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  • Assets in Action: A proud 25 years of marriage, family

    Today my column is all about me, well actually more all about we.
    The “we,” in my column is, the Lauritzen family, established in 1990. Actually, Feb. 24, 1990, to be exact.
    So how exactly does my 25th wedding anniversary have to do with the building of the Assets you ask? My answer is everything of course, but mainly the Asset category of support.
    Twenty-five years ago today, not only did I marry a really great guy, Chad, also known as the “Sci Guy,” but I consider today when our entire family started.
    We have three rather lovely young men that we are pretty fond of, Chandler, a freshman at UNM-LA, the community college feel with university appeal, who wants to be a pharmacist. Also the proud owner of Fuzzball, a dog he bought with his own money in sixth grade.
    Next we have Spencer, a Los Alamos High School junior, Naval Junior ROTC cadet and the dad of 8-month-old Alex. Don’t worry he’s a German shepherd, Akita mix, also paid for with his own money.
    The youngest is Aaron, Los Alamos Middle School eight grade student and WEB Crew leader. His own dog will come at some point, please one family can only handle so much dog hair.

  • What’s next for the Keystone pipeline?

    After six years of dithering, the Keystone pipeline project has finally cleared both the Senate and the House with strong bipartisan support — mere percentage points away from a veto-proof majority. Now it goes to the White House where President Barack Obama has vowed to veto it.
    The Keystone pipeline should have never been an issue in Congress. Because it crosses an international border, the pipeline requires State Department approval.
    With millions of miles of pipeline already traversing the country and dozens already crossing the U.S.-Canada border the Keystone pipeline should never have made news, except that Obama’s environmental base has made it the literal line in the sand.
    Within the president’s base, only two groups feel strongly about the Keystone pipeline — the unions want it, the environmentalists don’t. Each has pressured him to take its side.
    I’ve likened the conflict to the classic cartoon image of a devil on one shoulder prodding an activity saying, “Oh it will be fun, everyone is doing it,” vs. the angel on the other warning, “be careful, you’ll get into trouble.”

  • 'Toppers finish tied for 8th at state

    RIO RANCHO — The regular season didn’t end as well as the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team was hoping, but the state tournament went about as well the team could’ve hoped.
    The Hilltoppers picked up 82 points, tying their District 2-5A foe, Del Norte, for eighth place in the final Class 5A team standings Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center. Along the way, the Hilltoppers grabbed a state championship and a runner-up finish along with a sixth-place medal individually.
    Los Alamos brought 11 qualifiers with them to the state tournament, a good total despite not earning the finish it was hoping to in district the previous two weeks.
    Los Alamos certainly wasn’t going in with a lot of momentum in Friday’s first round after back-to-back lackluster performances, finishing third in the 2-5A team championships — the Hilltoppers had won three straight district team titles prior to then — and third, unofficially, in the 2-5A individual qualifier the previous week and picking up just one individual championship.
    But the Hilltoppers were able to bounce back at state and earn the finish head coach Bob Geyer was predicting at the start of the season.
    “If you had asked me a week ago what we were going to do, I would’ve said something like 15th,” Geyer said.

  • Technology does transfer

    This column’s continuing theme is that we don’t know the New Mexico economy.
    That idea got a boost, presumably inadvertent, from Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.
    “Those numbers blew me away,” he said. “That’s more than half a billion dollars that ripples annually though our entire community and economy.”
    Heinrich was speaking recently at the announcement of a $536 million, 836-job economic impact of the Air Force Research Laboratory on Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque.
    Perhaps Heinrich’s surprise should not surprise. After all, two of the five topic headers on his website talk about “Building a Prosperous Energy Future” and “Growing New Mexico’s Outdoor Recreation Economy.”
    A third topic was Heinrich’s new spot of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
    Expecting much technology transfer from the Research Laboratory is fantasy. It is in the “warfighting technologies” business, as its website says.
    In 1993, Al Narath, then president of Sandia National Laboratories, explained the continuing overall reality of national laboratory technology transfer. He asked the rhetorical question of all the science here as contrasted to our low economic rankings.

  • Today in history Feb. 24
  • Former LA grad named new judge

    Los Alamos native and 1996 Los Alamos High School graduate Jennifer Attrep, 37, was appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez Monday evening to be Los Alamos’ next First Judicial District Judge.
    Attrep will replace former Judge Sheri Raphaelson, who stepped down at the end of last year after voters decided not to retain her for another term.
    This will not be the first time Attrep, who now lives in Santa Fe, has served the First Judicial Court as a judge. In July 2014, she was appointed by Martinez to fill out another judge’s term until the end of the year.
    When contacted Monday night by the Los Alamos Monitor, Attrep said she was thrilled with the news that she will be returning once again.
    “I’m so honored to get the appointment from Gov. Martinez,” Attrep said. “I’m really grateful to have the opportunity to return the bench and serve the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe once again.”

  • Today in history Feb. 23
  • Today in history Feb. 22
  • Saunders wins 2nd straight title

    RIO RANCHO - Los Alamos' Lane Saunders earned his second consecutive title by topping an old foe to take the Class 5A 182-pound bracket.

    In the third overtime period, Saunders slipped between the legs of Andres Villa of Goddard and, after a struggle, eventually freed his right arm, the only thing Villa was able to cling onto, to win the championship bout, 1-0.

    The previous year, Saunders earned a title at 171 pounds. He is the second Hilltopper in as many years to win two consecutive individual titles.

    Also Saturday, heavyweight Jonathan Schueler finished second in the 5A division, falling to Jasper Denetclaw of Miyamura. Denetclaw won with a second period pin.

    Los Alamos came away with one other medal Saturday, with John Dermer placing sixth at 220 pounds.

    More on the Hilltoppers' showing at the state tournament will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Speech and debate teams seeking volunteers for upcoming tournaments

    Los Alamos High School coaches Margo Batha and Christine Engelbrecht, Los Alamos Middle School coach Sherri Bublitz, Jemez Mountain Home School coach Carolyn Connor are seeking volunteers to judge speech and debate rounds or donate food to feed visiting coaches and volunteer judges. Judges have to be 18 or over, in any profession. Volunteers may or may not be associated with Los Alamos Public Schools. Judges must commit to a minimum of two volunteer hours.

    A variety of snacks, entrées and beverages are needed and 30 coaches who will be volunteering their time at the state tournament. Donations of disposable plates, silverware, and napkins are also welcome and appreciated. Food and drink donations are needed at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on each of the three days of the tournament. Register at http://bit.ly/1z4Gpmw to donate food for the state tournament.

     “The Los Alamos Speech and Debate community is thrilled to host the State Speech and Debate Championships. With our outstanding judge pool and supportive community, we know the tournament will be a success,” said Batha, Hilltalkers and president of the New Mexico State Speech and Debate Association.