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  • Inner artist

    Art as therapy is not uncommon. It’s a way to release pent-up feelings, but can also breathe new life into the artist and give that person a way to express his feelings.
    For Santa Fe artist Marck Romero, art has provided a way for him to release his inner feelings and has given him a new lease on life.
    As a recovering addict, Romero found his inner artist while in jail. Clean for three years, art came from sobriety. “It’s always something I wanted to do, but never did it,” he said. He said he got clean, reconnected with his spirit and was able to do art.
    Romero is no stranger to the creative process, however. He used to be a tattoo artist and is a guitarist and vocalist in XMortis, a heavy metal/thrash band. He’s also pursuing a degree in drug and alcohol abuse counseling and is scheduled to graduate from Santa Fe Community College next year.
    “Getting clean did so much for me,” he said.
    Romero said drawing is a favorite thing for him to do, but the art he’s been creating recently isn’t just about drawing. It’s about bringing his creations to life by putting paint on wood. But if you’re thinking retablo-style work, think again. Romero’s creations are dark and 3D.

  • La Cocina offers a taste of Northern New Mexico

    Finding a decent Northern New Mexican meal isn’t hard if you’re willing to take a short drive.
    There are plenty of places in Santa Fe that offer traditional New Mexican fare. There are also a few places in Española where you can get a meal reminiscent of those grandma used to make; La Cocina is one of those places. Just to be clear, we’re talking about the location at 415 Santa Clara Bridge Road, not Steve’s La Cocina, behind the fueling station on Los Alamos Highway.
    A recent trip to La Cocina proved to be satisfying and did not cause sticker shock when the bill came. The worst part of the experience was trying to decide on what to order. There is quite a variety to choose from. They offer everything from American comfort food like chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes, to burgers and sandwiches. But one doesn’t go to a Northern New Mexican restaurant for a hamburger (though they are probably pretty good). No,  one goes there for either a red or green chile fix.
    Enchiladas, burritos, tostadas and more grace the pages of the menu, each one tempting the diner to try something they don’t usually order.

  • Feel the pasión in tango

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre will present Pasión de Tango with the Cuarteto Alejandro Ziegler touring the American Southwest for the first time, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18.  
    Ziegler (piano), Ignacio Quiroz (violin), Javier Stromann (bandoneón), Ariel Obregón (double bass) hail from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where they developed their own contemporary tango style based on the music of Julián Plaza, Alfredo Gobbi, Horacio Salgán, Aníbal Troilo, Osvaldo Pugliese and Astor Piazzolla.  
    Zielger was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He graduated from UCA Music University in composition and orchestral conducting. As a pianist, he joined the Buenos Aires City Orchestra (Orquesta Escuela de Tango). There he performed for over two years under conductors Emilio Balcarce and Nestor Marconi.

  • Today in History for October 11th
  • 'Toppers rally to beat Sundevils in five sets

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team came back from a 2-1 deficit in a crucial District 2-4A match Wednesday night at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Los Alamos swept the final two matches against the Española Valley Sundevils to take a 3-2 victory. A victory by the Sundevils would’ve put the Hilltoppers in a deep hole early in the district race.

    Both teams are now 2-1 and tied atop the district standings. Santa Fe took a surprising 3-1 victory over Los Alamos last weekend.

    More on Wednesday’s victory will be in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Potent Pacific Storm System Takes Aim at New Mexico

    A PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM... CURRENTLY MOVING SOUTH JUST OFFSHORE OF CENTRAL CALIFORNIA... WILL SWING EAST TOWARD ARIZONA THURSDAY THEN LIFT NORTHEAST TOWARD THE FOUR CORNERS AREA ON FRIDAY.

    RICH GULF MOISTURE... CURRENTLY POISED OVER CENTRAL TEXAS... WILL RACE NORTHWEST AHEAD OF THE APPROACHING STORM SYSTEM AND INVADE THE EASTERN PLAINS OF NEW MEXICO LATE THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY. THIS MOISTURE WILL ACT AS FUEL FOR THUNDERSTORMS LATE THURSDAY AND ESPECIALLY FRIDAY. A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE FAR EASTERN PLAINS LATE FRIDAY... WITH LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS BEING THE PRIMARY THREATS.

    THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECAST ACROSS CENTRAL AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE AREA AS WELL... BUT ARE NOT EXPECTED TO BECOME SEVERE. BENEFICIAL RAINS ARE EXPECTED LATE THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY... ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE SEVERELY DROUGHT STRICKEN EASTERN PLAINS.

    IN ADDITION TO THUNDERSTORM THREATS THIS STORM SYSTEM WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PACIFIC COLD FRONT... FORECAST TO PUSH THROUGH NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO FRIDAY EVENING. WINDS BOTH AHEAD OF AND BEHIND THE FRONT WILL INCREASE NOTICEABLY FRIDAY... WITH WINDY CONDITIONS FORECAST ACROSS MOST OF THE AREA.

  • 10 things to know for Thursday


    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

    1. VP CANDIDATES TAKE CENTER STAGE

    Untested debater Ryan has been studying up on Biden, who has been sparring over public policy for years.

    2. REPUBLICANS CONFRONT STATE DEPARTMENT ABOUT LIBYA SECURITY

    GOP lawmakers aren't buying the explanation that protection was fine, but overwhelmed by the unprecedented Benghazi assault.

    3. TURKEY INTERCEPTS SYRIAN PLANE AS TENSIONS MOUNT

    The jet was forced to land at Ankara airport, and cargo was confiscated.

    4. WHO CLAIMS TO HAVE THE DOPE ON LANCE ARMSTRONG

    A report shows that 11 former teammates helped build the case against the dethroned Tour de France king.

  • 2 US Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Chemistry

    Two Americans won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for studies of how the cells in our bodies pick up signals as diverse as hormones, smells, flavors and light. Scientists say the studies are key to developing better medicines.

  • Police: Focus on Tips on Missing Colorado Girl

    Authorities said they have received 'several hundred tips' as they continue to search for a 10-year-old girl who disappeared on her way to her suburban Denver school.

  • Congressman: Libya Terror Attack Exposes Security Flaws