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Today's Features

  • Despite the damper of dry weather and fireworks show cancellation, the 2012 Fourth of July Celebration at Overlook Park was a great success. After a few months of dangerous drought, the big rain was welcome.
    Though we canceled the festivities earlier than planned, the fun picnic setting, yummy food, wonderful music and very cool skydiving display by the Habanero Skydiving club made for a great afternoon and evening.
    We missed the fireworks, but we still celebrate living in the United States of America — the very best country in the world to be from.

  • As part of the downtown Friday night activities in Los Alamos, Terry Foxx and her granddaughter Rose Carlisi will sing and tell stories at the Romero Cabin from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday.
    The program is called, “A Quilt of Stories.” Stories, legends, myths and songs come from all cultures. As pieces of fabric can make a quilt, fragments of history, when stitched together, can make a mosaic that helps people understand past and present.
    Sitting in front of the Romero Cabin, Foxx and Carlisi will explore some of the history of the old West, interwoven with history of the Pajarito Plateau and area.

  • Today
    This month’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site. For more information, call 661-4097.
    Thursday
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Herbie Fully Loaded,” at 7 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall.

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will have their monthly meeting 7 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. They will discuss upcoming events, a visit from Congressman Martin Heinrich, democratic candidate for U.S. senator.
    Friday

  • Did you know that Wednesday is Nelson Mandela Day? You can learn more about the worldwide event at nelsonmandeladay.org, but I will provide a nutshell version.
    July 18 is the South African leader’s birthday. An organization created in his name started an annual event on his birthday.
    It is believed that since he dedicated 67 years of service to his community, his country and the world, individuals should try to donate six to seven hours, to make a difference.
    Hopefully you know by now that the local assets motto is, “Take a Second, Make a Difference,” and this week, I’d like to know how you do it.

  • Today
    Summer Family Evenings at PEEC: Raptor Center Visit. Meet live raptors from the Santa Fe Raptor Center at PEEC, including their newest bird, a Mississippi Kite. Learn about the lives of these beautiful birds and how they came to be education animals. Free for PEEC members, $5 donation to the Raptor Center for non-member families. No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or e-mail Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    Wednesday
    The Los Alamos Garden Club is going to the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens Wetlands for a tour and lunch. They will carpool and leave Los Alamos at 8:30 a.m. everyone is invited to join them. Meet at the “Y” in White Rock.

  • Troop 22 of Los Alamos has completed the cavalcade at the Philmont high-adventure camp in Cimarron, N.M.
    Eleven boys, ages 14-16 and three adults spent eight days riding horseback through the rugged mountains of northeastern New Mexico near the Valle Vidal.  
    Starting at base camp, the group was often up at 5 a.m., saddling and packing horses for the day’s ride. They rode to a different camp each day, participating in activities such as challenge events, rock climbing, spar pole scaling, hiking Mount Baldy and finally, a competitive rodeo on the last day.
    They also learned the nuances of horse personalities.  Additionally, many of the scouts overcame self-doubt and bravery in both the handling of horses and activities.

  • SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Stephen R. Covey, author of "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" as well as several other books that together have sold millions of copies, has died. He was 79.

    In a statement sent to employees of a Utah consulting firm Covey co-founded, his family said the writer and motivational speaker died at a hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho, early Monday due to complications from a bicycle accident in April.

    "In his final hours, he was surrounded by his loving wife and each one of his children and their spouses, just as he always wanted," the family said.

  • On this, the 67th anniversary of the event, participants at the Trinity Test recollect the first explosion of an atomic bomb. Segment from Remembering Los Alamos WWII, the Manhattan Project.

  • Chasing rabbits, exploring the canyons around Los Alamos and taking walks with his family are just a few of the things that Mason, a mixed-breed dog enjoys.
    However, things for Mason weren’t always carefree. He was once a homeless dog born in the wild that was caught and taken to the Española Animal Shelter. In 2010, he was adopted by White Rock resident Caroline “Cass” Mason and soon found himself at home with her other dog Sibley and cat, Mickey Mouser.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home.
    Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.

    DOGS
    Cessna— Roamer from the airport. Golden Retriever-mix. Shy, but seems sweet and submissive. Will be available for adoption after vet appointment Tuesday.