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    Ten outstanding students have been awarded the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation scholarship. 

    Each student demonstrated a balance of academic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service throughout their high school careers. 

    Winners chose an educator of distinction, an education professional that had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools. 

    Here are five of the 10 students honored. 

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    Today 

    Authors Speak Series. Tom Harmer, a lifelong student of natural history, outdoor survival and native practices in the wild. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

     

    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. So, come on out for fun, friendship and exercise. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

     

  • Mesa Public Library’s “Quotes: The Authors Speak Series,” presents Tom Harmer, a lifelong student of natural history, outdoor survival and native practices in the wild, will read from his most recent book, “A Walk Around the Horizon: Discovering New Mexico’s Mountains of the Four Direction.”
    The talk will begin 7 p.m. today at the library’s upstairs rotunda.
    Near Santa Fe, landscape is framed by four high mountains — Sandia to the south, Chicoma to the west, Canjilon to the north, and Truchas to the east.
    Although they are sacred to the Tewa Pueblo Indians, the four peaks are in different bureaucratic and cultural zones, which means that each peak attracts visitors but few non-Indian travelers visit more than one of the mountains. In 2010, at the age of 62, Harmer resolved to climb all four of these mountains in one summer.
    His chronicle offers a view of a montane forest unlike any in the world, where mountain, plain and desert biota converge.
    Harmer’s writing is shaped by years of living off the land, especially the nearly 10 years spent with a band of Salish Indians, which he documented in his previous books :Going Native” and “What I’ve Always Known: Living in Full Awareness of the Earth.”

  •  “Nature on Tap” discusses
    energy, water, climate change

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host “Nature on Tap,” part of a new informal discussion series, 5:30 p.m. today at the Blue Window Bistro.
    The “On Tap” series is a new project from the Los Alamos Creative District and is held every Thursday with the themes “Nature on Tap,” “History on Tap,” “Science on Tap,” and “Art on Tap.” It is a great way to get out in the community and meet people with similar interests. This event is the second “Nature on Tap” discussion, which will be held on every fourth Thursday of the month.
    For this installment of “Nature on Tap”, Christine Chavez, Energy and Water Conservation Coordinator for Los Alamos County, will facilitate the discussion.
    Chavez will speak briefly about topics that affect all of us — Energy, Water and Climate Change — and then will open up to discussion from the group about these critical issues.

    Keller leads second wildflower walk

  • The Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe will host one of the first official events at the property, the Women’s International Study Center’s symposium “Risk & Reinvention: How Women Are Changing the World,” Aug. 15-16.  
    More than 30 experts in scholarship, science, art, law, cultural preservation, business and workforce analysis will engage in panel discussions to share their expertise, perspectives and experiences.
    The symposium seeks to inspire participants to create a future that realizes the full potential of women and honors their contributions to the world. The property officially opens Aug. 4.

  • Los Alamos
    China Palace, 729 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: May 15
    Violations: Seven high-risk violations. Shrimp holding at improper temperature, and food was discarded at the time of inspection. Ground beef package thawing on counter, which was corrected at time of inspection. No sanitizer in water at three-compartment sink, which was corrected at time of inspection. Ready to eat foods not marked and dated in the cooler area. Sanitizer bottle stored over vegetable sink. Home prepared food in food prep area and walk in cooler. Ice scoop inside ice machine, which was corrected at time of inspection. Four moderate-risk violations. Can opener had food build up, which was corrected at time of inspection. Cook and server were not wearing gloves while preparing and serving food. Dish washer not reaching proper hot temperature, which was corrected at time of inspection. Refrigerator not NSF approved where sauces and pork is stored. Two low-risk violations. Server not wearing hair restraint. Walls and floors have food build up and need to be cleaned.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on May 24.

  • Santa Fe — Ai Weiwei, internationally acclaimed Chinese dissident artist, and Navajo artist Bert Benally through a remarkable collaboration, will create “Pull of the Moon,” a temporary, site-specific art installation in a remote part of Coyote Canyon on the Navajo Nation. “Pull of the Moon” is part of Navajo TIME (Temporary Installations Made for the Environment), a partnership between New Mexico Arts and the Navajo Nation Museum. The installation will feature Earth-based drawings using sand.
    Bert Benally said of “Pull of the Moon,” “The concept is based on Navajo aesthetics, the idea that for the Navajo, art is more about the process rather than the finished product.”
    A free and public launch event for Pull of the Moon will be from 5-7 p.m. July 16 at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) in Santa Fe, Alan Houser Park, and will feature a live performance by German sound artist Robert Henke and Bert Benally based on sounds captured at Coyote Canyon during the installation.

  • Sue Watts has spent most of her adult life volunteering for various organizations, such as the Girl Scouts of the USA to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    In her work with the Girl Scouts, she helped girls and adults to develop their appreciation of nature and taught many leaders how to take troops camping and trekking on long trips.
    She said she became a Girl Scout leader, which got her back outside. That led to becoming an outdoor troop camping trainer and she realized she had found her niche, she said in a recent interview.
    “Many of the participants had never backpacked or seen the Milky Way before. The Girl Scout programs change lives, and I have just loved that whole experience,” she said.
    Born in Iowa, Watts grew up in Ohio and Nevada. Only having previously visited Bandelier in the 1970s, she took up residence in Los Alamos after her daughter moved to the town in 1998. “My husband and I figured that this is where we would spend the later years of our lives,” she said.
    Watts was able to transfer her passion and experience into volunteering at PEEC to help residents and visitors enjoy the natural beauty of the Pajarito Plateau.

  • The Los Alamos ScienceFest has announced its call for entries for its fourth annual SMART Contest — a Science and Math-Based Art contest. A panel of local judges will award winners that will share in cash prizes.
    “We are looking for art that demonstrates scientific or mathematical concepts, principles or phenomena in creative ways, “ said Melanie Peña of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, “It can be created digitally using computers, be photographic or produced through traditional fine arts methods.”
    The SMART Contest is free to enter. All entrants must upload a digital representation of their artwork onto the contest website. Entries will be accepted through July 31.
    “This contest has been a successful part of Los Alamos ScienceFest, since it first started in 2011,” said Suzette Fox, Los Alamos MainStreet executive director. “We receive submissions from all over the world and see some really spectacular and original artwork.”
    The art entries will be posted to a gallery on the contest website as they are received. They will be available for public viewing and voting.

  •  Art exhibits

    Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014 runs through Oct. 12. 

     

    “Imprints of  Home, Works on Paper”,  is a group show featuring art prints, and poems by 12 artists. First Friday artist receptions, 3-6 p.m. July 5 and July 19 at the Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque. Show closes July 25. 

     

    A special guest exhibition, “Golden Paths,” acrylic and gold leaf paintings by Edwina Milner, will be on exhibit until July 7 at the New Concept Gallery. The reception is from 5-7 p.m. June 20 and is open to the public. 

     

  • Only wackadoos are already looking ahead to the new school year. I am one of those wackadoos.
    Assets work, sponsored by the JJAB and the LACDC is underway yet again and we primarily revolve around the school year.
    We put a lot of plans and projects in place during the summer and they all seem to launch at the back to school time.
    We have already secured county sponsorship of Assets In Action month in September. We will kicked off the month with a county sponsored proclamation from Councilor Steve Girrens, with the help of Julie Habiger, on Sept 9.
    Last year, Assets held the first College/Military Day when we ask all community members to wear their college or military apparel, to demonstrate where they continued their path of lifelong learning. That takes place on Sept. 5.
    We’re also ready to begin collecting the names of those people that make a difference in our community with the Community Asset Awards.
    The names are collected all year long, culminating in mid-December. The highlight of the project is a small gala at the Betty Ehart Senior Center to recognize good people of all ages.

  • Before her death in March, Dorothy Hoard, Los Alamos resident, a Living Treasure and ardent supporter of the community, entrusted her friend Terry Foxx with her artwork. Hoard’s wish was that it would be used to further her legacy by offering the artwork for sale to the community through the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    To honor this wish, the center is offering one-of-a-kind pieces of Hoard’s work through a silent action, going on through the end of the month. All proceeds of the auction will go into the Dorothy Hoard Memorial Fund and will be used to pay for exhibits and programs at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center.
    The artwork can be viewed and bid on either online, or at the PEEC Nature Center. Bids will be accepted until 10:30 p.m. on June 30.
    In all, 44 works are on exhibit and available for bidding. The media and subject matters vary, but the recurring theme is Hoard’s ability to capture nature and the beauty of the Pajarito Plateau and surrounding areas through her artwork.

  • Selvi Viswanathan is a proud nature enthusiast. Her house on Barranca Mesa is decorated with several gardens and is a certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
    She has won several awards for her gardens through the Los Alamos Garden Club. Her butterfly garden and bird garden won first place in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
    The butterfly garden was planted in honor of her mother. She also has a hummingbird garden in memory of her only sister.
    She achieved certification in 1995.
    Viswanathan has recently developed a sensory garden, which has five different planters with plants and flowers that each represents the five senses.
    For the sight planter, there are several brightly colored flowers. Sound has a waterfall fountain. Touch consists of plants with texture, such as a cactus and a plant soft, fuzzy leaves. Taste has planted spices and herbs. Smell has sweet scented flowers.
    Viswanathan said she hopes her 5-year-old grandson will enjoy the garden and learn from it.
    She came up with the idea after attending the Demonstration garden, she said. “We had cut down three Piñon trees which were not looking good and also (the garden) needed more sun. So this area seemed like a perfect fit for the sensory garden,” Viswanathan said.

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    June 22-28, 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

    9:45 a.m. Matter of Balance class

  •  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:

  •  “So what exactly is the ‘image of God’ in which man is created?”
    This question, arising from the well-known creation text (Gen. 1:26f), has been debated and discussed literally for centuries.
    A few have held that the “imago dei” is the actual human physical form. Most respected theologians do not give credence to this idea — not only because the idea that God has a physical form places severe limitations on God, but also because of the fundamental biblical teaching that God is invisible Spirit (Gen. 1:1-2; Gen. 6:3; Ex. 33:12-33; II Chr. 15:1; Isa. 11:2; Matt. 10:20; Jn. 1:18; 6:46; Rom. 8:9ff; I Cor. 2:10-13; 12:4-11; Eph. 4:4-6; Col. 1:15; I Tim. 6:15-16; I Jn. 4:12, 20).
    Other interpretations regarding the image of God include the following: rationality; i.e., man’s self-awareness and ability to think coherently; language; i.e., man’s ability to express his thought, emotion and intentions; freedom; i.e., man’s free will and self-determination; the need and capacity for relationship; i.e., man’s ability to enter relationships with other humans freely and intentionally.

  • Once again, as the Los Alamos Monitor reported, the National Park Service is selling its multiuse path in significant part as a safety feature, saying, in essence, one of its major purposes is to get existing cyclist users of these roads onto a path.
    This assertion of danger is wholly unsubstantiated for all but small portions of this route (i.e., N.M. 4 between White Rock and E. Jemez Road comes to mind) and certainly an assertion of danger should not be made without challenge. Furthermore, a multiuse path will probably not serve the needs of the cyclists in question and indeed, may create serious hazards where none now exist.
    The roads in question have been used by scores of local riders and cyclists from as far away as Santa Fe for decades. These roads are the home of two triathlons and the oldest road race in the Southwest, the Tour of Los Alamos. The cyclists in question are fast recreational, fitness and race riders who would not be served by a path shared with casual users and pedestrians and whose design could seriously impede shared use.
    Further, these roads are specifically mentioned as regional cycling resources in the 2005 Los Alamos County bike plan, which I wrote much of and which was adopted by council. Multiuse paths do not take the place of road resources for the kind of cyclist who rides this route.

  • Santa Fe
    Whole Hog Café Catering, 320 S. Guadalupe St.
    Date inspected: May 4
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Swiss Bakery & Bistro, 401 S. Guadalupe St.
    Date inspected: May 6
    Violations: Ten high-risk violations. Home-canned jams mixed in with dry storage. No date of preparation on any prepared food. Food in walk-in refrigerator not holding proper temperatures. Ice bath near stove. Dented cans mixed in with good stock in dry storage. Can opener has old food build up. No soap or paper towels in hand washing station. Employee touched customer’s food with bare hands. Cooked food cooling at room temperature. Chemical spray bottle has no label. Three moderate-risk violations. Wet rag is out of sanitizer bucket. Door handles of equipment has food build up. Exposed insulation over food in chest freezer. Back door to prep area is open to the outside. First aid supplies stored over prep sink. Four low-risk violations. Restroom opens to dining area and is not self closing. Toilet paper dispenser is not sanitarily designed. Boxes stored on floor in office.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required in one week.

  • SANTA FE — Founded to honor iconic New Mexico mystery author Tony Hillerman, the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference will mark a decade of teaching the craft and business of writing in November.
    Organized by Wordharvest, the conference welcomes writers of all genres and abilities to three days of programs headlined by notable New Mexico writing talent.
    Throughout past decade, conference attendees have achieved great success as mainstream and self-published authors.
    “Tony Hillerman’s legacy included his decades of open-hearted support for beginning writers, both as a journalism and creative writing instructor and as a mentor well into his retirement from teaching,” said Anne Hillerman, Tony’s daughter and a co-founder of Wordharvest, with Jean Schaumberg.
    Sponsored by St. Martin’s Press and Wordharvest, and presented at the fall conference, the Tony Hillerman Prize is awarded for the best first mystery set in the Southwest.
    The winner receives a contract with St. Martin’s Press for publication of the novel and a $10,000 advance.
    Wordharvest will host an anniversary celebration 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at The Screen. Tickets are $25. Email wordharvest@wordharvest.com. Seating is limited. For further details, visit wordharvest.com/registration.php.
     

  • Estrella Del Norte Vineyard has announced that for the second year it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.
    Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.
    The last time the vineyard won was in 2011.
    When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.