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  • Wildfire in SW New Mexico has tripled in size past three days

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Fire managers say a dozen homes and several outbuildings in a summer community in southwestern New Mexico have been destroyed by two lightning-sparked blazes that have merged.

    A wind-whipped wildfire burned through the Willow Creek area on Wednesday, and officials confirmed Thursday that the homes along with seven small outbuildings were destroyed. Seven Willow Creek residents evacuated earlier this week.

    Fire information officer Sharma Hutchinson says the community of Mogollon is under voluntary evacuation. Authorities say many structures are still at risk.

  • Inadequate information plagues schools

    Higher education has been a hot topic both nationally and in New Mexico recently. Congress has been haggling over the interest rates charged on federal student loans while economists question the economic impact of deeply-indebted college graduates. Here in New Mexico, UNM faculty complains that their salaries are not competitive with other, similar schools.
    Unfortunately, decisions are being made and policy reforms are being discussed based on inadequate information. Sometimes, this lack of information seems to result from a strategic plan to make it more difficult for the public and policymakers to make sound decisions.

  • Primaries tough on all

    New Mexico’s primary election is among the last scheduled in the nation.
    On June 5, we will be joined by California, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota in holding what is described as a “consolidated” presidential and state primary.  North Dakota will hold Democratic caucuses on the same day. The only primary after that will be Utah on June 26.  This is according to the calendar provided by the National Council of State Legislatures.
    If you are a Republican and wanted to have your say in the selection of a presidential nominee, you’re out of luck. Personally, I am relieved that New Mexico bypassed the nastiness that occurred in other states. The advertising battles will be awful enough in the fall.

  • Best Sellers 05-24-12

    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 05-24-12

    1. Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye

    2. Payphone, Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa

    3. We Are Young, fun.
    4. Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen

    5. Wild Ones, Flo Rida featuring Sia
    6. Starships, Nicki Minaj
    7. What Makes You Beautiful, One Direction
    8. Glad You Came, The Wanted
    9. Boyfriend, Justin Bieber
    10. Drive By, Train

  • Off The Hill 05-24-12

    Art openings

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces the exhibition of James Harvard, “Staying Ahead of the Beast.” This exhibit spans 40 years of painting with an emphasis on his “Abstract Illusionist” era, featuring paintings, archival boxes and sculptures dating from the late 1970s to 2012. The show opens June 29, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. at 435 S. Guadalupe St.

    Art show

    The Ojo Sarco Pottery Spring Celebration will be Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Daily demonstrations from 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 505-689-2354 or send email to ojosarco@gmail.com.

    Book signings

  • This week on PAC-8, May 25-31

    THIS WEEK ON PAC-8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, May 25, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democrary Now!
    11:00 AM  County Council Replay (5-22-12)
    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         –“New Mexico’s Struggle for Statehood”
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, May 26, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, May 27, 2012
    06:00 AM FSTV

  • Nature Playtime undergoes changes

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will have shorter hours for its free Nature Playtimes starting in June, and will also have a new teacher for the preschool program.  
    PEEC’s Nature Playtimes offer a chance for the youngest kids to get out and enjoy nature on the Pajarito Plateau.
    Each session offers time to explore outside, a craft or sensory activity and stories and songs. The program is free and open to all, with no registration required.  
    Nature Playtimes have been running from 10-11:30 a.m. on Mondays.  Beginning June 4, the structured part of the program will be from 10-11 a.m.  

  • Burton brings Barnabas back from the dead in 'Dark Shadows'

    Barnabas Collins has risen once again and is stalking the town of Collinsport, Maine.
    Director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp have teamed up yet again to bring all that is creepy, dark and sinister to the silver screen. This time, their efforts have resulted in “Dark Shadows.”
    Based on the TV series that ran from 1966-1971, the movie revolves around Barnabas (Depp), an imprisoned vampire, forced to live in a coffin underground, as punishment for scorning the witchy Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), with whom he had an affair two centuries prior to his imprisonment.

  • Search Intensifies for Missing Louisiana Woman