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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.

  • Santa Fe
    Panera Bread, 3535 Zafarano Dr.
    Date inspected: June 3
    Violations: Five high-risk violations. No sanitizer in dishwashing machine. Paper towels not in dispenser, no paper towels in restroom. Cold holding in prep refrigerator is not accurate. Employee did not wash hands before putting on gloves. Wet rag out of sanitizer bucket.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required in one week.

    Yoberri Park, 325 W. San Francisco St.
    Date inspected: June 3
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is announces the 2014 Summer Entertainment Series, 5-9 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 13. The scenic Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Sunset Dinner Trains traverse some of the most beautiful and remote areas in the southern Rocky Mountains.
    Riders will enjoy the cool, crisp mountain air as the train climbs the 10,015-foot Cumbres Pass. The Sunset Dinner Trains include an onboard alcohol service, a dinner at the summit of Cumbres Pass, an opportunity to enjoy some of the sunsets in the West and music.
    The 2014 Sunset Dinner Train Entertainment schedule is:
    July 19: Ed Stabler, San Angelo, Texas
    July 26: DJ El Norteño, Tierra Amarilla
    Aug. 2: Bishops 10, Antonito, Colo.
    Aug. 9: Jake Vigil, Bad Attitude Band, Antonito, Colo.
    Aug. 16: DJ El Norteño, Tierra Amarilla
    Aug. 23: Jake Vigil, Bad Attitude Band, Antonito, Colo.
    Aug. 30: Labor Day Weekend, DJ El Norteño, Tierra Amarilla
    Sept. 6: The Syd Masters Duo, Albuquerque
    Sept. 13: Mariachi Río Grande, Taos
    Ed Stabler is a singer and guitarist well known for his rich singing voice and smooth, finger-picking guitar style. Stabler will be performing Saturday.

  • The second annual Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown is officially on. It’s all about finding the best green chile cheeseburger in Santa Fe and it’s up to the public to decide which seven restaurants will be in the final Smackdown.
    Voting for the city’s best green chile cheeseburger will be open at santafe.org/funfoodevent now through Aug. 15. Or look for the Smackdown badge on the santafe.org homepage to vote. Chefs are preparing for a chance at the finals with bragging rights at stake for the best green chile cheeseburger in Santa Fe.
    The six burger joints receiving the most votes on the website advance to the final cook-off from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion.
    A “Lucky Number 7” restaurant will be added during a radio-broadcasted burger crawl the week of Aug. 18. Voters may select one restaurant per Internet browser, per day.
    At the final cook-off, the seven finalists fire up their grills and present their best burgers to a panel of judges and the perhaps their toughest critics — the public.
    Distinguished food experts, including James Beard Award winner and local cookbook author Cheryl Jamison, will evaluate each finalist’s burger to determine the 2014 Reigning Chomp.

  • There are only 30 tickets for sale for a benefit concert hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Renowned guitarist Genevieve Leitner will perform 7 p.m. July 24 at the renovated and historic Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row.
    Tickets are on sale now on PEEC’s website for $35. If tickets remain on the day of the show, they will also be sold at the door for $40.
    The proceeds of the concert will go toward funding exhibits and gardens at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center, a public-private partnership between the county and PEEC.
    The county is constructing the facility, and PEEC is fundraising to pay for indoor and outdoor exhibits, which will belong to the new center. The new center is slated to open in spring 2015.
    Leitner currently performs and teaches guitar throughout the United States and Chile. She has won several competitions including several first prizes.
    Leitner has performed in master classes for Manuel Barrueco, Roland Dyens, Carlos Pérez, Scott Tenant, Jason Vieaux and others. She received her bachelor’s of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied with Gerald Klickstein.

  • Today
    “Science on Tap.” 5:30-7 p.m. at Blue Window Bistro.

    Atomic Film Festival presents “Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie.” 7 p.m. in Fuller Lodge.

    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.

    Eureka! at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Artistic interpretations of discovery by a variety of local artists in a variety of media. The Portal Gallery features the work of Katherine Brittin and Charryl Berger. Daily through July 26.

