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  • Coalition OK with NNSA’s response to RFP questions

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities responded Thursday to the National Nuclear Security Administration’s answers to some of the county’s and region’s concerns about the draft request for proposals for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The NNSA released the answers Aug. 11.

    When the draft RFP was released in July, municipal governments, non-profits, retirees and others were concerned that there wasn’t any language in the draft supporting previous commitments to LANL employee retirement packages and

    LANL’s many for-profit and non-profit partners.

    At the top of the NNSA’s lists of questions to answer was whether or not the final RFP will require the new contractor to have a community commitment plan.

    “Yes, the contract terms and conditions will include the requirement for a community commitment plan to be submitted during the contract transition,” the NNSA document said.

    Andrea Romero, executive director of RCLC liked that the NNSA made community support the first question it answered.

    “Were clearly glad that they will be inclusive of that plan,” Romero said. “It was a great response.”

  • US interior chief says he won't eliminate protected lands

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Thursday he won't seek to rescind any national monuments carved from the wilderness and oceans by past presidents. But he said he will press for some boundary changes and left open the possibility of allowing drilling, mining or other industries on the sites.

    Twenty-seven monuments were put under review in April by President Donald Trump, who has charged that the millions of acres designated for protection by President Barack Obama were part of a "massive federal land grab."

    If Trump adopts Zinke's recommendations, it could ease some of the worst fears of his opponents, who warn that vast public lands and marine areas could be stripped of federal protection.

    But significant reductions in the size of the monuments or changes to what activities are allowed on them could trigger fierce resistance, too, including lawsuits.

    In an interview with The Associated Press, Zinke said he is recommending changes to a "handful" of sites, including unspecified boundary adjustments, and suggested some monuments are too large.

    The White House said only that it received Zinke's recommendations and is reviewing them.

  • THIS WEEK ON PAC 8

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

     

    Friday, August 25, 2017

    6:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live

    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program

    11:00 AM County Council Meeting –Replay 8-08-17

    1:00 PM Democracy Now!

    2:00 PM United in Christ

    3:00 PM Road to Recovery

    4:00 PM Uprising

    5:00 PM Democracy Now!

    6:00 PM Chamber Business Breakfast – Housing in Los Alamos

    7:00 PM Suspended Moment – Los Alamos

    8:00 PM Los Alamos High School Graduation

    10:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony

  • Red River Folk Festival set for Sept 21-24

    The heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains has long called out to the singer-songwriter as part inspiration and part haven for their craft. 

    Red River, New Mexico, is the center of this musical mecca and celebrates again with world class talent at the third-annual Red River Folk Festival, set for Sept. 21-24. 

    Venues include the Lost Love Saloon, Brandenburg Park, the Motherlode and Bittercreek Ranch. 

    Early Bird Tickets are still available for the musical feast, featuring James McMurtry, Shawn Mullins, Chuck Prophet, Jim Lauderdale, Max Gomez and more.

    Paired with the popular Aspencade Arts and Crafts Fair, there are local and national musical acts on the outside stage during the day in Brandenburg Park including Honey House – an all-female folk group powerhouse, Mariachi, Jed Zimmerman and Kelley Mickwee, the Red River Family Band along with other fun surprises. 

  • Organizers set dates for annual Gathering of Nations powwow

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Organizers of one of North America’s most prominent American Indian powwows say they’re already gearing up for next year’s event.

    They kicked off their promotional campaign for the 2018 Gathering of Nations on Friday with the release of the event’s official poster.

    The 35th annual event takes place April 26-28 at the state fairgrounds in Albuquerque. The Miss Indian World Talent Competition will be held downtown at the city’s convention center.

    New for next year will be a parade featuring Native American riders in full regalia. Organizers say the parade is meant to recognize the importance that the horse culture holds for some tribes.

     

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    The gathering usually draws tens of thousands of people, including dancers, singers and drummers representing tribes from across the United States, Canada and elsewhere.

