• The Los Alamos Beer Co-op in Los Alamos, New Mexico is brewing up one of the highest-elevation events in the country for beer lovers with their first annual “Beer Fiesta” on July 27 at Pajarito Ski Mountain.
    Because Pajarito Ski Mountain sits at an elevation above 9,000 feet, this is one of the highest elevation beer fiestas in the nation and sure to be a high-spirited one.

    The “Beer Fiesta” is sponsored by the Los Alamos Beer Co-op, which now has more than 140 members.
    The fiesta is the first anniversary celebration. “In the ‘City Where Discoveries are Made,’ it’s only fitting that Los Alamos offer a unique event where beer lovers can experience high quality New Mexico made brews while discovering all the wonderful features of Los Alamos and Pajarito Ski Mountain,” said Micheline Devaurs, President of Los Alamos Beer Co-op. “Members of the Co-op are on the way to realizing their goal of locally crafted beer, and hope to continue growing interest and membership at this important summer event and milestone for us — we hope to see lots of people there, enjoying both beer and the ski hill.”

  • The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Amy Neal with a scholarship. Neal will be attending the University of Tennessee and will study engineering. Pictured from left to right are: Ben Neal, dad; Kiwanis President Don Casperson; Neal and Ruth Ann Neal, mom. Amy was selected because of her vast contribution to the community and youth through Youth United Way, Mexico Mission, and Los Alamos Youth Leadership. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at noon at Trinity on the Hill Church in Kelly Hall. Kiwanis was founded in 1948 and is the oldest service organization in Los Alamos and focuses on youth projects. For more information on Kiwanis, visit their web site at losalamos.kiwanisone.org. 

  • Critter cam experts will share their tips and techniques during a free talk, 7 p.m., July 25 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Let’s face it: wildlife is elusive to say the least. Even in Los Alamos, where forested highlands and steep canyons provide many various habitats for critters to live close by, many rarely see the animals that share neighborhoods.
    With a simple motion-activated camera setup, one can record, study and enjoy these animals at own convenience without disturbing them. During this class, participants will learn how to operate the PEEC trail camera, which will be available for members to borrow and install at their own homes.
    The class will be led by Dave Yeamans, PEEC member and trail camera operator and Hari Viswanathan, a wildlife photographer who brings a professional approach to the everyday equipment available through PEEC.
    This is a chance to learn all about trail cameras and see examples of wildlife captured in photos and videos.
    This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. PEEC members may rent the trail camera for two weeks at a time ($200 deposit; $10 per week rental charge). For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org. 

  • Natalie Goldberg and Mirabai Starr are the guest speakers at the last Summer Writers Series session, 7:30 p.m., July 31 at the Harwood Museum in Taos.
    Nationally known writer, teacher, artist, and author of 11 books, Natalie Goldberg will read from one of current pieces.
    Goldberg’s books include Wild Mind, Old Friend From Far Away and Long Quiet Highway. She teaches nationally and internationally using her skills as an experienced Zen practitioner and her unique writing methods.
    Her newest book, The True Secret of Writing: Practicing Sit, Walk, Write was published in March.
    Mirabai Starr writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature.
    She is a professor of Philosophy and World Religions at University of New Mexico-Taos and teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and interspiritual dialog.
    Mirabai’s newest book, God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, was named one of the “Best Spiritual Books of 2012,” and positions her at the vanguard of the emerging Interspiritual Movement.
    Tickets are $6 Alliance and SOMOS members, $8 nonmembers.  

  • Santa Fe
    The Ranch House — Catering, 2571 Cristo’s Road
    Date inspected: June 26
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Floor of transport truck needs to be made smooth and non-absorbent.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

    Allsup’s No. 346, No. 2 Vista del Monte
    Date inspected: June 26
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Yoberri, 325 W. San Francisco St.
    Date inspected: June 26
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Air cap on three-compartment sink. Two moderate-risk violations. Hand wash sink not in food prep area per hand washing policy. Thermometers maintained calibration to assure adequate temperatures. Two low-risk violation. Broken tiles. Light fixtures need protective covers.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. Follow up required on July 15.

    Savory Spice Shop, 225 Galisteo St.
    Date inspected: June 27
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

    Table de Los Santos, 210 Don Gaspar Ave.
    Date inspected: June 27
    Violations: Inspection after complaint received. No violations were found.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Whole Foods Market has selected The Santa Fe Community Farm to be the recipient of its upcoming community support day.
    On July 24, five percent of the total day’s sales at the Whole Foods Markets in Santa Fe will be donated to the Santa Fe Community Farm to support the organization’s commitment of growing fresh, fruits and vegetables for those in need throughout Santa Fe County.
    Established 60 years ago by Santa Fe native John Stephenson, the 11-acre farm located in Agua Fria remains one of the oldest farms in Santa Fe.
    After retirement, John Stephenson who will be turning 99 next month, dedicated the operation of his farm to sustainable agriculture and charitable giving and the farm currently operates as a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
    Working in partnership with The Food Depot, the Santa Fe Community Farm regularly makes charitable donations of its fruit and produce to the hungry, the homeless and the disabled across Northern New Mexico. The farm is an open classroom offering volunteer opportunities to people of all ages and abilities.
    It serves as an agricultural education center to develop hands on skills in sustainable farming and runs almost entirely with the support of its volunteers.
    To learn more about the Farm, visit santafecommunityfarm.org. 

  • Voted by locals as Taos News’ 2013 “best annual event in Taos County,” Fiestas de Taos revives a centuries-old celebration of Taos’s culture, history and traditions from July 19–21, 2013 on the Taos Plaza.
    Known originally as Fiesta de Santa Ana y Santiago, Fiestas de Taos is a community celebration honoring the two Catholic patron saints of Taos — St. Anne (Santa Ana) and St. Yago (Santiago), celebrated in Taos since the 1600s.

    One of the biggest annual summer events in Taos, Fiestas de Taos feature three full days of live music, dance, parades and special presentations along with food and crafts and vendors and activities for children.

    “Fiestas de Taos typically sees more than 1,000 attendees annually, and the number increases every year,” said Taos Mayor Darren Cordova, whose band Darren Cordova y Calor, will be performing. “The Fiestas are a way of not only preserving our rich heritage that has evolved over the centuries, but passing these traditions on to the next generations while sharing them with visitors.”

    The Fiestas begin at noon on July 19 with music by Dick Cordova followed by a performance by the Mystic Dance team at 1:30 p.m., and musical performances by The UZ Band, Niños Bailadores, and Catalina Rio Fernandez and Flamenco Nuevo Mexico, among others.

  • July 22
    2-3 p.m.
    Lecture by Spanish Colonial Art Historian Felipe R. Mirabel, “Don Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco 1713-1785: The Construction of the Capella Castrense.” Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, 750 Camino Lejo at Museum Hill.
    Reservations required call 982-2226. Society Members free. Non-Members $10/person.
    July 23
    Noon to 2 p.m.
    Luncheon with the Artists. Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza, 100 Sandoval Street. A unique opportunity to discuss art and to get to know one of the artists personally. Tickets $55/person, or $500 for a table (9 guests and one artist). Reserve your space by calling 982-2226 or by e-mail education@spanishcolonial.org.
    July 24
    5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Artists’ reception by Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: Scottish Rite Cathedral, 463 Paseo de Peralta. For tickets email roybmartinez@gmail.com.
    July 25
    7-8 p.m.
    AnnaMaria Cardinalli in Concert: Loretto Chapel, 207 Old Santa Fe Trail.
    AnnaMaria Cardinalli, a classical flamenco guitarist will share her passion for the richness of Latino culture at the Loretto Chapel. Seats $40/person (Very limited seating available). Reserve seating at 982-2226, ext. 111 or by email market@spanishcolonial.org.
    July 26
    5-7 p.m.

  • The rich Hispanic culture of New Mexico will be celebrated at the 62nd Traditional Spanish Market, July 27 and 28 on the Santa Fe Plaza.
    Spanish Market features handmade traditional art from more than 350 local Hispanic artists, as well as ongoing live music and dance, art demonstrations and regional foods throughout each day. Spanish Market is one of only three Heritage Events held annually in Santa Fe.
    The Spanish Market is the oldest and largest juried Spanish Market in the United States and attracts more than 70,000 visitors and collectors from throughout the world. Each July, the Market showcases more than 350 Hispanic artists who not only exhibit and sell their art, but are also very happy to share their culture with visitors. Ninety-seven percent of the artists are from New Mexico. It is truly a shop local event, as 97 percent of sales directly benefit the artists and the local economy.

  • Two years ago, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area was a mess. The flames were out, but smoke was still rising, and the Las Conchas Fire had taken its toll. The steel haul rope and chairs of the Spruce lift, oldest on the mountain, were lying on the grass. They had fallen because the upper terminal had burned. And the Townsite lift, the newest four-seater, was likewise out of commission, its upper terminal also a ruin. General Manager Tom Long was thinking, “How can we ever recover from this?” The challenge was among the biggest in his 45 years in the ski industry.
    But that was then, and this is now. Pajarito is back; and Long credits his crew for “an extraordinary job with minimal staff to resurrect Pajarito from the ashes.” Both lifts are better than ever. Pajarito indeed opened — and had some days with great snow — in the two intervening seasons, but without the two eastern lifts, much of the mountain could be reached only by traversing from the undamaged Aspen lift, and skating back above the lodge. Next year will be different. Both the Spruce and Townsight lifts are ready to roll, only waiting for enough snow to kick off the 2013-2014 season.

  • There are two recipients for the third annual Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship, Valentina Dawn Chee and Celine Yazzie Olson each earned the $2,500 Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship.
    To apply for this scholarship, universities around the state posted qualifications on their websites. Applicants had to show need, proof of a grade point average of 2.5 or above and their goals pertaining to how they would give back to the Navajo Nation.
    Valentina Dawn Chee, a junior at the University of New Mexico majoring in nutrition/dietetics. Chee wrote to the scholarship committee that she aspires to serve the people of the Navajo Nation through community workshops on the nutrition and lifestyle choices that will help overcome Type-2 diabetes, an epidemic in her community.
    This summer, Chee is working at New Mexico State University as a lab assistant, participating in cancer research, applying microbiology techniques. She hopes this will further her lifelong goals of improving the health of her Navajo people. Chee is from Vanderwagen, south of Gallup.

  • Here are the winners of the live flower show contest at Fuller Lodge Art Center on June 28. There is still time to see the Wallflowers exhibit until July 27. 

  • The old song from the South Pacific soundtrack says, “There ain’t nothing like a dame,” and this weekend, you can discover that for yourself.
    The Los Alamos Derby Dames will be offering a family friendly event this weekend, as they host the roller derby traveling team from Clovis.
    That’s right, folks, I said family friendly and roller derby in the same sentence.
    Our dynamite dames have brought the skill and determination of the big time, into the heart of the hill.
    The M’Atom Bombs as they are known consist of ladies with names like Nacho Lover, Thumper, Flashover and Lola Bipola.
    How does a bunch of roller skating gals build Assets you ask?
    I say the opportunities are many.
    The dames also are training up a teen division called, the Cherry Bombs and looking for new members, all the time.
    The empowering thing is that for either team, no skill is required to get started in the fun.
    While one might want to put some thought into the nickname, some research into their skate purchase and perhaps a little extra funding when buying their safety gear, especially depending upon your age, the camaraderie and the training are free.

  • 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 new website at lafos.org, for 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 of the adoptable pets.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed, or neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Bee — A young spayed, female, German shepherd cross. She is pretty and energetic. She loves to play and run. Bee is housebroken, leash trained, knows some obedience commands and would love to learn more, but may need a good fence. She enjoys the company of cats, dogs and gentle children. Bee is more comfortable with women than with men.
    ChuChu — A beautiful neutered male ridgeback cross, about 2 years old. This poor big guy is sensitive and shy with strangers, but is very loyal to those he learns to trust. Not recommended for a home with children. He has had unpleasant experiences that have made him fear men.

  • The display of photographs of the 76 Living Treasures on the walls of the Los Alamos National Bank has been reorganized and reframed.
    It is truly thrilling to once again see the faces of all these wonderful people who have helped shape the community we love.
    The artist who has created these photographic portraits for the past 14 years is Jim Gautier. He has also done all the framing, matting and hanging with help from his wife Peggy.
    This beautiful project could not have succeeded without the financial assistance and donation of wall space to Living Treasures by Los Alamos National Bank.
    The Board of Living Treasures is so grateful for its continuing support and we urge readers to spend a little time at the bank taking a heart-warming trip down memory lane.
    Rosalie Heller
    Los Alamos

  • The family of Steve Stoddard would like to thank the community of Los Alamos for their warm sympathy and loving remembrance of our dear Steve.
    Steve passed away from this earthly life on May 24.
    He so loved this community and gave so much to Los Alamos because it gave so much to him and his family over the years.
    He was a member of so many organizations in town, including his beloved Kiwanis Club, the Elks Lodge, the Shrine, the Masonic Lodge, the Sportsman Club, the Los Alamos Public School Foundation and Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    He served on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including the former Mountain Community Bank and the LA Visiting Nurse Service and was appointed as one of the first trustees of the Valles Caldera National Preserve and later the board of the Los Amigos de Valles Caldera.
    As a young man, he served his country with distinction with General George Patton’s 3rd Army during the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
    Steve was proud of his service to his country and was a loyal veteran of World War II. He was a member of the VFW, the American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the Military Order of the World Wars.

  • Summers at the Los Alamos YMCA are a busy time for the facility. With scores of activities, classes, clinics, events and more, the YMCA has something to keep the entire family busy for the remainder of the season.
    The YMCA offers regular dance classes in disciplines ranging from ballet to Belly Dancing to Kathak, a traditional East Indian dance.
    Those who want to delve into the world of mixed martial arts are also in luck. Visitors can enjoy cardio classes such as kick boxing or learn the world of traditional martial arts with class offerings such as Tae Kwon Do and Shoshin Ryu Martial Arts all taught by highly trained and experienced martial arts instructors.
    The rock climbing wall is also a popular destination for those who wish to hone their climbing skills while escaping the summer heat. The wall contains routes for every climbing level from beginner to advanced. Climbers can take their skills to the next level without fear of meeting up with a hidden snake or melting in the summer heat. The area is open regular hours throughout the week and weekend.

  • Another school year will begin in the next couple of months and so will a new batch of participants in the Los Alamos Youth Leadership program.
    Sponsored through the Family YMCA and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, the year-long program consists of several different projects each year where high school students can participate in activities around and for the community.
    The First Step Orientation will take place on Aug. 3-4, which will be an overnight camping event at Camp Shaver. Sean Hall will lead the team building session the first day. The following day will be a physical challenge for the students to break out of their comfort zones.
    Throughout the year, different projects are presented with several high school students serving as team leaders.
    Every year kicks off with a fundraiser car wash and bake sale. The event, which happens in September, is the starting point for raising funds toward projects for the rest of the year. “It was a success,” Co-leader, 18-year-old Janali Gustafson said. She organized the Frito pies which were a sellout.
    Co-leader McKenna Schoonover, also 18, agreed it was a success. “People were happy we were doing this for the community, many just donated without getting their cars washed,” she said.

  • A new book celebrating the Remarkable Women of Taos will be launched 5-8 p.m. on July 25, starting with an autograph party, at the KTAOS Solar Center, 9 9 Ski Valley Road off Highway 150 in Taos. The event is free and open to the public.

    Remarkable Women of Taos, published by Taos-based Nighthawk Press, contains profiles of 167 historic and contemporary women of Taos.
    The profiles were based on the questions of why there are so many remarkable women in Taos, and what it is about Taos that attracts and sustains so many women.
    The 316-page book is a compilation of content from the taos.org/women profiles written by numerous contributors.
    Elizabeth Cunningham served as project orchestrator and editor of book.

Cunningham said that the book is a “year-end report” of sorts, commemorating the Town of Taos’ 2012 award winning “Remarkable Women of Taos” theme, which offered year round educational programs, events, workshops and exhibitions designed to spotlight the women of past and present who have made an impact in the Taos community.

  • Los Alamos
    East Park Pool — snack bar, 111 East Road
    Date inspected: June 24
    Violations: Hot water issue and all other violations from June 18 has been corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No additional follow up required.
    Santa Fe
    North of the Border, 1544 Bishops Lodge Road
    Date inspected: June 20
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Sandoval Café, 500 Sandoval St.
    Date inspected: June 20
    Violations: Four high-risk violations. Can opener has food build up. Ice scoop is stored on top of ice machine. Wet rag outside of sanitizer bucket. Beer pooling on the bottom of the keg cooler. Three moderate-risk violations. Wood handles are degraded and need to be made to be easy to clean. Food build up on top, sides and behind food equipment. Back door was open. Three low-risk violations. Vents and fans have dust and mold build up. Food containers stored on floor. Employees need hair restraints and hats.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.