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    CLOVIS — Far from a starter, chips and salsa took center stage Aug. 16 during the annual contest at the Curry County Fair.

    Made with a base of core ingredients — tomato, onion, garlic, salt and peppers — 21 entries competed at the fairgrounds’ indoor pavilion for cash prizes and coveted salsa chef aprons from the event sponsor of seven years, Leal’s Mexican Restaurant.

    “Everybody has their own style of salsa,” said event announcer Jeff Lynn. “Sometimes, as soon as you take a bite you’re running.”

    Anyone in need of milk might avail themselves of fresh dairy from the cows around the corner, Lynn joked.

    Among the entries was a strong family presence, in some cases with parents, children and siblings in stiff competition and in other instances with participants invoking their family history with a salsa recipe.

    Jack Brittain, 42, of Clovis, brought some of both. He said he’s been making his own salsa for about three decades, inspired as a child by his grandfather’s handiwork.

  • This week, we officially have an empty nest. Our youngest walked the Hilltopper stage in June, and arrived at NMSU this past weekend. If I said it gets easier with each child, that would be a scandalous lie. Each time was hard for me and Monday there was no one to wake up or send off to school. Their dogs are still at home, but today, they had no boys to smooch until they were awake, receiving biscuits as their primary job duty.

    Life changes with each and every year and this week, many parents will find eight-hour days a big change. Yes, many youth providers from the teen center, youth activity centers and libraries will exhale or reduce hours, as they go into different stages as compared to operating at full tilt.

    Try to make this room this week for family dinners, and spend time talking about their day. Emotions may be high as some now have eight teachers a day or classes that require more effort. The next few weekends, decompress, relax and watch movies, reflect or find the school supplies still needed before shelves are full of Halloween candy.

    I highly recommend no electronics during dinner, and phone and computers that charge in the kitchen overnight. If you think you don’t have an issue in that area, shut the wi-fi off before you go to bed and see what conversation results in the morning.

    Rep. Deb Haaland on the Green New Deal at 3 p.m. at the nature center. Hear Congresswoman Deb Haaland discuss why she thinks the Green New Deal is a needed bold solution to protect the future of our communities, country, and planet. Free.

    Atomic City Transit and LARSO Transportation are the topics for a presentation at the Betty Ehart Senior Center from 12:30-1 p.m. Join Yvonne and Bernadette as they talk about their programs, and what they have to offer.


    Suds & Shows: The Cabin in the Woods at 7 p.m. at the nature center. See “The Cabin in the Woods” in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium as a part of our summer movie and beer series. Enjoy beer and wine from Pajarito Brewpub and bring a picnic before the show to enjoy outside at the nature center. Cost is $5; cash bar.


  • The annual Festival of Trees has been announced for 2019.

    Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) and the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO), have selected Nov. 16 for their 16th annual fundraiser. The themes for community trees for 2019 are “Science,” and “CommUNITY.” Those individuals, businesses or organizations willing to participate can call 695-9139, by donating trees or ornaments can contact the programs at 505-695-9139.

    The funds benefit youth and senior programs in the community.

  • Santa Fe is a city well known for its creativity, but can it craft a good joke?

    Jessica Baxter has faith that the city best known for art and food can also produce a good punch line.

    She is getting ready to unleash the first-ever CloudTop Comedy Festival starting Sept. 12 in Santa Fe. She has assembled a large number of comedians of all tastes and styles to ply their trade all over the city at various events throughout the four-day festival.

    For Baxter, a local arts administrator and events director, one thing missing from Santa Fe’s art scene was the art of having a good laugh.

    “I think there are so many incredible, high art options in Santa Fe… New Mexico in general, that if you wanted to go to the opera, you want to buy a sculpture, a piece of art… there are an unbelievable number of options. Santa Fe has that figured out,” Baxter said. “What we don’t have quite figured out quite yet, or what we’re starting to do is starting to appeal to a broader demographic. We’re trying to provide another form that appeals to a lot of people where you don’t have to have a lot of money or knowledge to enjoy.”

  • The first decade and a half of human space adventure was fraught with Cold War tensions, launch failures and tragic accidents, but also some brilliant successes. Join Peter Polko and Galen Gisler to explore the trials and tribulations of this period of space history in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium tonight.

    This talk begins at 7 p.m.

    Before 1957, there were no artificial satellites in orbit and no humans had ever been outside our protective atmosphere.

    Today we enjoy many benefits of humankind’s ventures into space, including navigations systems, vastly improved weather prediction and scientific advances beyond measure. It was not an easy journey to get to this point! Gisler and Polko will discuss highlights from the first 15 years of human space exploration at this talk.

    In addition to this program, the nature center will show the full-dome film “EXPLORE” at 2 p.m. Saturday. This movie explores the ambition to colonize Mars and how the achievements of individuals can change the world. Enjoy high-quality visuals, custom composed music and professional narration in this immersive film.

  • After the success of the first Yoga Brunch on the Mountain, Pajarito Mountain presents a full series of yoga events Sunday, Sept.1 and Sept. 14.  

    On Sunday, Pajarito will offer a Yoga Brunch at 10 a.m. with Tribe Yoga and Wellness. For $23, guests enjoy a single uplift ticket, doughnuts, bagels, fruit and mimosas, or can enjoy the class and brunch only for $18.
    Sept. 1 will feature Mountain Top Yoga and Hike at 10 a.m., with 360 views across Valles Caldera and the surrounding region, with brunch featured at the lodge at $23 with uplift ticket or $18 for uphill hikers and season pass holders.

    A very special Moonlight BROGA (beer and Yoga) will be from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 14 for $18 with Bathtub Row Brewing serving up some of its craft beer for purchase at the event. The Pajarito Mountain Cafe will also be open 6:30-8:30 p.m., serving up delicious New Mexico specialties.

    Pajarito Mountain is planning to continue a new yoga series in the winter with Ski & Yoga.

    Pajarito Mountain is located at 397 Camp May Road in Los Alamos.

  • The Quatro Blue Grass group will play at the Betty Ehart Senior Center on Monday during lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Lunch is available if reservations are made no later than 10 a.m. The menu includes chicken and noodles, corn bread, fruit salad and the salad bar. The cost is $10 for adults and a $5 donation for members that are 60 and over. An assessment is required for membership.

    Call 662-8920 for information. Reservations can be left on voicemail at 662-8924.

  • The Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Parade Saturday had just about everyone in town feeling a little bit country last weekend.

    The theme of “Off the Beaten Path” was a big hit as the parade marched down Central Avenue.

    First place went to The Hill Stompers Band. Second place went to the Los Alamos Shrine Club Association, and third place went to the League of Women Voters, who celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

  • Get outside this Saturday with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Join PEEC for a bird walk at the Los Alamos Nature Center or hike up Sandia Crest near Albuquerque. Los Amigos de Valles Caldera and PEEC are also partnering to host an outing to Valles Caldera National Preserve’s Hidden Valley, but this event is full and wait list only at this time.

    Local birder Bob Walker will lead PEEC’s August bird walk. The event will be held at the Nature Center and participants should meet there at 6:30 a.m. The group will walk the nature center grounds looking for birds and then watch from the wildlife observation room. This outing is perfect for experienced birders and beginners. Attendees can see Acorn Woodpeckers, Pygmy Nuthatches, White-breasted Nuthatches, Rufous Hummingbirds and more.

    Target species also include Red Crossbills, Calliope Hummingbirds and Zone-tailed Hawks. This event is free, but space is limited and registration is required.

    PEEC is also partnering with the Los Alamos Mountaineers to lead a hike up Sandia Crest for the Northern New Mexico Peak Challenge. The group will hike the summit via the La Luz Trail, one of the best-known trails in the Sandia Mountains. This hike is strenuous and will cover up to 11.5 miles with an elevation gain of over 3,200 feet.