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 11. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.
    Friday
    Wildflower Walk. 5:15 p.m. Join PEEC’s Jemez Mountains Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, for an easy walk to identify some of our local wildflower beauties. A plant list will be available. No advance registration required. Meet at PEEC at 5:15 p.m. to carpool to the trailhead. Free. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Jeremy Goettee, a senior at Los Alamos High School was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month. Goettee is the son of Connie and Jeff Goettee and brother of Maxwell and Reuben Goettee.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. 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.
    Goettee is a member of National Honor Society and has managed to maintain high academic standards while running on the cross country team and participating in track and field. He has competed in cross country and track for the past six years. He is a member of the high school chess team, the German Club, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

  • Los Alamos teens Lauren Marcus and Brenna Graham have qualified to go to the United States Pony Club National Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park this week. The two will compete in the Quiz category.
    Quiz is a competition that tests overall horse knowledge. It consists of multiple phases, tested over several days, against teams from the more than 40 regions of United States Pony Clubs across the country.
    The phases are an oral test on a wide range of horse management, veterinary knowledge, equestrian sports rules, hands-on horse management; a written test; and working together to assemble tack or other group tasks and identification of exotic equipment and horse breeds. There are complex strategies and tactics involved to win.
    The girls put in more than 100 hours of study time and have pored over thousands of pages of reference material. Both girls have competed at this level previously, as well as having won at various equine-knowledge competitions at the regional and interregional level.
    Marcus is the daughter of Wendy and Alan Marcus, and Graham is the daughter of Samara and Paul Graham, all of Los Alamos.
    USPC states as one of its goals that all members shall learn horse management in addition to riding skills, and that horse-management emphasis is one of the items for which USPC grads are particularly well known.

  •  Ryszard Wasilewski poses with one of his paintings on display at the opening reception for his exhibit on July 11. The art will be in the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery daily through Aug. 5.

  • The Los Alamos Youth Business Grant entrepreneurs are underway and making the grade in Los Alamos.
    The 11 recipients include a variety of services from coffee roasters and landscapers to jewelry/apparel design and video production.
    Elise Koskelo is the creator of Blue Wrap Designs. Koskelo is a returning applicant looking at expanding her business to include renting space from the new Nu 2 U Consignments on Trinity Drive and will use technology to enhance sales.
    “I have created a new retail website, blueprintwraps.weebly.com, where customers and admirers can view pictures of my work, purchase a wrap, or see that dates of upcoming venues,” said Koskelo, who can also be reached at blueprintwraps@gmail.com.
    Koskelo was inspired by her mother, also a knitter and enjoys creating new pieces by mixing various yarns and colors together. A designer at heart, she is always designing new stitches to create a one-of-a-kind wraps and enjoys marketing the product, creating photo shoots and interacting with customers face-to-face.
    The youth designer makes all season wraps with lighter weight yearns used for summer shawls and wraps that are perfect for a summer evening or those chilly air conditioned offices.

  • The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation recently awarded the Jim Sims Memorial Engineering Scholarship to Los Alamos High School graduates Emily Pittman and Nathan Phillips.
    Pittman will attend the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. She is daughter of Pete and Carissa Pittman.
    Phillips will attend Montana State University. He is the son of David and Edie May Phillips. Both scholarship recipients will study mechanical engineering.
    The award is named for Sims, who worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a mechanical engineer for 34 years.
    During his distinguished career, he worked as a design engineer and as a leader of project engineering teams. He was an internationally recognized expert in high-field magnet design and had an unparalleled knowledge of hardware engineering, design and fabrication. He was committed to sharing his knowledge and experience through mentoring young engineers, designers and students.
    Sims was also a dedicated husband and father and always supported his children as they followed their interests and passions. As a family, Sims’ wife Becky and grown children Jessica and Bradford began this scholarship to honor his love of engineering.

  • As the daughter of a professional photographer, Maria Thibodeau spent much of her childhood in front of the camera.
    “I thought having hundreds of pictures of any occasion was the norm, Thibodeau said, “I remember my mother calling on me to help her test new equipment or ideas — of course, this was in the film days, and she’d have to write down her camera settings after each shot.”
    Today, she is the photographer. While that’s not her day job — she graces the halls as a teacher at Los Alamos High School — it’s as passion on the side with her.
    The switch from being in front of to behind the camera is always a revelation when one realizes that they prefer to be behind the lens. The benefit was that through her experience as her mother’s test model she gained a certain awareness.
    Thibodeau has a knack for what her photography subjects are feeling and how to put them at ease with her kindness, demeanor and sense of humor.
    Born and raised in Martha’s Vineyard, schooled at the University of Kent at Canterbury, Thibodeau wanted a change that was far removed from her hometown. She spent time in Los Angeles before arriving in Los Alamos and has been here for three years.

