Dennis Hopper Day, presented by Eagle Thunder Enterprises in Taos, will be celebrated on Saturday with events throughout the day at locations from Ranchos de Taos to the Gorge Bridge and the Taos Pueblo, concluding at the Historic Taos Plaza. 

    Taos Mayor Dan Barrone, state, local and Taos Pueblo dignitaries, event producer, Robby Romero and Hopper family members, friends and special guests will be in attendance. Saturday would have been the award-winning actor, filmmaker, and artist’s 78th birthday.

    The day’s events include the first Annual Easy Rider Ride beginning in Rancho de Taos Plaza and concluding at the Historic Taos Plaza for a gathering, where special guests will celebrate the memory and commemorate Hopper’s many contributions to the state of New Mexico. 

  •  For those who like to get off the beaten path there are endless discoveries awaiting.

    Outdoor adventurist Dave Rice has spent more than 50 years exploring the outdoors and following his interest in Native American archaeology. 

    At the May meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers, Rice will describe several sites that are easily accessible from Los Alamos and the discoveries a visitor might find there.

    Rice’s presentation, “Ancient Relics,” will be at 7:30 p.m. May 21 at Fuller Lodge. His talk will follow the business portion of the meeting at which LA Mountaineer members will describe recent and upcoming trips.


    The Los Alamos Concert Association will have its final concert of the 2013-2014 season on May 23 and will present Haochen Zhang.  

    Since his gold medal win at the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Chinese pianist Zhang, 23, has performed for audiences in the United States, Europe and Asia. 

    His return to Fort Worth, Texas, as part of the 2010–2011 Cliburn Concerts series was lauded by the Dallas Morning News as “the kind of program you’d expect from a seasoned master, served up with dazzling virtuosity where wanted and astonishing sophistication elsewhere” and hailed among the top 10 performances of 2010 by both the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

  • Learn how to protect your home from wildfires, and take measures to prevent house fires, in a free presentation 7 p.m. today at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Dan Ware, Fire Prevention and Outreach Program Manager for the New Mexico State Forestry Division, will talk about how residents can prepare themselves for the upcoming wildfire season.
    Van Leimer of the Los Alamos Fire Department will discuss general fire safety measures you can take to prevent fire in your home.
    Wildfires have already become a reality across the state, and there are many programs New Mexico residents can take part in to be as prepared as possible.
    Ware will talk about Firewise and Ready, Set, Go! two programs which are coordinated by New Mexico State Forestry and are easily adapted by residents and communities. Ware will also give a brief look at the upcoming season and the potential for more wildfires across New Mexico.
    Leimer will call upon his years of experience as a firefighter to talk about general fire safety in the home, and what we can do to prevent fires, as well as how to be prepared in the event of a home fire. Topics will include smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, escape plans, being prepared for fire and fire statistics.

  • The League of Women Voters will have Probate Judge Christine Chandler as the guest speaker 11:40 a.m. May 20 at the Mesa Public Library.
    The lunch is open to the entire community. Chandler was appointed probate judge by the Los Alamos County Council in August 2013 to fill a vacancy. She is currently running for the position in the 2014 election.
    Chandler grew up in Massachusetts and received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College, with a major in economics. She obtained her law degree from Boston College Law School and has a masters degree in International and Comparative law from Georgetown University Law Center.
    Although Chandler loved living in New England, she fell in love with New Mexico after a Christmas holiday vacation in Santa Fe.
    After a few years in private practice in Santa Fe, she worked as an in-house attorney for Los Alamos National Laboratory, primarily in the areas of employment law and litigation. She led the litigation group for 10 years before leaving the lab in 2013.
    In addition to her part-time probate judge duties, she maintains a private law practice with her husband, George Chandler.
    Chandler values the feeling of community that thrives in Los Alamos. In 1996, she was elected to the Los Alamos County Council and served as its chair and vice chair during her four-year term.

  • This week, we look at neighborhood boundaries, which is when neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people’s behavior.
    As summer is at hand, this is the time for building the relationships with local youth in your neighborhood.
    If your interactions are positive now, the result could be great, in the event that summer fun becomes something less fortunate.
    Try and follow this train of thought when it comes to relationships with youth. The positive experiences you have are like putting money into a savings account. Those interactions build over time and then when something takes place, especially something unexpected and you have to make a withdraw. Hopefully you aren’t left with zero.
    In a perfect world, your interactions with everyone would be handled the same way.
    Think of how life would be if you always did your best, gave people the benefit of the doubt and called out bad behavior.
    If a situation becomes more than you can handle, sometimes you might need to call in the professionals.
    National Peace Officer’s week is May 11-17, with a special day on May 15 to take a moment to recognize the peace officers in our community.
    I find it ironic that we have gone from a time where you always respected the badge to one of always challenging the badge.


