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  • Learn the effects of the Las Conchas Fire

    Come to PEEC from 7 – 8 p.m. to Hear how the Las Conchas fire affected the Valles Caldera National Preserve from Rebecca Oertel, a forest and range plant ecologist at the VCNP, from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 16.
    Oertel grew up in Los Alamos, obtained a degree in biochemistry and has worked in the Jemez Mountains Area for the past 18 years as a biologist.  
    Although Oertel has been at the VCNP for one year, her extensive experience in the Jemez Mountains includes 11 years as a biologist at Bandelier National Monument, nine of which were with the U.S. Geological Society under Dr. Craig Allen at the Jemez Mountain Field Station.  
    There, she performed scientific research in long-term ecological monitoring including botany, ecohydrology, tree demography and dendrochronology.  
    In addition, her checkered background includes biochemical cancer research, EPA Superfund cleanup, LANL environmental monitoring, radioactive materials handling and disposal and a Helitack wildland firefighter in Santa Fe National Forest.
    This presentation will include photographs and a discussion of Las Conchas Fire effects on the VCNP and possible short-term ecological outcomes in the Jemez Mountains.  

  • This week on PAC-8, Oct. 12-18

    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, August 12, 2011
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – LIVE!
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay (8-02-11)
    03:00 PM JR Oppenheimer Lecture – Paul Nurse – “Great Ideas of Biology
    04:30 PM The House of Yahwah
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society-“Stories from the Secret City of Oak Ridge”
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Pure Mind
    09:00 PM UCTV

    Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011
    5:00 UCTV

    Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011
    06:00 AM UCTV
    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, August 15, 2011
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Spirituality Today
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    01:30 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    03:30 PM The David Pakman Show
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!

  • Restaurant Inspections 10-11-12

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

    Los Alamos

    Don Quixote Vanilla, 236 Rio Bravo
    Date inspected: Oct. 3
    Violations: One low-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — must wear hair restraints.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    El Rigoberto’s Taco Shop, 166 Central Park Square
    Date inspected: Oct. 3, opening
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for contaminated equipment — seal around walk-in refrigerator may need replacing. Two low-risk violations for floors/walls/ceilings — ceiling panel missing, will put in today; self-closing devices for men’s restroom needed.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Elk’s Lodge, 1601 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 4, follow-up
    Violations: Two high-risk violations for contaminated equipment — scoop for ice was laying on top of ice machine. Corrected. Placed in container after washing it; sanitizer > 200 ppm. Corrected.  
    Notes: Thermometer read 142 degrees on green chile. Inspector’s thermometer read 147 degrees. All food handlers must wear caps and gloves.

  • Police: Search continues for missing Colorado girl

    WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) — The multi-agency search for a 10-year-old Colorado girl continued in Denver's suburbs Thursday, nearly a week after she disappeared on what should have been a short walk to school.

    At a brief news conference, Westminster police refused to suggest any connection between a body discovered late Wednesday in a grassy park seven miles from where Jessica Ridgeway disappeared Oct. 5 — or even to say whether it was the body of a child.

    The search for Jessica continues, spokesman Trevor Materasso said.

    He also said authorities were processing evidence from the park and that no additional information was available. He left without answering questions.

    Dozens of police officers reported to the Westminster police headquarters before dawn, including officers from Arapahoe and Boulder counties and other agencies.

  • 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.