Today's News

  • PEEC offers birding at Bosque del Apache

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a program to spend Saturday and Sunday birding at the Bosque del Apache with two expert birders and excellent teachers, David Yeamans and Mouser Williams.
    Yeamans has watched birds most of his life starting in Los Alamos many years ago, and in the last five years, he has been a birder of the type he calls “semi-pro.” He is active in Audubon bird counts, bird banding, field trips and local birding activities. He has been an outdoor educator all his life, especially as an Outward Bound instructor and BSA scout leader. He’s eager to share the lessons that observing nature brings to us.
    Williams organized the 2015 Los Alamos Christmas Bird Count. He is an avid birder and wildlife photographer. He has lived in Los Alamos for 13 years. When not enjoying the outdoors, he moonlights as an electrical engineer at LANL.
    More information about the trip itinerary, equipment, and logistics can be found on PEEC’s website, peecnature.org.
    To participate in the Bosque del Apache Birding Weekend, register online at peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460. Driving directions will be emailed out after registration.

  • Assets in Action: What are you saving for a rainy day?

    The only thing you should save for a rainy day is money. I only say that because saving money could mean the difference between happiness and sadness for yourself and your family.
    This weekend my family helped two people move that had saved the things they love for a lifetime.
    The sad part is all of the things they were saving, were the things they enjoyed the most. They saved them buried in boxes, stored in other boxes, never enjoying them along the way.
    Now don’t get me wrong, I also save way too much and one goal for 2016 is to purge, purge, purge.
    I remember being in elementary school and reading a story about a woman that had saved a scarf all of her life. She kept in it a box, folded in special paper, always waiting for the special occasion. The story ended with her family removing the scarf from the box to put on her while she lay in her casket.
    That story had an impact on me. I remembered saving this candle and knowing it was special, it sat in the center of my dresser for years. Then I took a photo of it and lit the candle. I enjoyed many hours of that candle, watching it transform along the way … throughout its life if you will.

  • Police Beat 1-20-16

    2:55 p.m. — Isaac Finn, 37, of Los Alamos was arrested for failing to give information and/or render aid at 38th Street.

    7:54 p.m. — Jesse Gallegos, 24, of Medanales was arrested for shoplifting (less than $500) at the Los Alamos police station.

  • On the Docket 1-20-16

    Jan. 10
    Erin L. Pearcy  was found guilty at time of traffic stop to speeding in a school zone, one-five miles an hour over speed limit and failing to pay a fine and/or court costs. Defendant was fined $80 and must pay $130 in court costs.

    Jan. 11
    Kiersten R. Temple pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit and no contest to failing to pay court costs and/or fines. Defendant was fined $125 and must pay $130 in court costs.

    Ernesto Martinez  was found guilty by Los Alamos Municipal Court of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving in an improper lane and possession of marijuana.Defendant was fined $75 and must pay $185 in costs.

    Olha Dolin  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display rabies tags on pets and having animals at large. Defendant must pay $120 in court costs. Sentencing for the rabies tag violation was deferred until Feb. 11 and for animals at large violation, March 11.

    Jan. 12
    Evelyn S. Bankens  pled no contest to following too closely in her vehicle and causing an accident. Defendant was fined $65. Defendant was also sentenced to defensive driving school and community service.

  • NM hunters, anglers and others to rally for public lands

    Sportsmen and other public lands users from across the state will gather in Santa Fe on Thursday, to send a message to the New Mexico Legislature and Gov. Susana Martinez about the seizure and transfer of millions of acres of federal public lands to individual states.
    The Public Lands Rally starts at 2 p.m. in the Rotunda of New Mexico State Capitol Building.
    The public is invited to attend.  
    “New Mexico hunters and anglers have been using our national forests and other federal public lands for generations. They are our lands, and we strongly oppose any and all efforts to transfer these lands to the states, including New Mexico,” said Garrett VeneKlasen, Executive Director of New Mexico Wildlife Federation. “We’ve seen legislation in New Mexico and elsewhere that supports the transfer idea. More recently we’ve seen radical extremists seize a national wildlife refuge in Oregon and block its use by law-abiding citizens. These efforts to take away our public lands, if allowed to continue, will lead to more fences, more ‘no trespassing’ signs and diminished opportunity for all. This week’s Public Lands Rally will give sportsmen and women, along with hikers, bikers and others, a chance to tell our decision-makers: Keep your hands off our public lands.”

