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  • Española
    Ortega’s Grill, 819 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date Inspected: Jan. 16
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Shanghai Oriental Restaurant, 734 N. Riverside Dr., Suite D
    Date Inspected: Jan. 27
    Violations: All high-risk violations have been corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Walmart No. 2656 — Meat Market, 1610 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date Inspected: Jan. 27
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Beverage container equipped with straw in food prep area — open coffee cup not acceptable however no contents in cup during inspection. Two low-risk violations. Base coving tiles pulling away from wall and loose, missing or cracked floor tiles need repair. Open space along ceiling/walls need to be sealed.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • New Mexico House Rabbit Society’s latest campaign serves as a reminder that live rabbits aren’t a good idea for Easter baskets and invites reflection before impulsively acquiring one.
    Bus tails are in Santa Fe and Albuquerque depicting a rabbit next to a basket with the message “Think Beyond Easter!”
    While rabbits make great household pets, they are also the third-most surrendered animal to shelters, with many arriving in the post-Easter months.
    Bewildered and poorly-informed rabbit owners easily give up on the cute Easter Bunny they got from a feed store or pet shop when they realize just how much work this companion animal requires.
    Even worse, some well-meaning people simply let their bunnies go ‘free’ once taking care of them becomes too difficult. “Letting a domesticated rabbit loose in the wild is a sure death sentence,” said NMHRS President Bill Velasquez. “They aren’t like wild cottontails, but depend on their human caretaker for food. They’re eaten by the next predator that comes along.”

  • It’s easy to see why streams of visitors flocked to Estrella Del Norte Vineyard on Sunday to experience the winery’s “Zozobra Red” red table wine.
    Named after one of Santa Fe’s iconic Fiesta traditions, this popular wine is vinted from local grapes and labeled with artwork traditional of the historic Zozobra character with a modern flair.
    Estrella Del Norte Vineyard, voted Santa Fe’s No. 1 winery (Santa Fe Reporters 2014 Best of Santa Fe) and two-time recipient of TripAdvisor’s Customer Service Excellence Award was able to secure an agreement with Kiwanis of Santa Fe for the use of the popular Zozobra character on the red table wine.
    This strategic partnership was created to promote the Zozobra brand and help the Kiwanis organization with their good work in the community.
    At the event, Ray Sandoval, Zozobra Event Committee Chair, said in a speech to the crowd, “The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe is more than happy to partner with our local business Estrella Del Norte Vineyard to bring forth this signature wine, as unique as the cultural event of Zozobra itself.”

  • Whoever christened the U.S.S. Reluctant must have met the crew.
    “Mister Roberts” originally won the Tony for Best Play in 1948, and was followed by a film in 1955 starring Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell and Jack Lemmon. Its success was followed by a TV series and a live television broadcast.
    Those are a lot of shoulders to stand (or float) on, and the cast of the Los Alamos Little Theatre has done an admirable job bringing this classic to life.
    We meet the crew of the Reluctant engaged in war. No, not the dramatic war playing out throughout the oceans of World War II — the charismatic Lt. Roberts (Jeff Favorite) is leading the troops in a small rebellion against their overbearing and personally ambitious captain (Larry Gibbons).
    Mister Roberts, though, longs to be off of the Pacific cargo ship and off fighting the real war, even as it threatens to come to an end without him.
    The brave efforts of the lieutenant are aided by his two best friends and fellow officers, Pulver (Don Monteith) and “Doc” (Richard Parker).

  • Today
    Science on Tap. Amanda Barry, a research scientist at LANL, will discuss engineering microalgae for biofuel production. 5:30 p.m. at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.

    Wetland Restoration in New Mexico Desert Grasslands. 7 p.m. Karla Sartor will discuss the birds and plants of desert grasslands in southern New Mexico. The important habitat is threatened by historic overgrazing and climate change. Learn techniques to restore habitats, and how these practices can be applied locally on the Pajarito Plateau. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Republican Party of Los Alamos to Meet with County Manager for monthly meeting. 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, room 610. The public is welcome to attend a presentation by County Manager Harry Burgess on “Upcoming Issues in Los Alamos County.” A business meeting will follow the presentation.

    Valentina Devine: Knit One, Crochet Two, a solo exhibit. Daily through March 21.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library.
    Friday
    LARSO public meetings. 12:15 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

  • LAHS seniors can apply for library scholarships

    The Friends of LA County Libraries will award up to four $2,500 scholarships again this year and also will administer the $2,500 June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship.
    Any senior in good standing, who is enrolled at Los Alamos High School or in an approved home school program in Los Alamos County and plans to continue his or her education at a recognized institution by September of the year following graduation, may apply for the scholarships.
    The June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship is only available to LAHS seniors. June Ettinger was a long-time resident of Los Alamos who taught for more than 20 years at Barranca Mesa and Mountain Elementary Schools.
    The basis of the award is a personal narrative of about 500 words, typed and double-spaced, concerning an age-appropriate book that was not required for school and has not been translated into a visual medium.
    “The student’s essay should tell readers in what way this book has added to their understanding of the human condition or has enhanced their life,” said Maire O’Neill, Scholarship Chairman for the Friends.
    Deadline for the scholarship essays is 5 p.m. April 14. Essays must be delivered to the Friends Bookstore at Mesa Public Library prior to that time.

  • Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Paul Arendt as he leads a hike through Ancho Canyon on Saturday. The group will meet at 9 a.m., and the hike is expected to last about 5-6 hours.
    There are many canyons to explore in White Rock, and the outing will give participants a chance to go with an experienced guide and a group of other hikers. The hike will begin down the Power Line Trail into lower Ancho Canyon, and then it will continue on to Ancho Rapids. From there the hike will proceed upriver to the Red Dot Trail. Along the way the group will examine several petroglyphs and a few old rock formations. The total distance is more than eight miles, with an elevation gain/loss of around 1,200 feet. A limited amount of bush whacking over uneven terrain will be required. The level of this hike is moderate to difficult.
    While it’s free to participate, the hike is limited to 15 adults, and advance registration is required. Meeting location details will be provided upon registration. For more information about this event and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org or contact the organization at Programs@PajaritoEEC.org or 662-0460.

  • With great advances in technology comes the increasing rush to keep up with these advances.
    Libraries are great users of these advances, because of their role as record keepers, catalogers, reference sources, and providers of free reading, listening and viewing materials.
    The Los Alamos County Library System is upgrading to a new Integrated Library System (ILS), in order to have the capacity to accommodate new resources, and to make all these resources easy to find.
    Get ready for a new library catalog, with user friendly features:
    • Mobile compatibility — search from your phone
    • Simple single-box searching, as in search engines
    • Searching all formats — books, downloadables, audiobooks, DVDs — simultaneously
    • Integration of e-books and e-audiobooks into the catalog
    • Fuzzy logic — gives good results even with spelling errors
    • Separate kids and teens catalogs

  • Early Bird registration for the Los Alamos Dog Jog is open from now through April 5.  
    Early registrants can save $5 off of the entry of the first child or adult household member’s registration.
    Every registered individual will receive an event T-shirt with a logo designed by local fifth grader Bella Robertson and a packet filled with entertaining and educational dog related information. Humans without dogs and would like to have one for the race, dog rentals may be available.
    Dogs and their human companions will gather at Rover Park in White Rock on April 25 to run the 5-kilometer course or walk the 2-mile course in the annual Dog Jog. Race prizes and awards will be given for the fastest runners, walkers and dogs in all manner of categories.  
    Coordinated by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, the Mountain Canine Corps and the Atomic City Roadrunners, the Dog Jog is a fundraising event for the Friends of the Shelter.  
    Friends of the Shelter is a nonprofit organization that recruits and trains shelter volunteers and helps purchase needed items and vet services for the dogs, cats and other animals at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.

  • Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Steven Brooks, Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Coordinator for the State of New Mexico will speak about DMC 101 and trends in the state and in Los Alamos County.

    Valentina Devine: Knit One, Crochet Two, a solo exhibit. Daily through March 21.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library.
    Thursday
    Wetland Restoration in New Mexico Desert Grasslands. 7 p.m. Karla Sartor will discuss the birds and plants of desert grasslands in southern New Mexico. The important habitat is threatened by historic overgrazing and climate change. Learn techniques to restore habitats, and how these practices can be applied locally on the Pajarito Plateau. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol cadets participated in a ceremony honoring the contributions of New Mexico’s World War II Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members. The ceremony took place at the State Capitol in February.
    The ceremony was part of the Legislature’s annual Military Appreciation Day.
    Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol Cadets served as a color guard during the ceremony.
    Civil Air Patrol was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in a Washington ceremony last December, as Congressional leaders presented the medal to CAP’s national commander and to 46 living CAP veterans of World War II. The honor recognizes CAP’s founding members’ role in protecting the American homeland and carrying out numerous wartime missions.
    The award had earlier been approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
    Families of three of New Mexico’s World War II CAP members received bronze replicas of the gold medal at the Roundhouse ceremony. These replicas are identical to those presented to living veterans at the Washington ceremony. The wartime service of the late CAP members Robert S. Chamberlin, John F. Davis and James Taylor were recognized.

  • Today
    Making Next Generation Biofuel Systems Work. 7 p.m. at the Reel Deal Theater. Dr. Richard Sayre will discuss next generation biofuel systems. Donations are appreciated. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    Valentina Devine: Knit One, Crochet Two, a solo exhibit. Daily through March 21.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library. Reception 5-6 p.m. March 5.
    Wednesday
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Steven Brooks, Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Coordinator for the State of New Mexico will speak about DMC 101 and trends in the state and in Los Alamos County.

  • Three Young Adult Patrollers and five YAP candidates from Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol traveled to Sunlight Mountain Resort recently in Colorado for the Annual Rocky Mountain Division YAP Jamboree.
    YAPS JoAnna O’Neill, John Rees and Max Herrmann, and candidates Ethan Aulwes, Justin Holmes, Gustavo Rogers, Chris Buntain and Kai Coblentz participated in the two-day event with other young adults from Loveland, Sandia and Sunlight ski areas.
    The skiers trained and practiced on toboggan techniques with O’Neill and Rees in the more advanced groups and the others in the beginner groups.  
    They participated in a scenario challenge where they had to transport a two-foot snowman by toboggan downhill to the lift and were judged on creativity and the condition of the snowman when it reached the bottom.
    Traveling with the group were YAP advisors David Phillips, Steve Maze, and Julie Maze, patrollers Eric Schaller, Mike O’Neill, patrol medical director Robert McClees, and patrol candidates Heidi Rogers and Jessica Gillis.

  • First Born Program of Los Alamos recently celebrated its “kick-off” party at Bridge Care for Women. In attendance were local medical providers, community members and social service providers.
    “We’re excited to be offering this vital service to first-time families again,” stated Board Member Dr. Tom Csanadi during the event.
    Kim Ferguson, program co-manager further explained, “First Born of Los Alamos began accepting referrals in December, and we currently have no waiting list. All Los Alamos families pregnant and parenting for the first time can request services, regardless of income.
    Each family is assigned a specially-trained home visitor who provides information and support concerning that family’s individuals goals, needs, and concerns. Home visits last around 45 minutes and occur on a weekly basis, and all visits include information from the First Born curriculum and the opportunity to check-in with the home visitor to discuss any questions, concerns, or support needs the family has.”

  • This week, I’d like to highlight the many youth-sponsored events that are taking place in town.
    At this very moment, Girl Scouts in and around Los Alamos are selling their wares and hoping you will make a purchase. They are trying something new and not coming door to door with pre-orders, but finding out what you love and delivering on the spot.
    So if you find yourself in need, call your favorite Girl Scout and if she doesn’t have the type of cookie you want, she has an awesome network of sisters that will help a girl out.
    There’s a SPUD in the oven with your name on it. The Los Alamos High School class of 2017 will have a SPUDtacular dinner from 4:30-7:30 p.m. today at Trinity Hill Episcopal Church. Tickets are $7 each or $20 for four and includes a potato and all the fixings with shamrock lemonade. Tickets will be available at the door.
    That fabulous Speech and Debate teams will be warming waffles on Saturday morning.

  • March 15-21, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:30 a.m.     Tax preparation (call)
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)
    10:30 a.m.    LARSO advisory council
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Green chile             chicken enchiladas
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    Mac users group
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Corned beef             and cabbage
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    1:30 p.m.    Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

  • 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: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as 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
    Cattibre (female) and Spook (male) — They are 6 and 8 years old. They have lived together in one house for most of their lives and were recently surrendered due to an owner move. They are both shorthaired black cats with white markings and are quite friendly. They may be adopted together or individually. Adopt them together and only pay the adoption fee for one.

  • The Los Alamos Photography Club is hosting the 20th Annual Los Alamos Photographer’s Show at the Mesa Public Library in the upstairs gallery. The show runs from March 30 to May 2.
    Anyone who has photos they would like to submit for the show, submissions are being accepted now. Photos should be dropped off at the library on March 28.
    Los Alamos Photo Club representatives will be present from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to receive submissions.
    As in previous years, the event is co-chaired by Doug Coombs and Ken Hanson.
    Last year’s participants are encouraged to attend this year as well.
    Photographers of any skill level (beginner, amateur or professional) of high school age or older who live or work in Los Alamos County are eligible to enter. Any photographic process that results in prints suitable for hanging is acceptable.
    Photos must be matted and framed with wires for hanging on the back. Photos must not have been presented in the show before. The subject of the photos should be appropriate for display at a public facility.
    Photos will be hung from 1-4 p.m. March 29. Anyone submitting photos are also invited to hang photos. Participants hanging photos are asked to bring a pencil, a hammer, a pair of needle-nose pliers and a tape measure.

  • People swarmed the Sandia Resort & Casino last weekend for the 27th Annual Fiery Foods Show in Albuquerque. Vendors from across the state were there to sell their best gourmet foods, sauces, spices, rubs, cookbooks and sweet treats. Albuquerque’s own Candy Lady was also there selling “Breaking Bad” merchandise. Kids enjoyed the show’s new mascot, “Chile the Kid.”

  • Los Alamos
    Pajarito Mountain Café, 397 Camp May Road
    Date Inspected: Jan. 5
    Violations: none
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Comfort Inn and Suites, 2455 Trinity Dr.
    Date Inspected: Jan. 15
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Morning Glory, 1377 Diamond Dr.
    Date Inspected: Jan. 15
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Chili Works, 1743 Trinity Dr.
    Date Inspected: Jan. 15
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Blue Window Bistro Catering, 813 Central Ave.
    Date Inspected: Jan. 27
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Blue Window Bistro, 813 Central Ave.
    Date Inspected: Jan. 27
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Need thermometers in all refrigerators and freezers. One low-risk violation. Food handlers must wear hair restraints.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.