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  • The county budget: A balanced approach

    It became clear in December 2012 that our net county tax revenues for fiscal year (FY) 2013 would be about $9 million less than initially projected.
    We can make up half of that shortfall by economizing on county operations.
    The county has maintained reserves of 25% of yearly revenues, about $15 million, to deal with such problems.
    So why not go ahead with our original spending plans, and just dip into reserves for the other half of the shortage?
    The answer is that this is potentially not a single-year budget problem.
    Estimated revenues for the next few years are at best flat, so a substantial part of this year’s shortage is likely to continue.
    Going farther into reserves in coming years would put us at a serious disadvantage if revenues drop still further.
    Federal sequestration cuts, or a federal deficit-reduction deal that involves unknown spending cuts, are quite possible.
    The national security and science roles of LANL will not disappear, but we can’t assume that the Lab will be immune to the budget pressures on all parts of government.
    Some re-evaluation of our county’s spending priorities is clearly in order.
    In 2012, the county council made plans to spend $33 million over the next four years on eight new Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs).

  • LA defense torched by Kayla Herrera in loss

    SANTA FE — A big win by the Santa Fe Demons looked like a foregone conclusion midway through the fourth quarter against the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team.
    But a late rally by the Hilltoppers put them back into the game. The Hilltoppers trimmed a 19-point lead by the Demons down to just 8 with under 3:30 remaining in the quarter.
    Unfortunately, a late 10-1 surge by Santa Fe gave it the win in a critical District 2-4A contest Wednesday at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium.
    Spearheaded by a nearly unstoppable offensive performance from sophomore Kayla Herrera, the Demons rolled to a 74-57 victory.
    Herrera, one of the most dynamic young players in Class 4A, rolled up a whopping 38 points against Los Alamos. Herrera, who misfired just twice in 11 attempts in the first half, sliced right through the middle of the lane virtually at-will Wednesday, setting herself up with numerous layup attempts.
    On the rare occasion when Los Alamos was able to get a body on her, Herrera hit some very tough shots underneath the basket or pulled back and connected from mid-range.
    Herrera’s point total was more than Los Alamos has allowed by seven teams this season and her first half total of 23 nearly equaled the total offensive output of the Hilltoppers, who had 26 points.

  • Be There 02-14-13

    Today
    Wax poetic on Valentine’s Day, at the Poetry Gathering at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library. 

  • Thank You 02-14-13

    CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot thank you
    The 2012 Los Alamos CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot was a great success thanks to the many individuals, businesses, churches and organizations that contributed funds, time, and talents.  
    We had approximately 220 walkers/runners participating in the event and raised $13,055, an increase of more than $4,000 from 2011, and were yet again one of the top CROP Hunger Walk fundraisers in New Mexico (second to Albuquerque).
    2012 was the first year we attempted a logo contest, with Sarah Worley being our young artist with a very creative design.  Thanks to Sarah and the many other third through sixth graders who submitted wonderful logos, and to the many youth in town who participated in hunger banquets to raise awareness of national and global hunger issues.
    The money raised is used at the grassroots level for worldwide relief efforts, with 25 percent of the funds locally disbursed to LA Cares and the remainder to Church World Service (CWS).
    LA Cares provides services to those in Los Alamos County at risk of being homeless via monthly food distributions that support an increasing number of Los Alamos County residents.

  • Get a Taste of Rio Rancho March 9

    Taste what Rio Rancho restaurants have to offer at the Third Annual Taste of Rio Rancho, at 4 p.m. March 9. More than 25 local restaurants will take part in this year’s event, which will provide attendees with free samples of their signature foods while supplies last.  
    Due to the response to the first two years of the event, the restaurants will be moved off of the concourse and onto the main floor of the Santa Ana Star Center, creating Rio Rancho restaurant village in a spacious layout.
    In addition to sampling food, attendees will be treated to live music from Point Blank, CRB, as well as Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane Jr.
    “I invite residents to join us for this celebration of restaurants to discover and re-discover the great diversity of eateries in our city,” said Rio Rancho Mayor Tom Swisstack.
    “Eating in Rio Rancho is just one way that residents can ‘Think Rio Rancho First,” in order to support their local community and economy.”
     This year’s participants will showcase a sampling of the diversity of Rio Rancho eateries.

  • This Week on PAC-8, Feb. 15-21

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

    Friday, February 15, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (2-12-13)
    01:00 PM The Power of NO/W
    03:00 PM Future Talk
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM 2012 Revere Sand Sculpting Competition
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Jews in Theory”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, February 16, 2013
    FSTV

    Sunday, February 17, 2013
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Restaurant Inspections 02-14-13

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Santa Fe

    Absolute Nirvana Tea Room, 106 Faithway St.
    Date inspected: Feb. 6
    Violations: None
    Notes: Temperatures good. Always store eggs (raw) on the bottom shelves in the refrigeration unit.
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Babalou’s Cocina Cubana, 3810 Hwy. 14
    Date inspected: Feb. 7
    Violations: One low-risk violation for floors/walls/ceilings — the floor tiles by the ice machine are peeling and tiles are loose. Seal.
    Notes: All the temperature logs, cooling procedure temperature logs, recurring temperature logs are all kept. Facility kitchen looks extremely clean. Water test analysis is required in office by Feb. 28. Temperatures are very good. Dishwashing sanitizing solution is good at 50 ppm.
    Status of establishment: Approved

  • 'The Invisible War' screening

    The Los Alamos branch of the American Association of University Women will show “The Invisible War,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 21, as a fundraiser for AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund. The film will be shown in the Jeannette Wallace Hall (building 5) at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.
    “The Invisible War” is an investigation into what Newsweek has called, “the most underreported crime in America,” the epidemic of rape in the United States military. The Department of Defense estimates that 20 percent of women in the services have been sexually assaulted — and that 80 percent of such attacks are never reported.
    Focusing on the stories of several idealistic young servicewomen who were raped and then betrayed by their own officers when they reported their assaults, the film is an examination of the personal and societal toll of these assaults.
    AAUW is committed to improving the way the military deals with sexual assault by ensuring that victims receive adequate support for their cases. The LAF supports three class-action suits that charge the DoD and the military with creating a culture in which sexual assault is tolerated and people who report it face retaliation.

  • 'Land Water People Time'

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center presents the award-winning documentary film, “Land Water People Time,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Reel Deal Theater. The movie shows the relationships, cultural identity and meaning of connections between nature and places in Northern New Mexico.
    New Mexico filmmakers David Lindblom, Cynthia Jeanette Gomez and Daniel Valerio filmed “Land Water People Time” across 10,000-square-miles. Along the way, they collected stories from New Mexicans. These stories explore some of the modern challenges and tragedies of cultural and environmental losses, as well as hope for preservation of Northern New Mexico cultures and places.
    Lindblom, a Los Alamos native and Los Alamos High School graduate, is the director, editor and cameraperson for the film. He worked in the film industry in San Francisco with Wayne Wang and in New York with Martin Scorsese. Now he is back home in New Mexico, teaching at Northern New Mexico College. He will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions afterward.
    For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org. 

  • Dancers in Concert

    New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company, directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, presents its February production, “Dancers in Concert,” this weekend at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.
    The NMDT-PC production of “Dancers in Concert” features three original ballets choreographed by Baker-Dillingham: “Hear, Speak, See,” “Pandora’s Box” and “Cakewalk.”
    “I choreographed ‘Hear, Speak, See’ several years ago and wanted to rework it,” Baker-Dillingham said. “The dance is based on the physical gestures of ‘hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil,’ and is an exploration of the strengths of a woman wishing to leave a legacy behind as she moves forward through life. She opens the ears, mouths and eyes of those she is leaving behind in hopes of guiding them toward an easier path than the one she traveled.”