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  • Students from Bernadette Morrow’s, Matt Felton’s and Sue Souza’s fifth grade Mountain Elementary classes went on a field trip to the State Capitol recently. Rep. Jim Hall, R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties, met with the classes and talked with the students.

  • Some people believe that Boys’ State and Girls’ State helps shape the future of the nation in training young men and women to take their place in running and preserving the nation’s form of government.
    Since 1948, thousands of New Mexico’s young men and women have stepped up to the plate and trained themselves to lead in public life. Boys’ State and Girls’ State graduates are found in all walks of life.  Former Governors Garrey Caruthers and Toney Anaya, as well as Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, are among them. Some graduates go on to become legislators, mayors, city counselors, physicians, businessmen and women, and work in the ranks of corporate officers.

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

    Española

    Home Run Pizza, 1010 Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Feb. 13, complaint
    Violations: Complaint investigation regarding dog present in facility. Person working states he isn’t aware of anyone bringing in a dog to work. Claims complaint is not true. One moderate-risk violation for administration: facility has changed ownership, therefore permit is no longer valid. New owner needs to acquire permit to continue. Facility needs to close until permit is issued.
    Status of establishment: Voluntary closure

    Johnson Controls NNM, 1027 Railroad Ave.
    Date inspected: Feb. 7

  • For the past two years, The Santa Fe Opera Guild has offered a course for the opera neophyte, opening the door to this world.  Registration filled the sessions almost immediately.  Buoyed by the response, the Guild is offering a new look at opera, “Opera 201.”  The course is open to all, beginners, aficionados and the curious, who would like to know something about this art form.

  • Join Craig Martin, open space specialist for Los Alamos County and Dale Coker, ranger at Bandelier National Monument, for an update on post-fire trail conditions in the county and at the monument. The talk will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St., and is free and open to the public.
    The Las Conchas Fire devastated many favorite trails in the county and Bandelier, and the floods that followed finished off many others. Martin and Coker will discuss what happened to the local trails and what has been done to repair them, and what work still remains to be done. For people interested in volunteering to help with the repair work, Martin and Coker will provide information on how to get involved.

  • “This is what my honored grandfather told me, all of it. Someone long ago taught him how to tell a tale, someone who knew what to do with the space between en años pasados and así fue. When we sat up together nights, waiting for babies to be born or for horses to foal, for travelers to return, or for news of the men who ran to the mountains after the uprising, he told me of those murderous times …” From the prologue of “The King’s Lizard: A Tale of Murder and Deception in Old Santa Fe,” by Pamela Christie        

  • Once the roses have wilted and the heart-shaped box of chocolates is almost empty, treat your sweetheart to another dose of “romance” at the New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company’s  production of “Dracula,” based on Bram Stoker’s novel.

  • The Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter 2012 Dog Jog is scheduled for April 28 and the search is on for a T-shirt logo.
    Children who love animals and would like a shot at local fame are encouraged to create and submit their T-shirt logo for the contest, adhering to the following guidelines:
    • All entries should be drawn in black ink on white paper. The lines should be thick enough to reproduce properly on a T-shirt.
    • All entries should be no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches in size.
    • The words “Dog Jog 2012” should prominently appear somewhere on the design.
    • The artist’s name, birth date, address, phone number and T-shirt size should be included lightly on the back of the design.

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ten Society for Science & the Public science fair alumni attended the second White House Science Fair recently, where President Obama honored winners of the nation’s top science competitions and viewed their award-winning projects.
    All 10 students earned recognition by at least one of SSP’s prestigious science education programs: the Intel Science Talent Search, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, or the Broadcom MASTERS.

  • Hundreds of stone calendars around the Southwest mark the seasons, but what do the markings mean and what do they predict?
    Hear a talk by Ron Barber on “Stone Calendars of the Southwest,” sponsored by the Los Alamos Mountaineers at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Barber will share some preliminary results of the Stone Calendar Project, a hobby that somehow got out of hand. Barber was born and raised in the oil fields in the wilds of South America.
    His parents hauled their kids through the mountains, deserts and jungles always in search of new adventures. Encountering indigenous cultures and ancient sites led to a long-term interest and curiosity about lost civilizations. He is an explorer by nature, an engineer by profession.

