• 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.


  • Kudos to community for supporting waffle breakfast

    Boy Scout Troop 222 would like to thank the Pajarito Masonic Lodge No. 66 and the community for supporting their waffle breakfast on Feb. 1. The 17 boy scouts who participated in the event sold 325 tickets and worked a total of 73 hours cooking and serving breakfast. An additional 73 hours were also put in from other volunteers, parents, siblings and the Masonic Lodge members to make this fundraiser for summer camp and Philimont a huge success.


  •  Los Alamos
    Blue Window Bistro and Catering, 812 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Jan. 28
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Ice scoop laying on top of ice machine, which was corrected at time of inspection. Two moderate-risk violations. Need thermometer inside refrigerators. One low-risk violation. Bottle of chemicals laying on top of prep refrigerator, which was corrected at time of inspection.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Morning Glory, 1377 Diamond Dr.
    Date inspected: Jan. 29
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Origami Japanese Restaurant, 182 Central Park Square
    Date inspected: Jan. 29
    Violations: Two low-risk violations. Food handlers must wear caps or hair nets. Wall behind stove needs to be repaired, must be smoothed and cleanable.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • The Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest returns to Albuquerque for its fourth year from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 22-23. There will be exhibitors, demonstrations, competitions and other surprises at the Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds as the event promises more chocolate, more coffee and more space than ever before.
    The SW Chocolate and Coffee Festival is the place to join those flavors with a great time of learning, enjoying live entertainment for the whole family.
    In addition to more than 100 exhibitors — all eager to share their products and expertise — there will be Guttard Chocolate baking competitions with great cash prizes — including a competition for “Best Young Baker” that nets the winner $75 and a professional baking class at The Specialty Shop.
    Professional cooking demonstrations by the Southwest Dairy Farmers and the Santa Fe Culinary Institute will be around to show the community how to try new things in their own kitchen. The public can also enjoy live cow milking demonstrations, family-friendly live music, a chocolate sculpture contest and more than 16,000 chocolate and coffee lovers expected to attend.
    A new feature is an entire area dedicated to family fun with kid-friendly entertainment and special activities.

  • Saddle up for the last two weekends of the New Mexico History Museum’s exhibit, Cowboys Real and Imagined, closing March 16. Besides learning about more about 400 years of cowboying in the Land of Enchantment, there are free, family-friendly activities. The schedule:
    The Cowboy Hoedown in from 1-4 p.m. March 9 with music, dancing and crafts.
    Dance to the western music of Holy Water and Whiskey in the lobby and as a bonus, there will be free dance lessons by folks in threads inspired by 19th-century cowboys.
    Bring the kids to the classroom to craft a take-home collage of cowboy lingo and words of wisdom. Head upstairs for hat-fitting demonstrations by J.D. Noble of the Hatsmith of Santa Fe will be offering hat-fitting demonstrations.
    Holy Water and Whiskey is an Albuquerque trio performing traditional cowboy, bluegrass and miscellaneous whiskey tunes. Maggie Washburne plays bass, Scott Altenbach, guitar, and Bruce Washburne, guitar and banjo.
    The next weekend features “Billy the Kid in the Movies,” 2 p.m. March 16. A lecture with film clips by historian Baldwin G. Burr.
    How was a relatively minor participant in the Lincoln County War transformed into the legendary outlaw?

  • Santa Fe Gallery Association announces Art Matters. The third installment of the series is “Sustenance,” which runs through March 14-23.
    The series will be presented in Santa Fe galleries, museums and other locations to be announced separately.
    Sustenance can be anything that keeps someone alive by providing nourishment and strength. Therefore, the cornerstone of this event will be the unique exhibitions and discussions in the member galleries and museums that nourish the body, mind and soul with both food and art.
    These events will range from exhibitions and critical discussions with artists, critics and historians over a meal in the gallery to thematic exhibitions around food and its roll in art and culture.
    Throughout Art Matters — Sustenance, SFGA member galleries and museums will partner with Santa Fe’s celebrated chefs to host important art exhibitions and conversations with a world-class culinary presentation in their respective galleries and venues.
    The exhibitions will cover a wide range of art, historical periods and related topics.
    Most in-gallery events are ticketed as the event is a fundraiser for Art Matters to create a lecture series and support educational and marketing efforts by SFGA.

