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  • 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.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    We have a new color-coding system to help you select your perfect new family member. Check it out.
    The shelter has just received a new group of cats and has appointments for their veterinary updates. They are available for viewing and will be adoptable very soon. Come visit Michael, Princess, C-2 and Yoda.

    Cats

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Los Alamos County Recreation Department have teamed up to offer a special birding trip to the Rio Grande Nature Center in Albuquerque.
    The trip will leave Los Alamos from PEEC at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 8, and will return after lunch. The cost is $20 or $18 for PEEC members. This fee covers the van transportation and the Nature Center entrance fee.
    The Rio Grande Nature Center hosts almost 300 species of birds. About 40 of these are residents and the rest are seasonal migrants. The two most popular year-round residents are the roadrunner, New Mexico’s state bird, and the wood duck. Recently four snowy egrets have been seen.  

  • In recognition of World Habitat Day 2011, Habitat for Humanity of Española Valley and Los Alamos, Inc. will display pictures of typical poverty and Habitat Houses from around the world throughout World Habitat Day, Oct. 3, at the Habitat office and store, 726 N. Riverside Dr., Española.
    They will complete the day with “Desserts from Around the World” from 5:30-7 p.m. at the same location. A presentation by Boni and Roger Cardon of their Habitat Trip to Paraguay this past February, will be at 6:30 p.m. A special tithe from the sales in the Habitat ReStore and Thrift Shop will be sent to one of the featured countries. This is a free event and the public is welcome.

  • As we prepare to cruise into October this weekend, we begin to look at the asset category of support.
    This category comprises six assets that revolve around the area of family, neighborhood and school relationships.
    Important relationships begin in the home, but are often fulfilled by role models in neighborhoods and schools.
    We really are lucky that in some cases, rather sad family dynamics still produce some really decent children. The reverse is also true, but a strong, healthy, supportive family more often than not, results in well-balanced children.
    Having well balanced-children, however does require that families stop every once in a while and make adjustments.

  • Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories that Nancy Coombs will contribute, as she goes through the Leadership Los Alamos course.

    “The ninth class is the best class!” Last weekend participants in the Leadership Los Alamos program could be heard baiting members of earlier classes with their newly learned mantra.
    Along with 27 other interested residents, I retreated to the Valles Caldera Science and Education Center in Jemez Springs to begin the program led by LLA Chairman and Los Alamos County Police Chief Wayne Torpy.
    We had embarked on a nine month long odyssey to enhance our leadership skills and were looking forward to a challenge course led by Phil Bryson of “On The Edge Productions.”

  • The University of New Mexico–Los Alamos has long understood the documented link between broadband deployment, Internet usage and better economic development and educational opportunities.
    Many New Mexicans, especially in rural areas, remain underserved or “unserved” in the areas of Internet access and computer proficiency. And, UNM-LA is doing something about it.

  • More than 45 residents turned out for a rally around downtown Los Alamos on Sept. 25 to call for action on climate change.
    Joined by County Councilor David Izraelevitz, attendees moved their bodies on bike, scooter, stroller and by foot to demonstrate their commitment to moving beyond fossil fuels.
    Emily Irving brought her three young daughters to the rally, where they donned signs and rode on scooters and by stroller down Trinity and up Central.
    “It’s important to tell children as early as possible there is something they can do to protect the world,” Irving said.
    Her daughters won the prize for “Best ‘Alternative’ Vehicle” for their scooters.

  • On Sept. 17, students at Piñon Elementary School observed Constitution Day. As part of the day’s activities, students chalked out the Bill of Rights on the sidewalk in front of their school. Principal Jill Gonzales also got involved in the event and wrote a message on the sidewalk

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center will show the film, “Play Again” at 6:30 p.m.
    Oct. 6. After the film, viewers are invited to stay for a discussion of the issues raised. There is a $7 suggested donation for the viewing and students will sell popcorn and hot chocolate.  
    This documentary follows six teenagers who, like the “average American child,” spend five to 15 hours a day behind computer screens. “Play Again” unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure.

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

    Los Alamos

    • Hot Rocks Java Café, 3917 West Road, in Los Alamos Medical Center
    Inspection date: Sept. 26, corrective action response
    Violations: Improper holding of foods, corrected; improper sanitizing of utensils, corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Española

    • ETS, Fairview Elementary, 1000 Zuni Lane
    Inspection date: Sept. 21

  • The Los Alamos Concert Association continues its 65th anniversary season on Oct.16 with Piffaro, the Renaissance Band. In June, Piffaro was awarded The Laurette Goldberg Award by Early Music America, recognizing outstanding achievement in outreach and educational projects for children or adults.
    The magazine, Chamber Music America, in a review of Piffaro’s latest CD (Waytes: English Music for a Renaissance Band), said: “(You don’t) really expect a great deal of subtlety from shawms and crumhorns and sackbuts and dulcians and bagpipes and the like … Piffaro blows away that idea. Certainly they display penetrating tone and serious carrying power, but Piffaro also plays with elegance.”

