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  • If adding a dog or cat to the family is out of the question, pet birds are extremely intelligent and form strong bonds with their owners. However, because companion birds are so smart, they need plenty of mental stimulation and attention to be happy in their environment.
    Before you choose to adopt or purchase a pet bird, Dr. Sharman Hoppes, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, recommended doing your research on the responsibilities of pet bird ownership.
    “A pet parrot of any size is not a low-maintenance or inexpensive pet,” Hoppes said. “Depending on the species and age, the bird itself will vary in cost. Pet bird owners also need a large cage, play gyms, multiple toys, and perches in different textures and diameters to prevent foot problems.”
    The species and number of birds present will determine the amount of time pet owners should spend caring for their birds. However, Hoppes said this does not mean you have to hold your bird for hours a day. Being at home and having the bird out of its cage on a play gym or perch will keep the bird happy.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 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 micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are 12–6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, and 12–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating.
    CATS  
    Scarlet—A sweet 12-year-old kitty who was recently surrendered when her family was worried about her medical care. Scarlet was pre-diabetic, but after a stay with the vet, she is doing much better and currently does not require any medication. She could use help with her diet though – she’ll feel much better after losing a few pounds!
    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 OK with mellow cats, but other dominant males sometimes bother him.

  • The next meeting for the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will be Fridayat the Chamber of Commerce Office from 1-3 p.m. 

    Speaker Michael Grimler, a local National Rifle Association (NRA) training counselor,  holds multiple firearm instructor certifications from the NRA. He will speak to firearm safety in general, defensive use of firearms both inside the home and out, and will talk about the considerations needed if people are interested in becoming a concealed carry permit holder. 

    Seating is limited, so come early. For more information, call at Donna MacDonald 662-4001.

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator Chick Keller will lead a Wildflower Walk starting at 5:30 p.m. May 22.
    These popular monthly outings are easy walks to identify some of the wildflowers in and around Los Alamos.
    Each month, Keller will pick a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. The walks are free and there is no advance registration required.
    The Wildflower Walks will take place one Monday a month for the season. Instead of having a walk in June, there will be two walks in July: July 3 and 24. Participants will receive a plant list and that, along with instruction from Keller, will help them learn how to identify wildflowers currently blooming in Los Alamos.
    The group meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center, located at 2600 Canyon Road, to carpool to the trailhead.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Sometimes you just need to celebrate and this is certainly the month to do it.
    This week is teacher appreciation week! Yes they give us a whole week to pick a day to let our teachers know we care about them. You don’t have to do something spectacular to acknowledge the day in and day out devotion they have for our children.
    If you need an idea or two, drop an email and say thanks, have a bit more time, hand write a short note to say thank you. Pick flowers from your own garden or do it in baking or crafting or a special candy from the store. The truth is most people just want to know that you notice.
    One of my favorite elementary years for our oldest was allowing him to pick out a candy for the teacher. He picked a pretty big one and I was certain her own children would be thankful too.
    Did you also know it is National Nurse’s week?
    There are school nurses and hospital nurses and you may know one or two that you salute on your own. My personal favorites are Megan Pfeffer, Valencia Jenkins, Kathy Semelsberger, Mrs. Ballew and Peggy Ickes. There are many, many more and I hope you have one or two in your life.

  • FRIDAY
    Gentle Walks
at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    The Bear Buffet at 6 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Come “Eat like a Bear” during bear month! Join in a discussion about rescued bear cubs with Dr. Kathleen Ramsay and partake of a representation of the many delicacies of a bear diet. Cost is $30 for non-members, $24 for PEEC members.
    SATURDAY
    “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” plays at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Tickets are $14. Cost is $12 for students and seniors.

    Bear Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Bring your friends and family to discover more about the amazing creatures with which we share our home! Free.

    Feature Film: Mysteries of the Unseen World
at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” plays at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Tickets are $14. Cost is $12 for students and seniors.

     

  • League of Women Voters’ community event, Lunch with a Leader, will present information about the Recreation Bond at 11:45 a.m. May 16 at the Mesa Public Library.
    Darren Meadows, Philo Shelton, James Chrobocinski, Susan O’Leary, Lisa Shin, James Whitehead and Lisa Brenner will explain both sides of the bond and answer questions.
    Both sides will present for 15 minutes and then the group will open up for questions.
    The Recreation Bond is currently up for a vote with a mail-in ballot that is already in county homes. The mail-in ballots must be received at the County Clerk’s office by mail or in person by May 23.
    Speaking as proponents of the bond are County Councilors O’Leary and Chrobocinski, Los Alamos County Public Works Director Shelton, and Meadows, a professional engineer consulting for Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    Presenting opposing views are Shin, an optometrist in town, Brenner, the Creative Director of EDJ Werks, and Whitehead. These three local citizens started A Better Way for LA PAC.
    More information about the projects, the projected cost, and the operations and maintenance cost is available at losalamosbondprojects2017.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Planned-Project-Overview.pdf.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 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 micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are 12–6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, and 12–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating.
    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 OK with mellow cats, but other dominant males sometimes bother him.

