• Arwen Moore, 2, gets a little more than a Minute To Win, last month at the informational event for Assets In Action. Time Out Pizzeria, in White Rock had the final game night of the summer, on Aug. 5. The program was sponsored by the JJAB and the LACDC.

  • For the Los Alamos community, this summer has been one filled with hot days, flash flood warnings, and rattlesnake sightings. During a snake encounter, most people have a tendency to become scared and defensive, but local snake expert Tom Wyant does not encourage that behavior.
    In an attempt to educate members of the community, Wyant, the go-to man for locals experiencing snake issues, conducted a free class called “Snake Safety” at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). Throughout the class, he kept referring to the slithery creatures as beautiful and essential for the environment, as they eat disease-carrying rodents without being able to transmit diseases any further.
    “I’m a snake enthusiast,” Wyant said during the presentation. To prove his point, he brought along some friends- an assortment of eight snakes, some of which were venomous rattlesnakes. Wyant spent time showing off the less dangerous snakes, allowing them to coil around his arms and neck. As it turns out, most of the snakes roaming around Los Alamos gardens are corn snakes, garter snakes, bull snakes, and other variations of non-venomous species.

  • ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico state officials are hoping to make a tourist attraction out of an unusual place: a prison where one of the nation’s deadliest riots took place in 1980.
    In February 1980, inmates at New Mexico’s “Old Main” prison killed 33 fellow prisoners in a violent clash that included beheadings, amputations and burned bodies. More than 100 other inmates and guards were hurt in the 36-hour riot fueled by overcrowded conditions.
    The now closed Old Main prison near Santa Fe would become a permanent museum, under the proposed plan.
    Officials say the plan, which would not seek state taxpayer money and is still in its early stages, would transform the empty building into a tourist attraction funded by visitors’ fees. Crews from the Penitentiary of New Mexico would help with repairs, and the museum could open within three to five years, official say, although the final cost is not unclear.
    State Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel told The Associated Press on Monday that strong public interest in tours of the site offered during last year’s New Mexico centennial celebration sparked the idea.
    “I was amazed at the response,” Marcantel said. “We decided to give one tour a month for a year. The tours all booked up within three days.”

  • The House of Hope and Trinity Builders house-building mission teams are preparing for their fourth annual fundraising event—the High Tea and Fashion Show to benefit their mission trips this fall.
    This year’s Tea and Fashion Show event will start at 2:30 p.m., Aug. 17, in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive.
    Tickets for this event are on sale now at the church office and from the mission teams’ members.
    The prices are $25 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under. Attendees are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance as seating is limited, and this event has sold out quickly in the past.
    Preparations for both these events have been underway for some months now, with menu preparation, special table settings and teapots being collected, and model and clothing selections. Decorated tables, adorned with place settings and fresh flowers, will set the ambiance for the tea, which will feature a wide variety of treats.
    All food items will be handmade from scratch by team members and friends from treasured recipes, and the goodies will offer a feast for the eyes, as well as the palate. Cups of tea will be served from “bottomless” teapots that will include black teas as well as a variety of herbal and flavored teas.

  • Los Alamos
    Dixie Girl Market, 1789 Central Avenue
    Date inspected: July 24
    Violations: Three high-risk violations. Walk-in freezer not working, hot water not working, some food needs to be thrown out. Three moderate-risk violations. Refrigerator has lots of water, missing filter at vent, scoop for ice bin lying around. One low-risk violation. Several flies in the kitchen area.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on July 31.

    Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1000 Oppenheimer Drive
    Date inspected: July 24
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Santa Fe
    Roque’s Carnitas
    Date inspected: July 24
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Hand sink blocked by cooler, newspaper in hand sink.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Chicago Dog Express
    Date inspected: July 24
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Hand sink fixed after not working properly.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    El Molero Fajitas
    Date inspected: July 24
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • In one month, more than 50,000 votes were cast at santafe.org in The Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown. The contest is sponsored by the Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau in partnership with the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market and the Santa Fe Restaurant Association.
    The finalists are:
    • Terra Restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado
    • Luminaria Restaurant and Patio at Inn & Spa at Loretto
    • Bert’s Burger Bowl
    • Cowgirl BBQ
    • Agave Lounge at Eldorado Hotel & Spa
    • Realburger
    As the finalists start honing their burgers for the final, there is a twist to the competition. KOB-FM Morning Mayhem show host Carlos Duran will lead two live, green chile cheeseburger crawls to taste the 12 burgers that did not get nominated and choose a “Lucky No. 7” finalist to compete in the Sept. 7 Green Chile Cheeseburger cook off. The crawl will be carried live on KOB 93.3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 13 and 5-8 p.m., Aug. 16. The Lucky No. 7 winner will be announced on Duran’s morning show on August 26.
    The seven finalists will be judged at the Santa Fe Railyard during the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Green Chile Harvest Festival. The judges will be:

