Today's News

  • Pumpkin Splash is set for Saturday at aquatic center

    Dr. Seuss will be the theme of this year’s Pumpkin Splash, that’s going on at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center Saturday.
    Los Alamos County will be hosting the annual event, which features carnival games and a bouncy house on the outside deck of the aquatic center.
    The event will run from 10 a.m.- 1p.m. Price for participation is $7.
    Along with the games and activities, those taking part can swim with the pumpkins that will be floating in the main pool Saturday. Kids will be able to pick a pumpkin to take home with them.
    Pumpkin retrieval for the kids will start at 11 a.m.
    Tickets can be purchased either today or on Saturday at the front desk of the aquatic center. For more information about the event, call the center at 662-8170.

  • Chorale opens 40th year with local performance

    The Sangre de Cristo Chorale will begin its 40th anniversary season this weekend in Santa Fe and Los Alamos with “Autumn Legacy.”
    The first performance will be Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe, followed by a Sunday performance at the United Church of Los Alamos. Both performances will begin at 4 p.m.
    The centerpiece of the concerts will be four pieces honoring the legacy of Monteverdi on the 450th anniversary of his birth. It will also feature works by Fauré, Stephen Paulus and Eric Eric Whitacre. There will also be Chorale premieres and other favorites that will create an inspiring autumn afternoon.
    Dr. Bradley Ellingboe will lead the concerts as the guest conductor, and Nate Salazar will be his accompanist.
    Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Attendees under 18 years old get in for free both days. Tickets can be ordered online at sdcchorale.org.  

  • Part of Main Trail at Bandelier will be closed

    Starting Monday and continuing for approximately four days, parts of the Main Loop Trail at Bandelier National Monument will be closed.
    During the times of closures, helicopters will be carrying sling loads of dirt and gravel for a trail project at the monument. The closure is for the safety of visitors.
    According to a news release from Bandelier, from 6 a.m. Monday until the completion of that portion of the work, which is scheduled to continue until Oct. 27, the Main Loop Trail will be closed from the northern edge of Tyuonyi Pueblo to the top of the stairs at Long House.
    The part of the Nature Trail which parallels Frijoles Creek between the creek and the Main Loop Trail, will also be closed.
    Visitors who wish to visit Long House can use the trail on the other side of the creek, which leads to Alcove House, to access the site and return.
    Bandelier announced the small cavates on the cliffs just above Tyuonyi, the ones with short ladders, would also not be available during this time.  Alcove House, however, will be open.

  • Sheriff candidate White looking to courts to decide on the office issue

    Los Alamos resident and county sheriff candidate Greg White is urging the New Mexico Supreme Court to address a legal standoff between the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office and the County Council that has gone on for 16 months.
    Currently, council wants the First Judicial Court of Santa Fe to decide if Los Alamos County’s charter permits them abolish the office.
    The Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office believes the county needs to follow state statutes. Current county sheriff Marco Lucero and his attorney, A. Blair Dunn, believe state statutes protects the office from local officials seeking to abolish it.
    So does White.
    “Enacted five years after home rule, reflecting the more specific and more current will of the people in regards to all counties, current and future, home rule or incorporated, as no distinction is made, states twice in one paragraph that counties must follow statutes and the constitution,” White said in his petition to the court.
    In one statute he cited for the court, he said it mentions twice that counties must follow state statutes and the constitution in matters concerning the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Football rolls past ABQ Academy

    Saturday’s game against Albuquerque Academy was a must-win for the Los Alamos High School varsity football team, and the Hilltoppers delivered with a 50-0 victory.

    After falling to Del Norte the previous week 51-25, LAHS needed a victory over Academy to remain competitive in the race for District 2, where dropping to 0-2 would have all but eliminated the team.

    Instead, the team sits at 1-1 in the district, and is still alive in the race.

    The Hilltoppers came out with a sense of urgency in this game, and were firing on all cylinders from the opening kickoff.

    LAHS got the scoring started early, as quarterback Dylan Irish, known primarily for his running ability, fired a deep pass across the middle of the field on the team’s first possession.

    The pass was perfect, dropping right into the arms of the wide-open Wyatt Saeger, who was sprinting down the middle of the field for a 69-yard touchdown to give the Hilltoppers a 7-0 lead.

    Carson Schramm came up with an interception on the next Charger possession, setting LAHS up at midfield, and the Hilltoppers took advantage.

    On the first play of the drive, Jack Stewart took a handoff and ran 48 yards for a touchdown, dragging a defender with him the last 15 yards, extending the LAHS lead to 14-0.

  • Burke eyes council post for next election

    Los Alamos resident Brady Burke has thrown his hat in the ring for a seat on Los Alamos County Council next year, sensing people are looking for more responsive government.
    “I get the idea that the government has sort of lost touch with the voters. There’s that disconnect, that people feel they don’t have a voice,” Burke said.
    Burke admits in the past he was not politically active, but that all changed in May when county residents voted against the county raising $20 million through a sale of general obligation bonds by a slim margin.
    The money was to go toward funding five projects which included a recreation center in Los Alamos and a splash pad in White Rock’s Piñon Park. The bond came with a property tax increase.
    Though the voters rejected the bond sale, it was enough for Burke to get involved.
    Burke said didn’t like that shortly after the sale, county voted to go ahead and build some of the projects anyway using the additional $13 million the county has in its capital improvement fund.

  • This week on PAC-8, Oct. 20-26

    ON PAC 8

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

    Friday, October 20, 2017
    6:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting –Replay 10-10-17
    1:00 PM Democracy Now!
    2:00 PM United in Christ
    3:00 PM Road to Recovery
    4:00 PM Uprising
    5:00 PM Democracy Now!
    6:00 PM Chamber Business Breakfast – Tourism Strategic Plan
    7:00 PM Los Alamos History – James B. Conant
    8:00 PM Los Alamos High School Graduation
    10:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, October 21, 2017
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, October 22, 2017
    6:00 AM FSTV
    5:00 PM The Prophetic Word
    5:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    6:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    7:00 PM United Church
    8:15 PM Suicide Prevention PSAs
    8:30 PM Mountain Chapel
    9:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • LALT to hold auditions for ‘God of Carnage’ Oct. 22, 23

    Los Alamos Little Theater will hold auditions for the January 2018 production, “God of Carnage” at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St., at 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday.
    “God of Carnage “ by Yasmina Reza won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play.
    In this dark comedy a playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter.
    At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.  Characters will be two men and two women.
    The play will be directed by Paul Lewis and produced by John Gustafson.
    Actors should prepare a short two- to three-minute monologue of their choosing, or select one of the suggested monologues at lalt.org.  
    Memorization is not necessary, but the actor must be sufficiently familiar with the monologue to present a dramatic interpretation.
    Copies of the script and suggested monologues are available for two day checkout at the Mesa Public Library (reference desk). 

  • Rock hiding craze sweeps Alamogordo

    ALAMOGORDO (AP) — A new craze has hit Alamogordo, one that involves residents of all ages painting and hiding rocks throughout the community.
    “My sister lives in Illinois and they do the rock thing there, she was telling me about it. I thought it would be neat for kids here because there’s not a lot for kids to do around here,” said Patricia Glore, founder of the Alamo Rocks Facebook page. “So we painted rocks for two weeks, hid about 50 of them and then I started the page.”
    As residents found the hidden rocks, they also found instructions painted to the back of the rocks directing them to the Alamo Rocks page. Currently, the group has over 2,300 members.
    “This is something I do with my great grandkids,” Glore said. “(My great grandson) found his first rock by himself yesterday and he was so excited. This gives them something to do outside of the house, so they’re not stuck indoors playing on tablets and watching TV.”
    Organizations such as the Alamogordo Public Library and Alamo Jump have jumped onboard with the craze, hosting rock painting parties for the community.

  • Los Alamos Big Band to host Fall Dance at Fuller Lodge

    The Los Alamos Big Band will host a Fall Concert and Dance from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 27 at Fuller Lodge.
    The Los Alamos Big Band is a 16-instrument, 1940s, Glenn Miller-style swing band that plays for public events, weddings, conventions, fund raisers, and more. The band will be playing favorites such as “In The Mood,” “String of Pearls,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “New York, New York,” and even “Clarinet Polka.”
    The band also features two well-known vocalists, Elisa Enriquez and Rene LeClaire, who will perform famous tunes such as “Chicago,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Lady is a Tramp,” and “Moonglow.”
    The band has been playing at dances throughout Northern New Mexico since 1984 under the direction of Jan McDonald, who was for many years the band director at Los Alamos High School. Admission is free; donations are welcome.
    For more information, contact Dean Decker at deandecker4@aol.com.