  • DOD announces New Mexico ID restrictions

    SANTA FE (AP) — Federal officials announced Wednesday that New Mexico driver's licenses will no longer be accepted as proof of identity to enter any Department of Defense installation, adding more pressure to lawmakers who are set to debate proposals aimed at making the state compliant under the federal REAL ID Act

    In a post on its website, the U.S. Department of Defense said driver's licenses from New Mexico — along with those from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri and Washington state — can't be used to enter bases because of REAL ID requirements.

    Those attempting to gain physical access to Department of Defense installations must show an alternate form of identification, like a passport or a card issued by the base, officials said

    The move comes after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security declined to give New Mexico an extension on complying with tougher rules under the federal REAL ID Act. Those rules require proof of legal U.S. residency in order for state driver's licenses and IDs to be valid for some federal purposes.

  • Off the Hill Calendar Jan. 20

    Art exhibits

    “Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time.” Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. Photographer Adriel Heisey re-photographed some of southwest’s most significant archeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, photographed in 1929. Exhibit runs through May 2017.

    Art tours

    Allan Houser Studio and Sculpture Garden Tours. Arranged by appointment. The Sculpture Gardens are located 20 miles south of Santa Fe, and the tours last approximately two hours. There is a $25/person fee for the guided tours. To schedule, call 471-1528. David Rettig, curator of Collections for the Allan Houser Estate will lead a tour for collectors and special guests. Space is limited. 

    Art shows

    The 2016 Tour: Red Baraat Festival of Colors. Feb. 12 at the Cooperage in Albuquerque. Feb. 13 at Taos Mesa Brewing Company in Taos. 


  • PAC 8 schedule Jan. 22-28

    ON PAC 8


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


    Friday, January 22, 2016

    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live

    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program

    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 1-05-16

    01:00 PM Democracy Now!

    02:00 PM United in Christ

    03:00 PM Road to Recovery

    04:00 PM Uprising

    05:00 PM Democracy Now!

    06:00 PM Chamber Business Breakfast Harry Burgess

    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society Atomic Connections Other Manhattan Project Sites in the Southwest

  • Executive chef named at Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder

    Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, the AAA Four Diamond resort located 15 minutes north of downtown Santa Fe, has appointed Thomas Hartwell as executive chef. He will oversee culinary operations. 

    Hartwell joined the resort in 2014 as executive sous chef and has quickly made a name for himself in the Santa Fe food scene, including being named a finalist in Edible Santa Fe’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown in past September. 

    As executive chef at the 395-room resort located on the sovereign Native American land of the Pojoaque, Hartwell will oversee culinary operations for catering and banquets, and the resort’s five restaurants including Red Sage, the New American steak and chophouse lead by Chef de Cuisine Edgar Morales;  Iguana Café & Cantina, the casual New Mexican-inspired restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; and Towa Clubhouse & Grill overlooking the resort’s 27-holes of championship golf at Towa Golf Club. Hartwell will also oversee the Painted Parrot restaurant located on the casino level.

  • ‘Revenant’ leads Oscar nominations with 12

    NEW YORK (AP) — The brutal frontier saga “The Revenant” landed a leading 12 nominations for the 88th annual Academy Awards.

    The strong showing Thursday for “The Revenant,” including a best actor nod for Leonardo DiCaprio and best supporting actor for Tom Hardy, follows its win at the Golden Globes. It sets up director Alejandro Inarritu for a possible back-to-back win following his sweep for best picture, director and screenplay for “Birdman” last year.

    “We gave it our all on this film and this appreciation from the Academy means a lot to me and my colleagues who made it possible,” said Inarritu in a statement. “Champagne and mezcal will run tonight!”

    George Miller’s post-apocalyptic sequel “Mad Max: Fury Road” followed with 10 nominations, including best picture and best director for Miller. Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic “The Martian” landed seven nominations, including best picture and best actor for Matt Damon, but, surprisingly, no best director nod for Scott.