• Bereavement support group starts in April

    A six-week Bereavement Support Group, sponsored by the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is being offered in Los Alamos on Mondays beginning April 27 from noon-1 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Facilitated by Cynthia Goldblatt, LPCC, MSW, Ph.D. and bereavement counselor for LAVSN and Pat Slentz, hospice chaplain. The group is free and open to anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one. Interested persons are asked to call Goldblatt at 662-2525 for further information or to reserve a space.

    Register early for pet behavior talk

    Find the answers to a pet’s behavior. Pet behavior expert Dr. Jeff Nichol will be the guest speaker at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club on April 18. Early Bird registration is going on now until March 31.
    Cost for early bird registration is $35 for LADOC members and $40 for nonmembers. After March 31, cost for all is $50.
    During the talk, the public is welcome to bring their nonaggressive dog to have Dr. Nichol assess the behavior in person and possibly use the dog for a demonstration. Be among the first 10 to make that request on the registration form and the registrar will inform you of the space available.

  • Michael Sheppard, executive director of Big Sky Learning in Santa Fe and the sister program, Big Sky Build It! in Los Alamos, speaks to a group of children at the Bradbury Science Museum Saturday for the Fun With Big Sky Learning program.
    The Los Alamos summer camp is where art meets science. Camps begin in July. Courses are scheduled at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Los Alamos. Each program is a week long — for three weeks.
    The program is still looking for student mentors and teachers. If interested, apply at bigskylearning.com.

  • Celebrating his third year in the district, Los Alamos Middle School teacher Brian Nelson wasn’t just thinking out of the box for a recent lesson, he was in the middle of the ocean. Virtually of course.
    This year, Nelson is collaborating with the University of Washington, Oregon State University and Scripps Oceanographic Institute in San Diego, on an interactive research project off the coast of Tasmania.
    Nelson worked previously with multiple researchers while at Oregon State, and learned of this project when talking with the outreach coordinator for CEOAS at OSU.
    Recently, Nelson’s 100 students were able to conduct Skype interviews, email, read blog posts by, and analyze data collected by the scientists as the scientists are performing the research, live, off the cost of Tasmania.
    “I had the ability to have all my students to be able to get a virtual tour of the ship before it leaves port, as well as be able to talk with the scientists before the cruise begins,” said Nelson. “This allowed the students to talk with the scientists and make the personal connection with them, as well as have their questions answered and see the ship.”
    The students did “tour,” the ship and communicate with scientists about their research using SKYPE in Australia before they left port.

  • Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. Through March 27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library.
    Middle school Battle of the Books. 6-8 p.m. at Mesa Public Library, Youth Services. Seventh and eighth graders who read the Battle of the Books titles are invited to test knowledge. Snacks and prizes for the competitors will be available. Family and friends are invited.

    Authors Speak Series. Richard Ruddy. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.
    Sing-a-long with old, familiar songs. 3 p.m. Fridays at the White Rock Senior Center. Song sheets will be provided.  

    Elementary Battle of the Books. 6 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. Fourth through sixth graders from all elementary schools and homeschools are welcome to come test their knowledge of the Battle of the Books titles. Registration is in the lobby from 5:15-5:45 p.m. Participants will be served dinner. Family and friends are invited.

    Laugh Out Loud Los Alamos. A night of comedy and music to benefit the LAHS band program. 7 p.m. Tickets $12 students/seniors and $15 adults. Tickets in advance at CB Fox and also at the door.

  • The Los Alamos High School Listening Post was established in January 2014 to lift the spirits of students. The motto of, “Gab, Granola or Gripe,” offers students free snacks during stressful times in a day in the life of a teen.
    The community driven donations of pre-packaged items allows local youth to see how the community cares for them throughout the year and not just during times of crisis.
    The initial Listening Post launched during the former SBA testing and was a success from the start. Students were surprised at the outpouring of kindness from the community in donating snacks and the range of items donated for their benefit.
    According to the prevention office, this has been an excellent effort, especially during difficult or stressful times, but even on a good day can be seen lifting morale.
    Donations can range from a box of fruit snacks to any pre-packaged snack items to the healthy and bizarre when it comes to youth.
    Last year, donations included seaweed snacks, fresh fruit, mini bags of pretzels, granola bars, juice or milk boxes, raisins and additional spirit-lifting items like chocolates, rice krispy treats and more.
    The snack items are offered to students through the Listening Post, as well as a friendly ear and a smile.

