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  • 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.”

  • For many years, retired Los Alamos Public Schools’ employees have looked forward to the famous NOT Back-to -School breakfast. It is held annually on the first day that students and teachers go back to school.
    Retirees from all over the USA make a special effort to attend the event to share memories and talk with friends. This year the breakfast will be at 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill. For those who are able to pay, there is a nominal charge of $10 to help defray the rental cost to the church for use of the hall.
    All new retirees should have received an invitation in the mail and other retirees an email about the event.
    The important point for retirees is to RSVP to 662-9117 or drummer@rt66.com or larse@leee.org.
    Leave information on whether or not you plan to attend and be sure to state your name, email address, and phone number for future contact by this “alumni” group by this coming Sunday.  

  • What a great week for some youth building activities.
    This weekend the fair and rodeo will be held and youth fun and activities are all around.
    First of all, as you head to the pond and quite possibly park behind CB Fox, consider stopping in for a truffle. The construction is hard on many businesses in that area, so if you can make even a small purchase, they’d love to see you.
    Please take the time to check out any of the Youth Business Grant recipients that you might find at the pond this weekend. Wednesday they will each make a pitch to win additional funds for their businesses, so if you know a youth, wish them well.
    Another place for a truffle is the Rose Chocolatier, located by the Motor Vehicles Division. Youth Business Grant recipient Ruby Selvage has worked with the owner and has her souvenir chocolates for sale right in her shop. How wonderful for a local business to support our youth.
    How wonderful that the community has selected Alex Kirk as the Grand Marshal. I plan to wear my AlbuKIRKque T-shirt and wave as he goes by.
    Speaking of waving, rumor has it that Chad the Sci Guy will be at the pond with some hands on science.

  • 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
    DQ — This 8-year-old, neutered, Manx lost his home due to a divorce. He is declawed and is an indoor kitty only. DQ likes the comfort and security of his own space. He is a bit shy at first, so it will take some time for him to adjust to a new home. Once he warms up to you, he has a cute little chirp that he lets out when he is ready for some attention — sometimes his bottom lip will snag on his tooth after his chirping, so he gets a funny little snaggletooth! He would love the comfort and security of a forever home and person, and having a safe place to retreat to will help him adjust. Because changes and loud noises startle DQ, the shelter recommend a home without children.

  • Kimberly Boerigter and Rebecca Martineau, former residents of Los Alamos, attended a volunteer program in Ecuador for five weeks this summer through International Volunteer Headquarters.
    Boerigter and Martineau have traveled abroad on separate occasions in the past. Boerigter went to India for a college class and Martineau has been to Mexico, Costa Rica and Peru.
    The two are also recent college graduates, Boerigter from Hope College in Holland, Michigan and Martineau from Kansas State University. Both are 2010 graduates of Los Alamos High School.
    Boerigter and Martineau said they both enjoyed the experience of the program through IVHQ saying that is was less expensive and more controlled then some other volunteer programs.
    “Not only was it reasonably priced but the program has a tons of locations and options for lengths, all of which they try and keep the cost affordable so people who want to make a difference can actually make a difference,” Boerigter said.
    The volunteer program mixed work with pleasure — Monday through Thursday, the girls worked with street kids and Friday through Sunday, they were free to explore the country and get a feel for the culture and location.

  • Get those cameras ready, polish those smiles and say cheese. Or tuna. Or kibble.
    Friends of the Shelter is accepting photo entries for the 2015 Shelter Alumni Calendar through Sept. 6.
    Pet owners who have adopted a shelter animal, or an abandoned or homeless animal are invited to send a photo and a brief story about their pet. Pet owners whose pets were featured in last year’s calendar are welcome to submit new photos of their pets for this year’s calendar.
    Entry forms are available at Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital, Pet Pangaea and the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.
    The entry forms include entry information, as well as tips on getting great photos of your pet. Entries can be submitted by mail to Friends of the Shelter, P.O. Box 1402, Los Alamos 87544, or electronically to virginiaking65@gmail.com, or via the shelter’s website at lafos.org.
    Friends of the Shelter, a humane organization based in Los Alamos is trying to improve the quality of life for unwanted pets and find homes for homeless animals.
    FOS works closely with the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, local veterinarians and other humane societies.

  • This year marks the 22nd Annual Butterfly Count in Los Alamos County, but this year the count carries a special meaning. This is the first such count since the passing of Living Treasure Dorothy Hoard, who initiated the Los Alamos County annual butterfly counts more than 20 years ago.
    As such, the annual butterfly count will from now on be known as the “Dorothy Hoard Memorial Butterfly Count.” On Aug. 8, New Mexico butterfly guru Steve Cary will lead the count. In preparation for the count, butterfly enthusiast Roy Michelotti will present “Butterflies You Might See in Los Alamos, and Some Fun Facts About Butterflies” Aug. 5 at PEEC.
    The count this year will be from 9 a.m. to about 3:30 p.m. Aug. 8. Cary will identify butterflies and discuss their habits and life histories with count participants. Butterflies in three different habitats will be counted — mesa top, streamside and high altitude. 
    The count will be at Burnt Mesa in Bandelier on N.M. 4. The group will then move on to Cañon de Valle on N.M. 501 (West Jemez Road), expecting to arrive at about 10:30 a.m. At around noon, the group will go up to Camp May to have lunch and then continue counting until 3:30 p.m.

