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  • 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.

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

    Los Alamos

    Bandelier Grill, 11 Sherwood Blvd.
    Date inspected: Feb. 14
    Violations: One high-risk violation for storage — they had some oven cleaner cans near grill, which they removed. OK now. They had a grease fire earlier. Fire marshal called, concerned of sanitization of grill. The grill appears to be clean. One low-risk violation for floors/walls/ceilings — food item on floor behind the grill and stove needs to be cleaned.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Los Alamos Co-op Market, 95 Entrada Dr.
    Date inspected: Feb. 23

  • Join gardening instructor Martha Davis for a class on Small and Unusual Fruits for Los Alamos.The class will be from 7-9 p.m. March 6 held at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.
    The class is $20 or $18 for PEEC members and advance registration is requested.
     Participants in the class will discover small and unusual fruits such as gooseberries, currants, Cornelian cherries and quinces.
    Learn how to grow these and what to do with them once they’ve grown. Davis will share strategies to deal with an unfamiliar fruit, how to cook with one and will provide recipes to class participants.

  • What started out as a joke on Leap Year four years ago, is becoming a reality for a group of Northern New Mexican artists.  
    In 2008, Española artist Nikki Bustos did a show at the Bond House Museum in Española. At that time, she made a deal with the person who used to run the museum. She jokingly agreed to do another show on the next Leap Year, not really expecting it to happen. As luck would have it, she was placed on the calendar. She had forgotten about it until she got a reminder about her March 2012 show.

  • One local resident is MADD and she’d like the community to help with her problem.
    White Rock resident Deb Minyard teaches at Pojoaque Valley High School and now she has to “Walk to Line.” Minyard is hoping local friends and neighbors will help her raise funds to support their senior appreciation night with a 3K and 5K walk on Saturday.
    “As a teacher, I am trying to raise awareness about the Walk Like MADD event and I am encouraging students in all of my classes to participate,” she said.
    Minyard is currently the band director and oversees freshman and juniors as an AVID teacher.