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  • Off The Hill 12-06-12

    Art openings

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces the annual group exhibit, “A Square Foot of Humor.” The exhibit will be up through 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. Saturday. 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. Saturday. 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. Friday.  Tickets are $20-$39 and can be purchased at popejoypresents.com, unmtickets.com or by calling 877-664-8661.

  • Martin to sign book during WinterFest

    Trinity Drive. Peggy Sue Bridge. Bathtub Row. The history of Los Alamos is written it the names given to locations around town.
    The origins of those names and many more are discussed in the second edition of “Place Names of Los Alamos” by local author Craig Martin.
    “The first edition has been out of print since 2002 and I’ve been promising the Los Alamos Historical Society an update since 2005, so it’s about time,” Martin said.
    The book chronicles the stories behind about 500 names and the second edition includes two-dozen new places that have acquired names in the 15 years since the book was first published. And the names of a few places have taken on greater meaning over the years.
    “Cerro Grande was just ‘big hill’ in 1998, but of course now the name is strongly associated with the fire of 2000,” Martin said.
    “Las Conchas, the mountain to the west, wasn’t mentioned before because it is in Sandoval County, but now the name is deeply associated with Los Alamos.”
    Basic names are descriptive, but in New Mexico, they can come in English, Spanish or Native American tongues.
    Other names come from a variety of sources ranging from governmental decree to naming contests to personal memorials.

  • ‘The Webs of Varok’ launched Tuesday

    Longtime Los Alamos resident Cary Neeper’s second novel, “The Webs of Varok” launched Dec. 4.
    A new independent press, California micropublisher Penscript Publishing House, released the book to online booksellers in hardcopy, paperback and e-book formats.
    The second book in “The Archives of Varok” series, this young-adult/crossover science fiction title follows the human and alien cast from Neeper’s 1975 first-contact novel, “A Place Beyond Man,” as they leave a troubled 21st century Earth for the promise of stability on another world.
    What will it take to secure that promise, after a talented traitor sets her eye on the world’s wealth — and their fragile new family?
    Weaving real issues into the fabric of the story, Neeper illustrates sustainability and ecological economics though example.
    She explores trade-offs in planetary stewardship through the adventures of her amiable aliens on a veiled moon of Jupiter.
    Neeper is an avid student of sustainability, steady-state economics and the impact of cosmology on issues of science and religion.
    In addition to the “Archives of Varok” novels, she has written two musical science fiction comedies and book reviews for The Christian Science Monitor.

  • A Jemez Springs Christmas

    The Village of Jemez Springs will officially kick off the holiday season with a series of events and festivities around town on Saturday.
    The day begins at 3 p.m. with the traditional performance by the Albuquerque Boys Choir, at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, across from the state monument. Elliot Higgins and the Hummingbird music camp facilitate the annual event. Admission is free.
    The community Holiday festivities in the park start at 4:30 p.m. with music performed by local kids and an opportunity for families to help decorate the Christmas tree. Musicians include Sage Mijares with her young Suzuki violin students. Mijares will also perform with her siblings, Noah and Isabella. Music students from Jemez Valley public schools will also perform.
    Santa will arrive at the gazebo at 5 p.m., followed by the annual Christmas tree lighting and caroling at 5:30 p.m. Friends of the Library will offer baked goods and free warm drinks, in the conference room, next to the library.
    From 5-9 p.m., the state monument hosts the annual luminaria event among the ruins of the old Gisewa pueblo and San Jose de los Jemez Mission Church. The event is free and includes hundreds of traditional luminarias, Native American flute music and Jemez pueblo dancers.

  • This week on PAC-8, Dec. 7-13

    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, December 7, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (12-04-12)
    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 “A Brief History of Wendover Airfield”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, December 8, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, December 9, 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 10, 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

  • Restaurant Inspections 12-06-12

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

    Los Alamos

    Café Sushi, 3801 Arkansas Ave.
    Date inspected: Nov. 27
    Violations: One high-risk violation for contaminated equipment — sanitizer > 200 ppm. Corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Daniel’s Café, 800 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Nov. 27
    Violations: One high-risk violation for contaminated equipment — Coke nozzles need cleaning. One low-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — hair restraints, all food handlers must wear a cap or hair net.
    Notes: Have prep refrigerator serviced.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    El Parasol, 1903 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Nov. 27
    Violations: None
    Notes: Excellent facility.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Española

    Advantage Sweets/Baskin Robbins, 1111 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Nov. 28
    Violations: None
    Notes: Hair restraints must be used in food prep/service areas. No exceptions. Noted staff using hair restraints, good. Gloves, good. Facility doing good.

  • Española artist breaks from tradition

    Most artists will say that sharing their talent with others is what drives them to create art. Española resident and artist Monica Duran is no different. She feeds her creative need by making contemporary art pieces, using mixed media — and for the second time, she will share her artwork with the public in a show.
     This time, it will be on exhibit at the Bond House Museum in Española. The show opens with a reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday and will be on display through Jan. 3.
    Despite the fact that she enjoys making art, she’s not able to devote as much time as she’d like to create her pieces because she’s battling terminal cancer. The proceeds from selling her art will go toward her cancer foundation. She is in need of surgery that could save her life.
    “I decided to show it (my art) because I felt in my spirit that it was time. I wanted other women to read my story and not give in to the illness,” Duran said. “I know first-hand that this can either make you or break you and I choose to fight to make it. Art is my passion and I love to create wonderful and beautiful things.”

  • A weekend of WinterFest

    Los Alamos is offering a hearty dose of holiday spirit with WinterFest 2012 this weekend.
    WinterFest commences on Friday, with the 19th annual Los Alamos Crèche Show, which is held annually on the first weekend of December.
    Crèches,” or nativity scenes featuring the Christ child, are displayed by Los Alamos residents, for all to see. Because Los Alamos’ residents come from all over the world, there is always a myriad of crèches on display. The show will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday and again from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints-Los Alamos Ward, located at 1967 18th St., off Spruce St. and 15th. Those wishing to display their crèches should bring them to the church early Friday morning and may pick them up after the Saturday show. Free entry includes refreshments, live music and an area for children to play.
    Then at 7 p.m. Friday, Dance Arts Los Alamos will help kick off WinterFest with a performance of “Hansel and Gretel” — a full-length ballet that continues on Saturday and Sunday. Visit danceartlosalamos.org for times and other details or call 672-9462. The performance takes place at Duane Smith Auditorium.

  • LANL hosts U.S., South Korean deterrence exercise

    A joint exercise gets underway Thursday at Los Alamos National Laboratory which will look at various response scenarios to ongoing nuclear threats from North Korea.

    U.S. and South Korean defense and diplomatic experts will conduct a tabletop exercise examining nuclear deterrence on the Korean Peninsula, a Pentagon official told reporters Wednesday.

    LANL is playing host to 40 U.S. and South Korean officials for the extended exercise, which will look at deterrence methods in response to a nuclear threat scenario, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

    Lab officials were unavailable for comment on how long the joint exercises will be taking place or who the representatives are from each participating country.

    This is the second exercise of its type. The first was at U.S. Strategic Command in 2011. It is conducted under the auspices of a bilateral committee formed in late 2010 to discuss alliance response in the event of a nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula, Little said.

    Exercise participants will look at concepts, crisis decision-making and the requirements of employing extended deterrence assets in response to a nuclear threat scenario, he said.

  • Hunters Find Bodies Thought to Be 2 Iowa Cousins

    Hunters discovered two bodies believed to be the young cousins who vanished last July while riding their bikes in Evansdale Iowa, authorities said Wednesday.