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of Los Alamos and White Rock February/March 2010, Volume 3, Issue 2

Living Well The Frolic Fitness Fun... by Lynn Strauss

Business Essence A Healthy Attitude By Lynn Strauss

Essential Persons The Atoms

By Mandy Marksteiner

Los Alamos and White Rock Insight Take it to Heart – Los Alamos Heart Council By Bernadette Lauritzen

Arts & Culture The Hill is Alive by Katy Korkos

Community Matters Take The 3/50 Challenge

Edible Essence Alphabet Soup by Katy Korkos

Calendar Of Events February/March 2010


2010 Community Events Calendar “Save The Date” The Next Big Idea!

Chamberfest

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July 16 & 17

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STEM Student Day

Showcase of Ideas

Kids Activities

Fair & rodeo August 6 - 8

H a ll o w e e ke n d October 29 & 30

WinterFest December 3 - 5

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10 The Business Essence

A Healthy Attitude

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12 The Essential Persons

The Atoms

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14 Los Alamos and White Rock Insight

Take it to Heart – Los Alamos Heart Council

By Bernadette Lauritzen

16 Arts & Culture The Hill is Alive

by Katy Korkos

18 Community Matters Take The 3/50 Challenge

20 Edible Essence Alphabet Soup

by Katy Korkos

22 Calendar Of Events February/March 2010

About the cover: “Holly, Bandelier, X-country skiing” Photo by Larry Lamsa

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Editor’s Note

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Welcome to the Essence! It is an honor to serve as Editor of this publication (and Community Projects Coordinator for the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation) in a town that I love. I have been a resident of Los Alamos for the past nine years. Some of you may know me through my Interior Design business, Suzette Fox Interior Design, that I currently still own. Prior to moving to Los Alamos, I worked as Editor for the Colorado Springs Home Builders Association’s (CSHBA) Homefront magazine. I moved to Los Alamos in 2001 and began working for the Santa Fe Home Builders Association (SFAHBA) where I served as Editor for the Building Times and coordinated the Santa Fe Haciendas – A Parade of Homes, the Home & Remodeling Show, Golf Tournament, and several other promotional events. It is my goal as Editor to bring our community a publication that is relevant to each and every one of you. What is the purpose of the Essence? The Essence, a bi-monthly publication, was created to inform and remind us of what’s special about living in Los Alamos and White Rock. The possibilities of what we can see, hear, learn, do and discover locally is stunning …ranging from cultural and recreational opportunities to history, archeology, education, science, community service and much, much more. The Essence is one feature of the Chamber of Commerce initiative called CommUnityMatters. This initiative highlights the important role our Chamber members play in building community and invites all of you to join with us in building and improving it. What’s quintessential about our community are the people - resourceful, giving, hardworking individuals who largely go unnoticed. The stories in the Essence are aimed at getting you to know these people, business owners and organizations, a little better…giving them the recognition they deserve.

In this issue of the Essence – Living Well

This issue of the Essence, you will discover a theme for ’Living Well’. I’m guilty, as much as the next person, in regard to getting caught up in the every day grind, the routine of my life, putting my family, work, everything else first and neglecting to take good care of myself. Living well not only means our physical, but also mental and emotional heath. If we are truly living well ‑ taking good care of ourselves - then we can live our best life. We can enjoy each day to the fullest. We can have the energy to help others and give back to our community, as our stories give example of. The Frolic is chock full of ideas for having fun outdoors. Lynn Strauss has provided copious amounts of activities to lift our spirits and energize our bodies. In The Business Essence, Lynn Strauss talks with local health care professionals, giving their take on our town and the people they help. Are you an Essential Person? Everyone has an interesting story and extraordinary things they have accomplished. Here in Los Alamos, the “can do” attitude is prevalent. Mandy Marksteiner focuses on a group of parent volunteers who go the extra mile . Los Alamos and White Rock Insight was created to better connect you with our history, future outlook and everything in between. For this issue, Bernadette Lauritzen explores the Los Alamos Heart Council, its history and mission. In the Arts & Culture section, Katy Korkos tells of the Concert Association arranging world class entertainers - from the Trapp family singers in 1946 to currently, Trio Solisti, and the folks involved. CommUnityMatters focuses on the first winner of the 3/50’s program along with the Annual Assets In Action “Spirit of the West” award. Former County Councilor and Leadership Los Alamos alumni, Jim West was honored. The award was given, in his name, to a LAHS junior for being an outstanding youth in the community. New this issue, is the Edible Essence. Katy Korkos ‘makes our mouth water’ for soups and discusses the Empty Bowls Project. I hope you enjoy the ‘Living Well’ issue and take it to heart. We only have one life to live. Let’s make the best of it! Suzette Fox, Editor Community Projects Coordinator Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation 505.661.4844, suzette@losalamos.org

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Fitness Fun... Snow sports abound in a town known to work hard and play hard. By Lynn Strauss

In the doldrums of winter, there’s nothing better than outdoor exercise to lift the spirits, challenge the body and refresh the mind. The exposure to sunlight and fresh air is known to have health benefits, and exercise that raises the heart rate is just better among 50-foot tall Ponderosa pines and occasional falling snowflakes.

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he main winter activities that Los Alamos has to offer – downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice-skating -- will be included here, and especially, the devotees who help people find their winter sweet spot.

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding – Pajarito Ski Area and Ski Club Benefits: Downhill skiing (and snow boarding)

are high-energy and physically demanding, but with some skill and practice can be relaxing as well as great cardio exercise.

