• We hear about academics and testing all the time, but what do we really know and what do we do with that information?
    Los Alamos High School student Tessa Snyder, hopes to educate people and spur them into action or at least some good discussion.
    “Race to Nowhere,” a documentary by Vicki Abeles, will be shown in Los Alamos by Snyder with the help of librarian, Ken Holes and teacher Margo Batha, president of the New Mexico Speech and Debate Association. The community viewing will be 6:30 p.m. March 27 at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Lecture Hall, Building 2. The show is free and open to the public.
    Snyder learned of the documentary as student in Batha’s AP Language and Composition class.
    “For all of my students, seeing this movie really helped them to discuss the pressures that they face as students in today’s high stress, high achieving world,” Batha said. “She immediately realized that a community screening of ‘Race to Nowhere’ would help spark discussion in our community.”
    One goal of Snyder’s work is to accept donations to fund community programs enhancing wellness opportunities for youth, but her main goal is to create dialogue and make change.

  • Southern living continues as the theme for the Los Alamos Mountaineers’ March presentation. Following February’s presentation of a trip to Antarctica, March features a talk on a trek to the high, volcanic peaks of Ecuador, in a travel tale told by Kelly Gallagher and Don Krier.
    The presentation will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. The talk follows the business portion of the Mountaineer’s meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.
    Ecuador features the greatest concentration of volcanoes in the world, rising between its coastal areas and inner rain forests. The spectacular glaciated peaks of Cotopaxi (19,348 feet), located in the Ecuadorian Andes, offer exciting and accessible high-altitude mountaineering. Cotopaxi — an active volcano with more than 50 eruptions in the past 275 years, the most recent in 1940 — lies on a long and narrow Andean valley surrounded by high volcanoes. Naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt said: “Cotopaxi’s shape is the most beautiful and regular of all the colossal peaks in the high Andes. It is a perfect cone covered by a thick blanket of snow...”

  • As we spring forward into a new season, it is the perfect time to start fresh, try something new and be positive as we slide into the end of the school year.
    We’ll look at two topic areas this week, as we have a lot of Assets to cover.
    First, we have asset number 28, Integrity, this is when a young person acts on conviction and stands up for his or her beliefs.
    Second, there’s honesty, asset number 29, when a young person tells the truth even when it is not easy.
    If you’re talking about your own children, these areas should start at a very young age. If you build on these areas when topics are trivial then when times are tough, you will have a foundation that is firm.
    There are many things that can assist you in developing these skills along the way, great teachers, wonderful programs, good books and more.
    It has been awhile since we threw some numbers your way, so let’s go to the data and see how things have been progressing, or regressing over the last several years.
    As the survey looks at students in seventh through 12th grade, this is how the data stacks up for integrity.
    2009 data — 74 percent
    2013 data — 73 percent
    Next we’ll take a gander at honesty, and the survey says?
    2009 data — 67 percent


    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 come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:


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

    Thank you Los Alamos for visiting the shelter and giving adoptable animals their forever homes!

    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 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.



  • The Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of World Wars in Los Alamos is announces Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard, will discuss actions of the recently adjourned 2014 session of the New Mexico Legislature.
    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. March 20 at the Los Alamos Research Park in the main meeting room. The social period will then be followed by a brief business meeting at dinner at 6:25 p.m.
    Garcia Richard’s presentation will begin 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.
    The Los Alamos County Research Park building is located at 4200 West Jemez Road (west of the West Jemez Road Fire Station). Parking is available east of the fire station from the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge or along the curb-parking zone (restricted during work hours) east of the Research Park building (access to the curb parking is through the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s access control stations to West Jemez Road.)
    Entrance to the second floor dinner meeting room is from the ground level by use of the ground level elevator.

  • March 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
    8:30, 10 a.m. Tax prep
    8:45 a.m. Cardio
    11 a.m. Feldenkreis
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken tortilla soup
    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    8:30 a.m. Mac users
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Computer users group
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Catfish
    1:30 p.m. My Chronic Disease Workshop
    2 p.m. MindBody massage
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis
    8:30, 10 a.m. Tax prep
    8:30 a.m. RSVP Quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Pork loin
    1:15 p.m. Socrates Café
    1:30 p.m. Daytime Duplicate Bridge
    8:30 a.m. Walk-in-the-woods
    9 a.m. Toenail clipping
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Turkey Tetrazzini
    1:30 p.m. Tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge
    9:15 a.m. Line dancing

  • The Los Alamos Speech and Debate Guild would like to thank the more than 100 judges who volunteered their time and energy to fill 180 judge slots for the recent National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) New Mexico CHILE Qualifier.
    Forty-two students from New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Montana competed for slots to the Region III Invitational in Colorado.
    Judges provided valuable feedback as competitors sought to perfect their speaking skills, and ensured that the tournament ran smoothly and on-time. 
    Local businesses were generous, as well, donating food for judges, or giving discounts on products:  Ruby K’s Bagel Cafe, Starbucks, Cafe Creole Nouvelle, China Moon, Home Run Pizza, Chili Works, Daylight Donuts, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Los Alamos Co-op Market, Smith’s Food and Drug and McDonald’s. 
    The tournament was at Crossroads Bible Church, who graciously allowed use of their entire facility for three days. 
    The Los Alamos Speech and Debate Guild Board would like to thank everyone for making the tournament a great success!

  • Two days of heavy driving, five days of heavy labor and three homes to show for those in need, that is the definition of service, for the annual United Church of Los Alamos Mexico Mission trip.
    The long-standing trip has been joined by their neighbors from the Unitarian Universalist Church, a few community members and off they go — to do good deeds for their fellow man.
    Laura Erickson and husband Randy have seen the process through decades of service and coordinate the effort each and every year. There are many highlights for the duo as they have seen neighborhoods born of their efforts. Last year, camper Laura found a new one to love or a few new ones.
    “Probably my favorite part was watching how our fellow campers from the Unitarian Universalist Church dove right in and became family,” said Erickson. “Their enthusiasm was contagious!”
    Once you go on a Mexico Mission trip, you do indeed, “catch the bug,” and then are hooked on changing lives, one week at a time.
    As part of the process, the team needs to raise approximately $14,000, to build three homes in one week, all during the Los Alamos Public Schools spring break vacation time.

  • A proposed piece of land educational garden has been approved that the Los Alamos Family YMCA will be operating on county property in the near future. The planning and development stages are slated to begin this spring.
    The community voted for the name Hilltop Garden in an online vote in February.
    Additionally, 50 individuals also elected to receive continued information about garden education efforts. The Y and the county are finalizing an operations agreement for the Y to host this garden as a result of a county Request For Proposal process last fall.
    A license agreement is in the process of being approved.
    “I am excited by the enthusiastic response of the individuals and groups in this community who want to be involved in the ‘growth’ of Hilltop Garden,” said Kimberly Pulliam, Y community programs director. “Our hope for this garden is that it will be a place that is welcoming to everyone and that it will be a place of learning and inspiration.”
    The one acre piece of land is on the North Mesa near the stables, next to the tennis courts. Planning to build a garden and have members of the community volunteer their time to use the garden as an educational outlet.

  • A public forum sponsored by AAUW, features “Furor in the Muslim World,” by Lt. Col. (ret.) Ed Rau. 7-8:30 p.m. March 20 at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Meeting Room.
    Rau will discuss the political situation in the Middle East, especially the countries of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq, Turkey, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine. Rau will discuss the historical background, current players, costs of conflicts and possible hopeful outcomes in the context of the differences and similarities among the countries. In  light  of  the continuing turbulence in this area, this will be a most timely presentation.
    Rau  attended  the  Defense  Intelligence  Agency’s  area study  for  Iran  and Afghanistan  and completed an 11-month course of Farsi (Persian) at the State Department Language School. He was a military attaché at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan (1966-1968). He retired from the Air Force
    as Lt. Col. after 27 years. He then graduated from law school and practiced as a trial attorney for 15 years.
    He has traveled widely in Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. He was part of a team that observed the NGOs during the famine in Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan in 1985. 


    For the sixth year the ladies of Pajarito Mountain have sponsored the K2 Women’s Weekend. This event has historically paired the fun of skiing with the benefit of fundraising for the Anita Salas Foundation, a Northern New Mexico charity that benefits men and women diagnosed with breast cancer and women who have cervical cancer. This year, due to lack of precipitation, the skiing part of the event was moved to Taos. For the fundraising portion, the annual silent auction will be during Skiesta, from 2-3 p.m. Saturday at Pajarito Mountain, with registration starting at 1:30 p.m. in the Lodge.

