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  • Why disability insurance is critical

    Most people understand why having life insurance is a good idea: Nobody wants to leave their survivors in a financial lurch if they were to die suddenly. But what if you suffer an accident or illness and don’t die, but rather, become severely disabled? Could you or your family make ends meet without your paycheck, possibly for decades?
    Although most people are entitled to Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits if they’ve paid sufficient FICA payroll taxes over the years, the eligibility rules are extremely strict, applying can take many months, and the average monthly benefit is only about $1,150.
    So what are your other disability coverage options? Many companies provide sick leave and short-term disability coverage to reimburse employees during brief periods of illness or injury. Some also provide long-term disability (LTD) insurance that replaces a percentage of pay for an extended period of time.
    But employer-provided LTD plans usually replace only about 60 percent of pay and the money you receive is considered taxable income, further lowering your benefit’s worth. Plus, such plans often have a waiting period before benefits kick in, will carve out any SSDI benefits you receive, and cap the monthly benefit amount and maximum payout period (often as little as two years).

  • Pineda says he's learned his lesson

    BOSTON (AP) — The pine tar glistened on Michael Pineda’s neck, improving his grip and inviting trouble.
    He got both.
    The Yankees’ right-hander spoke quietly after being ejected in the second inning of the Red Sox’ 5-1 win over New York on Wednesday night. And less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, he vowed never to do it again.
    “I’ll learn from this mistake,” a contrite Pineda said. “It won’t happen again.”
    Pineda said he had trouble gripping the ball on the cool evening when he allowed two runs in the first inning. So before he took the mound for the second, he said, he rubbed pine tar on the right side of his neck.
    “I don’t feel the ball,” he said. “I don’t want to hit anybody.”
    One small problem: Rule 8.02(b). Written to keep pitchers from altering the ball to gain an unfair advantage, it prohibits them from having a foreign substance on them or in their possession on the mound and says that they’ll be suspended if they do.

  • LA wins big 2-4A game vs. Demons

    SANTA FE – In order to keep its hopes alive of grabbing the District 2-4A runner-up spot, Los Alamos knew it would have to sweep its remaining games.
    And with a big win on the road Thursday, the toughest of those games is in the bag.
    Los Alamos pitcher Kiana Zerr went the distance, striking out nine and getting the better of Santa Fe’s ace Alex Russell as the Hilltoppers won 3-1 over the Demons.
    Undoubtedly, a sense of urgency permeated the club heading into the contest, particularly after dropping both ends of a doubleheader at Bernalillo last weekend.
    “We discussed that,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “Even before the Bernalillo games we discussed how big these three games were. After not winning in Bernalillo, we knew we had to get a good outing (Thursday).”
    And the Hilltoppers (11-12 overall, 5-4 in 2-4A) did just that.
    Zerr didn’t allow a ball out of the infield in between the second and sixth innings and had a no-hitter going into the Demons’ last at-bat before Xeala Porras ended her no-hit bid with a double in the seventh.
    The game was scoreless heading into the top of the sixth. But with two out, Los Alamos’ Holly Aikin came through with a base hit to extend the inning.

  • 'Toppers rout Demons to go to 9-0 in district

    SANTA FE – It was an unexpected game with an unexpectedly lopsided outcome.
    Los Alamos’ baseball team took on the Santa Fe Demons in a big District 2-4A contest Wednesday night.
    But while Los Alamos was on a mission Wednesday, a similar mission statement seemed to be lacking from the Demons.
    Los Alamos scored at least two runs in each of its five at-bats at Clyde Faucett Field, including a six-run top of the fifth to put the game away as it handled Santa Fe in a romp, 18-4.
    Hilltopper Jake Downs had the biggest game of his career in the win, that kept Los Alamos a perfect 9-0 in district play. Downs not only started and won the game on the hill, he went 4-for-5 at the plate with two triples, a double and drove in a whopping six runs.
    Downs missed hitting for the cycle by about six feet – his second triple made it all the way to the warning track in deep left-center, the second deepest spot in the ballpark.
    “I was relaxed and I was seeing the ball,” Downs said of his big day at the plate. “Just relaxing and I stayed loose up there and I was just hitting the ball hard.”
    With its win, the Hilltoppers remain in full control of the 2-4A standings heading into their most important contests of the season, a doubleheader Saturday at home against the Española Valley.

  • Off The Hill 04-24-14

    Art exhibits
    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition: “A Day in the Life: Works by Holly Roberts.” The opening exhibition will be 5-7 p.m. May 30. Show runs until June 21.