“Los Alamos has a real ‘sporty’ feel to its population. Locally as well as nationally, skiing and snowboarding have seen continual growth over the last several years,” says Tom Long, General Manager of the Pajarito Ski Area. “Snowboarding enjoyed a very rapid growth spurt at its inception and recognition, but has slowed to match the annual growth of skiing.“ Long, who has been skiing since the age of two, has a long history of skiing, racing, coaching and teaching skiing. He is a Certified member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and was an Examiner and Clinic Conductor for the Rocky Mountain Division of PSIA. Long has worked full-time in the ski industry since 1966. He came to Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in September of 2004 from Sandia Peak where he worked for 38 years. “I had skied at Pajarito over the years since I was a child. I had also come here to conduct clinics and training events for the ski school staff over the years,” Long says. “The terrain and unique culture always drew me to this place.”

Attractions: On almost any given day, out-of-town

visitors to Pajarito Ski Area rave about the slopes, the grooming, the facilities and the personnel that make it all work. We take it all for granted, but should appreciate our family-friendly little ski area with a



charming history that’s part of the Lab itself and at the heart of the character of Los Alamos. “Pajarito Mountain compares very favorably with our contemporaries in New Mexico,” says Long. “We have a lot of challenging terrain and some great terrain to cruise. We have very nice terrain park and, an excellent Ski Patrol and Ski School. We have an extraordinary culture and history that is hard to match in our industry.” “Visitors are amazed at the scope and variety of our mountain,” he says. “We have a lot of lift capacity so lift lines are virtually non-existent, and we can challenge the best skiers and have a lot of terrain for the neophyte. The regulars are always happy to have a variety of conditions, groomed runs and great moguls to challenge themselves.”

Facilities: The Los Alamos Ski Club owns and

operates the ski area, which measures 750 acres, including 300 cleared acres. Just 5 miles from downtown, Pajarito has 5 lifts, 40 named trails, a terrain park, equipment rentals, retail, café, a ski school and a volunteer ski patrol. The steepest slope is 37 degrees, and 50% of the trails are intermediate level. The lowest point is 9,000 feet in elevation, the highest 10,440 feet. In the 1940s, during the Manhattan Project, a group of scientists, mostly Europeans accustomed to skiing, created a ski area using explosives to clear the trails. The ski area was moved to the current location in the early 1950s and maintains a bulletin board history in the café that includes some of the biggest names in science on its 1943 membership rolls–right there, on paper. “Snow fall and the quality of the skiing experience are usually indicators of the strength of the season,” says Long. “It seems that Pajarito Mountain Ski Area has a very strong ‘core’ of members that has been growing on an annual basis since I’ve been here. Still, our memberships have not reached the zenith years some 20 years ago.” the

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Cost: Ski passes range from $304 to $552, but are

greatly discounted before November 3. Day passes are $31-$50.

Instruction/Gear: Two-and four-hour lessons

are available on-site, as is rental equipment. Also, Los Alamos Ski Club hosts a Ski Swap in October.

Website: skipajarito.com.

Cross-country Skiing

Benefits/attractions: Excellent cardio-vascular

exercise, builds muscle, flexibility and overall fitness. It’s also a great way to build friendships, according to long-time Mountaineer Richard Opsahl. Opsahl came to Los Alamos when he retired in 1999 because of its “outdoor ethic“. “We have the only free, groomed cross-country area in New Mexico.” Opsahl is also very active in the Los Alamos Mountaineers club, doing 5-10 excursions each year. The Los Alamos Mountaineers (LAM) have had an active presence here for more than 55 years.

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Their primary winter activities are cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing. The club organizes outings, monthly meetings and programs such as slide shows of recent trips and talks, and the annual climbing school, and hosts an online Swap Meet. The website, http://lamountaineers.org, has a collection of accounts of adventures of members, reflecting the focus of the club on its members. Membership is just $15/year for individuals, $20 for families.

Recommended trails: The Los Alamos County Golf Course, Pipeline Road

and Canada Bonita from the Pajarito Ski Area parking lot. There are no Nordic trails actually on Pajarito Mountain, but there is a network of trails to the north in Santa Fe National Forest maintained by the Southwest Nordic Ski Club (SWNSKI), and more trails in the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP). The SWNSKI trails are accessed from the west end of the ski area parking lot, while the VCNP trails are reached from the Visitor Center in the Valle. If you want to get to know the local spots, get to know some Mountaineers.

Where to get gear: Los Alamos Ski Club hosts a Ski Swap in October, and

retail sports shops in Santa Fe. Also, see the Mountaineers’ online Swap Meet.

Who provides training: Both the Mountaineers Club and the SWNSKI Club offer trips with experienced members.

Websites: http://www.swnordicski.org, http://www.vallescaldera.gov/ comevisit/skisnow/, http://lamountaineers.org

Snowshoeing

Benefits/Attractions: This must be the easiest way to really get out into

the woods. It’s a low cost gear investment; no training is required; and no snowgrooming or trails are required. It’s also great aerobic exercise, according to Barranca Mesa Elementary School PE teacher Lynne Higdon. “New Mexico has those beautiful sunny days in the winter that are great for getting outdoors,” she says. “One of the benefits of snowshoeing is that you don’t have to give up hiking in the winter when the snow falls,” says Higdon. “It’s fun to get out and play in the snow without sinking down or turning your ankle on a rock.” Higdon got a grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation last year to buy snowshoes for all her classes so she’d have an outdoor activity for them when the snow fell. “The students have a great time putting on the snowshoes and going all around the playground,” she says. “It gives us a chance to get outside in the winter to play. “ Higdon was raised in San Diego, and has lived in Seattle and North Carolina before coming to New Mexico eight years ago. “I think snowshoeing is well suited to Los Alamos since there are so many people that love to get out in the canyons and hillsides to enjoy the beauty around us,” she says.

