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  • New online tool helps manufacturers measure up against world-class standards

     

    Manufacturing businesses that want to know how their performance stacks up against industry standards have a new tool to make that measurement — and it’s available at no cost.

    The Manufacturing Performance Institute, in conjunction with the American Small Manufacturers Coalition and the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership, created the Next Generation Manufacturing Assessment Tool after surveying thousands of United States manufacturers in 2009, 2011 and 2013. 

    The biennial survey asks manufacturers what strategic benchmarks they use to measure their efficiency and effectiveness in six critical areas: human resources, supply-chain management, sustainability, process improvement, innovation and global engagement. The tool based on this survey allows manufacturers of all kinds to see how they compare with world-class industry practices and standards by comparing their responses to those of thousands of other top manufacturers. 

  • Tasks to survive back-to-school

     

    Parents, if this is your first time at the back-to-school rodeo, let me share a few lessons my wife and I have learned the hard way. Chances are you’ll be spending the next few weeks filling out piles of pre-enrollment paperwork, lining up carpools and, of course, taking the dreaded shopping excursions for clothes and school supplies.

    If you’re a first-timer or simply need a back-to-school refresher course, here are a few suggestions that can help you save time, money and sanity:

    Get organized. Maintain a correspondence file from your kid’s school for things like registration requirements, report cards, permission slips, required vaccinations, school policies, teacher and parent contact information, etc. Ask whether the school has a website, online calendar, or email list you can join. Also, create a family master calendar.

  • Creating Mayhem
  • This Week on PAC 8, July 25-31

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

    Friday, July 25, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting
    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 – Jennifer Hollingsworth
    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 26, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, July 27, 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

  • Adopt a furry friend at Kitten Fest

    When you look at tiny Missy, it’s hard to see how someone could throw her out of a moving vehicle in Española. But, two weeks ago, someone did and the 7-week-old kitten was lucky to escape with only minor injuries.
    Although a witness was able to write down the license plate number, local authorities have been unable to track down the driver, and the tiny tabby is recovering in foster care.
    But, like Missy, the staff at Española Valley Humane Society wants to move past the tragedy and focus on the kitten’s future. “We don’t know who did this to Missy, but it is certain that it was someone who did not love her. So, now it is time for us to find her someone who does,” said Linda Sanchez, foster care coordinator.
    And that’s exactly what shelter staff plans to do. At the Seventh Annual Santa Fe Kitten Festival, the shelter plans to have nearly 100 cats and kittens up for adoption at two locations, all in search of permanent, loving families.
    Missy will be there, but so will Peony, a 10-month-old Tortoiseshell kitten who was surrendered by her owner nursing four kittens of her own, and Jake — one of four polydactyl kittens.

  • Restaurant Inspections 07-24-14

    Santa Fe
    La Comida de Los Niños, 1121 Alto St.
    Date inspected: June 5
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Thermal test strips not available.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Izanami, 3451 Hyde Park Road
    Date inspected: June 8
    Violations: Five high-risk violations. Refrigeration units out of temperature. Wet rag out of sanitizer bucket. Employee drinks over food prep area. Ice scoop has food build up. Freezer holding food with a date of May 15 when it is not frozen. Prep area is under drain lines.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from previous inspection. No further follow up required.

    Five and Dime, 58 E. San Francisco St.
    Date inspected: June 8
    Violations: Three low-risk violations. Ice cream wet wall with leak. Peeling paint in food prep area. Ceiling in dry storage is in need of repair.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Off The Hill 07-24-14

    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. Show closes Friday.
    Announcements
    Habitat for Humanity is now accepting applications for its new home repair program. Applications and program information may be picked up at the office at 726 N. Riverside Dr. in Española.  Applications will be accepted through Friday. Contact Lawrence Herman at 505-747-2690 or email Repairs@habitatevla.org.
    Ballet
    Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Encore 8 p.m. Aug. 30. Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe. For tickets visit aspensantafeballet.com.
    Comedy
    Lewis Black. 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at Legends Theater, Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque. For tickets visit holdmyticket.com.
    Concerts
    Tim McGraw with Kip Moore. 7 p.m. Sunday at Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque. Visit vividseats.com for tickets.

    Smokey Robinson and Natalie Cole. 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque. For tickets visit, ticketmaster.com.

    Monumentour Tour: Fall Out Boy and Paramore. 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque.

  • Double bill's contrast is the right balance

    At times, it seems as though most audiences feel that an evening at the opera is intended to be long, boring and stuffy, with a minimum of laughter. However, Santa Fe’s offering of Mozart’s “The Impresario” paired with Stravinsky’s “Le Rossignol” may change some minds.
    The first opera of the evening is “The Impresario,” a short, one-act piece by Mozart. This particular singspiel (the term for comic German operas with spoken dialogue instead of singing) is a short, humorous one-act work.
    Mozart intended the humor to be relevant, so the dialogue is changed to appeal to audiences to whom it is presented. Director Michael Gieleta folded in some of Mozart’s impressive concert arias and worked with dramatist Ranjit Bolt to create English dialogue that would appeal to 21st century audiences. The result is witty, and an interesting commentary on the difficulty of balancing what is popular with what is artistically satisfying.
    Mozart’s opera is followed by a contrasting work: Igor Stravinsky’s sublime “Le Rossignol.” Many may be familiar with Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of the Emperor and his mechanical bird, which is flashy but cannot replace the lovely song of the real nightingale.

  • Storytelling highlights Valles Caldera birthday celebration

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve will host the Jemez Mountains Storytelling Jamboree from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the Valle Grande staging area located just inside the preserve’s main entrance. There is no admission charge to attend the jamboree.
    The jamboree is the highlight of the 2014 birthday celebration that commemorates the creation of the Preserve.
    On July 25, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the Valles Caldera Preservation Act, which created the Valles Caldera Trust and the Preserve. The three-day birthday celebration begins Friday and runs through Sunday.
    Storyteller and librarian Steven Plá returns this year to emcee the storyteller event and to perform along with five other storytellers.
    Plá believes that “the magic of story helps people understand each other and the fascinating and diverse worldwide community.”
    This year’s amazing storyteller line-up includes Emmy Award winning writer, producer and performing artist, Indiana Bones (aka Mike McCartney); puppeteer Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley, living history performer Linda Batlin, folklorist Kay Negash, and Pueblo of Jemez storyteller Paul Tosa.

  • Future Shock

    It was about as simple a goal as could be made: Bradley King wanted to make a film he wasn’t embarrassed about.
    But with his directorial debut, “Time Lapse,” earning praise and awards on the film festival circuit, it’s safe to say that goal has been met.
    King, a native of Los Alamos, has long had a dream of helming a feature film. And with the help of producer BP Cooper, that dream has been realized. He and Cooper co-wrote the screenplay for the film and were the main creative drivers behind it.
    “Time Lapse,” which stars Danielle Panabaker, Matt O’Leary and George Finn, centers on a group of 20-somethings who accidentally stumble onto a camera that can take Polaroid photos 24 hours into the future.
    It takes very little time for Jasper (Finn), a dog racing fanatic, to realize the camera can be used for financial gain. While amateur painter Finn (O’Leary) is initially against the idea, he finds that the camera can see his work in the future, as well.
    Of course, it also takes very little time for their plan to go horribly, horribly wrong, particularly when shady bookie Ivan (Jason Spisak) becomes weary of losing his money to the restraint-less and addiction-prone Jasper, who becomes increasingly obsessed with keeping the future exactly the way the photos revealed it would be.