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Today's Features

  • Non-traditional students in New Mexico at risk of not being able to afford a college education will benefit from $76,000 in Boundless Opportunity Scholarships announced today by the Daniels Fund.
    Colleges and universities in New Mexico receiving Boundless Opportunity Scholarship awards include: Central New Mexico University; Eastern New Mexico University; and the University of New Mexico, Taos campus.
    Funding is awarded in two-year cycles, so Boundless Opportunity Scholarships are available at other colleges and universities that received awards last year. A complete list of schools offering the scholarship can be found on the Daniels Fund website, DanielsFund.org.
    The Boundless Opportunity Scholarship is available at select two- and four-year colleges and universities and is intended for highly-motivated students seeking the next level of achievement in their lives, regardless of their life path.
    Candidates for the scholarship must demonstrate financial need, and each college or university may focus on particular populations from a list of categories established for the program. The categories include: adult learners; GED recipients; foster care youth; juvenile justice youth; returning military; and individuals pursuing EMT/paramedic training.

  • The entries this year for the Dog Jog Logo contest were “inventive and creative,” according to the Dog Jog Committee.
    The winner of this year’s contest is Kristen Carrara, a fifth-grader from Piñon Elementary School. Second place went to Malea Joyce; third place went to Makenna Ellsworth; and fourth place went to Paige Power.
    The committee chose to award 12 honorable mentions this year to the following artists:
    Emily Carr (a second submission in addition to her winning entry)
    Amaya Coblentz (and special recognition for her inventive signature)
    Kaylee Ellsworth
    Alexis Garcia
    Mirabella Guerin
    Elise Olivas
    Lauren Poague
    Neha Sadasivan
    Lily Shevitz
    Marissa Smith
    Sofie Vandenkieboom
    Carrara, as the winning artist, can look forward to seeing her design on 300 or so Dog Jog 2013 T-shirts around town this spring. She will also receive a free 2013 Dog Jog T-shirt with her design on it.  

  • Faith, hope and love — and the greatest of these, is the one you need at that moment.
    Faith is the thing you believe in, that which is bigger than you. It doesn’t matter to me whether you wear the cross of Jesus or the Star of David or whether you believe in Buddha or some other good deity. Your faith is what pulls you out of the moment and makes you believe in goodness.
    Hope, to me, is what lifts your eyes from the ground to sky. It is what lifts your heart out of your head and transports you to what could be, what will be and how life should be.
    Love is also best defined by you at the moment. Love is the feeling that surrounds you — the people, the community and the zest for appreciation. It is those that take you for who you are, how you best receive it and highlight what is best about you, in any given moment.
    I hope you have all three. I hope you give all three and I hope you look around to others that might not have all three and lend them a kind word or a smile. The best thing is they are free — a low-impact exercise yielding a large payoff.
    I heard an interpretation of the Pope’s mass this morning, where I understand he told those in attendance not to mistake tenderness for weakness.
    I hope the world is listening.

  • Pope Francis urged the massive crowds gathered for his installation Mass to protect the environment, as well as the weakest and poorest people of the earth.

  • Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    • Feb. 4: A boy, Raymond Roy Farrar, born to Rachael Saenz and Chris Farrar
    • Feb. 13: A boy, Antonio Leroy Montoya, born to Leanne and Jemuel Montoya
    • Feb. 13: A boy, Emmett Grant Hanks, born to Michelle and Brandon Hanks
    • Feb. 15: A girl, Jayla Vest, born to Angela and Devan Vest
    • Feb. 16: A girl, Claire Baumbach, born to Amber and Ryan Baumbach
    • Feb. 23: A girl, Emmalynn Martinez, born to Dyna Trujillo and Joseph Martinez
    • Feb. 25: A boy, William Scott Nelson, born to Katherine and Andrew Nelson
    • Feb. 26: A boy, Kash Nicholas Preston, born to Annette and Daniel Preston
    • March 3: A boy, David James Gurule, born to Jennifer Espinoza and James B. Gurule
    • March 6: A girl, Cora June Melton, born to Kylene and William Melton
    • March 7: A boy, Glynn Michael Taylor, born to Laura and Stuart Taylor
    • March 8: A boy, Noah Richard Walker, born to Kimberly and Andrew Walker

  • The search is on for New Mexico’s outstanding senior volunteer.
    The Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, honors the contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.
    Nominations for outstanding senior volunteers will be accepted until March 31.
    State winners then will be selected by popular vote at SalutetoSeniorService.com. Online voting will take place from April 15-30.
    From those state winners, a panel of senior care experts will pick the national Salute to Senior Service honoree.
    Home Instead, Inc. will donate $500 to each of the state winners’ favorite nonprofit organizations and their stories will be posted on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame.
    In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s nonprofit charity of choice.
    “We all know seniors who do so much for our community,” said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead, Inc.
    “These silent heroes give selflessly, expecting nothing in return. And yet, their contributions often make a difference not only to the organizations they serve, but in changing how the public views growing older.”

  • La Leche League of Los Alamos will discuss “Breastfeeding and Avoiding Difficulties” at its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Teen Room at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr.
    All interested, pregnant, or breastfeeding women are welcome to learn and share, through mother-to-mother support, the basics and benefits of breastfeeding.  A lending library with books and audio tapes concerning childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and nutrition is available. Nursing babies, and toddlers who have difficulty separating, are welcome.
    LLL is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing information, education, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.
    For more information, contact Cathleen at 661-4033 or Gina at 661-8740.

  • They say it takes a village to raise a child. I believe not only that, but even beyond. Sometimes life brings you rainbows and all is perfect in your world.
    Sometimes life brings you a storm of the century and you wonder how you will ever make it through the darkness.
    We have had so many of those storms, I’m wondering if the rainbows will ever come back.
    One thing I do know, I can always count on my family, friends and community, because we have had so many storms in the last 16 years and without fail, all of you have been by our side.
    Ken and I are very lucky to have so much love sent our way. Saturday evening, March 2 touched my heart beyond any imagination. There are so many people to thank, although words just do not come close to show how you all made me feel and what a financial ease you have given me.
    Thanks to each and everyone of you for everything. You all are the silver lining to my very dark clouds. I send my love and deepest of gratitude to everyone.

    Cindy Geoffrion
    Los Alamos 

  • Suzanne M. Birdsell, a resident of Los Alamos, has been named to first honors on the Clark University dean’s list. This selection marks outstanding academic achievement during the Fall 2012 semester.

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    Erin Dinehart, a senior biochemistry major from Los Alamos, has been named to the University of Dallas dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester for earning a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

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    The Southwest District of Kiwanis had its annual mid-year conference at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe March 2. Representatives from Los Alamos’ two K-Kids Clubs (Aspen and Barranca Elementary) and Builders Club at the middle school, were invited to make their presentations describing their club’s activities.
    Representatives and their clubs are as follows: Katherine Elton, president of Aspen Elementary K-Kids Club; Neha Sadasivan, president of Barranca Elementary K-Kids Club; and Esperanza Tapia, president of the Middle School Builders Club. Don Casperson is the Kiwanis advisor for all the Los Alamos clubs; Audrey Juliani is the Barranca staff advisor; and Sharon Allen is the Aspen staff advisor. All the clubs are helping to support Project Eliminate, a Kiwanis three-year initiative to try and rid the world of neonatal tetanus.

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  • Local orthodontist and former wrestler, Dr. Devan  Vest, along with Rich Welding, SOC and El Parasol, were all recently recognized for their contributions to the Los Alamos High school wrestling team. Richard Ronquillo of Rich Welding presented hand-crafted awards created for the annual banquet. The sponsors also aided students in raising $2,000 for a fellow wrestler from another school recently diagnosed with cancer.