• Wow, I can’t believe the final week of school has arrived.
    I would like to take a moment to thank all of the Asset Champions that have made so many Assets related projects come to fruition.
    Those that have helped me along the way include; Aspen Elementary School’s Tammy Moore, Barranca Elementary School’s Kay Sawdener, Chamisa Elementary School’s Valerie Adams-Harris, Mountain Elementary School’s Scott Johnson, Piñon Elementary School’s Karen Forsyth, Los Alamos Middle School’s Dawn Barr and Los Alamos High School’s Kathy Boerigter.
    Our final push has included food drives with Aspen, Chamisa, Mountain, Piñon and LAMS.
    The results were feeding families struggling through financial issues, feeding hungry school aged children, and large-scale project that will feed a large number of families throughout the summer when school programs are not available.
    Thanks to Tom Nagawiecki for supporting our effort by allowing us to use new recycle bins.
    Chamisa and Mountain both took part in a last ditch effort to build the bonding to school Asset with crafty projects that will beautify the school even after students have grown.

  • Due to a change in the schedule for the Los Alamos Airways commuter plane, June 7 will be the only day eight people will get to the take the Air Tour to view the ruts of the Santa Fe Trail. The flight in the Cessna Caravan plane will leave Los Alamos at 8:30 a.m. for a round trip to San Miguel del Vado, the former entry for the United States covered wagons crossing the Pecos River and entering Mexico Territory in the 1800s. A check mailed to Inez Ross, 614 47th St., Los Alamos, NM 87544, for $81, will hold a seat. It is a first come, first serve basis. For more information, contact Inez at inezaross@gmail.com. 

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home!
    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website: lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. Check out our Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of our adoptable pets. petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and come microchipped!
    Calypso — A gentle brindle-point black lab mix found roaming near Pueblo Complex. He loves to go for walks. He prefers a home with a person that is home more often than not, and he doesn’t enjoy sharing his home with cats.
    Cessna — A German Shepherd/lab mix that was found near the Los Alamos airport last summer. He would love to find a new family that will take him out for long walks. Cessna prefers not a home with other male dogs. Call sponsor at 231-3624.
    Coconut — White male maltese or maltipoo found on Ridgecrest. His family never came for him, so now wants to go home with you. Call 920-8203.
    Marmaduke — A brindle pit mix with loads of energy! Marmaduke learned how to walk on a leash and would probably be a good hiking dog. He seems to get along better with female dogs.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is hosting a three-planet event.
    Mercury, Venus and Jupiter will come very close together. PEEC and the Pajarito Astronomers will be there with telescopes to help viewers enjoy this event.
    The telescopes will be set up for twilight sky viewing starting about 8:45 p.m., about 45 minutes after sunset. Besides these planets, there will also be some galaxies to view.
    Public is invited to dress accordingly and if the viewing is good, the event will last until around midnight.
    The three planets will form a tight triangle that will fit into a 2.5 degree circle above the western horizon. After they set at around 9:35 p.m., the rings of Saturn and then the galaxies can be observed.
    For more information, call PEEC at 662-0460. 

  • Cub Scouts from Pack 22 and 27 worked to collect canned goods on May 11 at Smith’s location in Los Alamos and White Rock. Donations were accepted throughout the day in addition to the box collection by the United States Postal Service. Cub Scout and Boy Scouts participated in the community event.

  • The Spanish Colonial Master Show will be featuring 20 of some of the most renowned Northern New Mexican Spanish Artists.
    This show will bring together the Northern New Mexican art, and cuisine in one special place. Hosted by Byron Martinez and Joseph Sisneros, owner of the Rancho Chimayó Collection Galeria, which is located inside the Rancho the Chimayó Restaurante.
    Artists’ reception is 6 p.m., May 31.
    The art fair is 8 p.m., June 1 and 2.
    More of the award winning artists participating include: Antonio Roybal, Marco Oviedo, Lisa Trujillo, Irving Trujillo, Lee Valdez, Ray Montez, Cleo Romero, Toby Morfin, Floyd Jose Lucero, Charlie Carrillo, Matthew Duran, Gabriel Vigil, Arlene Sisnernos-Sena and Cruz Lopez.
    For more information, call 351-4455.  

  • Kids entering grades kindergarten through three can participate in Kids’ Summer Gardening at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Led by gardener, and Montessori educator Laural Hardin, the class meets every Wednesday from June 5 through August 7, with a special Harvest Day in September. Each of the 11 sessions runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The fee is $75 per child, or $60 for PEEC members.
    Laural Hardin loves teaching kids’ gardening because “A child has a natural love of all things living, so giving them a garden is magic in the making.” She’s taught gardening to elementary-aged kids and even helped to found an outdoor farm school for ages 5 through 10.
    Kids’ Summer Gardening will feature garden stories, art, science and play, along with lots of time learning how to help plants grow.
    For further information and to register (registration in advance is required), call 662-0460, drop by PEEC at 3540 Orange Street, or visit PajaritoEEC.org. 

