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  • Accion's Presto Loans offer quick, affordable credit to small businesses

    Small businesses in need of a quick, modest-sized loan often have little choice but to turn to high-cost, yet easy to access, alternative credit products. But New Mexico business borrowers have a new option.
    Accion had long been looking for ways to speed up the process of making microloans to borrowers who don’t qualify for loans from traditional lenders and need a relatively small amount of money to take advantage of a time-sensitive business opportunity. Accion also wanted to help businesses respond quickly when faced with an urgent need.
    Almost a year ago, the nonprofit lender began piloting quick-turnaround “Presto Loans” of $8,000 or less with interested applicants. The pilot project was a success — with 285 loans totaling $939,000 — and Accion has recently cemented its offering of Presto Loans, moving toward a one-hour turnaround time from loan application to funding by the end of the year.
    The Presto Loan works by using technological advances to streamline loan processing, according to Metta Smith, director of lending and client relations at Accion’s Albuquerque office.

  • A perfect storm at our southern border

    The crisis that has erupted at our southern border is a direct and all-too-predictable result of the President Barack Obama administration’s feckless immigration policies. But there is a deeper cause as well, one for which Republicans and religious conservatives share blame.
    Encouraged by the rumors they hear of Uncle Sam’s leniency and largesse, an exodus of many tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America, joined by pregnant women and mothers bearing small children, is leaving that troubled region behind. They are pouring into our country not just unchecked, but indeed aided and abetted by the very same federal authorities — handing out bus tickets, no less! — who once sought to turn them back.
    Rather than avoiding Border Patrol agents, these illegal crossers are actually seeking them out. Who wouldn’t? Welcome to Obama’s version of a kinder and gentler — and lawless — America.
    What is the proximate cause of this upsurge? The Center for Immigration Studies’ Mark Krikorian puts it best: the administration’s “various de facto amnesties for illegal aliens and its permissive enforcement practices.”

  • Off The Hill 07-10-14

    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 19 at the Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque. Show closes July 25.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition: “Complications:” Works by Matthew Szösz and “Byways:” Works by Damian Stamer. The exhibition will be through July 19.

  • This Week on PAC 8, July 11-17

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

    Friday, July 11, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    12:00 AM County Council Meeting Live
    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 – Ekhard Salje
    05:30 PM Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society - “109 East Palace: A 400 Year Microcosm of Santa Fe History”
    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, July 12, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, July 13, 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

  • Desert Chorale summer series starts today

    This summer, delight in music that celebrates the human experience. Exploration and curiosity. Mysticism and devotion. Romance and passion. Sacrifice and radiance.
     The Santa Fe Desert Chorale are offering one of Santa Fe’s concert series for the 2014 Summer Festival. Culminating in a delightful performance of Mozart’s final masterwork, the Requiem, along with a number of arias featuring Mezzo Soprano Susan Graham, each and every concert on our classical series is a carefully curated pastiche of choral music.
     The Desert Chorale also welcomes back Voasis to Santa Fe for a program of pop and jazz favorites for the entire family. Voasis will also entertain at the 2014 Gala, “You Only Sing Twice!”
    Also, join the traditional Opening Night Dinner at La Terraza in La Fonda on Santa Fe’s historic plaza. 
    The summer programs from the Classical Series:
    “The New World: Music of the Americas.” Today, July 19, 25, 27 and Aug. 2.
    “A Romantic Evening with Brahms.” July 22, 26, 31 and Aug. 1.
    “Spanish Mystics.” Featuring Guitarist and Lutenist Richard Savino. July 17, 20, 24, 29 and Aug. 5.
    “Mozart Requiem.” Featuring Mezzo Soprano Susan Graham. Aug. 7, 9 and 10.

  • A brutal story set to lovely music

    Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” is an opera that even opera haters find enjoyable. It’s catchy without being simple, beautiful without being schmaltzy, and it has depth and meaning without being preachy. Santa Fe Opera’s 2014 production takes on the challenges “Carmen” presents and gives audiences a satisfying experience.
    “Carmen” is the saga of corporal Don José and Carmen, a factory worker. Despite the humor in the music and the dialogue, there is harshness in this story, which lends realism to the opera.
    The designers for this production have done a stellar job by changing the location and adding technology to the show to avoid staleness. The staging is phenomenal, and the updates, rather than being a distraction, feel comfortable and lend interest to an opera that many audience members may have already seen.
    The orchestra, under the direction of Rory MacDonald, is flawless. The areas where timing is critical are spot-on, and the sound and intensity are wonderful.
    When a company stages a commonly performed opera, it has to work harder to make its production stand out, and MacDonald and his orchestra certainly did their part.

