• Northern New Mexico brought home titles during the Miss Rodeo New Mexico Pageant June 5-7.
    The contest was in Clovis for a weekend event that had girls vying to be Miss Rodeo and their chance to become Miss Rodeo America.

    The current Miss Rodeo New Mexico, Ashlee Rose Mills, of Eagle Nest, was on hand to offer advice to the girls in the court and find out who she can pass her crown to in 2014. Alexandra Tapia, of Santa Fe, will take over for Mills in January.

    The court was rounded out by MRNM Teen, Larissa Padilla, of Santa Fe; MRNM Princess Deanne Guthrie, of Clovis and Little Miss Rodeo, Mireya Martinez, of Santa Cruz.

    “I am always available to encourage the younger girls to compete and think of this as an adventure,” Mills said.
    “Rodeo related pageants represent the community and the sport, Tapia said. “These develop skills that can help them grow in real life.”

    The girls competed in category such as horsemanship, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo knowledge and public speaking and are judged by a panel of rodeo experts.

    Mills has spent eight years competing in Miss Rodeo pageants. Her younger sister also competes. She said she has guidance from her family and coach as she has trained for each pageant.

  • Boy Scout Troop 129 of White Rock recently hosted two Eagle Courts of Honor for Jonah Katz and Aaron Bao.
    The ceremony for Katz was at White Rock United Methodist Church on June 14 and for Bao at White Rock Baptist Church on July 6.
    Jonah, son of Joel and Carolynn Katz, joined Boy Scout Troop 129 in 2006 and advanced persistently through the ranks, standing for his Eagle Board of Review in December, 2012. Even before he joined, Jonah did outings with the troop, trekking along with his brothers on a 12-mile pack trip near Creede, Colo.
    Having climbed with the troop to the top of Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, Katz is a holder of the troop altitude record. He has earned the high-adventure triple crown through attendance at Philmont, Canoe Base and Sea Base.
    Katz was elected by his peers to the Order of the Arrow, served his ordeal for induction, and has demonstrated scout leadership as a true arrow man. He was recognized as the 2011 Northern New Mexico District Outstanding Senior Patrol Leader.

  • The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Christina Moore with the Jeannette O. Wallace Scholarship. Moore will be attending Maclester College in St. Paul, NM and will study International Studies. Pictured from left to right are: Tammy Moore, mom; David Moore, dad; Moore, Terry Wallace, son of Jeannette Wallace and Kiwanis President Don Casperson. Christina was selected because of her strong leadership in Key Club, a Kiwanis program for students, Natural Helpers and her work with her church. 

  • How wonderful that for a change, the nation perhaps even the world, is focused on good news. I wish that every arrival could be heralded with such a warm welcome.
    Perhaps this week we could do just that, even if it is over the kitchen table.
    Imagine pulling out a photo from the arrival of their birth and reminding your child how proud you were at the time.
    Perhaps you think your kids are too old for that, or perhaps they live too far away? I say put pen to paper and share some warm memory of that day long ago.
    If you enjoy sharing old stories, drop that card in the mail and let the memory making begin.
    If you aren’t that warm and fuzzy person, seal it in an envelope and put it along with some important papers for a grand discovery at a later date.
    Maybe you don’t have children of your own. If not, share with someone your pride of that person’s arrival. It might be a niece, a nephew or close family friend. We all have some adult in our lives that isn’t related by blood but has been an important figure. Sometimes those are the best relationships.
    Those old stories get lost in the shuffle and every year after, oh, I’ll say , age 30, don’t come as easy from the memory banks, but they’re randomly discovered more like an old paper filing system.

  • A hands-on archaeology exhibit was at the library on July 18. The educational outreach program hosted by archaeologist Chuck Hannaford included artifacts found during digs around New Mexico. The exhibit allowed the public to examine the fossils and fellow archaeologist Mary Weahkee gave demonstrations and history on some of the artifacts. 

  • The Española Valley Humane Society is hosting the 6th Annual Santa Fe Kitten Festival July 27-28. It is the largest cat adoption event in New Mexico.

    The event will include cats from five other shelters around Northern New Mexico and all around the state, which plan to pull cats and kittens from the euthanasia lists to save more lives than ever this year. The goal is the rescue more than 100 doomed felines.

