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  • Pajarito to reopen Saturday

    Pajarito Mountain officials announced the ski area will reopen Saturday morning.
    Pajarito received approximately 7 inches of snow from the recent storms around Los Alamos. The area is now reporting a 20-inch base of machine-groomed snow.
    Saturday, the area will have the Beginner, Aspen and Mother lifts running.
    Pajarito was open in late December but ceased operations early this month after the base dwindled to 16 inches, less than minimum operating level.
    The mountain’s café, rental shop and snowsports school will be in operation Saturday.

  • Wrestlers head to Las Vegas on Friday

    After going over the final results, Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling coach Bob Geyer learned the results for his team this weekend weren’t quite as bas as he’d thought.
    But the results weren’t as good as he’d hoped, either.
    Coming off a tough weekend at Aztec, Los Alamos is preparing for another challenge this weekend when it travels to Las Vegas for the Robertson Invitational. Robertson, much like Aztec, is among the most successful programs in the state.
    This week, the Hilltoppers have been working on simply getting out quicker, particularly when working off the bottom, something Geyer said he’d seen improvement on a week earlier at Pecos but not so much at Aztec.
    At the Aztec Duals, the Hilltoppers went 2-3 in their pool, topping Farmington and Shiprock handily, but getting soundly defeated by Bloomfield and St. Michael’s. Los Alamos lost a tight 42-39 contest to Kirtland Central.
    Individually, Lane Saunders at 152 pounds and Brian Geyer at 182 pounds, went a combined 10-0 on the day. Cory Geyer, at 160, finished 4-1, while Chandler Lauritzen (132), Diego Madrid (195) and John Dermer (285) all finished with overall records of 3-2.

  • Sundevils rally to top 'Toppers, 52-40

    ESPAÑOLA – A hot shooting third quarter by the Española Valley Sundevils put the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team in a hole during Wednesday night’s contest.
    Although the Hilltoppers fought back to get the margin down to manageable levels late in the third quarter, Española Valley forced some key turnovers in the fourth quarter to pull away.
    Los Alamos was within four points of Española Valley at the break, but Sundevil guard Krista Bustos nailed three 3-pointers in a 2-1/2 minute stretch in the third quarter to get things rolling for her team.
    While the Hilltoppers connected on a couple of late jumpers in the third quarter, by Amber Logan and Anna Scott, to clip the Sundevil advantage to 6 points, the Sundevils hit some quick layups and got to the foul line in the fourth quarter. Española Valley won the contest 52-40 at Edward Medina Gymnasium.
    The loss drops the Hilltoppers to 1-2 in district play (11-10 overall) with just one more game remaining in the first half of the District 2-4A season. The Hilltoppers will host the struggling Capital Jaguars Saturday night.
    Against Española Valley, Los Alamos set itself up with some good looks under the basket much of the night, but struggled to finish.

  • Opera about Nazi atrocity shown in Austria

    VIENNA (AP) — Thousands of children were murdered by the Nazis because they fell short of the Aryan ideal.
    On Friday, a hushed audience gathered in Austria's Parliament to watch the world premiere of an opera depicting how the Nazis methodically killed mentally or physically deficient children at a Vienna hospital during World War II.
    The killings were part of a greater campaign that led to the deaths of about 75,000 people — homosexuals, the handicapped, or others the Nazis called "unworthy lives" — and served as a prelude to the Holocaust.
    Austrians played a huge role in these and other atrocities of the era — nearly 800 children were killed at Vienna's Spiegelgrund psychiatric ward — and Friday's premiere of the opera "Spiegelgrund" was the latest installment of a national effort to atone for such acts in word and deed.
    The timing was picked to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, which will be observed worldwide Sunday, and the performance was streamed live on the Internet for international audiences.

