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  • Health Department logs West Nile cases

    While no cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Los Alamos County yet, there have been three cases in the state, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

    The most serious case had to do with a 54-year-old man from Doña Ana County, who had to be put into a rehabilitation facility. In Bernalillo County, a 58-year-old woman was hospitalized with meningitis and 32-year-old man from Curry County came down with West Nile Fever.

    The Doña Ana County man was hospitalized with meningitis, encephalitis and flaccid paralysis. The other victims have recovered and gone home.

    However, given there is a presence in the state, health officials are advising residents that have animals — especially cats, dogs or horses — to make sure they are up-to-date with their shots. West Nile can be spread through these animals.

    “People should be getting horses a booster dose of the West Nile vaccine,” said state veterinarian Paul Ettestad. Though Ettestad thought early summer would have been a good time to vaccinate, he said there would be no harm in owners giving their horses the vaccine now. “We are going to have mosquitoes here at least until we experience our first hard frost,” he said.

  • Advisory board elects new officers

    During a special session at the Cities of Gold Hotel in Pojoaque, The Northern New Mexico Citizen’s Advisory Board elected a new chair and vice chair.

    Carlos Valdez will chair the board with Manuel Pacheco serving as vice chair. Their one-year terms begin in October.
    NNMCAB does not elect a secretary or treasurer. Those functions are handled by Executive Director Menice Santistevan and her staff.

    Valdez has served as vice chair for the past year, with Ralph Phelps serving as chair. Valdez is half way through his four-year term on the board.

    Unlike many members who represent specific counties or cities, Valdez is unaffiliated.

    “I’m representing the children of Northern New Mexico, the wildlife of Northern New Mexico,” Valdez said. His focus echoes his years working for the State of New Mexico in the Children, Youth and Families Department, with his final three years before retirement spent with the Game and Fish Department.

    Valdez believes that being retired is a definite benefit in handling the demands of the chair position. When asked what his other strengths were, he included being a native of Northern New Mexico, his experience attending national Citizen’s

  • Numbers grow in lab incident

    The ongoing investigation into the discovery of accidental radiation exposure at the Los Alamos National Laboratory last Saturday has revealed that 18 lab employees were exposed, as well as one contractor.

    Earlier in the week, lab officials reported that about a dozen workers had been subjected to the radiological incident.

    However, officials also stressed no one was harmed, as the incident involved very low levels of radiation from a form of Technetium.

    “This is not the Technetium 99m that is used for medical isotopes. It is still a beta emitter, which occur naturally in the environment,” said Nancy Ambrosiano, public information officer for LANL. “The incident involved approximately the same radiation levels that occur naturally in bricks or stone flooring in the Southwest.”

    Ambrosiano also said “it’s important to note that the highest measured exposure is more than 10 times less than what is allowed by law.”

    The Department of Energy’s Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) teams have also just about completed determining where the contaminated employees went after being exposed to the radiological material.

  • Off the Hill 08-30-12

    Art openings

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art will host an opening reception for “Message from La Habana: Six Contemporary Cuban Artists,” from 5-7 p.m. Friday at 435 S. Guadalupe St. For more information, visit zanebennettgallery.com.

    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.

    Concerts

    The Sandia Casino Amphitheater presents BB King, The Robert Cray Band and Kenny Wayne Shepherd at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets, $55-$75, are available at ticketmaster.com.

    Farmers Insurance presents Rascal Flatts with Little Big Town at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at The Pavilion. Tickets, $25-$80, are available at livenation.com.

    Reel Big Fish and The Maxies will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Sunshine Theater. Tickets, $17, are available at sunshinetheaterlive.com.

    Def Leppard and Poison will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Sandia Casino Amphitheater. Tickets, $75-$90, are available at ticketmaster.com.

  • Best Sellers 08-30-12

    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.

    1. “109 E. Palace,” Jennet Conant
    2. “Los Alamos Trails,” Craig Martin*
    3. “Hamlet,” William Shakesspeare
    4. “New Mexico Atlas and Gazetteer,” Delorme
    5. “Survival Under Atomic Attack,” U.S. Government
    6. “The Green Glass Sea,” Ellen Klages
    7. “Wise Hombre Quizzes for Westerners,” Lannon Mintz
    8. “Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction,”
    John Austin
    9. “State of Wonder,” Ann Patchett
    10. “Caleb’s Crossing,” Geraldine Brooks
    * Denotes local or regional author

  • Top 10 Singles 08-30-12

    1. We Are Never Getting Back ..., Taylor Swift
    2. Whistle, Flo Rida
    3. Lights, Ellie Goulding

    4. Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen

    5. Wide Awake, Katy Perry

    6. Some Nights, fun.

    7. Payphone, Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa
    8. As Long As You Love Me, Justin Bieber
    9. One More Night, Maroon 5
    10. Titanium, David Guetta featuring Sia

  • In Brief 08-30-12

    ‘Bless Me, Ultima’ to be screened in NM after all

    SANTA FE — A movie based on Rudolfo Anaya’s iconic New Mexico-based novel “Bless Me, Ultima” will be screened in the state after all.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/PYalrp) that the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival has scheduled a screening of the film Oct. 17 to kick off the film festival.
    The move comes after producers of the film announced it was to premiere in El Paso, Texas at the historic Plaza Theatre, although the novel is set in the small town of Guadalupe, N.M., during World War II, and the film was entirely shot in New Mexico.
    The novel follows 6-year-old Antonio Marez, and a curandera named Ultima.
    “Bless Me, Ultima” has been credited with sparking the Mexican-American literature movement. It has been banned in some Arizona schools.

  • Cat videos get their moment at film fest

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Warning: This is a story about online cat videos. If you’re among the seemingly tiny minority of the general population not interested in watching a 1-minute clip of a cat in a T-shirt pounding on a keyboard, then move along.
    For everyone else, a new measure of respectability is looming for an Internet pleasure that is both massively popular and, for some people, a bit embarrassing. The Walker Art Center, a well-regarded museum of modern art in Minneapolis, on Thursday is presenting its first “Internet Cat Video Film Festival” to showcase the best in filmed feline hijinks.
    With about 70 videos over 60 minutes, the Walker is mounting a social experiment as much as a film festival. At issue is whether cat video lovers used to gorging on the clips in the privacy of their homes will do so in public — an online community of fellow aficionados interacting face to face for the first time.
    “It is a cultural phenomenon that raises some interesting questions,” said Katie Hill, the Walker program associate who first suggested the festival.

  • This week on PAC-8, Aug. 31-Sept. 6

    Friday, August 31, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democrary Now!
    11:00 AM  County Council Replay (8-21-12)
    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”
    07:00 PM Homestead Tour
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, September 1, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, September 2, 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 3, 2012
    Happy Labor Day – No local programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    12:00 AM – 8:00 A.M. Wednesday - Free Speech TV

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Jazz Cardio Strength Stretch
    11:30 AM Paths to Wellness
    12:00 PM United Church
    01:20 PM Ice Cream Man

  • Restaurant Inspections 08-30-12

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

    Española

    Arby’s MJG Corp., 930 Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Aug. 22
    Violations: Three moderate-risk violations for other — floor in walk-in cooler rusty, needs cleaning and/or replacement to keep clean. Repeat violation. Back door has cracks/visible light to outdoors, potential to allow mice/insects/vermin inside. Repeat violation. Employees/all food prep./service staff must wear hair restraints. Cap, hat, hair net, etc. Repeat violation. One low-risk violation for administration — repeat violations may lead to permit suspension and/or facility downgrade. Note: as violations continue, they expand/move up to next risk level until corrected or permit suspended. Facility doing better, but facility in bad shape, needs repairs, maintenance. Notable repeat violations could lead to permit suspension. History of repeat violations at this site.
    Notes: Hand wash sink operable, hot/cold water OK. Temperatures overall OK, roast beef hot holding at 145 degrees; cheese cold holding, 40-41 degrees. Three-compartment sink full of utensils. Meat slicer in back needs thorough cleaning, wash, rinse, sanitize in place cleaning. Needs to be cleaned prior to next use.