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  • Welcome to February and the asset category of “social competencies” and assets 32-36.
    This asset category includes planning and decision-making, interpersonal competence, cultural competence, resistance skills and peaceful conflict resolution.
    This is always an excellent way to show youth that we make mistakes, too.
    As the sixth grade elementary classes visit the Hawk’s nest and the eighth grade Hawks visit the high school, this is a grand time to talk about working ahead.
    Because I’ve had two students go through middle school I will share a few words of wisdom with you to pass along to your children.
    The most important thing you need to know is, always turn in your homework!

  • In May of 2011 Aspen Elementary School received a $2,000 grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.
    This $2,000 allowed most of Aspen’s teachers to attend the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference in Albuquerque last November.
    To many, $2,000 may not seem like a lot of money, but the power of this grant gave each teacher at Aspen the opportunity to become more skilled at teaching mathematics, which in turn has led to increased student skills in mathematics.
    Teachers attended math workshops of their choice for two days and with their new knowledge have come back to Aspen inspired and with an expanded expertise in math.

  • 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

    Ariel — Sweet three-year-old Chihuahua-mix. Very loving and affectionate. Good with gentle, older children.  

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center was awarded a $7,500 grant from the Albert I. Pierce Foundation in Albuquerque. The grant will support PEEC’s Pajarito Plateau Field Science Curriculum in the Los Alamos Public Schools.
    This curriculum gets kids in grades K-6 outside once a month to do hands-on field science in their schoolyards and on the trails and open spaces around their schools.
    The Albert I. Pierce Foundation is a private charitable foundation, which supports the environment and the arts.
    The mission of the AIP is to memorialize its benefactor through grants that enrich the cultural life, education, and environment primarily of the citizens of New Mexico.

  • La Leche League of Los Alamos has quietly provided breastfeeding support to mother’s in Northern New Mexico for almost 40 years.  
    There are currently six accredited La Leche League Leaders serving the area; five lead twice-monthly support group meetings, answer questions by phone, and provide home visits. An additional service, Breastfeeding 101, is now being offered.  
    Breastfeeding 101 is a class offered to expectant parents and covers the basics of breastfeeding, including positioning and latch, how to tell if baby is getting enough, reading baby’s cues and what to expect the first few days of breastfeeding.   

  • It’s a new year, which means there’s a new project for community members to be involved in, creating an asset-rich environment of Healthy Community! Healthy Youth!
    The Family Y and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board are underway to create a community greenhouse and garden to grow food that that can be donated or sold locally, all in the name of Los Alamos Youth Food Project.
    The community collaboration exudes a work ethic not often seen.
    Kristine Coblentz, coordinator for JJAB has seen the project from idea to inception with Debbie Gill and Stephanie Krantz, checking presentation and securing the grant.

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

    Santa Fe

    Chef to Table, 1600 Lena St., F-1
    Date inspected: Jan. 27
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Cocopelli Chocolatier, 3482 Zafarano Dr., Suite A
    Date inspected: Jan. 30, opening
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Crumpackers Fresca Catering, 25 Bisbee Court
    Date inspected: Jan. 27
    Violations: One low-risk violation for storage — boxes of frozen food items were stored on the floor. Lift above floor at least six inches.
    Status of establishment: Approved

  • Christine Chavez, the Los Alamos Department of Utilities’ Conservation coordinator, will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.
    This program is co-sponsored by PEEC and the Sierra Club, and is free and open to the public.
    It is the second in a series of three talks in the Sustainable Los Alamos Series.  
    In the first Sustainable Los Alamos Series, Tom Nagawiecki, Environmental Services specialist for the county, talked about what kinds of waste Los Alamos produces.
    Chavez will talk about energy and water usage in Los Alamos. She will have ideas for how residents can cut back on their own usage, and will also discuss the free energy and water usage audit the county offers to residents.

  • More than 100 stories describe various metaphysical phenomenon ranging from ghosts to demons, soul memories and healings to miracles and angel sightings in “It’s a Metaphysical World,” a compilation of personal stories by Marion K. Williams and Elena J. Michaels, M.Ed. The events occur in everyday life, but have an unusual twist.

  • When John Adams served in the Continental Congress working on the Declaration of Independence, he received a letter from his wife Abigail admonishing him to “remember the ladies.” Not only did John and other founding fathers forget them, history has also forgotten one of those first founding ladies – until now.

  • Women from Los Alamos and the surrounding areas will tear up the mountain during the 2012 K2 Women’s Weekend Feb. 10-12 at Pajarito Mountain.
       Not only will they hit the slopes for fun, but they also will help raise money to help men and women in New Mexico that have been diagnosed with cancer.
    The event also encourages women skiers to improve their skills and explore their limits in snow sports and to make new friends with similar interests.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society invites the community to its 2011-2012 lecture series.  
    This year, the Centennial Lecture Series celebrates 100 years of Los Alamos History and New Mexico Statehood. Lectures are the second Tuesday of the month in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge. Lectures start at 7:30 p.m.
    The lectures are free and open to the public, thanks to the generosity of the Los Alamos National Bank and the donations of members of the Historical Society.
    On Feb. 14, Dr. James Hopkins presents, “Oppenheimer and his Colleagues at Los Alamos.”
    Those who gathered at Los Alamos to design and create an atomic bomb have been called the greatest assembly of scientific ability gathered for one purpose in human history.

  • After several hours of non-stop interrogation — the same questions over and over and the understanding that the police could keep you indefinitely — what would you do? You might get angry. Yell. Rage. Kick your chair. Or, would you cry? Would you grow very quiet and give up?
    It depends less on your personality than on your guilt, according to Capt. Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe), an agent of the Stasi, the East German Secret Police, in “The Lives of Others” (“Das Leben der Anderen”). Wiesler is the perfect, perilous, professorial patriot. He’s both smart and he believes in what he does, which, unfortunately for playwright George Dreyman (Sebastian Koch), is to root out any potential threats to the state.

  • The new Los Alamos County Administrator, Harry Burgess, will be the featured speaker at the League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Feb. 9. The public is invited to this event at the Central Avenue Grill.
    Burgess was appointed Los Alamos County administrator in October 2011. Prior to this appointment, he worked in the governmental sector within New Mexico for more than 17 years.
    Burgess’s educational background covers a variety of areas related to local government. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations (personnel/organizational management), a master’s degree in fire and emergency management administration, a master’s degree in business administration and a doctorate in economic development.

  • In a letter released from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the United States Department of Education, eight Los Alamos High School students were selected as 2012 candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program.
    The U. S. Presidential Scholars Program was created in 1964 by executive order of the president to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors.
    In 1979, the program was expanded to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative and performing arts.  

  • On Jan. 24, Army Spc. Kyle Beery presented the NJROTC with a flag flown over Camp Ramadi, Iraq on Aug. 30, 2011. Beery was serving in Camp Ramadi with Bravo Co., 1-325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division at the time this flag was flown. Along with the flag was a certificate of authenticity, with signatures from commanding officer Lt. Col. Charles Masaracchia. Beery is seen here presenting the flag to NJROTC instructor Lt. Cmdr. Wes Shumaker, while Gunnery Sgt. Bret Painter, also an NJROTC instructor, holds the certificate. Beery was a member of the unit all of his four years at LAHS. He is on leave from Ft. Bragg, N.C. for two weeks.

  • 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

    Louie — A sweet-natured older gentleman. He’s a Lab-cross, well behaved with simple needs like ear scratches and tummy rubs.

  • The Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center invites the public to participate in open-house activities Feb. 12-18 during the National Salute to Veteran Patients. 
    “The National Salute to Veteran Patients gives everyone a chance to let those who have given so much to our nation know that they are not forgotten,” said Sonja Brown, chief of Voluntary Service and Public Affairs for the New Mexico VA Health Care System.
    “We want people of all ages to bring Valentine’s Day cheer throughout that week for our patients.”
      Brown said she hopes visitors also will learn more about the roles volunteers play at the medical center throughout the year and perhaps pursue volunteer opportunities.

  • On Wednesday, Los Alamos High School staff members recognized the efforts made by Assistant Principal Mike Johnson during the construction phase. They presented him with balloons, a six-pack of Pepsi Max and a note of thanks.
    LAHS Registrar Dena Brent said Johnson kept his calm demeanor during the construction. “It would take a saint to do all this,” she said.
    In addition, librarian Ken Holmes said, “He did a very good job of coordinating.
    Maire O’Neill added, “he never appeared frustrated or raised his voice. He’s respectful and kind and looks to make the day better for his employees.”
    In addition to the balloons and soda, Johnson was serenaded by Bel Canto.

  • Join Habitat for Humanity for the commemoration and dedication of the 600th Habitat House in New Mexico at 1 p.m. Feb. 3 in the New Mexico State Capitol Building Rotunda.
    Following the Capitol Rotunda activities, there will be a dedication and celebration of the milestone event.
    The event will be at 4 p.m. at the home of Habitat Partner Family, Umberto Mendoza and Debbie Montoya in the Tierra Contenta Community, 7252 Vuelta de la Luz, Santa Fe.
    Anticipated attendees and invited guests for both events are: Habitat for Humanity Affiliates throughout the state of New Mexico; and local, state and federal officials; media representatives; volunteers; individual donors; as well as funding organizations.