•  If you’ve ever wondered what there is to do in Los Alamos, then this month’s presentation by the Los Alamos Mountaineers could be your answer.
    Long-time Mountaineers Bill Priedhorsky and Zack Baker will present “Out and About in Los Alamos,” a compilation of information from excellent adventuring at local trails, creeks, peaks, monuments and crags.
    The presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the main room at Fuller Lodge. The presentation is free and refreshments will be provided.  
    The presentation, which is geared toward new residents to the area, students in town for the summer and people who are just getting into outdoor climbing, follows the business portion of the LA Mountaineers monthly meeting, which features information on recent and upcoming LAM-hosted adventures.
    Priedhorsky will offer a photo-based tour of in-town and nearby areas suitable for day hikes and bursting with natural wonder, and Baker will follow with an introduction to local crags suitable for beginning rock climbers and those learning to lead sport or traditional routes.

  • Today I am heeding my own advice and taking time out to celebrate. While topics abound as to what to write about this week, one seems to dominate and that is to celebrate the fun things.
    Today, my mom turns 70! I know by Los Alamos standards, she is just a baby in the numbers game, but today is a very big deal.
    She won’t parachute out of a plane, our celebration will be more low key than that with a trip to the library (her favorite place), her favorite foods and, of course, family.
    Today will be a day about sharing stories that are hilarious, but would mfake the mind of our young people swim.
    My mom, also named Bernadette, went to a girls Catholic business school. Her young school experience took place in a day and time when if you acted up in class or smarted off to a teacher, the teacher, a nun, would hit you. I’ll pause a minute and give all the teachers a chance to reflect…just kidding.
    When she was young, she had a bicycle accident that landed her in the hospital with some serious eye issues. She was in the hospital on Halloween and that particular hospital held a ball for the doctors and nurses. The doctor asked if she wanted to see the costumes, so he brought her to a balcony and then told her to wait while he went to put on his costume.


    La Leche League meeting 

    La Leche League of Los Alamos will be discussing “Networks of Support” at its monthly meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday in the First United Methodist Church teen room, 715 Diamond Dr.

    All interested, pregnant, or breastfeeding women are welcome to learn and share, through mother-to-mother support, the basics, and benefits of breastfeeding. A lending library with books concerning childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and nutrition is available. Nursing babies, and toddlers who have difficulty separating, are welcome.

    LLL is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing information, education, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.
    For more information, contact Gina at 661-8740, Cathleen at 505-480-0593 or Keisha at 500-6246.


    June 15-21, 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

    9:45 a.m. Matter of Balance class

    10:30 a.m. LARSO advisory council


    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 a new best 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 12 P.M.- 6 P.M. and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    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 of your 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.


  • Fire is the topic of discussion at Fuller Lodge

  • The Fuller Lodge Art Center is host to many art classes for teens to keep them creative over the summer. Each week-long class runs 1-4 p.m. and is held at Village Arts.
    Price for participation is $110.
    Here are the classes being offered this summer:
    Urban Art. Nels Bjarke will teach teens techniques and styles of modern graffiti including stenciling and stickers. Students will get to work on the Village Arts graffiti wall. June 16-20.
    Skateboard Design. Teens can learn how to make custom decks and get immersed in the styles of the skater movement with Nels Bjarke. June 23-27.
    Beginning Drawing and Illustration — Mythical Creatures. Teens who loves the Jabberwocky maybe interested in this class. Don Bjarke will teach basic drawing techniques and guide students to create their very own apply them to the mythological creature. Initial focus on realism morphing into rendering well-known creatures and ultimately an individual creation. July 7-11.
    Lego Perspective. Use Legos to learn about drawing perspective. In the class Lego Perspective teens will build structures with Legos then draw those creations learning about perspective and shading from Jacob Spill. Check out Spill’s art on Facebook. July 14-18.

  • Los Alamos High School graduate Tessa Snyder is the recipient of the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship.
    Ettinger was a longtime resident of Los Alamos. For more than 20 years, she taught third and fourth grade at Barranca Mesa and Mountain Elementary Schools in the Los Alamos Public Schools.
    Snyder wrote her winning essay about the book, “The Jungle,” by Upton Sinclair. Snyder said of “The Jungle,” “This book influenced much of my aspiration to serve my fellow man and increased my understanding of the human condition. The novel also made me see the desperation that can occur when someone, who began life with hope, is hit hard by unfortunate circumstances. Life, it turns out, is not like a Disney movie — people hit hard times and, even with hard work, cannot pull through. As a public health administrator and epidemiologist, I can help take care of and educate people, as well as effect policy changes that can increase the care and education of our people. “The Jungle” absolutely was a call for political action and social change in its time and this spirit for action influenced me.”

