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Bandelier National Monument

At sunrise on February 11, 1916, there was no such thing as Bandelier National Monument, and by sunset that day there was. Sometime in between, President Woodrow Wilson signed the legislation creating the park, and now, in 2014, we’re celebrating its 98th birthday !!!

Bandelier National Monument

At sunrise on February 11, 1916, there was no such thing as Bandelier National Monument, and by sunset that day there was. Sometime in between, President Woodrow Wilson signed the legislation creating the park, and now, in 2014, we’re celebrating its 98th birthday !!!

Shana Hack

Los Alamos peeps. New and super nice Ashley Pond’s Pond.
Los Alamos peeps. New and super nice Ashley Pond’s Pond.

Ann Stockly-Armijo
Here’s a vintage photo of the old La Bajada road. It took hours to drive up and down it and at the steepest inclines, cars going up (in the early 1920’s) had to go up backwards / in reverse. Those early cars didn’t have fuel pumps and the force of gravity would keep the gas from reaching the engine.


Here’s a vintage photo of the old La Bajada road. It took hours to drive up and down it and at the steepest inclines, cars going up (in the early 1920’s) had to go up backwards / in reverse. Those early cars didn’t have fuel pumps and the force of gravity would keep the gas from reaching the engine.

De Colores Restaurant to Close Next Week as Owner Retires

on August 20, 2013 - 11:23am

De Colores owner Joan Duran, foreground, with longtime manager Sue Dummer say they will treasure the memories of 35.5 years working together at the restaurant. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The longest running restaurant in Los Alamos, De Colores, is closing its doors.
 
Owner Joan Duran contacted the Los Alamos Daily Post late Monday to announce her retirement and the closing of her restaurant set for Wednesday, Aug. 28. Her lease at 2470 East Road was up in May and Duran said she was thinking about retiring then but the landlord asked her to stay until the end of the year. He called her last week and said he had someone interested in the building and told her she could leave as soon as she was ready.
 
"We opened De Colores April 1, 1978 and I think 35.5 years is enough time in a restaurant … my kids are happy, so it’s time to retire," Duran said.
 
Duran recalled first opening De Colores in the former Tastee Freeze space on N.M. 4 in White Rock where the Hive is now. Her daughter Debbie was a student at Los Alamos High School. Her son Tim was in junior high and her youngest son George was 5 years old.
 
"George just turned 40," Duran said. "He and all of our kids have worked at the restaurant and so have our six grandchildren."
 
In 1989, Duran moved De Colores to a location behind the former 31 Flavors on Trinity Drive in Los Alamos. In 2004, she moved her restaurant to its present location on East Road. 
 
One of her grandsons, Josh, has always insisted on having his birthday parties at De Colores, she said. He turns 8 years old today and will celebrate his birthday party at De Colores for the last time. The flip side, Duran said, is that now she will have more time to go to his soccer games.
 
"We’ve met and made such great friends through the years and know so many by name," she said. "We’ve also had great employees … I’ve been lucky that so many have stayed with us a long time."
 
Manager Sue Dummer started at De Colores in August 1978 and through the years she and Duran have become family.
 
"I will enjoy the memories of all the people I’ve met here and the employees I’ve worked with," Dummer said as she hugged Duran.
 
Once she retires, Duran plans to spend some of her time helping her husband Mel Duran in his business, Jemez Technology, and more time visiting her 96-year-old mother Rachel Apodaca Cunningham. Duran also has a 9-year-old black standard poodle named Raven who she said is going to be “very happy” about her retirement.
 
"I’m going to miss being in business and all the people I’ve met over the years but it’s time … it’s time to be with my family more and it’s time to make room for the new restaurant owners coming up," Duran said.
 
Duran plans to throw one final event for the community before closing her doors and said she will announce the details in the Los Alamos Daily Post soon.
 
jasonmvaughn:

The road to Los Alamos.

jasonmvaughn:

The road to Los Alamos.

Joan Dyson Woodruff
I would like to post a tribute to Theodore A (Ted) Dunn, the man that save the Zamboni at the Los Alamos Ice Rink from the fire in 1973. On Thursday, Nov. 29th, Ted passed away at age 92. I know a lot of you will remember him from the Ice Rink and Hockey! He was a great guy and will be missed! Rest in Peace Mr. Zamboni Man, love you…

Joan Dyson Woodruff

I would like to post a tribute to Theodore A (Ted) Dunn, the man that save the Zamboni at the Los Alamos Ice Rink from the fire in 1973. On Thursday, Nov. 29th, Ted passed away at age 92. I know a lot of you will remember him from the Ice Rink and Hockey! He was a great guy and will be missed! Rest in Peace Mr. Zamboni Man, love you…



Scott Oakes


Sandia Peak in the background. Am I really that much taller than Andréa? — with Andréa Banke.

Sandia Peak in the background. Am I really that much taller than Andréa? — with Andréa Banke.