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    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:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    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.

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

    CATS

  • “What does the Bible say about ‘self-esteem’?”—Chris

  • Thanks to a generous grant of $1,500 by the LANL Foundation in late 2013, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center has been able to build on the success of its hands-on field science program in Los Alamos elementary schools.
    The Pajarito Plateau Field Science (PPFS) curriculum is designed to get students outside doing hands-on field science in their schoolyards or on local trails. It also focuses on giving teachers the tools and training they need to enhance STEM curriculum.
    Elementary science is increasingly being taught using only textbooks. To become scientific thinkers, students need to do science, rather than just read about it. Hands-on, outdoor field science has been shown to improve motivation, attention and test scores.
    PEEC’s goal with this program is to bring kids outside to learn science while exploring their schoolyards, and increasing their love of science and nature. In addition, the program strives to educate teachers about the benefits of outdoor education, as well as some of the methods and tools of field science.

  • Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, kicked off a nine-week drive on Wednesday to switch members from monthly paper statements to eStatements, accessible through mobile and online banking. Via its “Have a Heart” campaign, DNCU pledges to donate $1 per switch to the American Heart Association (up to $2,500).
    “Not only are eStatements convenient, but they also reduce our carbon footprint — saving trees and energy,” said Chuck Valenti, DNCU President/CEO. “By linking the campaign to a donation to the American Heart Association, we make this even more of a good thing — and we think members will be proud of DNCU’s commitment to helping an important nonprofit that aims to build healthier lives.”
    “The American Heart Association is excited to partner with Del Norte Credit Union on this campaign,” said Suzanne Lawson, Senior Director for the American Heart Association in New Mexico.  “It’s wonderful to have corporate partners like DNCU who are dedicated to building healthier communities here in New Mexico, and who are helping the AHA save lives here every day!”

  • In “On the Front Lines of the Cold War: Los Alamos 1970-1992,” Alan Carr will explore the political landscape of the later Cold War years from the Los Alamos perspective by introducing the Laboratory leaders and technologies that helped win history’s most dangerous conflict.
    The lecture will be 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Fuller Lodge in the Pajarito Room.
    Carr currently serves as the historian for Los Alamos National Laboratory.  During his tenure as Laboratory Historian, Carr has produced several publications pertaining to the Manhattan Project, early nuclear weapons design, and nuclear testing history. 
    He has also lectured for numerous professional organizations and has been featured as a guest on many local, national and international radio and television programs, ranging from the local papers to the Albuquerque television stations to the Travel Channel.  He is the co-author of “Harold Melvin Agnew,” which appeared this year in Physics Today. Before coming to Los Alamos, Carr completed his graduate studies at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. 
    His thesis, “The Long Road to Kursk: The Development, Abandonment, and Relearning of Soviet Military Strategy,” traces Soviet operational art from its roots in the early 1920s through its employment in the first half of World War II.

  • “One Billion Rising for Justice” is an international movement that in 2013 involved a billion people in 207 countries who used music and dance in a wide variety of observances that demanded an end to violence against women and girls.
    On Feb. 14, the international observance involves Española, a community that for the first time has scheduled morning and evening events. Other New Mexico towns and cities, including Santa Fe and Taos, also have programs planned.
    Internationally-known Native American women such as Winona LaDuke, of Honor the Earth in Callaway, Minn., and Corrine Sanchez, executive director of Tewa Women United in Española, will be the speakers for the Española event.
    They will highlight the international, as well as local, state and national efforts to address gender violence. Individuals and organizations in Española have been working behind the scenes for decades.
    “It’s time that this important work receives the public acknowledgement it deserves,” said Corrine Sanchez who predicts that 2014’s high-profile events in Española will be the first of other future events of this type.

  • It’s time to rock out! Registration is open for the 2014 Climbing School presented by the Los Alamos Mountaineers.
    Students in the class will learn all the particulars of climbing equipment, essential knots, rope handling, anchor building and belaying to be able to safely and confidently explore the multitude of quality rock-climbing crags — or cliffs in Northern New Mexico.
    The Climbing School includes classroom instruction and outdoors, hands-on opportunities to put into practice what has been taught. Instructors include many of the area’s best climbers.
    The Mountaineers Club was created in the late 1950s. The first climbing school was developed by the Mountaineers in 1957.
    The class consists of 12 sessions — six in a classroom learning the fundamentals and six in the mountains of New Mexico to practice on crags.
    “The school will take the students to White Rock Canyon, or some places in the Sandias,” Climbing School Director Ron Morgan said. “We won’t go to places like Diablo Canyon in this class because it takes a bit more skill to go there.”
    The school keeps track of the graduates who will continue climbing at a more advanced level. Morgan himself took the class several years ago and has continued climbing with the Mountaineers.

