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  • This Week on PAC 8, Aug. 1-7

    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, Aug. 1, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay – 7-29-14
    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 – La Mesa fire – A Wake-Up Call?”
    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, Aug. 2, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Aug. 3, 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

  • Off The Hill 07-31-14

    Art exhibits
    Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014 runs through Oct. 12.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, in collaboration with Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, announces IMPACTS! an exhibition of Japanese contemporary art. Show will run from Aug. 19-23, ZBCA will host a series of special events relating to Japanese contemporary art and culture at the gallery, including panel discussions, film viewings, artist talks, a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony and a live painting by AI Kato. There will be a grand opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 22. This exhibition will run through to Sept. 22.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is announces Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird: Native American Contemporary Jewelry. The public reception will be from 4-6 p.m. Aug. 21. The artists will be present.

    Vivid: Dolores Purdy at Morning Star Gallery in Santa Fe. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Aug. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 23 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 24. For more information, visit morningstargallery.com.

  • Montoya hired as school district's new financial officer

     

    Lisa Montoya has been hired by Los Alamos Public Schools to be the new chief financial officer for the district.

    Montoya replaces John Wolfe, who took a job with the state.

    Montoya brings 17 years of experience in business and has a Business Administration degree from New Mexico State University. 

    She comes to Los Alamos Public Schools from Pojoaque Valley Schools where she served as Comptroller and Chief Procurement Officer. 

    Montoya returns to Los Alamos Public Schools where she worked from 2002 until 2009, first as an elementary school secretary at Pinon and then Aspen Elementary. 

    She then served for two years as the comptroller for the district.

    Superintendent Eugene Schmidt stated “ Ms. Montoya brings a wealth of experience in the financial management of schools.  She will begin her duties within the next week.  The patrons of our district can look forward to a level of fiscal management that Los Alamos Public Schools is so well known.”

  • Nickerson hired as Moscow, Idaho fire chief

     

    Following an extensive selection process, Mayor Bill Lambert, in collaboration with the Moscow, Idaho, Volunteer Fire Department, has identified Brian Nickerson of Los Alamos as Moscow's new Fire Chief, according to a press release from the City of Moscow.

    Nickerson takes over from Chief Ed Button, who retired earlier this summer, after 7 years leading the volunteer department. Division Chief Joe Williams has been acting Fire Chief since Button's retirement.

    Nickerson has over 25 years' experience in the fire service, including 5 years as Chief of the Wright City, Missouri Fire District. He has served as Division Chief, Life Safety/Fire Marshal for the Los Alamos Fire Department since 2011.

    Nickerson was selected from a field of over forty candidates for Moscow Fire Chief. "Chief Nickerson impressed our interview committee and Volunteer Fire Department as a dynamic and capable leader who has the ability to continue the tradition of excellence and service of our Fire Department", said Lambert. "I am pleased to present his name to the City Council for confirmation as Moscow's next Fire Chief."

    Nickerson cited his desire to join Moscow's Fire Department because of the volunteers' commitment to community service.

  • Strother is dual winner at Pace Race

    Nikol Strother won her second Pace Race in a calendar month Tuesday, and did so with a prediction error that’s very tough to beat.
    Strother finished with an error of just 1 second on the 3-mile course at the Pace Race, which started at Rocket Park in White Rock. Strother was also the fastest female finisher on the long course Tuesday with her time of 19 minutes, 41 seconds.
    Also on the 3-mile course, Ted Romero finished in 19:47 and was the second-best predictor, missing by just 5 seconds.
    Roy Cope had the next best prediction, 6 seconds off, and Heather Hughes finished 19 seconds off her time.
    The fastest finishes on the 1-mile course were Tad Hughes (6:12) and Marin Kelly (6:41).
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at the Quemazon Montessori School. Race time is 6 p.m. and 1- and 3-mile courses will be available.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit the Atomic City Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com.
     

  • The cost of compassion

    At a Fourth of July potluck, we asked a neighbor who commutes to California for work how he was doing. Instead of small talk, we got a tirade about how he was working to support all those jobless loafers living on government handouts. A grandmother sitting with us pointed out, gently, that we’re paying for two wars that weren’t in the budget.
    Since that conversation, the news has brought us the faces of Central American children seeking safety within our borders and the bludgeoning death of two homeless men in Albuquerque. Which makes me wonder, whatever happened to compassion? The answer is, it’s still alive, but it’s being tested.
    This neighbor is in California because he lost his manufacturing job and was out of work for months before finding another job. Fortunately, his wife was still working, so they didn’t lose everything. Lots of people have relocated and made sacrifices to get work. They can look at it two ways: If I can find work, the rest of you shiftless people can find work. Or, hey, it’s really tough out there and people could use a hand.

  • Be There 07-30-14

    Today
    How to Identify Wildflowers. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Learn from two local experts, Terry Foxx and Craig Martin, how to identify wildflowers. Wednesday evenings, beginning July 30 with a classroom session at PEEC. The remaining three sessions will be conducted in the field. Advance registration required. $70/$58 PEEC members for all four sessions, including materials fee. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Summer Camp Showcase. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center. On display until Saturday.

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 11. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.

    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. This week is double tickets, for every $5 spent at a booth, receive two tickets. Double chances to win in the next contest. County Council will also be at the market.

    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.

  • Davie opens camp of third season at UNM

    ALBUQUERQUE — The evolution of the Bob Davie era of the University of New Mexico Lobo football team raises the curtain of scrutiny Thursday afternoon on season three, and Davie expects a season of “many twists and turns.”
    There is still some rebuilding going on and this is still a baby-faced football team with only 15 seniors on the roster. But there also is Lobo talent and Lobo numbers that have Davie with guarded but real optimism.
    “There is one more year of transition in building that foundation in the roster,” said Davie, whose Lobos open practice Thursday. “But we have some legitimate guys in this program. We have some talent. I’m excited about where we are. There are a lot more positives than negatives. We have done a lot. We are in a position for the first time to gain some traction and gain some momentum in this program that will continue to multiply over the years.”
    The Lobos feel they are bigger, faster and stronger going into 2014. But there is still a gap that UNM needs to shorten and ultimately proof of that shows up on the scoreboard.
    A huge key for that scoreboard is seeing smaller numbers on the opponents’ side.

  • Tuesdays at the Pond gets cancelled

    Due to inclement weather tonight's (July 29) Improv presentation at Ashley Pond has been cancelled. 

  • Bear Camp closes at Ice Rink

    As a result of continued rainy weather conditions this week and the potential for flash flooding in Los Alamos Canyon, Philmont Taylor, LAPD Emergency Management has ordered the County’s Bear Camp program to vacate the Ice Rink in the canyon for the remainder of the summer camp season.

    Atomic City Transit busses are transporting approximately 30-35 campers out of the canyon now. They will be shuttled safely back to the Aquatic Center’s training room. Staff is contacting parents to let them know of the change and asking them to pick up their children at the Aquatic Center.

    Camp will continue for one more week at this alternate location at the Aquatic Center, which should be adequate because of the limited enrollment this time of year.