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Today's News

  • Church listings 3-13-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email 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 located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 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.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Religion briefs

    Grace Vineyard to hold conference

    Grace Vineyard Christian Fellowship will hold a conference Friday through Sunday. The theme of the conference is “Creating an Atmosphere to Receive the Holy Spirit.” The guest speakers are John Sullivan, Jr., the son of Pastor John (Jack) Sullivan and his wife Sofia.
    The meetings will be 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and 9:45 a.m. Sunday.
    No registration is necessary. The public is invited to attend.
    Grace Vineyard is located at 1183-C Diamond Drive, across from the Los Alamos High School. For information call 412-2518.

    Church auction to help build homes in Mexico

    During spring break of 2014, the United Church of Los Alamos and the Unitarian Church sent campers to Mexico to build homes for the poor.
    Over the next two weeks, volunteers prepare for the big auction seeking donations from the community for their live and silent auction on March 21.
    The auction was moved to Saturday this year as the United Church is under renovation. The silent auction begins at 2 p.m. with the live auction following at 3 p.m.
    Large donation items can be picked up for free by calling 662-2971.

    Knights of Columbus host fish fry during Lent

  • How the Supreme Court should decide the same-sex union cases

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear four cases involving the issue of same-sex unions. These cases come from the Sixth Circuit where the U.S. Appeals Court had earlier upheld Michigan’s definition of marriage as limited to one man and one woman. That decision (DeBoer v. Snyder) created what is called a “conflict among the Circuits” and forced the Supreme Court to address the issue.
    The court will be likely to issue a decision in June 2015 with arguments in April.
    There are two questions that the court has agreed to take up. Does the 14th Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?
    Secondly, does that same Amendment “require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?”
    How should the Supreme Court decide these cases? Specifically, the justices should reject the recent rash of federal court decisions that have, for the time being, forced same-sex marriage on the citizens of 31 states who had democratically chosen to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

  • Why ask, ask why?

    There’s a classic story about a philosophy professor who presented the students with a test asking a single question — “Why?” As the story goes, the only person who received an ‘A’ was a student who submitted the answer, “Because.” Another version of the story has the student answering “Why not?”
    The story is of course an academic myth, an allegory promulgated on the premise that philosophy defines its own worth and that the value of questioning the questions is itself in question. Myth or not, the story does underscore a related question that merits answering — “Why ask why?”
    Why should anyone seek an answer if there is no obvious value to having the answer other than simply to have it?
    Why is the sky blue and the sunset red? Why does a refrigerator get cold? Why does a stick of butter float in water? Why you should never mix bleach and ammonia?
    If curiosity killed the cat, does a cat that never questions anything live longer? Why are people so willing to accept what they’re told and not ask why?
    If we stick our heads in the sand and cannot see the things we fear, are we safer? If ignorance is bliss, you would think that this world should be a much happier place.

  • House rolls back energy standards

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A measure that would reduce the amount of renewable energy utilities have to provide to customers by 2020 has narrowly passed the New Mexico House.
    The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Larry Scott of Hobbs cleared the chamber on a 33-32 vote late Thursday.
    The measure now heads to the Senate.
    From New Mexico to New York, utilities are facing higher renewable energy standards this year as numerous states and the federal government push for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels for generating electricity.
    New Mexico’s standard increased to 15 percent at the start of the year. It will go to 20 percent in 2020.
    The legislation calls for eliminating the 20 percent requirement, a move critics say will discourage growth in the industry. Supporters say the mandates drive up costs.
     

  • Police Beat 3-13-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    March 5
    8:59 a.m. — Amy Justice, 43, of Los Alamos was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at Trinity Drive.

    11:51 a.m. — Krysti Hernandez, 44, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station. The original charge was fraud (more than $100, less than $250) on Feb. 23.

    March 6
    9:14 a.m. — A 14-year-old Los Alamos youth was arrested for shoplifting on San Ildefonso Road.

