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  • Update 01-04-12

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold its first regular session of 2013 at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Advisory board

    The Fuller Lodge Historical Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    Planning meeting

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Suite A.

    LWV meeting

    The League of Women Voters will have their monthly Lunch with a Leader meeting at 11:40 a.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library. To order lunch, contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or kaskacayman@gmail.com.

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    Saturday's weather

    Mainly sunny. High 36, winds NNE at 5-10 mph.

  • Protesters head to court next week

    They call themselves the “LANL Six.”

    On Wednesday, the six protesters who were arrested at the gate to the Los Alamos National Laboratory Aug. 6, will make a court appearance in Los Alamos Municipal Court before Judge Alan Kirk.

    The six protesters were charged with trespass, refusing to obey an officer and obstructing movement. Each could spend 179 days in jail and be fined up to $1,500.  

    The LANL Six are Pam Gilchrist and Cathie Sullivan of Santa Fe; Benjamin (Summer) Abbott, Janet Greenwald and Barbara Grothus of Albuquerque; and Wind Euler of Tucson, Ariz.

    The LANL Six, their supporters and their defense team, have invited the public to join them from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 107 West Barcelona St., Santa Fe.

    Also, they invite all environmental and anti-nuclear activists to demonstrate outside of the courthouse on the morning of their trial.

  • Governor proposes tax cut 

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday proposed lowering New Mexico’s corporate income tax rate to provide an incentive for economic development.

    In outlining part of her agenda for the upcoming legislative session, Martinez said she will ask the Legislature to reduce the corporate tax rate to 4.9 percent from 7.6 percent over several years.

    The governor also wants to wants to change how New Mexico determines the taxes owed by corporations that do business in multiple states. Companies would be offered the option of basing their tax liability on their sales in New Mexico. The change could help corporations like computer chip maker Intel, which has a plant in Rio Rancho but the bulk of its sales are outside the state. Currently, the tax obligation of a corporation is tied to its payroll, property and sales in New Mexico.

    The corporate tax proposals could cost the state about $255 million in reduced tax revenue once fully implemented, according to estimates from the Department of Finance and Administration.

    New Mexico’s corporate tax rate is higher than neighboring states, and Martinez contends it should be reduced to make New Mexico more competitive in attracting companies and encouraging existing businesses to expand in the state.

  • Torpy back on the job

    Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy is back at work and according to his colleagues, it’s as though he’s never left.

    “Yeah, he’s back to ordering us around and telling us to get his coffee,” Capt. Randy Foster said jokingly. On a more serious note, Foster said “we’re really glad to have him back.”

    While Torpy was away, Foster was pulling double duty as acting police chief.

    About five weeks ago, Torpy was rushed to the hospital and was there for five weeks, recovering from a serious medical incident.

    “Everything is fine now, it’s great to be back at work,” Torpy said. “It’s healing in some ways to be back and working with the folks here again.”

    Torpy got back Wednesday and will be working half days until he’s up to full-speed.

    Currently, he’s working on budgetary matters and still opening mail from well-wishers.

    He thanked the community and his co-workers for making the transition to work easy.

    “The reception’s been wonderful,” he said. “It hasn’t been much different from when I was gone. The community, the folks from the county, the police department have been very supportive throughout my ordeal.”

  • Work close to completion on Municipal Building

    It no longer takes a stretch of imagination to picture county staff bustling around the new municipal complex. Walls are up, carpet is being laid and many ceilings are tiled.

    The construction site still bustles with an average of 85 workers a day. The project is ahead of schedule and under budget.

    The design/build contractor, Jaynes Corporation, expects everything but finishing touches to be completed by mid-March. The county will then begin moving in components such as information technology systems and training facilities staff and department heads. County Project Manager Anthony Strain, who will orchestrate moving approximately 120 people from 12 departments into the space, hopes to begin that process by May 1.

    “It’s not quite as big an undertaking as the building itself, moving in, but putting together a schedule and putting those logistics into place, it’s like, wow, this is going to be an endeavor just in itself,” Strain said.

    The move will be a staggered one, with departments opening their new offices as they get settled. If no unforeseen circumstances delay the process, Strain hopes to see full occupancy by late May to early June.

    “We’re trying to take our time and make it a comfortable move, with the least amount of disruption to citizens services,” Strain said.

  • Church Listings 1-04-12

    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.

    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.