  • The Los Alamos Garden Club ‘s 2017 scholarship recipient is Madeline Makenzie Beck.
    The club chose Beck as she is an exceptionally well-rounded student, with excellent grades and many athletic achievements.
    Additionally, Beck is a volunteer in community service organizations such as the Special Olympics, the Nature Center and Reaching Through Reading.
    The club particularly appreciated her environmental efforts in the Los Alamos High School ECO Club and her own home garden. They wished her continued success as she pursues her course of study in Exercise Science at Montana State University.

  • BY KELLY DOLEJSI
    Special to the Monitor
    The classic Spanish film, “The Spirit of the Beehive” (“El Espiritu de la Colmena”) (1973, subtitled) will screen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs meeting-room theater. The free screening is part of the Mesa Public Library Free Film Series.

    Set in 1940, the film, which won multiple awards for best actor (Ana Torrent) and best director (Victor Erice), and is listed on Roger Ebert’s “Great Movies” list, begins when inhabitants of a small Spanish town gather to watch the 1931 masterpiece “Frankenstein.”

    Later that night and unable to sleep, one of the children, Ana (Ana Torrent) asks her slightly older sister why the monster killed the young girl. Isabel (Isabel Telleria) responds that he didn’t – that it was fake, a trick – and further, that she’s seen the monster for real, as a spirit.

    Isabel’s story leads Ana to a misunderstanding that leads to potentially serious consequences for her and her family. 

  • TODAY

    The Jemez Thrift Shop will hold a bag day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    THURSDAY

    Los Alamos Farmers Market is every Thursday in the Mesa Public Library parking lot from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

     

    The Los Alamos High School Spring Dance Show will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Duane Smith Auditorium. This year’s show will feature ballroom, Latin, swing, ballet, hip-hop, juggling, Bollywood and modern dance. Admission is free.

     

    Los Alamos County will host a variety of activities for Star Wars Day. Activities include photos with Star Wars Movie characters, free stickers and temporary tattoos, arts and crafts at the Mesa Public Library, the Teen Center and the Youth Activity Center from 2-5 p.m. and an all-ages costume and Lego contest at Ashley Pond.

     

    Thursday, June 8
    A Different Way (6-week course)
    A Different Way provides an opportunity to reconnect with your values, and discover how simple living intersects with sustainability--at personal and global levels. 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Admission: Participation is FREE, but purchase of the course book is REQUIRED. 

    FRIDAY

  • The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on upland game hunting rules for the 2018 to 2022 seasons.
    The department will present its initial proposals for the 2018-22 upland game seasons, including dates and bag limits, to the State Game Commission at its May 11 meeting at the Community Center on Air Park Road in at the Municipal Airport in Clayton.
    Comments about upland game rules can be emailed to casey.cardinal@state.nm.us or sent by postal mail to Casey Cardinal, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, N.M. 87504. The department’s proposal will be posted to the department’s website, wildlife.state.nm.us.
    A public meeting about the proposals will be conducted at:
    • New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Northwest Area Office, 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 17, 3841 Midway Place, N.E., Albuquerque.


  • Star Paving will start construction activities on the North Mesa Improvements Phase I Project the week of May 1.
    Proposed improvements include roadway reconstruction of the following streets:
    • Camino Uva (from San Ildefonso to the cul-de-sac), and
    • Camino Durasnilla (from San Ildefonso to Camino Uva).  
    More specifically, the proposed work involves removal and replacement of asphalt surfacing, curb, gutter, sidewalks (at required locations), drive pads, ADA curb ramps and drainage structures.
    Work hours will be Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Access to residents as well as services such as mail delivery, emergency services, trash and recycling collection will be maintained.
    On street parking, will be restricted for the duration of the construction project. Residents are asked to find alternate parking on adjacent streets.
    Questions/comments call the Public Works Department at 662-8150 or send an email to LACPW@lacnm.us.

  • Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities are encouraging customers to devote 10 minutes to rate the DPU’s performance in providing electric, natural gas, water and wastewater services.   The seventh biennial customer satisfaction survey is kicking off this week.
    An independent firm, Southwest Planning and Marketing is conducting a phone survey with some online options. Data from DPU’s residential and commercial customers will be compiled, interpreted and presented in a report.  DPU will post the report in June on the DPU website losalamosnm.us/government/departments/utilities/ and make it available in its office located at 1000 Central Avenue, Suite 130, Los Alamos.
    Information provided by customers is used by the DPU to plan for future improvements and enhancements. “I hope our customers will take the time to participate in the satisfaction survey,” stated Utilities Manager Timothy Glasco. “Our customers are important to us. We want to ensure that we are meeting their current and future utility service needs, while providing exceptional customer service.”
    For more information or questions, call or email the DPU at 662-8333 or CustomerCare@lacnm.us.

  • The Atomic Heritage Foundation and the Los Alamos Historical Society have launched an online “Ranger in Your Pocket” program on the Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row at Los Alamos, NM. AHF President Cindy Kelly explained, “During the Manhattan Project, two famous scientists lived in the Hans Bethe House. This program gives a unique glimpse into life at Los Alamos with first-hand accounts.”
    The Hans Bethe House is now the Harold Agnew Cold War Gallery of the Los Alamos History Museum. Formerly called Master Cottage Number One, it was the first residence built by the Los Alamos Ranch School. The director of the school, A. J. Connell, lived there briefly before it became home for the school’s masters (teachers). But, as LAHS Executive Director Heather McClenahan explains in one of the vignettes, “The building caught on fire. When A. J. rebuilt the building, he built it out of stone.” Today, tourists can visit what was originally just a little stone rectangle but was expanded over the decades.
    The quaint cottage has been home to eminent scientists. During the Manhattan Project, Edwin and Elsie McMillan moved into the house with their young daughter, Ann. When they moved out, Hans and Rose Bethe moved in. Both Edwin and Hans would go on to win Nobel Prizes for their scientific contributions.

  • Los Alamos Boy Scout Troop 122 hosted a youth leadership training session at Historic Los Luceros on March 5.
    In addition to enjoying the facilities and turkeys, the boy scouts cleaned out an irrigation ditch as a service project, helping prepare the location for the growing season. 
    Youth leaders learned team building and position responsibilities, developing skills to lead their troop and become mature young men to lead in their community. 
    “We were thrilled to host the boys of Troop 122,” said Historic Sites Director Patrick Moore. “Their contributions in helping clean the irrigation ditch was symbolic of not only the guiding principles of scouting, but also supported a time-honored agricultural tradition in preparing the acequia for the coming planting season. The best of combining service with New Mexico heritage.”
    Founded in 1953, Troop 122 continues to be highly active in the Los Alamos and surrounding areas, teaching life skills to boys using an outdoor program.
    Los Alamos area boy scouts interested in learning more about Troop 122 can attend a scout meeting to meet the scoutmaster Mr. Mosier, and the diverse group of scouts. Meetings are held Thursday nights from 7-8:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Los Alamos located next door to Sullivan Field.

  • If you’ve noticed your pet’s eye lenses becoming cloudy or opaque, your pet could be developing cataracts. Though cataracts can decrease vision, or even cause complete blindness, not every companion animal that develops cataracts requires surgery. Dr. Lucien Vallone, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained how cataracts can affect pets.
    “A cataract is an opacity of the lens,” Vallone said. “A clear lens is necessary for good vision; thus, any opacification can cause decreased vision. However, not all cataracts are the same. Some cases of cataracts are so severe they can cause blindness and inflammation in the eye, which may cause significant discomfort. Some cases are small enough they don’t interfere with vision at all and should be monitored.”
    All companion animals can develop cataracts, but Vallone said cataracts are common in dogs. Several breeds of dogs may be predisposed to cataracts, though not every dog within these breeds are affected.

  • April 29-May 6
    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
    9 a.m.        Pilates
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion             group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chef Salad
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Hamburger with             Cheese
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY    
    8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.    NO LAVA Quilters

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 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 micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are 12–6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, and 12–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating.
    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 OK with mellow cats, but other dominant males sometimes bother him.
    Wally—A handsome and regal 3-year-old tabby. He has beautiful, inquisitive eyes that draw in volunteers and shelter visitors, and he loves when volunteers open his kennel to pet him. Wally came to the shelter as a stray, so we don’t know much about his history, but he’s excited about finding a home that will keep him inside and make him part of the family.

  • On a beautiful spring Saturday morning, a few local ladies (and a few men) gathered in the Memorial Rose Garden with Extension Officer Carlos Valdez to learn tips and tricks for pruning rose bushes. The New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service has been working with the Garden Club every year for 30 years on this particular talk.
    “It’s been a great relationship that we’ve had,” Valdez said, and thanked the Garden Club for providing all the beautiful roses in the garden. The Los Alamos Garden Club has been in place since the mid-1940s and has taken care of the Memorial Rose Garden since 1957.
    Although the workshop focused on pruning rose bushes, Valdez began the morning with general information concerning planting and rose care.
    Extra tip: It is best to ease into the growing season with water and fertilizer. In the same way, ease out of the season gently with those things.
    Plantings Roses: To explain most of his tips, Valdez used the example of bare root roses. “Find yourself a reputable rose supplier. You want to purchase the highest grade of rose that you can get,” he said. Once the rose bush is purchased, soak overnight in a bucket of water and plant it the following day.