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  • 'Masquerade' adds a little mystery to the art center

    Tune into the mystery and excitement of a masquerade. The next juried/curated show has artwork from artists who were intrigued by the theme and applied, as well as artwork from artists invited to share their work. There are literal masks and there are metaphorical masks, there are figures and faces and totems.
    Cultivate the flavor of fall by attending the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Santa Fe artist Max Lehman juried and curated the show creating a bewitching experience. Lehman is both a full time artist and webmaster at the New Mexico Tourism Department which provides the perspective of daily moving between a virtual sphere to the tactile realm of clay. He occasionally teaches both disciplines at the Santa Fe Community College. “My pieces are often a conglomeration of unrelated ideas that somehow just seem to work together,” he said. “Exercising unrestrained disregard for tradition or convention gives me the ability to process new ideas rapidly. I have an idiosyncratic perspective for approaching my art and subject matter. I also observe how graphic designers apply their designs to various objects. This gives me additional insight for approaching a 3-D form.”
    More of Lehman’s art can be found at maxdna.com.

  • Changes needed for outdated Los Alamos County Charter

    On Nov. 4, we will be asked to vote on two questions on the ballot related to the County Charter, a document that was adopted by the voters and that has served us well for many years.
    I am a longtime resident of Los Alamos. I grew up in Los Alamos, have served on a county board and on the County Council, and I have spent quite a few hours of my life since 2010 serving on the Charter Review Committee (CRC), where we went through the current charter very carefully before recommending to the council the changes now before you.
    The people who crafted our current charter, passed in 1968 when Los Alamos was completing the transition from a government-run community to a self-governing, home-rule community, were friends and acquaintances of my parents. They did important work and I respect their efforts.
    However, the time has come to make some changes to the charter and I will support the two questions when I go to polls. The first question, which has to do with the structure of government, goes into a little more detail about the duties and responsibilities of the council chair, specifies that the council chair must be elected annually, and strengthens the recognition of the council chair as the head of the government.

  • Hamburgers and tax policy

    Filet mignon is more expensive than Hamburger Helper. If government imposes a tax based on a measure of dollars, wealthier people pay more. That’s called progressive taxation, and most of us agree it’s the right way to tax. Except when we don’t.
    New Mexico’s tax policy right now is a mess and is primarily hurting local governments, which rely heavily on gross receipts and property taxes. That’s why you are hearing about proposals — for example — to reinstate the gross receipts tax on food.
    When our gross receipts tax covered food, low-income households were protected in two ways. First, the tax didn’t apply to food purchased with food stamps. Second, low-income families received a rebate on their income tax, intended specifically to compensate them for taxes embedded into food and other purchases. If you believed these safeguards worked, the food tax was paid mostly by people who could afford it. Wealthier people who ate expensive food would pay the most.
    But the tax was always controversial. No matter how you try to explain or justify it, taxing food just does not sound good.

  • Correction 09-25-14

    In Tuesday’s story, “LA inducts top athletic figures into Hall of Fame,” it was incorrectly stated the Hilltopper football team had won just one state championship in its history. It has actually won two state championships, those coming in 1950 and in 1966. The Los Alamos Monitor regrets the error.

  • LA travels to play 2013 4A champion

    One of the toughest tests of the 2014 season is coming up this weekend for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team.
    Right on the heels of its unhappy homecoming game, a 24-6 loss to the Kirtland Central Broncos, the Hilltoppers will hit the road to take on a state champion from just a year ago.
    Los Alamos will meet the Farmington Scorpions Friday night at Hutchison Stadium. The Scorpions, despite dropping two straight contests, are still a very tough customer that the Hilltoppers will have to be leery of.
    Los Alamos, of course, is 0-4 on the season following the homecoming loss, one of just two teams in Class 5A that haven’t secured a win in 2014.
    There isn’t an overabundance of positives in Los Alamos’ circumstances right now, but there are a few.
    Except for the St. Pius contest, the Hilltopper defense has played fairly well for most of the year. The defense, which has been affected by injuries but not to the same extent as the offense, has managed to keep Los Alamos within striking distance the past two weeks and was responsible for the only Hilltopper points against Moriarty.
    The defense should be further buoyed by the return of senior middle linebacker Eliott Hersman, who was injured in the preseason but made some important stops Friday against Kirtland Central.

