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Today's Features

  • See colors change on the Cumbres

    Anyone in search of the colors of autumn should hop aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad for the best viewing of the fall foliage in the Rocky Mountains. High levels of rain in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado have contributed to the fall leaves changing colors adding to the scenic views. “Thanks to a particularly good monsoon season, we anticipate that this fall will be one of the best years to see the gorgeous colors bursting,” said John Bush, president and general manager. “Autumn is when a ride on the Cumbres & Toltec becomes even more memorable and breathtaking — alight with vibrant reds, oranges and yellows.”
    “People get closer to nature on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad,” Bush said. “The rhythm and speed of the train allows people to slow down and fully enjoy stupendous colors and those ‘aha’ moments. Riding the train and being outside in what I consider to be the most beautiful landscape in the country at this time of year is very rewarding and relaxing. We invite all of you to jump on the train at either of our depots in Chama, New Mexico, or Antonito, Colorado, for what is sure to be a beautiful fall day.”
    For tickets call 1-888-286-2737 to book or online at cumbrestoltec.com.

  • Santa Fe
    Santa Fe Spirits, 308 Read St.
    Date inspected: July 9
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Mold growth in under counter ice machine. No paper towel dispenser at hand wash sink. Two moderate-risk violations. Grime build up on salt container. Chlorine test strips not available to test sanitizer in dish washer. One low-risk violation. Restroom door not self closing.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Corrective Action Response required on July 14.

    Santa Fe Spirits, 308 Read St.
    Date inspected: July 14
    Violations: All high-risk violations corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No further follow up required.

    Chicago Dog Express, 600 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: July 9
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Tomatoes go beyond after four-hour limit, which was corrected at time of inspection by tomatoes being discarded. One low-risk violation. Ice above the level of beverage container, no residual chlorine.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Chicago Dog Express, 600 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: July 11
    Violations: All high-risk violations corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from July 9. No further follow up required.

  • Art exhibits
    Los Alamos artist Nels Krakowski will have an exhibition of artwork on display through September at the Santa Fe Public Library, 145 Washington Ave. in the Tybie Davis Satin Art Gallery located on the second floor.

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

    Allan Houser Gallery presents masterworks by Allan Houser and a special exhibition by Douglas Miles: The Art of Apache Resistance. Show runs through Sept. 19 at 125 Lincoln Ave. in Santa Fe.

    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.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, in collaboration with Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, announces IMPACTS! an exhibition of Japanese contemporary art. This exhibition will run through to Sept. 22.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces “A$$holes on Cell Phones,” an exhibition of work by Marc Dennis. Runs through Sept. 20.

    Transitions: Works by Suzanne Wiggin. Through Sept. 22 at Encore Gallery at the Taos Community Auditorium.

  • We all have our own hidden joys. Sometimes, it’s a weekend hobby that we set aside for the rest of the work week. Others, it’s a particular activity we share only with one group of friends or family, but not with the rest of our acquaintances. Sometimes, we simply believe we must keep our little eccentricities to ourselves.
    “Tower of Magic” by local playwright and director Tess Light asks, “What would you do if you could live your joy every minute of every day?” A cast of quirky characters (and one realist) have made this a reality for themselves, from a mother who sings rather than speaks, to an ornithologist who is constantly surrounded by forested birdsong, along with the rest of their imaginative — if unorthodox — family.
    The play opens when Felix (Scott Reynolds) is reunited with his fiancée Sue (Katrina Koehler), who had left to spend a few days with her family to announce her engagement, a three-day trip that has mysteriously turned into three weeks. Sue is reluctant to expose her urban betrothed to her rural family, but matters are quickly taken out of her hands, and Felix is soon drawn into the strange quirks of this cast of characters.

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

    Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 PM County Council Meeting Replay 9-09-14
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Link Arms in LA
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Avadh Salje
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – La Mesa Fire – A Wake-Up
    Call?”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Sept. 14, 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

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

    The Zone is now open after school, 3-5 p.m. weekdays. It’s open to all school age kids, and a relaxed attitude to noise applies, so if kids want to listen to music, watch a video, or chat with friends, nobody’s going to come by and say “Hush.” All other library policies apply.

