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  • Update 02-28-13

    Brisket night

    The LAHS NJROTC will host its monthly brisket night at 5:30 p.m. today at the Posse Lodge. The menu includes brisket, potato salad, baked beans, roll, cookie and drink for $10.

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    There will be a charity benefit for Cindy Geoffrion from 5-9 p.m. Saturday at De Colores. $5 donation at the door, music by Jemez’s Train Wreck Blues Band. A cash bar will be available.

    Authors Speak

    The Authors Speak Series presents Slim Randles, veteran newspaperman and outdoorsman, at 7 p.m. today in the upstairs rotunda.

    Photo show

    The Los Alamos Photography Club (LAPC) will be hosting its annual photography show for 2013 at the Mesa Public Library from March 4 through March 29. 

  • Commission approves Smith's Marketplace site plan

    Bret Wahlen, president of Great Basin Engineering, and Smith’s Vice President of Corporate Development Steve Sorensen, answer the Planning and Zoning commission’s questions concerning the site plan for the Trinity Site. P and Z approved the site plan by a 6-1 vote, with Avivah Smith-Nelson voting no. Commissioner Catherine Mockler — who is one of the owners of Pajarito Brew Pub and therefore potentially affected by the project — recused herself. Smith’s/Kroger hopes to have construction drawings submitted for County approval by mid-March. If all goes as planned, construction will begin this summer and the new Smith’s Marketplace will open in November 2014. 

  • Sequestration may have lasting effects

    The White House released a report last week detailing the possible effects of sequestration including how it would affect New Mexico.

    President Barack Obama will meet Friday with the top leaders in the House and Senate to discuss what to do about automatic cuts to the federal budget, White House and congressional leaders said.

    The meeting is set to take place hours after the $85 billion in across-the-board cuts will have officially kicked in. This suggests both sides are operating under the assumption a deal won’t be reached to avert the cuts ahead of the March 1 deadline.

    The top congressional Republicans, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the top Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, will attend the White House meeting.

    McConnell said the meeting will focus on ways to reduce government spending, but indicated he’s not backing down on his opposition to any new tax increases.

  • Judge vacates fines for protesters

    Each side got its share of justice recently when a group of anti-nuclear activists learned the final outcome of a petition they filed with the Los Alamos Municipal Court.

    Shortly after they were sentenced in January for blocking the road and disobeying a police officer during a demonstration on the corner of Diamond Drive and East Jemez Road in August of last year, the six demonstrators petitioned the court to drop their fines in favor of performing community service. In February, Judge Alan Kirk informed them that the court vacated their fines in exchange for community service hours. That ruling has freed the protesters to work for an organization of their choosing.

    Jeffrey Haas, the attorney for the group dubbed the “LANL Six,” welcomed the change in heart. 

    “It was a result of the defendants’ strong principles that Judge Kirk allowed them to convert their fines to community service with organizations with whom they had political agreement in their own communities.  A good precedent.”

  • A rundown of other Bandelier cutbacks

    • The visitor center will maintain winter hours year-round, closing at 4:30 p.m.

    • Placing a ranger at the White Rock Visitor Center to provide information for visitors waiting for the shuttle cannot be implemented.

    • The number of ranger-led tours will be reduced.

    • Las Conchas fire recovery efforts will be impacted, especially trail repair. “We’re not going to have the trail crews here this summer to work on the trail recovery,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said.

    • Maintenance staff faces furloughs, reducing custodial hours. Lott is channeling their efforts to the visitor center, but restrooms will be cleaned once daily and not touched up during the day. Administrative staff will also be cleaning their offices in addition to their regular duties.

    • Lott may move Night Walks from Wednesday and to Friday, replacing one of the campfire programs that usually occur on Friday and Saturday.

    •As a last resort, campgrounds may have to be closed due to lack of staff to maintain them.

    •Replacing a tower and repairing an antiquated radio system is also on hold.

    • An archival film project will be postponed.  

  • Sequestration could hit Bandelier, impact visitors

    Sequestration is not an abstract concept for Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott.

    The possible looming reduction of government spending may be felt by park visitors this season.

    “The fiscal situation is already tight, even before the sequestration. If we indeed do have to take a five percent cut it’s going to cut deep,” Lott said. “Until now, we’ve tried to keep these fiscal impacts away from the public. We have tried to protect opportunities and programs and our mission to provide enjoyment. With sequestration, there will be some public impacts, regrettably.”

    One of Lott’s greatest concerns is search and rescue.

    “We get anywhere from five to 20 of those a year. I don’t have staff coverage, so my ability to respond when we have an SAR is impacted. I have to bring people in and rely more heavily on the state and other resources, which just means it takes longer for us to support those activities,” Lott said.

    “If someone gets hurt in the park, we’re going to have to rely on 911, as opposed to having a staff member on full coverage like we usually have. And we won’t have EMTs always on, although we’ll try to reduce that to times when there’s low visitation.”

  • 02-28-13 Off the Hill


    Art openings


    Peter Christian Johnson and Todd Volz will share Santa Fe Clay’s gallery through April 20. Their show will open with a reception at 5 p.m. March 8 at Santa Fe Clay, 545 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe. 


    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition and paintings by Michael Freitas Wood, titled, “Presentiment.” The exhibit will be up March 29-April 29 at 435 S. Guadalupe St. There will be a reception from 5-7 p.m. March 29.

  • Join Black Mesa Quartet for a brown bag concert


    The Los Alamos Arts Council’s free Brown Bag Performance Series will feature Black Mesa Brass at noon March 6. in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.  

    The Black Mesa Brass Quintet was formed in 1990 and still has three of the original five members. Their repertoire is a mix of classical, modern, pop and jazz tunes. They play a variety of venues including concerts, educational performances at schools, weddings and other special occasions. Jan McDonald, John Hargreaves, Jerry Morzinski, Larry Bronisz and Bruce Letellier make up the quintet. Their collective musical experience is on the order of 240 years. 

  • Learn about the Vegetable ABCs


    Spring is right around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about vegetable gardening.  Carlos Valdez comes to PEEC at 7 p.m. March 7 to talk about Vegetable ABCs. The talk is free and open to the public.

    The last and first frost used to be the beginning and end of the vegetable gardening season — but not anymore. This program will provide the knowledge necessary for growing food during every month of the year.

    Learn season-defying techniques to garden where summers are short and low levels of winter sunlight create the ultimate challenge.

    Year-round gardens are doable and affordable for gardeners in any location where frost has traditionally defined the growing season.

  • Learn about orchard management


    Learn about holistic methods of orchard management at 7 p.m. March 5 at Pajarito Envionmental Educaion Center. Gordon Tooley, owner of Tooley’s Trees in Truchas, will talk about the best practices when maintaining an orchard.

    Have you ever dreamed about picking ripe fruits from your own orchard? Well, there are a few things to consider first. Successful fruit production can’t be confined to managing pests or finding the right fertility practice. Selecting the appropriate varieties, understanding and managing the structure of trees, achieving good pollination, siting and many other factors also enter in. All need to be considered together to achieve a healthy and happy orchard.