    Skiesta is an event where the public contribute to a very worthy and local charity while enjoying the music of Felix y Los Gatos — Zydeco music, snow competitions for all ages, costumes and five New Mexico Breweries.

    The silent auction will be open to the public. There will be lots of ski gear, including a pair of K2 Talk Back 160 cm skis, spa services: 10,000 waves, facials, massages, fine art: stained glass, prints, pottery and many fine wines. There will also be handmade crafts: hats, scarves and jewelry just to name a few of the items local vendors have provided! All proceeds from the silent auction go directly to the Anita Salas Memorial Fund where 95 cents of every dollar goes directly to those in need.

  • Dr. Richard Sayre will be the speaker for the League of Women Voters monthly Lunch with a Leader program.
    The lunch is at 11:$0 a.m. Tuesday at Mesa Public Library. The community event is open to everyone.
    Sayre, is a senior research scientist, at the New Mexico Consortium and Los Alamos National Laboratory. He came here in 2011 and been active in studying genetically modified foods.
    Sayre was formerly chair of the Department of Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology at the Ohio State University. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil during the spring of 2007 and was elected a Fellow of AAAS in 2011. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and did post-doctoral work at Harvard University.
    Sayre’s topic of discussion will be on “Regulatory approval processes for GMO foods, potential versus perceived risks.”
    Lunch is from the Co-op and is $10. The public is welcome to attend without purchase of a lunch. To purchase a lunch, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or email her at kaskacayman@gmail.com to get information for the order. Orders must be received by Sunday.

  • Sometimes, when anyone else makes the food, it just tastes better. So today, enjoy that feeling and benefit the youth, at the same time.
    The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church will host the Los Alamos High School Naval Junior ROTC unit Thursday night as they raise funds to assist their program throughout the remainder of the year.
    Competitions still remain on the schedule as well as getting ready to prepare for summer activities.
    “This will be our first time serving pasta and we hope the change will make the event better,” said Cadet Rachel Barthell, Public Affairs Officer for the unit.
    “The cadets, parents, and members of our Booster Club will be setting up, making the food, serving the food and handling the clean up afterward.”
    Barthell was the belle of the ball Saturday night when she was selected by her fellow cadets for the top honor as the students begin to round out the year.
    The unit has a variety of activities ahead and the cadets have been charged with not resting on their laurels, to stay the course and maintain the pace.
    They will do just that as they prepare a meal for the community and serve it up in style from 5:30 to 7 p.m., for $10.

  • Santa Fe Botanical Garden (SFBG) presents the inaugural exhibition of Origami in the Garden, a collection of monumental works created by Santa Fe artist Kevin Box. After its hometown debut, Origami in the Garden will travel globally to botanical gardens, museums and sculpture gardens, concluding in 2025.
    The exhibit will have an opening from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27, 715 Camino Lejo, in which Box will be in attendance.
    While SFBG’s mission encompasses botanical heritage and biodiversity, art is prominent in the DNA of their master plan. SFBG’s choice to host the debut of Origami in the Garden is monumental in both concept and execution.
    This six-month exhibition has been in the planning stage for more than a year and requires hundreds of hours of man and machine power to transport and install. Box’s outdoor sculptures will be presented throughout the gardens. In addition to hosting important rotating exhibitions, the Museum Hill Garden was conceived to permanently integrate one visual artist’s work in each phase of its development. Thus far collected artists include, Candace Garrett, Tom Joyce and Ramon Lopez.

  • On July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion detonated in the pre-dawn darkness in the high desert ranchland about 30 miles southeast of Socorro.
    It has been 69 years, but some hale and hearty guys around who participated in that test are still around, and two of them have agreed to accompany a tour to Trinity Site for the April 5 public opening, one of only two days each year the site is open.
    This rare chance to rub shoulders with history is a fundraising effort for the Los Alamos Historical Society as it is launching into major long-term enterprises in historic preservation and interpretation for the future.
    This one-day excursion aboard a restroom-equipped coach departs from Los Alamos at 6:30 a.m. and includes lunch in Socorro.
    Tour direction is by Buffalo Tours, leading its 11th trip to Trinity. Entering through the Stallion Range Station of the White Sands Missile Range, the road to Trinity winds 15 miles to Ground Zero.
    A quarter mile walk from the parking lot is the epicenter where only a twisted concrete and metal footing remains of the 100 ft. tall tower where the gadget was detonated.

