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  • 2018 State Legislature: House passes bill to ease coal plant closing impact

    By Steve Terrell
    The New Mexican

    In a case of strange political bedfellows, a conservative lawmaker from San Juan County and the leader of a Santa Fe environmental group not known for compromising came together Tuesday to back a bill aimed at easing the economic woes of New Mexico communities hit by the closing of large coal-burning power plants.

    The House of Representives voted 44-25 to pass Rep. Rod Montoya's House Bill 325, designed to help a large school district keep most of its tax base if Public Service Company of New Mexico closes the San Juan Generating Station by 2022.

    To become a reality, the measure would also have to clear the Senate before the Legislature adjourns at noon Thursday.

    "Are you going to refer to me as an environmentalist activist," Montoya joked with a reporter Tuesday.

    Endorsing the bill was Mariel Nanasi, executive director of New Energy Economy, a Santa Fe-based non-profit that has fought many PNM rate increases and other proposals before the state Public Regulation Commission.

    That support was the result of hours of negotiating between Montoya, Nanasi and representatives of other environmentalist groups over the past several days.

  • Lab cleanup company looks to hire local workers

    N3B Los Alamos, the winning bidder for the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s $1.39 billion legacy cleanup contract, met with the community Monday during an informal meeting, as a way to provide information on what to expect in the coming days.

    The meeting was held at the Cottonwood on the Green Restaurant at the Los Alamos Golf Course.

    NB3, a subsidiary company of Virginia-based Huntington Ingalls, started its 90-day transition period Jan. 24.

    Regulatory and Stakeholder Interface Manager Frazer Lockhart said it’s N3B’s intention to hire many of those workers back.

    “It’s our desire to get as many of the existing staff that have been working on the existing environmental management program to come over and join our N3B team,” Lockhart said.

    The other priority during the transition period will be to get caught up on what has already been accomplished.

    “The transition is the time period when we learn about the current status of the project, the background and records,” Lockhart said. “We also go through the hiring process and get our workforce.”

    N3B will hold a series of community meetings throughout the transition period to hire the employees.

  • Valentine’s Day ideas bloom in LA

    The hours are counting down to Valentine’s Day, which means couples may spend the next day or two frantically scrambling to come up with the perfect way to celebrate the romantic day.

    Here’s one suggestion: jousting. Or how about singing amorous songs? Or maybe even a good, old poetry competition?

    That’s evidently how the special day started out. According to “Debate of the Romance of the Rose,” by David F. Hult, the earliest description of Feb. 14 as an annual celebration of love appears in the Charter of the Court of Love.

    The charter, allegedly issued by Charles VI of France at Mantes-la-Jolie in 1400, describes lavish festivities to be attended by several members of the royal court. Those festivities included a feast, amorous songs, poetry competitions, jousting and dancing.

    Sprinkled amidst the festivities was a process in which the attending ladies would hear and rule on disputes from lovers.

    This may not be advisable. Perhaps keeping the day’s celebrations in the happy, feel-good theme would be best.
    But details of the first celebration get a little sketchy at that point. Evidently there are no other records of the court’s existence, and none of those named in the charter were present at Mantes except Charles’ queen, Isabeau of Bavaria.

  • Man who died in Yellowstone in 2017 was looking for Fenn’s treasure

     

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 53-year-old Illinois man who fell to his death in Yellowstone National Park last year was looking for a supposed hidden cache of gold and jewels.

    KULR-TV reports that Jeff Murphy of Batavia, Illinois, was looking for the treasurer that antiquities dealer Forrest Fenn says he stashed somewhere in the Rocky Mountains several years ago.

    The investigation by Yellowstone officials into Murphy’s death was kept private, but KULR obtained it through a Freedom of Information Act request.

    The investigative report reveals Murphy’s wife told park authorities that Murphy was looking for the treasure when she called to report him missing.

    Murphy’s body was found June 9, 2017.  He had fallen about 500 feet down a steep slope.

    The report ruled the death an accident.

  • THIS WEEK ON PAC 8

     

     

     

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

     

    Friday, February 23, 2018

    6:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live

    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program

    11:00 AM County Council Meeting –Replay 2-13-18

    1:00 PM Democracy Now!

    4:00 PM Uprising

    5:00 PM Democracy Now!

    6:00 PM Chamber Business Breakfast – Harry Burgess

    7:00 PM Los Alamos History – A History of Land Transfers on the Pajarito Plateau

    8:00 PM Art Fusion – Live Radio Show with Dr. Hall & Brad Smith

    8:30 PM The LA Times with Peter Malmgren

  • Santa Fe Indian Market names new director

     

    SANTA FE (AP) — The nonprofit behind the nearly century-old Santa Fe Indian Market has appointed a new executive director.

    A spokeswoman for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts says Ira Wilson will take the helm of the organization, replacing Dallin Maybee.

    Maybee, an artist and attorney, announced recently that he was stepping down from the position.

    The annual Santa Fe Indian Market in August has been touted as one of the nation’s most prestigious art markets.

    Each August, it draws about 1,000 jewelers, potters and other artists, as well as roughly 150,000 people, to downtown Santa Fe.

    The juried art market on the city plaza lasts two days.

    Wilson, who is Navajo, joins the organization after 26 years with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

  • Stars, educators lead effort for kids to see ‘Black Panther’

     

    ALBUQUERQUE — For years, Zavier Thompson has followed of Marvel superhero movies. But the 16-year-old student in Albuquerque has always wanted to see a popular film with a black superhero and black themes.

    Thanks to an Albuquerque educator, the aspiring hip-hop and spoken word artist finally got his wish Thursday when he was given tickets to a private screening of “Black Panther.”

    “It was amazing. The music, the action...everything,” said Thompson, who is black. “It made me proud to see out culture depicted like that.”

    “Black Panther” is about the mythical and highly advanced African nation of Wakanda, where T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, inherits the throne but is challenged by a Wakandan exile named Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan.  It’s the 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and based on 50-year-old material created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

  • Stylish Queen Elizabeth II makes first Fashion Week visit

     

    LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has always dressed with style and flair – but Tuesday marked her first visit to the showy catwalks of London Fashion Week.

    The monarch squeezed in the front row, chatting with American Vogue editor Anna Wintour — who wore her trademark sunglasses — and presented an award recognizing British design excellence.

    It was an unusual outing for the 91-year-old monarch, who seemed totally at ease at the type of event usually frequented by stars like Kate Moss and Sienna Miller. She was elegant in a Angela Kelly duck egg blue tweed dress and jacket detailed with tiny aquamarine Swarovski crystals set off by formal black gloves.

    Elizabeth carried a matching handbag – of course – and wore her mostly white hair swept back. The queen didn’t bother with the statement stiletto heels favored by many of the younger fashionistas, opting for sensible dark low-heeled court shoes for the awards presentation.

  • As ‘Black Panther’ shows, inclusion pays at the box office

     

    NEW YORK — A lavish, headline-grabbing premiere. Lightning word-of-mouth stoked by glowing reviews. Packed movie theaters with sold-out shows, long lines and fans decked out as characters from the film.

    The phenomenon of “Black Panther” had the look and feel of a classic, bona fide blockbuster in route to its record-setting $201.8 million debut over the weekend, or an estimated $235 million Friday through Monday. Much has been made about the film industry’s struggles to tap into pop culture the way it once more regularly did – that TV and streaming options and a dearth of fresh ideas have diminished the power of the big screen.

  • ATHENA and surrogate human organs topic for Science on Tap today

     

    New drugs are under constant development but most fail in clinical trials. Why do so many drugs pass animal testing, but fail in Phase 1 clinical trials in humans? Are animal models of human diseases ultimately really a good model for humans?

    Enter ATHENA. ATHENA, which stands for Advanced Tissue-engineered Human External Network Analyzer, is designed to simulate organ systems – such as liver, heart, lung, and kidney – and can be used as a first-line test for potential toxicity analysis since the system can mimic the response of actual human organs. Such research could lead to faster approval and fewer potential side effects for new medications coming onto the market.

    Join Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Jennifer Harris, with the lab’s Biosecurity and Public Health group, as she takes you through the research being carried out at the laboratory in this important field. Science On Tap is today 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

    Bring your Bradbury Science Museum Association membership card (or join on the spot – at very reasonable rates) and get $1 off your food and/or drink at Science On Tap.