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  • The American Cancer Society’s Los Alamos Relay for Life will be Friday and Saturday at Ashley Pond. The festivities start at 5 p.m. Friday with a free dinner for cancer survivors and caregivers, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. RSVP to Susan Brockway at susbrockway@gmail.com or 505-690-4496 to attend the dinner.  
    The Relay will begin with the Survivor Kickoff Lap at 6:15 p.m. There will be live music provided by the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series from 7-10 p.m., accompanied by food, fun and games. The Los Alamos artist’s Bird House Auction will be from 6-10 p.m.  
    The lighting of the luminarias around Ashley Pond will be at 8:30 p.m., to honor cancer survivors and lost loved ones.  

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

    Glorieta

    Life Way Glorieta Conference Center, I-25, Exit 299
    Date inspected: June 8

  • On Nov. 5, 1975, a group of loggers in the mountains of northeastern Arizona observed an unusually bright light in the sky. One of those men, Travis Walton, left the safety of the work truck to take a closer look. As he walked toward the light of the strange, luminous object, he was blasted back violently by a bolt of powerful energy.
    Fearing Walton was dead, the remaining crew members fled in the truck. When they returned later to check on him, he was nowhere to be found. The crewmen then reported the UFO encounter and Walton’s disappearance to local authorities, only to be suspected of murder.

  • Finding a place to grab a late-night bite to eat in Los Alamos is virtually impossible — and by late night, we’re talking after 8 p.m. The choices are limited to McDonald’s and Sonic, so if you’re looking for something other than fast food, you’re out of luck.
    There’s at least one restaurant that stays open past 8 p.m. — the Aspen Grill. Having the hankering for dinner after 8 p.m. one Friday night, it seemed like the perfect place to get a bite.

  • The 15th Annual Santa Fe Greek Festival, hosted by the St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church, is scheduled to take place in a new location with new dates and times.
    This year’s festival will be from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.
    This is a festive and lively event and a way to experience Greek culture in Santa Fe, enjoy Greek food, music and dancing.
     “We are very excited because this year we are moving our Greek Festival to a larger venue that has better kitchen facilities and more viewing area for everyone to see the Greek band and Greek dancers,” said Kerry Tramontanas, festival chairman and treasurer of St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church.

  • Fuller Lodge again will resonate with music when the Los Alamos Rotary Club presents a Fathers’ Day concert, performed by 12 award winners of the annual Deborah Beene Memorial Music Competitions. The concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
    These annual concerts showcase the musical talents developed by young Los Alamos musicians, a number of whom pursue professional careers in music.
    The Sunday concert will include performances by the three winners of the 2012 Beene Music Competition and nine winners of previous Beene Music Competitions of the last seven years.

  • The Kiwanis Club presented a scholarship to Jin Park, who will attend Stanford University and pursue a degree in economics and computer science. Park is pictured with his mom, Monica and club President Kristy Keane. The Kiwanis Club recognizes graduating seniors for their commitment to the community with financial support. The Club meets at noon every Tuesday at the Masonic Lodge.

  • Congratulations! Have you heard the news?
    Our local radio station, KRSN AM 1490, won the award this year for New Mexico Broadcasters Association, 2012 Broadcaster of the Year.
    If you are so inclined, check out the video made for their special night on You Tube, just look for Broadcaster FINAL.
    Now remember, I don’t work for KRSN or the Los Alamos Monitor, but I’m about to sing the praises of both.
    First note that the newspaper has no problem with running a column I write about KRSN. You’ve probably also noticed that KRSN doesn’t have a problem when I speak on the air about something I have done or have coming up in the newspaper.

  • Flutist Austin Keyser, Jane Duan, French horn player Alan Dahl and Jin Park all received $250 scholarships from the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra.

     

  • Blue Star mothers of America Inc. is a national veterans’ organization  which supports the men and women serving in all branches of the United States armed forces and their families.
    BSM is a federally chartered, non-profit 501(c)3, non-partisan, non-religious charity which promotes patriotism and support for the military and military families.
    Blue Star Mothers Chapter 4 meetings are held at 6 p.m. every second Thursday of the month at McCurdy school student center conference room, in Española.
    BSM has supported veterans in the past year by hosting a Christmas party in December for local Veterans and distributing 25 gift bags to say thank you for their service.

  • On behalf of the cowpokes who had a knee-slapping-good time at Cowboy Night, May 4, the LA Stable Owners Association wishes to thank the wranglers responsible.  
    First up, thanks to Cyndi Wells (Pet Pangaea) and Georgia Strickfaden (Buffalo Tours) for bountiful donations. The home range at the Posse Lodge provided a perfect setting.  At the chow line, Steve Wallin’s chuck wagon and succulent smoked beef made this an up-town rodeo.  
    Beyond the campfire, Kenny’s North Carolina BBQ cooked up some great beans and vittles. In the back 40, Ron Lucero deftly taught young dudes to rope, which was the high score of the evening.  

