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  • Jan. 15 — A boy. Lincoln Edward Disterhaupt. Born to Jennie and Jason Disterhaupt.
    Jan. 31 — A boy. Waylon Knox. Born to Victoria and Lee Knox.
    Jan. 31 – A girl. Isabella Kaylee Neukirch. Born to Amanda and Levi Neukirch.
    Feb. 1 — A boy. Robert Joseph Lopez. Born to Tammy and Robert Lopez.
    Feb. 8 — A girl. Riley Grace Martinez. Born to Amber and Matthew Martinez.
    Feb. 8 — A boy. Quinn Sebastian Argo-Mitchell. Born to Sylvan Sierra Argo and Albert James Mitchell.

  • Trinity Site, the location where on July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated, is open only twice a year, and the Los Alamos Historical Society will offer a guided tour to the site March 31 and April 1 for the spring opening.
    The Society’s Trinity Tour includes a two-day, one night experience via the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom-seen interior of White Sands Missile Range.  
    Departure from Trinity Site will be out of the northern Stallion Gate, with a lunch stop at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.
    Bonuses include a visit to the young (5,000-year-old) lava flows of Valley of Fires, and the New Mexico Space Museum overlooking the Tularosa Basin, Holloman Air Force Base, and White Sands Missile Range.
    This excursion aboard a comfortable, restroom-equipped coach includes experienced tour direction is by Buffalo Tours, leading its 14th trip to Trinity.  
     The cost for Historical Society members is $350/person double occupancy; $400 for non-members, with a $50 single supplement for either. The price includes a tax-deductible donation to the Los Alamos Historical Society.

  • TODAY
    Adult Broomball at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each person will need to bring their own broom to play. Helmets and pads are suggested but not required. No passes accepted. Cost is $5 per person, ages 16 and older. For more information, call the Ice Rink at 662-4500 or the Aquatic Center front desk at 662-8170, or visit losalamosnm.us/rec.  

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have a day out. They will join the NMFRW at the Roundhouse, then lunch and finally a tour of the New Mexico Supreme Court  Building.  Anyone interested should email losalamosfrw@gmail.com for more information.

    Astronomy Show: History of Cosmic Distance at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join Dr. Paul Arendt to explore the history of how we learned the distances to stars. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    SATURDAY
    Snowshoe Hike in the Valles Caldera from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join a ranger and PEEC on a 2-2.5 hour, easy-to-moderate snowshoe hike in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Preserve entrance fee.

    Parenting the Love and Logic Way class from 8:15-10:30 a.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St. A class for parents of teens. Free, thanks to Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. To register, visit lafsn.org, or call 662-4515.

  • The Los Alamos DWI Planning Council and Atomic City Transit (ACT) provided safe ride services once again to Los Alamos residents.
    Although the ridership was not as high as past events, those that did take advantage of the free ride were taken home safely.
    “The service worked like a charm; Armando at dispatch and Jonathan the driver were just wonderful,” said Los Alamos resident Tina Sibbitt. “I changed my return pick up time about three times due to having too much fun, and they were absolutely OK with that. Please give my thanks to the county for this service and people are crazy if they don’t take advantage of it!”
    The DWI Planning Council and ACT hope that people will take Sibbitt’s advice for the next Buzz Bus event on St. Patrick’s Day. The council and ACT are also developing a schedule and route for a shuttle-type Buzz Bus service for the upcoming Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond. For questions about the Buzz Bus service, or for those interested in joining the DWI Planning Council, contact Kirsten Bell, at kirsten.bell@lacnm.us or 662-8241.

  • The Los Alamos Mountaineers are set to meet at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Nature Center for a presentation by local mountaineers Norbert Ensslin and Ron Morgan.
    Last May, six mountaineers completed a canyon traverse near Navajo Mountain, in the same adventurous spirit as a previous traverse of the Northern Sangres in Colorado.
    This new adventure began with a descent into Forbidding Canyon, followed by a traverse across Cummings Mesa using a previously unreported route. From there they descended into West Canyon and followed that canyon all the way to Lake Powell.
    The trip included open desert travel, a wild saddle on Cummings Mesa, and long, deep canyon slots. In West Canyon they encountered the Maw of Death, descended the Slippery Slide, swam through cold, dark pools, passed under beetling cliffs, and scrambled around small, picturesque waterfalls.  
    Ensslin and Morgan will describe their adventures and show pictures of the beautiful country that they visited during the next Mountaineers meeting Feb. 28. The public is invited. A social will start the meeting, followed by reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m. The program starts at 7:30 p.m.

  • To help the local business community enhance their personal branding in 2017, projectY cowork and Paulina Gwaltney Photography will offer an open house for professional headshots from noon-7 p.m. Wednesday.
    The event will be held at Paulina Gwaltney’s studio at 3500 Trinity Dr., Ste. D1. Gwaltney will take walk-ins for headshot sittings, which will take about 15 minutes. On that day, all people in need of a new professional portrait will receive a $101 credit, which will bring the cost of a headshot to only $99 (normally a $200 value). All clients will be presented with three quality headshots from which to choose.
    Gwaltney is also offering custom packages for small business and corporate teams for individual headshots and group photos. Visit paulinagwaltney.com or contact her at info@paulinagwaltney.com.

  • The National Park Service at Bandelier National Monument is soliciting input on an Environmental Assessment for a project that proposes to construct two tri-plex housing units for temporary employees, and two group campsites for work crews, in the park’s Mesa Housing Area.
    The tri-plexes would replace four NPS-owned trailers which were set up in 1982 to be used for office space and housing for temporary employees.  In the intervening years they have deteriorated from age and are subject to rodent infestation; they are now condemned and unusable.  
    The tri-plex houses replacing the trailers would house five to nine NPS employees. The two 20-person campsites will provide facilities for short-term NPS work groups, researchers, and volunteers. Formerly, such crews have had to camp in Juniper Campground, which is intended and designed for family camping by park visitors.
    Detailed information on this project is available online at parkplanning.nps.gov/triplex; look under the “Open for Comment” tab.  Comments can be submitted at that location, online, or by mail to:  Superintendent, Bandelier National Monument, 15 Entrance Road, Los Alamos, NM  87544. Comments are most useful if submitted by March 12.

  • 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
    Mr. Whiskers—A big tabby cat that is about 4 years old. Changes are a bit stressful for him, so he will likely need a little bit of time to adjust to his new home. He can be independent, but he’s also very sweet and likes to snuggle when he’s in the mood! He is okay with mellow cats, but other dominant males sometimes bother him.

  • TODAY
    The United Thrift Shop will have a half-price sale on everything to do with Valentine’s Day.
    THURSDAY
    Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The presentation will be given by Ron Smith and it is entitled “Understanding Genealogical DNA Test Results and One User’s Experience with the Different Tests. The traditional no-host social dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. at China Moon Restaurant.

    Nature Yoga at 5:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members.

    Art on Tap from 5:30-7 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room in Central Park Square in Los Alamos. The Los Alamos Museum of Art will be there to talk about Los Alamos’ newest art entity. The museum will speak about their mission as a museum, upcoming educational programs, art collections, and they will have some of their pieces on display. They will also hold a question and answer session, as well as bring up an awareness of the importance of the arts.
    FRIDAY
    Astronomy Show: Asteroid Threats at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join us to learn about asteroids-the close calls, current risk, and how we know what to expect. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

  •  Bring a take out (or brown bag lunch) and come hear a talk for free at noon Friday in the Chamber Conference Room 109 Central Park Square.
    The topic is “Diversify Your Income Stream”   with presenter Shelly A. Wiemann, a financial advisor with Edward Jones.
    Reserve a seat online at losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/take-out-talk-feb-2017-201.

  • Claire Swinhoe was recently invited to join the Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) Board of Directors for her love to promote the great youth of the community.
    When asked why she joined, she said, “Having worked with students at the Los Alamos Middle School for almost five years, I met some incredible young people and came to appreciate them for all their amazing qualities, compassion and caring.
    C’YA announces their fundraiser for the month of February, bake a plate of cookies, snap a photo and send it to them or donate $5 to their community youth award fund.
    Then challenge three others to do the same.

  • U.S. Senator Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for summer internships in his Washington, D.C. office.
    For more information and to apply for an internship, visit tomudall.senate.gov/internships.
    During the upcoming summer internship program, Udall’s office in Washington, D.C., will host two summer sessions: May 30 to June 30, and July 3 to Aug. 4.
    Applications and letters of recommendation for either summer internship session must be submitted by March 15.
    “Internships on Capitol Hill offer students a unique opportunity to learn about the inner workings of our government and experience firsthand how a Senate office works,” Udall said. “These internships allow students to attend committee hearings and House and Senate floor proceedings, give them the chance to learn how to write a press release, research legislation and draft correspondence, and provide an invaluable, educational experience for anyone interested in pursuing a career in government or public service.”
    Students of all majors are encouraged to apply and internships may count toward college credit. Students should check with their respective college or university for requirements.

  • The LANL Foundation supports the work of schools, nonprofits and community programs in northern New Mexico through its grants program. Changes have been made to the grantmaking process to assure fair distribution of funds and alignment of outside programs with Foundation strategies.
    Public school districts, nonprofit New Mexico educational institutions, IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) organizations, government agencies, and Pueblo/Tribal communities are eligible to apply for grants of up to $2,500. The individual grant amount was increased from $1,500 to be more impactful. However fewer allocations will be made, making the process more competitive.
    Grant applications are now accepted quarterly instead of monthly. Deadlines are Feb. 15, May 15, Aug. 15 and Nov. 15. Award notification and funding will be received within one month of each deadline. Grantees have one full year to spend the money, rather than three months as in prior years.
    There are two types of grants for which an organization, school or program may be eligible. Education Outreach Grants directly support public school children in grades K–12.
    The updated application form and instructions may be found online at lanlfoundation.org/grants.
    For more information, contact LANL Foundation grants coordinator Sally Gallegos at 505-753-8890 or sally@lanlfoundation.org.