  • Celebrating Jesus' birthday on Dec. 25

    What makes Orthodox Christianity different from other churches? — A.A.

    Western Christians easily observe that Orthodox Christians believe, understand and do things uniquely and then label them as “differences.”
    For Orthodox, we simply see ourselves as continuing in that which we received from Christ more than 2,000 years ago.
    Since there have been violent conflicts between Western groups over “differences,” the presupposition of violent disagreement gets projected onto the Orthodox.
    The Orthodox get oversimplified as “just another “different” Christian group caught in the trappings of “differences.”
    This is a logical fallacy, which prevents one from really examining Orthodoxy. Nevertheless, I will focus on two internal distinctions, rather than on external trappings.
    As a convert, I have observed two distinctions, which sets Orthodoxy apart from other Christian groups. The first is a certain preservation of the seriousness and profundity of God, his incarnation, and his effects on humanity and the cosmos.
    The profundity and radical sense of “the holy,” totally transforms each individual.

  • If you think this is crazy ...

     Over the past 20 years, more than 300,000 people have died from alcohol-related driving accidents.  
    Did you see politicians passing laws to allow “concealed bottles of rum” carry licenses?  Do you remember all the arguments claiming that more alcohol will reduce drunk driving?
     Of course not.  That would be moronic.
     Speaking of morons, NRA Chief Wayne LaPompous is shooting his mouth off again.  He and other “geniuses” think the solution to school shootings is to convert public schools to firearm depots.  
    Arm all the teachers with guns.  Patrol the hallways with a few mercenaries. Have a couple Humvees equipped with Browning .50 cal machine guns ride protective circles around the school play grounds.
     Fight guns with guns! Bullets with bullets! You can have my Barrett REC7 M4 5.56 NATO assault rifle when you pry it from my cold dead fingers!
     And the LaWackos out there proudly yell, “If you think this is crazy, well then, call me crazy!”
     Okay. But why stop there? Wayne, you’re stupid too!
    The Newtown Elementary School massacre has reignited the gun control debate and both sides are armed to the teeth with senseless rhetoric, contrived statistics and high capacity misrepresentations of the facts.

  • First gov was a man for his time and ours

    We’ve spent this past year celebrating the centennial of New Mexico’s hard-won statehood.
    As we say goodbye to 2012 and the centennial, let me introduce you to James Silas Calhoun, the first governor appointed after New Mexico became a U. S. Territory.
    Calhoun was the right man for the job, and if he were around today, he would have something to say about our current problems.
    My own celebration of the centennial involved studying Calhoun in detail and I can now declare myself the state’s only Calhoun expert, only because nobody else found him a worthy subject.
    Congress in 1849 makes today’s standoff look like a lawn party. Lawmakers fought sharply over each state proposed for admittance to the union.
    Would it be a free or slave state? Talk of rebellion hung in the air with the cigar smoke. President Zachary Taylor wanted California and New Mexico to become states and tried to help the process along by sending secret agents.
    One was James S. Calhoun, of Georgia, who arrived that spring as New Mexico’s first Indian agent. Calhoun was an ardent Whig, as was another politician from Illinois, Abe Lincoln.

  • Aggies break school shooting record in win

    LAS CRUCES — With a strong second-half start, the New Mexico State University men’s basketball team defeated the University of Texas-San Antonio 82-62.
    Along the way, the Aggies (7-8 overall, 1-2 in the Western Athletic Conference) broke the NMSU record for team field goal percentage, which stood for nearly 39 years. The Aggies shot 68.6 percent from the field (35-for-51) and broke the previous record of 66.2 percent which was set on Jan. 19, 1974. The Aggies were also one shy of tying the school record for blocked shots with 11 against the Roadrunners.
    NMSU forward Bandja Sy scored a career-high 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting. He also had eight rebounds, three blocks and two assists. Freshman center Sim Bhullar added 15 points on 7 of 8 shooting along with three blocked shots and helped the Aggies to a 30-point advantage in points in the paint.
    Sophomore guard Daniel Mullings was also in double-figures with 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting. He added four steals and four assists.
    The Aggies had a 38-32 halftime advantage in their WAC home opener. Bhullar led all scorers with a game-high 12 points.
    In their first home game in nearly two weeks, the Aggies started strong and connected on 6 of their first 9 shots. The Aggies opened the second half with a 12-0 run.