  • The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers and Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers held a waffle fundraiser breakfast Saturday at the Masonic Lodge. Proceeds fund trips for the speech and debate teams.
    Angela Feng and Nate Delgado have fun serving the community.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society is gearing up for tourist season by offering free training about the community’s history and historic district. Those interested in the training should attend a kickoff meeting, 3 p.m. March 26, in the Nambè Room of Fuller Lodge. It will be led by professional tour guide Georgia Strickfaden.
    Training is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
    Potential tour guides, museum docents and the public are encouraged to participate in nine training sessions that will allow them to become Los Alamos Historical Society “Certified Guides.” Information on certification will be available at the kickoff meeting.
    Training sessions will run for nine Thursdays at 3 p.m. starting April 2. The sessions will be held in the historic Hans Bethe House, 1350 Bathtub Row.
    Tours of the Los Alamos Historic District allow visitors to step inside the homestead-era Romero Cabin, visit an Ancestral Pueblo site, hear about the giants of 20th century physics who walked the streets during the Manhattan Project and Cold War, and learn how Bathtub Row got its name.

  • Albuquerque historian Richard Ruddy is the featured author at Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m., Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Rotunda.
    Ruddy is the author of a biography of Edmund G. Ross, “Edmund G. Ross: Soldier, Senator, Abolitionist.” Ross also served as a Territorial Governor of New Mexico.
    The name of Edmund G. Ross has receded into history, but is remembered because of the crucial role he played as United States Senator at the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, where he, as a Republican Senator from Kansas, defied his party and cast the decisive vote to acquit Johnson.
    One of Ross’s greatest points of pride was the establishment of New Mexico’s three institutions of higher learning — the University of New Mexico, New Mexico School of Mines and the New Mexico State University.
    Ruddy became a serious student of Albuquerque history in 2002, giving lectures about prominent Albuquerque residents.
    He’s a board member of Historic Albuquerque Inc., and a member of the Historical society of New Mexico. In 2005, Ruddy began a six-year study of Ross’s life that led to the publication of the book.

  • Those of you who know me, know that I love seniors!
    While yes, a part of that does include the lean, mean, Hilltopper green class of 2015, I’m talking about senior citizens.
    Our community has lost another icon and we’re losing our seniors at a heavy pace.
    Our local seniors are novels of community history, they are pillars of the community, our seniors are the folks we think of as Living Treasures.
    One local program works to acknowledge these folks and capture the history that we may put off until another day.
    The Living Treasures of Los Alamos became an official nonprofit in 2006 and seeks donations throughout the year. If possible, we should support their work in the hopes that they might consider adding a fall awards ceremony to their slate activities.
    Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1065 in Los Alamos, N.M. 87544. I’m not sure if they need any volunteers, but I’m sure if you wrote them or called the senior center, they could let you know.
    Many individuals contribute to the project financially, which can be seen on the website. It can be viewed at livingtreasureslosalamos.org
    Lou Pierotti and Bun Ryan were two of the first recognized in 1999. The next ceremony will be 2 p.m. April 12 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

  • March 22-28, 2015
    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 a.m.                   Tax preparation (call)
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury steak
    12:15 p.m.        Smart Driver course
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Pasta primavera
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    1:30 p.m.        “Friends” meeting
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best 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, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    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 your 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.
    Benji — A big orange/buff colored male tabby. He was found roaming in White Rock and eventually adopted a family that has taken care of him for the last 6 months. Unfortunately, Benji didn’t do very well with the other cats in the house, so he might be better as an only cat. He absolutely adores people though, and he will start purring before you even start petting him!

