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  • Do you want tax reform? Muzzle the governor and make it bipartisan

    Republicans are discouraged that instead of getting a gross receipts tax overhaul, we’re getting a $400,000 study. But realistically, their 430-page baby was way too much for a two-day special legislative session. The good news is that tax reform is on everybody’s radar, and I see the political will to get it done. What I don’t see, yet, is the necessary bipartisan cooperation.
    Sitting through the long hearing for the bill, I heard strengths as well as unfinished business.
    Rep. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho, deserves our thanks for taking on this monster. Harper told the House Labor and Economic Development Committee that he tried hard to be nonpartisan. “It’s not a far right solution or a far left solution,” he said. “We met in the middle of the road.”
    The bill would have removed most GRT exemptions, deductions and credits and applied the savings to reduce the rate from 7 percent to 6 percent. It also remedied a host of other problems with the tax, including its name, which is scary to outside companies thinking about moving here.
    “Names really mean something,” Harper said.
    The bill would also have taxed internet sales, healthcare providers and nonprofits and increased the motor vehicle sales tax and the healthcare premium tax.

  • ‘Two Days, One Night’ screens Thursday at Mesa Library

    BY KELLY DOLEJSI
    Special to the Monitor

  • New Mexico casino cancels Kathy Griffin performance

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A casino in New Mexico has scrapped a scheduled performance by comedian Kathy Griffin after she posted online a bloody image that resembled President Donald Trump.
    Route 66 Casino, a casino operated by Laguna Pueblo, announced late Tuesday on social media that July 22 performance by Griffin was canceled.
    Griffin, who helped with CNN's New Year's Eve coverage, has apologized, saying that the brief video was "too disturbing" and wasn't funny.
    Griffin appears in a video posted online Tuesday holding what looks like President Donald Trump's bloody, severed head.
    She described the project as an "artsy fartsy statement" on Instagram and says she does not condone causing harm to others.
     

  • History on Tap topic to include cold war Thursday

    Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square for an engaging discussion about the Soviet side of the Cold War with Samantha Lippard.
    This edition of History on Tap will explore the Soviet side of the Cold War, from Levi’s blue jeans and the British Invasion to cosmonauts and Soviet television. Come learn about the many ways in which the Soviet Union and the United States were similar during this turbulent period, as well as the unique experiences of the Soviet people.
    Lippard graduated from Texas Tech University in 2013 with a degree in Russian Language and Area Studies and a degree in History. She loved her time at Texas Tech so much, she returned and graduated in 2015 with a master’s degree in European history with a focus on Soviet history. During her time at Texas Tech, her areas of study were Soviet sports history and Soviet social policies in Central Asia and the Caucasus.
    More information about History on Tap and other Historical Society programs and events can be found at losalamoshistory.org and by following the Los Alamos History Museum on Facebook.

  • Summer Family Evening to host Santa Fe Animal Shelter

    Join the Santa Fe Animal Shelter for a tail-wagging presentation hosted by the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. June 7.
    Don’t miss your chance to play with furry friends and get tips on how to care for them. This event is part of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings program.
    This week’s Summer Family Evening event is a great way to get involved with an animal-friendly organization. Humane Education Coordinator Tom Alexander will be present to share the Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s mission, teach animal safety, and highlight various volunteer opportunities.
    Here is a list of this year’s Summer Family Evenings schedule:
    • June 21 – Reptiles from the International Rattlesnake Museum in Albuquerque,
    • June 21 – Orienteering with the New Mexico Orienteers,
    • June 28 – Science experiments from the Explora Museum of Albuquerque,
    • July 5 – Gardening activities with the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens,
    • July 12 – Burro packers from Paraje Atajo Guest House,
    • July 19 – Animals from the New Mexico Wildlife Center, and
    • July 26 – Solar Eclipse Night.

  • Community Calendar 5-31-17

    THURSDAY
    Drawing and Painting Natural Forms from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Enjoy botanical drawing and watercolor with Santa Fe artist Lisa Coddington. Cost is $24 for members, $30 for non-members. More information at peecnature.org.