  • A ‘spirited’ overnight at La Posada

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    Special to the Monitor

    An overactive imagination can really play a number on you, especially when it concerns ghosts. I confess I’m not one who believes in the paranormal world, as I’m a skeptic at heart. I rely on science to explain the unexplained, choosing to go the rational route when in doubt. Hearing accounts from others who have seen spectral images or felt otherworldly presences around them typically elicits a raised eyebrow or hearty guffaw from me. 

  • Big Foot BBQ & Blues Fest Sept. 2 in Jemez Springs

    A new event in Jemez Springs is sure to stir up some enthusiasm over Labor Day weekend – the first ever Big Foot Barbecue and Blues Fest, Sept. 2 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

    The event will feature guest speaker and Bigfoot researcher and author, Dr. Christopher Dyer, a University of New Mexico professor.

    The event was originated by resident Felix Nuñez who has been fascinated with the idea of the elusive Bigfoot creature, following several unexplainable sounds he’s heard and documented in the Jemez Mountains over the years.

    “Although I don’t want to hang my hat on Bigfoot’s existence, I think there’s been a lot of fascinating audio and video clips that can only be described as ‘unexplainable’ but real to those who have had personal encounters,” said Nuñez. “Whether you believe in Bigfoot or not, this event is for everyone who wants to enjoy live music, the beautiful Jemez Valley and hear from one of New Mexico’s top Bigfoot experts.”

  • Los Alamos County viewers get glimpse of historic 2017 eclipse

    As the sky grew dim Monday, residents and tourists from all over Los Alamos County got their fill of the historic eclipse as it made it’s way across the U.S. 

    The eclipse only made 75 percent totality in a mostly cloudy sky, but many viewers who came out to see the event enjoyed the show. 

    When the eclipse hit its peak, the sun broke through just enough at Bandelier National Park’s Visitor Center to elicit oohs and aahs from the audience looking with their special glasses provided rangers provided. 

    “I thought it went fine, especially when you consider it was significantly overcast,” Bandelier Park Ranger Meredith Peterson said. “It was interesting to watch it with the cloud cover too, because every once in a while you got a little bit of a shadow from the clouds, so you got to see it from a different perspective.” 

  • Girl’s soccer dominates opener

    The Los Alamos High School varsity girl’s soccer team couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season, defeating Santa Fe High School 10-0 Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Field.

    Junior Alix Hailey proved to be the offensive star for LAHS, tallying three goals on seven shots, and adding two assists. She was too much for the Demonettes defense to handle in a game that ended on a mercy rule with more than 10 minutes remaining in the contest.

    Seven other Hilltoppers scored a goal apiece, something that head coach Ann Cernicek was glad to see.

    “It was a really great effort,” Cernicek said. “It was good to see a lot of different kinds of goals. We had direct kicks, we had corner kicks, we scored on crosses. So to see a variety of different goals that were scored from a variety of different players was really positive.”

    Hailey got the scoring started early for the Hilltoppers, as she found herself on a breakaway less than five minutes into the game. She was easily able to maneuver around Santa Fe goalkeeper Jannay Martinez and find the back of the net, giving LAHS its first goal of 2017.

  • Boy’s soccer cruises to first win of season

    The Los Alamos High School varsity boy’s soccer team started the 2017 season off with a bang, defeating St. Michael’s 4-0 in their home opener Saturday at Sullivan Field.

    What started out as a defensive battle turned into a one-man show, as LAHS senior Tristan Semelsberger put on an offensive display that had the entire crowd in awe. He scored a pair of highlight reel goals, and added an assist as the defense struggled to find ways to contain the Hilltoppers offense all evening.

    “I thought we had some really nice moments,” LAHS head coach Ron Blue said. “Thank God that Tristan was able to finish and put the ball away.”

    Although Blue felt like the team generated a lot of scoring opportunities, mental mistakes and offside calls kept the Hilltoppers from putting the game away any earlier.

    “We scored five or six,” Blue said. “But we were offside, which I understand. We are still working on some offensive runs and some striker responsibilities, so it’s only a matter of time before we get that stuff figured out. That was a lot of fun, though.”