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  • Be There calendar 11-19-14

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

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Patti Vowell, New Mexico State Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative coordinator, will discuss the state’s progression towards implementing reform in the Juvenile Justice System in the context of the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative.

    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday and Thursday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    “No Limitations.” Work by photographer Kimber Wallwork-Heineman. Daily through November at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery.
    Thursday
    Book and Gift Fair. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the doctor’s lobby area of the Los Alamos Medical Center. Prices are 30-70 percent off retail. Proceeds benefit LAMC Auxiliary.

  • CROP Walk participation inspires community

    This year’s CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot is raring to go with enthusiasm.
    Among those preparing for Sunday’s event are Ted Williams and Vincent Chiravalle. Each of these gentlemen has committed energy to help this great community effort succeed. The race starts at 2 p.m. in Los Alamos Middle School cafeteria. Registration begins at 1 p.m.
    The CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot has been held annually in Los Alamos since 1997.
    Williams has been involved in Atomic City Roadrunners for 30 years and is a co-creator of the CROP Walk/Turkey Trot event. Each year, he takes care of reserving the middle school, measuring and marking the course, timing the runners and walkers and other details. Ted notes that, before the CROP Walk was added to it, the last race of the season for the Atomic City Roadrunners would always be a Turkey Trot, held on North Mesa around Thanksgiving time.

  • Negative ads allowed Martinez to choose her opponent

    Did Susana Martinez’s campaign strategists influence the selection of her opponent? Did the Martinez machine want Gary King to be the Democratic nominee for governor?
    Brian Sanderoff thinks so.
    That was one of several points Sanderoff made in a recent talk about the forces at work in this year’s election. Despite how we prefer to think of ourselves, in many ways we voters are the captives of trends, from ethnic preferences to the unpopularity of sixth-year presidents.
    Sanderoff is president of Research and Polling and a respected analyst of New Mexico politics.
    In the Democratic primary, we recall, there were five candidates, three Hispanic and two Anglo. The Martinez campaign ran TV commercials during the primary against candidate Alan Webber. The intention, said Sanderoff, was to draw Anglo votes from Webber, which would tend to shift to King. With Hispanic voters divided, that would put King on top.  
    King, Sanderoff explained, would be the easiest candidate to beat because he has the longest public record. He has served eight years as attorney general and 10 years in the Legislature. That enabled the Martinez opposition researchers to find negative gems like the building in Moriarty that has no doubt become the best-known lease in state history.

  • Right-to-work gets a second wind

    As Republican legislators update goals in light of their newly won House majority, right-to-work is waking from a long slumber.
    Right-to-work laws prohibit union membership as a condition of employment. Republicans and the business community have long believed right-to-work would be good for economic development — a signal that the state is business friendly. Unions, Democrats and advocates for working people have always said that weakened unions would mean lower wages and deteriorating working conditions.
    Right-to-work has come up repeatedly, but hasn’t been a big issue for decades. In 1978, it was so hot that Bruce King almost lost his election to Joe Skeen. As governor, King vetoed right-to-work in 1979. When that veto was challenged, the state Supreme Court upheld its legality.
    For a sneak preview of the debate to come, look at the legislative session of 1981, when a gaggle of right-to-work supporters took office. One was Sen. Mickey Barnett, R-Portales, who introduced a right-to-work bill.
    House Minority Leader Hoyt Pattison, R-Clovis, argued: “The fact is, the people of our state and our nation don’t like to be told that they have to do something.” They don’t like to be told they have to pay dues to hold a job, especially when dues are used to support political candidates.

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    As Republican legislators update goals in light of their newly won House majority, right-to-work is waking from a long slumber.
    Right-to-work laws prohibit union membership as a condition of employment. Republicans and the business community have long believed right-to-work would be good for economic development — a signal that the state is business friendly. Unions, Democrats and advocates for working people have always said that weakened unions would mean lower wages and deteriorating working conditions.
    Right-to-work has come up repeatedly, but hasn’t been a big issue for decades. In 1978, it was so hot that Bruce King almost lost his election to Joe Skeen. As governor, King vetoed right-to-work in 1979. When that veto was challenged, the state Supreme Court upheld its legality.
    For a sneak preview of the debate to come, look at the legislative session of 1981, when a gaggle of right-to-work supporters took office. One was Sen. Mickey Barnett, R-Portales, who introduced a right-to-work bill.
    House Minority Leader Hoyt Pattison, R-Clovis, argued: “The fact is, the people of our state and our nation don’t like to be told that they have to do something.” They don’t like to be told they have to pay dues to hold a job, especially when dues are used to support political candidates.

  • Report on truck crash released

     

     

     

    The Los Alamos Police Department released an initial report on the fatal crash on N.M. 4 that happened last week.

    The report gives new insight into the death of a commercial truck driver and how his semi truck ended up in crumpled heap 100 feet off the road.

    According to witnesses interviewed in the report, it was the driver’s first time traveling the route. Garrick Frank, 22, a truck driver for “Speedy Convenience Inc.,” was driving his truck in a convoy and it was his first week on the job. According to a fellow truck driver, Frank did not see him trying to wave him down after he pulled over.

    “Garrick was following a convoy of other semi trucks. He stated that there were a number of vehicles between and the truck in front of him, but that the driver of the truck directly in front of Garrick had stopped on Ponderosa Road and attempted to wave Garrick down as Garrick went by the turnoff,” read a statement in the report.

  • Today in history Nov. 19
  • Briefs 11-16-14

     

    Bradbury Museum 

    to open new exhibit

     

    The Bradbury Science Museum will display the Saul Hertz exhibit today to Jan. 31. Hertz was a pioneer in nuclear medicine.

    “The importance of Dr. Hertz’s early work in nuclear medicine and his connection to the Manhattan Project convinced me this would be a wonderful Bradbury show,” Museum Director Linda Deck said. 

  • County council tables two ordinances

     

     The Los Alamos County Council ended its short Friday session by tabling the two main items of business on the agenda: a public hearing on the “chicken ordinance” which would allow those in residential districts to keep up to six chickens and a proposal to provide shuttle service to the ski hill. 

    Friday meetings have a hard stop time of 1:30 p.m. Approximately halfway into the session, Chair Geoff Rodgers weighed the situation and informed several members of the public waiting to comment on the chicken ordinance that council would have to table it for a later date. 

    Citizens were given an opportunity to make their comments, but all chose to wait for the rescheduled hearing. 

  • LA company recognized by Northern New Mexico 20/20 campaign

     

    The Northern New Mexico 20/20 Campaign just exceeded its goal of identifying 20 high-growth companies in the region before the year 2020 with the nine inductees awarded last Thursday. To date, 25 businesses in northern New Mexico have been honored for creating jobs and bringing revenue to the region.

    To qualify as a nominee, companies must have a proven and developed product or service, two or more customers with 50 percent or more of their revenues coming from outside New Mexico, financial profitability and a solid plan for growth. A range of local elected officials, city and county governments and entrepreneurial support organizations provided the nominations, and each candidate went through a competitive screening process.