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  • Recycling takes center stage

    Each year, like a national holiday, America Recycles Day comes around to remind people about the importance of recycling. New Mexico has seen continued growth of recycling programs with new or expanded programs taking off this past year in Los Alamos County, San Miguel County, Las Vegas, Raton, Angel Fire, Taos County, San Juan County, Torrance County, Deming, Cibola County, Otero County, Cloudcroft, Tularosa, Chaparral and Truth or Consequences.
    In Los Alamos County, a glass drop-off recycling program was established. This program began at the end of September and has seen great participation from residents. The program is estimated to help keep more than 100 tons of glass out of the landfill every year, which will benefit the environment and reduce costs.  
    Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on Nov. 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally-recognized day and community-driven national awareness initiative dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. America Recycles Day is a program of Keep America Beautiful. Last year, 2 million people celebrated recycling at more than 2,000 events across the nation on America Recycles Day.   

  • Update 11-15-12

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the Community Building Training Room.

    Trash collection

    In observance of Thanksgiving, there will be no trash or recycling collection on Nov. 22 or Nov. 23. If Thursday or Friday is your normal pickup day put out trash and recycling by 8 a.m. Nov. 21 for collection. 

    Arts Fair

    The Los Alamos Arts Council will hold its holiday arts and  crafts fair at 9 a.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Round. The fair runs until 3:30 p.m.

    Food drive

    The Boys Scouts of America and NALC-4112 Letter Carriers will conduct their 15th annual Fall Food Drive throughout Los Alamos County Saturday. Residents should place non-perishable donations of food and supplies near their mailboxes by 10 a.m. (no glass containers).

    Holiday bazaar

    The Girl Scout Holiday Bazaar will be from 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, McLaughlin Hall. There will be hand made items and food available for purchase.

  • NM income gap continues to grow

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The gap between wealthy households and low-income families continues to grow in New Mexico, and the difference between their incomes is now the largest in the nation, according to a study released this week.
    From 2008 to 2010, the richest 5 percent of households had average incomes that were nearly 17 times higher than the bottom 20 percent of households, according to the report from the Washington, D.C.-based groups Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute. That’s a jump from two years earlier, when the difference was around 14 times.
    In addition, household income for the richest 20 percent of households in New Mexico was 9.9 times greater than for the poorest 20 percent, the report said. That’s the highest ratio in the nation.
    Arizona had the second highest ratio, at 9.8-to-1, followed by California, with a ratio of 9.5-to-1.
    Across all states, the average income of the richest fifth of households was eight times higher than the poorest fifth, the study showed.
    Elizabeth McNichol, a fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and a co-author of the report, said growing inequality in New Mexico follows a trend that began in the 1970s and has gotten progressively worse as the state’s economy struggles.

  • The Hive seeks path forward

    The Hive opened its doors on Dec. 7, 2011 as a community project space, an experiment in providing co-work space and facilities, as well as networking and mentoring opportunities to anyone looking for a way to develop an idea.

    Less than a year later, 22 of The Hive’s supporters petitioned council for $36,000 to sustain its operations through February 2013 and the opportunity to develop an expanded grant application for its continued operations.

    Without some source of revenue, The Hive may have to close its doors at the end of this month.

    “The Hive is at a crossroads. Our initial funding is exhausted,” The Hive Steward Dave Jones said.

    “We believe there is a big payback for the county of Los Alamos,” Jones continued. “In my estimation, this is the kind of economic development that this county needs. We need to diversify, we need to develop products or services for sale outside of the county.

    “Our ultimate goal is to facilitate and catalyze people trying to get things done. Startup businesses would be at the top of the list, but it can be organizations, clubs, even hobbyists or artisans. But our ultimate goal is to further real and sustainable economic development.”

  • Junior Hilltalkers chalk up points

    The Los Alamos Middle School debate team, otherwise known as the Junior Hilltalkers may be just over a year old, but they are acting like old pros, chalking up high scores in most speech and debate competitions they enter, according to Sherri Bublitz, their teacher and coach.

    At a  recent speech and debate competition at East Mountain High School in Sandia Park,  they combined forces with the  Los Alamos High Hilltalkers and the entire team managed to score second place overall against the 10 schools that took part in the competition.

    Along with the high school Hilltalkers, the middle schoolers competed in four types of debate: “congressional,” “Lincoln/Douglas,” “public forum” and “policy,” a type of debate that the U.S. Congress commonly uses, Bublitz said.

    The team also excelled in the speech categories.

    The team even had a first place winner in the “humorous interpretation” category, where LAMS student Trevor Nickless did his interpretation of Eric K. Kimmel’s  “The Three Samurai Cats.”

  • Plaza concept dies hard

    The fence around the property at 2201 Trinity Dr. has been taken down.

    The Los Alamos Lodge, situated in the back of the property, now sits vacant. The door to the front desk of the lodge is bolted shut and there is a note on the window stating it is no longer in business.

    All guests of the lodge were asked to vacate the premises at the beginning of the month after First Judicial District Judge Barbara Vigil threw out Los Alamos Plaza’s LLC bankruptcy filing on the property Oct. 31.

    Realtor Denise Lane, who is marketing the property said, “The Special Master then issued a deed to the investment group that originally foreclosed on the property on Nov 1.  The investment group, Los Alamos Investors LLC now has the property listed for sale at $3 million.

    “The hotel ceased operation on Nov 5. The property is currently being winterized. We are working to contribute all of the furniture in the hotel to various shelters in Northern New Mexico.”

  • Off The Hill 11-15-12

    Art openings

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces the annual group exhibit, “A Square Foot of Humor.” The exhibit will be up Nov. 30-Jan. 8. The show will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 30 at 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe. For more information, visit zanebennettgallery.com.

    “Metal and Mud — Iron and Pottery” features the work of 10 Spanish Market artists working in the media of iron and micaceous clay. The exhibit opens at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, 750 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill. There will be gallery talks by the artists between 2-4 p.m.

    “Pentti Sammallahti —Here Far Away,”opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 7 at photo-eye Gallery, 376-A Garcia St., Santa Fe.

    The 30th Annual Invitational Theme Show, “Universal Expression, Change,” opens with a reception from 5-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Weyrich Gallery/The Rare Vision Art Galerie, 2935 D, Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque.
    Exhibits

  • Victoria’s Secret apologizes for use of headdress

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Victoria’s Secret has apologized for putting a Native American-style headdress on a model for its annual fashion show, after the outfit was criticized as a display of ignorance toward tribal culture and history.
    The company responded to the complaints over the weekend by saying it was sorry to have upset anyone and that it wouldn’t include the outfit in the show’s television broadcast next month, or in any marketing materials.
    “We sincerely apologize as we absolutely had no intention to offend anyone,” the company said.
    Headdresses historically are a symbol of respect, worn by Native American war chiefs and warriors. For many Plains tribes, for example, each feather placed on a headdress has significance and had to be earned through an act of compassion or bravery. Some modern-day Native American leaders have been gifted war bonnets in ceremonies accompanied by prayers and songs.
    “When you see a Lakota chief wearing a full headdress, you know that he was a very honorable man. He was a leader. He did a lot of honorable things for his people,” said Michelle Spotted Elk, a Santa Cruz, Calif., woman of mixed heritage whose husband is Lakota.

  • Oxford chooses ‘omnishambles’ as word of the year

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s media are in a meltdown and its government is gaffe-prone, so Oxford Dictionaries has chosen an apt Word of the Year: “omnishambles.”
    Oxford University Press on Tuesday crowned the word — defined as “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations” — its top term of 2012.
    Each year Oxford University Press tracks how the English language is changing and chooses a word that best reflects the mood of the year. The publisher typically chooses separate British and American winners. This year’s American champion is “gif,” short for graphics interchange format, a common format for images on the Internet.
    The editors said gif was being recognized for making the crucial transition from noun to verb, “to gif”: to create a gif file of an image or video sequence, especially relating to an event. And, inevitably, to share it online. Cute kittens, Olympic champions, President Obama — they’ve all been giffed.
    Coined by writers of the satirical television show “The Thick of It,” omnishambles has been applied to everything from government PR blunders to the crisis-ridden preparations for the London Olympics.

  • This week on PAC-8, Nov. 16-22

    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, November 16, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (11-13-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony Fall 2012
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, November 17, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, November 18, 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, November 19, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM Amy Goodman at Fuller Lodge – “The Silenced Majority”
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Education is Hope
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society