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  • A slight cool breeze in the air means that we’re headed back to school. There was clearly genius behind in the first person to suggest starting on a Thursday.
    I confess, I didn’t understand the logic at first, but everyone is exhausted by Friday! The students, the staff, the custodians that spent the summer putting a sheen on those floors that makes one feel like they’ve crossed an ice rink.
    Then we get a small break and the routine begins. The day after the first day of school, I overheard someone say, “There are just 197 more to go.”
    There’s beauty in having routine. It will be followed by football games, clubs and organizations coming back together, the homecoming game and, ah yes, fundraising.
    The getting back to the grind is hard for some, so remember a dose of patience and look for positivity in everything or looking for the positivity in anything.
    There’s a great website called “Every Monday Matters” that offers little doses of inspiration, some suggestions for inspirational perspiration activities and more.

  • Thursday, as the class of 2020 enters the building at LAHS, many local parents are sending their freshmen off to college and university near and abroad.
    Our second oldest son Spencer, and other locals including Bradley, Evan, Lane and Holly are headed to Eastern New Mexico University, in Portales.
    This was our first child to go away to school. That time between walking that graduation stage as a ‘Topper and pulling out of the driveway as we headed to Greyhound territory went very fast.
    Friends would ask how I was doing with preparations and truthfully my answer was, pretending it is not happening.
    As the Assets person in town, I was beyond elated when as we pulled up to Eddy Hall on campus, a band of merry makers descended upon us in music, song and overall glee. They encouraged the parents to remain in the car so they could park while they assisted the newest members of the school to their rooms – potentially 625 of them.
    It was a swarm of hands and hearts as we had to make sure our own suitcase and the tools that normally stay in the vehicle weren’t swept along, too.
    We whispered good luck, see you soon and in a flash they were gone.

  • TODAY
    Green Hour Hike at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike on the Las Conchas Trail. Admission: Free.
    THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Admission: $15/non-member, $12/member.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walks at 8:30 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Astronomy Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore our universe from the comfort of the planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    SATURDAY
    Bird Walk: Burnt Mesa Trail at 7 a.m. at the Nature Center. Observe local birds while quietly hiking Burnt Mesa Trail. See description at peecnature.org for cost.

    Feature Film: Black Holes at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through the galaxies in search of answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

  • Have you journeyed into the never-ending world of fractals? Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s dynamic fractal show is back for one evening this month at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.
    This show incorporates math, science, art, and nature in a full-dome planetarium show featuring original music.
    This spectacular show starts promptly at 7 p.m. and seating is limited.
    Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the nature center and are only $10 for adults and $8 for children.
    This fractals show will run on the fourth Friday of each month, and is suitable for audiences ages 4 and up.
    For more information about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Students of Los Alamos County in grades 4-12 are invited to enter the second annual Constitution Day Essay Contest.
    The cash prizes are $300 for the high school winner, $200 for middle school and $100 for the winner from grades 4-6. Entry is free and judging is blind.
    The contest is sponsored by the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women, and all students are invited to enter.
    The awards ceremony will be Sept. 24 at the Constitution Day Dinner, sponsored by the Republican Party of Los Alamos.
    Winners will be notified by Sept. 14, and will be invited to bring one guest and attend the dinner at no cost. The winners will be invited, but not required, to read their essays at the dinner.
    The Constitution Day Essay Contest is designed to challenge students to learn more about the Constitution and to express original, thoughtful ideas in essay writing. Essays will be judged on how completely and clearly the ideas are stated and supported. Grammar, spelling and punctuation will also be considered. For more information, including the essay questions, go to losalamosgop.com.

  • This is the time of year when secretly I may be singing to myself, Andy Williams, It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
    I have never been fond of heading back to school, because I enjoy being at home with my kids. However, I do enjoy seeing everyone else’s children again. I miss those faces during the summer.
    I remember being a first grade parent outside the door and being so excited to see everyone again.
    I want to encourage everyone to start the year on a positive note. Try to find kind and encouraging words to say and start off on a positive note because it really does set the tone for the day.
    If you have seventh grader or a freshman, make sure they attend the orientations planned for them at Los Alamos Middle and High School. More than 125 students and countless adults have spent many hours in leadership training to welcome them and ease their transition.
    One reason I love the WEB and Link Crew programs is that they are grounded in the 40 Developmental Assets framework.
    Make sure you attend open house events, meet key people, hear important information and demonstrate to your children that parent engagement matters. They to see you care, so they care too.

