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  • SANTA FE (AP) — The television series Longmire will return to northern New Mexico for a fifth season.

    The New Mexico Film Office announced Tuesday that the Netflix series' production will begin at the end of March and run through the end of June.

    The office said filming locations will include Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Los Alamos, Espanola, Glorieta and Pecos.

    Set in Wyoming, Longmire is a contemporary crime drama based on the "Walt Longmire" mystery novels authored by Craig Johnson.

    The series stars Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips and Katee Sackhoff and is produced by The Shepherd/Robin Co. in association with Warner Horizon Television.

  • Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are working with communities in the Jemez Ranger District to conduct the bi-annual Thompson Ridge slash-pit prescribed burn.
    The slash pit, 10 miles north of Jemez Springs, is a joint effort between the Jemez Ranger District and the surrounding area to promote fire-adapted communities in the wildland-urban interface.
    WUI refers to the transition zone between natural areas and developed areas. As more homes are built in the areas adjacent to public lands that are naturally prone to wildfire, the risk to property is high. The slash-pit gives local residents a centralized location to throw away fuels, such as leaves, pine needles, grass and other yard trimmings they remove from their properties.
    Fire managers are hoping  to complete the slash-pit burn between March 21 and 31, but that window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts and available resources. The burn is expected to last one day.
    Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. 

  • TODAY
    March 20—Feature Film: “We are Astronomers” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    MONDAY
    March 21—Nature Playtimes at the Nature Center from 10-11 a.m. Join local families for fun in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Garden Club meeting from 9:30-10 a.m. at the Crossroads Bible Church on East Road. Refreshments are served followed by a business meeting. Carlos Valdez, director of the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Office in Los Alamos, will present the program "Garden Pests and Insects.” Visitors are welcome to attend.
    TUESDAY
    Bandelier Takes Over the Nature Center from 6-8 p.m. Here's you chance to talk with Bandelier staff in an informal event design to answer your questions. Free. More information at peecnature.org

     Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Committee day.

  • March 13-19, 2016
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion Group
    11:30 a.m.        Green Chile Chicken Enchilada
    6 a.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 a.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Low Vision/Hearing, Speaker             from Atomic City Transit
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Italian Lasagna    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1:30 p.m.        “Friends” Meeting
    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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped earlier this week. He was a bit traumatized from being neutered earlier in the week, but hopefully shelter staff can start interacting with this big boy soon. Check back for more information.
    Peekaboo—An older gal who is very mellow. Her favorite things are gazing out the window, helping her humans make coffee, and cuddling with her people. She has had both dog and cat companions in the past, so she might be OK with an older, mellow dog or cat. She loves being petted, and when she’s super happy, she sticks her little pink tongue out! She has an incredibly sweet personality, and she would be overjoyed to share her love with you.

  • SATURDAY
    Feature Film: “We are Astronomers” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Feature Film: “We are Astronomers” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SUNDAY
    Feature Film: “We are Astronomers” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes at the Nature Center from 10-11 a.m. Join local families for fun in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum is looking for new volunteers for a variety of positions. A free annual volunteer training series about the community’s history and historic district will be offered from 3–4 p.m. every Thursday in April and May starting April 7 in the museum classroom in Fuller Lodge.
    The training includes lectures on Los Alamos history with a different theme each week, with an emphasis on visitor engagement and customer service. Training is open to the public, registration is not required and anyone high school age and up is encouraged to attend.
    The training sessions are part of the Historical Society’s volunteer certification program, where volunteers are trained to serve in the Museum Shop, as tour guides, or as guides to the homestead-era Romero Cabin and the historic Hans Bethe House. More information on how to become a fully certified volunteer will be available at the April 7 meeting.

  • United Way chapters from across New Mexico gathered at Los Alamos National Bank as United Way of Northern New Mexico hosted the annual statewide meeting March 10-11. The get-together was a way for the chapter members to discuss the 2-1-1 Program, Community Impact work, roles and responsibilities of boards and staff, and other business.
    United Way chapters in attendance included United Way of Carlsbad and South Eddy County, United Way of Otero County, United Way of Central New Mexico, United Way of Eastern New Mexico, United Way of Lea County, United Way of Northern New Mexico and United Way of Southwest New Mexico.
    “On behalf of the United Way of Central New Mexico, I would like to extend my appreciation to Kristy Ortega and the United Way of Northern New Mexico for hosting our statewide meeting of local United Ways,” said Ed Rivera, president and chief executive officer of United Way of Central New Mexico.
    “Our member organizations are of various sizes and interests, but we always learn from each as we address the challenges that exist in each one of our New Mexico communities.” We had a very fulfilling, enjoyable and productive learning experience for the last several days in the beautiful community of Los Alamos.”

