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  • Cupcake, a long-hair cat staying at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, certainly lives up to her name. She is a sweetie.

    Anyone who enters her domain at the shelter’s cattery better look out, because she will be nuzzling shins and demanding pets from everyone who happens to come visit her.

    Shelter staff says she also gets along with almost all the other animals and cats in the shelter.

    The ones she doesn’t get along with she avoids. So far, no cat fights.

    She’s a stray, but seems to be very tame and loving. Cupcake is 3 years old. She has no microchip. Cupcake has had all of her shots though and according to the staff, Cupcake is in perfect health.

    Cupcake arrived on May 19, and is now anxiously waiting for someone to treat themselves to a Cupcake who needs a forever home.

    For more information, call the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 662-8179 or email the shelter at psa-officer@lacm.us.

  • Learn about Tom Jungst’s experiences as an extreme skier and climber at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday.

    This talk will start at about 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

    The Mountaineers’ meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and cover information about upcoming outings. The event is free to attend and is open to the public.

    Jungst took extreme skiing to another level in the early 1980s by combining his skills as a ski racer with ice and rock climbing. He created complex routes from Europe to Alaska to the Northern Rockies.

    The remote peaks of Montana became a testing ground for a new style of extreme skiing that led features in every major ski magazine and even “Rolling Stone.”

    By the mid 1980s, Jungst was skiing for Warren Miller and the wild crew put together by Greg Stump. Join Jungst at the Mountaineers meeting to hear more about his career and the ups and downs of his mountain adventures.

    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Grammy nominated, singer and songwriter Kim Richey will make a stop at Fuller Lodge June 27 in support of her critically acclaimed release Edgeland. (2018).  

    The Nashville-based, progressive country artist has recorded eight albums of her own and written for many of the industry’s biggest names.  

    Her songs have been recorded by Trisha Yearwood (“Believe Me Baby (I Lied)”), Radney Foster (“Nobody Wins”), and Brooks & Dunn (“Every River”).  

    Richey has also contributed vocals on albums with Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams, Reba McEntire and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

  • TODAY

    Los Alamos faith and Science Forum at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 N. Sage Loop. Nels Hoffman speaking on “Neuroplasticity: How the Mind Changes the Brain.”

    Summer Family Evening: New Mexico Bats at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy a presentation from Justin Stevenson of Fightwns on the biology and behavior of New Mexico bats, as well as the opportunity to meet native bats. Thanks to Del Norte Credit Union for sponsoring these events. Free for member families and $5 for non-member families. More information at peecnature.org.

    THURSDAY

    “Liberty on the Rocks” meets at 6 p.m. at Cottonwood on the Greens, 4244 Diamond. Join the fun, have a drink! (Dinner entree can be purchased). LOTR is a place to discuss the ideas of liberty, not for electoral politics. Contact Chris Luchini at cbluchini@gmail.com for information.

    SATURDAY

  • Visitors to the Los Alamos Animal Shelter’s cattery won’t have to walk far for Amelie, an American short hair cat.

    In fact, Amelie will probably hop down off her perch, meet her potential forever home person with her tail up and plenty of purrs. It is what she does whenever anyone enters the cattery.

    Amelie is an owner turn-in and she’s due for a re-evaluation June 27.

    She does not have a collar and or a microchip. But, she does have plenty of love for people who are ready for a very friendly cat.  

    Amelie has had all her shots and is healthy.

    For more information, call the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 662-8179 or email the shelter at psa-officer@lacm.us.

  • TODAY

  • On June 1, a new trail sign was planted at the intersection of Mitchell and Perimeter trails. The Los Alamos Tuff Riders Mountain Bike Club coordinated the Perimeter Trail adoption with the Santa Fe National Forest.

    As trail adopters, the Tuff Riders will maintain the trail by trimming bushes and clearing downed trees, building water bars, and otherwise committing to trail work on this section in coordination with the Forest Service.

    Currently, the Tuff Riders lead monthly trail work crews, and will continue working on other trails beyond their adopted section of Perimeter Trail.

    “Other trails that still need TLC include Guaje Ridge, Pajarito Trail, and Los Alamos Canyon Trail,” USFS District Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Sublett said.

    To volunteer for trail work, the USFS trains and leads trail work sessions. A volunteer agreement is required for adopting trails or for any trail work on the Santa Fe National Forest. Contact jasublett@fs.fed.us for more information.

  • TODAY
    Summer Family Evening: Cowboys and Horses of Northern New Mexico at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join Gene McCracken at this Summer Family Evening to learn about cowboys and horses in northern New Mexico. This is free for member families and costs $5 for non-member families.

    Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) will host a community forum from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge to discuss making $400,000 available to support northern New Mexico nonprofit organizations for calendar year 2019. The purpose of the meeting is to present the Community Contribution Program guidelines, discuss how to submit a funding request and answer questions. Program guidelines are available on the N3B website at http://n3b-la.com.

