• More than 120 films from 22 countries will be showcased at the 7th annual Taos Short Film Fest this weekend in Taos. Along with a chance to meet industry professionals, the Taos Shortz Film Fest includes networking parties, panel discussions, awards ceremonies and a chance to see the best short films including those made by New Mexicans, which will be featured in the Tamalewood Zia Showcase and the “Locals” Program 1.
    “Whether you are a devoted fan of Taos Shortz, or a newcomer to the festival, these short films will take you on an emotional journey through time and space,” said executive director of Taos Short Film Fest, Anna Cosentine. “This year, we have an incredible line up of ‘shortz’ not only from New Mexicans, but American and international filmmakers throughout the world — so we’re excited not only showcase these films, but to showcase Taos as well.”
    The films will be divided into several programs over the course of four days. 
    For more information about Taos Shortz Film Fest and a detailed list of the programs, prices and films showing, visit taosshortz.com and anna@taosshortz.com.

  • Ticket applications can be submitted through April 7. Apply for your chance to visit the Antiques Roadshow” set and be considered for broadcast.
    PBS’s highest-rated ongoing primetime series “Antiques Roadshow,” a production of WGBH Boston, visits Albuquerque, as part of an eight-city summer production tour. “Antiques Roadshow” and New Mexico PBS will host the all-day appraisal event on July 19. “Antiques Roadshow” airs locally Ch.5.1 — Mondays at 7 and 8 p.m. and on Ch. 9.1 — Wednesday at 9 and 10 p.m.
    Apply for tickets now at pbs.org/antiques and go online to pbs.org/roadshow/tickets and for a chance to win a pair of tickets to “Antiques Roadshow” in Albuquerque.
    “Antiques Roadshow” is also accepting furniture submissions for the 2014 Tour. The series is looking for a few pieces of furniture to appraise and display on the set. Selected pieces will be transported to the event and back at no cost to the owner. For more details: pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/furniture.
    At the appraisal event, approximately 6,000 ticketed guests will receive free valuations of personal antiques and collectibles from specialists from the country’s leading auction houses and independent dealers. Each guest is invited to bring two items for appraisal.

  • Santa Fe
    Giant — snack bar, 3730 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: Feb. 4
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Food temperatures in danger zone in display refrigerators. Potential for cross-contamination because of improper storage of chemicals over three-compartment sink. One moderate-risk violation. Vents and fans have dust and mold build up.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Feb. 28.

    Panda Express, 500 N. Guadalupe St.
    Date inspected: Feb. 5
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Food temperatures in danger zone in walk-in and prep refrigerators. Soap dispenser at hand washing station not working, which was corrected at time of inspection. Two moderate-risk violations. Wood handle utensils are degraded and shall be made smooth, non-absorbent and clean. Food equipment has grease, food and dust build up on all sides.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Feb. 28.

  • Santa Fe Community Foundation is accepting nominations through April 15, for the 28th annual Piñon Awards, which honor exemplary nonprofit organizations in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico.
    Nominations may come from any interested member of the community, including board members, volunteers, donors, past award recipients and employees of nonprofits. Those wishing to submit a nomination should visit the Foundation website at santafecf.org, for guidelines and a nomination form.
    Each year, Santa Fe Community Foundation recognizes the extraordinary work of area nonprofits with the Piñon Award — the only local award devoted exclusively to recognizing nonprofit organizations. Winners receive an unrestricted grant, public recognition in the media and at an awards ceremony, and a statuette recognizing their achievement.
    This year’s ceremony, which is open to the public, will take place Oct. 7 at La Fonda on the Plaza.
    Nominations will be accepted in the four categories:
    • Courageous Innovation Award: An organization, building off a solid base of knowledge, which is creating a new approach to solving a persistent problem in the community; is using a bold and courageous approach, based on sound theory, to create solutions that don’t currently exist in our region.

  • The first thing you’ll probably notice when you visit Red River is the smiles. People seem genuinely happy living in this small Northern New Mexico hamlet surrounded by the Southern Rockies. They are warm and hospitable towards visitors and show a sincere interest in wanting others to experience the magic of their town so they, too, can be in a perpetual state of contentment during their stay.
    Red River has a rich history as a mining town that was originally called River City. Back in the late 1800s, when prospectors discovered the area, hundreds of gold, silver and copper mines were carved into the mountain with names like Golden Treasure, Silver King and Black Copper. In its heyday, the population soared to several thousand residents.

