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  • Watchdogs react to 'waiver'

    Reaction has been a bit slow but watchdog groups are weighing in on the National Nuclear Security Administration’s decision that gave the Los Alamos National Security, LLC, a one-year contract extension through a one-time waiver.

    According to documents obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor, the lab originally was not awarded a one-year contract extension. But acting NNSA administrator Neile Miller reversed the recommendation.

    Scott Kovac, Nuclear Watch NM Program director commented, “By getting these performance evaluations released publically, Nuclear Watch expects that outraged taxpayers will demand more NNSA oversight and an end to the federal government paying the usual nuclear weapons contractors millions without enforcing performance accountability. Nuke Watch is going back to Congress to demand that it require measurable performance benchmarks before enriching the nuclear weapons contractors. In these tough economic times Americans should expect nothing less.”

    Los Alamos National Security met two of the three criteria but earned less than 80 percent overall at-risk fees in its performance evaluation.

  • Crisis Center offers programs for victims

    Second in a two-part series

    Opened in 1992, the Crisis Center of Northern New Mexico is an Española-based facility with 18 beds, which vary in vacancy throughout the year, according to the center’s assistant Director Ramon Garcia.

    “If we have no vacancies, we can usually find them a place and resources to help them,” Garcia said.

    One interesting fact Garcia noted was that most women seeking shelter from abuse have little in terms of financial resources. The center’s services are free. The center relies on state and federal support as well as private donations.

    “We see more of the low-income victims of domestic violence because they are the ones that need help finding shelter,” Garcia said. “Victims with a higher income will just go find someplace else, perhaps a hotel room. Higher income individuals will also seek private therapy for help in overcoming their issues.”

    Garcia said the Crisis Center provides emergency shelter for up to 90 days. The introduction to the center is similar to how the perpetrators are introduced to the center, Garcia said.

    There is an assessment of each victim to determine what level of care they need.

  • Mary Kay Papen is the best choice for Senate Pro Tem

    During the last legislative session, a female scribe in the press gallery asked me, “Have you ever noticed that the women say what they need to say and sit down, and the men go on and on?”
    I had noticed.
    Now, this isn’t true of all legislators. There are a few long-winded women and some men who measure their words. Both chambers have too many lawyers (male) who never tire of exercising their vocal chords, even though everybody else tires of exercising their ear drums.
    When the session convenes this week, the Senate will have just six women, the smallest number in a decade, because some bowed out and others lost their races.
    The House gained six women, for a total of 25. So if the initial observation holds, House speeches should be shorter and more to the point.
    The usual argument about having more women is that many of the issues affect us more, but I argue that women do things differently. We’re inclined to be more collaborative and less competitive.
    A businessman once told me that he preferred to hire women. “They’re more loyal,” he said. “Guys are always working deals on the side.”
    Other men told me they’d become avid fans of UNM’s Lady Lobo basketball players “because they really play as a team.”

  • Matters of the Heart: Congenital heart disease

    Humans and animals often have similar health problems. One example of this is Congenital Heart Disease. Congenital Heart Disease refers to a problem the animal is born with. There are multiple types of Congenital Heart Disease: valve malformations or dysplasia, valve narrowing or stenosis, abnormal openings between the heart chambers or septal defects, and patent ductusarteriosus.
    Patent ductusarteriousus is the most common among dogs, said Dr. Ashley Saunders, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
    “There are anumber of diseases that your dog can be born with, patent ductusarteriosus is the most common in dogs,” she said.
    PDA is caused when the ductusarteriosus, an arterial connection between the aorta and pulmonary artery, doesn’t close properly after birth, Saunders said. This results in blood being pumped back through the artery instead of through the rest of the body.
    Saunders added that different breeds such as German shepherds, miniature poodles, cocker spaniels, Pomeranians, collies, and Shetland sheepdogs are more susceptible to the disorder. Female dogs are also predisposed to the disorder.
    Most dogs with PDA have a heart murmur that the veterinarian will hear upon routine checkup.

  • Dear Abby advice columnist dies

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pauline Friedman Phillips, who under the name of Abigail Van Buren, wrote the long-running "Dear Abby" advice column that was followed by millions of newspaper readers throughout the world, has died. She was 94.

    Publicist Gene Willis of Universal Uclick said Phillips died Wednesday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

  • This week on PAC-8, Jan. 18-24

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

    Friday, January 18, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (1-08-13)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony Fall 2012
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

    Sunday, January 20, 2013
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Sweet Daddy BC to sign CDs in Santa Fe

    Independent record label Tate Music Group announces Sweet Daddy BC’s new album, “Chosen For Today,” which will be available at Hastings during a meet and greet CD signing at 1 p.m. Jan. 19. Hastings is at 542 N. Guadalupe, Santa Fe. Produced by Tate Music Group, the album offers 10 tracks and is available for purchase online at the iTunes Store, Amazon.com or directly from TateMusicGroup.com. Sweet Daddy BC is Ben Cordova, a singer and songwriter who is also a teacher and a minister. He is a father of two children. The singer and composer said he hopes he will touch a lot of lives with his new album, as all his songs are about uplifting the name of the Lord. “Chosen For Today” displays Sweet Daddy BC’s ability to sing and compose. Tracks include “What Will You Do” and “Time To Get Down.” 

  • LACS celebrates 70 years of music

    The Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present “Messiah” by George Frederick Handel, from 3-6 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr.
    Dr. Mary Badarak will direct the performance. The chorus of about 80 singers and the orchestra ensemble of about 40 musicians, are featured in this performance.
    On Nov. 19, 1943, Donald Flanders advertised in the wartime Los Alamos Times for people to join The Singing Group, which was at that time participating in madrigal singing at his home. Apparently enough enthusiastic singers responded that his neighbors started to complain about the subsequent noise level. The singers had to move to the old nursery school and prepared for a performance of Håndel’s “Messiah” during the coming Christmas season and the group’s name was changed to The Los Alamos Choral Society.
    From that first Los Alamos performance evolved not only the Choral Society, but also the Los Alamos Symphony and the Light Opera.
    That was the first of 70 continuous yearly seasons of choral presentations by the LACS.
    Over the years, many community members, some since departed, have joined with the group in performing the works of classical and modern composers.

  • Poet Laureate kicks off series

    Join Poet Laureate of Santa Fe, Jon Davis, to kick off the beginning of the new line-up of Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series with a poetry reading at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in the upstairs rotunda.
    “Jon Davis is the author of three chapbooks and three full-length collections of poetry, ‘Preliminary Report’ (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), ‘Scrimmage of Appetite’ (University of Akron Press, 1995), for which he was honored with a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry and ‘Dangerous Amusements’ (Ontario Review Press, 1987), for which he received a G.E. Younger Writers Award and the Peter I.B. Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the Academy of American Poets,” according to santafenm.gov.
    “He has also received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Lannan Residency and a fellowship to The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.”

  • Restaurant Inspections 01-17-13

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.


    Burger King, Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Jan. 4
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations, one for poor personal hygiene — hand sink was removed from food prep area. Need to re-install in original food preparation area to make it convenient for employees to wash hands. Notify NMED when completed, within 30 days. One for animals/vermin/openings — back door has gap at bottom and side. Potential to allow insects and vermin access to facility. Need to seal.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    El Espresso, 1451 Calle Hermanas Dominicas
    Date inspected: Jan. 3, closing
    Status of establishment: Closed