• Sue Watts has spent most of her adult life volunteering for various organizations, such as the Girl Scouts of the USA to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    In her work with the Girl Scouts, she helped girls and adults to develop their appreciation of nature and taught many leaders how to take troops camping and trekking on long trips.
    She said she became a Girl Scout leader, which got her back outside. That led to becoming an outdoor troop camping trainer and she realized she had found her niche, she said in a recent interview.
    “Many of the participants had never backpacked or seen the Milky Way before. The Girl Scout programs change lives, and I have just loved that whole experience,” she said.
    Born in Iowa, Watts grew up in Ohio and Nevada. Only having previously visited Bandelier in the 1970s, she took up residence in Los Alamos after her daughter moved to the town in 1998. “My husband and I figured that this is where we would spend the later years of our lives,” she said.
    Watts was able to transfer her passion and experience into volunteering at PEEC to help residents and visitors enjoy the natural beauty of the Pajarito Plateau.

  • The Los Alamos ScienceFest has announced its call for entries for its fourth annual SMART Contest — a Science and Math-Based Art contest. A panel of local judges will award winners that will share in cash prizes.
    “We are looking for art that demonstrates scientific or mathematical concepts, principles or phenomena in creative ways, “ said Melanie Peña of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, “It can be created digitally using computers, be photographic or produced through traditional fine arts methods.”
    The SMART Contest is free to enter. All entrants must upload a digital representation of their artwork onto the contest website. Entries will be accepted through July 31.
    “This contest has been a successful part of Los Alamos ScienceFest, since it first started in 2011,” said Suzette Fox, Los Alamos MainStreet executive director. “We receive submissions from all over the world and see some really spectacular and original artwork.”
    The art entries will be posted to a gallery on the contest website as they are received. They will be available for public viewing and voting.

  •  Art exhibits

    Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014 runs through Oct. 12. 


    “Imprints of  Home, Works on Paper”,  is a group show featuring art prints, and poems by 12 artists. First Friday artist receptions, 3-6 p.m. July 5 and July 19 at the Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque. Show closes July 25. 


    A special guest exhibition, “Golden Paths,” acrylic and gold leaf paintings by Edwina Milner, will be on exhibit until July 7 at the New Concept Gallery. The reception is from 5-7 p.m. June 20 and is open to the public. 


  • Only wackadoos are already looking ahead to the new school year. I am one of those wackadoos.
    Assets work, sponsored by the JJAB and the LACDC is underway yet again and we primarily revolve around the school year.
    We put a lot of plans and projects in place during the summer and they all seem to launch at the back to school time.
    We have already secured county sponsorship of Assets In Action month in September. We will kicked off the month with a county sponsored proclamation from Councilor Steve Girrens, with the help of Julie Habiger, on Sept 9.
    Last year, Assets held the first College/Military Day when we ask all community members to wear their college or military apparel, to demonstrate where they continued their path of lifelong learning. That takes place on Sept. 5.
    We’re also ready to begin collecting the names of those people that make a difference in our community with the Community Asset Awards.
    The names are collected all year long, culminating in mid-December. The highlight of the project is a small gala at the Betty Ehart Senior Center to recognize good people of all ages.

  • Before her death in March, Dorothy Hoard, Los Alamos resident, a Living Treasure and ardent supporter of the community, entrusted her friend Terry Foxx with her artwork. Hoard’s wish was that it would be used to further her legacy by offering the artwork for sale to the community through the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    To honor this wish, the center is offering one-of-a-kind pieces of Hoard’s work through a silent action, going on through the end of the month. All proceeds of the auction will go into the Dorothy Hoard Memorial Fund and will be used to pay for exhibits and programs at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center.
    The artwork can be viewed and bid on either online, or at the PEEC Nature Center. Bids will be accepted until 10:30 p.m. on June 30.
    In all, 44 works are on exhibit and available for bidding. The media and subject matters vary, but the recurring theme is Hoard’s ability to capture nature and the beauty of the Pajarito Plateau and surrounding areas through her artwork.

