Today's Features

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

    Santa Fe

    Bistro 315, 315 Old Santa Fe Trail
    Date inspected: Mach 19
    Violations: Two low-risk violations, two for contaminated equipment — dirty ice crusher; dirty top of maka table.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Fox’s Uptown Grill, 450 Galisteo St.
    Date inspected: March 20
    Violations: Two low-risk violations, one for animals/vermin/openings — screen door needs to be self-closing. One for floors/walls/ceilings — replace light cover over stove.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Giant #861, 5741 Airport Road
    Date inspected: March 20
    Violations: None
    Notes: Bathrooms very clean
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Giant #863, 1229 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: March 20
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for other — burritos at 138 degrees, turn heater up.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

  •  Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “Van Choc Straw,” written by Mark Dunn and directed by Mimi Adams, was one of two plays selected to represent New Mexico at the regional competition of the American Association of Community Theatre next month in Lafayette, La.
    In addition, “Van Choc Straw” cast members Patricia Beck and Gwen Lewis received certificates recognizing their “outstanding achievement in acting” for their performances during the competition.
    LALT hosted the 2013 AACTFest competition last weekend, in conjunction with Theatre New Mexico. Theatre companies from Las Vegas, Sandia Park, Hobbs and Ruidoso, as well as Los Alamos, participated in the New Mexico AACTFest.
    In addition to the play performances, AACTFest featured a monologue competition. LALT members Mimi Adams, Iain May and Patrick MacDonald were among the six finalists.
    MacDonald was selected from among the finalists as the top monologue performance.
    The other play selected for regionals was The Last Act is a Solo by Robert Anderson, presented by the Sandia Performing Arts Company and directed by former LALT stalwart Dick Danforth.

    From a press release 

  • The Dixon Community Players present a new original show, “Holly’s Follies 2: A Tribute to Gershwin.”
    Perhaps the greatest achievement of George and Ira Gershwin — although remembered for the sounds and style of the Jazz Age — was in the area of the musical comedy. In “Holly’s Follies 2: A Tribute to Gershwin,” the audience will hear jazz songs such as “Clap Yo’ Hands” and “I Got Rhythm.” Show numbers from “Strike Up the Band” and “Of Thee I Sing” and love ballads from several shows and movies will also be played. Soloists and a choir will sing a medley of songs from the classic folk opera “Porgy and Bess.”
    From Los Alamos, Jeff Favorite returns as the master of ceremonies, revising the role he played in the first “Holly’s Follies.” He has performed in several Los Alamos Little Theatre productions and is the leader of the Hill Stompers, Los Alamos’ adult community marching band.
    Sheila Schiferl, choir director, pianist and organist, is the music director and also sings a “special” number.
    Rose Corrigan, who has also appeared with the Los Alamos Little Theatre, is a newcomer to DCP. She has a degree in theatre from Columbia College Chicago.

  • If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it can apply to many things — including restaurants.
    Recently, the Hill Diner, a longtime Los Alamos staple closed down. Owner Denise Lane, who opened the Dixie Girl Restaurant late last year, shifted some of the Hill Diner menu items over to the new eatery, but don’t be fooled — the Dixie Girl shares very few similarities with the Hill Diner.
    An attempt to visit the Dixie Girl was made a few weeks ago, but despite the sign on the door that said they close at 3 p.m. on Sunday, the door was locked at 2:35 p.m. Recently, however, the visit was successful — of course, it was also around noon.
    The Dixie Girl occupies the old Central Avenue Grill location right next door to Starbucks. A menu is on display outside so you can decide if going in is worth it.
    Despite the lunch hour, the restaurant was nearly empty, with only a handful of tables occupied. The hostess was pleasant and a table was secured very quickly.
    The one-page menu offered a variety of choices from soups and salads to burgers, sandwiches and “blue plate specials” like meatloaf.
    Hill Diner items like the New Mexican Dip sandwich and the Texan hamburger have new names, but are available at Dixie Girl — as is the club sandwich. There are a few new offerings as well.

  • An exhibit, “Underground of Enchantment,” featuring 3D photos of the microbial secrets of Lechuguilla Cave in southeastern New Mexico, will open with a reception from 4-5:30 p.m. April 5 at Mesa Public Library; and from 5-6:30 p.m. at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    The cave is part of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the exhibit originated with — and is traveled by — Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

    Lechuguilla Cave is the deepest limestone cave (1597.4 ft./486.9m) in the United States and the fifth-longest cave in the world (128miles/206km). The cave holds a fragile ecosystem, which was cut off from the surface until 1986. To protect this system, entry into Lechuguilla is restricted to exploration and science. This exhibit gives the public a chance to glimpse the varied forms and geologic features all in 3D photographs and films.

  • Today
    Club Anime will meet from 4-5 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. Club Anime is for ages 13-19. Come watch some anime and enjoy ramen with other snacks.

    Birds of Eastern Australia and Tasmania Through a Visitor’s Lens. Wildlife biologist Stephen Fettig will present the birds he photographed during a three-week trip through New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania. 7 p.m. Free. No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

  • Leadership Los Alamos was founded in 2003 with the recognition that the future of Los Alamos is directly dependent upon the quality and contributions of its leaders.
    The LLA program offers an education that makes participants more effective leaders with a deeper knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing our community.
    The LLA Board of Directors is now accepting applications for the class of 2013-14. They cordially invite you to apply and become a part of their vision:
    “Leadership Los Alamos identifies, enlightens and encourages leaders of diverse backgrounds, occupations and cultures for the purpose of broadening the understanding of our community and enhancing the quality of leadership.”
    In 2013, the LLA program will offer an exciting updated curriculum, new alumni continuing education and social/networking activities and a greater focus on leadership skills training. The program is nine months in duration beginning with a leadership orientation and retreat, followed by one full-day educational session per month. Program session topics include:
    • Cultural issues
    • Economic development
    • Local government
    • Nonprofit/community organizations
    • Education
    • Youth
    • Environment

  • Forty years ago, soldiers returning from Vietnam were advised to change into civilian clothes on their flights home so that they wouldn't be accosted by angry protesters at the airport. For a Vietnamese businessman who helped the U.S. government, a rising sense of panic set in as the last combat troops left the country on March 29, 1973 and he began to contemplate what he'd do next. A young North Vietnamese soldier who heard about the withdrawal felt emboldened to continue his push on the battlefields of southern Vietnam.

    While the fall of Saigon two years later — with its indelible images of frantic helicopter evacuations — is remembered as the final day of the Vietnam War, Friday marks an anniversary that holds greater meaning for many who fought, protested or otherwise lived the war. Since then, they've embarked on careers, raised families and in many cases counseled a younger generation emerging from two other faraway wars.

    Many veterans are encouraged by changes they see. The U.S. has a volunteer military these days, not a draft, and the troops coming home aren't derided for their service. People know what PTSD stands for. And they're insisting that the government take care of soldiers suffering from it and other legacy injuries from Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • The Posse Shack Breakfast on April 7, will benefit Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter, a local non-profit organization. It’s more than a breakfast — bid on gift baskets; register early for the 2013 Dog Jog; enter a raffle for a $400 gift certificate for a pet photograph from Don Taylor; Josephine Boyer will do glitter tattoos (on face and hands); meet some shelter dogs at a mobile adoption. Bring your family and friends and enjoy the event. They might even have a Doggie Kissing Booth again this year. The Posse Shack is at 650 North Mesa Road, near the stables.  The cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children younger than 10-years-old. 

  • The 2012-2013 school year found Los Alamos Middle School implementing the beginning stages of a program called Restorative Justice.
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, with help from Los Alamos County. funded the work with training in 2005, led by the Los Alamos Community Health Council.
    The cases were criminal in nature and generally referred by the Juvenile Probation Officer.
    According to JJAB Coordinator Ellen Ben-Naim, “LAMS is implementing a Restorative Justice program to address conflicts before they escalate into situations involving criminal offenses,” she said. “We felt like the program would be more successful if several members of the LAMS staff were trained in Restorative Justice.”
    The program is designed to handle conflict by allowing everyone in the room to be heard, while allowing the offender to admit responsibility, accept group sanctions and end by regaining a place in the community.
    This month, training was designed not just for those interested in the handling issues locally, but to those interested in the CYFD offering from across the state.
    Approximately 45 attendees representing Silver City, Lordsburg, Raton, Luna, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Rio Arriba and Taos attended the daylong event.