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  • July 18 —A boy. Michael Douglas Keen. Born to Courtney Fortran and Christopher Keen.
    July 7 —A girl. Cecilia Charlotte. Born to Suzi and RJ Montaño.
    July 28 — A girl. Novalee Maxine. Born to McKenzie Bailey and Chase Enterline.

     

  • Aug. 7-13
    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: by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Enchilada
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Eggplant & Pasta
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.         Cardio Plus Exercise    
    10:30 a.m.        Music with Ruth
    10:30 a.m.        AARP Meeting    
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Grilled Pork Chop

  • While some refer to horses as livestock, others consider horses to be a companion animal, especially if they are kept for recreational purposes. Miniature horses—which measure 34 to 38 inches in height—are also recognized by many as companion animals. However, if you want to own a miniature horse as a pet, don’t assume a miniature size means less upkeep and expense than a full-sized horse.
    Dr. Leslie Easterwood, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, offered some insight on caring for miniature horses.
    “General care and maintenance are exactly the same for miniature horses as for full-sized horses, the only difference is size,” she said. “Vaccinations, dental care, hoof care, feeding, and housing are consistent for all equines. Miniature horses are also susceptible to the same diseases and ailments as full-sized horses. They are anatomically exactly the same as full sized horses, so they have the same risk factors for lameness, gastrointestinal issues, respiratory issues, and other health complications.”

  • 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 the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Monroe, Sam, Jobin, Mudpie, Fireball, and Popsicle—Recently transferred to the shelter from a high-kill New Mexico shelter. They are all young, rambunctious, and ready to steal her new owners’ heart! Popsicle is a gorgeous, all-white longhaired Turkish angora with stunning blue eyes and a heart of gold. Monroe is a shorthaired all-white kitty with one green eye and one blue eye. This sweetie would love to snuggle all day if given the chance. Jobin should have been named Fireball! This little tabby loves to play, and he gets along well with other cats. Sam, Mudpie and Fireball were all at the vet, so the shelter report writer hasn’t met them yet, but potential adopters can stop in to say hi!

  • The movie “Granite Mountain” will be shooting a large scene in Los Alamos on Aug. 5 and is seeking paid extras to work in the film.
    The production, starring Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges and Miles Teller, is the story of the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of wildland firefighters that courageously battled one of the worst wildfires in history to save an Arizona town.
    The production is looking for men, women and children, dogs and cats, people with horse trailers and boats and cars.  
    The crew is casting police officers, fire fighters and families evacuating their homes. Email a photo with name, height, weight and phone number to egabelcasting@gmail.com. Put Los Alamos in the subject line. Also include the year, color and make of your car.

  • The Santa Fe National Forest lifted campfire and smoking restrictions Thursday after widespread rain across the forest and fire danger decreased. The forest implemented Stage I fire restrictions on July 15 based on dry conditions and higher-than-normal temperatures.
    Forest managers use several criteria to determine when to lift fire restrictions, including current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources. The arrival of monsoonal moisture has eased the dry conditions that led to restrictions and decreased fire danger to moderate.
    Although Stage I restrictions on campfires and smoking will be lifted, forest managers urge visitors to continue to use caution around campfires and other potential ignition sources by following campfire safety procedures.

  • The Valles Caldera National Preserve is offering a reward for information about the recent theft of firefighting equipment.
    Special agents with the Investigative Services Branch and U.S. Park Rangers of Valles Caldera National Preserve are seeking information about the recent theft of crucial wildland firefighting equipment, apparently taken between 6 p.m. July 23 and 11 a.m. July 24.
    According to investigators, someone forcibly entered a closed area in the preserve, broke into several storage units and stole a significant amount of equipment that is part of the National Park Service firefighting program.
    The items taken include a utility task vehicle, an equipment trailer, drip torches, fuel cells, gas cans, tools, pumps, generators and compressors.
    The wildland fire crew using the equipment was working on the Big Hat Fire in the preserve when the theft occurred. The crew had recently returned from the Dog Head Fire in Albuquerque and from other fire assignments in New Mexico and Arizona.
    The loss of this equipment will impact interagency firefighting operations in northern New Mexico for the rest of the year, according to National Park officials.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program has had a tremendous start this summer, with some 2,000 hikes reporters in the first few months.
    This popular program is a way to get families outside, exploring the trails together, according to PEEC’s spokeswoman Sandra West.
    The program is a partnership between PEEC, Los Alamos County, Bandelier, and the Valles Caldera with generous support from the Delle Foundation.
    Hikers that use the program enjoy the trails in the passport, which are also included in PEEC’s free Los Alamos Trails app for iOS and Android operating systems, and look for a wooden post with a specially designed rubbing plate.
    Each trail has its own custom-designed plate, with artwork by Heather Ward. When the hikers find the post, they make a crayon rubbing of the plate to “stamp” their passports.  After two, five, eight, 12 and 16 hikes, they bring their passports to the PEEC Nature Center to record the hikes on the giant bar graph and receive their prizes.
    Children are especially fond of the whistle/compass combination that they receive for two hikes, and adults love the bandana printed with all the Los Alamos trails that is the prize for 8 hikes, West said in a release about the program.

