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Today's Features

  • James M. Boncella, deputy group leader in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Inorganic, Isotope and Actinide Chemistry group, has been selected as a 2017 Fellow in the American Chemical Society (ACS).

    The ACS Fellows Program recognizes members who have both made exceptional scientific contributions and who have provided excellent volunteer service to the ACS community.

    Boncella was selected as Fellow for his seminal discoveries in actinide chemistry and for his long and distinguished history of service to the ACS, including serving as Chair of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry.

    His research in actinide organometallic chemistry led to the discovery of the [bis(imido)U(VI)]2+  ion, which is the nitrogen analogue of the uranyl ion (UO2) 2+.

    This discovery has in turn led to the recent discovery of a neptunium compound (with A. J. Gaunt) which is the first example of a transuranic compound with a metal-ligand multiple bond with a ligand other than oxide.

    The actinide research has helped to redefine and solidify the role of covalent interactions in actinide chemistry.

  • Christina Wildau from Albuquerque was crowned Mrs. New Mexico June 24 at the African American Performing Arts Center in Albuquerque.

    Delegates from all over the state of New Mexico competed for the coveted crown.

    Along with wining the prestigious title, Wildau also won the Best in Evening Gown and Most Photogenic Awards.

    Wildau also won a prize package valued at over $8,000. She will advance on to compete at the national Mrs. America Pageant in August in Las Vegas, Nevada

    Award winners also included: Best in Swimsuit, Savanah Ray, Mrs San Juan County; Director’s Choice Award Winner, Ashley Lynch, Mrs Central NM; Mrs. Congeniality Award Winner, Brooke Maheng, Mrs. Ruidoso.

  • TODAY
    Business After Hours at 7 p.m. Aspen Ridge Retirement Center.

    Summer Family Evening: Explora!
at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Staff from the Explora Museum bring fun, hands-on nature science experiments to the nature center. Admission: $0/member family, $5/non-member family. More information at peecnature.org.
    FRIDAY
    The Los Alamos Arts Council is hosting an Open House for Executive Director Marlane Hamilton from 4-6 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Hamilton is retiring as the Executive Director of the Arts Council.  All who know Marlane are invited to attend on Friday from 4-6 p.m., Fuller Lodge.  

    Feature Film and Talk: Exploding Universe at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Voyage through space and explore powerful events that shaped the Universe. Hear from astrophysicist Dr. Rick Wallace. Cost is  $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Feature Film: Exploding Universe
at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through space and discover explosive events that shaped the Universe. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SUNDAY

  • As we prepare for the Fourth of July, remember to keep things safe this holiday season. A review of safety protocols with the family keeps the thoughts top of mind for everyone.
    One of the things I love about this town is the great small events hosted annually that we can all look forward to for family and community fun.
    The first is the hosting of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints gathering in White Rock for their parade and carnival. They welcome all of their community friends and family to join a celebration of our country.
    There are many games, lots of smiles and the best thing is, it is at no expense to attend and you aren’t required to be a member. Their congregation shows their love to the community and it is a beautiful, all ages site to behold.
    I understand if you live in LA, the drive to White Rock may be just too far, although any reason to spend 15 minutes in an air-conditioned car lately is a good reason. If you prefer to remain on the hill, our local YMCA will host their annual Fire Cracker 5k.
    You can run in costume, with a pet and in a variety of age categories. It is family fun and benefits a good cause.

  • Los Alamos County lessened its fire restrictions Monday, entering stage 1fire restrictions because of recent rainfall.
    These restrictions are slightly less restrictive than Stage 2, which went into effect last week due to extreme fire danger.
    However, the Los Alamos Fire Department will continue to monitor fire weather conditions and adjust as needed, according to county officials.
    Under stage 1 fire restrictions, the following acts are prohibited until further notice:
    • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands.
    • Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3-feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
    Stage I exemptions include:
    • Developed campgrounds with metal grills using charcoal or propane are acceptable on North Mesa campgrounds, Camp May, Overlook Park and at any park within the Los Alamos County proper, to also include all residential property within Los Alamos County. The Los Alamos County Fire Department urges the public to take every precaution necessary on all properties to prevent a fire.

