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  • TODAY
    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free.
    THURSDAY
    Author, conservationist and environmental activist William deBuys will speak at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave. deBuys is the featured author in Mesa Public Library’s ongoing Authors Speak series for January. In recent months, deBuys has had two books published.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walks at 9 p.m. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Once A Ponzi Time” at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar. Sly Investments and double-dealing abound in this hilarious madcap comedy. Tickets are available at CB Fox, BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door half an hour before curtain time. For more information, visit lalt.org.

    Fourth Friday Fractals at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Be mesmerized by this award-winning fractal show every fourth Friday by the Fractal Foundation. Journey into the never-ending world of fractals as a full-dome show featuring original music. 7:00 p.m. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $10 for adults, $8 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY

  • So there’s good news and there’s bad news, but either way, I hope to leave you with something to think about.
    Thirty six individuals, couples, clubs and organizations have been nominated for the Community Asset Awards.
    The seventh-annual event will be held on Feb. 7 and yes at this point, I know it is on Superbowl Sunday, must be why the room was available. More details on that later.
    Ironically every year, the very last email from former County Councilor Jim West rolls across my desk, as if a reminder from him about why we do this event in the first place.
    Since this column is usually on the opinions page and Councilor West isn’t able to respond to my column, I’ll just note again that it is on the opinion page.
    Sadly this is the first in the seven year history that not a single youth has been nominated for a Community Asset Award and that makes me very sad. Don’t worry, I know there is at least one person out there that is uttering the phrase, “Well Bernadette, why didn’t you nominate one?”
    Trust me, every year I, all by myself, could fill the room with plenty of folks that deserve kudos, but the truth is I do the legwork to allow you the opportunity to let your voice be heard.

  • Colorado State University-Pueblo: Eric D. Schmalz, of Los Alamos was one of 991 named to the 2015 Dean's List with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.5.

    Hope College: Irene Gerrish and Michelle Boerigter, of Los Alamos, were named to the Dean’s list with a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

    Baylor University: Hannah Nicole Dye, of Los Alamos, a student of the College of Arts and Sciences, was named to the Dean’s Academic Honor Roll for the 2015 fall semester. She earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours. 

  • Last Saturday, the two Los Alamos FIRST Technical Challenge robotics teams participated in New Mexico’s qualifier for the Arizona/New Mexico Regional Championship.  A total of 12 robotics teams competed at Menaul School in Albuquerque, comprised of teams from New Mexico, Arizona, and even Chihuahua Mexico, making this an international event.  
    The two Los Alamos teams, Hawks FTC, and a new rookie team, the Beta Hawks, went head to head in competition throughout the day, holding their own against the other teams.  
    While the Los Alamos veteran Hawks FTC team had trouble in their seeding matches, they rallied in their last seeding match to show what their robot could do and established the high score of the day.
    The Beta Hawks were organized this fall from seventh and eighth-grade Los Alamos students and had about eight weeks to design, build, program and field their robot.
    The Beta’s robot performed consistently throughout the day, winning the majority of its seeding matches. The team earned a fifth-place seed, and was selected as a valued alliance partner by the Magdalena N.M. Geek Bots for competition in the final matches.  

  • SATURDAY
    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Once A Ponzi Time” at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar. Sly Investments and double-dealing abound in this hilarious madcap comedy. Tickets are available at CB Fox, BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door half an hour before curtain time. Visit lalt.org.

    Free lecture by Dr. Siegfried Hecker at 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1967 18th St. Hecker will talk about “Doomed to Cooperate,” how American and Russian nuclear scientists joined forces to mitigate some of the greatest post Cold War dangers. Free to the public.
    SUNDAY
     Los Alamos Concert Association Presents “Chanticleer: Over the Moon” at 4 p.m. at the Duane Smith Auditorium. The San Francisco-based, Grammy award winning ensemble Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its 12 male voices, ranging from soprano to bass, and its original interpretations of vocal literature, ranging from Renaissance to jazz and popular genres. Tickets are $30 at CB Fox, Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock, Lensic; $35 at the door; or buy online at losalamosconcert.org or ticketssantafe.com Youth 6-18 are free.

  • LOS ALAMOS AP) — Bandelier National Monument officials are warning cross-country skiers and others going into forested areas of the Los Alamos-area monument to be aware of hazards from falling trees.
    Stewart Robertson of the monument’s staff says there’s been a dramatic increase of trees killed in the 2011 Las Conchas Fire breaking and falling, particularly on windy days but even on calm ones.
    Robertson says thousands of trees killed by the fire are now weak enough to fall in any direction.
    He also says limbs and branches fall without warning and that one falling tree may hit another and another domino-style.

