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  • Today in history Dec. 30
  • States face off over future of Obama global warming plan

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two weeks after officials in two dozen states asked Republican President-elect Donald Trump to kill one of Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature plans to curb global warming, another group of state officials is urging Trump to save it.
    Democratic attorneys general in 15 states plus four cities and counties sent a letter to Trump asking him to preserve Obama’s Clean Power Plan, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the lead author, announced Thursday.
    The letter was a rebuttal to one sent this month by Republican officials from West Virginia and 21 other states and Democrats from the coal-producing states of Kentucky and Missouri urging Trump to issue a Day 1 executive order declaring the Clean Power Plan unlawful and prohibiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing it.
    The Clean Power Plan aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at existing power plants, the nation’s largest source of the pollution, by about one-third by 2030. Opponents say the Environmental Protection Agency lacks authority to implement the rules. The plan is already the subject of a legal fight.

  • Los Alamos offers New Year’s Eve events for all

    There will be plenty to do New Year’s Eve in Los Alamos for kids and adults alike.
    In the daytime, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will show a planetarium feature Saturday at 2 p.m. Called “Exploding Universe,” the event is open for all ages. The planetarium show documents the formation of the universe as we know it today in stunning cinegraphic and audio detail that only a planetarium show can bring. PEEC doesn’t recommend the show for kids under 4.
    Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children. The show starts at 2 p.m. PEEC is located at 2600 Canyon Road, Los Alamos. The show is about 40 minutes long and there’s seating for 50. PEEC can be reached at 662-0460.
    In the evening, around 4:30 p.m., those interested in a light show should head to Pajarito Mountain for the annual Pajarito Ski Area’s Torchlight Parade.
    The event starts around 5:30 p.m. Residents are allowed to bring their own food and beverage of choice, sit out on the Pajarito Ski Lodge’s patio and watch the staff come down the mountain via Lumberyard Run (the main run in front of the ski lodge) on skis with torches in hand to usher in the new year.

  • New McDonald’s features more tech, less wait

    The first things you notice about the newly opened McDonald’s on Trinity Drive are the computer screens, the game tables, the big screen TVs, the music and the waiters.
    The new restaurant now displays its menu on computer screens that are kept up-to-date through “BEAM,” a gaming service the fast food chain is subscribed to.
    The Los Alamos store is one of 500 throughout the world that has the system. The Los Alamos restaurant has two special tables set aside for gameplay. The free video games are provided through the internet into a special project mounted in the restaurant’s ceiling. The projector projects the games onto the table’s service at the customer’s request.
    The BEAM service keeps track of what people are playing so they’ll only have the most popular games available.
    “Every month, they monitor the amount of play on them. They will look at the game with the least amount, take it out and replace it with a new game,” Larry Lane, Garza Family McDonald’s’ director of operations said. “They project down onto the table and they come through the internet. They are also interactive, so you can touch and play with them.”
    The restaurant’s big screen TVs will run family-friendly channels all day, including sports.

  • History museum reopens today

    After being closed for renovations for more than a year, the Los Alamos History Museum reopened its doors at 10 a.m. this morning, unveiling entirely new exhibits and the new Harold Agnew Cold War Galleries at the Hans Bethe House.
    The original museum – now known as the “Guest Cottage” – underwent major renovations and infrastructure upgrades as part of the Fuller Lodge renovation project. The structures are owned by Los Alamos County.
    Redesigned galleries form the backdrop for entirely new exhibits, paid for by a $1.2 million dollar investment by the Los Alamos Historical Society (LAHS).
    Despite all the changes, the focus is still on the museum’s primary mission: telling the stories of the people of Los Alamos.
    “The Bradbury tells the science stories, we tell the people stories,” said LAHS Executive Director Heather McClenahan.

  • Today in history Dec. 29
  • GOP State House speaker retiring, Democrat to take over

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican House speaker Don Tripp announced Wednesday that he will retire from the Legislature as he passes his leadership post to a Democrat in January.

    The 70-year-old jewelry maker and GOP stalwart has served in the Legislature since 1999, stepping into the top leadership slot in the House of Representatives in 2015 after Republicans won control of the chamber for the first time in six decades.

    In November elections, Democrats reclaimed control of the House and extended their majority in the Senate. Santa Fe Democrat Brian Egolf has been nominated by Democratic colleagues as the next speaker, pending confirmation by the full House.

    From his jewelry store in Socorro, Tripp said he will retire Jan. 17 on the first day of the legislative session as he hands over the ceremonial gavel to Egolf.

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez will name a successor to fill Tripp's legislative seat through the next general election in 2018, based on suggestions from county commissioners in Tripp's district. The district spans Socorro, Valencia and Catron counties.

  • Pig and Fig to host wine dinner with Tablas Creek Vineyard Jan. 10

    The Pig and Fig Cafe will host a wine tasting dinner with exclusive pairings from Tablas Creek Vineyard (tablascreek.com), an organic estate vineyard located on a 1,600-foot elevation site in the Paso Robles Wine Country in California.
    The dinner will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 10.
    The Pig and Fig is a cafe located at 35 Rover Blvd., White Rock. The cafe specializes in gourmet comfort food and traditional French style desserts.
    Chef Laura Crucet Hamilton is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, where she studied cuisine, pastry, bakery, wine and restaurant operations. She is the co-author of several cookbooks.
    While working at Houston’s acclaimed Rainbow Lodge, she was nominated three times as the best pastry chef in Houston. Then in 2004, when she was working as the executive pastry chef at Vic and Anthony’s, she was once again nominated as the best pastry chef in Houston. She taught cooking classes at Sur La Table, Brennan’s and throughout the Southwest. She is the creator of many of the sweet and savory dishes that are served at Pajarito Brewpub and Grille.

  • Community Calendar

    Coffee Conversations from 4-5:15 p.m. today at Smith’s Starbucks in Los Alamos. The community is invited to join a weekly conversation about re-imagining education in Los Alamos. More information at odysseylosalamos.weebly.com or k.holmes@laschools.net.
    Rain or shine Los Alamos Farmers Market is every Thursday at Fuller Lodge from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Los Alamos History Museum’s Grand Re-opening at 10 a.m. at Fuller Lodge. See the newly renovated and expanded Los Alamos History Museum campus, 1050 Bathtub Row.
    Feature Film: “Exploding Universe” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through space and discover explosive events that shaped the Universe. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    JAN. 3
    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. The speaker has not yet been scheduled.
    JAN. 5
    Nature on Tap: Our Local Trails from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discuss the future of the Los Alamos trail network, including the proposed flow trail. Free. More information at peecnature.org.
    JAN. 6
    January Night Sky Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. 
    JAN. 7

  • Latest stab at postal reform should include services

    Even in the age of texts and email, we still depend on the post office, and people who live in rural areas need it to work better. That’s the gist of a letter signed by 80 members of Congress, including Sen. Tom Udall, to congressional leaders regarding postal reform legislation.

    The reduction in hours, elimination of overnight service, and longer delivery times have hit rural America especially hard.

    House and Senate bills tackle a disastrous 2006 requirement that the U. S. Postal Service prefund retiree benefits 75 years in advance; the $5.5 billion a year cost is the main source of red ink. The bills would integrate postal workers into Medicare and change the payment schedule to avoid the $5 billion annual payments that add to USPS deficits. The bills call for converting millions of addresses to cluster boxes. Customers could comment if their post office might be closed. This is all according to the website Save the Post Office, edited by a college professor with no ties to USPS; he just likes his small town’s post office.

    The Senate bill puts a five-year moratorium on closing post offices or reducing their hours and a two-year moratorium on closing other postal facilities.