  • The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum concludes its summer series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?”at 6 p.m. today at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    Dinner will be at 6 p.m., with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. and discussion at 7 p.m. Talks are aimed at a general audience. All are welcome. Follow our blog at lafsf.org.
    Today’s topic is “The Whole Person.” Scientists, philosophers and theologians have developed models of humankind that vary from a whole person to dualism to tricotomies. Gerry Wood came to Los Alamos after completing a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2004 he retired after 35 years at LANL, working mostly in health and safety areas. For more information see GerryOWood.com.

  • TODAY
    Chamber Business After Hours from 5:30-7 p.m. at projectY cowork Los Alamos. RSVP Requested: losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com.

    Summer Family Evenings: Wildland Fire Fighters at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. See inside a fire fighter’s truck! Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun.  Cost is $5 for non-member families and free for PEEC member families.

    The United Thrift Shop at 2545 Canyon Road is having a half price sale on everything but jewelry today.
    THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga at the nature center with Christa Tyson, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members and $12 for PEEC members. 

    NM FAST SBIR/STTR Proposal Workshop Webinar (USDA Focus) from 1-3 p.m. at projectY cowork Los Alamos.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walks from 8:30 a.m.- noon at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Young at Heart Hike at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join us on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.

  • We have heard a lot in the last few weeks about people taking the lives of others in public situations.
    It seems we want to be able to blame terrorism, and perhaps that is because it is easier than addressing some of the serious issues that exist right here at home.
    When we have situations dealing with American-born offenders, it is something different. We try to label some events as domestic terrorism, but some situations are different.
    If our youth or young adults are so disenfranchised they are driven to such horrific outcomes, what if it could be that, on occasion, there is no one to blame but ourselves?
    I am talking about situations not related to ISIS, and I preface this column with the fact that I am not a counselor.
    However, I feel some things need to be addressed before we become one of those communities in the same situation.
    It is no secret about my devotion to the 40 Developmental Assets. I think we have many youth and adults for that matter that need some.
    Everyone has some baggage in their lives. People of all ages are dealing with things great and small. If someone seems a little off, please reach out to them, even if it is by offering resources from an organization or agency that isn’t you.

  • 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 the 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
    Bingley—A10-year-old fluff ball who was adopted from the shelter 3 years ago, and she’s a little sad to be back! Unfortunately one of her human friends developed an allergy to Bingley, so she’s looking for a new forever home. This sweet girl has a very pretty gray and tan longhaired coat.
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped a few weeks ago. He’s still adjusting to life at the shelter, but two very dedicated Friends of the Shelter volunteers have been working with Juan to help him relax. He’s finally learning that people can be nice and gentle, particularly when they have treats! Check back in a few weeks for more information about Juan!

  • TODAY
    Summer Family Evenings: Aparejo Burro Packing System at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun. Cost is $5 for non-member families and free for PEEC member families.
    THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. Practice yoga at the nature center with Christa Tyson, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members and $12 for PEEC members.
    FRIDAY
    The United Thrift Shop at 2545 Canyon Road is having a half price sale on glassware from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The thrift shop has had an especially nice donation of glassware.

    Gentle Walks from 8:30 a.m. to noon. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Fourth Friday Fractals at 7 a.m. at the Nature Center. See fractals in nature as a full-dome planetarium show! Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children.
    SATURDAY
    Rockhound Geology Outing: Small Fry Prospect Mine from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore an old mining site to find fluorescent deep purple fluorite. Free for member families, $20 for non-member families.

    Young at Heart Hike at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join us on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.
     

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is bringing all new laser light shows to the Los Alamos Nature Center July 31 through Aug. 7.
    Visitors can choose from up to four different shows each day. Enjoy laser shows choreographed to music as a full-dome experience in the nature center planetarium.
    With 14 laser light shows, there is truly something for everyone. Music fans will love to see how laser light transforms their favorite bands in Laser Rock, Laser Retro, and Laser Vinyl. There are separate shows dedicated to the music of Metallica, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, U2, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, and Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Family friendly offerings include Greek Legends, Laser Magic, Laser Mania, and more. The Laser Light Shows are sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank.
    Tickets are limited. Each show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Los Alamos Nature Center or reserved by phone.
    Ticket sales will end 10 minutes before the start of the show. To see which shows are offered on a particular day, please visit our website at peecnature.org, and click on the “Events” tab.

