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  • Restaurant Inspections 12-27-12

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


    Ed’s Big Dawg catering
    Date inspected: Dec. 18
    Violations: Two high-risk violations, one for contaminated equipment — improper washing, rinsing, sanitizing. Equipment must be washed, rinsed, sanitized manually until repaired. One for poor personal hygiene — hand wash sink full of dirty dishware. Three moderate-risk violations, one for contaminated equipment — area near auto dishwasher was dirty. Needs cleaning. One for poor personal hygiene — staff not using hand wash sink if full of dirty dishware. Staff must start washing hands regularly. One for animals/vermin/openings — back door does not seal, potential to allow mice, flies. Three low-risk violations, one for poor personal hygiene — staff in kitchen, including owner/manager not wearing hair restraints. One for floors/walls/ceilings — ceilings/walls dirty. Need cleaning/repair. Very bad shape. One for other — repeat violations will lead to permit downgrade or suspension of permit.

  • Today in History for Dec. 27
  • Stores look to week after Christmas for sales

    Bargain-hungry Americans will need to go on a post-Christmas spending binge to salvage this holiday shopping season.

    Despite the huge discounts and other incentives that stores offered leading up to Christmas, U.S. holiday sales so far this year have been the weakest since 2008, when the nation was in a deep recession.

    So stores now are depending on the days after Christmas to make up lost ground: The final week of December can account for about 15 percent of the month's sales, and the day after Christmas is typically one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

    Stores, which don't typically talk about their plans for sales and other promotions during the season, are known for offering discounts of up to 70 percent after the holiday. This year, they're hoping to lure more bargain hunters who held off on shopping because they wanted to get the best deals of the season.

  • Off the Hill 12-27-12

    Art exhibits

    Act I Gallery celebrates new gourd maidens by Nancy and Mark Hargis. The show runs through Dec. 31 at 218 Paseo de Pueblo Norte, Taos. For more information, visit ActOneGallery.com, or call 575-758-7831.

    “New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Mas,” is on exhibit at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, through Jan. 5. For more information, visit internationalfolkart.org.

    Taos artist Maye Torres will exhibit “Maye Torres: Unbound,” at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos. Her one-person exhibit opens Saturday and remains on view through Jan. 27. For more information, visit harwoodmuseum.org or call 575-758-9826.

    Art openings

    “Long-Time Co-Conspirators,” opens with a reception and talk, at 5 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Weyrich Gallery, 2935-D Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. The show, featuring Karen Simmons and Jas Simmons, will be on display through Jan. 28.

    “Filigree and Finery: The Art of Spanish Elegance,” opens Jan. 26 at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts. The exhibit will be on display through May 27. For more information, visit spanishcolonial.org.


  • U.S. crime author has dark take on Finnish

    HELSINKI (AP) — In the doorway of a Helsinki bar on a snowy December afternoon, American author James Thompson is being offered a pair of Russian army night vision goggles that may — or may not — have fallen off the back of a truck.
    The author, a Kentucky native who’s lived in Finland for the past 15 years, has recently signed a new deal with publisher Putnam that puts his Inspector Kari Vaara series in U.S. bookstores through 2015.
    Thompson buys the goggles and the vendor shuffles off into the snow. It’s the sort of deal in the sort of neighborhood that Vaara would approve of, and it’s somewhat apropos that the Hilarious Pike bar is a regular haunt of both the writer and the fictional cop.
    Thompson’s style is on the dark end of the “Nordic Noir” spectrum. The genre — with its stark and often violent police procedurals — has proved wildly successful for publishers and filmmakers alike.
    The marquee names have come from Sweden — think Stieg Larsson’s “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” or Henning Mankell’s “Wallander” series — but Norway’s Jo Nesbo and Iceland’s Arnaldur Indridason and Yrsa Sigurdardottir have also made their mark with international readers.

  • This week on PAC-8, Dec. 28-Jan. 3

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

    Friday, December 28, 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 29, 2012


    Sunday, December 30, 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 31, 2012

    New Year’s 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, January 1, 2012

    New Year’s Day – no local programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!

