• Time to raise a glass to Angel Fire Resort’s fine dining restaurant, Elements, for its world-class wine selection.
    Wine Spectator has released its 2013 Restaurant Wine List Awards and the magazine honored Elements with an Award of Excellence. Elements is located in the Angel Fire Resort Country Club, in the Southern Rockies of New Mexico.
    The magazine’s annual international awards come in three tiers: The highest honor, the Grand Award, usually goes to select restaurants with super-deep wine selections that exceed 1, 500 varieties. Second place is Best of Award of Excellence and third is Award of Excellence.
    Out of more than 3,700 restaurants the magazine chose to recognize only 850 restaurants with the Best of Awards of Excellence. In this category Wine Spectator’s middle-tier award honors wine lists of 400 or more quality selections. These award winners must also offer significant vintage depth or superior breadth in one or more major wine regions. Receiving this honor thrills Element’s and Angel Fire Country Club manager, Jillian Smothers.
    “We have been adding and building Element’s wine list for years, to make sure it offers the best from several regions,” explains Smothers. “To have been recognized by the leading wine experts, for our effort, is an honor.”

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a rare chance to visit the abandoned Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba, on Aug. 10.
    The trip, led by local geology expert Patrick Rowe, will be fun and hands-on for both adults and children. Participants will explore the area, with ample chances to find beautiful specimens such as petrified wood.
    In addition to the petrified wood specimens, which are regularly covered with green malachite and blue azurite, trip participants can find “red-bed” septarian nodules (also known as Dragon Stones) that contain calcite crystals in the centers, as well as azurite balls “blue berries” and rosettes. Often deer and elk are spotted in the area, as well as some resident cows.
    Larry Gore, a geologist for the Santa Fe Forest Service, will give the group a talk on the mine’s geology and history and efforts to remediate the abandoned mine.

  • The Peace’s New Century Project, a collaboration spanning 14 years, will be exhibited in two locations during early August. The exhibit at Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos will take place Aug. 5-10, with a reception, 4 p.m. on Aug. 6.
    At Jemez Fine Art Gallery in Jemez Springs, the exhibit will take place Aug 2-8, with an Aug. 4 reception.
    The project is an exchange between artists Betsie Miller-Kusz, of Jemez Valley, whose father was a young graduate student working on the Manhattan Project, and Masaru Tanaka, of Hiroshima, Japan. Tanaka’s father was burned at four years old, when the first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
    The artists met in San Francisco and began working on the project in 1999, using a collage of Tanaka’s photographs with Miller-Kusz’s paintings of an Earth protecting spirit. The resulting digital images have been shown in Asia and the United States, including the War Memorial Building in San Francisco, the Mirasaka Peace Museum in Hiroshima and the United Nations in New York.
    Both artists have devoted themselves to the creation of peace imagery as a result of their family histories. The images are very tranquil, and instill a possibility of dialogue among those who view them.

  • Hari Viswanathan led the Critter Cam Class at PEEC’s Orange Street headquarters. He covered motion-activated cameras, from infrared, to white flash, to DSLR, and showed examples of his work. After his presentation, Viswanathan answered questions and expanded on previous ideas. The class was free and no registration was required. Trail cameras are available for rental by PEEC members for two-week time periods.

  • LANL employees, friends, family, and community members come together to take a first look at two new Bradbury Science Museum exhibits: Nanotechnology and Algae Biofuels. The crowd explored the newly installed exhibits, which took 18 months to prepare. and tackle subjects such as detecting cancer with nanoparticles and the possible invention of invisibility cloaks. After a series of remarks by Linda Deck, Alan Bishop, Jose Olivares, Katherine Chartrand, and David E. Morris, participants were invited to help themselves to refreshments, including lemonade and brownies. 

  • This week, I wanted to offer my personal kudos to Los Alamos National Laboratory, for a wonderful Family Day.
    The event, done as part of the 70th anniversary celebration, was obviously the result of many hours of planning and lots of effort by both staff and volunteers.
    The result was a success.
    The opportunity for so many to make a different connection to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, was an engaging way to build relationships with family and community.
    Our family had the opportunity to tour the Emergency Operations Center and view the hub where the decision makers operate.
    It gave a new perspective of how LANL leadership, LANL Emergency Management, Los Alamos County Emergency Management, Chief Wayne Torpy and Chief Doug Tucker must have pulled together to work as a team during the Las Conchas Fire, using collaboration for a common goal.
    We toured the CINT-Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies building and had an opportunity to glimpse the future and what possibilities we may see.
    The time taken to explain quantum dots to novice minds, put into perspective some new and wonderful things the laboratory is doing, many not even known to those that live just over the bridge.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home!
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, for more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating, as well as read up on some of the animals and learn more about special needs animals, or cats and dogs that are currently in foster care. Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all adoptable pets.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Bella — A lovely, spayed, female, GSD mix with soft floppy ears. She is active and friendly. She loves walks, toys and snuggling. She is a little shy initially with strangers, but quickly warms up to friendly human interaction. Bella is good with other dogs and loves going to the dog park. Call 412-3998 to find out more about her.


    Missoula Children’s Theater presents the Tortoise Versus the Hare. The performance is based on the Aesop’s Fable in which the two animals are in a race. Showtime is 7 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. The Residency Program aided several children in workshops to show the fundamentals of acting. The theme on July 24 was the art of the mine. Heather Burgess and Paul Lewis were the directors of the program. Burgess and Lewis have been on tour since May. “Los Alamos has a great bunch of really talented kids,” Burgess said. 

  • School starts in less than a month, and soon the long, relaxing summer days and evenings will give way to the coming of fall.
    Before that happens though, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center has a variety of programs on offer, from outdoor painting, to a unique story walk evening, to touring an abandoned copper mine.
    On Aug. 3, local artist and teacher Monika Kaden will team up with PEEC to offer a “plein air” acrylic painting excursion. “En plein air” is a French expression, which means “in the open air,” and it is used to describe the act of painting outdoors.
    Participants can explore the Los Alamos landscape through art. The emphasis of the class is to have fun painting in nature while creating a unique and personal work of art.
    The class will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fuller Lodge Art Center which has nine working backpack easels that can be lent out for the event. Village Arts will offer a discount on art supplies for the class. The cost is $24 for PEEC members, or $30 for non-members. Advance registration is required, and space is limited to only 8-10 participants, so be sure to register soon.

  • The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Erin Kirk with a scholarship recently. Erin will be attending the University of New Mexico and will study communication or education. Pictured from left to right are: Alan Kirk, dad, Pat Kirk, mom, Erin Kirk, and Kiwanis president, Don Casperson. Kirk was selected because of her contribution to the community through Los Alamos Youth Leadership for the past four years and her leadership in spearheading the “Dig In Pink” as a fundraiser for a volleyball coach who had developed cancer.

  • Santa Fe
    Fusion Fire Buffet and Grill, 3795 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: July 9
    Violations: Investigation after complaint. One moderate-risk violation. Sanitizing strips not available. Researching complaint manager and owner told inspector on June 7, an employee was caught stealing money and was fired. Her and her boyfriend, who also worked there threatened to call the health department. Police report for incident is available. Two low-risk violations. Wall by back door and vents in walk in cooler are dirty. Exhaust hood is very greasy. Clean more often.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Joe’s Diner and Pizza, 2801 Rodeo Road
    Date inspected: July 10
    Violations: All high risk violations corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from June 20, no further follow up required.

    The Wok, 2860 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: July 10
    Violations: All violations corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from June 26. No further follow up required.

  • Experts on the early history of baseball, Mable Dodge Luhan, Edith Warner and hippies will participate in the second half of the 2013 Brainpower and Brownbags Lecture Series.
    Organized by Tomas Jaehn of the museum’s Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, the lectures are free and open to the public (bring a lunch).
    Each lecture begins at noon in the Meem Community Room; enter through the museum’s Washington Avenue doors. Seating is limited.
    The schedule
    Aug. 21: Jeff Laing on “That Championship Season (1888): The Santa Fe Ancients’ Pennant Race of the New Mexico Baseball League.”
    Laing, a Santa Fe resident, is a retired English and drama teacher whose new book is Bud Fowler: Baseball’s First Black Professional (McFarland, 2013).
    Sept. 19: Lois Rudnick on “Constructing the Land of Enchantment: The Writings and Patronage of Henderson, Dodge Luhan, and Austin.”
    Rudnick, a Santa Fe resident, has written extensively on Mabel Dodge Luhan, including her newest book, The Suppressed Memoirs of Mabel Dodge Luhan: Sex, Syphilis, and Psychoanalysis in the Making of Modern American Culture (University of New Mexico Press, 2012). She is a professor emerita of American studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

  • Taos based Eske’s Brew Pub was among an elite list of microbrews in the United States mentioned by ABC News in a recent article highlighting the country’s best brews titled, “Latest Craft Brews Inspired by Far More than Hops,” July 12.

    The article, written by Lena Katz of ABCNews.com, said of the pub’s green chile beer: “In New Mexico, where locals proudly eat green chile with absolutely everything (burgers, pizza, breakfast, chiles on other chiles) Taos Green Chile Beer from Eske’s Brew Pub is available in many establishments including the Albuquerque airport.”

    Eske’s Brew Pub is housed in a 100-year-old adobe home and offers a number of beers on tap, including the popular green chile beer and even homemade draft Root Beer for non-drinkers, along with a full menu of traditional pub fare and New Mexican favorites.
    Local brew favorites also include: Mesa Pale Ale, Millinium IPA, Seco Stout, Artist Ale, 10,000 Foot Stout and Señor Fumar, among others.

    Green chile beer is made with New Mexico green chile which is used in the fermentation process, making the beer wonderfully aromatic and well-balanced.

