Today's Features

  • Fredrick is an old cat, but he’s a cool cat.

    He’s a10-year-old gray tabby who apparently loves to sit on people’s laps and be in the sun all day. He’s been around the block a few times, and was a stray for awhile.

    Frederick has some battle scars, which puzzle the staff at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, because he really is a gentle cat with a great disposition.

    As far as they can tell, Fredrick is just looking for one last forever home to spend the rest of his days in peace and quiet.

    His adoption fee is just $35.

    For more information, call the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 662-8179 or email the shelter at psa-officer@lacm.us.

  • A single-tree, lightning-caused fire in upper Frijoles Canyon was reported Monday evening in Bandelier National Monument.

    The fire, the Frijoles Fire, is about 5 miles southwest of Los Alamos, creeping low and smoldering with flame lengths of less than 1 foot.

    The area received some rain the same evening it was reported and weather forecasts predict thundershowers by early next week.

    Low intensity, naturally caused wildfires burned the forested areas of the Jemez Mountains every seven to 15 years historically.

    The area around the Frijoles Fire last burned in the 2011 Las Conchas Fire. Fire Managers at Bandelier are seeing this low intensity fire as an opportunity to reduce the fine fuel and debris on the forest floor by allowing it to burn. Doing so helps restore natural conditions in this fire-dependent ecosystem.

    Firefighters are monitoring the Frijoles Fire and are ready take actions as necessary for public safety.

    Smoke may be visible from N.M. 4 west of Los Alamos. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health by using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health

  • Outbreaks of vesicular stomatitis (VS) occur in Texas every several years, but until this June, there were no reported cases since 2014. Because horses near Austin were recently diagnosed with this disease, horse and livestock owners in nearby areas should take precautions to keep their animals safe.

    VS is a highly-contagious zoonotic disease that causes blisters in the mouth, tongue, teat, or hooves; crusty sores around the muzzle or hooves; and excessive salivation in horses and livestock, according to Dr. Michelle Coleman, assistant professor of large animal internal medicine at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

    While this viral disease can affect horses, cattle, sheep, goats, and other livestock, on rare occasions, the disease can spread to people and cause flu-like symptoms, though VS is not highly contagious to humans.

    “The virus can be spread through direct contact with infected animals, through saliva that can contaminate the environment, or by blood-feeding insects,” Coleman said. “People handling sick animals should wear gloves.”

    Luckily, most animals are able to recover from VS with proper treatment, which mainly involves supportive care as blisters and sores heal by ensuring that animals continue to eat, drink, and behave normally.

  • A new food truck has rolled into White Rock and brought with it some old, hometown flavors that are sure to please many appetites.

    J.R.’s BB has opened for business between Metzger’s and the gas station, in front of the Los Alamos Training Center.
    “BB stands for breakfast burritos,” explains owner and cook Larry Roybal.

    Locals might recognize Roybal from Los Alamos’s Chile Works. He spent 20 years at the hometown favorite located on Trinity Drive. His father started Chile Works 30 years ago.

    “I finally went out on my own,” Roybal said.

    Roybal opened for business three days last week and has already managed to snag a few regular customers with his specialties of soft tacos and burritos.

    J.R.’s BB serves breakfast bagels, shredded beef tacos, chicken tacos, Frito pies, enchiladas, hamburgers, jumbo hotdogs and ice cold drinks. The truck is open Monday through Fridays from 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. If he runs out if food, he might close early some days, he said.

    “I was open last week for three days and I thought I did pretty good for nobody knowing,” he said.

  • The Fuller Lodge Art Center will open its sixth exhibit of the year, and a very special one at that.

    The kids have been working hard all summer and will have their artwork on display for the week in the gallery space. The group has invited the community to help celebrate the seven weeks of Art Camp that have already passed, and the upcoming close of Art Camp for the summer.

    The Summer Art Camp Showcase will feature freestanding and wall work from hundreds of students ages 4 and up who have been attending Art Camp this summer.

