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  • Self Help, Inc. and the Empty Bowls Project raises thousands of dollars to support the basic needs of people in Northern New Mexico.
    Over the past 25 years, many talented children and adults have created bowls to donate to the Empty Bowls Project which is held every March in Los Alamos. Preparing the 400 to 500 bowls for the event has become a year-round activity.
    In addition to offering traditional glazed ceramic bowl-making opportunities, Green Bowls are being donated to the Empty Bowls Project.
    Green Bowls or Upcycled Bowls utilize readily available recyclable materials such as magazines, printer paper, paper máché, or newspapers to create handcrafted decorative containers.
    The first series of Green Bowl workshops, taught be Deborah Gill, will be from 1-3 p.m. Friday and July 25 at the Los Alamos Teen Center. The first workshop began July 11.
    “We really are happy about the partnership and collaboration with the Empty Bowls Project — we are thrilled to host the bowl-making sessions!” Sylvan Argo, director of the Teen Center.
    The Los Alamos Teen Center is operated by The Family YMCA through a contract with Los Alamos County.

  • Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, seven-week education course in Santa Fe offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
    The “Savvy Caregiver Program” will meet once per week for seven consecutive weeks at Kingston Residence, 2400 Legacy Court in Santa Fe. The course is from 2-4 p.m. Thursday.
    The evidence-based training aims to teach caregivers practical techniques for interacting with loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, and for understanding and managing their behavior. It also imparts tools for long-term planning and for reducing stresses common to Alzheimer’s caregivers. The course explains the signs, impacts and pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. 
    To register or for further information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter at 473-1297, or email amontoya@alz.org.
    Participants may be reimbursed for the cost of having others tend to their loved one while they attend the classes. 

  • Jason Lott, Superintendent of Bandelier National Monument, will be the featured speaker at the July meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. The talk will begin 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Lott’s talk will follow the business portion of the meeting, which will include information on recent and upcoming Los Alamos Mountaineer-sponsored trips and outings.
    Among the topics Lott will cover are the conceptual 30-mile hike/bike trail for Bandelier, the monument’s recovery from the Las Conchas Fire, upcoming trail modifications and information on some of Lott’s favorite areas of Bandelier.
    Lott became superintendent at Bandelier in May 2009. He has overseen the rehabilitation of the visitor center and response to the extensive and continuing impacts from the Las Conchas fire, including the installation of an ongoing shuttle service to bring visitors to and from the monument.
    Lott came to Bandelier from the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Arizona where he was also superintendent.
    In 2005, he won the NPS director’s award for natural resource management in a small park while program manager for resources management at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Texas.
    The Los Alamos Mountaineers, founded in 1952, promotes a variety of outdoor-oriented activities.

  • I have to confess, I am very excited about the new Smith’s Marketplace opening this week, aren’t you?
    I think I may visit long after the “rush hour” traffic, when things have calmed down and are a bit slower. I want to be able to take it all in at a slower pace.
    One reason I am excited about the new Smith’s is for more money to stay local.
    One former Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation Director, Kevin Holsapple, used to give an excellent presentation about how spending money off the Hill was similar to holes in a bucket of water. The leaking water represented the drip, dribble, or flow of money going off the hill.
    When we keep our money local, more community programs benefit from our spending.
    So whether those are library or parks and rec programs, free busses, teen center or Assets programs, your spending allows more things to happen locally. In this time of budget cuts, that is particularly important, but I’ll save that for another column.
    My column isn’t really just about spending locally, but also about loyalty.
    For those that don’t know me very well, I’m a White Rocker. That’s right; I live twice as far from Los Alamos as you live from White Rock.

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    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

    CATS

    Bindi — A 10-month-old, spayed, female, tabby with white. She came to Los Alamos Shelter from Taos Animal Shelter. This petite girl loves to play, but she also enjoys taking naps in the sun once she’s worn out from playing. She is a very small kitty, and most likely will remain petite. Initially shy, she has now warmed up, thriving on making new kitty friends and greeting shelter visitors.

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    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

    CATS

    Bindi — A 10-month-old, spayed, female, tabby with white. She came to Los Alamos Shelter from Taos Animal Shelter. This petite girl loves to play, but she also enjoys taking naps in the sun once she’s worn out from playing. She is a very small kitty, and most likely will remain petite. Initially shy, she has now warmed up, thriving on making new kitty friends and greeting shelter visitors.

  • Los Alamos
    China Palace, 759 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: May 27
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Home prepared food in walk in, which was corrected at time of inspection. Ice scoop stored inside ice machine. All other high-risk violations have been corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from May 15. No further follow up required.

  • Bring the whole family to get hands while dirty designing and building miniature adobe structures. With imagination, use mini adobe bricks and supplies for a mud plaster to create a building of your dreams. The program runs from 6:30-8 p.m. July 15 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Families are welcome to drop in anytime throughout the program.
    This Summer Family Evening is brought to PEEC by Cornerstones Community Partnerships. Since 1986, Cornerstones has worked to preserve architectural heritage and community traditions at more than 300 locations in New Mexico and the greater Southwest.
    By starting a model program for the preservation and maintenance of historic adobe buildings involving the training of youth in traditional building skills and sustainable construction methods, Cornerstones has built a national reputation for the creative use of historic preservation as a tool for community revitalization and the affirmation of cultural values.
    Cornerstones is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit historic preservation organization located in Santa Fe. Its projects have been based in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, California, Utah and in many states of the Mexican Frontera.

  •  The 17th Annual Santa Fe Greek Festival, hosted by the St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church, has a new venue and new dates this year. The Santa Fe Greek Festival will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Eldorado Hotel in the Pavillion Room.
    This is a festival that is a great way to experience Greek culture in Santa Fe, along with Greek food, pastries, music, dancing and beer and wine too.
    New Mexico’s premier Greek band, “The Aegean Sounds,” will be serenading festival attendees and the Palamakia Dancers will be performing traditional Greek dances. A new addition to the entertainment line-up this year is Santa Fe’s own Pomegranate Studios’ Mosaic Dance Company will be performing belly-dancing.
    “We have recruited many Santa Fe restaurant owners and chefs who are of Greek descent to create our menu, once again, for the festival.” said Violet Santikos, advertising chair. “We’ll have Moussaka on the menu for the first time this year too.”
    This year’s menu and the restaurant owners involved are as follows: Leonardo Razatos of the Plaza Café Southside will be preparing Gyros (beef and lamb) or Chicken Gyros with fresh pita bread and tomatoes, onion and tzatziki sauce.

  • Four Los Alamos High School seniors were awarded $2,500 scholarships by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries, scholarship chairman Maire O’Neill announced recently.
    The students are Ethan Clements, Justin Dunn, Emma Lathrop and Emily Pittman. A fifth senior, Tessa Snyder, received the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship last month.
    The students each submitted personal narrative of about 500 words, on a book, which was required for school and which has not been translated into a visual medium. They were asked to tell their readers in what ways the book has added to their understanding of the human condition or has enhanced their life.
    Volunteer readers for the Friends were Patty Kokesh, Ruth Cox, Candee Haskins and Art Brown. The readers independently read 20 essays and the five top-scoring writers were awarded the scholarships.
    The Friends raise money for the annual scholarship through the all-volunteer bookstore at the Mesa Public Library and by public donations. For more information, stop by the bookstore. 

  • The League of Women Voters invites the community to attend the Lunch with a Leader that  will feature Los Alamos’ new police chief, Chief Dino Sgambellone. The event will be 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. July 15 at Mesa Public Library.
    Sgambellone’s topics for discussion will be where he wants to take the department, his impressions of the force, of Los Alamos, etc. Of course, there will lots of opportunity for questions.
    Sgambellone began his career with the Mansfield, Ohio Division of Police in 1991. He served in numerous capacities within the department including, patrol, community policing, SWAT, field training, First Line supervision, as the section commander for Special Investigations, and as project director for METRICH, a 10-county decentralized task force in North Central Ohio, and chief of police.
    He served with the United States Air Force from 1987‐1990 where he began his educational journey by obtaining an associate’s degree in industrial security. Sgambellone currently holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and completed his Ph.D. in public safety with criminal justice specialization in 2011. 

