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Today's Features

  • VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis made his New Year’s wish on Thursday: No more wars.
    Tens of thousands of tourists, pilgrims and Romans crowded into St. Peter’s Square for the pope’s first window appearance of 2015.
    Francis expressed “the wish that there will never be more wars.” He told the crowd that “peace is always possible. We must search for it.”
    He pointed to a sign in the crowd that said “Prayer is at the root of peace,” and said he agreed with that.
    Earlier, celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, he prayed for blessings for “the entire human family.” Francis also asked that God “grant peace in our day— peace in hearts, peace in families, peace among the nations.”

  • Jane Hite, 4, left and Charlotte Lay, also 4, enjoy Grace Lin’s book “Ling and Ting, Twice as Silly” at the Mesa Public Library, shortly after they wrapped up their own New Year’s celebration at the library for its “Noon Year’s Eve” family-friendly event, where the kids counted down to 12 noon to ring in the New Year.

  • Santa Fe
    Taqueria Agrelia, mobile — various locations
    Date inspected: Oct. 20
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    La Petite Academy, 1361 Rufina Circle
    Date inspected: Oct. 20
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Ambient thermometer not reading at proper temperature. Two moderate-risk violations. Trim seal coming off refrigerator. Particle build up around floor drain, sides of stoves, shelving, freezer and vents.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Oct. 31.

    Tacos y Mas, 1260 Siler Road
    Date inspected: Oct. 20
    Violations: Ten high-risk violations. Various foods not holding proper temperatures. Eggs stored above cheese in refrigerator. Degreaser spray bottle not labeled. Particle accumulation on grill. Chlorine sanitizer at 0 ppm. Cleaning cloth not stored in sanitizer. Waste water tank draining onto ground. Utensils in hand wash sink. No paper towels at hand wash sink. No hot water and soap at hand wash station. One moderate-risk violation. Heavy particle accumulation on fan. Two low-risk violations. Open spaces around air conditioning unit. Permit not posted.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Oct. 31.

  • Samara Fellows, of Los Alamos, graduated with honors from Eastern New Mexico University on Dec. 13.
    In order to earn honors status, students must receive a 3.5 or higher grade point average.

    Billie Jo Tedder, of Los Alamos, graduated from Troy University during Term 2 of the 2014-15 academic year.
    Tedder received a master’s of science degree in human resource management degree from the Sorrell College of Business.
    Tedder was a student at the University’s Global Campus.
    Term 2 graduates include students at Troy’s campuses in Dothan, Phenix City and Montgomery, Alabama and Global Campus, which consists of teaching sites outside of Alabama and online.

    The New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF) has announced the appointment of Ted Harrison as interim president and CEO, effective Jan. 1. Harrison succeeds Jenny Parks who will be joining the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation as its CEO early next year.
    Harrison has served on the Board of Directors of NMCF since 2010. During the past four years, Harrison has chaired the Foundation’s of the Programs and Grants Committee, as well as served as board secretary.

  • Art exhibits
    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 Feb. 14, 2015.

    Hand-Woven for the Holidays: Holiday Group Textile Exhibition featuring new work by New Mexico Weavers Connie Enzmann-Forneris, Sandy Voss and Barbara Marigold. Show runs through Friday at Marigold Arts, 424 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.

    First Friday Citywide event: Contemporary Artifacts — featuring the works of artists Chris Meyer (mixed media) and Jenn Noel (ceramics.) Artist reception and discussion 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Weyrich Gallery, 2835D Louisiana Blvd. in Albuquerque. Show runs into Jan. 30.

    Venice: A Reality of a Different Order. Works by Robbie Steinbach. Through Jan. 13, 2015 at Caffe Renato, the Taos Center for the Arts.

  • Patrons dressed the part for the 2014 viewing of Downton Abbey. There will be another opportunity to have “An Afternoon at Downton Abbey Tea, 2 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center Great Room, 1101 Bathtub Row. LARSO/Courtesy

  • Call for artists to join
    Art in Public Places program

    The Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts and the Local Selection Committee at Central New Mexico Community College seek an artist or artist team to create a site-specific commission project on the CNM campus.
    The work will be situated at the center of the main campus, adjacent to major intersecting pedestrian walkways, the existing Student Resources Center and a planned outdoor auditorium. Professional artists demonstrating a level of experience that is commensurate with the project scope and budget are invited to submit qualifications to this opportunity. A total of $120,000 is available for the project inclusive of all costs, taxes and fees. Submissions accepted through Feb. 9.

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    secrets in desert

  • Britain’s flamboyant Baroque ensemble, Red Priest, will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s iconic work, “The Four Seasons.” Presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association, the concert will also feature works by Biber, Corelli, Purcell and Van Eyck in a program called Carnival of the Seasons.
    Red Priest starts the theatrical performance 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Red Priest, renowned for bringing a theatrical sensibility to Baroque repertoire, takes its name from Vivaldi, known in his time as The Red Priest because he was, in fact, a priest with bright red hair. In an interview on National Public Radio, founder Piers Adams commented, “We tend to forget that people in the olden days were having fun. They were like us, and they weren’t all serious. They were experimenting and doing their own thing.”
    The ensemble includes recorder player Adams, violinist David Greenberg, cellist Angela East and harpsichordist David Wright. Performing from memory, they take an innovative approach to period performance, creating a virtual orchestra through their imaginative arrangements and stagecraft.

  • They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of his two children during a Korean War massacre.
    Brady took up a personal campaign for increased gun control after surviving a head wound when a man tried unsuccessfully to kill President Ronald Reagan, for whom Brady was press secretary. Chung began a years-long quest for justice, which eventually prompted the U.S. Army to acknowledge having killed civilian refugees at No Gun Ri.
    Brady and Chung, who died within days of each other in August, are among the notables who left the world in 2014.
    Among the political figures who died in 2014 was Ariel Sharon a hard-charging Israeli general and prime minister whose efforts to reshape the Middle East caused some to call him a war hero and others a war criminal. Another was Marion Barry, the former Washington, D.C., mayor whose accomplishments were often overshadowed by his arrest for drug use.
    The suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams touched off a national conversation about depression. The overdose deaths of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, model Peaches Geldof and heavy metal frontman Dave Brockie were grim reminders of the scourge of drug use.

  • National YMCA survey finds more than half of American adults say outside support can help keep their 2015 resolutions
    Each year, millions of Americans resolve to get in better shape and become healthier versions of themselves. According to a recent national YMCA survey of more than 1,000 adults, less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolution in 2014. An overwhelming 71 percent said they tried but fell short, and 40 percent confessed that they made it through only a couple of weeks or months.  
    However, there’s hope for the coming year. One-third of survey respondents who plan to make a resolution in 2015 believe they’ll stick to it and reach their goals, with more than half believing that encouragement from others will keep them committed.
    “Finding a supportive community like the Y can be beneficial in keeping resolutions on track, because our organization is so much more than a nonprofit gym,” said Linda Daly, CEO of The Family YMCA. “It’s a community of supportive neighbors that offers more health, more hope and more opportunity for the New Year and years to come.”