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  • Isotopes strand 8 runners in loss

    The Albuquerque Isotopes got some runners on base Wednesday night against the Sacramento River Cats. They just couldn’t knock them in.
    The Isotopes (53-59) finished with 8 hits and drew a pair of walks against the River Cats (63-49), but managed just single tallies in the third and seventh innings.
    But with a rough start for pitcher Drew Carpenter that had the Isotopes in a hole early, even finding some of those hits might not have mattered.
    Sacramento won game two of the four-game series 7-2. Albuquerque and Sacramento will play today and Friday before the Isotopes return home for a quick, four-game series against Tacoma starting Saturday.
    Carpenter lasted just four innings, giving up four earned runs and six hits during that time, including surrendering three runs in the bottom of the first. Despite posting an ERA of 7.76 runs, that was Carpenter’s first loss of the season.
    But the Isotope batters didn’t do the pitching staff any favors. The Isotopes left 8 runners on base in the game and went just 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
    Sacramento starting pitcher Arnold Leon (10-5) bent but didn’t break, giving up seven hits but just the two runs.
    Despite Wednesday’s loss, Albuquerque has been playing well of late, going 11-5 in its last 16 games.

  • Golf course to host 2-day LA City Championship

    The title of top golfer in Los Alamos County is once again up for grabs this weekend.
    Los Alamos Golf Course will host the City Championship tournament starting Saturday. The City tournament is a two-day affair consisting of 36 holes of stroke play.
    Based on the race for last year’s men’s title, anything can happen between the first day and the second day.
    In 2013, City tournament veteran Ted Ball fired a 2-under 70 in the first round and, going into the clubhouse, had a 4-shot advantage over his closest opponent, Cale Jones.
    But Jones came back in the second round, equaling Ball’s day one total. Unfortunately for Ball, he struggled in the second day, managing only an 88, and no one else came within 3 shots of Jones’ day two total.
    Jones’ combined two-day score of 144 was enough for him to cruise to a 9-shot victory over Brad King and Jonathan War, who tied for second.
    The tournament consists of several handicapped flights. There were 61 entries into last year’s tournament, although there were also several withdrawals.
    Along with the men’s competition, there is also the women’s City tournament, which is hosted by the Los Alamos Women’s Golf Association.

  • Annual Butterfly Count honors late Los Alamos resident

    This year marks the 22nd Annual Butterfly Count in Los Alamos County, but this year the count carries a special meaning. This is the first such count since the passing of Living Treasure Dorothy Hoard, who initiated the Los Alamos County annual butterfly counts more than 20 years ago.
    As such, the annual butterfly count will from now on be known as the “Dorothy Hoard Memorial Butterfly Count.” On Aug. 8, New Mexico butterfly guru Steve Cary will lead the count. In preparation for the count, butterfly enthusiast Roy Michelotti will present “Butterflies You Might See in Los Alamos, and Some Fun Facts About Butterflies” Aug. 5 at PEEC.
    The count this year will be from 9 a.m. to about 3:30 p.m. Aug. 8. Cary will identify butterflies and discuss their habits and life histories with count participants. Butterflies in three different habitats will be counted — mesa top, streamside and high altitude. 
    The count will be at Burnt Mesa in Bandelier on N.M. 4. The group will then move on to Cañon de Valle on N.M. 501 (West Jemez Road), expecting to arrive at about 10:30 a.m. At around noon, the group will go up to Camp May to have lunch and then continue counting until 3:30 p.m.

  • Chinese style different than most operas

    For many, Chinese opera remains something of a mystery. Some have never had the chance to view these works that, while being very beautiful and entertaining, are also incredibly different from the Western style of opera. “Dr. Sun Yat-sen,” a piece by Huang Ruo and Candace Mui-ngam Chong, does a nice job of mixing Chinese and American opera styles in order to reach a broad audience. Granted, it is still a very different experience than one would expect from, say, a Mozart opera, but it is definitely worth viewing.
    Conductor Carolyn Kuan is delightful. She and her orchestra produce an outstanding array of sounds, ranging from relentless percussion in sections that moves the action and helps the audience to feel the anxiety and fear of the characters, to graceful sustained passages that underline the romantic nature of the characters’ action on stage. Kuan has done an outstanding job with this difficult piece, as has the orchestra.

  • D.H. Lawrence Ranch now open to public

    The historic D.H. Lawrence Ranch in Taos County will now be open to the public, thanks to a cooperative agreement between the University of New Mexico (UNM), D.H. Lawrence Ranch Alliance and the Taos Community Foundation.
    The ranch, which has been closed to the public since 2010, is accessible from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday through October.
    The Taos Community Foundation established a grant to hire a UNM staff member who will provide public tours and information of the property. The Taos-based D.H. Lawrence Ranch Alliance is also working with UNM-Taos to create a volunteer docent program to staff the ranch on a regular basis. In fact, UNM-Taos is offering a course designed to acquaint prospective docent volunteers with the ranch and the writer. Visit taoscf.org/dh-lawrence-ranch for details.
    Lawrence was a renowned 19th century writer revered for his achievements in other artistic forms including travel writing, journalism, drama and painting, among others. Nine of his oil paintings have been on display in the La Fonda Hotel in Taos since his death. Lawrence is best known for his works, “Sons and Lovers,” “The Rainbow,” “Women in Love” and “Lady Chatterley’s Lover.”

  • This Week on PAC 8, Aug. 1-7

    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, Aug. 1, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay – 7-29-14
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Jennifer Hollingsworth
    05:30 PM Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – La Mesa fire – A Wake-Up Call?”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM In Focus
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Restaurant Inspections 07-31-14

    Los Alamos
    Rose Chocolatier, 991 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: June 10
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Restroom door needs to be self closing.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.
    Pojoaque
    Pojoaque Valley Little League, address not available
    Date inspected: June 11
    Violations: Three high-risk violations. Food stored at improper temperatures, which was corrected at time of inspection. Sanitizer ammonia levels are too high, which was also corrected. Three compartment sink needs two inch air gap between sink and wall. One moderate-risk violation. Crock pots used must be NSF. Two low-risk violations. Hood and vents need to be turned. Screen doors need to be replaced.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Aug. 20.
    Santa Fe
    Santa Fe High School, 2100 Yucca Road
    Date inspected: June 6
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Food temperatures in danger zone, milk sitting in sun waiting to be loaded. One moderate-risk violation. Ice machine has grime build up. Two low-risk violations. Food storage item boxes on floor, must be six inches off the floor. Coolers are loaded with food out side.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on June 16.

  • Off The Hill 07-31-14

    Art exhibits
    Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014 runs through Oct. 12.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, in collaboration with Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, announces IMPACTS! an exhibition of Japanese contemporary art. Show will run from Aug. 19-23, ZBCA will host a series of special events relating to Japanese contemporary art and culture at the gallery, including panel discussions, film viewings, artist talks, a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony and a live painting by AI Kato. There will be a grand opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 22. This exhibition will run through to Sept. 22.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is announces Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird: Native American Contemporary Jewelry. The public reception will be from 4-6 p.m. Aug. 21. The artists will be present.

    Vivid: Dolores Purdy at Morning Star Gallery in Santa Fe. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Aug. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 23 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 24. For more information, visit morningstargallery.com.

  • Historical Society's take on first episode of Manhattan

    There was an amazing turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s viewing of the premiere of WGN’s new series, Manhattan, a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. There was a great discussion following the show, and the Society has collected some of the common questions that we heard that night and on social media. Every week the Society will be updating a bulletin board in the Museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues.

    Join the Los Alamos Historical Society Sundays at Time Out Pizzeria in Los Alamos from 8–9:30 pm for a viewing and discussion of Manhattan.

    Why does Los Alamos look like a desert?

                The show was filmed (in part) at the Bruns Army Hospital near the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, so our trees and mountains are missing.

     There aren’t scorpions in Los Alamos, are there?

  • Montoya hired as school district's new financial officer

     

    Lisa Montoya has been hired by Los Alamos Public Schools to be the new chief financial officer for the district.

    Montoya replaces John Wolfe, who took a job with the state.

    Montoya brings 17 years of experience in business and has a Business Administration degree from New Mexico State University. 

    She comes to Los Alamos Public Schools from Pojoaque Valley Schools where she served as Comptroller and Chief Procurement Officer. 

    Montoya returns to Los Alamos Public Schools where she worked from 2002 until 2009, first as an elementary school secretary at Pinon and then Aspen Elementary. 

    She then served for two years as the comptroller for the district.

    Superintendent Eugene Schmidt stated “ Ms. Montoya brings a wealth of experience in the financial management of schools.  She will begin her duties within the next week.  The patrons of our district can look forward to a level of fiscal management that Los Alamos Public Schools is so well known.”