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  • Community Briefs 07-22-14

    Volunteers needed at LALT for work party

    Volunteers are needed to get the Los Alamos Little Theatre ready for the new season.
    The community is welcome to come to the theater 9 a.m. Saturday.
    Dennis Powell will lead the riser painting effort.
    “We will be painting the risers. This will be applying a single color on the risers,” Powell said.
    Corky Howell will lead the repairs on the storage shed.
    If there is enough time and workforce, volunteers will pull weeds, prune and clean up the landscape.
    Participants are asked to bring work gloves, a hat and sunscreen.
    There will be coffee, juice, and light refreshments in the morning and a lunch to reward the volunteer workers.
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  • Assets In Action: Start having conversations with your kids

    Today is one of those days where my column might annoy you. I heartily welcome your eye roll.
    Today I’m going to ask you to have conversation with your kids.
    Summer time is a time to decompress, relax, spend time doing things because there is more free time. I’m not talking about school personnel; I’m talking about our youth.
    I know it might not be easy and perhaps you haven’t done it in a while, but as long as they still live in your home, there’s always a chance to begin a dialogue.
    As school is two and a half weeks away, perhaps start by asking them what kinds of things they think they might need. When kids are in the older grades, there’s not always a list of supplies to get you started.
    When kids are younger, it is easy to take them to annual physicals, the dentist and other appointments to allow us to keep tabs on them, but that gets a little harder for some when as the years go by.
    As kids become teens one of the best parts about the Children’s Clinic is that they have the parent step out and they ask youth some pretty important questions that may lead to some good conversation, too.
    Big problems don’t start big; there are often signals, issues, or light bulbs that go on along the way.

  • Hiking, biking, beer and music at Pajarito Mountian

    The second annual Los Alamos Beer Co-op Fiesta is on Saturday at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. The Fiesta features lift-served biking and hiking from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as a New Mexico brewers fest with live music from Felix y Los Gatos, noon to 6 p.m. Atomic City Transit Shuttle will run from Sullivan Field every half hour from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    As part of the Fiesta, other Los Alamos cooperative businesses will attend to support the community and fellow cooperative. Representatives of the co-ops will be on hand to provide information about their cooperative business and to explain why everyone should “Keep it Co-op, Los Alamos.”
    Co-ops in Los Alamos include:
    • Los Alamos Beer Co-op (brewery/tap room)
    • Los Alamos Co-op Market (grocery)
    • Little Forest PlaySchool (child care/education)
    • Del Norte Credit Union (financial)
    • Los Alamos Schools Credit Union (financial)
    • Zia Credit Union (financial)
    Tickets are $10. For more information visit losalamosbeer.coop
     

  • Few jobs from sunsets, many from oil and gas

    Oil and gas industry discussions by public officials and industry tend toward the many worthy numbers.
    For example, nearly all (96.6 percent) the interest from the Land Grant Permanent Fund goes into the state’s general fund, providing for continuing operations of government. The permanent fund predates statehood. Oil royalties appeared in 1924. Every county gets oil and gas production revenue.
    Find the report, “Fiscal Impacts of the Oil and Gas Industry,” at the New Mexico Tax Research Institute (nmtri.org). Check the right side of the page.
    Other numbers from David Martin, secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, at the Legislative Finance Committee’s July 9 meeting in Farmington: Jobs, direct, indirect and induced: 68,838. Average salary: $70,666. State gross domestic product portion: 9 percent.
    The numbers obscure oil and gas as a way of life with a long history here.
    Flush with “enchantment,” sunsets, and mystically seeking God, aesthetes miss this. They fail to track production numbers from the well to the permanent fund to investment income to the general fund to paying for the government they wish to expand.

  • Udall scores a win in tough battle

    Forget for the moment, if you will, all variant partisan predispositions — at least long enough to grant that New Mexico’s U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is one of those rare politicians who will persevere in the service of a conviction.
    Let me explain my point, and for starters we should recall that the United States Constitution has been amended only 27 times since it was adopted in 1787.
    We need also remind ourselves that that fully 10 of those amendments were adopted all at one time, right after the present republic was instituted when what we call the Bill of Rights was appended to the original Constitution.
    In short, amending the Constitution isn’t the least bit easy.
    It requires time, tenacity and resolve, which is precisely what the constitutional framers intended when they hammered it out in Philadelphia back in 1787. They even made it hard to so much as propose an amendment to the Constitution.
    One constitutionally permissible method for proposing an amendment would have at least two-thirds of the states call conventions for that purpose. It is an approach so cumbersome that it has never been used, mainly because getting two thirds of the states to act in concert is next to impossible.

  • County Briefs 07-22-14

    LAFD relaxes fire restrictions for county

    Los Alamos County’s Fire Department announced last weekend it has relaxed the county’s fire restrictions.
    The decision was based on several factors, including moisture received from seasonal rains, rising humidity and reduction in fuel ignition potential among those.
    According to a press release, the fire department will continue to work with the U.S. Forest Service, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s emergency management and the National Park Service to monitor local conditions.

    Five winners get free flights on N.M. Airlines

    The winners were announced in July’s free flight giveaway, sponsored by New Mexico Airlines.
    The winners included Joseph Baiardo, Mary Barrus, Steve Ciddio, Opal Lee Gill and Clifford Hewitt.
    New Mexico Airlines, which is under contract to Los Alamos County, provides commercial airline service between Los Alamos Airport and the Albuquerque Sunport.
    Winners in July’s drawing were selected at random. Entrants completed a survey about air travel during Atomic City Transit rides to and from the Overlook Park fireworks show July 4 or during the Gordon’s Summer Concert July 11.
    More than 800 entries were received in the drawing.

  • Dad says suspects also were homeless

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A man who says he is the father of two of three teens charged with fatally beating two homeless men says that they too were once homeless, and he has no idea what prompted the brutal Friday night attack that police say left the victims unrecognizable.
    After their arrest, the 15-year-old told police that the trio had been targeting homeless people for the past year, according to a criminal complaint. He said they had attacked about 50 people over the last few months, but had never gone that far, according to the criminal complaint.
    “It’s so hard that he could do that to someone where ... I mean, like I said, we came from there,” said Victor Prieto, who identified himself to KOB-TV as the father of the 15- and 16-year-olds accused. “You know what I mean? We’re not there now, but that’s where we ... We got out of there.”
    His sons and 18-year-old Alex Rios were charged on Monday with murder and ordered held on $5 million bonds. The Associated Press is not identifying the minors because of their age. The teens and Prieto all have different last names.

  • Congress returns with plenty to do

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation’s immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it’s time to see whether it can just do the basics.
    With just two weeks before lawmakers’ sacrosanct August break, progress is decidedly mixed on several must-pass items due to Capitol Hill partisanship, heightened by midterm elections and the Obama administration’s conflicting signals to Congress. Lawmakers must find about $10 billion to keep highway projects on track through next spring, ease long wait times for veterans seeking health care and deal with a humanitarian crisis of some 57,000 unaccompanied immigrant children who have entered the U.S. along the Southern border since last fall.
    Looming large is legislation to keep the government operating beyond the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1; the House has completed seven of the 12 spending bills while the Senate has done none. A once-promising effort to revive the appropriations process in the Senate appears to have derailed in a test of wills between top Senate leaders over the rights of Republicans to offer amendments to legislation.

  • Caring for the community

    LA Cares volunteer Peg Hume (left) works with other volunteers to prepare for the organization’s monthly food distribution, which occurs on the second Friday of each month. Donation boxes are set up at various locations around the county. 

  • Showing their support

    University of New Mexico-Los Alamos staff is taking part in the 2014 College/Military Day, sponsored by Assets In Action. The community is asked to participate by wearing their favorite college or military apparel to highlight their path of Life Long Learning. The 2014 event is scheduled for Sept 5.