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Today's News

  • LA federal workers not expected to be furloughed Monday

    Employees at Los Alamos National Laboratory and local offices of the National Nuclear Security Administration as well as the Department of Energy are hopeful they will be able to return to work Monday even if there is a government shutdown.

  • Gov's turn to reform

    In the recently completed 2011 legislative session, Senate Bill 17 (Keller, D-Bernalillo & Neville, R-Aztec), a bill designed to complete SIC reforms by removing the governor as chairperson, passed with wide bi-partisan support.
    It now sits on the governor’s desk waiting to be signed. SB-17 was carefully crafted in the interim, by the bipartisan Investment Oversight Committee, long before the recent gubernatorial election.  
    It is composed of original sections from the 2010 bill including sections to ensure minority party legislative appointments.  
    It now also includes an amendment that allows the Governor to serve for two more years in the Chairperson role before removing the position all together.  

  • Creativity in science and art

    When there is an economic downturn, often the first things people want to sacrifice in our schools are programs that are not considered the basics, such as art, physical education, and music.  Yet these disciplines are life skills that help us to be happier and healthier in our maturity.  But are we sacrificing something else?  First and foremost, I believe we are eliminating the teaching of creativity--creative ways of thinking, moving, and enjoying life.
    We often compartmentalize various disciplines: art is art and science is science, and in our mind they do not intersect. Furthermore, we somehow fail to value art as much as science and are more willing to do away with art.  

  • Celebrate National Library Week

    Libraries are places for new beginnings and making new connections. Whether someone’s getting their first library card, learning new computer skills, planning a trip, or enjoying a program with new friends, the library is the place where their story begins.
    During National Library Week, April 10-16, library patrons can join the nation’s libraries and librarians and create their own story at their local library.
    First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.  

  • LA's newest living treasures make diverse contributions

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series featuring the newest additions to the Living Treasures.

    On April 17, William “Bill” Chambers, Morris “Morrie” Pongratz and Stephanie Sydoriak will be recognized and honored as the newest members of Living Treasures of Los Alamos. The ceremony and reception, sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, will begin at 2 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The public is invited to attend.
    This annual event is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of individuals who have enhanced life on the Hill. Friends, family and co-workers are encouraged to participate in the ceremony by sharing stories and memories about each new treasure.

  • This week on PAC-8, April 7-14

    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, April 8, 2011
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – LIVE!
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting (Replay 4-05-11)
    03:00 PM Troop 22 Eagle Court of Honor Program
    04:00 PM Udall Update
    04:15 PM New Mexico History Conference –  Michael Stevenson
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Manhattan Project Memories”
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Pure Mind
    09:00 PM UCTV

    Saturday, April 9, 2011
    UCTV

  • Salmonella taints turkey

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) in partnership with New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) report that no New Mexicans have been affected with the strain of Salmonella Hadar.  
    A national recall of Jenny-O turkey meat products was announced on April 1, 2011, after twelve persons infected with the outbreak strain were reported from ten states which include Arizona (1 case), California (1 case), Colorado (1 case), Georgia (1 case), Illinois (1 case), Missouri (1 case), Mississippi (1 case), Ohio (1 case), Washington (1 case) and Wisconsin (3 cases).
    Collaborative investigative efforts by state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies have linked this outbreak to eating turkey burgers.  

  • Update 04-07-11

    League of voters
    The League of Women Voters will host its annual meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Street.

    Library film
    The Mesa Public Library presents “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan” at 6:30 p.m. today as part of the free film series.

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 12 at the fire station in White Rock.

    Special event
    Nationally known Christian singer John Michael Talbot will participate in a special event at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and perform April 12-14. Call 662-6193.

  • No deal yet as Obama, Boehner, Reid continue talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and congressional leaders bargained and blustered by turns Thursday, still short of an agreement to cut federal spending and head off a midnight-Friday government shutdown that no one claimed to want.

    Obama met with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., at the White House at mid-day, and the three agreed to reconvene after dinner. In the interim, they dispatched aides to pursue a deal in negotiations in the Capitol.

    Meanwhile, Republicans passed legislation through the House to fund the Pentagon for six months, cut $12 billion in domestic spending and keep the federal bureaucracy humming for an additional week.

  • LANL researchers make nuclear fuels advance

     Advances made by researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory could enhance the ability of scientists to develop advanced nuclear fuels in a safer, simpler manner.
    Uranium chemistry research relies heavily on a variety of uranium “starting materials”—solids and solutions—that are precursors to uranium compounds of oxygen, nitrogen, halogen, carbon, fluorine, and other elements, all of which are candidates for advanced nuclear fuels.
    Uranium also has been identified as a promising material in developing superconductors, and for use as catalysts—to speed up other chemical reactions.