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  • Canyon Bar set to close

    Mike Cutler, the current owner of the Canyon Bar, which has become a popular watering hole in Los Alamos during the past 16 years, said it wasn’t for a lack of trying.

    With an eye on retirement and finding a warmer climate, Cutler, 48, said he tried many times to find a buyer for the bar, but there were no takers.

    Through the years, the establishment has been known under several other names, including “Ma and Pa’s” and “Fireside.”

    “I couldn’t find a buyer that wanted to take it over as a bar,” Cutler said. “People just didn’t come up with the right amount of money or the right amount of interest.”

    It’s not known when the bar will officially close and Cutler said for now, they are still open for business, and will be able to still serve alcohol, though the liquor license has been sold to the Giant Convenience store in White Rock.

    Cutler who also owns Automotive Professionals on DP Road, said he has no plans to leave the area immediately, either.  

    “I will still be up here for a while. I still own the shop here and my wife still works for the lab, but eventually we plan to get down to the Gulf Coast and do some fishing,” Cutler said.

  • First Person: Artifacts Reveal Mayan Reset

    Ancient artifacts tell scholars about the beliefs of the ancient Maya. The Mesoamerican long count calendar is expected to reset on December 21, 2012, which many have interpreted as the 'end of the world.'

  • ‘Hobbit’ bests ‘Rings’ with $84.8 million opening

    NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” led the box office with a haul of $84.8 million, a record-setting opening better than the three previous “Lord of the Rings” films.
    The Warner Bros. Middle Earth epic was the biggest December opening ever, surpassing Will Smith’s “I Am Legend,” which opened with $77.2 million in 2007, according to studio estimates Sunday. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” also passed the December opening of “Avatar,” which opened with $77 million. Internationally, “The Hobbit” also added $138.2 million, for an impressive global debut of $223 million.
    Despite weak reviews, the 3-D adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s first novel in the fantasy series was an even bigger draw than the last “Lord of the Rings” movie, “The Return of the King.” That film opened with $72.6 million. “The Hobbit” is the first of another planned trilogy, with two more films to be squeezed out of Tolkien’s book.

  • Join the LA Friends Christmas party

    The new social group in town, “Los Alamos Friends,” is throwing their first Christmas Party from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the home of Beau Gerard (the Bike Doc), 3711 Trinity Dr.
    The party is open to the general public, but seating is limited, so an RSVP is needed to reserve a spot.
    Bring a treat to share with about 20 people. Gerard will play Christmas Carols.  
    In addition to being the Bike Doc, he is a concert pianist that donates his time as a  music therapist for institutionalized people in Las Vegas and he will be featured on  “America’s Got Talent” this summer.
    To RSVP, or for more information, call Celia at 695-5788.

  • Adele voted AP Entertainer of the Year

    NEW YORK (AP) — Though Adele didn’t have a new album or a worldwide tour in 2012, she’s still rolling. After a year of Grammy glory and James Bond soundtracking, Adele has been voted The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year.
    In 132 ballots submitted by members and subscribers of the AP, Adele easily outpaced other vote-getters like Taylor Swift, “Fifty Shades of Grey” author E.L. James, the South Korean viral video star PSY and the cast of “Twilight.”
    Editors and broadcasters were asked to cast their ballot for the person who had the most influence on entertainment and culture in 2012.
    Adele’s year began in triumph at the Grammys, took a turn through recording the theme to the 007 film “Skyfall,” and ended with the birth of her son in October. The ubiquitous Adele was that rare thing in pop culture: an unqualified sensation, a megastar in a universe of niche hits.
    By the end of the year, her sophomore album, “21,” had passed 10 million copies sold in the U.S., only the 21st album in the Nielsen SoundScan era (begun in 1991) to achieve diamond status. Buoyed by hits like “Someone Like You” and “Rolling in the Deep” long after its release in early 2011, “21” was also the top-selling album on iTunes for the second year running.

  • This week on PAC-8, Dec. 21-27

    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 21, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (12-18-12)
    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
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, December 22, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, December 23, 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 24, 2012
    Christmas Eve – no local programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    12:00 AM – 8:00 A.M. Wednesday - Free Speech TV

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012
    Merry Christmas – no local programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau

  • Restaurant Inspections 12-20-12

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

    Española

    Angelina’s at Northern New Mexico College, 921 N. Paseo de Oñate
    Date inspected: Dec. 12
    Violations: One high-risk violation for contaminated equipment — sanitizer > 200 ppm. Corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Española Hospital, 1010 Spruce St.
    Date inspected: Dec. 12, other
    Violations: One high-risk violation for plumbing/waste disposal — need 2” air gap at three-compartment and vegetable sink. Will be corrected Dec. 12 or this week. Hospital is being renovated. Needed sink inspection.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    La Cocina, Santa Clara Bridge road
    Date inspected: Dec. 12, other
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations for administration — no person shall operate without a current permit; catering, but doesn’t have a permit. One low-risk violation for administration — plan and review must be submitted.

    Steve’s La Cocina, 310 Old Los Alamos Hwy.
    Date inspected: Dec. 12, follow-up

  • Learn the truth about Santa

    On Saturday, Los Alamos Little Theatre will host the Southwest Rural Theatre Project, performing “The Truth About Santa,” by Greg Kotis.
    This is not holiday fare in the “Miracle on 34th Street” vein, as a philandering Santa has to explain his bastard kids to Mrs. Claus ... and hope to survive her wrathful revenge. Parents,  think “PG-13” before bringing the kids.
    The show was described by one critic as “ ... a play that has every right to become the ‘Christmas Carol’ (or Mahabharata) for weird theater geeks across the world.”
    The New York Times called it “a holiday show for people sick of holiday shows.”
    For those that have been missing their annual shot of melodrama, this performance encourages marshmallow throwing and hissing or booing at the villains of the play.
    Southwest Rural Theatre Project is staging this play at a variety of venues around the state.
    The Los Alamos show will start at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation. Those still wondering what to do New Year’s Eve, might consider going to the opening performance of “Frost/Nixon” by Peter Morgan.

  • Christmastime is near

    The sound of a choir performing Christmas carols is a sure sign that Christmas is near. This choir happens to be composed of instrumentalists — tubas and euphoniums (which can be thought of as small tubas). The group, aptly named the Christmas Tubas, was formed in 2002 by local musician Jerry Morzinski, who gathered other low brass players and played the first concert in the Los Alamos library. The library venue proved to be too small as the group grew over the years to include high school students, typically those who make all-state band. This year, there will be 10 musicians playing a mix of sacred and secular carols, with arrangements specifically created for a tuba-euphonium choir.
    The concert is free, and will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

  • Paper cranes on display at MPL

    Michelle Grove’s Los Alamos Middle School crafts students folded 1,000 paper cranes and they are on exhibit at the Mesa Public Library from today through Jan. 20.  
    Students were inspired to make the cranes after reading the book “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” by Eleanor Coerr.
    The thousand origami cranes were popularized through the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who was two years old when she was exposed to radiation  from the atomic bombing during World War II. Sasaki soon developed leukemia and, at age 12, inspired by the senbazuru legend, began making origami cranes with the goal of making 1,000.
    In a popular version of the story as told in the book, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” she folded only 644 before her death. In her honor, her classmates felt sorry and agreed to complete the rest for her. In an alternate version of the story, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum states that she did complete the 1,000 cranes and continued past that when her wish did not come true.
    “A thousand origami cranes” is a group of 1,000 origami paper cranes held together by strings. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane.