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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 as the nights get longer, so come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of adorable adoptables:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

  • On Tuesday, the public can get twice the advice for free as Dr. Mike Nichols and Patricia McCulloch, PA, host a free presentation on asthma and allergies, 6 p.m. at Mesa Public Library.
    The presentation is second in a list of topics, is through the dual efforts of the Children’s Clinic of Los Alamos and the Assets in Action program, a program of the JJAB.
    The free library presentations allow both agencies to present educational information for parents to use throughout the year.
    “We would like to focus on the causes and triggers of asthma, especially allergy induced asthma in New Mexico, as it affects a large portion of the pediatric population,” Nichols said. “We also plan to discuss treatment options for allergies and asthma.”
    Allergies and allergy induced asthma in New Mexico generally peak during the spring and fall pollen seasons and juniper is a major allergen for a lot of northern New Mexico kids, according to Nichols.
    Dr. Nichols came to the Children’s Clinic for a six-week rotation as a medical student in 1978 and fell in love with Los Alamos and the way that pediatrics was practiced at the Children’s Clinic.

  • On Oct. 25-26 the Los Alamos High School NJROTC traveled to New Mexico Military Institute to compete against 26 other schools in the areas of drill, fitness and marksmanship. The cadets brought home a number of awards that included:
    First place male Color Guard Performance
    First Place Male Color Guard Inspection
    First Place mixed Color Guard Commander
    First Place Male Fitness Team
    Second Place Precision Shooting
    Second Place Armed Drill
    Third Place Female Fitness Team
     Individual Awards went to:
     Joanna Oneill — First Place in the Standing position, and 2nd Overall Precision Shooting
    Samuel Wolfe — Third Place in the Prone position
    Noah Marriott — Third Place in the Standing position, and 5th Overall Precision Shooting
    Jordan Parker — Third Place 800 meter run
    Derick Janetzky — Third Place 800 meter run
    Next up for the shooters is the Duke City Cup Match on Nov. 16. The Drill, Fitness and Academic teams will compete in the Area 9 West Regional Championships on Dec. 7. Courtesy 

  • Populations of otters throughout the world face increasing challenges as the quality and quantity of water resources decline. As conflicts over water use intensify, many otter species are being down-listed to “Vulnerable” or “Endangered.”
    With concerted conservation efforts, however, otter abundance is increasing in certain places, including New Mexico.
    Presenter Melissa Savage will explain why otters are important to the state in a free talk to be 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    No advance registration is required to attend. Savage will also provide information to help the audience learn how to observe otters in the Rio Grande.
    In New Mexico, where otters were extirpated by 1953, recent restoration of river otters to the Upper Rio Grande has brought back this keystone species to our own rivers.
    Savage will discuss this positive experiment, why the river otter is essential to the health of river ecosystems in the state, as well as some optimistic trends for giant otters in the Amazon Basin and otters in the Himalaya region.
    Melissa Savage is a field-geographer, emerita professor from the Department of Geography at UCLA, and adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico.

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Vincenzo Cirigliano asks the question, “How did we survive the big bang?” in a series of Frontiers in Science lectures beginning at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at in the Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School. The talk is free and open to the public.
    “Particles and antiparticles were produced in equal numbers in the aftermath of the big bang,” Cirigliano said. “As the primordial soup cooled, they should have completely destroyed each other, leaving behind a universe with no matter. Instead, an imbalance of matter over antimatter developed, eventually leading to galaxies and stars and planets … and us.”
    Cirigliano will explore how this asymmetry arose and whether the known laws of physics can explain how matter survived the big bang.
    Sponsored by the Fellows of Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Frontiers in Science lecture series is intended to increase local public awareness of the diversity of science and engineering research at the laboratory.
    For more information, call Linda Andermanat 665-9196 or email anderman@lanl.gov.
    Cirigliano is a staff scientist in Los Alamos’ Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology Group. He joined the laboratory in 2006.

  • The Xi Nu chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, is on a roll as they spearhead the 26th annual craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.
    The bazaar kicks off with a bake sale containing a variety of breakfast munchies sure to energize pre-shopping preparation. For later arrivals, lunch will be for sale too. The ladies bake the night before to provide some sweet munchies and other items.
    More than 55 vendors are slated to attend the super-sized venue, all adding to the ambiance of the holidays, as music lingers in the background.
    “It is a happening! You can get your Christmas shopping done early and find unique items one can’t get in the stores,” Xi Nu member Jo-Ellen Brown said, who has been with the craft fair for many years.
    The ladies utilize their craft fair each year to provide a variety of services and contributions in the community and the world, throughout the year. The funds benefit families during the holiday season and a wide range of projects from graduation night activities for Los Alamos High School to a holiday tree for the Festival of Trees.

  • The 2013 Fall Flight Festival at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge announces fall schedule and other tours available.
    Ponds filled with water from heavy September rains and the calls of Sandhill Cranes are heralding the annual migration of wintering birds. The refuge will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Sunday in November for the Traditional Annual Fall Flight Festival featuring a 4 1/2 mile self-guided auto drive. Interpretive talks and kids crafts are also scheduled.
    The auto tour allows visitors to view the vast spaciousness of the short-grass prairie, ponds, marshes and croplands that serve as important habitat for migratory waterfowl, eagles and hawks along with numerous grassland birds such as mountain bluebirds, meadowlarks, horned larks and sparrows.
    Except for this time of year, these areas are not open for general public use, in order to leave an area of the refuge undisturbed for wildlife. Visitors can observe directly how recent rains have filled the ponds following the drought.
    Volunteer roving naturalists will be on hand with spotting scopes to help visitors identify birds. No walking is required. Visitors are encouraged to bird from or close to their vehicle so birds will not be disturbed. All events at the refuge are free.

  • Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on Memorial Day weekend 2014. The Native American art show and sale that benefits the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe has become one of the most important Indian art shows in the U.S.
    More than 200 museum-quality artists from over 40 tribes and pueblos will showcase and sell their pottery, jewelry, glass, paintings, sculpture, carvings, textiles and other art, May 24-25 at the Santa Fe Convention Center.
     The show has grown enormously since its humble beginnings in a tent on Museum Hill. By 2009, it had outgrown that space and moved to the Santa Fe Convention Center. Over the years, Native Treasures has raised $700,000 to mount more than 20 exhibits at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) and is now the primary funding source for exhibits at the museum. While the museum receives state funds for operating expenses, all exhibition funding must be raised privately. Artists donate a portion of their sales to MIAC.

  • Los Alamos

    Orlando’s Tacos, various locations
    Date inspected: Oct. 3
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    Smith’s Seafood, Deli, 535 Central Avenue
    Date inspected: Oct. 10
    Violations: None.
    Status of establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    AFC Sushi at Smith’s, 535 Central Avenue
    Date inspected: Oct. 17
    Violations: None.
    Status of establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    Smith’s Bakery, 535 Central Avenue
    Date inspected: Oct. 17
    Violations: None.
    Status of establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    Smith’s Meat Market, 535 Central Avenue
    Date inspected: Oct. 17
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Contaminated equipment.
    Status of establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    Home Run Pizza, 1627 Central Avenue
    Date inspected: Oct. 23
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Cutting board has deep grooves, and needs replacement–must be smooth and cleanable.
    Status of establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

  • A range of folk traditions are presented in “Brasil and Arte popular,” an exhibition opening Nov. 17 at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. The exhibition runs through Aug. 10, 2014.
    This show will feature more than 300 pieces from the museum’s rich Brazilian collection: woodblock prints, colorful ceramic and wood folk sculptures, toys and puppets, religious art, festival costumes and more.
    The varied cultural mix found throughout the vast region of Brazil draws from the original indigenous inhabitants and from the Portuguese colonists who began to settle there in the 16th century. Enslaved Africans brought by the Europeans contributed their own religions and rituals, as well as vibrant music and dance.   “Eventually merging traditions created the dynamic cultural fusion that is so uniquely Brazilian,” curator Barbara Mauldin said.
    The majority of work in the exhibit is from the 20th century when the last vestiges of colonialism had faded. Then, folk artists found that they had more freedom to portray their history, folklore and daily life.  
    And, at last, religious practitioners could carry out their rituals openly, and festival performers were able to both draw from old traditions and use contemporary issues to create lively pageants and dramas.  

  • Michele Altherr had no idea how the Pajarito Environmental Education Center would change her life when she attended a meeting at Fuller Lodge in the fall of 1999.

    According to Altherr, there was a good turnout at the meeting and much interest when there was a call for volunteers.

    Altherr herself felt compelled to become involved because she cares about children’s futures and feels that kids can’t grow to care about something to which they feel no connection. To help children become connected with nature, she became one of the founding members of PEEC.

    To this day, Altherr continues to volunteer regularly. She has previously served as president of the board, and has worn many hats at the organization. She lives in Los Alamos and enjoys visiting her children — a daughter, who currently lives in Zambia and works with the United Nations and World Food Program, and a son, who works in pharmaceuticals in San Diego.

    “I loved the idea of instilling in kids a love of nature. Furthermore, I have always been attracted to ‘underdog’ causes, which I felt this was,” Altherr said.

  • The Los Alamos Middle School Hawks may soon be called the Entrepreneurs Club. The savvy salesmen and women are pooling together donations to raise funds for school projects and they could use your help.

    “The school store sells small toys, stuffed animals, cool pens and pencils, jewelry, lip gloss, makeup, books, and many other things,” Group Leader Jenn Neil said. “The funds are used to order additional inventory, to host periodic parties for the Living Skills students (Halloween party, holiday party) and to purchase candy and small gifts for teacher appreciation.

    This week, the school store staff was also involved in additional lunch time activities, assisting with Unity Day, yesterday. Students showed that they “‘Unite Against Bullying.”

    The school store staff is working on getting student signatures on the, “The End of Bullying Begins With You,” petition that will be sent to the White House.

    Teacher Marie Long and her students created a large visual UNITY display to adorn the entryway to the new building, to bring awareness to the effort.