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s new planetarium film, “We are Astronomers,” shows how astronomers seek an answer to the origin of the universe. This family-friendly film will premiere in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium at 7 p.m. Friday. Astronomer Dr. Richard Wallace will give a talk and be available to answer questions.
    “We are Astronomers,” a full-dome film, reveals how technologies, such as the Large Hadron Collider, the observatories of Chile, and the Hubble Space Telescope, work.
    Rick Wallace has a Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from U.C. Santa Cruz, where he focused on numerical calculations of stellar explosions and nuclear fusion. He has a successful career at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he spent the last 30 years. His work included physics simulations, security of Russian nuclear material after the fall of the USSR, technical management, and international safeguards (including 3 years at the IAEA in Vienna, Austria, looking for states that might not be complying with arms control treaty agreements.
    The movie will also play at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
    Tickets can be purchased by phone or at the Nature Center and are only $6 for adults and $4 for children. This movie is not recommended for children under 4 years old. The movie starts promptly at 2 p.m.

  • With beautiful weather and schools in nearby areas on spring break, Bandelier is experiencing record visitation. The count at the visitor center on Tuesday was over 820, a number more like a busy day in mid-July. 
    Without shuttle buses to allow visitors to park their cars in White Rock, and the parking areas across the creek still under construction, parking spaces are at a premium in Frijoles Canyon. On some days people may have to wait in line and park about a quarter mile away from the visitor center. Then, for awhile around mid-day, people may sometimes be asked to come back later.
    “Once they get parked and out onto the trails, everyone has a great day,” said Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. “Unfortunately the shuttle service can’t start up until mid-May, so parking will be strained for the next few weeks. In the meantime we encourage visitors to try to come before about 10 a.m. or after about 2:30 p.m. to miss the busiest times of day.”
    The visitor center, bookstore, gift shop, and snack bar are open from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., seven days a week, and the trails to the archeological sites are open dawn to dusk, about 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at this time of year.

  •  Los Alamos Public Schools is asking the public to attend a meeting at 5 p.m. March 22 in the Barranca Mesa Gym to discuss and share ideas about how to design a modern facility that meets the needs of students and staff.
    Barranca Mesa Elementary is located at 57 Loma Del Escolar St.
    This is the second community meeting to gather input from community members. The next pubic meeting will be March 24 during the school board meeting, where the education specialist presentation will be presented and discussed.

  • This week, I want to tell you how much I hate the words mental health.
    It isn’t painful to talk about heart health, kidney health, lung health, even colon health, for goodness sake.
    However say the words mental health you almost get the same response as if I said something unacceptable. The truth is perhaps we should say brain health?
    There were many years where I worked and we purposefully said the words behavioral health because the stigma associated with mental health was so off putting for so many. The word was a game changer, it was a non-starter, and it slammed the door on the conversation.
    So here I am a dozen years later and we still have the same issues. Perhaps if we started to say brain health and talked about it as commonly as we spoke about cancer, things might change?
    If I tell you a family member has a brain tumor, it is often met with compassion and kindness, someone that wants to bring a meal, send a card or run an errand.
    When we talk about anxiety, depression or severe stress, the words I have heard recently are, “Suck it up.”
    I’d have to check with several coaches I know first, but suck it up may possibly be only appropriate in mid-match on the wrestling mat.

  • With new outbreaks of illness around the globe like the zika virus, forecasting the potential spread of infection has become even more important.
    Come by UnQuarked Wine Room at 5:30 p.m. Thursday for Science on Tap with speaker Nick Generous with Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Information Systems and Modeling group for a brief introduction to the subject of disease forecasting and how new social media tools are helping make predictions even more accurate. The short presentation will be followed by a lively discussion. UnQuarked is located at 145 Central Park Square.
    Science On Tap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum. The On Tap series begins each evening with an informal 10-15 minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. All ages are welcome.