    From July 22 through July 27, visitors to the gallery will be able to see a variety of media from local students. On July 27 from 1-3 p.m., the students and parents will gather at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    With the show opening, visitors will be able to meet the artists, help themselves to free refreshments, enjoy live music, and marvel at the phenomenal talent on display throughout the gallery. The Summer Art Camp Showcase opens on July 22 and will run through July 27.

    Be sure to check out upcoming exhibits by visiting fullerlodgeartcenter.com. Fuller Lodge Art Center is located at 2132 Central Ave., Los Alamos. Call 662-1635 for information.

    The opening reception for the Supper Art Camp Showcase is from 1-3 p.m. July 27.

  • The Santa Fe National Forest has extended the scoping period for the Santa Fe Mountains Landscape Resiliency project until Wednesday, because of a technical issue with the comment submission inbox that may have made some comments undeliverable.

    The 30-day comment period was scheduled to end July 10.

    The SFMLR project is designed to restore forest and watershed health and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire across approximately 50,000 acres of the SFNF in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The project is part of a larger multi-partner collaborative, the Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition, that was created to proactively address the risk of high-severity wildfire and post-fire flooding and debris flow in and around Santa Fe.

    To submit a scoping comment by email, send an email to comments-southwestern-santafe@fs.fed.us with “Santa Fe Mountains Landscape Resiliency Project” in the subject line.  If attaching a document, please use .doc, .txt, .pdf, or .rtf formats only. Written comments can also be submitted by mail or in person at the SFNF headquarters in Santa Fe.

    Additional information on the project and instructions on submitting comments can be found on the project webpage. 

  • The term “gut microbiome” is often used to refer to all the organisms—including bacteria, viruses, and fungi—that live in an animal’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract. For people and pets, these organisms have a large impact on the health of both the GI tract and the entire body.

    Dr. Audrey Cook, an associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, discusses the importance of a dog’s gut microbiome and the consequences if it were to become altered or imbalanced.

    “The sheer number of organisms in a healthy gut is tremendous; any one of us has more organisms living in our GI tract than there are people on the face of the earth,” Cook said. “Although we used to think that those bacteria were just along for the ride, we now know that they play a key role in maintaining health.”

    Scientists have yet to discover the gut microbiome’s full impact, but they do know that it plays a large role in a dog’s overall health and well-being, impacting GI tract function, nutrient absorption, immune status, body condition, and many important hormonal responses.

    Cook compared a healthy microbiome to an ecosystem, such as a coral reef or rainforest, where organisms work both independently and in relationship with each other.


    Kendra Henning will do a lunch talk at noon at the White Rock Senior Center, on downsizing and de-cluttering. Henning is a realtor with 20 years of experience in helping people with organizing and preparing for a move. The talk will be in the Event Hall, located right next to the White Rock Senior Center. Call 672-2034 for more information.


    Summer Family Evening: Water Works with ¡Explora! at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join ¡Explora! for this Summer Family Evening and enjoy hands-on activities all about water! Thanks to Del Norte Credit Union for sponsoring Summer Family Evenings in 2019. 6:30 PM Admission: $0/member family, $5/non-member family. 


    The 5th Annual DisrupTECH is from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course Events Center. Cost is $35 per person and includes lunch.


    Farmer’s Market from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Mesa Parking Lot.


  • New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and UNM-Los Alamos present “T.I.M.E. – Temporary Installations Made for the Environment” on the Los Alamos campus from July 1 to Aug. 31. 


    New Mexico artists were invited to create temporary artworks inspired by the natural landscape, artistic and cultural heritage, and history of innovation in the community of Los Alamos. 

    A committee of Los Alamos community members selected the theme of Aha! and five artworks based on this theme. Installations will be on display at various locations on the UNM Los Alamos campus. 

    At the end of the exhibition artworks will be disassembled and removed, leaving no trace of ever having existed. This year’s participating T.I.M.E. artists include Kirsten Angerbauer, Gordon McDonough, Betsie Miller-Kusz, Ben Utigard and Joshua Willis.

    Each year, New Mexico Arts partners with a local community to commission up to five temporary and conceptually rich environmental artworks to be displayed for a short term exhibition in that community.