  • U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Los Alamos native Gillian Hsieh Ratliff Monday for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her seven weeks on Capitol Hill, Hsieh Ratliff worked primarily on health-related issues.
    “Gillian has worked on a number of important health policy issues this summer and has been of great help in my Washington, D.C. office,” Udall said. “I hope that she finds her experiences during her internship valuable as she finishes college and begins her career.”
    Hsieh Ratliff said her desire to help others led to apply for an internship in Udall’s office, and that the time she spent in the Capitol gave her a more positive perspective on Congress and the lawmaking process.
    “I’ve learned that it’s hard working on the Hill, and the hours are long, but it is also very rewarding,” Hsieh Ratliff said.
    Hsieh Ratliff is the daughter of Linda Hsieh and Gilbert Ratliff. She graduated from Los Alamos High School, and studies human biology at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, where she will be a senior this fall. She is a member of the Asian Pacific American Coalition. Hsieh Ratliff served as an intern at Los Alamos National Laboratories beginning in 2012.

  • We are hearing a lot of negatives about the Pokémon Go game, but if your kids are old enough and know better, let them play. OK, slather those teens up with sun block because many of them have not seen the sun since school let out. Recently, I saw two adults out walking the routes with their ‘tweens and I was elated.
    Engage, engage, engage – all kids and every time your conscience will allow you. It does have to be in a grand and over-powering way, say “hello,” give a nod, pass a compliment and be on your way. If they are kids you see often, try something different the next time.
    I have said before that you never stop gaining assets, so if young people make you too nervous, pick on someone your own age. Think of the change you might make at work when you say something kind to someone that annoys the stuffing out of you.
    Try someone older, if so inspired by asking if there’s something you can do to help or bring them a small treat.
    One of my favorite things is to tell someone thanks for their service. You can target folks in the grocery store; police officers, firemen, men and women in uniform and of course the young person that bags your groceries.
    Think of people you can say something kind to about the work they do and change the direction of their day.

  • “Police officers, like teachers, have seen their roles expand. They are now called upon to do things that go far beyond the job description.”
     The quote above is from a book called United by Cory Booker. After all of the things that have happened in the past month, I was encouraged to read something that may inspire the feeling that, “Love Will Out.”
    I believe that love will out-live the ugliness that we see being perpetuated from so many places.
    The thing I planned to focus on here was about conversation with all of your kids, but perhaps especially those going off and into the “real world.”
    I’m sure I have told you of a friend I had back in my radio days that use to say, “Los Alamos, 65 square miles surrounded by reality.”
    No I am sure we aren’t 65 square miles, and no he wasn’t being derogatory. Don’t miss my point.
    We’re pretty lucky on this parcel of land up on the hill. We have some really awesome police officers to boot. Now I won’t start naming them because I don’t know all of them anymore and I wouldn’t want to leave someone out. There are a few that are pretty spectacular, if you ask me.

  • The League of Women Voters will host speaker Beverly Billie at their community Lunch with a Leader event at 11:45 July 19 at Mesa Library.
    Billie is the Cultural and Outreach Coordinator for Tewa Women United. Her experience in experiential education and facilitation is extensive, and she is able to work effectively to accomplish desired outcomes that measure the success of her projects. Billie has been project coordinator and lead facilitator for a variety of youth programs for youth at risk, bullying prevention and youth leadership.
    Billie’s women’s work includes leadership, empowerment, as well as healing and development of life skills. She provides programs for survivors of domestic violence, trauma, recovery, wellness and family reunification.
    To order a $10 lunch from the Co-op, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 231-8286 or email her at kaskacayman@gmail.com for the extensive menu. It is not necessary to buy a lunch.

  • TODAY
    Feature Film: “We are Stars” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film connects us to the evolution of the Universe and explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
     
    Bird Walk in Lower Rendija Canyon from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nature Center.  Join Joe Fitzgibbon for a hike to find, identify and admire birds. Free for members, $5 for non-member.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes from 10-11 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free.  

    Chapter AK, P.E.O meeting at 12:15 p.m. at the home of Linda Valenti, 34 Spirit Ct., Santa Fe. Katie Brousseau is co-hostess. Nancy Coombs will present a program on bats. Members with last names H-Z please bring salads. RSVP by July 8 to Linda at (505) 984-9153.
    TUESDAY
    Amateur Radio License exam session at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Fire Barn at 4017 Arkansas in Los Alamos. The session will be held in the upstairs meeting room. Those wishing to take the entrance level Technician exam will need a picture ID or two other forms of ID with their name and address and the $15 exam fee in cash or a check made out to the “ARRL VEC.” Call Bill Boedeker at 662-4220 or email him at boedeker@cybermesa.com.