  • The historic D.H. Lawrence Ranch in Taos County will now be open to the public, thanks to a cooperative agreement between the University of New Mexico (UNM), D.H. Lawrence Ranch Alliance and the Taos Community Foundation.
    The ranch, which has been closed to the public since 2010, is accessible from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday through October.
    The Taos Community Foundation established a grant to hire a UNM staff member who will provide public tours and information of the property. The Taos-based D.H. Lawrence Ranch Alliance is also working with UNM-Taos to create a volunteer docent program to staff the ranch on a regular basis. In fact, UNM-Taos is offering a course designed to acquaint prospective docent volunteers with the ranch and the writer. Visit taoscf.org/dh-lawrence-ranch for details.
    Lawrence was a renowned 19th century writer revered for his achievements in other artistic forms including travel writing, journalism, drama and painting, among others. Nine of his oil paintings have been on display in the La Fonda Hotel in Taos since his death. Lawrence is best known for his works, “Sons and Lovers,” “The Rainbow,” “Women in Love” and “Lady Chatterley’s Lover.”

  • Los Alamos
    Rose Chocolatier, 991 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: June 10
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Restroom door needs to be self closing.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.
    Pojoaque
    Pojoaque Valley Little League, address not available
    Date inspected: June 11
    Violations: Three high-risk violations. Food stored at improper temperatures, which was corrected at time of inspection. Sanitizer ammonia levels are too high, which was also corrected. Three compartment sink needs two inch air gap between sink and wall. One moderate-risk violation. Crock pots used must be NSF. Two low-risk violations. Hood and vents need to be turned. Screen doors need to be replaced.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Aug. 20.
    Santa Fe
    Santa Fe High School, 2100 Yucca Road
    Date inspected: June 6
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Food temperatures in danger zone, milk sitting in sun waiting to be loaded. One moderate-risk violation. Ice machine has grime build up. Two low-risk violations. Food storage item boxes on floor, must be six inches off the floor. Coolers are loaded with food out side.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on June 16.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will be holding a four-week course beginning Wednesday, in which two local experts, Terry Foxx and Craig Martin, will teach the group how to identify wildflowers. The course will combine classroom learning with fieldwork, so that participants will come away with the ability to distinguish wildflowers on their own.
    Each session will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The first class on this Wednesday will be a classroom session at PEEC, and the remaining three sessions (Aug. 6, 13 and 20) will be conducted in the field. The group will go to different elevations to see plants that grow in different habitats, for example Camp May, Ponderosa Pine and Piñon-Juniper. Participants should dress for hiking, bring water and other materials. The hikes will be easy and generally very slow, because the group will be talking about various plants and spending time working with keys and text.
    The cost for all four sessions, including a materials fee, is $58 for PEEC members, and $70 for non-members.
    Advance registration is required and only 15 spots are available, so those interested are encouraged to sign up soon by visiting PajaritoEEC.org, emailing Programs@PajaritoEEC.org, or calling 662-0460.

  • First of all, as an adult, I apologize to all students for the rash of commercials for back to school.
    Can you imagine if we had to see commercials for all of the things we have to do at work, over and over again?
    Yes, the time is almost here, but it seems so very early.
    Registration for middle school is Friday and Monday, with a great orientation on Aug. 12 and high school registration is Aug. 5-6.
    Elementary schools are getting ready for the meet the teacher and the days when families can drop off the multitude of school supplies. Oh, those are some really fun days when the whole family can enjoy the gatherings.
    This year the middle school has a great new program for the incoming seventh graders and the high school has one for freshmen.
    Staff members have been taking classes and putting plans in place for new programs and projects.
    A great deal of landscaping has taken place to trim the weeds, plant new things and add some new items for the upcoming school year.
    Custodian and facilities staff have been working hard, painting, cleaning and waxing to put a shine on everything in sight.
    Now the rest is up to parents and caregivers. After a bit more time for fun, it will be time to get a few things in order for the big day.

  • July 27-Aug. 2, 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.

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    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

    Bindi — A 10-month-old spayed female, tabby with white. She came to the shelter from Taos. This petite girl loves to play, but she also enjoys taking naps in the sun once she’s worn out from playing. She is a very small kitty and most likely will remain petite. Initially shy, she has now warmed up, thriving on making new kitty friends and greeting shelter visitors.

     

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    Today 

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

     

    Authors Speak Series. Steven F. Havill. Novelist will discuss recently released “Night Zone, a Posadas County mystery.” 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Rotunda. 

     

    Book signing and discussion. “New Mexico’s High Peaks,” by Mike Butterfield. 4 p.m. at the Los Alamos Historical Society.  

  •  Registration is open now for the First Glass Fusing Class from noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Bullseye Glass Resource Center in Santa Fe. 

    Participants can learn art glass techniques, relax, create and donate to Self Help, Inc. all at the same time.

    Based on the number of participants registered for this class, Bullseye Glass will donate up to $800 to Self Help, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in 1969 and dedicated to assisting people in need.

    The First Glass Fusing Class is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of creating glass objects in the kiln. Class participants use a wide range of glass colors, shapes and styles to create an 8-inch by 8-inch plate. 

    No experience is necessary, and all materials and instruction are covered by the tuition.