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  • PEEC and Reel Deal team up

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater are teaming up at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 to show a new PBS documentary about the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    “Valles Caldera: The Science” tells about scientific research currently being conducted on the Preserve. A question and answer session with the director and scientists involved with the film will be after the showing. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for children at the door.
    “Valles Caldera: The Science” is the first in a planned three-part documentary for PBS. “Valles Caldera: The History and The Future” are still in development stage.  “The Science” explores the scientific research currently being conducted in the VCNP.  
    It covers three main topics: geologic history, current research and fire impacts. LANL scientists assisted with creating 3-D animations of eruptions to show the geologic forces that formed the Caldera and surrounding structures, and many Valle staff assisted with the filming process.
    During filming, the Las Conchas fire burned about 30 percent of the VCNP.  This event added a few new dimensions to the film, allowing the crew to obtain incredible comparative images and data from before and after fire.

  • LACA kicks off season Nov. 3 at Duane Smith

    The Los Alamos Concert Association continues its 2012-2013 season with the trio David Finckel, Wu Han and Philip Setzer.
    London’s Musical Opinion said of Finckel and Han’s Wigmore Hall debut: “They enthralled both myself and the audience with performances whose idiomatic command, technical mastery and unsullied integrity of vision made me think right back to the days of Schnabel and Fournier, Solomon and Piatigorsky.”
    Beyond the duo’s recital activities, Finckel also serves as cellist of the Emerson String Quartet.
    Finckel and Han have achieved universal renown for their commitment to nurturing the careers of countless young artists through a wide array of education initiatives.
    Violinist Setzer is a founding member (recently retired) of the Emerson String Quartet, which has received nine Grammy Awards, three Gramophone Awards and the Avery Fisher Prize.
    He has performed cycles of the complete Beethoven, Bartók and Shostakovich string quartets in the world’s musical capitals, from New York to Vienna.  
     In 1976, Setzer won a bronze medal at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Brussels.

  • This week on PAC-8, Oct. 26-Nov. 1

    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 26, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (10-23-12)
    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 – “Geology of the Rio Grande”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, October 27, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, October 28, 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 29, 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 10-25-12

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

    Española

    Chili’s Bar and Grill, Riverside Drive
    Date inspected: Oct. 18
    Violations: Two high-risk violations, one for improper holding — rice, shrimp holding at 79 degrees, 56 degrees. Staff in process of cooling with ice. Corrected. One violation for contaminated equipment — can opener dirty, still in use. Advised manager, removed. Corrected. Two moderate-risk violations, one for contaminated equipment — cutting boards scarred up, need table replaced or resurfaced. One violation for other — some staff not wearing hair net, hair restraints, caps. Repeat violation. Two low-risk violations, one for floors/walls/ceilings — food debris on floor, wall corner. One violation for storage — box food on floor in walk-ins. Note, facility very busy during inspection.
    Notes: Facility doing overall OK. High-risk violations corrected on site. Water heater having problems, but hot water was present during inspection.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Home Run Pizza, 1031 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 16, opening
    Violations: None

  • High Tech Halloween set for Friday night

    The 19th annual High-Tech Halloween Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum combines science and engineering in a “spooktacular” setting.
    Between 4 and 6:30 p.m., visitors to the museum can learn many things pertaining to Mars, with three feature presentations on robotics, cryogenics and physics. Learn what the LANL-built ChemCam is discovering on its exploration of the Mars surface.Watch old movie clips that show how Mars has been portrayed.
    Visitors also can see Earth critters like scorpions and spiders and learn about DNA, the basic building block of life on Earth.
    “The whole family can have a ‘spooktacular’ time you’ll remember the whole year,” said Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck.
    High-Tech Halloween is part of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s “Trick or Treat on MainStreet.”
    There is never an admission fee to events at the Bradbury Science Museum. The museum is located at 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos and is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
    To get more information on activities at the museum call 667-4444.

  • Trick-or-treat on MainStreet Friday

    On Friday the Los Alamos MainStreet’s Annual Trick or Treat on MainStreet will be from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. with an estimated 3,000 people gathering in downtown Los Alamos.  
    Local businesses and organizations will open their doors and set up booths along Central Avenue and down Main Street to give out treats to the community’s trick-or-treaters.
    The Hillstompers will perform and the New Mexico Dance Theater will have a street dance at 5:30 p.m., followed by Hallowiener Parade around 6 p.m.
    In addition to the festivities along MainStreet:
    • The YMCA will hold their Costume Climb and InterGLOWatic spacewalk from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
    • The Bradbury Science Museum High Tech Halloween will be from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
    • Los Alamos Medical Center will have their trick-or-treating from 3-5 p.m.
    On Saturday, the festivities will continue. The day will start off with Ruby K’s Yum Run at 8 a.m., then a community pumpkin carving will be from 10 a.m.-noon at Fuller Lodge. Pumpkins will then be displayed at the Pumpkin Glow at Fuller Lodge on the lawn. The Nomads will play from 6-9 p.m. inside Fuller Lodge.
    Los Alamos National Bank, Compa Industries, The Education Plan, Del Norte Credit Union, Los Alamos Medical Center and Los Alamos County sponsor the MainStreet event.