Recommended areas: Los Alamos Municipal Golf Course, playgrounds,

alongside cross-country ski trails and on hiking trails, or any open space with deep snow.

Where to get the gear: Most sports stores, and Los Alamos County has snowshoes available for rent.

Who provides services, training, etc.: The Los Alamos Mountaineers offer group trips with experienced members.

Website: http://lamountaineers.org

Ice-skating and Hockey – Los Alamos County Ice Rink Benefits/Attractions: Balancing on skates and practicing the grace of

stability in motion is just harder than it looks. For those more skilled, figure skating or hockey playing are challenging, great exercise and a lot of fun.

Facilities and amenities: The Los Alamos County Ice Rink is a community outdoor rink established in 1936. It is the only refrigerated, NHL regulation, (continued on page 8)

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The Frolic (continued from page7) outdoor ice rink in New Mexico and it is used for competitive ice hockey and recreational skating. Group reservations are available for skating parties and games. There’s also an “Adults only” skate during lunch hour. The warming hut has a concession stand and big windows for viewing the skaters. “Recreation brought me to Los Alamos,” says Dianne Marquez, who has been the Rink Manager for seven seasons. “I was hired by the Los Alamos County Recreation Division in 1994, took a break to work in Colorado from 2000-2003, and jumped at the chance to come back in 2003. I enjoy the people and the way they are invested and involved in the community. I love my job and am fortunate to do something I love everyday and live in a beautiful community like Los Alamos.” “Los Alamos is a friendly community and people want to be here, and though we are a transient community with people coming and going, people enjoy being here because of all the outdoor recreation activities,” she says. “The Ice Rink is a community gem we’re lucky to have. I enjoy working with our staff, and I couldn’t ask for a better hockey association. The Rink been here over 60 years so it’s an institution.” The Los Alamos Hockey League offers hockey teams for ages 4-19 and provides training for coaching, camps and clinics for all levels. They

have an informal introductory session called “Stick and Puck” available on select Tuesdays on a drop-in basis. Marquez says since this is an Olympic year the rink will likely see an increase in ice-skating lessons, and nationally hockey is increasing in popularity. “People are crazy about hockey in Los Alamos,” Marquez says. “And other outdoor winter sports too. All of the outdoor recreation opportunities allow families to get out as a unit and do activities together.” “We have people that come to Los Alamos from all over the country and internationally, and they bring with them the activities they are familiar with,” she says. “Los Alamos has many people from the midWest and eastern states who grew up with hockey and ice skating and brought it with them to Los Alamos and so it continues to thrive.”

Where to get the gear: The Ice rink rents

skates, but helmets are not provided. LAHA rents hockey gear to registered participants for the season.

Instruction: Ice skating lessons for adults and children are offered.

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A Healthy Attitude

Four Profiles in Health Services and Care Providers in Los Alamos

By Lynn Strauss

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iterally a child of the Manhattan Project, Dr. David Church was born in Los Alamos. His father one of the original scientists brought here to work on the building of the atomic bomb. “I really like doing medicine. This is a really nice place and I have wonderful patients – people I’m privileged to care for,” says Dr. Church. “People of Los Alamos are fascinating. It’s fun to be able to exchange intellectual issues with them.” Dr. Church went to school in Albuquerque at UNM, attended medical college in Virginia, and then did his residency in the Shenandoah Valley. He had his first practice there and then began to teach at the University of Virginia. “I discovered that it was hard on my family to be far away, so I came back here so my kids could grow up here,” Dr. Church says. In 1982 he worked in the ER at the Medical Center and soon was offered a position in a private practice. In 1988, he became a co-owner of the practice. “I enjoyed the farmers in Virginia, they’re salt of the earth people, but I had to tell them what to do, and convince them to do it, because no one else in their family had ever done it,” he says. “Here, I explain it and why it’s reasonable, and patients follow

through. It has to do with the degree of education.” However, practicing medicine in Los Alamos has some unique challenges. Church recalls that several years ago the Lab sent out a list of top 10 prescribed medications, including anti-depressants, ulcer medications, and high blood pressure medications, indicating stress-related conditions are widespread. “I laugh with some of my patients who were once on high blood pressure meds,” he says. “After retiring, their levels are often too low and they have to stop (the meds)! That hardly ever happens in the rest of the world!” “Occasionally there are isolated issues that the state follows carefully,” Church says. “They’ve found that our statistics are different from the rest of the state because our demographics are different from the rest of the state. They compare us to Marin County, California, which has a similar demographic and a high degree of fitness and self-care.” One of his greatest challenges is staying on top of what’s new in medicine, according to Dr. Church. “Medical information is so readily available– I can give patients a website and I know they’ll look it up… if they haven’t already! ” Like doctors everywhere, Church finds challenges in dealing with the health care system. He feels that it’s difficult trying to get different entities from insurance companies and hospitals to remember that the patient is the customer, and what’s best for the patient is best for health care as an industry. “The trend I’m seeing is that people are

understanding better that if a patient has a doctor who knows them, who has given them a medical home and who helps determine goals for the patient, that is a critical ingredient in American medicine,” he says. “Patients and their primary doctors can direct care better than a specialist, which can fragment care.” Church says his practice is still growing, both in the number of patients and care providers. He says, “I really like taking care of people.”

