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  • Report: Safety lapses, management at fault in WIPP leak

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A radiation leak that forced the indefinite closure of the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository could have been prevented, a team of investigators said Thursday.

    A combination of poor management, lapses in safety and a lack of proper procedures were outlined in a final report released by the U.S. Department of Energy's Accident Investigation Board. Officials planned to review the findings Thursday night during a community meeting in Carlsbad.

    The investigators spent more than a year looking into the cause of the radiation release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico.

    Like a separate team of technical experts, they too found that a chemical reaction inside a drum of waste that had been packaged at Los Alamos National Laboratory forced the lid open, allowing radiation to escape. The contents included nitrate salt residues and organic cat litter that was used to soak up moisture in the waste.

  • Swap meet benefits LAHS literary magazine

    The Los Alamos High School “Pegasus” literary magazine will have its annual swap meet from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium parking lot.

    In inclement weather, the swap meet will be held in the lower commons of Los Alamos High School. A variety of furniture, clothing, toys, and knick-knacks will be available for purchase. Funds from the rental of space for the swap meet will support the publication of “Pegasus,” the Los Alamos High School literary magazine.

    Starting at 7:45-9 a.m., “Pegasus” will also welcome donations from the community for resale. Community members are invited to bring unwanted clothing, furniture or other items (in good condition) to the Pegasus tables.  Space rental/donationg is $20. Sellers may begin set up at 7:30 a.m..  Shopping will begin at 8 a.m.

    A 50-year tradition, “Pegasus” needs funds to publish student writing and art. Additional funds raised will be donated to either the Thurston or Fabry Memorial Funds.

    The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate Team will host a table at the resale to raise money to send 10 qualifiers to the National Speech and Debate Tournament this June to Dallas.

  • DOE issues WIPP report

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) released the Accident Investigation Board (AIB) Phase II Report related to the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological event at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.
    The AIB completed an exhaustive investigation at WIPP and Los Alamos National Laboratory to examine the cause of the radiological release at WIPP and identify managerial controls and safety measures necessary to prevent or minimize the probability or severity of a recurrence of this type of accident. Based on post-event chemical, radiological, and fire forensic analyses, the AIB concluded that the release was caused by an exothermic reaction involving the mixture of organic materials and nitrate salts in one drum that was processed at LANL in December 2013. The Board also concluded that an underground salt haul truck fire that occurred at WIPP on Feb. 5, 2014, did not cause or contribute to the radiological release event. The AIB’s findings identify shortcomings within both contractor and federal processes at LANL, WIPP, EM, and the National Nuclear Security Administration.

  • Off The Hill 4-16-15

    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.

    Harriette Tsosie, “Linguicide.” Artist talk from 1-2 p.m. April 25. Show closes on April 27.

    Jock Sturges: Fanny. Show runs until May 23 at photo-eye Gallery.

    “Women’s Work.” Art exhibition featuring 25 top female artists of New Mexico. Show is free to the public and runs through May 15 at the Tarnoff Art Center in Rowe. For more information and directions, visit tarnoffartcenter.org, or call 919-8888.

    V. Vaughan Solo Exhibit: Welcome the Light. Show runs until April 30 at Act I Gallery in Santa Fe.

    “Rag Rug Show: New Mexico Artists Reinvent a Tradition.” Featuring Linda Running Bentley & Dorie Sanders at Marigold Arts in Santa Fe. Show runs until Friday.

    Expressions in Weaving: A Group Exhibition. Featuring Tapestries by Linda Running Bentley, Connie Enzmann-Forneris Barbara Marigold and Robin Reider. Opening reception with the artists, 5-7 p.m. Friday at Marigold Arts in Santa Fe. Show runs until May 7.

  • This Week on PAC 8, April 17-23

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

  • PBS programs commemorate official end of Vietnam War

    New Mexico PBS Commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Official End of the Vietnam War (The Fall of Saigon) with six programs and a free public screening on April 21-28.
    April 30 is the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon and the official end of the Vietnam War. This year is the 50th Anniversary of the start of the ground war in Vietnam.
    New Mexico PBS / KNME-TV commemorates these events, presenting six programs and one free public screening, April 21-28, presented below in chronological order.
    There will be a free screen that is open to the public, followed by an interactive panel discussion beginning at 7 p.m. April 22. “Last Days of Vietnam” is part of the New Mexico PBS Community Cinema at the KiMo series. The theater is located in downtown Albuquerque. Moderator for the panel will be Sarah Gustavus, producer of “New Mexico in Focus.”
    New Mexico PBS extends a special invitation to all Veterans who might like to attend.
    Programs to air on KNME Channel 5:
    The National Mall: America’s Front Yard. 7 p.m. April 21. The special reveals the surprising and inspiring story of the U.S. National Mall’s surprising evolution and history, including the creation of “The Wall” (The Vietnam Veterans Memorial).

  • Restaurant Inspections 4-16-15

    White Rock
    The Rosebud Café, 35 Rover Blvd., Suite G
    Date Inspected: March 20
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Santa Fe
    Harry’s Roadhouse, 9613 Old Las Vegas Hwy
    Date Inspected: March 3
    Violations: All high-risk violations corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from previous inspection. No follow up required.

    Vinaigrette, 709 Don Cubero Alley
    Date Inspected: March 9
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Hot food items are not being cooled down properly before refrigeration. Two moderate-risk violations. AdvantEdge refrigerator door areas are messy. Bulk food containers are not labeled. Two low-risk violations. The walls by the hand sink in the employee restroom are cracked. Boxes of paper towels were stored on the floor in the employee restroom.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on March 18.

    Pizza Centro Inc., 3470 Zafarano Dr.
    Date Inspected: March 10
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. One of the bulk food containers. One low-risk violation. The walls surrounding the three-compartment sink are stained, cracked and some areas have holes.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Traditional pots on display in Santa Fe

    The Museum of International Folk Art presents a dialogue on southern pottery, featuring leading ceramic writer and commentator Garth Clark and prominent North Carolina potters Mark Hewitt and Matt Jones.
    Traditional Pots and Provocations is the latest chapter of an ongoing discussion that began as a blog scuffle between Jones and Clark in 2011 and continued as a symposium at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2012. The event will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday in the Kathryn O’Keeffe Theater of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. The program is in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition. The program is by museum admission. New Mexico residents with ID are free on Sundays.

  • Cloudcroft — 9,000 feet above stress level

    If things go bump in the night during your stay at The Lodge Resort & Spa, not to worry.
    It’s most likely Rebecca, the friendly and mischievous ghost that wanders the hall of this historic hotel in Cloudcroft.
    She’s a popular legend in these parts, whose tale is one of passion, betrayal and unrequited love. A beautiful young chambermaid with striking blue eyes and long red tresses, Rebecca mysteriously disappeared from her quarters after her jealous and enraged lumberjack boyfriend found her in the arms of another.
    That was a century ago, yet there are those who vow that Rebecca’s spirit is still present in the hotel today. Some have seen her apparition in mirrors; others note such unexplained incidents as ashtrays sliding across tables unassisted, doors opening and closing for no apparent reason, lights turning on and off by themselves and even fires that have spontaneously ignited in the lobby fireplace.
    Over the years, both guests and employees attribute these odd happenings to Rebecca’s ghost, who many believe is in search of a new lover or friend who might appreciate her playful and flirtatious nature.
    Rebecca is not the only famous person attributed to The Lodge.

  • Recital highlights Indian dance

    The Family YMCA holds many different types of dance classes. One class that focuses on Indian dance is taught by Kavita Nandakishore, who has been an instructor with the Family YMCA in Los Alamos for eight years. The Bharatanatyam type of dance will be performed by students in the class instructed by Nandakishore. The show is entitled “Kala Vandana.”
    Nandakishore has been a part of “Dances with India,” since 2007. “Dances with India” is an annual show, which performs familiar stories adapted for Indian culture with many different styles of Indian dance. In the past few years, “Dances with India” has adapted the stories of “Cinderella,” “Aladdin” and “Snow White.” Those performances are in October. Nandakishore helps organize the event with colleague Alina Deshpande.
    “This dance performance is more of a small recital for the students in the class,” Nandakishore said of the show that is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. April 18 at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock.
    Bharatanatyam is the dance that encompasses music, rhythm and expressional dance, which adheres to the scripture of classical Indian dance.