• Since the Las Conchas fire, many areas of the Pajarito Plateau are in stream channel stabilization and floodplain restoration.
    To help in this effort, join Chick Keller to collect grass seeds and look at other interesting native plants. These seeds will be used next spring in the post-fire restoration project along Frijoles Creek near the Visitor Center in Bandelier National Monument.
    The project, managed by Keystone Restoration Ecology, is part of a New Mexico River Stewardship grant to protect New Mexico’s water quality and resources.
    Three seed collection hikes are currently scheduled. The first will be Friday, with more to follow on Sept. 12 and Oct. 10.
    The hikes will be as easy to moderate and the pace will be slow as the group gathers seeds. Bring water, lunch, a hat, sunscreen and good walking shoes. Hikes will be in various locations around the Bandelier National Monument Visitor Center and Campground areas. Admission cost to Bandelier is waived for participants.
    Participants are asked to meet 8 a.m. Friday at the Juniper Campground in Bandelier National Monument. Hiking time will depend on location, but each seed collection hike will last approximately half a day.

  • This time of year always excites me for what lies ahead.
    As you read this, Los Alamos County Council will have proclaimed the month of September as Assets In Action month, which kicks off a yearlong journey of asset building.
    Asset building for our youth is so very important and it is something that needs to begin at a young age and continue throughout high school. We as a community need to engage our youth and help grow into great adults.
    So when groups talk about what we are doing for youth and are we running enough programs, I say unless they contain the relationship building work of Assets throughout the program, the gains are small in comparison.
    Now back to Assets month! On Sept. 4, the community is asked to wear their favorite college or university shirt, or one that supports their branch of service.
    Our love of lifelong learning happens in many ways and in many places.
    Snap a photo of yourself, your co-workers, etc., and email it to Assets@att.net.
    Our annual Change for Change collection to benefit the Community Asset Awards will be at Morning Glory Bakery, Finishing Touch, Aspen Copies, Chamber of Commerce, Children’s Clinic, the Los Alamos Co-op Market and the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos.

  • 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, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Cupcake — A 4-year-old, calico who was recently surrendered. She is still adjusting to life at the shelter; as a result, she is a bit timid and shy. Shelter volunteers will continue working with Cupcake to bring out her fun side, and she’ll be ready for adoption in no time!
    Marshall — A 1-year-old, orange tabby, who was found roaming earlier this week. He’s really hoping that his family comes for him, but if not, he’ll head to the vet for a check-up before he heads home with a new family.

  • It is not uncommon for pets to be considered a part of the family, which is why they deserve to live the happiest and healthiest lives possible.
    While endless treats and belly rubs are some people’s idea of the perfect life for Fido, a more important factor plays into the quality of life your pet will have: their health.
    You may have already heard about the benefits of vaccinating your pet for common diseases, but educating yourself more on the subject is important before visiting the veterinarian’s office.
    Allowing vaccines to be a part of your pet’s health care routine can protect them from some of the most common companion animal diseases. Rabies, distemper, hepatitis, Bordetella, parvovirus and feline leukemia are a few of the illnesses that your pet can be protected against through the use of a vaccine.
    Dr. Brad Bennett, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explains how a vaccine can be effective in reducing your pet’s chances of developing a disease. “In developing immunity, vaccines work by mimicking the infection.

  • Aug. 16-22, 2015
    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.

    Betty Ehart
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken parmesan
    12:15 p.m.        Smart Driver Course
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing

    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Low Vision/Hearing-Speaker with Lesley Olsher
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Hot dog
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1:30 p.m.        “Friends” meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis

  • One of Los Alamos’ greatest living treasures has a long story to tell about World War II.
    Bill Hudson turned 90 years old in May and continues to fill the community with knowledge of a past long gone but never forgotten.
    The recently released book, “Fighting the Unbeatable Foe,” by Karen Tallentire, chronicles Hudson’s time on the island of Iwo Jima in graphic detail.
    Hudson, born William Alfred Hudson, was raised in Manhattan and comes from a long line of military men, stemming back to his great-grandfather, Robert Jefferson Hudson, who fought in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
    His father William Alonzo Hudson fought during World War I for the Navy. His brother served in the Army from 1947-1948. His sons also served in the military. His son, William James Hudson, was in the Navy from 1969-1973 and Ty Manon Hudson was a Marine from 1981-1987.
    Hudson himself joined the Marines in 1943 when he reached age 18. He said it was better that he volunteered to join the Corps than be drafted into the Army.
    Before enlisting, he was clean living and athletic and hung around people of the same likes. He was a non-smoker and non-drinker.

