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Today's News

  • Talent show registration closes Monday

    Registration for The Family YMCA’s Talent Show closes on Monday, April 20. Registration of talent is free, but the Show, starting at 6:30 p.m. April 24, at New Beginnings Fellowship Church, 112 East Road, will have a $10 per person entrance fee with tickets sold at the door. Funds raised will support the Y’s annual campaign for scholarships and youth programs.

    Individuals or groups wishing to participate in the talent show must register by close of business on Monday, April 20, and may do so in person at the Y, or by calling 662-3100, or online at laymca.org

    The Talent Show will have judges and “people’s favorite” awards given.

  • Church listings 4-17-15

    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

  • Mixed feelings on making Bible ‘official book’

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Bible usually unites Republicans in conservative Tennessee, but lately it is proving to be — as an epistle writer put it — more powerful and sharper than a double-edged sword.
    Legislators here are deeply divided over a proposal to make the holy text an official state book, with some saying it’s far too sacred to be trivialized like the state fruit (tomato), the state amphibian (Tennessee cave salamander) and several state songs (“Tennessee Waltz” and “Rocky Top”).
    Conversely, others believe the Bible is an integral part of the state’s history, or don’t want to appear to be against it. And then there are a host of constitutional questions to consider.
    Despite those problems, House lawmakers on Wednesday voted 55-38 in favor of the plan.
    On Thursday, the proposal was derailed when the Senate voted 22-9 to send it back to a committee that has been closed, effectively killing it for the year.
    Some legislators may have felt compelled to support the measure or face political repercussions down the road.

  • What goes into a budget?

    On April 20, the county council will begin their dialogue and discussions about the proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 16 budget.
    My fellow councilor Susan O’ Leary is spearheading a discussion on additional ways to communicate with the public. With this theme in mind, I would like to use this first column to “set the stage” for these upcoming budget hearings by giving our citizens some background about the budget process and responsibilities.
    It takes several months to develop and adopt a budget. The process begins late winter. The council holds discussions in their regular sessions with the county manager to talk about strategic goals, short term and long-term financial policies, expected or emerging trends on a state or national level that may impact the county, along with forecasted revenues and expenses.
    The result of those discussions is adopted by council as a “budget guidance” document.
    Using that guideline, the county departments begin working on their new FY budgets. They concentrate on finding ways to meet the county’s goals, while providing operating funds and services for existing items.

  • Comics are frightening but children are reading

    “The Great Gatsby.” “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “Deliverance.” “Moby Dick.” “Lord of the Flies.”
    Every high school English class student knows these titles. The list of classic novels is long and each book conjures up images of intense classroom discussions on the need for conformance and the value of individuality, the responsibilities and dangers of social judgment, the merits of courage and the price of self-sacrifice.
    The characters in these novels put life itself on trial and allow us to levy verdict on what does and what does not define our world.
    Yes, very poetic.
    One might even think I’ve read those stories. Well, if seeing the movies counts, then sure, I’ve read them.
    Myself, I was a comic book reader. I marveled (no pun intended) at the heroics of my favorite red-white-and-blue patriot, Captain America.
    I played ‘detective’ (pun intended) while reading Batman’s investigation of some super-villain’s latest attempt to thwart justice.
    I found myself wondering if I put on a pair of glasses, would no one recognize me?  Seriously, Lois Lane had to be the dumbest person on the Planet (yeah, pun definitely intended).

  • NFL reinstates Adrian Peterson from suspension

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson has been cleared to return to the NFL. Now all that remains to be settled is where he will play next season.
    Commissioner Roger Goodell sent the Minnesota Vikings star a letter on Thursday advising him of his reinstatement. Peterson missed most of last season while facing child abuse charges in Texas.
    Goodell wrote that Peterson will have to fulfill all the obligations of his plea deal that reduced a felony charge to a misdemeanor.
    Goodell also told Peterson he would have to continue attending counseling while adhering to the league's new personal conduct policy to avoid further discipline.
    "Any further violation of the personal conduct policy by Peterson would result in additional discipline, which could include suspension without pay or banishment from the NFL," the league said.
    Peterson's agent has said the star running back wants to play elsewhere next season. But the Vikings say they have no plans to trade him.
    "We look forward to Adrian re-joining the Vikings," the team said in a statement issued after the announcement.

