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  • Property crime spikes

     

    Property crimes in Los Alamos took a sharp spike upwards, according to the latest crime stats report from the Los Alamos Police Department. However, not to worry; apparently it is the result of one man. 

    “The increase is substantively attributed to a series of thefts from vehicles that occurred in the spring. An individual was arrested and charged with 38 counts related to these thefts,” said Police Chief Dino Sgambellone in the police department’s quarterly release of crime stats in Los Alamos County. 

    That individual was Skylar B. Smith, 22, of Santa Fe, who was arrested in June for burglarizing about 20 cars, committing 16 counts of larceny and two credit card thefts.

    In most of the breakins, police noted, the car doors were unlocked, allowing him to take whatever he wanted. 

  • Be There calendar 07-24-14 to 07-29-14

     

    Today 

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

     

    Authors Speak Series. Steven F. Havill. Novelist will discuss recently released “Night Zone, a Posadas County mystery.” 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Rotunda. 

     

    Book signing and discussion. “New Mexico’s High Peaks,” by Mike Butterfield. 4 p.m. at the Los Alamos Historical Society.  

  • Get creative while donating to Self Help

     Registration is open now for the First Glass Fusing Class from noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Bullseye Glass Resource Center in Santa Fe. 

    Participants can learn art glass techniques, relax, create and donate to Self Help, Inc. all at the same time.

    Based on the number of participants registered for this class, Bullseye Glass will donate up to $800 to Self Help, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in 1969 and dedicated to assisting people in need.

    The First Glass Fusing Class is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of creating glass objects in the kiln. Class participants use a wide range of glass colors, shapes and styles to create an 8-inch by 8-inch plate. 

    No experience is necessary, and all materials and instruction are covered by the tuition. 

  • Auditions for Agatha Christie play to be at LALT

     

    A call for auditions is being held for “And Then There Were None,” by Agatha Christie at the Los Alamos Little Theater. 

    Times are 2-4 p.m. Aug. 3 and 6-7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Performing Arts Center main theater, and 7-8 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Performing Arts Center Green Room.

    Auditions can also be by special appointment with the director. Contact Dennis Powell at dennis.powell@yahoo.com. 

    During auditions, the use of accents is optional. Participants are encouraged to attempt an appropriate accent for the character, but it is not mandatory. 

  • EnduroFest serves up bike races, rides

     Organizers of the newest cyclist-centric festival to hit Los Alamos — “Rock-n-Roll EnduroFest” — are hoping that the event will gain speed among festival goers with many family-friendly activities for cyclists and non-cyclists alike, including guided rides, kids races, live music, microbreweries and bike races. 

    The event is slated for Aug. 1-3 at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. 

    “The trails surrounding Los Alamos and the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area trail system are mostly an undiscovered gem for all types of mountain biking,” said organizer Steve Watts. “We wanted to showcase our trails, our people, and our orientation around fun and adrenalin sports by putting on this family friendly event. We also enjoy good food and handcrafted beer, so we had to sneak these into the weekend’s events.”

  • New online tool helps manufacturers measure up against world-class standards

     

    Manufacturing businesses that want to know how their performance stacks up against industry standards have a new tool to make that measurement — and it’s available at no cost.

    The Manufacturing Performance Institute, in conjunction with the American Small Manufacturers Coalition and the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership, created the Next Generation Manufacturing Assessment Tool after surveying thousands of United States manufacturers in 2009, 2011 and 2013. 

    The biennial survey asks manufacturers what strategic benchmarks they use to measure their efficiency and effectiveness in six critical areas: human resources, supply-chain management, sustainability, process improvement, innovation and global engagement. The tool based on this survey allows manufacturers of all kinds to see how they compare with world-class industry practices and standards by comparing their responses to those of thousands of other top manufacturers. 

  • Tasks to survive back-to-school

     

    Parents, if this is your first time at the back-to-school rodeo, let me share a few lessons my wife and I have learned the hard way. Chances are you’ll be spending the next few weeks filling out piles of pre-enrollment paperwork, lining up carpools and, of course, taking the dreaded shopping excursions for clothes and school supplies.

    If you’re a first-timer or simply need a back-to-school refresher course, here are a few suggestions that can help you save time, money and sanity:

    Get organized. Maintain a correspondence file from your kid’s school for things like registration requirements, report cards, permission slips, required vaccinations, school policies, teacher and parent contact information, etc. Ask whether the school has a website, online calendar, or email list you can join. Also, create a family master calendar.

  • Creating Mayhem
  • This Week on PAC 8, July 25-31

    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, July 25, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Jennifer Hollingsworth
    05:30 PM Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society - “109 East Palace: A 400 Year Microcosm of Santa Fe History”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM In Focus
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, July 26, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, July 27, 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

  • Adopt a furry friend at Kitten Fest

    When you look at tiny Missy, it’s hard to see how someone could throw her out of a moving vehicle in Española. But, two weeks ago, someone did and the 7-week-old kitten was lucky to escape with only minor injuries.
    Although a witness was able to write down the license plate number, local authorities have been unable to track down the driver, and the tiny tabby is recovering in foster care.
    But, like Missy, the staff at Española Valley Humane Society wants to move past the tragedy and focus on the kitten’s future. “We don’t know who did this to Missy, but it is certain that it was someone who did not love her. So, now it is time for us to find her someone who does,” said Linda Sanchez, foster care coordinator.
    And that’s exactly what shelter staff plans to do. At the Seventh Annual Santa Fe Kitten Festival, the shelter plans to have nearly 100 cats and kittens up for adoption at two locations, all in search of permanent, loving families.
    Missy will be there, but so will Peony, a 10-month-old Tortoiseshell kitten who was surrendered by her owner nursing four kittens of her own, and Jake — one of four polydactyl kittens.