    “Off the Cuff.” a juried collection of artwork by artists who answered the call to “run wild, take a snapshot, experiment, gesture, sketch, scribble, doodle — then walk away. Let unfinished work do the talking. Marta Light is featured n the Portal Gallery. Daily through Sept. 20 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    “Detonography: The Art of Evelyn Rosenberg” at the Mesa Public Library upstairs gallery. Exhibit runs through Sept. 30. Authors Speak Series: Book signing, 7 p.m. Sept. 11.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Challahs will be available in Amy Shure Bakery Booth and will be taking orders aw well at aimiam@aol.com. All contest winners were sent an email, pick up gift certificates at information booth.

  • Aaron’s Closet open this week

    Aaron’s Kids Closet — Free Store is people helping other people and sharing the love of Jesus with anyone who is in need. There are no eligibility requirements. You do not have to show an ID, proof of residency or income, simply take what you need no payment required or accepted. They are freely sharing — what has been freely received.
    Donations needed are clothing, shoes, coats, etc. that are available for school age children.
    Aaron’s Closet is located at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr., across from Los Alamos High School next to Sullivan Field behind the Lemon Lot
    For more information all 662-6277, or visit firstinyourheart.org.
    Hours are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every second Thursday of the month and from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the following Friday.
    To help with the closet or donate gently used clothing and shoes, call church office or Michelle at 660-0340.

    Feldman to speak at
    AAUW Fall Luncheon

  • The Bike MS: Pedal Los Pueblos race to support Multiple Sclerosis was last week at Cities of Gold Hotel and Casino in Pojoaque.
    The Snow family of White Rock supported the ride. “I have four family members that currently live with MS,” said Deb Snow.
    Her mother for 27 years, one brother for 12 years, daughter for three years as well as herself for 17 years, she said.
    Snow and daughter Jackie Becker volunteered at one of the rest stops providing food and drinks to the individuals that cycle 30-100 miles to raise money for NMSS, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
    “I believe one of the most important things for people to know about MS is that the symptoms can be very different for each individual. It is also important to understand that a lot of the symptoms are not visible to everyone, i.e. fatigue, numbness and tingling, balance issues and cognitive issues, among others,” Snow said. “These symptoms can change day to day, or even hour to hour.”
    Snow would also like people to know that they can be helpful by understanding the complexity of the disease and how quickly it can change. One way is to be as supportive as possible for that individual.
    “Continued research is imperative in finding the cause of the disease and a cure,” Snow said. 

  • Today
    Los Alamos Historical Society: Make in New Mexico Series. “Chile — New Mexico’s Hottest Harvest,” with Dr. Stephanie J. Walker of New Mexico State University. 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

    “Off the Cuff.” a juried collection of artwork by artists who answered the call to “run wild, take a snapshot, experiment, gesture, sketch, scribble, doodle — then walk away. Let unfinished work do the talking. Marta Light is featured n the Portal Gallery. Daily through Sept. 20 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    “Detonography: The Art of Evelyn Rosenberg” at the Mesa Public Library upstairs gallery. Exhibit runs through Sept. 30. Authors Speak Series: Book signing, 7 p.m. Sept. 11.
    Wednesday
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.
    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have its meeting from noon-2 p.m. at the Ridgepark Clubhouse. All registered Republican women are encouraged to join. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Women’s Shelter in Española. Call Donna MacDonald for further information at 662-4001.

  •  Well, by the time you read this, we will be about to receive official recognition of Assets Month in Los Alamos.
    I think the reason it excited me so much is that it is a way of heightening your awareness of Assets for an entire month with the goal of building the Assets all year long.
    I find it rather interesting that Assets month has also timed out with suicide prevention awareness month and especially the World Day on Wednesday. This week especially there is a focus on helping our youth and indeed any member of our community struggling with stress, depression and a loss of hope.
    While the attention to this awareness needs to take place for more than just a day, just a week or even a month, I believe a large portion of the loss of hope for anyone of any age can be rebuilt through the work of the Assets.
    The work of the 40 Developmental Assets has been researched and data gathered for years to prove that when we attempt to increase the Assets in our young people, a variety of issues that seem to plague our children seem to go away.
    The Assets build support, empowerment and make sure youth have the connections and relationships in their life to grow up to be successful adults.