  • Española
    Ortega’s Grill, 819 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date Inspected: Jan. 16
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Shanghai Oriental Restaurant, 734 N. Riverside Dr., Suite D
    Date Inspected: Jan. 27
    Violations: All high-risk violations have been corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Walmart No. 2656 — Meat Market, 1610 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date Inspected: Jan. 27
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Beverage container equipped with straw in food prep area — open coffee cup not acceptable however no contents in cup during inspection. Two low-risk violations. Base coving tiles pulling away from wall and loose, missing or cracked floor tiles need repair. Open space along ceiling/walls need to be sealed.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • New Mexico House Rabbit Society’s latest campaign serves as a reminder that live rabbits aren’t a good idea for Easter baskets and invites reflection before impulsively acquiring one.
    Bus tails are in Santa Fe and Albuquerque depicting a rabbit next to a basket with the message “Think Beyond Easter!”
    While rabbits make great household pets, they are also the third-most surrendered animal to shelters, with many arriving in the post-Easter months.
    Bewildered and poorly-informed rabbit owners easily give up on the cute Easter Bunny they got from a feed store or pet shop when they realize just how much work this companion animal requires.
    Even worse, some well-meaning people simply let their bunnies go ‘free’ once taking care of them becomes too difficult. “Letting a domesticated rabbit loose in the wild is a sure death sentence,” said NMHRS President Bill Velasquez. “They aren’t like wild cottontails, but depend on their human caretaker for food. They’re eaten by the next predator that comes along.”

  • It’s easy to see why streams of visitors flocked to Estrella Del Norte Vineyard on Sunday to experience the winery’s “Zozobra Red” red table wine.
    Named after one of Santa Fe’s iconic Fiesta traditions, this popular wine is vinted from local grapes and labeled with artwork traditional of the historic Zozobra character with a modern flair.
    Estrella Del Norte Vineyard, voted Santa Fe’s No. 1 winery (Santa Fe Reporters 2014 Best of Santa Fe) and two-time recipient of TripAdvisor’s Customer Service Excellence Award was able to secure an agreement with Kiwanis of Santa Fe for the use of the popular Zozobra character on the red table wine.
    This strategic partnership was created to promote the Zozobra brand and help the Kiwanis organization with their good work in the community.
    At the event, Ray Sandoval, Zozobra Event Committee Chair, said in a speech to the crowd, “The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe is more than happy to partner with our local business Estrella Del Norte Vineyard to bring forth this signature wine, as unique as the cultural event of Zozobra itself.”

  • Whoever christened the U.S.S. Reluctant must have met the crew.
    “Mister Roberts” originally won the Tony for Best Play in 1948, and was followed by a film in 1955 starring Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell and Jack Lemmon. Its success was followed by a TV series and a live television broadcast.
    Those are a lot of shoulders to stand (or float) on, and the cast of the Los Alamos Little Theatre has done an admirable job bringing this classic to life.
    We meet the crew of the Reluctant engaged in war. No, not the dramatic war playing out throughout the oceans of World War II — the charismatic Lt. Roberts (Jeff Favorite) is leading the troops in a small rebellion against their overbearing and personally ambitious captain (Larry Gibbons).
    Mister Roberts, though, longs to be off of the Pacific cargo ship and off fighting the real war, even as it threatens to come to an end without him.
    The brave efforts of the lieutenant are aided by his two best friends and fellow officers, Pulver (Don Monteith) and “Doc” (Richard Parker).

  • Today
    Science on Tap. Amanda Barry, a research scientist at LANL, will discuss engineering microalgae for biofuel production. 5:30 p.m. at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.

    Wetland Restoration in New Mexico Desert Grasslands. 7 p.m. Karla Sartor will discuss the birds and plants of desert grasslands in southern New Mexico. The important habitat is threatened by historic overgrazing and climate change. Learn techniques to restore habitats, and how these practices can be applied locally on the Pajarito Plateau. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Republican Party of Los Alamos to Meet with County Manager for monthly meeting. 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, room 610. The public is welcome to attend a presentation by County Manager Harry Burgess on “Upcoming Issues in Los Alamos County.” A business meeting will follow the presentation.

