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  • 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

    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 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

    FSTV

    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

    Thursday
     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

  • LAMS Hawks 'Read to Feed'

    Los Alamos Middle School teacher Dana Kline and her hawks soar to new heights raising funds to benefit others through reading.
    The Hawks read their way to success for “Read to Feed,” earning a total of $453.65.
    “I am so proud of my kids, especially the committee itself,” Kline said. “It was totally voluntary and kids gave up their lunches to write school announcements, make posters and visit other classrooms. I’m really proud, not just with how much money we raised, but with the motivation and
    commitment my seventh grade students have.”
    Kline knows that some people think students this age can’t think beyond their own needs, but she proves that isn’t true.
    Once the team collected all the money, a committee of seventh graders who have been working on the fundraiser for seven weeks, chose which animals to purchase.
    “With that money, Heifer International will purchase one llama, one pig, one flock each of ducks, geese and chickens, two hives of bees and three bunnies,” Kline said.

  • Planned power outage set for North Mesa Thursday

    Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities announced that weather permitting, a brief power outage is planned for a portion of North Mesa affecting customers east of the Hawk Drive/San Ildefonso intersection (not including the Del Norte and Del Sol). The 10-20 minute outage is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday.
    Electric line crews will reconfigure the three-phase power in these North Mesa neighborhoods to optimize electric loads and reduce possibility for future power outages in the area.  Customers are reminded to shut down or back up computers and other electronic equipment in advance.
     North Mesa is also slated for electric upgrades in fiscal year 2014.  Service upgrades will minimize the duration and extent of unplanned outages.

    From a press release

  • SF National Forest gets new deputy supervisor

    Joe Norrell is the new deputy forest supervisor for the Santa Fe National Forest. Norrell brings 14 years of federal service experience to the Forest Service and the local community.
    He chose Santa Fe due to the challenges of working on complex issues with people that have a rich history and strong connection to the land.
    Norrell, who grew up in Alaska, attributes his career and passion for the outdoors to his parents. His father was a professor at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, which helped afford the time to take him and his sisters on many camping, hiking and fishing trips during the summer months.
    He listened to his mother who worked for the Alaska State Legislature talk about politics and how the decisions made by the legislature would impact people, which influenced him to consider a career in public service.
    He attended Montana State University, receiving his bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public administration. Beginning in 1998, Norrell worked for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources as a temporary research assistant and three years for Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens in Washington, D.C. as a staff assistant on the Committee on Appropriations. Two of those years he spent working on the Interior and Natural Resources Subcommittee.

  • Update 12-26-12

    Monitor closed

    The Los Alamos Monitor office will be closed on New Year’s Day.

    No blue bus service

    The NCRTD blue buses will not be in service New Year’s day. For more information call toll free 1-866-206-0754, or visit ridethebluebus.com.

    Holiday dance

    The Los Alamos Big Band will present its annual Christmas Dance from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Thursday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. Admission is free.

    Christmas photos

    Send us your best photo from Christmas Day to be published later in the week for a Christmas in LA feature. Email your digital photos to info@lamonitor.com along with a brief description, names and ages of those pictured. Submit only one photo per household, please.

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