• Cancer Services of New Mexico’s Spring 2013 Family Cancer Retreat will be May 3-5, at the Marriott Pyramid North hotel in Albuquerque.
    This free, three-day educational program will provide New Mexico’s adult cancer patients/survivors and their loved ones with the tools and information they need to manage the treatment and recovery process.
    More than 300 people from more than 125 New Mexican families coping with cancer are expected to participate, making this the largest general cancer education program in New Mexico and the largest program of its type in the U.S.

  • Caroline Schramm, a junior at Los Alamos High School, was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for February.
    Schramm is the daughter of Janet and Garry Schramm and the sister of Christopher, Kaitlin, Kurt, Cory and Carson.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition.
    Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and, in particular, their service to the community.
    Schramm, who is currently trying to coordinate a service project to collect school supplies for under-privileged students in the community, has also volunteered to read to children in local elementary school classrooms with her Los Alamos Youth Leadership group, and assisted in this year’s Los Alamos County Science Fair.

  • Los Alamos County Science Fair Coordinator Dawn Brown, is still hard at work, even after the Regional Science Fair last week.
    “The Regional Fair was a very competitive competition with our 68 LAPS students rising to the challenge,” Brown said.
    “The students presented and displayed projects which garnered 37 Regional awards and 23 State Science and Engineering Fair qualifiers.”
    Brown said she was impressed with the Regional Qualifiers and how they presented themselves to the judges and the public.
    Prior to the event, many of them worked to get ready. “Many of them had emailed me with questions about improving upon their projects and their presentation skills,” Brown said.
    The efforts of Brown and her site coordinators yielded representation of all seven LAPS schools at the fair March 2.
    “The science minds of our students is amazing. Their curiosity and interests are a credit to our community that is all about discovery,” said LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt.
    “Dawn is a sensation. Under her guidance our program has grown both in quality and in caliber.”
    Once again, Brown went above and beyond the call of duty, arranging an ice cream social for those arriving the night before and a luncheon for the time in between judging and awards.

  • Los Alamos residents whose eyesight is fading, do not need to stop reading newspapers, all thanks to volunteers that read aloud for Newsline.
    Newsline is a program of the New Mexico Commission for the Blind and is need of volunteers to read newspapers aloud, via a touch-tone phone and landline, for an hour per week. Volunteers will read from their homes and will connect with the Newsline computer, which captures spoken words, to bring the news to hundreds of blind and visually impaired New Mexicans.
    For more information about reading for Newsline, call 662-0408. 

  • On behalf of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, I would like to thank the community for its outstanding support of our fourth annual Crab Fest, held recently at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
    Although our final tally has not been tabulated yet, our fundraiser exceeded expectations. With the money raised, we will once again be able to give academic and vocational awards to high school students, and this year, we will also be able to purchase an automatic external defibrillator for Fuller Lodge, which we hope to install this spring.
    We extend a special and heartfelt thank you to Melissa Paternoster and the staff of the Blue Window Bistro. Of note, we’d like to acknowledge Melissa’s tireless day-long efforts to prepare virtually our entire evening menu. With the exception of the seafood, which she and her chefs prepared, Blue Window donated all of the food, including the trays of extravagant desserts, overall an in-kind donation of more than $1,500. We also thank the members of the Los Alamos High School National Honor Society, who efficiently and energetically waited tables with smiles and good cheer for more than 200 guests.

  •  Art openings


    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition and paintings by Michael Freitas Wood, titled, “Presentiment.” The exhibit will be up March 29-April 29 at 435 S. Guadalupe St. There will be a reception from 5-7 p.m. March 29.





    As part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s 2012-2013 lecture series, “History and Science,” John A. Andersen will present, “Hiroshima and Nagasaki 2010,” at 7:30 p.m. March 12 at Fuller Lodge.  

    “Hiroshima and Nagasaki 2010” is a pictorial tour of the peace parks and museums at the locations of the two U.S. atomic bombings of Japan in August 1945. 

    The epicenters are visited, numerous monuments and shrines are shown, and some impression is given of the groups of Japanese people in visitation. Local travel arrangements and the reception as a visitor and the hospitality accorded are noted. A brief view of the Japanese cultural icons in Kyoto is added as an adjunct to the primary trip destinations.


    It’s well known that some birds fly south for the winter, but migrating raptors put on a show when hundreds of them converge near Veracruz, Mexico each year.

    Learn more about this phenomenon from birder Robert Templeton at 7 p.m. March 14 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    The largest concentration of migrating raptors in the world occurs each fall in the Mexican state of Veracruz. The geography of North America causes most of the migratory raptors from the U.S. and Canada to be funneled onto a narrow stretch of coastal plain just north of Veracruz City. On average, 4.5 million raptors are recorded at two migration count sites operated by Pronatura Veracruz, a Mexican Conservation Organization. U.S. Birders generally experience raptors as solitary birds. But during migration these “super-flocking” species form flocks that number in the tens of thousands.  The result is a natural phenomenon of epic proportions and stunning natural beauty.


    “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” is a title that’s bound to pique just about anyone’s interest. And because the book is penned by Willie Nelson, that makes it even that much more interesting.

    Nelson is probably best known for his movie roles and for being one of the Highway Men, along with Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. But who would have thought that in addition to his acting and singing careers, he’s also found time to write a book or two? Actually, he’s written more than just a couple. He wrote a fiction piece titled, “A Tale Out of Luck,” but he’s also authored “The Tao of Willie: A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart) with Turk Pipkin; “The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes” and “Willie: An Autobiography” with Bud Shrake. His latest book, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” was written in 2012. Kinky Friedman supplies the foreword and Nelson’s son Micah, provides illustrations for the book.


    Many people learn how to rock climb the hard way. If you ask them how they learned to climb, their answers might include “my buddy, Ernie,” “it was a great day, but,” and “the best thing in my life.” 

    They may also utter phrases like “but I kept at it anyway,” “after that I went back and bought better (shoes, harness, rope),” and “we didn’t really know what we were doing, but we had a great time and we’re still alive.” Though seat-of-the-pants and trial-by-fire work for some intrepid souls, most would prefer less struggle and better results, as offered by the long-running Los Alamos Mountaineers’ Rock Climbing School. 

    The 2013 school runs from March 26-May 4, with an application deadline of March 17. Teams of experienced local climbers will teach students what they need to be competent and safe on the high-angle out-of doors. 

  • Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 7:30-9 p.m. Sunday at the White Rock Overlook Park ball fields, to see a comet, Jupiter, galaxies and more.
    PEEC will have several telescopes set up for viewing and the event is free and open to the public.
    Comet Pan-STARRS might be in the sky right after sundown. After the comet sets, Jupiter will come into view. Participants will also be able to see several galaxies, the Orion Nebula and open and globular clusters and what is called zodiacal light. Zodiacal light is sunlight scattered off interplanetary dust in the inner solar system.
    Before and during the viewing, astronomers from PEEC will discuss the shape of the solar system and galaxy and point out how each object participants are seeing fits into the astronomical big picture.
    Be sure to bundle up, as it will be cold, especially once the sun goes down.
    For more information, contact PEEC at pajaritoEEC.org, 662-0460, or Programs@PajaritoEEC.org. 

  • The Los Alamos Middle School student council spends their days learning about leadership and then turns that knowledge into action on campus and in the community, through various projects.
    Recently, the team raised a total of $1,341.45 to benefit Pennies For Patients sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
    LAMS teacher and Hawk Hubba Bubba recipient, Linda Bennett, works with the students to achieve their goals.
    The students held a raffle to assist the fundraising, selling tickets during lunch for a chance to win prizes, made by student council members.
    The project raised, $95.66 for the campaign after students were inspired by Leukemia and Lymphoma Society videos, which explained the importance of their fundraising efforts.
    “They got the entire campus involved with Pennies For Patients by promoting a pizza party contest between the eighth period classes and raffling off theme baskets to raise even more money,” Bennett said. “The Student Council Members were so excited to pick up the money and count it every day.”
    “I loved the feeling that I have helped to save someone’s life,” eighth grader Louisa Belian said.

  • There’s only a few weeks until spring break! What? Where did October through February go?
    Our asset category for the month of March is positive values. The assets in this category include numbers 26 through 31.
    They are caring, equality and social justice, integrity, honesty, responsibility and restraint.
    Later this month, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board will host a training session on restorative justice for local and statewide programs.
    Restorative justice is a comprehensive look at an infraction that includes admitting responsibility, being held accountable, having a consequence and rebuilding the relationship with the party that he or she has harmed.
    This is a program that has success because of several reasons. One of the most important reasons is because everyone is heard during the process.
    The process puts everyone on a level playing field, makes sure there is understanding and gives the offender a chance to earn back their way.
    The model is already used locally in classrooms, for criminal issues with youth and non-criminal issues, before they escalate.
    You can learn about restorative justice, but it is most beneficial when you are part of the process. You can’t just sit and watch a restorative justice circle, but you can act as a community member.

  • Nathan Phillips, a junior at Los Alamos HIgh School, received the Outstanding Young Adult Patroller award for the Rocky Mountain Division of the National Ski Patrol during the Young Adult Patroller Jamboree Feb. 23-24.
    Phillips and two other young adult patrollers from Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol, Cameron Guy and JoAnna O’Neill, participated in ski clinics and ski patrol avalanche scenarios during the two-day event, which was at Taos Ski Valley Resort. Assistant Patrol Directors Mike O’Neill and Eric Schaller, as well as patrollers Kathy Brooks, Dave Phillips, John Guy, Steve and Julie Maze, accompanied them.
    “We are glad to have Nathan on the patrol,” said patrol director Bill Somers. He has done an exceptional job for us during the past two years and the patrol is very proud that he was selected for this prestigious honor.”
    The patrol also received the YAP Best Practices Award. Somers praised patrollers Brooks and Maze for their work on this and noted that judges had called their program “a great example of forward thinking and unselfish dedication.”
    Phillips, Steve and Julie Maze are Pajarito’s new YAP advisors. Phillips is the new Rocky Mountain Division YAP advisor.

  • 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.


    Art openings


    Peter Christian Johnson and Todd Volz will share Santa Fe Clay’s gallery through April 20. Their show will open with a reception at 5 p.m. March 8 at Santa Fe Clay, 545 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe. 


    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition and paintings by Michael Freitas Wood, titled, “Presentiment.” The exhibit will be up March 29-April 29 at 435 S. Guadalupe St. There will be a reception from 5-7 p.m. March 29.


    The Los Alamos Arts Council’s free Brown Bag Performance Series will feature Black Mesa Brass at noon March 6. in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.  

    The Black Mesa Brass Quintet was formed in 1990 and still has three of the original five members. Their repertoire is a mix of classical, modern, pop and jazz tunes. They play a variety of venues including concerts, educational performances at schools, weddings and other special occasions. Jan McDonald, John Hargreaves, Jerry Morzinski, Larry Bronisz and Bruce Letellier make up the quintet. Their collective musical experience is on the order of 240 years. 


    Spring is right around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about vegetable gardening.  Carlos Valdez comes to PEEC at 7 p.m. March 7 to talk about Vegetable ABCs. The talk is free and open to the public.

    The last and first frost used to be the beginning and end of the vegetable gardening season — but not anymore. This program will provide the knowledge necessary for growing food during every month of the year.

    Learn season-defying techniques to garden where summers are short and low levels of winter sunlight create the ultimate challenge.

    Year-round gardens are doable and affordable for gardeners in any location where frost has traditionally defined the growing season.


    Learn about holistic methods of orchard management at 7 p.m. March 5 at Pajarito Envionmental Educaion Center. Gordon Tooley, owner of Tooley’s Trees in Truchas, will talk about the best practices when maintaining an orchard.

    Have you ever dreamed about picking ripe fruits from your own orchard? Well, there are a few things to consider first. Successful fruit production can’t be confined to managing pests or finding the right fertility practice. Selecting the appropriate varieties, understanding and managing the structure of trees, achieving good pollination, siting and many other factors also enter in. All need to be considered together to achieve a healthy and happy orchard.

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department. 


    Santa Fe


    The Beestro, 1805 Second St.

    Date inspected: Feb. 15, initial

    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for other — need to thoroughly wash vegetables before cooking or serving. Two low-risk violations for ventilation/lighting — hood vent needs filters. Exhaust pipe needs seal round ceiling exit.

    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.


    Cloud Cliff Bakery, 1805 Second St.

    Date inspected: Feb. 15

    Violations: Three high-risk violations, one for poor personal hygiene — hand sink not in immediate vicinity of prep and wash areas. Two for plumbing/waste — cross-connection on mop sink. Corrected; no air gap on three-compartment sink. One low-risk violation for floors/walls/ceilings — proof box floor has food particles accumulated.