  • Selvi Viswanathan is a proud nature enthusiast. Her house on Barranca Mesa is decorated with several gardens and is a certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
    She has won several awards for her gardens through the Los Alamos Garden Club. Her butterfly garden and bird garden won first place in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
    The butterfly garden was planted in honor of her mother. She also has a hummingbird garden in memory of her only sister.
    She achieved certification in 1995.
    Viswanathan has recently developed a sensory garden, which has five different planters with plants and flowers that each represents the five senses.
    For the sight planter, there are several brightly colored flowers. Sound has a waterfall fountain. Touch consists of plants with texture, such as a cactus and a plant soft, fuzzy leaves. Taste has planted spices and herbs. Smell has sweet scented flowers.
    Viswanathan said she hopes her 5-year-old grandson will enjoy the garden and learn from it.
    She came up with the idea after attending the Demonstration garden, she said. “We had cut down three Piñon trees which were not looking good and also (the garden) needed more sun. So this area seemed like a perfect fit for the sensory garden,” Viswanathan said.


    June 22-28, 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

  •  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:

  •  “So what exactly is the ‘image of God’ in which man is created?”
    This question, arising from the well-known creation text (Gen. 1:26f), has been debated and discussed literally for centuries.
    A few have held that the “imago dei” is the actual human physical form. Most respected theologians do not give credence to this idea — not only because the idea that God has a physical form places severe limitations on God, but also because of the fundamental biblical teaching that God is invisible Spirit (Gen. 1:1-2; Gen. 6:3; Ex. 33:12-33; II Chr. 15:1; Isa. 11:2; Matt. 10:20; Jn. 1:18; 6:46; Rom. 8:9ff; I Cor. 2:10-13; 12:4-11; Eph. 4:4-6; Col. 1:15; I Tim. 6:15-16; I Jn. 4:12, 20).
    Other interpretations regarding the image of God include the following: rationality; i.e., man’s self-awareness and ability to think coherently; language; i.e., man’s ability to express his thought, emotion and intentions; freedom; i.e., man’s free will and self-determination; the need and capacity for relationship; i.e., man’s ability to enter relationships with other humans freely and intentionally.

  • Once again, as the Los Alamos Monitor reported, the National Park Service is selling its multiuse path in significant part as a safety feature, saying, in essence, one of its major purposes is to get existing cyclist users of these roads onto a path.
    This assertion of danger is wholly unsubstantiated for all but small portions of this route (i.e., N.M. 4 between White Rock and E. Jemez Road comes to mind) and certainly an assertion of danger should not be made without challenge. Furthermore, a multiuse path will probably not serve the needs of the cyclists in question and indeed, may create serious hazards where none now exist.
    The roads in question have been used by scores of local riders and cyclists from as far away as Santa Fe for decades. These roads are the home of two triathlons and the oldest road race in the Southwest, the Tour of Los Alamos. The cyclists in question are fast recreational, fitness and race riders who would not be served by a path shared with casual users and pedestrians and whose design could seriously impede shared use.
    Further, these roads are specifically mentioned as regional cycling resources in the 2005 Los Alamos County bike plan, which I wrote much of and which was adopted by council. Multiuse paths do not take the place of road resources for the kind of cyclist who rides this route.

  • Santa Fe
    Whole Hog Café Catering, 320 S. Guadalupe St.
    Date inspected: May 4
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Swiss Bakery & Bistro, 401 S. Guadalupe St.
    Date inspected: May 6
    Violations: Ten high-risk violations. Home-canned jams mixed in with dry storage. No date of preparation on any prepared food. Food in walk-in refrigerator not holding proper temperatures. Ice bath near stove. Dented cans mixed in with good stock in dry storage. Can opener has old food build up. No soap or paper towels in hand washing station. Employee touched customer’s food with bare hands. Cooked food cooling at room temperature. Chemical spray bottle has no label. Three moderate-risk violations. Wet rag is out of sanitizer bucket. Door handles of equipment has food build up. Exposed insulation over food in chest freezer. Back door to prep area is open to the outside. First aid supplies stored over prep sink. Four low-risk violations. Restroom opens to dining area and is not self closing. Toilet paper dispenser is not sanitarily designed. Boxes stored on floor in office.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required in one week.

  • SANTA FE — Founded to honor iconic New Mexico mystery author Tony Hillerman, the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference will mark a decade of teaching the craft and business of writing in November.
    Organized by Wordharvest, the conference welcomes writers of all genres and abilities to three days of programs headlined by notable New Mexico writing talent.
    Throughout past decade, conference attendees have achieved great success as mainstream and self-published authors.
    “Tony Hillerman’s legacy included his decades of open-hearted support for beginning writers, both as a journalism and creative writing instructor and as a mentor well into his retirement from teaching,” said Anne Hillerman, Tony’s daughter and a co-founder of Wordharvest, with Jean Schaumberg.
    Sponsored by St. Martin’s Press and Wordharvest, and presented at the fall conference, the Tony Hillerman Prize is awarded for the best first mystery set in the Southwest.
    The winner receives a contract with St. Martin’s Press for publication of the novel and a $10,000 advance.
    Wordharvest will host an anniversary celebration 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at The Screen. Tickets are $25. Email wordharvest@wordharvest.com. Seating is limited. For further details, visit wordharvest.com/registration.php.

  • Estrella Del Norte Vineyard has announced that for the second year it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.
    Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.
    The last time the vineyard won was in 2011.
    When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

  • PBS Science Café set for LA

    The public is invited to the New Mexico PBS Science Café June 28 to watch a segment of “NOVA,” then join in a discussion with John Lyles, Beth Cortright and other world-class cavers. The panel will share recent discoveries in the ongoing explorations of Lechuguilla and Fort Stanton caves. The program is from noon to 2 p.m. at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Admission to the Science Café is free, but a reservation is required. RSVP to Rose Poston, Community Outreach Coordinator, New Mexico PBS Education & Outreach Department, at 277-2396
    Lechuguilla Cave lies beneath Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southeastern New Mexico. Since its discovery in 1984, more than 136 miles of cave have been mapped though the single, artificial entrance.
    In central New Mexico, the longest known cave formation in the world, Snowy River, contains 26.92 miles of surveyed length. The white calcite floor runs the length of the known cave passage, now over 10 miles long. Exploration and survey teams continue to map the passage and other leads in feats that involve trips more than 24 hours long.

    Submit entries now for photography show

  • Every Tuesday throughout June and July, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering its Summer Family Evenings, each with a different theme and activity. On June 24, PEEC will team up with Bandelier and the Fuller Lodge Art Center to present “Predators and Prey.” The program takes place at PEEC from 6:30-8 p.m.
    Chris Judson of Bandelier will give a slide show about predators and prey that kids of all ages will enjoy. After the slideshow, Ken Nebel of the Fuller Lodge Art Center will be working with the kids to create their own piece of art inspired by the wildlife about which they have learned. While the presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., those who can’t make it by then are still welcome to drop in throughout the program to participate in the art activity.
    The event is free to attend for PEEC members; the cost for non-members is $5 per family, regardless of how many are in the family. No advance registration is required.
    To learn more about this and other PEEC programs, visit PajaritoEEC.org or contact 662-0460 or Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.  

  • The Chimayó Association of Businesses (CAB) is sponsoring a Car and Art Tour in Chimayó from 10 a.m.-
    4 p.m. Saturday.
    The tour will include galleries and studios located in the Chimayó area, and will feature on this day a display of antique, classic, hot-rod and low rider cars from private collections in Chimayó on the tour.
    “Several gallery owners are also avid car collectors and they in addition to other car collectors from the area will have cars at each gallery or studio,” said LowLow and Joan Medina, CAB member and owners of LowLow’s Art Place.
    Visitors are asked to look for red and yellow flags at the entrance to each participating gallery/studio.
    Also on Saturday, Rancho de Chimayó will kick off its 50th anniversary celebration with a book signing.
    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.
    The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner.

  • Wesley Skidmore, a student at Los Alamos High School, was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month. Skidmore is the son of Wendy and Cary Skidmore, brother of Bradley, Gregory, Jeffrey and Stephanie.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month — Skidmore was honored for the month of April. This year’s recipients reflect a combination of both LAHS seniors and juniors; next year, only juniors will be recognized in hopes of inspiring their interest in Rotary programs that fall during the summer following junior year. Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and, in particular, their service to the community.
    Skidmore is a member of the National Honor Society. He is also active in Boy Scouts of America, Venture Crew 422 and attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2010 by designing, preparing and completing a project to remove a chain-link fence lining the property boundary between the LDS church in White Rock and the Piñon Trails housing development.

  • Piñon Park Pool has memberships available for the 2014 season. The pool, located at 104 Bryce Avenue, has been a part of the White Rock community for more than 50 years.
    The pool offers three types of memberships, based upon the number of swimmers. A one-person membership costs $200 and includes five guest passes. A two-person membership is $325 plus 10 guest passes, and a family membership is $450 and includes 20 guest passes.
    Current members who refer a new member will receive a $50 credit towards his/her 2015 assessment for each referral.
    The pool features a covered lounge area, tables and grills for picnics, a shaded kiddy pool area, play area, and snack bar. It offers lane swimming, water aerobics and late night swims every Wednesday, as well as special theme nights and other activities throughout the summer.
    On July 4, the pool will host a members-only party, including games and prizes for the kids, a diving contest and the famous greased watermelon contest between members and staff.
    Swim lessons are being held the weeks of June 23-27, July 7-11 and July 21-25 for all levels for both members and non-members. The cost is $25 per swimmer for members and $35 per swimmer for non-members. Private lessons are available upon request.
    Pool hours are 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. every day.

  • A SEUSStastic Summer is underway for YCampers.
    YCamp 2014 is taking creative cues from Dr. Seuss with each week themed after specific Dr. Seuss books. Everything from science projects to arts and crafts activities will bring these books to life.
    Theme weeks and field trips are as follows:
    The first week there was a summer introduction to the program. The week of June 9, “The Cat and the Hat” was the book of inspiration, followed by a field trip to Rockin’ Rollers in Santa Fe.
    “Horton Hears a Who!” was the book for the week of June 16 with a field trip to the ABQ Biopark zoo in Albuquerque.
    June 23, “The Lorax” is the book of choice and the field trip will be the YMCA Camp Shaver. June 30, “Fox in Socks” will be the book along with a trip to the Children’s Museum in Santa Fe. “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” will be the book with a trip to Tsankawi/Rover Park.
    Christmas in July week will be July 14-18 and will have the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” with a trip to the Natural History Museum.
    Zoo to You will come to the campers as the book will be “Green Eggs and Ham.”
    The YCamp will have a So Long to Summer Party Week beginning July 28. The book will be “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

  • The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation has selected 11 students, representing 10 businesses for the summer youth business program.
    The youth based businesses include three landscapers, a recycled jewelry designer, video production, coffee roaster, a shawl designer, house and babysitting, farm fresh eggs and a souvenir chocolate maker.
    JJAB’s Assets In Action program is working with the youth entrepreneurs to build relationships with customers and promote their businesses to the public. The program has also worked with local businesses to mentor the youth in their area of interest, to aid in success of their efforts.
    The LACDC program sponsors the businesses with grants ranging from $200-$400 and donations are currently being sought to fund additional businesses. Those wishing to make a small donation can direct them to the Youth Business Grant Program at 190 Central Park Square.
    Those interested in accessing the youth businesses can contact 695-9139.