  • Thanks to a roomful of pianists, jazzists, a foot-stomping blue grass group, colorful folk dancers, violinists, a violist, a piccolo trumpet master, and some great guitarists, for your outstanding performances last month in the fourth annual Music Marathon for UNM-LA Scholarships.
    And thank you, the citizens of Los Alamos, for supporting this good cause.
    More than 100 of you came to listen and donated some $900 to the fund.
    And we’ll thank you in advance on behalf of that happy scholar who will receive the funds.
    Thanks, also, to the Los Alamos Music Teachers Association for paying to have the piano tuned by James Beinke; to Robin Gurule for her eight gallons of wonderful green chile stew; and to Drs. Tom Csanadi and Marvel Harrison for bringing the delicious chocolate mint brownies.
    Performers were:
    Robin Gurule, piano with Peter McLachlan, piccolo trumpet.
    Piano students Karin Ebey (NM composition representative), Sonja Ebey, Natalie Crawford, Megan Crawford, Lucas Yeager, William Dale and Joseph Dale.
    Claudia Hilko, piano duo with Juanita Madland. Claudia and Bob Hilko then danced a Mazurka (a Polish folk dance) to Juanita’s Madland’s accompaniment of a Chopin Mazurka.

  • Welcome to February and the Asset category of Social Competencies.
    This category includes Assets 32 through 36 and is defined as follows;
    32. Planning and decision making — Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices.
    33. Interpersonal competence — Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills.
    34. Cultural competence — Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.
    35. Resistance skills — Young person can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations.
    36. Peaceful conflict resolution — Young person seeks to resolve conflict nonviolently.
    If you don’t mind, I’ll put No. 32 on hold for this week, lack of planning on my part, and jump to No. 33, Interpersonal competence.
    For our focus this week, I’d like to highlight having empathy and sensitivity.
    During the course of the last week, I learned that one of our Los Alamos High School custodians lost his home in a fire on Jan. 15.
    While Tony Romero and his son were asleep, their house caught on fire and they escaped with just the clothes on their backs.
    Hopefully you know my fondness for custodians, the keepers of the house. The hard workers that don’t get celebrated as often as they should.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home!
    Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: From 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.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed, or neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Aleah — A 5-year-old, spayed, female with the most beautiful coat! She is a long-haired calico. Aleah also sticks out the very tip of her tongue when she’s happy — it’s very cute!
    Antwon Cloud — Antwon Cloud is a 9-year-old, all-white Oriental Shorthair surrendered due to his owner’s health issues.
    Bubbles — This 3-year-old, neutered, white and tabby, male tricked volunteers into thinking “he” was a “she” due to his long hair and cute pink nose.
    DQ — An 8-year-old, neutered, male Manx who lost his home due to a divorce.
    Ella — This very pretty, 4-year-old, spayed, female, Siamese mix is looking for a quiet home where she can be the only pet. To meet Ella in foster care, call 412-0700.

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    Feb. 1 — Pajarito Masonic Lodge No. 66 invites the community to join them on from 7:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m. for a Waffle Breakfast to benefit Los Alamos Boy Scout Troop No. 222. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children (6 and under). To purchase tickets contact Travis Moulton at tkmoult@gmail.com.

    Feb. 1 — Bradbury Science Museum Cinema. 10 a.m. Short science films ranging in topics from microbes to aquifers to addiction. The education level of these videos can range from elementary age to adults, depending on the video chosen. Visit lanl.gov/museum/events/calendar.shtml for topics of interest.

    Feb. 1 — “Eclectic is Us: Assemblage Works by Dirk Wales.” Exhibit runs daily through Feb. 27 at the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery.

    Feb. 2 — Cowboy Pancake Breakfast. 7-11 a.m. at Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. Menu includes plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip, plus a seasonal surprise pancake, plus sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee
. $7/adults $4/children under 10 years. Proceeds to benefit the Los Alamos Pony Club.

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    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 come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: From 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.

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed, or neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations.

    CATS

  • The Los Alamos High School Olions will kick off their 2014 Topper Revue 7 p.m.  tonight at Duane Smith Auditorium.
    This year's emcees are Daniel Ahrens, Ali Berl, Ethan Clements, Katie Downing, Haley Henson and Richard Jia.
    "As someone still relatively new to Los Alamos, it always amazes me how engrained Topper Revue is in the history of the town," said Olions sponsor and show producer Rachel Saxton. "From my husband talking to me about watching Topper Revue when he was a student, to the owner of a local eatery telling me about the time he and his guy friends all got up onstage in dresses, everyone seems to have a story, or wistful memory about the show".
    Saxton added that it feels wonderful to now be a part of that history. The show is written, directed, and performed by the students themselves.
    Tickets for the show are $12 for adults, $10 for students/seniors, and $8 for the Sunday matinee.

  • Felt coats and mittens are soft and warm. Many shaped hats are felt, and nowadays colorful hats that are more freeform are all the rage. Artist Jo Thompson is indroducing felt-making in a one-day workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Felt has been used for producing headwear for many centuries and is perhaps the oldest textile material. Archaeological evidence shows that from very early on, people had discovered the tendency for fibers to mat together when warm and damp, many years before they learned how to spin and weave yarn. Felt is made by a process called “wet felting” where natural wool fibers, stimulated by friction and lubricated by moisture (usually soapy water) build into cloth. Felting leads to a fabric with no set grains, so it can be molded into forms, or sewn without concern for edges raveling.
    Thompson’s enthusiasm for making felt “magic” essentially began when she learned that felt is believed to be the earliest form of textile making. She headed for Konya, Turkey to study the traditional wet felt method with Master Mehmet Girgic in 2008, and subsequently studied with American Master Horst who influenced the development of her free form.