  • What a wonderful Fourth of July and so much thanks to the Kiwanis Club for all of the wonderful things they do for the community.
    It is always so great to see everyone coming together all in the name of one great effort.
    If you needed another great thing to support, did you know that July is national ice cream month! How great is that? Technically, you can celebrate all month long, which is a good thing for those of us that need a little extra time to get things done.
    If you would like to celebrate the actual day, it is July 20. How will you partake?
    According to the National Dairy Association, it was former President Ronald Reagan that created the recognition in 1984.
    So if you need to boost your calcium intake, want to help support the dairy farmers of America or just enjoy something truly fun, get on board.
    Did you know that the Creamland Dairy makes a Los Alamos Lime Sherbet?
    How does all of this tie into the Assets you might ask? Well my answer would be, in some ways, in no way and in every way really.
    In one way, it would be to celebrate anything, anytime, anywhere, do it as a family. It doesn’t matter if it is your family by birth, by choice or by borrowing from those random families you are permitted to borrow people from, from time to time.

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    July 6-12, 2014

    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.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY

    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Beer batter cod

    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing

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    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care. 

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

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    James Coburn, son of Martha C. Perkins, of Taos and Steven Coburn of Los Alamos has received High Honors for Blocs five and six of the current school year. 

    The High Honors distinction specifies that a student must have a 4.0 grade point average for an academic bloc, a period of four or five weeks. There are seven blocs in the school year. 

     

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    Laura Ambrosiano, a 2006 graduate of Los Alamos High School, has just moved to a new computer-modeling role with Atomic Cartoons in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 

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    Two 2014 Los Alamos High School graduates, Haley Butler-Moore and Allyssa Tedder, were recently awarded the Stoddard Scholarship for nursing and education. 

    Deciding on a nursing major did not come easily to Butler-Moore, she said she has always longed to make a difference and solidifying her decision was a trip to Costa Rica last summer where she met two nurses: one who worked in the emergency room and another who was a retired surgical nurse.  

    With the Costa Rican mountains in view, she conversed with these two professionals about the field of nursing. These discussions cemented Butler-Moore’s desire to study nursing. 

    She is the daughter of Stacy Kyle and Nylea Butler-Moore; she will attend the University of New Mexico. 

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    Today 

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

     

    Eureka! 4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Artistic interpretations of discovery by a variety of local artists in a variety of media. The Portal Gallery features the work of Katherine Brittin and Charryl Berger. Daily through July 26. 

     

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    Two Los Alamos High School NJROTC shooters received their Junior DIstinguished Shooter badges at a recent marksmanship banquet. Former LAHS shooter Jodi Cull-Host presented badges to senior Tessa Snyder and sophomore JoAnna O’Neill. Cull-Host was the first LAHS shooter to be awarded the badge, Snyder was the second and O’Neill the third and youngest. 

    The Junior Distinguished Badge is awarded to school-age junior three-position air rifle shooters who distinguish themselves by attaining a series of high rankings in designated major junior air rifle championships that include State Junior Olympic Qualifiers, CMP Cup Matches, the National Junior Olympic Championships and other National Council Three-Position Air Rifle Championships. 

     

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    Santa Fe

    Holiday Inn Express, 3450 Cerrillos Road

    Date inspected: May 15

    Violations: None. 

    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from previous inspection. No follow up required. 

     

    Mariscos La Playa, 537 Cordova Road

    Date inspected: May 19

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    THIS WEEK ON PAC-8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

     

    Friday, July 4, 2014

    Happy 4th of July – no local programming

    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live

    10:00 AM Democracy Now!

    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau

    06:00 PM Democracy Now!

    12:00 AM Free Speech TV