Today's News

  • Pricey turf project gets reluctant nod

    It was a classic case of “I told you so” at Tuesday night’s Los Alamos Board of Education meeting.

    The promise of a complete new turf project at Los Alamos Middle School hung in the balance as representatives from Centennial Contractors Enterprises, Inc. made an announcement that surprised some board members.

    Lisa Cooley, senior manager of strategic development, dropped a bombshell when she said that the field project at the middle school could be completed within the original $1.5 million range, but that did not include a rubberized coating on the track. Instead, the track would have to be asphalt with striping.

  • NNSA, labs need to mend fences

    Scientists and engineers at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) three national security laboratories appear committed to their work and core mission of maintaining the country’s nuclear weapons stockpile, but according to a new National Research Council  report, a “broken relationship” between NNSA and the labs threatens to erode the quality of the scientific research and engineering being conducted there.

    The committee that wrote the report said that an intrusive degree of oversight stemming from past security and safety concerns at one of the labs has led to a “breakdown of trust.”

  • Compromise in Legislature?

    Conflict makes news, I’ve learned. Somehow, headlines about agreement don’t have quite the same zing as those big black letters signaling a good fight.
    But it happens. Agreement, that is.
    There’s a lot of agreement in the Legislature, and a good deal of meaningful compromise. Except for the inevitable outbursts in the last week when they’re sleep deprived, our lawmakers mostly work with thought, diplomacy and humor.
    Here are a couple of examples.

  • Giving care to love

    “In sickness and in health.”  We all say it, as part of our marriage vows, but do any of us really think about what it means? What that promise might hold in store for us?
    We might have some vague distant notion that, if our spouse got sick, we would jump to the rescue like some cape crusading superhero, with heart shaped care kit in hand, and make the world right again.  But what would we do? How would we cope?
    For most of us, the reality is just nursing a loved one through the flu. But what happens when its cancer, or some other chronic disease. A magic Band-Aid just won’t cut it.

  • Off The Hill 02-16-12

    Art openings

    Act I Gallery presents “Colors of Winter,” an all-gallery group show. Enjoy live music, mingle with the artists and view the new works from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday at 218 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. For more information, visit actonegallery.com or call 575-758-7831.

    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. Feb. 24 at 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe.

  • Best Sellers 02-16-12

    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 02-16-12

    1. Stronger, Kelly Clarkson

    2. Set Fire to the Rain, Adele
    3. Good Feeling, Flo Rida

    4. We Found Love, Rihanna
    5. Turn Me On, David Guetta
    6. Domino, Jessie J
    7. Rack City, Tyga
    8. Young, Wild and Free, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa
    9. Sexy and I Know It, LMFAO
    10. It Will Rain, Bruno Mars


  • LA Happenings 02-16-12


    Scottish country dancing from 7:30-10 p.m. every Monday at Fuller Lodge. Beginners welcome, no partner or kilt needed. call 662-9785 or 661-8317 for more information.

    Lads of Enchantment, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, invites the public to join them in song. They meet at 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays at the United Church of Los Alamos, Graves Hall.  

    The Los Alamos Choral Society is recruiting singers. Rehearsals are from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road. All singers are welcome.

    The Los Alamos Community Winds invites all interested musicians to join its upcoming concerts. The LACW rehearses from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. lacw.org.

  • This week on PAC-8, Feb. 17-23


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

    Friday, February 17, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – LIVE!
    10:00 AM The Thom Hartman Show
    11:00 AM  County Council Replay (2-01-12)
    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
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM UCTV

    Saturday, February 18, 2012
    6:00 AM UCTV

    Sunday, February 19, 2012
    06:00 AM UCTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom

  • VIDEO: Electric Cigarette Explodes in FL Man's Mouth

    A Florida man trying to kick the smoking habit was puffing on an electronic cigarette when a faulty battery apparently caused it to explode in his mouth.