• The Fuller Lodge Art Center has an element for everyone in the new exhibit “Periodic Table” runs through early June. Dozens of artists from across New Mexico have taken on, and interpreted the Periodic Table in an entire spectrum of reflections, and the result is a truly eclectic collection. 

     The Elements have been described as the basic building blocks that make up our world, and what could be more fun to an artist than playing and rearranging those blocks? 

    Really, it’s only fitting in a show based on understanding the world through categorization, an attempt should be made to categorize the exhibit itself. 

  • The public is welcome to attend a meeting about an upcoming trip to Utah’s Capitol Reef, hosted by the Los Alamos Mountaineers.
    The meeting, explaining the trip and event announcements will be at 7:30 p.m., May 15 in the Great Room at Fuller Lodge. Happy Canyon, in the Robbers Roost country, will also be one of the wild places covered.
    The May program of the Mountaineers will follow the meeting.
    Between Utah’s more famous and most visited national parks lies a spectacular array of natural features that invite adventure and appreciation.
    Centered on the less known Capitol Reef National Park, this area offers challenging slot canyons, high mountains, intriguing rock art; and the ideal antidote for stress, traffic jams, and 24/7 communication: true solitude.
    Public land and minimal bureaucracy due to low visitation pressure combine to encourage backcountry exploration.
    The May program of the Los Alamos Mountaineers, by Rick and Lynne Stinchfield, will cover this remote region.
    Because slot canyons and narrows offer the best mix of beauty, physical tests and the unknown, the program will cover several, including at least one in Capitol Reef, the San Rafael Swell, the Dirty Devil River region, the Little Rockies area and perhaps in the Circle Cliffs.

  • This week, I wanted to share a story about an Asset building teacher, during this teacher appreciation week.
    Our youngest son will graduate this year from Chamisa Elementary and so will end our formal relationship with the Asset building Cheetah crew.
    There was one in particular, that started us on our educational path.
    Becky Sims or Mrs. Sims was the kindergarten teacher of all three of our children.
    Sims “trained us well,” teaching the parents as well as their children about how to engage in the educational process.
    Mrs. Sims formed the relationship of the entire family to the school, the one that not only led to numerous volunteer opportunities, but more importantly, that we were partners in education.
    Once during a high school Cookies and Conversation earlier this year, the attendees were asked about their fondest kindergarten memory. One of the students recalled baking in her class on Wednesdays.
    Sims and another teacher started a program where sixth grade students are matched with kindergarteners to give the new students an instant friend. The pairs or occasionally trios do art projects, math lessons and sometimes science throughout the year, building friendships and Assets along the way.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.

    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website: www.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.


    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and come microchipped!

    Pet of the Week:  Ruby is a 2 year old female golden brindle pit bull.  She is energetic but gentle.  She loves food but does not guard it.  She enjoys training and is good with adults, gentle children, and most other dogs.  Roby loves visiting the dog park.  She loved the DogJog!


  • The cadets of the Los Alamos NJROTC competed at the State Drill and Fitness Competition in Farmington New Mexico on April 27 against 27 other schools. The cadets exceeded expectations in both performance and professionalism. The awards were; first place: male and female color guard regulation; second place: unarmed inspection, unarmed drill inspection and female color guard inspection; third place: overall fitness, male color guard inspection and regulation and fifth place: unarmed regulation drill. Individual awards went to Jordi Kandarian, second place overall fitness (male category); Rosa Durrer, third place overall fitness (female category); Jordan Parker, third place 800 run; Diego Diaz, fifth place pull ups.


    8:45                 Cardio

    11:30               Lunch: Chicken Parmesan

    7:00                 Ballroom Dancing


    8:45                 Variety Training

    10:00               Computer Users Group

    11:30               Lunch: Breaded Catfish

    12:15               Better Breathers

    7:00                 Bridge

    7:30                 Table Tennis


  • Nine college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.
    The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley and Santa Fe high schools.
    The JROMC has awarded nearly 170 scholarships and other awards totaling more than $347,000 since the program was begun in 1984. The philanthropic organization's scholarship program is supported by several endowments; numerous small, individual donations; and major contributions from the Los Alamos National Bank.
    The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Robert Oppenheimer, the first director of Los Alamos' laboratory and one of the most influential scientists of the 20th Century. In addition to its annual scholarship program, the JROMC sponsors each year the Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture.
    This year's selected students are:
    Aaron Bao, from Los Alamos High School was awarded the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship for outstanding promise in science and mathematics.

