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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • “What guidance does the Bible give me for dealing with the anger I feel when I’ve been wronged?” — Chris

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    Kathleen Veenstra is probably most well known for her many years of work with the Los Alamos Public Schools as a counselor, but fewer people are probably familiar with her as an artist. 

    Veenstra is a ceramicist/potter and also a fine artist, painting landscapes and portraits. When asked about how she was able to develop to a professional level in all three areas, Veenstra explained that her first love was art and the career as a counselor evolved somewhat circuitously from there.

    Veenstra remembers painting as a child, encouraged by her father, a frustrated painter. She was proficient as a portrait painter by the time she entered college and had her first formal training. There, she discovered that the combination of feeling and light, which shape landscape paintings fulfilled her artistic desires. She went on to receive a master’s degree in studio art.