Today's News

  • 02-28-13 Restaurant inspections

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


    Santa Fe


    The Beestro, 1805 Second St.

    Date inspected: Feb. 15, initial

    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for other — need to thoroughly wash vegetables before cooking or serving. Two low-risk violations for ventilation/lighting — hood vent needs filters. Exhaust pipe needs seal round ceiling exit.

    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.


    Cloud Cliff Bakery, 1805 Second St.

    Date inspected: Feb. 15

    Violations: Three high-risk violations, one for poor personal hygiene — hand sink not in immediate vicinity of prep and wash areas. Two for plumbing/waste — cross-connection on mop sink. Corrected; no air gap on three-compartment sink. One low-risk violation for floors/walls/ceilings — proof box floor has food particles accumulated.

  • Second time’s a charm


    First impressions are usually lasting ones, but sometimes you just have to give a restaurant a second chance. Maybe there was something going on that day, or maybe they were in the midst of a transition in ownership. For some reason they didn’t hit the mark the first time, but that may not necessarily be the case the second time around.

    It took a few months to work up the courage to go back to the Fabulous 50’s Diner at the American Legion on Trinity Drive. During the first and last visit, the food was found to be mostly frozen, the portions a bit on the small side for the price and let’s just say the ambiance left much to be desired.

    The second trip to the diner was made in search of breakfast. There are only a couple of restaurants in Los Alamos open in the morning on the weekend and the Fabulous 50s Diner is one of them. 

  • Travels bring Nealson to LA


    Author and freelance photojournalist Christina Nealson has traveled to Africa, Canada, Central America, Mexico and across the western United States. 

    From 1-3 p.m. Sunday, she will be in Los Alamos to talk about her latest book, “Drive Me Wild: A Western Odyssey.” 

    She has also written, “New Mexico’s Sanctuaries, Retreats and Sacred Places,” “Living on the  Spine: A Woman’s Life in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains,” and “At the Edge: Cooperative Teachings for Global Survival.”

    Nealson was born and raised in the small farming village of West Liberty, Iowa. She spends the majority of the year traveling and writing, but when she’s not globe-trotting, she calls Mancos, Colo., home.  

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre presents 'Van Choc Straw'


    The first thing that comes to mind when hearing “Van Choc Straw” probably isn’t family ties. In fact, it may sound a bit strange, but some may be able to make the vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, Neapolitan ice cream flavor-connection.

    Ice cream aside, one would probably never guess that Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest production goes by that name. The flyer description says it’s a “comedic tale  about tenuous family ties and the often stronger bonds of friendship that lattice the final years of our lives.”

    Consequently, family ties are not just part of the story line. They are a real-life factor in the production of “Van Choc Straw.” Mimi Adams is directing the play written by her friend, Mark Dunn, while her son, Sequoyah Adams-Rice, is serving as the assistant director and co-stage manager.

  • Be There 02-28-13

    Club Anime will meet from 3:45-5:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. Club Anime is for teens, 14-19. No permission slip needed. Watch some anime and enjoy ramen and other snacks.

    The LAHS NJROTC will host its monthly brisket night at 5:30 p.m. at the Posse Lodge. The menu includes brisket, potato salad, baked beans, roll, cookie and drink for $10. The funds raised will benefit unit travel and supplies throughout the year.

    The Authors Speak Series presents Slim Randles, veteran newspaperman and outdoorsman, at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda.
    It’s Fish Fry time again at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, from 5-7 p.m. The Knights of Columbus sponsor the dinners and proceeds will benefit Nuestros Pequeños Orphanage in Honduras and other charities. Adult plates are $10 and have two pieces of cod with coleslaw, rice or French fries, plus a drink and dessert. Children may have one piece of fish or a grilled cheese sandwich with all the rest for $7 a plate.

  • Daffodils for hospice

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having its annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale. Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals. Daffodil pre-orders are being taken through Sunday.
    The following orders may be placed: a glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) of daffodils for $15.00; a glass vase with one bunch for $10 or a single bunch (10 stems) for $5. Delivery is free with a minimum of two bunches or one vase to a single address. Flowers will be delivered March 9 or they may be picked up at Daffodil Central (location to be announced) from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 7 and 8. Watch for location sales at local restaurants, banks and grocery stores on March 7 and 8.
    The sale is sponsored in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico and Wal-Mart in Española. To place an order, call the Visiting Nurse Service at 662-2525. 

