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    The Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of World Wars in Los Alamos announces Dr. Roger Weins to be the speaker at the Feb. 18 meeting of the Military Order of World Wars. 

    Weins will speak on his work in researching the planet Mars and the Los Alamos National Laboratory exploration “rovers” including the rover “Curiosity,” now exploring the planet surface. 

    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. at the Los Alamos Research Park in the main meeting room, followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Weins’ presentation will start at about 7:15 p.m. 

    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.

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    Lessons from Mount St. Helens are applied to the Valles Caldera in a presentation at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.  

    The Mount St. Helens volcano from 1980 to the present can apply to the Valles Caldera. Bob Parmenter, chief scientist at the Valles Caldera National Preserve, will address this topic 7 p.m. Feb. 18. 

    Parmenter will paint a picture of the Valles Caldera ecosystem recovery during the early years after it erupted 1.25 million years ago, and he will tie it to what can be learned from recent activity at Mount St. Helens. 

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    Feb. 16-22, 2014

    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY

    BESC closed Presidents’ Day

    TUESDAY

    8:30 a.m. Mac users group

    8:45 a.m. Variety training

  • The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers would like to invite you to their all-you-can-eat Waffle Breakfast. The breakfast will be from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Pajarito Mason Lodge at 15th Street and Canyon Road.
    Tickets are $7 each for adults and $3 for children under 6 years old. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
    The breakfast features scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits and waffles with whipped cream and blueberry and cherry toppings. Coffee, tea and juice will also be served.
    The community event raises funds for the high school and middle school speech and debate teams to attend tournaments and compete around the state and beyond.
    Funding covers team expenses such as travel and lodging. Both teams have experienced exciting growth in numbers and participation.
    Every year parents and students organize a series of fundraisers in order to meet team costs and provide competitive opportunities for all team members.
    Mark calendars for a Showcase Night featuring Hilltalkers team members on March 21.
    This is an opportunity to see local teens performing their best events and a chance to learn more about the team and its members.  

  • The February meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers features a trip report from the Southern-most wilds: Antarctica, the Falklands, South Georgia and Tierra del Fuego.
    The business portion of the meeting will be 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the main room at Fuller Lodge. The presentation will be after the meeting and is free and open to the public.
    The presentation will be given by Bill Priedhorsky, long-time LA Mountaineer and outdoor trip leader and Melissa Bartlett, an artist specializing in wildlife and landscapes.
    Priedhorsky and Bartlett spent 21 days at sea on a cruise that took them to the Falkland, South Georgia and South Shetland Islands, Tiera del Fuego and Antarctica.
    The trip was populated by fellow passengers, penguins in the hundreds of thousands, seals, whales and unique birds. There also was a fur seal that took a special and aggressive interest in Priedhorsky, as he will describe at the presentation.
    For many years, the Antarctic was the domain of explorers and scientists, but in recent years a tourist trade has burgeoned, drawing upward of 40,000 visitors a year, mostly arriving in cruise ships. Although the continent itself is bare and mostly without color, the seas that fringe it are full of exotic life and majestic icebergs.

  • Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting. Anyone from New Mexico who joins the Foundation by the end of February will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees to plant when the weather turns warm.
    The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.
    “The blue-green hue and distinctive shape of Colorado blue spruce trees will help beautify New Mexico for many years to come,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The trees will also add to the proud heritage of New Mexico’s existing Tree City USA communities.”
    The Tree City USA program has supported community forestry throughout the country for more than 35 years. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between March 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions.
    The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge.
    Members also receive a subscription to the Foundation’s colorful bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which contains information about planting and care.

  • Santa Fe
    Felipe’s Tacos, 1711 Llano St., Suite A
    Date inspected: Jan. 13
    Violations: Four high-risk violations. Ice scoops stored in ice machine, ice scoop has grime build up and needs to be stored in dish washable container. Pesticides stored in food preparation area. Dented cans mixed in with good stock, shall post a “do not used dented cans” sign in can storage area. Improper food storage. No date of preparation on salsa bar. All high-risk violations were corrected at time of inspection. One moderate-risk violation. Microwave is not ANSI or NSF approved. One low-risk violation. Employees have no hair restraints.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Jan. 20.

  • School children learned all about trees last month. The program was sponsored by PEEC.

