• Los Alamos Youth Leadership wants the community to get together for the annual homecoming bonfire, 7:30 p.m. today in the Sullivan Field parking lot.
     Everyone is welcome to support the football team, and roast s’mores and enjoy an evening filled with music and ’Topper spirit. The event won’t go past 9:30 p.m. and the Los Alamos Fire Department and Chief Troy Hughes will be standing by to ensure everyone’s safety.
    The LAYL program for high school students eager to help out their community started in 2005, and is sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank (LANB), Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) and the Family YMCA.
    In attendance will be LAYL, the fall coaches and athletes, cheerleaders, marching band members and Los Alamos High School students at the thrilling bonfire event.

  • Coleen Meyer, an experienced and passionate geocacher, will teach the ins-and-outs of geocaching in a free program from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Meyer will start the program by describing geocaching and explaining how to play the game. Then she will briefly talk about the history of the technology. Key points Meyer will cover include GroundSpeak’s geocaching.com website and setting up an account, what equipment is needed and what to look for (samples will be available).
    She will also describe Earthcaches, virtual caches, geocaching events and mega-events, as well as what to do once you find a cache, and safety issues that can come up while you play.
    Other topics include how to hide a cache, geocaching lingo, and trackables. After learning about the activity, the group will go outside and find a cache near PEEC.
    Those who have a GPS unit should bring it to the program and be familiar with how to use it. Meyer will go over different ways to enter cache information into a GPS device.
    Coleen Meyer has been geocaching since 2008, when she had to cajole a 4-year-old out of his GPS unit to get started. After hearing about the activity, her brother, niece and nephew took her out to give it a try.

  • The September meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will feature a presentation by Carol Kotchek, a staff member at the American Alpine Club who has been climbing for more than 30 years, including a number of years working a number of classic climbs in the Yosemite Valley.
    Her presentation will focus on a trek up a 6,100-meter peak in the Khumu region of Nepal. Normally a climber who prefers T-shirt weather and steep rock, Kotchek says that on a whim she decided to get a taste of some Himalayan altitude. She will offer lessons in how an inexperienced and naïve mountaineering neophyte prevailed during her Himalayan trek, sharing both the joys and the pitfalls, the ignorance and the luck, that accompanied her to the summit.
    The LA Mountaineers meeting will start at 7 p.m. today in Fuller Lodge.
    Kotchek has been on staff at the AAC in Golden, Colorado, since 2002. She started climbing at the City of Rocks, Idaho, in the era of painter pants, rugby shirts, and clanging hexes. “Having climbed through the leopard skin Lycra phase I’m now back to placing trad gear with an occasional foray to sport climbing areas,” she said.

  • The Chamisa Staff support Assets In Action’s College/Military Day on Sept. 5. The day highlighted the variety of educational paths is one of several events during Assets Month.
    The County Council has issued a proclamation to local businesses as several locations collecting change throughout the month to support the program. To host a can, call 695-9139.
    From left, Tricia Javernick, Becky Sims, Kris Sandford, Michelle Wright and Becky Littleton. 

  • This is the week when we all are Hilltoppers by the time Friday arrives.
    The schools all celebrate with spirit week, my favorite is pajama day, but I don’t work anywhere holding one of those days.
    Wouldn’t it be fun to see all of the local businesses participating in pajama day one year? Oh what the tourists would think as they drove into town. Maybe it would bring a whole new meaning to, “sleepy little town.”
    Elementary schools make banners and flags to wave as the parade passes by and some will, “wait until the midnight hour,” to get those floats assembled in time.
    It feels good to all be united for a common goal, a common mission and as we head into homecoming, I hope you will wear the green and gold proudly and go one step further.
    Those who know me well must know that I am by no means technology clad. I randomly Facebook, very occasionally Twitter, but I do like to text.
    Well, Friday, there is an electronic social movement called, the It Can Wait movement!
    On Sept. 19, the third annual day of action will take place to teach people of all ages, not just youth, that you shouldn’t text and drive.

  • Teralene (Terry) Foxx has worn many hats when it comes to her involvement with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Foxx recently stepped down as board president, a position she held for a little over a year and half. Board Vice President Felicia Orth, will take over the Interim President until the next board election in October. Bob Walker has been voted in to take Orth’s position.
    Foxx is a staple around Los Alamos as a fire specialist, storyteller and teacher, while continuing to volunteer at PEEC. “I just finished teaching a plant identification class with Craig Martin,” Foxx said, referring to the four-week, outdoor course that showed participants how to identify plants that are commonly seen around the area.
    She was instrumental in overseeing the start of the Los Alamos County Nature Center and she will continue to help with the preparation of its grand opening in 2015.
    Foxx was raised on a wheat ranch in southern Idaho. She was acclimated to the outdoors and the environment from an early age. “My mom would take us around, talk to us about flowers and pick up snakes,” she said in an interview with PEEC. “I was immersed in the natural world with people who loved the environment.”