    May 11-17, 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

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Battered fish

    1-4 p.m. County 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 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 through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    Also, be sure to check out 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.


    Paleoethnobotany, as defined by Wikipedia, is "the study of remains of plants cultivated or used by man in ancient times, which have survived in archaeological contexts". But what is it really, and how is it being studied in New Mexico? Pamela McBride, in a presentation from the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies Outreach, will answer these questions and give some examples from her own work in a free presentation 1-2 p.m. Saturday at PEEC.

    McBride, a paleoethnobotanist, will help the audience understand what the field of paleoethnobotany consists of, the primary plant remains that are collected from Southwestern archaeological sites, and how the findings can be interpreted. McBride will highlight unusual sites along with the archaeobotanical results from The Land Conveyance and Transfer Data Recovery Project conducted by Los Alamos National Laboratory on the Pajarito Plateau.

    This program is suggested for teens and adults.

    By giving her presentation, McBride hopes that it will help to enrich the audience’s understanding of how people sustained themselves both in prehistory and in more recent historic periods.


    Art exhibits

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition: “A Day in the Life: Works by Holly Roberts.” The opening exhibition will be 5-7 p.m. May 30. Show runs until June 21. 


    “Collages and Bone,” the works of Robert Dean Stockwell. Opening reception from 5-7 p.m.  May 31 at The Grand Bohemian Gallery at El Monte Sagrado Resort in Taos. Free. 

    Art tours

  • Santa Fe
    Upaya Zen Center, 1404 Cerro Gordo Road
    Date inspected: March 25
    Violations: Three high-risk violations. Dish machine hot water and sanitizer at improper temperature. Food handler did not wash hands properly at wash station. Employees not washing equipment as required. Three moderate-risk violations. No sanitizer ready for use. Bleach and water in spray bottle test greater than 200 ppm. Dish washer needs to be repaired. Four low-risk violations. Inadequate lighting. Dish soap in container labeled as balsamic vinegar. Area behind stove has particulate accumulation. Mouse droppings found near wash sink. No base covering installed in facility.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    NMANG RTI Dining Facility, 27A Bataan Blvd.
    Date inspected: March 25
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Sanitizer test strips not available. Two low-risk violations. Dust accumulation on ceiling vents and portions of ceiling. Light fixtures in food prep area with peeling plaster and paint.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    NMANG 93 BDE Troop Command, 47 Bataan Blvd.
    Date inspected: March 25
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Angel Fire resort launches summer passes

    Angel Fire Resort recently announced the launch of its brand new summer Adventure Pass. The pass will give all guests access to the Southwest’s No. 1 Bike Park, New Mexico’s only zipline tour, full use of the resort’s 18 hole PGA Championship golf course and lodging, at one of the most affordable prices in the state.
    Summer Adventure pass — $109 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Package includes three nights of lodging, as well as the Ziplining Tour, a mountain bike park pass and round of golf, for each person.
    Zip Line Package: $159 per person per night, based on double occupancy. Includes one-night hotel accommodations and Zipline Tour.
    For information on these and all other events and summer activities contact Angel Fire Resort at 1-800-633-7463 or visit the website at angelfireresort.com.

    Mother’s Day whitewater festival this weekend

  • From the nervous first date to the comfortable romance of an old marriage, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” is a musical journey of love through a series of 20 vignettes both raucously hilarious and, occasionally, endearingly touching.
    Each one of the vignettes explores a different aspect of romance, beginning with two couples nervously preparing for the first date as they primp and dress, wondering what the night will bring. The first act continues on from there with a mostly younger cast testing the murky waters of the dating scene and the old differences between men and women. The final short scene sends one couple down the aisle and on their way to marriage, making way for a largely older cast in the second half to examine everything from parenthood, growing old and even finding romance in the later years in life.
    The best part of a musical of this nature is seeing each cast member given a chance to shine. Each vignette stands alone, although it builds on the theme of the previous scenes, so a new cast steps onto the stage with a new set of characters and different musical styles.

  • I am a Jemez history geek. I love nothing better than to find some old cabin village in the wilderness, or an old pueblo ruin atop an isolated mesa.
    I’ve spent years exploring various parts of the Jemez, slowly learning about the history of each area, and benefiting from the knowledge of previous explorers like Bandelier and Hewitt. No matter how much I explore and research, there is always something new to discover there.
    I continually read stories in books about old resorts, ranches and hotels that are now just empty spaces in the forest full of broken relics from yesteryear. One of those places was an old ranch called the Lazy Ray; but I was never really clear on exactly where it was located.
    I had long admired photos and old post card reproductions of the place in books. It was a sprawling and exclusive ranch from the 1920s to 1960s, advertised to only house 35 guests at a time. It contained an old trading post, numerous cabins, a swimming pool, steam rooms, and even decorative water fountains. Guests could spend the day soaking in nearby natural hot springs, fishing for trout in local streams and ponds, or hunting in the forest that surrounded the resort.

  • While I may have already addressed that it is May, I am compelled to stress the overall theme of the month yet again.
    May is a ridiculously nutty time of year for a whole lot of folks.
    Recently, I was surprised to hear another parent talk about their living room being a little extra messy, which made me recall some things about May.
    If you think I have a grain of common sense, take this from me. Find a night to sit around the dinner table and take a breath.
    Tell the youth in your life that May is a stressful time for everyone and they need to pause and think before they act when tensions are high, or their brains aren’t working.
    Think of the sayings that seem to be embedded into our very beings as people. Stop, Look and Listen means to look before you cross the train tracks. Stop, Drop and Roll is what you do when your clothing is on fire. Looking both ways before you cross the street keeps you safe.
    I think the month of May should come with a similar warning sign, but I’m not sure I can encapsulate it into a cute little memory trigger.
    What I want to say is watch what you say, don’t do it because everyone else is, mind you manners, just say no if you know it is wrong, and of course, be careful out there.
    See no easy fix, huh?

  • Spring is in the air, and so are the migratory birds that find their way into Los Alamos backyards around this time of year.
    Stephen Fettig of Bandelier National Monument will have a class from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. The class will help those interested to learn or improve skills at bird song identification. This class will be offered free to those who agree to count birds at Bandelier for a minimum of four hours on Saturday, as part of the International Migratory Bird Day. The PEEC class is limited to only 12 participants and advance registration is required.
    To register visit PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org, or by call 662-0460.
    PEEC will have open registration to those who cannot spend four hours participating in the bird count. The cost to attend the program without volunteering will be $120.


    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 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 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    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 the 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 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 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 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    DQ — An 8-year-old, neutered, gray and white, male Manx cat who lost his home due to a divorce. Having a safe space to retreat to, such as a small covered bed, will help him adjust to his new home. He can be easily frightened by loud noises and changing situations, so he would do best in a home without children. His cute little bobtail always surprises shelter visitors!
    Stormy —  A year old flame point Siamese. He is still learning how to get along with other cats in the cat room, so he would probably be better as an only cat or as a companion cat to a mellow, non-dominating cat that is willing to relinquish most of the attention to Stormy.

  • Dance Showcase filled with winners

    The Family YMCA hosted a Got Dance Showcase and contest on April 25, the night before prom, as a fundraiser for scholarships to Y programs.
    Twelve acts signed up and did an outstanding job. Two of the acts were from the high school ballroom dance program, and others were from throughout the community.
    I would like to thank all the dancers who participated as you made it a highly entertaining and engaging program. I would also like to thank New Beginnings Fellowship Church and Pastor Shawn Amburgey for lending us the excellent venue.
    Thanks also to light, sound and staging technicians Kevin Miller, Wes Hicks, Sterling Mays and Nick Conner. Applause also to judges Heike Wilcox, Stephanie Beguin, Vera Jaramillo, Kavita Namdakishor and Alina Deshpande, and thanks to our comedic MC Jeremy Smith and the Y’s CEO Linda Daly for their support.
    The dancers were awesome, the setting was beautiful and the audience had a great time.
    Diana Martinez
    senior program director
    The Family YMCA 

  • A six-week Bereavement Support Group, sponsored by the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program, is being offered from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 20 to June 24 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Facilitated by Cynthia Goldblatt, LPCC, MSW, Ph.D. and bereavement counselor for the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program and Pat Slentz, Hospice Chaplain — the group is free and open to anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one.
    Interested persons are asked to call Cynthia Goldblatt at 662-2525 for more information or to reserve a space.