• The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Santa Fe

    Café de Paris, 239 E. DeVargas
    Date inspected: Jan. 10, closing
    Status of establishment: Voluntary closure, no longer in business

    California Pastrami and More, LLC, 780 W. Alameda
    Date inspected: Jan. 10, closing
    Status of establishment: Voluntary closure, no longer in business

    Chuck Higgins, LLC, 847 Niñita St.
    Date inspected: Jan. 17

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Petra McDowell will offer a gentle family snowshoe outing under the (almost) full moon at 4:30 p.m.
    Feb. 4.
    The hike will start at the lodge at Pajarito Mountain and is free and open to the public. Snowshoes can be rented from the Walkup Aquatic Center.
    Snowshoeing is a sport that even the youngest trekkers can enjoy. And when better to take to the snow than when it’s glinting in the light of a full moon?
    McDowell will lead families up the Sherwood Forest Trail to the top of the beginner lift and down the road to Camp May, where they’ll gather around a campfire to share books and hot chocolate.

  • On World Book Night, April 23, one million books will be given away in the United States.
    As a result, Otowi Station Bookstore is looking for “book givers” to help get books into the hands of people who are nonreaders or infrequent readers, or who are underserved because of income, location or other reasons.
    Los Alamos coordinator Ellen Ben-Naim, the children’s book buyer at Otowi Station said, “A committee of booksellers and librarians chose the 30 titles to be given away.

  • Piano, violin, cello, a jazz band, guitar, vocal performance and even hula are not what one would expect to see under one roof, but it’s all happening at this year’s University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Music Marathon. The marathon will be from 1-7:45 p.m. Sunday in the UNM-LA Student Center. The event is free and open to everyone. Donations will help transform the Building 2 Lecture Hall into a performance space through the purchase of a portable stage.
    Pianist, local music teacher and longtime UNM-LA faculty member Juanita Madland organized the first marathon. This year, local pianist Rheta Moazzami assisted her.

  • The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having their annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale.
    Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program serving terminally ill individuals in Los Alamos County, Rio Arriba County and parts of Northern Santa Fe County.
    Daffodil pre-orders are being taken now through March 2. A vase of daffodils with 20 stems may be ordered for $15; a vase with 10 stems costs $10 or a single bunch (10 stems) may be purchased for $5.  
    Delivery is free with a minimum of two bunches, or one vase, to a single address.  Flowers will be delivered March 10 or may be picked up at the VNS office (116 Central Park Square) between 3-5:30 p.m. March 8 or all day March 9.

  • The Assets Award-winning Dawn Brown, her staff and volunteers, burned the midnight oil Friday and pulled off yet another year of science for the Los Alamos Public Schools.
    Brown, along with 11 committee members and curriculum department members Tess Daughton, Megan Lee and Kathy Weinman, allowed the district to shine on Saturday with the annual County Science Fair.
    The registration process, venue and science efforts were visible from the start.
    “To know we are reaching out to encourage district students in the sciences, engineering and technology means we are sparking an interest in LAPS students,” Brown said.

  • What an Asset building week in Los Alamos!
    We kicked the events off with the annual Science Fair, which is an enormous feat put on by a committee represented by all Los Alamos Public School sites and includes the Home School Community.
    We continue with a Los Alamos Middle School edition of Cookies and Conversation, where adults have lunch with students and discuss light-hearted topics.
    Oh and by the way, the Rachel’s Challenge speaker for last week, came down with a nasty bout of stomach flu. We are working to reschedule.

  • Frijoles Canyon through Bandelier National Monument endured monumental floods following the Las Conchas fire.
    Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers to hear exactly what happened and what is being done to bring the park back.
    At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge, National Park Service Superintendent Jason Lott will speak about impacts of last summer’s fire on Bandelier National Monument, discuss the marijuana garden eradication, the bus program and plans for 2012. His talk is titled, “How I Spent My Summer.”
    All the major watersheds in Bandelier were impacted by the fire, including Frijoles Canyon, where the visitor center and main visited archeological sites are located.

  • The Los Alamos National Christian Forensic Communication Association Speech and Debate Guild, on behalf of the NCFCA Region 3 Qualifying Speech and Debate Tournament competitors and staff, would like to thank Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church for hosting our recent New Mexico Qualifier.
    Thanks also to the Los Alamos Monitor for their coverage of the event, and to the many, wonderful community judges who volunteered their time to judge the young people as they sought to hone their public speaking skills.  

  • The halls at Los Alamos High School were alive with the energy of future students late Friday afternoon as elementary Einsteins dropped off science projects for Saturday judging.

  • 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.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    Thank you to the community of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Monitor staff for the outstanding support you give to the animals lovingly cared for in the shelter.


    Louie — A sweet-namtured older gentleman. He’s a Lab-cross, well behaved with simple needs like ear scratches and tummy rubs.  

  • While millions of Americans have moved into the recovery phase of their holiday season, Jan. 23 marks the beginning of a festive time in Chinese culture. It would be easy to compare the holiday to the Christmas holiday of the Western world but, although there are many similarities, it is a celebration steeped in tradition, folklore and optimism.
    Commonly referred to as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, the Chinese New Year is a time to celebrate warmer days with friends and family — a time of renewal, prosperity and good health for the year to come.

  • The Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Mary Badarak,  presents the “Grand Mass in C minor, K. 427” by W.A. Mozart at 4 p.m. Jan. 29 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3700 Canyon Dr.
    The performance features a chorus of 75 voices and an orchestra of 40 musicians. Cindy Little is the pianist-accompanist for the LACS and organist for this performance.

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.


    Burger King, 701 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Jan. 9
    Violations: One low-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — not everyone in food prep/service area was wearing hair restraints. Must wear hair restraints in food prep area. Hair net, cap, slip-on hair cover, etc.

  • BALTIMORE (AP) — Is the “Poe Toaster” nevermore?
    For decades, a mysterious man left a three roses and cognac on Edgar Allan Poe’s grave to mark the anniversary of the writer’s birth. But after the visitor, dubbed the “Poe Toaster,” failed to appear two years in a row, Poe fans are planning one last vigil this week before calling an end to the annual Jan. 19 tradition.

  • ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s veterans are invited to show off their talents and celebrate the healing qualities of the arts at the 2012 local Veterans Creative Arts Festival on March 7 and 8 (visual arts) and March 9 (performing arts), at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque.
    Main divisions for the 10th annual festival are music, visual arts, creative writing, drama and dance.
    Veterans will be able to enter up to three categories per division. Local first-place winners go on to compete at the national level via digital images and compact disc.

  • The newly formed Santa Fe Wagner Society announces its first event, inviting admirers of the composer and any others who might be interested.
     It will be at 4 p.m. Jan. 28 at the United Church of Santa Fe, 1804 Arroyo Chamiso.  The event is co-presented with the Santa Fe Concert Association as part of its “Note on Music” series.

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer a free talk and slideshow by Hari Viswanathan about his bird photography trip in Peru at 7 p.m. Jan. 26.  
    Viswanathan recently traveled from the Machu Picchu cloud forest to the Amazon rainforest on a special trip to photograph birds.
    He went from 10,000 feet in elevation in the Andes to 1,000 feet in the Amazon rain forest, passing through many different habitats along the way.
    His expert guide helped him locate and photograph some of the 1,879 species of birds in Peru (compared with only 925 species in the U.S.). Viswanathan said he was amazed at how many good looks he was able to get of spectacular species of macaws, toucans, tanagers, hummingbirds and more.  

  • The Los Alamos Concert Association presents Haochen Zhang, at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Zhang is the gold medalist of the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
    Established in 1962 and held every four years, the Cliburn competition is considered by many to be the most prestigious classical piano competition in the world.  The Milwaukee Journal called it “the musical Olympics” and  PBS televised the 2009 competition as “A Surprise in Texas: The Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition,” featuring the finalists vying for the coveted gold medal. Zhang shared the top prize with Nobuyuki Tsujii and become the youngest pianist, at age 19, to win the competition.

  • Jenn Bartram was dealing with a major problem. She woke up in the middle of the night craving sugar. She ate handfuls of candy corn and was trying hard not to eat sweets, but still felt totally out of control.
    She wasn’t sure how to get a handle on her cravings, then Dr. Merry McIntyre recommended Dr. Bobbie Hall.
    Hall is a certified natural health practitioner, master herbalist and naturopathic doctor that has a private natural health practice in town called Trinity Natural Health.  
    Bartram had her first appointment in mid-October and it was then that Hall told her she had Candida — an imbalance that cancer survivors often face.