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  • 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, November 4, 2011
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – LIVE!
    10:00 AM The Thom Hartman Show
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay (10-25-11)
    02:30 PM Los Alamos Council on Cancer –         Breast Cancer Update
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society –         “Homesteads on the Pajarito Plateau”
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Pure Mind
    09:00 PM UCTV

  • We’ve all heard the story of Cinderella, who became an unlikely bride after being granted a wish by her fairy godmother and met a handsome, young prince. Her ugly stepsisters however weren’t so lucky.
    Then there’s Little Red Riding Hood, who encountered a big, bad wolf while on her way to grandmother’s house. In the end, a hunter saved Red Riding Hood and the wolf got a belly full of rocks for his trouble.
    The fairy tales we grew up with all had a sweet ending and everyone lived happily ever after. Until now, that is. The Los Alamos Light Opera performed “Into the Woods” at the Duane Smith Auditorium. The performance had twists and turns to each tale. But then again, what else would one expect of the Brothers Grimm version?

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Los Alamos

    Hilltop House Convenience Store, 400 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 18
    Violations: Two high-risk violations, one for contaminated equipment and one for poor personal hygiene — hand wash sink is being used to do dishes due to the three-compartment sink leaking.
    Status of establishment: Approved, follow-up required on Oct. 31.

    Hilltop House Convenience Store, 400 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 26, follow-up
    Actions: Three-compartment sink leakage corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

  • There aren’t a large number of  craft fairs that can boast a 23-year track record, but the ladies of Beta Sigma Phi can.
    At 9 a.m. Saturday, vendors will showcase their work at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.
    Items available at the craft fair will include jewelry, clothes for pets, quilts, jerky, handmade wooden items and more. For some, the highlight of the event is the homemade goodies that shoppers can buy at the bake sale table. Confections of oatmeal, cranberry or chocolate chips will be available.
    Coffee, tea or apple cider can be purchased and holiday music will entertain shoppers.
    Beta Sigma Phi is a sorority based on friendship and culture that has deep roots in the heart of the Los Alamos community.

  • If we were playing Jeopardy and the category was cultural history, the answer would be “the ancestral pueblo, the homesteaders, the Boys Ranch School, the Manhattan Project and now home to one of the largest multidisciplinary, multi-program research institutions in the world.” The question, of course, would be “What is Los Alamos?”  
    The ninth class of Leadership Los Alamos (aka “The Best Class”) focused on “Being Culturally Inclusive in Leadership” in their second training session Oct. 14 at Fuller Lodge.
    Barbara Judy, chief of resources at Bandelier National Monument and an alumnus of Leadership Los Alamos class, took the group on an accelerated journey through time.

  • Ahhh, November and the Asset month of empowerment ...
    This category incorporates Assets 7-10 and includes the areas of being valued by the community, youth as resources, service to others and safety.  
    One way assets will work in this area, is a through a new endeavor called the Hubba Bubba awards.
    Students from Los Alamos High School will have the opportunity to recognize staff members for the way they make a difference at LAHS.
    Assets in Action had forms for students to fill out during lunch on Monday. They can also request them via email at www.AssetsInAction.info.
    Why Hubba Bubba? Hubba Bubba, while known as a popular gum, in our case, stands for Help Us Build Better Assets.

  • Lee Powell has been awarded a 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award for writing, given by the Radio Television Digital News Association.
    The Murrow Awards honor excellence in electronic journalism and are among the most prestigious in broadcasting.
    Powell’s winning entry included video pieces about a high-profile departure from Washington and why April is so popular a month.
    Savannah Guthrie, an anchor of NBC’s “Today” show, presented the award to Powell during a dinner in New York City on Oct. 10.
    He also contributed to two other Murrows awarded to the AP, including one for overall excellence.
    This is Powell’s second national Murrow Award.

  • Three young men from Troop 422 in White Rock received their Eagle Scout Award on Oct. 23. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints sponsors troop 422.
    Each young man recently finished their Eagle Scout Projects benefiting places in the community.  
    Dallin Parker repaired the water drainage system at the White Rock Methodist Church across from Overlook Park.
    Daniel Dahl built four insulated dog houses for the Los Alamos Animal Shelter to use or to give to needy families.
    Alan Dahl landscaped part of the Los Alamos Eco Station with recycled materials such as crushed glass and drought- friendly plants.
    Mentors pins were given to Nathan Pack, Justin Tozer and Robert Forsyth during the ceremony.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    We have a new color-coding system to help you select your perfect new family member. Check it out.
    Two for the price of one. This is an opportunity to double your feline pleasure. Also, we will not adopt out black cats until Nov. 7.

    Cats

    Two for the price of one. A great opportunity to double your feline pleasure.

  • Junior or senior students in need of community service to bolster their college or summer employment applications are being sought.
    The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is looking for interested students to make phone calls at a telethon hosted from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 7-17.
    Students will work in a call center with adult supervision for several hours in the evening over a two week period.
    They will call parents of elementary, middle and high school students from within the school district.
    Student volunteers will be expected to show up as scheduled and to conduct themselves with dignity and maturity.