  • Today, I hope you’ll indulge me in a lesson in time travel.
    I feel like the most important thing you can learn from me is how fast time goes when you have children. I assume because for adults it becomes a new measure of time. I’m not sure what it is called exactly, “BC,” before children and “AC,” after children, but hopefully you are aware before it is too late.
    If you know me well, the most important thing in life is our children. The bad news for them is that doesn’t mean that we buy them everything.
    Hopefully it does mean we have passed along some wisdom, some life skills, some meaning that all of this daily grind is supposed to be worth it.
    On Saturday, our oldest, Chandler, one of a handful of fine folks that printed this very newspaper you are reading, turns 21. It’s probably the most important age for a young person today. It is also probably the last “celebrated” age.
    Sure we turn 30 or 40 or 50, but the same excitement doesn’t exist until that age is close to a retirement number.
    This beautiful baby boy came into our lives on Feb. 11, 1996 and it seems like yesterday.
    His beautiful blue eyes, just like his dad and these big box like feet, ahh that’s my boy.

  • Art exhibits
    The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, 601 Eubank SE in Albuquerque, will host “Critical Assembly, the Secrets of Los Alamos 1944: An Installation by American Sculptor Jim Sanborn,” through Oct. 8. This special exhibit, created by world renowned sculptor Jim Sanborn – best known for creating the encrypted “Kryptos” sculpture at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia – invites visitors to explore and study the recreations of the super secret experiments from the Manhattan Project’s atomic bomb program. The museum is open from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., 361 days a year. For information, visit nuclearmuseum.org, or call 505-245-2137.

  • Jim O’Donnell, director of operations of the Reel Deal Theater, treated students of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos’ Intro to Film Studies class (MA210) to a tour of the projection room Feb. 1, then a viewing of the musical film “La La Land.”  
    A topic of discussion was the transition from film projectors to digital projectors. The students in this semester-long course at UNM-LA have already studied the history of musicals in film.  
    Follow up projects will address how specific techniques employed in the film impact the overall experience for the viewer. “La La Land” has garnered 214 award nominations, and received 144 awards.
    The film also has 14 nominations for the Oscar Awards, which will be announced on Feb 26. Hardy and the students gave the experience behind the scenes at Reel Deal Theater “two thumbs up!”

  •  Family Night is set for 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    Enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities for the whole family with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey. The nature center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m.
    Mark your calendars: the second Tuesday of each month is Family Night at the nature center. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free for all. For more information about this and other programs offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, seven-week education course in Los Alamos offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
    The “Savvy Caregiver Program” course will be held each Wednesday from Feb. 21 through April 4.
    The program will be held once per week at the Aspen Ridge Lodge Retirement Home, 1010 Sombrillo Court. Each class lasts two hours from 1-3 p.m. The course is free and open to all.
    This evidence-based training aims to teach caregivers practical techniques for interacting with loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, and for understanding and managing their behavior. It also imparts tools for long-term planning and for reducing stresses common to Alzheimer’s caregivers.
    The course explains the signs, impacts and pathology of Alzheimer’s disease.
    To register, or for further information, please contact Tina De Luz at (505) 266-4473, or email her at tdelaluz@alz.org. You can also contact Mary Yamada at (505) 661-0066, or email her at mary.d.yamada@gmail.com.
    Class size is limited and they do fill up quickly. Call now to register. Participants may be reimbursed for the cost of having others tend to their loved one while they attend the classes.

  • Hon Nguyen, owner of Chicken Teriyaki in White Rock, doesn’t like to brag. He lets his food speak for itself.
    But if he does talk about his food, he will readily give up the secret to his success, which is fresh food at a reasonable price, any way the customer wants it.
    “I’m not like those commercial restaurants,” Nguyen said. “We cook how the customer wants it.”
    While making a profit is a good thing, Nguyen also said that’s not what drives him. As a corrections officer who is nearing retirement, the real reward for him is customer satisfaction.  
    “Money is important, but what’s really important is when I see the customer finish the food, and then they come back,” Nguyen said. “That means to me they come here not because they happen to be hungry, but because my food tastes good, they come back because they can’t get that taste anywhere else. That’s what makes me happy.” Nguyen said he has customers come as far as Taos, Española and Santa Fe to eat his food.

  • Award-winning poet Joni Wallace will give a reading entitled “Mesas and Particles: Los Alamos as Literary Muse” at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos, presented by the Los Alamos Historical Society.
    Wallace grew up in Los Alamos and is the award-winning author of three books of poetry. Her lecture includes readings from her latest book, “Kingdom Come Radio Show” (Barrow Street, 2016).  
    Los Alamos and the Manhattan Project compose the backdrop for “Kingdom Come Radio Show,” a poetic documentation of place (Los Alamos) and history (both personal, and that of the Manhattan Project).
    “Oppenheimer, pacing at dawn, smoking, working the equation that says the atmosphere will/will not ignite when the gadget blows straight up into Kingdom Come. In the tilt shot, Kitty Puening Oppenheimer, drink in hand, clink, clink of ice against glass. … Cut to a long drive along a stretch of road, almost-dark, the percussive hiss of cicadas, stereo. Hank singing on this road of sin you are sorrow bound.” – “Kingdom Come Radio Show,” Barrow Street Press, 2016.