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Today's Features

  • The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is announces the 2014 Summer Entertainment Series, 5-9 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 13. The scenic Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Sunset Dinner Trains traverse some of the most beautiful and remote areas in the southern Rocky Mountains.
    Riders will enjoy the cool, crisp mountain air as the train climbs the 10,015-foot Cumbres Pass. The Sunset Dinner Trains include an onboard alcohol service, a dinner at the summit of Cumbres Pass, an opportunity to enjoy some of the sunsets in the West and music.
    The 2014 Sunset Dinner Train Entertainment schedule is:
    July 19: Ed Stabler, San Angelo, Texas
    July 26: DJ El Norteño, Tierra Amarilla
    Aug. 2: Bishops 10, Antonito, Colo.
    Aug. 9: Jake Vigil, Bad Attitude Band, Antonito, Colo.
    Aug. 16: DJ El Norteño, Tierra Amarilla
    Aug. 23: Jake Vigil, Bad Attitude Band, Antonito, Colo.
    Aug. 30: Labor Day Weekend, DJ El Norteño, Tierra Amarilla
    Sept. 6: The Syd Masters Duo, Albuquerque
    Sept. 13: Mariachi Río Grande, Taos
    Ed Stabler is a singer and guitarist well known for his rich singing voice and smooth, finger-picking guitar style. Stabler will be performing Saturday.

  • The second annual Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown is officially on. It’s all about finding the best green chile cheeseburger in Santa Fe and it’s up to the public to decide which seven restaurants will be in the final Smackdown.
    Voting for the city’s best green chile cheeseburger will be open at santafe.org/funfoodevent now through Aug. 15. Or look for the Smackdown badge on the santafe.org homepage to vote. Chefs are preparing for a chance at the finals with bragging rights at stake for the best green chile cheeseburger in Santa Fe.
    The six burger joints receiving the most votes on the website advance to the final cook-off from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion.
    A “Lucky Number 7” restaurant will be added during a radio-broadcasted burger crawl the week of Aug. 18. Voters may select one restaurant per Internet browser, per day.
    At the final cook-off, the seven finalists fire up their grills and present their best burgers to a panel of judges and the perhaps their toughest critics — the public.
    Distinguished food experts, including James Beard Award winner and local cookbook author Cheryl Jamison, will evaluate each finalist’s burger to determine the 2014 Reigning Chomp.

  • There are only 30 tickets for sale for a benefit concert hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Renowned guitarist Genevieve Leitner will perform 7 p.m. July 24 at the renovated and historic Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row.
    Tickets are on sale now on PEEC’s website for $35. If tickets remain on the day of the show, they will also be sold at the door for $40.
    The proceeds of the concert will go toward funding exhibits and gardens at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center, a public-private partnership between the county and PEEC.
    The county is constructing the facility, and PEEC is fundraising to pay for indoor and outdoor exhibits, which will belong to the new center. The new center is slated to open in spring 2015.
    Leitner currently performs and teaches guitar throughout the United States and Chile. She has won several competitions including several first prizes.
    Leitner has performed in master classes for Manuel Barrueco, Roland Dyens, Carlos Pérez, Scott Tenant, Jason Vieaux and others. She received her bachelor’s of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied with Gerald Klickstein.

  • Today
    “Science on Tap.” 5:30-7 p.m. at Blue Window Bistro.

    Atomic Film Festival presents “Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie.” 7 p.m. in Fuller Lodge.

    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! 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.

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 11. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.
    Friday
    Wildflower Walk. 5:15 p.m. Join PEEC’s Jemez Mountains Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, for an easy walk to identify some of our local wildflower beauties. A plant list will be available. No advance registration required. Meet at PEEC at 5:15 p.m. to carpool to the trailhead. Free. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Jeremy Goettee, a senior at Los Alamos High School was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month. Goettee is the son of Connie and Jeff Goettee and brother of Maxwell and Reuben Goettee.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. This year’s recipients reflect a combination of both LAHS seniors and juniors; next year, only juniors will be recognized in hopes of inspiring their interest in Rotary programs that fall during the summer following junior year. Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and, in particular, their service to the community.
    Goettee is a member of National Honor Society and has managed to maintain high academic standards while running on the cross country team and participating in track and field. He has competed in cross country and track for the past six years. He is a member of the high school chess team, the German Club, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

  •  Ryszard Wasilewski poses with one of his paintings on display at the opening reception for his exhibit on July 11. The art will be in the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery daily through Aug. 5.

  • Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Eureka! 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.

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 11. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Celebrate the 44th season. This week at market will be Leroy Pacheco from Los Alamos Recycling. Come find out what’s happening with recycling and what can be recycled. First drawing for the contest 10 a.m.

    “Science on Tap.” 5:30-7 p.m. at Blue Window Bistro.

  • The Los Alamos Youth Business Grant entrepreneurs are underway and making the grade in Los Alamos.
    The 11 recipients include a variety of services from coffee roasters and landscapers to jewelry/apparel design and video production.
    Elise Koskelo is the creator of Blue Wrap Designs. Koskelo is a returning applicant looking at expanding her business to include renting space from the new Nu 2 U Consignments on Trinity Drive and will use technology to enhance sales.
    “I have created a new retail website, blueprintwraps.weebly.com, where customers and admirers can view pictures of my work, purchase a wrap, or see that dates of upcoming venues,” said Koskelo, who can also be reached at blueprintwraps@gmail.com.
    Koskelo was inspired by her mother, also a knitter and enjoys creating new pieces by mixing various yarns and colors together. A designer at heart, she is always designing new stitches to create a one-of-a-kind wraps and enjoys marketing the product, creating photo shoots and interacting with customers face-to-face.
    The youth designer makes all season wraps with lighter weight yearns used for summer shawls and wraps that are perfect for a summer evening or those chilly air conditioned offices.

  • The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation recently awarded the Jim Sims Memorial Engineering Scholarship to Los Alamos High School graduates Emily Pittman and Nathan Phillips.
    Pittman will attend the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. She is daughter of Pete and Carissa Pittman.
    Phillips will attend Montana State University. He is the son of David and Edie May Phillips. Both scholarship recipients will study mechanical engineering.
    The award is named for Sims, who worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a mechanical engineer for 34 years.
    During his distinguished career, he worked as a design engineer and as a leader of project engineering teams. He was an internationally recognized expert in high-field magnet design and had an unparalleled knowledge of hardware engineering, design and fabrication. He was committed to sharing his knowledge and experience through mentoring young engineers, designers and students.
    Sims was also a dedicated husband and father and always supported his children as they followed their interests and passions. As a family, Sims’ wife Becky and grown children Jessica and Bradford began this scholarship to honor his love of engineering.

  • As the daughter of a professional photographer, Maria Thibodeau spent much of her childhood in front of the camera.
    “I thought having hundreds of pictures of any occasion was the norm, Thibodeau said, “I remember my mother calling on me to help her test new equipment or ideas — of course, this was in the film days, and she’d have to write down her camera settings after each shot.”
    Today, she is the photographer. While that’s not her day job — she graces the halls as a teacher at Los Alamos High School — it’s as passion on the side with her.
    The switch from being in front of to behind the camera is always a revelation when one realizes that they prefer to be behind the lens. The benefit was that through her experience as her mother’s test model she gained a certain awareness.
    Thibodeau has a knack for what her photography subjects are feeling and how to put them at ease with her kindness, demeanor and sense of humor.
    Born and raised in Martha’s Vineyard, schooled at the University of Kent at Canterbury, Thibodeau wanted a change that was far removed from her hometown. She spent time in Los Angeles before arriving in Los Alamos and has been here for three years.