“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” is a title that’s bound to pique just about anyone’s interest. And because the book is penned by Willie Nelson, that makes it even that much more interesting.

    Nelson is probably best known for his movie roles and for being one of the Highway Men, along with Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. But who would have thought that in addition to his acting and singing careers, he’s also found time to write a book or two? Actually, he’s written more than just a couple. He wrote a fiction piece titled, “A Tale Out of Luck,” but he’s also authored “The Tao of Willie: A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart) with Turk Pipkin; “The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes” and “Willie: An Autobiography” with Bud Shrake. His latest book, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” was written in 2012. Kinky Friedman supplies the foreword and Nelson’s son Micah, provides illustrations for the book.


    Many people learn how to rock climb the hard way. If you ask them how they learned to climb, their answers might include “my buddy, Ernie,” “it was a great day, but,” and “the best thing in my life.” 

    They may also utter phrases like “but I kept at it anyway,” “after that I went back and bought better (shoes, harness, rope),” and “we didn’t really know what we were doing, but we had a great time and we’re still alive.” Though seat-of-the-pants and trial-by-fire work for some intrepid souls, most would prefer less struggle and better results, as offered by the long-running Los Alamos Mountaineers’ Rock Climbing School. 

    The 2013 school runs from March 26-May 4, with an application deadline of March 17. Teams of experienced local climbers will teach students what they need to be competent and safe on the high-angle out-of doors. 

  • Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 7:30-9 p.m. Sunday at the White Rock Overlook Park ball fields, to see a comet, Jupiter, galaxies and more.
    PEEC will have several telescopes set up for viewing and the event is free and open to the public.
    Comet Pan-STARRS might be in the sky right after sundown. After the comet sets, Jupiter will come into view. Participants will also be able to see several galaxies, the Orion Nebula and open and globular clusters and what is called zodiacal light. Zodiacal light is sunlight scattered off interplanetary dust in the inner solar system.
    Before and during the viewing, astronomers from PEEC will discuss the shape of the solar system and galaxy and point out how each object participants are seeing fits into the astronomical big picture.
    Be sure to bundle up, as it will be cold, especially once the sun goes down.
    For more information, contact PEEC at pajaritoEEC.org, 662-0460, or Programs@PajaritoEEC.org. 

  • The Los Alamos Middle School student council spends their days learning about leadership and then turns that knowledge into action on campus and in the community, through various projects.
    Recently, the team raised a total of $1,341.45 to benefit Pennies For Patients sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
    LAMS teacher and Hawk Hubba Bubba recipient, Linda Bennett, works with the students to achieve their goals.
    The students held a raffle to assist the fundraising, selling tickets during lunch for a chance to win prizes, made by student council members.
    The project raised, $95.66 for the campaign after students were inspired by Leukemia and Lymphoma Society videos, which explained the importance of their fundraising efforts.
    “They got the entire campus involved with Pennies For Patients by promoting a pizza party contest between the eighth period classes and raffling off theme baskets to raise even more money,” Bennett said. “The Student Council Members were so excited to pick up the money and count it every day.”
    “I loved the feeling that I have helped to save someone’s life,” eighth grader Louisa Belian said.

  • There’s only a few weeks until spring break! What? Where did October through February go?
    Our asset category for the month of March is positive values. The assets in this category include numbers 26 through 31.
    They are caring, equality and social justice, integrity, honesty, responsibility and restraint.
    Later this month, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board will host a training session on restorative justice for local and statewide programs.
    Restorative justice is a comprehensive look at an infraction that includes admitting responsibility, being held accountable, having a consequence and rebuilding the relationship with the party that he or she has harmed.
    This is a program that has success because of several reasons. One of the most important reasons is because everyone is heard during the process.
    The process puts everyone on a level playing field, makes sure there is understanding and gives the offender a chance to earn back their way.
    The model is already used locally in classrooms, for criminal issues with youth and non-criminal issues, before they escalate.
    You can learn about restorative justice, but it is most beneficial when you are part of the process. You can’t just sit and watch a restorative justice circle, but you can act as a community member.

