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  • Bird count survey dates set for December, January

    The Audubon Christmas Bird Count, the longest-running citizen science wildlife survey in the world, will take place Dec. 14-Jan. 5, throughout North America, including 35 locations in New Mexico.
    More than 60,000 volunteers nationwide are expected to brave the cold this year to add a new layer of data that will help shape conservation decisions in years to come.
    This year, the CBC will undergo several significant changes. Most importantly, fees to participate in the count will be dropped to encourage greater participation and the annual published report, “American Birds,” will go digital in 2013, saving more trees for the birds. Christmas Bird Count information will also be available online in Spanish for the first time.
    “We encourage birders of all ages and abilities to participate in this year’s CBC,” said Robert Templeton, who leads a scheduling effort for New Mexico’s count. “Each counting group is led by one or more experts capable of identifying, by sight and sound, the birds in their area, so it’s a great learning opportunity for less experienced birders as well.”

  • Update 12-14-12

    Swearing in

    The public is invited to attend the official swearing in ceremony for newly elected officials at 10 a.m. Dec. 21. in the Municipal Courtroom of the Justice Center. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Justice Center.

    Bake sale canceled

    The Chamisa Elementary bake sale scheduled for Saturday has been canceled due to concerns about the weather. The baked sale will be rescheduled.

    Ice Rink closed

    Due to large accumulations of snow the Los Alamos County Ice Rink is closed all day today.  Weather conditions will determine when the Ice Rink will open again. For updated information call 662-4500.

    Asset Awards

    Monday is the final day to turn in nominations for the Community Asset Awards. That can be done online at AssetsInAction.info or by phone at 661-4846. The Community Asset Awards is sponsored by the JJAB.

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  • Smart meter demo ramps up

    The smart meter demonstration project is gearing up to make another leap forward this spring.

    The Department of Public Utilities is working with NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology and Development Corporation) on a plan to install smart meters at every residence on Barranca and North Mesas.

    “The objective is to identify a geographic location and put smart meters in there so that we can evaluate consumer behavior when they receive pricing signals indicating critical peak pricing,” said Robert Westervelt, deputy utilities manager for finance and administration. “Are they willing to adjust their consumption when they see there’s a price differential if they reduce their consumption at a certain time?

    “If they can reduce their power during that critical peak then there’s a potential to save some cost for the system.”
    Westervelt said that for the demonstration to be effective, an isolated geographic area must have 100 percent saturation with smart meters. Barranca and North Mesas were chosen because they are both serviced by a single feeder line.

  • Board weighs in on sequestration issue

    It may seem like a small gesture, but the Los Alamos Board of Education took time from a busy agenda this week to add its voice to the many school boards across the nation concerned about the “sequestration” issue.

    The board’s passed a resolution, which urges the U.S. Congress and the president to protect public education against a proposed budget action that will cut $1.2 trillion in spending over the next decade. The law was passed last summer, and is due to go in effect Jan. 1.  

    The resolution is for the school board to call on senators and representatives and tell them that we oppose sequestration,” school board member Dawn Venhaus said of the action. “We oppose this 20 percent cut across the board and that they need to make a deal.”

    “The Los Alamos School Board urges Congress and the administration to amend the Budget Control Act to mitigate the drastic cuts to education that would affect our students and communities, and to protect education as an investment critical to economic stability and American competitiveness,” the last section of the resolution stated.

    If the school board passed it, then it would be forward to Los Alamos representatives in congress, Venhaus said.

  • Storm triggers closures

    Be careful out there. According to the National Weather Service, snow conditions are expected for Los Alamos all day and into the night. The forecast predicts about 7 to 9 inches, with “blowing snow” expected for the afternoon. Here is rundown of how the first winter storm of the season impacted the area Friday:

    Driving Conditions
    Passable, but be cautious. If you don’t have anything pressing to do, stay off the roads, officials advise.
    N.M. 502 was closed briefly Friday morning for about 15 minutes but by mid-morning the road was plowed and sanded and normal travel had resumed.

    “N.M. 502 is a priority for us in District 5, so we do everything possible to keep the roads in that area passable,” said Patricia Wolff, spokesperson for the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

    As of late morning, all roads in the Los Alamos area were open.
    Wolff also said to check back toinformation sources throughout the day, because conditions could change, especially when it comes to N.M. 502.

    “We can’t speak for what’s going to happen an hour from now, but for the moment, the road is open,” she said at 10 a.m.

    So far, things have been pretty tame, according to Randy Foster, acting chief  of the Los Alamos Police Department.

  • Church Listings 12-14-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • Couple celebrates 25 years at church

    In 1987, “The Cosby Show” was one of the most popular programs on television, the New York Giants won the Super Bowl and a gallon of gasoline cost 89 cents.
    In August 1987, Timothy D. Stidham, his wife Tanya and their four children, moved to Los Alamos from Sherman, Texas. They had been hired to serve in ministry with the Los Alamos Church of Christ.  The kids were Tracy, 10; Tony, 8; Tera, 5, and Tiffany, 3.
    Twenty-five years later Tim and Tanya are still here, and there’s no end in sight.
    The church honored the Stidhams with a banquet at Hilltop House Hotel on Nov. 30, when members recounted 25 years of memories and presented the couple with gifts.
    Tim and Tanya worked five years with the youth group. Tim became pulpit minister in1992. Tanya has been women’s minister since 2000. Their son Tony is currently the church’s youth minister.
    Since 1987, Tim has delivered 963 sermons; conducted “The Table” Sunday evening class;” taught Sunday morning and Wednesday evening Bible classes and led Wilderness Trek encampments and congregational rafting trips. Tanya teaches women’s Bible classes and coordinates women’s activities. Both are available for counseling.

  • Video: 27 Dead in Conn. School Shooting

    An official with knowledge of a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school says 27 people are dead, including 18 children. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way.

  • Susana for prez in 2016? Hard to say

    It was about this time last year that political prognosticators, here and elsewhere, started to busy themselves with speculation that 2012 could prove to be a breakout year for Susana Martinez.
    We were headed into an election year, they noted. And not just any election year either.  This was the beginning of a presidential election year in which the movers and shakers of Martinez’s Republican Party were bent on defeating the incumbent Democratic president.
    At the time a whole gaggle Republicans were still in the running for their party’s presidential nomination and it was anybody’s guess who would ultimately prevail.
    But vice presidential nominees don’t run for that job. They are picked by the head of the party’s ticket. And before they are picked, they are “mentioned” by pundits and politicos, for whom speculating about potential vice presidential running mates is a quadrennial ritual.
    Thus was it that Susana Martinez, first woman to be elected governor in New Mexico, first Hispanic woman to be elected in any state, enjoyed a flurry of “mentioning” as a prospective Republican vice presidential nominee in the 2012 fall election.

  • Doomsday predictions are usually doomed to failure

    Dec. 21, 2012.  It will be the end of the world as we know it!
    Yeah, right. We should be so lucky.
    Doomsday prophets have prospered throughout the ages by feeding off end-of-the-world phobias. One of the more recent nutcases forewarning global cataclysm was Harold Camping who predicted that the world would end on May 21, 2011.
    Camping’s vision of destruction was however mathematically sound. 2011 is a prime number and is itself the sum of 11 consecutive prime numbers (with 11 likewise being prime). What better prime time for a prime disaster?
    So his chant rang out. “The world is ending! The world is ending!  Give me all your money!”
    And people did. But when the “final day” came and went without incident, Camping announced that the date had changed to Oct. 21, 2011.
    “The world is ending! The world is ending! Give me all your money!”
    And again, people did. Yeah, it’s easy to laugh at him, but that clown accumulated $75 million from his circus followers. Not bad for a small doomsday cult.
    I’ve never understood the logic behind the money part.
    With Judgment Day right around the corner, I suppose some people hope that they can buy themselves a few million years reprieve from Purgatory?