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Today's News

  • Brown bag lunch Wednesday features Enchanted Strings Quartet

    The season begins! The Los Alamos Arts Council approaches its 50th anniversary with a season of wonderful programming for the Brown Bag performances, starting Tuesday.
    The Los Alamos Arts Council begins its fall season with a performance by Enchanted Strings Quintet.
    The always popular free performance will take place in Fuller Lodge at noon, Wednesday.
    The music to be performed is Shubert’s string Quintet in C major (D. 956, Op. psoth. 163), the “Double Cello Quintet.”
    After Schubert’s string quintet was belatedly premiered and published in the 1850s, it gradually gained recognition as a masterpiece.

  • Ukulele class back by popular demand

    The Betty Ehart Senior Center is once again offering the Los Alamos community a chance to explore and develop their potential musical skills with this newly-popular old-timey instrument – the Hawaiian ukulele.
    Beginning Sept. 23, instructors Kathleen Galbraith and Fran Christiansen of Tierra Amarilla, will conduct 45-minute basic ukulele lessons for eight consecutive Friday mornings.
    Classes are held in the BESC downstairs classroom, and begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. A 45-minute “sing-and-strum session” for students continuing from prior semesters will follow the basic class, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
    Prior musical experience is not necessary, and lesson materials are provided, which are designed for serious beginners who have time in their personal schedule to practice for a minimum of 15 minutes per day between class sessions.
    Practice instruments are on loan from the instructors and may be checked out for the duration of the class.
    A materials and travel reimbursement fee of $40 will be collected at the beginning of the third class meeting.
    In order to ensure that personal attention can be given to each student, the class size will be limited. Ruth Lier is the local coordinator for this class and will provide more information and handle pre-registration. She can be reached at 662-7114, or rlier@juno.com.

  • Shelter Report 9-4-16

    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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped a few weeks ago. Since Juan was on his own in the wild for quite some time, it has taken lots of time by a patient volunteer to help him adjust to life at the shelter and interaction with humans. Juan would do well in a home with other cats, as they make him feel more comfortable. Juan particularly loves the company of kittens, since he loves to give baths! Juan will need time and space to adjust and might hide for a while, but just give him some time! No children for this guy.

  • Relationship helps in journey to start business

    Relationship figures big in six-year journey to start pet-care business
    By Finance New Mexico
    By the time they had adopted seven dogs from friends and neighbors, David and Juliana Garcia concluded that Las Cruces sorely needed a business that served animals and the people who love them.
    The couple bought a van with their savings to start a mobile grooming business for large pets. By the time they were ready to buy a second van to accommodate their growing client base, the Garcias were thinking about opening a hotel and day camp, with spa services on the side, for dogs and cats.
    In the challenging years between conception and creation of Pet Planet (http://www.petplanetcomplex.com) in 2014 — years that coincided with the deepest recession in nearly a century — the young entrepreneurs drew on their passion for animals and their financial partnership with The Loan Fund to sustain them.
    Timing is everything
    In 2008, the Garcias purchased the land on which they planned to build Pet Planet and lined up a construction loan through a traditional lender. Then the real-estate market crashed, and the bank withdrew its loan offer

  • Politicking enlists hocus-pocus

    “Hocus-pocus,” that stylish tool that pretends to do magic, also fits what the party we spurn tries to sell in election speeches. The comparison is not by chance. Politicking and sleight of hand have much in common.
    These words can be read as a cheap insult, yet their meaning is very real. Serious books these days explore the neuroscience behind magic tricks and find close ties to the ways in which illusions persuade people.
    The techniques work the same way in our brains whether the goal is to amuse with magic or to sell, persuade or gain votes. Brains work how they work.  
    In broad terms, magic methods work by distracting the viewers’ attention from the crucial spots at key times. The magic term is “sleight of hand.” When selling or politicking, the more refined term is “sleight of mind,” with the same meaning.
    The fun of magic is that we know what we see is impossible, whether we can spot the trick in it or not. The harm of politicking is we half-believe the impossible, because our minds do not work to spot the tricks.

  • Scott gets court date in murder case

    Former Los Alamos resident Stephen Scott, 40, will appear in a Denton County, Texas courtroom Dec. 5 to face charges for the murder of his parents.
    The date was set in the 362nd District Court, in Denton County.
    Stephen Scott, along with his brother Michael Scott and parents, Linda and Marion Scott, were longtime residents of Los Alamos. They lived in the county from the late 1970s until the early 2000s.
    Stephen Scott was arrested after his parents were stabbed to death in their Denton home Jan. 10. It was reported that he allegedly confessed to a 911 dispatcher that he committed the murders.
    A grand jury indicted Stephen Scott Jan. 21.
    Denton police charged Stephen Scott with two counts of capital felony murder.
    Stephen Scott is being held on $250,000 bail in the Denton County jail.
    While in jail, Stephen Scott has been hospitalized for an alleged, self-inflicted head wound.
    His trial is set to begin Dec. 5. The state of Texas has not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty in the case.  
    “We have not filed any kind of formal notice that we are, and that’s something that must happen before we can,” said Denton First District Attorney Jamie Beck told the local media.

