• “Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits and Citizens,” a newly published book by former Senator Dede Feldman, has been variously described as a “How-To” book for reformers or candidates, a primer for how things work — and don’t work — in Santa Fe, and a legislative history with a human face.
    Feldman will share some of the stories and lessons that went into the book at two events in Los Alamos 7 p.m. today at the Mesa Public Library.
    She will be signing and selling the book. Last weekend, Feldman had a presentation at the Los Alamos Unitarian Church as well.
    “Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits and Citizens” is a legislative history, which includes maverick leaders, shameless special interests and earnest advocates clashing in the unique arena that is the New Mexico Roundhouse.
    The New Mexico Senate comes alive, with stories of grit and grace, honor and disgrace. Students of government, advocates and lovers of politics could find many of the book’s stories of interest.
    Feldman represented the North Valley of Albuquerque from 1997-2012 in the state senate.
    She served as chairman of both the powerful Public Affairs Committee and the interim Health and Human Services Committee.

  • Starting this month, PEEC’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, will begin leading monthly Wildflower Walks.
    These will be easy walks to identify some of the wildflower found in and around Los Alamos. Each month Keller will pick a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time.
    The walks are free and there is no advance registration required.
    The Wildflower Walks will take place over the next several months on Fridays, with the next one scheduled for June 27. Other walks are scheduled for July 18 and Aug. 15.
    Participants will receive a plant list and that, along with instruction from Keller, will help them learn how to identify wildflowers currently blooming in Los Alamos.
    The group will meet at 5:15 p.m. each month at PEEC and carpool to the trailhead. The events are free and no registration is required.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org, or call 662-0460.
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos.
    It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains and skies.

  • Chester Nez, the last of the original 29 Navajo code talkers from World War II will speak about his memoir, “Code Talker,” which is the first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo Code Talkers. The book is co-authored by Judith Avila.
    The two will pair up for the discussion from 2-4 p.m. June 14 at Jemez Springs Presbyterian Church Community Room. Chester Nez will discuss his experiences as a code talker, the Native American heroes of World War II.
    The event is hosted by the Jemez Springs Public Library.
    Nez, 93, was one of the men who developed the only unbroken code in modern warfare. During World War II, the Japanese managed to crack every code the U.S. military used.
    But when the Marines turned to their Navajo recruits to develop and implement a secret language, the men stymied the enemy and helped to assure victory for the United States in the South Pacific.
    After a career working at the VA hospital in Albuquerque, Nez now lives in Albuquerque with his son Mike and family.
    Nez’s prizewinning memoir shares his inspirational view of history, pulling the reader into the foxhole with the legendary men who developed a code that not even other Navajos could break.
    Avila, a graduate of Duke University, met Nez in 2007. She and Nez conducted three years of interviews.

  • Los Alamos High School is seeking donations of snacks for the Listening Post.
    The Listening Post is staffed with volunteers to lift student morale by offering snacks prior to testing times. The motto for the Listening Post is “Gab/Granola Bar/Grumble.”
    The Listening Post will be open during finals week.
    Those that would like to make donations can drop them by the main office at LAHS.
    Suggested items include pre-packaged cookies, crackers or pretzels, juice boxes, fruit snacks, candy, fruit, or jerky.
    Questions can be directed to the LAHS prevention office at 663-3252. 

  • The Los Alamos Co-op Market’s TerraCycle program raised $405 for local nonprofits over the past year, which benefited Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Friends of the Shelter. PEEC received $135, while FOS received $270.
    Each year the Co-op invites customers, staff and volunteers to vote for recipients of the TerraCycle funds.
    TerraCycle, a company seeking to eliminate the idea of waste, turns items previously considered trash into desirable products including park benches and hand bags. The Co-op’s TerraCycle program accepts items such as chip bags, cereal bags or cereal box liners and baby food pouches.
    Glass items can also be recycled separately at the Co-op.
    For more information on the Co-op or the TerraCycle program, call 695-1579 or visit losalamos.coop. 

  • Now that spring is here, so begins the preparation of the Youth Business Grant Program.
    The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation is looking for businesses, individuals and organizations that can make a donation of any size, between $5 and $500 to benefit the program.
    “We are promoting our local youth by creating young entrepreneurs; giving them an opportunity to experience, first hand and at a very young age, what it takes to start and grow a local business,” said LACDC Executive Director Scott Randall. “One hundred percent of all donations go directly to selected students.”
    Building the financial base of the program is just one component, as the program will also look to build the foundation of the youth by pairing them up with business leaders from the community, with whom they share a vision.
    Those wishing to be available for youth questions, particularly one in their field can impact the sustainability of their business.
    Additional support can be made to youth, for those willing to hang posters or have YBGP business cards or listing available.
    After donations are solicited from the community, the YBGP program will release the annual application for youth wishing to apply for the program.

  • On April 12 at Pojoaque Middle School there was a mock drill to practice setting up a shelter in case of a disaster or evacuation, attended by members of the Los Alamos Ready When the Time Comes team.
    The Los Alamos Ready When the Time Comes team took its training in June and August 2012.
    The exercise at Pojoaque Middle School was part of its required annual training.
    Some members of the Los Alamos team have previously taken the Emergency Response Vehicle training as well.
    Peg Hume has driven the ERV to disasters in Moore, Okla. where tornadoes destroyed homes and to Prescott, Arizona for the wildfires.
    Those that would like to take the Red Cross training and be part of the team, please call Irene Powell 662-8923.
    If at least eight people are interested, the Red Cross will come to Los Alamos to give the training.
    Besides the training for RWTC and ERV, interested participants can take the training for Disaster Action Team. DAT helps with local disasters like single home fires, helping people find a place to stay and other activities.
    For DAT, Barbara Carlos has more information. She can be reached by calling 662-5086.  

  • A total of 30 volunteers are still needed to chaperone the community-sponsored, all-night senior graduation celebration known as SAN (Senior Appreciation Night) for shifts that begin at 6 p.m. May 31.
    SAN was created as a fun, safe alternative to dangerous celebrations for graduates. The event is in its 30th year and typically serves 350 students.
    Volunteers are needed to work a 2- to 3-hour shift at the Youth Activity Center, to chaperone the late night carnival and movies from midnight to 3 a.m.
    Volunteers may email Diana Martinez at dmartinez@laymca.org, or call at 662-3100.
    SAN is sponsored by Los Alamos County Recreation Department, The Youth Activity Center, The Family YMCA, DWI Planning Council, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, Los Alamos Public Schools, Atomic City Transit, First United Methodist Church and other organizations and local businesses. 

  • Ravens frequent the artwork of Lily Schlien.
    Her exhibit in the Portal Gallery at the Fuller Lodge Art Center “Corvus Corax y Su Mundo...The Black One and His World” recently transformed from Phase I into Phase II. Phase I collected her most recent works with an emphasis on collage and monoprints; Phase II goes back to her beginnings as a printmaker with linocuts and woodcuts from her private collection.
    Schlien will hold an informal gallery talk 5 p.m. Friday at the Art Center. She will bring a number of the materials used to produce her works, including wood blocks, linoprint blocks, carving tools and ink and transfer tools. She said she hopes to meet both art admirers and artists to talk about both her process and her evolution as an artist.
    Schlien prints images from either woodcuts or linocuts, some combined with handmade paper collage or painted backgrounds.

  • Helping youth has always been on Sara Maaranen’s radar.
    The Los Alamos native recently was accepted into the Peace Corps and departed to Ecuador May 13 for a 23-month excursion.
    She will spend three months training as an urban youth development volunteer at the community level by creating programs to assist at-risk young people.
    In Ecuador, Maaranen will mainly be working with kids that are 5-17 years old.
    “It’s an opportunity to experience a culture as a local while serving the
    community,” Maaranen said. “I want to gain understanding of the levels and circles of the culture.”
    During the first three months of her service, she will live with a host family in Quito to learn the local language and integrate into the culture.
    After acquiring the language and cultural skills that will help her make a lasting difference, Maaranen will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Ecuador where she will serve the next two years.
    Maaranen is the daughter of Steve and Denise Maaranen and a graduate of Los Alamos High School.
    Following high school, she then attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and journalism in 2010. She has also worked as a caseworker at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah.

  • The Los Alamos Public School’s Prevention Office is conducting a poster contest for students in K-12th grades. The contest is also open to homeschooled students. The posters must be created on white paper (8-1/2 X 11), with marker and are due by June 27. To request an information sheet call 663-3252, or emailing B.Lauritzen@laschools.net.
    The themes include summer reading (Spark a Reaction or
    Fizz, Boom, Read), Keep New Mexico Beautiful, recycling, anti-litter, anti-smoking, or underage drinking prevention.

  • Documentary film producer Linda Anderman will present a talk on “The long history of America and the metric system.” The talk will be 6 p.m. May 21 at Mesa Public Library. She will talk about everything from the development of the system itself to America’s long flirtation with it.
    On May 20, 1875 the United States was one of the 17 original nations to sign the Treaty of the Meter that officially sanctioned the International Bureau of Weights to set metric standards for the rest of the world. One hundred years later, Congress passed the Metric Conversion Act intended to move the U.S. to the metric system — yet flash forward almost four decades and the U.S. is still buying chicken by the pound, gas by the gallon and fabric by the yard despite a “lengthy” history with the metric system.
    “Few people know what’s happened with the metric system in this country,” Anderman said. “I’ve been studying this issue from many angles for almost two years in preparation for a documentary on the subject. That research has revealed things that never would have occurred to me otherwise. For instance, our money is metric. It’s not an accident that there are 100 pennies and 10 dimes in a dollar. That was the work of Thomas Jefferson.”