  • Lighting Up the Night

    The community will be treated to an evening of glowing Jack o’ lanterns. Beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, the Los Alamos Arts Council will present its 11th annual Pumpkin Glow on the Fuller Lodge lawn.  
    This event features hundreds of pumpkins carved by community members. Everyone is encouraged to participate by dropping off carved pumpkins Saturday on the Fuller Lodge lawn.
    The event, sponsored by Smith’s Food and Drug, Village Arts, Los Alamos National Bank and MainStreet will feature hundreds of pumpkins designed and carved by everyone, from young children to professional artists. Creations of all sorts will glimmer in the night.
    Some highlights from past Pumpkin Glows include carvings of historical world landmarks, tributes to the armed forces, Alfred Hitchcock-themed pumpkins, totem poles of carved Tiki patterns and a wide variety of creepy creatures created by local Boy Scouts.
    A new addition has been the animated ghosts and pumpkins appearing in and out of the windows at Fuller Lodge, accompanied by Halloween music. Once again, this will be part of the event. Sponsor logos will dance across Fuller Lodge as a part of the animation. Groups can also create spooky scenes such as the cemetery, done by the scouts each year.

  • WAC coaches pick Aggie men’s hoops as No. 1 in preseason poll

    LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University Aggie men’s basketball team was voted to win the WAC title in the WAC Coaches’ Preseason poll and finished second in the media poll.
    The 10 head coaches selected the Aggies to finish first with five first-place votes and 77 points. Utah State captured second place with five first-place votes and 76 points. Denver took third place with 65 points.
    For the Aggies, senior forward Tyrone Watson and sophomore guard Daniel Mullings earned Preseason All-WAC honors.
    Utah State junior guard Preston Medlin was tabbed as the league’s preseason player of the year. Mullings earned a first-team nod along with Denver junior forward Chris Udofia, Idaho center Kyle Barone and Louisiana Tech sophomore guard Raheem Appleby.
    The conference media poll selected Utah State as this year’s favorite. Utah State received 232 points and 15 first-place votes.
    Medlin was named the preseason player of the year in the WAC.
    Here are the results from the Western Athletic Conference coaches’ and media men’s basketball polls (first place votes are in parentheses):

    Coaches’ poll

    1. NMSU (5), 77 points
    2. Utah State (5), 76 points
    3. Denver, 65 points
    4. Louisiana Tech, 54 points

  • LA sweeps, moves closer to 2-4A win

    It was somewhat fitting that, a week before Halloween, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team eradicated some Demons, albeit doing so the hard way.
    Los Alamos looked creaky, particularly in the early part of Wednesday’s match, but pulled things together to take a commanding lead in the third set.
    Outside hitters Erin Kirk and Brianna Montaño combined for seven spike kills in the final set as the Hilltoppers earned a 25-23, 27-25, 25-17 win over Santa Fe’s Demons at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Wednesday’s win gives Los Alamos a chance to clinch the District 2-4A championship Saturday. Los Alamos travels to play Española Valley, the only team with a shot at snapping the Hilltoppers’ streak of four consecutive regular season district titles.
    The win also avenged a loss in the teams’ first district meeting Oct. 6 in Santa Fe, where the Demons grabbed a 3-1 victory and put Los Alamos in a bind early in the 2-4A race.
    “We got rattled,” Hilltopper defensive specialist Allyssa Tedder said of the Oct. 6 match. “We kind of weren’t playing as a team. In this one we played better, we were sharing better and we had a lot more fun.”

  • 'Topper boys, girls host LA Invite Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams will lace up for their final meet of the year Friday.
    Their season finale, unlike most of their other meets this season, will be close to home.
    The Hilltoppers will host the Los Alamos Invitational. Competition will start with the junior varsity girls’ race at 3 p.m. The meet, as usual, will be at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Los Alamos traditionally hosts its final regular season meet a week before the district championship. Both Los Alamos teams will again be heavy favorites to win the 2-4A title — the boys and girls have never lost nor been seriously challenged for the district crown since joining 2-4A in 2000.
    However, the Hilltoppers will have some stiff competition to contend with Friday. Some of the top programs in the state, including Cleveland and arch-rival Albuquerque Academy are expected to take part.
    Los Alamos’ teams are both ranked as the tops in Class 4A heading in. Los Alamos’ boys are anchored by a powerful nucleus of seniors, not the least of which is Sean Reardon, who has emerged as a serious contender for the 4A individual title this season. Los Alamos’ girls are the deepest team in the state and have been paced by three different runners in four meets this season (Mikayla Pulliam, Maddy Foley and Jennifer Mooday).