  • Española Teen Center receives grant

    Española teens received a boost for pursuing positive opportunities in December as The Frost Foundation, Ltd., located in Santa Fe, awarded a grant of $10,000 to the Española YMCA Teen Center.
    “We’re proud that The Frost Foundation recognizes the importance of investing in others, and that they consider our work in the Rio Grande Valley worthy of their support,” said Y Executive Director Linda Daly. “We served 700 kids there last year, mentoring anywhere from 41 to 80 on a daily basis.”
     “The Y’s work is making a tremendous difference. On a daily basis, we see changes in the kids. Parents and the community have taken notice, too,” Center Director Ben Sandoval said.
    Sandoval noted that in 2013 the Chamber of Commerce awarded the center its President’s Award, which named the Y as the Nonprofit of the Year. “The Frost grant will help this good work to continue,” Sandoval said.
     The funds will be used to support tutoring, life-skill education programs, mentoring, prevention, cultural arts programs and operating costs. The Teen Center collaborates with more than 40 partners in Española in support of teens.

    N.M. Restaurant Week begins Feb. 23

  • Watoto, a holistic care program, initiated to serve the dire needs of the people of Africa presents a brand new choir tour, “Beautiful Africa: A New Generation.”
    The production will be 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road in Los Alamos.
    The tour began in Dallas and will tour for six months visiting several cities throughout the U.S. including Albuquerque, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Mo., Milwaukee, Wis., Minneapolis, Minn., and Des Moines, Iowa, concluding the tour in Denver.
    With original African music; dance routines; life-transforming stories, the tour is indicative of the new generation of leaders emerging out of Watoto.
    “Through the choir’s Concert of Hope, we share a message of transformation by telling the story of Africa’s rescued orphans and women. We hope to reach out to audiences with the message of Christ’s healing power,” said Gary Skinner, Watoto Founder.
    With its appeal, accompanied by music and dance — a fusion of contemporary gospel and traditional African rhythm — the globally acclaimed Watoto Children’s Choir has traveled internationally since 1994 as ambassadors for the millions of children in Africa, orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war and poverty.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has announced that registration is now open for its summer programs: Nature Odyssey for kids entering grades 4-6, and Living Earth Adventure Program (LEAP) for kids entering grades 7-8. Both day camps will run June 9-13, and attendance is capped at 23 participants for each program.
    While campers for both programs will meet at PEEC each morning, the Nature Odyssey program will explore the Valles Caldera National Preserve, while LEAP will travel to various locations, including the Jemez Mountains and the Rio Grande.
    PEEC invites children entering grades 4-6, to become a nature detective this summer as part of “Nature Odyssey — Super Sleuths in the Valles Caldera.” Campers will hone all their senses as they delve into the mysteries of nature in the beautiful Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    Throughout the week, participants will be on the lookout for clues about how the natural world works and how they themselves fit into it. On the final day, campers will use their super sleuthing skills on a special adventure in the Valles Caldera.

  • This week, we look at planning and decision making skills, in the Asset category of social competencies.
    The role of adults needs to be to guide students and assist them with their planning and not just make all of their decisions for them.
    Now is the time when sixth through 11th grade students pull out the registration booklet and decide what they want or need to be doing academically, for the entire school year next year.
    Personally, I believe that small decisions related to electives need to left up to the youth. Students need something to float the boat and lift the spirits when in other areas of life; the pressure may be on overdrive.
    The hard decisions of which math class to be in can become a battleground for some and we need to realize the additional pressures each grade level brings and realize that it isn’t just one class from their perspective.
    On March 27, student Tessa Snyder will be doing a community showing of the movie, “A Race to No Where.” There will be a host of opportunities to provide details, but for now, I’m hoping you will save the date.

  • Local artist, Melissa Bartlett, has been juried into the Pastel Society of America as an Associate Member. The award from the national society was based on an appraisal of her work by a panel of experts. Her nomination was official in October. Her winning entry was composed of paintings of African animals, which she had observed and photographed while on a safari to Kenya and Tanzania.
    “I had applied in the past and this year I stuck to one theme,” Bartlett said.
    “Being a member been a goal of mine for years now. Pastel Society of America is the first and most prestigious art society for the pastel medium in America and it’s very difficult to be accepted,” Bartlett said. “It’s a real honor to know that my work has the quality and artistic merit to be acknowledged by the PSA.”
    Her pastel paintings of zebras, elephants, hippos, impalas and cape buffalo showed intimate views of creatures at rest and at play, all in their natural setting. “I was amazed by the diversity of wildlife that I saw in East Africa, and also how unfazed they were by people observing them from Landcrusiers,” she said. “I really wanted to capture the feeling that I had seeing them in their native habitat. It’s nothing like animals in zoos.”

