Today's News

  • Majure appointed NMED spokesperson

    The New Mexico Enviornment Department announced today that longtime Los Alamos resident Allison Majure has been named communications director.

    “Ms. Majure’s background in municipal utilities, software marketing, journalism, and nonprofit communications brings both depth and agility to the Department’s communications,” said NMED secretary Ryan Flynn. “Her track record demonstrates her strong commitment to improving environmental awareness through the practice of open and direct communication. Her ability to clearly articulate the Environment Department’s goals, standards and expectations will foster informed decision-making and actions on environmental issues by New Mexicans and other stakeholders.”  

    Majure served previously in public relations with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities and as a reporter with the Los Alamos Monitor. She has a bachelor's degree from California-Berkley.

  • Off The Hill 3-19-15

    Art exhibits
    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.

    Recently acquired works by artists Ansel Adams, Gustave Baumann, Betty Hahn and many others will be on view in “Hunting + Gathering: New Additions to the Museum Collection.” The exhibition runs through March 29.
    Michelle Korte Leccia and Autumn Pearson present their duo show “Something Old Something Knew.” Opening reception 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the Art Shack in Madrid, 2833 Highway 14. Leccia and Pearson are artists using recycled materials living and working in the mountains south of Tijeras. Show runs until March 28.

    Kent Hick’s “The Spirit of the Land” Solo Exhibition. Opening reception 3-5 p.m. March 1 at Act I Gallery in Taos. Show runs until March 31.

    Jock Sturges: Fanny. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. April 10 at photo-eye Gallery. Show runs until May 23.

  • This Week on PAC 8, March 20-26

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

    Friday, March 20, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 3-03-15
    02:00 PM MPL Authors Speak Series
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between
    Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – New Mexico Arts Panel
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM NNMCAB
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, March 21, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, March 22, 2015
    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 3-19-15

    Ortega’s Grill, 819 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date Inspected: Jan. 16
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Shanghai Oriental Restaurant, 734 N. Riverside Dr., Suite D
    Date Inspected: Jan. 27
    Violations: All high-risk violations have been corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Walmart No. 2656 — Meat Market, 1610 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date Inspected: Jan. 27
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Beverage container equipped with straw in food prep area — open coffee cup not acceptable however no contents in cup during inspection. Two low-risk violations. Base coving tiles pulling away from wall and loose, missing or cracked floor tiles need repair. Open space along ceiling/walls need to be sealed.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • NMHRS discourages giving real bunnies in Easter baskets

    New Mexico House Rabbit Society’s latest campaign serves as a reminder that live rabbits aren’t a good idea for Easter baskets and invites reflection before impulsively acquiring one.
    Bus tails are in Santa Fe and Albuquerque depicting a rabbit next to a basket with the message “Think Beyond Easter!”
    While rabbits make great household pets, they are also the third-most surrendered animal to shelters, with many arriving in the post-Easter months.
    Bewildered and poorly-informed rabbit owners easily give up on the cute Easter Bunny they got from a feed store or pet shop when they realize just how much work this companion animal requires.
    Even worse, some well-meaning people simply let their bunnies go ‘free’ once taking care of them becomes too difficult. “Letting a domesticated rabbit loose in the wild is a sure death sentence,” said NMHRS President Bill Velasquez. “They aren’t like wild cottontails, but depend on their human caretaker for food. They’re eaten by the next predator that comes along.”

  • Zozobra Red wine now available

    It’s easy to see why streams of visitors flocked to Estrella Del Norte Vineyard on Sunday to experience the winery’s “Zozobra Red” red table wine.
    Named after one of Santa Fe’s iconic Fiesta traditions, this popular wine is vinted from local grapes and labeled with artwork traditional of the historic Zozobra character with a modern flair.
    Estrella Del Norte Vineyard, voted Santa Fe’s No. 1 winery (Santa Fe Reporters 2014 Best of Santa Fe) and two-time recipient of TripAdvisor’s Customer Service Excellence Award was able to secure an agreement with Kiwanis of Santa Fe for the use of the popular Zozobra character on the red table wine.
    This strategic partnership was created to promote the Zozobra brand and help the Kiwanis organization with their good work in the community.
    At the event, Ray Sandoval, Zozobra Event Committee Chair, said in a speech to the crowd, “The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe is more than happy to partner with our local business Estrella Del Norte Vineyard to bring forth this signature wine, as unique as the cultural event of Zozobra itself.”

