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  • Church listings 1-23-15

    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

  • Bible Answers: What qualities should a true Christian have?

    “I want to act like a Christian, but I’ve heard that means keeping lots of rules.  Where can I learn what Christian character looks like?” — Nate

    Believers and non-believers alike often assume that being a Christian primarily consists of following rules and regulations.
    Furthermore, those rules tend to be construed as a collection of prohibitions; i.e., what a good Christian is not allowed to do.   
    Clearly, there are prohibitions in the Bible (eight of the Ten Commandments are essentially negative instructions; Ex. 20:3-17). But we should also note that a fair portion of the New Testament is directed in a negative fashion toward rule-keeping religionists whose primary purpose was to follow the minutiae of the law while insisting that others who would be true to the faith do likewise.
    See Mt. 23, for example, in which Jesus condemned this attitude as hypocritical and the antithesis of what God was looking for in His people.
    Jesus was unapologetically straightforward concerning the character of His disciples. He indicated that those who put their faith in Him would become entirely different beings, transformed (or “re-born”) into persons who act and think in ways that reflect the very Spirit of God within (Jn. 3:1-15).

  • Objections to transparency in healthcare costs don’t hold water

    Last week, we picked up our sweet old dog and paid a vet bill with the complexity of a hospital bill, minus the shock. That’s because the clinic first gave us an estimate.
    Let’s say you need a hip replacement. Why can’t you get an estimate? Why aren’t hospital costs comparable?
    Think New Mexico answers the question with its proposal for transparency in healthcare costs. The pros far outweigh the cons.
    New Mexico hospitals charge a surprisingly wide range of prices for the same procedures, according to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Studies. Higher priced care may reflect a higher readmission, error or infection rate rather than better care.
    Think New Mexico found that patients at the same hospital receiving the same treatment from the same doctor are charged different prices, depending on who is paying the bills. (The six most expensive hospitals are owned by Community Health Systems, which has reportedly hired lobbyists to fight the bill.)
    When insurers and hospitals negotiate reimbursement rates, a gag clause forbids disclosure. The uninsured, with no bargaining power, have the highest rates. Secrecy and varied pricing add to complexity, which increases administrative waste in the system.

  • I will that I won’t

    René Descartes was a truly amazing person. He invented analytic geometry, giving us the standard notation we use today for avariables, and created the coordinate plane system, allowing us to graphically represent algebraic equations.
    He is known for having creating the “rule of signs,” a method for determining the number of positive and negative roots of an equation. He also invented exponential notation and figured out the principal of refraction, creating what today is known as Snell’s Law.
    In summary, he gave math teachers a plethora of ways to torture students.
    Perhaps even more amazing is that mathematics was only a hobby of Descartes. His primary focus in life was philosophy, employing his “method of doubt” in a passionate search for truth. With his establishment of using logic and reason to define the natural sciences, he is known as “the father of philosophy.”
    And as such, the one thing he is best known for is his famous philosophical declaration, “Je pense, donc je suis,” a statement of proof of being.
    You probably know it as, “Cogito, ergo sum,” or “I think, therefore I am.”
    Whether or not one exists, philosophers and psychologists are still debating who exactly is the “we” who thinks?

  • Today in history Jan. 23
  • School board scuffle leads to renewed vows of better communication

    It may have been one of the strangest, if not most upsetting experiences of her career as a school board member.
    Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, president of the Los Alamos School Board, was summarily escorted off the Los Alamos High School campus Jan. 12 by athletic director Ann Stewart, apparently on the orders of Principal Debbie Belew-Nyquist.
    Bjarke-McKenzie was a guest of school board member Nan Holmes, who was invited by a parent to a meeting about the upcoming prom.
    Soon after they arrived, they had a brief encounter with a teacher, and within minutes Belew-Nyquist and Stewart arrived.
    “She was mad. She was shaking… she was so mad,” Bjarke-McKenzie said of Belew-Nyquist. “I didn’t think we were doing anything wrong. We were just going to listen.”
    According to Holmes, it was a miscommunication that quickly spiraled out of control.
    A parent had some concerns about an issue concerning the upcoming high school prom, and naturally, that parent reached out to her representative on the board for help. Holmes instructed the parent on how to proceed and who to contact in an effort to resolve the issue.
    On Jan. 12, this same parent invited Holmes to a prom update meeting at the high school.

  • Informal forums to be held at Film Festival at Home

    School Board president Judy Bjarke-McKenzie and school board member Nan Holmes will be hosting a forum tomorrow night at the “Film Festival at Home” video and coffee shop, located inside the shopping center on Arkansas Avenue, next to the Shell gas station. Tomorrow’s meeting will be at 5 p.m. and go until 7 p.m.  Next Friday’s meeting, Jan. 30 will be at 10 a.m. and go until Noon.

    The purpose of the meetings will be to field questions from residents about the school system and school-related issues. Anyone is welcome to come to the meetings.  

  • Off the Hill 1-22-15

    Art exhibits
    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Hiroshi Watanabe – The Day the Dam Colllapses at  photo-eye Bookstore and Project Space, 376 Garcia Street Suite A in Santa Fe. Exhibition runs through Feb. 14.

    First Friday Citywide event: Contemporary Artifacts — featuring the works of artists Chris Meyer (mixed media) and Jenn Noel (ceramics). At the Weyrich Gallery, 2835D Louisiana Blvd. in Albuquerque. Show runs into Jan. 30.

    Recently acquired works by artists Ansel Adams, Gustave Baumann, Betty Hahn and many others will be on view in “Hunting + Gathering: New Additions to the Museum Collection.” The exhibition runs through March 29.
    Solo exhibition by Jeri Moore. “The Language of Humanity.” Through February at the Act I Gallery.
    Auditions for Richard Atkins’ and Mark Medoff’s new, Holocaust play, “DelikateSSen.” 1-4 p.m. Saturday and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Adobe Theater, 9813 4th St., NW in Albuquerque. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Rehearsals beginning the last two weeks in February. Performance dates are scheduled for April.

  • PAC 8 schedule 1-23-14 to 1-29-14

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    Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 1-6-13
    02:00 PM MPL Authors Speak Series
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Africa: Mothers of Invention
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society - “Seventy Years of
    Computing in the Nuclear Weapons Program”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program

  • Restaurant inspections 1-22-15

    Santa Fe
    Santa Fe County Detention Center, 4312 Hwy 14
    Date inspected: Nov. 4
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Dish temperature does not reach proper temperature. One moderate-risk violation. Ventilation fans need to be cleaned. Three low-risk violations. Exhaust hood with minor condensation and filters were not in place. Floor tiles coming loose by freezer. Minor chipping of ceiling paint around the facility.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Java Joe’s, 2801 Rodeo Road
    Date inspected: Nov. 6
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Insecticide stored along side cleaning chemicals, which was corrected at time of inspection.
    One moderate-risk violation. Oven, floors, ice scoop and fans have food and dust build up.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Blue Corn Café, 135 Water St.
    Date inspected: Nov. 6
    Violations: Six high-risk violation. Hot and cold holding not at proper temperatures. Dented cans mixed in with good stock. Ice scoop has grime build up. Bleach sanitizer over proper ppm levels. Chip holder has grease build up. Chemical spray bottle have no labels. Two moderate-risk violations. Refrigerators don’t have indicating thermometers. Containers have food build up.