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  • Bandelier looking for public input

    The National Park Service at Bandelier National Monument is developing a Transportation Plan/ Environmental Assessment to improve transportation conditions in Bandelier National Monument.
    The public and interested agencies are encouraged to attend one of two open house workshops on Monday or Tuesday to learn about the Plan/EA and comment early in the planning process. Attendees will learn about the current status of this effort, and park staff will be there to answer questions.
    The first will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the White Rock Town Hall, 139 Longview, with a second open house from noon-2 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.
    The National Park Service is in the scoping phase of the project and needs and encourages public input during this initial comment period.  These comments are crucial to defining the issues and concerns to be addressed.
    The public will have a second opportunity to comment on the plan/EA after it is released, tentatively in the fall of 2013.

  • Driver in truck crash going to recover

    Frank Maes was driving the hairpin turn of N.M. 4 at mile marker 49 when things started going wrong.

    Before he knew it, he and his International flatbed truck, loaded with 2,000 gallons of yellow and white striping paint, were plunging over the side of a steep mountain pass.

    Maes was lucky.

    In fact, soon after his truck, or what was left of it, came to a stop 200 feet below in the Bandelier National Forest, Maes, 51, of Willard, who had been on the job for three months according to his co-workers, got out of his cab and started crawling back up the mountainside.

    “As he was going over, he told me he thought he was going to die,” Maes’ wife Karen said. “But something … I think angels were watching him.”

    According to Karen, Maes suffered no internal injuries or broken bones, just a laceration on his calf, a massive bruise on one of his hips and a sprained ankle.

    Maes was on his way down the mountain Tuesday morning to rendezvous with the rest of his crew when the accident happened. His mission was to deliver the load of paint to the crew.

    “He just ran out of brakes, he said he had no more brakes,” Karen said.

    Soon after he got out of the cab, a passing motorist noticed Maes and called police.

  • State House rivals talk Smart Grid

    House District 43 candidates Stephanie Garcia Richard (D) and Jim Hall (R) weighed in Tuesday on Monday’s Smart House project.

    The $53 million smart grid project was developed by scientists in New Mexico and Japan. Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization is working with Los Alamos County and Los Alamos National Laboratory on the project.

    It includes a solar photovoltaic array at the county’s capped landfill, a battery storage system, and a smart house and energy management system that will serve Los Alamos residents.

    “The Southwest has abundant sunlight and has the potential to generate enough power to meet the nation’s needs; however, storage and distribution are the key elements that will make this source viable,” Garcia Richard said. “Future development using the research capabilities of LANL, applied research demonstrated by the Japanese and production, manufacturing and construction will result in jobs for New Mexicans. We have seen the cost of PV dramatically reduced.

    Now using the information gained from the NEDO project New Mexico could lead the nation in solar energy production, storage and ‘smart grid’ design. The opportunities are enormous. Is the state up to the task?”

  • Staff promotes pilot project

    Transit staff asked the Los Alamos County Council for feedback on two proposals during Tuesday’s work session.

    Transit Manager Mike Davis explained how a proposed Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) System could improve efficiencies and customer experience. CAD would connect computers on transit buses to a computerized system in the dispatch center.

    The system would expedite scheduling shift assignments and daily adjustments to the schedule. It would also facilitate vehicle assignment by tracking which size bus is needed for each route, which vehicles are available, which are undergoing maintenance and also which are due for maintenance.

    Drivers would sign in on the system, so dispatchers would know immediately if someone had not arrived for their shift.

    Drivers would also enter safety inspection results electronically. Inspections are conducted at the beginning and end of each shift and each time a vehicle changes hands. Drivers currently turn in handwritten reports, which other staff  then enters into the computer.

  • Communication and competency

    Janice Arnold-Jones and Michelle Lujan Grisham, candidates for Congress from New Mexico’s 1st District, shared a stage recently to debate the issues. Before taking their places at separate podiums, they hugged each other.
    Both have a record of working on a bipartisan basis.  
    Republican Arnold-Jones worked across the aisle for eight years as a state legislator.  She developed a reputation for mastering the details of issues and insisting on open practices.  At this forum, she said that before she votes on a bill, she will read it – a practice unfortunately not done by all members of Congress.  
    She talks about the advantages of seeing issues from multiple perspectives and building relationships as a way to work on the issues.
    In response to a recent query from me about signing pledges related to taxes or other topics, Arnold-Jones wrote, “I do not sign any pledges because my only obligation is to the people of the First Congressional District …  I will not submit the people of New Mexico to extreme views that have left government in a stalemate.”

