Today's News

  • Council hears recommendations for CIP process

    Los Alamos County Council heard staff recommendations for a new Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) process Tuesday night during its meeting.
    The new guidelines gives council more control of the process by assigning them responsibility for determining a list of potential projects based upon strategic goals, previous submissions, existing needs and existing master plans.
    A provision that places previously approved and unfunded projects back into the pool for reconsideration sparked a passionate protest from former president of the Los Alamos Golf Association Ted Ball. Council had directed staff to include that provision in the new guidelines at an earlier work session.
    The two approved but unfunded projects are for improvements at the golf course for $11.3 million and at the ice rink for $1.2 million.
    When council decided it would have to do a stepped implementation of approved CIP projects, supporters of the golf course project volunteered to delay implementation of the project in exchange for reducing the time frame for completion from three years to two years.
    “We did not sign up to have our project de-scoped or revisited or defunded in any way,” Ball argued.

  • Kirk makes Cleveland's 15-man roster

    Former Los Alamos High School star Alex Kirk made the cut for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced.
    Kirk, the 7-foot former Hilltopper and University of New Mexico standout, is on the 15-man roster for the Cavaliers as they get ready to start the 2014-15 season.
    With the announcement, Kirk becomes the first native Los Alamos athlete to make the roster of a major North American sports franchise since former pro football player Walt Arnold did so in the mid-1980s.
    What role Kirk will play for the Cavaliers this season isn’t yet known. The website Cleveland.com reported that Kirk would likely appear in some games this season for the Cavaliers’ Development League team, the Canton (Ohio) Charge.
    For now, however, Kirk is one of three centers listed on the roster. He will likely be in the No. 3 spot in terms of playing time, at least for the beginning of the season, behind Anderson Varejao — whom the Cavs announced as the starter for their opener — and Brendan Haywood.
    At 22 years of age, Kirk is by far the youngest of the three — Varaejo is 31 years old and Haywood is 34 and coming off a full season missed with a stress fracture. Should Kirk play well, particularly early in the year, he could see his minutes bumped up.

  • LAFD to host wildfire presentation

    Step over the wall in your backyard and like it or not, you’re instantly in what hikers euphemistically call the “backcountry,” that category of land that when stuff happens to it, whether that be fire or flood, you end up being impacted somehow.
    At 7 p.m. Thursday, the Los Alamos Fire Department will be making a presentation at the Mesa Public Library in rooms two and three to show what they’re doing to protect you when the wilderness decides to turn on you.
    Heading up the discussion will be Wildland Division Chief Ramon Garcia and Los Alamos Fire Department Chief Troy Hughes.
    According to Garcia, the Wildland Division was recently created by Hughes to specifically deal with these types of issues. the two will also talk about Los Alamos’ wildfire history, which includes the Cerro Grande wildfire, 2000; the Las Conchas wildfire, 2011 and the Thompson Ridge wildfire of 2012.
    “I’m going to talk about the U.S. Forest Service, as well as briefly about the wildfires that happened in Los Alamos County over the past 60, 70 years,” Garcia said. “I’m also going to talk about what we learned from these fires.”

  • More details emerge in Santa Fe deputy shooting


    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico sheriff's deputy was talking to his girlfriend on the phone when the woman heard someone's pleas and then gunfire ring out. Soon after, Tai Chan, who's accused of killing a fellow deputy, told officers: "I shot the guy."

    The revelations come in court documents and 911 recordings released Wednesday that described a tumultuous scene at the upper-end Hotel Encanto in the southern New Mexico city of Las Cruces. Investigators tried to piece together why a Santa Fe County deputy ended up dead after a night out drinking with a colleague.

    While Chan's girlfriend was on the line, she heard someone say, "Please don't, please don't," and then gunshots erupted, the documents said.

    Authorities accuse Chan of fatally shooting Deputy Jeremy Martin at the hotel after they drank at a nightspot and got into a heated argument Monday night, authorities said. They were staying at the hotel after dropping off a prisoner in Arizona, police said.

    Chan's attorney, John Day, called the shooting a "tragic situation for everybody involved."

  • Off The Hill 10-30-14

    Art exhibits
    “Creatures, Tame and Wild,” by Rebecca Mannschreck. The exhibition of Mannschreck’s animals in all their glory and honesty is on view the entire month of November at Act I Gallery, 218 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in Taos. Spontaneous and bold to soft and serene, her paintings embody the truth of these creatures in their awesome, sometimes comic, attitudes. To view more artwork visit ActOneGallery.com.
    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is announces “Eros and Thanatos: new work by Michael Petry.” This exhibition will run through to Nov. 22.
    Art tours
    Dixon Studio Tour. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be 30 artists studios, 11 local businesses and several traditional food venues will be open. For more information and to download maps, visit dixonarts.org.
    Arts shows
    Arts and Crafts Flea Market. Santa Fe Book Arts Group/Palace Press annual multi-vendor flea market featuring arts and crafts supplies, handmade books and journals, handmade and specialty papers, ephemera and gifts. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Meem Room of the Palace of the Governors, 110 Washington Ave. in Santa Fe. For more information call 476-5100.
    Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” on sale now at aspensantafeballet.com.

  • This Week on PAC 8, Oct. 31-Nov. 6

    ON PAC 8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 10-28-14
    02:00 PM League of Women Voters Candidate Forum 10-02-14
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Tourism Goes Green
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Technolog Transfer at LANL – A 70 Year Perspective”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM Charter Public Forum – Utilities
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
    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

  • PEEC offers nature-themed activities


    Parents and kids have a less spooky way of spending the early hours of Halloween this year.
    Before trick or treat time, drop by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 1-3 p.m. Friday for some nature-themed activities. Costumes are optional, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
    The cost to participate is $5 per child, and no advance registration is required. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org or call 662-0460.

    Monitor staff report

  • Santa Fe’s Hotel Chimayó launches ghost tours

    Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc. has announced a haunted history of Santa Fe, just in time for Hallowwen.
    The tour will allow guests an opportunity to visit some of the most historically haunted areas of Santa Fe. With the city of Santa Fe being the oldest capital city in the United States and histories of varying cultures occupying what is known as the downtown plaza since the year 1050, the area is rich in both historic triumphs and tragedies. Its long history of Native Americans, Spanish, Mexicans and pioneers have led the city to be one of the most haunted in America.
    Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe (hotelchimayo.com) is now offering a special package that includes a Saturday night hotel stay, a fall flavor treat — from wine, local caramel corn and hot cider — and a two-hour Haunted History walking tour with historian, Peter Sinclaire, who’s been leading tours and “spooking about” Santa Fe for more than 20 years.
    “Many of Santa Fe’s ghosts have an emotional issue that keeps them from moving on. I share both their tales and the rich history of this city in my storytelling,” Sinclaire said. “My tours offer the opportunity to go beyond the five senses and explore Santa Fe’s supernatural history.”

  • Agatha Christie's whodunit premieres at LATL on Halloween

    One by one, until they are all gone: the story is of 10 people who find themselves trapped on an island. All have some guilt on their hands, and one at a time they begin to die. The story is set in late 1930s in Devon, a small island off the coast of England.
    Los Alamos Little Theater presents the Agatha Christie whodunit, “And Then There Were None” beginning on Halloween night and continues through Nov. 22.
    This is the second Agatha Christie show for director Dennis Powell. According to Powell, Agatha Christie is an incredibly interesting and creative author.
    Christie is half American, as her father was a New York stockbroker. As the youngest of three children she was doted on, and when of age she was sent to several finishing schools in Paris. Ultimately, she authored 80 detective novels and several romance novels under the pen name of Mary Westmacott.
    Her plots are masterfully crafted, and her book “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” was voted the best all-time crime novel by the Crime Writers Association. Her book “And Then There Were None” is one of the best selling novels of all time.
    Despite getting the clues, readers (or viewers) often are left guessing as to “who did it” until the final denouement.

  • Opera's Young Voices to entertain Fuller Lodge

    Music lovers of all ages are invited to Fuller Lodge to hear Young Voices from the Santa Fe Opera. The show is a gift from the Los Alamos Opera Guild of The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc.
    For one hour, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 9, the young voices of the opera will perform.
    Now in its eighth season, Young Voices is an audition-based program of The Santa Fe Opera, created to teach, coach and nurture vocal talent in high school students from across New Mexico.
    Fifteen sudents, accepted by audition, received weekly voice lessons and coachings. The faculty is comprised of noted mezzo-soprano and stage director Kathleen Clawson, pianist Kirt Pavitt, and the head of the opera’s music staff, Robert Tweten.
    Two members, baritone Devon McCleskey and soprano Lauren Partin, both residents of Los Alamos, will sing solos and selections from opera, accompanied by Kirt Pavitt, who will also perform piano solos. Meet both Karen Henderson, the local guild president and Kyle Gray from the Santa Fe Opera staff to learn about educational programs, such as “Opera Makes Sense” and additional community concerts offered around the state.
    For a fifth year, Young Voices welcomes Paul Roth as accompanist. Kirt Pavitt and Kathleen Clawson are co-directors of Young Voices.