• Cameron Ott, Los Alamos High School senior, has been chosen as the February Rotary Student of the Month. Rotary, the oldest service club in the world, selects one LAHS graduating senior each month for recognition based on their academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and community service.Ott is the daughter of Rosalie and Kevin Ott.

  • Competing against students in grades six through eight from six different schools, Barranca Mesa Elementary sixth-graders placed second in the recent Northern New Mexico MathCounts competition held at Pablo Roybal Elementary School in Pojoaque Feb. 9.MathCounts is a national math enrichment and competition program designed to encourage excellence in the study of mathematics and is targeted at middle school students in grades six through eight.

  • The 15th Annual Los Alamos Empty Bowls Project will be held from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. All of the money raised from this annual event will go to support the work of Self Help Inc.For a $10 donation, attendees will choose a locally painted ceramic bowl, eat a delicious, homemade soup and bread lunch with dessert, and take the bowl home to keep. There will be live music by the Roaring Jelly band, the Four Fifths and the Hill String Quartet.

  • It’s time to celebrate books. Monday recognizes the National Education Association’s Read Across America, an event that reflects a year-long effort to focus on reading and literacy in the nation’s public schools.Aspen Elementary School is taking part in this nation-wide program by hosting a presentation by author Ellen Klages, who wrote “The Green Glass Sea” at 8:30 a.m. Monday.Fourth- through sixth-graders will be able hear Klages talk about her book, librarian Kristine Bennett said.

  • Is global warming giving you a sweat?

  • Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church will host its Eighth Annual Blini Breakfast March 9. Russian blini, a type of thin pancake, will be served in the traditional style with smoked salmon, herring and sour cream. Vegetable caviar, eggs and a variety of berry preserves will be available as well. Blini are traditionally served in Slavic households during the week before the beginning of the Lenten Fast.

  • At first, it’s just something you do: a hobby, something to do instead of watching TV in the evenings, a way to exercise, an excuse to meet new people or a means to escape from an unhappy home. You begin slowly, allowing a modest addition to your regular schedule, maybe once a week. You don’t talk about it much, except maybe with close friends. You’re not even sure if you like it. You don’t, at this point, change how you think of yourself.Basically, one of three futures unfolds:1.

  • It’s a unique trio that will perform for the Brown Bag show at 12:30 p.m. March 5 at Fuller Lodge – a soprano opera singer, a French horn player and a pianist.While the Amhran Trio may be different, members share similarities such as a love for music.“I think, for me, it’s just the fact that all three of us are pretty much on the same level as musicians,” said soprano Louise Mendius.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center was recently awarded a $7,600 Outdoor Classroom grant from Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation. PEEC will use these funds to further develop their science and nature education programs by building a shade structure storage shed, and greenhouse in the garden classroom, and purchasing gardening tools for the kids gardening program.

  • My score: 4/5 kernelsHaving just watched the Academy Awards, it is easy to look back and realize what an extraordinary gamut of movies there have been over the last year. This last weekend, I decided to see a movie that was up for Academy Awards in the Best Actress, Directing, Original Screenplay and Best Picture categories.The movie is about a 16-year-old girl named Juno, played by Ellen Page, who gets pregnant unexpectedly during her high school years after a one-time encounter with her best friend.

  • The Caf Scientifique Youth Leadership Team from Los Alamos High School is hosting a follow-up activity to Dr. Joyce Guzik’s recent talk on the sun.Teens are invited to join in the activity, which will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos lecture hall.

  • As they climbed, crawled and hiked through the dark and rocky chambers of Buckman Cave, participants of the Los Alamos Adventure Edge program became very acquainted with the c-word.No, the word isn’t crazy; it’s courage. Even in pitch-blackness, young adults faced and defeated their fears. The Buckman Cave adventure wrapped up a series of caving activities. Each trip increased in difficulty. A beginning caving activity took participants to Junction Cave in El Malpais Jan. 21. Afterwards, an intermediate caving program was held Feb. 15-18.

  • Los Alamos will be treated to an intimate performance during the Guitars and Gateaux show from 7-8:30 p.m.

  • The Los Alamos Ski Patrol was formed when skiers were still swooshing down Sawyer’s Hill during the winter of 1947-1948.

  • As the daughter of a state police officer, she grew up all over: Cimarron, Springer, Questa, Las Vegas, Santa Rosa. She eventually graduated from Taos High School. However, it’s the Pojoaque Valley that has stolen Henrietta Christmas’ passion and led her to a career in genealogy, studying the people from which she descended.Christmas’ ancestors, Juana Lujn, Ygnacio Roybal and Toms Madrid lived in or near Pojoaque more than 300 years ago. Roybal and Madrid, both soldiers, had received land grants from the king after the pueblo revolt of 1680.

  • Spontaneous cheers sprang out from the audience when Susan Baker-Dillingham took the stage following the opening night performance of Snow White at Duane Smith Auditorium Friday. The audience had just experienced her marvelous interpretation of the Brothers Grimm classic tale and could not hold back their appreciation.

    The incredibly gifted Baker-Dillingham, founder/director of New Mexico Dance Theater, is a master at developing character on stage. Even her youngest dancers appear transformed into another world.

  • The Unitarian Universalist Church is looking toward the future, and its congregation is taking part in determining the future’s shape and appearance.A series of mini townhall meetings have been held Feb. 7, 10 and 17 to gather church members’ input.The Rev.

  • I need to begin by stating my bias: I love plays. I have trouble finishing novels, but plays I really book through. This is not a mark of theatrical dexterity. Plays have fewer pages. They contain the barest modicum of description.

  • After a year and a half of work, the Los Alamos Cooperative Market has some big news to share. The announcement will occur during its first annual cooperative membership meeting at 6:15 p.m. Sunday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.Besides the announcement, the meeting will provide live music by the Roaring Jellies and a potluck dinner.Along with a dish, participants are encouraged to bring the recipe, which will be put into a cooperative cookbook. The public is welcome to attend.So what is the big news?