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Today's Features

  • 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

  • TODAY
    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 brief remarks by those involved in obtaining the designation, the plaques will be unveiled and refreshments will be served.

    Los Alamos Kite Festival at the soccer fields in Overlook Park in White Rock. Children of all ages are welcome to come and join the festivities. The Kite Festival weekend kicks off today at 7 p.m. with the Summer Concert Series. Kite artists will be on the field with their kites on display and a night kite fly demonstration. The main festival is held from noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The day includes music, food, kite-building workshops for kids, and kite flying.
    SATURDAY
    Mason Lodge waffle breakfast from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Pajarito Masonic Lodge  on 15th Street and Canyon. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 6 and under.

    The Los Alamos Community Winds will present its Season Finale Concert at 7 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church, 80 State Road 4, White Rock. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. A $10 donation per guest is suggested. A reception will follow the concert to which the audience is cordially invited.

  • 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.