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Today's Features

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Outdoor Adventure Programs consist of two weeks of day programs for students entering fourth through sixth grades; one week for students entering seventh and eighth grades, and now, a four-day overnight survival skills camp for adults and families with children ages 12 or older.
    Rourke McDermott will run the new camp titled, “Medicine Hawk’s Summer Survival Skills,” from June 6-9 in the Jemez Mountains.
    Participants will learn skills including primitive fire making, shelter building, making ember bowls and spoons, wild crafting (finding and eating edible wild plants), hunting with throwing sticks, traps and snares, making cordage, locating and purifying water primitively, weaving baskets, making primitive pottery and primitive camouflage.
    The weekend will be packed full of demonstrations and hands-on lessons, with plenty of time to perfect new skills. It will conclude with night survival games.

  • Thursday

    In Search of Dominguez and Escalante. Come to PEEC to hear photographers/authors Siegfried Halus and Greg MacGregor speak about their book, which follows the 1776 expedition of Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Escalante. 7 p.m. Free, with books available for purchase. No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    The deadline for receiving proposals for plays to be performed in the 2013-14 Los Alamos Little Theatre season is Jan. 31. Look for the information sheet on the resources page at lalt.org for instructions.

    The LAHS NJROTC will host brisket night from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Posse Lodge. A $10 donation includes barbecue pork, potato salad, baked beans, corn, a cookie and drink. Proceeds go toward competition travel.
    Sunday

    The Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge will hold a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at the Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. The menu includes plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip, special variety of the month pancakes and sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 10 and younger.
    Feb. 4

  • A representative from the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation will be at Los Alamos High School to help students and parents complete the Financial Aid Application at the FAFSA Fast Five Grant Workship, from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, in the Mac Lab.
    By attending a FAFSA Workshop and completing the FAFSA, students could win a $500 grant to help them with their college expenses. To reserve a space in the Mac Lab, contact Connie Goettee at 663-2595 or email c.goettee@laschools.net.
    Parents and students will need to bring several important documents to complete the FAFSA, including a 2012 Federal Income Tax Return, W-2 forms, birthdate, Social Security Number, any 2012 business and investment mortgage information, business farm records, stock, bond and other investment records, and current bank statements.
    To be eligible for the FAFSA Fast Five Grant, you need to be a U.S. citizen, a New Mexico high school senior and resident, attend a FAFSA Fast Five Grant Workshop and submit your FAFSA application during the event and attend a U.S. college or university the Fall of 2013.
    Student participants will be required to complete an online application and survey on NMknowledge4college.org website.
    The deadline to submit a 2013-2014 FAFSA application and complete the online application and survey is April 1. 

  • The Los Alamos County Science Fair, with the help of coordinator Dawn Brown, runs like a well-oiled machine. In fact, some may say that she’s helped make the fair an event worthy of praise.
    The praise was heaped upon her last weekend, when volunteer, and husband, Art Brown was asked to stop the awards ceremonies for a brief pause, as Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt acknowledged Brown before the crowd.
    “Dawn Brown is terrific,” Schmidt said. “Under her guidance and direction, participation in the science fair has become the thing to do. What makes her special is her ability to stay in perpetual motion. As a community, we need to offer one giant collective thanks.”
    Brown, along with committee members Andy Erickson, Mary Ethel Plotner, Ryan Ross, Randy Ryti, Eva Abeyta, Heather Coy, Barb Musgrave, Katie Tauxe, Becky Steritz, Becky Littleton, Amy Gilbert, Debbie Smith and Susan O’Brien, work behind the scenes for months, to pull off the day’s events.
    More than 321 students represented 309 projects on Saturday, filling Los Alamos High School with science, technology and more volunteers than can possibly be named in a single story.

  • Tails are wagging all over Los Alamos in anticipation of the 2013 Los Alamos Dog Jog, April 27. The Dog Jog is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Shelter, who provide medical services and needed items for animals at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.
    The Dog Jog Committee is calling on all creative young artists to put their imaginations and love of dogs to work by submitting a drawing for the 2013 Dog Jog Logo Contest. The Logo Contest is open to youngsters in grades three through six, whose families live or work in Los Alamos County.
    The winning design will be used as the official 2013 Los Alamos Dog Jog logo and will be placed on event T-shirts and other official event materials. The Logo Contest winner will also receive one free T-shirt. See lafos.org for entry forms and details. For questions about the logo contest, call Terry at 662-9605. Deadline for the logo entry is 5 p.m. Feb.15.
     

  • Thursday

    In Search of Dominguez and Escalante. Come to PEEC to hear photographers/authors Siegfried Halus and Greg MacGregor speak about their book, which follows the 1776 expedition of Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Escalante. 7 p.m. Free, with books available for purchase. No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    The deadline for receiving proposals for plays to be performed in the 2013-14 Los Alamos Little Theatre season is Jan. 31. Look for the information sheet on the resources page at lalt.org for instructions.

    The LAHS NJROTC will host brisket night from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Posse Lodge. A $10 donation includes barbecue pork, potato salad, baked beans, corn, a cookie and drink. Proceeds go toward competition travel.
    Sunday

    The Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge will hold a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at the Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. The menu includes plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip, special variety of the month pancakes and sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 10 and younger.
    Feb. 4

  • There are so many things I want to write about, this week.
    I think I have settled on the topic of Manti Te’o. I will take a different approach, though.
    The background story is that this is a 20-something college student and football star that appears to have been duped, at least a portion of the time, in an online romance.
    If we set the issue of guilty or not guilty, of knowing or not knowing, of being naive or being a master of deception aside, we have many other, more important issues to discuss.
    When I watched the interview on the ABC show, “Katie,” the thing that bothered me the most were some things that related to his relationship with his parents.
    I will start by saying that this appears to be a lovely family with only the best interest of each other at heart. A family with great core values, among them a love for each other.
    The trouble comes when Te’o made several references of wanting his parents to be proud of him.
    At the heart of that statement, is a lovely sentiment. A child actually cares what his parents think of him.
    The problem I have, is that he was so worried that his father wouldn’t be proud of him, that he lied about ever meeting her face to face, so as not to disappoint him.

  • Colorado Timberline Academy announces that James Coburn, son of Steven Coburn of Los Alamos and Martha C. Perkins of Santa Fe, has been named to the academic honor roll for blocs one and three. The honor roll distinction specifies that a student must have a 3.0 grade point average with nothing below a B, for an academic bloc, a period of four or five weeks. There are seven blocs in a school year.

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    Maria McTeigue, of Los Alamos, a student at Los Alamos High School, has been nominated to represent New Mexico as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2013 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University.
    McTeigue has been awarded the opportunity to join a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive week-long study of journalism and media. McTeigue was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.
    The Washington Journalism and Media Conference will be July 7-July 12.

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  • 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.

  • Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 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
    8:45 a.m. Cardio
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Green chile chicken tortilla soup
    12:30 p.m. Driver safety program
    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Computer users group
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Sloppy Joes
    Noon AARP 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: Roast pork
    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
    9 a.m. Toenail clipping
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Fish and chips
    1:30 p.m. Tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge
    FRIDAY
    9:15 a.m. Line dancing
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Spaghetti and meatballs
    12:30 p.m. Movie: “Hugo,” 2011