• The Board of Directors of the Santa Fe Community Farm is pleased to announce the appointment of Roy E. Stephenson to the position of Executive Director.
    Finally retired from an illustrious career of civil service in New Mexico State Government, Roy E. Stephenson is the youngest son of Founder and Chairman, John E. Stephenson, now 99 years young.
    Stephenson succeeds schoolteacher Linda Marple, who devoted innumerable hours to the farm for the past two years.
    Still in place is the Dream Team of regular volunteers who have helped in so many ways, resulting in the donation of some 15,000 pounds of vegetables to the Food Depot, this year, in addition to the sales at the Sunday Farm Stand.
    The Farm is now closed for the winter, but the indoor work does go on and visits may be arranged.
    To sign up for the newsletter visit the website, SantaFeCommunityFarm.org. The Community Farm can be reached at sfcomfarm@gmail.com, or call 983-3033. 

  • Los Alamos
    Fabulous 50s Diner and mobile unit, 1325 Trinity Drive
    Date inspected: Dec. 17
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Closed due to owner’s passing as of date of inspection.
    Santa Fe
    Old Pecos Foods, PO Box 29264
    Date inspected: Dec. 17
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Need to update operational plans. Approved. No follow-up required.

    Penitentiary of New Mexico, 4311 Hwy. 14
    Date inspected: Dec. 17
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Worker training needed. Approved. No follow-up required.

  • Through a grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, four Los Alamos High School English teachers were able to attend the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention recently in Boston.
    As representatives of the high school English department, Maria Thibodeau, Whitney Pomeroy, Elizabeth Radcliffe and Janet Newton cumulatively participated in close to 50 sessions on a wide range of current topics in English education.
    The topics included round tables on implementation of the new Common Core standards as they relate to classroom discussion, non-fiction reading and writing, argumentation, and overlooked technology opportunities.
    The NCTE, as the primary professional organization for English teachers, drew together more than 5000 educators and teacher-leaders to discuss and share best practices around research-based and classroom-tested ideas.
    Those teachers who were able to attend returned energized and excited to share the ideas explored at the Convention with their classes, departments and the school district at large.
    Through the generosity of its donors, the LAPS Foundation is pleased to offer Professional Development grants to LAPS teachers at every grade level.

  • As you prepare for a new year, I hope you might add some asset building on to your list.
    I hope this is the year that you engage youth either more often, better than in years of the past, or even begin for the first time.
    The Asset mind set is not just about being nice, but framing things more positive when possible and helping youth acquire the skills, experiences and traits they need to become successful adults.
    No one lives a perfect life, but sometimes all you need to do is lend an ear, or insert some hope into someone’s day, to make things just a little easier to bear.
    As adults, we can recall a time when life just seemed pretty crummy. Perhaps there was a parent that was ill, a job that fell through or a relationship that ended, that added the weight to the shoulders, which was just the beginning of a heavy load.
    Wow, have times changed from when we adults were young and how much can change so quickly. It doesn’t matter if you are 30, 50, or 70, what you do know is that day, that week, that month, or that year is now just a blip, on the computer screen of life.
    So what can you do? I can offer you tons of ideas, there are tons of handouts, emails, text messages or books I can let you borrow.
    The thing is I can lead you to Assets, but I can’t make you build.

  • The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women hosted its end of the year Christmas luncheon Dec. 12 at the home of Lawry and Alice Mann. Among the festivities was a 2013 Year-in-Review and collecting gifts for the Adopt-a-Family program to which the LAFRW regularly contributes. The first meeting of 2014 will be noon Jan. 9 at Ridge Park Clubhouse, 505 Oppenheimer Drive. Left to right: Frances Fernandes (SFFRW president), Donna Macdonald, Crystal Dufresne (treasurer), Mary Wilhoit (LAFRW president), Fran Berting, Mary Brooks, Terry Marzili, Cathy Walters (secretary), Lisa Shin and daughter, Ellie Giovanielli, Jane Gordon and Margaret Harrach. 

  • 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 on cold nights, so come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptables:
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can 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.
    Two for One this week! Sparkle and Bambino, or Antwon Cloud and Harley Davidson would be great together.

  • Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) will begin Jan. 6.
    Classes this session will include: “Intro to NoseWork,” which harnesses a dog’s amazing sense of smell for a fun, exciting new sport. Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Conformation and Competitive Obedience will also be offered, and classes will begin the week of Jan. 27.
    Class schedule, registration guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website (ladoc.dogbits.com) and at the LADOC building (246 East Road, Los Alamos).
    Registration is first-come, first-served, and classes often fill quickly, so timely registration is advised. Registration materials must be postmarked by Jan. 17.

  • As a thank you for providing a shelter pet with a forever home, we would like to offer you a free one-month subscription to the Los Alamos Monitor.
     All you need to do is provide your name, address and phone number on a form at the shelter upon adoption, to begin delivering your paper to your home.
    After the free one-month subscription expires, we invite you to contact us about your service and to extend your subscription.
    Thank you again for saving a life.
    Best wishes from the Los Alamos Monitor.  



    Dec. 29 — “We’ve Got the Power”: A Special Screening. 4 p.m. at the Reel Deal Theater, sponsored by PEEC. Brad Marshland's new documentary explores the important topic of alternative energies. $12. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.


    Dec. 31 — “Nana’s Naughty Knickers.” A special New Year’s Eve show. 7-10 p.m. at Los Alamos Little Theater, 1670 Nectar St. $20.




    Jan. 1 — Affordable art sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center.


    Jan. 1 — New Year’s Day Ice Skating. Noon at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. 


    Jan. 2 — Affordable art sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center.


    Jan. 2 — The Mesa Public Library Film Series. “Amelie” 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room.


    Jan. 3 — “Nana’s Naughty Knickers.” 7:30-10 p.m. at Los Alamos Little Theater, 1670 Nectar St. Free.


  • Thank you so much to our parishioners and members of the community who purchased and wrapped gifts for more than 500 children. In addition, St. Francis of Assisi School in Lumberton received gifts of school, office supplies, sports equipment and televisions for the classrooms. Each Christmas, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos helps give children in Santa Fe and the surrounding areas, a brighter holiday through the Angel Tree.
    This is all made possible through the coordination of three different organizations that work with IHM: Sojourners, a homeless advocacy group; Bienvenidos, a food bank in Santa Fe and Children Youth and Family Services Foster Care. All three of these groups help find children who are in need of Christmas gifts.
    Sojourners help find clients in need and also encourage their clients to bring others who are need of help at Christmas. Sojourners is under the umbrella of Life Link, an organization in Santa Fe, focused on helping homeless people and families and improving their lives.
    The group tells the children that the presents are from Santa Claus, but the kids are not from your average household and are usually so happy to have something for Christmas, that they don’t even think about who the presents come from.

  • For newcomers, the Hill can be a wonderous place when it comes to nature and the great outdoors. Olga Coello moved to White Rock in June. She is the newest volunteer at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, Coello moved to Santa Fe in 2009. Since moving to White Rock, she said she is happy to be in the mountains and surrounded again by wildlife. “It reminds me of home so I feel very comfortable with the surroundings, the food and the community, and yes, the slow pace,” she said.
    After coming to the United States, Coello has lived in big cities all over the United States over the past 20 years, including New York City, Los Angeles, Tampa, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Phoenix. Before moving to New Mexico, she resided in Colorado. “I’ve been around water most of my life, however the beauty of the mountains more than compensates for the lack of it,” Coello said. “New Mexico has many of the same elements of home — adobe homes, mountains, wildlife and nature. There is a larger variety of birds though.”

  • The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is hosting a special Winter Critter Camp that offers children ages 10-13 a fun, hands-on experience with animals in a shelter environment.
    The two-day intensive camp runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 30 and 31 at the shelter, 100 Caja del Rio Road.
    Similar to the Summer Critter Camp, teams of children will learn the care and handling of a variety of animals, with a focus on behavior, veterinary care and grooming.
    The camp offers interaction with shelter staff and companion animals. Short talks about animal sheltering and care will be punctuated with fun, interactive games, workbooks and hands-on projects.
    Participants will finish the camp with a greater appreciation of companion animals and return home with lots of memories and photos to share with family and friends.
    The camp, which costs $100, is limited to 10 participants.
    To register or for more information, call 983-4309 ext. 204 or email

  • 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.