  • Getting the opportunity to play music with a teen idol would be a dream come true for most people. Los Alamos National Laboratory engineer Tom Gattis is no different, only, his dream was realized last spring.
    It all began for Gattis when he and three other guys formed a band in the Baltimore area in the 1980s. Like a lot of musicians, they met through a newspaper ad and once formed, decided to call themselves Deuce.
    Gattis said he was raised on music by Judas Priest, UFO and the Scorpions, as well as classical music, all of which influenced him as a singer.

  • 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
    Conan — Not a barbarian! A year-old male fawn-colored GSD-mix. Slender, long legs. He is still adjusting to the shelter, but is reported to be great with kids and compatible with other dogs. Housebroken.

  • Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Santa Fe Raptor Center for an evening of owls at 6:30 p.m. June 12 at PEEC, 3540 Orange St.
    Participants will view live owls, learn owl calls and take a walk to listen for owls on the trail.  The event is free to PEEC members and $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.
    Laura Swartz from the Santa Fe Raptor Center will bring a Barn Owl, Saw-Whet Owl, and a Great Horned Owl to PEEC.  She’ll share information about the owls — how they came to be educational birds and what their lives would be like if they lived in the wild.

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

    Los Alamos

    De Colores Restaurant and Lounge, 2470 East Road
    Date inspected: May 31
    Violations: Four high-risk violations. Two for improper holding — small prep, cheese at 54 degrees on top, chicken at 47 degrees below; small prep steak on bottom at 35 degrees; cheese at 36 degrees on top. Corrected. One violation for contaminated equipment — sanitizer corrected. One for poor personal hygiene — hand wash sink must be designated solely for hand washing. No food or drink containers allowed in sink. Corrected.

  • The New Mexico History Museum and its Los Compadres del Palacio support group will host a visit to the New Mexico History Museum for all Los Alamos County residents on June 16.  
    The event will begin with an informal reception at the museum starting at 1:30 p.m. At  2:15 p.m., Los Alamos visitors are invited to participate in a tour of the St. Johns Bible exhibition led by Tom Leech, head of the Palace Press.
    They can also visit other exhibits in the museum, including those in the Palace of the Governors. Museum admission will be free from 1-5 p.m. for Los Alamos visitors.

  • In the art world, one of the greatest sense of accomplishments is being able to show work in an exhibit. The opportunity gives artists a way to show and share their talent with the public.
    But while exhibits are the norm in galleries, finding one to show the work of local artists exclusively is not. Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery and Studio on Trinity Drive is one of those galleries. Not only does Wray exhibit the art of local artists, but she also teaches locals to become artists.
    On June 1, Wray’s students got a chance to showcase their artwork as her first ever student art show opened with a public reception. The show features works by adult students, some of whom have been Wray’s students for a couple of years, while others are new students.

  • The second weekend in June features ChamberFest, a community event showcasing Chamber of Commerce member merchants, businesses and organizations. With food, live music, a car show, fashion show, giant sand pile, bubble pit and other family entertainment, there’s something for just about everyone.
    ChamberFest will be from  10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in downtown Los Alamos, on Central Avenue between 15th and 20th streets, down MainStreet to the Roundabout.
    Chamber members invite the public to visit their booth and learn more about their businesses. More than 55 businesses and organizations will participate either from their storefronts or from one of the many booths that will be located around Central Park Square.

  • The League of Women Voters will have Greg Fisher, Los Alamos’ Economic Vitality administrator, as the guest speaker at the League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. June 14.
    The luncheon will be at  the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. (small building across from the back of the high school). Ruby K’s will provide lunch.
    When RSVPing, you will be able to order the sandwich or salad you would like to have. Chips, pickles, and cookies will accompany the meal and water will be  provided.  
    The total cost will be just $12, which includes tax and gratuity.
    Fisher has worked in numerous communities  doing just what he plans to do in our community.

  • Dog Jog 2012 thank you

    Cool and cloudy weather provided perfect conditions for hearty exercise and the runners and walkers and their eager dogs enjoyed themselves thoroughly at the 15th Annual Dog Jog on April 28.
    This year’s Dog Jog, organized by the Atomic City Roadrunners, the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club and the Mountain Canine Corps (MC2) search and rescue team raised $11,000 for Friends of the Shelter.  Friends of the Shelter is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to abandoned animals and to pets and their owners in north central New Mexico.
    Our catastrophic care program pays for veterinary care for sick or injured animals that have no owners or whose owners cannot afford the treatment.