  • Charles M. Carrillo has blended craft, conservation, and innovation throughout his career as a santero — a “saintmaker,” or carver and painter of images of saints. Carrillo started his creative journey in 1978 when he began researching the techniques, materials, and subject matter of the early santeros. Today he is recognized not only as the primary authority on this subject but also as the most accomplished artist practicing in this regional tradition.
    Carrillo has won many awards, including the Museum of International Folk Art’s Hispanic Heritage Award, as well as numerous First Place, Best of Show, and Grand Prize entries in the Annual Traditional Spanish Market in Santa Fe, where he has been a participant for more than 20 years.
    In 2006, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Spanish Market and the prestigious NEA National Heritage Fellowship. His work is exhibited in many major museums including The Heard Museum, Denver Art Museum, Regis University, Albuquerque Museum, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and the Smithsonian.

  • Recently, the Los Alamos Master Gardeners increased the love of reading by donating five books to the Los Alamos Middle School Library.

    The titles include “Gardening in New Mexico,” “Guide to Rocky Mountain Vegetable Gardening,” “Growing Food in the Southwest Mountains,” “Southwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles” and “Gardening in the Southwest.”
    The group regularly donates garden-related books to Mesa Public Library and upon hearing about the Youth Food Project, the Master Gardeners thought the middle school could use some resources for their library.
    Visit the Master Gardeners website to contact them for all of gardening questions or problems at lamgonline.org, or County Extension Officer, Carlos Vigil at 662-2656. From left, LAMS Librarian Lisa LaPrairie-Whitacre and Master Gardeners Club member Coleen Meyer.

  • Santa Fe artistic photographer KiP Walker and watercolor artist Jan Wright of Mancos, Colo., have created a collaboration of photography and watercolors, which expresses their love of the New Mexico landscape. “Sisters in Art — Sisters at Heart” exhibits artwork that reflects similar subjects and themes in two very different media. This is their second exhibit together, having created a “Sisters” show in Cortez, Colo., in July of 2013.
    The show will premiere in conjunction with the “It’s Not Easy Being Green” exhibit also starting March 21. The public is invited to a reception for “It’s Not Easy Being Green” show from 5-7 p.m. at the Fuller Lodge Art Center. Forty-five artists join forces to present 78 pieces on living green.
    “Sisters in Art — Sisters at Heart” shows in the Portal Gallery through April 26.
    Walker only recently re-entered the art scene. During a hiatus from exhibiting she continued to photograph and hone her creative vision, leaving the darkroom behind and embracing digital photography and the wonders of Digital Art. Walker sees her work as expressing “multidimensional realities...layering images, ideas, and archetypes.”

  • In light of the recent suicides among youth in Los Alamos, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board has programs available that are geared toward saving teens and supporting them through hard times.
    “I want to bring attention to the community, because I think there is a lack of knowledge about these programs,” JJAB Youth Resource Advocate, Troy Palmer said.
    Enrollment for these weekly programs are generally low, Palmer said. He is hoping that a change is on the horizon.
    Community support is welcome for anyone who would like to take part in the programs, whether they are teens or adults. The community can benefit from the programs, Palmer said.
    Volunteers are encouraged for the following:
    • adults to help facilitate discussion
    • monetary donations for light snacks or raffle prizes
    • donations of light snacks or raffle prizes
    • adults to help provide supervision (for the Just Do It study program)
    • adults volunteers or student volunteers to help provide tutoring, particularly in math, Spanish, chemistry, physics and literature (for the Just Do It study program)
    All free programs are available and provide light snacks. Funding is provided through Los Alamos JJAB.

  • We hear about academics and testing all the time, but what do we really know and what do we do with that information?
    Los Alamos High School student Tessa Snyder, hopes to educate people and spur them into action or at least some good discussion.
    “Race to Nowhere,” a documentary by Vicki Abeles, will be shown in Los Alamos by Snyder with the help of librarian, Ken Holes and teacher Margo Batha, president of the New Mexico Speech and Debate Association. The community viewing will be 6:30 p.m. March 27 at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Lecture Hall, Building 2. The show is free and open to the public.
    Snyder learned of the documentary as student in Batha’s AP Language and Composition class.
    “For all of my students, seeing this movie really helped them to discuss the pressures that they face as students in today’s high stress, high achieving world,” Batha said. “She immediately realized that a community screening of ‘Race to Nowhere’ would help spark discussion in our community.”
    One goal of Snyder’s work is to accept donations to fund community programs enhancing wellness opportunities for youth, but her main goal is to create dialogue and make change.

