Today's Features

  • The Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe will host one of the first official events at the property, the Women’s International Study Center’s symposium “Risk & Reinvention: How Women Are Changing the World,” Aug. 15-16.  
    More than 30 experts in scholarship, science, art, law, cultural preservation, business and workforce analysis will engage in panel discussions to share their expertise, perspectives and experiences.
    The symposium seeks to inspire participants to create a future that realizes the full potential of women and honors their contributions to the world. The property officially opens Aug. 4.

  • Los Alamos
    China Palace, 729 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: May 15
    Violations: Seven high-risk violations. Shrimp holding at improper temperature, and food was discarded at the time of inspection. Ground beef package thawing on counter, which was corrected at time of inspection. No sanitizer in water at three-compartment sink, which was corrected at time of inspection. Ready to eat foods not marked and dated in the cooler area. Sanitizer bottle stored over vegetable sink. Home prepared food in food prep area and walk in cooler. Ice scoop inside ice machine, which was corrected at time of inspection. Four moderate-risk violations. Can opener had food build up, which was corrected at time of inspection. Cook and server were not wearing gloves while preparing and serving food. Dish washer not reaching proper hot temperature, which was corrected at time of inspection. Refrigerator not NSF approved where sauces and pork is stored. Two low-risk violations. Server not wearing hair restraint. Walls and floors have food build up and need to be cleaned.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on May 24.

  • Santa Fe — Ai Weiwei, internationally acclaimed Chinese dissident artist, and Navajo artist Bert Benally through a remarkable collaboration, will create “Pull of the Moon,” a temporary, site-specific art installation in a remote part of Coyote Canyon on the Navajo Nation. “Pull of the Moon” is part of Navajo TIME (Temporary Installations Made for the Environment), a partnership between New Mexico Arts and the Navajo Nation Museum. The installation will feature Earth-based drawings using sand.
    Bert Benally said of “Pull of the Moon,” “The concept is based on Navajo aesthetics, the idea that for the Navajo, art is more about the process rather than the finished product.”
    A free and public launch event for Pull of the Moon will be from 5-7 p.m. July 16 at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) in Santa Fe, Alan Houser Park, and will feature a live performance by German sound artist Robert Henke and Bert Benally based on sounds captured at Coyote Canyon during the installation.

  • Art exhibits
    Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014 runs through Oct. 12.

    “Imprints of Home, Works on Paper”, is a group show featuring art prints, and poems by 12 artists. First Friday artist receptions, 3-6 p.m. July 5 and July 19 at the Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque. Show closes July 25.

    A special guest exhibition, “Golden Paths,” acrylic and gold leaf paintings by Edwina Milner, will be on exhibit until July 7 at the New Concept Gallery. The reception is from 5-7 p.m. June 20 and is open to the public.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition: “Complications:” Works by Matthew Szösz and “Byways:” Works by Damian Stamer. The exhibition will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday through July 19. The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

  • The Santa Fe Opera 2014 season begins Friday with “Carmen.”
    The other operas included in this year’s program are “Don Pasquale,” “Fidelio,” the double bill of “The Impresario and Le Rossignol” and the hisotrical “Dr. Sun Yat-sen.”
    “Carmen” is an archetypal love story of irresistible dramatic sweep, a meditation on fate and freedom, and a portrait of the definitive femme fatale. But most of all, it is music: the highest expression of Bizet’s trove of melodies that capture all the sun and sensuality of Carmen herself.
    The international cast for this production of “Carmen” comes to Santa Fe from many countries. Argentinian Daniela Mack (June 27-July 18) and Ana María Martínez from Puerto Rico (July 28-Aug. 23) share the title role. Don José, Roberto De Biasio, has been the forefront of romantic tenors in only seven years since his debut in Bergamo, Italy. The swaggering toreador Escamillo is sung by the bass-baritone Kostas Smoriginas, praised in “The Guardian” as “utterly charismatic, physically and vocally” in this role. The young Scottish maestro Rory Macdonald conducts. Stephen Lawless will direct.
    Note that Carmen is for mature audiences only due do its subject matter.

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    Friday, June 27, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    12:00 AM County Council Meeting Live
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Ekhard Salje
    05:30 PM Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society - “109 East Palace: A 400 Year Microcosm of Santa Fe History”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM In Focus
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, June 28, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, June 29, 2014
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • It was love at first sight in the early 1940s when Lou Pierotti set eyes on Lee Ruffini across the counter at the Wonder Bar in Walsenburg, Colorado, where Lou was working. They have been together for 70 years spending more than 60 of those years in Los Alamos.
    On June 12, 1944, the two were married in the Catholic Chapel at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver. Lou was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, stationed at Lowry Field, while Lee was working as a medical assistant in Walsenburg after having attending the University of Colorado.
    After Lou was discharged from the service in January 1946, they made their home in Walsenburg, moving first to White Rock and then to Los Alamos in the early 1950s.
    For more than 30 years the two worked side by side. Lou and Lee first owned and operated Pierotti’s Soda Bar in the Community Center until 1966. In the beginning Lou cooked and Lee waited tables. In 1967 they opened Pierotti’s Floral Shop on Central Avenue with Lee as head floral designer. They retired in 1984, and continue to make their home in Los Alamos.

  • Today
    Play reading for LALT’s November show: Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” also known as “Ten Little Indians. 7 p.m. at Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar Street. Anyone interested in auditioning for this production is highly encouraged to attend the reading.

    Los Alamos Community of Atheists will hold an open discussion upstairs at Mesa Public Library from 6:30–8 p.m. All are welcome. Find them on Facebook or email losalamoscommunityofatheists@gmail.com with questions.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    “The Darker Side of White: Art by Tiffany Rose” at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Art Gallery. Daily through Sunday.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. This week at market produce, fruit, meat, baked goods, plants, honey, gift ideas, dairy, along with live music.

    Authors Speak Series. Tom Harmer, a lifelong student of natural history, outdoor survival and native practices in the wild. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

  • Garret Nelson was promoted to captain in the United States Marine Corps on June 6. Capt. Nelson is a 2004 graduate of Los Alamos High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 2010. He is currently stationed at Marine Air Corp New River, North Carolina.  He is assigned to Squadron HMLA 167, where he pilots the AH-1W Super Cobra.
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    Robin Caroline Yoshida, a Sociology major, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. Yoshida, a resident of Los Alamos, is a member of the class of 2015.
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    Laura Wendelberger, of Los Alamos has been named to the Dean’s List in the University of Notre Dame’s First Year of Studies for outstanding scholarship during the spring 2014 semester.
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    Leslie Bucklin, Vanessa Espinoza, Phil Martinez, Jessica Roberts and Allison Washburn, all of Los Alamos, graduated from Eastern New Mexico University on May 10.
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    Ariel Koh, of Los Alamos has been awarded $5,000 scholarships each by National Security Technologies, LLC (NSTec), to encourage interest in science and engineering. Koh plans to attend Georgia Institute of Technology for mechanical engineering.  

  • Sue Watts has spent most of her adult life volunteering for various organizations, such as the Girl Scouts of the USA to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    In her work with the Girl Scouts, she helped girls and adults to develop their appreciation of nature and taught many leaders how to take troops camping and trekking on long trips.
    She said she became a Girl Scout leader, which got her back outside. That led to becoming an outdoor troop camping trainer and she realized she had found her niche, she said in a recent interview.
    “Many of the participants had never backpacked or seen the Milky Way before. The Girl Scout programs change lives, and I have just loved that whole experience,” she said.
    Born in Iowa, Watts grew up in Ohio and Nevada. Only having previously visited Bandelier in the 1970s, she took up residence in Los Alamos after her daughter moved to the town in 1998. “My husband and I figured that this is where we would spend the later years of our lives,” she said.
    Watts was able to transfer her passion and experience into volunteering at PEEC to help residents and visitors enjoy the natural beauty of the Pajarito Plateau.