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Today's News

  • Velarde winery wins top honors

    Black Mesa Winery in Velarde received top honors at the 15th Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition held last month. Three of its wines placed in the top 95 wines in the competition, two of which were given the competition’s top award. There were more than 700 wine submissions from the 26 states that were invited to participate in the 2014 event. This year is the first time a New Mexico Winery was invited to the competition.
    Awards in the top 95 category are the equivalent of Double Gold medals in other competitions. Black Mesa’s winning wines were the 2012 Burd Vineyard Montepulciano, the 2011 New Mexico Cabernet Sauvignon and their Cosecha Ultima, a late harvest dessert wine made with grapes from the Las Parras Vineyard in Abiquiu. The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon and the Cosecha Ultima also were chosen for the competition’s highest award, the Jefferson Cup. Their fourth submission, the 2011 Coyote, received the Jefferson Cup Award of Merit.
    Black Mesa has received notable awards in other recent international competitions, receiving multiple “Best in Show,” “Best in Class,” “Platinum” and “Diamond” awards, as well as numerous Double Golds.

  • Enter Santa Fe Farolito contest via social media

    Tourism Santa Fe announces the 2014 Farolito Design Contest open to all current and new followers on the @cityofsantafe Instagram social media platform from now until midnight Christmas Day.
    Contestants who make and photograph their own creative farolito can post the image on Instagram using the city holiday #SantaFeJoy, the city’s ongoing #howtosantafe and the contest #Farolito. They also need to “tag” the Tourism Santa Fe handle “@cityofsantafe” in their post and they’ll automatically be entered to win prize packages from a variety of local hotels, restaurants and cultural attractions.
    The entries will be judged on three qualities: creative design, holiday spirit and image composition. Volunteer judges are Rod Lambert, manager, Tourism Santa Fe Community Art Gallery, Enrique Limón, arts & culture editor, Santa Fe Reporter and Bryan Cooper, production manager, The Santa Fean. Anyone else can be a judge too — a People’s Choice Prize will go to the post that receives the most overall engagement of likes, comments and reposts.
    Winners will be announced on Tourism Santa Fe social media channels Instagram, Twitter and Facebook on Dec. 30, on the contest webpage, and all entries will be “pinned” on the Tourism Santa Fe Pinterest page.

  • Call for N.M. women artists for upcoming exhibit

    Bernalillo County Cultural Services and the Southwest Women’s Law Center announce a call for entry for women artists residing in New Mexico to be featured in an upcoming exhibit “Unconfined: Empowering Women through Art.”
    This art show will feature two-dimensional artwork by the selected women artists, women artists who are detained at Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) and young women at the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC).
    The exhibit will span the month of March in celebration of National Women’s History Month, known locally as Women and Creativity Month.  The art exhibit will be on display at the African American Performing Arts Center Gallery. 
    Presently, women at MDC and young women at JDC are participating in artist led workshops. Through movement, meditation, and hands-on art making, the art classes bring creativity and self-expression into an otherwise barren environment. Each participating artist is asked to share the story behind her artwork.  These stories will be posted alongside the artwork.
    Submission Requirements:
    • Women artists residing in New Mexico are invited to submit their artwork by Jan. 30.
    • Up to three artworks in .jpg format

  • Angel Fire open

    Angel Fire Resort received four inches of new snow over the past weekend. The colder temperatures are allowing the resort to continue to make snow as well. Angel Fire opened Dec. 12 and has 25 percent of the mountain open and they expect to open more trails over the next two weeks.

  • Bird count at Chaco Canyon

    Chaco Culture National Historical Park will conduct its annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 22. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. in the Visitor Center lobby. Members of the public are encouraged to join park staff for a day of birding.
    This event provides valuable information on local bird populations, and is a great way for volunteers to experience more remote areas of the park.
    Experienced birders from the Four Corners Bird Club of Farmington will be assisting with bird identification. Participants need not be experts, but must be prepared to hike several hours off trail across semi-rugged terrain.
    Plan to bring a field lunch and snacks, plenty of water, sunscreen and clothes for varied winter weather conditions. A camera, field guidebook, and binoculars are also suggested.
    Participants must arrive at the Visitor Center by 9 a.m. to join in the bird count. To sign up contact Jessica Guenther, Jessica_guenther@partner.nps.gov or 505-786-7014, ext. 242.
    Winter is a great time to visit the park and wander through the Chacoan structures. Wildlife is much easier to view this time of year. The park will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, however the campground will remain open.