  • Irene Powell has been a volunteer at many places around Los Alamos, predominately as the director of the Los Alamos Volunteer Association (LAVA), which she retired from earlier this month.
    Although she said she loves volunteering, “it was time to retire.”
    She now wants to devote her time to traveling. Powell and her family recently returned from a trip to the Grand Canyon, which occurred immediately after her last day as LAVA’s director.
    She is not, however, giving up volunteering entirely. She remains active at United Church and the Red Cross.
    The Betty Ehart Senior Center held a Hawaiian-themed going away party for Powell on Aug. 6.
    “I have always felt strongly about volunteer work. She had worked as the volunteer director for Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization the past nine years, which she said was a wonderful job.
    “Helping seniors find volunteer opportunities with nonprofits was a very rewarding occupation,” she said. “I also enjoyed working with the staff there at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. They are very dedicated to the seniors in this community.”

  • Los Alamos has a slew of high school students who have accomplished much in their young lives — EliseAnne Koskelo is one of them.
    Last school year, as a junior at Los Alamos High School, Koskelo was the recipient of several prestigious awards for her work in art, design and science.
    Back in December, Koskelo was awarded a Merit designation from the National Young Arts Foundation for her work blending art and science. Her portfolio was chosen from more that 11,000 applications from across the United States.
    As one of 700 winners of this award, Koskelo travelled to New York City recently to attend master classes in the field of art and design. She received a travel scholarship from the Emily Bradley Memorial Fund and she thanks Linda Zwick and family for their support of education in the arts.
    Koskelo said she first heard about Young Arts through LAHS teacher Margo Batha. “When I applied, I submitted a portfolio which contained pictures and descriptions of my architectural, engineering and fashion design works,” Koskelo said. “I also wrote an essay about the power of design, focusing on my reaction to the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C.”
    She was a part of the DuPont essay contest, which she discovered Googling various science competitions.

  • Senior Hydroelectric Maintenance Technicians Joel Kennedy and Bobby Trujillo have been with the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities 18 and 15 years respectively, and Hydroelectric Plant Engineer Adam Cooper joined the team 11 years ago.
    But, on the chance they have reason to visit the department, their fellow employees ask if they are new on the job.
    That is because this crew operates the county’s two hydroelectric plants, located at the El Vado and Abiquiu dams.
    “Some of the citizens don’t even know that there are hydroelectric plants in the state, much less that Los Alamos owns two out of four,” Cooper said.
    The county’s two plants are smaller than the hydro plants at Elephant Butte and Navajo dams, but this three-man team has a full time job keeping them running.
    “These poor guys are just up here, and they are just doing everything, and pretty much invisible to the rest of the county, and really even to the citizens,” said DPU Public Relations Manager Julie Williams-Hill.
    According to Cooper, there is not a typical day.
    “There is no real standard day, which I really like. I don’t like monotony,” Cooper said.

  • Lee Powell, a former Los Alamos resident, has been named the winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award, considered one of the biggest awards in the broadcast news world.
    For Powell, three times is the charm.
    Powell works as a video journalist for The Washington Post.
    “For a newspaper, it shows our work can stand alongside other papers like The New York Times,” Powell said.
    His first win was for a compilation of pieces, as well as a feature that was about a fake ski slope in Virginia. He was working as a broadcast reporter for The Associated Press at the time, in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
    This upcoming award is for also writing a collection of stories from 2014 — about a newspaper publisher, a D-Day veteran and a collector of one of the largest pinball collections around.
    Powell was born in Dallas and moved to Los Alamos in 1989 while in the seventh grade. His mother, Irene, recently retired from being the director of the Los Alamos Volunteer Association and his father, David, worked for the Los Alamos National Laboratory for many years.
    Powell is a 1994 graduate from Los Alamos High School.
    He went onto college in Wheaton College in Illinois, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.

  • Which site has 50,000 volunteer-logged petroglyphs? What is the largest petroglyph site in North America? The answer to both of these questions is Mesa Prieta, an amazing archaeological treasure just in our own backyard. To learn more about this fascinating area and unique nonprofit, come hear Katherine Wells, founder of Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project, discuss her work. She will show petroglyphs from the Archaic, Puebloan and Historic periods, and answer questions about the volunteer organization that helps oversee and protect this important site.

    The Wells Petroglyph Preserve was created in 2007 when Katherine Wells donated 156 acres on Mesa Prieta to The Archaeological Conservancy. Katherine purchased the petroglyph-rich land on the mesa in 1992.  She had the vision for a preservation and educational effort for Mesa Prieta and the determination to develop a program dedicated to its protection. An additional 25 acres were added to the Wells Petroglyph Preserve in 2014, bringing the total protected area to 181 acres.

    This presentation will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • One-day open house planned at local church

    On Sunday, the United Church will have a community Open House from 3-5 p.m. to invite people to come see the result of the capital improvements over the last four years.
    The Thrift Shop will be open at that time as well. 662-2971. The church is located at 2525 Canyon Road.
    For more information, call 662-2971, or visit unitedchurchla.org.

    Space available for White Rock Artist Market

    The White Rock Artist Market currently has space is available for its two remaining outdoor Artist Markets, Labor Day weekend and the final market for the season Balloon Fiesta on Oct. 3.  Local artists and artisans are encouraged to sell at the market. On average 400-600 visitors go through the White Rock Visitor Center each day in conjunction with the shuttle going to and from Bandelier National Monument.
    The White Rock Artist Market is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the first Saturday of every month May through October.  The fee to participate is $25 per market. For more information contact Melanie Peña at 661-4836 or email melanie@losalamos.org. To register for either of the remaining markets visit,  eventbrite.com/white-rock-artist-market-registration.