  • Happy Valentine’s Day! This week, we look at asset number 33, interpersonal competence. This is when a young person demonstrates that he or she has empathy, sensitivity and friendship skills.
    I witnessed a beautiful example of this last weekend at the state district wrestling competition, but let me provide a little background.
    You know, we often recognize athletes when they succeed in their sport and are even more impressed by their ability to maintain good grades while doing it, but what about their character?

  • Valentine’s Day is the holiday for candlelight dinners, chocolate and roses. It’s the day when lovers are to profess their love in sentimental verses whether written by their own hand or purchased in greeting cards at the local card store.
    Valentine’s Day may seem like a day of shameless commercialism, but it’s true beginnings are rooted in the expression of romantic love during a time when romance was still very much alive.

    Documented in Early History

    Many researchers associate Valentine’s day with the ancient Roman fertility rite, Lupercalia, practiced between Feb. 13-15; however the first written proof appears in a poem by the father of English literature, Geoffrey Chaucer.

  • Former Marine and Iwo Jima veteran Bill Hudson will show a video, “Uncommon Valor: The Battle of Iwo Jima,” produced by the Canadian History Channel, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.
    The showing will commemorate the 67th anniversary of the historic battle.
    Hudson went back to Iwo Jima for a military reunion and was interviewed by the producers of the video. He earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his actions during the infamous battle. He will comment about his personal experience between scenes from that operation where 6,841 Marines were killed and another 20,000 were wounded.

  • MANA del Norte is accepting scholarship applications for the 2012–2013 academic year.
    Applicants must be a resident of one of the following Northern New Mexico counties: Rio Arriba, Taos, Los Alamos, Mora, Santa Fe or San Miguel. This year, five – $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to selected recipients.
    “Since inception in 1989, MANA del Norte has awarded over $125,000 to residents of Northern New Mexico,” said Dolores E. Roybal, president, MANA del Norte.

  • 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
    Poncho — Thirteen-pound, older neutered male blond Chihuahua/Dachshund-mix. Surrendered because family is moving. Housebroken, good with dogs. Gentle little guy who needs a loving home. No health issues.

  • Selecting and preparing foods that are low in sugar, fat and sodium can be a challenge for people with diabetes.
    The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, will offer a series of free cooking classes for diabetes sufferers, their family members or caretakers.
    Kitchen Creations will meet from 5-8 p.m. every Thursday for four weeks, beginning March 8, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road.  

  • Vera Gallagher has painted china for 30 years. She demonstrated her skills last month at the Martin Luther King Day event, sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and RSVP.

  • Love is in the air for those celebrating Valentine’s Day a bit early. But don’t fret, there’s music for couples and singles alike at Fuller Lodge.
    Local pianist Juanita Madland will perform a concert at 7 p.m. to benefit the Los Alamos Arts Council. The proceeds will help with funding for the programs and events that the Arts Council brings to Los Alamos.

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

    Santa Fe

    Aztec Café, 317 Aztec St.
    Date inspected: Feb. 1, closing
    Status of establishment: Voluntary closure

    Burger King, 3478 Zafarano
    Date inspected: Feb. 3
    Violations: One high-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — hand sink dirty, obstructed, plugged drain. Corrected. Two moderate-risk violations, one for contaminated equipment — knife was not cleaned and sanitized after use; one for storage — unlabeled plastic bottle in the kitchen.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Burrito Spot, 5741 Airport Road

  • Celebrate engineering  and Engineers Week at the Discover E event, an evening of interactive engineering, science, math and technology demonstrations for K-12 students and their parents or guardians.
    The 10th annual Engineers Week activity will  be from 4:30-7 p.m. Feb. 23 at University of New Mexico – Los Alamos Building 2. The event is co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Chapter of ASM International (a professional society for Metallurgical  Engineers and Materials Scientists), the Northern New Mexico Chapter of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Northern New Mexico Chapter of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and  UNM-LA and is supported by a variety of groups at Los Alamos National Laboratory.