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  • Live to work or work to live? That’s a question that some of us will be left pondering after the August presentation at the Los Alamos Mountaineers.
    The monthly meeting begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. The meeting starts with refreshments, reports on recent and upcoming LAM-sponsored trips, as well as a “safety minute” courtesy of one of the members.
    The feature presentation will be a talk by Lauren Heerschap will describe a recent trip, “The Right Place at the Wrong Time: Hot Limestone Climbing of Croatia and Slovenia.”
    Heerschap is an avid climber who bases many of her life decisions — where to live, where to vacation — around rock-climbing opportunities.
    A geology instructor at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, she uses her summers off to good advantage.
    In 2013, she and her husband, also a science teacher, spent about five weeks in Croatia and Slovenia climbing some of the best rock they have ever encountered. They climbed everything “from slabs to steep tufas to multi-pitch walls over 100 feet tall,” Heerschap said. “Only it was 90 degrees and 90-percent humidity every day!”

  • Well, it is that open house time of the year for our many schools and I hope this year you will stop by the Asset booths, or perhaps introduce yourself to our great many Asset Champions at each school.
    These folks are volunteers, paid in randomly delivered baked goods, who just know how important that assets framework is, in the lives of our youth.
    The 2014 Teacher of the Year, Sean McComb reminds us that involved parents are key in helping students succeed.
    One of the most enlightening items from Beth Mattey, a 27-year career school nurse is, “sadness is one of the most common illnesses seen in schools today. There is so much we sweep aside that needs to not just come to the center of attention, but actually be talked about with our kids.
    The Parade and American Profile supplements respectfully remind us of two of the most important things in helping our youth.
    It doesn’t cost a thing for each of us to intentionally build assets and the number of things done daily, without herald would astound you.
    Our bevy of builders this year includes some familiar faces and some new additions to the pool.

  • 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:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    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.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    George, Abby and Maddie — These are older, declawed cats who were surrendered when their owner’s health prevented her from keeping them. The shelter is currently working on getting to know them and would be happy to send them out together if possible — $35 for two, or $70 for all three!

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    Bronach Celtic Blues band will take the stage at Ashley Pond 7 p.m. Aug. 19 for a one‑hour concert featuring modern twists on traditional jigs, reels and airs. Bronach Celtic Blues is a trio based in Los Alamos. The group includes Jonathan Dowell on electric mountain dulcimer, Tessa Dowell on bodhran (Irish drum) and pennywhistle, and David Sarnowski on guitar.

    This show is part of the summer “Tuesdays at the Pond” concert series by the Los Alamos Creative District.
    The group’s next concert will be at the Labor Day Festival, 1 p.m. Aug. 30 in Jemez Springs.
    For more information, visit facebook.com/BronachCelticBlues. 

  • Smith’s Marketplace donated $5,000 toward the new nature center to fund exhibits. Store Director Erik Boehm presented a check to Pajarito Environmental Education Center Executive Director Katie Watson Friday morning. So far, just over $1 million has been raised.

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    Friday’s Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series show will be at Del Norte Credit Union, 1000 Trinity Dr. “We’re calling the evening ‘Co-op Night’ and we thank DNCU, Zia Credit Union, LA Schools CU, LA Food Co-op and the Española Community Market for their support of the Series and support of our town,” Coordinator Russ Gordon said.

    Friday’s concert is free of charge thanks to the sponsors in the community and starts at 7 p.m. The public is asked to bring their own chairs.
    The music will be by Guy Forsyth and his new band, the Hot Nut Riveters from Austin, Texas. Forsyth was the original lead singer of the Asylum Street Spankers and he called them “Texas’ original Recession Era band.”

    “That band played two of the most bizarre, fun and downright naughty concerts this town has ever seen,” Gordon said. “When I found out that Guy Forsyth was leading his own roots-rock and blues band about five years ago we booked that outstanding group three different times and they we’re tremendous musicians and great entertainers.”

  • The Los Alamos Co-op Market will host its first ever Truckload Sale this weekend as part of its Member Appreciation Days.
    The sale is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the co-op, located at the Entrada Business Park.
    Along with the sale — which will feature discounts on several items, including deli items — there will also be live music, chair massages, a bouncy house and scavenger hunt both days.
    The Co-op also has a pair of cooking classes scheduled, one coming up Tuesday and the other set for Sept. 9.
    Tuesday, Lisa Bakosi will host the Shop with the Chef class. Bakosi is a local nutritionist and author and will share recipes from her book, “Balance for Busy Moms.”
    Chemistry of Cooking is scheduled for Sept. 9. In that class, Ray Joggerst will speak about emulsions, dispersions, protein denaturation and what makes foods gel.
    Joggerst’s class is being held in conjunction with the Los Alamos Science Fest.
    Both classes begin at 6 p.m.
    For more information on the Co-op, visit its website, losalamos.coop, or call 695-1579.

