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By Jan Hunt

Ten reasons not to hit your kids

1. The practice of hitting children teaches them to become hitters themselves. Extensive research data is now available to support the direct correlation between corporal punishment in childhood and violent behavior in the teenage and adult years. Virtually all of the most dangerous criminals were regularly threatened and punished in childhood.

2. Punishment gives the message that “might make right” that it is ok to hurt someone smaller and less powerful than you are. The child then feels it is appropriate to mistreat younger or smaller children, and when he becomes an adult, feels little compassion for those less fortunate or powerful than he is, and fears those who are more so. Thus it is difficult for him to find meaningful friendships.

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Cotton candy and probiotic transplants

By John Pawlak

  As a child, I remember eating clouds of cotton candy, marveling at the simplicity of interwoven sugar, and wondering - “How did the first person ever think of making this stuff?”  Seriously, who out there decided that centrifuged sugar would be its own food group?

 Perhaps that’s the true genius behind the advancements we enjoy in a civilized world.  Some whacked out nutcase wakes up in the middle of the night and shouts, “Injecting Clostridium botulinum bacteria (to produce botulism) into your face will make you beautiful!”   Now that’s pure genius!

 No, forget that example.  That guy actually was in fact a whacked out nutcase.

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11-16-12 Church listings

Baha’i Faith

For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

Bethlehem Lutheran

Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

Bryce Ave. Presbyterian

The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

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By Pastor Chuck McCullough

11-16-12 Bible Answers: Addressing gratitude, when giving thanks

“When you ‘give thanks,’ to whom are you addressing your gratitude?”—Dan 

 

This question arose recently in a conversation about the acculturated nature of Thanksgiving and the seemingly vague, indefinite language in public discourse that surrounds the holiday.

People are encouraged to “give thanks” by politicians and media talking heads but the object of the thanks is not typically spelled out. Many expressions of “thanks” apparently just float out into space.

Everyone has a reason to say, “thank you.” We are all the recipients of the generous actions of others, both near and far.

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PED seeks nominations

By Special to the Monitor

The Special Education Bureau of the New Mexico Public Education Department is seeking nominations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act  State Advisory Panel. 

The PED maintains the IDEA State Advisory Panel, as required by the IDEA, for the purpose of providing advice and guidance with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities in New Mexico. The IDEA State Advisory Panel membership is renewed every year for three-year terms.

The PED is only seeking nominations of candidates who work in the field of higher education. The PED strives to have membership representative of the state population. The State Advisory Panel must be composed of individuals involved in, or concerned, with the education of children with disabilities. The SEB is seeking individuals who can serve a three-year term until June 2015.

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X-mas tree permits on sale Monday

By Special to the Monitor

Santa Fe National Forest offices and various vendors in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Pecos and Las Vegas will begin selling personal-use Christmas tree permits for $10 beginning Monday, through Dec. 24. 

Permit holders may also cut their tree(s) on Monday. If you plan to cut your tree on Thanksgiving Day, purchase your permit ahead of time because all Forest Service offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. 

Permits can be purchased at the following locations.

• Los Alamos Historic Society and Gift Shop, 1921 Juniper, 662-4493;

• REI, 500 Market Street, Santa Fe, 982-3557

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BPU passes sewer rate hike

By The Staff

The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously on Wednesday to endorse an increase in sewer rates proposed by the Department of Public Utilities.

The hike is necessary to cover the costs of repairing and replacing the 50- to 60-year-old infrastructure. The proposed ordinance increases overall sewer rates but also simplifies residential customers’ bills to a restructured flat fee every month. 

It removes the variable rate that is based on the amount of potable water consumed during winter months. The ordinance also includes continuing annual rate increases of eight percent for the next four years beginning in June 2013 to meet the critical future capital expenses of the sewer collection and wastewater treatment systems.

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Crime: Law enforcement still looking into Smith’s whereabouts

Police pursue charges against local man

By John Severance

Santa Fe Police Captain Aric Wheeler said Thursday night that animal cruelty charges are expected to be filed against Los Alamos restaurateur/realtor Jake Smith, soon.