Dr. Arthur Montoya has been practicing

dentistry in Los Alamos since 1990. He grew up in Albuquerque and started a practice there but when he heard about an opportunity to get a practice in Los Alamos, he considered it and he and his wife decided they liked many aspects of the community – size, safety, the outdoor activities available, and the quality of the schools. Dr. Montoya says, “Raising our kids here has been a great adventure for us. Moving to Los Alamos was probably the best thing we’ve done in our life. We enjoy it that much.” “I feel fortune to practice here for many reasons,” Dr. Montoya says.

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“Mainly for the uniqueness of the patient base. I like being able to talk to people who have –and continue to –change the world at the Lab.” The practice goes as the Lab goes, according to Montoya. “For example, scheduling,” he explains. “We don’t work lab holidays because clients are taking the day as a holiday and not going to the dentist.” With a clientele of above average income, Montoya finds that he can do a lot of treatments others may not do, since clients are educated enough to know they need to take care of their teeth. “For example, having a root canal or implant instead of pulling the tooth is like a luxury compared to the dental work that is done on average,” he says. “My patients know what they want,” he says. “They’ll research procedures, talk to colleagues, use the web, get to know filling materials. I have patients in their 80’s getting implants. I think you don’t see that in other places much.” Because of the population set and their working conditions, stress is a common condition locally. “Our patients expect a lot of themselves and their kids,” he says. “There are some issues like grinding and TMJ. I don’t know if we see more of it, but we do see a spike from time to time.” Dr. Montoya says that trends in the industry include computer-aided dentistry, digital x-rays, and implant dentistry. He also sees that the way procedures are done have improved in recent years because the technology is getting better for surgeries, materials, equipment, and anesthesia. Like most employers, the biggest challenge in his practice is staff turnover. “Getting good, qualified employees and retaining them is the biggest challenge I’ve had here,” he says. “I have a great staff, very stable right now. You have to find the right person.” “For me it’s satisfying seeing the kids and families grow up,” says Dr. Montoya. “I enjoy talking to my patients, hearing about their travels, where they’re from and what they’re doing with their lives. That’s the best part of our jobs. The fun part.”

Li Lui, or “Dr. Lee,” came to the U.S. from China in 1991 on a cultural

exchange program after college. She found Santa Fe a good place for alternative medicine, which includes her areas of expertise, acupuncture, herbal medicine and tui na massage, a Chinese manipulative therapy used in conjunction with acupuncture. Most of her work is pain relief. However she also practices in the areas of women’s health and broader issues including anxiety, depression and stress. “In Chinese medicine, the mental is not separated from the physical health,” Dr. Lee explains. “Body, mind and spirit are always connected to each other.” By 2004, she had enough clients from Los Alamos that she started a practice here. She found that she liked the climate of Los Alamos so much that she moved up the hill from Santa Fe. “People have an open mind, especially Lab people,” she says. “They are scientists but see alternative medicine as a part of science, not just an ancient art. They see it as more of a complimentary medicine.” “I enjoy getting good results for my patients,” says Dr. Lee. “Each doctor tries to help the patient, but sometimes patients find that Chinese medicine can offer a good result.” www.losalamoschamber.com

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Hilltop House Spa It has long been reported that the benefits of massage range from diminishing aches and pains to decreasing stress and reducing anxiety and depression.“ Current research is beginning to validate what most clients already know about massage therapy – that it can help ease or prevent many common ailments that are often treated with prescription drugs or hospitalization,” says Pam Worth, massage therapist, yoga instructor and owner of the Hilltop House Spa. “Massage therapy is based upon the ability of the body to naturally heal itself.” Pam had been planning on taking a year off from her career when she walked in to the Hilltop House two years ago to get a massage and found that the spa was closing. Within a week she bought the business. She and her husband Ed had just moved to Los Alamos for his new job at the Lab. They came from Walnut Creek, California, where Pam had a practice with about 60 clients. To make facials available she took the next eight months and got an aesthetician license to round out her business. She now has a staff of 11, including three yoga instructors, two additional aestheticians and four massage therapists besides herself. Services include treatments such as hot stone massage, raindrop therapy, Reiki, deep tissue massage, facials and scheduled yoga classes. The facility has two treatment rooms, one tanning room, the yoga studio, and soon will include another room for treatments. The business has grown steadily, which Pam attributes to the debit program. Clients plan on a treatment once a month and receive a discount by authorizing automatic withdrawals. “It’s such a value because it includes access to the pool, the sauna, and a massage or facial,” she says. “I really feel that touch is so vital to our health and fundamental to our well being. It’s so profound to have that monthly, too,” she says. All facilities are available to debit-program members as well as hotel guests, including the yoga classes which are $11 each for drop-ins, and discounts are available for quantities. “Most of our clients say to me that they get such a benefit from having a massage on a regularly, monthly basis,” Pam explains. “They say how different their bodies feel getting a massage once a month. And we have such a variety. People like trying different modalities and therapists. ñ

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efore the sun rises every Saturday morning, while other kids are in still bed or on the

couch watching cartoons and eating cereal, the Atoms layer on gear and play hockey for two hours. “It’s already a balmy eight degrees out,” Head Coach Mike Penovich announced to the first kid to arrive on January 9th, “but you’re going to get out there and you’ll be skatin’ and hustlin’ and you’ll feel warm in no time.” The Atoms is Los Alamos’ youngest hockey team, for 4-7 year olds. The efforts of thirteen volunteer coaches and involved parents make it possible for these kids to learn to skate and play hockey. Penovich has coached hockey for twenty years, and coached the Atoms for four. The assistant coaches take a hockey certification class that qualifies them to coach for three years. Assistant Coach Aimee Hungerford’s five-yearold daughter and seven-year-old son play on the team. She said, “The first day they can’t skate at all – it’s pandemonium! Then within a week and a half they’re all up doing drills.” “They’ve improved so much since the start. It’s funny,” said Gary Hock, a parent. “It’s hard getting them out and ready by 5:30. Most of the kids just started kindergarten.” Before practice a little girl, whose helmet says “Jazmine,” paces outside the rink. There needs to be at least one coach on the ice before the kids can step onto it, and she just can’t wait to start skating. Using bumpers, the coaches split the NHLsized rink into thirds, and split the kids into teams according to age and skating ability. During the practice they play as many games as possible. Most of the parents move to the Mites when their

