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  • Justin Stevenson will discuss the life history, behavior, and biology of bats at 7 p.m. Feb. 6.

    Thanks to support from the Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club, several native species will be on hand to provide a unique opportunity to see these beautiful and amazing mammals up-close and in person.

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club invite you to celebrate North American bats and the important role they play in our ecosystems.

    Attendees will also learn about conservation risks including those effected by the highly contagious and deadly white-nose syndrome. He formerly co-chaired of the New Mexico Bat Working Group, currently serves as vice president of the Western Bat Working Group.

    He is also cofounder of R.D. Wildlife Management and Fightwns, a non-profit initiative focusing on raising critical research funds for white-nose syndrome.

    This event is free thanks to support from the Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club. There are bat-themed door prizes.

  • The Valles Caldera National Preserve has opened the application period for its 2018 livestock grazing program. 

    The National Park Service is accepting permit applications to graze livestock on the preserve for a four-month grazing season, which runs from June 1 through Sept. 30.

    All livestock operators are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed for compliance with NPS requirements, and a selection will be made by random drawing from the group of qualifying applications.

    The NPS will authorize between 93 and 352 livestock Animal Units per Month (AUM), depending on range conditions during the spring, within a grazing area totaling approximately 1,350 acres.

    The 2018 livestock program may be delayed or canceled if the preserve experiences significant drought conditions.

    Applications and associated documents can be found on the preserve’s website (nps.gov/vall). They can also be obtained by sending an email to vall_info@nps.gov, in person at the Valle Grande Entrance Station during normal business hours, or by calling the NPS permit coordinator at 575-829-4100, ext. 4.

  • I believe that any time of year is an opportunity to make a resolution to be better, do better or try harder. I use to teach a class for youth that reminded them that they get a clean slate, every 24 hours.

    This year I have taken on some challenges that are designed a little different compared to other years. The idea is to do a new resolution each month, perhaps making an impact on 12 areas of my life.

    We don’t discuss resolutions as a family really, but perhaps I will gather their thoughts. One of the ones I only slightly forced on them was a gratitude jar. Once a month, everyone writes one slip about something they are grateful for, folds it and puts it in the jar.

    So, on New Year’s Eve or day, we will read through all of the things we are grateful for and for our family, ideally there will be 60 slips of gratitude. I have so many thoughts on this project, but not enough space to write. Ask me how things are going later this year and no, not everybody was as keen on the idea as mom.

    January is to eat less and move more with a cheat day on Sunday. I am happy to be down eight pounds. OK, that and some Jazzercise with friends. It is easy to make good choices and have something to blame it on, too. I hope to continue with this one.

  • Azrah, a 7-year-old calico short hair cat, got the raw end of dispute between a landlord and a tenant, and wound up at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter on Jan. 6.

    She’s putting on a brave face though, still hoping that special someone is going to come in any day and take her to her forever home.

    Azrah has been around and knows what she’s about. Primarily, Azrah likes to snack on canned food and prefers to be indoors napping in a sunny spot or sitting on a warm lap being petted.

    Azrah has had all her shots and is house trained. She’s fond of just about anything and anyone that likes her too, but she is especially fond of kittens and kids.

    Since Azrah is an older kitty, the shelter has lowered her adoption fee to just $35.

    For more information, call the shelter at 662-8179 or email at police-psa@lacnm.us.
    Photo By Paulina Gwaltney Photography, 910-333-6362, Gwaltney’s studio is located at 3500 Trinity Drive.

  • UNM-Los Alamos Community Education classes started this month, targeting a range of interests.

    From Health and Wellness to Language, from Home, Garden and Fine Arts to Professional and Personal Development, there are many classes to feed the spirit of lifelong learners. UNM-LA Community Education program coordinator Mike Katko invites the public to, “Come join us!”

    New and short-term classes begin each month, and the Community Education department is always interested in adding new subjects. Registration continues throughout the spring.

    Some of the new non-credit Community Education classes offered this spring include:
    How to Publish Your Book, a nuts and bolts course taught by Carol MacLeod, a published author with years of experience.

    Chinese Ink Painting-Poetry and Music, taught by Kahlil Tung, a professional artist from China, who instructs in the ancient art of ink painting thousands of years old. 

    Personal Self-Defense, a non-sparring course taught by Miles Ledoux, a self-defense expert who has owned his own studio in the Los Angeles, California area.

  • An updated fractal show will play in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium at 7 p.m.  Jan. 26 and the full-dome “Sea Monsters” film is screening at 2 p.m.
    The fractal show incorporates math, science, art and nature in a full-dome planetarium show featuring original music. “Sea Monsters” is a film that uncovers a time when prehistoric sea creatures come to life.
    For more information, visit peecnature.org/planetarium. To reserve tickets, call 662-0460.

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “God Of Carnage,” by Yasmina Reza, continues this weekend at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nector St. in Los Alamos. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through Jan. 27, along with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.
    More information can be found on the LALT website lalt.org.

  • The Los Alamos Little Theatre Library Database Committee is looking for a donation to replace an approximately 15-year-old iBook G4 they’ve been using to maintain the group’s catalog of more than 1,600 plays. 

    The venerable iBook is on its last legs. Either a Mac or PC would be compatible with the database.

    Anyone who has a machine to donate or knows of one, can contact DS Magid at
    MagidMagidMagid@gmail.com, or Jim Sicilian at JimSicilian@comcast.net.

  • Los Alamos Public Schools will hold the Science Fair this weekend and Eva Abeyta along with a cadre of staff and volunteers are working hard behind the scenes to get ready.

    “This is the perfect opportunity to come support our wonderful talented students and see their hard work up close,” said Abetya. “We have 345 participants which was an increase from last year.”

    Abeyta is very proud to work in a community who volunteers their time for Science Fair and finds it heartwarming to see the community come together and support our youth.

    “I would like to thank all of the people who donated to the Los Alamos District Science Fair,” Abeyta said.

    The Science Fair will be held at the Los Alamos Middle School today (registration) and Saturday. The community is welcome to visit from 1-2 p.m. in the gymnasium, cafeteria, and library.

    The awards assembly for the Elementary Division will take place at 4:30 p.m. and Junior/Senior Division at 5:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. The 2018 t-shirts were designed by E&E Sports and Graphics in Española.

  • Los Alamos High School student Miriam Wallstrom has been selected as one of two New Mexico students to represent the state in Washington, D.C. during the 56th annual United States Senate Youth Program in March.

    Wallstrom will join student Aaron Braddock of Carlsbad, who was also selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation. The students will also each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.

    Wallstrom and Braddock will join Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) during the special week March 3-10.

    The USSYP was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 and has been sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by The Hearst Foundations since inception.

    Originally proposed by Senators Kuchel, Mansfield, Dirksen and Humphrey, the impetus for the program as stated in Senate testimony is “to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and emphasize the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world.”

  • Today through April 4
    – Forest Explorers Hike and Play from 1-3 p.m. at the Nature Center. Get outside this winter by exploring with PEEC! This six-session class is for youth ages 5 to 8 and meets every other Wednesday. Admission: $135/non-member, $110/PEEC member. 

    THURSDAY

    Dr. Carmen Solano will be doing a Free Thyroid Seminar from 6-7 p.m. at the Los Alamos Project Y Conference room, from 6 Solano is a Medical Physician and a Functional Medicine Doctor. Space is limited so call 505-500-8356 to reserve a chair.

     

    Raspberry PI Club 7-8 p.m. at Los Alamos Makers, 3540 Orange St., Suite LV1. All levels are welcome. Get introduced to Raspberry Pis, get help with your Pi project and meet other Pi enthusiasts. Club facilitated by Akkana Peck, author of “Jumpstarting the Raspberry Pi zero W; Controlling the world around you with a $10 computer.”

    FRIDAY

    High altitude baking presentation from 10-11 a.m. in the Fuller Lodge classroom, on the second floor. Free. Contact Desaree Jimenez from New Mexico State University at 662-2656 for information.

     

  • As 2017 came to a close, Chartwell’s Food Services, the organization that feeds the staff and students for Los Alamos Public Schools, had a visit from an “elf.” This elf came to Chartwells through the help of an employee with a goal of helping to feed children.
    Director of Dining Services and Chef Mia Holsapple was asked how people could help kids in need of some assistance with lunch. To the surprise of many, there is a lot of need in our community and the donation was able to provide assistance to all of our local schools.
    The donor saw the need of many, especially single parents trying to find their way. “Her words were that she has been in the place of many people who have needed a hand up in life not a hand out,” said Holsapple. “She was blessed to be able to do this for others this time of the year.”
    The donation was used to assist a variety of students and in a variety of ways. The donor helped students by paying down balances, paying off balances and in some cases adding funds to accounts. Now more meals would be at the ready when students return to school next week.

  • The 2017 nominees are in for the Community Asset Awards, which will take place January 13.
    Thirty-eight nominees that live or work in our community have been nominated for accolades from 2017. One will win the biggest honor of the night, the prestigious Spirit of the West Award, named in honor of former County Councilor Jim West.
    “We’re excited once again to acknowledge the efforts of those that make our community better in many ways every day,” said Bernadette Lauritzen, executive director of Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA). The local non-profit welcomes nominations throughout the entire year with a special focus to get submissions between Thanksgiving and the winter holidays.
    The celebration has found a home in the Betty Ehart Senior Center for several years. That night nominees and a guest are invited for a variety of desserts to herald their accomplishments. A very limited number of tickets are sold to community members that would like to attend the occasion.
    Another annual celebration is that the nominees are unaware of who nominated them for the award and why until the actual celebration is held. Nominees are never made to speak to the large crowd gathered, but are made to stand with other nominees while their accolades are shared with the crowd.

  • The thought of removing a pet’s eye can be scary, but in some cases, eye removal is necessary to improve the pet’s quality of life. Dr. Lucien Vallone, a clinical assistant professor in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained how eye removal can be beneficial.
    “Veterinarians and veterinary ophthalmologists perform an eye removal when an eye has become both painful and blinded by a disease that is unresponsive to medical therapy,” Vallone said. “The most common cause of this in dogs and cats is from a disease called glaucoma, which creates high pressure in the eye. Eye removal is also performed when an aggressive or malignant tumor invades the eye or nearby structures.”
    Having just one or no eyes may seem unpleasant, but most pets that have had one or both eyes removed experience a dramatic increase in their quality of life.
    “Most animals are experiencing chronic pain prior to eye removal, so most will respond postoperatively by displaying more energy and playfulness,” Vallone said. “Every animal is different, but most dogs and cats who have had one eye removed are behaviorally indistinguishable from their two-eyed peers.”

  • Felipe Rodriguez says he thought he was hallucinating when an eagle snatched his sister’s little white dog from her yard, flapped its massive wings and disappeared over the trees.

    Did he really just see that?

    He had. Zoey the 8-pound bichon frise was gone, taken by a hungry raptor Tuesday afternoon not 50 feet from his sister’s house on the banks of the Lehigh River in Pennsylvania, Rodriguez said.

    “It seemed like something from the ‘Wizard of Oz,’” he told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “I’m a city boy. This doesn’t happen in my world.”

    Even more astonishing: Zoey would live to bark the tale.

    More on that later. But first, let it be said that eagles are quite capable of taking a small dog or a cat.

    “It has been documented before, but not that often,” said Laurie Goodrich, a biologist at nearby Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, a ridgetop preserve that annually records tens of thousands of migrating hawks, eagles and falcons.

    With food scarce and waterways freezing up, raptors are “looking a little more widely and taking advantage of whatever might be out there,” she said.

  • The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter employees just want to put this up front: Rando, an eight month old Manchester Terrier that’s up for adoption, loves to chew.

    Anything, including shoes and stuffed animals. Unfortunately, it was the reason he was given up.

    But, Rando is just a puppy, and according to employees at the animal shelter, he’s a fast learner. 

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter is hoping someone can train him out of his chewing habit with the right kind of attention.

    He just needs a forever home with some adults around to mind him.

    Rando loves children and other dogs. He has also been vaccinated and microchipped.

    Rando also walks well on a leash and is housetrained. Rando is all about playing, and is good at fetching – just make sure the toy isn’t a stuffed animal.

    For more information, call the shelter at 662-8179 or email at police-psa@lacnm.us.

  • The public is invited to attend the fall prevention workshop “Stay on Your Feet:  Keeping your Balance and Preventing Falls,” a presentation at Aspen Ridge Lodge, located at 1010 Sombrillo Court.

    The presentation will be January 23, given by Robert Lee, PT, DPT, MA and director of LAMC Rehabilitation Services.

    No RSVP is needed to attend. Refreshments will be served on third floor of Aspen Ridge.

    For information, contact Cynthia Goldblatt, program manager and liaison, at 695-8981.

  • THURSDAY
    Nature on Tap: Recent Discoveries in Astronomy at 5:30 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Join local astronomers to discuss the latest findings in astronomy including gravitational waves and neutron star collisions. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    LA Community Blood Drive from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Hall, 2200 Diamond Drive, by United Blood Services. Free.
    FRIDAY
    January Night Sky Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Discover and identify constellations and planets visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty on our planetarium dome. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    LA Community Blood Drive from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Hall, 2200 Diamond Drive, by United Blood Services. Free.
    SATURDAY
    Bird Walk: Los Luceros Historic Site at 6:30 a.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy this rare and scenic birding opportunity with local expert Joe Fitzgibbon. Cost is $20 for members, $24 for non-members. A portion of your registration fee will be donated to Los Luceros.

    Feature Film: Incoming!
at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover what impacts from above can teach us about the history of our planet, the Solar System, and the Universe! Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.

  • Start the New Year with a Cowboy Pancake Breakfast.  The first breakfast of the year will be from 7-11 a.m.  Sunday at the Posse Lodge on North Mesa Road.

    The all-you-can-eat breakfast features a variety of pancakes plus eggs, sausage, bacon, coffee and juice. Adult breakfasts will cost $7, children 10 and under can eat for $4.

    This month, the proceeds from breakfast will benefit the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

    The Rotary Club, which has been serving the Los Alamos community for over 50 years, plans to use the funds for improvements to the Quemazon Trailhead.

    Other projects supported by the club and the community’s generosity include providing pre-paid exam vouchers for UNM-LA students in the high school equivalency program; the LAHS Memorial Garden; vocational training for Delancey Street residents; transportation to swimming lessons for fourth-graders in the elementary schools; an active inbound and outbound Youth Exchange Student Exchange program and leadership camp for high school students; the Deborah Beene Music Awards; the LAHS Memorial Garden; picnic tables for PEEC; funding support for the Posse Lodge, FIRST Robotics, the Hilltalkers Speech and Debate; LA Makers, Boy Scouts, LA Cares, Family Strengths Network, the Senior Center, and PAC-8 after-school programs for middle-schoolers.