  • Sports Briefs 4-17-15

    Run For Her Life
    The fifth annual Run For Her Life 5k and 10k races will be held at East Park on East Road (N.M. 502) at 9 a.m. this Saturday in Los Alamos.
    All proceeds from the race will be donated to breast cancer research.
    The registration form is available at atomicrunners.com.
    People can also call 672-1639 for more information.

    Pace race season here
    The Atomic City Road Runners club will meet on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County through early October.
    This week’s race will be held at 6 p.m. on North Mesa — by the horse stable area on the north end of the Brewer Rodeo Area.
    One and 3-mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.

  • Isotopes drop finale 3-1 in 11 innings, but take series

    The Albuquerque Isotopes ran out of gas Thursday afternoon in the series finale against the Tacoma Rainiers (3-5), dropping a 3-1 decision in 11 innings.
    The Isotopes just missed the sweep, taking the first three games of the four-game series, and conclude the eight-game homestand with a 5-3 record.
    The Isotopes had a chance for their fourth walk-off win in seven games in the bottom of the ninth and 10th but couldn’t find a way to pull it out.
    Ben Paulsen led off the inning with a double but was gunned down at third after an attempted sacrifice bunt. A 4-6-3 double play ended the inning.
    In the bottom of the 10th, catcher Ryan Casteel reached to lead off the frame courtesy of an error but was left stranded after a popup and back-to-back strikeouts.
    Albuquerque has won a pair of 10-inning games this season in addition to two more last at-bat wins.
    Sunday’s 11-inning affair was the longest for the Isotopes this season. In the top of the 11th, a leadoff double got Tacoma’s offense rolling.
    An errant throw on a bunt attempt allowed a run to score and put another runner on third with no outs. After a sacrifice fly, the Rainiers led 3-1. The Isotopes couldn’t muster any offense in the home half of the 11th with Tacoma retiring the side in order.

  • Report: Safety lapses, management at fault in WIPP leak

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A radiation leak that forced the indefinite closure of the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository could have been prevented, a team of investigators said Thursday.

    A combination of poor management, lapses in safety and a lack of proper procedures were outlined in a final report released by the U.S. Department of Energy's Accident Investigation Board. Officials planned to review the findings Thursday night during a community meeting in Carlsbad.

    The investigators spent more than a year looking into the cause of the radiation release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico.

    Like a separate team of technical experts, they too found that a chemical reaction inside a drum of waste that had been packaged at Los Alamos National Laboratory forced the lid open, allowing radiation to escape. The contents included nitrate salt residues and organic cat litter that was used to soak up moisture in the waste.

  • Swap meet benefits LAHS literary magazine

    The Los Alamos High School “Pegasus” literary magazine will have its annual swap meet from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium parking lot.

    In inclement weather, the swap meet will be held in the lower commons of Los Alamos High School. A variety of furniture, clothing, toys, and knick-knacks will be available for purchase. Funds from the rental of space for the swap meet will support the publication of “Pegasus,” the Los Alamos High School literary magazine.

    Starting at 7:45-9 a.m., “Pegasus” will also welcome donations from the community for resale. Community members are invited to bring unwanted clothing, furniture or other items (in good condition) to the Pegasus tables.  Space rental/donationg is $20. Sellers may begin set up at 7:30 a.m..  Shopping will begin at 8 a.m.

    A 50-year tradition, “Pegasus” needs funds to publish student writing and art. Additional funds raised will be donated to either the Thurston or Fabry Memorial Funds.

    The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate Team will host a table at the resale to raise money to send 10 qualifiers to the National Speech and Debate Tournament this June to Dallas.