• Continuing through March 30, Taos Chile Line Ski Express shuttle service will resume seasonal service offering access to/from Taos to Taos Ski Valley.
    One-way fare aboard the Taos Chile Line Ski Express is $1 or $2 round trip. Riders must bring exact change. Passes can be purchased at the Taos Town Hall, located at 400 Camino de la Placita.
    Shuttles are available on a first come, first served basis with pick up points throughout Taos and Taos Ski Valley.
    The Town of Taos also operates the Taos Express, offering service between Santa Fe and Taos, and the in-town Chile Line.
    Shuttle service to Taos Ski Valley is operated by the Town of Taos Transit Division in partnership with the Village of Taos Ski Valley.
    For more information including shuttle schedules, call Delilah Garcia at 575-751-4459 or visit taos.gov, click on “transportation” then “chile line.”
    On Dec. 12, Taos Ski Valley began operating every day of the week. At least half of Taos Ski Valley’s trails are open for skiing and snowboarding, including terrain, which requires skiers to hike up to a ridge.

  • Los Alamos
    Comfort Inn and Suites Hotel, 2455 Trinity Dr.
    Date Inspected: Dec. 12
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Box of bottled water stored on floor.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No Follow-up required.
    Arby’s, 930 Riverside Drive
    Date Inspected: Dec. 4
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No Follow-up required.

    Sonic, P.O. Box 3632
    Date Inspected: Dec. 10
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Handwash was missing towels, which corrected on site. Sanitizer ppm level was too high, which was also corrected on site. One moderate-risk violation. Grease container needs to be covered and needs to stay clean. One low-risk violation. Ceiling tiles above sink area needs to be sealed to keep out dusts and insects, also ceiling could use cleaning.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No Follow-up required.

    La Cocina Restaurant and Catering, 415 Santa Clara Bridge
    Date Inspected: Dec. 11
    Violations: One high-risk violation for contaminated equipment.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No Follow-up required.

  • If you are moving across the country, across town, or in with your children and if you don’t want to — or can’t take it along; if your new home is smaller or a completely different style and you just don’t want it anymore — Auctions 4 U can help.
    Auctions 4 U LLC came to life when owner Jan Montoya’s father passed away earlier this year. Her mother was now further away from family than she wanted to be.
    Problem — she was going to be moving to a much smaller place and wouldn’t be able to take everything with her. The thought of having to figure out what to do with everything was overwhelming.
    Montoya had heard of other companies offering a similar service in other areas and decided that this was something that was much needed in Northern New Mexico — a stress-free solution to sell your family’s belongings.
    “The individuals (or family) don’t have to worry about trying to put together a garage or estate sale and how to advertise it. The sale is conducted with respect, dependability and professionalism during the entire transition,” Montoya said. “Our customers will receive high quality services that are personalized to their unique needs.”

  • The Santa Fe Gallery Association announces “Art Matters — Collections,” the second installment of its successful Art Matters Series, to be Jan. 31—Feb. 9, 2014 in Santa Fe galleries, museums and other locations to be announced separately.
    A cornerstone of the event is a discussion and reception in conjunction with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. This ticketed event will also allow the ticket holder to enter a drawing to win one of the following: a curated library of art books, a private studio tour of a New Mexico-based artist or a private viewing of an art collection.
    Throughout Art Matters — Collections, SFGA member galleries and museums will host exhibitions, presentations and discussions in their respective galleries and venues that will cover a wide range of art, historical periods and topics.
    All in-gallery events are free and open to the public. Information for additional events, discussions and exhibitions will be announced separately.
    Visit artmatterssantafe.org/ for the most current calendar of events with dates and locations as well as information for ticketed events.

  • Leandro Thomas “Tom” Gonzales, of Jemez Springs, has been nominated for a national literary award, but remains humble, being it is his first novel.
    Gonzales book, “Follow the Spinning Sun,” was nominated for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, an award presented to a novel that makes a lasting contribution to excellence in world literature. The winner will be announced in June.
    The lists of nominees also include persons who have won the Nobel Prize in Literature, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award. Out of the 152 books that are in the running, 47 of them are first novels.
    Libraries around the world nominate books, then send them to Dublin, Ireland for voting. “The books have a high literary merit,” according to the IMPAC website.
    “Follow the Spinning Sun” is a fictional novel, which explores why the Tyuoni tribe abandoned their homeland in what is now the Bandelier National Monument.
    The wonder of living in such an extraordinary time and place will provoke interest in the age-old mystery of what really happened to the Anasazi.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is the host of the new movie premiere, “We Got The Power,” at the Reel Deal theater 4 p.m. Sunday.
    The movie about creative uses of renewable energy will challenge moviegoers to reconsider their own daily energy use.
    The documentary is the brain child of Brad Marshland, the Emmy® award-winning film maker of “The Next Frontier,” “We’ve Got the Power” is a new documentary on the economics of renewable energy. Marshland will be in attendance at the film, to introduce it and answer questions afterward.
    The film is hosted by Becky Worley, of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” who will explore the world in search of cleaner and safer ways of creating energy. One question being, “Sure, wind and solar are cleaner and safer than fossil fuels, but how would weaning ourselves from dirty energy affect our personal energy bills?” The answers might just change the way one looks at how to power a car and home.

  • I hope you are enjoying some time off and using it wisely at the same time, during the winter break.
    I know there are many things to catch up on, but I hope you will also take some time to dive into you spark, help a youth investigate a spark or at least start thinking about one.
    A spark is Asset speak for your passion, your hobby, the thing you like to do with your free time. I like to call it the thing that “floats your boat.”
    This is a time to help youth discover what their spark is and how they can put it into play.
    As we get older, we are automatically led to finding things to regenerate us, feed our spirit and our needs. The thing is sometimes it needs to be taught, guided or in the visual of a spark, the fan flamed to thrive.
    If you need some help, I always like to start at the library. Maybe I should have been a librarian. How wonderful to fan the flame of the investigative spirit, educate on a topic, offer a safe place to fall and be able to give it all away for free.
    If you are starting with a blank canvas and no clues, ask them a few topics related to topics and begin with a book.
    Does the youth like space, robots, dinosaurs, cooking, a sport, photography, art, drawing, music or nature, then start with some old school visual aids.


    The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos and Ann Hayes and Cheryl Pongratz wishes to thank all those who helped to make the Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 7 a success. Special thanks go to Del Norte Credit Union for their continued support of our event.  Kiwanis club/Courtesy


    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Team 7813 advanced to the final round earlier this month during the first FTC Regional Qualifier held in New Mexico, finishing second overall. 

    The tournament was at Menual School in Albuquerque, 10 teams competed from New Mexico, Arizona and Chihuahua, Mexico. 

    The Hawk team was seeded third before the final round, and was paired with Tucson, Ariz.’s Radioactive Robotics during finals, each team possessing strength in elements that complemented one another and allowing an impressive showing in finals. 


    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Dogs and cats are great at chasing away the blues as the nights get longer, so come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of the adorable adoptables:



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

    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 favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals, or cats and dogs currently in foster care. 


    Dec. 22-28, 2013

    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: Pork chop 

    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing



    Art exhibits

    Ron Barsano: The Naked Truth. A Retrospective Exhibition. On display until Jan. 5 at the Taos Art Museum. For more information about museum hours and events, contact to Ellen Rink at 575-758-2690.


    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces exhibition: Under 35: Part II. The exhibition will run from Jan. 24 to Feb. 15. Opening reception will be 5-7 p.m. Jan. 24. 



    “Salt and Pepper,” a play by Los Alamos playwright Robert Benjamin will be back at Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe. 

    Showtimes will be Jan. 17-19. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees. 

    “Salt and Pepper,” a humorous play about maturing by Los Alamos playwright Robert Benjamin, returns to Teatro Paraguas after eight sold-out performances in November. 

    Beth Kennedy Jones directs a seasoned cast, including Tone Forrest, Larry Glaister, Jennifer Graves, Deborah Hayden, Tad Jones, Kerry Kehoe, Fran Martone, Ann Roylance, Rick Vargas and Alaina Warren Zachary.


    Santa Fe

    Red Enchilada, 1310 Osage Dr. 

    Date inspected: Dec. 4

    Violations: One high-risk violation. Sanitizer solution not available, but was corrected during time of inspection. One moderate-risk violation. Refrigerator missing internal thermometer.     

    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from Dec. 3. No further follow up required. 


    Walmart — grocery, 3251 Cerrillos Road


    The Santa Fe Concert Association announces Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve concerts. 

    The Christmas Eve concert is 5 p.m. Dec. 24 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe. 

    Tickets are $25, $45, $70 and $95. 

    A dress rehearsal will be 2 p.m. Open to the public for $10. The rehearsal is part of the Family Concert Series. 

    A Christmas Eve tradition in Santa Fe, Joseph Illick conducts the SFCA Orchestra featuring virtuoso violinist Caroline Goulding. Called “precociously gifted” by Gramophone, Goulding has performed as a soloist since her debut at age 13 with some of North America’s premier orchestras.  In November, 2013 she appeared as part of the Great Performers of Lincoln Center series. 


    Taos Lifestyle Productions presents a trifecta of world class singer/songwriters at “Songs and Stories II” from 7-10 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Taos Center for the Arts. 

    Michael Hearne opens the show with Taos native Max Gomez and Grammy nominated Shawn Mulllins who will perform songs about life, love and the American dream.

    “This is the second year that Taos Lifestyle Productions has brought ‘Songs and Stories’ to Taos, and we are hopeful this will be another sold out event,” said “Mattress Mary” Domito, owner of Taos Lifestyle Productions. “‘Songs and Stories II’ will feature three well known singer/songwriters whose unique talents will blend for a soulful evening of stories, told through lyrics and music.”

  • According to the Naval Junior ROTC unit at Los Alamos High School Cadet Public Affairs Officer Rachel Barthell, the unit kicked off a week of activity with their annual AMI inspection, on Dec. 6.

    That was followed with 40 cadets traveling to West Mesa High School in Albuquerque, to compete in the Area 9 West Academic, Fitness and Drill Championship Meet, the following day, where the unit swept the competition.

    “We work so hard at practice throughout the year and to see all of that work turn into a trophy is a great feeling,” Barthell said.

    The culmination of the week was capped off by an awards and recognition ceremony, on Dec. 12.