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  • Today in history March 27
  • Make March Music

    March is Music in the Schools Month and members of the Los Alamos High School choir, directed by Jason Rutledge, and the Los Alamos Middle School orchestra celebrated the occasion by performing in front of the school board at a Los Alamos School Board meeting earlier this month.
     

  • Restaurant inspections 3-26-15

    Española

    Wendy’s, 160 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date Inspected: Feb. 3
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations. Food contact surfaces need cleaning. Ventilation/grills above sink/ ware holding area need thorough cleaning. One low-risk violation. All staff in food prep area are  required to wear hair restraints.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    McDonalds, 618 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date Inspected: Feb. 12
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations. Hood/ vent system needs cleaning. Ceilings needs ceiling tiles replaced. Two low-risk violations. Floors have broken tiles. Staff not wearing hair restraints.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Santa Fe

    Panda Express, 500 North Guadalupe St.
    Date Inspected: Feb. 3
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Ceiling of walk in refrigerator has rust build up.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Taqueria La Hacienda, 1622 St. Michael’s Dr.
    Date Inspected: Feb. 4
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Hand sink was used to store the bleach sanitizer solution. One moderate-risk violation. Chlorine test strips are not available.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Church listings 3-27-15

    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

  • Religion briefs 3-27-15

    Passover observance to be celebrated April 2

    Passover, or Pesach, is the first of the major Jewish festivals mentioned in the Bible. Passover celebrates God freeing the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt — a story told in the book of Exodus. Each year, families gather to retell the story of their deliverance to pass along its message of hope, redemption and faith to their children.
    The observance of the Last Supper Seder will be 6:30 p.m. April 2 at The Christian Church, 92 East Road.
    The observance will be a family-oriented dinner and celebration, which places special emphasis on Jesus’ use of the elements from the Passover meal to inaugurate the commemoration of His sacrifice. Patrons are encouraged to bring a Passover themed main dish and salad or dessert. However, the items should be in keeping with Paschal regulations. There are only two basic restrictions: (1) No Pork, (2) No Leaven. Googling “seder or passover recipes” should offer plenty of ideas. The church will provide drinks, paper supplies and the special meal elements used in celebrating the Passover.
    A sign up list will be in the church’s foyer, or can call 662-6468 or send an email to thechristianchurch@msn.com to RSVP.

    LAJC to host community Seder

  • Why can’t private sectors handle mail delivery

    In a country where people extol the virtues of free enterprise, why is the U.S. government involved in the delivery of mail? After all, it would be difficult to find a better example of a violation of the principles of free enterprise than the U.S. Postal Service.
    The Postal Service is a monopoly. That means that the law expressly prohibits anyone in the private sector from competing against the government in the delivery of first-class mail. If some private firm attempts to do so, the Justice Department immediately secures an injunction from a federal judge enjoining the firm from continuing to compete. If the firm persists, the judge jails the head of the firm until he agrees to cease and desist with his competition.
    Why should a country that prides itself on the virtues of free enterprise have a massive monopoly on mail delivery? Why not free enterprise in mail delivery?
     One option would be to simply repeal the postal monopoly. That would put the Postal Service in the same position as everyone else — as a competitor among many private firms that would be seeking people’s business.

  • America’s first pet

    In its 239-year history, America has been involved in 222 years of fighting. Only a handful of presidents served during times of no war. Talk about boring administrations, eh?
    It seems that most presidents are remembered for their wars. George Washington and the Revolutionary War. James Madison and the War of 1812. James Polk and the Mexican-American War. George W. Bush and the War on Grammar.
    Some years after the Civil War, General William Tecumseh Sherman is credited with having said, “War is hell.”  About three generations later, after World War II, Harry S Truman remarked “Peace is hell.”
    I’m not an expert in the dichotomy of hell, but I do know that whereas the road to hell is paved with good intentions, it is not traveled by the best of us. By “us,” I mean those among us who are truly the divine gifts to civilization. Dogs.
    Seriously, is anything more beatific than a dog?  Even Pope Francis agrees with Goldcrest Films that all dogs go to heaven.
    Maybe that’s why ol’ Tecumseh never became president. He didn’t own a dog!  Who wants a president who doesn’t have a companion destined for the pearly gates?

  • Los Alamos baseball holds on to beat Moriarty

    The Los Alamos baseball team improved to 7-5 overall with a 5-3 victory over Moriarty (1-10-1) on Thursday.
    “It was OK,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “We’ll take it.”
    The ’Toppers scored four runs in the first inning and one more in the second.
    Jared Mang went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases.
    Trevor Pacheco went 2-for-4, scored once and had a RBI.
    Mang also pitched a complete game for Los Alamos. He struck out 11 batters, walked two, beaned one and gave up three hits and 1 earned run.
    “He was sharp yesterday,” Gill said.
    The team’s defense also had a “decent” game, Gill said.
    The infield didn’t make any errors. In the catcher’s spot, Pacheco did a lot of good things that don’t show up on the stat sheet, like fielding curve balls intentionally thrown in the dirt.
    “Trevor had a really good game behind the plate,” Gill said.
    Moriarty scored once in the first inning, once in the third and once in the fourth.
    In the fourth inning, however, the Fighting Pintos were starting to rally when Los Alamos’ defense came up big.

  • Slow start hurts LA softball against Roswell

    Some early errors put the Los Alamos softball team in a 10-0 hole against Roswell Thursday in the first round of the Kristin Griego tournament in Rio Rancho.
    The ’Toppers eventually settled down on defense and got their bats going to score some runs, but they couldn’t catch the Coyotes and eventually fell, 13-5.
    “We got off to a slow start and made some key errors early on — a couple of mistakes to keep innings going,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said.
    In the third inning, the ’Toppers were able to get some momentum going for themselves.
    Morgan Hohner reached base on an infield single.
    Shelby Chavez then hit a triple over the right fielder’s head to bring Hohner home.
    Chavez then scored Los Alamos’ second run. She finished with two triples, two RBIs, two runs and two walks.
    In the fifth inning, Los Alamos got some help from its bench to close the gap a little more.
    Chavez and Taylor Jaramillo both walked. Rebecca Luster came in the game as a pinch runner for Jaramillo. Hannah Mojica then hit a sacrifice fly to score Chavez.
    After that Shelby Milligan stepped up to the plate as a pinch hitter and came through for Los Alamos with an RBI-single to score Luster.

  • Technical Assessment Team report on WIPP breach released

    The U.S. Department of Energy today released a report by an independent team of technical experts that evaluated the mechanisms and chemical reactions contributing to the failure of a waste drum at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
    The Technical Assessment Team (TAT) concluded that one drum, Drum 68660, was the source of radioactive contamination released during the February 14, 2014, radiological event at WIPP.
    The contents of Drum 68660 were chemically incompatible and the drum breached as a result of internal chemical reactions.
    The department charged the TAT with determining to the extent feasible the mechanisms and chemical reactions that may have resulted in the breach of at least one waste drum and release of waste material.
    The TAT included scientists from several DOE national laboratories, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory, and was led by Savanah River National Laboratory. Lab participants included scientific experts from across several disciplines, such as sampling and analysis, forensic science, modeling, and reaction chemistry, enabling the generation and peer review of scientifically-based conclusions.