• Habitat for Humanity’s Building Kindness program is not currently accepting applications.
    Upon completion of the current home repair projects, applications will again be open.
    Consider volunteering to complete the many home repairs they have lined up.
    Contact the Building Kindness Administrator for more information at 505-901-7689.

  • The Los Alamos Branch of the American Association of University Women will meet to hear about Los Alamos Public Schools policy and curriculum concerning harassment in schools at 7:30 p.m. April 17 at First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr.
    This topic seems timely with all of the publicity being given to bullying.  LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt will speak about the current school district policy on bullying and sexual harassment.
    Schmidt has a doctorate in educational administration from Washington State University and more than 30 years experience in the field of education, including 12 years in the classroom.  

  • The Comcast Foundation announced the 2012 recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program awards, including Los Alamos High School student Benjamin Schilling.
    “Each year, we are excited to provide scholarships for these talented students,” said Charisse R. Lillie, president of the Comcast Foundation and vice president, Community Investment of Comcast Corporation.
    “Comcast seeks students who demonstrate leadership abilities in school activities and who reflect a strong commitment to community service.  These students are our future leaders and we hope these scholarships will help to power their dreams for success.”

  • Rachel Carson will make a visit to Los Alamos at 7 p.m. April 18 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    This appearance will actually be by Ann Beyke, who will take on Carson’s persona in a performance known as a Chautauqua.
    Imagine spring without singing birds. Carson’s cautionary tale, “Silent Spring,” warned of the effects of unchecked and unchallenged use of pesticides. Published in 1962, her book was applauded by some and considered pseudoscience by others.  But regardless of what anyone thinks about the merits of her book, it awakened the American public to problems of the overuse of pesticides and other pollutants.  

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

    Santa Fe

    Aldana’s Restaurant, 3875 Cerrillos Road, Space 12
    Date inspected: April 3
    Violations: One high-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — no waste receptacles availble at hand sink. Corrected. One moderate-risk violation for contaminated equipment — onion cutter was not properly cleaned and sanitized after use. One low-risk violation for ventilation/lighting — light out of order on vent hood.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Baskin Robbins, 4056 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: April 3

  • The annual benefit party for the Pajarito Environmental Educational Center, will be from 5-8 p.m. April 22 at the Hilltop House. This is the 13th year for PEEC’s involvement in the community-wide Earth Day Festival with its fundraising effort.
    For the past three years, Felicia Orth has been the chef at the Party for PEEC.  In 2010, she prepared food of the Native American period of history. Last year she gave attendees a taste of Spanish food related to the Spanish colonial period.
    This year, in commemoration of New Mexico’s Centennial, her menu will be related to the period of settlement of this continent,  celebrating 100 years of  New Mexico history and statehood.   

  • The possibility of espionage in a laboratory town is a very real threat. It’s hard not to imagine that spies are lurking and working in towns like Los Alamos.
    Former Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist and author Michael Gamble brings those fears to life in his book, “Zeroscape.”
    A modern-day espionage thriller set in Los Alamos and Santa Fe, “Zeroscape” follows Richard Adams, a disgraced professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. LANL has recruited Adams, “verifying the operability of a post-Soviet Republic’s gamma ray laser,” according to a description of “Zeroscape.”

  • The Piñon sixth grade leadership team planted spinach and lettuce with the Los Alamos Youth Food Project, before heading off for spring break last week. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board-funded project has a goal to plant with each elementary school in Los Alamos.

  • Thank you, Steve and Judi Brownell, for all the memories

    March 30 was a bittersweet day for the Los Alamos community and the Brownells.
    This is the day that Steve and Judi Brownell closed Brownell’s Hallmark store. We are happy for them because they can now retire, move close to their children/grandchildren and enjoy life. We are also very sad to see them go.  
    Brownell’s Hallmark was not just a store, it was a memory maker.  
    Shortly after they bought the Hallmark store, they had an open house for Easter and allowed the local children to take their photo with the Easter Bunny.

