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Today's Features

  • The best state sales tax systems (or gross receipts tax, as it is called in New Mexico) are broad, low, and don’t tax necessities, like food.  
    If tax systems are broad and low, that means that the tax burden is shared widely by different products and services and doesn’t fall too heavily on any one product or service.
    Meanwhile, most states avoid taxing necessities so that citizens who live paycheck to paycheck are not forced to choose between paying the rent and putting food on the table.   
    Unfortunately, New Mexico‘s gross receipts tax (GRT) is neither broad nor low. At last count, there were 338 exemptions for everything from boxing matches to all-terrain vehicles and these exemptions significantly narrow the tax base.
    The GRT also averages more than 7.25 percent across New Mexico, which is relatively high, according to the Tax Foundation.
    The one area where New Mexico’s GRT gets it right is the fact that, since 2005, New Mexico no longer taxes food or medical services. This was an important reform, since the food tax not only fell on a necessity, it was also very regressive in that it fell hardest on those who could least afford it.

  • Jan. 25-31, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Pasta primavera
    12:15 p.m.    Smart Driver course
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Tilapia
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.    “Friends”
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table Tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken chile             cheese soup
    1:30 p.m.    Daytime duplicate             bridge

  • Jan. 8: A boy, Jayceon Salazar, born to Eryana and Julian Salazar
    Jan. 15: A girl, Kayleigh Suzanne Hollowell, born to Brittany and Ben Hollowell
    Jan. 17: A boy, Elisa Daniel Mora, born to Samantha Jo Martinez and Isidro Urias Mora

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Cordelia — A short haired, all-black cat with a tiny little white patch on her chest and a small notch out of her ear. She was trapped on 48th Street on New Year’s Eve, and she was certainly happy to be somewhere warm for the new year! She is extremely friendly, and now that she has received a clean bill of health, she’s ready for her own warm, indoor home.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email 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 located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com.  The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 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.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • “I want to act like a Christian, but I’ve heard that means keeping lots of rules.  Where can I learn what Christian character looks like?” — Nate

    Believers and non-believers alike often assume that being a Christian primarily consists of following rules and regulations.
    Furthermore, those rules tend to be construed as a collection of prohibitions; i.e., what a good Christian is not allowed to do.   
    Clearly, there are prohibitions in the Bible (eight of the Ten Commandments are essentially negative instructions; Ex. 20:3-17). But we should also note that a fair portion of the New Testament is directed in a negative fashion toward rule-keeping religionists whose primary purpose was to follow the minutiae of the law while insisting that others who would be true to the faith do likewise.
    See Mt. 23, for example, in which Jesus condemned this attitude as hypocritical and the antithesis of what God was looking for in His people.
    Jesus was unapologetically straightforward concerning the character of His disciples. He indicated that those who put their faith in Him would become entirely different beings, transformed (or “re-born”) into persons who act and think in ways that reflect the very Spirit of God within (Jn. 3:1-15).

  • Art exhibits
    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Hiroshi Watanabe – The Day the Dam Colllapses at  photo-eye Bookstore and Project Space, 376 Garcia Street Suite A in Santa Fe. Exhibition runs through Feb. 14.

    First Friday Citywide event: Contemporary Artifacts — featuring the works of artists Chris Meyer (mixed media) and Jenn Noel (ceramics). At the Weyrich Gallery, 2835D Louisiana Blvd. in Albuquerque. Show runs into Jan. 30.

    Recently acquired works by artists Ansel Adams, Gustave Baumann, Betty Hahn and many others will be on view in “Hunting + Gathering: New Additions to the Museum Collection.” The exhibition runs through March 29.
     
    Solo exhibition by Jeri Moore. “The Language of Humanity.” Through February at the Act I Gallery.
    Auditions
    Auditions for Richard Atkins’ and Mark Medoff’s new, Holocaust play, “DelikateSSen.” 1-4 p.m. Saturday and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Adobe Theater, 9813 4th St., NW in Albuquerque. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Rehearsals beginning the last two weeks in February. Performance dates are scheduled for April.
    Ballet

  • THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 1-6-13
    02:00 PM MPL Authors Speak Series
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Africa: Mothers of Invention
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society - “Seventy Years of
    Computing in the Nuclear Weapons Program”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program

  • Santa Fe
    Santa Fe County Detention Center, 4312 Hwy 14
    Date inspected: Nov. 4
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Dish temperature does not reach proper temperature. One moderate-risk violation. Ventilation fans need to be cleaned. Three low-risk violations. Exhaust hood with minor condensation and filters were not in place. Floor tiles coming loose by freezer. Minor chipping of ceiling paint around the facility.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Java Joe’s, 2801 Rodeo Road
    Date inspected: Nov. 6
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Insecticide stored along side cleaning chemicals, which was corrected at time of inspection.
    One moderate-risk violation. Oven, floors, ice scoop and fans have food and dust build up.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Blue Corn Café, 135 Water St.
    Date inspected: Nov. 6
    Violations: Six high-risk violation. Hot and cold holding not at proper temperatures. Dented cans mixed in with good stock. Ice scoop has grime build up. Bleach sanitizer over proper ppm levels. Chip holder has grease build up. Chemical spray bottle have no labels. Two moderate-risk violations. Refrigerators don’t have indicating thermometers. Containers have food build up.

  • Applications available for Veterans Creative Arts Festival
     
    New Mexico’s veterans are invited to show off their talents in the 13th annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival to be held Feb. 25-27 at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1501 San Pedro Dr. SE, Albuquerque.
    Main divisions for the festival are Music, Art, Creative Writing, Drama and Dance. Local winners go on to compete at the national level via digital images and videotape.
    The Visual Arts entries will be on display from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 25-26 in the Recreation Hall (Building 2), while the Performance Arts competition takes place from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Education Auditorium (Building 39). First-place winners from local competition may be invited to the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival taking place Oct. 12-19 in Durham, N.C.
     The National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Legion Auxiliary, is the culmination of a yearlong, fine arts talent competition involving more than 3,000 participants nationwide. The festival is open to all veterans receiving care at VA medical facilities, including NMVAHCS veteran employees.