  • Sept. 14-20, 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.
    September is National
    Senior Center Month
    Betty Ehart
    8:45 a.m. Cardio
    10:30 a.m. Feldenkreis class
    10:30 a.m. Advisory council meeting
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Bratwurst & sauerkraut
    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    8:30 a.m. Mac users group
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Computer users group
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chef salad
    1 p.m. Bingo
    1 p.m. MindBody massage
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis
    8:30 a.m. LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Pot roast
    1:15 p.m. Alzheimer’s support
    1:30 p.m. Daytime duplicate bridge
    8:30 a.m. Walk-in-the-woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    9 a.m. Toenail clipping
    10-11 a.m. Ukulele lesson
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken fried steak
    1:30 p.m. Beginning tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge


     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:


    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care. 

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.



    The Zone is now open after school, 3-5 p.m. weekdays. It’s open to all school age kids, and a relaxed attitude to noise applies, so if kids want to listen to music, watch a video, or chat with friends, nobody’s going to come by and say “Hush.” All other library policies apply.


    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.



    LA Genealogical Association holds first meeting


    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet 7 p.m. tonight at the Mesa Public Library. This is the first meeting for this year and will present and discuss several news items and announcements, including updates on the Guaje Pines Cemetery and its status on the FindAGrave and the Billion Graves websites, a report from the FGS Conference recently held in San Antonio, Texas and a short clip from the “Who Do You Think You Are?” TV series on The Learning Channel.

    There will also be a no host dinner, 5:30 p.m. prior to the meeting at China Moon in the Central Park Square. The public is invited.

  • The Mesa Public Library is featuring artwork from a New Mexico artist that is simply “the bomb. ”
    “Detonography: The Art of Evelyn Rosenberg” can be viewed by the public from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the upstairs gallery through Sept. 30 and is displayed in conjunction with the Los Alamos ScienceFest.
    Rosenberg will be signing her book demonstrating her technique, “Detonography: The Explosive Art of Evelyn Rosenberg” at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the gallery. The signing and talk will be a part of the Authors Speak Series.
    Rosenberg invented the way of making sculpture by forming metal with plastic explosives. She said she has found a way to transform weapons into an artistic creation. “The technique is very dramatic,” she said.
    Originally from Washington, D.C., she was a student of philosophy and English Literature. That background, she said, resonates in her artwork.
    She moved to New Mexico with her husband who worked at Sandia Laboratory. She earned her degree in fine arts and printmaking.
    While studying in Jerusalem, she met a man who was an explosive engineer and so sprung the idea for a type of artwork to explore.

  • Less than a decade after he helped craft the weapons that helped bring an end to World War II, Robert Oppenheimer was stripped of his top security clearance. In a public display played out in the nation’s newspapers, he was removed as even an advisor to the Atomic Energy Commission. Learn more about “Oppie’s” fall from grace when Dr. Jon Hunner, interim director of the New Mexico History Museum, speaks on “Broken by Secrets: Robert Oppenheimer and the Early Atomic Age.” The Free First Friday Evening Talk will be 6 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Meem Community Room.
    Museum admission is free from
    5-8 p.m.
    Hunner, a history professor at New Mexico State University, is author of two books about the Manhattan Project and its aftermath, “Inventing Los Alamos: The Growth of an Atomic Community” (University of Oklahoma Press, 2004) and “J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Cold War, and the Atomic West” (University of Oklahoma Press, 2009).

  • See colors change on the Cumbres

    Anyone in search of the colors of autumn should hop aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad for the best viewing of the fall foliage in the Rocky Mountains. High levels of rain in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado have contributed to the fall leaves changing colors adding to the scenic views. “Thanks to a particularly good monsoon season, we anticipate that this fall will be one of the best years to see the gorgeous colors bursting,” said John Bush, president and general manager. “Autumn is when a ride on the Cumbres & Toltec becomes even more memorable and breathtaking — alight with vibrant reds, oranges and yellows.”
    “People get closer to nature on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad,” Bush said. “The rhythm and speed of the train allows people to slow down and fully enjoy stupendous colors and those ‘aha’ moments. Riding the train and being outside in what I consider to be the most beautiful landscape in the country at this time of year is very rewarding and relaxing. We invite all of you to jump on the train at either of our depots in Chama, New Mexico, or Antonito, Colorado, for what is sure to be a beautiful fall day.”
    For tickets call 1-888-286-2737 to book or online at cumbrestoltec.com.

  • Santa Fe
    Santa Fe Spirits, 308 Read St.
    Date inspected: July 9
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Mold growth in under counter ice machine. No paper towel dispenser at hand wash sink. Two moderate-risk violations. Grime build up on salt container. Chlorine test strips not available to test sanitizer in dish washer. One low-risk violation. Restroom door not self closing.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Corrective Action Response required on July 14.

    Santa Fe Spirits, 308 Read St.
    Date inspected: July 14
    Violations: All high-risk violations corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No further follow up required.

