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  • Scholastic Book Fair

    Chamisa Elementary kicks off their book fair Friday. It will continue through Oct. 30 and is open to the community. The funds will benefit several learning programs at Chamisa. Items at the book fair include those for children, teens and adults and range from pencils, posters and books to items for the computer. Fair hours are 7:30-8:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3-6 p.m

  • UNM-LA tables tax hike

    A sluggish economy, the uncertainty of the budget situation at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and a similar proposal from the Los Alamos Public Schools all played a part in the University of New Mexico’s Board of Regents decision to squelch a proposal to the taxpayers of Los Alamos.

    This coming January, UNM-LA was planning to send out a ballot to Los Alamos residents proposing to raise the tax rate by two mils in an effort to bolster UNM-Los Alamos’ core academic programs.

    The UNM-LA Advisory Board earlier cited declining financial support from the state as the main impetus behind the need for a tax hike. If the proposal was approved by voters, then UNM-LA could have received approximately $1.4 million in additional annual revenue. Two mil points would equate to $66.67 for every $200,000 in property value.

    But, according to UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page, the board has decided to hold off on the proposal.

    “The regents thought it best to wait until later in the year to see how things pan out with the economy, the general election in November and this fiscal cliff we’re supposed to go off at the first of the year,” Page said.

  • On CRC, just say no

    There have been several letters to the editor regarding the four ballot questions designed to amend sections of the Charter that concern Initiative, Referendum, and Recall.  I urge voters to vote No on all four ballot questions for several reasons.
    The first is that council is required by law to present only legal questions to the voters.  These four questions are not legal questions because each one was derived from a number of ordinances that were voted on as a group, not individually.  This is in direct violation of the following sections of the Charter:
    203.2.1 which describes the introduction of an ordinance, introduced in  writing, and limited to a single subject;
    203.2.2 which describes how the notice of the proposed adoption of an ordinance should be published and the contents of the publication;
    203.2.3 which states that council may adopt the ordinance with or without amendment or reject it and the process the council must follow if the ordinance is amended; and
    203.2.4 which states that unless otherwise provided in this Charter, every adopted ordinance shall become effective thirty (30) days after the publication of the notice of its adoption or at any later date specified in the ordinance.

  • Needlework display at Mesa Public Library

    The display case at Mesa Public Library will feature embroidered artwork stitched by members of the Pajarito Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, through Oct. 26. The EGA is a national educational organization dedicated to promoting and preserving needle arts. There are a number of different types of needlework in the display.
    The local chapter meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in Gibson Fellowship Hall of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Los Alamos. Each meeting features a program on a stitching technique or project. During the past year the group has explored stump work (three-dimensional embroidery), chicken scratch or gingham embroidery, crazy quilting, New Mexican colcha embroidery and Kumihimo (Japanese braiding.)
    Between 10 a.m. and noon Oct. 20, members of Pajarito Chapter will be in the lobby of Mesa Public Library to demonstrate various embroidery techniques. Watch the stitchers at work. They’ll explain the various techniques and answer questions. For more information call Marilyn at 672-9404.

     

  • Off the Hill 10-18-12

    Art tours

    The 25th Annual Galisteo Studio Tour will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit galistostudiotour.org or call 466-2121.

    Dance

    Ballet Folklorico de Mexico will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. For ticket prices and more information, visit ticketssantafe.org.
    Exhibits

    The United States Flag Act of 1818 set forth a rule that no new stars could be added to Old Glory until the Fourth of July immediately following a state’s admission to the union. Thanks to that once-a-year-and-only-once-a-year mandate, New Mexicans hoping to share their pride at becoming the 47th state were essentially forced into committing their first illegal acts as U.S. citizens. Through Nov. 25, the New Mexico History Museum commemorates that dip into the dark side with “47 Stars,” an exhibit of the officially unofficial 47-star flag. For more information, call 476-5200.
    Film

    The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival kicks off with the New Mexico premier of “Bless Me Ultima,” based on the novel by Rudolfo Anaya. The festival runs through Sunday and will also feature “Tiger Eyes,” by Judy Blume. For more information and tickets, visit santafeiff.com.
    Miscellaneous

  • Take a trip to Beanfield Mesa

    Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 9:10 a.m. Oct. 27 for a hike across Beanfield Mesa. Living Treasure, author and local historian Dorothy Hoard will lead participants around the mesa top, past historic locations and to viewpoints.
    Prior to 1943, two old roads were built to access a farm high atop Beanfield Mesa.  Located across Rendija Canyon, north of Barranca Mesa, the mesa featured a substantial line cabin (lost in the 2000 Cerro Grande fire).  
    Those farmers tended crops on Beanfield Mesa, but the history of the mesa also includes sheep, cattle and logging. During the hike, Hoard will talk about this historic location and the importance of Veronica Springs, a welcome sight in dry times that probably fed a sawmill at one point.
    This hike will loop around the mesa to include both roads and also check out two game pits — one probably real, the other suspicious. This is a moderate hike.
    Some stretches are very rocky, though not particularly steep. Some parts of the route have no established trail.
    Come experience the views and a historic area of Los Alamos. Meet at PEEC at 9:10 a.m. to carpool or at the trailhead at 9:30 a.m. Bring water and sunscreen. Free, no registration required.

  • ‘Remembering Miss O’Keeffe’

    Margaret Wood will share stories and memories of her time with Georgia O’Keeffe as part of the Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.
    In 1977, Wood  began a five-year stay as companion and caretaker to then 89-year-old Georgia O’Keeffe.
    There were no sign posts in the village in those years and few markers for a young woman managing the complex role as companion to a woman of O’Keeffe’s stature, who nonetheless was now dependent on others to maintain the independent life she had cultivated.                        
    Growing and preparing food was one of O’Keeffe’s greatest pleasures, with the artist mentoring her young caregiver on the art of gardening and cooking. Wood and O’Keeffe often walked the red hills of Ghost Ranch in early evenings.
    The artist had a reputation of living a secluded life, but in fact enjoyed welcoming a host of visitors to her home. Wood shares anecdotes about these social exchanges, along with a treasure trove of stories              intimately shared in her new book, “Remembering Miss O’Keeffe: Stories from Abiquiu.”

  • This week on PAC-8, Oct. 19-25

    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, October 19, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (10-02-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Education is Hope
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Geology of the Rio Grande”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, October 20, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, October 21, 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, October 22, 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 League of Women Voters Candidate Forum  10-04-12
    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 10-18-12

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

    Los Alamos

    AFC Sushi Deli, 535 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Oct. 10
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Home Run Pizza, 1627 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Oct. 10, follow-up
    Violations: One high-risk violation for improper holding — large prep refrigerator still needs to be serviced. Toss the food below cheese. Do no use unless in ice baths.

    Mi Casita, Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 10, closing
    Status of establishment: Closed, no longer doing business.

    Smith’s Bakery, 535 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Oct. 10
    Violations: One low-risk violation for floors/walls/ceilings — flooring has lots of food product, needs cleaning.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Española

    El Rigoberto’s Mexican Food, Paseo de Oñate
    Date inspected: Oct. 9, closing
    Status of establishment: Closed, moved to Los Alamos

    Giant #862, 1616 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 10

  • Auditions for ‘VanChocStraw’

    Group auditions for Van Choc Straw will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5 in the Green Room of the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.
    Scripts are available at the Reference Desk of the Mesa Public Library.
    Anyone who wishes to have a private audition rather than attend the group audition should contact John Gustafson at johngus@cybermesa.com or at 412-3235.
    Callbacks, if necessary, will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6.
    “VanChocStraw” (think Neopolitan ice cream), an unpublished play by Albuquerque-based playwright Mark Dunn, will be produced at Los Alamos Little Theatre in March 2013, and will be LALT’s entry into the AACTFest competition to be hosted at LALT, also in March.
    Mimi Adams is the director and Gustafson the producer. Anyone interested in helping with crew for this show is also invited to let them know of your interest. Casting will be for four women and one man.
    Characters in order of appearance
    • Althea Witlin, female, mid- to late-70s
    • Leif Morrell, male, 33
    • Mattie Pleshette, female, mid-20s to early 30s
    • Connie Morrell, female, 31
    • Ina Gluck, female, mid-70s
    This is a comedy/drama. Althea Witlin has one jigsaw puzzle among her large collection that she’s never worked.