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  • Ortiz awarded a 2013 roster spot with Lobos

    New Los Alamos Hilltopper head volleyball coach Robin Reynolds was as surprised as anyone when he heard the news.
    Attending a conference at the University of New Mexico, Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson announced that a former Hilltopper would be receiving a roster spot for the next year.
    “The coach announced that Danielle had made it through tryouts,” Reynolds said. “He said that she needed to start coming to practices regularly, because she’s going to be on the team.”
    The player in question was Danielle Ortiz, one of the top defensive players in Class 4A during her career with the Hilltoppers.
    Ortiz, Los Alamos’ standout libero, will join the Lobos as a walk-on for the 2013 season.
    Before she does that, however, she said she’s got a lot to work on, specifically getting back in playing shape.
    “This week I just started and I’m really sore,” Ortiz said. “I started lifting weights and running. I have to keep that up until we start practice. It’s hard work, but it’ll be worth it.”
    Oritz got on UNM’s radar earlier in her career. She played for a club volleyball team that was run partially by members of the Lobo coaching staff.

  • Off the Hill 05-30-13

    Art exhibits
    Again: Repetition, Obsession and Meditation. Opening reception, 3-5 p.m. through June 16. Lannan Gallery. 309 Read Street. Gallery is open Saturday and Sundays, Noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information call 954-5149.
    The Couse Foundation will host a lecture by Victor Goler, noted conservator and Santero, and a book signing of “The Couse Collection of Santos,” 2 p.m. on June 9 in the classroom of the Mabel Dodge Lujan house, 146 Kit Carson Rd. For more information, call Virginia Couse Leavitt at 575-751-0369.
    Hershey Felder in Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein. 7:30 p.m., Friday through Sunday at the Lensic in Santa Fe, 211 W. San Francisco St. Tickets $20-50, visit ticketsSantaFe.org, or call 988-1234.

    Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble “Fiesta de Musica,” 3 p.m., Sunday in Santa Fe at Carmelite Retreat Center Chapel. The Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble, 2012 winner of the prestigious Chorus, America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award, celebrates its 32nd consecutive season with the Fiesta de Musica Spring Concerts. For more information email Evelyn Fox, info@sfwe.org.

    Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson: Masters of Madness Tour. 7 p.m., Saturday. Isleta Ampitheater, Albuquerque. For more information visit livenation.com.

  • 'Jersey Boys' a lively show with tough roots

    The Broadway hit “Jersey Boys” brought together people of all ages to enjoy the music and the life story of Frankie Valli and the early 1960s group, The Four Seasons.
    The seemingly sugar-coated boys from New Jersey were far from innocent. The four friends started singing under street lamps before becoming a sensation under the direction of manager Bob Crewe, played flamboyantly by Barry Anderson. Valli was only a young teen at the time and the group signed no contract. Only a mere handshake sealed the deal for their future.
    Their days in the spotlight were riddled with tough times, such as a drinking problem from Nick Massi, played by the stoic Brandon Andrus, who seemed a bit stiff at first, but was capturing the real Massi’s candor. Another dilemma the group had to overcome was the gambling problems and overall hijinks of Tommy DeVito. Played by Colby Foytik, he captured the essence of what a troubled soul DeVito really was, going so far as bankrupting the group with an enormous debt and getting them all a little too close to the New Jersey mob syndicate.
    Bob Gaudio was the brains behind the song writing and was played with vigor by Jason Kappus. The actor bore a strong resemblance to the real Bob Gaudio.

  • A taste of Cajun country in Los Alamos

    In a state where local fare consists of staples such as enchiladas, tacos and green chile cheeseburgers, it’s often hard to find a restaurant that offers something different. Sometimes a green chile cheeseburger, or breakfast burrito sounds good and other times, you might crave something that will make your taste buds take notice.
    Creole Nouvelle, located in the VFW building where Mi Casita Mexican restaurant used to be, can definitely help break the humdrum culinary cycle Los Alamosians tend to fall into. With Cajun and Creole dishes on the menu, this eatery is anything but ordinary. This location has seen a few restaurants come and go, but hopefully this one will have longevity.
    After hearing about this place from a few people who sang its praises, a lunch trip was in order to see what all the hype was about. It was a little after 11:30 a.m. on a Thursday and the place had a few occupied tables, but all that changed once noon hit — the place was packed. The dining room is small, but it was clean.

  • This week on PAC-8, May 31-June 6

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, May 31, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (5-21-13)
    01:00 PM National Day of Prayer
    03:00 PM Future Talk
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM The Glass Slipper
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society “Cold War Recollections: A Livermore Underground Test Perspective”
    08:30 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM The Glass Slipper
    10:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, Saturday, 2013

    Sunday, Sunday, 2013
    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

  • Restaurant Inspections 05-30-13

    Santa Fe
    Subway, 540 Cordova Road, Suite 3
    Date inspected: May 8
    Violations: Four high-risk violations. Wet rag out of sanitizer bucket, hand washing station has wet rags in it, temperature on display varies from top to bottom, food is overstocked, lids of display refrigerator are open, employees are not washing their hands between glove changes, and ice pooling forms leak in return line in walk-in freezer. One moderate-risk violation. The sides, bottom, and tops of food equipment need to be cleaned, ice tea tops, door handles, bottom of refrigerator have food build-up, shelves have old food build-up, salt, pepper, cheese shakers have food build-up. One low-risk violation. Vents/fans have dust build-up and need to be cleaned.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow-up on May 15.

    Subway, 540 Cordova Road, Suite 3
    Date inspected: May 15
    Violations: None. Follow-up inspection. All violations are corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

  • 'Love and Loss' comes to LA for limited time

    After successful sold out performances in Santa Fe and Durango Co. “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” comes to Los Alamos for two shows only.
    The story was written by Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. The play is produced and directed by Janet Davidson.
    Gioia Berlin, Anna Darrah, Jessica Osbourne, Debrianna Mansini and Rebekah Wiggins round out the cast.
    Performances will be 7:30 p.m., Saturday and 2 p.m., Sunday. Tickets $20, general admissions and $15 students and seniors.
    For more information, call Janet Davidson 438-6078 or 699-8501 or the Los Alamos Little Theater at 622-5493. 

  • Chamisa Elementary was all a glow

    What do you get when you mix fresh fruit donated from Smith’s, a great idea, a lot of participation and a little perspiration?
     You get the first annual Atomic City Glow Run, held May 18 at Chamisa Elementary School.
     The event had 100 registered participants and family members ranging in age from 10-month-old Linus Ploss to some who would prefer not to reveal their age.
     “Last summer when we met as a new PTO we discussed new things that we could try this year,” Parent Teacher Organization President Trisha Colin said. “We had heard of color runs and night runs, and so the Atomic Glow Run was born!”
     The idea was not only seen as fun, but a fundraiser for the whole family.
     White Rock was a glow as participants took off for a 5K run and a one-mile fun run, all kicked off by the Chamisa Cheetah, after a few motivating warm up exercises.
     “We had over 120 runners, about half participating in the one mile and the others in the 5K,” Principal Debbie Smith said. “Davey Torres finished first on the 5K. Our first place youth finisher in the 5K was our own third grader, Wakeiyo Hettinga. The one mile top finishers were sixth graders, Amy Littleton and Haley Capon.”

  • Senior center displays sculptures by local artist

    Richard Swenson, a local sculptor who focuses on creating art from unaltered objects such as scrap metal parts found in junk yards and repair shops, displayed his work for visitors of Betty Ehart Senior Center. Featuring animal shapes such as frogs, penguins, bunnies and crabs, the display cases can be found on the second floor lobby of the center.
    The central theme of Swenson’s sculptures is “The Primacy of Nature Over the Industrial Society.” Born and raised on a ranch in North Dakota, the sculptor experienced a world without electricity, running water, or indoor conveniences. His childhood world, unaltered by industrial society, focused on the relationships between man and animal, something that most children of the current generation are not likely to comprehend.
    “It would be a lonesome place in this high-tech world without animals, for we are one of them,” Swenson said, in a quote that stands out within the promotional pamphlet for the display.
    His work has been shown at local venues such as the New Concept Gallery in Santa Fe, as well as out-of-state establishments, such as the Louisiana Art and Science Museum in Baton Rouge, and the Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans.

  • Rev up those engines

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will host the annual ChamberFest on June 8. Chamberfest provides an opportunity for Chamber members and local businesses to present their products and services to the Los Alamos community.
    Chamber members will set up display booths throughout downtown that have representatives with information about their businesses and many will offer games and giveaways. Claire Roybal and Associates along with Atomic City Corvettes and the Santa Fe Concorso will be hosting a car show and Show-n-Shine.
    The Car Show will bring out corvettes, hotrods, muscle cars, classics, exotics, and motorcycles to a blocked off downtown to show off their unique rides.
    New this year will be a partnership with the Santa Fe Concorso group to bring out some exotics cars valued over $250,000 each. Prizes and the car show are sponsored by Lithia Dodge in Santa Fe, Edelbrock, Pinstriping by Speedy, Yeamans Machine Shop, Henry Valencia Chevrolet in Española, Santa Fe Chevrolet, Sears, Desert Tees, AutoZone, Hagerty Insurance, Napa Auto Parts, O’Reilly’s, Coca-Cola and Meguiars.