  • As the month of August begins to take full swing, the annual Los Alamos County Fair is quickly approaching. The event is set for today through Sunday, with the theme “100+ Years of Homesteading.”
    Following the theme choice, Los Alamos Homestead families have been named Grand Marshal to the 2013 fair. The original Los Alamos was home to 17 homestead families, who lived on the site before the nuclear-era emerged. In 1942, when the army chose Los Alamos as their secret nuclear power development location, original residents were evicted in order to make room for the incoming scientists and their families.
    However, the homesteaders stuck around in the area, and their decedents still have strong ties within the Los Alamos community. A tribute to these families will be brought via the Homestead Tour, which highlights 17 homesteads noted on historical markers located in seven areas across town.
    These areas are: Fuller Lodge Historic District, Sullivan Field Parking Lot, Urban Park, Los Alamos Golf Course, Guaje Pines Cemetery, North Mesa Tennis Courts, and the Deer Trap Trailhead on Barranca Mesa. Maps for this self-guided tour are available at the Los Alamos Historical Museum.

  • Low and Slow is more than just a way of driving. For many in the Española Valley, it’s a way of life. Known to many as the “lowrider capitol of the world,” Española is home to many lowrider enthusiasts who often take their prized possessions out of storage for a car show or a weekend cruise down Riverside Drive.

    The cars don’t come out as much as they used to, for various reasons, but one thing is certain: on Good Friday (weather permitting), traffic through town is bumper-to-bumper as everything from Impalas and Cutlass Supremes to Monte Carlos and trucks slowly parade through town, showing off their custom paint jobs, rims and hydraulics.

    Lowriding is so engrained in the culture, that local artist Toby Morfin decided to curate a show about it. The “Low Rider Fine Art Exhibit” will open with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 9 in the Española Plaza Convento Gallery. In addition to the art, there also will be a car show where spectators will get to see all sorts of lowrider cars and experience the culture first-hand. The Mainstreet Showdown SuperShow will be Aug. 10 on the Española Plaza and will feature not just the car show, but also a concert and car hop, presented by Lowrider Magazine and Cultura Promotions.



    In order not to disappoint families who wish to attend The Santa Fe Opera’s production of Noah’s Flood an extra performance has been added: 4 p.m., Aug. 10 in O’Shaughnessy Hall at the Opera Ranch. Previously announced performances are sold out. The famous children’s opera by Benjamin Britten has a cast of children who portray the animals who are saved when, having heard from God about the coming flood, Noah builds his ark.  The set has been designed by famed Santa Fe santero, Charles Carrillo who has adapted the setting to New Mexico.   General admission tickets at $5 may be purchased in person or by calling The Santa Fe Opera Box Office, 986-5900, toll free:  800-280-4654.

  • The Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series presents a mouth-watering evening with award winning cookbook authors, Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison. The talk is at 7 p.m., Aug. 22 in the upstairs rotunda.
    This time of year, a trip to the local Farmers’ Market or Los Alamos Coop reveals the best of local crops, the very freshest and best ingredients for these recipes compiled in the Jamisons’ charming book of home recipes from across the state, Tasting New Mexico. It is also time for green chile roasting in towns all over the state.
    New Mexico has distinctive cooking with blends of Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo influences.
    The Jamison’s crisscrossed the state in search of a variety of family and hometown favorites, including green and red chile stews, albóndigas (meatballs), carne adovada (pork braised in red chile), pollo con arroz (chicken simmered with rice), chile rellenos, spring quelites (spinach), chicos (dried corn), frybread and sopaipillas and natillas custard.

  • A celebration of student work created during the Best Six Weeks of Summer Art Camp was on display Aug. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Participants were students from area schools in three grouped categories: Ages 4-6, grades first through sixth and ages 13 and older.

  •  The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus has been abuzz the past few weeks with students from grades one through 12, participating in the Summer Program for Youth that ran from July 29 through August 1.
    The program now in its 25th year, provides exciting, hands-on, activity-based learning sessions focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
    The eight classes offered included the study of rocks, coding, animals, movie making and cyber security and each lasting four half-days.
    “We tried to provide a selection of topics that included favorites from previous years as well as new subject matter and age-appropriate learning experiences,” Eva Artschwager, director of community education said.
    “The class, Working with Animals, generated a lot of attention because we had so many live creatures on our campus in one week,” Artschwager said, who helped facilitate visits from dogs, goats, falcons and great horned owls.
    Organizations that participated or volunteered time included the Bradbury Museum, Assistance Dogs of the West, Raptor Center of Santa Fe, Debby Wood Goats and the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos. Los Alamos National Laboratory employees also donated time during non-work hours.

