Today's News

  • Smart House to become permanent structure

    The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a request to amend the site plan for a 2,418 square foot “smart house.” The structure will now be built as a permanent structure rather than a temporary one.

    The original plan, approved in June 2011, was to place the house on piers so it could be sold and moved after the two to four year demonstration period. The piers would also have required minimal alteration to area drainage.

    However, cost estimates revealed that “the modular nature of the construction escalated the costs dramatically.”

  • Random vehicle checks

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Security and Safeguards Associate Director Michael Lansing spoke to business leaders this morning about a new measure to conduct random vehicle checks on people entering lab property. Some business owners voiced concerns over the impact the stepped up security may have on tourism in the Atomic City. See more on this story in Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Hard-fought custody battle nears an end

    After a four-year child custody battle, a local father is one step closer to gaining custody of his daughter.

    The Utah Supreme Court rendered an opinion earlier this year giving Los Alamos resident Robert Manzanares the green light to pursue custody of his daughter reversing an earlier district court ruling denying him from his parental rights to the child.

    “I’ve come a long way and spent a lot of money to get to this point and the end result is that my daughter and I will be together - I have no doubt about that,” Manzanares said.

  • Regional Coalition springs into action

    On the heels of President Obama’s budget request that would defer the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility for at least five years and the lab’s decision to implement a voluntary separation program that would eliminate between 400 and 800 jobs, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is not waiting for the other shoe to drop.

    Los Alamos Council County Chair Sharon Stover has set up a meeting with Sen. Jeff Bingaman and representatives from the other New Mexico Congressional delegations and the governor’s office for Friday in Santa Fe.

  • Grading schools on a curve

    Candidate and current President Barack Obama recently let 10 states off the educational hook, as it were, by waiving their need to follow the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements.
    Eleven states wanted out of the legislation, but one lowly state was, er, left behind.  
    Aside from this being another deliberate act by the Obama Administration to skirt Congress – a nasty habit that Americans are becoming enured to – a cynical person might take a look at the 10 states that got a pass and think, “Well, in an election year you’d probably want to make sure teachers and soccer moms in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Tennessee remember who grades their papers.

  • Seeking the bottom of the real estate market

    Seeking the bottom of the real estate market in New Mexico isn’t quite the fantasy of our quest for an interim committee meeting in Santa Rosa last summer. Unlike at the Blue Hole Dive Training and Santa Rosa Conference Center, signs exist in the real estate world. The signs have numbers—monthly, quarterly and annual sales figures. Some hope may exist.
    For existing home sales, a rough rule of thumb used to exist. Something like, more population means more jobs, which means more home sales.
    At best the rule is hampered by today’s reality of foreclosures, financing difficulties and  homes worth less than the amount of the mortgage, even if the owners are making the monthly mortgage payments.
    That said, let’s look around.

  • Off The Hill 02-23-12

    Art openings

    “Her Legacy: Generational Art and Culture,” featuring female Northern New Mexican artists will open with a reception from 6-9 p.m. March 2 at the Bond House Museum in Española.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art invites young art enthusiasts to engage with art in the “Under Thirty-Five” exhibit. Featured artists include: Dunham Aurelius, Tamara Zibners, Matthew Szosz, Michael Petry, Holly Roberts, Karina Hean and Heidi Pollart. The show opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday at 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe.

  • Best Sellers 02-23-12

    The Los Alamos Monitor  has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.

  • Top 10 Singles 02-23-12

    1. Stronger, Kelly Clarkson

    2. Set Fire to the Rain, Adele
    3. We Are Young, fun.

    4. Sexy and I Know It, LMFAO
    5. Good Feeling, Flo Rida
    6. We Found Love, Rihanna
    7. I Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston
    8. Turn Me On, David Guetta
    9. Rack City, Tyga
    10. Give Me All Your Luvin’, Madonna


  • This week on PAC-8, Feb. 24-March 1

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

    Friday, February 24, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – LIVE!
    10:00 AM The Thom Hartman Show
    11:00 AM  County Council Replay (2-07-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society - “Los Alamos, the Manhattan Project and J. Robert Oppenheimer”
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM UCTV

    Saturday, February 25, 2012
    6:00 AM UCTV

    Sunday, February 26, 2012
    06:00 AM UCTV