    Roasted organic green chile at co-op

  • Well, we are officially back to school. This year more than any other, I understand why we start on a Thursday, because by Friday, both young and old were just plain exhausted. It is a nice ease back into the routine.
    Now that the public schools are underway, it will soon be time for families to send their college students back or off for the first time.
    I always feel it is my moral obligation to publically praise University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, the “Community College Feel with the University Appeal.” The number of kids who stayed local might surprise you.
    After a year at UNM-LA, the Lauritzen family has sent our 2014 Los Alamos High School graduate off to main campus and a new home away from home.
    I confess, I wept like a baby! That’s right, you would have thought he was flying to the other side of the world, but he’s no longer at home and only in Albuquerque. I felt bad that he had to endure it, but he knew it was coming the day after he walked that ’Topper stage.
    It was kind of hard for me to grasp why such emotion at even the thought of it, when he’s only an hour and a half away.

  • Recurring meetings
    Note: If any of the following listings need to be changed or removed, contact Gina Velasquez immediately at lacommunity@lamonitor.com, or 662-4185, ext. 21.

    The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. For more information, contact Chris Ortega at 672-9789.

    The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, lower level. On Tuesday, there is a fee of $2 per player. There is no charge on Saturday. For more information, contact Avadh Saxena at AVADH—S@hotmail.com or Ed Stein at 662-7472.

    The Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursdays. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at noon every Tuesday at the golf course, 4250 Diamond Dr. Guest speakers every week.  

    Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets Tuesdays from Noon-1 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Church in Kelly Hall.  

  • For the 70th Anniversary of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the protest group Campaign Nonviolence decorated the Ashley Pond stage with paper cranes. Nearly 70,000 cranes were put up by group members to offer peace

  • El Rancho de las Golondrinas will be host to the Fiesta de los Niños. It is a celebration for kids of all ages.
    From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 29-30, the public is welcome to “ven a jugar con nosotros” — “come out and play with us.” There will be games, crafts and entertainment especially for kids.
    Everyone is welcome to make a miniature adobe house and learn to weave on a mini loom.
    Other activities include making a rope and a trade bead necklace and trying to wash clothes the old fashioned way on a washboard. Kids are also welcome to shoot a bow and arrows, learn tin stamping and dress up like a Spanish settler.
    Baile Español de Santa Fe will perform for musical and visual entertainment. There will be opportunities to take a mule-drawn wagon ride and be mystified by Professor Cheesecurdle’s Magic Show and listen to story time with Katherine Ranck and meet the adorable miniature horses of “Horsetalk.”
    Bread and peach cobbler will come out of the adobe horno at noon just in time for a lunch snack.
    For a blast into the past, buy or barter for old-time goods in the Country Store and be sure to see “Archaeology in La Cienega,” a brand-new exhibit of findings from a 17th Century Spanish home.

  • Santa Fe invites visitors and locals alike to celebrate the unique richness of the city’s past and present during ¡Viva Santa Fe! — a month-long celebration of the best of The City Different. ¡Viva Santa Fe! caters to all ages with live music, dancing, art, traditional ceremonies, parades and outdoor adventure all fueled by Santa Fe cuisine. For more information on these events and more happening during the celebration, visit santafe.org.
    The Burning of Zozobra is one of the most anticipated events of the year. The 91st annual burning is Sept. 4 at Fort Marcy Park. The 50-foot, 2,000-pound marionette Zozobra, also known as “Old Man Gloom,” is stuffed with divorce decrees, bankruptcy filings, tax receipts and other paper manifestations of stress. Zozobra is then set ablaze by torches amid fireworks and ceremonial dances of ghosts and fire to dispel the hardships of the year and to banish any feelings of gloom or doom. The burning begins at sundown.

  • Los Alamos
    China Moon, 121 Central Park Square
    Date Inspected: July 28
    Violations: All violations have been corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from July 22.

    Java City Coffee Booth, TA-55
    Date Inspected: July 31
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    TA-55 Cafeteria, TA-55
    Date Inspected: July 31
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Giant No. 6380, 2373 Trinity Dr.
    Date Inspected: Aug. 12
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Volunteer opportunities at Mesa Prieta

    Intrigued by petroglyphs? Love being out in the natural world? Enjoy meeting people? Have a knack for information sharing? Come and join the docent program for the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project.
    Anyone who is interested must be physically fit can join the team to work as docents on the Wells Petroglyph Preserve.
    The annual information and training session is on Oct. 25. To sign up now, call Janet MacKenzie at 505-852-1351.

    Warehouse 21 presents LGBTQ-themed plays

  • Ryan Shupe played at Ashley Pond on Aug. 14 as part of the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Song. Kids started a conga line during the show.