  • Los Alamos Public Schools is working with Bernadette Lauritzen, of Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) to assist with the application process for the 100 Best Communities for Young People, through America’s Promise.
     Los Alamos received this recognition in an effort spearheaded by Vanessa de los Santos, (of the Coffee Booth). The process will once again be assisted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.
    The effort is asking anyone that offers a program or opportunity for youth (of any age) to email information about their programs, with a point of contact.  
    The community can send information as soon as possible or leave messages at the contact information below:
    Lauritzens@att.net or 661-4846.

  • Chris Morris of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Proton Radiography Program will speak at the April 17 dinner meeting of the Major Gen. Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of the Military Order of World Wars.
    The meeting will be at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel, third floor and will begin with a social period at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Morris’ talk will begin at about 7:15 p.m.
    The dinner entrée is chicken parmesan on bed of fettuccini, with vegetables, garlic bread and salad. Cost of the dinner is $23 per person.

  • Mountain Elementary School launched the Great American Can Roundup. Above, the Green Team is pictured with the mountain of cans they collected. They urge other Mountain School alumni to donate cans.

  • There’s only 33 days of school left, if you don’t count weekends. So what will you do?
    It isn’t too early to ponder what the summer holds for youth and after some down time, they need something to do.
    There are lots of programs and projects for youth, but usually not a budget to constantly promote them.
    The Los Alamos Youth Food Project will be running full steam ahead, so if gardening is your SPARK, then learn more from The Family YMCA.
    The Bradbury Science Museum usually has fun in store and some youth ambassadors to assist in their educational outreach.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home.
    Others are currently off-site in foster homes. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    Also check out the Petfinder page at petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.

    Rocky — Three-year-old neutered Pug/Boston Terrier-mix. His favorite activities include playing with other dogs and running around the dog park like he owns the place. He has often been called wiggly, which describes him perfectly. Brindle color and crate-trained.

  • Earlier this month, the Los Alamos Youth Food project took the next step in creating a community garden and greenhouse with Los Alamos Middle School.
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and The Family YMCA-coordinated initiative received the signed memorandum of agreement with Los Alamos Public Schools required to start building.
    LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt spoke about the recent presentation.
    “Sylvan Argo presented a very compelling and convincing explanation about the importance of introducing students to the world of growing their own vegetables, learning the importance of composting and utilizing space when it is available,” he said.

  • Thomas C. Reed, former secretary of the Air Force under presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and co-author with Danny Reed of “The Nuclear Express,” returns to Los Alamos to sign his first novel, “The Tehran Triangle.”
    While taking a trip through New Mexico three years ago, Reed noticed the Santa Fe railroad ran past Trinity, the first nuclear test site.
    “How logical, I thought, for the Iranians to simply build another Hiroshima-type A-bomb in El Paso, ship it to Trinity by rail, then fire it by cell phone when it got to ground zero,” Reed said.

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


    Abedon Lopez Senior Citizen Center, Santa Cruz
    Date inspected: March 27
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for other: floor tiles/floor surface needs repair in kitchen. Repeat violation. Need to repair, easy to clean, prevent slips, trips or falls.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Carlos Vigil Middle School, 1602 Johnny Valdez
    Date inspected: March 23
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required

    McCurdy School, McCurdy Road
    Date inspected: March 27
    Violations: None

  • The Los Alamos Public Schools elementary librarians and fourth graders, with help from the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, have been working on a project to research and choose their favorite species for Los Alamos County.
    Librarians Beverly Baker, Marilyn Branton, Julie Goen and Jeffrey Lloyd have guided their fourth grade students in researching local mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and birds.
    Using their research, students have posted information about their creatures and arguments about why it should or should not be the representative for its species for Los Alamos, on an educational wiki. The wiki can be viewed at losalamosspecies.wikispaces.com.

  • History and ecology meet in a presentation on repeat photography called “Then and Now.” The free event is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s 2011-2012 lecture series.
    Terry Foxx and John Hogan will share their experiences at 7:30 p.m. April 10. The duo are ecologists that have looked at the past to help understand the future. Each of them became interested in using photography as a tool not only to document history, but also to document change in what seems like a changeless or slowly changing landscape.