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  • Today in history May 13
  • Be There calendar 5-13-15

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

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. This week only: lamb and beef from Ranchline for the month of May, to pre-order call 323-420-6897. New vendor will have New Mexico raised shrimp.

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have its regular monthly meeting, 12:30 p.m. at ZIA Realty conference room (upstairs) and then move to the Municipal Building for a tour of the County Council Chambers with an opportunity to speak with Republican councilors. All registered Republican women are invited. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe. Contact Donna MacDonald for further information, 662-4001.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The two-part program, “Additional Genealogical Programs to use with Family Search and with Ancestry.com.” Kent Parsons and Irma Holtkamp will present the program. The public is invited. The traditional no-host dinner will be held at China Moon at 5:30 p.m. before the meeting.

  • Community briefs 5-13-15

    Chaperones needed for sixth grade dance

    The end of the year dance for sixth graders is Saturday and is open to all area sixth graders.
    The dance will be from 7-9 p.m. at Pueblo Gym on Diamond Drive. Admission is $3.
    Volunteers are needed who are a parent of a sixth grade student attending the dance. Students of chaperones get in free. Call 662-9412 no later than Thursday to volunteer. The dance is sponsored by the Youth Activity Center, a program of the Los Alamos Family Council.

    LAVNS seek hospice volunteers

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice is looking for people interested in assisting with the hospice program.
    Training will include, diversity, confidentiality, psycho/social needs, family dynamics and meeting the needs of the individual patient.
    Orientation meeting will be from noon-1:30 p.m. July 1 at Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service office, 2202 Canyon Road.
    To reserve a space, call Visiting Nurses at 662-2525.

  • Garden Club to present scholarship

    The Los Alamos Garden Club has chosen Los Alamos High School senior Maria Gibson as the winner of the 2015 scholarship award. The award will be presented to Maria at the Honors Convocation May 27.
    Gibson will be attending New Mexico State University in the fall to study range land science and agricultural business. She has been chosen from the Los Alamos High School to attend the DECCA National Business and Marketing event.
    This summer, she will be working at the Los Alamos County Bear Camp. Gibson has also worked for the county as a lifeguard and at the YMCA as a counselor. Courtesy

  • Mills to speak at Lunch with a Leader

    The League of Women Voters’ Lunch with a Leader event will have Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE) President Ellen Mills as the speaker.
    The event will be 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Mesa Public Library. Mills grew up in Chicago and in Brookhaven, New York.  She came to Los Alamos with her husband, Geoff, and two sons in 1992.  
    Mills has been teaching special education for a total of 37 years. She taught in California, Kansas and Switzerland after she completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Colorado. She has been at several elementary schools and the middle school in her 23 years in Los Alamos, but has been at Mountain Elementary as contact person for the majority of the time. She has held the positions of building representative, secretary, vice president and president of LAFSE. 
    Mills is currently completing her 7th year as president. During that time she has established a strong working relationship with the administration and the Board of Education.

  • Nepal gives new meaning to bootstrap entrepreneurism

    From the surprising number of tourism-related features, I assumed they had government help.
    In this poor, but well-established Mecca for adventure travelers, the hiking trails were well developed, nicely painted signs directed hikers to the different hotels, English was widely spoken and everybody had business cards.
    But when I asked one young hotelier about help from the government, he laughed and said something like: Are you kidding? The government collects taxes, but does nothing for us.
    This was Nepal in 1998. We were visiting our son in the Peace Corps and meeting our future daughter-in-law, and when in Nepal, you trek.
    As a business editor, I was fascinated by the entrepreneurism I saw. When trekkers first started to show up in the early 1970s, the citizens of remote villages clinging to impossibly steep mountainsides knew an opportunity when they saw one.
    Beginning by making an extra bed in the kitchen for travelers, they had bootstrapped themselves into enlarging a room and then building an addition or tea room. Some eventually created stand-alone hotels.
    It was all done with non-existent resources. One young man admitted to my son that his children were malnourished because he needed to buy building materials to enter the hospitality business. Now that’s sacrifice.

  • Follow the money

    Late last month, the County Council, county staff and members of the public spent about 16 hours examining and approving the county’s 2016 budget.
    I learned some important things about the process that I’d like to share with you. Please remember, these are my views as an individual councilor and they don’t necessarily reflect the views of the other councilors.
    First, I want to compliment the talented and dedicated professionals on the county staff. They’ve significantly cut operating expenses over the past five years to address a 29 percent decline in the Gross Receipts Tax revenues that the county relies on for most of its funding; and they’ve done a great job of minimizing the impact to citizen services in managing those cuts.
    They’ve achieved this by decreasing county staff by over 20 positions through attrition since 2014 and by cutting other operating costs and delaying projects. The staff’s dedication to meeting the service needs of our community is noteworthy.
    When I was running for the council, I campaigned with a goal of improving the alignment between strategic goals, citizen needs and resource allocation.

  • LA softball goes down in first round

    The Los Alamos softball team had a tall order in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs. The No. 14 seeded Hilltopper girls traveled to Roswell to take on the third-seeded Coyotes Saturday, but were shut out 11-0 to get eliminated from the tournament.
    Only four of Roswell’s 11 runs were earned. The Coyotes had eight base hits and walked five times, but Los Alamos also committed three errors in the game.
    Elizabeth Anaya, Hannah Mojica and Makaela Jones had Los Alamos’ only base hits in the game.
    Roswell scored twice in the first inning, four times in the second inning and five times in the fourth to end the contest after four-and-a-half innings.
    There weren’t many upsets in the first round. No. 11 Farmington beat No. 6 Los Lunas 4-2 and No. 9 Artesia won at No. 8 Miyamura 19-4, but the higher seeds won the rest of the contests.
    No. 7 Bernalillo, the District 2-5A champs, beat No. 10 Goddard 7-3.
    With the loss, Los Alamos finished its season with a 12-15 record and as the district runners up.


  • Los Alamos track teams run away with district titles

    The Los Alamos boys and girls track teams ran away from the competition Saturday in Bernalillo at the District 2-5A championships. The Hilltopper boys won their 23rd consecutive district title with 212 points — more than the next three teams combined. Española Valley (67) finished second, followed by Capital (61), Bernalillo (53) and Del Norte (48).
    The Hilltopper girls, meanwhile, won their 16th consecutive district title with 216 teams points — more than the rest of the district combined. Del Norte (112) took second, Bernalillo (44) finished third, Española Valley (35) came in fourth and Capital (24) was fifth.
    Both teams won 12 district championships. The Hilltopper boys also qualified for state in an additional 12 events with top-two finishes while the Hilltopper girls qualified in 11 more events.
    The Hilltopper girls will now take 20 athletes to the state championships, which is the third most in Class 5A, while the Hilltopper boys qualified the most athletes in 5A with 23.
    In 10 events, Los Alamos qualified for state by winning a district championship.
    Sisi Ahlers won the 800 meters race in 2 minutes, 31.84 seconds.
    Ashley Land won the shot put with a throw of 34 feet, 10 inches to qualify. Land also won the discus (101-5).

  • Sandia National Laboratories president announces retirement

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The head of Sandia National Laboratories plans to step down after five years at the helm of the Albuquerque, New Mexico-based research center.

    Sandia President and Laboratories Director Paul Hommert announced Tuesday he plans to retire in mid-summer.

    Hommert says the process to name his successor is well underway and will be complete in time to assure a smooth transition.

    The laboratory is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp. and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.

    With main facilities in Albuquerque and Livermore, California, Sandia has research and development responsibilities that cover national security, energy and environmental technologies and economic competitiveness.