Today's News

  • Talking about Mars

    Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Roger Wiens talks about the NASA Mars Curiosity rover, its journey to Mars and some of its discoveries on the Red Planet thus far in a series of Frontiers in Science presentations beginning May 7 in the Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School. After the talk, Wiens will sign copies of his book “Red Rover: Inside the Story of Robotic Space Exploration, from Genesis to the Mars Rover Curiosity.” Wiens also plans to sign copies of his book from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m., Saturday at CB Fox Department Store on Central Avenue in Los Alamos.

  • Update 05-02-13

    Arts and Crafts

    The Los Alamos Arts Council will host its annual arts and crafts fair at 9 a.m. Saturday on the Fuller Lodge lawn.

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    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will meet at noon May 10 in council chambers.

    Pancake breakfast

    A Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast will be held from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Adults are $6, seniors (over 60) and students (12-18) $5, youth (4-11) $4 and kids (under 4) free.

    DPU charter

    The Department of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee’s next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 6 in the Training Room of the Community Building.  

  • Los Alamos schools climb in national ranking

    Los Alamos High School made a significant leap in a national poll recently when it was revealed the school went up more than 80 spots in U.S. News and World Report’s ‘Best High Schools’ rankings list.

    In 2012, the school was ranked 638. In this year’s poll, the school is at 556, advancing 82 places since last year’s poll.

    The poll, with help from the American Institutes for Research, analyzed three main factors in 21,035 U.S. high schools.

    The first factor examined whether the school’s students were performing better in reading and math than average for students in their state.

    Then they factored in the school’s percentage of “economically-disadvantaged” students, and whether or not they were performing at a better-than-average rate.

    For schools that passed those two tests, the schools were then judged on how many “advanced placement” (college level) courses it provides, the variety of courses, how many students in the school are signing up for them and how many are getting a passing grade.

    It’s this factor that Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt said was a determining factor in the school’s advancement in the rankings this year.

  • LASO employee wins top NNSA award

    Cary Bronson of the Los Alamos Field Office Security Operations Team is the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Federal Security Professional of the Year.
    Bronson provides federal oversight of the nuclear Material Control and Accountability (MC&A) operations and programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    On Monday, Steve Asher, Acting Chief and Associate Administrator for NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Security, presented Bronson with the Bradley A. Peterson Federal Security Professional of the Year Award.
    The award recognizes one federal and one contractor employee whose contributions to security programs within the NNSA enterprise exemplify NNSA’s commitment to improving and enhancing security. Mike Kaufman, who leads and manages the MC&A program at LANL, received the NNSA award for top contractor security professional.
    “I’m proud to have Cary and Michael as part of the LANL security team” said Geoff Beausoleil, Acting Manager for the NNSA’s Los Alamos Field Office. “This award speaks volumes to the focus we place on safeguards and security at the lab.”

  • A chilly opener for Farmers' Market

    A cold front blew through Los Alamos Wednesday night but that did stop the Farmers’ Market from opening up on time Thursday morning in the parking lot of Mesa Library. Jenny London sells a customer some vegetables at the first farmers’ market of the season.

  • Company protests meter award

    The Los Alamos County Council began a quasi-judicial hearing Tuesday regarding GEW Mechanical’s protest of the award for a Smart Meter contract to Landis + Gyr.

    County officials in charge of the bid process contend that GEW’s proposal for the Smart Meter contract was heavily weighted toward construction and did not include a Smart Meter of any kind.

    “What’s interesting about GEW is that they were totally nonresponsive,” said Assistant County Attorney Dan Gonzalez during his opening statements. “You will see in their proposal that they offer not one single meter: not an electric meter, not a gas meter, not a water meter. Their $12 million dollar solution was for installation of water meters that we would somehow find from some other vendor, installation of gas meters that we would find from some other vendor and the same thing with electric meters.”

    The RFP, titled “Request for Proposals for Smart Meters,” was for “Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) enabled electric, water and gas meters, as well as in-home displays” that “communicate with DPU’s NEDO-funded Demand Response Demonstration Project infrastructure, consisting of a two-way, fixed-network communications system utilizing an unlicensed mesh radio frequency technology.”

  • Off The Hill 05-02-13

    Art exhibits
    Again: Repetition, Obsession and Meditation. Opening reception, 3-5 p.m. through June 16. Lannan Gallery. 309 Read Street. Gallery is open Saturday and Sundays, Noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information call 954-5149.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition, “European Perspectives, The Radiant Line.” European artists Francois Morellet, Gregoire Cheneau, Diana Blok, Pieter Bijwaard, Oliver Mosset, Ruth Gschwendtner-Wölfe, Miguel Mont and Tony Soulie will show paintings, prints, photos and neon sculpture. The artists’ work focuses on light, line and color. The exhibit will be up through May 24 at 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe.

  • This Week on PAC-8, May 3-9

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

    Friday, May 3, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (4-30-13)
    01:00 PM The Power of NO/W
    03:00 PM Future Talk
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Jack Aeby talks about his work at the Los Alamos Historical Museum
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society - “Bandelier Trails: Before and After”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, May 4, 2013

    Sunday, May 5, 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

  • S.F. Opera plans six productions for 2014

    SANTA FE (AP) — The Santa Fe Opera in northern New Mexico will feature six operas during its 2014 summer season, starting with a performance of Bizet’s “Carmen.”
    Opera General Director Charles MacKay announced next season’s productions and casts on Wednesday.
    The company will for the first time perform Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” Mozart’s “The Impresario” and “Dr. Sun Yat-Sen” by Huang Ruo, a Chinese-born composer whose opera is making its American premiere.
    There also will be new productions of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale,” which was performed by the Santa Fe Opera in 1983, and Stravinsky’s “Le Rossignol,” which was last done in 1973. The work by Stravinsky will be part of a double bill with Mozart’s comic opera.
    The opera’s current season opens June 28 with Offenbach’s “The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein.”

  • Golondrinas to host Civil War re-enactments

    El Rancho de Las Golondrinas will be re-enacting New Mexico Civil War battles at “Battlefield New Mexico: The Civil War and More.” The battles of Glorieta Pass and Apache Canyon were fought near Santa Fe in 1862. The re-enactments will be conducted by the First New Mexico Volunteer Infantry, along with living history re-enactors from the state and elsewhere.
    Other activities that are included is military drills and cannon fire, Union and Confederate camps, music by the Territorial Brass Band, Civil War-era living history and demonstrations, talk about Civil War-era medicine and surgery and much more to see.
    The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, with re-enactments beginning at 2 p.m. Adults: $8; seniors, 62 and over and teens: $5. Children under 13 get in free.
    El Rancho de las Golondrinas Living History Museum is located at 334 Los Pinos Road, just south of Santa Fe. From I-25, take Exit 276 and follow the signs.
    For more information, visit golondrinas.org or call 471-2261.