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Today's Features

  • CIMARRON – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a special hunter education camp where youth can receive hands-on training and earn their hunter education certification for free.

    To hunt legally in New Mexico, youths under 18 years of age must first successfully complete a hunter education course or be registered in the department’s Mentored-Youth Hunting Program.

    The camp is open to youth ages 10 to 17 who are accompanied by a responsible adult, also registered for the camp. It will be conducted the weekend of Sept. 7-8, at the renowned Philmont Boy Scout Ranch near Cimarron. Meals and lodging in canvas tents are free.

    Registration for this camp opportunity is now open. Participants must complete and return the registration form available at wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/ by noon, Aug. 19, to be eligible. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    The department is hosting the camp in partnership with the Safari Club International Foundation.

  • Celebrate black bears with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation at the second annual Bear Festival! The festival will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the nature center’s schedule is packed full of bear-themed programming all week long leading up to it.

    The week will kick off on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at a talk called “A Cub’s Life” from U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak. Ratajczak will discuss the life of a black bear cub from the moment it’s born in a darkened den to its first steps as an independent yearling bear. The talk is free and will begin at 7 p.m. at the nature center.

    On Aug. 24, PEEC and LEWF will host the second-ever “Eat Like a Bear Buffet” from 6-8 p.m. Attendees will eat a dinner completely inspired by a black bear’s diet. The menu will feature smoked salmon catered by Pig + Fig, stuffed mushrooms off the grill, ants on a log, a big salad, rose hip tea, sub sandwiches served from a trash can, log cakes, chocolate acorns and more. The night will be fun, educational and delicious! Tickets for the dinner are on sale now at peecnature.org and are $50 for non-members and $40 for PEEC members.

  • During the most recent of my travels among the mesas and canyons of Northern New Mexico I discovered not one, but two, fabulous places to hunker down and ride out a storm.

    And both were on either side of the highway that takes travelers to and from Abiquiu.

    Since moving to Los Alamos, I’ve been trying to connect with locations in this part of the Land of Enchantment that played host to movie or television productions.

    I love watching movies and have gotten several suggestions on ones to watch that were filmed in the area.

    Our pressman here at the Los Alamos Monitor, Brian Dunwoody, told me he’s related to the owners of the rattlesnake that makes an appearance near the end of the movie “Hell or High Water” and how the movie was filmed in New Mexico.

    I’ve been close to where scenes for Only the Brave were filmed on the ski hill. And to Diablo Canyon in Sante Fe, which was mentioned in Hostiles and 3:10 to Yuma.

    There are so many more. Which is why I loaded up after church a couple of Sundays ago and headed for Abiquiu, a place rich in movie history.

  • In the waning days of The Black Hole in 2012, hundreds, if not thousands, of people stopped by to purchase what was left of the military surplus store’s inventory during a massive liquidation sale.

    The store’s founder, prominent anti-nuclear activist Ed Grothus, died in 2009, and his family no longer had the resources to keep the well-known store and institution to anti-nuclear activity in New Mexico open.

    As visitors came to purchase or take away the many pieces of castoff equipment from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, one visitor came to give something back to the store that served as a rallying point for those against nuclear warfare and those that weren’t afraid to put the activities going on at the Los Alamos National Laboratory under a microscope.

    Janire Najera, a photographer and visual artist who lives in the United Kingdom, dropped by at first because she was curious.

    “I was in New Mexico preparing for another project which entailed a month long road trip following the Old Spanish Trail from Santa Fe to Los Angeles when a friend shared with me a local newspaper article about the liquidation sale of The Black Hole,” Najera said.

  • Ed and Mary Little are celebrating their 75th anniversary today.  

    The Littles were married in Austin, Texas, where Ed was a pilot for the Army Air Corps at Bersgtrom Field during World War II.  Mary, then 20, took the long train ride from their home in Greensboro, North Carolina, to marry Ed.  

    There were only two attendants that attended their wedding and after the ceremony the four of them celebrated at The Chicken Shack. 

    After the war, they moved back to North Carolina where Ed got his degree in physics from UNC-Chapel Hill. Mary helped put him through school by working at the IRS and other jobs. 

    They moved to Los Alamos in 1950 and have lived in town ever since. They still make their home on Barranca Mesa in the house that they helped build in 1963. 

    Ed worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for his entire career. They joined First Baptist Church in Los Alamos when they arrived and have been active in the church their entire lives. They are still faithful members and attenders.  

    Their two children, Robert and Susan, were born in Los Alamos. 

  • Registration for the New Mexico Master Gardeners’ State Conference will be closing soon. 

    The conference is open to the public and will be held in Albuquerque Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel. Cost is $150 and registration is online at nmmgcon2018.org.  

    The theme is “sustainability,” or “Don’t fight Mother Nature – work with her.”

    Topics will include edible landscapes, waterwise growing for home gardeners, four-season gardening for pollinators, green roofs, sustainability lessons learned from ancient pueblos, composting and even learning how to develop your own vegetable, herb and flower varieties.

    Speakers include well-recognized experts such as author Judith Phillips, Landscape Architect Baker Morrow, sustainability consultant Jeff Goebel and others. 

    “We have designed this conference in the hopes of providing our attendees with new tools for their gardening toolkit, information on the latest sustainability trends and issues and some hands-on workshops to sharpen skills,” said conference co-chair Sam Thompson. “If you have a serious interest in southwest gardening, this is the place to be.” 

  • The LANL Foundation and invited guests celebrated the recipients of three scholarship categories Wednesday.

    Northern New Mexico Tribal Business Scholarships support Native students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business-related fields. Regional College/Returning Student (RCRS) Scholarships are awarded to nontraditional students seeking a two-year degree or certification after a significant gap in formal education.

    The first Abiquiú Land Grant – Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Scholarship winner was also honored during the reception. This new award is specifically designated for descendants of an Abiquiú Land Grant family pursuing a bachelor’s degree, two-year degree or professional certificate in any field of study.

    A complete list of winners may be found at lanlfoundation.org/scholarship-recipients.

  • Summer fun continues at Pajarito Mountain with more events, a downhill Enduro race, live music, and hiking!

    On Aug. 23, Pajarito is hosting Dog Days of Summer from 4 p.m. to dusk. 

    Pajarito Mountain will offer lift-served mountain biking and hiking from 4-7 p.m., beer from Bathtub Row Brewing from 5-8 p.m., and live music from Eddie and the Nomads from 6-8 p.m.  

    Celebrate Equinox Day from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 20 with more lift-served mountain biking and hiking, beer from Bathtub Row Brewing, and live music. 

    Receive discounted lift tickets and rentals for both of these events, including $15 uplift tickets and $50 rentals that are available for purchase in the ticket office. 

    Pajarito will host the Party at Paja Enduro Sept. 8, with a lift-accessed Enduro mountain bike race hosted by Team Trail Party.  Gravity riders will enjoy this 100-percent lift-accessed Enduro race with four to five stages. 

    In addition to these events, Pajarito is open for bike and hike uplifts every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 28.

  • The League of Women Voters’ community event, Lunch with a Leader, will be at 11:45 a.m. Aug 21 at the United Church of Los Alamos, located between Canyon and Rose across from the Aquatic Center. 

    The location was changed from the usual location at Mesa Library. There is parking all around the church. The event is in Graves Hall. 

    Additionally, the Atomic City Transit Bus no. 3 stops right outside the Church on Rose Street.

    This month’s speaker is Robert Rhatigan, who is currently at the University of New Mexico, in the Geospatial and Population Studies group.  

    Rhatigan is  originally from New York City, but  moved to New Mexico with his wife, Allyson, from Austin, Texas, so that she could study Ayurvedic Medicine. 

    They have a 3-year-old daughter.

    Rhatigan previously served as an environmental specialist for Texas’s largest rural development grant administration firm. 

  • Bonnie is a 5-year-old girl from Rio Rancho who needs a home. The German Shepherd and Australian Cattle Dog mix was transferred to Los Alamos County Animal Shelter about a week ago. She is very sweet and loves all kinds of people.

    Bonnie is spayed but she is a little overweight and would fit perfectly in a home that loves exercise.

    House training, leash training and obedience commands have all been taught to Bonnie already. She loves car rides and hikes as long as she can go her own pace.

    If you are interested in adopting this sweet dog or would like more information, the shelter can be reached at 505-662-8179.