Today's News

  • A rundown of other Bandelier cutbacks

    • The visitor center will maintain winter hours year-round, closing at 4:30 p.m.

    • Placing a ranger at the White Rock Visitor Center to provide information for visitors waiting for the shuttle cannot be implemented.

    • The number of ranger-led tours will be reduced.

    • Las Conchas fire recovery efforts will be impacted, especially trail repair. “We’re not going to have the trail crews here this summer to work on the trail recovery,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said.

    • Maintenance staff faces furloughs, reducing custodial hours. Lott is channeling their efforts to the visitor center, but restrooms will be cleaned once daily and not touched up during the day. Administrative staff will also be cleaning their offices in addition to their regular duties.

    • Lott may move Night Walks from Wednesday and to Friday, replacing one of the campfire programs that usually occur on Friday and Saturday.

    •As a last resort, campgrounds may have to be closed due to lack of staff to maintain them.

    •Replacing a tower and repairing an antiquated radio system is also on hold.

    • An archival film project will be postponed.  

  • Sequestration could hit Bandelier, impact visitors

    Sequestration is not an abstract concept for Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott.

    The possible looming reduction of government spending may be felt by park visitors this season.

    “The fiscal situation is already tight, even before the sequestration. If we indeed do have to take a five percent cut it’s going to cut deep,” Lott said. “Until now, we’ve tried to keep these fiscal impacts away from the public. We have tried to protect opportunities and programs and our mission to provide enjoyment. With sequestration, there will be some public impacts, regrettably.”

    One of Lott’s greatest concerns is search and rescue.

    “We get anywhere from five to 20 of those a year. I don’t have staff coverage, so my ability to respond when we have an SAR is impacted. I have to bring people in and rely more heavily on the state and other resources, which just means it takes longer for us to support those activities,” Lott said.

    “If someone gets hurt in the park, we’re going to have to rely on 911, as opposed to having a staff member on full coverage like we usually have. And we won’t have EMTs always on, although we’ll try to reduce that to times when there’s low visitation.”

  • 02-28-13 Off the Hill


    Art openings


    Peter Christian Johnson and Todd Volz will share Santa Fe Clay’s gallery through April 20. Their show will open with a reception at 5 p.m. March 8 at Santa Fe Clay, 545 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe. 


    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition and paintings by Michael Freitas Wood, titled, “Presentiment.” The exhibit will be up March 29-April 29 at 435 S. Guadalupe St. There will be a reception from 5-7 p.m. March 29.

  • Join Black Mesa Quartet for a brown bag concert


    The Los Alamos Arts Council’s free Brown Bag Performance Series will feature Black Mesa Brass at noon March 6. in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.  

    The Black Mesa Brass Quintet was formed in 1990 and still has three of the original five members. Their repertoire is a mix of classical, modern, pop and jazz tunes. They play a variety of venues including concerts, educational performances at schools, weddings and other special occasions. Jan McDonald, John Hargreaves, Jerry Morzinski, Larry Bronisz and Bruce Letellier make up the quintet. Their collective musical experience is on the order of 240 years. 

  • Learn about the Vegetable ABCs


    Spring is right around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about vegetable gardening.  Carlos Valdez comes to PEEC at 7 p.m. March 7 to talk about Vegetable ABCs. The talk is free and open to the public.

    The last and first frost used to be the beginning and end of the vegetable gardening season — but not anymore. This program will provide the knowledge necessary for growing food during every month of the year.

    Learn season-defying techniques to garden where summers are short and low levels of winter sunlight create the ultimate challenge.

    Year-round gardens are doable and affordable for gardeners in any location where frost has traditionally defined the growing season.

  • Learn about orchard management


    Learn about holistic methods of orchard management at 7 p.m. March 5 at Pajarito Envionmental Educaion Center. Gordon Tooley, owner of Tooley’s Trees in Truchas, will talk about the best practices when maintaining an orchard.

    Have you ever dreamed about picking ripe fruits from your own orchard? Well, there are a few things to consider first. Successful fruit production can’t be confined to managing pests or finding the right fertility practice. Selecting the appropriate varieties, understanding and managing the structure of trees, achieving good pollination, siting and many other factors also enter in. All need to be considered together to achieve a healthy and happy orchard.

  • 02-28-13 Restaurant inspections

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department. 


    Santa Fe


    The Beestro, 1805 Second St.

    Date inspected: Feb. 15, initial

    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for other — need to thoroughly wash vegetables before cooking or serving. Two low-risk violations for ventilation/lighting — hood vent needs filters. Exhaust pipe needs seal round ceiling exit.

    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.


    Cloud Cliff Bakery, 1805 Second St.

    Date inspected: Feb. 15

    Violations: Three high-risk violations, one for poor personal hygiene — hand sink not in immediate vicinity of prep and wash areas. Two for plumbing/waste — cross-connection on mop sink. Corrected; no air gap on three-compartment sink. One low-risk violation for floors/walls/ceilings — proof box floor has food particles accumulated.

  • Second time’s a charm


    First impressions are usually lasting ones, but sometimes you just have to give a restaurant a second chance. Maybe there was something going on that day, or maybe they were in the midst of a transition in ownership. For some reason they didn’t hit the mark the first time, but that may not necessarily be the case the second time around.

    It took a few months to work up the courage to go back to the Fabulous 50’s Diner at the American Legion on Trinity Drive. During the first and last visit, the food was found to be mostly frozen, the portions a bit on the small side for the price and let’s just say the ambiance left much to be desired.

    The second trip to the diner was made in search of breakfast. There are only a couple of restaurants in Los Alamos open in the morning on the weekend and the Fabulous 50s Diner is one of them. 

  • Travels bring Nealson to LA


    Author and freelance photojournalist Christina Nealson has traveled to Africa, Canada, Central America, Mexico and across the western United States. 

    From 1-3 p.m. Sunday, she will be in Los Alamos to talk about her latest book, “Drive Me Wild: A Western Odyssey.” 

    She has also written, “New Mexico’s Sanctuaries, Retreats and Sacred Places,” “Living on the  Spine: A Woman’s Life in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains,” and “At the Edge: Cooperative Teachings for Global Survival.”

    Nealson was born and raised in the small farming village of West Liberty, Iowa. She spends the majority of the year traveling and writing, but when she’s not globe-trotting, she calls Mancos, Colo., home.  

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre presents 'Van Choc Straw'


    The first thing that comes to mind when hearing “Van Choc Straw” probably isn’t family ties. In fact, it may sound a bit strange, but some may be able to make the vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, Neapolitan ice cream flavor-connection.

    Ice cream aside, one would probably never guess that Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest production goes by that name. The flyer description says it’s a “comedic tale  about tenuous family ties and the often stronger bonds of friendship that lattice the final years of our lives.”

    Consequently, family ties are not just part of the story line. They are a real-life factor in the production of “Van Choc Straw.” Mimi Adams is directing the play written by her friend, Mark Dunn, while her son, Sequoyah Adams-Rice, is serving as the assistant director and co-stage manager.