Recently, I had the pleasure of going with a young person to register to vote.

    How exciting to salute this rite of passage with a small celebration. How exciting that youth are excited about the process.

    The League of Women Voters makes it easy for high school students to get registered, and for that we thank them.

    This particular student wanted to do it at the County Clerk’s Office, in particular to have an assist from County Clerk Sharon Stover, as she has known the student since kindergarten and when she was a team leader in the Los Alamos Youth Leadership program.


    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 12 P.M.- 6 P.M. 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 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.


    June 29-July 5, 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


    Myrriah S. Chavez earned her Doctorate of Philosophy, PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Colorado, Anshultz Medical Campus Graduate School in Aurora, Colorado on May 23.  

    Chavez completed her graduate research study at M.D. Anderson Cancer center in Houston. Chavez earned her bachelors degree from the University of New Mexico in 2008 and is a 2004 graduate of Los Alamos High School. She is the daughter of Jimmy and Judy Chavez, formally of Los Alamos, now of Chamita.


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    Steven Calhoun, a senior at Los Alamos High School, was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month. 

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. 

    This year’s recipients reflect a combination of both LAHS seniors and juniors; in the fall, only juniors will be recognized in hopes of inspiring their interest in Rotary programs that take place during the summer following junior year. 

    Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and, in particular, their service to the community.

     Calhoun, who maintains an excellent GPA, has always regarded community service as an important part of his life. 


    Ten outstanding students have been awarded the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation scholarship. 

    Each student demonstrated a balance of academic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service throughout their high school careers. 

    Winners chose an educator of distinction, an education professional that had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools. 

    Here are five of the 10 students honored. 



    Authors Speak Series. Tom Harmer, a lifelong student of natural history, outdoor survival and native practices in the wild. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.


    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. So, come on out for fun, friendship and exercise. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.


  • Mesa Public Library’s “Quotes: The Authors Speak Series,” presents Tom Harmer, a lifelong student of natural history, outdoor survival and native practices in the wild, will read from his most recent book, “A Walk Around the Horizon: Discovering New Mexico’s Mountains of the Four Direction.”
    The talk will begin 7 p.m. today at the library’s upstairs rotunda.
    Near Santa Fe, landscape is framed by four high mountains — Sandia to the south, Chicoma to the west, Canjilon to the north, and Truchas to the east.
    Although they are sacred to the Tewa Pueblo Indians, the four peaks are in different bureaucratic and cultural zones, which means that each peak attracts visitors but few non-Indian travelers visit more than one of the mountains. In 2010, at the age of 62, Harmer resolved to climb all four of these mountains in one summer.
    His chronicle offers a view of a montane forest unlike any in the world, where mountain, plain and desert biota converge.
    Harmer’s writing is shaped by years of living off the land, especially the nearly 10 years spent with a band of Salish Indians, which he documented in his previous books :Going Native” and “What I’ve Always Known: Living in Full Awareness of the Earth.”

  •  “Nature on Tap” discusses
    energy, water, climate change

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host “Nature on Tap,” part of a new informal discussion series, 5:30 p.m. today at the Blue Window Bistro.
    The “On Tap” series is a new project from the Los Alamos Creative District and is held every Thursday with the themes “Nature on Tap,” “History on Tap,” “Science on Tap,” and “Art on Tap.” It is a great way to get out in the community and meet people with similar interests. This event is the second “Nature on Tap” discussion, which will be held on every fourth Thursday of the month.
    For this installment of “Nature on Tap”, Christine Chavez, Energy and Water Conservation Coordinator for Los Alamos County, will facilitate the discussion.
    Chavez will speak briefly about topics that affect all of us — Energy, Water and Climate Change — and then will open up to discussion from the group about these critical issues.

    Keller leads second wildflower walk

  • The Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe will host one of the first official events at the property, the Women’s International Study Center’s symposium “Risk & Reinvention: How Women Are Changing the World,” Aug. 15-16.  
    More than 30 experts in scholarship, science, art, law, cultural preservation, business and workforce analysis will engage in panel discussions to share their expertise, perspectives and experiences.
    The symposium seeks to inspire participants to create a future that realizes the full potential of women and honors their contributions to the world. The property officially opens Aug. 4.

  • Los Alamos
    China Palace, 729 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: May 15
    Violations: Seven high-risk violations. Shrimp holding at improper temperature, and food was discarded at the time of inspection. Ground beef package thawing on counter, which was corrected at time of inspection. No sanitizer in water at three-compartment sink, which was corrected at time of inspection. Ready to eat foods not marked and dated in the cooler area. Sanitizer bottle stored over vegetable sink. Home prepared food in food prep area and walk in cooler. Ice scoop inside ice machine, which was corrected at time of inspection. Four moderate-risk violations. Can opener had food build up, which was corrected at time of inspection. Cook and server were not wearing gloves while preparing and serving food. Dish washer not reaching proper hot temperature, which was corrected at time of inspection. Refrigerator not NSF approved where sauces and pork is stored. Two low-risk violations. Server not wearing hair restraint. Walls and floors have food build up and need to be cleaned.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on May 24.

  • Santa Fe — Ai Weiwei, internationally acclaimed Chinese dissident artist, and Navajo artist Bert Benally through a remarkable collaboration, will create “Pull of the Moon,” a temporary, site-specific art installation in a remote part of Coyote Canyon on the Navajo Nation. “Pull of the Moon” is part of Navajo TIME (Temporary Installations Made for the Environment), a partnership between New Mexico Arts and the Navajo Nation Museum. The installation will feature Earth-based drawings using sand.
    Bert Benally said of “Pull of the Moon,” “The concept is based on Navajo aesthetics, the idea that for the Navajo, art is more about the process rather than the finished product.”
    A free and public launch event for Pull of the Moon will be from 5-7 p.m. July 16 at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) in Santa Fe, Alan Houser Park, and will feature a live performance by German sound artist Robert Henke and Bert Benally based on sounds captured at Coyote Canyon during the installation.

  • Sue Watts has spent most of her adult life volunteering for various organizations, such as the Girl Scouts of the USA to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    In her work with the Girl Scouts, she helped girls and adults to develop their appreciation of nature and taught many leaders how to take troops camping and trekking on long trips.
    She said she became a Girl Scout leader, which got her back outside. That led to becoming an outdoor troop camping trainer and she realized she had found her niche, she said in a recent interview.
    “Many of the participants had never backpacked or seen the Milky Way before. The Girl Scout programs change lives, and I have just loved that whole experience,” she said.
    Born in Iowa, Watts grew up in Ohio and Nevada. Only having previously visited Bandelier in the 1970s, she took up residence in Los Alamos after her daughter moved to the town in 1998. “My husband and I figured that this is where we would spend the later years of our lives,” she said.
    Watts was able to transfer her passion and experience into volunteering at PEEC to help residents and visitors enjoy the natural beauty of the Pajarito Plateau.

  • The Los Alamos ScienceFest has announced its call for entries for its fourth annual SMART Contest — a Science and Math-Based Art contest. A panel of local judges will award winners that will share in cash prizes.
    “We are looking for art that demonstrates scientific or mathematical concepts, principles or phenomena in creative ways, “ said Melanie Peña of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, “It can be created digitally using computers, be photographic or produced through traditional fine arts methods.”
    The SMART Contest is free to enter. All entrants must upload a digital representation of their artwork onto the contest website. Entries will be accepted through July 31.
    “This contest has been a successful part of Los Alamos ScienceFest, since it first started in 2011,” said Suzette Fox, Los Alamos MainStreet executive director. “We receive submissions from all over the world and see some really spectacular and original artwork.”
    The art entries will be posted to a gallery on the contest website as they are received. They will be available for public viewing and voting.

  •  Art exhibits

    Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014 runs through Oct. 12. 


    “Imprints of  Home, Works on Paper”,  is a group show featuring art prints, and poems by 12 artists. First Friday artist receptions, 3-6 p.m. July 5 and July 19 at the Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque. Show closes July 25. 


    A special guest exhibition, “Golden Paths,” acrylic and gold leaf paintings by Edwina Milner, will be on exhibit until July 7 at the New Concept Gallery. The reception is from 5-7 p.m. June 20 and is open to the public. 


  • Only wackadoos are already looking ahead to the new school year. I am one of those wackadoos.
    Assets work, sponsored by the JJAB and the LACDC is underway yet again and we primarily revolve around the school year.
    We put a lot of plans and projects in place during the summer and they all seem to launch at the back to school time.
    We have already secured county sponsorship of Assets In Action month in September. We will kicked off the month with a county sponsored proclamation from Councilor Steve Girrens, with the help of Julie Habiger, on Sept 9.
    Last year, Assets held the first College/Military Day when we ask all community members to wear their college or military apparel, to demonstrate where they continued their path of lifelong learning. That takes place on Sept. 5.
    We’re also ready to begin collecting the names of those people that make a difference in our community with the Community Asset Awards.
    The names are collected all year long, culminating in mid-December. The highlight of the project is a small gala at the Betty Ehart Senior Center to recognize good people of all ages.

  • Before her death in March, Dorothy Hoard, Los Alamos resident, a Living Treasure and ardent supporter of the community, entrusted her friend Terry Foxx with her artwork. Hoard’s wish was that it would be used to further her legacy by offering the artwork for sale to the community through the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    To honor this wish, the center is offering one-of-a-kind pieces of Hoard’s work through a silent action, going on through the end of the month. All proceeds of the auction will go into the Dorothy Hoard Memorial Fund and will be used to pay for exhibits and programs at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center.
    The artwork can be viewed and bid on either online, or at the PEEC Nature Center. Bids will be accepted until 10:30 p.m. on June 30.
    In all, 44 works are on exhibit and available for bidding. The media and subject matters vary, but the recurring theme is Hoard’s ability to capture nature and the beauty of the Pajarito Plateau and surrounding areas through her artwork.

  • Selvi Viswanathan is a proud nature enthusiast. Her house on Barranca Mesa is decorated with several gardens and is a certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
    She has won several awards for her gardens through the Los Alamos Garden Club. Her butterfly garden and bird garden won first place in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
    The butterfly garden was planted in honor of her mother. She also has a hummingbird garden in memory of her only sister.
    She achieved certification in 1995.
    Viswanathan has recently developed a sensory garden, which has five different planters with plants and flowers that each represents the five senses.
    For the sight planter, there are several brightly colored flowers. Sound has a waterfall fountain. Touch consists of plants with texture, such as a cactus and a plant soft, fuzzy leaves. Taste has planted spices and herbs. Smell has sweet scented flowers.
    Viswanathan said she hopes her 5-year-old grandson will enjoy the garden and learn from it.
    She came up with the idea after attending the Demonstration garden, she said. “We had cut down three Piñon trees which were not looking good and also (the garden) needed more sun. So this area seemed like a perfect fit for the sensory garden,” Viswanathan said.


    June 22-28, 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

  •  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: