• On July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion detonated in the pre-dawn darkness in the high desert ranchland about 30 miles southeast of Socorro.
    It has been 69 years, but some hale and hearty guys around who participated in that test are still around, and two of them have agreed to accompany a tour to Trinity Site for the April 5 public opening, one of only two days each year the site is open.
    This rare chance to rub shoulders with history is a fundraising effort for the Los Alamos Historical Society as it is launching into major long-term enterprises in historic preservation and interpretation for the future.
    This one-day excursion aboard a restroom-equipped coach departs from Los Alamos at 6:30 a.m. and includes lunch in Socorro.
    Tour direction is by Buffalo Tours, leading its 11th trip to Trinity. Entering through the Stallion Range Station of the White Sands Missile Range, the road to Trinity winds 15 miles to Ground Zero.
    A quarter mile walk from the parking lot is the epicenter where only a twisted concrete and metal footing remains of the 100 ft. tall tower where the gadget was detonated.

  • It’s time again for the community come together and transform bowls into works of art.
    The 21st Annual Empty Bowls Project Luncheon and Silent Auction will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    For $15, soup will be served in any one of the hand-painted bowls and the Craig Martin Experience will be on hand to provide some live music.
    Dessert and bread from various businesses will also be available. People may take the hand crafted bowl home with them. The bowls are also available for purchase.
    The Empty Bowls Project, to benefit Self-Help Inc., has been a stable in Los Alamos for 45 years. The fundraiser will include a silent auction and fun gift baskets. Local businesses have donated gift cards for the event.
    The project is coordinated by Gillian Sutton. Local organizations work all year long painting bowls at “Painting Parties.”
    “It really brings the community together,” Sutton said. Los Alamos church groups and other established organizations lend their time for the public paints.
    A ceramics class at Los Alamos High School decorates and fires the bowls. The Fuller Lodge Art Center also offers up their equipment for firing processes. “A slew of kids from the high school were a big help,” Sutton said.

  • New Mexico Film Foundation announces media project

  • Santa Fe
    Allsup’s, 4680 Airport Road
    Date inspected: Feb. 19
    Violations: Four high-risk violations. No sanitizer ready for use, therefore, not sanitizing as needed. No trash can near hand sink. Wash sink has for cross-connection hose was above ledge. Toxic chemicals in prep area. Four moderate-risk violations. Wash sink has cross connection. Not monitoring food temperatures adequately. Sanitizer strips not used at proper frequency. Ice scoop stored atop ice machine that has dust accumulation on it. Four low-risk violation. Toilet door not self closing. Lights are not shield in ice prep area. Ice scoop are not smooth.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    El Castillo Retirement Home, 250 East Alameda
    Date inspected: Feb. 24
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Dish machine was not at proper sanitation levels, which was corrected at time of inspection.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Art exhibits
    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition: “Bits and Pieces: Works by Karina Hean, Catherine Gangloff and Michel Déjean.” From 5-7 p.m. March 28 through April 19. The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. March 24.
    Open mic night. 6 p.m. every Friday at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort’s Riverside Café. This free night is open to the public and will be through the end of March. A basic PA system and amplifier will be provided. Visit SipapuNM.com, or call 800-587-2240 for more information.

    The Santa Fe Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico presents a free talk “The Solution is Never that Simple: the Impact of the Introduced Salt Cedar Leaf Beetle on the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher in New Mexico.” The meeting is 6:30 p.m. March 19 at Christ Lutheran Church, 1701 Arroyo Chamiso, located in the triangle of Old Pecos Trail, St Michael’s Drive and Arroyo Chamiso. It is directly across the street from Fire Station #4. Meetings and talks are free and open to all. For more information email tom@thomasantonio.org or call 505-690-5105.

  • Earlier this month, 42 home educated speech and debate competitors participated in the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) New Mexico CHILE Qualifier. Students traveled from Montana, Utah and Colorado to vie for a limited number of slots that would advance them to the NCFCA Region III Invitational Tournament in Grand Junction, Colo., in May.
    Students competed in Lincoln Douglas debate and Team Policy debate, as well as speech events: Persuasive, Informative and After Dinner Speaking; Illustrated Oratory; Humorous, Open, Thematic and Duo Interpretation; Extemporaneous speaking; and Impromptu and Apologetics.
    Local students qualified to the Regional Invitational in all events listed.
    Senior Jemima Spill placed first in Persuasive, in Thematic Interpretation, in Illustrated Oratory, and in Informative speaking. She placed second in overall Sweepstakes.
    Senior Andrew Hollis placed first in Extemporaneous Speaking, second in Apologetics, Impromptu and Thematic Interpretation. He placed third in overall Sweepstakes. He also placed second in Lincoln Douglas Debate, and first place in Lincoln Douglas Debate speaker points.

  •  As we look at the category of positive values his month, I thought we could talk about the programs and experiences that help to shape our youth.
    Let’s start with the Girl Scouts and their cookie sales that should be wrapping up soon. The Girl Scout program is helping to shape the women of the future through community service and leadership to build courage, confidence and character.
    Make sure to stop by your local Smith’s and even on the corner by Warm Heart Yarn, in White Rock. If you don’t want to buy a box for yourself, support the troops, donate a box or two to the firehouse or the police station.
    The Naval Jr. ROTC Unit from Los Alamos High School, as well as the baseball team, are both having pasta dinner fundraisers on Thursday night. The JROTC unit will have its at the IMH Catholic Church and the baseball team at the Elks Lodge. Both fundraisers begin at 5:30 p.m.
    Their fundraisers offset the cost of travel, hotel stays, entry fees and awards. The programs build character, endurance and a sense of family for their members. The events are even similar in price, just $10.
    The Empty Bowls project on Saturday is a program that provides the basic necessities for youth and their families. An added bonus is the fact that many youth of the community have donated time to make the bowls.

  • The winner of this year’s contest is Katie Laintz, a sixth grader from Piñon Elementary School. Second place goes to Amaya Coblentz, third place to Kaylee Ellsworth, fourth place to Abigail Lechel and fifth place to Lily Shevitz.
    The committee also chose to award seven honorable mentions to the following artists: Sruthi Garimella, Daniel Haertling, Kalen Melton, Olivia Nichols, Sevanna Swanson, Isabelle Teana and Ronald Terp.
    The Dog Jog committee would like to thank all of the young artists who participated in the contest to design the 2014 Dog Jog T-shirt logo for this year’s event.
    Laintz will also receive a free 2014 Dog Jog T-shirt with her design on it.
    Early Bird Registration is now going on. Early Bird entry fees are $20 for adults and older children and $5 for children ages 11 and under. Participants registering now will save $5 off the entry fee.
    The Dog Jog will be April 26 at White Rock United Methodist Church. There is a 5K run or a 2-mile walk. Race prizes and awards will be given for the fastest runners, random walkers and dogs in all manner of fun categories.
    To sign up visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, or get entry forms at Pet Pangaea, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital and Animal Clinic of Los Alamos.


    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Dogs and cats are great at chasing away the blues on cold nights, so come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:


    SHELTER HOURS: Monday – Friday Noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends.

    Thank you Los Alamos for visiting the shelter and giving adoptable animals their forever homes!

    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.




  • Los Alamos Middle School is preparing for the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) this month by offering an opportunity for students to eat breakfast prior to the start of the day.
    The Hawk Hangout is Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting today beginning at 7:30 a.m. and will feature food, fun, music and activities to engage students to start the day on a positive note.
    Summit Food Services Manager, Ian Tillotson has agreed to call his troops in a bit earlier to accommodate the idea brought to Principal Rex Kilburn by students last month.
    As having breakfast prior to SBA testing is an additional bonus, the timing just seemed too perfect to pass up.
    “Ian has been fantastic to work with these last few years,” Kilburn said. He goes out of his way to help students and he does the same when I go to him for ways for me to do things for the staff.”
    Tillotson and his great staff work every morning at both Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School to provide service with a smile across the district.
    The addition of a breakfast option as part of this pilot project just increases the amount of dedication his staff has to care for hungry children.

