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Today's News

  • Community Calendar

    THURSDAY

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The speaker will be Kent Parsons and his topic will be, “So I got my DNA Test Results, Now What?” The traditional no-host social dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. earlier that evening at the China Moon Restaurant.

    FRIDAY

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will present Alan Ayckbourn’s “Communicating Doors,” a time-traveling murder mystery, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 15-16, 22-23 and 2 p.m. for a matinee on Sunday, Sept. 17. Visit lalt.org for more information.

     

    Gentle Walks
    at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Admission: Free. 

  • Public meeting to review the county wildfire mitigation  

    The Los Alamos County Fire Department, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is requesting public input on a proposed Wildfire Mitigation Project in Los Alamos County.

    The public is invited to a meeting to discuss the project at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Los Alamos Fire Department Administration Building in the Training Room, located at 999 Central Ave. 

    The proposed Wildfire Mitigation Project would include vegetation thinning on approximately 114 acres of county open space lands and home assessments on adjacent private lands to minimize fire hazard risk throughout the county. 

     

    More information about this project, including a map of the proposed treatment areas, is available online at LACwildfireproject.us or by contacting the Project Manager Chief Kelly Sterna at kelly.sterna@lacnm.us or 662-8301.

  • Little things make a big difference for kids

    Welcome to Assets month and our monthly focus on one of the categories of the Search Institutes 40 Developmental Assets©. 

    Each year, we start a new school year with a fresh look about the characteristics, traits and experiences that help our young people become competent adults. The little things make a big difference in the lives of young people. 

    One of the reasons I love the Assets is that it doesn’t take a huge time commitment, no meetings and you don’t need permission or funding, just dig in and get to it. 

    As Dr. Peter Benson would say, “If you’re breathing, you’re on the team.” I sat behind him once at a conference and later passed him in the hallway. I couldn’t muster the huztzpah to speak to him, but I felt, “my calling,” if you will that this was what I was supposed to be doing. 

  • LANB nurtures path for small businesses to thrive

    BY DAMON SCOTT

     

    Finance New Mexico

     

    If you’re a community bank still headquartered in New Mexico, there will naturally be businesses knocking at your door for financial advice and loans. But sometimes, due to a bank’s own regulations and requirements, some businesses won’t qualify for certain loans, and they must be turned away.

    Instead of giving up on the startups, nonprofits and small businesses that may fall outside of a bank’s boundaries, institutions like Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) have found a way to keep them in New Mexico’s financial ecosystem.

    LANB chief executive officer John S. Gulas said it only makes sense for the bank to help keep the overall economy as healthy as possible. For Gulas and LANB – the largest community bank in the state – one solution has been an ongoing partnership with The Loan Fund.  The nonprofit community development financial institution works with businesses and nonprofits that don’t qualify for a traditional loan.

  • Twenty-year drift abandons generations

     Children mostly don’t get headlines, except when something really bad happens. Otherwise they remain in the background, doing what they are supposed to do, being children. 

    But adverse things happen; “adverse childhood experiences” is the umbrella phrase. And what we get in New Mexico, where we’ve been drifting for 20 years or more, is a generation or two or three of children who have become adults without becoming part of the middle class bourgeois social fabric that is supposed to be what our American society is about. These now-adult children are training their life partners and children in more of the same taking of actions that are morally sanitized with the description “bad choices.”

    All sorts of statistics exist about this situation; those numbers will await another column. All sorts of charities exist, too, so many as to generate the hunch that raising the money to stay in business dilutes the work.

  • FEMA estimates 25 percent of Florida Keys homes gone

     LOWER MATECUMBE KEY, Fla. (AP) — With 25 percent of the homes in the Florida Keys feared destroyed, emergency workers Tuesday rushed to find Hurricane Irma’s victims – dead or alive – and deliver food and water to the stricken island chain.

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    As crews labored to repair the lone highway connecting the Keys, residents of some of the islands closest to Florida’s mainland were allowed to return and get their first look at the devastation.

    “It’s going to be pretty hard for those coming home,” said Petrona Hernandez, whose concrete home on Plantation Key with 35-foot walls was unscathed, unlike others a few blocks away. “It’s going to be devastating to them.”

    But because of disrupted phone service and other damage, the full extent of the destruction was still a question mark, more than two days after Irma roared into the Keys with 130 mph winds.

  • Household income finally tops 1999 peak

    WASHINGTON — In a stark reminder of the damage done by the Great Recession and of the modest recovery that followed, the median American household only last year finally earned more than it did in 1999.

    Incomes for a typical U.S. household, adjusted for inflation, rose 3.2 percent from 2015 to 2016 to $59,039, the Census Bureau said. The median is the point at which half the households fall below and half are above.

    Last year’s figure is slightly above the previous peak of $58,665, reached in 1999. It is also the first time since the recession ended in 2009 that the typical household earned more than it did in 2007, when the recession began.

    Trudi Renwick, the bureau’s assistant division chief, cautioned that the census in 2013 changed how it asks households about income, making historical comparisons less than precise.

    Still, the Census data is closely watched because of its comprehensive nature. It is based on interviews with 70,000 households and includes detailed data on incomes and poverty across a range of demographic groups.

  • Saturday events to mark Ranch School anniversary

    History will repeat itself Saturday when Boy Scout Troop 22 will host a formation ride and perform a flag ceremony to Fuller Lodge to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Los Alamos Ranch School. 

    Fuller Lodge was an original part of the school. The event will also kick off the Los Alamos Historical Society’s annual gala. 

    A committee planning the event for the past year came up with the Boy Scout ride in. 

    “Everybody at the table got really excited about that idea,” Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan said. 

    The scouts have been training for the event. 

    To help with the equestrian grand entrance, the gala enlisted the help of horse owners like Lisa Reader with the training. The troop was already being trained and reconnected with its horse riding past before the gala committee called about the ride in. The ride in will be similar to ones that occurred at Ranch School graduations in the early days of the school’s existence.

  • LA Garden Club celebrates 70 years

     The Los Alamos Garden Club celebrated its 70th anniversary Saturday in the Memorial Rose Garden next to Fuller Lodge. It was a bright, sunny day, but plenty of shade covered the seats to create a pleasant afternoon of festivities. Delicious refreshments were served with the beautiful backdrop of roses from the garden.  

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    “Our club was founded on Jan. 19, 1947, two years before I was born,” Club President Joyce Zaugg mentioned as everyone chuckled, “and we have been flourishing ever since.”

    The Los Alamos Garden Club has a long-standing reputation in the community that began in 1947 after 11 local residents gathered together with the goal to create a more beautiful natural environment following the end of World War II and the newly privatized town. 

  • LA, local leaders meet with D.C. officials

    Government officials from Los Alamos and regional leaders are in Washington, D.C. this week to meet with congressional lawmakers to voice their concerns about the National Nuclear Safety Administration’s draft request for proposals for the next management and operations contract for the Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

    “Our community has had some real challenges in communicating our interests, and just meeting and communicating with the potential bidders,” said Andrea Romero, the executive director of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities.

    Two weeks ago, The National Nuclear Security Administration, the government agency overseeing the bidding process, allowed Romero a 24-hour notice to put together a meeting between potential contractors and regional leaders. 

    The contractors visited Los Alamos to tour the lab Aug. 24. 

    Though the meeting was successful in helping regional and county representatives get their point across about how important the lab’s financial support to the community was, only two potential contractors showed up to the meeting.