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Today's Features

  • BY CHIEF DINO SGAMBELLONE
    Los Alamos Police Department

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped a few weeks ago. He’s still adjusting to life at the shelter, but two very dedicated Friends of the Shelter volunteers have been working with Juan to help him relax. He’s finally learning that people can be nice and gentle, particularly when they have treats! Check back in a few weeks for more information about Juan!

  • April 28 — A boy.  Elijah Dexter Sutherland. Born to Liese-Mrie and Landon Sutherland.
    May 2 — A girl. Michaela Carolyn Lopez. Born to Christina McCormick and Robert Lopez.
    May 5 — A boy. Locas Yucheng Wang. Born to Juan and Peng Wang.
    May 6 — A girl.  Brinley Paige Hofer. Born to Melanie and Dacotah Hofer.
    May 13 — A girl. Corinne Annelise Bakosi. Born to Lisa and Jozsef Bakosi.

  • One of the largest kite festivals in New Mexico will take flight once again in White Rock this weekend, with a string of family friendly activities to keep everyone happy.
    The 19th annual Kite Festival begins at 6 p.m. today, with live music by Eric McFadden Band, the first in a series of summer concerts presented by Gordon’s Summer Concerts series, as well as a nighttime kite flying demonstration and glow.
    On Saturday and Sunday, children will be able to tap into their creativity with kite building workshops from noon to 2 p.m., where they can color and design kites, attach line and watch them fly.
    The festival also attracts adult kite enthusiasts from across the Southwest when intricately shaped and hand made kites add color to the skies.
    Along with stunt kite flying, the event includes food, crafts, hands on activities and kites for sale. A “kite hospital” will even be available, staffed with kite medics to mend the inevitable broken and injured kites using sticks, duct tape, and ingenuity.
    The Kite Festival takes place at Overlook Park in White Rock, just eight miles southwest of Los Alamos. Festival hours are from 7–10 p.m. today and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

  • Sometimes you don’t know what your true calling is until you weather the storm.
    Abe Gordon, a resident here in his youth, has returned to the place where the game of life would deal him some hard lessons but create a vision to allow him to help others overcome the obstacles set before them.
    Gordon moved to Los Alamos at the age of 13, from Chimayo, but didn’t have his first experience with drugs until he arrived on the hill.
    He began smoking pot and drinking, was introduced to psychedelics then, in his teens, to meth, cocaine and heroin. He remained an addict until the age of 31, when he fought felony charges that might have caused him to spend the rest of his life in prison.
    He found the Delancey Street Foundation or perhaps they found him. It was where he would begin the fight for his life for four and a half years. The initial fight is just one of many for someone battling to stay clean from drug use and Gordon has been clean for more than nine years.
    Someone overcoming addiction can’t always acclimate back into a society surrounded by the same problems, the same people and the same drug use, but Inside Out Recovery has come to help by opening a Los Alamos office on Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • A commentator on a TV news show recently talked about new developments involving the ride company Uber. The commentator remarked that Uber has made sure to set up its procedures so drivers are independent contractors, not employees.
    The dilemma over independent contractors versus employees is nothing new. It’s just expanding and affecting more of us with changes in the way Americans do business.
    This was cited as a major trend at a national conference of workers’ compensation professionals. The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC), meeting in April in Santa Fe, noted how new businesses like Uber are blurring the lines between employment and self-employment. This could lead, some participants said, to significant changes in how workers are protected, if they are protected at all.
    Workers’ compensation is provided by almost all employers to employees. Employees injured at work are entitled to medical care with no deductibles or co-pays and, if unable to work due to the injury, cash benefits as a partial wage replacement.  

  • The Rotary Club of Los Alamos recently held auditions for the annual Deborah Beene Music Award competition. The award was established in the memory of Deborah Beene, daughter of Donald and Sara Beene, a violin and piano student who died while enrolled in school here in December 1973.  
    The award is intended to assist ninth through 12th-grade Los Alamos High School students in their musical growth. The students receiving the award are asked to use the money, a single award of up to $1,500, for fees to attend a music camp, for college or university music expenses, for the purchase of a better instrument, or for tuition for private music instruction.
    This year’s winners are:
    • First place ($1,200): violinist Jamie Philps, performing “Concerto in C Major, allegro molto e con brio” by Kabalevsky; piano accompaniment, Cindy Little; teacher, Kay Newnam.
    • Second place ($600): violinist Grace Kim, performing “Romance in F Major” by Beethoven; piano accompaniment, Katherine Wang; teacher, Kay Newnam
    • Third-Place Tie:
    ($300): Brian Johnson, CDJ2000s synthesizer, original compositions; teacher Rami Pearlman.
    ($300): cellist Irene Kwon, “Prelude from Cello Suite No. 3” by Bach; teacher, Sally Guenther.

  • TODAY
    Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting 6 p.m. in building 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Carie Fanning will speak about Family Strength Networks and the Parenting with Love and Logic classes. The public is welcome to attend.

    Chamber Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in room 230, building 2 at UNM-LA, 4000 University Drive. Speaker New Mexico Cabinet Secretary for Aging and Long Term Services Myles Copeland will talk about employees who are distracted by the demands of also being a caregiver for an aging family member. 



    THURSDAY
    Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum winter series at 6:30 p.m. at Hall at Kelly Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Topic will be “What Makes Us Human?” A video/presentation begins at 6 p.m. followed by a large group discussion at 6:30 p.m., then an optional, informal small group discussion. Attendees can bring dinner. All are welcome. Follow the blog at lafsf.org.
    FRIDAY
    Plaque dedication ceremony honoring the recent addition of the U.S. Post Office in downtown Los Alamos to the National and State Register of Historic Places at 3:30 p.m. near the entrance to the post office. After remarks, the plaques will be unveiled and refreshments will be served.
    SATURDAY

  • Twelve college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.
    The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley and Santa Fe high schools.
    The JROMC has awarded over 200 scholarships and other awards totaling more than $420,000 since the program was begun in 1984. The philanthropic organization’s scholarship program is supported by several limited-term endowments, numerous small, individual donations, and major contributions from the Los Alamos National Bank.
    The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Robert Oppenheimer, the first director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century.
    This year’s selected students from Los Alamos High School are:
    Jovan Zhang: J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship supported by the committee, awarded to a student for outstanding promise in science and mathematics.
    Katherine Wang: J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship in Memory of Mary and Harold Argo, awarded to a young woman for outstanding promise in the arts or sciences.

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Climate and Ecosystem Science Team director Cathy Wilson will speak Thursday at Science On Tap, at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.
    Wilson is working to better understand what happens when warming climate causes Arctic permafrost to thaw. As the ground warms up, previously frozen soil carbon is decomposed and released as green house gases – adding to global warming. But, in turn, warmer temperatures drive more plant growth and carbon uptake from the atmosphere. This might offset permafrost carbon emissions, but by how much?
    Come and learn about the complex interactions that take place in these normally frozen reaches of our planet.
    Science On Tap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum. The On Tap series begins each evening with an informal 10-15 minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. All ages are welcome. The “On Tap” series happens twice a month. The discussions are supported by Bradbury Science Museum, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos Historical Society and PEEC at The Nature Center.