  • For this weekend only, buy fresh cut daffodils to support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Hospice. Funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico. A vase with one bunch is $10, vase with two bunches is $15, bunches without a vase is $5 per bunch. Stop by the following locations from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Watch for Booth sales at Smith’s and LANB today and Friday
    • Daffodil Central at 181 Central Park Square, today and Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    The daffodil’s are about to bloom and ready for the weekend. “They tend to sell out quickly,” Susan Winton, this year’s coordinator. People who have preordered can have free delivery on Saturday, with a minimum order of $10 per address. For more information call 662-2525.

  • Los Alamos
    Aspen Ridge Lodge, 1010 Sombrillo Ct.
    Date inspected: Feb. 18
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Bob’s Bodacious BBQ, 3801 Arkansas Ave., Suite G
    Date inspected: Feb. 18
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Floor next to smokers need cleaning, which was corrected at the time of inspection.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Los Alamos Co-op Market, 95 Entrada Dr.
    Date inspected: Feb. 19
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Santa Fe
    Subway, 554 Guadalupe St.
    Date inspected: Feb. 5
    Violations: Three high-risk violations. Food temperatures in danger zone. Drain line to floor has a leak in prep area. Employee drinks could cross-contaminate food prep area. Four moderate-risk violations. Top of food equipment has food and dust build up. Improper use of three-compartment sink. One low-risk violation. Employees have no hair restraints, nets or hats.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up inspection Feb. 12.

  • Concert spotlights young musicians
    The Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association presents the eighth Annual  “Spotlight on Young Musicians” concert, 7 p.m. March 15 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe. Special guest, music educator and 12 Grammy Award winning composer David Grusin, will perform pieces during the evening.
    The concert will feature outstanding young musicians from northern New Mexico who auditioned to participate. Winners will perform selections from Broadway to Bach, and jazz to pop.
    Proceeds from the concert will support music education for youth.
    Tickets for the Spotlight Concert are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and children 5 and under will be admitted free.  Tickets will be available at the door, or in advance by calling the Santa Fe Youth Symphony offices at 467-3770.
    Call or visit sfys.org for additional information.  

    Time to break away in Taos
    For less than the cost of two roundtrip airline tickets to a crowded beach destination, spring break in Taos, is an attractive option with numerous outdoor and cultural activities including a “Spectacular Spring Break” concert Saturday, featuring music by Taos singer/songwriter Max Gomez and alternative band from Austin, Texas, Alpha Rev.

  • The next Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture will feature “Globetrotters, Border Crossers, and the Tangled Tales of U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History,” by Dr. Samuel Truett.
    The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. March 11 at Fuller Lodge.
    Set sail with two enigmatic globetrotters for the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. One was a former English adventurer who fought pirates and sailed opium clippers. The other was a Cossack warrior who became an Indian fighter, border guard and spy. Their stories connect the U.S.-Mexico borderlands to world history in unexpected ways.
    Truett is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of New Mexico, where he teaches borderlands history. He is author of several publications, including “Fugitive Landscapes: The Forgotten History of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands,” selected as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2007 by Choice Magazine. He was selected “Top Young Historian” by HNN History News Network in April 2008. 

  • Hear the story of species of beetle, its introduction into the United States and eventual migration into New Mexico.
    Dr. Carol A. Sutherland, an extension entomologist at New Mexico State University and also State Entomologist for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, will give a presentation, 7 p.m. March 11 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. The program is free, and no advance registration is necessary.
    Since its introduction into the U.S. nearly 200 years ago, saltcedar has demonstrated it can out-compete native vegetation for available water, causing serious economic and environmental problems as this noxious weed has spread throughout the West. While saltcedar can be controlled with burning, herbicides, goats and mechanical means, these methods are temporary and expensive.
    Since no effective natural enemies of saltcedar occurred in the U.S., scientists spent many years screening various natural enemies of saltcedar in Eurasia and North Africa.