  • New Mexico residents are no strangers to the rich history of the Land of Enchantment. From the Spanish conquests to establishing the Atomic City of Los Alamos, New Mexico has its share of stories to be told and shared.
    It’s not uncommon to hear tales of the old days and wonder just what it was like to live with no running water, central heat or indoor plumbing, while having to grow your own crops and raise animals for sustenance. While most of the old ways of living have given way to technology and are no longer practiced, at least one place is still operating the way it did in the Spanish colonial days.

  • Because of cuts, there is not enough money in the budget to fill the Los Alamos Middle School Library with the books their students and teachers need for reading and research, therefore, they are asking for monetary donations, which will be used to purchase the library materials needed.
    For every $15 donated, staff can purchase a new book for the library, ready to be checked out. One hundred percent of all donations go to the library and can be made by visiting www.funds4books.com and enter school code 80ca. Donations must be made by Oct. 17.

  • The Blue Star Mothers Northern New Mexico Chapter Four and the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services are hosting a Veterans’ Benefits Bazaar from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in Española at the National Guard Armory, 2011 Industrial Park Road.
    Representatives from the NMDVS, the VA Regional Office, the VA Health Care System, Presbyterian Medical Services and other state and local veterans’ service organizations will be there to answer any questions and assist veterans and their families with health care needs, mental health counseling, pensions, finding employment, utilizing a veteran’s G.I. Education Bill and many other VA and state veterans’ benefits and programs.

  • Thanks for helping with the 2011 Relay for Life

    The 2011 Los Alamos Relay for Life was Aug. 5-6 at Ashley Pond, along with the Gordon’s Concert featuring Los Pinguos. Ron and Kim Selvage at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel were the primary sponsors for the Gordon’s Concert. They were very generous to allow the concert to be held at Ashley Pond with the Relay.
    By 9 p.m. the pond was glowing from the light of luminarias, white bags of remembrance for those affected by cancer.  

  • The Los Alamos High School ’Topper Parent Organization is for parents who would like to be involved to help insure the best possible educational experience at LAHS. The TPO is dedicated to serving the needs of students, parents and staff. For more information, visit www.laschools.net/LAHS under Committees and Organizations, or join today at lahstpo@gmail.com.
    One of the ongoing activities of the LAHS TPO is to present a list of items needed by LAHS staff to meet or enhance educational needs. Parents, community groups and individuals are encouraged to donate. Based on available funds and priorities, the TPO may also acquire items for staff use.

  • Jim Ottaviani, a writer of comics and graphic novels about science, will be in Los Alamos Sept. 28, for school visits, a lecture at the Bradbury Science Museum at 5:15 p.m., and a signing at Otowi Station Bookstore at 6 p.m. Ottaviani’s graphic biography of Richard Feynman, titled, “Feynman,” has received excellent reviews from physicists and comics fans alike.
    In his biography of Feynman, Ottaviani presents the larger-than-life exploits of a Nobel-winning quantum physicist, adventurer and musician. “Feynman” tells the story of the man’s life from his childhood in Long Island to his work on the Manhattan Project and the “Challenger” disaster. Ottaviani tackles the bad with the good.

  • The Los Alamos High School ’Topper Parent Organization is for parents who would like to be involved to help insure the best possible educational experience at LAHS. The TPO is dedicated to serving the needs of students, parents and staff. For more information, visit www.laschools.net/LAHS under Committees and Organizations, or join today at lahstpo@gmail.com.
    One of the ongoing activities of the LAHS TPO is to present a list of items needed by LAHS staff to meet or enhance educational needs.
    Parents, community groups and individuals are encouraged to donate. Based on available funds and priorities, the TPO may also acquire items for staff use.

  • Residents show appreciation for the dog park

    If you peer between a soccer field and a baseball field near the east end of Overlook Park, you’ll see that the dog park in White Rock has been getting some major renovations — a sprinkler system has been installed, grass seeds have been planted and grass is starting to grow.
    What an excitement for us to see a beautiful place for our dogs to play in the near future.
    We want to express our sincere gratitude to Dick McIntyre, Parks Division manager and Jeff Humpton, Parks superintendent, for listening to our request and working diligently to plan these renovations in a timely and cost-effective manner.

  • This week we look at asset #24, bonding to school and how a young person needs to care about their school.
    I love that this asset falls at this time of the year because homecoming is upon us. This is the time when everybody is a Hilltopper.
    It doesn’t matter if you grew up here, graduated from here or have kids in the school system. Next week we all bleed green and gold when the ’Toppers take the field.
    I would love to bottle this week and carry it around all year.
    We need to have ’Topper spirit when we attend the homecoming game, when the girl’s volleyball team plays a game, when the Olions have a production, the Hilltalkers, debate and when the NJROTC, runs, shoots and drills their way through a competition.