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Today's Features

  • BY KELLY DOLEJSI
    Special to the Monitor

  • The Summit Garden Club is pleased to announce Ashlynn Trujillo as the recipient of the $500 2016 Jim and Pat Edmonds Memorial Scholarship. Trujillo plans to attend New Mexico Highlands University as a biology major and pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine.
    The Summit Garden Club has been awarding annual scholarships since 1972 to support a graduating senior in his/her pursuit of higher education.
    Trujillo and her mother will be attending the next Summit Garden Club monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. June 6, at the home of Shirley Carter: 690 Camino Encantado, Los Alamos.
    The program will be a tour of two member’s gardens. After touring the Carter garden, the group will move on to 860 Camino Encantado, to tour the garden of Freda McCormick. After the tour, refreshments will be served, followed by the business meeting.
    Non-members are invited to join the club for the tour and if desiring more information on the Summit Garden Club, all are invited to stay for refreshments and the business meeting. Anyone with questions can call Doris Thielemann at 672-9291.

  • Scholarship winners, their families and donors recently gathered at the J. Robert Oppenheimer Study Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory to celebrate the 2016 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund award recipients and to mark the start of the annual fundraising campaign.
    This year, 95 Northern New Mexico Students were awarded $566,750 in scholarships, primarily funded by donations from Laboratory employees and a $250,000 matching contribution from Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS). Due to the record-setting campaign in 2015 with $356,299 donated by Lab employees, this year the program awarded an additional $150,000 and 20 more awards to students from the seven counties surrounding the Lab.
    In addition to receiving awards, 45 of the 2016 scholars will also have the opportunity to work at the Lab as interns with a mentor this summer due to support and funding from Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan. Several past recipients are returning for summer employment as well.

  • THURSDAY
    “Authors Speak” will feature Anita Rodriguez from 7-8:30 p.m. upstairs in the rotunda at Mesa Public Library. Join us to hear Taos resident Anita Rodriguez talk about her new book, “Coyota in the Kitchen.”
    FRIDAY
    DK & the Affordable and Eddy & the Nomads will play classic rock and rockabilly music at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond at 7 p.m.
    MONDAY
    Memorial Day celebration at 11 a.m. at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Elks Lodge 2083 will host the celebration to thank those serving and remember those lost. Guest of Honor Corporal Vernon Kerr will give the address.
    TUESDAY
    Los Alamos Rotary Club meeting at noon at the golf course community room.  A salute to veterans.
    WEDNESDAY
    Jemez Thrift Store Bag Day 10 a.m-1 p.m. Jemez Thrift is urgently asking donors to not drop off broken or un-saleable items and don’t block exits this poses a safety threat according to the fire marshal.

    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free. More information at peecnature.org.
    JUNE 2

  • 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!

  • 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.  

  • BY CHIEF DINO SGAMBELLONE
    Los Alamos Police Department

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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