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  • Update 10-04-12

    Night in Italy

    Tickets are available for “A Night in Italy” fundraiser for Assets in Action. The event takes place Oct. 20 at the Hilltop House Hotel. Tickets are $40 each and proceeds benefit youth development programs. Additional information is available by calling 661-4846 or by email at AssetsInAction.info.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The board meets monthly. More information can be obtained by calling 662-8173.

    Elk Festival

    The Valles Caldera will hold its annual event Oct. 6-14 with the headquarters at the Visitor Center. Daily festival activities will include elk viewing, elk education booths and various demonstration booths. This event is free and open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

    Candidate forums

    The League of Women Voters will have a candidates’ forum for the county council and county clerk candidates as well as the Charter amendments today. The forum will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fuller Lodge, with refreshments at 6:30.

    Bulk item pickup

  • LANL tops shipping record in first year

    In the first year of an effort to accelerate shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), Los Alamos National Laboratory topped its own record with 59 more shipments than planned and it also became one of the largest shippers of this type of nuclear waste in the country.

    “Our goal this fiscal year was to send 184 shipments to WIPP,” said Lee Bishop, TRU waste manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos Site Office, “and we finished the fiscal year in September with 230 shipments, surpassing Los Alamos’ all-time record by nearly 60 shipments.”
    Los Alamos’ previous record was 171 shipments, set last year.

    In an agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department and the Department of Energy, Los Alamos has committed to removing 3,706 cubic meters of TRU waste stored above ground by June 30, 2014.

    The laboratory removed 916 cubic meters of waste from its stored inventory this year, more than its goal of 800 cubic meters. It plans to more than double that effort during fiscal year 2013, which began Oct. 1, with a goal of shipping 1,800 cubic meters by the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, 2013. The final 1,106 cubic meters will be shipped by June 30, 2014.

  • In Other Council Business...

    • Council issued a proclamation declaring Oct. 27 as “Health Awareness and Wellness Day,” which was presented to members of the Los Alamos Heart Council. The Los Alamos Heart council has its annual Health Fair from 8 a.m.–noon on Oct. 27 at Griffith Gym.
    • Council also issued a proclamation declaring the week of Oct. 7-13 as Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Have 2 Ways Out” and encourages Los Alamos County residents to be prepared in case of a fire in their home.
    • Council also approved the exchange of approximately 2,543 square feet of right-of-way land owned by the county for approximately 3,370 square feet of land owned by the Los Alamos Public Schools. The schools will attain land on which they have built a retaining wall and fence and the county will receive land on which it has a bus pull out, bus shelter and utility infrastructure.

  • ‘County Line’ remains online

    The Los Alamos County council weighed the cost/benefits of reinstituting a monthly mailing of the “County Line” newsletter to every household and voted 5-1 against the idea.

    The cost to re-institute the print newsletter is estimated to be $48,000 per year and rising as postal rates continue to escalate.

    Public Information Officer Julie Habiger will instead increase efforts to have citizens subscribe to the weekly online newsletter and work with local organizations to reach those who lack computer access.

    The debate centered around the issues of an informed public versus cost and demands on staff time.  

    Council first debated whether to finance an extension of the printed newsletter during budget hearings in April. The project had been funded for two years to establish it within the community, with the original intention of moving to an online-only version.

    Council voted not to include the newsletter in the FY 13 budget, but asked for a re-evaluation of the online “County Line” in six months.

    Rental agreements for specialized equipment to apply address labels and labeling software expired in March and the equipment was returned. No space was allotted in the new Municipal Building’s media services space for the 8-foot-by-3-foot piece of equipment.

  • Top 10 Singles 10-04-12

    1. One More Night, Maroon 5

    2. Gangnam Style, Psy

    3. Some Nights, fun.
    4. We Are Never Ever Getting Back
    Together, Taylor Swift

    5. Blow Me (One Last Kiss), P!nk
    6. Whistle, Flo Rida

    7. As Long As You Love Me, Justin Bieber
    8. Good Time, Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen
    9. Too Close, Alex Clare
    10. Lights, Ellie Goulding

  • Off the Hill 10-04-12

    Art exhibits

    The fourth biennial Taos Art Glass Invitational and Walking on Glass Tour will be through Sunday. 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.