    The festival will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 27 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 28 at PetSmart, 3561 Zafarano Drive in Santa Fe.

    The Española shelter, though struggling with its own intake numbers, knows that hundreds of cats and kittens are at risk of euthanasia from overcrowding, so staff is making room this week to take in more from Gallup, Carlsbad and Las Cruces.

    Española Valley Humane Society started the Santa Fe Kitten Festival six years ago to cope with the overflow of kittens that occurs each year as a result of a long breeding season in the region and an ongoing nationwide struggle with feline overpopulation.

  • 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, for 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 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.

  • Entries are now being accepted for the Los Alamos County Fair.

    For those into robotics here is an opportunity to exhibit a robot, as well as your home preserves, garden produce and quilts. Gardeners, bakers, quilters and artists have until Aug. 2 to register.

    The County Fair and Rodeo runs Aug. 8-10. Anyone living or working in Los Alamos County is eligible to enter.
    Exhibit categories include: culinary (baked items), preserved foods, hobbies and crafts, fine arts, photography, quilts, clothing, knitting, crochet, needlework, horticulture and 4-H projects. Age categories range from age 5 on up to seniors.

    To enter exhibits, the public may also bring items to the Mesa Public Library from 2-6 p.m. on Aug 8.
    The more entries there are, the more it contributes to everyone’s enjoyment of the fair. There will be four “Best of The Best” plate winners.

    Viewing of all exhibits for handicapped individuals is 2-4 p.m., Aug. 9.

    At 5 p.m., viewing for the general public beginning at begins until 8 p.m., upstairs at the Mesa Public Library.

    Public viewing continues on Saturday also at the Mesa Public Library. Exhibits are open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Get a copy of the Exhibit Entry Booklet, which lists the various categories and classes available.

  • The Los Alamos Beer Co-op in Los Alamos, New Mexico is brewing up one of the highest-elevation events in the country for beer lovers with their first annual “Beer Fiesta” on July 27 at Pajarito Ski Mountain.
    Because Pajarito Ski Mountain sits at an elevation above 9,000 feet, this is one of the highest elevation beer fiestas in the nation and sure to be a high-spirited one.

    The “Beer Fiesta” is sponsored by the Los Alamos Beer Co-op, which now has more than 140 members.
    The fiesta is the first anniversary celebration. “In the ‘City Where Discoveries are Made,’ it’s only fitting that Los Alamos offer a unique event where beer lovers can experience high quality New Mexico made brews while discovering all the wonderful features of Los Alamos and Pajarito Ski Mountain,” said Micheline Devaurs, President of Los Alamos Beer Co-op. “Members of the Co-op are on the way to realizing their goal of locally crafted beer, and hope to continue growing interest and membership at this important summer event and milestone for us — we hope to see lots of people there, enjoying both beer and the ski hill.”

  • The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Amy Neal with a scholarship. Neal will be attending the University of Tennessee and will study engineering. Pictured from left to right are: Ben Neal, dad; Kiwanis President Don Casperson; Neal and Ruth Ann Neal, mom. Amy was selected because of her vast contribution to the community and youth through Youth United Way, Mexico Mission, and Los Alamos Youth Leadership. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at noon at Trinity on the Hill Church in Kelly Hall. Kiwanis was founded in 1948 and is the oldest service organization in Los Alamos and focuses on youth projects. For more information on Kiwanis, visit their web site at losalamos.kiwanisone.org. 

  • Critter cam experts will share their tips and techniques during a free talk, 7 p.m., July 25 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Let’s face it: wildlife is elusive to say the least. Even in Los Alamos, where forested highlands and steep canyons provide many various habitats for critters to live close by, many rarely see the animals that share neighborhoods.
    With a simple motion-activated camera setup, one can record, study and enjoy these animals at own convenience without disturbing them. During this class, participants will learn how to operate the PEEC trail camera, which will be available for members to borrow and install at their own homes.
    The class will be led by Dave Yeamans, PEEC member and trail camera operator and Hari Viswanathan, a wildlife photographer who brings a professional approach to the everyday equipment available through PEEC.
    This is a chance to learn all about trail cameras and see examples of wildlife captured in photos and videos.
    This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. PEEC members may rent the trail camera for two weeks at a time ($200 deposit; $10 per week rental charge). For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org. 

  • Natalie Goldberg and Mirabai Starr are the guest speakers at the last Summer Writers Series session, 7:30 p.m., July 31 at the Harwood Museum in Taos.
    Nationally known writer, teacher, artist, and author of 11 books, Natalie Goldberg will read from one of current pieces.
    Goldberg’s books include Wild Mind, Old Friend From Far Away and Long Quiet Highway. She teaches nationally and internationally using her skills as an experienced Zen practitioner and her unique writing methods.
    Her newest book, The True Secret of Writing: Practicing Sit, Walk, Write was published in March.
    Mirabai Starr writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature.
    She is a professor of Philosophy and World Religions at University of New Mexico-Taos and teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and interspiritual dialog.
    Mirabai’s newest book, God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, was named one of the “Best Spiritual Books of 2012,” and positions her at the vanguard of the emerging Interspiritual Movement.
    Tickets are $6 Alliance and SOMOS members, $8 nonmembers.  

  • Santa Fe
    The Ranch House — Catering, 2571 Cristo’s Road
    Date inspected: June 26
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Floor of transport truck needs to be made smooth and non-absorbent.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

    Allsup’s No. 346, No. 2 Vista del Monte
    Date inspected: June 26
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Yoberri, 325 W. San Francisco St.
    Date inspected: June 26
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Air cap on three-compartment sink. Two moderate-risk violations. Hand wash sink not in food prep area per hand washing policy. Thermometers maintained calibration to assure adequate temperatures. Two low-risk violation. Broken tiles. Light fixtures need protective covers.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. Follow up required on July 15.

    Savory Spice Shop, 225 Galisteo St.
    Date inspected: June 27
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

    Table de Los Santos, 210 Don Gaspar Ave.
    Date inspected: June 27
    Violations: Inspection after complaint received. No violations were found.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Whole Foods Market has selected The Santa Fe Community Farm to be the recipient of its upcoming community support day.
    On July 24, five percent of the total day’s sales at the Whole Foods Markets in Santa Fe will be donated to the Santa Fe Community Farm to support the organization’s commitment of growing fresh, fruits and vegetables for those in need throughout Santa Fe County.
    Established 60 years ago by Santa Fe native John Stephenson, the 11-acre farm located in Agua Fria remains one of the oldest farms in Santa Fe.
    After retirement, John Stephenson who will be turning 99 next month, dedicated the operation of his farm to sustainable agriculture and charitable giving and the farm currently operates as a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
    Working in partnership with The Food Depot, the Santa Fe Community Farm regularly makes charitable donations of its fruit and produce to the hungry, the homeless and the disabled across Northern New Mexico. The farm is an open classroom offering volunteer opportunities to people of all ages and abilities.
    It serves as an agricultural education center to develop hands on skills in sustainable farming and runs almost entirely with the support of its volunteers.
    To learn more about the Farm, visit santafecommunityfarm.org. 

  • Voted by locals as Taos News’ 2013 “best annual event in Taos County,” Fiestas de Taos revives a centuries-old celebration of Taos’s culture, history and traditions from July 19–21, 2013 on the Taos Plaza.
    Known originally as Fiesta de Santa Ana y Santiago, Fiestas de Taos is a community celebration honoring the two Catholic patron saints of Taos — St. Anne (Santa Ana) and St. Yago (Santiago), celebrated in Taos since the 1600s.

    One of the biggest annual summer events in Taos, Fiestas de Taos feature three full days of live music, dance, parades and special presentations along with food and crafts and vendors and activities for children.

    “Fiestas de Taos typically sees more than 1,000 attendees annually, and the number increases every year,” said Taos Mayor Darren Cordova, whose band Darren Cordova y Calor, will be performing. “The Fiestas are a way of not only preserving our rich heritage that has evolved over the centuries, but passing these traditions on to the next generations while sharing them with visitors.”

