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Today's News

  • Restaurant inspections 12-25-14

    Los Alamos
    Pajarito Mountain Café, 397 Camp May Road
    Date inspected: Oct. 6
    Violations: None.  
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Facility under management change. Will need to permit to operate. Facility will remain closed until new permit is established. No follow up required.  
    Española
    Chili’s Bar & Grill, 415 Lowdermilk Road
    Date inspected: Oct. 2
    Violations: Three moderate-risk violations. Cutting boards need to be replaced. Hair restraints needed for all employees. Ceiling and walls need thorough cleaning. One low-risk violation. Cleaning and maintenance needed in the kitchen.   
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Giant, 1616 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 2
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Boxes of beer and soda stored on floor, need to be six inches off the ground.    
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Permit has expired and must be replaced with new one. No follow up required.

    Home Run Pizza, 1031 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 2

  • Trashionistas

    The Recycle Fashion Show held Nov. 15 at Fuller Lodge was an event with more than a dozen creative “Trashionista” entries. Steve Boerigter, Environmental Sustainability Board Chair, emceed the event, while Philo Shelton, Don Machen and Deanna Salazar volunteered to judge the fashion contest. It was an opportunity to promote recycling and reuse in the community and celebrate America Recycles Day. 

  • Stroll along the River of Lights

    Many strolled the roads at the Albuquerque Biopark for the River of Lights, which remains on display through Jan. 3. John Mchale/Monitor

  • Sea change for the New Year

    “This is a sea change as our nation is finally embarking on a 21st century approach with Cuba,” said Tom Udall last week after President Barack Obama’s announcement that the United States is abandoning its half-century old policy of pretending the island nation 90 miles off the shores of Florida didn’t exist.
    Only recently, the Democratic senator and Arizona’s Republican Sen. Jeff Flake had traveled to Cuba and met with Cuban officials, proof if proof be needed that Cuba does indeed exist.
    What hasn’t existed for decades now — at least in Washington — has been the common sense and political courage to admit that a policy fashioned in the 1950s when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president had long since demonstrated itself to be an abject failure, punishing to the Cuban people without serving the interests of these United States.
    To their credit, the majority of New Mexico’s congressional delegation, including Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich, appears to favor the president’s decision.
    Democratic Rep. Michelle Luján-Grisham was decidedly mealy-mouthed in expressing her support, but only 2nd Dist. Republican Congressman Steve Pearce actually came unglued upon hearing the news, complaining that it set “an extremely dangerous precedent.”

  • Getting St. Nicholas right

    St. Nicholas is, in fact, the greatest saint in the history of Christianity. Forget Peter, Paul, or Mary; St. Nicholas has them all beat. No other saint enjoys his unique relationship to all three branches of Christianity — Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant — nor his persistent presence in secular culture.
    Archbishop Nicholas of Myra and wonder-worker of the late third and early fourth century, has been and continues to be venerated ecumenically by all the various households of the Christian faith. Although rites and customs vary, some begin their remembrance of St. Nicholas as early as Dec. 6 (his feast day on the liturgical calendar) and continue to celebrate him all through the Twelve Days of Christmas until Jan. 5.
    The mode or means of veneration can vary as well. The Orthodox and Catholic churches through hymns and litanies ask him to pray for us and recount the miracles attributed to his intercessions or direct intervention. Outside of church in Orthodox and Catholic cultures, children can usually expect gifts to be given in the name of St. Nicholas. It is in this tradition of giving that St. Nicholas persists in Protestant cultures. And it is unmistakably St. Nicholas even in the most dogmatically Protestant of countries (e.g. “Sinter Claas” in 17th century Holland).

  • Library exhibit explores Dust Bowl period

    Looking for something to do on Sunday afternoon? The Library will screen the Ken Burns film “The Dust Bowl,” free, as a lead-in to a major exhibit, which will open in early January. “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry,” a national traveling exhibition about the causes and aftermath of the historic Dust Bowl period, will be on display at Mesa Public Library from Jan. 7 to Feb. 20.
    “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry” will be accompanied by a series of free library programs, including lectures and film screenings. The first film screening, of the Ken Burns Film “The Dust Bowl,” will be from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms at Mesa Public Library.  
    The exhibition recalls a tragic period in history — the drought and dust storms that wreaked havoc on the Great Plains in the 1930s — and explores its environmental and cultural consequences. It raises several thought-provoking questions: What caused fertile farms to turn to dust? How did people survive? What lessons were learned?
    Mesa Public Library is one of 25 sites throughout the United States and one of only two in New Mexico selected to present the exhibition and associated public programs in their communities.

  • Big Band sound at after-Christmas dance

    Looking for something to do in Los Alamos once Christmas is over? Why not bring a friend to a Big Band dance?
    Monday is the annual Big Band after Christmas Dance in Los Alamos.
    The dance is free open to the public, but donations are encouraged. The dance is  from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. Proceeds from the dance will be used to help the IHM youth group.
    Music will feature the Los Alamos Big Band with featured vocalist Rene LeClair. The Los Alamos Big Band has been playing at dances throughout northern New Mexico since 1984 under the direction of Jan McDonald, who for many years was the bandleader at Los Alamos High School.  
    The band features the danceable music of the Big Band Era such as “In The Mood,” “String of Pearls,” “Sing, Sing, Sing” and “Moonlight Serenade.” They also play other danceable music such as “Moon River,” Latin numbers like “Besame Mucho” and even “Rock Around the Clock.” Several new Christmas tunes will also be featured.
    Decorations and refreshments will be provided by the IHM Youth Group.

  • Spreading holiday cheer with song

    Recently, the Los Alamos Public School choirs combined for a festive event at Los Alamos High School. The choirs performed as an elementary, middle and high school choirs and then combined as one large ensemble.
     

  • Registration for dog training classes start Monday

    Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) will start Monday.
    Classes this session will include Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Agility,  Canine Good Citizen, Introduction to Scent Work, and Rally Obedience, which will begin the week of Jan. 26.
    Three new, one-session “Try It” Classes (Agility, Scent Work and Rally), and “Cujo to Compadre” (for dog-aggressive dogs) will also be offered.
    Schedule, guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website (ladoc.dogbits.com) and at the LADOC building, 246 East Road. Registration is first-come, first-served, and classes often fill quickly, so timely registration is advised. Registration materials must be postmarked by Jan. 16.

  • PEEC volunteer: Ecologist strives to improve land by planning prescribed burns

    Ecologist Karla Sartor has been a board member at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for the past three years. In October, she was the guest speaker at the Nature on Tap Series, which focused on the topic of prescribed burns.
    Sartor told PEEC in a recent interview that she chose that particular topic because with proper planning, prescribed burning can help prevent fires, protect communities, and improving watershed and forest health. “There is a huge need for more prescribed burning, and a need for more people who are qualified to do it effectively and safely,” she said. Fire is a sensitive issue in Los Alamos and planning for prescribed burns is crucial. The way a prescribed burn is considered might reduce the severity of wildfire risk in the future. The burns are helpful in preventing large, high intensity fires.
    Sartor was accompanied by Craig Martin, who from 2005 to earlier this year, was in charge of the prescribed burning for Los Alamos County and he spoke of his experience.