  • Oh, how fleeting sweet summer.
    During the summer, I try and do my share of reading in preparation for a program we do called, Change of Heart.
    Change of Heart is a seven hour, “improving school climate,” to include the buzzword bullying, which seems hard to define.
    The program is taught to every sixth grade class, in the district. We also teach every student in seventh and eighth grade who are new to our district.
    What I’ve come to see differently this summer, are some of the extenuating factors that play a role in youth development.
    The role parents and caregivers play is so crucial for youth development. Something as simple as a conversation can heavily imprint a young mind for life.
    The way you talk to your children has such an impact.
    I have always viewed my role as parent to raise children that turn out better than me. It isn’t a contest. I’m not worried that they will be smarter, make more money, or be more successful.
    As a matter of fact, I hope they can do all of that.
    The thing I would like to focus on is how we treat and talk to children.
    My research from the Duchess of York to the average teenager shows how relationships can tear down or build up. One style can damage for life, the other, can see them through the tough challenges of life.


    “Mostly Clear and Partly Cloudy” is an exhibit featuring the works of Shaun Gilmore and Janice Wall. Wall and Gilmore are members of the Lady Minimalist Tea Society, a group of women artists that deal with abstract art using various types of media. 

    Top: Wall’s art is mainly on prints. Left: Gilmore has dangling strips of laminated plastic with media and ink prints. 

    The exhibit runs through Aug. 4 at the Mesa Public Library upstairs art gallery and available for viewing during regular business hours. 


    Watch for a purple toilet landing in a yard near you.

    That Walking Warriors Relay for Life team is “Flushing away Cancer” with a purple toilet fundraiser.

    If you find a purple toilet in your yard you have a few options, you can have it removed for $10, have it placed in a yard of your choice for $25, or buy Toilet protection insurance for $30 this keeps your yard free of commodes. This will start tonight and continue until the Los Alamos Relay for Life event on Aug 23-24.  Contact Hope at hjjaramillo@msn.com.  

    This year’s Relay for Life will be at Ashley pond on Aug. 23–24. There will be a survivors dinner before at the Betty Ehart Center, contact Susan Brockway at  susbrockway@gmail.com. 


    Aug. 4-10, 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

    10 a.m. Opera talk with Carl Newton

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken caesar salad


    Local mom, Deb Church Worley got creative with son Ryan recently, working on an inspirational project that may indeed benefit the masses.

    Worley, a former United Church of Los Alamos Reverend, took time off to have children and spend time with her family, which includes; husband Chris, daughter Sarah, son Ryan and son John.

    She along with Ryan put crayon to paper and finger to keyboard to create What Does God See, When God looks at Me?

    The book explores the learning process young children have when discovering the relationship they can have with God.

    “The most exciting thing since it has been in print, is to hear from friends and relatives that they’ve bought the book,”  Worley said.


    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. 

    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 the animals and learn more about special needs animals, or cats and dogs that are currently in foster care. Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets. 


    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations.


  • TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Snow and frigid temperatures didn't stop thousands of screaming teenagers from crowding into the Washington Coliseum in the nation's capital for the Beatles first live concert on American soil.

    And not having a flash didn't stop photographer Mike Mitchell, then just 18 years old, from using his unrestricted access to document that historic February night in 1964 using only the dim light in the arena.

    Ghostly shadows and streams of light filled some negatives. With the help of modern technology and close to 1,000 hours in front of the computer screen, Mitchell was able to peel back decades of grunge and transform those old negatives into a rare, artful look at one of pop culture's defining moments.

    Mitchell's portraits of the Beatles are the centerpiece of a monthlong exhibition at the David Anthony Fine Art gallery in Taos — the first time the prints have been exhibited since being unveiled in 2011 at a Christie's auction in New York City. The gallery started hanging the first of the framed prints a week ago in preparation for Friday's opening.

    "Just amazing," gallery owner David Mapes said as he looked around the room at the large black and white prints and wondered aloud what it must have been like to be in Mitchell's shoes that night.

  • Join New Mexico’s unofficial “Butterfly Guy” Steve Cary at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 7 p.m. on Aug. 15.
    Cary’s talk will be before the 21st annual Los Alamos Butterfly Count on Aug. 17. Participants for the count should meet 8:30 a.m. at PEEC, or 9 a.m. at the Burnt Mesa Trailhead. Both events are free and all ages are welcome.
    During the talk, Cary will show many of his own photographs, which will help attendees learn how to identify butterflies they are likely to see in this year’s butterfly count. He will also explain the effect the recent wildfires have had on our local species, and he will summarize the monitoring of monarch butterflies and offer opportunities for Los Alamoseños to participate.
    On Saturday, join Cary and PEEC Butterfly interest group member Dorothy Hoard, to observe our local species of butterflies in their natural habitats. At the same time, participants will be contributing to science, as the data collected during the count is used to track the butterflies. In the past, data has been shared with the North American and New Mexico Butterfly Associations. No experience is necessary to take part in the butterfly count, and this will be a family friendly activity.
    Three different habitats will be covered: mesa top, streamside and high altitude (Camp May).