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Today's News

  • Manhattan Project Park stays alive

    Passage of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act (H.R. 1208) in the U.S. House of Representatives last week was a major hurdle en route to the park’s fruition.
    A companion bill in the Senate (S. 507) has also passed the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
    Similar bills introduced last year were unable to get out of committee in either chamber of Congress.
    “We’re further along than we’ve ever been, so we’re excited about that,” said Heather McClenahan, Los Alamos Historical Society executive director and the county’s point person for the MPNHP project.
    According to McClenahan, the question now is how to get S. 507 through the full Senate.
    Attaching it to the National Defense Authorization Act passed the bill passed in the House. The most unlikely possibility is that the Senate will take up the House version and pass it, since the Senate has already passed its own rendition of the defense spending bill.
    Supporters are hoping to attach S. 507 to the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which should assure its passage.

  • Los Alamos reaches out to tornado victims

    For the past couple of months, the residents of Los Alamos have been pitching in to help Oklahomans, impacted by the wave of deadly tornadoes that swept their state.
    They’ve helped out in a variety of ways; bake sales, donation drives, pledging money.
    Among the more unique drives have been the Charger Aquatics’ swim team holding a drive for pets who have been impacted by the tornadoes, a Red Cross donation drive held by Cpl. Pat Massara of the Los Alamos Police Department and a trailer wash orchestrated by the Los Alamos Pony Club.
    Though the swim team drive and the LAPD/Red Cross Drive is over, the Los Alamos Pony Club’s fundraising effort is still going on.
    To get your trailer washed, contact LAPC member Lisa Reader at lisaandgarth@cs.com.
    “If they have a horse trailer or a car they want washed, we will be happy to do that,” Reader said, adding that they will come to you, all you have to do is get your trailer or car ready.
    The LAPC has raised $250 so far, and for now, is continuing to take appointments. The money will be used to take care of animals, especially horses that have been impacted by the tornadoes.

  • Fireworks show on at Overlook Park

    The Los Alamos July 4 Celebration Firework Show apparently is on for now, according to a press release from the Kiwanis Club.
    Officials with Kiwanis said that Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes has given the go-ahead for the fireworks display. The Kiwanis Club members worked with experts from LANL to provide detailed technical analysis of the display coverage zone.
    This information along with thorough review of the Overlook Park area and the detailed event response planning assembled by LAFD provided the necessary confidence that the Kiwanis Firework Show can be conducted with utmost safety.
    The celebration was canceled two years ago due to the Las Conchas fire. Last year, the fireworks display was canceled just days before the event due to drought and weather conditions.
     

  • Taxing Internet sales no slam dunk

     The U.S. Senate, with the support of New Mexico’s Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, recently passed legislation called the “Marketplace Fairness Act.” The idea behind the legislation is to set up a new taxation regime that would allow states to collect sales taxes on ALL online sales.
    Currently, due to the US Supreme Court’s Quill decision of the early 1990s, online merchants must collect all sales taxes due if they have a physical presence in a particular state, but “mom and pop” merchants are not forced to act as tax collectors for the 9,600+ taxing jurisdictions throughout the United States. According to tables available online from New Mexico’s Tax and Revenue Department, there are 24 taxing districts in Bernalillo County alone and easily more than 100 statewide.
    The complexity point is key because it is not that consumers do not owe taxes on online purchases, rather, the Court decided that the burden of forcing a small business to collect taxes at so many different rates with products defined differently, and with documentation required on a variety of schedules and in different formats, was unreasonable.

  • The smile of a cynic

    When you’re a cynic like me (being a cynic, I view this as putting myself in the majority), it’s easy to discount the human race as an experiment in chemistry gone bad. Whether it’s gods playing dice with comets or military playing not-nice with big bombs, I figure the experiment will be over soon enough.
    But every now and then (usually more then than now), something will make me sit back and think, “Maybe there’s some hope for us after all.”
    Sometimes it’s a large scale event, such as the Boston Marathon bombing. The bombing itself could easily convince any cynic that the human race is a diseased animal. But it’s what happened after the bombing that merits the true test of what we can be.
    Fifteen active-duty Massachusetts National Guardsmen had completed the 26 mile “hike” in full combat uniform (which included 40 pound backpacks) and were gathered at a medical tent when the bombs exploded.
    Within seconds, these soldiers rushed towards the carnage to help rescue victims covered with burning debris.
    Ran “towards” the danger! Fools may rush in where angels fear to tread, but heroes are not fools. They represent the best in mankind, which is all too often obscured by the thick veneer of civilization we deal with every day.

  • Church Listings 06-21-13

    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; bethluth.com. Summer worship is 9 a.m., fellowship with refreshments at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome.

    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.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    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.

  • Bible Answers: Rule keeping in Christianity

    “I might want to be a Christian, but I’m worried that will mean keeping lots of rules. Is that true?”— Nate

  • Facing Off

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper linebacker and secondary crew line up for a play against Santa Fe’s offense during a passing league workout Thursday at Sullivan Field. Los Alamos has already begun its preliminary summer workouts for the 2013 season, which starts in late August.

  • James, Heat hold off Spurs for title

    MIAMI (AP) — Even after the confetti fell and the champagne spilled, in the early moments of a Game 7 celebration, LeBron James couldn’t forget Game 6.
    The championship the Miami Heat won Thursday was almost lost two nights earlier. So when James remembers his second straight title, the save goes right along with the win.
    “To be able to win that game and force a Game 7 is a true test of our, I guess, perseverance,” James said, “and us being able to handle adversity through everything. It meant a lot for us to be able to do that and force a Game 7 and being able to close out at home.”
    Doing it that way, following a stunning comeback with a stirring victory, cemented a place with the NBA’s giants for this Miami team and its leader.
    “Last year when I was sitting up here with my first championship, I said it was the toughest thing I had ever done,” James said. “This year, I’ll tell last year he’s absolutely wrong. This was the toughest championship right here between the two.”
    And the San Antonio Spurs will always know it’s a title they let slip away.
    James scored 37 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 95-88 victory Thursday night in a tense game that was tight until Miami pulled away in the final minute.

  • Isotopes pick up 6-4 road win over Omaha

    The Albuquerque Isotopes came through in the eighth inning, avenging a late-inning loss the night before at Omaha.
    Albuquerque’s John Baker run-scoring single during the top of the eighth helped the Isotopes rally for a 6-4 victory Thursday.
    The Isotopes (42-33), who have now won 9 of their last 11 contests, finish their road series tonight before returning to Albuquerque for a four-game set starting Saturday.
    Albuquerque led 4-1 early in the contest, but Omaha’s Adam Moore hit a towering 3-run home run in the fifth to tie it.
    In the eighth, Baker lined a single through a drawn-in infield to push home a run and Matt Wallach drew a walk with the bases loaded to force home another run, giving Albuquerque the win.
    Omaha didn’t go down without a fight, however, getting two straight hits to start the ninth while Xavier Nady hit a hard line drive to first base that was speared by Rusty Ryal, who then doubled-up the Omaha runner on first.
    The Isotopes’ upcoming four-game home series includes postgame fireworks Saturday night and a visit from popular traveling mascot Myron Noodleman Sunday night.