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  • Restaurant Inspections 02-14-13

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

    Santa Fe

    Absolute Nirvana Tea Room, 106 Faithway St.
    Date inspected: Feb. 6
    Violations: None
    Notes: Temperatures good. Always store eggs (raw) on the bottom shelves in the refrigeration unit.
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Babalou’s Cocina Cubana, 3810 Hwy. 14
    Date inspected: Feb. 7
    Violations: One low-risk violation for floors/walls/ceilings — the floor tiles by the ice machine are peeling and tiles are loose. Seal.
    Notes: All the temperature logs, cooling procedure temperature logs, recurring temperature logs are all kept. Facility kitchen looks extremely clean. Water test analysis is required in office by Feb. 28. Temperatures are very good. Dishwashing sanitizing solution is good at 50 ppm.
    Status of establishment: Approved

  • 'The Invisible War' screening

    The Los Alamos branch of the American Association of University Women will show “The Invisible War,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 21, as a fundraiser for AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund. The film will be shown in the Jeannette Wallace Hall (building 5) at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.
    “The Invisible War” is an investigation into what Newsweek has called, “the most underreported crime in America,” the epidemic of rape in the United States military. The Department of Defense estimates that 20 percent of women in the services have been sexually assaulted — and that 80 percent of such attacks are never reported.
    Focusing on the stories of several idealistic young servicewomen who were raped and then betrayed by their own officers when they reported their assaults, the film is an examination of the personal and societal toll of these assaults.
    AAUW is committed to improving the way the military deals with sexual assault by ensuring that victims receive adequate support for their cases. The LAF supports three class-action suits that charge the DoD and the military with creating a culture in which sexual assault is tolerated and people who report it face retaliation.

  • 'Land Water People Time'

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center presents the award-winning documentary film, “Land Water People Time,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Reel Deal Theater. The movie shows the relationships, cultural identity and meaning of connections between nature and places in Northern New Mexico.
    New Mexico filmmakers David Lindblom, Cynthia Jeanette Gomez and Daniel Valerio filmed “Land Water People Time” across 10,000-square-miles. Along the way, they collected stories from New Mexicans. These stories explore some of the modern challenges and tragedies of cultural and environmental losses, as well as hope for preservation of Northern New Mexico cultures and places.
    Lindblom, a Los Alamos native and Los Alamos High School graduate, is the director, editor and cameraperson for the film. He worked in the film industry in San Francisco with Wayne Wang and in New York with Martin Scorsese. Now he is back home in New Mexico, teaching at Northern New Mexico College. He will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions afterward.
    For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org. 

  • Dancers in Concert

    New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company, directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, presents its February production, “Dancers in Concert,” this weekend at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.
    The NMDT-PC production of “Dancers in Concert” features three original ballets choreographed by Baker-Dillingham: “Hear, Speak, See,” “Pandora’s Box” and “Cakewalk.”
    “I choreographed ‘Hear, Speak, See’ several years ago and wanted to rework it,” Baker-Dillingham said. “The dance is based on the physical gestures of ‘hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil,’ and is an exploration of the strengths of a woman wishing to leave a legacy behind as she moves forward through life. She opens the ears, mouths and eyes of those she is leaving behind in hopes of guiding them toward an easier path than the one she traveled.”

  • Pistorius' girlfriend was a model, law graduate

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The leggy blonde model tweeted that Valentine's Day should be "a day of love for everyone."

    Instead Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead in the home of her boyfriend, paralympian superstar Oscar Pistorius, who was charged with her murder.

    Steenkamp, South African model with a law degree, campaigned against rape and violence against women. Thursday morning, Reeva Steenkamp was to give an inspirational talk at a Johannesburg school. The next day she was going to wear black to protest the brutal rape and mutilation of a 17-year-old.

    But the glamorous South African celebrity was found dead in the early hours from four bullet wounds in the Pretoria home of Pistorius. The two had been dating for only a few months.

