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  • New Mexico Education Secretary Designate Dr. Susanna Murphy announced on Oct. 1 that 101 public, private school and home-school students in New Mexico have been named semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship program.
    More than 1.5 million juniors in over 22,000 high schools entered the 2011 National Merit Program by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
    The pool of semifinalists includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
    In New Mexico, Los Alamos High School, with

  • Nicole Dunn has been interested in sewing, fabric and color since she was a child. She remembers making everything from Barbie doll clothes and “blankies” to her own bags, clothes, pillows and other items, with her mother’s help.
    One of her earliest memories is of a quilt that her mother made for her bed using hexagons, one of her mother’s own designs.

  • A familiar face will be the featured flute soloist in the Los Alamos Symphony’s concert on Oct. 29.  Kay Dunn, formerly Kay Kollman, lived in Los Alamos from 1964-1982 and was active during those years in the local music scene – giving recitals, playing in the Sinfonietta (now Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra) and Light Opera and teaching piano and flute.
    She returned to Los Alamos in 2007 and picked up her musical activities again.
    Dunn’s musical life began at age four when she began playing violin.

  • The asset of the week is about other adult relationships. I always like to point out that there are assets that everyone needs to continue to acquire and this is one of them.
    Think about the friends or other adults in your life that you enjoy being around the most. Now consider if the youth in your life have those relationships, too.
    There are many people in this community that seem to make the world a better place, or at the very least, make your day a little brighter just because you had a chance to spend some time with them.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.  

  • Navy Seaman Recruit Aimee L. Strain, daughter of Julie A. Bennett of Los Alamos, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
    During the eight-week program, Strain completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

  • Mark Dunn the author of 30 plays, a dozen of which have been published and are currently being licensed in productions throughout the world, will speak at the Authors Speak Series at Mesa Public Library at 7 p.m. Oct. 28.
    Some of Dunn’s work has been published by Samuel French, Inc. and include: “North Fork,” “Cabin Fever, a Texas Tragicomedy,” “Helen’s Most Favorite Day” and “Dix Tableaux.”

  • The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will open the 2010-2011 season at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.
    The program will be dedicated to the Daniel Pearl Foundation as part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days. This commemoration of Pearl’s Oct. 10 birthday uses the universal language of music to encourage and build a platform for “harmony for humanity,” throughout the world.
    The program to be conducted by Michael Gyurik, will open with the “Overture Festivo for Symphonic Orchestra” by Dmitri Shostakovich.

  • Friends of the Shelter thanks the community of Los Alamos for the tremendous support you give our programs and for the enthusiastic turnout at the mobile adoption with Espanola Valley Humane Society on Oct. 9.
    We really appreciate Smith’s on the Hill for providing a venue for the mobile. The support of the Los Alamos Monitor cannot be overstated.  Every Sunday they include the shelter report in the paper.  
    For special events the Monitor is always willing to print articles highlighting these events.

    Sally Wilkins
    Board Member


  • Go to PEEC from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday for some spooky Halloween crafting fun.  
    Kids ages 10 and up are invited to wear their costumes to PEEC for a free crafting party.  
    They’ll turn plastic bags into pencil cases, tote bags, and more.  
    Bring a plain cotton T-shirt, if you’d like to make a shirt. Snacks will be served.
    The activities will be led by Emma Starrett for the Los Alamos High School and middle school environmental clubs.  

  • Natali Steinberg, docent of the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, is offering her guided tour of this ecological treasure on Sunday, leaving from PEEC at noon.
    This time of year is inviting for photographers and artists because the fall colors of the golden cottonwoods and scarlet sumac should be at their prime.
    The Preserve closes for the winter on Oct. 31.

  • My name is Jared Poquin from Goff Junior High in Pawtucket, R.I. In geography we are doing a semester-long project. I chose your wonderful state, so I need some information on your state.

  • The Los Alamos Middle School cheerleaders have a tall order to fill this year. The athletic coordinator, Darren Jones, asked that the program “be designed as a sports marketing program to increase school spirit through increased attendance at athletic events and by making games a fun and energetic place to be that builds camaraderie.”
    Since Jones’ request, the 2010-2011 cheerleaders, under the direction of Coach Denise Greene, have been busy trying to fulfill it.

  • Monster Movie Wednesdays at UNM-Los Alamos will feature “Psycho” at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the UNM-LA Lecture Hall in Bldg. 2. The movie is free and open to the public.
    In “Psycho,” (1960, 109 min., R) Alfred Hitchcock, the grandfather of the slasher films of the 1980s and 90s, uses shadows and suggestion to prey upon our primal fear. Star Anthony Perkins’ portrayal of the deeply disturbed Norman Bates and the famous shower scene, have become iconic moments in American cinema.

  • Enrollment for the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos engineering program is up, with 40 incoming freshmen declaring engineering as their chosen program.
    Program Coordinator Oksana Gerlits and Cindy Leyba of the UNM-LA site of the Bachelor and Graduate Program through Extended University have worked closely with the Engineering Department at UNM Albuquerque to make sure course offerings are available for students who want to do bachelor’s-level work in engineering on the UNM-LA campus.

  • Los Alamos Middle School seventh graders will participate in Discover New Mexico Interdisciplinary study day on Thursday.
    The interactive and hands-on workshops will be presented from 8 a.m.-2:40 p.m., with a New Mexico theme.
    Presenters from around the state will involve students in interactive and hands-on workshops exploring New Mexico history, arts, culture, science and math.
    Some of the scheduled math and science topics will include information regarding ongoing research and development at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • The Santa Fe Opera joins more than 100 opera companies across the country in recognizing National Opera Week.
    Organized by opera’s national service organization, Opera America, community events have been planned to call attention to the role opera companies play in their communities. The week runs from
    Oct. 29-Nov. 6.

  • Don Liska is unquestionably one of the Los Alamos Mountaineers most experienced mountaineers and adventurers.
    He has been a member of the American Alpine Club for many years, and is a lifetime member of the LAM.  Join the LAM Wednesday evening at Fuller Lodge to hear Liska recount stories of his early days of adventure climbing in the Midwest, the Dolomites and the Alps.

  • The golden trees on the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo mountains have inspired the Los Alamos Historical Society to sponsor a fall and summer photo contest. Winners will have their photographs made into greeting cards and added to the Los Alamos Historical Museum archival collection.

  • It is an amazing time when your baby turns one year old and you can see the growth and potential of what is still yet to come.
    Last month, the Cancer Corner at Los Alamos Medical Center celebrated their first birthday, and because the month of October is Cancer Awareness month, they plan to celebrate all month long.
    Bernice Williams, the president of the Los Alamos Council on Cancer and a devoted Cancer Corner supporter, couldn’t be more proud.