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  • Briefs 08-19-14

    Council approves contract for fiber meet points

    During Friday’s session, the Los Alamos County council unanimously approved a $250,000 general services contract with REDI Net for the purpose of developing fiber meet points in business districts. The infrastructure will provide access to broadband connections for local businesses and residents. Follow the Los Alamos Monitor for more on this story.
    Council also approved a resolution to place proposed amendments to the county charter regarding the form of county government and the Department of Public Utilities before voters in the general election. The resolution passed 6-0.
    Suzette Fox presented a progress report on the MainStreet Program.
    Chair Geoff Rodgers was not present on Friday.
    Arin McKenna

    Emergency exercise planned Thursday at LANL

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency preparedness exercise on Thursday. The lab routinely conducts emergency exercises to test the preparedness of emergency response and other LANL personnel who would respond to an actual emergency.
    During the exercise, LANL employees and the public may see emergency response vehicles with their lights running in the area of TA-3. “Exercise in Progress” signs will be placed in affected areas.

  • Update 08-19-14

    Dem meeting

    As a follow-up to Valerie Plame’s visit last week supporting Stephanie Garcia Richard, the movie Fair Game about her outing as a CIA operative by the Bush administration will be shown at 7 p.m. today at the Democrat Headquarters (next to Quiznos). An info session discussing volunteer opportunities will be at 6:15. All Democrats are welcome to come.

    Blood drive

    A blood drive will be held Aug. 21 and Aug. 22 at the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 22. To sign up, call United Blood Services at 877-UBS-HERO or 505 246-1457.

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the UNM-LA Wallace Hall, Room 505. The program will be a forum on the proposed charter change to restructure county utilities. Advocates both for and against will present their cases and respond to questions. A regular business meeting will follow. The public is welcome. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159.

    Concert

     Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. today at Ashley Pond. Bronach Celtic Blues Band and the Belisama Dance group will perform.  

  • Engagement 08-19-14

    Holmes-Nedevschi

    Ken and Jennifer Holmes of Los Alamos announce the engagement of their daughter, Royceleen Loqa Holmes to Sergiu Nedevschi, son of Sergiu and Anca Nedevschi of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The bride, also the daughter of the late Kathlyn Qilapupui of Banganoi, Solomon Islands, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and is employed as marketing coordinator for Tarana Wireless in Berkeley, California. The groom also graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and is co-founder and executive vice president of Tarana Wireless. The couple will be married on Aug. 24 at the Presidio in San Francisco, California. They will make their home in El Cerrito, California.
     

  • Credit 101 for the college freshman

    To parents with a freshman entering college this fall: You’re probably expecting to shell out major bucks for tuition, room and board and a million other necessities over the next few years. But before you send your kid off, make sure you share one gift likely to steer him or her along the road to financial security — a sound understanding of how credit works.
    You probably learned the hard way yourself that young adults encounter many unfamiliar expenses — and temptations — upon entering college or the workforce. So it’s important to help your kids avoid early financial missteps that could damage their credit for years to come.
    The first step in managing personal finances is mastering the basic checking account and debit card. A few tips you can pass along:
    • Look for a bank or credit union that charges no monthly usage fee, requires no minimum balance and has conveniently located ATMs so you don’t rack up foreign ATM charges.
    • Enter all transactions in a check register or in a budgeting tool like Mint.com and review your account online at least weekly to verify when deposits, checks, purchases and automatic payments have cleared.

  • Former lab worker sentenced for Atomic Energy violations

     The Justice Department today announced that a former contract employee at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) was sentenced this morning for conspiring to violate the Atomic Energy Act by communicating classified nuclear weapons data to a person believed to be a Venezuelan government official, and making false statements to the FBI.

    Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 71, of Los Alamos, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson to a year and a day in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release based on a guilty plea entered in June 2013.  Her husband, Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 79, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina who is also a former LANL employee, also entered a guilty plea in June 2013, and is in federal custody pending his sentencing hearing.

  • Be There 08-20-14

    Today
    Quiet, Gentle Walk. 8 a.m.-noon. A gentle walk for those who want a quiet hike along a relatively flat trail. The walks range from one to two miles in length and may include gentle changes in elevation. Led by Sue Watts. Meet at PEEC at 8 a.m. to carpool to the trailhead. Free, but advance registration required. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    The Zone is now open after school, 3-5 p.m. weekdays. It’s open to all school age kids, and a relaxed attitude to noise applies, so if kids want to listen to music, watch a video, or chat with friends, nobody’s going to come by and say “hush.” All other library policies apply.

    How to Identify Wildflowers. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Learn from two local experts, Terry Foxx and Craig Martin, how to identify wildflowers. Today’s session conducted in the field. Advance registration required. $70/$58 PEEC members for all four sessions, including materials fee. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

  • Exploring the world from home

    Los Alamos County Library System has acquired the online resource National Geographic Virtual Library, which brings the world to any computer.
    The National Geographic magazine offers photographs and articles, ethnographic and cultural information, superb maps and serious scholarship. The complete archive of National Geographic magazine since 1888 is available now.
    This collection includes the National Geographic magazine and the National Geographic Traveler, as well as hundreds of books, maps, videos and images. A library card will give you unlimited access to:
    • National Geographic magazine Archive, 1888-1994
    • National Geographic magazine Archive, 1995-Current
    • National Geographic: People, Animals and the World
    • National Geographic Kids
    The online National Geographic is searchable by general topic, such as “The Environment,” “People and Cultures,” or “Animals,” as well as by story or magazine editions.

  • Kids keep N.M. beautiful

    Los Alamos Middle School recently won a grant to hold a district wide poster contest to promote Keep New Mexico Beautiful (KNMB) that helped promote the local summer reading program. The posters were on display at Mesa Public Library while winners were selected from the entries. Chamisa art teacher, Renee Mitsunaga’s class had several submissions.

  • Medical marijuana program should come before legalized recreational use

    Returning from a long drive through Marijuanaland, also known as Colorado, I can report that there is no massive transformation. No potheads loitering in the streets. And citizens are still earnestly debating the subject.
    Proponents of legalized cannabis in New Mexico weave tales of vast riches from tax revenues, but it’s not entirely working out that way.
    Colorado’s law has a local option provision, so each county gets to decide whether it wants marijuana dispensaries. Some counties have voted it down, and others have yet to vote.
    As for tax revenues, a youthful source told me the taxes are so high it’s cheaper to buy it on the street. Recreational users pay a 2.9 percent state sales tax, a 10 percent special marijuana sales tax and a 15 percent retail excise tax.
    Because it’s legal to grow six plants, 40 percent goes untaxed, according to the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division. The projected $48 million in marijuana taxes for the fiscal year ending in June withered to $12 million.
    One of my friends complains that Mary Jane’s tax revenues can only be used to build schools — the excise tax’s first $40 million is earmarked for school construction — but some communities don’t need to build a school. They need to improve the schools they have.

  • Sports Briefs 08-20-14

    Cernicek Invite set for Aug. 29-30

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team will host Santa Fe Prep in the opening round of the 2014 Louie Cernicek Invitational.
    The Cernicek Invitational is scheduled for Aug. 29-30. First round games are scheduled for the morning of Aug. 29 with semifinal winner’s bracket games set for the morning of Aug. 30 and loser’s bracket games scheduled for the afternoon of Aug. 29.
    The other first round games for the tournament include Piedra Vista vs. Roswell, Farmington vs. Clovis and Bosque School vs. Goddard.
    Los Alamos opens its season at home Tuesday against Bosque School.

    Sports passes now on sale at LAHS