• Today
    Co-op cooking class. Dehydrator snacks with Lisa Johnson. 6 p.m. at the Los Alamos Co-op Market, 95 Entrada Dr. in the café. $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. For more information call 695-1579.

    “No Limitations.” Work by photographer Kimber Wallwork-Heineman. Daily through November at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery.  
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Patti Vowell, New Mexico State Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative coordinator, will discuss the state’s progression towards implementing reform in the Juvenile Justice System in the context of the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative.

    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

  • There are several great community events taking place this weekend and into next week, so as we begin to kick off the holiday season, whatever your holiday, I hope you can participate in at least one.
    The Los Alamos High School Child Development Class is hosting a community wide drive to receive donations of hats, mittens, scarves and even some snack items for school kids in need, in and around our community. The collection locations include the high school, middle school, Chamisa Elementary and both senior center locations.
    Those nifty knitters at the senior centers have already knitted more than two-dozen hats for the terrific teen project. The big collection ends on Monday so they can add to the thankfulness of Thanksgiving.
    As you should know, Nov. 22 is the big Smith’s Marketplace, Boy Scout, Cub Scout food drive. Our faithful mail carriers, with the help of those trusty scouts and the pleasant people at Smith’s will be collecting, bagging picking up and delivering your items to LA Cares.
    I might ask that you take the time to consider your donations and about who is receiving them. Families could use nutritious and delicious snacks to fill lunch pails or kick off a good breakfast with fun cereals or warm oatmeal.

  • At the November meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers, Josh Payne will provide a first-hand account of his 22 days on the Denali, also known as Mt. McKinley, as he and a partner tackled a path to the summit that very few of those drawn to the mountain attempt.
    Mt. McKinley is the highest peak in North America, more than 20,000 feet tall, with temperatures framed by its proximity to the Arctic Circle, winds that can top 10 miles per hour, and an unforgiving landscape of glaciers and crevasses, Denali is a siren song to adventurers and mountaineers.
    The meeting will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. In addition to Payne’s talk, “Degenerate States of Euphoria in the Valley of Death,” the meeting offers refreshments, reports on recent and upcoming trips, safety tips drawn from outdoor adventures and more. The meeting is open to any interested members of the public, as well as club members.
    “In my talk I will tell the story of our climb,” Payne said. “From the highest highs to the lowest lows there were many different paths to euphoric moments on that mountain.”

  • 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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of more adorable adoptable animals:


  • Nov. 16-22, 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
    10:30 a.m.    Advisory council    
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Green chile chicken tortilla soup
    Noon        Grief support
    12:15 p.m.    Smart Driver class
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing    
    8:30 a.m.    Mac users group
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Grilled tuna steak
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis
    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise

  • Pierotti to speak at MOWW meeting

    Lou Pierotti, of Los Alamos, will be the guest speaker at the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars November meeting.
    The evening will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. at the Los Alamos Research Park in the second floor conference room, followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Pierotti will speak at 7:15 p.m. He will be talking about his experiences serving stateside during World War II.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost. RSVP for the dinner is needed by Sunday. To RSVP, call Lt. Col. Norman G. Wilson, USAF Retired, Chapter Senior Vice Commander and Past Chapter Commander, 662-9544 (email NrmWil5@cs.com), or Adjutant Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 (email depinyan@cybermesa.com).
    Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. Note that a dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s).

    Recycle fashion show
    set for Saturday

  • Students copy names off of the Vietnam Memorial during last year’s trip. Eighth graders are encouraged to sign up for the next trip.

  • Whether someone is an avid or occasional hiker, it’s important to know what to do if someone is in distress on a hike. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will be offering a wilderness first aid for day hikers course from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at PEEC. The class, taught by Carl Gilmore, will lay the groundwork for how to help someone in need of first aid.
    During the class, Gilmore will talk about the basics of first aid and also how to deal with specific problems on the trail such as dehydration, altitude sickness, heatstroke and hypothermia. Prevention will be stressed, and there will be ample time for questions and answers.
    Gilmore has been involved in pre-hospital medicine for 49 years, as an EMT since 1971 at various levels. He has developed and directed countywide EMS agencies, been a volunteer fire fighter, and taught pre-hospital medicine with a special focus on care in frontier, rural and wilderness environments.
    Gilmore is currently active as an EMT-I with Taos Ski Valley, both as a member of the ski patrol and as a volunteer EMS. In 1992, he was awarded the title of master EMS instructor by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s EMS Academy.

