Today's News

  • 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

  • Restaurant Inspections 02-23-12

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


    Mine Shaft Tavern, 2896 Hwy. 14
    Date inspected: Feb. 14
    Violations: One high-risk violation for inadequate cooling — improper cooling procedures of potentially hazardous food. Corrected. Three moderate-risk violations, two for improper holding — no thermometer available inside refrigerator and no food-grade thermometer available to monitor food temperature; one for contaminated equipment — food scales were not sanitized after use.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Santa Fe

  • 'X Factor’ teen Crow signs TV, record deal

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rachel Crow was a tearful runner-up on “The X Factor,” but she’s a winner now.
    The 14-year-old singer has signed a series deal with the Nickelodeon channel and a recording contract with Sony’s Columbia Records-Syco.
    Nickelodeon said Wednesday its agreement with Crow includes development of a comedy series for the teenager. She’ll also have a recurring role in Nickelodeon’s new program, “Fred: The Show.”
    Crow’s recording deal puts her in business with “X Factor” creator Simon Cowell’s Syco enterprise.
    The big-voiced teenager made a dramatic exit from “X Factor” last December: Crow collapsed onstage after she was voted off by viewers.

  • Netflix bolsters video library

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix’s Internet video service is adding more marquee attractions as it braces for a new competitive threat from cable-TV provider Comcast Corp.
    As part of an effort to offer more exclusive material, Netflix locked up the right to show “The Artist” and other movies from The Weinstein Co. before the films are released to leading pay-TV channels such as Showtime and HBO.
    Just a few hours after Tuesday’s announcement about that multiyear deal, Comcast unveiled plans to undercut Netflix with a less expensive version of a service that will stream old TV series and movies to devices with high-speed Internet connections.