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  • The heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains has long called out to the singer-songwriter as part inspiration and part haven for their craft. 

    Red River, New Mexico, is the center of this musical mecca and celebrates again with world class talent at the third-annual Red River Folk Festival, set for Sept. 21-24. 

    Venues include the Lost Love Saloon, Brandenburg Park, the Motherlode and Bittercreek Ranch. 

    Early Bird Tickets are still available for the musical feast, featuring James McMurtry, Shawn Mullins, Chuck Prophet, Jim Lauderdale, Max Gomez and more.

    Paired with the popular Aspencade Arts and Crafts Fair, there are local and national musical acts on the outside stage during the day in Brandenburg Park including Honey House – an all-female folk group powerhouse, Mariachi, Jed Zimmerman and Kelley Mickwee, the Red River Family Band along with other fun surprises. 

  • ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Organizers of one of North America’s most prominent American Indian powwows say they’re already gearing up for next year’s event.

    They kicked off their promotional campaign for the 2018 Gathering of Nations on Friday with the release of the event’s official poster.

    The 35th annual event takes place April 26-28 at the state fairgrounds in Albuquerque. The Miss Indian World Talent Competition will be held downtown at the city’s convention center.

    New for next year will be a parade featuring Native American riders in full regalia. Organizers say the parade is meant to recognize the importance that the horse culture holds for some tribes.

     

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    The gathering usually draws tens of thousands of people, including dancers, singers and drummers representing tribes from across the United States, Canada and elsewhere.

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    Special to the Monitor

    An overactive imagination can really play a number on you, especially when it concerns ghosts. I confess I’m not one who believes in the paranormal world, as I’m a skeptic at heart. I rely on science to explain the unexplained, choosing to go the rational route when in doubt. Hearing accounts from others who have seen spectral images or felt otherworldly presences around them typically elicits a raised eyebrow or hearty guffaw from me. 

  • A new event in Jemez Springs is sure to stir up some enthusiasm over Labor Day weekend – the first ever Big Foot Barbecue and Blues Fest, Sept. 2 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

    The event will feature guest speaker and Bigfoot researcher and author, Dr. Christopher Dyer, a University of New Mexico professor.

    The event was originated by resident Felix Nuñez who has been fascinated with the idea of the elusive Bigfoot creature, following several unexplainable sounds he’s heard and documented in the Jemez Mountains over the years.

    “Although I don’t want to hang my hat on Bigfoot’s existence, I think there’s been a lot of fascinating audio and video clips that can only be described as ‘unexplainable’ but real to those who have had personal encounters,” said Nuñez. “Whether you believe in Bigfoot or not, this event is for everyone who wants to enjoy live music, the beautiful Jemez Valley and hear from one of New Mexico’s top Bigfoot experts.”

  • As the sky grew dim Monday, residents and tourists from all over Los Alamos County got their fill of the historic eclipse as it made it’s way across the U.S. 

    The eclipse only made 75 percent totality in a mostly cloudy sky, but many viewers who came out to see the event enjoyed the show. 

    When the eclipse hit its peak, the sun broke through just enough at Bandelier National Park’s Visitor Center to elicit oohs and aahs from the audience looking with their special glasses provided rangers provided. 

    “I thought it went fine, especially when you consider it was significantly overcast,” Bandelier Park Ranger Meredith Peterson said. “It was interesting to watch it with the cloud cover too, because every once in a while you got a little bit of a shadow from the clouds, so you got to see it from a different perspective.” 

  • By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Conor McGregor's improbable challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be seen by a staggering 50 million people in the United States as fans and the curious gather in small and large parties.

    The fight Saturday night threatens the pay-per-view revenue record set by Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao two years ago and could dwarf it in viewership as people use the event as a reason to have friends and family over for a little escapism and controlled violence.

    "It's a cultural event that crosses all demographics and all social and economic factors," said Mark Taffet, who formerly ran pay-per-view for HBO. "People are getting together to have a great time and we surely need an excuse to have a great time."

    Taffet said that while an average of 5-6 people normally watches a pay-per-view, he wouldn't be surprised if the fight averages 10 people a household. If it sells 5 million pay-per-views as widely anticipated, the fight could be watched by nearly one in six Americans.

    The fight will also be seen by millions more worldwide, with promoters claiming it will be available either online or on a TV screen to more than 1 billion homes in 200 different countries.

  • TODAY
     Gordon Summer Concert features Diego Figuerido, a Brazilian jazz and Flemenco guitar master at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Night with LA Medical Center.
    SATURDAY
     Taiji in the Park at 10 a.m. at Ashley Pond. Taiji is slow, flowing dance-like exercise for health, balance and vitality.
    SUNDAY
    
Nature Yoga and Trail Run at 10:30 a.m. at the Nature Center.
Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Optional: Arrive at 10:30 a. M. to join Christa for a pre-yoga run. Admission: yoga or run for $7/$5 for members; yoga and run for $12/$8 for members. More information at peecnature.org.
    MONDAY
    
Nature Playtimes, Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM
at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center.
    Join local families for fun, hands-on activities, hikes, games, and stories in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.
     Sewing Camp for adults from 6-8 p.m. at Los Alamos Makers, 3540 Orange St. Cost is $35. Weekly sessions to learn the basics of sewing, such as how to sew zippers, buttonholes, straight stitch serger hem, etc. Sign up by emailing hello@losalamosmakers.org.
    TUESDAY

  • Ken Hanson, a medical imaging research scientist at Los Alamos National Lab, has been selected as this year’s recipient of a top award from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

    Hanson received his award at a banquet in San Diego, California, on Aug. 9 during the annual SPIE Optics + Photonics conference.

    Hanson is receiving the 2017 SPIE Directors’ Award in recognition of substantial contributions to the long-running SPIE Medical Imaging symposium and of advances in medical image quality, restoration and 3D reconstruction techniques.

    Hanson served as SPIE Medical Imaging symposium chair from 2002-2004, on the program committee for the Imaging Processing conference from 1984-1995 and as the chair of that conference from 1996-2001.

    An accomplished photographer, he has provided a rich legacy for the community through chronicling the symposium in that medium for more than 30 years.

    Hanson has worked at LANL since 1975, including more than 20 years in the Dynamic Testing Division where he co-developed the Bayes Inference Engine, the principal analysis tool for quantitative interpretation of dynamic radiographs, and introduced other innovations such as new approaches to assess the uncertainties in simulation codes for the verification and validation of simulations.

  • The Community Internship Collaboration (CIC) will begin its third year of connecting UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and Los Alamos High School (LAHS) students with local business mentors for internship projects later this month.

    The program’s goals are to provide meaningful work experiences for students, meet area workforce needs and to develop the future workforce for the local community, the region and the Laboratory.

    Students are able to put knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to use in a practical way in a variety of industries and settings, while local businesses gain an intern eager to contribute to the success of their business at no cost to them.

    For students, the program provides an opportunity to “work, learn and earn.”

    Students will not only gain the work experience, but will have the opportunity to earn some money, while learning both on the job and in the classroom. CIC students also enroll in a class at UNM-LA specifically designed for students in this program and covering topics that include project management, Gantt charts, time management, problem solving, business communication, customer service and presentation skills.

  • THURSDAY
    Farmer’s Market from 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.
    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.

    Gordon Summer Concert features Diego Figuerido, a Brazilian jazz and Flemenco guitar master at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Night with LA Medical Center.
    SATURDAY
     Taiji in the Park at 10 a.m. at Ashley Pond. Taiji is slow, flowing dance-like exercise for health, balance and vitality.
    SUNDAY
    Nature Yoga and Trail Run at 10:30 a.m. at the Nature Center.
Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Optional: Arrive at 10:30 a.m. to join Christa for a pre-yoga run. Admission: yoga or run for $7/$5 for members; yoga and run for $12/$8 for members. More information at peecnature.org.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes, Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM
at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun, hands-on activities, hikes, games, and stories in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

  • Want to learn more about what is visible in the September night sky and exoplanets? Paul Arendt will provide an interactive tour of the planets, star patterns, constellations, and deep sky objects that can be observed throughout September at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.

    “Exoplanets” will be screened again at 2 p.m. Sept. 2 and 3, which will reveal plants found outside our solar system along with the science behind how we find them and what we know about their composition.

    The Los Alamos Nature Center will be open regular hours in September, including Labor Day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays as well as 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The nature center is open late on Tuesdays, until 8 p.m., closed Thursdays for regular maintenance.

    For more information about these and future planetarium shows, visit www.peecnature.org/planetarium. To reserve tickets, call  662-0460.

  • The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) Family Resource Specialists and Mesa Public Library children’s librarians will host a community playdate for children ages newborn to 5-years-old.

    This drop-in event will be from 10:10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 29 in the Youth Services rooms at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Avenue.

    The community playdate is to kick-off two early childhood literacy programs – Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

    In addition to offering the opportunity to sign up for the literacy programs, this event will also feature play, movement, music and art activities for the children, and social time for adults.

    Snacks will be provided.

    Other local agencies participating in the community playdate include: Family Strengths Network, First Born Program of Los Alamos, PEEC Nature Center, the Many Mothers’ Baby Boxes program. The event is free.

  • I wish you a new start filled with positivity tomorrow, as we head back to school. It begins a new chapter in many ways and hopefully we will encourage our children to take charge in writing their story.

    I look ahead to a new year of building Assets, helping community members to see the importance of building them each and every day, with the smallest of efforts. Since there are 40, the work is easy.

