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  • The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society  will be at 7:30 p.m. April 19 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road.  
    The group will highlight student achievements in earth science research with the presentations of 2011 Los Alamos County Science Fair winners Julia Murphy, Alexander Kendrick and Ryan Erickson.
    Their three senior-level student projects were presented at the 2011 Los Alamos County Science Fair and received recognition by LAGS for outstanding projects related to Earth Science.  
    LAGS will host short presentations by each of those students at this month’s meeting.

  • The Española Public Library will celebrate National Library Week through April 16.
    Activities for children and families are ongoing. From 11:30-1 p.m. Thursday, the Friends of the Library will host a reception for National Library Week that will include a book discussion and book signing with local authors Robert Trapp, Robert Torrez and Isabel Ziegler. Luncheon refreshments will be served.
    Saturday’s activity will celebrate Dia De Los Niños and will include a book give-away to all children, while supplies last.
    A Book by author Pat Mora will be read. Mora is the founder of Dia de Los Niños.
    For more information call the library at 505-747-6087 or visit www.youseemore.com/espanola.

  • Despite the lack of snow this winter, the ski patrol from Pajarito Mountain have continued their training.
    In February, Grace and Seth Longon, Nate Phillips and Nate Kamm, four local young adult ski patrollers attended the National Ski Patrol Young Adult Patrol Jamboree at Copper Mountain, Colo.
    The Rocky Mountain Division hosted 17 young patrollers from six regional ski areas and held an in-depth program on avalanche safety and rescue.
    The young patrollers dug a snow pit to evaluate the snow layers and risk of avalanche occurring. They used locator beacons, avalanche probes and shovels to search for buried mock victims.

  • Kathy Brown of The Seventh Generation Institute in Santa Fe will visit Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday, to talk about how climate change is affecting pikas and what citizen scientists can do to help.
    Hikers visiting the highest peaks of New Mexico, have probably seen the little relatives of the rabbit family or heard the pika’s distinct high-pitched squeak coming from the talus slopes they call home. Like polar bears, pikas have gained attention as early indicators of the effects of climate change on wildlife.

  • On May 1, the Los Alamos Phi Beta Kappa Association will hold its 55th annual banquet to honor the top graduates of Los Alamos High School.
    Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest undergraduate honors society in the United States and has about 260 members in Los Alamos County (1.5 percent of the county’s population).  
    The banquet, for the honor graduates, Phi Beta Kappa Members, and their guests, will be at 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The Decadent Table will cater the event.

  • NEW YORK (AP) — Disposables, cloth. Cloth, disposables. Fifty years after Procter & Gamble introduced affordable throwaway diapers, dubbing them Pampers, the battle over baby's bottom rages on.

    The brand brought on a revolution in baby care, obliterating safety pins, soaking pails and diaper delivery trucks. But reusables have been slowly inching back into the mainstream, with the predictable faceoff among parents choosing one or the other — though some families use both.

  • By Dr. Wendy Van Dilla, Naturopathic Physician

     

    Many of my patients come for help with their allergy symptoms.  They have

    tried lots of over the counter and prescription drugs, allergy shots,

    de-sensitization therapies, herbal formulas, homeopathic remedies,

  • Con Alma Health Foundation is accepting proposals for its 2011 Small Grant Cycle.
    The Foundation’s Small Grant Cycle awards grants of up to $15,000 each to nonprofit organizations serving residents of New Mexico. Priority consideration is given to proposals that demonstrate strong collaborative relationships and address systemic change rather than direct services. Applications are due June 1.
    Grant investments will address key findings and recommendations made in the Foundation’s report, “Closing the Health Disparity Gap in New Mexico: A Roadmap for Grant making,” which is based on statistics provided by New Mexico government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

  • A group of 15 students from Los Alamos High School attended the Family Career Community Leaders of America State Leadership meeting last month in Albuquerque.
    FCCLA is a national student organization that is dedicated to equipping young men and women to become leaders while making a difference in the lives of families, careers, and communities across the nation by addressing important personal, work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education.
    The following students excelled in their respective S.T.A.R. events, developing skills through practical applications:
    Destiny Velasquez and Maria Trujillo — Focus on Children — Bronze Medal
    Amanda Ponce and Katie Turner — Crudites Tray —Silver Medal

  • Thirty children participated in the Los Alamos County Library’s annual Battle of the Books competition on March 18. Battle of the Books is a statewide program in which children are invited to read books from a designated list of recommended titles selected by librarians across the state, and then participate in a competition testing their knowledge of the material. The competition encourages children to read quality literature from a variety of genres and learn how to compete as a team in a quiz-bowl format.
    Winners received a certificate of participation and an autographed book. The Friends of the Library provided sponsorship for the event.

  • 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.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.  
    We get lots of roaming cats and dogs. Don’t assume your cat was a meal for a coyote. Check with the shelter and see if your best friend is bunking with us. Proof of rabies vaccination is required when claiming your pet.

    Cats

  • An opportunity to participate in a $20 reduced fee microchip clinic will be offered at the 2011 Dog Jog April 16. Veterinarians from the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos and Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital have donated their time and expertise to implant the microchips. The fee includes the registration of the microchip to a database that can be read by shelters and veterinary clinics throughout the United States. No sign is up required ahead of time, just stop by Chamisa School in White Rock from 9:00-10:30 am. The clinic is open to the public, even if you aren’t registered for the Dog Jog.

  • The flavor of the week is asset number 28, integrity, in the positive values category.
    An example of integrity is when a young person acts on their convictions and stands up for his or her beliefs. There’s a saying about integrity being what you do when no one is looking. I apologize for not being able to find the speaker of these words, even in the wide world of the Web.
    I did find another good one on my quest, from former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson. Whether you agree with his politics or not, you might find the following quote interesting. “If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.”

  • Next Saturday, Los Alamos-area dogs and their people will gather at Chamisa Elementary in White Rock for a bit of exercise and to raise money for canines and felines, alike.
    The Dog Jog, sponsored by the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter will kick off at 9 a.m., with registration at 8 a.m. April 16. The annual event has been held for the past 13 years, with 2011 marking its 14th year.  The Dog Jog is open to adults or children and their canine companions and is comprised of either a 5k run, or a two-mile walk.
    “You don’t have to be speedy,” said FOS past president Wendee Brunish. “Those who want to run can run, and those who want to walk can walk.”

  • Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series featuring the newest additions to the Living Treasures.
     
    On April 17 William “Bill” Chambers, Morris “Morrie” Pongratz and Stephanie Sydoriak will be recognized and honored as the newest members of Living Treasures of Los Alamos. The ceremony and reception, sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, will begin at 2 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The public is invited to attend.

    William “Bill” H. Chambers

  • Libraries are places for new beginnings and making new connections. Whether someone’s getting their first library card, learning new computer skills, planning a trip, or enjoying a program with new friends, the library is the place where their story begins.
    During National Library Week, April 10-16, library patrons can join the nation’s libraries and librarians and create their own story at their local library.
    First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.  

  • Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series featuring the newest additions to the Living Treasures.

    On April 17, William “Bill” Chambers, Morris “Morrie” Pongratz and Stephanie Sydoriak will be recognized and honored as the newest members of Living Treasures of Los Alamos. The ceremony and reception, sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, will begin at 2 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The public is invited to attend.
    This annual event is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of individuals who have enhanced life on the Hill. Friends, family and co-workers are encouraged to participate in the ceremony by sharing stories and memories about each new treasure.

  • Art openings
    “Two Four One,” an exhibit of landscape photography by Victoria Rogers and collaborative abstracts by Victoria Rogers and Cal Haines will open with a reception at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Church, 107 W. Barcelona Road, Santa Fe. The exhibit will run through April 30. For more information call 989-1088.

    The Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, opens a major exhibition, “Folk Art of the Andes,” April 17. This will be the first exhibit in the United States to feature a broad range of folk art from the Andean region of South America, showcasing more than 850 works of art primarily dating from the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibit runs through February 2012.

  • Reservations are being taken for Dixon Apple Orchard’s Springtime Chuckwagon event from 4-7:30 p.m. April 16 and 2-5:30 p.m. April 17.
    Take a journey back into the old west … sit back, relax and enjoy live music and scenery as Carl Hawkins of “Hawkins Chuckwagon” rustles up a meal cooked over an open fire in Dutch ovens.
    Cabin Orchard Hayrides will weave attendees through the entire Dixon’s Apple Orchard on a tractor-pulled hay wagon. An explanation of its history and operation will be given.
    Attendees will spend time at the Old Log Cabin built at the turn of the century.

  • Reservations are being taken for Dixon Apple Orchard’s Springtime Chuckwagon event from 4-7:30 p.m. April 16 and 2-5:30 p.m. April 17.
    Take a journey back into the old west … sit back, relax and enjoy live music and scenery as Carl Hawkins of “Hawkins Chuckwagon” rustles up a meal cooked over an open fire in Dutch ovens.
    Cabin Orchard Hayrides will weave attendees through the entire Dixon’s Apple Orchard on a tractor-pulled hay wagon. An explanation of its history and operation will be given.
    Attendees will spend time at the Old Log Cabin built at the turn of the century.