Today's Features

  • Once again, as the Los Alamos Monitor reported, the National Park Service is selling its multiuse path in significant part as a safety feature, saying, in essence, one of its major purposes is to get existing cyclist users of these roads onto a path.
    This assertion of danger is wholly unsubstantiated for all but small portions of this route (i.e., N.M. 4 between White Rock and E. Jemez Road comes to mind) and certainly an assertion of danger should not be made without challenge. Furthermore, a multiuse path will probably not serve the needs of the cyclists in question and indeed, may create serious hazards where none now exist.
    The roads in question have been used by scores of local riders and cyclists from as far away as Santa Fe for decades. These roads are the home of two triathlons and the oldest road race in the Southwest, the Tour of Los Alamos. The cyclists in question are fast recreational, fitness and race riders who would not be served by a path shared with casual users and pedestrians and whose design could seriously impede shared use.
    Further, these roads are specifically mentioned as regional cycling resources in the 2005 Los Alamos County bike plan, which I wrote much of and which was adopted by council. Multiuse paths do not take the place of road resources for the kind of cyclist who rides this route.

  • 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. Friday and is open to the public.

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

    Friday, June 20, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay – 6-10-14
    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 – Julian Chen
    05:30 PM Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    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 21, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, June 22, 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

  • Santa Fe
    Whole Hog Café Catering, 320 S. Guadalupe St.
    Date inspected: May 4
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Swiss Bakery & Bistro, 401 S. Guadalupe St.
    Date inspected: May 6
    Violations: Ten high-risk violations. Home-canned jams mixed in with dry storage. No date of preparation on any prepared food. Food in walk-in refrigerator not holding proper temperatures. Ice bath near stove. Dented cans mixed in with good stock in dry storage. Can opener has old food build up. No soap or paper towels in hand washing station. Employee touched customer’s food with bare hands. Cooked food cooling at room temperature. Chemical spray bottle has no label. Three moderate-risk violations. Wet rag is out of sanitizer bucket. Door handles of equipment has food build up. Exposed insulation over food in chest freezer. Back door to prep area is open to the outside. First aid supplies stored over prep sink. Four low-risk violations. Restroom opens to dining area and is not self closing. Toilet paper dispenser is not sanitarily designed. Boxes stored on floor in office.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required in one week.

  • SANTA FE — Founded to honor iconic New Mexico mystery author Tony Hillerman, the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference will mark a decade of teaching the craft and business of writing in November.
    Organized by Wordharvest, the conference welcomes writers of all genres and abilities to three days of programs headlined by notable New Mexico writing talent.
    Throughout past decade, conference attendees have achieved great success as mainstream and self-published authors.
    “Tony Hillerman’s legacy included his decades of open-hearted support for beginning writers, both as a journalism and creative writing instructor and as a mentor well into his retirement from teaching,” said Anne Hillerman, Tony’s daughter and a co-founder of Wordharvest, with Jean Schaumberg.
    Sponsored by St. Martin’s Press and Wordharvest, and presented at the fall conference, the Tony Hillerman Prize is awarded for the best first mystery set in the Southwest.
    The winner receives a contract with St. Martin’s Press for publication of the novel and a $10,000 advance.
    Wordharvest will host an anniversary celebration 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at The Screen. Tickets are $25. Email wordharvest@wordharvest.com. Seating is limited. For further details, visit wordharvest.com/registration.php.

  • Estrella Del Norte Vineyard has announced that for the second year it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.
    Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.
    The last time the vineyard won was in 2011.
    When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

  • PBS Science Café set for LA

    The public is invited to the New Mexico PBS Science Café June 28 to watch a segment of “NOVA,” then join in a discussion with John Lyles, Beth Cortright and other world-class cavers. The panel will share recent discoveries in the ongoing explorations of Lechuguilla and Fort Stanton caves. The program is from noon to 2 p.m. at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Admission to the Science Café is free, but a reservation is required. RSVP to Rose Poston, Community Outreach Coordinator, New Mexico PBS Education & Outreach Department, at 277-2396
    Lechuguilla Cave lies beneath Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southeastern New Mexico. Since its discovery in 1984, more than 136 miles of cave have been mapped though the single, artificial entrance.
    In central New Mexico, the longest known cave formation in the world, Snowy River, contains 26.92 miles of surveyed length. The white calcite floor runs the length of the known cave passage, now over 10 miles long. Exploration and survey teams continue to map the passage and other leads in feats that involve trips more than 24 hours long.

    Submit entries now for photography show

  • Every Tuesday throughout June and July, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering its Summer Family Evenings, each with a different theme and activity. On June 24, PEEC will team up with Bandelier and the Fuller Lodge Art Center to present “Predators and Prey.” The program takes place at PEEC from 6:30-8 p.m.
    Chris Judson of Bandelier will give a slide show about predators and prey that kids of all ages will enjoy. After the slideshow, Ken Nebel of the Fuller Lodge Art Center will be working with the kids to create their own piece of art inspired by the wildlife about which they have learned. While the presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., those who can’t make it by then are still welcome to drop in throughout the program to participate in the art activity.
    The event is free to attend for PEEC members; the cost for non-members is $5 per family, regardless of how many are in the family. No advance registration is required.
    To learn more about this and other PEEC programs, visit PajaritoEEC.org or contact 662-0460 or Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.  

  • The Chimayó Association of Businesses (CAB) is sponsoring a Car and Art Tour in Chimayó from 10 a.m.-
    4 p.m. Saturday.
    The tour will include galleries and studios located in the Chimayó area, and will feature on this day a display of antique, classic, hot-rod and low rider cars from private collections in Chimayó on the tour.
    “Several gallery owners are also avid car collectors and they in addition to other car collectors from the area will have cars at each gallery or studio,” said LowLow and Joan Medina, CAB member and owners of LowLow’s Art Place.
    Visitors are asked to look for red and yellow flags at the entrance to each participating gallery/studio.
    Also on Saturday, Rancho de Chimayó will kick off its 50th anniversary celebration with a book signing.
    Florence Jaramillo, owner of the historic Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante, along with cookbook authors Cheryl and Bill Jamison, will sign copies of the newly released cookbook, “The Rancho de Chimayó Cookbook — The Traditional Cooking of New Mexico.”
    The public is invited to the book-signing event from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner.

  • Today
    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

    White Rock Family Friendly Film Series. “The Lorax.” 6:30 p.m. at White Rock Town Hall.

    The Los Alamos Democratic Party monthly meeting. 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, building 2. All Democrats are invited to attend.