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  • State Briefs 3-26-15

    Police: New Mexico meth dealer beat roommate who lost toe

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A suspected methamphetamine dealer is facing charges after Albuquerque police say he repeatedly beat his roommate and refused to let the diabetic victim go to the hospital. Authorities say that victim later lost his toe.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that 29-year-old Antavio Marquice Cox arrested this week on charged with aggravated battery, extortion and kidnapping.
    According to a criminal complaint, Cox, who also goes by "Stretch," beat his roommate with a metal bar, extorted more than $1,000 from him and refused to let him sleep in his bed out of fear he would call police.
    Authorities say Cox got upset because the victim stopped buying meth from him.
    Cox was ordered held on $5,000 bail. It was not known if he had an attorney.

    Tuition program faces uncertainty after lawmakers don't act

  • Today in history March 26
  • Planning underway for Manhattan Project Park

    The establishment of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park — signed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act in December 2014 — promises to be an economic boom for Los Alamos County.
    However, the influx of an estimated 200,000 visitors a year could also pose challenges to the county’s infrastructure, transportation system and quality of life.
    In January 2014, the county’s liaison during the legislative process, Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan, convened a committee to begin identifying various issues that must be addressed in order to prepare Los Alamos for the park. The committee worked closely with County Manager Harry Burgess and former councilor Frances Berting.
    McClenahan presented the committee’s findings at the Los Alamos County Council work session Tuesday.
    “Don’t expect any answers coming out of this report about what the park is going to look like,” McClenahan said. “There are so many moving pieces right now, it’s worse than a Tetris video game.”
    Much of the county’s planning will hinge on decisions made by the National Park Service and the Department of Energy, both individually and through a Memorandum of Agreement being negotiated now.

  • Volunteers can help with mitigation

    “Wildfire 2015,” the event the county hosts every year to educate residents about the dangers of wildfire and how they can prepare themselves for the upcoming wildfire season, may have a few surprises this year.
    One of those surprises may be about where the next wildfire may start up and, according to the Los Alamos Fire Department, residents need to look no further than their own backyards.
    That’s because while the county’s Interagency Wildfire Management Team, which includes the Los Alamos Fire Department, has been keeping a close eye on identifying and mitigating fire hazards in the open areas through controlled burns and cleanups, there is one area that the LAFD hasn’t been able to go, and that’s residential areas. Over the years, due to neglect or residents just not being aware of the danger, these areas have slowly risen to the top of the priority list.
    The department has received some requests from residents, especially those who cannot physically help with debris removal, even though they know there’s a problem. However, the fire department simply is not allowed by law to carry out clean-ups on residential property.

  • Technical Assessment Team report on WIPP breach released

    The U.S. Department of Energy today released a report by an independent team of technical experts that evaluated the mechanisms and chemical reactions contributing to the failure of a waste drum at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
    The Technical Assessment Team (TAT) concluded that one drum, Drum 68660, was the source of radioactive contamination released during the February 14, 2014, radiological event at WIPP.
    The contents of Drum 68660 were chemically incompatible and the drum breached as a result of internal chemical reactions.
    The department charged the TAT with determining to the extent feasible the mechanisms and chemical reactions that may have resulted in the breach of at least one waste drum and release of waste material.
    The TAT included scientists from several DOE national laboratories, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory, and was led by Savanah River National Laboratory. Lab participants included scientific experts from across several disciplines, such as sampling and analysis, forensic science, modeling, and reaction chemistry, enabling the generation and peer review of scientifically-based conclusions.

  • Off the Hill calendar 3-26-15

    Art exhibits
    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Recently acquired works by artists Ansel Adams, Gustave Baumann, Betty Hahn and many others will be on view in “Hunting + Gathering: New Additions to the Museum Collection.” The exhibition runs through Sunday.
     
