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  • Pataki will seek GOP nomination

    EXETER, N.H. (AP) — George Pataki, the 9/11-era New York governor who achieved electoral success as a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, announced his candidacy for the presidential nomination Thursday, offering himself as a unifying figure in a divided nation.
    Just as he was overshadowed after the 2001 terrorist attacks by Mayor Rudy Giuliani in New York City and President George W. Bush, Pataki opened his 2016 campaign in the shadow of better known rivals. Out of office since 2006, he’s a clear underdog in a bustling pack of favorites and longshots.
    Pataki told about 150 supporters that an increasingly intrusive government is jeopardizing the freedoms past generations fought for, and he will fight to get government out of people’s way.
    “It is to preserve and protect that freedom that this morning I announce I’m a candidate for the Republican nomination for president of the United States,” he said.
    The low-key Republican moderate flirted with presidential runs in 2008 and 2012 but stopped short. Now he hopes to reignite the bipartisan unity born in the trauma of 2001.

  • State Briefs 5-28-15

    Report alleges border patrol engaged in abusive behavior

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — An American Civil Liberties Union report alleges that border patrol agents have engaged in racial profiling and intimidation tactics along southern New Mexico’s border with Mexico.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports the ACLU of New Mexico’s Regional Center for Border Rights on Thursday released the report entitled, “Guilty Until Proven Innocent.”
    The report cites unjustified detentions and searches, intimidation, racial profiling, among other accusations of abusive behavior by border patrol agents.
    According to the report, U.S. citizens reported 50 complaints of abuse by border agents and officers to the ACLU last year.
    Border Patrol spokesman Ramiro Cordero says the allegations were never brought to the attention of Border Patrol.
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Roger Maier says the organization strives to act professionally in all interactions with community.

    Toddler attacked by peacock at Albuquerque zoo

  • Today in history May 28
  • Be There calendar 5-28-15

    Today
    Blood Drive in Los Alamos community. Until 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church Hall, 2200 Diamond Drive. For more information, call United Blood Services at 1-877-827-4376. Bring photo ID and donor card. Free cholesterol testing with every donation. Volunteers provided by LAVA.  

    Authors Speak Series. Anne Hillerman. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Friday
    Blood Drive in Los Alamos community. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at First Baptist Church Hall, 2200 Diamond Drive. For more information, call United Blood Services at 1-877-827-4376. Bring photo ID and donor card. Free cholesterol testing with every donation. Volunteers provided by LAVA.   

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. The Band of Heathens. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.
    Saturday

  • Class raises funds for Española Animal Shelter
  • PEEC receives grant for Nature Playtimes

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Nature Playtimes are one of its most popular programs.
    Offered free to families every Monday morning, the Playtimes combine fun, developmentally appropriate stories, songs, crafts and activities with time outside enjoying nature.
    Albuquerque’s Albert I. Pierce Foundation recognizes the worth of this program and the value it brings to families, and has given PEEC $5,000 to support it.
    During a recent Nature Playtime, families explored an ant theme. They heard a story comparing the families of ants to families of children.
    Children created egg-carton ants with clothespin jaws, and hunted outside for “food” to grasp in the jaws and take back to the anthill. They examined the harvester ant display in the nature center and observed how busy the ants were digging tunnels, finding food and keeping their home clean.
    They discovered how ants leave trails for one another, and then they followed a trail to an anthill fort, where children role-played ants. As ants, they took care of their eggs, foraged for food, worked together to carry large objects and escaped predators.

  • LAHS student gifts benefit community

    The Los Alamos High School Class of 2015 is set to walk the stage on Saturday and while the students may be thinking ahead about their futures, they are also thinking of the students they leave behind, not just at LAHS, but throughout the district.
    Each year a graduating class bequeaths a gift to the school that is purchased through funds raised throughout their time at LAHS.
    This year, the class of 2015 has elected to benefit the future ’Toppers by offering resources that will help all seven of the Los Alamos Public School sites through education.
    “The kindness and compassion of the senior class of 2015, is really quite remarkable,” said LAHS Principal Dr. Debbie Belew-Nyquist. “The idea that their gift can benefit the students of the entire district demonstrates their well roundedness.”
    Display cases have been purchased for the five elementary schools and Los Alamos Middle School that will house resources on a wide ranging area of topics including nutrition, exercise, bullying, how to make friends and ways to handle stress.

  • Business tools empower owners to shape their financial future

    Entrepreneurs are naturally passionate about providing a service or product, but many avoid digging into the financial aspects of running a small business — perhaps because they don’t have simple tools that can help them understand their finances.
    This avoidance can cost a business dearly, because financial success requires that the owner understand the target customer, how to price a product or service and how to keep track of cash flowing in and out of the business.
    It all begins with understanding who — if anyone — wants the product or service the business is selling.
    “Businesses can’t take a shotgun approach to marketing,” said Kim Blueher, vice president of lending at WESST — a nonprofit lender and small-business development and training organization with six offices in New Mexico. A marketing strategy needs to be based on “a realistic picture of how many people want their product.”
    At WESST, Kim and Amy Lahti teach business clients how to identify that customer. They also introduce clients to simple spreadsheets that help them compute how many products or services the business needs to sell to cover expenses and make a profit.

  • If we’re growing pot, why not harvest hemp?

    Gov. Susana Martinez is apparently OK with tripling the state’s medical marijuana harvest, but adamantly opposed to growing hemp.
    Why?
    The variety of cannabis commonly known as “industrial hemp” is cousin to marijuana, but without the psychoactive components. You could burn a bushel in your bong without inducing anything more than a dull headache.
    Although lacking medicinal value or recreational appeal, hemp is an enormously useful plant. The seeds are a high-protein food source, and the oil can be used in cooking as well as in paint, wax and numerous other applications. The fiber from the stalks is similar to linen and is used in clothing, insulation, carpeting, paper and rope.
    Hemp could be “a hugely beneficial cash crop” for New Mexico farmers, according to Stuart Rose, founder of the Bioscience Center, a business incubator in Albuquerque.
    It requires much less water than cotton and literally grows like a weed, without expensive pesticides and fertilizer.
    “You can grow twice the value of alfalfa for half the water,” Rose said.

  • PAC 8 schedule 5-28-15 to 6-4-15

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

    Friday, May 29, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting – Replay – 5-26-15
    02:00 PM Los Alamos Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    03:00 PM Road to Recovery
    04:00    PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Exploring Mars
     with the Curiosity Mars Rover”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Golf Course Opening Ceremony
    10:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, May 30, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, May 31, 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, June 1, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet