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  • Restaurant Inspections 08-22-13

    Los Alamos
    China Palace, 759 Central Avenue
    Date inspected: Aug. 6
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved, following a complaint of a cockroach seen in drapes. No follow up required.

    Daniel’s Cafe, 800 Trinity
    Date inspected: Aug. 6
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved, following a complaint that raw chicken was handled without gloves. The staff has been trained about sanitary issues. No follow up required.

    Giant, 11 Rover Blvd.
    Date inspected: Aug. 7
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Knapp’s Wraps Mobile Unit, 128 State Road 4
    Date inspected: Aug. 7
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Hand wash not working.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Aug. 21.

    Giant, 3701 Arkansas Avenue
    Date inspected: Aug. 7
    Violations: One high-risk violation. The cold holding temperature is incorrect.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Briefs 08-22-13

    Rucker to head music festival

    The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® has announced that country music superstar Darius Rucker will headline the 2013 Music Fiesta on Oct. 12. A Balloon Fiesta first, the Music Fiesta will feature four separate performances after the morning Mass Ascension and before the evening Night Magic Glow.
    Darius Rucker, country music star and former lead singer/rhythm guitarist for the band Hootie and the Blowfish will be the lead performer of the concert scheduled for the last Saturday afternoon of the Balloon Fiesta.
    The festival will begin at noon and conclude with Rucker’s performance, which starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are available through balloonfiesta.com. Advance tickets will cost $20, plus a $2 service fee. Tickets purchased at the gate will cost $25.

    Brazilian music plays around N.M.

  • Experts to share secrets of attracting wild birds

    Los Alamos is a haven for wild birds and many residents enjoy viewing them in their yards throughout the season. But what is the best way to attract birds to your yard? What are the considerations when feeding wild birds? What should you feed them, and how does this vary for the different seasons? Experts will answer these questions and more at a bird-feeding panel at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center 7 p.m. on Aug. 27.
    Panelists include Kurt Miller, Dave Yeamans, Bob Walker, Carolyn Mangeng and Terry Hodapp. Becky Shankland will moderate the discussion. Kurt Miller is a skilled birder and owner of Feathered Friends in Santa Fe, specializing in preparation of seed mixtures for specific local areas. All the other panelists, as well as the moderator are experienced bird-watchers who have successfully created attractive backyard habitats in both Los Alamos and White Rock.
    Yeamans will start the presentation with a slideshow of some wild birds that can be found around Los Alamos and White Rock. Then the panel discussion will begin, with plenty of time for Q and A from the audience. Topics to be covered include:
    • Why feed birds? What are the benefits? The harm? What else are we feeding? Is it OK?
    • What types of feeders are recommended and where should you place them for different habitats?

  • Music under the stars at Opera on the Rocks

    Bandelier National Monument announces the second annual Opera on the Rocks event.

    Opera Alta will perform Amahl and the Night Visitors 6:15 p.m., Sept. 21 at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater.

    The opera was originally created by the composer Gian Carlo Menotti for NBC making it the first opera written entirely for television. The event is an opportunity for those not familiar with opera, as well as for opera enthusiasts to enjoy listening in a special venue.  

    Hosts of the event include the Los Alamos Opera Guild, Guilds of the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Alta, Bandelier National Monument, and the Los Alamos Commerce Development Corporation.  Transportation is provided to and from the venue by Los Alamos Atomic City Transit.

    Don Quixote Distillery and Winery and Black Mesa Winery will feature local wines prior to the performance. “The National Park Service’s mission involves cooperating with partners to extend the benefits of cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation for this and future generations. We are proud to partner with the opera guilds to promote this form of music to monument visitors and members of the community,” Superintendent Jason Lott said.

  • Viva La Fiesta

    It is a grand tradition in Santa Fe this time of year to attend the fiestas. There is more to it than the Burning of Zozobra. Here are some highlights of what to expect this year.

  • Sports Briefs 08-22-13

    Car wash will benefit Hawk football

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk football team will host a car wash Saturday.
    The car wash will start at 9 a.m. at the Shell Station in Los Alamos. Proceeds from the event will go to help the LAMS football program.

    YMCA offering martial arts classes

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is accepting registrations for its fall martial arts classes.
    Classes will include Tae Kwon Do, Jujitsu, kickboxing and others. There are classes for adults (ages 13 and up) and youth (ages 7-12).
    Those interested are asked to call 662-3100 for more information. 

  • New-look LA meets Farmington in opener Saturday

    There are a lot of youngsters around the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team this season.

    And they’re going to be tested early.

    The Hilltopper girls will be the first Los Alamos High School team to open the season when they meet the Farmington Scorpions Saturday.

    Farmington, a solid Class 4A program, is just the first big test of what could be a brutal early season schedule for Los Alamos. Quickly after Farmington, Los Alamos will face a solid small school in Bosque and, just a week later, one of its archenemies, St. Pius X, in Albuquerque.

    Heading into the tough early part of the season — which also includes dates at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational and against the defending champion Academy Chargers — Los Alamos will also have to deal with the younger players’ learning curve. Los Alamos features five sophomores on its opening day roster.

    For returning fullback Stephanie Blair, she said they’ll get acclimated throughout the season and the team will be at top form when it needs to be.

    “Everybody’s basic skills, what you fundamentally need, all the players here have those skills,” Blair said. “It’s easier to build on them when you’ve got them.”

  • 'Super Agers' - an Elite Group of Seniors
  • Today in History August 22
  • NSA collected thousands of US communications

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency declassified three secret court opinions Wednesday showing how in one of its surveillance programs it scooped up as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans not connected to terrorism annually over three years, revealed the error to the court — which ruled its actions unconstitutional — and then fixed the problem.

    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper authorized the release, part of which Obama administration officials acknowledged Wednesday was prodded by a 2011 lawsuit filed by an Internet civil liberties activist group.

    The court opinions show that when the NSA reported its inadvertent gathering of American-based Internet traffic to the court in September 2011, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ordered the agency to find ways to limit what it collects and how long it keeps it.

    In an 85-page declassified FISA court ruling from October 2011, U.S. District Judge James D. Bates rebuked government lawyers for repeatedly misrepresenting the operations of the NSA's surveillance programs.