Today's News

  • The cost of compassion

    At a Fourth of July potluck, we asked a neighbor who commutes to California for work how he was doing. Instead of small talk, we got a tirade about how he was working to support all those jobless loafers living on government handouts. A grandmother sitting with us pointed out, gently, that we’re paying for two wars that weren’t in the budget.
    Since that conversation, the news has brought us the faces of Central American children seeking safety within our borders and the bludgeoning death of two homeless men in Albuquerque. Which makes me wonder, whatever happened to compassion? The answer is, it’s still alive, but it’s being tested.
    This neighbor is in California because he lost his manufacturing job and was out of work for months before finding another job. Fortunately, his wife was still working, so they didn’t lose everything. Lots of people have relocated and made sacrifices to get work. They can look at it two ways: If I can find work, the rest of you shiftless people can find work. Or, hey, it’s really tough out there and people could use a hand.

  • Immigration concerns rise

    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in the United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most Americans now say U.S. law should be changed so they can be sent home quickly, without a deportation hearing.
    A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds two-thirds of Americans now say illegal immigration is a serious problem for the country, up 14 points since May and on par with concern about the issue in May 2010, when Arizona’s passage of a strict anti-immigration measure brought the issue to national prominence.
    Nearly two-thirds, 62 percent, say immigration is an important issue for them personally, a figure that’s up 10 points since March. President Barack Obama’s approval rating for his handling of immigration dropped in the poll, with just 31 percent approving of his performance on the issue, down from 38 percent in May.

  • Update 07-30-14


    Youth Fundraiser. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Rover Park in White Rock. Water slide and bounce house, $3 for five minutes. Donations are appreciated.

    Downtown Dogs

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos.

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. This week is double tickets, for every $5 spent at a booth, receive two tickets. Double chances to win in the next contest. County Council will also be at the market.


    Auditions for Agatha Christie’s play “And Then There Were None.” 2-4 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Little Theater.  

  • Council approves final charter ordinances

    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council passed four ordinances that will place the final proposed changes to the county charter before voters in November. The revised ordinances are based on recommendations from the Charter Review Committee.
    Three ordinances related to structure of government will appear as one ballot question. Those are:
    • An amendment strengthening the leadership responsibilities of the council chair.
    • An amendment changing the title of “county administrator” to “county manager” and clarifying the duties of the position.
    • An amendment clarifying council’s authority to create standing boards and commissions by ordinance, ad hoc advisory committees by council action and to appoint members of standing boards and commissions and ad hoc advisory committees.
    The final ordinance delineates proposed changes to Article V, which governs county utilities. The ordinance passed by a 4−1 vote following heated public comment from both supporters and detractors. Read Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor for more on that story.

  • Assisting LA County's low-income seniors

    No age demographic is immune to poverty in Los Alamos County. For low-income seniors, the Betty Ehart Senior Center fills some of the gaps.
    Many seniors on a fixed income struggle to meet everyday expenses or to pay for medications.
    “What I hear often is, ‘I’m living longer than I thought I would,’ and that scares people. It’s really hard to project what your expenses are going to be as an older person,” said senior center Executive Director Pauline Schneider.
    Schneider and others working with that population have also noticed a growing trend in recent years: children and grandchildren moving in with parents and tilting the financial balance.
    Most of the center’s programs are not specifically geared toward low-income populations, but are accessible to every senior regardless of income.
    “All of our services are on a suggested donation basis. So any senior that doesn’t feel they can pay the suggested donation still gets the service at whatever donation they would like to make or at no cost at all,” Schneider emphasized.
    “Even if a senior wanted to take one of our trips where we by tickets, say to the opera, if they really wanted to go and couldn’t afford a ticket, we would find a way to see that they go.”

  • Be There 07-30-14

    How to Identify Wildflowers. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Learn from two local experts, Terry Foxx and Craig Martin, how to identify wildflowers. Wednesday evenings, beginning July 30 with a classroom session at PEEC. The remaining three sessions will be conducted in the field. Advance registration required. $70/$58 PEEC members for all four sessions, including materials fee. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Summer Camp Showcase. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center. On display until Saturday.

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 11. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. This week is double tickets, for every $5 spent at a booth, receive two tickets. Double chances to win in the next contest. County Council will also be at the market.

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

  • Davie opens camp of third season at UNM

    ALBUQUERQUE — The evolution of the Bob Davie era of the University of New Mexico Lobo football team raises the curtain of scrutiny Thursday afternoon on season three, and Davie expects a season of “many twists and turns.”
    There is still some rebuilding going on and this is still a baby-faced football team with only 15 seniors on the roster. But there also is Lobo talent and Lobo numbers that have Davie with guarded but real optimism.
    “There is one more year of transition in building that foundation in the roster,” said Davie, whose Lobos open practice Thursday. “But we have some legitimate guys in this program. We have some talent. I’m excited about where we are. There are a lot more positives than negatives. We have done a lot. We are in a position for the first time to gain some traction and gain some momentum in this program that will continue to multiply over the years.”
    The Lobos feel they are bigger, faster and stronger going into 2014. But there is still a gap that UNM needs to shorten and ultimately proof of that shows up on the scoreboard.
    A huge key for that scoreboard is seeing smaller numbers on the opponents’ side.

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