    Kent Hick’s “The Spirit of the Land” Solo Exhibition at Act I Gallery in Taos. Show runs until March 31.
    Auditions
    Auditions for Neil Simon’s, “The Sunshine Boys.” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 11 and 6-8 p.m. April 12 at the Adobe Theater, 9813 4th St. in Albuquerque. Rehearsals begin in May, with performance June 19-July 12. Auditions are by appointment only. For copies of the script or to schedule an appointment, contact Donna M. Barra, stage manager at dmb0857@aol.com.
    Call for Artists
    The 11th Annual Russian Night. Juried exhibition and auction. Deadline is May 30 at the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House. Art will be on display June 30-Aug. 28.
    Classes
    IMPACT Personal Safety class. Six-hour Children’s Safety Workshop from 1-4 p.m. April 18-19 in Santa Fe. For ages 6-12. Register at impactpersonalsafety.org.
    Comedy

  • PAC 8 schedule 3-16-15 to 4-2-15

    THIS WEEK ON PAC 8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, March 27, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 3-03-15
    02:00 PM MPL Authors Speak Series
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – New Mexico Arts Panel
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, March 28, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, March 29, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, March 30, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM The Garage
    12:30 PM Community Central

  • Off The Hill briefs 3-26-15

    ‘Longmire’ series to return to N.M. for 4th season

    The television series “Longmire” is returning to New Mexico.
    The New Mexico Film Office announced Monday that the hit drama series is scheduled to begin production on its fourth season later this month with it lasting through the end of June.
    The series will air on Netflix later this year.
    Officials say the series will be filmed in and around Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Valles Caldera, Pecos and additional northern New Mexico locations.
    Longmire is a crime drama based on the “Walt Longmire” mystery novels series written by Craig Johnson. The series is produced by Warner Horizon Television and stars Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips and Katee Sackhoff.
    The series is set in Wyoming.

    Encaustic Art Institute opens at new location

    The encaustic/wax movement will come to Santa Fe.
    The Encaustic Art Institutes has moved its headquarters from Cerrillos to Santa Fe’s Railyard Arts District.
    The new 4,500-square foot gallery located at 632 Agua Fria St., features a permanent collection that demonstrates the diversity of this ancient medium and a gallery with more than 100 pieces of encaustic/wax artwork for sale.

  • Citizen science bird count nets 84 species

    The Audubon Christmas bird count (CBC), famous among birders nationwide and worldwide, recently took a leap forward in Los Alamos.
    Sponsored by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 48 birders signed up with organizer Mouser Williams to run a “mock” bird count that could certify Los Alamos to participate in official winter bird counts in the future.
    Williams called it a “tremendously successful practice run for the Christmas Bird Count.”
    The bird count is carefully controlled to create a database that can be compared year by year to reveal increases and declines in bird populations.
    The area is not precisely Los Alamos County, but a circle of 15-mile diameter including some of the area around Buckman Crossing.
    Some Santa Fe birders were asked to check out the east bank of the Rio Grande.
    Here are the tentative results compiled by Williams:
    • Number of people counting: 48
    • Number of species: 84
    • Number of groups: 25, with 1 to 5 people in each
    • Number of hours of counting: 252
    • Number of miles hiked: 185
    Two groups tied for finding the highest number of species, one in White Rock and one in the Walnut Canyon/Woodland Trail/North Mesa area. Both groups found 38 species.

  • Santa Fe Opera presents its annual Spring Tour

    Now in its 21st year, The Santa Fe Opera’s annual Spring Tour will soon be making the rounds to venues throughout New Mexico, Colorado and Texas in a series of free community and school performances.
    The team of soprano Abigail Mitchell and baritone Shea Owens, both former apprentices, will join music director Kirt Pavitt in performances throughout the month of April, presenting the original work, “Written in the Stars.”
    “Written in the Stars” incorporates a number of musical works to explore elements of opera. Melody, a composer with writer’s block, meets Webster, who has a self-proclaimed gift for language. Webster becomes at various times her muse, foil, and lover as they debate the question of what is more important in opera — the words or music. Community performances will present both “Written in the Stars” and a selection of arias and songs. Most of them are sung in English.
    The original story was written by Acushla Bastible, Charles Gamble, and Kirt Pavitt, and revised by Kathleen Clawson, Kirt Pavitt and Andrea Fellows Walters.
    All public concerts are free. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance. For information on school concerts, contact Andrea Fellows Walters at awalters@santafeopera.org.