• Los Alamos
    Viola’s, 1360 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: April 29
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Los Alamos County Police Department, 2500 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: April 30
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Sonic Drive In, 1605 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: April 30
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Dry storage on floor.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    American Legion Post No. 90, 1325 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: April 30
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Food handlers must wear hair restraints.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Triple S. Grocery, 514 Oñate
    Date inspected: April 21
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Hot holding not adequate, steamers did not hold enough hot water to keep pans hot, which was corrected at time of inspection. One low-risk violation. Food handler is not wearing hair restraints.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Taos’ rich history (one of the oldest art colonies in America) has made it for over a century an ideal place to visit for art enthusiasts and collectors.
    There are four distinct areas within the downtown Historic District, all within walking distance from Taos Plaza, the town center. In addition there are many other things Taos has to offer; such as restaurants, a music scene and a mix of cultures.
    Ledoux Street is just a half block off the southwest corner of the plaza. This quaint adobe-lined lane is full of colorful courtyards and architecture.
    On this charming street you will discover internationally renowned artists and galleries, two museums; The Harwood Museum of Art and The Blunenschein Home and Museum, several shops, wine tasting and restaurants. This is where you will discover 203 Fine Art, specializing in important early Taos Moderns, contemporary paintings and sculpture, as well as the well-known vibrant and colorful impressionist painter, Inger Jirby Gallery and Sculpture Garden.
    Bent Street is just one street north of the plaza, with easy access through the John Dunn shops.

  • Getaway > Scenic  railroad runs from May through October

  • Rancho de Chimayó will kick off its 50th Anniversary Celebration with a book signing June 21.
    Florence Jaramillo, owner of the historic Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante, along with cookbook authors Cheryl and Bill Jamison, will sign copies of the newly released cookbook, “The Rancho de Chimayó Cookbook – The Traditional Cooking of New Mexico.”
    The public is invited to the book signing event from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with entertainment by mariachis and refreshments. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner.
    Rancho de Chimayó will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on Sept. 19, 2015 with a grand event. The launch of the cookbook commemorates the beginning of more than a year-long celebration of events and festivities.
    Jaramillo was recently named a New Mexico Culinary Treasure by the State of New Mexico. “Mrs. J.” as she is know to her customers and staff, is still at the restaurant daily to greet diners and keep things running smoothly. She opened the restaurant in 1965, along with her husband, Arturo Jaramillo, in the restored home of Arturo’s grandparents.

  • Butterflies, birds, bears and bindweed will be the topics of discussion at tonight’s wildlife habitat forum, 7 p.m. at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Each local wildlife enthusiast on the panel will discuss his or her respective topic, and then together they will give community members a better idea of how we can give these species a better environment by making Los Alamos a certified Community Wildlife Habitat, an initiative that is already well-underway.
    The forum is free to attend, and no advance registration is required.
    Each featured expert in the forum will present information and answer audience questions. The panel of experts includes Steve Cary on “Butterflies,” Bob Walker on “The Best Places to See Birds in Los Alamos and White Rock,” Hari Viswanathan on “How to Discourage Wild Animals From Becoming a Nuisance” and Terry Foxx on “Our Changing Landscape and Invasive Plants.”
    The steps toward making Los Alamos a certified Community Wildlife Habitat are already being undertaken, as the county already has more than 100 homes, two schools and four public places in with Certified Wildlife Habitat designations. The next steps are to increase the number of habitat certifications, and to conduct more community outreach events, clean ups and restoration projects.

  • The American Association of University Women invites the public to coffee, dessert and a presentation by award-winning author Stacia Lewandowski on the History of the Santa Fe Art Scene.
    The talk is from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Oppenheimer Senior Condos patio room at 1001 Oppenheimer Dr.
    Lewandowski will share stories and artwork from her book and signed copies will be for sale.
    Entrance is by a tax-deductible donation to the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, with a memo line stating “Jean Nereson Books Memorial Fund.”
    Also, this is the last chance to donate library books for elementary school libraries.
    The AAUW campaign’s goal is to raise $20,000 for the Jean Nereson Books Memorial Fund is nearing its goal, according to AAUW committee member, Nina Thayer.
    Each of the five local elementary schools has already received $1,000 that was used to purchase new books that are now available to the students for library check-out.
    The completed goal will provide identical funds for purchases of new books each year for the next three years. 

  • “Fun!” “Colorful!” “Interesting!” This is what Los Alamos High School students are saying about a new program premiering this upcoming school year.
    The selecting of this program started its journey when United Way of Northern New Mexico’s Youth Team was interested in reinvesting the money they raised to help current and future students.
    Through numerous meetings and conversations with people in the community United Way was directed to The Boomerang Project by Dr. Marvel Harrison. This lead to the convening of organizations interested in providing peer to peer support services for our students.
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, LAPS Foundation, YMCA Teen Center, LAHS, LAMS, and United Way of Northern New Mexico came together to begin implementation of Link Crews and WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Crews in LAHS and LAMS.
    At the high school level, this peer to peer mentorship program partners incoming freshmen with two upper classman to not only welcome the to the school, but to help them succeed through their tenure at LAHS.

