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  • N.M. 4 is a picturesque journey through pine forests, high desert mesas and quaint mountain towns.  From the junction of Highway 501, N.M. 4 gently ascends the slopes above Water Canyon before winding gently into the Jemez Mountains. This highway travels effortlessly through the forests to many popular outdoor destinations and is even used as an alternative route to Albuquerque. However, this popular scenic byway began as a dusty wagon trail carved out of the rocks with picks by local settlers nearly 100 years ago.  

    Historical Origins  

  • The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series, starring the Texas Southern rock band Uncle Lucius, moves to Los Alamos National Bank Friday.
    Their lead singer, Kevin Galloway left his banking job in East Texas in 2002, moved to Austin and two years later had one of Austin’s top rock bands.
    “What do you think, LANB staff, shall I book you some gigs? Steve Wells on lead guitar? Bill Enloe as a country singer? I can picture that,” said Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series Promoter Russ Gordon.
         Uncle Lucius took rock ‘n’ roll from it’s roots in R&B, blues and country and came up with a Southern outlaw, soulful rock band.

  • The Los Alamos Opera Guild will honor those who were instrumental in saving the Los Alamos community from the ravages of the Los Conchas fire.
    The Los Alamos County Council and members of the fire and police departments will be the special guests at the Guild’s open house from 3-6 p.m. Sunday.
    Two rising young singers from the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Singer Program, soprano Maria Lindsey and tenor Matthew Newlin, will perfora for the group at 4 p.m.
    Individuals that are interested in learning more about the Los Alamos Opera Guild and their activities that support The Santa Fe Opera, as well as music in the Los Alamos community are welcome to attend.  

  • What started as a family project to put a thank you banner into the window of a local business has morphed into a project to help the community at-large express their thanks for the work done by firemen and other emergency workers, and to all of the supporters and well-wishers throughout New Mexico.
    “My daughter Hannah and her friend Kris Kupchella worked on designing a banner for the window of our store,” said Don Taylor, owner of Don Taylor’s Photography on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. “When I saw what they had done, I liked it so much that I decided to take the initiative to share it with others.”

  • For those tired of smelling smoke, relief is right around the corner. From noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a chance to learn how to distill lavender and make all-natural soap at the Second Bloom Farm in White Rock.

  • Seeing a forest fire up close and being forced to evacuate their homes can cause confusion and concern among children. The Los Alamos Historical Society is teaming with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center to help children and adults come to a better understanding of forest fires and recovery with a reading, book signing and hands-on activities, as well as a fire recovery talk for adults from 2-4 p.m. July 30 at PEEC.
    After the Cerro Grande fire devastated Los Alamos in 2000, the Historical Society worked with local ecologist Terry Foxx to publish a children’s book, “ The Forest and the Fire.” This illustrated book, written in poetic verse, allows children to see that fire is a natural part of forest ecology.

  • The Kiwanis recently awarded former Los Alamos High School student Shannon Blair, a scholarship. Blair graduated in May and plans to attend Whitman College and was active in Los Alamos Youth Leadership and was selected as the recipient of the Clendenen Student Athlete of the Year award.
    Pictured left to right, Blair’s parents, Steve and Barbara Blair;  Blair, President of Kiwanis Fran Berting; and Kiwanis Key Club Mentor Morrie Pongratz.

     

  • What’s up with all that global warming stuff? Temperatures haven’t gone up noticeably since around 2003 or 2004, so perhaps the scare is over and people can get on with other problems?  
    Charles “Chick” Keller will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, addressing these issues. New evidence continues to emerge showing that the Earth is indeed warming and that it’s us. 
    Keller’s talk will take a look at what we know and what still needs to be learned.
    The bottom line is that all the important general issues are now understood, but there remain many secondary issues that we are still exploring. 

  • Four members of the Los Alamos Pony Club will represent the U.S. Pony Club Southwest Region at the USPC National Championships in Lexington, Ky. in mid-July. The site of the competition will be the Kentucky Horse Park, where the 2010 World Equestrian Games were held.
    Megan Reader, 18, daughter of Lisa and Garth Reader, will compete in the multi-sport event of tetrathlon, with scores combined from competition in running, shooting, swimming and jumping a complex course of fences on her horse, Redford.
    Reader, a 2011 graduate of Los Alamos High School, was on the USPC International tetrathlon team in 2010.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes. 

    Thanks to the shelter staff for outstanding service to the community during the Las Conchas Fire evacuation.

  • July 10-16 2011

    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

  •    The Betty Ehart and White Rock Senior Centers are open as from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Regular evening activities will also resume this week.

     Homebound meal recipients are being served and transportation services are fully operational. 

  • Welcome Back! Did you spend a portion of the last 10 days building assets? I’ll bet you did! There’s nothing like a huge evacuation to bring a state together.

    The time may not have been spent building the assets in youth, but there was an outpouring of asset building within communities.

  • The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board is up and running after the evacuation and continues to offer services to local youth and families. 

    JJAB aims to engage youth through both prevention and intervention programs. 

  • More change is in the air for the world of e-books and e-audio books. NetLibrary, the Los Alamos County Library System’s current downloadable e-content service, will retire its current interface. In its place will be a newer, sleeker interface for downloading e-content, and with it comes a new name: EbscoHost.

    In addition to a new look and a new name, EbscoHost will also include enhanced features that will make viewing, listening and downloading content a smoother experience. 

  • “I don’t know much about classical guitar,” said Ann McLaughlin, the new artistic director of the Los Alamos Concert Association. “But Eliot Fisk’s agent sent a CD of Fisk’s transcription of George Rochberg’s variations on the famous Paganini theme. I remembered Rochberg’s music from the 1960s, which was pretty atonal, so I was skeptical. But I slapped the CD into my car player and by the time I got from home to Smith’s I had to stop and listen to the end. I was so knocked out.”

  • Visual Art is often considered a static form of expression. Fuller Lodge Art Center aims to challenge this stereotype in their new exhibit “Kinesis,” which opens Friday, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. With works from 45 artists collected in the show, the concept of movement is illustrated in a multitude of styles.

  • The Santa Fe Opera is extending an invitation to all New Mexico residents, new or long-time, who have never purchased a ticket to the opera, an opportunity to discover what opera lovers have been enjoying for the past 50 years.
    A 40 percent discount is being offered for any performance during the forthcoming 2011 Festival season.
    The season began July 1 with a new production of Gounod’s “Faust.” The following night, Puccini’s “La Boheme” opened. Performances are on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights in July, and every night — except Sunday — during August.
    Some dates are nearly sold out, but there are a number for which seats are still available.  

  • PEEC staff and volunteers will be busy this week restoring the gardens and making sure people and critters are doing well.
    Activities on the calendar are canceled for the week of July 4-10. Watch their website, PajaritoEEC.org, for further information about resuming classes and activities.  
    The week of July 11, they hope to resume their regular programs: Nature Playtimes for Toddlers, Preschoolers and their Caregivers led by Jessie Ross and Jocelyn Warner (10:30 a.m.-noon Mondays); Green Hour Hikes for Families led by Petra McDowell (9 a.m. Tuesdays); and Kids Summer Gardening led by Kelly Larson (9:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays).
    The iCare Adventures on the Pajarito Plateau run by the Family YMCA resumed on July 6.