  • The League of Women Voters’ monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader will feature Los Alamos Monitor publisher, Ben Carlson. The talk will start at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Mesa Public Library.
    Carlson joined the Los Alamos Monitor in February 2014 as the newspaper’s publisher. The Landmark Community Newspaper asked him to relocate from Central Kentucky following the resignation of Keven Todd.
    Carlson is a native of Western New York and a U.S. Air Force veteran. He met his wife, Cyndie while in the service. They have five children and two grandchildren.
    His previous work experience includes being editor of The Brunswick Beacon in Shallotte, North Carolina, senior editor of CBS Sports.com in Fort Lauderdale, editor of the Livingston County News in Geneseo, New York, sports editor of the Rochester Free Press in Rochester New York, and sports editor of The Evening Tribune in Hornell, New York.
    Along with numerous awards for news and opinion writing, Carlson was the 2013 Kentucky Sheriff’s Association Citizen of the Year and has served in a variety of civic capacities, including Chamber of Commerce board member and leadership roles in Rotary, Kiwanis and the American Red Cross.

  • Santa Fe is home to four centuries of Spanish-American heritage, the Southwest’s premier art scene and a vibrant assortment of brunch locations. Ranging from French to Mexican and Southeast Asian cuisine, Santa Fe’s culinary scene is all about new ways to spice up the classics, including American bacon and eggs, Tex-Mex huevos rancheros and breakfast burritos. No other locale brings together Southwestern charm and culinary savvy like America’s second oldest city.

    Pantry Restaurant
    Nothing typifies down to earth, homestyle Santa Fe cooking more than the family-owned Pantry Café. New Mexican specialties include eggs with chorizo, omelettes stuffed with chile relleno, huevos rancheros and huevos consuelo. More classic brunch fare from oatmeal, granola, pancakes and French toast leaves little more to be desired, while the breakfast steak promises to satiate even the most voracious ranchero.
    Alongside lunch options spanning burgers, sandwiches and salads, an entire menu section is devoted to “New Mexican Traditions,” ensuring an authentic taste of the southwest.
    Now entering their sixth decade of service to Santa Fe, the Pantry is a pillar of New Mexican brunch. 1820 Cerrillos Road.

    Palacio Café

  • At its annual Earth Day Festivalback in May, PEEC introduced the public phase of “Take Wing with the Nature Center” – a capital campaign to fund indoor and outdoor exhibits at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center. The campaign goal is $1 million. Over $850,000 has already been raised in the private phase of the campaign.
    The overarching mission of “Take Wing with the Nature Center” is to provide exciting, engaging, and interactive exhibits, making the new nature center a state-of-the-art learning center and a community treasure.
    Gifts have already come in from hundreds of citizens in Los Alamos and Santa Fe, as well as from businesses such as Los Alamos National Bank, which presented PEEC with a check for $30,000 at the Earth Day Festival on May 3. Other local businesses have also generously donated so far, including Zia Credit Union and Del Norte Credit Union.

  • It was a busy weekend in Los Alamos last week with the county fair and rodeo and the Arts and Crafts Festival at Fuller Lodge Arts Center. More than 80 vendors took part in the show. 

  •  The Los Alamos Community Winds has been selected as a finalist forThe American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance, 2014. Congratulations!

    Winners, runners-up and any citation recipients will be selected next month. To know the exact time of announcements, please "like" the Facebook page link Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728?ref=ts. or follow us on Twitter: #AmericanPrize.

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    Cliburn Amateur Piano Video Contest voting through August 15:

    Vote through Facebook. Or go to Safari and enter  cliburn.org

    Above the picture click on CLIBURN AMATEUR PIANO VIDEO CONTEST

    When the next page shows, click on:  CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE VIDEO TODAY!

    The next page shows the entrants. The placing of the photos change often so you may have to search several pages.

    Click on the person you want to hear. Click in the middle of the picture where there’s an arrow.

    Under the picture of the person is a box that says: VOTE FOR THIS ENTRY

    Click it to vote. 

  • Recently, a group of eight motorcyclists pulled up in front of the home of the family of Wendell G. Armour, ridden by the Legion Riders of American Legion Post 90. The group carefully carried out the ashes of Armour and put them in a carrier case on the back of one of the motorcycles. Three of the motorcycles were red, white and blue. They rode through town and out to the county stables. Then, they came to the church, carrying in the box of ashes and setting them on the altar. They posted the colors before his service and at the end, Post President Ken Nadeau presented Armour’s wife with a flag. They helped carry the flowers and ashes to the reception. The family would like to thank all the members of American Legion Post 90 who helped honor a proud war hero and recipient of the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Silver Star. Special thanks goes to Ken Nadeau, Randi Moore, Jim Hay, Renee Williams, Shaunessy Nadeau, Kenny Merlin, Ernie Durr, Patrick Durr and Ed Miller. Miller organized all of this and was a friend to Armour, making frequent visits while he was in nursing homes and at his home.

  • The time has finally arrived and I’m so excited for you.
    Yes, it is hard to believe another year of school is about to start, but it lies here before us.
    There is so much preparation that has been done and continues to be done, right up until those bus doors open.
    If you are a parent of a kindergarten student, I am most excited for you. This is a journey, not a race and the trip can be largely what you make it.
    This is true for every age, every grade, even those headed for the halls of college, those returning to school to earn a degree later in life and just gaining a few needed credits to accomplish a goal.
    If you have children in elementary, middle or high school, stay engaged in the journey.
    I realize that school is that school is the vocation of our youth. Now I know it would sound better to them if that vocation involved a paycheck, maybe we could call it resume building volunteer work.
    The point is, chances are you couldn’t do you job without a few people helping you out, so stay on the journey with your kids.
    One of the big keys is to stay involved throughout the entire journey.
    Do you know what makes kindergarten so great? The smell of that new box of crayons? The fact that kindergarten teachers are so awesome?

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    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.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Miko and Kita are both 4 years old and were surrendered when their family moved. Miko is a tabby cat with some white, and Kita is all black. Kita had some complications following her spay surgery, so volunteers are still learning more about these two. Stay turned for more information!

    Hannah is a 1-year-old gray and white spayed female who is as soft as can be! She was found roaming on Tewa Loop with her buddy Henry, but these two cute kitties were never claimed and are now ready for a forever home. Hannah is very mellow and loves ear scratches and a soft bed to cuddle in.

  • The oldest art festival in Taos, New Mexico – Taos Fall Arts Festival – is celebrating its 40th year in 2014 by expanding and enhancing the festival, adding new features which will be noticeable during the 2014 festival such as The Paseo on opening night. The 2014 festival is scheduled from Sept. 26 through Oct. 5 in Taos with opening receptions on Friday, Sept. 26 from 4-9 p.m.
     “We chose to create a community focus group and listen to local artists to find out how we could better serve the arts community going forward and local businesses,” said Paul Figueroa. “From that focus, recommendations included securing several locations in historic district, maintain quality art shows, foster collegiate collaborations, expand presentations to include performing arts. Our goal is to help the festival grow, evolve and expand to make it even better than it already is.”
     Among the changes, the festival will return to one of its original sites – the Kachina Lodge – where part of the Taos Selects and miniatures will be displayed as well as the Stables Gallery of the Taos Center for the Arts. 

  • Santa Fe
    Tree House LLC, 163 Paseo de Peralta
    Date inspected: June 18
    Violations: One high-risk violation. No paper towels, which was corrected at time of inspection — cloth towels are not allowed. One moderate-risk violation. Ice scoop was placed in ice in the ice machine. Three low-risk violations. The walk in ceilings are dusty and greasy. Permit posted has expired. Employees aprons are hanging in the dry storage area shelves.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    La Casa Sena, 125 E. Palace Ave.
    Date inspected: June 18
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations. Paper towel dispenser surfaces in kitchen are dusty. Sanitizer solution is not accurate enough. Five low-risk violations. The hand sink faucets in the basement are not working properly — faucets are loose and leaking water. The wall in the kitchen basement area are cracked all over. Wall by dry storage area is dusty. One of the light bulbs in the kitchen by banquet area above the stove is not covered. Floors in basement have concave conjunctures and need to be sealed.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • With the new school season around the corner, the County of Los Alamos is giving families an excuse to enjoy one last summer weekend trip with the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Friday through Sunday.
     “This family-oriented County Fair and Rodeo gives families something fun to do before the start of another school year and the end of summer,” said Suzette Fox, executive director, Los Alamos MainStreet. “We hope the event contributes to the overall feeling of well being in the community by giving both locals and visitors an opportunity to get acquainted with downtown Los Alamos, while also allowing local businesses to have incentive opportunities.”
    The three-day event kicks off Friday with exhibits at Mesa Public Library, between 5 and 8 p.m. Everything from locally made art and arts and crafts to baked goods will be on display.
     At 10 a.m. Saturday, Central Avenue will be lined with decorated floats centered on the theme, “Celebrate Los Alamos.” Awards will be given to the first, second and third best floats as determined by judges.

  • The Los Alamos Mountaineers announce a specialty course for rock climbers on building anchors, the protection that prevents gravity from making a climber’s day a nightmare.
    Zack Baker will lead the 2014 “REALLY Understanding Rock Climbing Anchors” class, to be held 6-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m .Saturday.
    The class is free to all graduates of the 2014 Climbing School, and costs $20 for all other LAM members. (If you are not already an LAM member, annual LAM dues are $15 for an individual and $20 for a family.)
    “The techniques of proper movement and well-built rock anchors are the two ways climbers stay attached to the cliff and enjoy a long, happy life,” Baker said. “Technique you learn in the climbing course and by assiduous practice and experience. Anchors are the subject of this specialty course. ““In the Saturday session we take up the subject of building belay and top rope anchors. These involve redundant, equalized, non-extending, multidirectional anchor points. This course is a lot of fun and very much worthwhile for anyone serious about climbing safety.”
    Interested climbers can register for the course at the LA Mountaineers website — lamountaineers.org — by following the links “Climbing” and “Speciality Climbing Courses.”