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  • Story of Sacajawea to be filmed mainly in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — ABQ Global Entertainment, LLC, a film production company based in Nob Hill and owned by Lainie S. Quirk and Ivan Wiener, joins the Windcatcher Entertainment production team of screenwriter and producer, Jane L. Fitzpatrick and Native American adviser and producer, Chief Whispering Raven.
    Quirk and Wiener, co-founders and co-executive producers of the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFME) bring their New Mexico resources in the film and business communities to Windcatcher.
    “Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea,” will focus on the most famous, but least known Native American woman in history.
    The Lewis and Clark expedition was a treacherous journey across the land to the Pacific Ocean and back in 1804-06. Sacajawea was a significant member of this Corps of Discovery. Her ability to secure horses for the mountainous trek and her knowledge of the land brought them success, which they may not have otherwise achieved.
    The production team is currently working with investors to finalize funding and go into pre-production.

  • 'Inside Out' exhibit shows how mentally ill see world

    Millions of men, women and children struggle with mental illness.
    The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 26.2 percent of Americans age 18 and over suffer from a mental disorder — one in five adults.
    In age group 13-18, one in five suffer a serious debilitating mental disorder.
    Overcoming the stigma associated with mental illness is an uphill battle.
    To increase the understanding of problems those with mental illness face, the week of Oct. 5-11 has been designated National Mental Illness Awareness Week. There will be a number of events throughout the week focusing on mental illness, including “Inside Out,” an art exhibition. The show will kick off with a preview fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the James Kelly Contemporary Gallery in the Santa Fe Railyard.
    The following day, Oct. 11, the exhibition will be open to the public from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. with a reception for the artists from 4-6 p.m.
    The “Inside Out” event is being produced with assistance from SITE Santa Fe. The artwork in the exhibition is by artists in Santa Fe who are receiving support for mental illness.
    The show will provide a forum for these artists to share how they view their world. With the help of the sponsors, the artists’ receive 100 percent of the art sales.

  • Nature blunders topic of Science on Tap

    Blunders happen in life, but when they occur in nature, those who witness them usually walk away with interesting stories.
    This will be the topic of the next installation of Nature on Tap, hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, which is part of an informal discussion series started by the Los Alamos Creative District.
    The talk will begin 5:30 p.m. today at the Manhattan Project Restaurant. PEEC’s new Director of Interpretation Jonathan Creel, will facilitate the discussion.
    Has anyone ever witnessed unique animal behavior or been stuck on a camping trip where nothing could go right, despite all the best planning? Come to Nature On Tap and share your stories (and a few laughs) with others.
    Creel is in charge of design and interpretive programming for the new Nature Center and he joined the PEEC team in July.
    For more information call PEEC at 662-0460. 

  • National 'Aurora Project' reaches out to youth

    Electric violinist Tracy Silverman and story dancer Zuleikha are joining forces to kick-off the national performance tour “Aurora” and outreach series for youth.
    The show will be 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Warehouse 21 in Santa Fe. The duo weaves improvisational music, story, dance and humor in the atmosphere of Warehouse 21’s Blackbox theater.
    The film created at this event will be used to gather sponsorships for the “Aurora Project,” which will give youth in disadvantaged circumstances around the country an opportunity to participate in creative workshops with Zuleikha and Silverman on the joy and art of improvisation.
    Formerly first violinist with the innovative Turtle Island String Quartet, Silverman was named one of 100 distinguished alumni by The Juilliard School.
    Shortly after graduating in 1980, Silverman built one of the first-ever, six-string violins and set his own course as a musical pioneer.

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  • Today In History, Sep. 25
  • Valles Caldera trust asks for five more years

    The board of trustees for the Valles Caldera National Preserve voted on Wednesday to ask Congress to extend the current trust model for another five years.

    Under the 2000 Valles Caldera Preservation Act (VCPA), the enabling legislation that created the preserve, the trust dissolvesif it fails to achieve financial self-sufficiency by 2015 and management of the 89,000-acres preserve transfers to the U.S. Forest Service.

    The legislation allows for an extension of the current model to 2020 provided sufficient progress has been made toward self-sufficiency. The board is officially requesting that extension.

    Read Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor for more on this story.


  • Today in history Sept. 24
  • Lt. Gov Sanchez comes to town

    Lt. Gov. John Sanchez was the special guest at a fundraiser for Geoff Rodgers, current chair of the Los Alamos County council and Republican candidate for the office of representative for District 43 (Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba). The fundraiser was hosted by Jim and Janet Hall, Lawry and Alice Mann, JoAnn Johnson and Steve Girrens.

    Sanchez presented Rodgers with a $1,000 check from his own reelection campaign fund to support Rodgers’ run for office.