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  • An elegant evening to remember

    The 2015 Los Alamos High School junior/senior prom on April 25 was accompanied by the usual excitement, which leads up to a dance of such stature. Acquiring a date, buying a dress or renting a tuxedo and, of course, attending the dance itself.
    One thing however, made this year’s prom more unique: the venue. This year’s “Moonlight Sonata” themed prom was held at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino this year, which, while providing complications such as price and transportation, made for a sophisticated and enjoyable evening for couples, groups and friends from LAHS.
    Upon entering one of the larger ballrooms, students were greeted by a dark blue lit room, candlelit tables and a stunning ceiling decorated with blue lights to look like the night sky. Guests were then served a three-course meal, which was surprisingly delectable considering that the same entree had been prepared for everyone.
    The dinner portion of the night was extremely well prepared and executed. The table arrangements, three course meal and atmosphere were all elegant. The dance portion however, missed the mark. This is very common among high school dances because one cannot please everyone when it comes to music genres.

  • Baseball, softball brackets due out

    The New Mexico Activities Association will release the postseason brackets for the Class 5A baseball and softball tournaments Sunday.
    Postseason play around the state gets going Friday and Saturday at home sites. Teams that win this coming weekend will advance to the main bracket which commences next week.
    Los Alamos’ baseball team was a likely top-6 seed heading into Saturday’s doubleheader against the Del Norte Knights — results from the doubleheader weren’t available as of press time. Los Alamos had won 18 games during the regular season prior to Saturday and was ranked fifth according to the website MaxPreps, the rankings of which are a big component into determining seeding for prep teams in the state.
    Assuming that remains the case heading into the meeting of the seeding and selection committee today, the Los Alamos baseball team should be getting a home series in the opening round.
    In softball, however, the Hilltoppers’ situation was more tenuous.
    Heading into their doubleheader Saturday against Del Norte, a team that had been on the upswing in the late part of the season, the Hilltoppers were ranked 16th in the state, which would’ve put them just over the bar for getting into the 16-team tournament.

  • News for retirees 5-3-15 to 5-19-15

    May 2-9, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Catfish
    Noon        Grief support
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chili dog
    Noon         Lunch talk: Helen Idzorek
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters

  • Births 5-3-15

    April 5: A boy, Felix Huang, born to Jen-Huang Huang and Hsrang-Ju Juang
    April 9: A girl, Sadie Lana Wiggins, born to Angela and Brandon Wiggins
    April 13: A girl, Christine Isabella Hickey, born to Karla and Joseph Hickey
    April 17: A girl, Bella Rose Gomez, born to Senovia Atencio and Ryan Gomez
    April 17: Twins: A girl, Maliah Ariel Ortiz and a boy, Emilio Angela Ortiz, born to Tabetha Madrid and Harold Ortiz
    April 19: A boy, Sylus Max Gentry, born to Alyssa Gill and Erin Gentry
    April 20: A girl, Ruby Navé Pacheco, born to Roberta and Angelino Pacheco
    April 23: A boy, Benjamin F. Abyeta, born to Francine Rodriguez and Joshua Abeyta
    April 23: A girl, Cecilia Kenlee Jacobsen, born to Ana and Doug Jacobsen

     

  • Animal shelter 5-2-15

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Moose (previously known as Moo Moo) — A beautiful, long-haired Maine Coon mix. She is approximately 4 years old, and she was surrendered due to owner allergies. She is reported to get along well with older kids, but younger, rambunctious kids are a bit scary for her. She also prefers the company of humans rather than dogs.
    Noel — A gorgeous, domestic, long-haired calico. She is a spayed, female, 6 years old. She has never been introduced to dogs. This is an indoor kitty.

  • Lawmakers worry more about predatory lenders than about borrowers

    Storefront lenders can still charge their low-income borrowers any interest rate they see fit because legislators didn’t fix the problem.
    These companies, called “predatory” by their many critics, are the bottom feeders of banking. They exist because there’s a need.
    A lot of people never have enough money left after expenses to make a deposit and they don’t have credit cards either.
    The term for them is “the unbanked.”
    Storefront lenders make small loans at triple-digit interest rates (or more) to the unbanked. When borrowers can’t repay, lenders roll over the loan and fees and interest spiral.
    Predatory lending is the flawed answer to a problem. Banks and credit unions are practiced in sizing you up to decide if you’re credit worthy before they loan you a dollar and the complaint is usually that they’re too strict.
    Storefront lenders make loans to anybody. There’s the rub.
    As I discovered when I wrote about them recently, storefront lenders don’t care whether you’re credit worthy or not. They expect to get burned on a large number of their loans, so they charge high fees and interest rates. They make their money from the people who do attempt to repay their loans.

  • Regulating shows lack of R&D

    Research and development (R&D) is the good genie that improves every technical tool important to society and business.
    Few tools have more troubling defects than the tools of regulating. We know so by the heated reactions they spark in every interest group.
    Why then is R&D used so little to improve these tools? Our lack of R&D ignores the lush fields of opportunity for improving regulatory tools.
    R&D projects can be mapped to show where they fit with the four distinct steps in the regulatory process, namely, (1) rule-making, (2) permitting, (3) inspection and (4) enforcement.
    Politics and publicity focus on rule-making, which also involves science and engineering. Yet, most of the day-to-day work is in implementation — permitting and inspecting. Here is where many tasks could be done better, faster and cheaper if aided by 21st century technology. Indeed, this is the founding vision of R&D.
    In broad terms, environmental voices are not fond of swift permitting. By the same token, industrial voices are not fond of swift inspection and enforcement.
    Over time, each side tweaks certain parts to make them clumsy. Both sides conclude that a clumsy part is a fair reason to add more unwieldy parts. Both sides and all taxpayers suffer the cost of this contest.

  • 'Toppers take strides in home meet

    The Los Alamos track teams had its final tune up before the district championships Friday at home on Sullivan Field.
    A few ’Topper athletes qualified for state in the meet and some others showed improvement from their previous qualifying marks.
    “We had some really good performances,” Los Alamos boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    The Hilltopper boys won the meet with 139 points, followed by St. Michael’s (104), Santa Fe High (55), Española Valley (43) and Capital (14).
    In the girls’ team race, Los Alamos and St. Michael’s were also in a battle for the top spot. The teams were tied late in the meet, but St. Michael’s first-place finish in the final event, the 4x400 relay, helped them take first as a team with 122 points, just 2 ahead of Los Alamos. Santa Fe (82) finished third, Española Valley (19) came in fourth and Capital (3) was fifth.
    Liam Johnson was one of the highlights of the meet again. He broke the sophomore record in pole vault that he set last week, clearing 13 feet, 3 inches to win the event. Sean Reynolds (11-3), Jacob Holesinger (10-9) and Tyler Moore (10-3) finished third through fifth in the event for Los Alamos.

  • Today in history May 2
  • Church has temporary space for worship, meetings

    The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will now hold all meetings, classes and worship services in their temporary headquarters located in the TRK Building at 195 East Road, Suite 101 while a new church building is constructed at its Sage Street location.
    All are welcome to Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. This week, the Rev. John Cullinan will lead a dedication of the temporary space, welcome new members of the congregation, and preach on “A Liberating Faith.”
    This week’s 9:30 a.m. Forum lecture series will feature a presentation on the 2015 Mexico Mission Trip, with a slide show and discussion from youth and adults who built houses in Puerto Peñasco over Spring Break.
    Religious Education classes are held at 9:30 a.m. for all ages, and nursery care is available.
    The new building is scheduled for completion by March 2016. Visit uulosalamos.org for more information.