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  • Be There 08-20-14

    Today
    Quiet, Gentle Walk. 8 a.m.-noon. A gentle walk for those who want a quiet hike along a relatively flat trail. The walks range from one to two miles in length and may include gentle changes in elevation. Led by Sue Watts. Meet at PEEC at 8 a.m. to carpool to the trailhead. Free, but advance registration required. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    The Zone is now open after school, 3-5 p.m. weekdays. It’s open to all school age kids, and a relaxed attitude to noise applies, so if kids want to listen to music, watch a video, or chat with friends, nobody’s going to come by and say “hush.” All other library policies apply.

    How to Identify Wildflowers. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Learn from two local experts, Terry Foxx and Craig Martin, how to identify wildflowers. Today’s session conducted in the field. Advance registration required. $70/$58 PEEC members for all four sessions, including materials fee. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

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

  • Exploring the world from home

    Los Alamos County Library System has acquired the online resource National Geographic Virtual Library, which brings the world to any computer.
    The National Geographic magazine offers photographs and articles, ethnographic and cultural information, superb maps and serious scholarship. The complete archive of National Geographic magazine since 1888 is available now.
    This collection includes the National Geographic magazine and the National Geographic Traveler, as well as hundreds of books, maps, videos and images. A library card will give you unlimited access to:
    • National Geographic magazine Archive, 1888-1994
    • National Geographic magazine Archive, 1995-Current
    • National Geographic: People, Animals and the World
    • National Geographic Kids
    The online National Geographic is searchable by general topic, such as “The Environment,” “People and Cultures,” or “Animals,” as well as by story or magazine editions.

  • Kids keep N.M. beautiful

    Los Alamos Middle School recently won a grant to hold a district wide poster contest to promote Keep New Mexico Beautiful (KNMB) that helped promote the local summer reading program. The posters were on display at Mesa Public Library while winners were selected from the entries. Chamisa art teacher, Renee Mitsunaga’s class had several submissions.

  • Medical marijuana program should come before legalized recreational use

    Returning from a long drive through Marijuanaland, also known as Colorado, I can report that there is no massive transformation. No potheads loitering in the streets. And citizens are still earnestly debating the subject.
    Proponents of legalized cannabis in New Mexico weave tales of vast riches from tax revenues, but it’s not entirely working out that way.
    Colorado’s law has a local option provision, so each county gets to decide whether it wants marijuana dispensaries. Some counties have voted it down, and others have yet to vote.
    As for tax revenues, a youthful source told me the taxes are so high it’s cheaper to buy it on the street. Recreational users pay a 2.9 percent state sales tax, a 10 percent special marijuana sales tax and a 15 percent retail excise tax.
    Because it’s legal to grow six plants, 40 percent goes untaxed, according to the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division. The projected $48 million in marijuana taxes for the fiscal year ending in June withered to $12 million.
    One of my friends complains that Mary Jane’s tax revenues can only be used to build schools — the excise tax’s first $40 million is earmarked for school construction — but some communities don’t need to build a school. They need to improve the schools they have.

  • Credit 101 for the college freshman

    To parents with a freshman entering college this fall: You’re probably expecting to shell out major bucks for tuition, room and board and a million other necessities over the next few years. But before you send your kid off, make sure you share one gift likely to steer him or her along the road to financial security — a sound understanding of how credit works.
    You probably learned the hard way yourself that young adults encounter many unfamiliar expenses — and temptations — upon entering college or the workforce. So it’s important to help your kids avoid early financial missteps that could damage their credit for years to come.
    The first step in managing personal finances is mastering the basic checking account and debit card. A few tips you can pass along:
    • Look for a bank or credit union that charges no monthly usage fee, requires no minimum balance and has conveniently located ATMs so you don’t rack up foreign ATM charges.
    • Enter all transactions in a check register or in a budgeting tool like Mint.com and review your account online at least weekly to verify when deposits, checks, purchases and automatic payments have cleared.

  • Casados sets $102K bond for Porter

    Steven Porter, a 46-year-old Los Alamos man facing 20 charges involving controlled substances (13 felonies and seven misdemeanors) made his first court appearance before Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Tuesday.
    Porter, who was arrested last weekend, was held on a $102,000 bond. Bond was posted and Porter was released from the Los Alamos Detention Center at 9 a.m. today, according to magistrate court clerk John Baca.
    His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 2.
    A complete report of the Porter case can be found in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.
     

  • Update 08-20-14

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. This week there will be information about free check ups from the Los Alamos Medical Center and recycling. Knife sharpening will also be available from Jim Howards Sharpening Services.

    Blood Drive

    A blood drive will be held Aug. 21 and Aug. 22 at the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 22. To sign up, call United Blood Services at 877-UBS-HERO or 505 246-1457.

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the UNM-LA Wallace Hall, Room 505. The program will be a forum on the proposed charter change to restructure county utilities. Advocates both for and against will present their cases and respond to questions. A regular business meeting will follow. The public is welcome. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159.

    Robots

    Robotics Night. 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Features robots of all sizes and uses like Bomb Squad and Hazmat robots, sumobots, Legobots and more. For more information visit lanl.gov/museum. 

  • Business Spotlight: Doyle brings counseling practice to Los Alamos

    Karen Doyle has devoted her life to helping people seek the life that is ideal for them.
    A licensed independent social worker for more than 20 years, Doyle and Clinical Psychologist Dr. Howard Ottenheimer, Ph.D. have teamed up to help people with emotional issues.
    Splitting her time between Santa Fe and Los Alamos, Doyle opened up a practice in July at 110 East Gate Road. Doyle and Ottenheimer specialize in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Ottenheimer practices mostly in Santa Fe.
    Doyle has seven years of experience with DBT, which is designed to help people change patterns of behavior that are not effective, such as self-harm, suicidal thinking, eating disorders, depression and substance abuse. “It is a way to looking at both sides of a situation, role reversing and finding a middle ground to deal and not make things worse,” Doyle said.
    The treatment is not psychotherapy, but rather using life skills and the modules to modify unhealthy behaviors.
    The evidence-based therapy uses four modules as a guide for successful recovery.
    • Mindfulness: The capacity to pay attention and live in the moment, experiencing emotion and all senses with a conscious perspective.
    “The core component is mindfulness — the program demands to take a look at life,” Doyle said.

  • Council OKs fiber meet points contract

    On Friday, the Los Alamos County council approved a $250,000 contract with REDI Net for the purpose of developing fiber meet points in business districts.
    Under the terms of the contract, REDI Net has committed to design, engineer and construct a minimum of four meet points in the downtown areas of Los Alamos and White Rock.
    “REDI Net has a history of installing a variety of the parts of this system, and we felt they would be the most appropriate and skilled entity to initiate this implementation,” said County Administrator Harry Burgess.
    The meet points will be determined by the economic development potential and potential customers to be served. Location and budget for the meet points will be determined through agreement between count staff and REDI Net.
    Phase one — a meet point in White Rock — is to be completed within three months.
    Phase two will provide meet points to the Central Park Square business district and other locations to be determined.
    Council earmarked money for the project from economic development funds during budget hearings in April.
    Councilor Pete Sheehey questioned why only the contract specified a minimum of only four meet points, believing that during a work session, staff had given a rough estimate of $20,000 to $25,000 per meet point.

  • Sports Briefs 08-20-14

    Cernicek Invite set for Aug. 29-30

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team will host Santa Fe Prep in the opening round of the 2014 Louie Cernicek Invitational.
    The Cernicek Invitational is scheduled for Aug. 29-30. First round games are scheduled for the morning of Aug. 29 with semifinal winner’s bracket games set for the morning of Aug. 30 and loser’s bracket games scheduled for the afternoon of Aug. 29.
    The other first round games for the tournament include Piedra Vista vs. Roswell, Farmington vs. Clovis and Bosque School vs. Goddard.
    Los Alamos opens its season at home Tuesday against Bosque School.

    Sports passes now on sale at LAHS