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  • Update 08-28-14

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Downtown Dogs

    A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos.

    GOP headquarters

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos invites friends and families to the opening of their 2014 election headquarters at 4 p.m. Monday. The location is 1362D-1 Trinity. The phone number is 695-8080. There will be free hot dogs for all and statewide and local candidates for voters to get to know better. The headquarters will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday -Friday. All are welcome anytime. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159.

    Concert

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. South By Southwest featuring Mike Hearne, Jimmy Stadler and Zeke Severson. 7-10 p.m. Friday at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.
     

  • Customer interaction top priority for Smith's manager

    You won’t find Smith’s Marketplace Director Erik Boehm sitting in his office unless there is some bit of business that absolutely requires it.
    “I hate my office, plain and simple. I’ve always been like that,” Boehm said.
    Boehm spends most of his 11- to 12-hour days out on the floor working with team members or assisting customers.
    “I love having that personal connection with my customers, especially in small towns like this,” said Boehm, who enjoys engaging in conversations that range from neighborly small talk to helping someone looking for advice on shopping for a healthier diet. “That’s really the best part of my day every single day. You get a chance to touch a lot of people. You affect a lot of lives, and hopefully for the better.”
    Building a team may be the favorite part of Boehm’s job.

  • ABQ man sentenced in drug case

    A drug dealer from Albuquerque nabbed by Los Alamos Police late last year recently received his sentence in district court.
    The suspect, David Simmons, entered a guilty plea, admitting to attempting to traffic a controlled substance by distribution, a third-degree felony. He was sentenced by Judge Sheri L. Raphaelson to three years incarceration with three years suspended and three years of supervised probation. If Simmons has served two years of his probation without any violations, he could have the last year dismissed.
    The original charges against him were: Trafficking by distribution, conspiracy to commit trafficking (by distribution), possession of a controlled substance (felony, narcotic drug) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    The charges came from a number of LAPD operations late 2013 that also resulted in the arrests of Los Alamos residents, Daniel Hoth and Rowena MacDonald.
    According to court documents, Hoth apparently acted as Simmons’ driver. Simmons had come up from Albuquerque to do some drug deals in White Rock that never materialized. At some point during his visit, LAPD arrested Simmons and Hoth.

  • Porter faces new charge

    Steven Porter, the White Rock resident who is facing 20 drug charges including 13 felonies, may not be out of jail for a while.
    While out on bail for those charges, (He successfully posted 10 percent of his $102,000 bond) He allegedly took off his GPS monitoring device, according to police.
    Court Parole Officer Linda Pena noted in a probable cause statement that she noticed “abrasions, bruising and scrapes on Mr. Porter’s ankle and foot where his electronic monitoring device was placed. She also noted that the hair on Porter’s ankle was nearly gone, a telltale sign that the device had been tampered with, according to her.
    Upon discovery, Porter was promptly rearrested and brought back into custody. Porter went to magistrate court for another hearing before judge Pat Casados to face the new felony charge.
    Pena also noted in the report that there was a “substantial amount of time“ between Friday, Aug. 22 and the Saturday, Aug. 23 that the device showed no movement.
    “Which means, during that 20-hour period of time, Mr. Porter was either motionless, or he was not wearing the device,” said police in the probable cause statement.
    Porter’s lawyer, Elden Pennington, tried to argue that the particular GPS device monitoring Porter’s movements was unreliable.

  • Hilltoppers have a lot to prove

    There is no shortage of things to prove for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team heading into the 2014 season.
    Los Alamos will have a new, solid district opponent this season, a revamped backfield and, most notably, a new signal-caller heading into the opener.
    The Hilltoppers open their season Friday night when they take on the Pojoaque Valley Elks at 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field.
    Along with all the issues so far, Los Alamos’ turnout for the opening day of football practice was skimpy. The number has improved over the course of the preseason — there are now 30 players on the team’s regular roster.
    Hilltopper head coach Garett Williams said that while it’s not a huge group, it’s one with some experience coming back, particularly at the line of scrimmage. Offensive line fixtures Jonathan Schueler, John Dermer and Zack Sturgeon should help make the transition on offense go a little more smoothly.
    Los Alamos features 17 seniors heading into the opener, almost all of which have played regularly at one time during their Hilltopper careers.

  • Zozobra burns Friday at dusk

    Fiestas de Santa Fe are underway and Zozobra, aka Old Man Gloom is scheduled to burn Friday at dusk at Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe. Tickets to enter the park at $10. Fiesta revelers should expect a new look for Old Man Gloom.

  • Off The Hill 08-28-14

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

    Allan Houser Gallery presents masterworks by Allan Houser and a special exhibition by Douglas Miles: The Art of Apache Resistance. Show runs through Sept. 19 at 125 Lincoln Ave. in Santa Fe.

    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, in collaboration with Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, announces IMPACTS! an exhibition of Japanese contemporary art. This exhibition will run through to Sept. 22.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces “A$$holes on Cell Phones,” an exhibition of work by Marc Dennis. Runs through Sept. 20.
    Art tours
    Pojoaque River Art Tour. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 20-21. Artists reception and silent auction at Than Povi Fine Art Gallery, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 19. For more information visit pojoaqueriverarttour.com.

  • This Week on PAC 8, Aug. 29-Sept. 4

    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. 29, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 PM County Council Meeting Replay 8-26-14
    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 – Avadh Salje
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    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 Global 3000
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Aug. 31, 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 08-28-14

    Santa Fe
    Wild Leven Baker, 26 Old Galisteo Way
    Date inspected: May 2
    Violations: One high-risk violation. No water test at time of inspection.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

    Harry’s Roadhouse, 96B Old Santa Fe Trail
    Date inspected: July 2
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Employee handled ready-to-eat food with bare hands. Food in danger zone.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Inspection after complaint. Follow up required July 14.

    The Station at the Railyard, 530 S. Guadalupe St.
    Date inspected: July 2
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations. Money was being counted at food prep area, which was corrected at time of inspection and counter was sanitized. Two door reach in refrigeration unit back surface is dirty. One low-risk violation. The wall by the mop sink is filthy.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Community Briefs 08-28-14

    Sid the Science Kid to appear at
    Kid’s Corner at N.M. Black Expo