    Valentina Devine: Knit One, Crochet Two, a solo exhibit. Daily through March 21.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library.
    LARSO public meetings. 12:15 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

  • LAHS seniors can apply for library scholarships

    The Friends of LA County Libraries will award up to four $2,500 scholarships again this year and also will administer the $2,500 June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship.
    Any senior in good standing, who is enrolled at Los Alamos High School or in an approved home school program in Los Alamos County and plans to continue his or her education at a recognized institution by September of the year following graduation, may apply for the scholarships.
    The June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship is only available to LAHS seniors. June Ettinger was a long-time resident of Los Alamos who taught for more than 20 years at Barranca Mesa and Mountain Elementary Schools.
    The basis of the award is a personal narrative of about 500 words, typed and double-spaced, concerning an age-appropriate book that was not required for school and has not been translated into a visual medium.
    “The student’s essay should tell readers in what way this book has added to their understanding of the human condition or has enhanced their life,” said Maire O’Neill, Scholarship Chairman for the Friends.
    Deadline for the scholarship essays is 5 p.m. April 14. Essays must be delivered to the Friends Bookstore at Mesa Public Library prior to that time.

  • Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Paul Arendt as he leads a hike through Ancho Canyon on Saturday. The group will meet at 9 a.m., and the hike is expected to last about 5-6 hours.
    There are many canyons to explore in White Rock, and the outing will give participants a chance to go with an experienced guide and a group of other hikers. The hike will begin down the Power Line Trail into lower Ancho Canyon, and then it will continue on to Ancho Rapids. From there the hike will proceed upriver to the Red Dot Trail. Along the way the group will examine several petroglyphs and a few old rock formations. The total distance is more than eight miles, with an elevation gain/loss of around 1,200 feet. A limited amount of bush whacking over uneven terrain will be required. The level of this hike is moderate to difficult.
    While it’s free to participate, the hike is limited to 15 adults, and advance registration is required. Meeting location details will be provided upon registration. For more information about this event and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org or contact the organization at Programs@PajaritoEEC.org or 662-0460.

  • With great advances in technology comes the increasing rush to keep up with these advances.
    Libraries are great users of these advances, because of their role as record keepers, catalogers, reference sources, and providers of free reading, listening and viewing materials.
    The Los Alamos County Library System is upgrading to a new Integrated Library System (ILS), in order to have the capacity to accommodate new resources, and to make all these resources easy to find.
    Get ready for a new library catalog, with user friendly features:
    • Mobile compatibility — search from your phone
    • Simple single-box searching, as in search engines
    • Searching all formats — books, downloadables, audiobooks, DVDs — simultaneously
    • Integration of e-books and e-audiobooks into the catalog
    • Fuzzy logic — gives good results even with spelling errors
    • Separate kids and teens catalogs

  • Early Bird registration for the Los Alamos Dog Jog is open from now through April 5.  
    Early registrants can save $5 off of the entry of the first child or adult household member’s registration.
    Every registered individual will receive an event T-shirt with a logo designed by local fifth grader Bella Robertson and a packet filled with entertaining and educational dog related information. Humans without dogs and would like to have one for the race, dog rentals may be available.
    Dogs and their human companions will gather at Rover Park in White Rock on April 25 to run the 5-kilometer course or walk the 2-mile course in the annual Dog Jog. Race prizes and awards will be given for the fastest runners, walkers and dogs in all manner of categories.  
    Coordinated by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, the Mountain Canine Corps and the Atomic City Roadrunners, the Dog Jog is a fundraising event for the Friends of the Shelter.  
    Friends of the Shelter is a nonprofit organization that recruits and trains shelter volunteers and helps purchase needed items and vet services for the dogs, cats and other animals at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.