  • 'Toppers head to Academy

    It may be early in the season, but it’s still one of the big showdowns prior to the state meet.
    Los Alamos’ cross country teams will head to Albuquerque Friday to take part in the Academy Invitational. That race, of course, is hosted by the Hilltoppers’ toughest Class 5A foe, the Academy Chargers.
    The Hilltoppers took last week off following their win at the Academy for Technology and the Classics meet victories. The Hilltoppers swept both sides of that event, winning the girls team championship with 23 points and the boys title with 30 points.
    While those were solid wins on both ends for Los Alamos, the competition will be ratcheted up considerably Friday afternoon.
    Along with the Chargers, some formidable Class 6A competition from the Albuquerque area is expected to participate, including teams from Eldorado, Cleveland, Cibola and La Cueva.
    But the highlight will be the Los Alamos-Academy heads-up competition. Those two teams, as usual, are projected to go toe-to-toe for this year’s state title.

  • Several teams passed up on Jeter

    NEW YORK (AP) — The 17-year-old kid from Kalamazoo drew all sorts of raves.
    He was a "young colt" with a "perfect SS body" and was a "top student" who planned to study medicine at the University of Michigan, too.
    "This guy is special," one big league scout even wrote.
    But, could anyone back then have projected that Derek Jeter the high schooler would someday become Derek Jeter the future Hall of Famer?
    Now 40, Jeter is set to retire after this weekend. A five-time World Series champion and sixth on the career hits list, he spent two decades as the shortstop for the New York Yankees.
    Five big league teams bypassed Jeter in baseball's amateur draft in 1992 before New York selected him with the No. 6 pick. A year earlier, Yankees scout Dick Grouch had first spotted Jeter after his junior year.
    "It was one of those serendipitous events," Grouch recalled last week. "I was going to cover a tournament on the other side of the state, and I knew they were having this talent identification camp at Mount Morris High School, so I stopped just to get a glance as to what was transpiring."
    This time, there was indeed something worth seeing.

  • Off The Hill 09-25-14

    Art exhibits
    “Inside Out” art exhibition celebrating artwork by people treated for mental illness. From 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 11 at James Kelly Contemporary 1611 Paseo Peralta in the Santa Fe Railyard. All sales of art go to the artists. The exhibit is a collaborative effort to increase awareness and decrease stigma surrounding mental illness.

    Los Alamos artist Nels Krakowski will have an exhibition of artwork on display at the Santa Fe Public Library, 145 Washington Ave. in the Tybie Davis Satin Art Gallery located on the second floor. Artist reception and lunch, 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Burrito Company.

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

    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.

    Wind Maps and Mind Shadows: Hand-woven Rugs and Tapestries by Connie Enzmann-Forneris. Oct. 3-29. Opening Reception with the Artist: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 3.

    T Barny. Show runs through Oct. 5 at the Hunter Kirkland Contemporary Art Gallery, 200B Canyon Road in Santa Fe.

  • SFUAD celebrates theater namesake

    Santa Fe University of Art and Design and Pecos National Historical Park will jointly host the Greer Garson 110th Birthday Tribute this weekend. The Academy-Award winning actress’ birthday was Sept. 29.
    The festivities will honor Garson’s local philanthropic contributions, including a free public reception in the lobby of the Greer Garson Theatre, 6 p.m. Friday on the SFUAD campus.
    The reception will feature a display of costumes the actress wore, a dance tribute by SFUAD students, an onstage tour of Greer Garson Theatre, scene rehearsal of the upcoming SFUAD production, “The Cave Dwellers,” and “Remembering Greer” Panel and Q&A with special guests including former SFUAD Performing Arts Chair John Weckesser.
    “Greer Garson was a woman of extraordinary intelligence and talent, a star in the galaxy sense of the word, who genuinely cared about people,” Weckesser said. “She wanted people to succeed in life on any and every level, students foremost. It is the generosity of her spirit which overrides her monetary contributions to the campus that will live with me, our faculty and our students forever.”

  • This Week on PAC 8, Sept. 26-Oct. 2

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    Friday, Sept. 26, 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 Chile – New Mexico’s Hottest Harvest”
    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. 27, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Sept. 28, 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