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  • Scientist gives his two cents on plutonium plan

    As in most public hearings regarding anything that has to do with the Department of Energy, activists were in attendance Tuesday to put in their two cents worth.

    That was the case at the Holiday Inn Express as they came out to let their feelings be known about the Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.

    Interestingly enough, however, a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist also stood up to give his opinion.

    Those occasions are rare.

    But David Clark was ready.

    “I’ve devoted my career to developing knowledge and expertise on the science and technology of plutonium,” Clark said. “I’ve come tonight as a citizen and a scientific expert on matters related to plutonium. As a leader in plutonium science, I remind everyone that there is well over 2,000 metric tons of plutonium throughout the world in various forms. 

    “Regardless of your views on how this situation came to be, it is clear that these large inventories must be prudently managed for many centuries and we must secure it against theft and diversion. To succeed, we will have to stabilize, store, and/or destroy excess plutonium. 

  • LAPS scrutinizes safety

    It seems like the construction crews working on the middle school renovation can’t catch a break.

    Though they fixed a gas leak that was caused when a backhoe hit a gas line Monday, they recently discovered another new leak in an older line attached to the connection.

    However, officials stress there was no gas in the line this time; the discovery came about when they were conducting a pressure test with air. Since Monday, the gas has been off.

    “That’s all we know at this point,” said David Wharram, a spokesman for McCarthy, the contractor in charge of the Los Alamos Middle School renovation.

    As of press time, Wharram couldn’t say anything else about the leak. “We will know nothing else until they dig up the line.” The school-owned line is approximately 1,000-feet long and parallels the middle school parking lot, running along an edge of the campus where the portable classrooms are now located.

    The leak’s discovery was revealed in a closed-door meeting Wednesday between McCarthy and school officials.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt said he was glad the leak was found and that it was being taken care of.

  • Stealing a movement

    A woman screeched at me recently that the gay rights movement was “exactly the same” as the civil rights movement.
    I said it wasn’t and offered some reasons why. Her response? “I’m sure millions of black Americans appreciate your speaking for them.”
    Now she could have been sincerely passing along the gratitude she knew millions of African Americans would have for my rising to the defense of the civil rights movement.
    But I doubt it.
    It had the wanted effect, however. I dismissed her in the same breath that she dismissed me.
    She is far from alone in her opinion, of course. Gay activists have long sought to make Americans believe gays, lesbians, et al, have suffered the same myriad miseries throughout their lives as blacks have since this land’s colonization.
    It’s true enough that homosexuals and lesbians have been abused and stigmatized, however, the argument that they mirror the fight for equal rights blacks have experienced is weaker than water flowing down the Rio Grande.
    A quick check of any local restaurant underscores, in part, my point. What say we look at Chick-fil-a?
    During the recent kerfuffle, I ventured into one of these joints to see what all the fuss was about.

  • Rodney King death ruled accidental

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The death of Rodney King earlier this year was ruled an accidental drowning and there were multiple illegal drugs in his system, police said Thursday.

    Rialto police said the county medical examiner's report showed King had drugs such as PCP, cocaine and marijuana in his system when he died in June, the San Bernardino Sun (bit.ly/OXVE3I) reported.

    The autopsy report is due to be released later Thursday.

    "There's going to be no surprises. His death was ruled an accidental drowning," said Rialto police Capt. Randy DeAnda.

    King also had a blood-alcohol level of .06 percent.

    "The investigation is now completed and basically the autopsy and toxicology reinforces our conclusions," DeAnda said.

  • Senior-heavy LA could again be a force in Class 4A

    During the 2012 preseason, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team has been focused on its conditioning.

    And with the team projected to have a short bench this season, the Hilltoppers will likely need that extra work.

    Los Alamos opens the season up Saturday when it goes on the road to face Farmington for a scheduled noon kickoff.

    The Hilltoppers have high hopes for the 2012 season and they have good reason to. The majority of their roster is returning following a successful 2011 season in which they advanced to the Class 4A semifinals.

    Nevertheless, one big obstacle still remains: getting by Albuquerque Academy. But heading into the regular season, Los Alamos likes the hand it’s been dealt.

