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  • State Briefs 10-26-12

    Workplace deaths way up

    SANTA FE (AP) — The state Environmental Department says workplace deaths in New Mexico rose substantially in 2011.
    The department says it logged a total of 51 deaths last year from 38 in 2010. The biggest increase was tallied among transportation workers, where 21 people were killed last year. That compares to just 12 transportation workers killed on the job in 2010.
    A statement from deputy environmental department secretary Butch Tongate called the statistics a sobering reminder that workplace safety can’t be taken for granted.

  • Correction 10-26-12

    Councilor Vincent Chiravalle, not David Izraelevitz, voted against a motion Tuesday night that would draft a CRC ordinance that combined all the changes and three separate ordinances

  • Clarification 10-26-12

    The New Mexico Consortium is a non-profit corporation made up of the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University and New Mexico Technical Institute. The Consortium partners with LANL to support scientific education and research.” The consortium was featured in a story on page 1 Sunday of the Los Alamos Monitor.

     

  • Experienced campaigner struggles for traction

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Heather Wilson is an experienced campaign scrapper who weathered five tough House races to keep a 10-year Republican hold on the swing district that represents most of the state’s largest city.
    But as she battles her successor for a prized election to New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat, she has had a hard time attracting the crossover voters she’ll need to help the GOP regain the coveted post.
    Wilson is running against Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., who replaced her four years ago when she gave up her 1st Congressional District seat to seek the Republican nomination to succeed her mentor, senior Republican Sen. Pete Domenici. But she lost a tight primary to fellow Rep. Steve Pearce, who in turn lost the race to Democrat Tom Udall.
    That gave Democrats both of New Mexico’s U.S. Senate seats for the first time in more than 30 years, But the GOP going into this campaign had high hopes of retaking the seat of retiring Democrat Jeff Bingaman as part of its national effort to gain control of the chamber.

  • Los Alamos High School goes green

    Workers try to beat the weather, making LAHS a little greener, in the process. Temperatures began to drop Friday.

  • Labyrinth dedication Saturday

    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church on North Road in Los Alamos announces the dedication of their labyrinth.
    They invite everyone to join them from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem to help in consecrating this new sacred space for use by all members of the Los Alamos Community.  
    They hope the meditation path will be used as a spiritual resource for the entire community and widely used by many people, no matter what their faith or spiritual foundations.
    Learn about labyrinths and how they can be a part of everyone’s spiritual life.  
    Labyrinths are meditative walking paths, which pre-date the Christian era. They were widely used in Northern Europe during medieval times, possibly as local sites for pilgrimages, since pilgrimages to Jerusalem were costly and dangerous.
    There are several labyrinths in Santa Fe and many throughout the country. The website, veriditas.org/tells about labyrinths and the movement to include them in sacred spaces around the planet.
    For more information, call Bob Thomsen, 662-4409; Kate Thomas, 412-9255 or the Bethlehem Church Office, 662-5151.

  • Church Listings 10-26-12

    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.

    The Christian Church

  • Vote up or shut up

    College is defined as “an institution or self-governing body of higher learning.”  As such, one might expect the US Electoral College to have something to do with higher learning.  Or perhaps expect it to somehow be associated with intelligence.
    One would be wrong to expect that.
    The U.S. Electoral College isn’t a place.  It’s an irrational election process embedded into our Constitution that proves that the Founding Fathers enjoyed a drink now and then (and then again).  It reads something like this:
     “If a complex n-manifold has algebraically independent meromorphic functions, does its covariant derivative define a Riemannian metric?”
     Hmm, nix that.  That’s an obtuse math question.  But it does read far more clearly than our constitutional Electoral College’s process.  I encourage you to wade through the Constitution’s text and read the 12th Amendment.  Fair warning — wear thick boots.
     And so here we go again.  For a brief moment (not brief enough), our nation of 314 million people stops arguing about sports teams.  Citizens stop arguing about who should win Dancing with the Stars.  They stop arguing about whether Bubba the Love Sponge really said all those nasty things about Hulk Hogan.

  • Why 'fix' Ashley Pond

    Recently, I have received questions from members of the public regarding an upcoming project to make improvements at Ashley Pond Park.
    This is a project that has been in the county’s capital improvement program for more than two years, however, with so many projects going on inside the county, it’s easy to understand that some residents may not have heard about all of the various aspects of the project, or why it is so desperately needed. I’d like to try and explain the project and elaborate a bit on how we got to where we are today.
    If you’ve been to Ashley Pond lately, you’ve probably noticed the serious issues with water quality that have emerged. The pond is in the early stages of eutrophication, which stated simply means that the pond is dying due to lack of oxygen.
    There were likely many contributing factors, including overabundant fish population, inadequate recirculation of water, and pollutants conveyed by the collection of storm water runoff. Regardless of the cause, the only way to fix the problem at this point is to drain, dredge and rebuild the pond.

  • Giants go up 2-0 in World Series

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Long ball one night, a Giant dose of small ball the next.
    Two wins in two games and suddenly San Francisco doesn’t need to dig itself out of a postseason hole for a change.
    Madison Bumgarner shut down the Detroit Tigers for seven innings, then the Giants took advantage of a bunt that stayed fair to eke out the go-ahead run in a 2-0 win Thursday night for a 2-0 edge in the World Series.
    Gregor Blanco’s single trickled to a stop inches fair on the infield dirt, setting up Brandon Crawford’s run-scoring double-play grounder in the seventh. Hunter Pence added a sacrifice fly in the eighth, and that was plenty for these masters of the October comeback.
    “It definitely feels a whole lot better than having our backs against the wall,” Bumgarner said. “But you can’t relax. We’ve got to keep pushing.”
    Game 3 will be Saturday night in Detroit and for once, the Giants aren’t playing from behind. They overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat Cincinnati in the best-of-five division series and escaped a 3-1 hole against St. Louis in the NLCS.