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    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Dogs and cats are great at chasing away the blues on cold nights, so adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m., Monday — Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of the favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

    CATS

  • “What does the Bible say about ‘self-esteem’?”—Chris

  • Thanks to a generous grant of $1,500 by the LANL Foundation in late 2013, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center has been able to build on the success of its hands-on field science program in Los Alamos elementary schools.
    The Pajarito Plateau Field Science (PPFS) curriculum is designed to get students outside doing hands-on field science in their schoolyards or on local trails. It also focuses on giving teachers the tools and training they need to enhance STEM curriculum.
    Elementary science is increasingly being taught using only textbooks. To become scientific thinkers, students need to do science, rather than just read about it. Hands-on, outdoor field science has been shown to improve motivation, attention and test scores.
    PEEC’s goal with this program is to bring kids outside to learn science while exploring their schoolyards, and increasing their love of science and nature. In addition, the program strives to educate teachers about the benefits of outdoor education, as well as some of the methods and tools of field science.

  • Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, kicked off a nine-week drive on Wednesday to switch members from monthly paper statements to eStatements, accessible through mobile and online banking. Via its “Have a Heart” campaign, DNCU pledges to donate $1 per switch to the American Heart Association (up to $2,500).
    “Not only are eStatements convenient, but they also reduce our carbon footprint — saving trees and energy,” said Chuck Valenti, DNCU President/CEO. “By linking the campaign to a donation to the American Heart Association, we make this even more of a good thing — and we think members will be proud of DNCU’s commitment to helping an important nonprofit that aims to build healthier lives.”
    “The American Heart Association is excited to partner with Del Norte Credit Union on this campaign,” said Suzanne Lawson, Senior Director for the American Heart Association in New Mexico.  “It’s wonderful to have corporate partners like DNCU who are dedicated to building healthier communities here in New Mexico, and who are helping the AHA save lives here every day!”

  • In “On the Front Lines of the Cold War: Los Alamos 1970-1992,” Alan Carr will explore the political landscape of the later Cold War years from the Los Alamos perspective by introducing the Laboratory leaders and technologies that helped win history’s most dangerous conflict.
    The lecture will be 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Fuller Lodge in the Pajarito Room.
    Carr currently serves as the historian for Los Alamos National Laboratory.  During his tenure as Laboratory Historian, Carr has produced several publications pertaining to the Manhattan Project, early nuclear weapons design, and nuclear testing history. 
    He has also lectured for numerous professional organizations and has been featured as a guest on many local, national and international radio and television programs, ranging from the local papers to the Albuquerque television stations to the Travel Channel.  He is the co-author of “Harold Melvin Agnew,” which appeared this year in Physics Today. Before coming to Los Alamos, Carr completed his graduate studies at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. 
    His thesis, “The Long Road to Kursk: The Development, Abandonment, and Relearning of Soviet Military Strategy,” traces Soviet operational art from its roots in the early 1920s through its employment in the first half of World War II.

  • “One Billion Rising for Justice” is an international movement that in 2013 involved a billion people in 207 countries who used music and dance in a wide variety of observances that demanded an end to violence against women and girls.
    On Feb. 14, the international observance involves Española, a community that for the first time has scheduled morning and evening events. Other New Mexico towns and cities, including Santa Fe and Taos, also have programs planned.
    Internationally-known Native American women such as Winona LaDuke, of Honor the Earth in Callaway, Minn., and Corrine Sanchez, executive director of Tewa Women United in Española, will be the speakers for the Española event.
    They will highlight the international, as well as local, state and national efforts to address gender violence. Individuals and organizations in Española have been working behind the scenes for decades.
    “It’s time that this important work receives the public acknowledgement it deserves,” said Corrine Sanchez who predicts that 2014’s high-profile events in Española will be the first of other future events of this type.

  • It’s time to rock out! Registration is open for the 2014 Climbing School presented by the Los Alamos Mountaineers.
    Students in the class will learn all the particulars of climbing equipment, essential knots, rope handling, anchor building and belaying to be able to safely and confidently explore the multitude of quality rock-climbing crags — or cliffs in Northern New Mexico.
    The Climbing School includes classroom instruction and outdoors, hands-on opportunities to put into practice what has been taught. Instructors include many of the area’s best climbers.
    The Mountaineers Club was created in the late 1950s. The first climbing school was developed by the Mountaineers in 1957.
    The class consists of 12 sessions — six in a classroom learning the fundamentals and six in the mountains of New Mexico to practice on crags.
    “The school will take the students to White Rock Canyon, or some places in the Sandias,” Climbing School Director Ron Morgan said. “We won’t go to places like Diablo Canyon in this class because it takes a bit more skill to go there.”
    The school keeps track of the graduates who will continue climbing at a more advanced level. Morgan himself took the class several years ago and has continued climbing with the Mountaineers.