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  • Bible Answers: There is no dress code in the Bible

    What does the Bible say about clothing and what is appropriate dress for Christians?

    Clothing is a big deal and has been in ancient and modern societies alike.
    The clothing industry is a vast enterprise because our culture encourages people to invest a great deal of time, energy and money in assuring that their wardrobe is up-to-date.
    Well, who doesn’t like nice clothes? Who isn’t concerned, at least a little, with being fashionable?
    The Bible does not provide a specific dress code. As you might guess, numerous Scripture texts go beyond the mention of clothing to address the deeper issues; i.e., the attitude of the heart, outward behavior and character, and matters of faith.
    Jesus cautioned about worrying too much about what you will wear (Mt. 6:25). “There are more important things to consider,” He said. “Trust God to provide what you need.”
    Paul advised women to dress modestly, “with decency and propriety.” Their appearance should reflect their heart and the fact that they worship God. What matters more than outward adornment, he wrote, is that they “dress themselves in good deeds” (1 Ti. 2:9-10).

  • Caregivers thankful for newly passed law

    Thanks to Gov. Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Legislature, as of June 17, New Mexico unpaid caregivers have a new resource that will now formally keep them included in the process when their loved one is admitted into a hospital.
    On April 9, Martinez signed into law the Lay Caregiver Aftercare Training bill, House Bill 139. AARP New Mexico led the effort to get this bill adopted.
    Under the law, patients can now formally designate a caregiver when they are admitted to the hospital — this can be a family member, a friend or even a neighbor. The hospital must notify the designated caregiver before the patient is discharged or transferred to another facility and provide consultation to caregivers on how to care for the patient when they return home.
    This could include explaining how to dispense medicine, give shots or dress wounds. A patient does not have to designate a caregiver.
    The tasks required of family caregivers go beyond assisting with meals, bathing and dressing. AARP New Mexico staff has heard stories from caregivers who provide much more medically involved tasks — wound care and medication management.

  • Tonight's concert is at the ski lodge

    Dan Bern is the feature attraction at tonight’s Gordon’s Summer Concert.
    There is a change of venue for tonight, however. For much of the season, the concerts have taken place at Ashley Pond, but the Dan Bern concert will take place at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge.
    All Gordon’s Summer Concerts are free.
    Bern is a folk singer who has released two recordings in his career, which goes back to 1997.
    Gordon said he puts on an entertaining show that’s worth checking out.
    “He’s very witty, insightful. He writes about a lot of different things,” he said.
    Following tonight’s show, Bern will travel to the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, California and spend much of July and August in that area.
    Next week, the concert series will return to Ashley Pond with a show by WhiteWater Ramble.

  • State Briefs 6-19-15

    Spending bill includes funds for historic Santa Fe building

    SANTA FE (AP) — The capital spending bill signed this week by Gov. Susana Martinez includes $680,000 for much-needed repairs and improvements at the Palace of the Governors.
    The adobe structure is billed as the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States. Earlier this year, it was named a treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as part of an effort to raise awareness.
    The group welcomed the governor’s signature, saying the funding will serve as a down payment for work on the building.
    Built in 1610, the palace sits at the edge of Santa Fe’s historic plaza. Under its portal, Native American artisans from surrounding pueblos gather each day to sell their handmade wares to passing tourists.
    Inside are exhibits that highlight New Mexico’s history.

    Fiesta queen is under fire

  • Eggcorns Benedict

    There’s an old saying about one’s literary skills: Some people have a way with words, and some do not have a way.
    I was one with not much way at all, and being a math nerd I took a perverse pride in my inability to properly connect a verb to a noun.
    Back then, it was an unstated expectation that a student who was strong in either math or English had to be feeble in the other (and I more than exceeded expectations).
    I was content to play the part of the linguistically challenged, always running from the grammar police as I squinted my modifiers, split my infinitives, and dangled my participles.
      Strangely enough, no one seemed to really care.
    When all you want to discuss is obscure theorems on spherical geometry, you quickly find yourself talking to an empty room.
    But conversing with myself had its advantages. I would only get interrupted now and then, and I never lost an argument.
    Well, almost never.
    Math is quite rigid in its adherence to rules. If you break a simple rule like dividing by zero, then up becomes down, positive becomes negative and the universe explodes.
    Math is quite unforgiving.
    English, on another hand, seems to take mistakes for granite.
    That’s an eggcorn.