  • Mayhem Festival promises mix of metal musical styles

    Summer is the time for the excitement of outdoor concerts. This year, the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque is host to several shows that will place all walks of life into the throes of a wild night of fun. There is Motley Crue’s final tour, Monumentour Tour and the 20th anniversary of Edgefest to name a few. On Saturday, the amphitheater is host to the seventh annual Mayhem Festival, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink.
    A slew of heavy metal performers will converge upon the Isleta Amphitheater for a day’s full of rowdiness and um… “mayhem.” The fun begins 1 p.m. for an all day event.
    The Mayhem Festival is scheduled to have four stages that will have the audience consumed with the sounds of metal in many forms.
    The lineup consists of some of the biggest bands in the world of heavy metal, including headliners on the Rockstar Energy Drink main stage, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Asking Alexandra and Trivium.
    Performing on a second stage, sponsored by the Coldcock American Herbal Flavored Whiskey, will be Cannibal Corpse, as the headliner, Miss May I, Suicide Silence, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition and King 810.

  • Get dirty with PEEC's Family Evenings

    Bring the whole family to get hands while dirty designing and building miniature adobe structures. With imagination, use mini adobe bricks and supplies for a mud plaster to create a building of your dreams. The program runs from 6:30-8 p.m. July 15 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Families are welcome to drop in anytime throughout the program.
    This Summer Family Evening is brought to PEEC by Cornerstones Community Partnerships. Since 1986, Cornerstones has worked to preserve architectural heritage and community traditions at more than 300 locations in New Mexico and the greater Southwest.
    By starting a model program for the preservation and maintenance of historic adobe buildings involving the training of youth in traditional building skills and sustainable construction methods, Cornerstones has built a national reputation for the creative use of historic preservation as a tool for community revitalization and the affirmation of cultural values.
    Cornerstones is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit historic preservation organization located in Santa Fe. Its projects have been based in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, California, Utah and in many states of the Mexican Frontera.

  • Experience Greek culture in Santa Fe

     The 17th Annual Santa Fe Greek Festival, hosted by the St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church, has a new venue and new dates this year. The Santa Fe Greek Festival will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Eldorado Hotel in the Pavillion Room.
    This is a festival that is a great way to experience Greek culture in Santa Fe, along with Greek food, pastries, music, dancing and beer and wine too.
    New Mexico’s premier Greek band, “The Aegean Sounds,” will be serenading festival attendees and the Palamakia Dancers will be performing traditional Greek dances. A new addition to the entertainment line-up this year is Santa Fe’s own Pomegranate Studios’ Mosaic Dance Company will be performing belly-dancing.
    “We have recruited many Santa Fe restaurant owners and chefs who are of Greek descent to create our menu, once again, for the festival.” said Violet Santikos, advertising chair. “We’ll have Moussaka on the menu for the first time this year too.”
    This year’s menu and the restaurant owners involved are as follows: Leonardo Razatos of the Plaza Café Southside will be preparing Gyros (beef and lamb) or Chicken Gyros with fresh pita bread and tomatoes, onion and tzatziki sauce.

  • Little League Roundup: LA, Metro advance to district semifinal

     The Los Alamos Little League majors All-Star team picked up a big win over Española to advance to the semifinal round of the District 1 playoffs.

    Los Alamos will face Santa Fe Metro tonight in the semifinals of the tournament. Tonight’s game is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Santa Fe.

    Los Alamos’ All-Stars are the top seed in the District 1 majors tournament and Tuesday blasted Española’s All-Stars 18-2. Los Alamos hit four home runs in that contest to earn the victory.

    Tonight’s winner between Los Alamos and Metro, the No. 2 seed, will advance to the finals. The winner will need to win just one of two games to clinch the District 1 title while the loser will drop into the elimination bracket and have to fight its way back to the championship contest.

    The tournament continues at least until Saturday morning. If a final elimination game is necessary, that is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

    Baseball 9-10 teams still alive

    Los Alamos has two entries for the county in the 9-10 All-Star tournament, which is taking place in Española.

    Tonight, the county’s green team will face Santa Fe Metro in the third round of that tournament. That game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Lucero Center fields.