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Today's Features

  • The virtual library meets the actual library in Los Alamos Tuesday, when the Digital Bookmobile pulls into the parking lot to set up shop.

    The Digital Bookmobile is on a coast-to-coast tour, stopping at libraries and schools to tout the benefits of digital reading and listening. The innovative mobile exhibit provides an interactive experience for readers of all ages to explore eBooks and audiobooks available at local public and school libraries.

    Visitors can sample a variety of devices, talk with eReading experts and ask questions of Los Alamos staff about the specifics of the library’s OverDrive program. Tours are free and open to the community, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 20, in the upper parking lot at Mesa Public Library.

    A high-tech update to the traditional bookmobile, OverDrive created this vehicle for libraries and schools to promote their digital book collection. Aboard the truck, readers can learn how to borrow digital books – including J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, James Patterson’s Black Book and a million other popular and educational titles.

  • The community is invited to a student-led community forum from 6-7:30 p.m. March 20 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

    The purpose of this meeting is to give students the chance to be heard and for the community to be involved in the discussion about school safety.

    All interested students, parents and community members are invited to join the round table discussions to engage in dialogue about what the district is currently doing and what can be done moving forward to make a difference in the safety of schools.

  • This month’s meeting of the Military Order of World Wars Chapter 229 will be at 6 p.m. March 20 on the second floor of the Los Alamos Research Building.

    This month’s speaker will be state Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. She will be talking about what happened at this year’s legislative session.

    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. The presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost. 

    The Hot Rocks Java Café staff will be catering the dinner of meatloaf and appropriate side dishes. Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. To make a reservation, a for the dinner is needed by Sunday. Call Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750, or email her at depinyan@cybermesa.com.

  • This week, I wanted to catch you up on a few things that I have been working on lately.

    I started out the year on a health kick, as one of 12 evolving New Year’s resolutions. I have been doing pretty good and sometimes it isn’t that hard at all, so perhaps that is creating habits.

    Then we rolled into February, and I used that time as thank-you note writing time. I selected random people or businesses that may never get thanked for the work they do every day. I really enjoyed that and will try and be more liberal with adding to the list.

    March has more of a personal, as well as health focus again, and I’m trying to keep up with some personal goals. We will see how it goes, but this year, I really see that setting goals doesn’t have to be painful or ridiculously monumental.

    A while back, I asked for your help on gathering good news about former Los Alamos High School teacher Joy Handsberry and trying to accumulate 50 stories, memories or pictures prior to her 50th birthday on April the 5. I still could use some help there, so head on over to Facebook if you would like to assist or call 695-139.

  • The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host a talk by local adventurer Ron Morgan at their next meeting at 7:15 p.m. March 27 at the Nature Center.

    In 2017, Morgan set out with his climbing partners to climb mountains around the world. He began in June with Mount Rainier in Washington state and Tocllaraju in Peru and ended his journey in Mexico in December by climbing Pico de Orizaba and Iztaccíhuatl.

    “My climbing partners and I summited a number of the world’s most beautiful mountains and were turned back only once. ... Lady Luck smiled from high places, and it was an awesome year,” Morgan said.

    Morgan has been a member of the Los Alamos Mountaineers since 2005 and his lifelong addiction to adventure and the outdoors has been enhanced by the “LAM Characters Club.” He took the Climbing School in 2009 with Bill Geist.

    This event will be at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free. For more information about this event, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative finishes strong during an annual Grateful Gram campaign between employees.

    The initiative aims to raise funds for one of the leading organizations that feed underprivileged families across northern New Mexico, The Food Depot.

    “The goal is to remind each other of the great work that we do for our members and the communities we serve”, says Talent Development Specialist, Kathy Ritschel. “Together we can show appreciation while being kind to one another.”

    Employees are able to purchase grateful grams for a small donation, write a thoughtful note to the receiving employee about a time when she or he helped or inspired them during the year. The recipient is also given a Del Norte Credit Union star sticker, entitling them to a casual dress any day of the week. In total, $787 was raised from $1 donations – all from DNCU employees.

    “The success of this campaign is meaningful as it shows that our employees are willing to get involved for a good cause, but it also speaks of great team-work throughout the year – and the celebration of those accomplishments”, says Del Norte Credit Union CEO and President Chuck Valenti.

  • Los Alamos High School students will be selling March For Our Lives shirts during lunch today and Thursday.

    Students at the high school and middle school will participate today in an observance of 17 minutes of silence in honor of the victims of the Parkland, Florida from 10-10:17 a.m.

    Instruction will be paused during the student event.

  • This month’s League of Women Voters’ Lunch with a Leader will be on March 20 at Mesa Library at 11:45 a.m.

    This month’s speaker will be analyst Robert Gibson. He will briefly recap the most recent legislative session, but will focus on what he has learned about the legislative process beyond Civics 101 in an innovative manner as you might surmise from the title: Making Sausage:  Observations of a Fly on the Wall at the Merry Roundhouse.

    Gibson has served on the Los Alamos County Council, Board of Public Utilities, Transportation Board, the first Charter Review Committee, and most recently the Future Energy Resources Committee. For the past four sessions of the New Mexico State Legislature, he has been a bill analyst, researching proposed legislation for three different House committees and the Senate minority caucus.

    When not engaged in developing public policy, Gibson is a physicist and engineer, retired from LANL but pursuing other projects. He also continues to fly part-time as a professional pilot and pursues several hobbies. He and his wife Lori Heimdahl Gibson, an educator and artist, reside on North Mesa.

  • “Growing in God’s Goodness” is the theme of the sixth annual countywide “Women2Women” mini-conference.

    The mini-conference, which seeks to connect Los Alamos women with each other and with God, will take place 9 a.m.-noon, March 17, at the Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Drive.

    The morning of Christian fellowship, mutual encouragement, and spiritual strengthening is open to all women of the community. The event is free. Brunch will be served.

    The church began sponsoring the countywide conference in 2013 and has followed-up each year since. The plan is to hold an annual conference for all nine “fruit of the Spirit” as listed in the Apostle Paul’s biblical letter to the Galatians, chapter 5, verses 22 and 23.

    The 2018 featured speaker is Cheryl Ridlon, chaplain for the Los Alamos Fire Department and other area fire departments. In addition to serving in this volunteer position, Ridlon is an investigator who does background checks for Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is an outdoorswoman, particularly enjoying bike riding.

  • March is the perfect time to learn the tricks to extend the growing season for your garden. Natali Steinberg will teach everything you need to know to start and care for your veggies and annuals before the last frost from 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 18 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

    This class will teach gardeners how to start seeds indoors, transplant successfully into the garden, and start some veggies directly in the garden.

    There will be handouts and demonstrations, but no seed planting during class.

    Steinberg has taught this class for 20 years at a nursery/greenhouse in Boulder. She had a large vegetable garden on her farm, and she sold produce at the Boulder Farmers Market. Steinberg also raised and sold bedding plants.

    The cost is $25, and Pajarito Environmental Education Center members save $5. Advance registration is required. To register or learn more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.