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  • The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host a talk by local adventurer Ron Morgan at their next meeting at 7:15 p.m. March 27 at the Nature Center.

    In 2017, Morgan set out with his climbing partners to climb mountains around the world. He began in June with Mount Rainier in Washington state and Tocllaraju in Peru and ended his journey in Mexico in December by climbing Pico de Orizaba and Iztaccíhuatl.

    “My climbing partners and I summited a number of the world’s most beautiful mountains and were turned back only once. ... Lady Luck smiled from high places, and it was an awesome year,” Morgan said.

    Morgan has been a member of the Los Alamos Mountaineers since 2005 and his lifelong addiction to adventure and the outdoors has been enhanced by the “LAM Characters Club.” He took the Climbing School in 2009 with Bill Geist.

    This event will be at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free. For more information about this event, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative finishes strong during an annual Grateful Gram campaign between employees.

    The initiative aims to raise funds for one of the leading organizations that feed underprivileged families across northern New Mexico, The Food Depot.

    “The goal is to remind each other of the great work that we do for our members and the communities we serve”, says Talent Development Specialist, Kathy Ritschel. “Together we can show appreciation while being kind to one another.”

    Employees are able to purchase grateful grams for a small donation, write a thoughtful note to the receiving employee about a time when she or he helped or inspired them during the year. The recipient is also given a Del Norte Credit Union star sticker, entitling them to a casual dress any day of the week. In total, $787 was raised from $1 donations – all from DNCU employees.

    “The success of this campaign is meaningful as it shows that our employees are willing to get involved for a good cause, but it also speaks of great team-work throughout the year – and the celebration of those accomplishments”, says Del Norte Credit Union CEO and President Chuck Valenti.

  • Los Alamos High School students will be selling March For Our Lives shirts during lunch today and Thursday.

    Students at the high school and middle school will participate today in an observance of 17 minutes of silence in honor of the victims of the Parkland, Florida from 10-10:17 a.m.

    Instruction will be paused during the student event.

  • This month’s League of Women Voters’ Lunch with a Leader will be on March 20 at Mesa Library at 11:45 a.m.

    This month’s speaker will be analyst Robert Gibson. He will briefly recap the most recent legislative session, but will focus on what he has learned about the legislative process beyond Civics 101 in an innovative manner as you might surmise from the title: Making Sausage:  Observations of a Fly on the Wall at the Merry Roundhouse.

    Gibson has served on the Los Alamos County Council, Board of Public Utilities, Transportation Board, the first Charter Review Committee, and most recently the Future Energy Resources Committee. For the past four sessions of the New Mexico State Legislature, he has been a bill analyst, researching proposed legislation for three different House committees and the Senate minority caucus.

    When not engaged in developing public policy, Gibson is a physicist and engineer, retired from LANL but pursuing other projects. He also continues to fly part-time as a professional pilot and pursues several hobbies. He and his wife Lori Heimdahl Gibson, an educator and artist, reside on North Mesa.

  • TODAY
    Los Alamos Chapter Order of the Eastern Star meeting at 7 p.m. in the Mason Lodge, North Sage Street, (on the corner of 15th and Canyon). For more information, contact Worthy Matron Mary Ethel Plotner, 661-4233, or Past Matron Judy Goldie, 662-3797.

    Brent Vernon in concert with Sam at 6:30 p.m. at White Rock Presbyterian Church, 310 Rover Blvd., White Rock. Free with offering.
    THURSDAY
    Night with a Nerd at 6 p.m. at projectY Cowork, 150 Central Park Square. BSMA members are free, cost is $10 for others. Alan Carr, the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s historian, will talk about how the lab originated and how it evolved into the institution it is today. The talk will be followed by a reception and light refreshments. Register at Bradburyassociation.org.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walk
at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    The Olions will present the musical: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at 7 p.m. at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Drive. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $5 for children under 6.

  • March is the perfect time to learn the tricks to extend the growing season for your garden. Natali Steinberg will teach everything you need to know to start and care for your veggies and annuals before the last frost from 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 18 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

    This class will teach gardeners how to start seeds indoors, transplant successfully into the garden, and start some veggies directly in the garden.

    There will be handouts and demonstrations, but no seed planting during class.

    Steinberg has taught this class for 20 years at a nursery/greenhouse in Boulder. She had a large vegetable garden on her farm, and she sold produce at the Boulder Farmers Market. Steinberg also raised and sold bedding plants.

    The cost is $25, and Pajarito Environmental Education Center members save $5. Advance registration is required. To register or learn more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • The Venice Baroque Orchestra, one of the world’s great period instrument ensembles, will appear in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Friday in the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.

    Presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association, the ensemble will bring with them recorder virtuoso Anna Fusek.

    LACA’s usual venue, the Duane Smith Auditorium is undergoing renovation and will not be available for this performance.  Concert attendees are encouraged to carpool and arrive early as parking in the Crossroads Bible Church parking lot and surrounding vicinity is limited. 

    Fusek, a native of Prague, has a distinguished career throughout Europe as both recorder soloist and in Baroque opera production. The Venice Baroque Orchestra is a much-admired exponent of the Italian Baroque and is notable for its rediscovery of many 17th and 18th century masterpieces several of which will be included in its Los Alamos program.

    Anna Fusek will perform one of those discoveries, a sonata for recorder and basso continuo by the all-but-forgotten Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli.  She will also be featured in two concertos by Antonio Vivaldi, one a double concerto in partnership with concert master Gianpiero Zanocco.

  • The Fuller Lodge Art Center has a long list of classes for students of all ages this spring.

    Many of the instructors have become a household name within the art community. This year, the center would like to introduce another fantastic artist and teacher, award-winning artist Roberta Remy, whose work can be found in corporate and private collections throughout the U.S., Brazil and Europe.

    Remy, who will be teaching an upcoming pastel course designed for adults and teens, attended Parsons School of Design, School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League of New York.

    There, she studied painting with master painters Frank Mason, George Passantino, David Leffel, and Sherrie McGraw, and drawing and anatomy with Robert Beverly Hale.

    Formerly a New York-based illustrator whose clients included Macmillan Publishing, Playskool, Cabbage Patch Kids and McDonalds, she now makes Santa Fe her home base, where she’s been expanding her teaching activities since 1995.

  • The Village of Jemez Springs is gearing up for a second attempt at its 2018 Cabin Fever Festival.

    A forecast of inclement weather forced postponement of the original date of Feb. 24. Now that a new date has been set organizers are anticipating better weather as they finalize preparations for the annual celebration.

    “Most weather reports were forecasting highs in the low 30s and gusty winds on the day of the event, so to be prudent and fair to our visitors and vendors, we postponed the event,” said Mayor Bob Wilson. “We apologize to those who had planned to attend our Cabin Fever Festival but we hope they will still attend (later this month).”

    The new date for Cabin Fever Festival is March 24 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    The annual event includes a variety of fun activities, including chain saw carving demonstrations by Sandia Bear Company, a dog costume contest, pie-baking competition, live music and arts and crafts.

    “What we shoot for is a fun community event,” said Wilson. “We bring in some bands and have mostly local vendors. Some of the non-profit groups from the area participate and the forest service always shows up with some of their demonstrations. It’s just meant to be a fun community event.”

  • President Emeritus of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Stanford University Research Professor Dr. Sig Hecker will be the guest speaker at an elegant dinner and talk set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 19 at Las Campanas Clubhouse, 132 Clubhouse Dr., Santa Fe.

    Seating is limited at this event and reservations are required by March 16.

    Hecker will offer his thoughts and opinions on the exclusive “nuclear club,” focusing on North Korea, Russia, and the Iran deal among many other urgent issues in a presentation entitled, “A Tour of the Nuclear World.”



    Hecker is an internationally recognized expert in plutonium science, global threat reduction and nuclear security.

    As discussed recently on 60 Minutes, Hecker has made some extraordinary visits to North Korea to assess its plutonium programs and advances in nuclear weapons – a development that now directly threatens the United States.

    Hecker is a professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering and a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). He was co-director of Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) from 2007-2012. From 1986 to 1997, Dr. Hecker served as the fifth Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Richard Cahal Thompson, Santa Fe parks division director will give a free talk during the Santa Fe Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico meeting at Christ Lutheran Church at 6:30 p.m. March 21.

    The talk is entitled “The Face of Change.” It concerns the possibility of planting more native plants in Santa Fe.
    Cahal earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from TAMU Kingsville. Upon graduation, he moved into municipal forestry with the City of San Antonio.

    He was then promoted to River Walk horticulturist, River Operations supervisor, horticulturist II, and then senior horticulturist.  Since leaving San Antonio, he worked as a contract Forester, Urban Forester, parks superintendent, project manager, and is now parks division director in Santa Fe.

     The meeting will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, at 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 No. 4. Meetings and talks are free and open to all. For more information, email Dr. Tom Antonio: tom@thomasantonio.org or call 690-5105.

  • Audubon New Mexico announced March 1 the appointment of Paul Tashjian as Associate Director of Freshwater Conservation.

    Tashjian will further bolster Audubon New Mexico’s innovative freshwater conservation program to address the many challenges the state is facing regarding significant declining river flows, and the impact it has on birds, wildlife and New Mexicans.

    Tashjian, a longtime resident of New Mexico, will lead Audubon New Mexico’s multi-faceted Freshwater Conservation Program along with Beth Bardwell, Director of Conservation effective March 5, 2018. He will direct efforts to develop and implement policy, market-based, restoration and strategic engagement strategies to protect and restore natural ecosystems for communities, birds and other wildlife on New Mexico’s major rivers and tributaries, with a focus on the Rio Grande and Colorado River Basins.

    “I’m very excited to be working with Audubon New Mexico on water and wildlife conservation issues, said Paul Tashjian. “I love our State’s rivers and wetlands and have spent much of my time stomping around these magical places.”

  • Santa Fe Pens is hosting the 23rd Annual Santa Fe Pen Fair from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and from noon-5 p.m. Sunday at the store located at DeVargas Center, 179 A, Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe.

    Following a 20-year run at the now-closed Sanbusco location, Santa Fe Pens, as part of the event, will unveil its Santa Fe Edition XX fountain and roller ball pens.

    “This year, we’re bringing back our free calligraphy seminars for children (age 8 and up) and adults. Our newest employee, Shawn Hayden, will teach basic calligraphy lettering techniques at 1:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday,” said Neal Frank, Santa Fe Pens owner.

  • BY JAMES ROBINSON
    Special to the Monitor

    We here in Los Alamos are so lucky to live in a town that has such a close connection to the amazing abundance of wildlife New Mexico has to offer. One of the greatest opportunities I have had is to be a champion and advocate for the amazing wildlife rehabilitators here in New Mexico.

    I have done this as both a volunteer and chairman of Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation. These individuals, like Los Alamos’s own Dr. Kathleen Ramsay, have dedicated their lives to caring for the wildlife of New Mexico.

    There is one story that is special to my heart. Blue Beary was the first bear I accepted by myself, and she holds a special place in my heart! Blue Beary came into Ramsay’s care a mere 6 pounds, and with as badly broken arm.

    Partnering with Veterinary Care Hospital in Albuquerque and donations from all over the country (including many from Los Alamos), Ramsay was able to give Blue Beary what she needed to heal and to grow to over 65 pounds.

    Blue Beary was released back into wild late 2017, where we hope she found a cozy den for the winter. If successful, she will come out of the den around May and begin the journey all bears must make. The journey to become fat.

  • The Los Alamos County Community Services Department wrapped up their collaborative 100 Days of Winter program on Feb. 26.

    Over 1,000 programming guides were distributed throughout Los Alamos County between November and February, encouraging residents and visitors to get out and active during the winter months.

    With just under 200 online participants, and over 260 entries for the grand prize, many shared photos of the wide variety of ways they were inspired to stay local and enjoy all the Los Alamos area has to offer.

    Congratulations to our grand prize winner Danna Pelland! Danna won a package of local goodies worth over $950.

  • Thomas Romero, executive director of the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area, will give a presentation on the work of the Heritage Area, which covers the area of Taos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties, at 7 p.m. March 13 at Fuller Lodge.

    Romero’s lecture, “Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area: Sustaining Culture and Traditions,” will focus on the work of the organization over the last four years in creating sustaining partnerships with other cultural organizations. 

    He will discuss the Heritage Area’s grants program and project efforts to support education, community development, tourism and economic development, and the preservation of northern New Mexico’s cultural heritage. 

    As a sustaining organization, the National Heritage Area brings federal funding into the state, but it is through its collaborative partnerships that the Heritage Area intends to influence the preservation of culture and traditions.

    Romero has been the executive director of the National Heritage Area Organization since August 2011.                                          

  • Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation has announced that Liz Martineau is the new Creative District Curator, effective at the end of February.

    Martineau has worked for the Los Alamos Public Schools, the Bradbury Science Museum and has either taught or volunteered at the Fuller Lodge Art Center, History Museum and Nature Center. She serves on the board for Los Alamos Makers and is part of the community effort to open Polaris Charter School in Los Alamos.

    “Los Alamos is a vibrant community devoted to art, science, history, and nature, and I am excited to bring these together to provide new opportunities and to enrich our downtown.” Martineau said.\

    The Los Alamos Creative District provides programs, including the “On Tap” lecture and libations series and “Tuesdays at the Pond” summer entertainment series.

  • Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap Monday to learn about the FERMIAC.

    History on Tap, part of the On Tap series presented by the Los Alamos Creative District, is 5:30 p.m. Monday at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

    Join the Los Alamos Historical Society for an engaging discussion over food and drinks with Dr. Todd Urbatsch about the FERMIAC. Urbatsch will be demonstrating LANL’s museum-quality replica of this analog computer. Enrico Fermi and L.D.P. King created the FERMIAC in 1947 to study the paths of neutrons using the Monte Carlo method.

    More information about History on Tap and other Historical Society programs and events can be found at losalamoshistory.org and by following the Los Alamos History Museum on Facebook.

  • Registration is now open for Little League Baseball and Softball.

    Sign-ups will run through March 9.

    Early registration is encouraged to make sure enough uniforms and equipment are ordered for the upcoming season.
    To register, visit lalittleleague.org.

    The cost of registration is $75 for the season with a $10 discount for additional siblings. Continuing with a very successful program in 2017, any child who will play in the little league for the first time will be admitted to the league for free, to encourage participation in baseball and softball.

    Need-based scholarships are also available. More information can be found on the Los Alamos County Little League website.

    All ages and levels of play are welcome.

    T-ball teams are co-ed and all girls, ages 4-7. Minor leagues are ages 7-11. Major Leagues are ages 9-12. Girl’s softball teams are up to age 16.

    Baseball try-outs will be March 17, March 21 and (tentatively) March 22.

    The season start dates are: April 28 for opening season; practices start the week after Spring Break; games start the second or third week of April (weather dependent).

  • ALBUQUERQUE — Visitors to the Land of Enchantment can  experience the grandeur of Chaco Canyon National Historical Park in luxury and style, when guided day and overnight glamping trips from Albuquerque’s Hotel Chaco resume for a new season on March 3.

    Hotel Chaco, a boutique property inspired by the ancient architecture and civilization of Chaco Canyon, launched the tours in 2017 with partner Heritage Inspirations, LLC.

    The excursions were so popular that an expanded schedule will be offered this year, with day trips every Saturday in March through November, and overnight glamping excursions coinciding with the spring and fall equinoxes. (March 19-20 and Sept. 22-23) Custom, private day or overnight trips on other dates are also available.

    Located in northwestern New Mexico, Chaco Canyon National Monument, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was home to a thriving Pueblo culture between 850–1250 AD. What remains of the timber and sandstone buildings – designed to align with the movement of the sun, moon and stars – makes for fascinating exploration, all in a setting of natural desert beauty.