  • The movie “Granite Mountain” will return to Los Alamos this week to film scenes on Camp May Road, the Justice Center, the detention center and private residences in Los Alamos and White Rock. The film and staging will take place at the following locations and times:
    • Sullivan Field Parking Lot—will be closed from 6 a.m. Monday through 9 p.m. Friday for staging of 10-12 large film trailers. Public access will be around the perimeter of the parking lot, including the dumpsters.
    • Camp May Road, Camp May, Pajarito Mountain and resort facilities will be closed from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 9 p.m. for filming.
    Elizabeth Gabel casting agency is still accepting applications for paid extras for the scene being filmed on Camp May Road on Wednesday. Anyone interested in applying should email a photo with name, height, weight and phone number to egabelcasting@gmail.com, and include the year, color, and make of their car. Put “Los Alamos” in the subject line.
    • White Rock Overlook Point will be closed beginning on Thursday at 9 a.m. AM through Saturday at 5 p.m.
    • The Justice Center will be the site of filming scheduled for Friday beginning at 6 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. During that time, the Justice Center will be open, but there will be no public access to the second floor of the building.

  • July 18 —A boy. Michael Douglas Keen. Born to Courtney Fortran and Christopher Keen.
    July 7 —A girl. Cecilia Charlotte. Born to Suzi and RJ Montaño.
    July 28 — A girl. Novalee Maxine. Born to McKenzie Bailey and Chase Enterline.

     

  • Aug. 7-13
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Enchilada
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Eggplant & Pasta
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.         Cardio Plus Exercise    
    10:30 a.m.        Music with Ruth
    10:30 a.m.        AARP Meeting    
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Grilled Pork Chop

  • While some refer to horses as livestock, others consider horses to be a companion animal, especially if they are kept for recreational purposes. Miniature horses—which measure 34 to 38 inches in height—are also recognized by many as companion animals. However, if you want to own a miniature horse as a pet, don’t assume a miniature size means less upkeep and expense than a full-sized horse.
    Dr. Leslie Easterwood, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, offered some insight on caring for miniature horses.
    “General care and maintenance are exactly the same for miniature horses as for full-sized horses, the only difference is size,” she said. “Vaccinations, dental care, hoof care, feeding, and housing are consistent for all equines. Miniature horses are also susceptible to the same diseases and ailments as full-sized horses. They are anatomically exactly the same as full sized horses, so they have the same risk factors for lameness, gastrointestinal issues, respiratory issues, and other health complications.”

  • 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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Monroe, Sam, Jobin, Mudpie, Fireball, and Popsicle—Recently transferred to the shelter from a high-kill New Mexico shelter. They are all young, rambunctious, and ready to steal her new owners’ heart! Popsicle is a gorgeous, all-white longhaired Turkish angora with stunning blue eyes and a heart of gold. Monroe is a shorthaired all-white kitty with one green eye and one blue eye. This sweetie would love to snuggle all day if given the chance. Jobin should have been named Fireball! This little tabby loves to play, and he gets along well with other cats. Sam, Mudpie and Fireball were all at the vet, so the shelter report writer hasn’t met them yet, but potential adopters can stop in to say hi!

  • The movie “Granite Mountain” will be shooting a large scene in Los Alamos on Aug. 5 and is seeking paid extras to work in the film.
    The production, starring Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges and Miles Teller, is the story of the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of wildland firefighters that courageously battled one of the worst wildfires in history to save an Arizona town.
    The production is looking for men, women and children, dogs and cats, people with horse trailers and boats and cars.  
    The crew is casting police officers, fire fighters and families evacuating their homes. Email a photo with name, height, weight and phone number to egabelcasting@gmail.com. Put Los Alamos in the subject line. Also include the year, color and make of your car.

  • The Santa Fe National Forest lifted campfire and smoking restrictions Thursday after widespread rain across the forest and fire danger decreased. The forest implemented Stage I fire restrictions on July 15 based on dry conditions and higher-than-normal temperatures.
    Forest managers use several criteria to determine when to lift fire restrictions, including current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources. The arrival of monsoonal moisture has eased the dry conditions that led to restrictions and decreased fire danger to moderate.
    Although Stage I restrictions on campfires and smoking will be lifted, forest managers urge visitors to continue to use caution around campfires and other potential ignition sources by following campfire safety procedures.

