• Santa Fe
    Santa Fe Spirits, 308 Read St.
    Date inspected: July 9
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Mold growth in under counter ice machine. No paper towel dispenser at hand wash sink. Two moderate-risk violations. Grime build up on salt container. Chlorine test strips not available to test sanitizer in dish washer. One low-risk violation. Restroom door not self closing.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Corrective Action Response required on July 14.

    Santa Fe Spirits, 308 Read St.
    Date inspected: July 14
    Violations: All high-risk violations corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No further follow up required.

    Chicago Dog Express, 600 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: July 9
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Tomatoes go beyond after four-hour limit, which was corrected at time of inspection by tomatoes being discarded. One low-risk violation. Ice above the level of beverage container, no residual chlorine.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Chicago Dog Express, 600 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: July 11
    Violations: All high-risk violations corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from July 9. No further follow up required.

  • Aaron’s Closet open this week

    Aaron’s Kids Closet — Free Store is people helping other people and sharing the love of Jesus with anyone who is in need. There are no eligibility requirements. You do not have to show an ID, proof of residency or income, simply take what you need no payment required or accepted. They are freely sharing — what has been freely received.
    Donations needed are clothing, shoes, coats, etc. that are available for school age children.
    Aaron’s Closet is located at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr., across from Los Alamos High School next to Sullivan Field behind the Lemon Lot
    For more information all 662-6277, or visit firstinyourheart.org.
    Hours are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every second Thursday of the month and from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the following Friday.
    To help with the closet or donate gently used clothing and shoes, call church office or Michelle at 660-0340.

    Feldman to speak at
    AAUW Fall Luncheon

  • The Bike MS: Pedal Los Pueblos race to support Multiple Sclerosis was last week at Cities of Gold Hotel and Casino in Pojoaque.
    The Snow family of White Rock supported the ride. “I have four family members that currently live with MS,” said Deb Snow.
    Her mother for 27 years, one brother for 12 years, daughter for three years as well as herself for 17 years, she said.
    Snow and daughter Jackie Becker volunteered at one of the rest stops providing food and drinks to the individuals that cycle 30-100 miles to raise money for NMSS, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
    “I believe one of the most important things for people to know about MS is that the symptoms can be very different for each individual. It is also important to understand that a lot of the symptoms are not visible to everyone, i.e. fatigue, numbness and tingling, balance issues and cognitive issues, among others,” Snow said. “These symptoms can change day to day, or even hour to hour.”
    Snow would also like people to know that they can be helpful by understanding the complexity of the disease and how quickly it can change. One way is to be as supportive as possible for that individual.
    “Continued research is imperative in finding the cause of the disease and a cure,” Snow said. 

  •  Well, by the time you read this, we will be about to receive official recognition of Assets Month in Los Alamos.
    I think the reason it excited me so much is that it is a way of heightening your awareness of Assets for an entire month with the goal of building the Assets all year long.
    I find it rather interesting that Assets month has also timed out with suicide prevention awareness month and especially the World Day on Wednesday. This week especially there is a focus on helping our youth and indeed any member of our community struggling with stress, depression and a loss of hope.
    While the attention to this awareness needs to take place for more than just a day, just a week or even a month, I believe a large portion of the loss of hope for anyone of any age can be rebuilt through the work of the Assets.
    The work of the 40 Developmental Assets has been researched and data gathered for years to prove that when we attempt to increase the Assets in our young people, a variety of issues that seem to plague our children seem to go away.
    The Assets build support, empowerment and make sure youth have the connections and relationships in their life to grow up to be successful adults.

  • The Los Alamos Co-op Market is the next place in town to be designated with the National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat designation. There are several private homes and businesses that have already been added to the list of designated natural habitats.
    Outreach Coordinator Sandra West, who heard of the program through the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, organized the project.
    West participated in the Earth Day event earlier this year, where the National Wildlife Federation.
    Along with a student helper, Liz Turner, West said it took about a month to set up the co-op with natural habitats such as hummingbird feeders, fountains, drought-tolerant gardens, bee friendly flowers (courtesy of Plants of the Southwest) and a butterfly bush. “It aligns with the co-op’s mission of the triple bottom line — Planet, People and Performance,” West said. “It is a well-rounded habitat that will be able to feed more wildlife.”
    The next step will be to get a Critter Cam, she said, because of evidence that wildlife have visited the area after hours. The area is known for coyotes, some rabbits and many bird species, including ravens, crows and the Canyon Towhee. “We are hoping the birds will nest early next spring,” West said.


    Aug. 11: A girl, Sophia Debbie Lynn Martinez, born to Laura and Stephen Martinez
    Aug. 15: A girl, Kora Emmalyn Wallace, born to Kristy and Ben Wallace

    Aug. 19: A girl, Calise Roberta Parkinson, born to Desta and David Parkinson

    Aug. 20: A boy, Elliot Garduño King, born to Katharine Garduño and Graham King

    Aug. 23: A boy, Andres Granados Ramos, born to Maria Azucena Ramos and Cesar Granados Zamarrón

    Aug. 23: A boy, Finn Gauss, born to Casey and Adam Gauss

    Aug. 25: A girl, Leon Perriot, born to Diana Abdikasheva and Romain Perriot


    Sept. 9-13, 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.

    September is National
    Senior Center Month

    Betty Ehart


    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    10:30 a.m. Feldenkreis 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:


    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday 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. 

  • Chile peppers have a long and rich history in New Mexico, and actually were grown in this area hundreds of years before New Mexico’s statehood.
    Dr. Stephanie Walker, extension vegetable specialist from New Mexico State University, will discuss the story of chile in the southwest from its ancient origins to modern production. The talk begins 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Walker earned a bachelor’s degree from NMSU in biology, specializing in microbiology. She then worked in Quality Control and Research and Development at the Old El Paso processing facility in Anthony, Texas for more than 10 years.
    She was accepted into the Chile Pepper Breeding program at NMSU, and earned a master’s degree in horticulture in 1997, working on the genetics of resistance to phytophthora root rot and foliar blight of chile peppers. She earned a Ph.D. in agronomy in 2007, working on breeding red chile for mechanical harvest efficiency.
    Walker has served as extension vegetable specialist in the Extension Plant Sciences Dept. at NMSU since 2004 where she concentrates on providing assistance to commercial vegetable growers and related industries in enhancing sustainability and profitability of vegetable production in New Mexico.

  • Crowds will converge on the Santa Fe Plaza this weekend for all the Fiesta activities, including the procession of La Conquistadora. This year’s festivities are held a week after the Burning of Zozobra.

  • Los Alamos
    Betty Ehart Center, 1101 Bathtub Row
    Date inspected: July 9
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Starbucks Kiosk at Smith’s Marketplace, 751 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: July 9
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

    Smith’s Marketplace Bakery, 751 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: July 9
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

    Smith’s Marketplace Deli, 751 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: July 9
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

    Smith’s Marketplace Seafood Market, 751 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: July 9
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

    Smith’s Marketplace Meat Market, 751 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: July 9
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

  • S.F. yarn shop celebrates Fiestas at new location

  • Los Alamos ScienceFest has expanded to a full week of mind-blowing demonstrations, interactive activities, art, discussions for inquisitive minds of all ages, from Sept. 5–13. The majority of ScienceFest events are free.
    Two highly anticipated special events are new to Los Alamos ScienceFest this year. RocketDay, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday will take off in White Rock, with the launch of 220 model rockets over a period of a few hours. The event, sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Boeing, will include an appearance by former shuttle astronaut, John Phillips.
    The festival will culminate with the biggest science festival in the state — Expo Day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Ashley Pond. Expo Day will feature 60 interactive exhibitors who will provide hands on activities showcasing science, technology, engineering and math. Expo Day is designed to encourage young people to seek careers in science, technology, engineering and math.


    Presenter Laural Hardin returns to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center to discuss about which insects are beneficial, and what you can do to cultivate their benefits.

    The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. today. 

    Predacious beneficial insects are becoming the preferred method for treating problem insects in professional greenhouse production and in the backyard garden. Many people are unwittingly destroying beneficial insect populations with poor gardening practices. 

    This hands-on workshop will cover the types of beneficial insects, and how they can be encouraged to thrive, or be safely introduced into your environment.


    WGN’s “Manhattan” continues with another dramatic episode and great turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s viewing of the fifth episode, which aired Aug. 24. 

    Below are some of the common questions that the Historical Society heard that night and on social media. Every week the society will be updating a bulletin board in the museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues. Previous episodes are discussed at losalamoshistory.org, on the Facebook page and in the museum. 

    Join the Los Alamos Historical Society Sundays at Time Out Pizzeria in Los Alamos from 8–9:30 p.m. for a viewing and discussion of “Manhattan” (TV-14 rating). 


    Two Los Alamos students were recipients of The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s Summer Youth Business Grants. 

    Jonmichael Weaver is a youth on a mission and a Christian mission at that. 

    The LACDC’s youth business grant recipient has created Buddy’s Beans, a local coffee roaster with a mission on a mission. 

    Weaver orders beans through Christian missions around the world, grown in small quantities, which honors the farmers and demonstrates care for the land.



    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the upstairs rotunda. 


    Beneficial Insects for your Greenhouse and Garden. 6:30-8 p.m. Presenter Laural Hardin is back at PEEC to talk about which insects are beneficial for a yard and/or garden. No advance registration required. $8/$6.50 PEEC members. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.


  • Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year … Assets Month!
    My hope is that you’ll continue to build Assets all month long and in a variety of ways.
    The biggest day on the calendar this week is Friday. On Friday, we ask that you wear a college or military T-shirt to demonstrate where you or a family member received their lifelong learning.
    In addition to that, I ask that you email me a picture or post in on the Assets In Action Facebook page. Last year, I had the pleasure of running around town and snapping photos of county employees, University of New Mexico-Los Alamos employees, school staff, senior citizens and more all supporting Assets throughout the day.
    This year, I have to work on Friday and won’t have the opportunity to enjoy a really great visual throughout the day.
    Our email address is AssetsInAction@att.net or you can text the photo to 505-695-9139.
    I already know that UNM-LA, Los Alamos County and a handful of schools are excited to participate once again.
    On Tuesday, local businesses will also begin supporting our program with our annual Change for Change campaign. While in the past only two locations have collected, this year many local businesses are supporting the Assets by collecting your spare change.


    Along with the advent of the 2014-2015 school year arrived a wave of fresh faces, not just among the student body, but also the staff. Last year, retirees of Los Alamos High School left the district and the school board wondering who would fill the empty slots. However, their uncertainty soon transformed into firm decision when capable and qualified applicants arrived. Christine Engelbrecht, a comparative world literature teacher, is one out of the group of recently hired individuals. 

    Engelbrecht attended high school at Norman North High School in Oklahoma. 

    She received an associate’s degree in liberal studies from Oklahoma City community college in liberal arts and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in language arts education. 

    Engelbrecht graduated Magna Cum Laude with highest honors. 


    Antonia Batha, of Los Alamos, was named to the Dean’s List at Union College for the 2013-14 academic year. Batha is majoring in women’s studies and a 2013 graduate of Los Alamos High School.


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    Yuan-Yen Tai, a resident of Los Alamos, was among nearly 5,000 students who graduated from the University of Houston in the spring 2014 semester. Tai graduated with a Ph.D. in physics.


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