  •  The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation has announced that Devine Fellers and Erica Keevama were chosen to receive the 2017 Irene Boone Memorial Scholarship.
    The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of long-time resident and pediatrician, Dr. Irene Boone and her husband, Zanas “Slim” Boone.
    Fellers and Keevama were selected among 20 qualified applicants for their good citizenship and ability to successfully complete their selected degree or program. Both students are planning a career in medicine.
    The Irene Boone Memorial Scholarship is administered by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, an independent organization that supports, challenges and invests in a successful future for all Los Alamos public school students. Learn more at lapsfoundation.com.

  • The Tuesdays at the Pond Entertainment Series continues Tuesday with Roaring Jelly. Brought to you by the Los Alamos Creative District, the concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Ashley Pond Park stage.
    Roaring Jelly is a Celtic band local to Los Alamos, playing a variety of Irish, Scottish, European Folk and Americana music.
    The 2017 Summer Entertainment Series will feature a wide variety of musical acts, and happen every Tuesday night through August 8, with the exception of July 4. Performances will range from a professional wind ensemble to an R&B artist, a folk rock group to a big brass band, and everything in between.
    The Los Alamos Creative District directs a variety of programs that bring people to downtown Los Alamos. On Tap is a series of discussions and libations located downtown every first and third Thursday of the month. First Thursdays feature rotating themes of history, nature and art hosted by the Los Ala­mos Historical Society, Pajarito Environmental Education Center, or Fuller Lodge Art Center respec­tively.
     

  • Mohit Dubey returns to Mesa Public Library for his annual summer concert, 7 p.m. Thursday in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Dubey is a young classical guitarist from Los Alamos. A student of Roberto Capocchi at New Mexico School for the Arts and Stephen Aron at Oberlin Conservatory, Dubey has played concerts across the world - from Santa Fe to Italy to Jordan to India – and has been a semifinalist in the Stroud All-Ohio Guitar Competition for three consecutive years.
    As the son of Indian and German scientists, Mohit is excited about using music as a means of expression and storytelling across cultural differences and exploring the many ways the guitar has been used throughout the world and throughout history.
    His program for the evening is entitled “Classical Guitar: Around the World and Through the Ages.” In the notes for the program, he writes “The classical guitar is more than just a piece of hollow wood and six strings, it is an instrument that traces a deep history stretching around the entire globe. The performance will carry listeners from Bach’s baroque Germany to Lauro’s modern Venezuela with many surprises in between. This hour-long show, followed by a question and answer session with the performer, will surely leave you relaxed by the sweet sound of the guitar and enchanted by its history.”

  • Twelve-week old Rachel Parkison and mom Laura, a teacher at Los Alamos Middle School assisted with a bake sale for Los Alamos High School teacher Joy Handsberry on Monday. with a successful community fundraiser.
    Handsberry has had a re-occurrence of her cancer and community members and former students rallied to support with, “better living  through baked goods.”
    A GoFundMe account has also been set up by a friend.
    The sale raised $592.55.

  • As a society, I think we are in a crisis situation, for which many may be unaware.
    Words really do matter and we need not only be aware, but have the discussions, teach our children and step up when we see ugly things taking place.
    The news this week highlighted 17-year-old Michelle Carter and the role she played in her boyfriend’s suicide.
    I find so many things wrong with this situation, but think there needed to be a consequence in order to ignite a nationwide conversation. We need to have the conversation!
    Recently at a community meeting, I was approached by a health professional that asked what we are going to do locally to make a change. I believe that many don’t even know one needs to be made here.
    We still need to teach children the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” At the same time, we need to teach kids that what you say can have a dramatic impact on another person.
    There are many local youth that don’t hesitate to tell a peer, “You should just drink bleach and die.”
    You might think it would be a certain type of student that would say that, but it can be anyone. That is why we need to have the conversation with all of our kids.