  • Lauren TenCate, a senior at Los Alamos High School, was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month. TenCate is the daughter of Deb Summa and Jim TenCate, and sister of Emily TenCate.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. This year’s recipients reflect a combination of both LAHS seniors and juniors; next year, only juniors will be recognized in hopes of inspiring their interest in Rotary programs that fall during the summer following junior year.
    Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities and, in particular, their service to the community.
    Community service has been an important part of TenCate’s high school years. With particular interests in science and technology, TenCate serves on the Youth Leadership Team for Café Scientifique, a program for high school students interested in current news related to science. She is also a member of the LAHS NJROTC Cadet Corps and has been awarded ribbons for service to her unit and to the community, as well as for academic success and physical fitness.

  • Santa Fe
    Cowgirl Hall of Fame BBQ, 319 S. Guadalupe St.
    Date inspected: Jan. 14
    Violations: One low-risk violation. The bar floor area is not sealed.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Cowgirl Hall of Fame BBQ-Catering, 319 S. Guadalupe St.
    Date inspected: Jan. 14
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Flying Star, 500 Market St.
    Date inspected: Jan. 14
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Prep refrigerators not maintaining proper temperatures. One moderate-risk violation. Dust accumulation on fans in walk-in cooler. One low-risk violation. Dish rack stored on floor.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Jan. 22.

    Santa Fe Community College cafeteria, 6401 Richards Ave.
    Date inspected: Jan. 14
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Bulk food containers lack labeling, which was corrected during time of inspection. One low-risk violation. Dish rack stored on floor.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • The Santa Fe Science Initiative and the Santa Fe Children’s Museum announces the opening of the exhibit “Cultivate the Scientist in Every Child: The Philosophy of David and Frances Hawkins.”
    The exhibit was designed at the Hawkins Centers of Learning in Colorado and features panels describing the Hawkins’ work in science education and observations of children and teachers, as well as hands-on activities for children ages 2-10. The exhibit will be at the museum through Feb. 9.
    Originally from New Mexico, David Hawkins, a philosopher and mathematician, was the official historian of the Manhattan Project. After World War II, he collaborated with other renowned scientists to create the first inquiry science curriculum in the United States: Elementary Science Study.
    Santa Fe Science Initiative (SFSI), a not-for-profit organization, has been providing professional development for teachers in Northern New Mexico schools since 2001. SFSI brought the exhibit to Santa Fe to educate the community and about science curriculum presently being used in Northern New Mexico schools and to enrich families’ experiences at the museum with Hawkins-inspired activities.

  • Taos has been named by USA Today as both its No.1 “Novel Retirement Destination” in the United States and the top location among a list of the 10 best “Guy Ski Resort Trips” in the world.
     One of the original art colonies in the U.S., Taos grabbed the top spot in an exclusive list of only four U.S. locations which Where to Retire Magazine, in partnership with USA Today, deemed a “literary locale to love”  — towns where Baby Boomers with interests in literature or the arts might want to consider for retirement.
    Aspiring writers come from all over the world to attend the annual Taos Summer Writer’s Conference in Taos, which will be from July 13–20.
    “The sky is really blue, the edges of things are really clear and delineated, and that’s one reason artists like it,” said Sharon Oard Warner, a professor at the University of New Mexico and founding director of the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference.

  • The Society of the Muse of the Southwest (SOMOS) in Taos will host the next leg of reading and book signing event with internationally known former CIA agent, Valerie Plame Wilson, 7 p.m. Feb. 7.
    Plame will read from her latest espionage thriller, “Blowback,” at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House.


    Following the reading, Managing Editor of the Taos News, Joan Livingston, will interview Plame about the book and her days as a CIA ops officer.


    “I have always been alarmed by how women in the CIA are treated in popular culture,” Plame said. “They are generally depicted as obtaining intelligence through sexual favors or accomplished gun-play. The female characters tend to be one-dimensional and, to my mind, almost always verging on cartoonish. I wanted to change that perception and create a female character that was intelligent, strong-willed, and much more realistic than what we have seen thus far.”  



  • Tens of thousands of people from all around the world are expected to participate in the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count this February.
    With that in mind, PEEC has planned a fun-filled February with many bird-themed activities for all ages. From children’s crafts and activities, to an adult bird identification class, to a family birding weekend at Bosque del Apache, PEEC wants the community to be ready to join the count.
    On Feb. 3 and 10, PEEC’s regular Nature Playtimes, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico, will be transformed to fit the birding theme. Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers will have the chance to participate in fun bird-themed activities, crafts and story times. As always, the Nature Playtimes are free, and are from 10-11 a.m. every Monday.
    For the school-aged set, PEEC has planned a Backyard Birding Workshop from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 5. Elementary children and their families will learn how to set up their own yard or outdoor space, no matter how small, to observe birds. Participants will build a birdhouse and bird feeder and learn about how to create a mini-bird habitat in their own backyard.