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  • BY ROBERTA R. FINE
    Special to the Monitor

    Jemez House Inc. Thrift Store is rounding out its 21st year as a community and youth resource. Thanks to the generosity of its donors, it is facing growing pains and must make some hard decisions, again asking the community for its cooperation and forbearance.

    It has become an eyesore and a thorn in county management’s side due to unmanageable donations left on the store’s porch during off hours.

    The organization is an outgrowth of a group home for troubled or neglected children founded by a pastor of the United Church of Los Alamos. When the group home closed in 1996, due to new state requirements that were too expensive for it to meet, one of the thrift stores that helped to support it remained open.

  •  Coro de Cámara will welcome the Princeton Girlchoir’s advanced touring ensemble to Los Alamos on its first concert stop of a summer Southwest tour July 11 at the United Church in Los Alamos, with acclaimed Princeton Girlchoir, Artistic Director Dr. Lynnel Joy Jenkins and Pianist Ryan Brechmacher.
    The two choruses will participate in an afternoon workshop together and will present a 7 p.m. concert called, “A Choral Tapestry” at the 2525 Canyon Road, Los Alamos.
    The “Choral Tapestry” program weaves together a rich texture of musical styles and colors, including spirituals, pieces by notable living composers, and global selections. 
    The performance will include 43 singers, three conductors, two pianists, a viola and percussion.
    Each chorus will present its own delightful set of music and will then share several exciting works together.
    Janet Westrick, who founded PGC in 1989 and now lives in Santa Fe, will make a guest conducting appearance.
    State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard will welcome the audience and introduce PGC.
    Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door. Suggested amount: $20 adults, $10 students.
    After the performance, you can meet the musicians and enjoy light refreshments.

  • Outdoor enthusiasts are reminded that four-wheelers, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or utility vehicles (UTVs) and all off-road vehicles of any kind are prohibited within designated wilderness areas.
    This past weekend, ATV tracks were observed within the San Pedro Parks Wilderness on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).   San Pedro Parks is one of the original wilderness areas created by the Wilderness Act of 1964, which set aside “primeval” federal land.
    Wilderness areas generally do not allow motorized equipment, motor vehicles, mechanical transport, temporary roads or permanent structures.  These restrictions also apply to the Chama River Canyon Wilderness, the Dome Wilderness and the Pecos Wilderness on the SFNF, part of the more than 106 million acres of federal lands that have been set aside as wilderness.
    Law enforcement officers will be patrolling over the upcoming Fourth of July holiday and the summer. Violators will be cited, and their off-road vehicles will be impounded.
    Visitors should refer to the Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) to determine which SFNF roads, trails and areas are open to motorized use. For more information, go to fs.usda.gov/detail/santafe/landmanagement/projects/?cid=stelprdb5411664.

  • 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.

  • TODAY
    Chamber Breakfast at 9 a.m. in the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus, building 2, room 230. Panel discussion on progress on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

    Summer Family Evening: Orienteering
at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Learn to find your way with a map and compass and take a journey by following clues along the way. Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun. Cost is $0 for member families, $5 for non-member families.
    THURSDAY
    Lenton Malry will speak at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library as part of the Authors Speak series.
    FRIDAY
    Summer Constellations
at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover and identify constellations and planets visible in our night sky this summer, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children
    SATURDAY
    Feature Film: Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    SUNDAY

  • “Let’s Roll This Train” is a memoir by one of New Mexico’s leading educators and public servants, Dr. Lenton Malry. Malry will give a talk at Mesa Public Library, 7 p.m. Thursday, in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Malry is a great storyteller, and he has an inspiring story to tell, having been raised in the segregated South at a time when access to housing, education, employment and recreation were limited for Black people.  His family prized education and public service.
    It was his passion for education that led him to first become a teacher, then to become the first African American to receive his Ph.D. in education from the University of New Mexico, and on to become the first African American school principal in Albuquerque.
    He was the first African American elected to the New Mexico Legislature and the first African American Bernalillo County Commissioner.
     He served in the New Mexico legislature from 1968 to 1978, where his proudest accomplishment was a bill that provided for kindergartens in all New Mexico public schools. Malry was influential in changing New Mexico from a state where in 1962, covenants were still in place restricting African-Americans from purchasing a home, to a state where diversity is respected and celebrated.
    Malry’s talk will be followed by a book-signing.

