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Today's News

  • Today in history Aug. 15
  • Football team focused on building brotherhood

    The main goal of Los Alamos’ football team this year is to create a brotherhood, a family on the field.
    In the past there were cliques on the team in different positions and grades.
    This year, the team wants to be one cohesive unit, holding each other accountable and knowing everyone has everyone else’s back.
    “We set up new standards and made a contract that everyone signed,” senior fullback/linebacker Derek Selvage said.
    As of Tuesday, no one had missed practice, Selvage said, which is one of the things they all agreed upon.
    Everyone on the team is also expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    If somebody breaks the contract, they have to face consequences to make amends.
    “We’re holding everyone accountable so there are no slips ups,” senior guard/defensive tackle Nathan Rogers said.
    So far it’s been working.
    “Their attitude is one of the best I’ve seen,” head coach Garett Williams said. “The players are working extra hard on building a united team.”
    The team didn’t start trying to build its brotherhood on Aug. 3, the first official day it could practice this fall, it started building it last school year.

  • Post Office now on Historic Register

    Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board Chair Mark Rayburn announced Friday that the Los Alamos Post Office has been officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Today in history Aug. 14
  • Is Obama to blame for weak economic growth?

    A political science colleague sent me an article documenting President Barack Obama’s dismal economic record, and he asked me for added details and perspective. Here it goes:
    True, economic growth under Obama has been sluggish, fitful, faltering, historically weak, etc.
    However, if you look at the charts in the article — especially the second and third — you can see that United States economic growth has been trending downward for several decades. Conclusion: Our economic woes did not begin with Barack Obama.
    However, he has done nothing to reverse the trend. On the contrary, he has doubled down on the very policies that have hampered economic growth.
    The headwinds opposing economic growth are generated by what Ronald Reagan referred to as “the government disease.” No president has advocated, championed, and imposed more harmful government intervention than Barack Obama.
    Here’s a short list of those interventions:

  • Federal programs can help beekeepers build habitats, create products

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has lots of resources for New Mexicans who keep bees for profit, as well as those who have lost hives to colony collapse.
    The federal programs aren’t designed for hobbyists who want to help a critical species, but even small-scale beekeeping operations can qualify for assistance building and protecting their businesses. Terry Brunner, state director of USDA Rural Development, urged beekeepers to research the following programs:
    Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): Because bees play an essential role in crop production, the Natural Resources Conservation Service is helping large- and small-scale farmers restore and maintain croplands to support native bee populations. Landowners who plant crops that provide diverse food sources for native pollinators might be eligible for financial and technical assistance through EQIP, including site visits by NRCS technicians to ensure a proper mix of plants for optimal bee forage and habitat.

  • Agriculture's role in state economy, culture and water cycle

    National Farmers Market Week got me thinking about the economic and cultural importance of not just the state’s 75 farmers markets, but of New Mexico agriculture more broadly.
    On the economics side, New Mexico agriculture is a $4 billion per year sector. But the true financial impact of agriculture in the state is much bigger.
    That number is a measure of the value of agricultural commodities at the farm or ranch: things like live cattle, raw milk and unprocessed wheat. Turning those commodities into the products that most people no longer make for themselves — such as when milk gets turned into cheese, and when wheat gets turned into flour — adds several billion dollars more to the system.
    In fact, researchers at New Mexico State University recently estimated that agriculture and food processing, combined “accounted for $10.6 billion (roughly 12.3 percent) of New Mexico’s $86.5 billion gross state product (GSP) in 2012. In addition, the two industries directly created 32,578 jobs and 18,308 jobs in related support activities for a total of 50,886 jobs statewide.”
    Interested readers can learn more by reading NMSU Cooperative Extension Service Circular 675, entitled “Agriculture’s Contribution to New Mexico’s Economy.”

  • To tell you the truth, I’m lying

    The saying goes that ignorance is bliss. Looking at the world today, there must be a lot of happy people out there.
    I must admit though that I’ve been very bliss at times. It’s far more comfortable being bliss than spending all those calories trying to know what’s what.
    But what’s what is what I’d like to discuss today. Not what is what per se, but more of why anyone wants to know what it is.
    What what is, that is.
    What I’m asking is, what is truth? How do we know what’s true and what’s not true?
    When studying mathematics, I found myself enjoying an atmosphere devoid of any desire to debate the meaning of truth. Math sets the rules very crisply and truth is simply validity of logic.
    Math is not constrained by the limits of reality, which bestows an enormous advantage in mathematics when making truthful claims. For example, I can assert that one plus one equals two on the surface of Neptune.
    This is true, mathematically speaking, because we say so! (You have to love axiomatic logic).
    But a scientist is constrained to observable and reproducible results and hence cannot prove the same statement without actually going to Neptune and checking it out. Maybe rocks don’t know how to add on Neptune and one rock added to another would result in seven rocks.

  • Community Events 8-14-15

    Recurring meetings
    Note: If any of the following listings need to be changed or removed,
    contact Gina Velasquez immediately at lacommunity@lamonitor.com, or 662-4185, ext. 21.

    The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. For more information, contact Chris Ortega at 672-9789.

    The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, lower level. On Tuesday, there is a fee of $2 per player. There is no charge on Saturday. For more information, contact Avadh Saxena at AVADH—S@hotmail.com or Ed Stein at 662-7472.

    The Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursdays. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at noon every Tuesday at the golf course, 4250 Diamond Dr. Guest speakers every week. See full Be There calendar for details.

    Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets Tuesdays from Noon-1 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Church in Kelly Hall.

  • Web Crew look to new school year

    As elementary students transition into seventh grade, Los Alamos Middle School had its WEB Crew orientation on Tuesday.
    WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) was introduced last year with help from Los Alamos County to send a Los Alamos Public School employee to train with the best.
    “Students participating in WEB crew last year were able to be​come part of a team making a difference together at our school,” said LAMS Assistant Principal Anna Vargas-Gutierrez. “They were ​​able to take on and develop leadership skills ​as they helped our seventh graders transition to Middle School.”
    “Our LAMS WEB Crew team mentors go through a minimum of 10 hours of training ​prior to the school year beginning,” Vargas-Gutierrez said. “Parents should encourage seventh graders to attend orientation on the Aug. 11 so that they will have an opportunity to meet fellow seventh graders.”
    The four-hour orientation allows those students that are feeling nervous, anxious or worried to begin to make new friends.”
    The two days of training, in addition to preparation prior to orientation includes team building, planning out a tour of the new school building and recalling what questions they may have had upon entering LAMS.