    For a complete list of beers, live music and daily specials at Eske’s Brew Pub, visit eskesbrewpub.com, or call 575-758-1517.

  • Northern New Mexico brought home titles during the Miss Rodeo New Mexico Pageant June 5-7.
    The contest was in Clovis for a weekend event that had girls vying to be Miss Rodeo and their chance to become Miss Rodeo America.

    The current Miss Rodeo New Mexico, Ashlee Rose Mills, of Eagle Nest, was on hand to offer advice to the girls in the court and find out who she can pass her crown to in 2014. Alexandra Tapia, of Santa Fe, will take over for Mills in January.

    The court was rounded out by MRNM Teen, Larissa Padilla, of Santa Fe; MRNM Princess Deanne Guthrie, of Clovis and Little Miss Rodeo, Mireya Martinez, of Santa Cruz.

    “I am always available to encourage the younger girls to compete and think of this as an adventure,” Mills said.
    “Rodeo related pageants represent the community and the sport, Tapia said. “These develop skills that can help them grow in real life.”

    The girls competed in category such as horsemanship, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo knowledge and public speaking and are judged by a panel of rodeo experts.

    Mills has spent eight years competing in Miss Rodeo pageants. Her younger sister also competes. She said she has guidance from her family and coach as she has trained for each pageant.

  • Boy Scout Troop 129 of White Rock recently hosted two Eagle Courts of Honor for Jonah Katz and Aaron Bao.
    The ceremony for Katz was at White Rock United Methodist Church on June 14 and for Bao at White Rock Baptist Church on July 6.
    Jonah, son of Joel and Carolynn Katz, joined Boy Scout Troop 129 in 2006 and advanced persistently through the ranks, standing for his Eagle Board of Review in December, 2012. Even before he joined, Jonah did outings with the troop, trekking along with his brothers on a 12-mile pack trip near Creede, Colo.
    Having climbed with the troop to the top of Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, Katz is a holder of the troop altitude record. He has earned the high-adventure triple crown through attendance at Philmont, Canoe Base and Sea Base.
    Katz was elected by his peers to the Order of the Arrow, served his ordeal for induction, and has demonstrated scout leadership as a true arrow man. He was recognized as the 2011 Northern New Mexico District Outstanding Senior Patrol Leader.

  • The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Christina Moore with the Jeannette O. Wallace Scholarship. Moore will be attending Maclester College in St. Paul, NM and will study International Studies. Pictured from left to right are: Tammy Moore, mom; David Moore, dad; Moore, Terry Wallace, son of Jeannette Wallace and Kiwanis President Don Casperson. Christina was selected because of her strong leadership in Key Club, a Kiwanis program for students, Natural Helpers and her work with her church. 

  • How wonderful that for a change, the nation perhaps even the world, is focused on good news. I wish that every arrival could be heralded with such a warm welcome.
    Perhaps this week we could do just that, even if it is over the kitchen table.
    Imagine pulling out a photo from the arrival of their birth and reminding your child how proud you were at the time.
    Perhaps you think your kids are too old for that, or perhaps they live too far away? I say put pen to paper and share some warm memory of that day long ago.
    If you enjoy sharing old stories, drop that card in the mail and let the memory making begin.
    If you aren’t that warm and fuzzy person, seal it in an envelope and put it along with some important papers for a grand discovery at a later date.
    Maybe you don’t have children of your own. If not, share with someone your pride of that person’s arrival. It might be a niece, a nephew or close family friend. We all have some adult in our lives that isn’t related by blood but has been an important figure. Sometimes those are the best relationships.
    Those old stories get lost in the shuffle and every year after, oh, I’ll say , age 30, don’t come as easy from the memory banks, but they’re randomly discovered more like an old paper filing system.

  • A hands-on archaeology exhibit was at the library on July 18. The educational outreach program hosted by archaeologist Chuck Hannaford included artifacts found during digs around New Mexico. The exhibit allowed the public to examine the fossils and fellow archaeologist Mary Weahkee gave demonstrations and history on some of the artifacts. 

  • The Española Valley Humane Society is hosting the 6th Annual Santa Fe Kitten Festival July 27-28. It is the largest cat adoption event in New Mexico.

    The event will include cats from five other shelters around Northern New Mexico and all around the state, which plan to pull cats and kittens from the euthanasia lists to save more lives than ever this year. The goal is the rescue more than 100 doomed felines.

    The festival will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 27 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 28 at PetSmart, 3561 Zafarano Drive in Santa Fe.

    The Española shelter, though struggling with its own intake numbers, knows that hundreds of cats and kittens are at risk of euthanasia from overcrowding, so staff is making room this week to take in more from Gallup, Carlsbad and Las Cruces.

    Española Valley Humane Society started the Santa Fe Kitten Festival six years ago to cope with the overflow of kittens that occurs each year as a result of a long breeding season in the region and an ongoing nationwide struggle with feline overpopulation.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home!
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, for more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs that are currently in foster care. Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed, or neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations.