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  • One million Curies found

    Los Alamos National Laboratory expertise helped the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (DNN) Radiological Material Removal Program’s Off-Site Source Recovery Project (OSRP) recover more than 1 million curies of radioactive sources since 1999.
    The accomplishment represents a major milestone in protecting our nation and the world from material that could be used in “dirty bombs” by terrorists.
    “Taking disused, unwanted and, in limited cases, abandoned nuclear materials out of harm’s reach supports the laboratory’s mission of reducing global nuclear danger,” said Terry Wallace, principal associate director for global security at Los Alamos. “This milestone represents tremendous progress in removing a potentially deadly hazard from all corners of the globe. Los Alamos helped usher in the nuclear age, so it’s quite appropriate that this laboratory continues to use its nuclear expertise to assist the DOE in stewardship of nuclear materials.”
    Off-Site Source Recovery Project personnel recovered several high-activity sealed radioactive sources from a Maryland facility in November, which pushed the total recovered radioactivity above 1 million Curies.

  • Watch and Listen

    One of the biggest lighting attractions of the holiday season is at 334 Garver Lane. Drivers can come by in their cars and tune their radios to 93.7 FM to hear music played in sync with the house’s lights.

  • Newest council members train up

    The Los Alamos County Council adds two new members to its ranks in January to replace Geoff Rodgers and Frances Berting.
    James Chrobocinski and Susan O’Leary have been training for their new roles and spoke with the Los Alamos Monitor about what they have been learning.
    The first stage was attending the New Mexico Association of Counties’ New Mexico EDGE (Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the Public Sector) program for county commissioners and councilors. The program, offered through the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service, provides training on the role of the commissioner/councilor, as well as ethics, finance, human resources/employment law and general governance issues.
    “It was a great confirmation of my understanding of the role of the county councilor,” O’Leary said. “The county council is essentially the board of directors. And there are three main roles for the council. It’s to set policy and high level strategy, to approve resources in order to achieve those policies and then to evaluate and improve the management and effectiveness of the county government.”

  • Off the Hill 12-25-14

    Art exhibits
    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Solo Exhibition: “A Southwest Exploration in Glass by William C. Glass. Show runs until Dec. 30 at Act I Gallery.

    Artist at Work Series: Robert Tenorio. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Case Trading Post. Tenorio, from Santo Domingo, will be demonstrating pottery techniques.

    Hiroshi Watanabe – The Day the Dam Colllapses at  photo-eye Bookstore and Project Space, 376 Garcia Street Suite A in Santa Fe. Exhibition runs through Feb. 14, 2015.

    Many Voices of Arlene Ladell Hayes. Solo exhibit opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 20 at Joe Wade Fine Arts, 102 East Water St. in Santa Fe. Show runs through Dec. 28.

    Hand-Woven for the Holidays: Holiday Group Textile Exhibition featuring new work by New Mexico Weavers Connie Enzmann-Forneris, Sandy Voss and Barbara Marigold. Show runs through Jan. 2 at Marigold Arts, 424 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.

  • PAC 8 schedule 12-26-14 to 1-1-14

    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, Dec. 26, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 12-16-14
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Tourism Goes Green
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “New Mexico Wines: Past to Present”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, Dec. 29, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM The Garage
    12:30 PM EuroMax

  • Restaurant inspections 12-25-14

    Los Alamos
    Pajarito Mountain Café, 397 Camp May Road
    Date inspected: Oct. 6
    Violations: None.  
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Facility under management change. Will need to permit to operate. Facility will remain closed until new permit is established. No follow up required.  
    Española
    Chili’s Bar & Grill, 415 Lowdermilk Road
    Date inspected: Oct. 2
    Violations: Three moderate-risk violations. Cutting boards need to be replaced. Hair restraints needed for all employees. Ceiling and walls need thorough cleaning. One low-risk violation. Cleaning and maintenance needed in the kitchen.   
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Giant, 1616 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 2
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Boxes of beer and soda stored on floor, need to be six inches off the ground.    
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Permit has expired and must be replaced with new one. No follow up required.

    Home Run Pizza, 1031 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 2

  • Trashionistas

    The Recycle Fashion Show held Nov. 15 at Fuller Lodge was an event with more than a dozen creative “Trashionista” entries. Steve Boerigter, Environmental Sustainability Board Chair, emceed the event, while Philo Shelton, Don Machen and Deanna Salazar volunteered to judge the fashion contest. It was an opportunity to promote recycling and reuse in the community and celebrate America Recycles Day. 

  • Stroll along the River of Lights

    Many strolled the roads at the Albuquerque Biopark for the River of Lights, which remains on display through Jan. 3. John Mchale/Monitor

  • Sea change for the New Year

    “This is a sea change as our nation is finally embarking on a 21st century approach with Cuba,” said Tom Udall last week after President Barack Obama’s announcement that the United States is abandoning its half-century old policy of pretending the island nation 90 miles off the shores of Florida didn’t exist.
    Only recently, the Democratic senator and Arizona’s Republican Sen. Jeff Flake had traveled to Cuba and met with Cuban officials, proof if proof be needed that Cuba does indeed exist.
    What hasn’t existed for decades now — at least in Washington — has been the common sense and political courage to admit that a policy fashioned in the 1950s when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president had long since demonstrated itself to be an abject failure, punishing to the Cuban people without serving the interests of these United States.
    To their credit, the majority of New Mexico’s congressional delegation, including Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich, appears to favor the president’s decision.
    Democratic Rep. Michelle Luján-Grisham was decidedly mealy-mouthed in expressing her support, but only 2nd Dist. Republican Congressman Steve Pearce actually came unglued upon hearing the news, complaining that it set “an extremely dangerous precedent.”

  • Getting St. Nicholas right

    St. Nicholas is, in fact, the greatest saint in the history of Christianity. Forget Peter, Paul, or Mary; St. Nicholas has them all beat. No other saint enjoys his unique relationship to all three branches of Christianity — Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant — nor his persistent presence in secular culture.
    Archbishop Nicholas of Myra and wonder-worker of the late third and early fourth century, has been and continues to be venerated ecumenically by all the various households of the Christian faith. Although rites and customs vary, some begin their remembrance of St. Nicholas as early as Dec. 6 (his feast day on the liturgical calendar) and continue to celebrate him all through the Twelve Days of Christmas until Jan. 5.
    The mode or means of veneration can vary as well. The Orthodox and Catholic churches through hymns and litanies ask him to pray for us and recount the miracles attributed to his intercessions or direct intervention. Outside of church in Orthodox and Catholic cultures, children can usually expect gifts to be given in the name of St. Nicholas. It is in this tradition of giving that St. Nicholas persists in Protestant cultures. And it is unmistakably St. Nicholas even in the most dogmatically Protestant of countries (e.g. “Sinter Claas” in 17th century Holland).