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  • Restaurant Inspections 04-10-14

    Santa Fe
    Chocolate Maven — food service, 821 San Mateo, Unit C
    Date inspected: Feb. 25
    Violations: Eleven total violations (Level of violation not specified): Light in prep area unprotected. Missing base covering in various areas. Opening in wall around storage area door. Ceiling not smooth, plaster coating ruptured with fiberglass exposed in prep area. No sanitizer test kits. Peeling paint on wall near hot holding area. Worn paint at front service area. Inadequate light in prep areas. Rafters and utility lines exposed not easy to clean. Hand sink access difficult with equipment close by. Service area hand sink is in poor condition. Last two violations were corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Volunteers needed at S.F. museum

    Recruitment day for volunteers will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15.
    Volunteers are an integral part of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.
    The museum rely on the dedication and commitment of volunteers to help in a multitude of ways and we offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities, including events such as Spanish Market, in offices, and in the gift shop. Volunteers are invaluable to making the Society and Museum function smoothly.
    Volunteer positions are now open to all individuals who are willing to commit. The musuem suggest that volunteers become Society members so they will receive all mailings about the changing exhibitions and ongoing activities within the various departments. As members, volunteers also receive discounts on
    Museum lectures, in the Museum Shop and will receive invitations to special events.
    Almost all departments throughout the Society need volunteers to be an indispensable addition to their staff. If needed, training is provided by the staff.   

  • Taos toy store named one of best spots for kids

    Twirl Toy Store and Playspace in Taos has been named by CNN as one of the “15 Best Spots for Kids” in America. Twirl is in good company, alongside the country’s top kid-friendly attractions such as Legoland (Calif.), Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Fla.) and American Museum of Natural History (N.Y.), among others.
     The selections stem from Gogobot Traveler’s Favorites awards, which is based on user recommendations and the number of visits by the site’s 3.7 million users. The list includes only those kids friendly attractions which were also fun for adults.

  • Bringing need for peace to light

    Dubbed as the No. 1 “spiritual center” in the United States by Travel and Escape Magazine (2012), Taos will also be the peaceful center of the 19th annual “Global Peace Walk” until April 22, hosted by Turtle Compassion, a nonprofit organization based in Taos. 
    Among many activities, newly elected Taos Mayor Dan Barrone is expected to read this year’s Global Peace Zone proclamation at noon on Earth Day, April 22.  
    “Our goal is to bring light to the darkness of our society and stand together as one global family supporting each other to successfully manifest our highest potentials,” said Global Peace Walk coordinator, Wendy Mason-Sherwood. “Global peace is a prayer for future generations and it is our last resolve as human beings. If this message of peace spreads throughout the globe, then the earth will become peaceful.”

  • Mountain School kids act out unique version of 'Cinderella'

    Five classes of first and second grade students performed the musical “Disney’s Cinderella Kids,” last week in the Mountain School gym.
    Each student had a special role whether that was Cinderella, narrator, solo singer, a wheel of the carriage, or something else. There were six students that acted as Cinderella.
    There were about 100 guests that came to watch, including all the other grades and teachers. Families and teachers all worked together to help the students perform this “happily-ever-after” tale.
    The art teachers, Lorri McInroy and Stephanie Rittner, helped make props and backdrops, the parents and grandparents helped with costumes and hanging the backdrops.
    The teachers helped with logistics, memorizing lines and music.
    The students learned about working together, singing (pitch, high/low and fast/slow), what cue lines are, moving, acting, portraying emotions, using props, solo singing and staying focused.
    The students said they loved working on and performing ‘Disney’s Cinderella Kids!’ They were so excited and had a ton of fun.

  • Rekindling memories of grandpa's garage

    As a little girl growing up in Kentucky, I was always surrounded by interesting cars. One of my grandfathers was a mechanic and owned a small garage in a tiny town called Midway.
    I have fond memories of conversing with the customers, swindling free bubble gum and riding my bike in the gravel outside the garage.
    Occasionally, I would have the honor of being his helper. Grandpa would have both hands under the hood of a car, shouting out the name of the tool he needed. I would revel in the praise I received when I handed him the correct one.
    My other grandpa collected and restored old Chevys, including a deep burgundy 1957 Chevy Wagon. One of his garages was filled with cars in various stages of restoration.
    Part of that garage was filled with his completed projects, all carefully covered in white drop clothes. The only time the covers were removed was during parade season and for the occasional, and very rare, Sunday drive.
    As I grew up and moved away, I lost touch with the car culture a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I can still spot a sexy car from a mile away and, luckily, the car culture in this state is alive and kicking. I simply admire from the comfort of my Toyota sedan, as I tour the interstates of New Mexico.

  • It's a family affair at Native Treasures

    Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival announces the artists, many of them related, whom will be participating in the festival this year. The current roster includes top painters, jewelers, potters, glass artists, sculptors, carvers and weavers who will showcase their work May 24–25 at the Santa Fe Convention Center.
    The festival benefits the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe.
    Jeweler, Victoria Adams, and her sister, Alexis Adams (both Southern Cheyenne/Arapaho), will make their first appearance at Native Treasures this year.
    Victoria Adams is well known for her detailed and refined jewelry designs. She recently branched out into handmade purses with sterling silver and gemstone decorations.
    Alexis Adams is a potter whose designs are influenced by the forms of her Cheyenne ancestors and the plants native to her home in the Sierra foothills of California. The result is a pottery style reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts movement.
    Mother and daughter, Mona and Charlene Laughing, (both Diné), are master weavers who regularly win first-place ribbons for their striking and colorful work at the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard show in Phoenix. They have participated in Native Treasures for the last several years.

  • Justice Department releases findings on APD

     Following a comprehensive investigation, the Justice Department today announced its findings that the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) has engaged in a pattern or practice of excessive force that violates the Constitution and federal law.  The Justice Department delivered a letter setting forth these findings to Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry and Police Chief Gorden Eden this morning.
     
    The investigation was launched on November 27, 2012, and conducted jointly by the Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico. The investigation examined whether APD engages in an unconstitutional pattern or practice of excessive force, including deadly force, as well as the cause of any pattern or practice of a violation of the law.  This investigation did not assess whether any conduct violated criminal laws.  Specific cases have been referred to the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division for consideration.
     
    The Justice Department found reasonable cause to believe that APD engages in a pattern or practice of excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.  The Department specifically found three patterns of excessive force:

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