  • The Valles Caldera National Preserve is offering a reward for information about the recent theft of firefighting equipment.
    Special agents with the Investigative Services Branch and U.S. Park Rangers of Valles Caldera National Preserve are seeking information about the recent theft of crucial wildland firefighting equipment, apparently taken between 6 p.m. July 23 and 11 a.m. July 24.
    According to investigators, someone forcibly entered a closed area in the preserve, broke into several storage units and stole a significant amount of equipment that is part of the National Park Service firefighting program.
    The items taken include a utility task vehicle, an equipment trailer, drip torches, fuel cells, gas cans, tools, pumps, generators and compressors.
    The wildland fire crew using the equipment was working on the Big Hat Fire in the preserve when the theft occurred. The crew had recently returned from the Dog Head Fire in Albuquerque and from other fire assignments in New Mexico and Arizona.
    The loss of this equipment will impact interagency firefighting operations in northern New Mexico for the rest of the year, according to National Park officials.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program has had a tremendous start this summer, with some 2,000 hikes reporters in the first few months.
    This popular program is a way to get families outside, exploring the trails together, according to PEEC’s spokeswoman Sandra West.
    The program is a partnership between PEEC, Los Alamos County, Bandelier, and the Valles Caldera with generous support from the Delle Foundation.
    Hikers that use the program enjoy the trails in the passport, which are also included in PEEC’s free Los Alamos Trails app for iOS and Android operating systems, and look for a wooden post with a specially designed rubbing plate.
    Each trail has its own custom-designed plate, with artwork by Heather Ward. When the hikers find the post, they make a crayon rubbing of the plate to “stamp” their passports.  After two, five, eight, 12 and 16 hikes, they bring their passports to the PEEC Nature Center to record the hikes on the giant bar graph and receive their prizes.
    Children are especially fond of the whistle/compass combination that they receive for two hikes, and adults love the bandana printed with all the Los Alamos trails that is the prize for 8 hikes, West said in a release about the program.

  • The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum concludes its summer series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?”at 6 p.m. today at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    Dinner will be at 6 p.m., with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. and discussion at 7 p.m. Talks are aimed at a general audience. All are welcome. Follow our blog at lafsf.org.
    Today’s topic is “The Whole Person.” Scientists, philosophers and theologians have developed models of humankind that vary from a whole person to dualism to tricotomies. Gerry Wood came to Los Alamos after completing a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2004 he retired after 35 years at LANL, working mostly in health and safety areas. For more information see GerryOWood.com.

  • TODAY
    Chamber Business After Hours from 5:30-7 p.m. at projectY cowork Los Alamos. RSVP Requested: losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com.

    Summer Family Evenings: Wildland Fire Fighters at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. See inside a fire fighter’s truck! Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun.  Cost is $5 for non-member families and free for PEEC member families.

    The United Thrift Shop at 2545 Canyon Road is having a half price sale on everything but jewelry today.
    THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga at the nature center with Christa Tyson, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members and $12 for PEEC members. 

    NM FAST SBIR/STTR Proposal Workshop Webinar (USDA Focus) from 1-3 p.m. at projectY cowork Los Alamos.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walks from 8:30 a.m.- noon at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Young at Heart Hike at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join us on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.

  • We have heard a lot in the last few weeks about people taking the lives of others in public situations.
    It seems we want to be able to blame terrorism, and perhaps that is because it is easier than addressing some of the serious issues that exist right here at home.
    When we have situations dealing with American-born offenders, it is something different. We try to label some events as domestic terrorism, but some situations are different.
    If our youth or young adults are so disenfranchised they are driven to such horrific outcomes, what if it could be that, on occasion, there is no one to blame but ourselves?
    I am talking about situations not related to ISIS, and I preface this column with the fact that I am not a counselor.
    However, I feel some things need to be addressed before we become one of those communities in the same situation.
    It is no secret about my devotion to the 40 Developmental Assets. I think we have many youth and adults for that matter that need some.
    Everyone has some baggage in their lives. People of all ages are dealing with things great and small. If someone seems a little off, please reach out to them, even if it is by offering resources from an organization or agency that isn’t you.

  • 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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Bingley—A10-year-old fluff ball who was adopted from the shelter 3 years ago, and she’s a little sad to be back! Unfortunately one of her human friends developed an allergy to Bingley, so she’s looking for a new forever home. This sweet girl has a very pretty gray and tan longhaired coat.
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped a few weeks ago. He’s still adjusting to life at the shelter, but two very dedicated Friends of the Shelter volunteers have been working with Juan to help him relax. He’s finally learning that people can be nice and gentle, particularly when they have treats! Check back in a few weeks for more information about Juan!