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  • LA to host Sanchez Invite Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team will play host to its biggest event of the season Saturday.
    Los Alamos will take on 10 other teams in the Bryan Sanchez Memorial Invitational. The tournament is scheduled to include some solid teams from around the area.
    Included among those teams are at least three of the Hilltoppers’ District 2-4A opponents, Española Valley, Capital and Bernalillo, something that gives this tournament added importance as it could affect seeding for next week’s district championship tournament.
    “I’d like to see us get a few more head-to-head tiebreakers over our district opponents,” Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said.
    Saturday’s tournament is the finale of the Hilltoppers’ regular season. The Hilltoppers are the defending 2-4A champions, but were neck-and-neck with Capital in the teams’ only meeting Jan. 16.
    Los Alamos relies heavily on its middleweights and light-heavyweights for its success. Its lineup between 152-195 pounds of Lane Saunders, Cory Geyer, Arnoldo Ortiz, Brian Geyer and Diego Madrid is among the toughest in the state in that band.

  • NNMCAB OKs recommendations

     

    The Northern New Mexico Citizens' Advisory Board approved three of four draft recommendations at its meeting last week in Pojoaque.

    According to NNMCAB spokesman William Alexander, recommendations that passed were: 

    • Evaluation of storage options for legacy waste that could result from expansion of the WIPP disposal mission;

    • Budget that is related to technology research and development for site clean-up; and

    • EM-SAAB recommendation that DOE place more emphasis and priority on evaluation of technologies that could make recycling excess materials cost effective.

    The NNMCAB also drafted and approved a recommendation regarding the 33 Shafts that are located at LANL, requesting that DOE address the permanent disposition of the 33 Shafts at Material Disposal Area G.

    During the public comment period, the NNMCAB heard comments from Jeanne Green on the PF-4 facility, Green provided the board with a memo from the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board from Nov. 23, 2012. Green asked that the board look into providing a recommendation on the PF-4 Facility.

  • LAMC gains accreditation from Joint Commission

     

    Los Alamos Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes (name of organization)’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

    Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in October of 2012. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated LAMC for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

    "In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Los Alamos Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend (organization) for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

  • This Week on PAC-8, Feb. 8-14

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

    Friday, February 8, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (1-29-13)
    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 9, 2013
    FSTV

    Sunday, February 10, 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 02-07-13

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

    Española

    Valley Superette, 231 S. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Jan. 31
    Violations: Three high-risk violations, two for improper holding — warmer, pork at 120 degrees. Corrected. Food particles/product on display doors and inside needs to be cleaned. One for contaminated equipment — meat product on band saw; meat product in grinder; meat product on slicer. Three moderate-risk violations, one for improper holding — need thermometers inside all refrigerators. One for animals/vermin/openings — restroom needs self-closing device. One for administration — invalid permit posted, expired on June 30, 2012.
    Status of establishment: Approved, follow-up Feb. 10.

    Los Alamos

    Aramark Coffee Kiosk
    Date inspected: Jan. 30
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for administration — expired permit.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

  • Skidmore to speak at Fuller Lodge

    The Los Alamos Historical Society will offer its 2012-2013 lecture series, “History and Science,” featuring “The Seven LANL Explosives Fatalities — Technical and Human Perspectives (U),” with guest speaker Cary B. Skidmore, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Fuller Lodge.
    When the implosion concept came to the Manhattan Project, it brought with it a need to use explosives in a new way. Rather than destroying or breaking apart something, precisely shaped pieces were needed to assemble or create a nuclear critical mass.
    This need spawned the science of high explosives and a series of technological advancements ensued. Unfortunately, three accidents in the late 1950s caused instant death for seven explosives workers at the then Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. Lessons were learned from these experiences and improvements were made in the safety of explosives operations. Much of the information associated with these accidents was not available to the families at the time. The openness of more recent years has provided opportunities for the families of the victims to visit the sites and gain some context for the supreme sacrifices that were made.