    Free movie night at 6:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. “Two Days, One Night” (PG-13, 2014, subtitled), or “Deux Jours, Une Nuit,” has been well-recognized by critics and audiences for acting, directing and overall excellence. All screenings are screened thanks to the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.

    Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap at 5:30 p.m. at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square for an engaging discussion about the Soviet side of the Cold War with Samantha Lippard.
    FRIDAY
    June Night Sky Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
at Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    SATURDAY
    Bird Walk: Upper Water Canyon from 7 a.m.-noon at the Nature Center.
Join Joe Fitzgibbon on a walk through a mosaic of burned and unburned areas in Water Canyon. Free for members, $5/non-member. More information at peecnature.org.

  • Assets in Action: Time to say farewell to many

    This is a life-changing week for so many and even though time passes quickly, it has been a long road.

    The Los Alamos High School class of 2017 will cross the stage Saturday, marking an end to high school, but the beginning of life long dreams that lie just ahead.

    It is bitter sweet to see the students leave realm of the Topper hallways, but head on to so many great possibilities. It is important to mark the occasion, take more photos than you could possibly need and just enjoy the time.

    You may bite your tongue to stop the floodgates of tears that lurk just behind those sunglasses. Don’t worry though, that can all catch up with you again if plans include another life change yet again in August or September.

    There are many that will retire as the school year comes to a close, too. There are teachers and elementary and middle school counselors and one principal, too. While there isn’t enough space to talk in depth about them all, there are two that I would like to highlight.

    Lt. Commander Wes Shumaker and LAHS Principal Brad Parker will retire from Los Alamos Public Schools this year.

    Why do I take the time to talk about only two when there are so many others? Perhaps it is because we come off the Memorial Day weekend and salute those that have given all.

  • Tuesdays at the Pond series returns June 6

    The summer series “Tuesdays at the Pond” will be returning to the Ashley Pond stage every Tuesday night at 7 p.m., beginning June 6 at Ashley Pond.
    This year’s summer entertainment series will feature a wide variety of musical acts, and there promises to be something for everyone.
    Performances will range from a professional wind ensemble to an R&B artist, a folk rock group to a big brass band, and everything in between.
    The following acts will be part of the excitement from June to August:
    June 6: The Bus Tapes
    June 13: Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers
    June 20: Marcos Cavalcante
    June 27: Roaring Jelly
    July 11: TBD
    July 18: Ronnie Bell
    July 25: Los Alamos Community Winds
    Aug. 1: The Hill Stompers
    Aug. 8: TBD
    To view an up-to-date Tuesdays at the Pond schedule, as well as get more information about each band, listen to samples of their work, and other details on the Los Alamos Creative District, visit creativelosalamos.com.

  • ‘Halos’ found on Mars widen time frame for potential life

    SUBMITTED TO THE MONITOR

  • Memorial Day celebration honors those who ‘gave all’

    Not even threatening storm clouds looming in the distance could stop the hundred or so people wanting to pay their respects at Los Alamos’ annual Memorial Day event. Things went off without a hitch Monday in an event that featured a flyover by the Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol, state and county proclamations, rifle salutes from the Navy JROTC, a bagpipes rendition of “Amazing Grace” by Ethan Aulews, and other happenings.

    For others, the main event was just honoring their loved ones, dead and living, who served.

    Barbara Buchen came out to honor her husband, John.

    “It means honoring those who have served our country, especially those that have died,” Buchen said. Her husband served in the Navy in World War II as a radar trainer at Navy Pier in Chicago, located on the shore of Lake Michigan. “He used to joke that no Japanese subs got through on Lake Michigan,” Buchen said. 

    Held at Guaje Pines Cemetery every year by the Knights of Columbus, this year’s speaker was
    U.S. Army Colonel (Ret.) Pryor “Doc” Dougherty.

    Dougherty spent 30 years in the Army, where he served three tours in Vietnam and tours in Somalia, Germany and Korea.

    Dougherty’s talk was about resolve, focus and God.