  • Update 6-19-15

    Father's Day

    The Los Alamos High School golf program will hold a Father’s Day equipment sale at the old Los Alamos Golf Course pro shop. The sale will go from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Breakfast

    There will be a fundraising breakfast hosted at the Masonic Lodge from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday. Waffles with fruit, eggs, bacon, sausage and beverage will be served. Proceeds will benefit the Los Alamos Aquatomics.

    Future Energy

    A regular meeting of the Future Energy Resources Committee is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the municipal building.

    Caregivers Fair

    An Alzheimer’s Caregivers Fair will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Planetarium

    Los Alamos Nature Center will have two Night Sky Shows Saturday. The shows are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the center’s planetarium. Price for admission is $3 and seating is limited.

    Co-Op Market

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will host its weekly farmers market Saturday at its store on Entrada Drive. The market runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • State issues fewer immigrants licenses

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The number of newly issued driver’s licenses to immigrants in New Mexico has plunged to its lowest level since the state began granting driving privileges to foreign nationals living in the country illegally, new records show.
    According to state documents obtained by The Associated Press, only 4,577 licenses were issued to foreign nationals in 2014. That’s a 70 percent drop from 2010 — the year before Gov. Susana Martinez became governor and when New Mexico issued more than 15,000 such licenses, the most in a year.
    Records also show the number of licenses issued has been steadily declining since 2010 and fell close to 5 percent from 2013. However, numbers show that renewal from such licenses rose in 2014 by 5 percent.
    Officials do not know how many licenses went to immigrants illegally living in the U.S. because applicants aren’t required to submit information about their immigration status.
    There’s no clear explanation for the drop, and there has been no change to state policy despite efforts by Martinez to repeal the law.
    However, since it passed in 2003, some states have enacted similar driver’s licenses laws.

  • Going to 'Safety Town'

    By the time they start kindergarten next year, a group of 39 preschoolers will have already learned some pretty important lessons on how to stay safe, thanks to “Safety Town.”
    Los Alamos Police Department Chief Dino Sgambellone, a “graduate” of the program himself, brought the program from his hometown of Mansfield, Ohio, where it’s been a popular program for years.
    According to a statement on the Mansfield Police Department’s website, the program was started in 1937 by the Mansfield’s traffic commissioner and a kindergarten teacher.
    Sgambellone said he was a big proponent of the program, since it often serves as the children’s first introduction to safety tips they will remember and use for the rest of their lives.
    “I still remember the rules taught to me by the program,” he said.
    For the next two weeks, the kids, under the guidance of Mountain Elementary School, Jennifer Guy, school staff and police officers from the LAPD, will learn how to ride bikes in accordance to the rules of the road and other traffic safety tips. They will also learn about drug awareness, firearms safety, “stranger danger,” outdoor safety, memorizing their addresses and phone numbers, as well as many other safety topics.

  • Theatre will hold auditions for play

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will hold auditions this weekend for its next production, “Harvey.”
    The auditions are scheduled for Sunday and Monday. Audition times are from 2-5 p.m. Sunday and 7-10 p.m. Monday at the Performing Arts Center.
    “Harvey” is one of the most famous plays and movies coming out of the first half of the 20th century.
    It is about a man, Elwood P. Dowd, whose best friend is an imaginary, 6-foot tall rabbit. The character of Elwood was famously portrayed by actor James Stewart.
    The play was written by Mary Chase and premiered on Broadway in 1944, running form 1,775 performances.’
    Locally, the play, which will be produced by Fred Brueggeman and Paul Lewis and directed by Gwen Lewis, will open in mid-September.
    For those interested in auditioning, scripts of the play are available at Mesa Public Library.
    Roles include Elwood, his sister, Veta Louise Simmons, Dr. William R. Chumley and wife Betty Chumley, and several others.

  • Aquatic center to reduce its hours

    Los Alamos County announced Thursday it is reducing hours at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center to save money.
    The new hours at the center will be from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday starting July 1.
    According to the county, the decision was made to attempt to save money for the county. In the past, the aquatic center has been pointed to as one of the big revenue drains of Los Alamos County, that according to the Albuquerque-based Rio Grande Foundation.
    The one-hour cut — the center is currently open until 8 p.m. — is expected to save the county about $31,000 in operation overhead and staffing costs “and will allow for the continuation of quality service and programs during the hours that the pool is open,” according to an announcement about the hour change.
    The aquatic center’s open boating program will start at 7 p.m. Tuesdays throughout the summer starting July 7.
    According to the county, an average of less than 10 pool users would be affected by the early closure.
    Parks and Recreation staff said it reviewed the center’s traffic for its service hours and “pinpointed times with the lowest usage.”