  • Nathan Phillips, a junior at Los Alamos HIgh School, received the Outstanding Young Adult Patroller award for the Rocky Mountain Division of the National Ski Patrol during the Young Adult Patroller Jamboree Feb. 23-24.
    Phillips and two other young adult patrollers from Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol, Cameron Guy and JoAnna O’Neill, participated in ski clinics and ski patrol avalanche scenarios during the two-day event, which was at Taos Ski Valley Resort. Assistant Patrol Directors Mike O’Neill and Eric Schaller, as well as patrollers Kathy Brooks, Dave Phillips, John Guy, Steve and Julie Maze, accompanied them.
    “We are glad to have Nathan on the patrol,” said patrol director Bill Somers. He has done an exceptional job for us during the past two years and the patrol is very proud that he was selected for this prestigious honor.”
    The patrol also received the YAP Best Practices Award. Somers praised patrollers Brooks and Maze for their work on this and noted that judges had called their program “a great example of forward thinking and unselfish dedication.”
    Phillips, Steve and Julie Maze are Pajarito’s new YAP advisors. Phillips is the new Rocky Mountain Division YAP advisor.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.
    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets, petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    This would be a wonderful time to consider giving a home to one of the animals in the shelter.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.


    Art openings


    Peter Christian Johnson and Todd Volz will share Santa Fe Clay’s gallery through April 20. Their show will open with a reception at 5 p.m. March 8 at Santa Fe Clay, 545 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe. 


    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition and paintings by Michael Freitas Wood, titled, “Presentiment.” The exhibit will be up March 29-April 29 at 435 S. Guadalupe St. There will be a reception from 5-7 p.m. March 29.


    The Los Alamos Arts Council’s free Brown Bag Performance Series will feature Black Mesa Brass at noon March 6. in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.  

    The Black Mesa Brass Quintet was formed in 1990 and still has three of the original five members. Their repertoire is a mix of classical, modern, pop and jazz tunes. They play a variety of venues including concerts, educational performances at schools, weddings and other special occasions. Jan McDonald, John Hargreaves, Jerry Morzinski, Larry Bronisz and Bruce Letellier make up the quintet. Their collective musical experience is on the order of 240 years. 


    Spring is right around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about vegetable gardening.  Carlos Valdez comes to PEEC at 7 p.m. March 7 to talk about Vegetable ABCs. The talk is free and open to the public.

    The last and first frost used to be the beginning and end of the vegetable gardening season — but not anymore. This program will provide the knowledge necessary for growing food during every month of the year.

    Learn season-defying techniques to garden where summers are short and low levels of winter sunlight create the ultimate challenge.

    Year-round gardens are doable and affordable for gardeners in any location where frost has traditionally defined the growing season.


    Learn about holistic methods of orchard management at 7 p.m. March 5 at Pajarito Envionmental Educaion Center. Gordon Tooley, owner of Tooley’s Trees in Truchas, will talk about the best practices when maintaining an orchard.

    Have you ever dreamed about picking ripe fruits from your own orchard? Well, there are a few things to consider first. Successful fruit production can’t be confined to managing pests or finding the right fertility practice. Selecting the appropriate varieties, understanding and managing the structure of trees, achieving good pollination, siting and many other factors also enter in. All need to be considered together to achieve a healthy and happy orchard.

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


    Santa Fe


    The Beestro, 1805 Second St.

    Date inspected: Feb. 15, initial

    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for other — need to thoroughly wash vegetables before cooking or serving. Two low-risk violations for ventilation/lighting — hood vent needs filters. Exhaust pipe needs seal round ceiling exit.

    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.


    Cloud Cliff Bakery, 1805 Second St.

    Date inspected: Feb. 15

    Violations: Three high-risk violations, one for poor personal hygiene — hand sink not in immediate vicinity of prep and wash areas. Two for plumbing/waste — cross-connection on mop sink. Corrected; no air gap on three-compartment sink. One low-risk violation for floors/walls/ceilings — proof box floor has food particles accumulated.


    First impressions are usually lasting ones, but sometimes you just have to give a restaurant a second chance. Maybe there was something going on that day, or maybe they were in the midst of a transition in ownership. For some reason they didn’t hit the mark the first time, but that may not necessarily be the case the second time around.

    It took a few months to work up the courage to go back to the Fabulous 50’s Diner at the American Legion on Trinity Drive. During the first and last visit, the food was found to be mostly frozen, the portions a bit on the small side for the price and let’s just say the ambiance left much to be desired.

    The second trip to the diner was made in search of breakfast. There are only a couple of restaurants in Los Alamos open in the morning on the weekend and the Fabulous 50s Diner is one of them. 


    Author and freelance photojournalist Christina Nealson has traveled to Africa, Canada, Central America, Mexico and across the western United States. 

