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  • House to vote on border bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would allow Republicans to say they tried to solve the humanitarian problem in South Texas, even though it stands no chance of becoming law.
    The bill would cost $659 million through the final two months of this fiscal year, far smaller than the $3.7 billion requested by President Barack Obama for this year and next, and a sharp reduction from the $1.5 billion initially proposed by the House spending committee. The cuts were designed to win over skeptical conservatives and give lawmakers something they could pass before leaving Washington at the end of this week for their annual August recess.
    The measure also includes policy changes rejected by most Democrats that would allow unaccompanied youths who’ve been arriving by the tens of thousands from Central America to be turned around quickly at the border and sent back home without judicial hearings.
    “I think there’s sufficient support in the House to move this bill,” House Speaker John Boehner told reporters after meeting with rank-and-file lawmakers on the issue. “We have a little more work to do though.”

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  • Bear Camp closes at Ice Rink

    As a result of continued rainy weather conditions this week and the potential for flash flooding in Los Alamos Canyon, Philmont Taylor, LAPD Emergency Management has ordered the County’s Bear Camp program to vacate the Ice Rink in the canyon for the remainder of the summer camp season.

    Atomic City Transit busses are transporting approximately 30-35 campers out of the canyon now. They will be shuttled safely back to the Aquatic Center’s training room. Staff is contacting parents to let them know of the change and asking them to pick up their children at the Aquatic Center.

    Camp will continue for one more week at this alternate location at the Aquatic Center, which should be adequate because of the limited enrollment this time of year.
      

  • Be There 07-29-14

    Today
    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. AA “Happy Hour Group” meeting, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Triangle Club, 3547 Pueblo Dr. at 36th Street. 920-8799.

     Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Los Alamos Improv, featuring LALT members Kaki Kelly, Patrick Webb, Tyrell Cummings, and Warren Houghteling, plus Sante Fe improvisors Sarah Michalak, Mark Mrudoch and Danile Kurmit will perform improv comedy at the band shell. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District. For more information, visit creativelosalamos.org.

    Summer Family Evenings: Star Party. Explore the night sky with instruction and stories by Chick Keller. 8:30 p.m. Learn about star formation, age-old remnants, clusters, nebulae, planets and more. Meet at PEEC at 8:30 p.m. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Summer Camp Showcase. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center. On display until Aug. 2.

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 11. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.

  • People In the News 07-29-14

    Kristin Christensen, of Los Alamos, was named to the Dean’s List of Distinction in recognition of her outstanding scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year at the University of Northern Colorado. 



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    Erin Dinehart, of Los Alamos, graduated from the University of Dallas in May with a bachelor’s of science degree in biochemistry. Dinehart was one of approximately 250 students to receive a degree from the university during its spring 2014 commencement ceremony.

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    Zachary Mang, of Los Alamos, received a bachelor’s of science degree in Health Sciences from Southwestern Oklahoma State University this summer.  

  • Learn flower identification from the experts

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will be holding a four-week course beginning Wednesday, in which two local experts, Terry Foxx and Craig Martin, will teach the group how to identify wildflowers. The course will combine classroom learning with fieldwork, so that participants will come away with the ability to distinguish wildflowers on their own.
    Each session will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The first class on this Wednesday will be a classroom session at PEEC, and the remaining three sessions (Aug. 6, 13 and 20) will be conducted in the field. The group will go to different elevations to see plants that grow in different habitats, for example Camp May, Ponderosa Pine and Piñon-Juniper. Participants should dress for hiking, bring water and other materials. The hikes will be easy and generally very slow, because the group will be talking about various plants and spending time working with keys and text.
    The cost for all four sessions, including a materials fee, is $58 for PEEC members, and $70 for non-members.
    Advance registration is required and only 15 spots are available, so those interested are encouraged to sign up soon by visiting PajaritoEEC.org, emailing Programs@PajaritoEEC.org, or calling 662-0460.

  • Assets In Action: It's back to school time once again

    First of all, as an adult, I apologize to all students for the rash of commercials for back to school.
    Can you imagine if we had to see commercials for all of the things we have to do at work, over and over again?
    Yes, the time is almost here, but it seems so very early.
    Registration for middle school is Friday and Monday, with a great orientation on Aug. 12 and high school registration is Aug. 5-6.
    Elementary schools are getting ready for the meet the teacher and the days when families can drop off the multitude of school supplies. Oh, those are some really fun days when the whole family can enjoy the gatherings.
    This year the middle school has a great new program for the incoming seventh graders and the high school has one for freshmen.
    Staff members have been taking classes and putting plans in place for new programs and projects.
    A great deal of landscaping has taken place to trim the weeds, plant new things and add some new items for the upcoming school year.
    Custodian and facilities staff have been working hard, painting, cleaning and waxing to put a shine on everything in sight.
    Now the rest is up to parents and caregivers. After a bit more time for fun, it will be time to get a few things in order for the big day.

  • Confronting our troubles: Mumbling and the Ross Perot fantasy

    Conversations about our economic, ah, problem, mess, disaster, lack of an economy… (you pick the word or phrase) are happening behind the scenes. I have few further specifics. Even if I had more, probably I couldn’t share. Our leaders — call them “power brokers” — are worried, as well they should be. In larger communities, the power brokers may even have regular, scheduled gatherings. In small towns, it would be the café across from the courthouse.
    When the broker conversations propose action, especially specific and public action, taking on Person or Organization A, and seek people to lead the charge, the candidates for the civic role tend to say, “I have a contract with Organization A and can’t afford to lose it.” Or, “I can’t take the risk.” Or, “I’m just too busy.” Or, “Another power broker opposes this action and I can’t annoy this other power broker.” Or whatever.
    The result is no action and continued wringing of hands.
    An informal survey of theoretically potential cage-rattling, meet-the-challenge organizations leads nowhere.