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  • La Leche League of Los Alamos will discuss “Networks of Support” at their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Teen Room at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr.
    All interested, pregnant or breastfeeding women are welcome to learn and share, through mother-to-mother support, the basics and benefits of breastfeeding.
    A lending library with books and audio tapes concerning childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and nutrition is available.
    Nursing babies and toddlers who have difficulty separating, are welcome.
    LLL is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing information, education, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer a free Birdscape Tour of White Rock from 1-5 p.m. today. This is a chance to visit four homes that have optimized their yards for attracting birds. This is a self-guided tour and no registration is required.
    The four yards on display this year will be at the Dunns, 107 Sierra Vista Dr.; the Walkers, 305 Donna Ave.; the Foxes, 238 Rio Bravo Dr.; and the Arendts, at 608 La Bajada. A map and directions are available at PajaritoEEC.org and participants may visit the yards in any order.  

  • David and Gillian Sutton, owners of KRSN AM 1490, took home the Broadcaster of the Year 2012 awaRoad from the New Mexico Broadcasters Association during the convention last weekend. It is given annually to someone who has done an outstanding job in the broadcasting industry during the preceding year.
    The Suttons received the awaRoad for their continuous coverage of the Las Conchas fire.

  • 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.

  • As part of the Los Alamos Friday Night Out events, Mesa Public Library is hosting a series of poetry readings each Friday night in June featuring local poets.
    On Friday at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library, Mike Katko and David Schiferl will read their work. Katko will read new work as well as poems from his recently published book, “Skies and Other Poems.”
    Schiferl will read his recent work.  Along with others featured in the Friday poetry readings, Schiferl has participated in Mesa Public Library’s Poetry Gatherings facilitated by Jane Lin, who also teaches poetry at The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

  • 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.