  • Off the Hill 09-20-12

    Art openings

    An exhibit featuring photos by Jamey Stillings, Linda Connor, Chris McCaw, David H. Gibson and Sharon Harper will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 28 at photo-eye Gallery, 376-A Garcia St.

    Art exhibits

    The fourth biennial Taos Art Glass Invitational and Walking on Glass Tour will be through Oct. 7. They are both featured events in Taos’ “Grand Fall Arts,” a series of art-related events in September and October. For more information, visit tiganm.org or call Delinda VanneBrightyn at 575-613-6484.
    Benefits

    St. Vincent Hospital Foundation presents Glamour and Gauze, featuring Paula Poundstone, at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa. The event will feature dinner and dancing to the band Soulstice. There will also be silent and live auctions. Tickets are $250 per person. For more information, call 505-913-5209 or visit stvinfoundation.org.2.

    Exhibits

    The Harwood Museum of Art is celebrating the centennial of the birth of artist Bea Mandelman with two exhibitions exploring the Taos Modernist’s body of work. “Bea Mandelman: Collage” remains on view through Oct. 14. The museum is located at 238 Ledoux St., Taos. For more information, call 575-758-9826 or visit harwoodmuseum.org.

  • Learn about New Mexico’s ecoregions Sept. 27

    As part of the Authors Speak Series, William Dunmire will present a free, 45-minute slide-illustrated program that will take listeners on a tour through New Mexico’s six ecoregions and along some of the magnificent state and National Scenic Byways at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.
    From grasslands to mountains, deserts to forests, this talk will focus on the wide range of New Mexico’s landscape features. Blue Gramma grass, apache plume, mesquite and yucca, elk, burrowing owls and cranes are just a few of the the plants and wildlife that occur in the ecoregions Dunmire explores.
    His narrative, along with color photography, will provide audiences with an understanding of the elements that define the natural environments and will direct road travelers to many of the state’s best-loved natural features.
    “New Mexico’s Living Landscapes: A Roadside View  by William Dumire,” features photographs by Christine Bauman.
    “New Mexico’s Living Landscapes” is a guide through the ecoregions and down the scenic byways of the state’s natural world, from grasslands to mountains to deserts, focusing on some of  the landscape features and the plants and wildlife found therein.

  • This week on PAC-8, Sept. 21-27

    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, September 21, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (9-11-12)
    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
    07:00 PM Ice Cream Man
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, September 22, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, September 23, 2012
    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

    Monday, September 24, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Spirituality Today
    11:30 AM The LA Times – Legislative Review with Jim Hall
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM Elizabeth Claire Project
    01:30 PM Summer Video Classess Showcase
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!

  • Restaurant Inspections 09-20-12

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

    Española
    Cariños Charter School, 116 Calle Espinoza
    Violations: One high-risk violation for contaminated equipment — sanitizer at <50 ppm. Corrected.
    Notes: Cariños serving staff must attend the in-house food safety class when offered.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Carlos Vigil Middle School, 1602 Johnny Roybal Industrial Park Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 7
    Violations: One high-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — No towels at hand wash sink, out at serving line. Corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Santa Fe
    Airport Shell, 7510 Airport Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 10
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations, one for improper holding — no thermometer inside walk-in refrigerator; one for contaminated equipment — soda machine dispensers were not cleaned and sanitized.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Baked in Tesuque, 138 C.R. 73
    Date inspected: Sept. 10

  • Local Flavor 09-20-12

    • The Los Alamos Choral Society is preparing for its January 2013 Winter Concert that will feature Handel’s “Messiah.” Regular rehearsals, which begin Sept. 25, are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the United Church. All singers are welcome.

    • The Los Alamos Concert Association presents Rachel Barton Pine, playing works by Mozart, Villa-Lobos and Brahms, at 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Tickets, $30, are available at losalamosconcert.org or at Otowi Station Bookstore and CB Fox in Los Alamos; Smith’s Food and Drug in White Rock; and at Nicholas Potter and the Lensic Box Office in Santa Fe. Tickets are also available for $35 at the door. For more information, call 662-9000.