  • Learn/Practice ART in a relaxed atmosphere. The Fuller Lodge Art Center offers many classes this spring. The art workshops are both multi-week and one day workshops.
    There are three that will begin this first week in March that still have space for students to register.
    • Watercolor Introduced with Jacob Spill.
    Experience the world of water color painting! Learn and try a variety of techniques and subject matter. Students will work on both studies and finished artwork. See the instructor’s work at: Visual Arts by Jacob Spill. Classes are 6-8 p.m. Mondays, through March 31. $100 plus a supply list.
    • Drawn In with Ken Nebel.
    Get into the Zen of drawing, learn to see things differently, and help your hands draw what you see. Students will learn to look at the negative space around an object, work with the whole canvas and work large. Take on a variety of subject matters and mark making mediums. Classes are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through April 1. $100 plus supply list.

  • Registration opened for Y summer programs this week.
    Camp registrations completed through April 30 save a $25 registration fee.
    Summer options for teens and elementary-school aged youth are available.
     The Y has two camp choices for youth in kindergarten through seventh grade. 
     Y Camp offers a traditional day “camp” experience for elementary age youth featuring arts and crafts, drama, sports, assembly, swimming, hikes, field trips and the opportunity to create friendships with other kids in one’s own age group.
    It includes fun, hands-on science projects, and a Camp Readers program. Y Camp will have a Dr. Seuss-book weekly theme at Barranca Elementary School.
     The also has an outdoor-based camp, iCARE Adventures on the Pajarito Plateau, which focuses on hands-on, nature and play-based environmental education. Barranca Elementary is the point for drop-off, pick up and inclement weather, but this camp is held at area trails and canyons.
     Additionally, during the two days before school starts, iCARE Day Camp will hold a garden-themed outdoor-based camp.
    Several sports-themed day camps are also being offered with dates to be announced.

  • Wow, it is finally over. The 2013-2014 Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling season has come to an end.
    As the mother of a senior, 145-pounder Chandler Lauritzen, this season end has particular meaning and a sense of melancholy that I assume is practice for graduation day itself.
    It started our with P-Knut, aka John Michael Romero who signed my oldest son’s name on the line as someone interested in finding out about the Los Alamos Middle School wrestling team.
    Our family didn’t know a thing about wrestling, except what we saw on television, but with the youth advice of John Gibson and the adult assurance of Lee Gibson, he would give it a try.
    Then comes a time when we meet Coach Ben Salas and Coach David Rendell, they taught the basics and began to train the seventh grade boy that would spend the next six years, pursuing a passion, striving for a goal.
    I’ve said it before, but this may be the last time I’ll say it, that the sport of wrestling makes the man.
    The setbacks and pitfalls may not be able to be overcome, but the process teaches skills that build life long lessons.
    The sport creates a sense of family because it doesn’t just become about how good my child does, but I equally cheer for your child, because I want them to be successful too.

  • The last time the Pajarito Environmental Education Center offered a trip lead by local Geologist Patrick Rowe to Shark’s Tooth Ridge, the trip filled up with a waiting list. So, back by popular demand, PEEC is again offering the trip to this aptly named site near Cabezon, where participants of all ages can expect to find samples of Cretaceous Period sharks’ teeth. The day trip will be March 15.
    It’s hard to imagine New Mexico was once under the sea, but during the Cretaceous Period, between 145.5 and 65.5 million years ago, much of the state was. Because of this, remains of sharks’ teeth can be found at the site named Shark’s Tooth Ridge, less than two hours from Los Alamos.
    Participants on the trip will look for the five different species of shark’s teeth that can be found at this location. In addition, they will look for septarian nodules, which are also known as “dragon stones,” due to their sometimes-scaly appearance. The nodules in this area often contain open pockets with beautiful calcite and barite crystals, making them special samples to take home. Participants of all ages are welcome to join, and the inevitability of finding samples makes this an excellent trip for kids.


    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Dogs and cats are great at chasing away the blues on cold nights, 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.

    Thank you Los Alamos for visiting the shelter and giving the adoptable animals their forever homes!

    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 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.