Today's Features

  • Today
    Monthly Poetry Gatherings. 6:30-8 p.m., every second Thursday of each month at the Southwest Room at Mesa Public Library.

    CANCELLED Aaron’s Kids Closet, a free store, will be open 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. Available items are clothing, shoes and coats for school aged children. For information on how to donate, call the church office or Michelle at 660-0340.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The speaker will be Amanda Galbraith and her topic will be “Family Search and Family Tree: A Valuable Tool for Every Family Historian.” The traditional no-host dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. at China Moon prior to the Genealogy Meeting. The public is invited.

    The Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry exhibit in the Upstairs Art Gallery. On display daily through Feb. 20.

    “In Bounds.” Abstract expressionism in “The Heat of the Day,” by Dianna Shomaker. Daily Jan. 31-Feb. 22 in the Portal Gallery.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.

  • Two local, active Los Alamos Mountaineer members will be speaking about a recent trip to Colorado.
    Norbert Ensslin and Nathan Moody will discuss their adventure during the monthly mountaineers meeting, 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Fuller Lodge.
    At the northern end of Colorado’s Alamosa Valley, the Sangre de Cristo mountain range ends in a compact, 20-mile-long line of peaks. The ridgeline dominates the view to the East for anyone driving through the little town of Villa Grove on the way to Poncha Pass. Over the years, many Mountaineers on their way to climb Fourteeners in the summer or do hut trips in the winter have stared at this ridge and wondered what it would be like to traverse the whole length of the ridge.
    How long would it take?  Where would you get water?  How would you get on the ridge and off again? In September, two small groups of Mountaineers, along with Ensslin and Moody, set out to find the answers to these questions. The program will present what they saw, did and discovered on this adventure, especially the answer to that classic mountaineers question, “How hard could it be?”
    The Los Alamos Mountaineers meetings also offer refreshments and casual conversation, as well as updates on upcoming trips and safety advice learned from outdoor adventuring.

  • Art exhibits
    Willy Bo Richardson: Reverberant Matter/Project I. Opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday. Show runs through Feb. 27 at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design at Wade Wilson Art.

    John Chervinsky – An Experiment in Perspective. 5-7 p.m. Feb. 20 at photo-eye bookstore and project space, 376 Garcia Street Suite A. For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact Anne Kelly, 988-5152, ext. 121 or anne@photoeye.com.

    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Hiroshi Watanabe – The Day the Dam Colllapses at photo-eye Bookstore and Project Space, 376 Garcia Street Suite A in Santa Fe. Exhibition runs through Saturday.
    Solo exhibition by Jeri Moore. “The Language of Humanity.” Through February at the Act I Gallery.

    Weyrich Gallery features “The Landscape of Meditation” with artists Donna Loraine Contractor (local treasure), she presents her newest series, “The Sacred Geometry Tapestries”, Jerry Barnett (fused glass). Show closes Feb. 21. Weyrich Gallery, 2935 D. Louisiana Blvd. in Albuquerque.

    ON PAC 8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 2-06-15
    02:00 PM MPL Authors Speak Series
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Senior Olympics
    06:30 PM Africa: Mothers of Invention
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Now It Can Be Told”
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015
    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

  • Los Alamos
    Comfort Inn & Suite Hotel, 2455 Trinity Dr.
    Date Inspected: Dec. 30
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Eggs thrown out — corrected. Refrigerator isn’t cooling down below 43˚F.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required Jan. 31.

    Los Alamos County Ice Rink, 4475 West Road
    Date Inspected: Dec. 30
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Sanitizer 0ppm, corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Santa Fe
    Midtown Bistro, 901 West San Mateo
    Date Inspected: Dec. 10
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Some metal shelves in the walk-in cooler are rusting. One low-risk violation. Employees restroom and the other restrooms are not self-closing doors.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Weck’s, 2000 Cerrillos Road
    Date Inspected: Dec. 11
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Glass of two-door refrigerator motor panel missing allowing heavy particle accumulation. Three low-risk violations. Sink not sealed to wall. Particle accumulation along wall and under storage racks in dry storage area. Coving separating from wall in commissary area and improper in areas.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Boy Scouts to test survival skills

