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  • Issues resolved between county, PAC 8

    A month ago, PAC 8 board of directors President Dave Schiferl made an appeal to the Los Alamos County Council to not only forego a proposed $7,560 cut in funding for the public access TV station but to increase its allotment by $1,700.
    The county had made the decision to hire a full-time audiovisual person whose duties included streaming council and boards and commissions meetings via Granicus, a system offered free of charge by the company that provides software for electronic council meeting agendas.
    PAC 8 had previously been filming council meetings as well as some board meetings and broadcasting them via the station and the web.
    The county asked PAC 8 for permission to continue broadcasting via PAC 8 in addition to Granicus, but it was uncertain whether an agreement could be reached.
    During the June 27 council meeting, Schiferl announced that through the efforts of County Administrator Harry Burgess, PAC 8 and the county had reached an agreement “to work together for mutual benefit.”
    A key element of that agreement is that council meetings will continue to be broadcast on PAC 8. Security issues, which were PAC 8’s main concern, have been resolved.

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  • Firefighter injured in Jemez Mountains


    LA CUEVA (AP) — Authorities say a firefighter from California who was helping with fire prevention and other duties on the Santa Fe National Forest has been injured.

    The Sandoval County Sheriff's Department says the firefighter either kicked or stepped on something that exploded Monday near an intersection east of Fenton Lake State Park.

    Federal authorities are now investigating.

    Santa Fe forest spokeswoman Donna Nemeth says the firefighter's injuries are non-life-threatening and he's reported to be in good spirits.

    The firefighter's name was not immediately released. The employee is stationed on the Six Rivers National Forest in California but was assigned to northern New Mexico's Jemez Ranger District to help since fire danger has been high.

    Over the weekend, Santa Fe forest personnel responded to 14 small lightning-sparked fires and one abandoned campfire.

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  • School lunch going up by 25 cents

    During a recent special session, the school board opted to raise the price of hot lunch by 25 cents, from $3.75 to an even $4.

    Though the board was toying with the idea for a few weeks, it was all but forced to do so once it received new information about the hot lunch program’s financials at the special session.

    During the session, it was revealed that the program actually lost money this year.

    According to figures presented by the district’s CFO John Wolfe and business service specialist Regina Mertz, the district finished the program $3,426 in the red. The board weighed this sobering news with other factors, which included an aging dishwasher and heating equipment that apparently is in need of repair.

    What prompted the price discussion in the first place was that the district’s hot lunch provider, Summit, recently announced that it was raising its production costs from $3.71 to 3.79. Summit creates the hot lunches off campus and delivers them to the kitchen at the Los Alamos Middle School. From there, they are distributed to the other schools.

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  • Betts wins top Ranger award


    Tom Betts, Bandelier National Monument’s chief ranger and a 32-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been named the 2013 recipient of the Harry Yount National Park Ranger Award. The honor, bestowed at a ceremony June 25 in Washington, D.C., is the NPS’s highest accolade for excellence in the art and science of rangering.

    Betts, who grew up in national parks as a park ranger’s son, became chief ranger at Bandelier in 2009 after serving at some of the Park Service’s “crown jewel” parks from Alaska to Wyoming to Arizona.