    The Fiestas begin at noon on July 19 with music by Dick Cordova followed by a performance by the Mystic Dance team at 1:30 p.m., and musical performances by The UZ Band, Niños Bailadores, and Catalina Rio Fernandez and Flamenco Nuevo Mexico, among others.

  • July 22
    2-3 p.m.
    Lecture by Spanish Colonial Art Historian Felipe R. Mirabel, “Don Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco 1713-1785: The Construction of the Capella Castrense.” Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, 750 Camino Lejo at Museum Hill.
    Reservations required call 982-2226. Society Members free. Non-Members $10/person.
    July 23
    Noon to 2 p.m.
    Luncheon with the Artists. Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza, 100 Sandoval Street. A unique opportunity to discuss art and to get to know one of the artists personally. Tickets $55/person, or $500 for a table (9 guests and one artist). Reserve your space by calling 982-2226 or by e-mail education@spanishcolonial.org.
    July 24
    5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Artists’ reception by Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: Scottish Rite Cathedral, 463 Paseo de Peralta. For tickets email roybmartinez@gmail.com.
    July 25
    7-8 p.m.
    AnnaMaria Cardinalli in Concert: Loretto Chapel, 207 Old Santa Fe Trail.
    AnnaMaria Cardinalli, a classical flamenco guitarist will share her passion for the richness of Latino culture at the Loretto Chapel. Seats $40/person (Very limited seating available). Reserve seating at 982-2226, ext. 111 or by email market@spanishcolonial.org.
    July 26
    5-7 p.m.

  • The rich Hispanic culture of New Mexico will be celebrated at the 62nd Traditional Spanish Market, July 27 and 28 on the Santa Fe Plaza.
    Spanish Market features handmade traditional art from more than 350 local Hispanic artists, as well as ongoing live music and dance, art demonstrations and regional foods throughout each day. Spanish Market is one of only three Heritage Events held annually in Santa Fe.
    The Spanish Market is the oldest and largest juried Spanish Market in the United States and attracts more than 70,000 visitors and collectors from throughout the world. Each July, the Market showcases more than 350 Hispanic artists who not only exhibit and sell their art, but are also very happy to share their culture with visitors. Ninety-seven percent of the artists are from New Mexico. It is truly a shop local event, as 97 percent of sales directly benefit the artists and the local economy.

  • Two years ago, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area was a mess. The flames were out, but smoke was still rising, and the Las Conchas Fire had taken its toll. The steel haul rope and chairs of the Spruce lift, oldest on the mountain, were lying on the grass. They had fallen because the upper terminal had burned. And the Townsite lift, the newest four-seater, was likewise out of commission, its upper terminal also a ruin. General Manager Tom Long was thinking, “How can we ever recover from this?” The challenge was among the biggest in his 45 years in the ski industry.
    But that was then, and this is now. Pajarito is back; and Long credits his crew for “an extraordinary job with minimal staff to resurrect Pajarito from the ashes.” Both lifts are better than ever. Pajarito indeed opened — and had some days with great snow — in the two intervening seasons, but without the two eastern lifts, much of the mountain could be reached only by traversing from the undamaged Aspen lift, and skating back above the lodge. Next year will be different. Both the Spruce and Townsight lifts are ready to roll, only waiting for enough snow to kick off the 2013-2014 season.

  • There are two recipients for the third annual Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship, Valentina Dawn Chee and Celine Yazzie Olson each earned the $2,500 Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship.
    To apply for this scholarship, universities around the state posted qualifications on their websites. Applicants had to show need, proof of a grade point average of 2.5 or above and their goals pertaining to how they would give back to the Navajo Nation.
    Valentina Dawn Chee, a junior at the University of New Mexico majoring in nutrition/dietetics. Chee wrote to the scholarship committee that she aspires to serve the people of the Navajo Nation through community workshops on the nutrition and lifestyle choices that will help overcome Type-2 diabetes, an epidemic in her community.
    This summer, Chee is working at New Mexico State University as a lab assistant, participating in cancer research, applying microbiology techniques. She hopes this will further her lifelong goals of improving the health of her Navajo people. Chee is from Vanderwagen, south of Gallup.

  • Here are the winners of the live flower show contest at Fuller Lodge Art Center on June 28. There is still time to see the Wallflowers exhibit until July 27.