Today's News

  • Company protests meter award

    The Los Alamos County Council began a quasi-judicial hearing Tuesday regarding GEW Mechanical’s protest of the award for a Smart Meter contract to Landis + Gyr.

    County officials in charge of the bid process contend that GEW’s proposal for the Smart Meter contract was heavily weighted toward construction and did not include a Smart Meter of any kind.

    “What’s interesting about GEW is that they were totally nonresponsive,” said Assistant County Attorney Dan Gonzalez during his opening statements. “You will see in their proposal that they offer not one single meter: not an electric meter, not a gas meter, not a water meter. Their $12 million dollar solution was for installation of water meters that we would somehow find from some other vendor, installation of gas meters that we would find from some other vendor and the same thing with electric meters.”

    The RFP, titled “Request for Proposals for Smart Meters,” was for “Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) enabled electric, water and gas meters, as well as in-home displays” that “communicate with DPU’s NEDO-funded Demand Response Demonstration Project infrastructure, consisting of a two-way, fixed-network communications system utilizing an unlicensed mesh radio frequency technology.”

  • Off The Hill 05-02-13

    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.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition, “European Perspectives, The Radiant Line.” European artists Francois Morellet, Gregoire Cheneau, Diana Blok, Pieter Bijwaard, Oliver Mosset, Ruth Gschwendtner-Wölfe, Miguel Mont and Tony Soulie will show paintings, prints, photos and neon sculpture. The artists’ work focuses on light, line and color. The exhibit will be up through May 24 at 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe.

  • This Week on PAC-8, May 3-9

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

    Friday, May 3, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (4-30-13)
    01:00 PM The Power of NO/W
    03:00 PM Future Talk
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Jack Aeby talks about his work at the Los Alamos Historical Museum
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society - “Bandelier Trails: Before and After”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, May 4, 2013

    Sunday, May 5, 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

  • S.F. Opera plans six productions for 2014

    SANTA FE (AP) — The Santa Fe Opera in northern New Mexico will feature six operas during its 2014 summer season, starting with a performance of Bizet’s “Carmen.”
    Opera General Director Charles MacKay announced next season’s productions and casts on Wednesday.
    The company will for the first time perform Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” Mozart’s “The Impresario” and “Dr. Sun Yat-Sen” by Huang Ruo, a Chinese-born composer whose opera is making its American premiere.
    There also will be new productions of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale,” which was performed by the Santa Fe Opera in 1983, and Stravinsky’s “Le Rossignol,” which was last done in 1973. The work by Stravinsky will be part of a double bill with Mozart’s comic opera.
    The opera’s current season opens June 28 with Offenbach’s “The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein.”

  • Golondrinas to host Civil War re-enactments

    El Rancho de Las Golondrinas will be re-enacting New Mexico Civil War battles at “Battlefield New Mexico: The Civil War and More.” The battles of Glorieta Pass and Apache Canyon were fought near Santa Fe in 1862. The re-enactments will be conducted by the First New Mexico Volunteer Infantry, along with living history re-enactors from the state and elsewhere.
    Other activities that are included is military drills and cannon fire, Union and Confederate camps, music by the Territorial Brass Band, Civil War-era living history and demonstrations, talk about Civil War-era medicine and surgery and much more to see.
    The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, with re-enactments beginning at 2 p.m. Adults: $8; seniors, 62 and over and teens: $5. Children under 13 get in free.
    El Rancho de las Golondrinas Living History Museum is located at 334 Los Pinos Road, just south of Santa Fe. From I-25, take Exit 276 and follow the signs.
    For more information, visit golondrinas.org or call 471-2261.  

  • Restaurant Inspections 05-02-13

    Santa Fe

    Kai Sushi and Dining, 720 St. Michael’s Drive
    Date inspected: April 16
    Violations: Follow up from previous inspection on April 9 showed that all violations have been corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Sweeney Elementary School, 521 Airport Road
    Date inspected: April 22
    Violations: One moderate risk violation. Dish racks were discolored, old and need replacement. Four low-risk violations. Discolored and missing ceiling tiles in food prep area. Refrigeration equipment not being used should be removed. Dust accumulation on ventilator ducts.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Ramirez Thomas Elementary, 2300 Calle Po Ae Pi
    Date inspected: April 23
    Violations: Two low-risk violations; single service paper dishes were stored on the floor. The walls by the mop sink drain areas are peeling.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    Fairfield Marriott, 4150 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: April 23
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for pre-opening inspection.

    Miss Leslie, 615 Oñate Place
    Date inspected: April 24
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Business not yet in operation.

  • Bioponics Institute promotes locally grown food

    Bioponics Institute established itself early this year as a super green business in the hydroponic and aquaponic food growth industry in Santa Fe. It is a “real food” advocate promoting — local grown organic food for everyone. BpI produces organic, nutritious, fresh food at affordable prices for both people and livestock through advanced hydroponic, aquaponic and animal fodder technologies and the relationships it develops within the locales it serves.
    Did you know food travels approximately 1,500 miles before it even gets to your table? And by then, that its nutritional value is minimal? That it takes 50 gallons of water to grow one head of Bibb lettuce conventionally, and that it takes only one gallon hydroponically?

  • Ski program gets disabled on slopes

    This past winter, two Paper Tiger employees volunteered many hours over the years to help disabled individuals and wounded veterans enjoy the outdoors.
    Paper Tiger owner John King and graphic designer Jason Cline taught Mario Chavez to bi-ski as part of the Santa Fe Adaptive Ski Program.
    Then Cline spent a week this month at Colorado’s Snowmass resort with the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic getting veterans back on the slopes.
    “It was life changing for me,” says Cline of his experience at Snowmass. “Seeing these guys who fought for our country and without limbs, having the time of their lives, it really puts things in perspective. I worked with four students over the week.
    Depending on their disability, my co-instructor and I would choose which equipment was needed.”
    This was Cline’s first year participating in the Snowmass program. He was recommended for it by King, who had volunteered before. King also got Cline involved in the Santa Fe Adaptive Ski Program several years ago.
    King, an avid skier, has been volunteering in adaptive ski programs for people with disabilities for 25 years beginning at Pajarito Mountain in Los Alamos.

  • Concert pays tribute to Cowans

     The Los Alamos Concert Association presents the Borromeo String Quartet in a concert dedicated to the memory of George and Helen “Satch” Cowan, local patrons of the arts whose service to the community of Northern New Mexico will long be remembered.
    “Satch” passed away in 2011 and George died last year.
    Beginning with George’s service on LACA’s Board of Directors in the early 1950s, he and his wife supported the association’s efforts to bring great music to Los Alamos for more than 60 years. LACA’s unique program offering free tickets to young people, master classes with its artists and other youth outreach events will continue into the future thanks to the Cowan’s generosity.
    Since their debut in 1989, the Borromeo String Quartet have become one of the most sought after strings quartets in the world, performing over 100 concerts of classical and contemporary music across three continents every season.
    Audiences and critics alike champion their ability to bring back the contemporary fire to often heard works from the classic repertoire while making even the most challenging new music approachable.
    As one of today’s most adventurous quartets, they continue to push musical, intellectual, and technical boundaries to a level achieved by only a very few.

  • Classical combinations

    The Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Community Winds will join the Los Alamos High School Choirs to perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, 4 p.m. Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. During Tuesday’s rehearsal the performers practiced the 4th movement of the symphony, conducted by Ted Vives.