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  • More praise from Aspen students

    Editor’s note: The following letters were written by sixth graders from Aspen Elementary School regarding recent renovations and rededication of the school. Keep reading the Los Alamos Monitor for more letters.

    I am loving our new building for several reasons.
    First of all, the dining hall is beautiful. I especially like the quietness of the room.
    Second, I like the light sails on the ceiling. They also add to the scenery down on the first floor.
    Third I like the glass window next to the elevator because it is cool to see the gears of it. It will be also very helpful for disabled people.
    Thank you so much for building the new school and supporting the idea.

    I am loving our new building for three reasons. I am grateful for the money you spent for us and I am happy for our new classrooms and I am grateful for the technology. Thank you so much for our new school.

    I am loving our new building for several reasons.
    First of all, the thing I’m most excited about is the new technology. In the portable, we could not use the internet all at the same time because it would cut us off.
    A second reason is the new desks and chairs. They are so helpful for our binders because now we can hang them and not trip over them.

  • Understanding conflicts of interest in freelancing

    Journalists are quick to go after elected officials who cross the line, so a skeptical public should know that we’re just as quick to go after one of our own. Sometimes too quick.
    In writing about the Interstate Stream Commission’s decision on the Gila River, I ran across a scuffle in which one newshound accuses another of conflict of interest.
    This is not just a family squabble. Because a lot of work gets farmed out to contractors, consultants and freelancers, it’s worth a look.
    Mary Alice Murphy was a reporter for the Silver City Daily Press. She retired in late 2007, but continued with the paper as a freelancer.
    In September 2008, an Arizona Water Settlement Act committee asked her to create a website, take minutes and post agendas. The newspaper reported this on its front page. She was paid alternately by the county, the ISC, or the Gila Conservation Coalition and at times did the work gratis.
    In September 2010, Murphy stopped freelancing for the Daily Press. By then, her independent website, The Grant County Beat (grantcountybeat.com) was operating. It’s a great community resource, but she works on the side to support it.

  • Colors of the holidays

    Like light through a prism, Los Alamos has many unique “colors” of musical talent to offer.
    The Los Alamos Community Winds invites the public to attend its 4th Annual Holiday Prism Concert as we showcase the many sounds of the season. The show begins 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Crossroads Bible Church.
    Featured are local string quartet, String Theory performing “Carol of the Bells.” They will be joined by several other players for Karl Jenkins “Palladio.”
    Also on the program are vocalist Rene LeClaire performing music by Miklos Rosza and John Jacob Niles, pianist Frances Meier with music by Claude Thornhill and the First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos Handbell Choir under the direction of Trudy Gabel.
    “Prism Concerts were originally conceived in some of our nation’s colleges and universities as ways to promote academic programs in music and recruit students by showcasing (in a single concert) all the different facets of the ensemble curriculum,” said LACW Director Ted Vives. “Our hope is to do the same for the amazing variety of musical talent that we have here in Los Alamos.”

  • Mountaineers offer up stories of notable trips

    The December meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will feature its annual “potpourri,” a special meeting featuring a potluck dinner and a collection of short presentations from members who took a notable trip in 2014 and have stories and photos to share.
    The Mountaineers will provide barbeque from Bob’s Bodacious and cake from the Chocolate Maven. Others are asked to bring side dishes, desserts or main course alternatives as they like.
    The special meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Fuller Lodge.
    Following dinner, the meeting will present updates on upcoming LAM-sponsored trips or reports on recent ones, followed by the featured potpourri presentations.
    Kicking off his retirement tour, Larry Earley visited seven Arizona climbing areas in eight days during March 2014. More than 1,300 miles of non-stop driving enabled him and Don Taylor to climb at Paradise Forks, Oak Creek Overlook, Granite Dells, Isolation Canyon, Superstition Mountains, Isle of You and Sheepshead in Cochise Stronghold. Earley will describe what he calls a “once in a lifetime adventure.”

  • Indian epic poem comes to life

    A performance of Nobel Prize winner in Literature, Rabindranath Tagore’s play, “Chitra,” an adaptation of a story from the epic poem, the “Mahabharata” at St. John’s College in Santa Fe.
    The play will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication in book form by Tagore, an Indian philosopher and poet.
    Directed by Mary Mier, her theater troupe, Teatro Tierra Amarilla will perform, 4 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Great Hall on the St. John’s campus.
    Tickets are $10, St John’s students free with ID. Donations of $5 are suggested for St. John’s students.

  • Community Briefs 12-11-14

    Pet adoptathon in Rio Rancho this weekend

    Watermelon Mountain Ranch in Rio Rancho is having an adoptathon Friday through Sunday in the big tent at PetSmart, 10248 Coors Bypass, near Cottonwood Mall.
    The event will be from noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
    The no-kill shelter will present dogs and cats, puppies and kittens, who all need a loving home in time for the Holidays. The public may also bring a pet to have their photo taken with Santa Paws, and also choose a wish from the WMR Giving Tree. There will be also an opportunity to donate dog and cat food to help feed pets at rescue groups.
    Watermelon Mountain Ranch is New Mexico’s largest no-kill shelter, saving thousands of animals since 1996. Watermelon Mountain Ranch relies on adoptions, donations and volunteers both at the Ranch in northern Rio Rancho and at offsite events throughout the year.

    Shakespears’s Twelfth Night’ to be performed in Santa Fe

  • This Week on PAC 8, Dec. 12-18

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

    Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 11-25-14
    01:00 PM Democracy Now!
    02:00 PM MPL Author Speaks Series
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Tourism Goes Green
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “New Mexico Wines: Past to Present”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Dec. 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

  • Restaurant Inspections 12-11-14

    Los Alamos
    Hot Rocks Java Café-LAMC, 3917 West Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 16
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. No sanitizer strips available during inspection time.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Hot Rocks Java Café-Catering, 4200 W. Jemez Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 16
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Hot Rocks Java Café, 4200 W. Jemez Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 16
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Chuck’s Wagon, Various locations
    Date inspected: Sept. 24
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Pojoaque Elementary School, 1524 N.M. 502
    Date inspected: Sept. 25
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Pojoaque High School, 1574 N.M. 502
    Date inspected: Sept. 25
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Refrigerators need thermometers.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Off The Hill 12-11-14

    Art exhibits
    Solo Exhibition: “A Southwest Exploration in Glass by William C. Glass. Show runs until Dec. 30 at Act I Gallery.

    Hiroshi Watanabe – The Day the Dam Colllapses. Opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday at photo-eye Bookstore and Project Space, 376 Garcia Street Suite A in Santa Fe. Exhibition runs through Feb. 14, 2015.

    Many Voices of Arlene Ladell Hayes. Solo exhibit opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 20 at Joe Wade Fine Arts, 102 East Water St. in Santa Fe. Show runs through Dec. 28.

    Performance Santa Fe’s New Year’s Eve Concert and Family Preview Concert. 5 p.m. and 2 p.m. family preview at Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe. Tickets are $27-100 for the 5 p.m. performance. Family preview are tickets $10 per person for families with children, $25/adult without child. Order tickets through PerformanceSantaFe.org or TicketsSantaFe.org.

  • Today in history Dec. 11