  • Science Fair Results

    Physics and Astronomy
    Junior Division,
    Jesse Prime, Aspen Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Armanpreet Singh, Aspen Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Alicia Gonzales, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Antonio Gonzales, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Joanna Romero, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Jillian Bennett, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Hannah Clegg, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Antonio Dowdy, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Karyssa Garcia, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Jennifer Martinez, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Teresa Ramos, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Jessi Thompson, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Shihong He, Los Alamos Middle School, LANL Participation Award $10

    Esperanza Tapia, LAMS, Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra $50 and concert tickets

    Dante Cote, Mountain Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Dylan Irish, Mountain Elementary, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $25

    Dylan Ma, Mountain Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

  • Slight growth seen in 2013, maybe

    Not much happening for a while. That’s the outlook for the New Mexico economy from the annual economic outlook conference presented last week by New Mexico State University and Wells Fargo Bank.
    Eugenio Aleman, Wells Fargo senior economist, offered the national outlook, beginning with a tautology.
    “We’re closer to a recovery today than we were yesterday,” he said. Aleman sees gross domestic product growth at 1.7 percent this year, about in the middle of projections from other groups.
    Not so much for New Mexico.
    Jim Peach, NMSU Regents Professor of Economics, estimates the state’s 2013 job growth at between zero and one percent.
    That is, if the federal sequestration problem — the across the board spending cuts — gets fixed. Then number of wage jobs in the state might — just might — return to pre-recession levels by 2018. 
    At the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Peach found support for his view.
    The bank tracks the business cycle in each state and also groups statistics with behavior, suggesting state economic performance six months in the future.
    For New Mexico these leading indictors show no improvement in the economy and perhaps a decline. Since dropping in 2008, the state’s business cycle has flat lined.

  • Prepare now for natural disasters

    Natural disasters are inevitable, unpreventable and often come without warning. No part of the world seems to be spared, whether it’s a hurricane, earthquake, tornado, drought or flood.
    Even though such catastrophes can’t always be predicted, their likely aftermaths often can, including property loss, power or water service disruption, scarcity of food and supplies or overtaxed relief organizations.
    Superstorm Sandy was a powerful reminder of why it’s vital to develop a family disaster plan.
    By planning ahead and knowing what you might need under dire circumstances, you can save yourselves a lot of time, money and grief.
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers great suggestions for developing a family emergency plan, building an emergency supply kit, and learning what to do before, during and after emergencies — even a plan for family pets (fema.gov).
    Once your physical safety has been assured, you’ll inevitably need to access important financial and legal records, whether to file insurance claims, apply for loans or simply withdraw cash.
    Taking these few steps now will make accessing such information much easier when the time comes:

  • Alex Kirk scores 25 as Lobos top Aztecs

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — When New Mexico post players Alex Kirk and Cameron Bairstow last saw San Diego State in the first meeting between the teams last month, they combined for two points and nine rebounds.
    It was quite a different story Wednesday night for the Lobos’ frontcourt duo.
    Kirk scored a season-high 25 points and Bairstow added 16 to help No. 14 New Mexico beat the Aztecs 70-60.
    “They’re like anybody — when they don’t play well against somebody, you want to make up for that,” Lobos coach Steve Alford said. “They did not have very good games in San Diego and I think they really responded in this game.”
    Kirk hit all three of his 3-point attempts and scored seven points during a 15-3 run early in the second half that pushed New Mexico’s lead to 48-33. He also had seven rebounds, three assists and three blocks for the Lobos (24-4, 11-2 Mountain West), who are one win from clinching the regular-season conference title.
    Bairstow had five rebounds before fouling out. Nine of his points came late in the second half during a span of almost 5 minutes when he was the only New Mexico scorer.
    He went 5 of 6 from the foul line, drove the lane for a dunk and added a short jumper to hold off San Diego State (20-8, 8-6), which had pulled to 52-46 with 7 minutes left.