  • This week on PAC-8, Feb. 1-7

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

    Friday, February 1, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (1-29-13)
    03:00 PM Future Talk
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM 2012 Revere Sand Sculpting Competition
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Jews in Theory”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

    Sunday, February 3, 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 01-31-13

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


    Giant #862, 1616 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Jan. 28, other
    Notes: Recall recon, Annie’s rising crust frozen pizza. No product sold at this location, Manager advised, copy of recall left.
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Joann’s Restaurant, 938 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Jan. 22
    Violations: Three high-risk violations, two for contaminated equipment — can opener dirty, corrected on site; auto dishwasher not dispensing sanitizer. Owner fixed, corrected on site. One for poor personal hygiene — hand sink had hot water turned off. Corrected, still needs repair. One moderate-risk violation for contaminated equipment — cutting boards needs replacement or to be resurfaced. Two low-risk violations for floors/walls/ceilings — floors/walls/ceilings need repair, cleaning and painting; walls/ceilings need painting, cleaning.
    Notes: Salads stored in Coke/beverage unit, holding at 35-43 degrees. Soda merchandising refrigerators are not designed for non-packaged foods. Need proper refrigeration units for non-packaged foods.
    Status of establishment: Approved

  • Disney says JJ Abrams to direct next ‘Star Wars’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's official. The force is with J.J. Abrams.
    The Walt Disney Co. issued a statement Friday night confirming reports that had been circulating for two days that Abrams, Emmy-award-winning creator of TV's "Lost" and director of 2009's "Star Trek" movie, has been pegged to direct the seventh installment of the "Star Wars" franchise.
    "J.J. is the perfect director to helm this," said Kathleen Kennedy, the movie's producer and president of Lucasfilm, which was acquired by Disney last month for $4.06 billion.
    "Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience," Kennedy said in the statement.
    The movie will have a script from "Toy Story 3" writer Michael Arndt and a 2015 release.
    Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" in the original trilogy, will work as a consultant on the new project.
    Abrams has already headed the reboot of another storied space franchise, "Star Trek," for rival studio Paramount Pictures. The next installment in that series, "Star Trek: Into Darkness," is set to hit theaters May 17.

  • ‘Argo’ on a roll with big win

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A few weeks ago, the Oscar race looked wide open. The stately, historical "Lincoln" seemed like the safe and likely choice, with the provocative "Zero Dark Thirty" and the quirky and inspiring "Silver Linings Playbook" very much in the mix for the Academy Award for best picture.
    But now, an "Argo" juggernaut — an "Argo"-naut, if you will — seems to be rolling along and gathering momentum as we head toward Hollywood's top prize.
    The international thriller from director Ben Affleck, who also stars as a CIA operative orchestrating a daring rescue during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, received the top honor of best ensemble cast in a movie at Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, their equivalent of the best-picture Oscar. It's a decent indicator of eventual Academy Awards success, with the two matching up about half the time.
    The film, which also stars John Goodman and Alan Arkin as Hollywood veterans who help stage a fake movie as a cover, has received nearly unanimous critical raves and has proven to be a box-office favorite, as well, grossing nearly $190 million worldwide.

  • Clift composition wins competition

    Paul Clift, a composer living in New York City, submitted the winning composition titled, “1950c, for classical guitar,” in the 2012 University of New Mexico John Donald Robb Musical Trust Composers’ Competition.
    He will be honored with the premiere of his composition at the 2013 John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium,  which takes place from March 24-27 at UNM.
    Clift, a doctoral student at Columbia University, designed his winning composition as a musical metaphor to the style of abstract impressionist painter Clyfford Still.
    “I sought to create a work for solo guitar in my own musical language that made abstract reference to the folk music of the South in the United States,” he said. “The J.D. Robb field-recording archives proved to be of immense value for me, in particular the Matachines field recordings of 1952.”
    Clift, an Australian composer, has been living in New York City since receiving a Columbia doctoral fellowship in 2009.
    He earned a master’s degree in music at King’s College in London and a bachelor’s degree at Monash University Conservatorium in Australia. His works have been performed at festivals in North America, Europe and Australia.

  • Marsalis comes to Santa Fe

    Wynton Marsalis is a musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a national treasure. He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz. He will perform March 6 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
    Marsalis was born in New Orleans, La. in 1961. At age eight, he performed traditional New Orleans music in the Fairview Baptist Church band, led by legendary banjoist Danny Barker, and at 14, he performed with the New Orleans Philharmonic.
    At age 17, Marsalis became the youngest musician ever to be admitted to Tanglewood’s Berkshire Music Center. He assembled his own band in 1981, performing more than 120 concerts every year for 15 consecutive years.
    Marsalis’ love of the music of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and others drove him to pursue a career in classical music, as well. He recorded the Haydn, Hummel and Leopold Mozart trumpet concertos at age 20. His debut recording received positive reviews and won the Grammy Award for “Best Classical Soloist with an Orchestra.”