  • Opera Southwest closes season with 'La Boheme'

    Albuquerque’s Opera Southwest closes its 42nd Season with four performances of Giacomo Puccini’s “La bohème,” which run from this Sunday through March 29 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St., SW.
    Bohème musically intertwines the youthful gaiety of the 19th Century Parisian Latin Quarter with the despair of poverty, cold and death and the passion and eloquence of young love.
    Leading the cast in her OSW debut will be soprano Emily Dorn, whose credits include the roles of both Carmen and Micaёla in “Carmen,” Violetta in “La traviata,” and Fiordiligi in “Cosi fan tutte” at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Finland, and the Dresden Semperoper, Germany.
    Additional cast members include Sarah Asmar, who sang Desdemona in 2012’s “Otello,” as Musetta; her real-life husband Joshua Kohl, Pinkerton in the 2013 “Madama Butterfly,” as Rodolfo; baritone Timothy Mix, our 2013 Don Giovanni, as Marcello; former apprentice artist Joseph Hubbard as Colline; and local favorites Paul Bower as Schaunard, Joseph Cordova as Parpignol and Sam Shepperson in the double role of Alcindoro and Benoit.
    Maestro Anthony Barrese will conduct, with Maestro Domenico Boyagian conducting on March 25. David Bartholomew will direct.

  • A ghostly love story in ballet form

    Love, betrayal and forgiveness reign as the New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company presents “Giselle.”
    The ghostly love story will be performed 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.
    NMDT-PC has made a huge impact on the Los Alamos community.
    During its 14-year existence, NMDT-PC, directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, has presented at least 19 original and/or classical ballets including “Dracula,” “Snow White,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Aladdin,” “A Christmas Carol,” “The Nutcracker” and several Mixed Bills.
    “Giselle,” first performed in 1841, is one of the most famous of the ballets blanc or white ballets. The term “ballet blanc” refers to scenes in which the ballerina and female members of the corps all dress in white.
    NMDT-PC’s production of “Giselle” will feature Sarah Dale as Giselle, Devon McCleskey as Albrecht, and Frank Macias as Hilarion. Company members Louisa Belian, Rebecca Cai, Akane Dunn, Naomi Joyce and Megan Hemphill will also stand out. Sets are by Holly Haas and costumes by Marcy Anderson.

  • Review: LALT brings classic story to life

    Whoever christened the U.S.S. Reluctant must have met the crew.
    “Mister Roberts” originally won the Tony for Best Play in 1948, and was followed by a film in 1955 starring Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell and Jack Lemmon. Its success was followed by a TV series and a live television broadcast.
    Those are a lot of shoulders to stand (or float) on, and the cast of the Los Alamos Little Theatre has done an admirable job bringing this classic to life.
    We meet the crew of the Reluctant engaged in war. No, not the dramatic war playing out throughout the oceans of World War II — the charismatic Lt. Roberts (Jeff Favorite) is leading the troops in a small rebellion against their overbearing and personally ambitious captain (Larry Gibbons).
    Mister Roberts, though, longs to be off of the Pacific cargo ship and off fighting the real war, even as it threatens to come to an end without him.
    The brave efforts of the lieutenant are aided by his two best friends and fellow officers, Pulver (Don Monteith) and “Doc” (Richard Parker).

  • Be There calendar 3-19-15

    Science on Tap. Amanda Barry, a research scientist at LANL, will discuss engineering microalgae for biofuel production. 5:30 p.m. at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.

    Wetland Restoration in New Mexico Desert Grasslands. 7 p.m. Karla Sartor will discuss the birds and plants of desert grasslands in southern New Mexico. The important habitat is threatened by historic overgrazing and climate change. Learn techniques to restore habitats, and how these practices can be applied locally on the Pajarito Plateau. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Republican Party of Los Alamos to Meet with County Manager for monthly meeting. 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, room 610. The public is welcome to attend a presentation by County Manager Harry Burgess on “Upcoming Issues in Los Alamos County.” A business meeting will follow the presentation.

    Valentina Devine: Knit One, Crochet Two, a solo exhibit. Daily through March 21.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library.
    LARSO public meetings. 12:15 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.