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Today's Features

  • Colleen Goddard (third from left), poses with Chamisa students Tuesday morning, as they fundraised for field trips. Students hand made key chains and bracelets to sell. 

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the side room at White Rock Baptist Church. They will make a needle case during the meeting. Bring a small pair of scissors and a large eye needle. You can also bring any embellishments you would like to use on the needle case. They will also pass out the guidelines for the Leprechaun Challenge. The Guild welcomes beginning and experienced quilters.

  • I hope you spent some time yesterday taking in the 2013 Inauguration.
    The politics of the day don’t matter when you have a chance to witness history in the making — especially if you can share it with youth.
    I viewed the event from a different perspective, taking in all the SPARKS or passions that were represented on a grand stage.
    As a speech communications major, I like to watch for the speeches, the pomp and circumstance and I love a good military march from the Marine Corps Band, also known as The President’s Own.
    We had the representation of music from instrumental to James Taylor, Kelly Clarkson and Beyoncé. How wonderful for every age to be able to relate.
    There was also the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and the solo of Alicia Olatula, during the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Think of the possibility that elementary-aged kids can see what can become of their passions. I understand that it is even available on iTunes.
    There was fashion and hairstyle discussion throughout the day and I’m sure that will continue for the days ahead.
    Poetry from Richard Blanco was part of the program and Blanco even used it to pay tribute to his mother’s work, to provide him the moment. How neat to see so much art and culture throughout the morning.

  • When Lauri Houlton received the call from the Española Valley Humane Society’s Linda Sanchez, she had no idea what she was in store for. After all, she began fostering dogs in April 2011, so it was no surprise that she was being called on to foster another pup.

    Dracula, a black-and-tan puppy came to stay with Houlton and her boyfriend Ross Van Lyssel on Oct. 4, because he was too small to go to the mobile adoption scheduled for that weekend.

    Van Lyssel has a Shepherd/Husky-mix named Beth and Houlton has two dogs she kept from her first fostering, brother and sister, Knut and Klondike.

    Plus, fostering dogs is nothing new for the couple. They have fostered 129 dogs.

    Dracula, however, was not their typical foster pup.

    “The very first day Drac came home, we noticed he got sick every time he ate his Puppy Chow. He couldn’t keep anything down,” Houlton said.

    “He was returned to the shelter on Friday the 5th so the vets could check him out. I called all weekend to check on him. Linda then had me meet with Dr. Parker, a vet at EVHS. He explained that he believed Dracula had an aortic arch. That is a blood vessel that has grown around and encircling the esophagus instead of next to it.”

  • Learn about how archaeologists study ancient sites in the wake of forest fires, from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Dr. Anastasia Steffen will give a hands-on introduction to archaeological obsidian analyses and an overview of current projects underway at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    The large forest fires of the last few decades have burned much of the eastern Jemez Mountains, including about one-third of the Valles Caldera. Culminating with the recent Las Conchas Fire, this spate of wildfires burned hundreds of archaeological sites, including more than 80 percent of the prehistoric obsidian quarries.
    In this talk, Steffen will consider the methods archaeologists can use to understand how past peoples made tools, when they were making them, how past forest fires may have affected the archaeological sites, how the soil deposits at these sites have changed over the centuries, and ways that the volcanic glass was transported and traded across the continent.
    Steffen is cultural resources coordinator at the Valles Caldera National Preserve and adjunct faculty in the Anthropology Department at the University of New Mexico. She has worked in the Jemez Mountains since 1990 and has led archaeological inventory and research at the preserve since 2001.

  • Jan. 20-26, 2013
    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
    BESC closed, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Low vision/hearing group
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Meatloaf
    Noon AARP meeting
    1:30 p.m. Friends meeting
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m. RSVP quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Lemon
    pepper cod
    1:15 p.m. Socrates Café
    1:30 p.m. Daytime duplicate bridge
    THURSDAY
    8:30 a.m. Walk in the woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Sweet ‘n sour pork
    1:30 p.m. Tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge
    FRIDAY
    9 a.m. Screeing for Strong People program
    9:15 a.m. Line dancing
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken enchilada
    Noon B-days celebrated
    12:30 p.m. Movie: “In Your Wildest Dreams,” 1991

  • The University of Minnesota Duluth has announced its dean’s list for fall semester 2012. Students on the dean’s list have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
    Los Alamos resident Stephanie Bronkhorst, is attending the College of Liberal Arts, seeking a bachelor’s degree in English. Bronkhorst was named to the dean’s list.

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    Emily Katherine Funsten, daughter of Herbert and Ann Funsten of Los Alamos, was named to the dean’s list during the fall 2012 term at Middlebury College. The dean’s list is the second highest recognition for academic achievement at the liberal arts institution in Vermont. Funsten is majoring in neuroscience.
    To be selected for the dean’s list, students must carry a full course load of four or more classes during the semester, achieve a grade point average of 3.3 or higher and earn no grade lower than a B-.

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    Michelle Boerigter, daughter of Dr. Stephen and Kathleen Boerigter of Los Alamos, was named to the dean’s list for the second semester of the 2012-13 school year at Hope College. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average. 

  • Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    • Jan. 2: A girl, Ilianna Marie Huerta, born to Celina Trujillo and Paul Huerta
    • Jan. 4: A boy, Thomas Quinn Houlton, born to Paige and Andrew Houlton
    • Jan. 10: A boy, Dash Ilir Harris, born to Morgan and Joseph Harris

  • Daniel Ahrens displays the first-ever Hubba Bubba Junior Award. Ahrens responsibility and quick thinking has caused Los Alamos High School, in conjunction with Assets In Action, to recognize students nominated anonymously by LAHS staff for making the school a great place everyday.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.
    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets, petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    This would be a wonderful time to consider giving a home to one of the animals in the shelter.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.