Today's Features

  • The 31st Annual Taos Pueblo Pow Wow will take place July 8-10.  This celebration is a fun filled weekend of Native American contemporary dance and songs; with a variety of Native arts and delicious foods.
    “A pow wow is a gathering of Indian Nations in a common circle of friendship,” says Richard Archuleta, chairman of the Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Committee. “A pow wow is the common fiber which draws Indian people together.”
    Attending a pow wow offers visitors the chance to listen to Native American music, eat a variety of delicious foods, and watch dance competitions, which are at the heart of the pow wow experience.
    For more information, including a full list of events and dances, visit taospueblopowwow.com. For more information, call 888-285-6344.
    Admission is $15 per person, per day and $20 per person for a two-day pass. The cost is $25 per person for a three-day pass. Children 10 and under are free.
    The Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Committee asks that visitors observe these rules: the arena area and announcers stand are off limits to photographers. Ask permission of an individual before taking their photo. They ask that photographers do not touch dancers regalia without permission.

  • The New Mexico Brewers Guild announced Monday that it will host the 2016 IPA Challenge July 9-23.
    The Challenge, now in its third decade, will be the continuation of a long tradition as it travels to four different New Mexico breweries - Rio Bravo Brewing Co., Santa Fe Brewing Co., Three Rivers Brewery and Tractor Brewery – to determine the best India Pale Ale (IPA) in the Land of Enchantment.
    The events will begin on June 9 at the Rio Bravo Brewing Company in Albuquerque. Each event will consist of individual tasting flights of the IPAs in the challenge.
    With the purchase of the 2016 IPA Challenge ticket, attendees will receive one flight to taste as well as a commemorative pint glass and complimentary pint fill of their choice.
    Throughout the 2016 IPA Challenge, the New Mexico Brewers Guild hopes to promote small breweries in New Mexico to create a larger following for locally-brewed craft beer.
    Tickets are required for each event and are available for purchase online for $20 each. Attendees must be 21 years of age to enter the events. For information about the 2016 IPA Challenge or the New Mexico Brewers Guild visit nmbeer.org.

  • The weather has been hot lately, so perhaps my brain is working properly, but I have been thinking a lot about technology.
    There is a particular commercial that highlights a car that detects what could happen and stop the vehicle for you if the driver is unaware.
    I guess I am feeling a little old school about the need to learn how to do things the “hard way.”
    When I was a teenager, we learned to count back the change when you worked with money. I vaguely remember the discussion that there would always be calculators and there isn’t a need to count back money.
    Flash forward and now. Kids are doing math with not just their calculators, but their phones. Then there comes a time when they need to do math, but don’t have access to either or have to show their work.
    Old school. Sometimes we just need to learn things old school.
    It is the same reason that when the opportunity avails itself, you should learn how to drive a stick shift. There may come that time when you find yourself in a situation where that may be your only choice.
    Today’s cars are on the verge of doing the driving for you. You might not ever need to parallel-park again. There are even cars that may allow you to just sit inside while they do the driving for you.

  • June 3-July 9
    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

    BESC Closed July 4th

    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Alfredo
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.         Cardio Plus Exercise
    10 a.m.        Options Trading                 Group    
    10:30 a.m.        Music with Ruth    
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Mussels over Saffron
    1:30 p.m.        Duplicate Bridge

  • Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon completed her term as president of the New Mexico Association of Counties last week at the association’s annual conference held in Lea County.
    Stover was praised for logging over 10,000 miles and meeting with every county commission in NM during her year as president, she said in a release Thursday.
    In a letter to NMAC members, Stover credited past boards, members and staff for setting a positive and engaging direction for the organization. Stover also thanked the dedication and commitment of current members for their work to improve their home counties.  
    “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve as President this year,” Stover said. “The experience of traveling over 10,000 miles with our Executive Director, Steve Kopelman, to meet and visit with commissions in each county was invaluable. We shared the good work of NMAC and the many services offered. Most important, we heard first-hand the issues counties are facing and seeing the diversity across our state.
    NMAC Executive Director Kopelman praised Stover’s tenure as President during a speech to NMAC members at the conference, and he called her, “the best President I have worked with in my life, bar none.”

  • “Police officers, like teachers, have seen their roles expand. They are now called upon to do things that go far beyond the job description.”
     The quote above is from a book called United by Cory Booker. After all of the things that have happened in the past month, I was encouraged to read something that may inspire the feeling that, “Love Will Out.”
    I believe that love will out-live the ugliness that we see being perpetuated from so many places.
    The thing I planned to focus on here was about conversation with all of your kids, but perhaps especially those going off and into the “real world.”
    I’m sure I have told you of a friend I had back in my radio days that use to say, “Los Alamos, 65 square miles surrounded by reality.”
    No I am sure we aren’t 65 square miles, and no he wasn’t being derogatory. Don’t miss my point.
    We’re pretty lucky on this parcel of land up on the hill. We have some really awesome police officers to boot. Now I won’t start naming them because I don’t know all of them anymore and I wouldn’t want to leave someone out. There are a few that are pretty spectacular, if you ask me.

  • The League of Women Voters will host speaker Beverly Billie at their community Lunch with a Leader event at 11:45 July 19 at Mesa Library.
    Billie is the Cultural and Outreach Coordinator for Tewa Women United. Her experience in experiential education and facilitation is extensive, and she is able to work effectively to accomplish desired outcomes that measure the success of her projects. Billie has been project coordinator and lead facilitator for a variety of youth programs for youth at risk, bullying prevention and youth leadership.
    Billie’s women’s work includes leadership, empowerment, as well as healing and development of life skills. She provides programs for survivors of domestic violence, trauma, recovery, wellness and family reunification.
    To order a $10 lunch from the Co-op, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 231-8286 or email her at kaskacayman@gmail.com for the extensive menu. It is not necessary to buy a lunch.

    Feature Film: “We are Stars” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film connects us to the evolution of the Universe and explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    Bird Walk in Lower Rendija Canyon from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nature Center.  Join Joe Fitzgibbon for a hike to find, identify and admire birds. Free for members, $5 for non-member.
    Nature Playtimes from 10-11 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free.  

    Chapter AK, P.E.O meeting at 12:15 p.m. at the home of Linda Valenti, 34 Spirit Ct., Santa Fe. Katie Brousseau is co-hostess. Nancy Coombs will present a program on bats. Members with last names H-Z please bring salads. RSVP by July 8 to Linda at (505) 984-9153.
    Amateur Radio License exam session at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Fire Barn at 4017 Arkansas in Los Alamos. The session will be held in the upstairs meeting room. Those wishing to take the entrance level Technician exam will need a picture ID or two other forms of ID with their name and address and the $15 exam fee in cash or a check made out to the “ARRL VEC.” Call Bill Boedeker at 662-4220 or email him at boedeker@cybermesa.com.

  • Auditions for the Los Alamos Little Theatre September production of “Not Quite Right,” by E. Jarvik and R. Benjamin, will be from 2-5 p.m. July 10 and 7-9 p.m. July 11 at the Performing Arts Center. Call backs will be July 14.
    Copies of the script will be available for two day checkout at Mesa Public Library and at the White Rock Library (reference desk). Auditions will be closed, i.e., a private session between the director, staff and the auditioning actor. Audition material will be a presentation of one of the six monologues offered.

  • June 10-16
    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

    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10-11 a.m.        LANB “Help with the
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Grilled Pork chop
    2–3 p.m.        LANB “Help with the
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury Steak
    Noon        Medicare talk with
            John Lujan    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis