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Column: Are You a Closet Contest Enterer?

on March 3, 2013 - 7:20am
Are You a Closet Contest Enterer?

Are you one of those? You know, a person who partakes in that guilty pleasure—a contest enterer?

Will you admit it in polite society? Probably not. When the topic raises its ugly head at a cocktail party, you are the one to steer the conversation to something safe, something like the latest Kardashian sighting.

Anything to divert attention from your hidden pleasure.

Ashamed of this aspect of your behavior? Don’t be.

Pony Club Collecting Children's Items

on March 1, 2013 - 6:40am
Pony Club member Brenna Graham on her horse Bailey at the Las Cruces Horse Trials in November.
Graham took 4th in her division. Courtesy/LAPC


The Los Alamos Pony Club is collecting donations of children’s items that the club will tag to sell at the upcoming Little Forest resale.

Contributions are tax deductible and the club is willing to pick up donated items through March 7. The profits will fund club ptrojects. Contact Samara Graham at 662-1617 or

Free Taiji Classes at Unitarian Church

on March 1, 2013 - 6:35am

Learn Vegetable ABCs with Carlos Valdez

on February 27, 2013 - 7:35am
Carlos Valdez of the Los Alamos Office of the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service talks with clients. Courtesy/NMSU Kevin Robinson

PEEC News:

With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about vegetable gardening. Carlos Valdez comes to PEEC at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7 to talk about “Vegetable ABCs.”

This talk is free and open to the public.

The last and first frost used to be the beginning and end of the vegetable gardening season — but not anymore. This program will provide the knowledge necessary for growing food during every month of the year.


Orchard Owner Will Speak on Successful Fruit Production

on February 27, 2013 - 6:45am

Gordon Tooley of Tooley's Trees will be the featured speaker at PEEC March 5.

PEEC News:

Learn about holistic methods of orchard management at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.

Gordon Tooley, owner of Tooley’s Trees in Truchas, will talk about the best practices for maintaining an orchard.

Have you ever dreamed about picking beautiful, delicious, ripe fruits from your own orchard? Well, there are a few things to consider first. 

Successful fruit production can’t be confined to managing pests or finding the right fertility practice.

Los Alamos Runner Tackles Marathon Des Sables

on February 26, 2013 - 10:51am
Garth Reader running in the Desert RATS ultra-marathon in Utah. Courtesy photo


Marathon Des Sables is not for the faint of heart. The ultra-race typically spans 156 miles across the Sahara Desert and features sweltering temperatures well above 100 degrees.

It gets better. racers not only run through this scorching environment, they also must do so with all their supplies strapped to their backs.

Los Alamos resident Garth Reader was intrigued.

Food on the Hill: Greek Style Chicken

on February 26, 2013 - 6:16am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This Week's Recipe:

Greek Style Chicken

Photo by Sue York/


2 pounds chicken- breast and thighs, skinned
1 small can black olives, drained
1 head of garlic, crush with side of knife
1 tablespoon dried oregano
salt and pepper
capers, do not drain
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup pitted dried prunes, quartered
3/4 cup Spanish olives with juice
4-6 bay leaves
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white wine


Photo by Sue York/
Photo by Sue

LA Piecemakers Hold First Daytime Meeting

on February 23, 2013 - 6:22am

The art of Carol Martin-Davis, the featued speaker at the LA Piecemakers meeting. Courtesy photo


The LA Piecemakers group is holding its first daytime meeting at noon Tuesday, Feb. 26.

The group will meet at Graves Hall at the United Church of Los Alamos on Rose Street. Fiber artist Carol Martin-Davis from El Rito will be the featured speaker.


Martin-Davis believes that we are greatly influenced by the land where we live. She is inspired by nature, spirituality and the  connection between the two.
Her work encompasses quilts and wallhangings, both pieced and

January Home Sales Off and Running

on February 20, 2013 - 10:23am

RANM News:

There were 970 home sales reported to the REALTORS® Association of New Mexico (RANM) for January 2013.

This is more than 19 percent more sales than January 2012 and nearly 24 percent more than the number of sales reported in January 2011.

Only four counties reported a drop in the number of sales for January 2013 compared to January 2012.

“What a great way to start 2013,” RANM President Cathy Colvin said. “Inventories are still low in many markets, but the pent-up demand for homes is creating activity in markets around the state.”

According to RANM CEO M.

Food on the Hill: Rice Pudding

on February 19, 2013 - 6:55am

This Week's Recipe:

Rice Pudding
Photo by Sue York/


3  1/3 cups whole milk
1 large orange- zested (use zest only)
1 1/2 lemon -zested (use zest only)
7 Tablespoons long grain rice
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup heavy cream


Photo by Sue York/
Photo by Sue York/

Put everything but the vanilla in a 2 quart non-stick pan and cook on stove top on very low until rice is tender, stir every few minutes, watch the rice carefully so it does not burn.


Pinon PTO Hosts Fun Run/Walk

on February 15, 2013 - 6:52am


Pinon Elementary School PTO will host St. Patrick's Day-themed Fun Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 23 at Pinon Elementary School.

Registration forms can be downloaded from the Pinon Elementary School website at

Early registration forms and fees are due March 1. Adults (18 and up) are $10 and $5 for youth. Late registration (after March 1) is $20 for adults and $15 for youth.

Sign up by the early registration deadline to guarantee a t-shirt. The community is invited.

Registration for Senior Olympics Now Open

on February 14, 2013 - 7:05am

YMCA News:

Registration for the local Senior Olympics is open at The Family YMCA until Feb 28.

Participants must be a resident of Los Alamos County and 50 years of age or older by Dec. 31, 2013.

Local games are March 12 to April 12. The regisitration fee is $20 and payable to The Family YMCA.

Stop by the YMCA on Iris Street and 15th Street for a registration form and complete list of events and schedule.

Contact Ann ReVelle at 662-3256 or for more details. 

Valentine's Day Farmers Market Today at Fuller Lodge

on February 14, 2013 - 6:47am

Farmer's Market News:

A Valentine’s Day Farmer’s Market will take place 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 14 at Fuller Lodge.

Vendors include:

  • Ranchline: Lamb - Contact Todd to order beef at 866-402-2836 or
  • Joy Robertshaw: Yak meat and knitting yarn - Contact her at 575-776-5165 or
  • Cindy Stone: Salves, ointments and creams
  • Dave Vargo: Pizzas, cookies, breads, coffee cakes sticky buns and more
  • Ed &Michael: Goat cheese spreads and cow’s milk butter and cheese.
  • Kelly Graham from Lavender Acres: Body products
  • Pat Montoya: Apple cider and

Perch Paperie Offers February Classes

on February 11, 2013 - 6:44am

Perch Paperie at 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock, is a mecca for all kinds of crafters on the Hill. This month, the store is offering three special classes.

Advance notice of attendance is not required, but is greatly appreciated. Call the store at 672-8064 to register or for more information.

Looking for something less structured? The first and third Friday of the month is Ladies Night Out. From 6-8 p.m., crafters are invited to bring projects they are working on and a snack to share for a fun and creative evening. These events are free and open to all.

From 6-8

Learn a New Method of Gardening at The Hive Thursday

on February 6, 2013 - 5:24pm


Wes Myers will present his idea for the "Urban Micro-Farm System," a modular, expandable approach to vertical gardening at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at the brown-bag lunch at the Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock. Myers is a LANL retiree. The meeting is open to the public at no charge. 

The urban micro-farm system offers the potential to grow quantities of many types of vegetables, herbs and other plants inside a footprint less than one-quarter to one-half of that required for a conventional row-based garden. 

This could allow city and suburban dwellers to grow food on

Public Invited to 'Co-opROCKS!' Feb. 16

on February 6, 2013 - 9:31am

LACM News: 

The Los Alamos Co-op Market, La Montanita Co-op and Warehouse 21 present Co-opROCKS! 11 a.m. to 9  p.m. Saturday Feb. 16. at Warehouse 21, 1614 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.

Co-opROCKS! is a music and art based annual event that brings cooperative values to light through community involvement, cooperative partnerships and creating opportunities for education while promoting local talent.

Attendance for teens and adults is free. For more information and event schedules, visit the Co-opROCKS! Facebook page

This year, Co-opROCKS! presents local DJs,

Food on the Hill: Cooking for Valentine's Day

on February 5, 2013 - 10:46am

This week's recipe: 

Cherry Chocolate Cake

For Valentine’s Day (next two weeks) I am going to have recipes in that ANYONE can cook. I feel it is very important that you show the people that you love (Sweethearts, Family, and Friends) that you think they are important. Surprise your loved ones with a great dinner.


Photo by Sue York/



  • Devil’s food cake mix

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 pound 5 oz cherry pie filling (strawberry can also be used)


  • 1/3 cup milk

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 5 Tablespoons butter

  • 6 - 7 oz chocolate chips


Photo by Sue

Jammin’ with the Los Alamos Derby Dames

on January 27, 2013 - 10:33am

The Los Alamos Derby Dames practice at the Family YMCA. Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon/

By Bonnie J. Gordon

It’s a cold winter night in Los Alamos, but at the Family YMCA, our very own roller derby team is generating plenty of heat as they spin around the gym at top speed.

The Los Alamos Derby Dames is a flat track roller derby league founded in April 2011. The league currently has one team, the M’Atom Bombs.

With some help from the 2009 movie “Whip It” roller derby, which is dominated by all-female amateur teams, has grown in popularity in recent years.

There are a number

New Business Offers Kitchen Spice & Everything Nice

on January 25, 2013 - 11:28am

Former Los Alamos Fire Marshal Mike Thompson and his look-a-like cake that Darby Martinez created for his retirment party. Courtesy photo

By Bonnie J. Gordon

From cakes shaped like Yoda or a fire hydrant to the most elegant tiered wedding confection, to a cookie bouquet, Darby Martinez, owner of Kitchen Spice and Everything Nice, can dream it up and bake it.

Yoda cake by Darby Martinez. Courtesy photo

She wants customers to be able to manage the same kinds of kitchen magic with the help of her online store.

Kitchen Spice and Everything Nice has a wide variety of kitchen essentials and a

Poetry Reading Primer for Tonight's Authors Speak Event

on January 24, 2013 - 9:46am

By Jane Lin

If you have never been to a poetry reading, this month's Authors Speak event is a great way to get your feet wet.

Jon Davis, Santa Fe's newest poet laureate, reads at 7 p.m. tonight, Jan. 24, at Mesa Public Library. Davis' poetry appeals to the mind and the heart in a language that you will understand.

A poetry reading is just what it sounds like. A poet reads a selection of their poems, usually from any books they've published, and sometimes new work they've written. Rarely do they recite from memory, but when they do, it's a treat!

Sometimes they start with a few words about

YMCA Offering Endurance Training for Cyclists

on January 9, 2013 - 9:39am


Are you looking for some training guidance for an upcoming cycling event or do you just want to work on your own cycling endurance?   

The Family YMCA is offering an Endurance Training for Cyclists Class. Each class will have a 2-hour riding component and a 1/2 hour of core conditioning. 

In addition, the following topics will be discussed: 

  • Proper bike fit;
  • Clothing and equipment;
  • Nutrition and hydration,
  • Aches and pains-preventing them and what to do if you have them;
  • Weekly training recommendations; and
  • How to design your own training plan.

Classes begin Jan.

Your 2013 Resolution Roadmap

on January 8, 2013 - 9:25am

Photo: Ron Helman

By Mandy Marksteiner

This Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, master life coach Ron Helman will present a talk and hands-on workshop called The Power of NO/W at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos.

The Power of NO/W is for people who want to clarify, prioritize and achieve their most important goals. You will discover when NO is a BIG YES!

The workshop is free. Participants will have the opportunity to receive group and private coaching at a reduced rate.

“In the workshop, we’ll create a strategy that will get you from where you are to where you

Mesa Elite Fitness Brings CrossFit to Los Alamos

on January 6, 2013 - 11:23am

Fitness experts John and Suzanne Wilcox own Mesa Elite Fitness and CrossFit Los Alamos in Central Park Square and are opening an auxiliary fitness facility on DP Road later this month to accommodate their growing roster of clients. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Suzanne Wilcox is an award winning bodybuilder and figure competitor. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

By Carol A. Clark

John and Suzanne Wilcox are in the true sense a Los Alamos power couple. She is an award winning bodybuilder and figure competitor and he is a group fitness coordinator and a CrossFit Level 1 trainer.

Column: Align Personal Values with New Year's Resolutions

on December 15, 2012 - 6:51am

By Jessica Kisiel M.S.

Every April in New Mexico, I observe hundreds of people walking many miles on Good Friday before Easter to El Santuario de Chimayo Shrine.

As I scan the crowd it is clear that for the majority of the crowd this trek is the farthest they will walk all year.

Impressed and confused by this annual spectacle I wondered why these people would undertake such a physical task one day each year.

As a wellness coach, I wanted to know their secret. If I could figure out what inspired them to move, maybe I could use the same power to propel my clients off the couch.

A similar

Family Council Continues Year-Long Community Wellness Campaign

on December 13, 2012 - 8:04am

Dr. Tyler Taylor presented a physical wellness seminar Wednesday at Trinity on the Hill Church. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Community members attend a physical wellness seminar by Dr. Tyler Taylor sponsored by the Los Alamos Family Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Take self-improvement slow and steady. Don't beat yourself up. Incorporate a couple of healthy habits into your life each month. For 30 days walk more and eat a piece of fruit ... these are just some of the physical wellness suggestions that Dr.