    From 1-3 p.m. Sunday, she will be in Los Alamos to talk about her latest book, “Drive Me Wild: A Western Odyssey.” 

    She has also written, “New Mexico’s Sanctuaries, Retreats and Sacred Places,” “Living on the  Spine: A Woman’s Life in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains,” and “At the Edge: Cooperative Teachings for Global Survival.”

    Nealson was born and raised in the small farming village of West Liberty, Iowa. She spends the majority of the year traveling and writing, but when she’s not globe-trotting, she calls Mancos, Colo., home.  


    The first thing that comes to mind when hearing “Van Choc Straw” probably isn’t family ties. In fact, it may sound a bit strange, but some may be able to make the vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, Neapolitan ice cream flavor-connection.

    Ice cream aside, one would probably never guess that Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest production goes by that name. The flyer description says it’s a “comedic tale  about tenuous family ties and the often stronger bonds of friendship that lattice the final years of our lives.”

    Consequently, family ties are not just part of the story line. They are a real-life factor in the production of “Van Choc Straw.” Mimi Adams is directing the play written by her friend, Mark Dunn, while her son, Sequoyah Adams-Rice, is serving as the assistant director and co-stage manager.

  • The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having its annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale. Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals. Daffodil pre-orders are being taken through Sunday.
    The following orders may be placed: a glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) of daffodils for $15.00; a glass vase with one bunch for $10 or a single bunch (10 stems) for $5. Delivery is free with a minimum of two bunches or one vase to a single address. Flowers will be delivered March 9 or they may be picked up at Daffodil Central (location to be announced) from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 7 and 8. Watch for location sales at local restaurants, banks and grocery stores on March 7 and 8.
    The sale is sponsored in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico and Wal-Mart in Española. To place an order, call the Visiting Nurse Service at 662-2525. 

  • Physics and Astronomy
    Junior Division,
    Jesse Prime, Aspen Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Armanpreet Singh, Aspen Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Alicia Gonzales, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Antonio Gonzales, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Joanna Romero, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Jillian Bennett, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Hannah Clegg, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Antonio Dowdy, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Karyssa Garcia, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Jennifer Martinez, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Teresa Ramos, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Jessi Thompson, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Shihong He, Los Alamos Middle School, LANL Participation Award $10

    Esperanza Tapia, LAMS, Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra $50 and concert tickets

    Dante Cote, Mountain Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Dylan Irish, Mountain Elementary, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $25

    Dylan Ma, Mountain Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

  • The United Church of Los Alamos is requesting donations of any items for their 2013 auction. New or used items including furniture, toys and certificates for services will allow community youth to build homes for the poor, during spring break. Items donated can even be picked up request. For more information, call 662-2971.

  • Members of the Los Alamos High School NJROTC shooting team traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah last weekend to compete in the Western Navy Championships. The precision team of Tessa Snyder, Brandon Frank, Noah Marriott and John Gibson beat out the team from Socorro High School in El Paso,Texas, for the first place team award. Three members of the team made the Top 8 finals match. Receiving individual awards were: Snyder, third overall;  Frank, fourth overall; and Marriott, seventh overall. Additionally, Gibson and Samuel Wolfe were awarded medals for ninth and 10th place, respectively. In the sporter class, Nikita Belooussov placed fourth individually and set a new unit record in the kneeling position with a 97.
    Pictured, left to right, front row: Gibson and Snyder. Back row: Beloousov, Wolfe, Frank and Marriott. 

  • Elementary Physical Science

    Maximus Jiron, Mountain Elementary, Mountain Elementary, NNMASME Chamber Check $10, American Association of University Women $5, Chamisa PTO $5

    Lydia Kenamond, Mountain Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Manisha Khawas, Mountain Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Gopal Nadiga, Mountain Elementary, CB Fox $15 gift card

    Declan O’Leary, Mountain Elementary, American Association of University Women $5

    Gracie Swensen, Mountain Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Mikey Aslam, Piñon Elementary, Pajarito Lodge #66, Explora Museum $50 gift certificate, American Association of University Women $5, Chamisa PTO $5

    Kevin Clarke, Piñon Elementary, American Association of University Women $5, Chamisa PTO $5

    Sasha Dolin, Piñon Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10
    Katherine Fanning, Piñon Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Michaela Gonzales, Piñon Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Rebekah Lockhart, Piñon Elementary, American Association of University Women $5

    AJ McPherson, Piñon Elementary, Cheryl Pongratz $20

    Kara Moss, Piñon Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10