kids go on. Gary Medrick is the only assistant coach who has stayed with the Atoms even though his kids are in high school. He said, “I just love being out here with the kids.” Listening to Medrick talking to the youngest Atoms before their game is a good reminder of how new they are to the game. He said, “Yellows, you’re going that way. Green, that’s the net you want to score in. Everyone OK with that?” “I just learned how to hockey skate – I already knew how to figure skate – and so I’m learning with them,” said Assistant Coach Kristen Dors, “I just learned how to stop, and the kids are also learning to stop.” “It’s fun to see them score their first goal, even if it’s just in practice,” said Dors, “Seeing them get the idea that they should go for the puck.” Five years ago Coach Dash Weeks played a fundamental role in starting the Atoms program by getting sponsors like Los Alamos National Bank. Through the support of sponsors the team is able to provide most of the equipment for a small deposit,

which is good because at this age the kids grow out of their equipment fast. LAHA President Mark Rochester said that this year the Atoms team is as large as it’s ever been and it’s the largest in the state. “It’s the least expensive place where kids play hockey,” said Penovich. Hungerford likes that she gets to meet the kids that her kids know. “It’s hard to recognize them without their gear, and without those helmets that have their name on them. We know so many people through hockey.” After the game the kids come in with rosy cheeks, and their parents help them get their skates off and get some hot chocolate. “Every coach position is voluntary. It’s amazing to me that so many people show up to be with their kids and other people’s kids just because they want to,” said Dors. “It’s a lot more fun to help than to freeze in the stands.”

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Take it to Heart – Los Alamos Heart Council

By Bernadette Lauritzen

An Olympic volunteer, Ann Revelle has been with

the Los Alamos Heart Council since 2003 after being invited by Los Alamos Senior Olympics Coordinator, Tom Pigott. The roots of the Heart Council go back to the mid-fifties when it was one of several organizations in Los Alamos to be funded by an organization called, the Community Chest. The Heart Council, as it looks today, was created in 1984 from members of the Los Alamos Chapter of the American Heart Association. The mission of Los Alamos Heart Council is to serve all ages with educational programs that seek

Pictured from left clockwise: Don Reeck, Barb Blair, Mike DeMaria, Paula Roybal Sanchez (vice-president), Glenn Banks (president), Ann ReVelle, Carol Pyburn, Justin Black, Lorraine Hartway (treasurer), Chuck Shull, Lee Bussolini (secretary). Not pictured: Dr. Carolyn Linnebur, Dr. Paul Daly, 3 new teen members.

to promote heart health and wellness. The vision for their work as a United Way agency has done just that in the northern New Mexico communities of Rio Arriba and Los Alamos.

The team works to develop, implement and support community-wide programs by focusing on the prevention of heart disease. This is often done by encouraging heart-healthy lifestyles through wellness awareness, health, fitness and nutrition education.

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The Heart Council has been successful in their efforts through a variety of community partnerships and programs. Their best known community project is of course, the annual Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair, which will be celebrating twenty-five years in 2010. The year generally kicks off with a February heart healthy community seminar series offered in both Los Alamos and Espanola. February also features National Wear Red Day which is also part of an effort of raising awareness. These projects done in conjunction with heart health related materials gifted to the public libraries in both communities provide a well rounded education aspect which benefit patrons for years to come. While the seminars and reading materials target an adult population, children are included in a variety of educational opportunities through support for walking clubs in Los Alamos elementary schools, awards for health related LAPS science fair projects and free bicycle safety promotions and helmets. One of many collaborative relationships exists with the Los Alamos Family YMCA. A Heart Smart Poster Contest sponsored by the heart healthy duo is one of many activities residents can learn about through the Heart Council website at www. losalamosheartcouncil.org. Education permeates every aspect of the Los Alamos Heart Council efforts, whether it is through their Heart Healthy Cooking School or programs related to National CPR and AED Awareness Week, in

June. The Los Alamos Heart Council teaches you how to love your heart. Ann Revelle, along with Paula Roybal Sanchez and current President Glenn Banks were recently awarded certificates of recognition at the first annual Assets In Action awards ceremony last month for their work associated with the Heart Council. The group has also made an effort to recruit youth to the board since 2006. Los Alamos High

Los Ala mos Heart Cou ncil Heart Month Seminar

Dr. Kathy Blake speaks on “Women and Heart Disease” Tuesday: February 23, 5:30 PM First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Drive

Heart Healthy Cooking School Wednesdays: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 5-8 PM United Church of Los Alamos Graves Hall

Information/Registration: www.LosAlamosHeartCouncil.org

School Guidance Counselor Cindy Black has assisted in finding nine high school youth have help fill the ranks since that time. Currently the team has three LAHS juniors serving, who include Bahram Banisadr, Alisa Romero and Danielle Valicenti. The Heart Council is an all volunteer organization with no paid employees and constantly seeks additional volunteers to continue their work in both communities. A volunteer can be anyone with an interest in promoting heart health that can step in and lend a hand. The Los Alamos Heart Council is a member of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, the Los Alamos Community Health Council and a United Way of Northern New Mexico member agency. ❤

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Arts & Culture The Hill is Alive by Katy Korkos

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rom the Trapp family singers in 1946 to Trio Solisti in January of 2010, the Los Alamos Concert

Association has arranged world class entertainment to enliven the fall and winter cultural seasons. The humble stages of Los Alamos have been graced by the likes of Andres Segovia and Julian Bream, the Budapest, the Juilliard, the Takac and the Guarneri String Quartets. Ivories have been tickled, the light fantastic has been tripped, and bows have slid across the strings of ancient and modern instruments- and each performance has been completely unique, as is the nature of live performance. How is it possible for a small city of 18,000 to operate a musical series and still keep tickets affordable? The secret lies in having a board of directors and Artistic Director who serve without salaries, an auditorium that can seat almost 1000 and generous contributions from both loyal individual subscribers and local businesses. Los Alamos National Bank always sponsors the season, and many other businesses step up to support the concert association throughout the year. Del Norte Credit Union and Zia Credit Union will each sponsor a program this spring, and Dave Fox of CB Fox sends a monthly contribution to show his support. The spectacular flower arrangements on stage are provided by Bella Cosa. Otowi Station Bookstore, the Best Western Hilltop House and Smith’s Grocery store in White Rock also make in‑kind donations. For many years, Rosalie Heller has served as the Artistic Director for the Concert Association, but after this season she is passing the reins to Ann McLaughlin, who also has a long-time affiliation with

the board of directors, serving as board president. Rosalie has set the bar quite high for Ann. The acts for each concert season must be picked at least a year in advance. Choosing the artists who are on the cusp of greatness, coordinating their schedules with the availability of the Duane Smith Auditorium, finding a variety of performers for a broad appeal, working through the details of contracts, finding accommodations, arranging transportation, and so many more details- all of those are among the Artistic Director’s responsibilities. Rosalie has always tried to find performers who are not playing anywhere else in the region, so that their fans will travel here to hear them. The contracts have not been finalized yet, but rumor has it that one of the performers who packed the house in 2005 will return to Los Alamos next year. Just a hint - she goes by a single name. Tickets for next year will go on sale at pre-season

subscription prices at the last concert of the season, which is also the time to roll out the new program. American pianist Simone Dinnerstein will perform solo piano works from Copland, Bach, Lasser, Schubert and Webern on Sunday, April 25 to cap off the ’09- ’10 season. LACA does a couple of unique things with tickets, offering free tickets to young people ages 5 to 18 to encourage future audiences, and making tickets transferrable from one concert to another. The practice of transferring tickets is really helpful for people who travel a lot. “We plan our travel around the concerts,” Barbara Seeger said. She also emphasizes that the tickets are usable at any concert during the season, so if something comes up and they can’t attend, they can use the tickets at the next concert or give them to friends. Many of the people who attend simply love music and performances, and attend as many live performances as they can. On a recent Saturday, some went to a telecast of the Metropolitan Opera in Santa Fe in the morning, came to the LACA performance in the evening, and stayed for a reception to meet the artists after the concert. Longtime concert association board member Dan Winske was one of the tired, yet happy people, who devotes many hours to music, listening to recordings and attending concerts in far-off places as well as in Los Alamos. As knowledgeable as Dan is, he can still be blown away by unexpected pieces and unexpected interpretations at LACA concerts. When asked what really sticks out in his mind as a memorable performance, Dan said he was really impressed by a solo oboe piece played as an encore by Heinz Holliger, who visited Los Alamos with Camerata Bern in 1992. “It was a solo piece by a composer named Agustin Barrios.” It was unfamiliar to Dan, and not on the program because it was an encore. “Playing it here at this altitude is not an easy thing, either.” Once the arrangements have been made and the performers are on their way, their stay is managed by board member Winnie Lamartine. She often picks

fyi—Forgo more information about the current or upcoming concert season and to purchase tickets, to the Los Alamos Concert Association website, www.losalamosconcert.org

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them up at the airport, then makes sure they are comfortable in their hotel rooms, have time and space to practice, and she shuttles them around town, cooks them an after-concert meal- in short, she makes them feel at home. Winnie said she makes a point of not talking to them about music, out of respect to their professionalism. “They’re just hard-working, down-to-earth people.” She has had conversations about baseball, eBay, cars, the rigors of touring- pretty much everything besides music. Many of the artists are happy to meet the audiences after the performances, sign CDs, and even talk about music. “I haven’t met any divas yet,” Winnie says. “They’re all really nice people, and every one has gone out of their way to thank me and say how much they’ve enjoyed our town.”

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Take the 3/50 Challenge by Claire Roybal

1st Annual Assets in Action Community Awards Honorees by Kevin Holsapple

More than ninety people attended the 1st Annual Assets in Action Community Awards recognition event in January to honor the many community members who were nominated during December. “This was

a great first year for the event,” says Assets in Action Coordinator, Bernadette Lauritzen. “We had great

sponsor support from URS Corporation that allowed us to give some well deserved recognition.”

The Assets in Action program uses the Search

Institute's 40 Developmental Assets approach in a

project to educate and engage the community around the

common goal of building, “Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth.”

Nominations of individuals, businesses, and

organizations were invited from throughout the community during December and thirty-four

nominations were received. Former County Councilor and Leadership Los Alamos alumni was honored in

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January with the ‘Spirit of the West’ Award. The award

was given, in his name, to LAHS junior Peter Song. Song

was nominated by high school senior, Madeline Wadt, for being a youth that goes the extra mile.

nd the winner is . . . Shopping

Locally! After kicking off the 3/50 project in November we have picked our first–winner Jennifer Olsen. Congrats Jennifer and Thank you for shopping locally! The 3/50 Project is a program that we adopted to raise awareness of shopping locally. The program challenges you to pick three business that you would miss most if they were gone, for example the local art supply store or hardware store, then stop in and say “hi” and pick up something you know you needed or maybe a gift for someone. By making an effort to shop there more often you are making a difference. These businesses are the heart of our town, they are the ones that sponsor your child’s little league or the ones that wrap your gift for you just because you ask.

