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  • LALT to raise funds for listening system for hearing impaired

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre has announced a fundraising effort to support the purchase and installation of an assisted listening system in the Performing Arts Center, the facility in which LALT theatrical productions are staged.
    “We have heard from many patrons over the years that their enjoyment of our productions would be greatly enhanced with an assisted listening system,” said LALT President Gracie Cainelli. “This system generates a signal that can be picked up directly by most hearing aids. They can be found in many facilities in Los Alamos County, such as Fuller Lodge and the Bradbury Science Museum.”
    The system that has been identified for the Performing Arts Center will cost about $3,000 for parts and installation, and will include a limited number of headsets for those without compatible hearing aids.
    “Los Alamos National Bank has committed to provide $1,500 toward the purchase of this system, or about half of what we need,” Cainelli said. LANB’s contribution comes through its community reinvestment program.

  • RTW won’t solve economic problems

    The letter in the Dec. 4 Los Alamos Monitor from Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation promoting the misnamed “Right-to-Work” cries out for a rational response.
    Gessing continues to push the idea that “right-to-work” legislation will cure all our economic problems, supporting this idea with a long list of beneficial outcomes that he claims are associated with RTW states, in spite of the patent illogic that reducing union representation will somehow induce companies to offer higher wages, better pensions and safer working conditions to their employees. Why would they?
    The statements and quotes contained in his letter are standard conservative rhetoric spread by organizations such as the Heritage Foundation, in spite of his claim that the Rio Grande Foundation is “non-partisan.” This rhetoric frames the issue as protecting the rights of workers, when the legislation is actually designed to destroy the protections workers struggled for two centuries to achieve from exploitation by unscrupulous employers.

  • Sanchez promises we won’t end up like Washington

    Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez recently held forth in what some might consider enemy territory.
    The Belen Democrat addressed Economic Forum, an Albuquerque organization of CEOs and power brokers.
    They had two things on their minds: wages and Right to Work. And, of course, the question that follows Sanchez everywhere he goes: with a new Republican majority in the House, will there be gridlock in Santa Fe?
    The discussion was civil, respectful and productive, an example of what happens when people listen to each other.
    Sanchez let them know up front that he’s not anti-business. “I come from a family that’s business-oriented,” he said. He and brother Raymond, a former House Speaker, grew up in their parents’ bakery and restaurant in Belen, and his law practice is a business.
    He’s felt the lingering recession. “In my practice it’s been difficult. It’s hard for people to pay. There just isn’t money going around.”
    In a conversational tone of voice, Sanchez touched on the hot-button issues: tax cuts (he’s not convinced they bring new business to the state), drought (we need a comprehensive water plan), and education (we need to listen to teachers about what works and doesn’t work).

  • Superintendent: Kids should stay at school today

    This morning, Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools, Gene Schmidt, released the following statement for Los Alamos Public Schools parents:

    Currently road conditions are snow covered and slippery.  The bulk of the storm is expected to pass through by noon. Los Alamos County road crews are sanding and plowing the roads.
    If your children are already at school the safest place for students and staff are to remain in school. This will give the County time to clear the roads. At this time our plan is to release all schools at their normal Wednesday dismissal time. As always, parents may choose to pick up their children early.
    It is important to remember that any closure or early dismissal is coordinated with the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County.

    New information will be posted on LAMonitor.com as it becomes available.
     

  • Today in history Dec. 17
  • Council rejects electric rate restructuring proposal

    The Los Alamos County Council remanded a proposed electric rate restructuring ordinance back to the Board of Public Utilities on Tuesday.
    The point of contention was a proposed Power Cost Adjustment (PCA), which would have allowed the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to pass the actual cost of purchasing power onto the ratepayers as a variable rate when it either exceeded or went below the base rate.
    The reasons for including a PCA provision was explained by Deputy Utilities Manager for Finance and Administration Robert Westervelt.
    The PCA would have stabilized revenues and insulated against power cost volatility. Cost of power accounts for 63 percent of total costs and is the greatest variable in the system.
    According to an electric Cost of Service and Rate Design Study conducted by the Leidos consulting firm, DPU has under-budgeted for the cost of purchasing power for three years, resulting in nearly $1 million dollars in under-recovery, with as much as $1 million under-recovery anticipated in the current fiscal year.