  • Creating the ‘Secret City’ app

    When the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) team that developed the “Secret City” app heard I was stuck trying to get into 109 East Palace, they asked if they could meet with me to help me out.
    As Team Leader Travis Burkett and Lead Programmer Jeff Wauson coached me through the ins and outs of using the app, I learned how they went about developing this complex piece of programming.
    The two walked me through unlocking security clearances that let me access the Los Alamos town site, the tech area around Ashley Pond, V-Site and Gun Site and finally the Trinity Site itself. The tour is structured to give the user the experience of being a scientist recruited to the project.
    As Burkett and Wauson coached me through, I learned how they worked with historians at LANL and the Bradbury Science Museum to find photos and historical documents for the project, how they created images for the various sites and some of the challenges that went into the project.
    The app functions like a treasure hunt that leads the user through higher levels of clearance. Users can take either a first-person tour on the ground of go for an aerial view of the sites. They are presented with new objectives after each clearance is passed.
    “All these are just to outline the path we want users to take,” Wauson said.

  • Artists share stories at White Rock pot ceremony

    At Wednesday’s ribbon cutting ceremony for the large replicas of San Ildefonso pottery lining N.M. 4 in White Rock, many of the artists shared deep feelings about what the project meant to them.
    Former Arts in Public Places Board Chair Steve Foltyn, who oversaw the project from start to finish, acknowledged the significance of the project and the artists’ contributions.
    “It’s really only a small piece of the story to call this art. It is indeed art, but it’s art that celebrates other art that dates between 50 and more than 500 years ago…But even more than celebrating ancestral art is the story of the ancestors who are being celebrated, and those are the people who are the original inhabitants of this area.
    “Yet another layer of this story is that the descendants of those original potters played a major role in this project and the creation of these replicas. So there’s a lot more to it than just art.”
    All 10 artists who participated are from the Pueblo of San Ildefonso. They are Johnny Cruz, Karen Fred, Barbara Gonzales, Cavan Gonzales, Becky Martinez, Evone Snowflake Martinez, Frances Martinez, Marvin Martinez, N. Summer Martinez and Eva Moquino.

  • State gets $2.6M to fight opioid addiction

    Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-3) learned Wednesday that New Mexico will receive  $2.6 million in funding to help combat the abuse of legal and illegal opiates in New Mexico.
    “These resources for New Mexico’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic are welcome news, and every dollar is critical to our work to prevent more lives from being lost to this crisis,” Luján said.
    The $2.6 million in funding is part of a $53 million funding package from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services to combat opioid abuse in 44 states (including New Mexico), four tribes and the District of Columbia.
    For New Mexico, that means about $1 million will be available for the state’s Prevention of Opioid Overdose-Related Death Program, and about $371,000 will be available for the Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs.
    Funding for those two programs are the result of grants from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. The Center for Disease Control provided $953,074 for New Mexico’s Prevention for States Supplement and $279,533 for the state’s Illicit Opioid Program.
    Counselors from Los Alamos drug treatment programs welcomed the funding, saying it will not only help Los Alamos County, but also the northern New Mexico region.

  • School children from kindergarten through eighth grade get free breakfast Wednesday at McDonald’s

    McDonald’s in Los Alamos, in partnership with Dairy MAX, Dairy Producers of New Mexico and Minute Maid, are inviting local students in kindergarten through eighth grades to enjoy a free breakfast from 6-9 a.m. Wednesday.

    The breakfast includes an Egg White Delight McMuffin or Egg McMuffin, apples slices and milk or Minute Maid orange juice or apple juice.

    “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and contributes to students’ learning success,” said Andres Zamora, New Mexico McDonald’s owner/operator.

    Studies have shown the strong connection between a wholesome breakfast and better focus and overall performance in school. Kindergarten-eighth grade students (15 years and under) who receive the free breakfast must be present and accompanied by a parent or guardian. There are no group redemption or substitutions, and the offer is good while supplies last. Guests are encouraged to come inside the restaurant as drive-thru participation is at the discretion of each owner/operator.

    This program is available at McDonald’s across the state except for restaurants in the Las Cruces and Clayton area.

    For nutrition and ingredient information, as well as McDonald’s full line of national menu choices, visit McDonalds.com.

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