  • This week, I will give a nod to Editor Rory McClannahan of the Mountain View Telegraph. He wrote an, “Uninvited graduation speech” and I thought it would be fun to do the same.
    The members of the class of 2014 were the incoming seventh graders when we began the Change of Heart program.
    Back in the day, we trained the entire Hawk team all at the same time. My husband still blames me for the flu that went around during that time, since we did so much sitting on the floor.
    So in my wisdom, what would I have to say to our future leaders?
    Be kind. It really is one of the easiest things you can do and doesn’t cost a thing.
    Next, I would say love whoever you want. Don’t let the rules of others tell you what your heart should do. If you have good communication and thick skin, don’t let race, religion, sex or geography keep you apart.
    Life is not easy and once you understand that, than everything else isn’t such a big deal.
    Stand your ground and sometimes you have to keep your mouth closed until you can to do it. Bullies continue to exist, sometimes they are stealth, but if you are doing the right thing, confide in a friend and hang in there.


    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 the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating, as well as read up on 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.


    Bindi — An 8-month-old, female, tabby with white, still trying to settle in after the trauma of transport.


    May 18-24, 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

    10:30 a.m. LARSO advisory meeting



    May 16 —Los Alamos Little Theatre will present the musical comedy "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.” The cast of 30 has been drawn from Los Alamos, Santa Fe and the Española Valley. The show presents 20 vignettes dealing with dating, love, marriage and other aspects of man-woman relationships. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at CB Fox and online. They will also be sold, as available, at the door beginning one hour before performance time. Tickets are $12, students and seniors receive a $2 discount. Further details can be found at lalt.org.

    May 16 — Dance Arts Los Alamos presents “Neverland,” 7 p.m. at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for adults $5 for students and seniors, children under age 4 free. The performance will have a special presentation for $5 of “Peace for Broken Pieces” dedicated to those lost to suicide.

    May 16 — Summer Concert Series: Zoe Muth and her band, the Lost High Rollers will perform at 7 p.m. The show kicks off Kite Festival weekend.


    Art exhibits

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition: “A Day in the Life: Works by Holly Roberts.” The opening exhibition will be 5-7 p.m. May 30. Show runs until June 21. 


    “Collages and Bone,” the works of Robert Dean Stockwell. Opening reception from 5-7 p.m.  May 31 at The Grand Bohemian Gallery at El Monte Sagrado Resort in Taos. Free. 


    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is announces an exhibition: “Complications:” Works by Matthew Szösz and “Byways:” Works by Damian Stamer.  The exhibition will be from 5-7 p.m. June 27 through July 19.  The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. June 27.


    Art exhibits

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition: “A Day in the Life: Works by Holly Roberts.” The opening exhibition will be 5-7 p.m. May 30. Show runs until June 21. 


    “Collages and Bone,” the works of Robert Dean Stockwell. Opening reception from 5-7 p.m.  May 31 at The Grand Bohemian Gallery at El Monte Sagrado Resort in Taos. Free. 


    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is announces an exhibition: “Complications:” Works by Matthew Szösz and “Byways:” Works by Damian Stamer.  The exhibition will be from 5-7 p.m. June 27 through July 19.  The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. June 27.

  •  Lilacs are an abundant, fragrant part of the history of Taos and are being celebrated and promoted at the second annual Lilac Festival from Friday to Sunday at Kit Carson Park in Taos. 

    The free event includes an arts and crafts fair, pet parade and blessing, live music and vintage car and truck shows. The Lilac Festival was established to promote landscape beautification and tourism in Taos.

    “Lilacs are a staple of Taos’ history, having been brought here more than 150 years ago by European missionaries,” said co-founder of the Lilac Festival, John Hamilton. “Lilacs produce a wonderful scent that, for many who grew up here, is comforting and reminiscent of growing up seeing lilacs all over town. We hope to encourage Taoseños to plant, prune and maintain lilacs, which will spread to other areas of landscaping and make Taos even more beautiful than it already is.”


    Outside Magazine, New Mexico Brewers Guild and Cycle Santa Fe have combined to organize an outdoor festival aimed at the active lifestyle tourist who is seeking the balance between adventure and sophistication, recreation and relaxation, living healthy and living happy. 

    Outside Bike and Brew Festival, which is set for Friday through Sunday in Santa Fe, is a handcrafted event that blends a variety of rigorous biking activities with beautiful scenery and delicious craft beer in the cultural capital of the Rocky Mountains. 

    “Festivities will be focused in Santa Fe’s Railyard District on Friday, which means easy access by bike from any part of town. The demonstrations and clinics happening Saturday will really highlight the trail systems we’re fortunate to have in Santa Fe,” said event director Christopher Goblet.