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Today's Features

  • Longtime Los Alamos resident Cary Neeper’s second novel, “The Webs of Varok” launched Dec. 4.
    A new independent press, California micropublisher Penscript Publishing House, released the book to online booksellers in hardcopy, paperback and e-book formats.
    The second book in “The Archives of Varok” series, this young-adult/crossover science fiction title follows the human and alien cast from Neeper’s 1975 first-contact novel, “A Place Beyond Man,” as they leave a troubled 21st century Earth for the promise of stability on another world.
    What will it take to secure that promise, after a talented traitor sets her eye on the world’s wealth — and their fragile new family?
    Weaving real issues into the fabric of the story, Neeper illustrates sustainability and ecological economics though example.
    She explores trade-offs in planetary stewardship through the adventures of her amiable aliens on a veiled moon of Jupiter.
    Neeper is an avid student of sustainability, steady-state economics and the impact of cosmology on issues of science and religion.
    In addition to the “Archives of Varok” novels, she has written two musical science fiction comedies and book reviews for The Christian Science Monitor.

  • The Village of Jemez Springs will officially kick off the holiday season with a series of events and festivities around town on Saturday.
    The day begins at 3 p.m. with the traditional performance by the Albuquerque Boys Choir, at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, across from the state monument. Elliot Higgins and the Hummingbird music camp facilitate the annual event. Admission is free.
    The community Holiday festivities in the park start at 4:30 p.m. with music performed by local kids and an opportunity for families to help decorate the Christmas tree. Musicians include Sage Mijares with her young Suzuki violin students. Mijares will also perform with her siblings, Noah and Isabella. Music students from Jemez Valley public schools will also perform.
    Santa will arrive at the gazebo at 5 p.m., followed by the annual Christmas tree lighting and caroling at 5:30 p.m. Friends of the Library will offer baked goods and free warm drinks, in the conference room, next to the library.
    From 5-9 p.m., the state monument hosts the annual luminaria event among the ruins of the old Gisewa pueblo and San Jose de los Jemez Mission Church. The event is free and includes hundreds of traditional luminarias, Native American flute music and Jemez pueblo dancers.

  • 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, December 7, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (12-04-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony Fall 2012
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society “A Brief History of Wendover Airfield”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, December 8, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, December 9, 2012
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, December 10, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM Amy Goodman at Fuller Lodge – “The Silenced Majority”
    02:30 PM Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2012
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau

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

    Los Alamos

    Café Sushi, 3801 Arkansas Ave.
    Date inspected: Nov. 27
    Violations: One high-risk violation for contaminated equipment — sanitizer > 200 ppm. Corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Daniel’s Café, 800 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Nov. 27
    Violations: One high-risk violation for contaminated equipment — Coke nozzles need cleaning. One low-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — hair restraints, all food handlers must wear a cap or hair net.
    Notes: Have prep refrigerator serviced.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    El Parasol, 1903 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Nov. 27
    Violations: None
    Notes: Excellent facility.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Española

    Advantage Sweets/Baskin Robbins, 1111 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Nov. 28
    Violations: None
    Notes: Hair restraints must be used in food prep/service areas. No exceptions. Noted staff using hair restraints, good. Gloves, good. Facility doing good.

  • Most artists will say that sharing their talent with others is what drives them to create art. Española resident and artist Monica Duran is no different. She feeds her creative need by making contemporary art pieces, using mixed media — and for the second time, she will share her artwork with the public in a show.
     This time, it will be on exhibit at the Bond House Museum in Española. The show opens with a reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday and will be on display through Jan. 3.
    Despite the fact that she enjoys making art, she’s not able to devote as much time as she’d like to create her pieces because she’s battling terminal cancer. The proceeds from selling her art will go toward her cancer foundation. She is in need of surgery that could save her life.
    “I decided to show it (my art) because I felt in my spirit that it was time. I wanted other women to read my story and not give in to the illness,” Duran said. “I know first-hand that this can either make you or break you and I choose to fight to make it. Art is my passion and I love to create wonderful and beautiful things.”

  • Los Alamos is offering a hearty dose of holiday spirit with WinterFest 2012 this weekend.
    WinterFest commences on Friday, with the 19th annual Los Alamos Crèche Show, which is held annually on the first weekend of December.
    Crèches,” or nativity scenes featuring the Christ child, are displayed by Los Alamos residents, for all to see. Because Los Alamos’ residents come from all over the world, there is always a myriad of crèches on display. The show will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday and again from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints-Los Alamos Ward, located at 1967 18th St., off Spruce St. and 15th. Those wishing to display their crèches should bring them to the church early Friday morning and may pick them up after the Saturday show. Free entry includes refreshments, live music and an area for children to play.
    Then at 7 p.m. Friday, Dance Arts Los Alamos will help kick off WinterFest with a performance of “Hansel and Gretel” — a full-length ballet that continues on Saturday and Sunday. Visit danceartlosalamos.org for times and other details or call 672-9462. The performance takes place at Duane Smith Auditorium.

  • The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos wishes to thank all those who helped to make last Saturday’s Breakfast with Santa successful. Our thanks go to Del Norte Credit Union for their continued support of our event.
    We are also appreciative of the many attendees who came to see Santa and to donate food to LA Cares and money for the Foster Children program at Christmas. Thank you for reminding us that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Los Alamos.

    Ann Hayes
    Breakfast Chairperson

  • The Iranian film “A Separation” (2011) is one of the best films I’ve seen in awhile.
    It purports to be about putting a child through divorce and the difficulties of caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease.
    I suppose it is. But it begins and ends in an Iranian courthouse and for me, the focus really became how people tell their sides and the fact that there is no truth, or at least no single truth.
    Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Payman Maadi) certainly have what, in America, we call “irreconcilable differences.”
    Viewers find out in the first minutes of the movie that Simin wants to move with their daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi) to the United States.
    Simin has a visa that will soon expire and doesn’t want to miss what she considers a massive opportunity to improve their daughter’s life. Nader refuses to go, because he needs to take care of his dementia-suffering father, who lives with the family.
    This is not the only legal battle fought, or the only separation discussed, in the Oscar-award-winning film (it won for Best Foreign Language Film).
    The other is, in some ways, even more compelling — certainly rich with suspense and, because it involves even more people, it involves even more versions of nuanced truth.

  • Scholastic books are for sale at The Family YMCA from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, through Thursday. The public is welcome to come to the Y and shop. A variety of picture books to young adult novels are available. Partial proceeds will benefit the Y’s annual campaign that supports scholarships for those needing financial assistance.

  • Today
    A joint presentation by the Sierra Club and League of Women Voters will be at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library. Jack Richardson, project manager of the San Juan/Chama Utilization Project will address the county’s plans to divert the water from the San Juan/Chama for use in Los Alamos.
    Thursday
    The December meeting of the Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be a potluck dinner 6:30 p.m. at the home of Denise George, 411 Cheryl Ave. 672-9688

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents “A Separation” at 6:30 p.m.
    Friday
    Los Alamos Chapter 63, Order of Eastern Star, is selling fruitcakes, apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. Contact Judy Goldie, 662-3797 or goldienm@comcast.net; Nina Laird, 662-7580; or Betty Robertson, 662-5185, for more information.