  • The Los Alamos School Board and Community Budget Committee are inviting parents and interested people from Los Alamos to attend and participate in a conversation about the draft Strategic Plan and 2016-17 LAPS budget proposal.
    The first meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, will begin with an overview of the draft Strategic Plan followed by a review of the school funding formula, results from the Legislative session, and considerations for 2016-17 budget.  
    The school board and budget committee are asking for ideas and suggestions from parents and community members.
    The second and third meetings, scheduled for April 5 and 7, will focus on listening to suggestions about the strategic plan and draft budget proposal.
    • 5:30-7 p.m. Tuessday in the high school speech theater
    • 5:30-7 p.m. April 5 in the White Rock Library multipurpose room
    • 5:30-7 p.m. April 7 in the high school speech theater

  • Feb. 15 — A girl. Natalia Sisneros. Born to Gavina Velarde and Nathan Sisneros.
    Feb. 16 — A boy. Elijah Marcus Martin. Born to Veronica R. and Herschel M. Martin.
    Feb. 19 — A boy. EamRoose. Born to Richenda Fox and Richard Roose.
    Feb. 27 — A boy. Bentley David Martinez. Born to Amber and Matthew Martinez.
    March 7 —A boy. Miles Sicheng Chen. Born to Aiping Chen and Pei Huang.

  • Bandelier National Monument has announced this year’s contest for photographers and artists to submit images to be used on the park’s Annual Pass. 
     “Different photographers and artists see Bandelier in many different ways, and we look forward to seeing all of them," said Superintendent Jason Lott."The image we choose will appear on hundreds  of  passes purchased by visitors from all over the country.”  
    The winner will receive an America the Beautiful annual pass, honored at federal recreation areas nationwide.
    Second, third and honorable mention winners will receive a Bandelier annual pass and a copy of the park video, “This Place Knows Us.”
    Winning images will be presented at the Bandelier Visitor Center theater at 4 p.m. April 16. 
    Everyone, entrants and public, are invited to attend and see all of the images, as well as the awarding of the prizes.
    To be considered, images must be representative of Bandelier National Monument.  Due to cultural concerns, images may not include kivas, masks, or petroglyphs/pictographs of humans. Entries must be received by the park by 4:30 p.m. on March 31. 
    For questions about entries, call Chris Judson at 672-3861, ext. 513. 

  • March 6-12, 2016
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Fried Steak
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Mac Users Group
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Pork Roast    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY

  • Equine lameness affects all types horses – whether they are ridden for pleasure, racing, or sport. Lameness, a health condition that affects a horse’s gait, is the most costly health problem in the equine industry in regards to the price of medical treatment and for time lost to rest.
    Dr. Ashlee Watts, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained what equine lameness is and how it happens. “Lameness is limping in the horse,” she said. “Sometimes the limping can be so subtle that it is difficult or impossible to see and sometimes it is very obvious. Lameness usually happens because of a problem with the musculoskeletal system in a limb, such as arthritis in a joint; however, it can also occur because of neck or back pain.”
    Orthopedic injuries, or injuries that directly affect the musculoskeletal system, are the most common cause of equine lameness and include any damage to the hoof, bones, joints, or soft tissue.
    According to Watts, signs of lameness can vary anywhere from limping to a mild reduction in normal athletic ability. Common signs of more severe lameness include head bobbing while walking or trotting. Head bobbing is usually a tell-tale sign of front limb lameness, while hind limb lameness is usually identified by a hip hike or drop.

  • 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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Juanz—A big tomcat who was trapped earlier this week. He was a bit traumatized from being neutered earlier in the week, but hopefully shelter staff can start interacting with this big boy soon. Check back for more information!
    Waggs—A loving senior kitty that lost her home due to a family medical situation. This little tortie gal just wants to share her love with someone! Waggs has spent her entire life as an only cat, and she would probably prefer to not have to share her person. Waggs is currently in foster care with Friends of the Shelter – call Mary at 505-470-6973 to meet her.
    DOGS

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory employees pledged a record $2.2 million to United Way and other nonprofits during the 2016 Employee Giving Campaign. More than 500 community and social service organizations will benefit from the generosity of Laboratory personnel.
    “Our Laboratory employees can take pride in this accomplishment,” said Kathy Keith, Community Relations and Partnerships Office director. “Once again, employees have shown through their generosity that their community is important to them and that we are eager to help those around us.”
    Los Alamos National Security, LLC, which operates the Laboratory, plans to prorate its $1 million match among nonprofits selected by employee donors bringing the total donated to $3.2 million.
    The Laboratory has operated an annual employee giving campaign since 1954.