  • Jan. 24-30, 2015
    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
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10 a.m.        Elder Financial Abuse talk
    10:30 a.m.        Advisory Council Meeting
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury Steak
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 p.m.        Lunch: Tilapia
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1 p.m.        “Friends” Meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise

  • Many dog owners have heard that socializing their puppy is important, but many do not know where to begin. It is important to show your puppy that not all people and animals pose a threat. Exposing your puppy to the world through proper socialization will help them develop into a social, obedient, and confident dog.
    The most critical socialization time for your puppy is between two and 12 weeks of age. During this time, it is important to expose your puppy to a variety of people, animals, and situations. Allowing your pet to experience these things early in life will prevent fear and aggression in the future. It will also promote your puppy’s obedience in critical scenarios. A puppy who trusts their owner that there is nothing to fear will more likely obey their owner without hesitation.
    Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained why it is important to socialize your puppy. “Socializing your puppy is important because it will enable them to be more at ease and focus on commands from you without distractions,” she said. “Socializing with a variety of people and animals also helps puppies develop socially without fear. It is also very important to socialize puppies with kittens and vice versa.”

  • 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
    Fluffy—He is one cool cat! This 6-month-old male tabby was surrendered with his sibling Stripes and mother Sassy. This guy can play all day long! But when he’s done playing, he’s ready for some snuggles! Fluffy is confident and fun, and he would light up any home.
    Milo—He is a sweet and quiet 6-year-old orange tabby. He can be a bit slow to warm up to new people, but with a bit of patience, he’ll be cuddling on your lap in no time. When he’s not cuddling with his humans, he loves to play with laser pointers and chomp down on wet food. This sweet guy does well with other cats and gentle children.

  • Bathtub Row Brewing Cooperative is now coordinating with the Los Alamos Co-operative Market to provide sandwiches, soups and shared plates at the popular tap room in addition to the wide range of local craft beers.
    “By offering our patrons some of the healthy, locally sourced products from the food co-op, we have the chance to both complement our beer production and aid in providing the food co-op with more business and exposure,” said Jason Fitzpatrick, general manager at Bathtub Row.
    Bathtub Row Brewing, located at 163 Central Park Square, has had a successful operation since its April 2015 opening, and the next step, that of providing a few in-house meals, was just a logical one, Fitzpatrick said.

  • Los Alamos Creative District’s Fourth Fridays returns to downtown Los Alamos today.
    Fourth Fridays is a monthly event that offers special programming or extended hours at downtown attractions. Fourth Fridays happens on the fourth Friday of each month and promotes special offerings from participating businesses. This month Fourth Friday offers:
    •The Bradbury Science Museum, at lanl.gov/museum, will have extended hours and will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located at 1350 Central Avenue.
    • PEEC at The Los Alamos Nature Center will feature Astronomy Show: Mars, which begins at 7 p.m. Tickets available at 2600 Canyon Road. For more information, contact Nicole Kliebert at Nicole@losalamos.org.

  • TODAY
     Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Once A Ponzi Time” at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar. Sly Investments and double-dealing abound in this hilarious madcap comedy. Tickets are available at CB Fox, BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door half an hour before curtain time. For more information, visit lalt.org.

    Astronomy Show: “Mars” from, 7-7:45 p.m. Discover Mars with Rick Wallace from the comfort of the planetarium. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $6 per adult, $4 per child. More information at peecnature.org.
     SATURDAY
    Cañada Bonita Snowshoe Hike from 9-11 a.m. A beginning snowshoe hike from the ski hill parking lot to Cañada Bonita. PEEC’s educator Siobhan Niklasson will lead the group along a snowshoe trail maintained by the Southwest Nordic Ski Club. Along the way, look at the effects of the Las Conchas fire on the forest and snowpack and at some of the ecological features of the winter forest. Register in advance. Free.

  • The Los Alamos naval Junior ROTC is hoping to tempt your taste buds with their annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. Thursday.
    The cadets and their families will be baking and cooking as they try to raise funds for upcoming competitions and awards ceremonies with something to please the vegetarians and carnivores in Los Alamos.
    Shelly Olguin, mother of Cadet Olguin and Booster Club member hopes the community will turn out for their big night.
    “Since this is for their benefit, they are tasked with selling tickets in advance, they will serve the salad, drinks and the cookies,” Olguin said. “They will be bussing the tables, asking if anyone needs anything, refills, take their plates, bring something if the person needs something.”
    The cadets do it all and provide service with a smile as they set up, clean-up and haul supplies back to the unit.
    The meal will be held at the IHM Catholic Church with tickets available from any cadet and also at the door. If your night is too busy, to go options are available.
    Each meal includes, spaghetti with a choice of sauces, salad, a drink, breadsticks and a cookie.
    Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

  • TODAY
     The Los Alamos Mountaineers will have a meeting at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge that will include a presentation by Bill Priedhorsky, a Mountaineers member. A social and reports of recent and upcoming trips will start the evening at 7 p.m.

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road at the Pajarito Cliffs Site. David Daniel from Los Alamos High School and Michele Altherr from Mountain Elementary will be presenting on the XQ Super School Project.

    Green Hour hike at 10 a.m. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free.
    THURSDAY
    “Race to Nowhere” at 3:30 p.m. at the Teen Center. Youth Mobilizers from Los Alamos Teen Center will show the documentary film “Race to Nowhere” to their fellow teens.

    Watoto Concert at 8:30 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. Beginning in 1994, Watoto Children’s Choir has been touring the world with orphaned children from Uganda, spreading the gospel through praise and worship.

    Historic Renovation and Expansion 2016 open community meeting from 5-6 p.m. in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge. Historical Museum project team will present Quatrefoil Associates’ concepts and design plans to date for the Guest Cottage and Bethe House.

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a program to spend Saturday and Sunday birding at the Bosque del Apache with two expert birders and excellent teachers, David Yeamans and Mouser Williams.
    Yeamans has watched birds most of his life starting in Los Alamos many years ago, and in the last five years, he has been a birder of the type he calls “semi-pro.” He is active in Audubon bird counts, bird banding, field trips and local birding activities. He has been an outdoor educator all his life, especially as an Outward Bound instructor and BSA scout leader. He’s eager to share the lessons that observing nature brings to us.
    Williams organized the 2015 Los Alamos Christmas Bird Count. He is an avid birder and wildlife photographer. He has lived in Los Alamos for 13 years. When not enjoying the outdoors, he moonlights as an electrical engineer at LANL.
    More information about the trip itinerary, equipment, and logistics can be found on PEEC’s website, peecnature.org.
    To participate in the Bosque del Apache Birding Weekend, register online at peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460. Driving directions will be emailed out after registration.

  • The only thing you should save for a rainy day is money. I only say that because saving money could mean the difference between happiness and sadness for yourself and your family.
    This weekend my family helped two people move that had saved the things they love for a lifetime.
    The sad part is all of the things they were saving, were the things they enjoyed the most. They saved them buried in boxes, stored in other boxes, never enjoying them along the way.
    Now don’t get me wrong, I also save way too much and one goal for 2016 is to purge, purge, purge.
    I remember being in elementary school and reading a story about a woman that had saved a scarf all of her life. She kept in it a box, folded in special paper, always waiting for the special occasion. The story ended with her family removing the scarf from the box to put on her while she lay in her casket.
    That story had an impact on me. I remembered saving this candle and knowing it was special, it sat in the center of my dresser for years. Then I took a photo of it and lit the candle. I enjoyed many hours of that candle, watching it transform along the way … throughout its life if you will.

  • Art exhibits

    “Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time.” Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. Photographer Adriel Heisey re-photographed some of southwest’s most significant archeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, photographed in 1929. Exhibit runs through May 2017.

    Art tours

    Allan Houser Studio and Sculpture Garden Tours. Arranged by appointment. The Sculpture Gardens are located 20 miles south of Santa Fe, and the tours last approximately two hours. There is a $25/person fee for the guided tours. To schedule, call 471-1528. David Rettig, curator of Collections for the Allan Houser Estate will lead a tour for collectors and special guests. Space is limited. 

    Art shows

    The 2016 Tour: Red Baraat Festival of Colors. Feb. 12 at the Cooperage in Albuquerque. Feb. 13 at Taos Mesa Brewing Company in Taos. 

     

  • THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8

     

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board. 

     

    Friday, January 22, 2016

    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live

    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program

    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 1-05-16

    01:00 PM Democracy Now!

    02:00 PM United in Christ

    03:00 PM Road to Recovery

    04:00 PM Uprising

    05:00 PM Democracy Now!

    06:00 PM Chamber Business Breakfast Harry Burgess

    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society Atomic Connections Other Manhattan Project Sites in the Southwest

  • Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, the AAA Four Diamond resort located 15 minutes north of downtown Santa Fe, has appointed Thomas Hartwell as executive chef. He will oversee culinary operations. 

    Hartwell joined the resort in 2014 as executive sous chef and has quickly made a name for himself in the Santa Fe food scene, including being named a finalist in Edible Santa Fe’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown in past September. 

    As executive chef at the 395-room resort located on the sovereign Native American land of the Pojoaque, Hartwell will oversee culinary operations for catering and banquets, and the resort’s five restaurants including Red Sage, the New American steak and chophouse lead by Chef de Cuisine Edgar Morales;  Iguana Café & Cantina, the casual New Mexican-inspired restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; and Towa Clubhouse & Grill overlooking the resort’s 27-holes of championship golf at Towa Golf Club. Hartwell will also oversee the Painted Parrot restaurant located on the casino level.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater are teaming up to bring the popular Backcountry Film Festival to Los Alamos for the fifth year in a row. Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit Winter Wildlands Alliance, the touring the 11th Annual Backcountry Film Festival will make its way to more than 100 locations around the world. The screening will be 7 p.m. Thursday at the Reel Deal and will be the only one in New Mexico.

    The Pajarito Brewpub will be selling beer and wine before the show and at intermission. Also at intermission, PEEC will have a raffle for prizes donated by local businesses and national sponsors. Prizes include gift cards from the Los Alamos Co-op Market, camping gear from CB Fox, Hydro Flask growlers from Fusion Multisport, gift cards from Smith’s, skis from Pajarito Brewpub, a daypack from REI and outdoor items from national sponsors. Raffle tickets will be sold before the show.

    Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Reel Deal Theater for $12, or at the door on the day of the show for $15. As in years past, the film festival is expected to sell out, so it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance.