• 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.

  • Families have been having a great time at PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings, 6:30-8 p.m. every Tuesday night. So far this summer kids and their parents have followed a map to find treasure, touched and taken home rocks that are millions of years old, and cuddled with baby goats.
    July 9, families met with raptors and other rescued animals from the Wildlife Center.
    The Wildlife Center in Española rescues and rehabilitates every kind of animal that needs their help. Most recently, they helped a baby bear cub that was found without its family during the Thompson Fire in the Jemez.
    The Center contains a wildlife hospital and rehabilitation facility, educational space and a “Wild Walk”, exhibiting more than 35 animals that could not be released into the wild. Some of these animals came to PEEC with their handlers, who talked about the work the Wildlife Center does. All proceeds were donated to the Wildlife Center.
    On July 16, families can learn to fly fish with Ti Piper.

  • Back by popular demand for his third visit to Mesa Public Library, Chuck Hannaford, project director for the Museum of New Mexico’s Office of Archaeological Studies, returns with the award winning hands-on archaeology outreach program so fitting for this year’s summer reading theme of “Dig In to Reading!”
    Hannaford will set up his large array of archaeological artifacts from early New Mexico history, all touchable, for visitors to explore in the Mesa Public Library lobby. Everything from arrow points to atlatls, grinding stones to examples of potsherds, Hannaford is full of expert and first hand information about the discoveries and practice of archaeology for anyone who would like to drop by the lobby between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. He will also give a slide show and talk at 7 p.m., upstairs in the rotunda.
     Experience how Native Americans made and used yucca cordage, stayed warm with turkey-feather blankets, and how the atlatl was used by ancient hunters. 
    This is also an opportunity to bring in artifacts from the past and have an archaeologist help with their identification and use.
    Hannaford has a bachelor of arts from the University of New Mexico.

  • The Los AlamosKiwanis Club presented Dallin Parker with a scholarship recently. Parker will be attending Brigham Young University in Utah and will study nursing. Pictured from left to right are: Marsha Parker, mom, Robert Parker, dad, Parker and Kiwanis Club Vice President, Karen Kendall. Parker was selected because of his active involvement in the community through Boy Scouts of America, his church and National Honor Society, as well as helping the disabled.  

  • The Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series presents Stacia Lewandowski, author of Light, Landscape and the Creative Quest: Early Artists of Santa Fe, 7 p.m., July 25 in the upstairs rotunda.
    New Mexico attracts and fosters many artists of all kinds. In her book on some of the visual artists who found the high desert light and landscape of Santa Fe irrestible and inspiring, Lewandowski explores their lives and art through photographs and personal stories.
    The book is actually a two volume set which includes a separate walking tour booklet of many artists’ homes and sites in Santa Fe.
    As July’s guest speaker, Lewandowski will present a talk about the book and accompanying slide show with images of Santa Fe and archival photographic images from the book.
    Light, Landscape and the Creative Quest: Early Artists of Santa Fe won the award for Best First Book at the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. It was also selected as a finalist for Best Book in the Arts.
    Lewandowski was born and raised in Chicago. She received degrees in flute performance from the Eastman School of Music and in philosophy from the University of Colorado. Her early education also included classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and a year of study in Poland at the Warsaw Conservatory of Music.

  • The Los Alamos Young Guns want to thank the following individuals, businesses, and clubs that provided donations of ammunition, baked goods, and funding to help us participate in the National Jr. Olympics Shotgun Competition in Colorado Springs on June 15 and 16.
     Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club
    Mom’s Club
    Los Alamos National Bank
    Melissa Smith
    Robert Sanders
    Connie Nestor
    Eran Rendell
    Maire O’Neill
    Kes Luchini
    Josh Smith
    Jamie Cull-Host
    David Smith
    Kayla Tousley
    Your support and generosity helped us more than you will ever know. It was truly a learning experience for all of us and we hope to participate again next year.
    Thank you for helping us shoot for the stars!

  • The American Legion hosts an annual program to shape political minds of high-school age boys around New Mexico. Three Los Alamos High School students joined the Boys State program and learned the ins and outs of state and local government.
    Boys State is a role-playing experience for 17-year-old boys, finished with their junior year of high school. Daniel Ahrens, Jeremy Goetee and Esteban Summers represented Los Alamos High School during the series of events from May 25 to 31 at Eastern New Mexico University.
    “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Vernon Kerr, one of the American Legion government officials who guided the boys with their endeavors.
    More than 100 boys from across the state attended and completed the total immersion in the political parties, campaigns and election of city, county and state officials. Those chosen to be party leaders had to lead their party members through the issues, platform and recruitment of candidates.
    “The program mimics actual elections and political experiences,” Kerr said. “We tell them what the offices do and just let them go. We guide them, but we don’t tell them what to do.”