    Northern New Mexico District, Great Southwest Council Boy Scouts of America
    announces the Annual Klondike 2015 at the Elliott Barker Girl Scout Camp in Angel Fire on Saturday.
    This year’s Klondike is hosted by BSA Troop 98 of Taos.
    In the late 1890s, gold prospectors traveled the frigid reaches of Alaska and Canada by dog sleds to reach the gold fields of the Klondike. They braved all kinds of winter weather and hardships, and therefore needed keen survival skills.
    Boy Scouts recreate this awesome trek using their heads, scouting skills and teamwork. Scouts build their own sleds, pulled by scouts and race a course with challenges involving winter first aid, fire building, winter rescue, snowshoeing, map reading, orienteering and animal track identification.
    Cub Scouts will also have a special one-day Klondike Challenge. Nearly 180 scouts, leaders and family members are expected to be in attendance. For more information about the Klondike, contact Eddie Dry 575-754-3364.
    Community leaders or Eagle Scouts who are interested in joining in the festivities from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 14, and can contact Chaz Mitchell 575-758-4845 to RSVP.

    Native Plant Society
    meeting scheduled for Feb. 18

  • An “epic” partnership between Santa Fe arts production company Meow Wolf, and world-renowned “Game of Thrones” novelist and Santa Fe resident George R.R. Martin has been agreed upon to open a large-scale, multi-use art complex on the site of a former bowling alley.
    Meow Wolf will lease the 33,000 sq. ft. building site, purchased by Martin, for the next 10 years. Following a planned $2.7 million renovation, the complex will feature 19 artist studio spaces, a Learning Center to provide affordable youth arts education, classic gallery space, a venue for nighttime events programming and a gift shop featuring the work of local artisans.
    The space will also serve as a home to Meow Wolf’s new 20,000 sq. ft. permanent art attraction, House of Eternal Return.
    Originally organized in Santa Fe as an informal art collective in 2008, Meow Wolf has since grown into a multi-faceted arts and entertainment production company, specializing in immersive multi-media experiences.
    Since its creation, Meow Wolf has developed 22 fully-immersive exhibits in eight cities across the nation, combining digital technologies, dynamic narrative and structural elements that allow for multi-level exploration.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a two-part afterschool program on Wednesday afternoons introducing school-aged children to geology and minerals.
    Geologist Patrick Rowe will tailor the workshop to kids, so that they can explore the topic in a fun and hands-on manner. The classes will be from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 18 and Feb. 25 at PEEC. Parents can sign their children up for one or both sessions.
    During the first session on Feb. 18, Rowe will describe the three different types of rocks, go through the rock cycle, show examples of each type of rock, and then talk about how to identify different kinds of rocks. On Feb. 25, Rowe will go into more detail about how each kind of rock is formed and where it can be found.
    The cost is $20 for one session, or $35 for both sessions. PEEC members receive discounted rates of $16 for one session, or $28 for both. Advance registration is required and those interested can sign up online at PajaritoEEC.org.

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  • For the most part, it is every country music artist’s dream to perform the Grand Ole Opry. For one Los Alamos native, that dream is inching toward reality.
    James Carothers moved his family to Nashville, Tennessee, on Jan. 5 after signing a deal with a booking agent — Third Coast Talent.
    The booking agency handles clients from the U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia. Carothers said his latest album, Honky Tonk Land is doing better on the UK charts right now than in the U.S.
    A performer on the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series for two seasons, Carothers is very well known around town. He spent most of his life in Los Alamos and is a 2000 graduate of Los Alamos High School. “Los Alamos, for its size, is one of the best venues in the world because of the Gordon’s concerts,” Carothers said.
    He was the singer in the Renegade Mountain Band, but has since gone solo. He said he still remains close to his former band members. “Everyone has been real supportive,” he said. “They are a great group of guys.”
    The band performed at the 2014 Fourth of July celebration in White Rock.
    Carothers credits his influences as Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. His sound is that of traditional country and some outlaw country, Carothers said.

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

    Play Reading for “Dial ‘M’ for Murder.” Join at Los Alamos Little Theatre. 7 p.m. in the Green Room at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.

    The Chama River: A New Mexico Gem. 7 p.m. The Chama River is probably one of the West’s most undiscovered and diverse rivers. It offers opportunities for rafting, hiking and fishing, but has been facing some serious issues recently. Noah Parker, of Land of Enchantment Guides, will discuss the current situation on the river and a catch and release initiative that is being proposed. No advance registration is required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Play Reading for “Dial ‘M’ for Murder.” Join at Los Alamos Little Theatre. 7 p.m. in the Green Room at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar Street.

    The Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry exhibit in the Upstairs Art Gallery. On display daily through Feb. 20.

    “In Bounds.” Abstract expressionism in “The Heat of the Day,” by Dianna Shomaker. Daily Jan. 31-Feb. 22 in the Portal Gallery.