    “I think it’s really good,” Hilltopper star forward Amy Neal said just days before she starts her senior season campaign, trying to grab that state title that has so far eluded her. “We’ve got a ton of good players on this team...I think our team will mix really well and we’ll be able to get that team goal.”

  • Off The Hill 08-23-12

    Art openings

    Mill Fine Art announces the upcoming exhibition of new work in three media by Gail Factor and new work by Chilean artist Veronica Leiton. An opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at 530 Canyon Road, Santa Fe.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art will host an opening reception for “Message from La Habana: Six Contemporary Cuban Artists,” from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 31 at 435 S. Guadalupe St. For more information, visit zanebennettgallery.com.

    Benefits

    St. Vincent Hospital Foundation presents Glamour and Gauze, featuring Paula Poundstone, at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa. The event will feature dinner and dancing to the band Soulstice. There will also be silent and live auctions. Tickets are $250 per person. For more information, call 505-913-5209 or visit stvinfoundation.org.2.

    Concerts

    The Sandia Casino Amphitheater presents Sparx and Lorenzo Antonio at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets, $45-$60, available at ticketmaster.com.

    The Sunshine Theater presents Kottonmouth Kings, Big B and Prozac at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Tickets, $20, are available at sunshinetheaterlive.com.

    The Sandia Casino Amphitheater presents Tedeschi Trucks Band at 7 p.m. Aug. 29. Tickets, $15-$100, available at ticketmaster.com.

  • Best Sellers 08-23-12

    The Los Alamos Monitor  has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.

    1. “109 E. Palace,” Jennet Conant
    2. “Mason, a New Mexico Hero,”
    Caroline Mason*
    3. “The Greater Journey,” David McCullough
    4. “Atlantic: Great Sea Battles ...”
    Simon Winchester
    5. “Hamlet,” William Shakesspeare
    6. “Darwin’s Armada ...” Iain McCalman
    7. “The Manhattan Project,” Dan Elish
    8. “Los Alamos Trails,” Craig Martin*
    9. “Wonder,” R.J. Palacio
    10. “The Making of the Atomic Bomb,”
    Richard Rhodes
    * Denotes local or regional author

  • Top 10 Singles 08-23-12

    1. Whistle, Flo Rida
    2. Lights, Ellie Goulding
    3. Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen
    4. Wide Awake, Katy Perry
    5. Payphone, Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa
    6. Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye
    7. Titanium, David Guetta featuring Sia
    8. Some Nights, fun.
    9. Home, Phillip Phillips
    10. Where Have You Been, Rihanna

  • Lads announce new director

    The Los Alamos Lads of Enchantment, the local  chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society announced that Jonathan Friedman was appointed as the new musical director of the chorus, July 26.
    Friedman is new to the area and the chapter and brings 28 years of barbershop singing, craft and directing to the chapter.
    Friedman recently said, “Our chorus has great potential and is loaded with very talented and motivated performers. Believe in yourselves. All I ask is for your attention, attendance, discipline and trust.
    “Together, we can look forward to great times of harmony and fellowship.”  
     Friedman previously gave vocal direction to the Tacoma Totemaires Barbershop Chapter in Washington state and organized the Temecula Wine Valley Harmonizers in California.
    Friedman succeeds longtime choral director Stan Bennett, who helped found the Lads of Enchantment chorus 20 years ago and has served as its director since its inception.  
    Bennett decided to “take a break” and pursue his other passion — singing as a bass in the chorus and with Four Praise Quartet.
    Friedman will lead the Lads’ Annual Show Oct. 26 and 27.
    He is a table games director at the Santa Claran Hotel Casino and lives in Española.

  • This week on PAC-8, Aug. 24-30

    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, August 24, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democrary Now!
    11:00 AM  County Council Replay (8-21-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society –“New Mexico’s Struggle for Statehood”
    07:00 PM Homestead Tour
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, August 25, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, August 26, 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, August 27, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Spirituality Today
    11:30 AM The LA Times – Legislative Review with Jim Hall
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM Elizabeth Claire Project
    01:30 PM Summer Video Classess Showcase
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show