  •   The Downtown Friday Night series begins Friday with various programming scheduled for the evening.
    Los Alamos cultural programmers including the Los Alamos Historical Society and the Bradbury Science Museum have put together special programming to coincide with the night.
    “Downtown Friday Nights is a great opportunity to experience activities offered by the cultural providers in Los Alamos. The organizations collaborated to provide Los Alamos many after hour activities,” said Nicole Kliebert, creative district curator. “We recommend strolling downtown so nothing is missed.”
    The Bradbury Science Museum invites people to check out Snap Circuits, Little Bits, and Squishy Circuits. For example, did you know Play Dough conducts electricity?
    The museum stays open late until 7:30 p.m.
     The Los Alamos Historical Museum debuts the new exhibit, «Celebrating Excellence in Los Alamos Education: Past, Present, and Future,” with an opening from 4-6 p.m.
    The night finishes off with music by the Red Elvises at the very popular Gordon’s Summer Concert, sponsored KRSN AM 1490. The concert starts at 7 p.m.
     All events are free and open to the public. 

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center continues its Summer Family Evenings series with a program that is back again this year,’
    Tuesday, families are invited to a StoryWalk, from 6:30-8 p.m. to discover the pages of the book “Roxaboxen” by Alice McLerran, as they stroll.
    The StoryWalk Project is a national program that was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. PEEC adopted the concept last summer and brought it back again this year.
    Event participants will take a summer stroll on the nature trail, while discovering pages of a storybook posted along the way. Kids will locate the next page of the story and do activities with their families along the way.
    The event is free to attend for PEEC members. Price for non-members is $5 per family, regardless of how many are in the family. No advance registration is required, and families may drop in anytime throughout the program.
    To learn more about this and other PEEC programs, visit PajaritoEEC.org or contact 662-0460 or Programs@PajaritoEEC.org. 

  • The community gathered for Summerfest 2014 June 7 at Pajarito Ski Mountain. Nosotros performed Latin grooves for the crowd. 

  • Los Alamos
    Viola’s, 1360 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: April 29
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Los Alamos County Police Department, 2500 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: April 30
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Sonic Drive In, 1605 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: April 30
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Dry storage on floor.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    American Legion Post No. 90, 1325 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: April 30
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Food handlers must wear hair restraints.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Triple S. Grocery, 514 Oñate
    Date inspected: April 21
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Hot holding not adequate, steamers did not hold enough hot water to keep pans hot, which was corrected at time of inspection. One low-risk violation. Food handler is not wearing hair restraints.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Taos’ rich history (one of the oldest art colonies in America) has made it for over a century an ideal place to visit for art enthusiasts and collectors.
    There are four distinct areas within the downtown Historic District, all within walking distance from Taos Plaza, the town center. In addition there are many other things Taos has to offer; such as restaurants, a music scene and a mix of cultures.
    Ledoux Street is just a half block off the southwest corner of the plaza. This quaint adobe-lined lane is full of colorful courtyards and architecture.
    On this charming street you will discover internationally renowned artists and galleries, two museums; The Harwood Museum of Art and The Blunenschein Home and Museum, several shops, wine tasting and restaurants. This is where you will discover 203 Fine Art, specializing in important early Taos Moderns, contemporary paintings and sculpture, as well as the well-known vibrant and colorful impressionist painter, Inger Jirby Gallery and Sculpture Garden.
    Bent Street is just one street north of the plaza, with easy access through the John Dunn shops.

  • Getaway > Scenic  railroad runs from May through October

  • Rancho de Chimayó will kick off its 50th Anniversary Celebration with a book signing June 21.
    Florence Jaramillo, owner of the historic Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante, along with cookbook authors Cheryl and Bill Jamison, will sign copies of the newly released cookbook, “The Rancho de Chimayó Cookbook – The Traditional Cooking of New Mexico.”
    The public is invited to the book signing event from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with entertainment by mariachis and refreshments. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner.
    Rancho de Chimayó will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on Sept. 19, 2015 with a grand event. The launch of the cookbook commemorates the beginning of more than a year-long celebration of events and festivities.
    Jaramillo was recently named a New Mexico Culinary Treasure by the State of New Mexico. “Mrs. J.” as she is know to her customers and staff, is still at the restaurant daily to greet diners and keep things running smoothly. She opened the restaurant in 1965, along with her husband, Arturo Jaramillo, in the restored home of Arturo’s grandparents.

  • Butterflies, birds, bears and bindweed will be the topics of discussion at tonight’s wildlife habitat forum, 7 p.m. at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Each local wildlife enthusiast on the panel will discuss his or her respective topic, and then together they will give community members a better idea of how we can give these species a better environment by making Los Alamos a certified Community Wildlife Habitat, an initiative that is already well-underway.
    The forum is free to attend, and no advance registration is required.
    Each featured expert in the forum will present information and answer audience questions. The panel of experts includes Steve Cary on “Butterflies,” Bob Walker on “The Best Places to See Birds in Los Alamos and White Rock,” Hari Viswanathan on “How to Discourage Wild Animals From Becoming a Nuisance” and Terry Foxx on “Our Changing Landscape and Invasive Plants.”
    The steps toward making Los Alamos a certified Community Wildlife Habitat are already being undertaken, as the county already has more than 100 homes, two schools and four public places in with Certified Wildlife Habitat designations. The next steps are to increase the number of habitat certifications, and to conduct more community outreach events, clean ups and restoration projects.

  • The American Association of University Women invites the public to coffee, dessert and a presentation by award-winning author Stacia Lewandowski on the History of the Santa Fe Art Scene.
    The talk is from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Oppenheimer Senior Condos patio room at 1001 Oppenheimer Dr.
    Lewandowski will share stories and artwork from her book and signed copies will be for sale.
    Entrance is by a tax-deductible donation to the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, with a memo line stating “Jean Nereson Books Memorial Fund.”
    Also, this is the last chance to donate library books for elementary school libraries.
    The AAUW campaign’s goal is to raise $20,000 for the Jean Nereson Books Memorial Fund is nearing its goal, according to AAUW committee member, Nina Thayer.
    Each of the five local elementary schools has already received $1,000 that was used to purchase new books that are now available to the students for library check-out.
    The completed goal will provide identical funds for purchases of new books each year for the next three years. 

  • “Fun!” “Colorful!” “Interesting!” This is what Los Alamos High School students are saying about a new program premiering this upcoming school year.
    The selecting of this program started its journey when United Way of Northern New Mexico’s Youth Team was interested in reinvesting the money they raised to help current and future students.
    Through numerous meetings and conversations with people in the community United Way was directed to The Boomerang Project by Dr. Marvel Harrison. This lead to the convening of organizations interested in providing peer to peer support services for our students.
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, LAPS Foundation, YMCA Teen Center, LAHS, LAMS, and United Way of Northern New Mexico came together to begin implementation of Link Crews and WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Crews in LAHS and LAMS.
    At the high school level, this peer to peer mentorship program partners incoming freshmen with two upper classman to not only welcome the to the school, but to help them succeed through their tenure at LAHS.

  • Film director to discuss technical photography

    Peter Kuran will discuss the history and basics of photography, and Edgerton, Germeshausen, and Grier, Inc.’s role in filming the technical photography during the atmospheric testing years, during a talk at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. The talk is free and the public is welcome.
    Kuran is the award-winning producer and director of “Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie,” a documentary presenting the history of nuclear weapons development and testing.
    In 2002, Kuran won an Academy Award in the Scientific and Technical Achievement category for Restored Color Imaging, a photochemical process he developed to restore original color negatives of government footage, including previously classified footage, of which portions were badly faded.
    The talk, “Atomic Bomb Photography and the EG&G Film Project,” also will explore current projects involving researching, cataloging and scanning the EG&G Technical Film Collections.

    PEEC explores
    earthquakes in LA

  • The League of Women Voters invites the entire community to attend their Lunch with a Leader event 11:45 a.m. June 17 at the Mesa Public Library. Featured speakers will be Tarin Nix and Ellen Morris Bond who will be discussing the “living wage” and how that might be implemented in Los Alamos.
    Nix has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas and has spent the last eight years working to advance progressive issues and candidate campaigns throughout the country. In 2012, she moved to Los Alamos to run Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard’s campaign.
    Recently Nix ran the successful campaign to extend the Santa Fe Living Wage to Santa Fe County.
    Bond graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in English and then earned a master’s degree in community development from University of California-Davis.
    Bond became interested in the nonprofit service world while working as a Vista Volunteer from 1978-1981. Since 2001, she has been executive director of Self Help, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting those in need in northern New Mexico. She has broad experience in casework, advocacy, case management, resource development and extensive experience in receiving and managing public and private funding.