Jennifer Olsen, winner of the 3/50 Project, Shopping Locally!

Businesses like Hill Diner, Los Alamos Fitness Center, CB Fox and several others have helped us promote the 3/50 project by telling people about it. We asked people in our community to enter a drawing for $150.00 and tell us what their three favorite business in town were. Jennifer Olsen is our first winner in what will be an ongoing drawing. When asked why she shopped locally Jennifer had this to say: “I enjoy shopping in Los Alamos because of the community. We have some great businesses. Brian is great, and the coffee booth is a great place to meet, have a sweet treat, and a cup of coffee or tea. Brian does a great job with roasting his own coffee. Metzger’s often has the little bits and bobs that you need to get a job done. And a lot of times those same bits can’t be found at some of the big box stores. CB Fox always offers great customer service. And they have a ton of stuff in their store. Andy Fox always makes sure that my kids get just the right shoes, and they have a great time chatting with him. And we love seeing Santa every year at the store. Local business owners are interested in helping out in the community.” So remember the next time you are thinking of running off the hill for that “bit or bob” you need… We just might have it here in Los Alamos!

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“We’re already thinking ahead to the second

annual awards next January, and this year we are

accepting nominations throughout the year. People

were impressed by how quick and easy the nomination

process is. You can recognize good deeds via the web in just a few minutes,” said Lauritzen.

“You can submit a nomination to recognize the

people, groups, and businesses that are contributing to

building a strong community for our youth and for all of us on the web at www.assetsinaction.info . You may make as many nominations as you wish throughout the year.”

The Assets in Action program is a feature of the

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce CommunityMatters initiative. The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) provides the funding to sustain the program.

The following individuals were recognized at the event for their “good deeds”

Individual (Adults) Chad Lauritzen Glenn Banks Morrie Pongratz Gene Mortensen Giri Raichur Betsy Raichur Ann Revelle Paula Roybal Sanchez Sharon Stover T.J. Cooper David Fuehne Kim Selvage Sharon Jewett Irene Powell Nancy Bartlit Georgia Strickfaden Carol Hermes Ryan Ross Sondra Wyman Donna Grim Roxanne Webster Dawn Barr Rita Sanchez Georgina Williams

Couple

Morrie & Cheryl Pongratz

Businesses:

KRSN Radio Los Alamos Monitor Bandelier Grill The Family YMCA URS

Organizations:

Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation

Individual (Youth)

Derek Selvage Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta United Way Youth Team Natalie Swinhoe Keanna Cohen Emi Weeks Josh Dolin Peter Song – Spirit of the West Award Winner

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Edible Essence ALPHABET SOUP

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rom bisque to chowder, from avgolemeno to zuppa,

bouillabaisse, cioppino, minestrone and everything in betweensoup is just plain good. There’s almost no downside to soup- maybe the foggy glasses making it harder to read the paper while you’re eating, but other than that? It’s nutritious, filling, lower in calories, cheaper to make than

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many meals, and easier to make than most foods, although the true test of a good chef is the quality of his or her soup. Vegetarian soups are every bit as tasty as those with meat in them, and fat-free soups are as tasty as cream soups. Leftover soup is better than the first day, so you can make a lot and not worry about your family’s wraththey’ll forgive you when they taste it. There is something primal about hunkering down by the fire and gathering around the cauldron, and this community celebrates that feeling with the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser each March. Hundreds of people flock to the Betty Ehart Senior Center to have a handmade bowl filled with yummy soup, all to benefit Self Help, Inc. Gillian Sutton, who, with her husband David, owns KRSN-AM 1490, is chairing the event again this year, on Saturday, March 13th. Months of preparation have gone into making the bowls. For only ten dollars, you can choose your favorite bowl, have it (or a surrogate) filled with yummy soup, enjoy live entertainment, chow down with your friends and support a great organization. Many people plan their calendars around the Empty Bowls event, and plan their meals on that day around their favorite soup. Year after year, the Los Alamos Medical Center has brought their green chili stew and Hill Diner has brought their Potato Soup, so regulars know to come early. Not only do they get a great selection on bowls, but they can have their favorite soup. Chef Phil Kephart of the Central Avenue Grill enjoys being creative when it comes to choosing

which soup he will donate each year. “We always bring something, and I usually let them tell me what it is they need,” Phil says. “It’s a fun event and it’s affordable for everyone.” His biggest sellers at the Grill are the Baked Potato Soup and the Sopa Fideos, which can be ordered with grilled chicken, steak or shrimp on top. Ruby K’s has at least four soups available every day to meet the demand at their shop in downtown Los Alamos. They start the day with four soups ready to go, but when conditions are right, (namely stormy weather) they sell out of those and make four more. On any given day, you might find Cheesy Chicken Enchilada, French Onion, Chicken Noodle or Broccoli Cheese. Chef David Korkos was already well-known for the soups he cooked as the chef at Katherine’s Restaurant, and now that he is at Tea World, inside Cookin’ in Style, he has brought many of those recipes to the menu there. His Sweet Potato Carrot soup, made with fresh ginger, is one of the more unusual offerings. Brian Booth has begun posting his soup of the day on the CoffeeHouse Café’s website- and you can follow the Café on Twitter, as well become a fan on Facebook. Santa Fe Black Bean, Cream of Potato with Bacon and Corn Chowda have been among his recent specials. The Coffee House Café also posts their coffee of the day and specials. The money raised is for Self Help Inc., a local nonprofit organization. Self Help, a United Way agency, fills the gap in Northern New Mexico with emergency financial assistance, seed money grants, consultation and advocacy for residents of Los Alamos, northern Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos counties. Each year the organization is able to support those who need help most in their quest to become economically self-sufficient. Soup can be down-home and funky, or uptown and snobby. We turn to soup when we’re feeling under the weather, and when the weather outside is frightful. Try to imagine college life without ramen noodles or a church supper without some-thing yummy bubbling in the crockpot! 4

