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  • Warmer, drier forecast through April worries officials

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A three-week surge of winter weather has helped pull New Mexico from the brink of a record-dry year, but officials said Thursday the state appears to be set up for another dose of dry, windy and warm weather this spring.

    New Mexico is coming off of what forecasters with the National Weather Service have logged as the state's sixth driest year on record. It would have been one of the worst had a series of storms not dumped much-needed snow and rain around the state in December.

  • And a little child shall lead them

    Little kids are amenable to learning new habits – generally much more so than those of us who are set in our ways because this isn’t our first rodeo. That’s why it’s sometimes more effective to teach children health science information rather than to do outreach aimed directly at their parents.
     That’s part of the background to the Global Soap Project. It’s a project that rests on some simple science long ago worked out by biologists and medical researchers.
    The basic fact is that many types of infections are spread through contaminated water and dirty hands. Microbes can flourish in such spots, particularly sometimes in places like crowded refugee camps or in poor nations.

  • Farmers are threatened

    New legal developments related to the workers’ compensation system are affecting two important New Mexico industries – in precisely opposite ways, for precisely opposite reasons.
    Before this discussion continues, let me jump ahead to a conclusion, lest the reader assume I am a heartless, anti-worker lackey of management.
    In America, people who get hurt at work should be well and compassionately taken care of, without anybody needing to sue anybody.
    The question is whether workers’ compensation is the right delivery system.
    Some farm workers want coverage.

  • Out and About 01-19-12

    Art openings

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art presents an installment of the Virtual Dinner Guest Project at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art presents an exhibition celebrating the significance of the L.A. art scene from post-World War II year through the 60s and 70s. Artists included are John Baldessari, Judy Chicago, Richard Diebenkorn, Guy Dill, Sam Francis and Edward Ruscha. The show opens Jan. 27 and continues through Feb. 17. A public reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 27 at the gallery, 435 S. Guadalupe St.

  • Best Sellers 01-19-12

    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. “Mal and Chad: the Biggest, Bestest Time Ever!” Stephen McCranie*
    2. “Mal and Chad: the Biggest, Bestest Time Ever!” Stephen McCranie*
    3. “Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China,” Leslie T. Chang
    4. “NPFA 70E 2012 Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace,” NFPA
    5. “Coffin Man,” James D. Doss*
    6. “Bossypants,” Tina Fey
    7. “The Hunger Games,” Suzanne Collins
    8. “Hinds’ Feet on High Places,”

  • Top 10 Singles 01-19-12

    1. We Found Love, Rihanna

    2. Sexy and I Know It, LMFAO

    3. It Will Rain, Bruno Mars

    4. Set Fire to the Rain, Adele
    5. Good Feeling, Flo Rida

    6. The One That Got Away, Katy Perry

    7. Ni**as in Paris, Jay Z and Kanye West
    8. I Won’t Give Up, Jason Mraz
    9. Party Rock Anthem, LMFAO
    10. Someone Like You, Adele

  • This week on PAC-8, Jan. 20-26

    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, January 20, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – LIVE!
    10:00 AM The Thom Hartman Show
    11:00 AM  County Council Replay (1-10-12)
    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  Udall Update
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM UCTV

    Saturday, January 21, 2012
    6:00 AM UCTV

    Sunday, January 22, 2012
    06:00 AM UCTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom

  • Restaurant Inspections 01-19-12

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

    Española

    Burger King, 701 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Jan. 9
    Violations: One low-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — not everyone in food prep/service area was wearing hair restraints. Must wear hair restraints in food prep area. Hair net, cap, slip-on hair cover, etc.

  • ‘The Artist,’ ‘Descendants’ score Globe wins 


    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The black-and-white silent film “The Artist” led the Golden Globes with three wins Sunday at a show that spread Hollywood’s love around among a broad range of films, including best drama recipient “The Descendants” and its star, George Clooney.
    Wins for “The Artist” included best musical or comedy and best actor in a musical or comedy for Jean Dujardin. Along with best drama, “The Descendants” won the dramatic-actor Globe for Clooney.
    The dual best-picture prizes at the Globes could set up a showdown between “The Artist” and “The Descendants” for the top honor at next month’s Academy Awards.

  • Edgar Allan Poe fans: Last vigil for mystery man

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Is the “Poe Toaster” nevermore?
    For decades, a mysterious man left a three roses and cognac on Edgar Allan Poe’s grave to mark the anniversary of the writer’s birth. But after the visitor, dubbed the “Poe Toaster,” failed to appear two years in a row, Poe fans are planning one last vigil this week before calling an end to the annual Jan. 19 tradition.