  • Southern living continues as the theme for the Los Alamos Mountaineers’ March presentation. Following February’s presentation of a trip to Antarctica, March features a talk on a trek to the high, volcanic peaks of Ecuador, in a travel tale told by Kelly Gallagher and Don Krier.
    The presentation will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. The talk follows the business portion of the Mountaineer’s meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.
    Ecuador features the greatest concentration of volcanoes in the world, rising between its coastal areas and inner rain forests. The spectacular glaciated peaks of Cotopaxi (19,348 feet), located in the Ecuadorian Andes, offer exciting and accessible high-altitude mountaineering. Cotopaxi — an active volcano with more than 50 eruptions in the past 275 years, the most recent in 1940 — lies on a long and narrow Andean valley surrounded by high volcanoes. Naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt said: “Cotopaxi’s shape is the most beautiful and regular of all the colossal peaks in the high Andes. It is a perfect cone covered by a thick blanket of snow...”

  • As we spring forward into a new season, it is the perfect time to start fresh, try something new and be positive as we slide into the end of the school year.
    We’ll look at two topic areas this week, as we have a lot of Assets to cover.
    First, we have asset number 28, Integrity, this is when a young person acts on conviction and stands up for his or her beliefs.
    Second, there’s honesty, asset number 29, when a young person tells the truth even when it is not easy.
    If you’re talking about your own children, these areas should start at a very young age. If you build on these areas when topics are trivial then when times are tough, you will have a foundation that is firm.
    There are many things that can assist you in developing these skills along the way, great teachers, wonderful programs, good books and more.
    It has been awhile since we threw some numbers your way, so let’s go to the data and see how things have been progressing, or regressing over the last several years.
    As the survey looks at students in seventh through 12th grade, this is how the data stacks up for integrity.
    2009 data — 74 percent
    2013 data — 73 percent
    Next we’ll take a gander at honesty, and the survey says?
    2009 data — 67 percent


    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Dogs and cats are great at chasing away the blues on cold nights, so come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:


    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    Thank you Los Alamos for visiting the shelter and giving adoptable animals their forever homes!

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.

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



  • The Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of World Wars in Los Alamos is announces Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard, will discuss actions of the recently adjourned 2014 session of the New Mexico Legislature.
    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. March 20 at the Los Alamos Research Park in the main meeting room. The social period will then be followed by a brief business meeting at dinner at 6:25 p.m.
    Garcia Richard’s presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m.
    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.
    The Los Alamos County Research Park building is located at 4200 West Jemez Road (west of the West Jemez Road Fire Station). Parking is available east of the fire station from the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge or along the curb-parking zone (restricted during work hours) east of the Research Park building (access to the curb parking is through the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s access control stations to West Jemez Road.)
    Entrance to the second floor dinner meeting room is from the ground level by use of the ground level elevator.

  • March 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
    8:30, 10 a.m. Tax prep
    8:45 a.m. Cardio
    11 a.m. Feldenkreis
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken tortilla soup
    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    8:30 a.m. Mac users
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Computer users group
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Catfish
    1:30 p.m. My Chronic Disease Workshop
    2 p.m. MindBody massage
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis
    8:30, 10 a.m. Tax prep
    8:30 a.m. RSVP Quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Pork loin
    1:15 p.m. Socrates Café
    1:30 p.m. Daytime Duplicate Bridge
    8:30 a.m. Walk-in-the-woods
    9 a.m. Toenail clipping
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Turkey Tetrazzini
    1:30 p.m. Tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge
    9:15 a.m. Line dancing

  • The Los Alamos Speech and Debate Guild would like to thank the more than 100 judges who volunteered their time and energy to fill 180 judge slots for the recent National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) New Mexico CHILE Qualifier.
    Forty-two students from New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Montana competed for slots to the Region III Invitational in Colorado.
    Judges provided valuable feedback as competitors sought to perfect their speaking skills, and ensured that the tournament ran smoothly and on-time. 
    Local businesses were generous, as well, donating food for judges, or giving discounts on products:  Ruby K’s Bagel Cafe, Starbucks, Cafe Creole Nouvelle, China Moon, Home Run Pizza, Chili Works, Daylight Donuts, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Los Alamos Co-op Market, Smith’s Food and Drug and McDonald’s. 
    The tournament was at Crossroads Bible Church, who graciously allowed use of their entire facility for three days. 
    The Los Alamos Speech and Debate Guild Board would like to thank everyone for making the tournament a great success!