  • With the help of State Farm, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board took a small idea and started to make it happen at Los Alamos Middle School.
    Last November, former JJAB coordinator Debbie Gill and Los Alamos Middle School teacher Stephanie Krantz had a conversation that sparked a plan.
    Gill, who currently serves on the Board of Self Help and the Planning and Zoning Commission, has a 35-year history of working to develop community and youth.
    “I believe Stephanie and I first brainstormed projects during a neighborhood book club meeting. We talked for two hours about how to establish more hands on experiences for kids,” Gill said.

  • Twisted fairy tales are in vogue: NBC’s new series, “Grimm” and ABC’s, “Once Upon a Time” attest to the trend.
    Coincidentally, Los Alamos Light Opera is presenting “Into the Woods,” a modern Broadway musical that takes simple, well-known fairy tales and twists them into something a bit darker, more like the original Grimm fairy tales, and then finds resolution.
    The only frequently recorded song from the show, “You Are Not Alone,” tells  how to get through the darkness and the whims of the woods.

  • On Oct. 25 Mountain School celebrated the completion of “Learning Landscapes,” a project made possible by funding from Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.  Mountain School was awarded a $3,000 grant from LAPSF this spring and used the funds to build nine garden boxes on the lower playground area.  
    The garden boxes are next to the kindergarten through second grade classrooms and provide an opportunity for an outdoor classroom experience. This project has helped beautify the playground and allowed students to learn about planting, landscaping, water conservation and many other areas of botany and ecology through hands-on learning experiences.  

  •      Local music students will be featured in the Brown Bag Concert Series at noon Nov. 2 at Fuller Lodge. The students will compete in the Music Teachers State Conferences at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales on Nov. 4-5.
         Victor Kim will compete in the junior division and Kevin Gao will compete in the senior division. The winners of the state competition will advance to the divisional competition in Las Vegas, Nev.
         Presley Gao, 9; Sonyia Williams, 10; Jenny Wang, 12; and Benjamin Liu, 14  will compete in the honors competition with other New Mexican musicians for first place title in their age group. Their teachers are Ae Jin Chang, Ron Grinage and Madeline Williamson.

  •  The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Santa Fe

    • Agapao Coffee by Luminaria, 211 Old Santa Fe Trail
    Date inspected: Oct. 25, closing
    Actions: No longer in business

    • Albertson’s, 3001 S. St. Francis
    Date inspected: Oct. 24, complaint
    Action: Inspected, no problem found during inspection. Talked to manager regarding complaint. They will increase supervision on a daily basis. Complaint closed. No follow-up required.

    • Backroad Pizza, 1807 Second St.
    Date inspected: Oct. 19

  • This weekend, while the kids recover from collecting sugary sweets at Trick or Treat on MainStreet, adults can treat themselves to fat-free arts and crafts at the 34th annual Fuller Lodge Art Center “Gateway to the Holidays” arts and crafts fair.
    The Parish Hall at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church will be filled with artists and their work, from jewelry and potholders to angels and Santas. The fair offers just enough for a wide spectrum of choices, without the confusion of too much to digest in one visit.
    Art lovers can pick up a handmade basket from retired Los Alamos High School teacher Ronnie Moss and continue through the hall to fill it with gifts for everyone they know, as well as things for their own homes.

  • Visit www.dixonarts.org  and click on “tour map.” It’ll be easy to understand why the Dixon Studio Tour is considered by many to be one of the best New Mexican studio tours.
    It’s all there … drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry, weavings, baskets, pottery, glassworks, photography, digital work, tin mirror frames, fresh apple cider, dance, music  and poetry. And to top it off, the tour also features two award winning wineries, a brewery, a café and two public mercados.  Altogether there are 40 artists and 17 businesses participating in this year’s tour, which will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6.  
    This year, the Dixon Studio Tour introduces five new members:

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council, Los Alamos MainStreet and Bradbury Science Museum, along with downtown Los Alamos businesses are gearing up for Friday’s Trick or Treat on MainStreet events.
    On Friday, an estimated 3,000 children will gather downtown for the annual event. This year, however the hours have changed and will be from 4-6:30 p.m.
    More than 50 local businesses and organizations will open their doors and set up booths along Central Avenue to give out treats to local trick-or-treaters. There will also be a dance performance by New Mexico Dance Theater and a Hallowiener parade at 5:30 p.m., during which Dachshunds are paraded down Central Avenue in costume.

  • The Los Alamos High School cross country team sponsored an elementary run Friday. Students of various ages participated in the run.

  • The University of New Mexico, Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the PNM Foundation have announced the UNM-PNM Statewide Mathematics Contest for the 2011-2012 school year.
    The goal of the contest is to promote mathematical investigation, enhance problem-solving skills and recognize and honor outstanding mathematics achievement among students in grades 7-12 in the state.
    Approximately 1,500 New Mexico students benefit from this program annually.