  • Film director to discuss technical photography

    Peter Kuran will discuss the history and basics of photography, and Edgerton, Germeshausen, and Grier, Inc.’s role in filming the technical photography during the atmospheric testing years, during a talk at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. The talk is free and the public is welcome.
    Kuran is the award-winning producer and director of “Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie,” a documentary presenting the history of nuclear weapons development and testing.
    In 2002, Kuran won an Academy Award in the Scientific and Technical Achievement category for Restored Color Imaging, a photochemical process he developed to restore original color negatives of government footage, including previously classified footage, of which portions were badly faded.
    The talk, “Atomic Bomb Photography and the EG&G Film Project,” also will explore current projects involving researching, cataloging and scanning the EG&G Technical Film Collections.

    PEEC explores
    earthquakes in LA

  • The League of Women Voters invites the entire community to attend their Lunch with a Leader event 11:45 a.m. June 17 at the Mesa Public Library. Featured speakers will be Tarin Nix and Ellen Morris Bond who will be discussing the “living wage” and how that might be implemented in Los Alamos.
    Nix has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas and has spent the last eight years working to advance progressive issues and candidate campaigns throughout the country. In 2012, she moved to Los Alamos to run Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard’s campaign.
    Recently Nix ran the successful campaign to extend the Santa Fe Living Wage to Santa Fe County.
    Bond graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in English and then earned a master’s degree in community development from University of California-Davis.
    Bond became interested in the nonprofit service world while working as a Vista Volunteer from 1978-1981. Since 2001, she has been executive director of Self Help, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting those in need in northern New Mexico. She has broad experience in casework, advocacy, case management, resource development and extensive experience in receiving and managing public and private funding.

  • Since we have officially arrived at summer, the Assets column generally takes on a more laid back format.
    During the school year, we try and keep up with an Asset of the month focusing on those encompassed in the category, during that time.
    Now I would like to see what you want to hear about? Are there topics that interest you or that I could expand on?
    As for me, I would like to hear what you think kids need to know or need to learn about in general?
    As the parent of a graduate, I am very interested in the wisdom of parents whose children have just completing their first year of college. What wisdom can they pass along or would they like to share?
    I tend to pick up on things as I see them and wonder what we as parents aren’t teaching our children or what we aren’t learning from them.
    My favorites are to turn your ringer volume on your cell phone off deafening levels. That is one for youth and adults. Also, try not to have a full-fledged irrelevant conversation for the entire room to suffer through or at least step outside.
    My next favorite is to invest in a pair of ear buds, the new school version of headphones.

  • June 8-14, 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.
    Betty Ehart
    8:45 a.m. Cardio
    9:45 a.m. Matter of Balance class
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Salisbury steak
    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Oven fried chicken
    Noon Grief support
    2 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
    10:30 a.m. AARP Board meeting
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: BBQ pulled pork on a bun
    1:15 p.m. Alzheimer’s support
    1:30 p.m. Socrates Café
    1:30 p.m. Daytime Duplicate Bridge
    8:30 a.m. Walk-in-the-woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Tilapia
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge
    9:15 a.m. Line dancing
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Frito pie
    12:30 p.m. Movie: “Forces of
    Nature,” 1999


    June 8-14, 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.

    Betty Ehart


    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    9:45 a.m. Matter of Balance class

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Salisbury steak


    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 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 lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of 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.

  • Los Alamos
    Time Out Pizzeria, 1350 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: April 23
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

    Reel Deal Theater, 2551 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: April 23
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    North Road Bed and Breakfast, 2127 North Road
    Date inspected: April 23
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Peanut Gallery Snack Bar, North Mesa
    Date inspected: April 23
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Hand wash sink needs paper towels, which was corrected at time of inspection.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Santa Fe
    Tierra Encantado Charter School, 511 Alarid St.
    Date inspected: April 14
    Violations: All high-risk violations corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from previous inspection. No further follow up required.

  • Marking both her 75th birthday and three decades of living and working in New Mexico, “Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014” opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art Friday and runs through Oct. 12.
    The exhibition will focus on both large-scale public projects and smaller-scale personal artworks and will be among the first to focus on recent works by Chicago.
    Like many women artists before her, Chicago has made New Mexico her home; when this exhibition opens she will have lived and worked in New Mexico for three decades — a longer stay for the artist than in her birthplace of Chicago, Illinois, or in California where she first made her mark as an artist and educator.
    Chicago gained broad public attention in the late 1970s for her monumental feminist installation “The Dinner Party,” now permanently installed as part of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
    Never one to pull back from controversial discussion, the artist’s work addresses the complexity of gender, injustice, inequality, the atrocities of war, and the environmental costs of nuclear dependence. The exhibition is drawn both from the artist’s studio, private collections, and the New Mexico Museum of Art’s collection.

