work with her to evaluate her potential.

  • Los Alamos Next Big Idea Festival attracted the attention of James Karhu, casting producer with the new Discovery Channel competition show, “Top Engineer.”  
    Karhu contacted Suzette Fox at Los Alamos MainStreet, organizer of Next Big Idea, to get help identifying interested inventors, machinists and engineers to appear on the show.  

  •  The League of Women Voters study of the Public Regulation Commission will be discussed at the March 8 Lunch with a Leader. The event will be at 11:45 a.m. at Central Avenue Grill.
    Members of the study team will describe what they have discovered in the months they spent attending the PRC’s open meetings and hearings, and talking to PRC commissioners, staff and people who have had dealings with the PRC.
    They will also discuss the PRC reform legislation introduced in the 2012 legislative session, as well the resulting constitutional amendments that will be voted on this November.