  • LA comes back to stun Hope in 4th Q

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team earned an improbable come-from-behind win in the fifth-place game of this weekend’s Joe Armijo Invitational tournament.
    With 12.6 seconds remaining in the game, the Hilltoppers trailed the Hope Christian Huskies 37-33, but the Hilltoppers scored five points in that time to earn the victory and the fifth-place finish.
    Los Alamos point guard Amber Logan hit a long 3-pointer with under five seconds remaining. Then the Hilltoppers forced a turnover on the ensuing throw-in which bounced to reserve guard Elena Abeyta right under the basket. Abeyta hit a layup at the buzzer to give Los Alamos a wild 38-37 win at Albuquerque Academy.
    The crazy end to Saturday’s game gave Los Alamos a 2-1 finish at the tournament and two straight victories after losing for the first time of the season in the first round to Los Lunas.
    Los Alamos lost in the opening round of Academy’s home tournament Thursday in overtime to the Los Lunas Tigers, but came back nicely Friday, downing the Class 6A West Mesa Mustangs, 61-51.
    Los Lunas’ Tigers ended up finishing second at the tournament. After a dominating defensive performance Frday in a 34-19 win over Academy, the Tigers (4-1) lost to Mayfield, last year’s big-school runner-up, 54-32.

  • New LAFRW officers installed

    The Los Alamos Federated Rebublican Women met Thursday for the group’s annual Holiday Luncheon and installed new officers for 2015-16.
    At the luncheon, Heather McClenahan gave the Year in Review report on behalf of outgoing President Mary Wilhoit, who was helping with the statewide land commissioner recount.
    For the LAFRW, the new officers were installed by Sadie Boyer, NMFRW Region A director from Taos.
    Bethany Douglas gave the new president’s acceptance message and informed the members of some of the upcoming year’s plans.
    New officers include Douglas, Vice-President Mary Wilhoit, Secretary Nancy Bliss and Treasurer Terry Marzili.
    Members of the group also brought gifts to be given on behalf of LAFRW to the local Adopt-a-Family program.

  • Be There calendar 12-16-14

    Today
    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. Past presentations can be reviewed by joining the Yahoo group for LAPC found at groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/la-photoclub/info. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    “Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family.” Exhibit runs daily through Jan. 2 at the upstairs art gallery at Mesa Public Library.

    Affordable Arts. On display through Jan. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. With 124 artists participating — the vast majority from northern New Mexico and more than 50 Los Alamos artists.
    Wednesday
    Holiday Farmers Market. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

    The eighth grade WEB Crew leaders will be hosting a free movie (“Maleficent”) for all seventh graders right after school. Seventh graders are asked to bring a snack to share and WEB Crew will have free drinks. The movie starts right after school and students must be picked up by 5 p.m.

  • Update 12-16-14

    Ribbon cutting

    Pleateau Property Management will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting for Ponderosa Pines and The Cottonwoods at Gold Street Wednesday. The event will start at 4:30 p.m. at 3000 Trinity Drive, No. 62.

    Service

    Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 2390 North Road will host a candelight service at 7 p.m. Thursday. For more information visit bethluth.com.

    Skate With Santa

    Los Alamos County is sponsoring its Skate with Santa, which is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the county’s ice rink. it will be from 2:15-4 p.m. Dec. 21. Call 662-4500 for more information.

    Enforcement

    Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting traffic enforcement, focusing on accident-related violations to include seatbelt enforcement for the holidays. Officers will also be on the lookout for impaired drivers this holiday season. To report potentially impaired drivers, dial #DWI, or #394 or call LAPD directly at 662-8222. Motorists are asked to allow extra time to get to and from destinations.

    Farmers Market

    A Holiday Farmers Market is scheduled for Thursday. It will run from. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.