  • The Community Education department at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos is offering a class in Wine Tasting Technique along with a winery tour at the Estrella del Norte Vineyard and Winery near Santa Fe.
    The class is from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The Estrella del Norte Vineyard and Winery is located at 106 N. Shining Sun. Driving directions to the vineyard are available on the Estrella del Norte website at estrelladelnortevineyard.com.
    Liz Berdugo, a European trained and Italian-certified sommelier, will teach participants the finer points of wine tasting technique. Estrella del Norte owner, Eileen Reinders, will then treat the class to a winery tour in which she will show all the steps involved in growing grapes and producing wine in Northern New Mexico.
    “This is the perfect opportunity for wine enthusiasts and novices alike to experience Northern New Mexico wines at the source, while relaxing on the winery’s patio, practicing their new wine tasting skills,” UNM-LA Community Education Director Eva Artschwager said.
    She stressed that no previous wine experience is required to take this class and in the case of rain, the class will be moved inside the winery.

  • When Los Alamos County first approached the Pajarito Environmental Education Center with the idea of offering a Hiking Los Alamos 101 series, to introduce long-term residents and newcomers to the trails around Los Alamos, PEEC staff questioned whether there would be enough interest in such a program. What they discovered was that there is a huge demand for exploring the history, geography and flora of the trails and more than anything, just becoming confident to explore the trails on one’s own.
    So, PEEC is once again offering the series, which begins Monday and runs every Monday evening thereafter through June.
    The series kicks off with a classroom session from 6-8 p.m. The session will take place in the PEEC classroom, where Open Space Specialist Craig Martin will go over safety and comfort on the trail, as well as map-reading skills.
    On June 16, geologist Patrick Rowe will take the group on a hike down the Blue Dot Trail in White Rock Canyon. During this session, participants will get a hands-on perspective of the geologic formation of the Pajarito Plateau from approximately 13 million years ago until now, with a focus on the Bandelier Tuffs created by the Valle and Toledo Calderas and the Basalt flows of the Cerro del Rio.

  • In celebration of the summer season, Ski Pajarito is hosting its ninth annual Summerfest, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday featuring live music, New Mexico Brewer’s Fest, and Pajarito Punishment Downhill Bike Race, among other activities for the whole family.
    “Summerfest at Pajarito Mountain is a community festival worth sharing,” said Summerfest promoter Thad Hahn. “It highlights what is so fantastic about summers on the mountain — from the beer and bands, hiking, biking to music and family fun.”
    Located in the Jemez Mountains, Pajarito Mountain will offer scenic chair lifts to the top of the mountain during Summerfest.
    Festival goers can hike or bike down a number of trails, ranging from easy to most difficult/expert. Lift tickets are only $10 for hiking and $25 for mountain biking.
    For competitive bicyclists, the Pajarito Punishment Downhill Bike Race will begin at 1 p.m., where racers will careen down the mountain at top speed.

  • “Fizz Boom Read” program has started at the Mesa Public Library. Kid-friendly events are throughout June and teach children the joy of reading.
    Clan Tynker kicked off the program, June 2 at the skate park in from of the library.
    Here are other programs available for kids and teens. All events are at the Mesa Public Library unless otherwise noted.
    • Book Brunch Lunch. 1-1:45 p.m. every Wednesday. For ages 7-11. Bring lunch and hear librarian read favorite books.
    • Ready, set, read. 1 p.m., every Thursday. For kids 4-6.
    • Lego Club. 1-2 p.m., every Monday. For kids up to 6 with an accompanying adult; 2-3 p.m. for ages 7 and up.
    • TAG (Teen Advisory Group). 4 p.m. Monday between ages 13-18 for get first look at new teen books.
    • My Little Pony. 2 p.m. June 17. Kids under 5 with an adult
    • Fandom Freak-Out: Zombies. 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 19 for teens.
    • American Girl. 2 p.m. June 19-20 at White Rock Library; and 2 p.m. June 24-26 at MPL. For ages 8-12.
    • American Girl Jr. 2 p.m. June 23 at MPL. For ages 6-7.
    • Spy Night. 6 p.m. June 24. For ages 5-12 under 5 welcome with an accompanying adult.

  •  Los Alamos National Laboaratory representatives Dr. Phillip Noll, Jennifer Payne and LeAnn Purtzer discussed ongoing environmental stewardship projects at LANL last week.
    The trio talked about LANL’s efforts to evaluate impacts of laboratory activities on cultural resources, assess ecological risks, and prepare environmental assessments, cultural resources reports and mitigation plans. They talked about the LANL Trails Working Group, which inventories, maps, and prepares historical reports for the many trails on LANL property that are used for recreational purposes.
    Federal laws provide the basis for protecting natural resources, while regulations construct the framework for how this is done at LANL. Many of these stewardship activities are the responsibility of the laboratory’s Environmental Services Group, including biological and cultural resources management, national Environmental Policy Act compliance, pollution prevention, and the laboratory’s Environmental Management System. As part of the environmental protection program, LANL specialists oversee and manage the laboratory’s cultural resources programs. Several laws including the National Historic Preservation Act and various regulations establish the policy, standards and processes that govern LANL’s resources management activities.