    March 7
    8:50 a.m. — Donita Gallegos, 21, of Pecos was arrested for marijuana possession at Diamond Drive and North Road.

    March 8
    11:04 p.m. — Christopher Porter, 33, of Jemez Springs was arrested for battery at 38th Street and Villa Street.

    March 9
    9:30 a.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos youth was arrested for bringing a deadly weapon to Los Alamos High School.

  • Update 3-13-15

    "Mister Roberts"

    The play “Mister Roberts” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today at Los Alamos Little Theater. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors/students.

    Concert

    Los Alamos Concert Association presents Cuarteto Latinoamericano. 4 p.m. Sunday at Duane W. Smith Auditorium. Tickets are at losalamosconcert.

    LTAB

    A regular meeting of the Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board is scheduled for Tuesday. It will be at 1 p.m. at the county’s Municipal Building.

    Improvement

    A meeting to update residents on the construction at 20th Street is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The meeting will be held in Room 110 of the Municipal Building.

    BPU

    A meeting of the Board of Public Utilities will be Wednesday. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a work session in White Rock March 24. The meeting will be at the White Rock Fire Station starting at 7:30 p.m.

    PEEC closing

    The PEEC nature center on Orange Street will close March 31. Public features will move new Los Alamos Nature Center, which will open to the public April 22.

  • Congress struggles with time to read legislation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress can get so busy that senators and their staffs don’t always have time to scrutinize bills they pass and letters they sign — or so it seemed this week, anyway.
    Two episodes left Democrats blushing, some Republicans muttering under their breath, and taxpayers perhaps wondering what those well-educated people do on Capitol Hill.
    First, Republicans ridiculed Democrats for claiming they somehow missed a key provision in a bill filed two months ago. The bill, unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, would combat human sex trafficking.
    Democrats suddenly blocked it this week because it would bar the use of fines, paid by convicted traffickers, to pay for abortions in most cases.
    Congress has attached similar language to spending bills for years. But Senate Democrats say this provision goes further, and they didn’t realize it was in the trafficking bill.
    Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said some think it got there by “sleight of hand.” He blamed Republicans for not flagging it.

  • LANSCE students get hands-on experience

    One of the challenges for Los Alamos National Laboratory is to recruit young talent to continually replenish its workforce of scientists.
    And one of its tools for doing so is by hosting such events as the recent LANSCE school to bring in that young talent and show them what it’s like to work in a world-class laboratory with world-class scientists.
    The event at LANSCE is held annually — this was the 11th consecutive year — and attracts some of the brightest and most motivated young scientists throughout the country.
    This year’s school was the School of Neutron Scattering for Mesoscale Sciences — neutron scattering is a technique for investigating materials used by biophysicists and materials research scientists, among others.
    It’s a competitive school to get into, as well. The school receives applicants from all over the world to take part in the roughly week-long curriculum of lectures and hands-on experiments.
    For Ben Holladay, who is currently a graduate physics student at California-San Diego, it was an easy decision to apply for this year’s school.
    “I have collaborators that I work with who work here,” he said. “My adviser is a long-standing member and he recommended it to me as a way to expand my toolbox of techniques to understand the world.”

  • Special Ed. staff gets recognition

    The New Mexico Public Education Department sent a letter of congratulations to Los Alamos High School’s Special Education Department this week.
    The NMPED congratulated LAHS’ department on achieving 100 percent compliance with paperwork and protocols for students transitioning from high school to college and/or the work world.
    In order to be compliant, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students with disabilities are expected to address the following three conditions.
    Transition planning is focused on preparing high school students to access appropriate post secondary training, employment opportunities and independent living supports.
    Federal regulations require local school districts to participate in annual reviews of IEP files.
    LAPS officials said they were proud of the recognition the department received, saying this year’s recognition of the district’s 100 percent compliance “continues the pattern of excellence established by LAHS special education staff over the last several years,” according to a press release announcing the letter.
    Karla Crane, coordinator of student services at LAPS, complimented the work of the high school special education team for their service in the education of students with disabilities.