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  • Wendy Rule in concert

    Australian singer Wendy Rule will appear live in concert at the Ardantane Dome, south of Jemez Springs, at 6 p.m. Oct. 13. Tickets will be on sale at the door.
     “Wild, passionate and empowering, Australian visionary songstress Wendy Rule weaves music, mythology and ritual together to take her audience on an otherworldly journey of depth and passion,” according to her website.
    “Drawing on her deep love of nature and lifelong fascination with the worlds of fairytale and magic, Wendy’s songs combine irresistible melodies with rich aural textures and a rare personal honesty.”
    Since 1996, Rule has released six major albums. She  has toured Australia extensively and regularly performs in the UK and Europe.
    “Fiercely independent, Rule has carved a unique path through the musical mainstream. Renowned for years amongst the world’s alternative spiritual communities, she is now deservedly gaining a much broader following. Her unique live performances and her beautifully atmospheric and richly emotive songs entice an ever-growing audience into her magical realm,” the website stated.
    The suggested donation for Rule’s performance is $20, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For directions to Ardantane, or for more information, call Amber at 505-469-7777.

  • Restaurant Inspections 10-04-12

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

    Los Alamos

    Elk’s Lodge, 1600 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Sept. 9, complaint
    Violations: None
    Notes: Meat was brought from Matthew’s Meat Processor on Friday, left at 4 p.m. The pig was butchered and when they picked it up, they had a large metal tub. They placed a tarp inside, placed bags of ice and them placed the pig on the ice, then placed bags of ice on top of the pig. Covered with tarp. When they picked up the pig, it didn’t appear to be cool to the touch. They transported it to Los Alamos, which took approximately 13/4 to two hours. They immediately brought in the pig and began cutting up, unwrapped it and placed it in the refrigerator. Portion by portion got cooked. During cooling, they cooked for an hour at 160 degrees. The servings of food were picked up by some firefighters and taken back to the station. Approximately 30 out of 37 got ill (diarrhea). All ate about 5-6 p.m. Most got ill by 4-5 a.m. USDA will be contacted to investigate Matthew’s Meat Processing in Belen. Elk’s Lodge has been doing this for some time. This has been done 23 other times (approximately 20 years).

    Hot Rocks Java catering, 4200 W. Jemez Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 28

  • Have a PEECnic Oct. 14

    The 12th annual PEECnic, Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s  yearly meeting for members and friends will be from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 14.
    There will be activities, talks, and cider filling the air at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    PEEC traditionally holds its annual meeting in the fall, when Bandelier’s Park Flight ornithologist interns are still in town, so that attendees can learn about birds found across the Americas.  
    The PEECnic features illustrated talks by the interns, kids’ activities and light refreshments.
    This year, kids will be making a scarecrow to enter in the MainStreet scarecrow contest and there will be a cider press with plenty of apples to turn into juice.   
    Finally, PEEC members will vote on the board of directors for the coming year.
    As a special thank you to the community for encouraging county council to vote for a new nature center for Los Alamos, there will be a slideshow of PEEC’s history.  
    Council received hundreds of letters and emails from community members in support of the nature center.   
    The PEECnic is free and open to all, whether or not they are PEEC members.  
    For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Learn about biological resource management

    Come to Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 to hear about the Biological Resource Management Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Chuck Hathcock will talk about the lab’s compliance with environmental laws and the plan to protect sensitive species found on lab property.
    The biological resource management teams at LANL assess the status of a variety of organisms on LANL property, including some with threatened or endangered statuses.  
    The team then reports back about how to best manage the biological resources involved.  They have surveyed many different species, including the Jemez Mountain salamander, Rio Grande chub and numerous bird and bat species. LANL scientists often call upon the biology division at the lab to give advice on proposed plans that may pose a threat to the local flora and fauna.
    Hathcock is a wildlife biologist at LANL with more than 15 years of experience in the field. Hathcock and his colleagues have documented many important reports on the biology found in and around LANL.
    His research focuses primarily on songbird population demographics. Outside of work, Hathcock is an avid naturalist and hiker and can be found most weekends birding, bird banding or traveling.  

  • A ‘paddler’s perspective’

    Paul Bauer presents a geo-photo-journey down the northern Rio Grande, emphasizing the river hydrogeology and the evolution of the sublime landscape, during his presentation, “Down the Rio Grande: A Paddler’s Perspective of Rocks and Rapids,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Fuller Lodge.
    The talk is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s 2012-2013 lecture series, “History and Science.”
    Bauer shares his thoughts on the birth and adolescence of the river, where it gets its water and its system of springs.
    He explores the geologic setting of rapids along the river, the Tertiary battles between water and lava, and tidbits of riverside human history as diverse as gold mining and astronaut training.
    Bauer is a principal geologist and associate director at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources at New Mexico Tech.
    He received a doctorate in geology from New Mexico Tech in 1988.
    He served as manager of the state’s Geologic Mapping Program for 12 years, and was program coordinator for the New Mexico Decision-Makers Field Conferences for 10 years, a program designed to bridge the gap between earth scientists and policy makers.  
    He has spent much of the last 30 years investigating the geology and hydrogeology of north-central New Mexico.

  • LASO fall concert Friday

    Familiar tunes, percussive street sounds, cowboy music of the Wild West and soaring melodies —  these will be part of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra’s Fall Concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Crossroads Bible Church.  
    In his second year as music director for LASO, conductor Dr. Ivan Shulman will lead the orchestra in a concert tour.
    The Brahms “Academic Festival Overture” will open the concert. Composed as a thank you note to the University of Breslau, after receiving an honorary doctorate, Brahms included a variety of college drinking songs. Always the curmudgeonly joker, these appear loose and episodic — in a sort of “tongue in cheek” structure.
    Violinist Roberta Arruda, originally from Brazil, will solo in the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3. Saint-Saens has been described as the “compleat Frenchman” — accomplished pianist, organist, prolific author on many subjects, linguist, raconteur and world traveler.
     “I produce music like an apple tree produces apples,” Saint-Saens said. His third violin concerto is one of his most popular works.

  • Artists share their interpretations of 'Needles and Pins'

    When the phrase “Needles and Pins” is muttered, it sometimes brings to mind the old saying about waiting on needles and pins. It also can bring to mind the Ramones punk rock song of the same name. But on Friday, it will also be associated with art.
    “Needles and Pins” opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday. The exhibit is part of the Arts Crawl, which will include events at Mesa Public Library, the Los Alamos Historical Museum and Karen Wray Fine Art.
    Artists’ interpretations of a subject are as varied as the pieces they create. This show challenged artists to think outside the box and present their views of needles and pins. The results might be surprising.
    In a state well known for fibers arts and artists, it shouldn’t be surprising that there were myriad entries. However, the show is about more than creating clothing and quilts  — though there are some pieces included. Everything from a pin dome by Los Alamos artist Darla Graff, to  K.C. Coe’s “Ashley Pond Basket” will be on display.

  • Money-saving tips on open enrollment

    Over the next few weeks, millions of Americans will receive their 2013 open enrollment materials. Although it’s tempting to simply check “same as last year,” that can be a costly mistake – especially if your employer is offering different benefit plans next year or your family or income situation has changed.
    Plus, an important feature of health care flexible spending accounts, which many people use to reduce their tax bite, is changing next year (more on that below).
    Here’s what to look for when reviewing your benefit options:
    Many benefit plans – especially medical – change coverage details from year to year. If you’re offered more than one plan, compare features side by side (including plans offered by your spouse’s employer) to ensure you’re choosing the best alternative. Common changes include:
    • Dropping or replacing unpopular or overly expensive plans.
    • Increased monthly premiums for employee and/or dependent coverage.
    • Increased deductible and/or copayment amounts for doctor visits, prescription drugs, hospitalization, dental or vision benefits, etc.
    • Revised drug formularies.
    • Doctors and hospitals sometimes withdraw from a plan’s preferred provider network.

  • ‘A moral adventure’

    Enraged, many times, has been the reaction on the part of former Sen. Pete Domenici to hearing priests from his Catholic Church talk about business and entrepreneurship. Domenici shared this bit of his history as a way of saying how pleased he was to have found a priest — Rev. Robert Sirico — to talk to Catholic New Mexico about entrepreneurship via his Domenici Public Policy Conference.
    The presentation from Sirico was part of moving the Pete V. Domenici Institute for Public Policy at New Mexico State University in the direction of helping New Mexicans understand free enterprise and entrepreneurship. The rationale for moving toward entrepreneurship is simple, Domenici said. It is the dearth of entrepreneurship on the part of New Mexicans.
    The conference was Sept. 19 and 20 in Las Cruces. Sirico was the only male on the Sept. 19 program. Sirico heads the Acton Institute of Grand Rapids, Mich. The Institute’s mission, its newsletter says, “is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.”
    Domenici charged Sirico with teaching Catholic priests the capitalist system.

  • Miguel Cabrera nabs MLB’s Triple Crown

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Miguel Cabrera had just achieved baseball immortality, and everyone around him knew it.
    Tigers manager Jim Leyland had tears welling in his eyes. General manager Dave Dombrowski kept trying to remind people to stop and enjoy the moment. Prince Fielder simply shook his head in disbelief at the history that had unfolded.
    Less than an hour earlier, in the midst of Detroit’s otherwise meaningless 1-0 victory over Kansas City, it had finally become official: Cabrera had won the Triple Crown.
    “Everybody said to me it was unbelievable. They were all excited to see this, enjoy this, be a part of something big,” he said, taking the rare feat in stride better than anyone.
    Cabrera finished the regular-season hitting .330 with 44 homers and 139 RBIs, leading the American League in all three statistical categories, making him just the 15th player to achieve the Triple Crown and the first since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
    “I’ve managed a lot of players, managed some great ones, but I’ve never seen anything like this,” Leyland said. “When you’re sitting back and it’s over with, people are talking about Miguel Cabrera, the rest of the world will have no idea who his manager was, but I will.”