  • Santa Fe
    Sweeney Head Start, 501 Airport Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 11
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Cleopatra’s Café, 418 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 9
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. The metal shelf in the true reach-in unit is rusting and needs replacing. Two low-risk violations. The seal between the wall and the hand sink in the kitchen is loose. Five LED light bulbs are not shielded in the kitchen and food prep areas.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Piccolino Italian Restaurant, 2870 Agua Fria St.
    Date inspected: Sept. 9
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Bulk containers are not labeled. One low-risk violation. Ceilings in the dish room area and around dry storage are rusting and some tiles are cracking, seal and repaint.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • The Santa Fe Children’s Museum has gingerbread houses on display, handcrafted by area chefs. In a partnership with Hutton Broadcasting, the museum is raising funds to benefit educational programs. There will be an auction of various items from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe. Patrons can also view the designs of the gingerbread houses through November, vote for the favorite and purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to take a gingerbread house home with them.

  • TaraShea Nesbit’s first novel has captured the essence of what it was like to be a woman starting a new — and usually unwanted life in a strange land during World War II.
    The strange land being the secret spot of Los Alamos, which was so secret no one could drive up there.
    Scientists who were summoned for their skills, brought their wives with little or no explanation.
    These wives were usually educated women from big cities like Chicago or Boston, or another big city east of the Mississippi. The dusty terrain of Los Alamos of the past was, to say the least, difficult to get used to.
    Told in a collective voice, Nesbit’s novel has the various perspectives of many women, without giving names. The constant of the novel contained the frustrations with the hardships of every day life and the curiosities of “Why are we here?” and “What does my husband do at work?”
    None of those questions were answered, of course, until the first atomic bomb was completed and two cities in Japan were reduced to a smoldering pile of rubble. The women returned back home and to their former lives, but changed in many grand ways.

  • The Los Alamos Co-op Market is having its last two cooking classes of the year.
    Dehydrator snacks will be the focus on Nov. 18. Lisa Johnson will show the calss how to make healthy snacks and save money by making the most out of a dehydrator.
    Johnson will also discuss how to customize each recipe to meet the participant’s desired flavor profile.
    The final cooking class of the year will be Dec. 9. Harshini Mukundan will share vegetarian recipes from North India. The cuisine is inspired by Mughalai cooking style, developed by the imperial kitchens of the Muslim Mughal Empire in South Asia.
    Although vegetarian versions will be taught, Mukundan will discuss how to modify the dishes to include chicken, if there is interest.
    Mukundan will also describe low fat and vegan alternatives for both the rice and curry dish.
    The co-op’s Shop with the Chef cooking classes give local chefs the opportunity to share their love of cuisine, starting with shopping for the ingredients and taking participants through the cooking process to all the way to the final product.
    Registration is available through the co-op for $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Classes are at 6 p.m. and held in the café at the Entrada location.

  • This week, I wanted to focus on the data from the 2013 New Mexico Risk and Resiliency Survey.
    I will also remind you that I write this column as the assets coordinator, based on the 40 Developmental Assets that when put together illustrate what traits, values, experiences to help youth grow to become successful adults.
    One of the items that received attention was the use of meth and heroin. The data reports that the use is 3.7 to 3.1, respectively. As a parent in the community, I am equally not thrilled with some of the numbers.
    I know most people won’t take the time to look up the data, so I’ll use this column and more in the future to highlight some of the data, for those that don’t have the time.
    One of the larger numbers was marijuana use, which was 20 percent. While I find that number high, you can’t look at that without the consideration of how many adults find it a recreational thing, turn a blind eye, see it as a rite of passage and it doesn’t help that our neighboring state has made it legal and available.
    What we really need to think about is what is driving them to get high, and school isn’t always the reason.
    Inhale, roll your eyes at me and read on because there is so much more.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host two different programs regarding birds.
    “What Do You Eat with a Bill Like This?” is the idea behind the interactive program that shows how birds live and eat. The presentation will be from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the center on Orange St.
    Nature photographer and birder Steve Kaye will show photos of birds, and then he will invite the children to guess how each bird might use its bill to find food. There will be a short hike afterward.
    Kaye will then lead a photo tour of birds 7 p.m. that same day at PEEC. In this presentation, Kaye will demonstrate how his photographing birds have led to a deeper connection with nature and important lessons in joyful living.
    Kaye has been taking photos casually since 1965 and professionally since 2010. He uses these photos in talks and articles to inspire respect for nature. He is the author of a novel, four books on leadership topics, more than 400 articles and five collections of poetry. Learn more at stevekayephoto.com.
    The programs are free to attend, and no registration is required. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org, or call 662-0460.


    Nov. 9-15, 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

    10 a.m. Talk: Alan B. Carr, “Overview of the
    Second World War”


    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets. Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:


    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org.

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

  • Santa Fe
    Walter Burke Catering, 1209 Calle de Commercio
    Date inspected: Sept. 4
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Pesticides stored along side cleaning agents, but should be stored in a locked cabinet outside of food preparation and storage area. Exposed insulation over storage area. Three moderate-risk violations. All sides of equipment have dark grime and dust build up. Microwave is not ANSI or NSF approved. Pest activity in outside storage buildings. Employees have no hair restraints.   
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Oct. 7.

    Bambini’s Steaks and Hoagies, various locations
    Date inspected: Sept. 9
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. No date labels on cooked food and held more than 24 hours, which was corrected at the time of inspection. Barehanded contact with ready to eat food, which was corrected at the time of inspection. Two moderate-risk violations. Ammonium test strips not available to test sanitizer. Window for ventilation does not have screen or mesh.   
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Cesar Chavez Elementary School, 6251 Jaguar Dr. 
    Date inspected: Sept. 8
    Violations: None.   
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • In honor of all veterans and Native American Heritage Month, Jemez Springs Public Library will present a talk by author Judith Avila and Latham Nez, grandson of the last code talker, Chester Nez who passed away in June.
    They will talk about Nez’s memoir of his experiences as a code talker, one of the Native American heroes of World War II.
    Chester Nez was the last survivor of the original 29 Navajo code talkers of WWII — the men who developed the only unbroken code in modern warfare. During World War II, the Japanese managed to crack every code the U.S. military used. But when the Marines turned to their Navajo recruits to develop and implement a secret language, the men stymied the enemy and helped to assure victory for the United States in the South Pacific.
    After a career working at the VA hospital in Albuquerque, he lived with his son’s family in his later years. The family believes it is very important for the legacy of the code talkers to be remembered. Talking about the book, co-authored by Nez and Judith Avila, is a way to do so, to honor Chester Nez’s memory and the remarkable story of all the code talkers.

  • “Courage and Compassion: Native Women Sculpting Women,” is the first exhibit of its kind featuring leading American Indian Women sculptors of 20th and 21st centuries.
    The exhibit is open now at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and runs through Oct. 19, 2015. The exhibition features figures of women sculpted by seven American Indian women artists. Most of the 10 works on view will be in the museum’s outdoor Roland Sculpture Garden.
    There is a long history of sculpting among the indigenous peoples of the Americas. The artists in Courage and Compassion, while contemporary in their approach are steeped in tradition. Using the same materials as their ancestors did thousands of years ago, the works presented draw on cultural influences of those who have gone before
    The depictions of women shown in this exhibit are not portraits of particular women, with one exception, but speak to their strength in their native cultures, their roles and how they are viewed.

  • Self Help, Inc. recently received seed money for Self Reliance grants that provides individuals and families assistance in seeking the skills, equipment and resources to initiate job training, continuing education, vocational development, home businesses/cottage industries, or other projects that will encourage integration into the workforce and enhance financial self-reliance.
    The recipients are:
    • Phoenix Eco-Sustainable Fashions by Thalia Gibbs-Jackson. Creating eco-sustainable fashion by repairing, repurposing, refashioning, recycling yarn, natural-fiber fabrics, and garments. Her goal is to educate as well as assist clients in shopping with a conscience by saving the planet one garment at a time.
    • The original kangaroo scarf with pockets made by women living in Taos. Kangaroo scarves are for men and women that provide warmth utility and style perfect for outdoor activities, and indoor warm-ups. Pockets keep needed things handy. One of the lines of fleece scarves are made of 100 percent recycled material.
    • The Kangaroo Girls by Gail Russel. Grantees will be showing their creations at The Los Alamos Arts Council Holiday Arts and crafts Fair on Nov. 22 and at the 2015 Empty Bowls Project on March 7, 2015. For more information, visit kangarooscarves.com/.