  • More than 150 public transit systems and organizations are celebrating the 12th Annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday. Los Alamos County will take it one step further by asking its residents to Dump the Pump and Bike It, Walk It or Bus it. 

    The county will host a three-mile Community Ride. The ride was originally scheduled for Bike to Work Day on May 19, but was postponed due to snow. 

    “Dump the Pump Day” is another a way to celebrate bicycle transportation. 

    The ride will start at 11:30 a.m. from the Ashley Pond Pavilion.  Members of the Los Alamos Fire Department and Los Alamos Police Department bike patrols will lead the ride through town. 

    After the ride, free hot dogs, chips and refreshments will be served to the first 100 participants. 

    Staff and a bus from Atomic City Transit will be on site to demonstrate use of bus mounted bike racks along with information promoting safe cycling.

    A raffle will be held at the lunch time event for a 26th Roadmaster Mountain Bike that was donated by Wal-Mart, and adult bike helmets donated by the Los Alamos Heart Council. 

  • Smith’s Food and Drugstores have made the Los Alamos community and New Mexico proud with their recent fundraising efforts, to benefit the UNM Children’s Hospital.
    A variety of events took place to for the Children’s Hospital culminating is a silent auction and Frito pie lunch. “We would like to thank all of the people who donated to the silent auction and also the customers that bought the items,” said Smith’s Associate and Community Specialist Kathryn Fulton.
    The local Smith’s stores raised $16,294, making them first in the state of New Mexico. The store was also second in the Smith’s Division, which includes Nevada, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.

  • Los Alamos High School junior Radhika Iyer was honored recently by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos as a Distinguished Student of Service. Iyer is the daughter of Rashia and Srinivas Iyer.    
    Each school year, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects nine high school juniors to honor as a Distinguished Student of Service. Juniors are recognized in hopes of inspiring their interest in Rotary programs that fall during the summer following junior year.  Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and, in particular, their service to the community.

  • Want to learn more about the mysterious objects whizzing through space?
    Dr. Rick Wallace will reveal the secrets of gravitational waves and quasars after presenting the full-dome film “Black Holes” June 16. This special show takes place at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
    “Exploding Universe,” a film that uncovers cosmic events that shaped the Universe, will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. June 17 and 18, The film explores a world where supernovas erupt, massive materials collide, and protons give birth to life as we know it.
    The Los Alamos Nature Center will be open regular hours this month: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday as well as 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The nature center is open late on Tuesdays until 8 p.m., closed Thursdays for regular maintenance.
    For more information about these and future planetarium shows, please visit peecnature.org/planetarium. To reserve tickets, call 662-0460.

  • This week I am writing about Father’s Day. The relationship is so important and even if there isn’t a father in your family, chances are there wonderful men in your life.

    I hope you take note of those that don’t have that person in their life. A kind word, an acknowledgment of the good things they accomplish, or the hard work they put forward, may feel like water on their soul in a time they need it most.

    To dads I say, I hope there is something you do with your children that is yours alone.

    It doesn’t matter if it is simple or extravagant or changes over time, just that you have something that bonds you, that binds you to a small tradition of each other.

    When kids are young, perhaps you collect rocks from travels near and far. You can keep them in jars, line them on windowsills or build a path through the garden.

    Maybe it is camping, hiking, target shooting or simply watching your favorite teams together. The benefit of the latter is that it is a bond you can still enjoy no matter how many miles may come in between you.

    I hope you’ll take the time this weekend, if your kids are close to do something together. If they are little, maybe it is the zoo, if they are older a movie together, perhaps one mom would never see.