  • El Rancho de Las Golondrinas will be re-enacting New Mexico Civil War battles at “Battlefield New Mexico: The Civil War and More.” The battles of Glorieta Pass and Apache Canyon were fought near Santa Fe in 1862. The re-enactments will be conducted by the First New Mexico Volunteer Infantry, along with living history re-enactors from the state and elsewhere.
    Other activities that are included is military drills and cannon fire, Union and Confederate camps, music by the Territorial Brass Band, Civil War-era living history and demonstrations, talk about Civil War-era medicine and surgery and much more to see.
    The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, with re-enactments beginning at 2 p.m. Adults: $8; seniors, 62 and over and teens: $5. Children under 13 get in free.
    El Rancho de las Golondrinas Living History Museum is located at 334 Los Pinos Road, just south of Santa Fe. From I-25, take Exit 276 and follow the signs.
    For more information, visit golondrinas.org or call 471-2261.  

  • Santa Fe

    Kai Sushi and Dining, 720 St. Michael’s Drive
    Date inspected: April 16
    Violations: Follow up from previous inspection on April 9 showed that all violations have been corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Sweeney Elementary School, 521 Airport Road
    Date inspected: April 22
    Violations: One moderate risk violation. Dish racks were discolored, old and need replacement. Four low-risk violations. Discolored and missing ceiling tiles in food prep area. Refrigeration equipment not being used should be removed. Dust accumulation on ventilator ducts.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Ramirez Thomas Elementary, 2300 Calle Po Ae Pi
    Date inspected: April 23
    Violations: Two low-risk violations; single service paper dishes were stored on the floor. The walls by the mop sink drain areas are peeling.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    Fairfield Marriott, 4150 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: April 23
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for pre-opening inspection.

    Miss Leslie, 615 Oñate Place
    Date inspected: April 24
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Business not yet in operation.

  • Bioponics Institute established itself early this year as a super green business in the hydroponic and aquaponic food growth industry in Santa Fe. It is a “real food” advocate promoting — local grown organic food for everyone. BpI produces organic, nutritious, fresh food at affordable prices for both people and livestock through advanced hydroponic, aquaponic and animal fodder technologies and the relationships it develops within the locales it serves.
    Did you know food travels approximately 1,500 miles before it even gets to your table? And by then, that its nutritional value is minimal? That it takes 50 gallons of water to grow one head of Bibb lettuce conventionally, and that it takes only one gallon hydroponically?

  • This past winter, two Paper Tiger employees volunteered many hours over the years to help disabled individuals and wounded veterans enjoy the outdoors.
    Paper Tiger owner John King and graphic designer Jason Cline taught Mario Chavez to bi-ski as part of the Santa Fe Adaptive Ski Program.
    Then Cline spent a week this month at Colorado’s Snowmass resort with the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic getting veterans back on the slopes.
    “It was life changing for me,” says Cline of his experience at Snowmass. “Seeing these guys who fought for our country and without limbs, having the time of their lives, it really puts things in perspective. I worked with four students over the week.
    Depending on their disability, my co-instructor and I would choose which equipment was needed.”
    This was Cline’s first year participating in the Snowmass program. He was recommended for it by King, who had volunteered before. King also got Cline involved in the Santa Fe Adaptive Ski Program several years ago.
    King, an avid skier, has been volunteering in adaptive ski programs for people with disabilities for 25 years beginning at Pajarito Mountain in Los Alamos.

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council announces the 46th annual Spring Arts and Crafts Fair, from
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Fuller Lodge lawn.
    The LAAC has been presenting the spring fair every year since 1967, and this year’s fair is sure to be the one of the best ever, according to executive director, Marlane Hamilton. Featuring nearly 100 artisans from across the southwest, the Arts and Crafts Fair offers both traditional and contemporary art forms. All of the items displayed are hand made or hand crafted.
    The Arts and Crafts Fair will feature items such as pottery, weavings, clothing, woodworking, jewelry and more. In addition to the art, Sol y Luna will be performing guitar music and the Lads of Enchantment, the Los Alamos barbershop quartet will be at 2 p.m.
    In the spirit of Mother’s Day, there will be a separate area where fathers can bring children to create special handmade gifts for mom. The service is free and provided by the First Baptist Church. Valynn Purvis will have an inflatable castle for children. Josephine Boyer will be on hand to do face painting and temporary tattoos.
    While at the fair, take time to answer a few questions on the LAAC survey and receive an opportunity to win a round trip plane ticket to Albuquerque provided by the new Los Alamos air service, New Mexico Airlines.

  • The Los Alamos Middle School Hawks had spirits soaring as they participated in, A Minute to Win It, with Assets In Action, just prior to spring break.
        The LAMS Student Council, under the direction of teacher, Linda Bennett, sold tickets, staffed activities and motivated the troops.
    “Thanks to the efforts of the Student Council and Assets In Action, all I had to do was say that Minute to Win It was going to happen and secure a date and time,” Principal Rex Kilburn said, “Student Council did a fabulous job coordinating, Ms. Bennett should be very pleased with the work she has done with her Student Council students.”
        The idea, based on the NBC television summer hit, with host Guy Fieri was used to support the staff recognition event known as the Hawk Hubba Bubba Award.
        “The fact that the funds raised go back into an account to celebrate staff underscores and emphasizes the great kids that attend the middle school,” Kilburn said, “All of the adults that work at the middle school are lucky to work with such individuals.”
        The Kilburn crew rose to the challenge when students purchased tickets for 25 cents, for self or staff, to earn a chance to play.

  • During the Aspen Elementary annual Spring Fling Festival April 19, students were able to enter a drawing to “shave Mr. Lloyd’s head.” Jeff Lloyd is the school’s librarian. Second grader, Lilly New was the winner. The proceeds from the drawing support the Los Alamos Parent-Teacher Organization

  • Oh My Goodness, May is here.
    It seems like just a few weeks ago the Back to School supplement was out and we were underway, in a new school year.
    It is almost time to get ready for summer, hooray and some time off for so many.
    Last night, a pride of the Mountain Lions parent population attended an internet safety session to prepare for some additional free time.
    Los Alamos Middle School Librarian Lisa Whitacre and Assets In Action provided some information on tips to consider for elementary, middle and high school parents.
    Simple guidelines now can help parents for the long technology road ahead.
    If you would like some Internet Safety information for yourself, just give us a call.
    The first full week of May should be duly noted on your calendar. May 6-10, is Teacher Appreciation week.
    The elementary school parent organizations always seem to have their finger on the pulse for this, but it gets a little trickier in the upper grades.
    Check out and see if your schools are doing something to acknowledge the staff. You can ask your student if they have a staff member they would like to do something special for, or at least if you know, drop them an email or a card.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes. Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter web site: lafos.org.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and come microchipped!
    Calypso — Gentle brindle-point black lab found roaming near Pueblo Complex. His family never found him, so he’s looking for his new forever home! He loves to go for walks, particularly if there’s a big grassy patch along the way where he can take a break and roll in the grass. He seems to bounce rather than walk, so you know he’s having fun! He prefers a home with a person that is home more often than not, and he doesn’t enjoy sharing his home with cats. When left home alone, Calypso might do best in a crate.
    Cessna — German shepherd/lab mix that was found near the Los Alamos airport last summer. He has spent the past few months as mostly an outdoor dog, and would love to find a new family that will take him out for long walks so that he can regain the svelte figure that he once had. He will give you lots of licks and tail wags in return! Cessna prefers not to share his humans with other male dogs.

  • The Fuller Lodge hosts a series of Brown Bag Performance Series at noon on the first Wednesday of every month. The free shows present a wide range of programs, from Beethoven to ballet, opera to jazz, chamber music to bagpipes, that have been entertaining Los Alamos music lovers on their midday breaks since 1973. Brown Bag Performances connect performers to the community.  This next month will feature the Ad Hoc Brass Octet.
    There are two brass quintets playing regularly in town: High Mesa and Brave New Brass. The two combined forces to play some large ensemble music, something which is hard to accomplish because of the difficulty of coordinating and getting 10 people to agree on a rehearsal and performance schedule. They ended up with four players from one quintet and three from the other, plus one agreeable sub, to give them a combination of eight players. There is a vast collection of Gabrieli double-choirs and other large-group pieces to choose from. The Gabrieli pieces represent the height of polyphonic music from the Renaissance era, and the pieces chosen to showcase that style. They include other Renaissance-era music by composers of that period, such as Bach, Susato and Boismortier. Ad Hoc Brass Octet consists of the following eight players.

  • Two students experiment with face paints at this year’s spring carnival at Chamisa Elementary last week. 

  • Great Conversations is an afternoon of appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. This is the Fourth Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. It will take place on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at Los Alamos High School. This is the final opportunity to register.

    Life as a Lobo, looking ahead

    Alex Kirk, a graduate of Los Alamos High School and a basketball player for the UNM Lobos shares a view as the Coach’s kid, signing a national letter of intent to play for UNM and playing with and against some of the top basketball collegiate players in the country. His dad Alan shares his perspective as his son’s coach and father through Alex’s early years, the recruitment process and his years as a Hilltopper and Houston Hoops AAU basketball player. Alan, also a Hilltopper alumnus, began coaching high school basketball in the 1990s, is the father of Alex and Erin, both are student athletes. Alex he was named Academic All-American his freshmen and sophomore years.

    Future of online education

  • “Bison and Beeswax”, will open be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 11, 1036 Canyon Road in Santa Fe, the newest gallery on the famous art-walk.
    The opening will be in conjunction with the annual Canyon Road Arts Day Festival.
    This is an opportunity to experience a working photo-encaustic studio and meet the artist, Marilyn Angel Wynn.
    Wynn will open her studio door to demonstrate how she takes her photography to a whole new altitude.
    By applying a mixture of beeswax and resin, known as encaustic, over compelling images, she transforms her photo work into a new form of contemporary art.
    With a national reputation as today’s leading photographer of North American Indian Cultures, Wynn has the most comprehensive collection of its kind. Clients include those in the who’s who of media such as PBS, National Geographic, Time, Life and The History Channel.