  • The Los Alamos Community Winds presents its mid-winter concert “Wagner and the Movies” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church. The performance will honor the work of composer Richard Wagner.
     The program is part of worldwide series of performances and events during the 2013-2014 concert season commemorating the bicentenary of Wagner’s birth.
    Wagner (1813-1883) is one of the most controversial figures the history of music. “The Guinness Book of World Records” estimates that there are no less than 10,000 books or articles written about him. His operas or “music dramas” as he preferred to call them, broke all the conventional rules of harmony and theory and in many ways launched music into the wide spectrum of styles that has made up the music of the 20th century and today.
    “Concert bands are no stranger to Wagner’s music,” says LACW musical director, Ted Vives. “In many ways, the orchestra that Wagner used in most of his works was the forerunner of today’s modern concert band.”

  • Bob Dryja has been volunteering at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for the past 12 years, first with some of the children’s programs, and more recently as a board member. He still finds time to help out with field trips.
    Many volunteers said that he always has a smile on his face, a joke to tell and he is always willing to lend a hand.
    Dryja began his work with PEEC when fellow volunteer, Michele Altherr was looking for people to help with the Living Earth Adventure Program (LEAP) and Nature Odyssey Day Camp Programs.
    “I responded because I thought it would be fun to help with Nature Odyssey — it would be cool to be stuck in the Valle Grande for a week!” Dryja said. “I like the idea of getting kids outdoors into the high country of the Valle Grande or the Rio Grande valley for daily field trips. Over time, the programs have evolved and now its with another generation of parents,” he said. He makes frequent trips to the Valles Caldera.
    He said he enjoys working with school age children and looks forward to showing them that there is more to life than cell phones, text messaging and video games.

  • The Search is on for New Mexico’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer.
    Every day, New Mexico senior volunteers generously give their time and service to help others. Now here’s a chance to give back by nominating a deserving older adult in the community for his or her outstanding service through the Salute to Senior Service program.
    Sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, Salute to Senior Service recognizes the invaluable contributions of adults age 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.
    “Seniors have so much to give and make a positive impact on our communities daily,” said Chico Marquez, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office, serving Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Española. “Senior volunteerism not only benefits others, but also helps seniors stay active and socially engaged in their communities — important elements of healthy aging.”
    Members of the community are asked to nominate and vote for these everyday heroes through Saturday at
    State winners will be determined by popular vote. A panel of senior care experts will then select a national Salute to Senior Service winner from among the state honorees.

  • Los Alamos Middle School has had a very awesome February. Earlier this month, the LAMS Science Bowl team won their final heart-stopping match against Albuquerque Academy.
    Science bowl is a high-speed, “Jeopardy”-like competition where kids work in teams to answer questions in life science, physical science, energy, earth and space science, general science, and math.
    LAMS teacher, Naomi Unger, and one of her two teams has qualified for an all-expense paid trip to the National Science Bowl tournament in Washington, D.C. in April.  
    “It has been seven years since we qualified for Nationals,” Unger said, “and I couldn’t be more proud of how these students have dedicated themselves to excellence. They were truly a team.”
    This has been Unger’s second year coaching the team and last year her two teams placed fourth and second.
    The last time the team won was 2008 and this is the first time both the middle and the high school team has qualified, in the same year.
    The team began weekly practices in September and moved to twice weekly sessions in January.
    The A team consisting of Captain David Gao, Presley Gao, Phillip Martin and Sonyia Williams, will enjoy time in D.C. touring the monuments and spending time on the mall.

  • Cancer Services of New Mexico’s Spring 2014 Family Cancer Retreat will be May 2-4, at the Marriott Pyramid North hotel in Albuquerque.
    This free, three-day educational program will provide New Mexico’s adult cancer patients/survivors and their loved ones with the tools and information they need to manage the treatment and recovery process.
    More than 300 people from more than 125 New Mexican families coping with cancer are expected to participate, making this the largest general cancer education program in New Mexico and the largest program of its type in the United States.
    The program will combine discussions and lectures by many of New Mexico’s leading cancer specialists with fun activities that provide a break from the day-to-day challenges of living with cancer.
    Participants will also have the opportunity to spend time with each other in informal sessions, speaking with and learning from others who are coping with similar issues. Supervised childcare and recreational activities will be provided for children and teens during the educational sessions.
    There is no charge to participate in the retreat — the entire program, including meals, lodging, and all educational activities is provided at no cost to participants.