    Art tours
    Santa Fe Studio Tour 2014 is a free, self-guided tour open to the public that meanders throughout Santa Fe featuring more than 30 open studios and the work of 60 Santa Fe artists. Many artists give demonstrations of their craft and share techniques and philosophies with visitors. The tour begins with a preview party and group show from all participating artists, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 27. Then all participating artists open their creative sanctuaries to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 28 and June 29. The public can explore the studios of jewelers, painters, sculptors and ceramists.

  • Briefs 04-24-14

    Community Winds to host giving event

    The Los Alamos Community Winds is participating in the largest giving event in history, “Give Grande New Mexico.”
    The May 6 event brings together with communities across the country, including people from Los Alamos to come together on a single day to designate gifts to organizations already doing important work in the community.
    A partnership between the Coalition of Community Foundations in New Mexico and local nonprofits, hundreds (if not thousands) of donors from every neighborhood in the community will come together on a single day to raise significant funds for local needs.
    Give Grande New Mexico is part of a national campaign happening that same day called Give Local America. Both the national campaign and New Mexico’s campaign is supported by a pool of matching funds.

    Jemez Fine Art Gallery celebrates Earth Day

  • Hundreds to participate in Bike MS

     The National Multiple Sclerosis Society invites individuals and teams to pedal toward a world free of MS during Bike MS: Pedal los Pueblos 2014, presented by Sam’s Club, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6-7. This annual two-day fundraising ride is fully supported from start to finish and features a figure-eight route through Northern New Mexico. Registered cyclists commit to raise a minimum of $250 to fund MS education, programs, services and research that directly impact the lives of those affected by the disease. 
    “Bike MS represents more than just an opportunity to raise awareness and funds toward the MS movement, it’s the chance for community members, neighbors, and families to come together and connect with one another,” notes Maggie Schold, Senior Development Manager for the National MS Society in New Mexico. “We are excited for our cyclists to experience this extraordinary ride as they support an extraordinary cause.” 

  • This Week on PAC-8, April 25-May 1

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

    Friday, April 25, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 PM Budget Hearing Replay – 4-21-14
    03:00 PM Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Breakfast
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Julian Chen
    05:30 PM Udall Update
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series –Darynda Jones
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, April 26, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, April 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 Generation
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Kids ride free on the Cumbres

    The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Kids Ride Free program is back for a second year. Children between the ages of 2 and 12 years old will ride for free with the purchase of one full price adult ticket on the daily excursion trains. The successful program has also been extended to the Cinder Bear Experience — a half day excursion from Chama to Cumbres Pass.
    The train climbs the 10,015-foot-high Cumbres Pass, winds through tunnels and over trestles, and past waterfalls, mountain forests, and alpine meadows.
    A ride on the train is an adventure and is now a top summer vacation pick with the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Kids Ride Free program.
    The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is America’s highest and longest narrow gauge railroad.
    The railroad is owned jointly by the states of New Mexico and Colorado and crosses back and forth between the two states 11 times.
    Daily excursion trains stop at the Osier Dining Hall for a lunch of roast turkey, homemade meatloaf, baked fish and a fresh salad bar. The children’s menu includes hot dogs, macaroni and cheese and chocolate and pumpkin pie peach cobbler desserts made fresh daily.
    The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad was designated a National Historic Landmark in October of 2012.

  • Class teaches textures with local artist

    Originally from Massachusetts, Heather Ward has lived in Los Alamos for more than 10 years. She strives to create highly realistic drawings of animals, both wild and domestic and pushes her media to the limits to achieve the effects she wants.
    Preferring to work with dry media, her favorites are charcoal, graphite, pyrography and scratchboard.
    Scratchboard is a subtractive medium, similar to carving, where material is removed to create the art. Abrasive tools are used to scratch away the ink on the surface to reveal a white clay underneath. “I was very reluctant to try scratchboard because I assumed it was very unforgiving — once you make a scratch it’s there for good,” said Ward who is a self-taught artist. “But it turns out that’s not the case at all. By using different tools and adding black ink when necessary, many mistakes can be covered up.”
    It’s not just knife-work either; almost any abrasive tool will work. “I use sandpaper, fiberglass brushes, even tattoo needles to get the textures and values I want.” To see what tools Ward uses, visit heatherwardwildlifeart.blogspot.com/2013/02/scratchboard-tools.html.