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Today's Features

  • Art exhibits
    National Museum of Nuclear Science & History has opened a permanent exhibit by American sculptor Jim Sanborn called “Critical Assembly, the Secrets of Los Alamos 1944: An Installation by American Sculptor Jim Sanborn,” which recreates the Manhattan Project experiments that determined when plutonium goes “critical in an atomic bomb.”
    The museum is open seven days a week from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and is located at 601 Eubank Blvd. SE, in Albuquerque. Call 505-245-2137 for information, or visit nuclearmuseum.org.

    House of Eternal Return, Meow Wolf. Located at 1352 Rufina Circle, Santa Fe. Call 395-6369 for information. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed every Tuesday. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

    Spirit Lines Exhibit at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Find beauty in the broken and imperfect in the tradition of Wabi Sabi. Over 40 artists from around the country have submitted their works in the Spirit Lines theme. Works will be on display until May 5. Art gallery open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

  • One of the many reasons we try to promote the 40 Developmental Assets® is that as youth grow, they can gain the skills and traits that help them make good choices.

    April is underage drinking prevention month. Way back in October, many students planted bulbs in community gardens, which grow and bloom during this month. The nation-wide effort is part of a strategy to remind children to make good choices throughout their lives.

    My husband, along with Lonnie Mehlin, created a pledge garden at the direction of then Chamisa Principal, Kate Thomas that first bloomed in 2008. Every year, with the help of volunteers and Mother Nature, many students from the past, can see the current flowers bloom and are reminded to make good choices, respect their bodies and that it is their choice.

    I find one of the most important things we can do is talk to your children and talk to them often. You’ll see many opportunities, where a simple comment or question may lead to a good talk. If you have been talking about important things along the way, it makes hard conversations easier.

    On April 21, Power Talk 21 will take place online as a way to help parents with having the big talk. The MADD Facebook page is dedicated to it, for an easy way to remember to research the information.

  • Former state senator, journalist and professor of political sciences Dede Feldman will be the guest speaker at this month’s Voices of Los Alamos progressive advocacy meeting.

    Feldman’s presentation will be based on her new book, “Another Way Forward,” which highlights the work of non-profits, social enterprises and grassroots organizations traveling another route to economic development and healthy communities.

    This free event will be from 6:30–7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop, on Monday.

  • Steven and Kim Looney of White Rock announce the birth of their son, Rylan David Looney. Rylan arrived at 3:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Los Alamos Medical Center.

    Rylan weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 21 inches in length. He is the Looneys’ first child.

    Maternal grandparents are Dale and Gina Goralczyk.

    Paternal grandparents are Richard and Martha Looney.

  • TODAY
    The public is invited to a potluck dinner to learn about Polaris Charter School from 5:30-8 p.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St. Members of the Polaris team will be available to talk about the school and answer questions. Bring a dish to share! Polaris will engage students, grade sixth-eighth, in the community, environment, history and culture of northern New Mexico through personalized, hands-on learning experiences that strengthen and support student well-being and intellectual growth.
    THURSDAY
    Chamber Business Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. at UNM-LA Building 2, Room 230. Chief Building Official Michael Arellano and Fire Marshall Jeff Wetteland of Los Alamos County will discuss the county’s commercial code enforcement and building permits/licenses with a focus on how this may affect the business community. Register in advance only!
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walk at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center.
A gentle walk during which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Admission: Free.
    SATURDAY
    Earth Day Festival
from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join us to celebrate Earth Day at the Los Alamos Nature Center, where there will be engaging activities, fun entertainment, and delicious food. Free.

  • This month’s Lunch with a Leader, a community event put on by the League of Women Voters, will feature Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Los Alamos Public Schools superintendent.

    The lunch is at 11:45 a.m. at Mesa Library on April 17.

    Steinhaus was born in Los Alamos and has dedicated his career to education. His prior appointment was at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he served as director of student programs, education, workforce development, scholarships and community giving. Steinhaus has also served as Deputy Secretary of Education and Education Policy Advisory for the Governor of New Mexico. He and his wife Jo Beth have two children. Valerie is a software engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Their son Kent is a hydrology engineer in Colorado, and his wife Katy is an Electrical Engineer. 

    Kurt is a lifetime member of Leadership New Mexico.

    He will discuss school funding and the effect it has on Los Alamos.

    The League’s annual meeting will follow, when various decisions on positions will be made and dues for next year will be collected. Non-members are welcome.

  • Puggle needs a huggle.

    Mason is what’s known as “puggle,” a cross between a beagle and a pug. He is a curious little guy, and is only 3 years old.

    He arrived at the shelter March 22 as a transfer from a dog kennel, and has been a very good boy during his stay at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter.  Mason gets along well with the other dogs, and is friendly with cats also.

    Mason has a short coat of tan and white.   

    According to Los Alamos County Animal Shelter volunteers say he’s also really sweet and loves his snacks. Mason has been microchipped, vaccinated and is ready for his forever home.

    He walks well on a leash, and knows some basic commands, so he’ll be sure to stay out of trouble.

    For more information, call the shelter at 662-8179 or email at police-psa@lacnm.us.

    To find out who else wants a forever home, visit the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter’s Facebook page by typing in “Los Alamos County Animal Shelter into Facebook’s search bar.

  • BY CATHERINE BRINKLEY
    University of California, Davis

    Colorado has received a lot of attention recently as one of the first states to allow recreational marijuana, but it’s also legalizing other things. Denver, one of the nation’s hottest urban real estate markets, is surrounded by municipalities that allow backyard chicken flocks.

    This isn’t just happening in Colorado. Backyard chickens are cropping up everywhere. Nearly 1 percent of all U.S. households surveyed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported owning backyard fowl in 2013, and 4 percent more planned to start in the next five years. That’s over 13 million Americans flocking to the backyard poultry scene.

    Ownership is spread evenly between rural, urban and suburban households and is similar across racial and ethnic groups. A 2015 review of 150 of the most-populated  U.S. cities found that nearly all (93 percent) allowed backyard poultry flocks.

  • Hello, my name is Bennett Horne and I may or may not be an artist.

    My mother was a wonderful artist. She majored in art at the then-College of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, but ended up as a full-time elementary school teacher and mother of five children.

    So her artistic opportunities centered more around the delicious meals she created in a crock pot, the expert advice she gave her children when they needed to come up with an art project for school or even the handsome haircuts she created for me to help me not only look good, but also to help save money for our family.

    I have a sister who’s also a fantastic artist. It’s evident she inherited my mom’s art skills, but she doesn’t have a lot of time to take those skills out for a drive on canvas much anymore.

    These days most of her time is taken up creating safe, happy flights for her passengers as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines.

    After Friday night though, I’m thinking a tiny art gene or two may have actually jumped over from my mom into my DNA strand.

  • Do you remember the joy you felt in learning to read, of escaping into favorite books, of exploring the world through books? Do you remember a favorite teacher who nurtured your thirst for knowledge? 

    Harriet Dodder was such a teacher. She began her career in Los Alamos in 1951 and taught here for 40 years. After retirement, she missed working with children so much that she volunteered as a reading tutor at Barranca Elementary School. Mrs. Dodder loved to read and fostered that love in the children she taught.

    Research shows that access to books builds literacy. One study of over 600 schools in Texas examined the effects on student achievement of several variables – and the quality of the school library outweighed the effects of other school variables, including computers per student, teacher experience, and even teacher turnover ratio. To inspire readers, school libraries must have a good supply of books; the greater the choice of books, the more children choose to read.

    However, the price of books goes up each year while library budgets do not. The average price of a book with a library binding is now $18.