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  • Church listings 12-12-14

    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

  • Aspen students happy with new digs

    Editor’s note: The following letters were written by sixth graders from Aspen Elementary School regarding recent renovations and rededication of the school. These are the last of the letters sent to the Los Alamos Monitor.

    I am loving our new building for several reasons.
    First of all, I love the two stories. It really helps because we’re not all squished together.
    Next, the elevator is very helpful. It’s helpful because if there was a student in a wheelchair, they wouldn’t have to have a challenge going up the stairs. It’s also helpful because if we needed to bring a heavy item upstairs, we could just put it in the elevator instead of trying to carry it up the stairs. Finally, this school is helping us learn because it’s good to know that we’re gong to a school that’s safe and looks nice.
    Thank you for investing in me and my classmates’ education.

    I am loving our new school for several reasons.

  • The constant variation of change

    Back in high school, I was in a college-bowl style competition (team, buzzers, timers, etc.) that covered the span of general knowledge taught in science, math, English and history classes.
    One of the questions asked was, “What is Avogadro’s Constant?” The competing team hit the buzzer first and answered, “6.2 times 10 to the 23rd power.”
    When the moderator said, “That’s correct for 40 points”, I jumped out of my seat and yelled, “No! The correct value is 6.02 times 10 to the 23rd power.”
    I then added, “In fact, it’s 6.02252 times 10 to the 23rd power!” The chemistry teacher agreed, the moderator canceled the question, and the points were taken back.
    My team ended up winning the competition by a mere 10 points.  Thank you, Amedeo!
    When I got to college, that “constant” had changed to 6.022045 10^23.  Over the decades, it changed again and again, and just recently I read that it is now a constant of 6.0221413 10^23.
    Avogadro’s Constant is a fact. It’s consistent. Stable. Steady. Unvarying. Steadfast. Unchanging!

  • Today in history Dec. 12
  • New Mexico Airlines currently not flying

    New Mexico Airlines, which flies to Los Alamos Airport and the Albuquerque Sunport, is currently grounding its flights around the state.

    FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford told KOAT-TV that New Mexico Airlines recently decided to ground its planes because of mechanical issues. The airline primarily flies smaller aircraft that seat up to nine passengers.

    Airline officials did not immediately return a call for comment Friday morning, but a reservation center agent told the Associated Press that flights are canceled until further notice.

    Los Alamos County issued a statement this morning, saying it had contacted New Mexico Airlines. Philo Shelton, the county's public works director, said New Mexico Airlines is hoping to have the problem resolved by the end of the week.

    The county subsidizes flights by New Mexico Airlines out of Los Alamos Airport. The contract with the airport runs through June 2015.

    Check LAMonitor.com for more information.

  • UPDATED: Fewer dollars for cleanup in federal budget

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Recovery efforts stemming from a radiation leak at the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository could get a $100 million boost in federal funding under a budget measure pending in Congress.
    The U.S. Senate was expected to vote on the $1.1 trillion appropriations bill Friday, a day after it narrowly passed the House.
    The measure also calls for slashing funding for cleanup of long-term radioactive and hazardous waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The lab was on track to meet a major milestone this year for packing up and shipping tons of Cold War-era waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, before one of its containers ruptured and forced the indefinite closure of the repository.
    The lab was pressured by Gov. Susana Martinez's administration to remove thousands of barrels of waste from outdoor storage by the summer.
    That deadline came and went, and now hazardous waste cleanup efforts at Los Alamos and other U.S. Department of Energy facilities across the country are stalled thanks to WIPP's closure.
    Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has said reopening WIPP is a priority.
    While some cleanup projects at the lab have been downsized, watchdog groups voiced concerns that cutting Los Alamos' funding would send the wrong message.

  • Martinez proposes teacher pay bump

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez announced an $11.5 million package of proposals that includes paying new teachers more and creating a mentorship program that her administration hopes will eventually lead to improvements in student achievement.
    New Mexico consistently ranks at or near the bottom when it comes to education, and Martinez said during a visit to Zuni Elementary School in Albuquerque that increasing pay for starting teachers by $2,000 will help make the state’s recruitment efforts more competitive.
    If approved by the Legislature, starting pay for a teaching job would be $34,000 per year, and any teacher currently earning less would receive a raise.
    “Starting teacher salaries are too low in New Mexico, so we need to raise them again,” Martinez said in a statement.
    Last year, the state budget included an increase in the minimum salary for new teachers to $32,000 per year.
    The latest proposal would cost the state an estimated $6.7 million to raise the base salary again.

  • Update 12-11-14

    County Council

    The next scheduled meeting of the Los Alamos County Council is at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the municipal building.

    Meeting canceled

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s Dec. 17 meeting has been canceled because of holiday conflicts. JJAB’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. Jan. 21, in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road.

    Tree permits

    Santa Fe National Forest will continue to sell Christmas tree permits from now until Dec. 24. Permits can be purchased at any SFNF ranger station or, locally, at the Los Alamos Historical Museum.

    Luminaria sand

    Los Alamos County’s Traffic and Streets division is again providing free sand for residents for making luminarias.
    Sand for luminarias — also called farolitos — is available at the following locations around Los Alamos County:

    • Overlook Park, south parking lot
    • Urban Park, 42nd Stree parking area
    • Sullivan Field
    • Barranca Road at Navajo Street on Barranca Mesa
    • North Mesa soccer fields

  • CYFD asks for $10M

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — It will take an infusion of about $10 million if New Mexico wants to move ahead with and expand reforms to improve the way child abuse cases are investigated and tracked in New Mexico, child welfare officials told lawmakers Wednesday.
    The Children, Youth and Families Department made its case for the funding during a Legislative Finance Committee meeting.
    The request encompasses the costs of numerous policy changes and directives the agency made in the wake of the death of Omaree Varela, a 9-year-old Albuquerque boy who police say was repeatedly kicked by his mother. The case set off a firestorm of criticism against Albuquerque police and the child welfare agency for not removing the boy from his home after receiving earlier reports of abuse.
    Jennifer Padgett, the agency’s deputy secretary, acknowledged the gaps identified by the Varela case and told lawmakers the reforms are targeted at making sure cases such as Omaree’s don’t fall through the cracks.
    “Can we say 100 percent that there will not be another tragedy at the hands of a child’s parents? No. Do we have the infrastructure and the proactive measures in place to do everything we can to prevent it? We’re working on that,” she said.

  • Passing The Time

    Sisters Sara and Caroline Khan keep themselves busy while mom does some Christmas shopping at the Fuller Lodge Arts Center. Residents were out in full force Saturday as they shopped till they dropped during Winterfest, the annual celebration organized by Los Alamos MainStreet.