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  • Did you know that Wednesday is Nelson Mandela Day? You can learn more about the worldwide event at nelsonmandeladay.org, but I will provide a nutshell version.
    July 18 is the South African leader’s birthday. An organization created in his name started an annual event on his birthday.
    It is believed that since he dedicated 67 years of service to his community, his country and the world, individuals should try to donate six to seven hours, to make a difference.
    Hopefully you know by now that the local assets motto is, “Take a Second, Make a Difference,” and this week, I’d like to know how you do it.

  • Troop 22 of Los Alamos has completed the cavalcade at the Philmont high-adventure camp in Cimarron, N.M.
    Eleven boys, ages 14-16 and three adults spent eight days riding horseback through the rugged mountains of northeastern New Mexico near the Valle Vidal.  
    Starting at base camp, the group was often up at 5 a.m., saddling and packing horses for the day’s ride. They rode to a different camp each day, participating in activities such as challenge events, rock climbing, spar pole scaling, hiking Mount Baldy and finally, a competitive rodeo on the last day.
    They also learned the nuances of horse personalities.  Additionally, many of the scouts overcame self-doubt and bravery in both the handling of horses and activities.

  • Chasing rabbits, exploring the canyons around Los Alamos and taking walks with his family are just a few of the things that Mason, a mixed-breed dog enjoys.
    However, things for Mason weren’t always carefree. He was once a homeless dog born in the wild that was caught and taken to the Española Animal Shelter. In 2010, he was adopted by White Rock resident Caroline “Cass” Mason and soon found himself at home with her other dog Sibley and cat, Mickey Mouser.

  • 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 micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.

    DOGS
    Cessna— Roamer from the airport. Golden Retriever-mix. Shy, but seems sweet and submissive. Will be available for adoption after vet appointment Tuesday.

  • Thank you to everyone who helped make The Family YMCA’s Independence Day Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run a success.
    Los Alamos Medical Center, Los Alamos National Bank and Southwest Safety Services of Santa Fe sponsored the event. Businesses that donated prizes for top finishers and random drawings were Ruby K’s, Otowi Station Bookstore, Pet Pangaea, Connie’s Over Your Head Salon, Ten Thousand Waves, The Co-op Market, The Flower Shop, Bob’s Bodacious BBQ, CB Fox, Aspen Copies, El Parasol, Fabulous 50s Diner, Home Run Pizza, Pajarito Ski Area, Reel Deal Theater, The Coffee Booth, REI, Whole Food’s Market and Viola’s Place.
    The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Santa Fe donated cases of water for the runners.
    Thank You.

  • The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, run by the police department, receives Los Alamos animals through owner surrender, abandonment and by picking up roaming animals in this county.  
    The currently low rate of euthanasia has been achieved through the efforts of employees and volunteers to have animals adopted and fostered. The volunteer program would like to expand the network of foster homes for Los Alamos animals in order to continue this success.
    A major cause of illness in shelters is overcrowding. When the shelter becomes overcrowded, short-term foster homes can save health and lives by temporarily absorbing the overflow. When staff advises that adoptions have reduced the population, these fosters may return to the shelter.

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

    Santa Fe

    Body, Inc.
    Date inspected: July 5

  • Apprentices to present free concerts

    Each summer audiences in Albuquerque and Santa Fe anticipate the free concerts presented by the young singers who are members of The Santa Fe Opera’s acclaimed Apprentice Program.  The daytime concerts feature arias, duets and ensembles from opera and classical works and afford audiences in both cities the opportunity to hear some of the country’s young artists.

  • The Santa Fe Raptor Center will bring birds of prey to Pajarito Environmental Education Center as part of the Summer Family Evenings series of programs at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Summer Family Evenings are free for PEEC members, and the raptor event is $5 per non-member family, which will be donated to the Raptor Center.  
    Laura Swartz will bring a variety of raptors to PEEC, including the Raptor Center’s newest educational bird, Angel. Angel is a Mississippi Kite. She is a young raptor with a distinctive and attractive call.

  • The popularity of Giacomo Puccini’s opera, “Tosca” is almost unparalleled.  
    Most opera lovers have seen it multiple times and opera greats such as Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi and Placido Domingo performed the leading roles.
    It has a reputation for being an accident waiting to happen because of the intense action onstage, but the Santa Fe Opera’s production Saturday was accident-free and the audience seemed to enjoy Puccini’s masterpiece.

  • Join Joe Hayes for a family evening of tall tales in English and Spanish at 7 p.m. July 26 on the lawn at Fuller Lodge, as part of Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series.

    Bring a picnic and come early to get a good spot for this official New Mexico Centennial storyteller and former teacher with Los Alamos Public Schools. In case of inclement weather, the event will be inside Mesa Public Library.
    As Hayes notes, “I’ll tell a selection of favorite stories gleaned from New Mexico’s diverse cultures. I’ve been traveling the state with my stories for more than 30 of the 100 years of statehood, so I’ll share stories that people seem to have especially enjoyed.”

  • Anna Carroll was the recipient of the Jay Wechsler Scholarship Award. Wechsler was a lifetime Kiwanian who passed away last year.
    Carroll plans to attend Smith College and study neuroscience. She also served as a member of Key Club International and was the division lieutenant governor.  She was also active in Girls Scouts and Teen Court.  
    Pictured from left to right are: Morrie Pongratz, Don Casperson, Becky Oertel (Jay Wechsler’s daughter), Anna Carroll, Deborah Wechsler (Jay Wechsler’s daughter) and David and Janice Carroll.

  • ’Tis the season when an unexpected get-away may arise, leaving homeowners struggling to find childcare for their furry friends or house-sitting services so homes look occupied while away.
    Los Alamos Middle School, eighth grade student Esperanza Tapia is here to save the day (or the week), with the help of the Los Alamos Youth Business Grant Program.
    The 13-year-old has turned her passion for childcare into a family-friendly, one-stop service.
    “I have been pet sitting and babysitting for a few years for family, friends and neighbors,” said Tapia, who is the proud owner of a dog, cat and (very soon) of a Havana rabbit.

  • The Kiwanis Club presented a scholarship to Megan Kelley, a Key Club member who is planning to attend the University of California-Santa Barbara to study physics. Kelley has performed in many ballets with Dance Arts Los Alamos.
    Pictured from left to right are: Dan Casperson, Morrie Pongratz, Megan Kelley, Lori Kelley and Craig Kelley.

  • You might not like the column today, because it invokes the fusspot in me.
    What tipped the scale was some time spent out this weekend. A mother was picking flowers outside a county building and giving them to her daughter.
    No, she didn’t ask anyone if she could pick the flowers, she just took them.
    I’m also not talking about the child being an 18-month-old that doesn’t know that this would be wrong. This child was old enough to know that you shouldn’t pick flowers that you don’t own.
    It comes down to responsibility — and the times when adults do things that are wrong, that clearly make an impression on our youth.

  • Hofstra University Law School,  Hempstead, N.Y. announces that Patricia Yvette Medina, daughter of Victor and Patricia Medina of Los Alamos, was named to the dean’s list for the 2012 Semester. She is concurrently working on a Juris Doctor degree and a master’s degree.

  • July 8-14

    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

     

  • 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 micro chipped.

  • I would like to take this opportunity to thank your community and one of your residents. I became lost in Los Alamos last week when driving across Northern New Mexico. Near the intersection where Diamond Drive ends and (I think) San Ildefonso Road, I stopped to ask for directions. Not only was I given directions, this group escorted me to Trinity Drive and made sure I was heading in the right direction. 

  • Steve Stoddard, a member of the original trustees of the Valles Caldera who attended many meetings to decide the fate of the Caldera, was given a per diem stipend. 

    Rather than spend that money on his family, he placed it in an account.