    She was one of FHM magazine's 100 Sexiest Women in the World for the past two years, appeared in international and South African advertisements and was to make her debut next week as a celebrity contestant on the reality TV show "Tropika Island of Treasure" filmed in Jamaica. She was also the South African face of Avon cosmetics. Police said the model was 30.

    The freckled blonde who appeared in scanty bikinis on magazine covers and sashayed down fashion ramps was "continuously breaking the model stereotype," said her publicist Sarit Tomlinson.

  • ’Toppers thumped by Demons again

    It’s official: the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will have the No. 5 seed for the upcoming District 2-4A tournament.
    Los Alamos clinched the unenviable fifth seed in the district tournament — meaning it will have to win three straight road games to get to the tournament final — with its loss Tuesday night to the Santa Fe Demons.
    The Demons (11-13 overall, 2-4 in 2-4A) put together an impressive 13-0 run to close out the first quarter against the Hilltoppers, who took a 6-5 lead near the halfway point of the quarter. The Demons got back-to-back 3-pointers from Elliot Nicholas and Tres Chaires to spark the first quarter rally.
    Then, up by 15 at the break, the Demons opened the third quarter on a 7-0 run, effectively ending the game. They would go on to win 72-41 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos had its one and only chance to secure, if nothing else, at least one home game for the district tournament. Instead, it will have to take the longest, toughest route possible to get to the title game.
    Getting there from the No. 5 spot isn’t unheard of. Española Valley accomplished that feat in 2005 and the Hilltopper girls did likewise in 2001.
    However, Los Alamos will have to play far more consistently than it has to this point in the 2-4A season.

  • Lobos survive a scare vs. Bulldogs

     FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — With his team trailing by double digits at halftime, New Mexico coach Steve Alford could have tried to make some major adjustments.
    Instead, he told the Lobos to play the way they usually do.
    Kendall Williams scored 13 points, capped by an emphatic dunk just before the final buzzer, and No. 19 New Mexico overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Fresno State’s Bulldogs 54-48 on Wednesday night.
    “It was just our guys,” Alford said. “They got the job done. When you’re down 11 at the half on the road and then play the way we played in the second half, it was outstanding. These guys, they just find a way. You shoot 37 percent and still get a road win.”
    Alex Kirk had 10 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for the Lobos (21-4, 8-2 Mountain West Conference). Tony Snell also scored 10, and his 18-foot leaner with 20 seconds left sealed the victory as New Mexico remained a half-game ahead of second-place Colorado State in the conference standings.
    Kevin Olekaibe led Fresno State (8-15, 2-8) with 11 points, while Kevin Foster had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
     Foster scored all his points in the first half.
    The Bulldogs scored only three points, on Olekaibe’s 3-pointer, in the final 10:08.

  • Today in History for Thursday, February 14th
  • NKorean nuclear test may be intelligence windfall

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea's latest underground test shows it is making big strides toward becoming a true nuclear power. But the test may also reveal key clues the secretive nation might have hoped to hide about how close, or how far away, it is from fielding a nuclear weapon capable of striking the United States or its allies.

    Hoping to capitalize on a rare opportunity to gauge North Korea's nuclear capabilities, intelligence and military officials around the region are scrambling to glean data to answer three big questions: how powerful was the device Pyongyang tested, what sort of device was it, and what progress does the test indicate the nation has made.

    North Korea hailed Tuesday's test as a "perfect" success, saying it used a device that was stronger and more advanced than those in its past two attempts. Add that to its successful rocket launch in December and the threat of a North Korea ready to strike at the United States, which it sees as its arch-enemy, would appear to be more real than ever.

    But just how close is it?

  • State House OKs gun buyer background checks

     SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers waded into the national debate over gun violence Wednesday as the House approved legislation to require criminal background checks of more people who buy firearms at gun shows.

    If the measure becomes law, which is far from certain, New Mexico will join at least six other states in having background checks for all firearms purchased at gun shows from private sellers, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.