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  • Council gives nod to animal art

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter will soon welcome visitors with some bright and whimsical artwork.

    Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved commissions for interior and exterior art recommended by the Art in Public Places Advisory Board.

    This was the board’s second attempt to win approval for its choice of artwork at the shelter. In October 2011, the board recommended two mixed media dogs by artist Geoffrey Gorman. Council rejected the proposal, mainly because no attempt had been made to seek out other artists and because no images of cats were offered.

    The board went back to basics, issuing a Request for Proposals in February.

    “We got a lot of really great proposals, both for interior and exterior art, so it was very difficult to decide,” current Chair Carolyn Bossert said.

    The board displayed posters of the proposals at meetings and locations such as the Animal Shelter and solicited public opinion, which they incorporated into their choice.

    “There was kind of a consensus, even though it was a real tough decision,” Bossert said.

    The commission for exterior art will be awarded to sculptor Carrie Quade and Los Alamos artist Melissa Bartlett will provide acrylic paintings for the interior.

  • Board mulls builder choice

    The redesign project of Aspen Elementary recently received a boost when the Los Alamos Public School District’s Citizen’s Review Committee picked a Construction Manager at Risk to head up the project.

    The CMAR will be Jaynes Corporation, according to LAPS Purchasing Manager June Gladney.

    “The interview with Jaynes’ staff was dynamic, exciting and on target. It is clear that they understand the CMAR process and how it will benefit our Aspen project,” Gladney said in a recent report on the matter.

    A CMAR is an industry term for a construction manager that, once a total construction cost estimate is agreed upon with the client, must make sure to stay within the agreed budget. A CMAR usually agrees to assume all cost overruns, thus, the “at-risk” part.

    Gladney reminded the board of the difference, using the construction currently going on at the middle school as an example.

    “I hope the board will approve our selection,” said Gladney, reminding the board that “this is a CMAR project, in that we are moving away from the McCarthy model. There will be a preconstruction phase where there will be a guaranteed maximum price and then move forward from there.

    The district sent out a request for proposals and Jaynes was one of six companies that responded.

  • Tips for buying pet toys

    Tennis balls, Frisbees, rawhides, and Kongs. Dog toys line the shelves of multiple aisles at pet stores. With all of the choices, which toys should or shouldn’t you buy for man’s best friend?
    Dr. Mark Stickney, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of General Surgery Services at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said that when first giving your dog toys, buy a variety of toys to see what the animal prefers.
     “They are going to have a toy preference the same way that children have toy preferences,” he said. “Once you determine their favorites, you can adjust your selection and your budget accordingly for the toys that entertain your pet.”
    To help guide your purchases, Stickney said it’s important to make sure the toy is made of nontoxic material and the appropriate size toy for the animal. A five-pound Yorkie, for example, will not be able to use an extra-large Kong toy made for a Rotweiller. Kong toys, he added, are one of his favorite brands because it keeps the pets busy by challenging them to get a treat out of the small hole of the toy.

  • GOP works to attract Hispanic vote

    SANTA FE – OK, so here’s the latest national plan to woo Hispanics into the GOP. Showcasing Latino top officials such as Govs. Susana Martinez and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio didn’t help much in the 2012 elections.
    So the latest plan is to create a super-PAC. Republicans are good at those. The idea isn’t to buy Hispanic votes. Hispanics are too honorable for that. It’s for buying congressional votes. That is usually pretty easy.
    The biggest fear of moderate Republican members of Congress is getting “primaried” by the tea party and other right wing organizations. It happened in 2010 and 2012 and lists of Republicans who might stray from the fold already are being made for the 2014 GOP primary elections.
    The new super-PAC, to be called Republicans for Immigration Reform, is intended to begin repairing the political damage left by years of anti-illegal immigrant rhetoric.
    The organizers are former George W. Bush Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Washington lawyer Charlie Spies. Ironically, Spies was a co-founder of the pro-Mitt Romney super-PAC Restore our Future, which aired ads during this year’s GOP presidential primaries accusing some of Romney’s rivals of being too liberal on immigration.

  • Off The Hill 11-29-12

    Art openings

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces the annual group exhibit, “A Square Foot of Humor.” The exhibit will be up Friday-Jan. 8. The show will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 30 at 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe. For more information, visit zanebennettgallery.com.

    Bazaar

    There will be a Christmas Bazaar at the Pueblo de San Ildefonso Gymnasium, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 8. Arts and crafts, baked goods, raffles, a food booth and more will be featured.

    Christmas events

    Taos will sparkle as galleries, studios, merchants and museums collaborate for Lighting Ledoux, at 7 p.m. Dec. 8. This free event is a time for friends and family of all ages to explore historic Ledoux Street in the heart of downtown Taos.

    Performances

    Experience a night of music with award-winning a cappella group, New Directions Veterans Choir. The group includes veterans who have overcome challenges with homelessness, incarceration and addiction. They come to Popejoy Hall at 8 p.m. Dec. 7.  Tickets are $20-$39 and can be purchased at popejoypresents.com, unmtickets.com or by calling 877-664-8661.

  • 2012 holiday concerts planned around New Mexico

    The Santa Fe Opera’s holiday concerts, “Arias, Carols and Songs,” return to Roswell, Santa Fe and Albuquerque in December.  Soprano Mary-Jane Lee and tenor Matthew Grills, both former apprentices, will perform a program of classical and sacred works as well as music of the season.
    Flutist Valerie Potter and members of Young Voices, the Opera’s program for high school students, will join them. Baritone Alex Harden, who has been a member of Young Voices for the past three years, will sing the hymn “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need.” He is from Tijeras. Kirt Pavitt is the pianist for all three performances.
    The Roswell performance of “Arias, Carols and Songs” will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Anderson Museum. The Santa Fe performance is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at Cristo Rey Catholic Church.
    The Albuquerque concert Dec. 16 will take place in a new venue, Simms Auditorium on the campus of the Albuquerque Academy, at 3 p.m.
    The concerts are free and everyone is welcome. Seating is on a first-come first-served basis and the doors open one-half hour before each performance.
    Lee was an apprentice in 2011 and 2012. She received her bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and a master’s degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

  • PEEC hosts reptile talk, demonstration and display

    See and learn about reptiles and amphibians of New Mexico from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Scott Bulgrin, president of the New Mexico Herpetological Society, will give a talk on New Mexico herpetological fauna, followed by a live animal demonstration and display.
    New Mexico is home to at least 123 species of reptiles and amphibians. The Pajarito Plateau boasts around 30, including 12 species of snakes and 11 species of lizards. Many of these are often overlooked or well camouflaged, so getting the chance to see such seldom seen and wild animals up close can be a treat.
    Some of the critters Bulgrin might bring include a Couch’s Spadefoot Toad, Great Plains Toad, Sonoran Desert Toad, Box Turtle, Painted Turtle, Snapping Turtle, Side-Blotched Lizard, Bull Snake, Glossy Snake, Great Plains Ratsnake and Desert Kingsnake.
    For almost 50 years, the New Mexico Herpetological Society has promoted the scientific study of the state’s reptile and amphibian populations and the recognition of their role in the ecosystem. They educate the public about these unusual and unique animals through field trips, community outreach programs and monthly meetings.

  • This week on PAC-8, Nov. 30-Dec. 6

    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, November 30, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (11-27-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony Fall 2012
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, December 1, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, December 2, 2012
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, December 3, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM Amy Goodman at Fuller Lodge – “The Silenced Majority”
    02:30 PM Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2012
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Education is Hope
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!

  • Restaurant Inspections 11-29-12

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Española

    Pig Boy Willy
    Date inspected: Nov. 17
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Santa Fe

    Andiamo, 322 Garfield St.
    Date inspected: Nov. 16
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for contaminated equipment — dishwasher solution is not dispensing into the dishwasher. Temperature, 149 degrees, not adequate for hot water sanitizing. Three low-risk violations, two for floors/walls/ceilings — carpeting is used in the bread cutting area. Few tiles by the hand sink wall are missing. Seal. Remove carpeting around this area of dining room, where loaves of bread are sliced. Remove within three months. One violation for ventilation/lighting — light bulb in walk-in cooler does not have cover. Corrected during inspection.
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Casa Real, 1650 Galisteo St.
    Date inspected: Nov. 19, opening

  • Public invited to ceremony

    The 2012 public ceremony at the Rotunda of the New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe, will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 10 to honor all who have served in the nation’s military.  
    A wreath donated to the people of New Mexico by the Worcester Wreath Company, will be presented and remain on display through December. The event is celebrated simultaneously at other state capitols across the country and marks the hour that Wreaths-Across-America begins its annual transport of  gravesite wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
    The state wreath is three-feet in diameter, made from Balsam Fir and displays flags representing each of the branches of the military, as well as POW/MIA designated service members. An invitation  is extended to members of those branches to attend and be recognized during the ceremony.  
    The mission of Wreaths-Across-America is summed up in its motto: “Remember, Honor, and Teach.” The Stephen Watts Kearny Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, invites the public to join them in this national event.  More information about Wreaths-Across-America can be found at wreathsacrossamerica.org/.
    For information about the ceremony at the Rotunda, contact Judy Reed at pandjreed@comcast.net or 986-1048.