  • This year of drought is the time to explore an oasis south of Santa Fe, the Leonora Curtin Wetlands Preserve.
    A long-time preserve docent, Natali Steinberg, will lead the field trip June 2. Carpools will leave the Pajarito Environmental Education Center at noon, returning at 4:30 p.m.
    The 35-acre preserve is famous for its various habitats, ranging from marshy wetlands to arid pinyon-juniper open land. A nature trail traverses an open meadow, passes under huge old cottonwoods and arrives at a pond lined with cattails.
    Participants should bring a sack lunch to eat at the preserve, lots of drinking water, a hat, and a snack. There is no charge for the trip, but participants must register in advance (maximum registration is 20). 

  • SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is urging the community to come forward and adopt dogs involved in the alleged hoarding case in Edgewood — the so-called Edgewood 48.
    The 33 dogs released May 15 to the custody of the shelter are among the 48 seized in April at an Edgewood home. The owner relinquished her rights to the majority of the dogs last Monday. She agreed to pay for the upkeep and care of 10 of the dogs until the court case is resolved. She faces charges of animal cruelty.
    “We know many of you have asked when and if these dogs would be available for adoption,” said Mary Martin, the shelter’s executive director. “Many of these kiddos will be available within 48 hours, and we urge anyone who has room in their heart and home for a dog that may need a little extra TLC to come meet them.”
    The county transferred ownership of the remaining 33 dogs to the shelter late Wednesday. Some of the dogs are puppies and will require very little from new families aside from regular training and love. Others are timid at first, under-socialized or fearful and will require patience and training.
    Santa Fe Tails Dog Academy and Dogcare will be offering some of the dogs care and socialization to improve their adoptability and to help ease the shelter’s space crunch.

  • Santa Fe
    Kaune’s Neighborhood Market, 511 Old Santa Fe Trail
    Date inspected: May 13
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Re-opening approved. No follow up required.

    Santa Fe Catering Company, 540 Montezuma Ave.
    (Uses kitchen at Pranzo’s Italian Grill)
    Date inspected: May 13
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Plants of the Southwest Kitchen, 3095 Agua Fria Road
    Date inspected: May 14
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Some areas of the exhaust hood are greasy and need cleaning.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Palacio Café, 209 E. Palace Ave.
    Date inspected: May 14
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required. Employee training needed.

    KFC, 813 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: May 14
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Hood and vent system needs thorough cleaning.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.  

  • A Los Alamos girl scout troop was invited to a science competition last month to promote the creation of a project for senior citizens. Two of the girls were chosen by President Barack Obama to present the project at the White House Science Fair.
    The Atomic Flying Pickles is part of the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails. They are a First Lego League or FLL team of sixth graders, who follow a love of science.
    “I am so excited and honored to be going to the White House and to be able to meet other students from around our country doing STEM related projects,” said Peggy Sanchez Mills, CEO of the New Mexico Trails. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The girls, 11 and 12 years old, attend Mountain Elementary School.
    The FLL team competition was held in St. Louis, Mo. The girls used Lego models with robots in an obstacle course to solve problems from the theme. Since the project dealt with how to help the elderly, the obstacle ideas revolved around balance and other health issues seniors have to endure as they age.
    For the final project, the group of five had read a story in a Pittsburgh medical journal about a cooling headband that helps with insomnia. It is a non-pharmaceutical solution since seniors are susceptible to potentially dangerous drug side effects.

  • The Los Alamos County Master Gardeners will host a garden fair, 9 a.m. to noon, June 8, at their demonstration garden on Central Avenue, across the street from the county library. Tours of the garden, plant sale and information on three garden topics will be offered to the community.
    There is no cost for attending this event. Docents will be located throughout the garden to talk with visitors about the diverse garden designs and answer questions.
    Three workshops will be offered, also at no cost. At 9:30 a.m., “Bug Mugs-America’s Most Wanted Pests,” will be presented by Horticulturist and County Extension Agent Carlos Valdez. This will provide an opportunity for people to identify the insect that may be harming a garden, as well as an opportunity to identify the good bugs.
    The public is invited to bring any insect they are wondering about to have it identified. At 10:30 a.m., master gardeners Kimberli Tanner and Lee Builta will present information on Gopher Management.
    At 11 a.m. Carlos Valdez will be back to hold a Plant Clinic.
    The public may bring questions and, if possible, plants and Valdez will help you identify what the plant needs, or if it is getting too much of something. The plant sale starts at 9 a.m. and will consist of plants grown by master gardeners.

