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  • Update 12-19-14

    Trash collection

    Next week, Los Alamos County will pick up curbside trash Wednesday for those whose regular collection day is Thursday. Customers should also put trash out Dec. 31 for those whose regularly scheduled collection day is Jan. 1

    Surplus sale

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s next scheduled surplus property sale will be Jan. 15, weather permitting.

    Walkup Center

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will have abbreviated hours for the upcoming holidays. Wednesday, the aquatic center will close at 5 p.m. and will remain closed until Dec. 26. It will also close at 5 p.m. Dec. 31 and will be closed on Jan. 1. Call 662-8170 for more information.

    Christmas Run

    The final Los Alamos Triatomics Christmas Lights run is scheduled for Monday. The non-competitive run will start in the downtown area near the Fusion Multisport store. The run starts promptly at 6:15 p.m. and anyone interested may participate. For information, visit triatomics.org.

    LEGO League

    The Los Alamos FIRST LEGO League State Qualifier is 9 a.m. Saturday at Los Alamos Middle School’s gymnasium.

  • Americans are skeptical of commercial drones

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans broadly back tight regulations on commercial drone operators, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, as concerns about privacy and safety override the potential benefits of the heralded drone revolution.
    The FAA is expected to propose restricting drones weighing less than 55 pounds to flights under 400 feet high, forbid nighttime flights, and require drones be kept within sight of their operators.
    It also may require drone operators to get pilot’s licenses, which would be controversial. Critics say the skills needed to fly a manned aircraft are different from those needed to operate a drone. But 64 percent support requiring the pilot’s licenses, according to the poll, with more in favor of limiting drone flight altitude and requiring them to be kept within eyesight.
    Eddy Dufault, 58, a machinist and part-time wildlife photographer in Marlborough, Massachusetts, who is considering buying a drone, said he agrees with most of the restrictions, but opposes licensing. It can cost would-be pilots $15,000 for the needed flight training and practice flights, he said, adding it would be more appropriate to require operators to attend a few classes and pass a drone flight test.

  • Report: Radiation release at WIPP low

    CARLSBAD (AP) — A final report by independent researchers shows the radiological release from the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico was low and localized.
    The report released Thursday by the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center also says no negative health effects are expected among workers or the public.
    The research center is associated with New Mexico State University.
    Its technicians have been collecting samples since February, when a container of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory ruptured after being placed in a storage room at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
    Sampling stations at and near WIPP confirmed the presence of trace amounts of americium and plutonium.
    The release forced the indefinite closure of WIPP. Federal officials have said it could take years and a half-billion dollars to restart operations.

  • UNM-LA board candidates file for ballot

    Besides school board candidates, the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office also had plenty of candidates from the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos Advisory Board, show up, as four candidates showed up at the office to officially declare their candidacy Dec. 16.
    According to state election laws, candidates wanting to declare their official candidacy for the board in person must do so on that date.
    On Tuesday, UNM-LA Advisory Board Chairman Stephen Boerigter put in his reelection bid, declaring for “Position Four.” Since no other candidates for the position came in that day, most likely Boerigter, the incumbent, will go unchallenged during the Feb 3 elections, unless a write-in candidate files on or before Dec. 30, the cutoff date for doing so.
    That same date applies for potential Los Alamos School Board candidates as well.
    “Position Three” was the only other seat up for grabs, as the person who occupied that position, Linda Hull, opted not to run again.
    Candidates that showed up for the position on Tuesday included Troy Hughes, Michael Di Rosa and James Nealy Robinson.
    For Boerigter, running for reelection was an easy choice.

  • Record-Breaking Year

    Thanks to a record-breaking year of charity giving by employees at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, United Way of Northern New Mexico has made it to the halfway point in its fundraising campaign for its Community Action Fund, UWNNM’s fund that helps local nonprofits.
    To mark the occasion, Kurt Steinhaus (left), executive director of LANL’s Community Programs Office, UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega (center) and LANL’s Principal Associate Director Alan Bishop meet at the UWNNM’s Community Action Fund Thermometer in front of the Los Alamos County Post Office to mark the occasion. Bishop was in charge of LANL’s charity drive this year.

  • BPU votes to stream meetings

    Pressure has been mounting for the Board of Public Utilities to take advantage of audio/visual technology at the municipal building to live stream their meetings and provide on-demand recordings.
    Several members of the citizenry have raised the issue at recent BPU and Los Alamos County Council meetings.
    The board voted unanimously on Wednesday to begin streaming and on-demand viewing in January. The motion also requires that recordings dating to July 2013 be posted on the county website.
    The board also voted to move their meetings from room 110 in the municipal building to council chambers in order to have adequate space for presenters and the public.
    During the recent debate over whether to initiate a fixed wire charge for home solar customers, ratepayers asked BPU to develop a plan for addressing industry changes and meeting the Department of Public Utilities’ strategic goal of being carbon-neutral by 2040. They called for citizen input in that planning.
    At Wednesday’s meeting, the board began discussion about forming an ad hoc citizens committee to investigate future renewable energy resources.
    DPU Manager Tim Glasco suggested three issues the committee should address. They are:

  • Today in history Dec. 19
  • School board candidate withdraws

    Naishing Key, who was for a school board District 4, filed a Declaration of Withdrawal of Candidacy this afternoon with the Los Alamos County Clerk’s office
    There are now two candidates in this district, Andrea Susan Cunningham and Michael E. Fassbender.
    The last day to withdraw from the race is Dec. 30.

  • Off The Hill 12-18-14

    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. Saturday 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.

    Venice: A Reality of a Different Order. Works by Robbie Steinbach. Through Jan. 13, 2015 at Caffe Renato, the Taos Center for the Arts.

  • This Week on PAC 8, Dec. 19-25

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

    Friday, Dec. 19, 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. 20, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Dec. 21, 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