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  • As the Los Alamos Historic District prepares for the possibility of becoming part of this nation’s first non-contiguous national park, it has the opportunity to look at not only what makes the current national parks so extraordinary, but what has always made north-central New Mexico extraordinary.

  •  Youth Earth Service Corps participants were on hand at the Betty Ehart Senior Center last week to talk about their projects, promote the Los Alamos Youth Food Project and solicit volunteers. The youth spent the early part of the day at Sombrillo, planting and building raised beds at the Teen Center.

  • Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of scholarship winner announcements.

    Ten  students have been awarded the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation scholarship. Each student selected demonstrated a balance of academic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service throughout their high school career.
    The winners have each selected an educator of distinction — an education professional that had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools.  

  • Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of scholarship winner announcements.

    Ten  students have been awarded the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation scholarship. Each student selected demonstrated a balance of academic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service throughout their high school career. The winners have each selected an educator of distinction — an education professional that had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools.  

  • It’s time to sign up for the 30th annual eighth grade spring break trip to Washington, D.C. This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school eighth grade students. The trip is private, not school sponsored. Sign up online at worldstrides.org using ID Number 77813 or call 1-800-468-5899 using the same ID Number.

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council wishes to thank the many people who came together to make the 15th Annual Los Alamos Kite Festival a success. Many thanks to the members of the community who came out to make a kite, fly a kite, listen to the music or just take in the scene. Without you, the kite festival would not have been such a success. You are why we do the Kite Festival.  
    We also thank the organizations and individuals who made the Kite Festival possible.  Thanks to Los Alamos National Bank, the sole sponsor of the Los Alamos Kite Festival for generous funding, banners, flyers and the ever-popular T-shirts. The LANB volunteers were tireless in helping many kids build kites. The sky was filled with the workshop kites they helped build.

  • Have you seen the most recent, “teachable moment?” If so, have you done anything with it or just let it pass?
    Karen Klein, the 68-year-old school bus aide from Greece, New York was bullied by four middle school students — being taunted, poked and made fun of until she cried.
    There are so many things that families can discuss about this incident.
    The first, of course, is why? Why would any youth torment an elderly person once, let alone until they made someone cry?
    The next is about kids posting videos on YouTube. Sometimes the result of posting something ugly can be beneficial to the world and open doors for discussion. Think about it.

  • Youth Business grant recipients worked on their marketing skills with Assets In Action on Monday. Here, students are writing biographies to promote their businesses. Learn more about the businesses funded at ybgp.org.

  • 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 microchipped.

    DOGS
    Angel — Whippet-mix, four-months-old. No permanent teeth yet. Nervous and shy, but finds new people calming, reassuring. No issues when handled or with food. Unsure in new situations, but will come around quickly with gentle encouragement.

  • Merrick and Company, a local engineering firm, has announced the award of the first Merrick Engineering Scholarship in collaboration with the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.
    Merrick awarded the scholarship to Santana Garcia-Chang of Los Alamos. Garcia-Chang is a 2011 graduate of Questa High School and is currently attending UNM-LA in pursuit of her civil engineering degree. Merrick Vice President and Los Alamos Office Manager Scott Gustafson and UNM-LA Dean of Instruction Dr. Kate  Massengale presented the award.
    Chairman and CEO Ralph W. Christie, Jr. and Vice President Nuclear Services and Technology John Buckle also represented Merrick.

  • During the school year, the fashion design class at Los Alamos High School worked on various projects, to include constructing pillowcases for the battered women’s shelter in Santa Fe. Santa Fe Quilting donated the fabric used to make the cases.

  • The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation announces the award of the Cerro Grande Scholarships.  The students being awarded Cerro Grande Scholarships this year were in the first grade at the time of the fire in May of 2000. Each student’s family home was a complete loss.
    To be eligible for the scholarship, students must have been enrolled in the Los Alamos Public Schools at the time of the fire, be graduating in good standing and have plans to attend an accredited college or university, vocational school or be joining a branch of the United States military.  
    This year, three students are the recipients of the Cerro Grande Scholarship award.  

  • Spring has been kind to the Los Alamos Youth Food Project. The Family YMCA is finalizing some permits and solidifying infrastructure support for the garden site and is  gearing up to engage community members to join the Y Earth Service Corps (YESC) youth as they begin planting seedlings on site.
    The month of May found Los Alamos Middle School students recording a commercial for local radio station KRSN AM 1490, to solicit volunteers to assist youth in creating a community garden that will aide the teachings of math, science, geography and more.
    Akash Dighe and Andres Maestas provided the musical interlude, and along with several classmates, added to the project by sharing additional information.

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Española

    Delancey Street Catering, 137 Old Alcalde Road
    Date inspected: June 11

  • In 2003, local author Harvey Frauenglass conducted interviews with 14 elders of the Dixon/Embudo area. These interviews are now published in “Voices of Dixon: Oral Histories from the Embudo Valley.”
    At 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mission in Dixon, the elders interviewed will be honored. There will be readings from the interviews and a reading from New Mexico’s Centennial Poet Levi Romero.
    The presentation will also show and explain the Embudo Valley Library’s new Special Collections website and archives, which presently features Harvey’s interviews and Charlotte Valdez’ History of the Embudo Presbyterian Mission.
    Valdez has gathered an extensive collection of historical documents and photographs from over the years.  

  • Eating after 8 p.m. Friday has become a habit and somewhat of a necessity because of work schedules and summer concerts. Sure there’s food at the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series, but sometimes the want for something different — and not out of a mobile cart — is strong. And sometimes pizza sounds good, but finding it after 8 p.m. can be virtually impossible.
    However, it’s not completely out of the question if you’re willing to drive just a few miles to White Rock.
    Time Out Pizzeria, located at 118 N.M. 4, between Rover and Sherwood Blvd.  is open until 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Sunday; and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Parents worry about a multitude of things when their children are concerned. But, what would happen if your child got lost in the woods? Would he know any basic survival principles?  
    Residents are encouraged to bring their children to Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for a free Summer Family Evenings presentation by Bandelier’s Chris Judson titled, “Hug-a-Tree and Survive.”
    The Hug-a-Tree and Survive program was developed by a search and rescue team in California after they were involved in a search for a nine-year-old boy who they felt would have been found if he had just known a few basic things to do when lost.  

  • David and Aimée Thurlo have, together and separately, written more than 70 novels in a variety of genres. At 7 p.m. June 28 in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library, the couple will give a presentation as part of the Authors Speak Series.
    The Thurlos’ writing career began when Aimée was inspired to write a novel, while David was teaching middle school. She sat down with a legal pad and pencil, began a romantic intrigue, and soon found David looking over her shoulder whenever class was out. They quickly discovered that they could write with one voice, and their combined efforts resulted in books characterized by the unique stamp that defined their partnership in life and work.

  • In the Pilots and Paws program, pets from overwhelmed kill shelters hitch a flight to communities where they will be adopted. Pilot Jeff Bennett recently flew his 1,000th animal.

  • Getting leadership training is easy for adults in Los Alamos. All they have to do is sign up for a Leadership Los Alamos course.
    Training youth leaders is just as simple. Each year, Los Alamos Youth Leadership has helped high school students in ninth through 12th grade gain confidence and leadership skills that they may use later in life. County Councilor Sharon Stover founded the group in 2005.
    Approximately 25-45 students join LAYL each summer and work with adult leaders from the community that have gone through the Leadership Los Alamos program.
    In fact, several community groups support LAYL and without the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Los Alamos National Bank, the Family YMCA and Los Alamos High School, LAYL would not be possible.