  • Co-opROCKS! Feb. 16

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market, La Montanita Co-op and Warehouse 21 present Co-opROCKS!, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 16.
    This year, Co-opROCKS! presents local DJs, acoustic musicians and bands including DJ Mickey Paws, DJ BotEars, Choking on Air, All the Wrong Reasons, Syzygy, Maddy Boyd, Mohit Dubey, Dogsit Godsit, Jovani Griego, Sammie and Andy, and Mariam Kass. Co-opROCKS! kicks off with workshops between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., which are free and on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Workshops include break dancing, screen-printing, comedy improv, hula-hoop and POI, and adobe brick making.
    In addition, participate in live free form art, vote for the Co-opROCKS! logo, and sample food from La Montanita and the Los Alamos Co-op Market, while enjoying food-related documentaries and learning about like-minded local businesses.
    Co-opROCKS! will showcase Los Alamos talent including Sammie and Andy Hammon, DJ BotEars, DJ Mickey Paws, Syzygy, and graphic design students from Brittany Felton’s class at Los Alamos High School. Other Los Alamos supporters include the Los Alamos Teen Center, whose staff includes Syzygy band members and The Los Alamos Historical Society, who is partnering with Cornerstones to host an adobe brick-making workshop facilitated by Raffi Andonian.

  • Taking a look at the Oak Ridge Role

    Los Alamos National Laboratory continues its 70th anniversary lecture series at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Bradbury Science Museum, with a talk by Oak Ridge National Laboratory historian Ray Smith, about that laboratory’s role during World War II and the shared national security mission with Los Alamos that continues today.
    Smith has worked at the Tennessee facility since 1970, becoming its official historian in 2005.
    Soon after assuming this role, he led the first-ever public tours of selected Y-12 National Security Complex historic buildings and began facilitating the creation of a formal Y-12 history center that opened in 2007.
    Initially at Y-12, Smith was an electronics technician. Subsequently, he supervised craft workers that maintained nuclear weapons production facilities.
    From 1994 through 1999, Smith served as associate director of the site’s facilities management organization.
    A U.S. Air Force veteran, Smith completed Air Force Technical School training in electronics and attended the University of Tennessee. He holds a certificate from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and is a member of five historical societies.

  • Two Feet of Snow Could Hit New England
  • Winter wallop on tap for weekend

    The National Weather Service has issued the following special weather statement:

    A POTENT STORM SYSTEM WILL APPROACH FROM CALIFORNIA AND THE GREAT BASIN ON FRIDAY AND GRADUALLY MOVE EAST ACROSS COLORADO OVER THE WEEKEND... BRINGING A RETURN TO WINTRY CONDITIONS. WINDS WILL INCREASE OUT OF THE SOUTH ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN RESPONSE TO THE APPROACHING SYSTEM AND TEMPERATURES WILL WARM TO ABOVE SEASONAL AVERAGES IN MOST AREAS.

    STRONG MOUNTAIN TOP LEVEL WINDS WILL SPREAD OVER THE STATE FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY AND WORK DOWN TO THE SURFACE BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON... CREATING WINDY TO VERY WINDY CONDITIONS AREAWIDE. THE STRONGEST WINDS ON SATURDAY WILL GENERALLY BE ALONG AND EAST OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN... POSSIBLY EXTENDING FARTHER SOUTHWEST ACROSS THE LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY INTO THE SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS. WINDS WILL GRADUALLY DECREASE SATURDAY NIGHT... BUT WINDY CONDITIONS WILL LINGER ACROSS MUCH OF THE EAST WELL INTO THE EVENING HOURS.

    A COLD FRONT WILL ACCOMPANY THIS SYSTEM AND SWEEP ACROSS THE STATE SATURDAY. TEMPERATURES WILL BE NOTICEABLY COLDER BEHIND THE FRONT SATURDAY ACROSS WESTERN AND CENTRAL AREAS... WHILE HIGHS ON SUNDAY WILL BE QUITE CHILLY... UP TO 15 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.