    Art openings

    Weyrich Gallery presents an opening for “Copper Red Porcelain,” new porcelain work by Kathryne Cyman, from 5-8:30 p.m. Friday at 2935 D Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. For more information, call 505-883-7410.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces two exhibits, David Kapp’s “West/East Los Angeles/New York,” paintings; and Michael Petry’s “Joshua D’s wall and Recent Works,” glass sculpture. An opening reception for both exhibits will be from 5-7 p.m. at 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe.
    Art tours

    The Madrid and Cerrillos Studio Tour will start with a preview party and auction Friday at the Engine House Theater in Madrid. The tour will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13-14. For more information, visit madridcerrillosstudiotour.com.

  • This week on PAC-8, Oct. 5-11

    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, October 5, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (10-02-12)
    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 Tod ay
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, October 6, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, October 7, 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, October 8, 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 Classes Showcase
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!

  • Wendy Rule in concert

    Australian singer Wendy Rule will appear live in concert at the Ardantane Dome, south of Jemez Springs, at 6 p.m. Oct. 13. Tickets will be on sale at the door.
     “Wild, passionate and empowering, Australian visionary songstress Wendy Rule weaves music, mythology and ritual together to take her audience on an otherworldly journey of depth and passion,” according to her website.
    “Drawing on her deep love of nature and lifelong fascination with the worlds of fairytale and magic, Wendy’s songs combine irresistible melodies with rich aural textures and a rare personal honesty.”
    Since 1996, Rule has released six major albums. She  has toured Australia extensively and regularly performs in the UK and Europe.
    “Fiercely independent, Rule has carved a unique path through the musical mainstream. Renowned for years amongst the world’s alternative spiritual communities, she is now deservedly gaining a much broader following. Her unique live performances and her beautifully atmospheric and richly emotive songs entice an ever-growing audience into her magical realm,” the website stated.
    The suggested donation for Rule’s performance is $20, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For directions to Ardantane, or for more information, call Amber at 505-469-7777.

  • Restaurant Inspections 10-04-12

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

    Los Alamos

    Elk’s Lodge, 1600 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Sept. 9, complaint
    Violations: None
    Notes: Meat was brought from Matthew’s Meat Processor on Friday, left at 4 p.m. The pig was butchered and when they picked it up, they had a large metal tub. They placed a tarp inside, placed bags of ice and them placed the pig on the ice, then placed bags of ice on top of the pig. Covered with tarp. When they picked up the pig, it didn’t appear to be cool to the touch. They transported it to Los Alamos, which took approximately 13/4 to two hours. They immediately brought in the pig and began cutting up, unwrapped it and placed it in the refrigerator. Portion by portion got cooked. During cooling, they cooked for an hour at 160 degrees. The servings of food were picked up by some firefighters and taken back to the station. Approximately 30 out of 37 got ill (diarrhea). All ate about 5-6 p.m. Most got ill by 4-5 a.m. USDA will be contacted to investigate Matthew’s Meat Processing in Belen. Elk’s Lodge has been doing this for some time. This has been done 23 other times (approximately 20 years).

    Hot Rocks Java catering, 4200 W. Jemez Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 28

  • Have a PEECnic Oct. 14

    The 12th annual PEECnic, Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s  yearly meeting for members and friends will be from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 14.
    There will be activities, talks, and cider filling the air at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    PEEC traditionally holds its annual meeting in the fall, when Bandelier’s Park Flight ornithologist interns are still in town, so that attendees can learn about birds found across the Americas.  
    The PEECnic features illustrated talks by the interns, kids’ activities and light refreshments.
    This year, kids will be making a scarecrow to enter in the MainStreet scarecrow contest and there will be a cider press with plenty of apples to turn into juice.   
    Finally, PEEC members will vote on the board of directors for the coming year.
    As a special thank you to the community for encouraging county council to vote for a new nature center for Los Alamos, there will be a slideshow of PEEC’s history.  
    Council received hundreds of letters and emails from community members in support of the nature center.   
    The PEECnic is free and open to all, whether or not they are PEEC members.  
    For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.