Today's News

  • Plan goes to council

    Nearly two years after its inception, the Community Broadband Network project is nearing the finish line.
    Soon the Los Alamos County Council and residents will be faced with the question of whether the county should invest in a fiber-to-the-premises network to every structure in the county.

    Project Manager Estevan Gonzales presented a project overview and business plan proposal at public meetings for residents and the business community on Wednesday. Council hears an update on the project during its March 12 work session (7 p.m., White Rock Fire Station No. 3).

    In April of 2011, council directed staff to develop an engineering design and a business plan for CBN that would provide open and advanced broadband communications access to all Los Alamos citizens and institutions, with a minimum target speed of a gigabit per second.

    The business plan calls for an “open access” model in which the county would serve as the wholesale network operator, with retail service providers purchasing wholesale network services. Any qualifying service provider would have equal and fair access to CBN services.

  • Science Fair Results

    Junior Division
    Third place
    Natalie Stafford, Chamisa Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10, CB Fox $25 gift card, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $50, J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee, book

    Honorable mention
    Sydney Alexander, Aspen Elementary, Elks Participation Award

    June Cooke, Los Alamos Middle School, Superintendent’s Choice Award, Haagen Dazs certificate, LA Elks Lodge #2083 $50, CB Fox $60 gift card, J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee, book

    Physical Science
    Elementary Division
    Anna Abeyta, Aspen Elementary, Chamisa PTO $5

    Connor Ahrens, Aspen Elementary, Superintendent’s Choice Award, Haagen Dazs certificate, Chamisa PTO $5

    Luca Alexander, Aspen Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Guadi Fanelli, Aspen Elementary, Los Alamos Heart Council $25, Chamisa PTO $5

    Ella Gaffney, Aspen Elementary, Chamisa PTO $5

    Christopher Garcia, Aspen Elementary, Pajarito Lodge #66, Explora Museum $50 gift certificate

    Mrs. Hendricks’ class, Aspen Elementary, Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra $50 and concert tickets, Los Alamos National Bank $25, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $20, Mountain PTA $10

    Patsy Hensley, Aspen Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

  • Be There 02-21-13

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” at 6:30 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

    “Land Water People Time” film showing. PEEC and the Reel Deal Theater team up to show this award-winning documentary film about Northern New Mexico. See storytelling by New Mexicans who talk about fusing relationships, cultural identity, nature and places in Northern New Mexico. 7 p.m. The event is $10 for adults, $5 for children at the door. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    The LA GOP Central Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Acoma Room at the Hilltop House Hotel. All Central Committee members are encouraged to attend. All Republicans welcome.
    It’s Fish Fry time again at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, from 5-7 p.m. The dinners are sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and proceeds will benefit Nuestros Pequeños Orphanage in Honduras, and other charities. Adult plates are $10 and have two pieces of cod, coleslaw and rice or French fries, plus a drink or dessert. Children may have one piece of fish or a grilled cheese sandwich with all the rest for $7 a plate.

  • Student recital set for Fuller Lodge

    Los Alamos music teachers will present a Student Musicale at 2 p.m. Sunday in Fuller Lodge. Students of Madeline Williamson, Kay Newnam, Gina Doorn, Frances Meier, Richard Hannemann, Aejin Chang and Janna Warren will perform. The performing students are Jerry Lee, Daniel and Yunseo Kim, Joshua Chung, Jacob Romero, Bailey Yost, Catherine Bitteker, Joey Ladino, Joshua Morgan, Helen Liu, Grace Kim, Lily and Josh Shevitz, Jenny Wang and Jennifer Wang. They represent a variety of ages, musical proficiency and composers. Everyone is invited.
    Bailey Yost and Catherine Bitteker are seated at the piano with teacher Regina Doorn

  • One big tax proposal seen among many of slight importance

    The final day for introducing bills into the 2013 legislative session came Valentine’s Day.
    My attention has gone to examining the diversity of the state, and I haven’t paid detailed attention to the session. Huge controversies have stayed hidden in the woodwork. Not that nothing is happening. Legislators have introduced 1,218 bills. Some are duplicates, with one introduced in the House and one in the Senate. A few are “dummy bills” with language about serving the public good that can become real bills later if needed.
    Still, much stuff is kicking around the Roundhouse. For those concerned about taxes, the New Mexico Tax Research Institute (www.nmtri.org) provides an invaluable tracking resource through its free online newsletter, “Tax Matters.”
    The urge to tinker with the tax code appears a common element in obscure proposals. Certainly all these proposals will make New Mexico better. After all, the tax code is a fragmented mess, so what’s one more totally reasonable exception. Let’s do something for group A or industry B.

  • Ex-boyfriend: McCready left rehab too soon

    HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Mindy McCready threatened suicide after losing custody of her sons earlier this month, yet she was allowed to leave a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program just days before she apparently killed herself at her Arkansas home, her ex-boyfriend said Monday.
    Billy McKnight, who was in a long, stormy relationship with McCready and is the father of her oldest child, Zander, said the 37-year-old mother of two stayed in the substance abuse treatment center for about 18 hours before she was allowed to walk free.
    McCready died Sunday at her home in Heber Springs, a vacation community about 65 miles north of Little Rock. She was found dead on the front porch, where her longtime boyfriend, musician David Wilson, died last month of a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities are investigating both deaths as suicides but haven’t determined an official cause of death.
    McKnight told The Associated Press during a phone interview from Tampa, Fla., that McCready and Wilson, the father of her youngest son, were recently engaged. He wondered how she was allowed to go free, given all the turmoil in her life.
    Arkansas courts were closed for the holiday Monday, so local case documents weren’t immediately available.

  • Off the Hill 02-21-13

    Art openings

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition and paintings by Michael Freitas Wood, titled, “Presentiment.” The exhibit will be up March 29-April 29 at 435 S. Guadalupe St. There will be a reception from 5-7 p.m. March 29.


    Twenty-two dancers in costumes combine contemporary and ancient Irish dance forms to produce “Rhythm of Dance,” at 8 p.m. March 2 at Popejoy Hall. Tickets, $20-$49, are available at popejoypresents.com or by calling 877-664-8661.


    “Amish Quilts” explores the origins and aesthetics of a tradition that has evolved in a changing world. Opening at the Museum of International Folk Art March 3, 34 quilts will be on view from the museum’s collection and from local collectors. The exhibit runs through Sept. 1.


    Join the Jemez Springs community for the annual Fire and Ice Festival at the Village Park in Jemez Springs, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy a professional chainsaw carving exhibit, a chile cook-off and crosscut log sawing competitions. There will also be chicken poop bingo and many other activities. For more information, visit JemezSprings.org.

  • This Week on PAC-8, Feb. 22-28

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

    Friday, February 22, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (2-19-13)
    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 – “The Seven LANL Explosives Fatalities: Technical and Human Perspectives”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

    Sunday, February 24, 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 02-21-13

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


    Johnson Controls, community kitchen, 1027 Railroad Ave.
    Date inspected: Feb. 15
    Violations: Two high-risk violations for improper holding — cream cheese, yogurt, eggs, sliced cheese, turkey breast need to be thrown out. Walk-in refrigerator tomatoes at 51 degrees. One low-risk violation for storage — dry storage, boxes with cups directly on the floor. Must be stored six inches off the floor.
    Status of establishment: Approved, follow-up Feb. 28.

    Subway #5655, 745-B Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Feb. 15, complaint
    Violations: None
    Notes: Complaint based on “bad tasting” tuna sandwich. Tuna holding at 37.7 degrees on prep line and 37.8 degrees in walk-in, salami at 37-38 degrees. Tuna shelf stable, until used/mixed with mayonnaise and chilled. Possible that toasted bread changes flavor on tuna sub, otherwise tuna sandwich process is fairly safe.
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Tortilleria Temosachi, 419 Corlett Road
    Date inspected: Feb. 15
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

  • The pipes and drums of the Black Watch

    The War of the Austrian Succession brought The Black Watch its first Battle Honor, at the Battle of Fontenoy in 1745. Shortly afterward, it distinguished itself at the Battle of Ticonderoga during the French and Indian War.
    At 7:30 p.m. March 11, the Santa Fe Concert Association presents the pipes and drums of the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion of the Royal Scottish Regiment, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe.
    Although The Black Watch participated in many battles during the Revolutionary War, it clams no honor for these engagements against its American cousins. The red tackle or plume, which the Regiment considers a Battle Honor, was awarded in 1795. During the 19th century, The Black Watch served all over the world. The Regiment raised 27 battalions for service on all fronts during World War I. Its Battle Honors for the Great War include the Marne, Ypres and the Somme.
    The Regiment’s service since World War I has sent it to Borneo, Korea (where it fought with the U.S. Marine Corps at “The Hook”), several tours in Germany and, most recently, Hong Kong.
    Today,The Black Watch continues to serve as a fully operational Battalion in the modern British Army.