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  • Rural areas plagued by poverty

    After World War II, national defense provided the biggest economic boost. But today, the rural areas farthest from the metro areas struggle under century-old burdens of limited educational opportunities and substandard infrastructure, among other challenges. Those rural counties near cities or with natural amenities have tended to hold their own.
    Rural counties are plagued by what the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls “persistent poverty.” Residents of rural areas “earn substantially less” than metro residents.
    Sound broadly familiar? It should.
    But if this summary of rural economic problems doesn’t quite sound like New Mexico, that’s because the description is of Florida, Georgia, Alabama and parts of three other states, the territory served by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The description is in “Wanted: Jobs 2.0 in the Rural Southeast,” in the current issue of EconSouth, a publication of the Atlanta Fed (frbatlanta.org).
    For New Mexico the article provides a useful summary, the type of overview we seldom get. It is close enough, overall, to provide insight, allowing for differences. With our double dip recession in place, we should take insight where we can find it.

  • Off The Hill 10-25-12

    Art exhibits

    The fourth biennial Taos Art Glass Invitational and Walking on Glass Tour will be through Sunday. For more information, visit tiganm.org or call Delinda VanneBrightyn at 575-613-6484.
    Art openings

    The Harwood Museum in Taos open three new exhibits exploring the theme of “Machine Wilderness (In Zero Gravity)” to members Friday and to the public Saturday. “Machine Wilderness (In Zero Gravity)” is presented in collaboration with “ISEA2012 Albuquerque” the 18th International Symposium of Electronic Art. For more information, visit harwoodmuseum.org.

    Taos artist Maye Torres will exhibit “Maye Torres: Unbound,” at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos. Her one-person exhibit opens Saturday and remains on view through Jan. 27. For more information, visit harwoodmuseum.org or call 575-758-9826.

    “Chairs Gone Wild!” will open with a reception at 7 p.m. Sunday at Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery, 17346 N.M. 4, Jemez Springs. This is a charity event with a portion of all sales benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. The exhibit will run through Nov. 9. For more information, call 575-829-3617.
    Dance

  • Make some bones to benefit project

    The Rising Moon Gallery will host a potluck and ceremony to honor the victims of genocide around the world from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 2.
    Bones made of clay, by adults and children of the Abiquiu community, will be laid out in a ceremony to honor the victims of genocide.
    The making of the bones is a community project that supports the national One Million Bones project.
    The One Million Bone project allows participants to showcase their creativity and join a global community working to end genocide by making a bone and/or sponsoring a bone for $5.  
    Proceeds are donated to direct service and advocacy organizations through the One Million Bones project headquartered in Albuquerque.
    Bones made at the Rising Moon Gallery and at the Abiquiu Elementary School and La Puerta School will be transported to Albuquerque to become part of a national installation in Washington, D.C. at the National Mall on June 8, 2013.
    One Million Bones is a fundraising art installation and education project designed to recognize the millions of victims killed or displaced by ongoing genocides.
    Its mission is to increase global awareness of the ongoing devastation of genocide, raise $5 million to protect and aid displaced victims and educate students about tolerance through art and social activism.

  • LACW wins award

    The Los Alamos Community Winds, a wind ensemble made up of members of the Los Alamos community, was recently awarded second place in The American Prize Competition.
    The group is comprises both amateur and professional musicians of all ages and backgrounds from middle and high school students to retirees.
    They perform four to five formal concerts each season with repertoire ranging from orchestral transcriptions to original band works, marches, film music and Broadway.
    They also perform at civic functions such as the 4th of July fireworks celebrations.
    The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances of music by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Conn., The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually.
    The competitions of The American Prize are open to all U.S. citizens, whether living in this country or abroad and to others currently living, working and/or studying in the United States of America, its protectorates and territories.

  • 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.