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Last Chance to Vote for Renegade Mountain Band!

on July 19, 2013 - 8:32am
Renegade Mountain Band of Los Alamos played in the Clint Black Country Cares Competition at the Dirty Bourbon Dance Hall and Saloon in Albuquerque July 14. Courtesy photo


Online voting for the Clint Black Country Cares Competition is set to end at some point today and a winner will be announced this evening.

The exact cut-off time for voting is unknown, but fans are encouraged to cast their vote as early as possible at the following link:

The Renegade Mountain Band, a Los Alamos country band, performed against three other New


Paula Nelson Brings Austin to Los Alamos

on July 18, 2013 - 7:53am
Paula Nelson. Courtesy photo


Friday, the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series stage will return to Smith’s Food & Drugs in the Mari Mac Shopping Center in Los Alamos.

Tuesday, July 23, Smith’s will break ground for the new Smith’s Market Place at the Trinity Site. Most of LA has been anxiously waiting for this new shopping center. Folks, it’s coming. It will be the largest supermarket and the only Smith’s Market Place in the state.

I hope you enjoy it, because it should be tremendously beneficial to the town. Let me say this again, shop locally.


Missoula Children's Theatre Casting Call: 'The Tortoise Versus The Hare'

on July 16, 2013 - 11:28am

LAAC News:

Missoula Children's Theatre is holding a casting call at 9:30 a.m. Monday, July 22 at Crossroads Bible Church for The Tortoise Versus The Hare.

More than 50 roles will be cast for students entering first through twelfth grades. A parent/guardian must be with each child when registering in order to sign the permission form.

All auditioners should plan to attend the entire morning audition and, if selected, have an open calendar for the week of July 22-26, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and all day and evening Saturday, July 27. Audition is free.

'Canes of Power' Showing at Bandelier July 20

on July 16, 2013 - 9:58am
Three Laguna Canes. Photo by Silver Bullet Productions at Laguna Pueblo


Saturday, July 20 at noon, Bandelier will present the very special documentary, "Canes of Power" in the theater at the park Visitor Center.

In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln presented silver-headed ebony canes to the Governors of the 19 New Mexico Pueblos to recognize their authority, sovereignty, and relationship with the Federal government. Similar canes had been presented by the government of Spain in 1620 and that of Mexico in 1821.

Narrated by actor Wes Studi, the Silver Bullet Productions film "Canes of

New Book Honors Remarkable Women of Taos

on July 16, 2013 - 8:53am


TAOS— A new book celebrating the remarkable women of Taos – the focus of Taos' 2012 educational theme – will launch July 25, starting with a 5-8 p.m. autograph party 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 profiles written by


Book of the Year: 'Sun, Sticks and Mud'

on July 15, 2013 - 11:42am
Photograph from 'Sun, Sticks and Mud.' Photo by Steve Fitch

Staff Report:

ForeWord Reviews has announced the winners of the 2012 Book of the Year Awards.

Representing more than 600 publishers, the winners were selected after months of deliberation from 1,300 entries in 62 categories. The winners exemplify the best work coming from today’s independent, academic, and small press communities.

Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, as well as Editor’s Choice Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction, were determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers and announced at a special program at the American


Three-Day Fiestas de Taos Slated for July 19-21

on July 15, 2013 - 11:18am

Children in costume for Fiestas de Taos. Courtesy photo

Staff Report:

TAOS—Voted by locals as Taos News’ 2013 “best annual event in Taos County,” Fiestas de Taos revives a centuries-old celebration of Taos, New Mexico’s culture, history and traditions with weekend long events July 19–21 in Taos Plaza.

Known originally as Fiesta de Santa Ana y Santiago, Fiestas de Taos (Taos Fiestas) 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,

Local Band Seeks Support As Online Voting Begins

on July 14, 2013 - 9:35am

The Renegade Mountain Band. Courtesy photo

Staff Report:

Online voting has begun for the Clint Black Country Cares Competition.

Local country band The Renegade Mountain Band, is set to battle it out against three other New Mexico bands in the live finals of the competition at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14 at The Dirty Bourbon Dance Hall and Saloon in Albuquerque.

The winner will open for Clint Black Aug. 3 at Sandia Resort. In addition to crowd applause the night of the competition, an online voting component will help determine the winner.


Local Author Cary Neeper Recounts American Library Association Conference

on July 14, 2013 - 8:34am

Cary Neeper signs copies of 'The Webs of Varok' at the ALA Conference. Courtesy photo


About 26,000 people attended the June 28-July 1 American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

At this huge gathering of librarians and teachers, book publishers and authors saw many roller carts filled with books pack the checkout stand near the front entrance of McCormick Place before the weekend came to a close. Some were giveaways, some half price and most probably destined for community and school libraries.

Out of hundreds of sessions,


Fun Flies at Friday's Summer Concert

on July 13, 2013 - 10:18am
Community members waved balloons and kids to the music of the West Africa Highlife Band at Friday's summer concert at Ashley Pond. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ 
The music of the West Africa Highlife Band drew audience members to dance at Friday's summer concert at Ashley Pond. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
West Africa Highlife Band. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
West African bass player. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Kids play with light sticks at the concert. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Dancing to the music. Photo by Carol A.