Wheeler said the police have been in contact with the Santa Fe District Attorney’s Office about the appropriate charges after the decomposed bodies of two dogs that apparently starved to death were taken from Smith’s Santa Fe apartment earlier this month.

The police and DA are working to determine whether to file felony or misdemeanor charges.

“There is cruelty to animals at different levels and we are looking at previous case law,” Wheeler said. “We have to determine what type of cruelty to animals case this falls under.”

Wheeler and the police department want to file felony charges but it is not their call.

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Ashley Pond: Plans include modificiations allowed within the project scope

Park design gets favorable response

By Arin McKenna

Final design plans for Ashley Pond Park renovations received a largely positive response from approximately 25 residents who attended an informational meeting Wednesday. 

Los Alamos County Parks Manager Dick McIntyre and project consultant George Radnovich, a principal of Sites Southwest, LLC, presented the design plans and responded to a wide range of questions. 

The main purpose of the redesign is the restoration of Ashley Pond, which is in the early stages of eutrophication — a depletion of oxygen in the water. The pond will be completely reconstructed with new aeration systems and wetlands as well as landscape buffers and drainage solutions to decrease runoff — all focused on improving water quality.

The 90 percent design review included modifications based on feedback from earlier meetings. The pond will retain a fountain at the center and a new waterfall that will help with aeration has been relocated to the western side of the pond, away from the location for a permanent stage.

The sidewalk between the new stage, which projects out over the pond. and a dance platform was widened to 18-feet to provide better access around the pond during concerts.

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Contamination: Accident board finds more than two dozen in direct contact

Probe points to lax practices

By John Severance

First in a series

A recently released 116-page federal report said the accident involving Technetium-99 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Neutron Center was “entirely preventable.”

The federal report detailed how on Aug. 20, a LANL worker at the Neutron Science Center unknowingly opened a canister, which contained an uncontrolled radioactive substance.

It was quickly determined that the contamination had spread offsite and response teams were immediately brought in. 

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11-11-12 Births

Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

Oct. 25: A girl, MaKenzie Rose Roybal-Shott, born to Alana Roybal and Mark Shott
Oct. 28: A girl, Anailey Gianna Romero, born to Tristan Lovato and Anthony Romero

   

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By Elizabeth Hjelvik

‘Lion King’ comes full circle

I have been to a few musicals (“Wicked,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables”) and each time, I have enjoyed the story depicted on stage and through music — and have been impressed. 

When I learned that the “Lion King” was coming to Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque, I was skeptical at first. 

The whole concept of actors playing animals characters just seemed far fetched. 

However, I also used to think that there was no way that I’d enjoy a musical and now I’m hooked, so I decided to attend an evening showing of the “Lion King” with an open mind. 

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By Owen Bradbury Aranda and Sebastian Garcia

11-11-12 Word on the Street

Teen Pulse staff members Sebastian Garcia and Owen Bradbury Aranda asked students, “Are you happy with the election results?”

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"In the Teen Pulse section of the newspaper, publised on 11/11/2012, Justin Dunn was quoted erroneously. The quote was neither spoken nor suggested by Dunn. It was not meant as an insult, rather as a clever harmless play on words put forth by other students. None of these present knew the actual meaning of the phrase."

 

 

 

 


    

 

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By Andrew Li

11-11-12 Andrew and Mousie

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Hotel's future uncertain

By John Severance and Keven Todd, Publisher

The Los Alamos National Bank has put the wheels in motion to foreclose on the company that owns and manages the Hilltop House Hotel.

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The bank initiated the process against Hilltop House, LLC Oct. 19, but the hotel’s managing partner and at least one of its investors remain hopeful a deal can be struck with the bank to restructure the debt.

The landmark 79-room hotel straddles some of the most high profile commercial property in Los Alamos at the convergence of Trinity and Central Avenue. But the overall economy and increased competition — both on and off the Hill — has left the 40-year-old lodge struggling for survival. 

The foreclosure documents were filed in First Judicial District court in Los Alamos County by LANB attorney James R. Jurgens.

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