fyi—Mark your calendars now for the 17th Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on March 13 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. For more information about how to get involved with Empty Bowls, call Gillian Sutton at 662-1490. KRSN AM 1490 is the primary sponsor for this event again this year.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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2 MONDAY – 26 FRIDAY Annual Los Alamos Photography Show Mesa Public Library More than 100 fabulous images by area photographers

4 THURSDAY

12 FRIDAY

19, 20, 21 FRIDAY – SUNDAY

College Day Pajarito Mountain 20% lift tickets discount with valid ID.

Dance Performance, The Sleeping Beauty Fuller Lodge The New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company

ASA Slopestyle Contests Pajarito Mountain Terrain Park Slopestyle Contest Begins 10 am at Crazy Mother Terrain Park.

Los Alamos Community Winds presents The Firebird Suite, Duane Smith Auditorium Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite, is considered the most dramatic finale on any musical program

Valentine’s Day Wine Tasting Pajarito Mountain

Crosscountry Skiing and Snowshoeing Valles Caldera Day use permits are available at the Valle Grande staging area located two miles down the main Preserve road

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Free Film Series Mesa Public Library Current theme is food, and on the menu is Big Night in the upstairs meeting rooms

14 SUNDAY

K2 Women's Weekend Pajarito Mountain Breast cancer research fundraiser, spa, ski clinic

Sleigh Wagon Rides Valles Caldera Visit the Valles Caldera National Preserve at a good speed, from a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh

5, 6, 7 FRIDAY – SUNDAY

6 SATURDAY – 7 SUNDAY

Crosscountry Skiing and Snowshoeing Valles Caldera Day use permits are available at the Valle Grande staging area located two miles down the main Preserve road

5 FRIDAY

College Day Pajarito Mountain 20% lift tickets discount with valid ID

6 SATURDAY

The 19th Hole Downtown Los Alamos Play an indoor miniature golf course designed through local businesses

9 TUESDAY

Historical Lecture Series Los Alamos LDS Church Fred Ribe, retired LANL scientist, will speak on Oppenheimer's 1954 security clearance hearings

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Winter Farmers Market Fuller Lodge Start out your new year right!

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USASA Snowboard Slalom & GS Event Pajarito Mountain

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Crosscountry Skiing and Snowshoeing Valles Caldera Day use permits are available at the Valle Grande staging area located two miles down the main Preserve road

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Poetry Gathering Mesa Public Library Read your own, read your favorite author's poems, or just listen . . . for all ages

19 FRIDAY

College Day Pajarito Mountain 20% lift tickets discount with valid ID

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Opening Reception - Let's Celebrate! At Art Center Fuller Lodge Show us the sights, sounds, and colors of Mardi Gras, Carnival, and other such celebrations from around the world

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Southern Series Fun Race Pajarito Mountain Part of Pajarito Mountain Telebration 2010

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Authors Speak Series: Michael Hamilton Morgan Mesa Public Library Michael Hamilton Morgan will present his talk "Roots of the modern digital world in Arab Muslim History' based on his book Lost History

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Guitars and Gateaux Fuller Lodge Dr. Lynn McGraff will perform

26 FRIDAY

College Day at Pajarito Mountain 20% lift tickets discount with valid ID

27 SATURDAY - 28 SUNDAY Crosscountry Skiing and Snowshoeing Valles Caldera Day use permits are available at the Valle Grande staging area located two miles down the main Preserve road

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Locals Fun Race Pajarito Mountain

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March 2010 4 THURSDAY FREE Film Series Mesa Public Library Mesa Public Library Free Film Series current theme is food, and on the menu is Diner in the upstairs meeting rooms

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LACA presents Ensemble Caprice Under the artistic direction of Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, Ensemble Caprice is renowned for its innovative interpretations of baroque music.

9 TUESDAY

Historical Lecture Series Los Alamos LDS Church Vern Glover, “The Richard Dorman Railroad Photographs.” Glover is cataloguing this collection of historic narrow gauge railroad images which contain approximately 25,000 photographs

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Winter Farmers Market Fuller Lodge Start out your new year right!

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Poetry Gathering Mesa Public Library Read your own, read your favorite author’s poems, or just listen . . . for all ages

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Fundraiser for local non-profit: Empty Bowls Betty Ehart Senior Center Come choose a hand painted bowl, enjoy a delicious soup and bread lunch with live entertainment. All of the money raised at this annual event goes directly to support the work of Self Help, Inc. Self Help, Inc. assists Northern New Mexico families in need of immediate emergency aid, and encourages the growth of small businesses with seed money grants.

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Authors Speak Series: Barbara Olins Alpert Mesa Public Library Barbara Alpert discussing her book The Creative Ice Age Brain: Cave Art in the Light of Neuroscience

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Guitars and Gateaux Fuller Lodge Performer to be announced

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Opening Reception for Interiors at Art Center Fuller Lodge Whether it be a cavity in a hillside, a house, or yourself, we want to see your take on the interiors around you.

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