  • CST hosts free solar seminar

    Solar professionals from Consolidated Solar Technologies are conducting a pair of free informational solar seminars Jan. 26, 2013 at Body of Santa Fe.
    Several aspects of solar integration will be discussed in these presentations that will include a question-and-answer session with Patricia Mattioli and Katie Kelly from Consolidated Solar Technologies.

    Specific topics that will be discussed are:
    • The future of solar technology
    • A complete explanation of state and federal tax credits
    • The evolution and efficiency of solar panels
    • Process and procedure in custom-fitting a low-cost, high-quality system
    “Solar energy in New Mexico not only has the opportunity to save consumers money over the entire life of their systems, and all but eliminate their electric bills, but it also greatly alleviates the weight of our carbon footprint,” Mattioli said.
    The seminars are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Space is limited. If are interested in attending, RSVP with Tommy Trujillo, at 274-3246, or via email, ttrujillo@gocstsolar.com.
    Body of Santa Fe is located at 333 West Cordova Road.

  • 'Hobbit' extends No. 1 journey

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiny hobbit Bilbo Baggins is running circles around some of the biggest names in Hollywood.
    Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” took in $36.7 million to remain No. 1 at the box office for the second-straight weekend, easily beating a rush of top-name holiday newcomers.
    Part one of Jackson’s prelude to the “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, the Warner Bros. release raised its domestic total to $149.9 million after 10 days. The film added $91 million overseas to bring its international total to $284 million and its worldwide haul to $434 million.
    “The Hobbit” took a steep 57 percent drop from its domestic $84.6 million opening weekend, but business was soft in general as many people skipped movies in favor of last-minute Christmas preparations.
    “The real winner this weekend might be holiday shopping,” said Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com.
    Tom Cruise’s action thriller “Jack Reacher” debuted in second-place with a modest $15.6 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday. Based on the Lee Child best-seller “One Shot,” the Paramount Pictures release stars Cruise as a lone-wolf ex-military investigator tracking a sniper conspiracy.

  • Spend New Year’s Eve with LALT

    There are two reasons that people should consider spending an evening at Los Alamos Little Theatre: family and tradition.
    The New Year’s Eve performance is a LALT tradition, originating as a celebration for the LALT family, including anyone somehow involved in the organization.
    The original event — consisting of a potluck, dancing and time for togetherness and thanks — eventually evolved to include the entire community.
    This year, the Los Alamos community is again invited to ring in 2013 with the theatre: spend a night in town and become part of the LALT family.
    There will be plenty of time for dinner before activities begin at the theatre, as the curtain will open at 8:30 p.m. Arrive early (tickets will be sold beginning at 7:30 p.m.), socialize and partake of some munchies before the show.
    Then enjoy this year’s production, “Frost/Nixon,”  a thought-provoking drama about a contentious period in history, featuring portrayals of Richard Nixon (Grady Hughes) and David Frost (Don Monteith).
    Following the performance, Cocopelli Chocolatier, a new Santa Fe business, will provide desserts. Stay after the show, enjoy the festivities and become part of a long-lasting tradition.
    Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and can be purchased in advance at CB Fox.

  • Be There 12-26-12

     The Los Alamos Big Band will present their annual Christmas Dance from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. The dance will be a special performance to honor the memory of Cathy LeClaire, a former member of the Big Band vocal quartet, the Mountainaires. LeClaire, her husband Rene with Steve and Terry Coggeshall, sang for many years with LABB in the style of the Glenn Miller quartet, the Modernaires. Rene will be the guest vocalist for the upcoming dance. All are welcome to come and dance or just sit and listen to live, authentic Big Band music. Admission is free, although contributions to the Cathy LeClaire Memorial Organ Fund will be welcome.  
    Dec. 31
    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents Frost/Nixon. Special New Years Eve performance at 8:30. Also at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19; and 2 p.m. Jan. 13. Tickets $12/adults, $10 students/seniors and available at CB Fox and at the door. lalt.org, 662-5493.
    Jan. 4
    The Fuller Lodge Art Center is seeking art for their first thematic exhibit of the New Year titled, “Behind the Scenes.” There’s a story behind every piece of artwork; something magical in the process of its creation. Download an application for the show at library.constantcontact.com.
    Jan. 7