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  • Flashing Lights

    It seems some people in Los Alamos do not know what a flashing red light means. The new traffic signal between Mari Mac shopping center and the Smith’s Marketplace began flashing red Wednesday evening, yet many cars are not stopping. The signal went online to prepare motorists for next Monday or Tuesday, when the light will begin cycling red/yellow/green. 

  • News Briefs 07-10-14

    MOWW meeting set for Tuesday

    Major General Doug Anson, AUS Retired will be guest speaker at the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars Tuesday for the annual picnic at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge.
    The topic of General Anson’s talk is “Voice of the Martyrs.” The meeting will begin with a social 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Anson’s talk will begin at about 7:15 p.m.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost. Caterer for the picnic will be Smokin’ Bear BBQ. Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. Note that a dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s).
    RSVP for the dinner is needed by Sunday. Call Lt. Col. Norman G. Wilson, USAF Retired, Chapter Senior Vice Commander and Past Chapter Commander, 662-9544 (email NrmWil5@cs.com), or Adjutant Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 (email depinyan@cybermesa.com).

    County looking for those to fill out survey

  • LANL, Sandia, Cray set to build NNSA Supercomputer

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Cray, Inc., have entered into a contract agreement for a next generation supercomputer, called Trinity, to advance the mission for the Stockpile Stewardship Program.
    Managed by NNSA, Trinity is a joint effort of the New Mexico Alliance for Computing at Extreme Scale (ACES) between Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories as part of the NNSA Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program. Trinity will be used by Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories and will be housed at Los Alamos’ Metropolis Computing Center. Trinity will be sized to run the largest and most demanding simulations of stockpile stewardship, assuring the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear deterrent without the use of underground testing.
    “Trinity will serve the needs of the men and women who play an important role in solving extremely complex calculations that underpin the success of our nation’s Stockpile Stewardship Program,” said Bob Meisner, NNSA ASC program director. “A very powerful mission-computing system, Trinity begins the transition to new exascale architectures. How well we make that transition has huge impacts on the future of stockpile stewardship.”

  • Fire restrictions lifted in SF National Forest

    Recent rainfall on the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve has helped reduce the fire danger. Therefore, fire restrictions (Order Number 10-412) will be terminated, effective today.
    “We thank our visiting public for their cooperation in abiding with the fire restrictions on the Jemez Ranger District, portions of the Cuba Ranger District (south of N.M. Highway 126) and the Valles Caldera NP,” said Maria T. Garcia Forest Supervisor. She also reminds people to continue to be careful with their campfires by extinguishing them until they are cold to the touch.
    Fire personnel continue to respond to smoke reports from lightning strikes across the forest. Although there has been measureable rain, the storms moving through are accompanied by lightning strikes that could smolder for days until weather conditions change.
     

  • Update 07-10-14

    Lecture

    Climate change discussion with Chick Keller. 7 p.m. Thursday at PEEC. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Horse show

    Los Alamos County Horse Show. 10 a.m. Saturday at Brewer Arena, North Mesa Rodeo Grounds. For cost and more information call 662-8170.

    Work session

    The county announced that the council work session scheduled for July 22 has been canceled. The wrong date was reported in Wednesday’s edition because of a source error.

    Reception

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.

    Caldera Trustees

    The Valles Caldera Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos. The public is invited. 

  • Walkup Center to be closed for 2 months

    The Larry Walkup Aquatic Center will close to the public at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 until mid-November for a project to replace the HVAC system and boilers. The project will begin on Aug. 18 immediately after the 40th annual Los Alamos Triathlon, when the aquatic Center normally closes two weeks for maintenance. All of the affected groups have been informed of this closure as early as the fall of 2013.
    The purpose of the project is to replace the pool boilers and HVAC system which are at the end of their expected life and install more energy efficient systems.
    The aquatic center first opened in April 1988 and most of the mechanical equipment is 26 years old and at the end of its service life. An integrated maintenance plan and an energy audit identified this project as a priority in the ongoing building maintenance plan.
    The timing of this project has become more urgent as the condition of the boiler serving the Olympic-sized pool has deteriorated in the past year and is questionable on how long it will last. There are no replacement parts for some of the boiler’s components. The project budget is $2.2 million and is funded through the ongoing Major Facility Maintenance Program.

  • Board takes no action on merit pay

    After much debate, public opinion and a little soul searching, the Los Alamos School Board decided to let a state-sanctioned “one-time” merit pay program die where it stood.
    No votes were taken on the matter. Instead, the board opted to take no motion on the offer and moved on to the next item on their agenda, effectively rejecting the New Mexico Public Education Department’s invitation for the district to sign up for a program, that, if it met all the qualifications, could’ve meant a little extra cash for some of the district’s teachers and principals.
    According to the program’s application, teachers marked “exemplary” could earn a $7,000 bonus; those with a rating of “highly exemplary” could earn a $5,000 bonus.
    Called the “New Mexico Incentive Pilot Program” the purpose of the program, according to NMPED, is to “reward New Mexico’s best teachers and principals throughout the state,” according to a statement in the program’s application form.

  • Continuance granted in case involving LANL employee, accused of pistol whipping

    A northern New Mexico city councilor and Los Alamos National Laboratory employee was charged with aggravated battery and assault after deputies say he pistol whipped a man and shot at his vehicle. He also was charged with shooting at or from a motor vehicle.
    The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said deputies arrested Española City Councilor Eric Radosevich this week in connection with a bizarre altercation at a Pojoaque gas station June 21.
    According to authorities, Radosevich, 43, was among a group of men who got into an argument with a man at the Kicks 66 gas station after someone was spotted “flirting” with the man’s wife.
    Also charged was Benjamin Duran, 29, of Santa Fe and Samuel Garcia, 51, of Española.
    The victim, later identified as David Perez, 35, of Santa Fe, pulled a baseball bat out of his pickup truck to confront the man talking to his wife but was chased back into his vehicle by three or four men from another pickup, a white Chevrolet, authorities said.

  • Off The Hill 07-10-14

    Art exhibits
    Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014 runs through Oct. 12.

    “Imprints of Home, Works on Paper”, is a group show featuring art prints, and poems by 12 artists. First Friday artist receptions, 3-6 p.m. July 19 at the Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque. Show closes July 25.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition: “Complications:” Works by Matthew Szösz and “Byways:” Works by Damian Stamer. The exhibition will be through July 19.

  • This Week on PAC 8, July 11-17

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, July 11, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    12:00 AM County Council Meeting Live
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Ekhard Salje
    05:30 PM Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society - “109 East Palace: A 400 Year Microcosm of Santa Fe History”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM In Focus
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, July 12, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, July 13, 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