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  • Church Listings 01-11-13

    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.

    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.

  • Bible Answers: Why Dec. 25 is celebrated as a holiday

    “No one knows for sure when Jesus was actually born. Why do we make so much of this holiday?” — James

  • Food of the Gods

    Back in high school, history was far from my favorite subject. I was a terrible student — never reading the lessons, never doing my homework, never listening in class.
    I suppose you can see why I became a teacher, right?
    I now regret not having paid more attention.
    History is a wonderful subject and over the years I’ve found myself fascinated by the history of almost everything. For instance, did you know that babies used to wear dresses, girls and boys alike?
    There’s a great picture of President Franklin Roosevelt at the age of two, posed nicely wearing the cutest baby dress you’ve ever seen.
    Anyway, I happen to enjoy cooking and over the holidays it’s become rather a tradition for me to make homemade chocolates.
    It’s a form of stress management for me.
    With chocolate drenched air filling the house, it prompted me to read up on the history of chocolate.
    The botanical name for the cacao tree is “Theobroma”, from ancient Greek and Latin meaning “Food of the Gods.”
    Today, it is often spelled “cocoa”, which many cacao enthusiasts argue is somehow a bad thing.
    Ah, but I’ve tried both and they’re equally delicious!

  • Economic disaster and the fiscal cliff

    The recently passed bill to “solve” the Fiscal Cliff economic crisis should not have been passed. It is a bad bill and a worse law. But not because it is too liberal or too conservative.
    The Fiscal Cliff bill passed jointly by Republicans and Democrats will now turn the United States into a perpetual borrowing nation.
    This nation has real debt and deficit problems. We haveaccumulated a $16.4 trillion national debt from decades of spending beyond the taxes and fees the government receives.
    And each year for the last five years, the nation has run a national deficit, or annual loss, of more than $1 trillion.
    That amounts to the U.S. borrowing 40 cents for every federal dollar spent each year.
    The above said, the problem is not due to one party overspending, or to the 2008 banking disaster and resulting Big Recession, or the government choosing to do jobs that it should not be doing.
    The reason we have a national borrowing addiction is because of two primary factors: the President Bush tax cuts since 2001 have starved the U.S. Treasury of at least $700 billion a year in tax revenues from all sources, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been funded through borrowing, rather than cutting spending elsewhere or raising more taxes, or both.

  • Committee members sought

    Citizens interested in being on the “Naming Committee to Consider A Request to Name the New Municipal Building after State Representative Jeannette O. Wallace” are asked to submit one-page letter of interest to County Administrator Harry Burgess by noon on Friday, Jan. 18.
     The county administrator will appoint this committee consisting of at least two citizens and one representative of the business community. Applicants should send their letter to lacadministrator@lacnm.us and must state that they are able to be an impartial member of the committee, as required by County Code, Article V, Section 2-422, and that they have no connection to the Municipal Building, other than being citizens of the county.
     Members will be notified by Jan. 22. If selected, members should be available to attend two public hearings on Jan. 31 and Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m.
    For more information, visitlosalamosnm.us or call the Public Information Officer at 662-8083.

  • Leadership NM accepting applications

    Leadership New Mexico is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Core and Connect New Mexico Programs. Applications are available at the Leadership New Mexico website, leadershipnm.org or by calling 241-4800. Deadline for submission is March 15.
    Leadership New Mexico’s Core Program is 10 months in duration and it’s designed to address current issues facing the state.
    Each program session features speakers that are acknowledged leaders in their specific fields, while program participants actively engage in discussion and debate.
    The process offers an opportunity for inquiry, analysis and development of solutions to the most pressing issues facing our communities and New Mexico.
    Connect New Mexico, The Next Generation of Leadership is a program designed to offer young professionals, ages 25-40, the opportunity to develop personal leadership skills, learn how New Mexico systems and structures work and explore the critical issues facing our state.
    Leadership New Mexico seeks to create classes with a wide geographic base, diverse backgrounds, and varied vocations.
    The programs are open to all citizens of the state. To be selected for the programs, applicants must demonstrate a dedication to New Mexico’s progress.  Characteristics of a successful applicant are:  

  • Agency selects firm to manage contract

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a move that shapes the future of the United States’ nuclear security enterprise and will save $3.27 billion in taxpayer dollars over the next decade, the National Nuclear Security Administration has announced that Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC has been selected to be the management and operating contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas.
    The contract also includes construction project management of the Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex, and an option for Savannah River Tritium Operations at the Savannah River Site in near Aiken, S.C.
    Comprised of Bechtel National, Inc; Lockheed Martin Services, Inc; ATK Launch Systems, Inc; and SOC, LLC, CNS will begin a four-month transition immediately. Additionally, CNS will use subcontractors Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc as Merger and Transformation specialist, and General Atomics for Savannah River Tritium Operations if that option is exercised by NNSA in the future.

  • Recommendations of readiness report

    • Reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA);

    • Assure sufficient, dedicated funds for public health preparedness to ensure basic capabilities to respond to threats public health departments face every day and also to have the trained experts and systems in place to act quickly in the face of major, unexpected emergencies;
    • Provide ongoing support to communities so they better cope and recover from emergencies;
    • Modernize bio-surveillance to a real-time, interoperable system to better detect and respond to problems;
    • Seriously address antibiotic resistance;
    • Improve research, development and manufacturing of medical countermeasures;
    • Increase readiness for extreme weather events; and
    • Update the nation’s food safety system.
    The full report is available at healthyamericans.org. Look for the report titled “Ready or Not.”

  • Update 01-11-13


    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. On Jan. 15, Becky Wechsler Oertel, daughter of the late Jay Wechsler, will speak on the long-term effects of fire in the forest.

    Wallace dedication

    A dedication of a UNM-LA lecture hall will take place at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the campus.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

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  • Tips from Red Cross to eschew the flu

    Widespread flu activity is being reported across much of the country including New Mexico and the American Red Cross urges people who have not yet gotten a flu vaccine to get vaccinated now.

    The Red Cross also has steps people can take to prevent the spread of the flu virus during what the Centers for Disease Control. (CDC) says is the worst influenza outbreak in several years in the United States.

    Widespread flu activity is reported in 41 states - Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.