  • Two days of heavy driving, five days of heavy labor and three homes to show for those in need, that is the definition of service, for the annual United Church of Los Alamos Mexico Mission trip.
    The long-standing trip has been joined by their neighbors from the Unitarian Universalist Church, a few community members and off they go — to do good deeds for their fellow man.
    Laura Erickson and husband Randy have seen the process through decades of service and coordinate the effort each and every year. There are many highlights for the duo as they have seen neighborhoods born of their efforts. Last year, camper Laura found a new one to love or a few new ones.
    “Probably my favorite part was watching how our fellow campers from the Unitarian Universalist Church dove right in and became family,” said Erickson. “Their enthusiasm was contagious!”
    Once you go on a Mexico Mission trip, you do indeed, “catch the bug,” and then are hooked on changing lives, one week at a time.
    As part of the process, the team needs to raise approximately $14,000, to build three homes in one week, all during the Los Alamos Public Schools spring break vacation time.

  • A proposed piece of land educational garden has been approved that the Los Alamos Family YMCA will be operating on county property in the near future. The planning and development stages are slated to begin this spring.
    The community voted for the name Hilltop Garden in an online vote in February.
    Additionally, 50 individuals also elected to receive continued information about garden education efforts. The Y and the county are finalizing an operations agreement for the Y to host this garden as a result of a county Request For Proposal process last fall.
    A license agreement is in the process of being approved.
    “I am excited by the enthusiastic response of the individuals and groups in this community who want to be involved in the ‘growth’ of Hilltop Garden,” said Kimberly Pulliam, Y community programs director. “Our hope for this garden is that it will be a place that is welcoming to everyone and that it will be a place of learning and inspiration.”
    The one acre piece of land is on the North Mesa near the stables, next to the tennis courts. Planning to build a garden and have members of the community volunteer their time to use the garden as an educational outlet.

  • A public forum sponsored by AAUW, features “Furor in the Muslim World,” by Lt. Col. (ret.) Ed Rau. 7-8:30 p.m. March 20 at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Meeting Room.
    Rau will discuss the political situation in the Middle East, especially the countries of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq, Turkey, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine. Rau will discuss the historical background, current players, costs of conflicts and possible hopeful outcomes in the context of the differences and similarities among the countries. In  light  of  the continuing turbulence in this area, this will be a most timely presentation.
    Rau  attended  the  Defense  Intelligence  Agency’s  area study  for  Iran  and Afghanistan  and completed an 11-month course of Farsi (Persian) at the State Department Language School. He was a military attaché at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan (1966-1968). He retired from the Air Force
    as Lt. Col. after 27 years. He then graduated from law school and practiced as a trial attorney for 15 years.
    He has traveled widely in Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. He was part of a team that observed the NGOs during the famine in Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan in 1985. 


    For the sixth year the ladies of Pajarito Mountain have sponsored the K2 Women’s Weekend. This event has historically paired the fun of skiing with the benefit of fundraising for the Anita Salas Foundation, a Northern New Mexico charity that benefits men and women diagnosed with breast cancer and women who have cervical cancer. This year, due to lack of precipitation, the skiing part of the event was moved to Taos. For the fundraising portion, the annual silent auction will be during Skiesta, from 2-3 p.m. Saturday at Pajarito Mountain, with registration starting at 1:30 p.m. in the Lodge.

    Skiesta is an event where the public contribute to a very worthy and local charity while enjoying the music of Felix y Los Gatos — Zydeco music, snow competitions for all ages, costumes and five New Mexico Breweries.

    The silent auction will be open to the public. There will be lots of ski gear, including a pair of K2 Talk Back 160 cm skis, spa services: 10,000 waves, facials, massages, fine art: stained glass, prints, pottery and many fine wines. There will also be handmade crafts: hats, scarves and jewelry just to name a few of the items local vendors have provided! All proceeds from the silent auction go directly to the Anita Salas Memorial Fund where 95 cents of every dollar goes directly to those in need.