  • This week, we look at Asset number 6, in the category of Support and Parent Involvement in Schooling.
    This is defined as parents/guardians are actively involved in helping young person succeed in school.
    Our 2009 data states that 33 percent had this Asset in their lives and in 2013 that number increased to 43 percent.
    The most important thing I would say is that you always have to be involved in helping your young person succeed in school. The roles may change, but the goal is the same.
    If you believe that when your student gets to middle school, your role is done, your answer is wrong.
    Now I confess, I haven’t volunteered in the classroom, but there are other opportunities to get involved, so your young person knows you are still engaged in their education.
    I had hoped to attend the Common Core Standards presentation with Los Alamos schools, but life dictated that my plans for the day were not going to happen my way.
    I was thrilled to see that the presentation included enlightening parents to the fact that parent involvement in education is important.
    You know sometimes you just need to hear the same message from another source. I hope parents took the information to heart.

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    Renee Ramsey, born on Aug. 17, 2013 in Los Alamos entered a cutest kid Halloween contest with KOB news. There are lots of entries and the top five entries with the most votes will be finalists. Voting is from until noon Oct. 30.
    Go to kob.com, click on "Halloween Photo Contest" and vote for "Renee's Red Hots." Let's help Renee represent Los Alamos in the contest for Halloween. You can vote once per day, and vote on all devices you have!  

  • The Military Order of the World Wars, Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 and the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge will co-host a Cowboy Breakfast 7-11 a.m. Nov. 3 at Posse Lodge on North Mesa.
    Proceeds from the breakfast will be to provide support for the MOWW chapter 229’s high school scholarships awarded to outstanding Los Alamos High School senior JNROTC graduates and the MOWW sponsored Sunbelt Patriotic Youth Leadership Conferences, Inc. taking place in New Mexico for New Mexico high school juniors and qualified sophomores.
    Everyone is welcome. For more information call or email LTC Greg Giesler AUS Retired, Chapter Commander, 662-5574 (g.giesler@computer.org) or Lt. Col. Norman G. Wilson, USAF Retired, Chapter Adjutant, 662-9544 (NrmWil15@cs.com). 

  • The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate Team’s annual invitational tournament is scheduled for Nov. 1-2 at Los Alamos High School.
    The event has built a strong reputation drawing teams from around the state eager for competition and high-quality feedback from engaged, trained judges.
    The tournament serves as the team’s largest fundraiser and educational event and offers an opportunity for Los Alamos community members to participate and support the team by serving as judges.
    There are numerous speech and debate sessions will be throughout the two-day tournament. Community members need not be experienced in order to judge.
    A training opportunity for potential judges to learn more about the various events was Oct. 23 in the LAHS Speech Theater.
    The team is still in need of volunteer judges from the community, especially for Saturday afternoon’s competitive sessions. Judges evaluate and score rounds of speech and debate events.
    Guidance and training are available and more information about the various events can be found at nationalforensicleague.org under Resources for Judges.
    Judges are invited to enjoy a variety of homemade goodies and ethnic specialties provided by team parents.

  • 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 as the nights get longer, so come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptables.

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

  • Put on a Halloween costume and head to a local participating comic book shop for the second annual Halloween ComicFest.

    This weekend, participating comic shops will be packed with comic and Halloween fans getting their free Halloween ComicFest comics to celebrate the second largest free comic book event of the year.

    This Saturday and Sunday, stores will be giving away up to 22 free Halloween themed full-sized and mini-comics featuring Batman, Thor, Spider-Man, My Little Pony, Adventure Time and other popular and new titles.

    The free comics are great for comic fans and readers of all ages, giving them the opportunity to discover new titles and series they will enjoy.

    Crowds will flock to get free comics and take part in store sales, costume contests, comic signings and artist’s drawings. Some stores are using Halloween ComicFest to promote community awareness through hosting blood drives, encouraging donations to various foundations, running silent auctions for charity and much more to give back to their community.

  • Fuller Lodge Art Center Director Ken Nebel and patrons discuss a painting from the Deep Into That Darkness Peering art exhibit by Karen Waters, which runs through Nov. 16. 

  • Purple is the color of hope for pancreatic cancer and the PurpleLight Vigil for Hope is a time to honor loved ones fighting pancreatic cancer and those who have lost the fight. PurpleLight is a way of kicking off November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. The vigil will be 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the University of New Mexico Duck Pond in Albuquerque.

    PurpleLight is a national awareness of pancreatic cancer and honoring those who have battled the disease.

    A family touched by pancreatic cancer never remains the same. The long pause as the doctor tries to find the right words to cushion the blow says it all. The doctor had just read a death sentence.

    Pancreatic Cancer is one of the deadliest cancers with a five-year survival rate of just 6 percent with no early detection tools or effective treatments. There is no cure and experts say it is expected to move from the fourth to the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States by 2020.

    The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network came into being in 1999 after founding members loved ones were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and their families realized there was a need to create awareness about the disease especially when not even their doctors, knew much about this difficult and at the time relatively unknown disease.