    Chicago Dog Express, 600 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: July 9
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Tomatoes go beyond after four-hour limit, which was corrected at time of inspection by tomatoes being discarded. One low-risk violation. Ice above the level of beverage container, no residual chlorine.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Chicago Dog Express, 600 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: July 11
    Violations: All high-risk violations corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from July 9. No further follow up required.

  • Aaron’s Closet open this week

    Aaron’s Kids Closet — Free Store is people helping other people and sharing the love of Jesus with anyone who is in need. There are no eligibility requirements. You do not have to show an ID, proof of residency or income, simply take what you need no payment required or accepted. They are freely sharing — what has been freely received.
    Donations needed are clothing, shoes, coats, etc. that are available for school age children.
    Aaron’s Closet is located at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr., across from Los Alamos High School next to Sullivan Field behind the Lemon Lot
    For more information all 662-6277, or visit firstinyourheart.org.
    Hours are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every second Thursday of the month and from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the following Friday.
    To help with the closet or donate gently used clothing and shoes, call church office or Michelle at 660-0340.

    Feldman to speak at
    AAUW Fall Luncheon

  • The Bike MS: Pedal Los Pueblos race to support Multiple Sclerosis was last week at Cities of Gold Hotel and Casino in Pojoaque.
    The Snow family of White Rock supported the ride. “I have four family members that currently live with MS,” said Deb Snow.
    Her mother for 27 years, one brother for 12 years, daughter for three years as well as herself for 17 years, she said.
    Snow and daughter Jackie Becker volunteered at one of the rest stops providing food and drinks to the individuals that cycle 30-100 miles to raise money for NMSS, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
    “I believe one of the most important things for people to know about MS is that the symptoms can be very different for each individual. It is also important to understand that a lot of the symptoms are not visible to everyone, i.e. fatigue, numbness and tingling, balance issues and cognitive issues, among others,” Snow said. “These symptoms can change day to day, or even hour to hour.”
    Snow would also like people to know that they can be helpful by understanding the complexity of the disease and how quickly it can change. One way is to be as supportive as possible for that individual.
    “Continued research is imperative in finding the cause of the disease and a cure,” Snow said. 

  •  Well, by the time you read this, we will be about to receive official recognition of Assets Month in Los Alamos.
    I think the reason it excited me so much is that it is a way of heightening your awareness of Assets for an entire month with the goal of building the Assets all year long.
    I find it rather interesting that Assets month has also timed out with suicide prevention awareness month and especially the World Day on Wednesday. This week especially there is a focus on helping our youth and indeed any member of our community struggling with stress, depression and a loss of hope.
    While the attention to this awareness needs to take place for more than just a day, just a week or even a month, I believe a large portion of the loss of hope for anyone of any age can be rebuilt through the work of the Assets.
    The work of the 40 Developmental Assets has been researched and data gathered for years to prove that when we attempt to increase the Assets in our young people, a variety of issues that seem to plague our children seem to go away.
    The Assets build support, empowerment and make sure youth have the connections and relationships in their life to grow up to be successful adults.

  • The Los Alamos Co-op Market is the next place in town to be designated with the National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat designation. There are several private homes and businesses that have already been added to the list of designated natural habitats.
    Outreach Coordinator Sandra West, who heard of the program through the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, organized the project.
    West participated in the Earth Day event earlier this year, where the National Wildlife Federation.
    Along with a student helper, Liz Turner, West said it took about a month to set up the co-op with natural habitats such as hummingbird feeders, fountains, drought-tolerant gardens, bee friendly flowers (courtesy of Plants of the Southwest) and a butterfly bush. “It aligns with the co-op’s mission of the triple bottom line — Planet, People and Performance,” West said. “It is a well-rounded habitat that will be able to feed more wildlife.”
    The next step will be to get a Critter Cam, she said, because of evidence that wildlife have visited the area after hours. The area is known for coyotes, some rabbits and many bird species, including ravens, crows and the Canyon Towhee. “We are hoping the birds will nest early next spring,” West said.


    Aug. 11: A girl, Sophia Debbie Lynn Martinez, born to Laura and Stephen Martinez
    Aug. 15: A girl, Kora Emmalyn Wallace, born to Kristy and Ben Wallace

    Aug. 19: A girl, Calise Roberta Parkinson, born to Desta and David Parkinson

    Aug. 20: A boy, Elliot Garduño King, born to Katharine Garduño and Graham King

    Aug. 23: A boy, Andres Granados Ramos, born to Maria Azucena Ramos and Cesar Granados Zamarrón

    Aug. 23: A boy, Finn Gauss, born to Casey and Adam Gauss

    Aug. 25: A girl, Leon Perriot, born to Diana Abdikasheva and Romain Perriot


    Sept. 9-13, 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.

    September is National
    Senior Center Month

    Betty Ehart


    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    10:30 a.m. Feldenkreis class