Today's Features

  • The League of Women Voters  will meet Tuesday for their monthly community Lunch with Leader at Mesa Library at 11:45 a.m.

    The speaker will be Jorge Rodriguez, who will discuss, “We Live as Second-Class Citizens.” This conversation will focus on current events happening in the southern border region and how they stem and sustain the institutions that criminalize border communities.

    Rodriguez works as a field organizer in the ACLU of New Mexico, Las Cruces office. He is originally from Salem, a colonia in southern New Mexico. He has an undergraduate and master’s degree from New Mexico State University.  

    Rodriguez wrote his master’s thesis on “Interior Border Crossing Experiences of Young Mexican-Americans in the Southwest Border Region and the Influence on Border Identity.” Professionally, he worked for over a year; however, as the grandson of a guestworker, agricultural laborer.

    Anyone interested in ordering  a meal from the CO+OP for just $10, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 231-8286 or email her at kaskacayman@gmail.com to get the menu  prior to Saturday.

  • Come see a dazzling display of quilts including the Patriotic Fallen Warrior Quilts given to New Mexico families that have lost a soldier in the Middle East.

    A selection of quilts and hand-made items will also be available for sale (cash only).

    These hand-made items make wonderful gifts for the special person in your life.

    This year the Jemez Mountain Bear Paw guild will be selling raffle tickets for a king size quilt donated by the guild for Wyatt Taylor. Taylor was in a horrific ATV accident in December of 2017. Taylor has ongoing therapy and reconstructive surgery.

    All proceeds will go to Taylor and his family to help with medical bills. The drawing will be Dec. 16.

    Dates of the show and sale are July 20, 21, and 22. Times are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday.

    Admission is free. The event will be at the Walatowa Visitor Center, Jemez Pueblo, 7413 Hwy. 4.

  • Business owners relying on visitors to the Santa Fe National Forest are breathing sighs of relief after forest officials announced the forest is now open again. 

    On Saturday, Santa Fe National Forest officials announced that they were opening the forest to visitors. The forest was closed June 1 due to heightened fire hazard conditions. 

    Chris Blecha, manager of Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store in Jemez Springs, said things were looking a little bleak for a while. During the closure, he and store owner Ray Anderson estimated store business decreased by 80 percent.

    “Closing it of course was dramatic,” Blecha said. 

    However, Blecha said Anderson was prepared.

    “This wasn’t his first rodeo, he anticipated some challenges, but now that the forest is opening, we’re pretty excited to be back into business,” Blecha said.

  • Wednesday
    • 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Atomic City Van Tours. Register online. Leave from the Bradbury Science Museum.
    • 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Los Alamos Historical Society Guided Walking Tour, registration and departure from the Los Alamos History Museum Shop.
    • 6:30 p.m.: “DNA Barcoding: How to ID Organisms” with the Los Alamos Makers at the Nature Center.
    After Dark Movie In The Park, “Meet the Robinsons,” at Ashley Pond Park.

    Morning Tours
    • Manhattan Project National Historical
    Park Public Tours leave from the Bradbury Science Museum. Registration is required in advance for limited tour slots; visit the ScienceFest website for details on current availability.
    • 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Atomic City Van Tours register online. Leave from the Bradbury Science Museum.
    • 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Los Alamos Historical Society Guided Walking Tour, registration and departure from the Los Alamos History Museum Shop.
    • 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.: Fourth Annual DisrupTech at Cottonwood on the Greens.
    • 5:30 p.m. Science On Tap: The Devil is in the Detonators – Shaping Explosions at Unquarked Wine Room.
    • 7 p.m.: Suds & Shows: “Back to the Future” movie at the Nature Center. Sponsored by Taylor Martinez, Re/Max First

    Morning Tours
    Manhattan Project National Historical

  •  A full schedule of events is planned for this year’s Los Alamos ScienceFest, which begins today and wraps up Sunday afternoon.

    Events set for today are Atomic City Van Tours, that begin at 10:30 a.m. and take tour goers from the Bradbury Science Museum to locations around Los Alamos to locations in the community that were spawned by the secret Manhattan Project during WW II, and peek at today’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. Tours will also be given Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    Los Alamos Historical Society will provide a Guided Walking Tour, which starts at 11 a.m. today, of Homestead-era sites around Los Alamos. Tours will also be given Thursday, Friday and Saturday. And a Movie in the Park will start at 8 p.m. and feature “Meet the Robinsons,” rated G. The movie is free.

    “Our staff is so excited to be a part of this signature community event and we hope (everyone will) join us for some of the activities we have planned for the week,” said Rachel Landman, marketing manager for Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

  • I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be a citizen of these United States.

    I’ve been a United States citizen for 56 years and six months now. I took the easy way into citizenship. I was born at Dunklin County Memorial Hospital in Kennett, Mo., the same Missouri boot heel hospital that helped facilitate rock singer Sheryl Crow’s entry into the world.

    I’ve been trying to put together a reunion celebration, but she doesn’t answer my calls.

    While I entered into my citizenship the easy way, I understand many current citizens did not, a point that was driven home to me last week at the naturalization ceremony held on the Fourth of July at Bandelier National Monument.

    That day 15 applicants from 11 different countries went through the ceremony to become United States citizens, the culmination of years of hard work. And patience.

    I don’t know all of their stories, but I know just enough to know it wasn’t an easy process. The waiting period itself for most is five years, but that doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of what many went through to claim their citizenship.

  • LAS CRUCES (AP) — The Vatican has announced that Las Cruces Bishop Oscar Cantú is leaving for California.

    The Catholic News Agency reports that Pope Francis appointed Cantú on Wednesday to be coadjutor bishop of San Jose, California. He will assist the 73-year-old Bishop Patrick J. McGrath with the administration of the Diocese of San Jose, and succeed McGrath upon his retirement or death.

    The 51-year-old Cantú has served as bishop of Las Cruces since February 2013.

    Born in Houston, Texas, to a large Mexican-American family, Cantú has been an outspoken advocate for immigrants and refugees.

    In 2015, Cantú joined a group of bishops condemning racism in the U.S. in light of national tensions over police treatment of African-Americans.

  • The road at the end of Woodland Road, adjacent to Club Road, will be closed to vehicle traffic from 2-9 p.m. Wednesday for a family event and block party.

    Motorists can access Woodland Road during the closure by traveling up Arizona and cutting through Country Lane. This route may take one minute longer, and motorists are advised that there may be more children in the area than usual while the event is taking place.

  • The Jemez House Thrift Store, located at The Village Shopping Center, 13 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock, and the United Thrift Shop, at the United Church of Los Alamos, at 2525 Canyon Road, will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday Wednesday.

  • The North Central Regional Transit District’s RTD “Blue Bus” will provide special event bus transit services for the Santa Fe Wine Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas Saturday and Sunday.

    The fare free service will include a downtown shuttle providing nine roundtrips per day beginning at 11:10 a.m., with stops at Sheridan Street Transit Center, the New Mexico Visitor Center lot at Paseo de Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail, South

    Capitol Rail Runner Station and the Santa Fe Place Mall (south side parking lot) transit hub to connect with the Santa Fe Trails bus system, including the No. 2, which serves the Cerrillos Hotel corridor.

    Local residents will find park and ride options at the South Capitol station, New Mexico Visitor Center and Santa Fe Place Mall lots.

    A second bus, providing fare free service, will run from the 599 Rail Runner Station approximately each half hour, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

    In addition to providing connections to the NM Rail Runner Express, local residents will have park and ride options at the 599 Station allowing them to avoid parking congestion at Las Golondrinas.

    NM Rail Runner Express has added an additional train on Saturday and Sunday to accommodate eventgoers from Albuquerque. Visit riometro.org to view the train schedules.