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  • Update 10-19-12

    Veteran’s Bazaar

    Blue Star Mothers and the Dept. of Veterans Services are hosting a Veterans Bazaar from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at 2011 Industrial Park Road, Española. This location is the National Guard Armory. For more information call Lena at 927 2687.

    Trail dedication

    Residents are invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the new Satch Cowan Trail at 11 a.m. Monday at the trailhead near the existing Quemazon Trail in Western Area. 

    CRC committee

    Members of Charter Review Committee will be available at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions.  Join them between
    9:30-11:30 a.m. Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday between now and the day of the election.

    LDRD Day

    LANL will host its annual Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Day at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a special session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

  • Curiosity Power Source wins DOE award

    A team from Los Alamos National Laboratory has received the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award for their contributions on the thermoelectric generator that provides electrical power and heat to the Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity rover.
    The award was presented by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to Craig Van Pelt, Alejandro Enriquez, Diane Spengler, John Matonic and David Armstrong Oct. 4, in Washington D.C. The Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award is typically given to recognize a group or team of employees who together accomplished significant achievements on behalf of DOE.
    Powering a rover as sophisticated as Curiosity is made possible through the Plutonium-238 fueled Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator, which was successful in part due to the Los Alamos National Laboratory employees who worked on this project.
    The MMRTG keeps the rover’s battery charged night and day, giving Curiosity the potential of being the longest-operating, farthest-traveling, most-productive Mars surface mission in history.

  • Two men charged with aggravated assault

    Johnny Fulton, 37, and Andrew Hitson, 31, both of Los Alamos, were charged with one count each of aggravated assault Wednesday after allegedly fighting with each other over a woman in the 3000 block of Alabama Street.

    According to police, Hitson picked up a large black knife and threatened Fulton with it. In response, Fultion picked up a large claw hammer and waved it at Hitson. As Hitson fled, Fulton chased him out the back door of the Alabama Avenue residence.

    Once police arrived however, Hitson dropped the knife in the front yard and surrendered.

    Both suspects were then taken into custody.

    Hitson was released and appeared before Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados Thursday where he was read the charges against him. His second appearance will be a status hearing Nov. 18.

    Fulton is due to appear in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Nov. 5 to have his charges formally read to him.
    Both men were released on surety bonds of $4,000 each.

  • Candidates talk local business

    It was likely the last forum for Los Alamos County Council candidates Thursday night at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

    The event was co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor and the candidates fielded questions tightly focused on economic development and business cultivation in the county.

    Participating were Democrats Pete Sheehey, Kristin Henderson and Michael Redondo and Republicans Steve Girrens, Vincent Chiravalle and Marc Clay.

    The following questions were asked of the candidates and the Los Alamos Monitor will post video highlights of the forum on LAMonitor.com.

  • PAC money hits state race

    Candidates for the New Mexico House District 43 seat are facing a new challenge this year: attacks generated by Political Action Committees that operate outside the candidate’s campaign.

    PACs are sending out mailers with information the candidates’ say distorts their positions. The PACs are also conducting “push polls” that use negative or misleading questions about a candidate under the guise of seeking an opinion.

    “This is really the first time, I think, we’ve had to contend with this kind of atmosphere, this is not the way it was when I ran in 2010 at all,” candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard–D said.

    The District 43 race is one of the most competitive races this year and one that could determine whether the House remains under Democratic control.

    At least 10 PAC attacks have been issued on both sides of the campaign. Since PACs operate independently, neither Garcia Richard nor her opponent Jim Hall–R have a way to track the extent of what’s really been generated by these groups.

    “You just don’t know, because they send them to targeted groups, and sometimes the candidates become aware of them and sometimes they don’t,” Hall said.

  • Church Listings 10-19-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail 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 at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 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.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • Ask Fr. John: A further explanation of religious vs. spiritual Orthodoxy

    Is Orthodoxy “religious” or “spiritual?”

    Part 3
    It is frequently implied in modernity that it is preferential to be spiritual as opposed to religious.
    Religion at face value appears to be juridical, following of rules and dogmas. At least, in Orthodoxy, what is believed to be “religious” is actually a way of life springing from love, not from rules or legalism.
    Is going to the bathroom or eating or breathing or blinking religious merely because one must do so? No.
    One must do these things to survive. For Orthodox, survival is not so much the motivator as is love for an actual person.
    Spirituality has been equated with absolute freedom. One could ask if the most common understanding of “spirituality” is: dedication to the “free spirit.”
    One can observe that this has in fact become a fad or dogmatic. Essentially, anything that is specific, absolute, or divisive is considered material; anything that promotes generalities, peace and unity, is considered good, like a spiritual law, since it supposedly rises above negativity.
    Any absolute concepts equate to material; inclusivity becomes spiritual. Out of these sentiments, and others like them, come the dogma: “focus on similarities and ignore differences.”

  • Ask Fr. John: A further explanation of religious vs. spiritual Orthodoxy

    Is Orthodoxy “religious” or “spiritual?”

    Part 3
    It is frequently implied in modernity that it is preferential to be spiritual as opposed to religious.
    Religion at face value appears to be juridical, following of rules and dogmas. At least, in Orthodoxy, what is believed to be “religious” is actually a way of life springing from love, not from rules or legalism.
    Is going to the bathroom or eating or breathing or blinking religious merely because one must do so? No.
    One must do these things to survive. For Orthodox, survival is not so much the motivator as is love for an actual person.
    Spirituality has been equated with absolute freedom. One could ask if the most common understanding of “spirituality” is: dedication to the “free spirit.”
    One can observe that this has in fact become a fad or dogmatic. Essentially, anything that is specific, absolute, or divisive is considered material; anything that promotes generalities, peace and unity, is considered good, like a spiritual law, since it supposedly rises above negativity.
    Any absolute concepts equate to material; inclusivity becomes spiritual. Out of these sentiments, and others like them, come the dogma: “focus on similarities and ignore differences.”

  • Just stop bullying

    Fifth grade is a tender age for children.  New friends to make.  New songs to learn.  New dreams to fill future hopes.  It really is a cute age.
    This world is often short on cute, but little girls in fifth grade manage to keep us in ample supply.  
    Jasmine McClain of Chadbourn, N.C., always liked to do her hair up in pigtails.  She loved to dance.  She loved flowers and pink dresses.  Ashlynn Connor of Ridgefarm, Ill., loved animals and wanted to be veterinarian.  She was known to pick up stray cats and care for them.
    And at the ages of 10, Jasmine and Ashlynn each committed suicide.
     Ryan Patrick Halligan of Essex Junction, Vt., was 13 years old.  He suffered from a learning disorder and always had to work harder to keep up with his classmates.  His sister found him dead, having hanged himself in his bedroom.
    The list of child suicides is long and tearful.  Megan Taylor Meier of Dardenne Prairie, Mo., three weeks before her 14th birthday.  Jared Benjamin High of Pasco, Wash., 14 years old.  Rachel Ehmke of Mantorville, Minn., 13 years old.
    Billy Lucas of Greensburg, Ind., 15 years old.  Asher Brown of Houston, Texas, 13 years old.  Seth Walsh of Tehachapi, Calif., 13 years old.  Joel Morales of New York, 12 years old.

  • Another take on charter amendments

    As someone who was elected to the County Council and served a four-year term, I am an unwavering supporter of representative government. People elect leaders with the hope that they will always act competently and in the best interest of the citizens. When that occurs, we enjoy representative government at its finest. When it doesn’t occur, however, a community can potentially suffer disastrous and enduring consequences.
    My experience on the County Council taught me several things:
    • that council members are not infallible or even necessarily above average in their critical thinking or brainstorming skills;
    • that the groupthink environment that comes from serving on a highly cohesive council does not always lead to the best decisions;
    • and that the highly insular nature of relying almost exclusively on Los Alamos County staff members or their hand-picked, contracted “experts,” many of whom do not even live in our community, often leaves County Council members relatively clueless about the actual desires of the majority of the citizens they serve.