  • The organizers of Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival are pleased to announce the 2013 recipient of the Native Treasures Living Treasure award: noted potter and sculptor Tammy Garcia, from Santa Clara Pueblo.
    There will be a benefit ceremony honoring Garcia, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Santa Fe Convention Center.
    The Native Treasures Living Treasure Award acknowledges both the body of work by an artist and the participation of that artist in the community at large.
    Garcia is renowned for her innovation, design and execution across a variety of media. She is an artistic mentor to younger artists and in 2012 funded the Tammy Garcia Award for Excellence at SWAIA’s Indian Market.
    “We are thrilled to have Tammy as our 2013 Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Living Treasure,” Jane Buchsbaum said. “She is truly a gifted artist whose work incorporates traditional designs and modern iconography. Her forays into other media, such as bronze and glass, have been groundbreaking, while her pottery is always exceptional.” Buchsbaum is artist chairman for Native Treasures
    Garcia is represented locally by Blue Rain Gallery, which carries her work in all media.

  • At the end of 2012, the Santa Fe Children’s Museum began their “Save the Museum” campaign with a lofty $200K goal to reach in only nine weeks.
    While it seemed like a daunting task for the museum, the response was overwhelming. They received donations from across the country and from many local businesses and individuals.
    In the end, they not only exceeded their financial goal, they also raised it all in seven weeks.
    The funds raised by the campaign have allowed the museum to make some progressive changes and additions.
    They have added additional board members with varying business backgrounds and are diligently focused on solidifying the future of the museum through new programs and partnerships, as well as efforts to lower facility costs.
    They also recently appointed new Executive Director, Shannon Martin Roberts who officially took over the position on April 8.
    Founding directors, Ellyn Feldman, Ellen Biderman and Susan McIntosh call Martin Roberts “the right leader at the right time for the museum.” Martin Roberts earned her MBA from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin; and she has more than 15 years experience in strategic organizational growth, fundraising and nonprofit management focused on arts, advocacy and youth related causes.

  • Last week, Assets In Action made their annual pitch for fiscal year 2012-2013. I have a 15 minute slideshow if you’re interested in our work.
    Times are tough and money is tight, but often, simple things can be done to raise awareness, increase education, or tackle an issue from another direction with very little cost.
    One suggestion was that many would often like to seek resources, or information, but simply don’t want anyone to know their business.
    In this town, whether we want to believe it or not, we have some pretty big needs in our offices, our neighborhoods and our churches.
    Many don’t readily want to ask for help, but the needs are out there.
    Assets In Action has a wealth of resources for parenting issues like curfew and chores, too much television, anger management and self-acceptance.
    We would like to know what you want to hear about and where you get your information.
    What is your media preference? Would you access it on a webpage, sneak onto my Facebook page and creep? If you don’t understand the last reference, ask a teenager.
    When Parents Ask for Help-Everyday Issues through an Asset-Building Lens is an Asset rich tome by Renie Howard. Howard addresses a slew of topics like; physical and psychological symptoms of stress, how not to be bullied and how to make friends.


    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 visit the Friends of the Shelter website: lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. Also check out our Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of our adoptable pets at petfinder. com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html. 

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. 



    May 19-25, 2013

    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart


    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    10:30 a.m. LARSO Advisory Council

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Spaghetti and meatballs


    By Angela Clendenin

    Many pet owners love their feline friends, and will do whatever it takes to keep them relaxed and happy. This makes it especially alarming for pet-owners to witness their cat suffer from the discomforting symptoms that come with hairballs.

    Knowing how to prevent this common problem and how to treat it when it occurs is essential to keeping your cat healthy.

    “A hairball is an accumulation of hair in the GI tract,” James Barr said, associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.” It simply accumulates together and is usually contained within the stomach.”


    Los Alamos resident Bill Hudson and his son, Ty, attended the 51th annual United States Marine Corps Scholarship Ball, which took place in April at the Grand Ballroom of the New York City Hilton Hotel. 

    Hudson, a Marine Corps Iwo Jima veteran, and his deceased wife, Maureen, were honored by Col. (Ret.) Jim Pritzker with a $10,000 memorial scholarship given to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in their name. 

    Since 1962, the Foundation has awarded more than 30,000 scholarships, valued at over $70 million. For the 2012-2013 academic years, the Foundation has awarded over $6 million to 1,909 recipients. In addition, through the “Heroes Tribute Scholarship Award,” the Foundation has contributed a total of $30K to the children of Marines killed in the global war on terror.