• Submissions are now being accepted for The Los Alamos Photo Club’s 19th Annual Open show on March 1.
    Photos will be displayed at the Mesa Public Library upstairs art gallery. The show is sponsored by the Los Alamos Photography Club.
    Co-chairs of the LA Photo Club and coordinators for the event are Ken Hanson and Doug Coombs.
    To promote appreciation of photography and to encourage Los Alamos photographers of all skill levels, high school age and older are eligible to exhibit their work. All participants must live in Los Alamos County. All pieces must have wires for hanging on the back. The subject of the photos should be appropriate for display at a public facility.
    For the first several years, the leadership of Bob Brewer, T.K. Thompson, and Jim Gautier forged the show into an important community event.
    Since 2004, the show has been sponsored by the Los Alamos Photography Club (LAPC) and is the club’s largest effort of the year. For the last several years, Doug Coombs has coordinated the show with the efforts of many other volunteers. 
    Interested participants can begin dropping off their work from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 1 at the library. There will be representatives from the LAPC during this time for anyone who would like more information or feedback.

  • Janali Gustafson, a 2013 Los Alamos High School graduate, is one of nine students to be published in the next issue of Scientific American Mind.
    Gustafson is attending Quest University in Canada, located in Squamish, British Columbia, north of Vancouver.
    Gustafson said the publication opportunity came while taking a rhetoric class during the fall semester. Karen Simring’s taught the class for first-year students and instructed them to write news articles about recent scientific studies. Nine students in the class were chosen based on the quality of the articles and on the magazine’s needs. Gustafson’s topic was how scientists erase drug-associated memory in mice.
    “Janali really came into her own her last year of high school and entered Quest University ready to embrace the opportunities there, one of which was the chance to turn a class assignment into an article submission to Scientific American Mind,” father John Gustafson said.
    Simring is one of the editors of the magazine. “It’s very exciting to know that at 19, I have already been published,” Gustafson said. “I am extremely grateful to Karen for giving me the opportunity.” She humbly said that she did not expect to get published.

  • Five teams from Los Alamos competed at the New Mexico state FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championship Feb. 1 in Albuquerque. Competing among 44 teams, the Los Alamos teams did well.
    Two Girl Scout teams won top prizes and have been asked to attend the North American Open Championship in Legoland, Calif., May 16-18.
    The Atomic Flying Pickles, competing in their fourth year, won the second place Champion’s Award. The Bloonatics won the third Place Champion’s Award. A rookie team, The Atomic Phoenixes won the Presentation Award.
    FLL is one of the robotics programs in FIRST, a program that encourages kids to get excited about science and technology. Teams compete in three areas: robotics using LEGO Mindstorms; a project presentation based on the year’s theme; and Core Values.
    In the robot games, the robots which the teams have designed and built have two and a half minutes to score points on “missions” on a table of LEGO models.
    All five teams from Los Alamos scored in the top 15 in the robot games, with the Bloonatics finishing sixth, the Exploding Crazy Orange Sodas finishing eighth, the Radioactive Fireflies finishing ninth, the Atomic Phoenixes finishing tenth and the Atomic Flying Pickles finishing 15th.

  • This week, we look at resistance skills and when a young person can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations.
    Our local 2013 data shows only 48 percent, have this asset, which is better than the 2009 data capture which showed only 43 percent.
    I believe that along with resistance skills must come resiliency and how we assist our kids in developing the skill of bouncing back.
    You are better able to turn away from the ills of society when you get blind sided and still come out on the other side, when you actually get a chance to try and deal with some misfortune.
    Our kids have to suffer some pain, in order for the success to taste sweet.
    We must make sure everything isn’t perfect in their lives, or the moment they leave our side they won’t be able to cope on their own.
    I learn best from people with a child a year ahead of mine. It allows you to see what they experience, for what will be a year from any given moment.
    I try and take in the special moments because they are so fleeting and sometimes we get too busy to take a step back and watch the show.

  • Through the rest of February, the Betty Ehart Senior Center will be showcasing artwork from Nels Krakowski. An artist reception is 2-4 p.m. Feb. 21 at the senior center.
    Krakowski, 40 was born in Santa Fe with a form a Down Syndrome. Krakowski has attended Special Education classes in Santa Fe (Agua Fria Elementary School), Albuquerque (Madison Middle School and Manzano High School) and Los Alamos High School, from where he graduated.
    Krakowski has resided at the Peach Street Group Home for the past 20 years. “They (Peach Street staff) let him keep an easel in his room,” said father Robert Krakowski.
    Although Nels doesn’t talk much, Robert Krakowski said it benefits his son to express himself in such a manner. He has taken many different art lessons over a 20 year span.
    He has studied under the guidance of many artists in Los Alamos and Santa Fe, including painter Shelley Horton-Trippe. According to his resume, he has also studied with Roger Sweet, Ellen Koment, and Patrick Harris at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.


    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:


    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. 


    “The battle of Iwo Island has been won. The United States Marines by their individual and collective courage have conquered a base which is as necessary to us in our continuing forward movement toward final victory as it was vital to the enemy in staving off ultimate defeat.” 

    “By their victory, the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions and other units of the Fifth Amphibious Corps have made an accounting to their country which only history will be able to value fully. Among the American who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue.” — Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

    The theme of the talk “Sixty Nine Years Ago: The Battle of Iwo Jima,” with local Iwo Jima Marine Corp veteran, Bill Hudson will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at Mesa Public Library, upstairs meeting rooms.


    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.


    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. 


    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


    BESC closed Presidents’ Day


    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.”