  • It’s time again for the community come together and transform bowls into works of art.
    The 21st Annual Empty Bowls Project Luncheon and Silent Auction will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    For $15, soup will be served in any one of the hand-painted bowls and the Craig Martin Experience will be on hand to provide some live music.
    Dessert and bread from various businesses will also be available. People may take the hand crafted bowl home with them. The bowls are also available for purchase.
    The Empty Bowls Project, to benefit Self-Help Inc., has been a stable in Los Alamos for 45 years. The fundraiser will include a silent auction and fun gift baskets. Local businesses have donated gift cards for the event.
    The project is coordinated by Gillian Sutton. Local organizations work all year long painting bowls at “Painting Parties.”
    “It really brings the community together,” Sutton said. Los Alamos church groups and other established organizations lend their time for the public paints.
    A ceramics class at Los Alamos High School decorates and fires the bowls. The Fuller Lodge Art Center also offers up their equipment for firing processes. “A slew of kids from the high school were a big help,” Sutton said.

  • New Mexico Film Foundation announces media project

  • Santa Fe
    Allsup’s, 4680 Airport Road
    Date inspected: Feb. 19
    Violations: Four high-risk violations. No sanitizer ready for use, therefore, not sanitizing as needed. No trash can near hand sink. Wash sink has for cross-connection hose was above ledge. Toxic chemicals in prep area. Four moderate-risk violations. Wash sink has cross connection. Not monitoring food temperatures adequately. Sanitizer strips not used at proper frequency. Ice scoop stored atop ice machine that has dust accumulation on it. Four low-risk violation. Toilet door not self closing. Lights are not shield in ice prep area. Ice scoop are not smooth.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    El Castillo Retirement Home, 250 East Alameda
    Date inspected: Feb. 24
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Dish machine was not at proper sanitation levels, which was corrected at time of inspection.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Art exhibits
    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition: “Bits and Pieces: Works by Karina Hean, Catherine Gangloff and Michel Déjean.” From 5-7 p.m. March 28 through April 19. The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. March 24.
    Open mic night. 6 p.m. every Friday at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort’s Riverside Café. This free night is open to the public and will be through the end of March. A basic PA system and amplifier will be provided. Visit SipapuNM.com, or call 800-587-2240 for more information.

    The Santa Fe Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico presents a free talk “The Solution is Never that Simple: the Impact of the Introduced Salt Cedar Leaf Beetle on the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher in New Mexico.” The meeting is 6:30 p.m. March 19 at Christ Lutheran Church, 1701 Arroyo Chamiso, located in the triangle of Old Pecos Trail, St Michael’s Drive and Arroyo Chamiso. It is directly across the street from Fire Station #4. Meetings and talks are free and open to all. For more information email tom@thomasantonio.org or call 505-690-5105.

  • Earlier this month, 42 home educated speech and debate competitors participated in the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) New Mexico CHILE Qualifier. Students traveled from Montana, Utah and Colorado to vie for a limited number of slots that would advance them to the NCFCA Region III Invitational Tournament in Grand Junction, Colo., in May.
    Students competed in Lincoln Douglas debate and Team Policy debate, as well as speech events: Persuasive, Informative and After Dinner Speaking; Illustrated Oratory; Humorous, Open, Thematic and Duo Interpretation; Extemporaneous speaking; and Impromptu and Apologetics.
    Local students qualified to the Regional Invitational in all events listed.
    Senior Jemima Spill placed first in Persuasive, in Thematic Interpretation, in Illustrated Oratory, and in Informative speaking. She placed second in overall Sweepstakes.
    Senior Andrew Hollis placed first in Extemporaneous Speaking, second in Apologetics, Impromptu and Thematic Interpretation. He placed third in overall Sweepstakes. He also placed second in Lincoln Douglas Debate, and first place in Lincoln Douglas Debate speaker points.