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Today's Features

  • Sunday is Winter Solstice. All over the world, people have kept track of the passing of the seasons with markers built into such things as structures, stones and the horizon.
    At Bandelier, there are several places that may mark the position of the sun on dates including the solstices and equinoxes.
    One of them is the entryway to Tyuonyi, the large pueblo in Frijoles Canyon.
    It will be the annual ranger-guided walk to watch as the sun rises over the canyon walls and casts shadows in alignment with Tyuonyi’s entry walls. 
    There is no way to be sure that the pueblo was built that way on purpose, but Winter Solstice is an important date to many cultures. 
    In the northern hemisphere, it is the day that the sun turns back northward and days begin to lengthen, promising the return of warm days and growing crops.
    The walk begins from the front of the Visitor Center at 7:15 a.m. and lasts about an hour; the trail is level and paved, and only about 400 yards each way. 
    No sign-ups are required.  Participants should dress warmly, in layers and with warm shoes. If the sky is overcast, the walk will be rescheduled for the next day. 
    For more information call the Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517. 

  • Los Alamos
    Los Alamos Middle School, 2101 Hawk Dr.
    Date inspected: Sept. 5
    Violations: All repairs completed and violations corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from previous inspection. No further follow up required.
    Tesuque
    Baked in Tesuque, 135 Tesuque Village Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 25
    Violations: Three moderate-risk violations Dust accumulation in walk-in ceiling and around skylight. Trash dumpster lids open. Baking equipment not NSF or ANSI approved.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Oct. 15.

    Tesuque Elementary, 1555 Bishops Lodge Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 30
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Eldorado
    Dream Cakes, 46 Chaparral
    Date inspected: Sept. 30
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Santa Fe
    Joseph’s, 428 Agua Fria St.
    Date inspected: Sept. 26
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations Thermometer in the bar under counter unit is not working. Dishwasher is not dispensing sanitizer.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Black Mesa Winery in Velarde received top honors at the 15th Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition held last month. Three of its wines placed in the top 95 wines in the competition, two of which were given the competition’s top award. There were more than 700 wine submissions from the 26 states that were invited to participate in the 2014 event. This year is the first time a New Mexico Winery was invited to the competition.
    Awards in the top 95 category are the equivalent of Double Gold medals in other competitions. Black Mesa’s winning wines were the 2012 Burd Vineyard Montepulciano, the 2011 New Mexico Cabernet Sauvignon and their Cosecha Ultima, a late harvest dessert wine made with grapes from the Las Parras Vineyard in Abiquiu. The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon and the Cosecha Ultima also were chosen for the competition’s highest award, the Jefferson Cup. Their fourth submission, the 2011 Coyote, received the Jefferson Cup Award of Merit.
    Black Mesa has received notable awards in other recent international competitions, receiving multiple “Best in Show,” “Best in Class,” “Platinum” and “Diamond” awards, as well as numerous Double Golds.

  • Los Alamos High School Driver’s Education instructor Scott Pomeroy has students educating other students before the holidays with posters throughout the school. Students are encouraged to text friends #X to let them know they will be driving and won’t respond until it is safe.

  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park will conduct its annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 22. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. in the Visitor Center lobby. Members of the public are encouraged to join park staff for a day of birding.
    This event provides valuable information on local bird populations, and is a great way for volunteers to experience more remote areas of the park.
    Experienced birders from the Four Corners Bird Club of Farmington will be assisting with bird identification. Participants need not be experts, but must be prepared to hike several hours off trail across semi-rugged terrain.
    Plan to bring a field lunch and snacks, plenty of water, sunscreen and clothes for varied winter weather conditions. A camera, field guidebook, and binoculars are also suggested.
    Participants must arrive at the Visitor Center by 9 a.m. to join in the bird count. To sign up contact Jessica Guenther, Jessica_guenther@partner.nps.gov or 505-786-7014, ext. 242.
    Winter is a great time to visit the park and wander through the Chacoan structures. Wildlife is much easier to view this time of year. The park will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, however the campground will remain open.

  • Today
    Science on Tap. 5:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Sean Dolan, a graduate research assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, will talk about obsidian and the work that archaeologists are doing with it.

    White Rock Family Friendly Film Series. 6:30 p.m. at White Rock Town Hall. “Arthur Christmas.” Come at 5:30 p.m. for arts and crafts projects.

    Candlelight Service. 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road. For more information visit bethluth.com.

    “Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family.” Exhibit runs daily through Jan. 2 at the upstairs art gallery at Mesa Public Library.

  • Angel Fire Resort received four inches of new snow over the past weekend. The colder temperatures are allowing the resort to continue to make snow as well. Angel Fire opened Dec. 12 and has 25 percent of the mountain open and they expect to open more trails over the next two weeks.

  • Bernalillo County Cultural Services and the Southwest Women’s Law Center announce a call for entry for women artists residing in New Mexico to be featured in an upcoming exhibit “Unconfined: Empowering Women through Art.”
    This art show will feature two-dimensional artwork by the selected women artists, women artists who are detained at Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) and young women at the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC).
    The exhibit will span the month of March in celebration of National Women’s History Month, known locally as Women and Creativity Month.  The art exhibit will be on display at the African American Performing Arts Center Gallery. 
    Presently, women at MDC and young women at JDC are participating in artist led workshops. Through movement, meditation, and hands-on art making, the art classes bring creativity and self-expression into an otherwise barren environment. Each participating artist is asked to share the story behind her artwork.  These stories will be posted alongside the artwork.
    Submission Requirements:
    • Women artists residing in New Mexico are invited to submit their artwork by Jan. 30.
    • Up to three artworks in .jpg format

  • Tourism Santa Fe announces the 2014 Farolito Design Contest open to all current and new followers on the @cityofsantafe Instagram social media platform from now until midnight Christmas Day.
    Contestants who make and photograph their own creative farolito can post the image on Instagram using the city holiday #SantaFeJoy, the city’s ongoing #howtosantafe and the contest #Farolito. They also need to “tag” the Tourism Santa Fe handle “@cityofsantafe” in their post and they’ll automatically be entered to win prize packages from a variety of local hotels, restaurants and cultural attractions.
    The entries will be judged on three qualities: creative design, holiday spirit and image composition. Volunteer judges are Rod Lambert, manager, Tourism Santa Fe Community Art Gallery, Enrique Limón, arts & culture editor, Santa Fe Reporter and Bryan Cooper, production manager, The Santa Fean. Anyone else can be a judge too — a People’s Choice Prize will go to the post that receives the most overall engagement of likes, comments and reposts.
    Winners will be announced on Tourism Santa Fe social media channels Instagram, Twitter and Facebook on Dec. 30, on the contest webpage, and all entries will be “pinned” on the Tourism Santa Fe Pinterest page.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com.  The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