    The relationships we have throughout our lives, even into adulthood is what encourages us to want to learn, to keep on learning and to find the spark that lights the passion within each of us.

    It doesn’t matter what brings you passion, this year try and put it into play. It may come in a form you never considered or require that your life changes completely in order to fuel the desire to achieve it.

    I am elated that once again the Los Alamos County Council will proclaim the month of September “Assets Month,” with the goal of building Assets throughout the year.

  • TODAY
    Change Is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions at 6 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Change Is Our Choice provides an opportunity to discuss the implications of climate change on our past, present, and future. Learn how to mitigate the effects and ensure a greener, more sustainable future. Participation is FREE, but purchase of the coursebook is REQUIRED.

  • Beginning on Monday, Comcast will remove and replace aerial cable lines located along Trinity Drive from 37th Street to Canyon View as part of a network improvement project for Los Alamos area customers.  

    Work will take place from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Monday and Tuesday.

    There will be single lane closures and a flagging operation guiding traffic through the work zone.
    All residents and businesses along the work corridor will receive door tags informing them of the project dates and times.

    For questions about this project, contact CableCom project supervisor Tim Stroman at 505-417-0219.

  • Last weekend, Kim Granzow broke several weightlifting records in her age and weight class, qualifying for the 2018 Nationals Masters Championships to be held in Buffalo, New York. She represented CrossFit Los Alamos at the summer meet held at The Miller Gym in Santa Fe.

    Granzow tied one state record for the 63 kg weight class of the 60-64 year old women’s age group and broke two other records. She tied her old record of 30 kg in the snatch and broke the previous state record from 2011 in the clean and jerk by lifting 39 kg. She also earned the state record for her total of 69 kg.

    While she had done some light weight training in college, it wasn’t until Granzow decided to try CrossFit in Los Alamos in 2012 that she learned the sport of weightlifting. Also referred to as “Olympic lifting” because it is the only barbell sport in the Olympic Games, weightlifting has two events: the snatch and the clean and jerk. In the snatch, the lifter takes the barbell from the ground to overhead in one movement; in the clean and jerk, the barbell goes from the ground to the shoulders and then from the shoulders to overhead.

  • NEW YORK (AP) — You won’t find any pictures of dogs playing poker at DoGUMENTA.
    A three-day art exhibition curated expressly for dogs is attracting hundreds of canines to a marina in lower Manhattan, where hounds and terriers are feasting their eyes, and in some cases their mouths, on nearly a dozen masterpieces created expressly for them.

    The idea is the brainchild of former Washington Post art critic Jessica Dawson, who says she was inspired by her rescue dog Rocky, a tiny morkie (Yorkie-Maltese mix), who regularly joins her at exhibits of the human variety.

    “When Rocky accompanied me on my gallery visits I noticed that he was having a much better time than I was,” explains Dawson, who moved to New York four years ago. “He was not reading the New York Times reviews, he was not reading the artists’ resumes, and so I said he has something to teach me about looking, and all dogs have something to teach us about looking at contemporary art and being with it.”

    Organizers of the exhibit, which takes its name from Documenta, which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany, and put on by Arts at Brookfield, staggered the arrival times of the dogs to keep things orderly.

  • Whether you are taking your animal in for their regular check-up or making an emergency visit, being evaluated by a veterinarian is a critical part in your pet’s health. But what if an animal is too sick or injured to be transported to the clinic? Some animals, such as livestock, may even require a trailer for transport. Luckily for pet and livestock owners, mobile veterinarians are there to help.

    Leslie Easterwood, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained the important role mobile veterinarians play in animal health.

    “The most common reason for an owner to use a mobile veterinarian is so that they do not have to transport their animal to a hospital,” Easterwood said. “There could be a variety of reasons why having the veterinarian come to the farm or home is better, such as situations where there are several animals to be treated or the owner does not have access to a livestock trailer.”

  • Meet Ball, the Los Alamos Animal Shelter’s Pet of the Week. Ball is a handsome Shar-Pei mix with soft, short- to mid-length, curled fur who is looking for a forever home. Ball has been at the shelter since July 24.

    Ball is about 1 year old and knows some basic commands, like “sit” and “lay down.” Ball is smart, playful and has the biggest personality. Although he might be a little shy in new situations, Ball will quickly warm up to a buddy willing to play with him. Ball also loves to snuggle and will hold hands if someone stops petting him.

    Ball can be protective of his home, but does not climb, jump or dig under a fence.

    He is up-to-date on all shots and vaccinations, so Ball is available for adoption.
    For more information on this sweet boy, contact the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 662-8179, or email police-psa@lacnm.us.

    Photo by Paulina Gwaltney Photography, 910-333-6362. Gwaltney’s studio is located at 3500 Trinity Drive.