    THURSDAY

    Suds & Shows: Raiders of the Lost Ark at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. See Raiders of the Lost Ark in the planetarium for the first Suds & Shows event of the summer. Enjoy beer and wine from Pajarito Brewpub and bring a picnic before the show. Cost is $5; cash bar. 

    FRIDAY

  • This is the best time of year to get kids into their own business. Think about things they could do to earn a little money and keep you sane. Don’t just pawn them off outside to do it, engage with the leg work and set them off on the right foot.

    A lemonade stand is always the best example of a business. There are certain times of the day when sales that can be done and if that involves the late afternoon, an all-day planning event too. So, let’s sneak some education into the deal. No, we aren’t telling anyone that we’re sneaking education into the plan, it just kind of happens.

    I am all in when it comes to using some seed money to get everyone started and on the right track. That comes in the way of just a few key items and that can be lemonade, cups and a poster board. I assume you already have a few key items like paper, markers, a pitcher and cooler.

    Now here’s a few guidelines, so they don’t just assume it’s a table and go. Have them involve a good friend, then you have an exit strategy at some point. The business needs a name. They need a sign and they need to figure out a decent and fair price. Selling a regular sized lemonade for a dollar or more doesn’t allow people to be generous. It is a high point in the day when a child gets a tip.

  • The speaker at the Chapter’s June dinner meeting is Dr. Terry Wallace Jr. “LANL Director Emeritus.”
    Wallce’s broad background in global security is expected to provide a very interesting and informative presentation on the future of warfare.

    The public is invited to join the MOWW for this great meeting. Regular attendees should note change in location. The meeting will be held in the dining room of American Legion Post 90 at 1325 Trinity Drive.  The building is located behind Pasta Paradiso. Use the West side door to the dining room.

    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. The presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m.

    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost. The cost of the dinner is $25. The dinner will be roasted chicken breast and appropriate side dishes. RSVP (yes or no) for the dinner is needed by Sunday. Call Eleanor Pinyan at 672-3750 for reservations. A reservation is a commitment to pay.

  • Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church will be collecting supplies for the Deming Fire Department to distribute to migrants who are sheltering at a local facility in the small border community before being transported to sponsoring homes or families.

    Father Theophan Mackey said the church at 1319 Trinity Drive will be taking contributions Saturday morning in Los Alamos.

    If the church gets a big response from the community, he will open the church to receive the donations, Mackey said.

    The items needed include paper plates and cups, plastic cutlery, food, over-the-counter medicine for common colds and flu, cough drops, blankets, blankets, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, hair ties, shampoo, soap, pampers, baby wipes, canvas bags, coloring books, crayons and feminine hygiene products.

    The church received a letter recently describing the operations at the Deming facility that is housing migrants. Since early May, the Deming Fire Department has managed a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week operation at the facility, including caring and providing for the migrants.

    The fire crews are continuing to serve the Deming community’s fire and medical needs when they are not caring for the migrants.

  • The Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science will host Science on Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday at project Y cowork.

    This On Tap will feature a talk with Antonio Redondo about the use of super-computer simulations in the study of chemical processes.

    Most of us are familiar with the M&M’s tagline, “Melts in your mouth, not in your hand,” but I’m guessing most of us don’t give much thought to the science responsible for that crunchy candy shell. At Los Alamos, however, researchers with the Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation are very curious about just that.

    An interesting collaboration with Mars, Incorporated offers scientists a novel opportunity to study sucrose crystallization. Using advanced computer-modeling capabilities available in Los Alamos, researchers led by Redondo are modeling the sucrose-crystallization process to learn more about the material’s structural and behavioral characteristics, which may provide information about other, more mission-focused materials used at the lab.

    For more information about the Feynman Center, materials-science research at Los Alamos, and this unusual partnership, join the discussion at project Y cowork for Science on Tap on Monday from 5:30–7 p.m.

  • Starting on Monday, TLC Plumbing, hired by Bradbury Stamm Construction, will close Loma Del Escolar from 42 to 48 Loma Del Escolar near Barranca Mesa Elementary.

    Local traffic will be able to access their homes.

    There will be a detour at the corner of Loma Del Escolar and Barranca Road both east and west sides.

    The closure is required in order to tap into a sewer manhole located between 42 and 48 Loma Del Escolar. Weather permitting, the work is expected to be completed by July 3.

    Drivers should watch for directional and closure signs.

    For more information, contact Perry Muller, project superintendent, at 505-415-2022, or email him at pmuller@bradburystamm.com.

  • Starting on Monday, TLC Plumbing, hired by Bradbury Stamm Construction, will close Loma Del Escolar from 42 to 48 Loma Del Escolar near Barranca Mesa Elementary.

    Local traffic will be able to access their homes.

    There will be a detour at the corner of Loma Del Escolar and Barranca Road both east and west sides.

    The closure is required in order to tap into a sewer manhole located between 42 and 48 Loma Del Escolar. Weather permitting, the work is expected to be completed by July 3.

    Drivers should watch for directional and closure signs.

    For more information, contact Perry Muller, project superintendent, at 505-415-2022, or email him at pmuller@bradburystamm.com.

  • It may look like a safe place to practice, but the Los Alamos High School practice field is filled with holes and bare patches. These unsafe conditions will be remedied.

    Los Alamos Public Schools has contracted with Los Alamos Landscaping & More, LLC for work on this field adjacent to Griffith Gym. The scope of work will include top dressing, reseeding and installing sod in areas of the field that are safety concerns, according to Tommy Castillo, director of facilities.

    “Over the past several years, erosion and gophers have created uneven areas on the field,” said Castillo.  “This landscaping work will make the field safer for our students.”

    The project is scheduled to take 75 days or longer.

  • The term, “estate planning,” feels slightly ominous to some, but local attorney Shay Burns Kendricks hopes to make it easier with a free presentation at the White Rock Senior Center.

    The multi-faceted program will be Thursday starting at 12:30 p.m. and continuing until 2 p.m. for those that need to arrive later. 

    The program will be kicked off with a light-hearted theater production and comedy, by local playwright Robert Benjamin.

    The approximately 15-minute theatrical event is titled, “Ultimate Precision.” This short play is a hilarious look at obituaries and estate loaning, just prior to a serious topic that can often feel overwhelming.

    “Everyone should put some basic planning in place for the possibility of incapacity and in the event of their death,” said Burns Kendricks. “It gives the person creating the documents peace of mind and helps your friends and family deal with the legal issues that arise, during a period of incapacity or when you eventually die.”

  • The Los Alamos Creative District is teaming up with local organizations to host the second Downtown Creative Crawl set for Friday.

    The Downtown Creative Crawl will start at the Los Alamos Nature Center from 3-4 p.m. Come pet a snake or ask questions about the animal exhibits with a member of the critter team. Critters are fed and available to be held.

    The crawl will then move on to the Pride Festival from 4-7 p.m. The Pride Festival is presented by Friends of Los Alamos Pride and is a family-friendly festival celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. The theme of this year’s festival is

    “Be Your Own Hero” and it should be full of heroic activities and educational opportunities for all ages including performance and creative outlets.

    From 4-6 p.m., the Creative Crawl will move to Fuller Lodge, then onto the Fuller Lodge Art Center for the opening reception of the “MapMaker” exhibit from 5-7 p.m. Stop by the Pajarito Room in Fuller Lodge to enjoy a collection of John Ramsay’s historic maps presented by the Los Alamos Historical Society.

    Check out this new exhibit focused on maps, directions, and a perception of the world. Meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and listen to live Bluegrass band, Quatro! The reception is free.

  • Maura Taylor, executive director of Self Help, Inc., spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about the work of this local non-profit founded in 1969.

    Beginning as a collaboration led by Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church and others in the faith community, Self Help’s mission today, as 50 years ago, is to assist residents of northern New Mexico who struggle with basic needs, providing them with a bridge to self-sufficiency.  

    Self Help, Inc. serves Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Taos counties. In addition to helping those in financial need, such as payments for a utility bill or car repair, Self Help offers services to help disabled persons, victims of domestic violence, those with citizenship issues, and those with behavioral and mental health concerns.

    Last year, Self Help directly served 400 families, provided 1,700 consultations, and made 2,100 referrals.

    Self Help is now planning to open an office in Española, expand its board and volunteer opportunities, and re-energize its programs.

    In honor of its 50th anniversary, Self Help is preparing a celebration for the community in September. 

  • Chibi’s tail never stops wagging, even though the 1-and-a-half-year-old Labrador mix is a surrender who doesn’t quiet understand why his original owners aren’t coming back to get him.

    While he is enjoying his time at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, Chibi hopes to find his forever home.  

    Chibi arrived at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter May 25.

    Chibi has a microchip, and is in good health. Chibi is a bit curious, and likes to explore, especially friendly folks and friendly animals. Chibi walks well on a leash, and responds when his name is called.

    Call 662-8179 for more information. Or email police-psa@lacnm.us.
     

  • Longtime Los Alamos residents Al and Doris Blackstock celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary June 3.

    Their celebration was made even more special when their daughter, Ann, treated them to an anniversary dinner at the Blue Window Bistro in downtown Los Alamos.

    Al Blackstock, who was born in Waco, Texas, married his bride Doris, a native of San Angelo, Texas, in Oakridge, Tennessee.

    Their wedding was held in a local church with six witnesses in 1955. Al worked at the laboratory in Oakridge at the time.

    The two soon packed their belongings and headed up to Los Alamos, where Al took a job as physicist at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory He worked on general physics problems for the rest of his career as a dedicated worker for the lab.

    Doris stayed at home and was a faithful homemaker, caring for their children.

    They also liked to tend to their garden, and tulips still pop up now and again as the sun shines on the ground around their home that they still share in town.

    Besides their daughter Ann, who lives in Los Alamos, they also have a son, Alan, who lives in Utah, and a granddaughter, Claire, who is a nurse in Los Alamos.