  • Christmas Tubas

    Nothing says Christmas quite like the sound of a choir performing carols. This choir happens to be composed of tubas and euphoniums. The group came together in 2002, and has played at various venues throughout Los Alamos every holiday season since then.
    The choir is made up of a core of adult musicians from other groups in Los Alamos (Big Band, Symphony, etc.) and is augmented by high school students. They play an mix of arrangements specifically created for a tuba choir. The concert will be 7:15 p.m. Dec. 20 at Fuller Lodge. Admission is free and is sponsored by The Los Alamos Arts Council.
    Top from left, Larry Bronisz, Dave Korzekwa, Ryan Finn, Sally Grindstaff, Jenny Lee, Jerry Morzinski and Deniece Korzekwa.

  • A moment to shine

    Savanna Strother may only be 7 years old, but she dreams big. The first grader at Mountain Elementary says wants to be a rock star when she grows up and she may already be on her way to success.
    During the Chamisa Carnival in October, Strother’s stepmother Nicole put in a bid to the silent auction where one of the prizes was “Be a Pop Star For a Day.” Savanna’s name was chosen and she showcased her talent during a lunch time performance Nov. 14 in the Mountain Elementary School cafeteria. Her and three friends sang “Let It Go,” from the movie “Frozen.” Sophie Saenz, Sydney Buck and Brooke Smit joined Strother in song. “Everyone knew how to sing that song,” Strother said.
    “We thought she might get scared and freeze up,” Strother’s grandmother Celia Browne said. “But no, she sang loud and clear. We were very proud. We could even hear her more than the other girls.”
    In addition to the performance, the Pop Star For a Day prize gave Strother a chance to lead the Pledge of Allegiance and read the day’s announcements.
    After the performance, Strother was escorted to a “pop star” throne, decorated bright with sequins and glitter and received the entire pop princess experience — sporting rock star sunglasses.

  • Grand opening at Ponderosa Pines apartments

    All at the Ponderosa Pines apartment complex had good times yesterday as the team at Plateau Property Management celebrates its acquisition of its new apartment complex at 3000 Trinity Dr., as well as its other complex on Gold Street, which will be called “The Cottonwoods.” The celebration consisted of a live band, hors d’oevres, sign unveilings and tours of the newly-renovated apartments.
    From left, Jeanne Bridge, office manager; Hope Jamarillo, office assistant, Bruce Norman, owner, Mike Lippiatt, property manager; Michael McNiel, construction and maintenance and Julie Smith, property specialist.

  • State Briefs 12-18-14

    Mom driving van of kids
    pleads not guilty in chase

    ALBUQURQUE (AP) — A Tennessee woman has pleaded not guilty in a chaotic 2013 traffic stop and chase during which a New Mexico State Police officer shot at her minivan full of children.
    KOB-TV reports that 40-year-old Oriana Farrell of Memphis entered the plea Tuesday in Taos to fleeing and other charges filed last month by a grand jury. An appeals court had dismissed previous charges, saying a prosecutor shouldn’t have been involved in excusing a grand jury member.
    The officer shot at Farrell’s van carrying her five children after she twice sped off and was stopped by another officer for speeding. Dashboard video of the shooting gained national attention, and the officer was later fired.
    Defense attorney Alan Maestas has said the charges aren’t justified.

    New Mexico official:
    Flu season could be difficult

  • Update 12-18-14

    Service

    Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 2390 North Road will host a candelight service at 7 p.m. today. For more information visit bethluth.com.

    Skate With Santa

    Los Alamos County is sponsoring its Skate with Santa, which is scheduled for Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon at the county’s ice rink. Call 662-4500 for more information.

    Enforcement

    Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting traffic enforcement, focusing on accident-related violations to include seatbelt enforcement for the holidays. Officers will also be on the lookout for impaired drivers this holiday season. To report potentially impaired drivers, dial #DWI, or #394 or call LAPD directly at 662-8222. Motorists are asked to allow extra time to get to and from destinations.

    Swearing In

    The public is invited to the official swearing-in ceremony for incoming officials. That ceremony will take place Friday in council chambers. It will begin at 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.