• 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.

  • 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.

  • New Mexico’s original food festival, the Pork & Brew, will return to the Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque for the 15th year this weekend from Friday to Sunday.

    This year’s event will make it easier and more convenient to get to and from the Star Center. For the first time ever Pork & Brew will be offering discount rides to patrons through UBER.

    All patrons have to do is enter their discount code going to or from the event to receive the discount. There will be three different discount codes to correspond with the three days of the event. The codes are PORKBREW29 for Friday, PORKBREW30 for Saturday, and PORKBREW1 for Sunday. Visit the UBER app on smartphones and enter the assigned code to save $10.

    This year’s 15th Annual Pork & Brew, presented by Visit Rio Rancho and hosted by the Santa Ana Star Center, will feature an indoor and outdoor format, ensuring attendees a venue to enjoy the festival in rain or shine.

    This year’s event will again feature some of New Mexico’s breweries with the likes of Tractor Brewing Company, Red Door Brewing Company and local Rio Rancho favorite Cazuela’s Brewery.

  • The Santa Fe Symphony will kick off its 35th anniversary season with a powerful double-violin performance featuring Sirena Huang, winner of the 2017 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, who is joined by none other than renowned violinist Elmar Oliveira himself for Bach’s Double Violin Concerto.

    The performance is set for 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.

    Praised by The Baltimore Sun for her impeccable technique, deeply expressive phrasing, and poetic weight, Huang, 2009 First Prize Gold Medalist of the sixth International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, is one of her generation’s most celebrated violinists.

    Oliveira, the first and only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow’s prestigious Tchaikovsky International Competition, and the first violinist to ever receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize, brings a style that remarkably combines impeccable artistry and old-world elegance. Together they make a stunning performance of Bach’s famous late Baroque work, Double Violin Concerto in D Minor conducted by Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, as he leads the symphony in his second full season as principal conductor.

  • It’s coming up on that time of year again, when artists from all over the world will descend on Museum Hill in Santa Fe for the annual International Folk Art Festival.

    This year promises to be the biggest festival yet. Set for July 13-15, 150 artists from all over the world are scheduled to participate. Visitors who pay the $15 to $20 admission will have access to the artists who will sell many items, including jewelry, rugs, fiber art, pottery, sculpture, paintings and clothing.

    Tickets are also available for $150 for Thursday night’s One World Awards Dinner at the Lumpkins Ball Room at La Fonda on the Plaza at 7 p.m.  Ticket holders will be able to socialize with the participating artists and Nobel Prize winner Dr.

    Muhammad Yunus, chairman of the festival this year. The evening will feature awards for those who’ve made the festival and its mission of supporting artists from all over the world a success and an opera performance from Monica Yunus.

    Festivalgoers can also purchase tickets to the actual festival at the site.

    For festival visitors, Saturday and Sunday admission is reasonable. Tickets are $20 for Saturday and $15 Sunday. Children under 16 are free Saturday and Sunday. 

  • Registration is now open for this year’s Los Alamos Fair and Rodeo Parade set to march up Central Avenue Aug. 11, beginning at 10 a.m.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to promote a business or organization by participating in the parade. Registration is free and now open via the MainStreet website at LosAlamosMainStreet.com or directly via Eventbrite.

    Participants must register by Aug. 3.

    The theme of this year’s Los Alamos Fair and Rodeo weekend is “Back To Your Roots.” 

    Judges located on Central Avenue and MainStreet will assess entries based on originality and interpretation of theme.

    For the full schedule of the other fair and rodeo events, led by the county, visit the county’s recreation page. Details are also posted on the Los Alamos MainStreet website.  

    For more information on the parade, contact Los Alamos MainStreet at 661-4844.

    For the rodeo, vendors and music, contact the Los Alamos County Recreation Division at 662-8170. For exhibits, reach the Cooperative Extension Office at 662-2656, and for the Arts & Crafts Fair, contact the Fuller Lodge Art Center at 662-1635.

  • The Los Alamos County Library System is accepting applications for members. The purpose of the board is to:

    •Receive input from the public and based on that input, make recommendations to council that support the fulfillment of the library’s mission in the community

    • Provide information and advice on items requested by the council, and review and recommend public policies.

    • Gather and provide public input on the development of library service objectives and the library’s long range plan.

    Board members serve for two years. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month from 5:30–7 p.m.

    Only on-line applications will be considered. For more information on how to apply, go to the county’s website at losalamosnm.us/government/boards___commissions.

  • My column this week is only for people over 30. I thought about saying 40, but realized there are some planners that look ahead, so why not include them.

    Sometimes, I think we expect more from our youth than we expect out of ourselves. We tell them they need to ask for help and reach out to others when adults don’t necessarily model it.

    I see many ways that parents, caregivers and adults can show youth good strategies, on their path to adulthood. They are easy, simple things, I think we often overlook but could create a pattern for negative habits.

    When you can stop and look ahead, as well as back at the same time, you notice how small decisions can make a big difference.

    Let’s start with the aging process. It is imperative that as we age, we continue to seek medical advice. We start with great habits with newborns and babies. We go to planned appointments, talk about successes and setbacks, get advice and continue the path.

    It is important to continue that into adulthood and not feel offended when suggestions are discussed about improving our health. When something hurts for too long, go to the doctor, find out what is wrong and don’t let it spiral into a bad situation.

  • Behaviorology, a science that’s been around for 100 years, is only now beginning to gain traction in the popular mainstream.

    “Behaviorology is the natural science extension of biology that addresses why human behavior happens; it is a natural science to help build a sustainable society in a timely manner,” Los Alamos resident and author Stephen Ledoux said.

    Ledoux will explain more about the science and his new book at an appearance at the Mesa Public Library at 7 p.m. as part of the library’s book discussion series, Authors Speak.

    Ledoux said there are many reasons why behaviorology has flown under the popular radar all these years. While researchers, scientists and engineers have incorporated certain parts of the science into their own disciplines, there are very few books that look at the science as a whole.

    No one need be intimidated, he said as his book does away with technical jargon and explains in plain English the principles behind the science.

    Ledoux said his book is for people who want to know more about behaviorology, and how it helps with real world problems, and how it can personally help individuals.

    What it isn’t, he said, is a self-help book or something that pushes the latest trends in pop psychology.

  • RATS! About four of them actually. On June 1, the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter received three male rats and one female rat, each with their own particular traits.

    Tinky, the female rat, is the smallest of the bunch. Animal shelter staff describe her as a outgoing and social. She isn’t spayed though, because staff couldn’t find a vet in the area that can spay a rat.

    Templeton loves snacks and attention. Templeton has been neutered and is ready to go to his forever home.

    Templeton’s brother, Gary, is a burrower who prefers plenty of soft bedding to get down into.

    He likes to be held, and has also been neutered. Gilbert is the largest of the bunch, and he also likes to be held and is very adventurous.

    All of the rats are from one litter. They are from a surrender, and they were all born April 27.

    They are clean and have received an excellent bill of health. Each can be adopted for $25.

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

  • The Voices of Los Alamos will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at the Unitarian Church in Los Alamos.

    The group will discuss upcoming rallies to protest President Donald Trump’s administration’s policy of separating families at the border. All citizens interested in participating and/or organizing an event are invited.

    The group will also host speakers Mary Feldblum, executive director of the Campaign for Health Security – to learn about the campaign, visit nmhealthsecurity.org – and retired physician Tyler Taylor. They will discuss a proposed health bill that would lead to a health insurance co-op covering about 80 percent of New Mexicans.

    The meeting agenda is as follows.

    • New Mexico primaries. Open primaries in  New Mexico. Speakers will discuss the pros and cons.

    • Eric Peterson, Los Alamos Open Space Specialist, will update the group on Stage 3 fire restrictions.
    • FLAP update and turnout.

    • League of Women Voters Karyl Armbruster, secretary of the New Mexico Public Education Commission will comment on Republican Lisa Shin’s arguments against universal pre-K and other public education policies.

  • Three local students have been awarded George and Joan Bjarke Scholarships.  

    The Bjarkes were longtime residents of Los Alamos and staunch supporters of education. A scholarship in their name is awarded annually to students who demonstrate good citizenship and the ability to successfully complete their selected degree or program.

    This year’s winners are Anastasija Draganic, Samantha Levings and Desere Martinez.

    The Bjarkes moved to Los Alamos in 1954 and raised six children, all of whom graduated from Los Alamos High School.

    George Bjarke worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and served several terms on the school board. He and his wife, Joan, believed every child deserved a chance to further their education.

    Draganic will attend Portland State University in the fall where she plans to major in economics.

    Levings is the daughter of Daniel Levings and Brandy Land. She plans to study biology and forensics at Eastern New Mexico University in the fall.

    Martinez is the daughter of Santiago and Esperanza Archuleta. She will attend California State University in the fall where she will major in biology.