Today's News

  • LACA presents Latin American string quartet

    Cuarteto Latinoamericano is scheduled to appear at 4 p.m. March 15 at Duane Smith Auditorium. Bandoneon virtuoso Daniel Binelli was to be a part of the show, but withdrew recently to due a medical condition.
    A revised program will be announced later and is a part of the Los Alamos Concert Association.
    Cuarteto Latinoamericano is known worldwide as the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet.  
    They have recorded most of the Latin American quartet repertoire including a Grammy nominated CD of works by Villa-Lobos.  
    In 2012, their recording of quartets by Francisco Mignone won a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Recording.
    Based in Mexico, the Cuarteto includes the three Bitrán brothers, violinists Saúl and Arón and cellist Alvaro, along with violist Javier Montiel.
    The revised program will include quartets by Francisco Mignone (his Quartet No. 2) and Alberto Ginastera  (Quartet No. 2, op. 26).  Works by Manuel Ponce and Astor Piazzolla will complete the program.  
    For complete artist and venue information visit LACA’s website at losalamosconcert.org.

  • LASO is all about Beethoven

    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present a concert under the direction of Albuquerque native and guest conductor, David Chavez.  
    The program will be all about Beethoven and include three works — the Egmont Overture, the Symphony No. 5 and the Concerto for Violin with soloist, David Felberg.
    The concert will be 7 p.m. March 13 at Crossroads Bible Church.
    Chavez’s choice of the program reflects the connection he personally feels with Beethoven, which he thinks others share. He notes moments in the music, especially the overture and the symphony, that mirror Beethoven’s own “struggles in life and his insistence to overcome fate.” As he prepares the orchestra, he makes note of the softer moments in the music. This helps the orchestra become aware of the energy in silence and its intensity.  
    In selecting the violin concerto, Chavez turned to Felberg, a well-known Albuquerque violinist. The two have collaborated in their conductor/soloist roles in several other performances.
    Chavez has degrees in viola performance, conducting and music education.  He has taught in Santa Fe and Albuquerque public schools (secondary) and has conducted the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • Be There calendar 3-4-15

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

    Sierra Club Public Meeting. 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, building 200, room 202. Angelica Gurule, of the Los Alamos County Green Team leader and county staff liaison to the Environmental Sustainability Board, will show how Los Alamos has progressed in its goal of becoming a sustainable community in concerns ranging from landfill gas issues to asphalt recycling, lightbulb-crushing and disposing of household hazardous waste. Public is welcome to attend.

    Valentina Devine: Knit One, Crochet Two, a solo exhibit. Daily through March 21.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library. Reception 5-6 p.m. Thursday.

  • Schools teamed up for acts of kindness

    Mountain Elementary School Counselor Jennifer Schmierer and her team of Mountain Lions rocked the school and the community as they participated in Random Acts of Kindness Week, along with Los Alamos Middle and High School in February.
    “One person being kind can brighten the day of many people,” Schmierer said. “A Random Act of Kindness/Pay it Forward project is a nice forum to have discussions about why we should be kind and why kindness matters.”   
    Schmierer worked hard not only to reach the entire school, but to put those acts in play throughout the community too.
    Their efforts kicked off just after the golden melodious tones of the Mountain Elementary Orchestra concert with the distribution of “kindness rocks,” bracelets. The rubber reminders provide a fun trinket and a daily reminder that youth, no matter what their age can take matters into their own hands and make life a little better each day.
    The bracelets were followed by random acts of kindness cards that could be presented when students did something for another person inside or outside of school. The card provided a link for everyone to track the kindness as its movement began to spread.

  • Court is divided on subsidies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court was sharply divided Wednesday in the latest challenge to President Barack Obama’s health overhaul, this time over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans.
    The justices aggressively questioned lawyers on both sides of what Justice Elena Kagan called “this never-ending saga,” the latest politically charged fight over the Affordable Care Act.
    Chief Justice John Roberts said almost nothing in nearly 90 minutes of back-and-forth, and Justice Anthony Kennedy’s questions did not make clear how he will come out. Roberts was the decisive vote to uphold the law in 2012.
    Otherwise, the same liberal-conservative divide that characterized the earlier case was evident.
    Opponents of the law say that only residents of states that set up their own insurance markets can get federal subsidies to help pay their premiums. The administration says the law provides for subsidies in all 50 states.
    The liberal justices peppered lawyer Michael Carvin almost from the outset of his argument to limit the subsidies.
    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the law set up flexibility for states to either set up their own markets or rely on the federal healthcare.gov.

  • McDonald's to use chickens raised without antibiotics

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics commonly used in humans, and milk from cows that are not treated with an artificial growth hormone.
    The company says the chicken change will take place within the next two years. It says suppliers will still be able to use a type of antibiotic called ionophores that keep chickens healthy and aren’t used in humans. The milk change will take place later this year.
    Many cattle, hog and poultry producers give their livestock antibiotics to make them grow faster and ensure they are healthy. The practice has become a public health issue, with officials saying it can lead to germs becoming resistant to drugs so that they’re no longer effective in treating a particular illness in humans.
    Chipotle and Panera already say they serve chicken raised without antibiotics, but the announcement by McDonald’s is notable because of its size; the company has more than 14,000 U.S. locations. Chipotle has nearly 1,800 locations, while Panera has almost 1,900 locations.

  • On The Docket 3-4-15

    March 2

    Brock A. Koehler was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of assault.
    The defendant is to serve 180 days at the Los Alamos County Detention Center, all suspended. Defendant must also undergo 180 days of supervised probation and pay $73 in court costs.
    Probation conditions include: Defendant will obey all laws and not be arrested, indicted, charged or convicted of any other offense. Defendant will comply with all court ordered conditions of probation. Defendant shall not possess or consume alcohol or enter a liquor establishment and commit to paying $25 a month probation fees to the Los Alamos Municipal Court. Defendant shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon.
    Defendant will meet with probation officers within seven days and maintain contact as instructed.

    March 3

  • CEO: Oil will remain cheap

    NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson expects the price of oil to remain low over the next two years because of ample global supplies and relatively weak economic growth.
    “People kinda need to settle in for a while,” Tillerson said at the company’s annual investor conference in New York.
    In a presentation to investors outlining its business plans through 2017, Exxon assumes a price of $55 a barrel for global crude. That’s $5 below where Brent crude, the most important global benchmark, traded on Wednesday. It’s about half of what Brent averaged between 2011 and the middle of last year.
    The price of oil plunged in the second half of 2014 when it became apparent that production was outpacing global demand. U.S. production was particularly robust, with the increase of 1.5 million barrels per day being the third largest on record, according to a report from BP. Meanwhile, weakening economic conditions in China, Japan and Europe slowed the growth in oil demand.
    BP CEO Bob Dudley made remarks similar to Tillerson’s in a recent call with investors. The CEOs comments reflect an increasingly common industry view that new sources of oil around the globe, relatively slow growth in demand, and large amounts of crude in storage will keep a lid on prices for the foreseeable future.

  • Beautification of LAMS underway

    As the weather warms, the jewels of spring can be seen poking through the ground at Los Alamos Middle School.
    This fall, the school received several grants from Keep New Mexico Beautiful for a variety of beautification projects at LAMS.
    The projects included reviving a garden previously created by Suzanne Melton, created for former LAMS Nurse Bonnie Lissoway.
    When the old school came down, staff members uprooted plants to be grown at their homes throughout the course of the new school build. Those will be added when warm weather returns.
    The additional grant funds included a campus clean up, recycling event, wildflower and bulb plantings by students and staff.
    Craig Wehner, owner of Los Alamos Landscaping and More, assisted with plant advice and placement as students began the process of recreating a vision. Wehner attended LAMS from 1991-1992, and at one point received the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s Youth Business Grant when he created, “Craig’s Rake and Pick.” Wehner’s employees, Ismael Flores and Manuel Morales also assisted as the initial project got underway.
    Los Alamos Public School’s employee, Carol Moore and members of the community donated soil by the pot, the bag and the truckload to make the project take off.

  • Pet Talk: There is a vast need for service dogs

    The first school for Seeing Eye Dogs was opened on Jan. 29, 1929 in Nashville, Tennessee.
    Following a short-lived program in Germany after World War I, this guide school trained dogs to assist those in need, and since then has influenced programs all over the world, including the Texas A&M’s Aggie Guide Dogs and Service Dogs (AGS).
    Today, service dogs are exposed to very thorough and extensive training, and their duties can extend much farther than assisting only the blind.
    “When people see a service dog in a vest, they automatically think it’s a guide dog. When in reality, a huge percentage of service dogs assist people with all sorts of other medical, physical and emotional things,” said Dr. Alice Blue-McLendon, faculty advisor for AGS and Clinical Assistant Professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.  
    Some examples include mobile assistance dogs, which help people who have trouble getting around due to cerebral palsy, severe arthritis or other conditions, and hearing dogs, which help the hearing impaired by responding to sound with a certain behavior.
    For instance, when they hear a knock at the front door, they might be taught to go sit in front of the person to alert them.