  • Self Help, Inc. and the Empty Bowls Project raises thousands of dollars to support the basic needs of people in Northern New Mexico.
    Over the past 25 years, many talented children and adults have created bowls to donate to the Empty Bowls Project which is held every March in Los Alamos. Preparing the 400 to 500 bowls for the event has become a year-round activity.
    In addition to offering traditional glazed ceramic bowl-making opportunities, Green Bowls are being donated to the Empty Bowls Project.
    Green Bowls or Upcycled Bowls utilize readily available recyclable materials such as magazines, printer paper, paper máché, or newspapers to create handcrafted decorative containers.
    The first series of Green Bowl workshops, taught be Deborah Gill, will be from 1-3 p.m. Friday and July 25 at the Los Alamos Teen Center. The first workshop began July 11.
    “We really are happy about the partnership and collaboration with the Empty Bowls Project — we are thrilled to host the bowl-making sessions!” Sylvan Argo, director of the Teen Center.
    The Los Alamos Teen Center is operated by The Family YMCA through a contract with Los Alamos County.

  • Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, seven-week education course in Santa Fe offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
    The “Savvy Caregiver Program” will meet once per week for seven consecutive weeks at Kingston Residence, 2400 Legacy Court in Santa Fe. The course is from 2-4 p.m. Thursday.
    The evidence-based training aims to teach caregivers practical techniques for interacting with loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, and for understanding and managing their behavior. It also imparts tools for long-term planning and for reducing stresses common to Alzheimer’s caregivers. The course explains the signs, impacts and pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. 
    To register or for further information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter at 473-1297, or email amontoya@alz.org.
    Participants may be reimbursed for the cost of having others tend to their loved one while they attend the classes. 

  • Jason Lott, Superintendent of Bandelier National Monument, will be the featured speaker at the July meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. The talk will begin 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Lott’s talk will follow the business portion of the meeting, which will include information on recent and upcoming Los Alamos Mountaineer-sponsored trips and outings.
    Among the topics Lott will cover are the conceptual 30-mile hike/bike trail for Bandelier, the monument’s recovery from the Las Conchas Fire, upcoming trail modifications and information on some of Lott’s favorite areas of Bandelier.
    Lott became superintendent at Bandelier in May 2009. He has overseen the rehabilitation of the visitor center and response to the extensive and continuing impacts from the Las Conchas fire, including the installation of an ongoing shuttle service to bring visitors to and from the monument.
    Lott came to Bandelier from the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Arizona where he was also superintendent.
    In 2005, he won the NPS director’s award for natural resource management in a small park while program manager for resources management at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Texas.
    The Los Alamos Mountaineers, founded in 1952, promotes a variety of outdoor-oriented activities.

  • I have to confess, I am very excited about the new Smith’s Marketplace opening this week, aren’t you?
    I think I may visit long after the “rush hour” traffic, when things have calmed down and are a bit slower. I want to be able to take it all in at a slower pace.
    One reason I am excited about the new Smith’s is for more money to stay local.
    One former Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation Director, Kevin Holsapple, used to give an excellent presentation about how spending money off the Hill was similar to holes in a bucket of water. The leaking water represented the drip, dribble, or flow of money going off the hill.
    When we keep our money local, more community programs benefit from our spending.
    So whether those are library or parks and rec programs, free busses, teen center or Assets programs, your spending allows more things to happen locally. In this time of budget cuts, that is particularly important, but I’ll save that for another column.
    My column isn’t really just about spending locally, but also about loyalty.
    For those that don’t know me very well, I’m a White Rocker. That’s right; I live twice as far from Los Alamos as you live from White Rock.

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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 Los Alamos Shelter from Taos Animal Shelter. 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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    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 Los Alamos Shelter from Taos Animal Shelter. 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.

  • Los Alamos
    China Palace, 759 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: May 27
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Home prepared food in walk in, which was corrected at time of inspection. Ice scoop stored inside ice machine. All other high-risk violations have been corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from May 15. No further follow up required.

  • Bring the whole family to get hands while dirty designing and building miniature adobe structures. With imagination, use mini adobe bricks and supplies for a mud plaster to create a building of your dreams. The program runs from 6:30-8 p.m. July 15 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Families are welcome to drop in anytime throughout the program.
    This Summer Family Evening is brought to PEEC by Cornerstones Community Partnerships. Since 1986, Cornerstones has worked to preserve architectural heritage and community traditions at more than 300 locations in New Mexico and the greater Southwest.
    By starting a model program for the preservation and maintenance of historic adobe buildings involving the training of youth in traditional building skills and sustainable construction methods, Cornerstones has built a national reputation for the creative use of historic preservation as a tool for community revitalization and the affirmation of cultural values.
    Cornerstones is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit historic preservation organization located in Santa Fe. Its projects have been based in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, California, Utah and in many states of the Mexican Frontera.