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  • Community Calendar 3-24-17

    TODAY
    Fish Fry Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Immaculate Heart Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. Cost is $10 for Adults, $7 for children.

    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Astronomy Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Canter. Explore the night sky from the comfort of the planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Habitat for Humanity is hosting a Hawaiian at the Pajarito Brew Pub and Grill. Live Hawaiian-themed music. A special menu of Hawaiian and Hawaiian-inspired dishes and beverages. What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring? So don your loudest Hawaiian shirt and your best grass skirt and hula over to a tropical island paradise at the Pajarito Brew Pub and Grill.

    Snowshoe Hike in the Valles Caldera at 1 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join a ranger and PEEC on a 2 - 2.5 hour, easy-to-moderate snowshoe hike in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Preserve entrance fee. More information at peecnature.org.

    Feature Film: Exoplanets at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center.

  • LA museums, parks won’t be affected by a state shutdown

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday ordered a hiring freeze for all agencies under her control, a move designed to save cash pending a political standoff over the funding of state government and public schools.

    The state personnel director outlined the freeze in a memo to cabinet secretaries, citing the need for executive agencies to take immediate action to control spending due to unprecedented budgetary challenges.

    Despite the freeze, some hiring will continue for jobs identified as critical for public safety and health as well as those related to taxation and revenue collections.

    The memo did not mention the governor’s disappointment with the outcome of the legislative session that wrapped up more than a week ago. However, she has been outspoken about the Democratic-controlled Legislature sending her a budget built on $350 million in tax increases and fee hikes.

    “The fact is, state government affects every New Mexican, and passing a balanced budget is critical in funding education, public safety and service to protect abused children,” she said in a statement.

  • NFL owners revamp video replay for officiating

    PHOENIX (AP) — One day after approving the Oakland Raiders’ move to Las Vegas, NFL owners got busy passing several rules changes and adopting resolutions they believe will speed the game and enhance player safety.
    Most notable Tuesday was the change in handling officiating of video replays. Referees will now watch replays on the field using tablets, eliminating “going under the hood” to the watch on television monitors.
    League officiating chief Dean Blandino and his staff in New York will make the final decisions on those calls, with input from the referee, who in the past was the ultimate arbiter after consulting with league headquarters.
    “And I think that’s important to remember, we’re not taking the referee out of the equation,” Blandino has said. “The referee will still be involved, the referee will still give input, but will no longer have the final say.”
    Also at the league meetings owners extended bringing touchbacks out to the 25-yard line for another year; eliminating “leapers” trying to block field goals or extra points; added protections for defenseless receivers running their routes; and made permanent the rule disqualifying a player who is penalized twice in a game for specific unsportsmanlike conduct.

  • ‘Topper baseball, softball teams start District 2-5A seasons

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball teams get their District 2-5A seasons going starting today.
    Both teams will be at Del Norte to face the Knights to open 2-5A play today. Following today’s games – both single contests in Albuquerque – both teams will be at home Saturday to face off against Albuquerque Academy.
    For the Hilltopper softball team, it started off its season very well, winning four in a row, but have dropped five of six games since then, including four straight heading into this afternoon’s game with the Knights.
    Only one of those four recent losses has been particularly close. The Hillltoppers kept pace with the Rio Rancho Rams, a well-respected Class 6A program, in their game Friday, but the Rams prevailed 5-4.
    With those recent losses, the Hiltopper softball team is currently 5-5 on the year, but heading into the 2-5A season, only one of the five teams in district has more wins. Surprisingly, that team is the Capital Jaguars.
    The Jaguars are 6-6 right now and lost a close call Monday to its cross-town rival, the Santa Fe Demons. The Jaguars were down by three runs heading into their final at-bat, when they came up with a pair of runs to make the Demons sweat it out, but the Demons held on for an 8-7 victory at Santa Fe High School.

  • Arts & Entertainment Calendar 3-29-17

    Art exhibits
    The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, 601 Eubank SE in Albuquerque, will host “Critical Assembly, the Secrets of Los Alamos 1944: An Installation by American Sculptor Jim Sanborn,” through Oct. 8. This special exhibit, created by world renowned sculptor Jim Sanborn – best known for creating the encrypted “Kryptos” sculpture at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia – invites visitors to explore and study the recreations of the super secret experiments from the Manhattan Project’s atomic bomb program. The museum is open from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., 361 days a year. For information, visit nuclearmuseum.org, or call 505-245-2137.

    “Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time.” Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. Photographer Adriel Heisey re-photographed some of Southwest’s most significant archeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, photographed in 1929. Exhibit runs through May.

  • UNM-LA students consider the LANL technician pipeline

    In an ongoing effort to help students transition to the workforce, faculty at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos regularly invite representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratory to campus to speak about opportunities at LANL.
    In late February, Deborah Martinez who works with LANL Human Resources on various engineering related programs, presented an overview of the LANL Institutional Technician Pipeline Job Program. The program provides training and development, as well as entry into career pathways.
    Martinez explained that Post Associates Internships are available for those who have earned an associates degree within the past three years but have little or no relevant experience. Employees will be provided with on-the-job training and mentoring with a senior technician or supervisor. The program is offered through a number of divisions, from Applied Engineering and Technology to the Weapons Systems Engineering division. The electro-mechanical degree program at UNM-LA is designed to prepare students for tech positions in these areas.
    After stating that LANL is looking for people who are adaptable, flexible team players eager to learn, Martinez continued with advice on writing a strong cover letter and a resume that reflects skills appropriate to the job.

  • TRAVEL: Surprises abound in OKC

    By Debbie Stone

    Special to the Monitor

  • ‘Everyone Does IT’ event kickoff helps people learn about computing

    The Los Alamos Nature Center hosted a kickoff event for Everyone Does IT on March 21. This event focused on helping students of all ages learn about computing and information technology.  
    Tables filled with computers and props lined the building and created an interesting juxtaposition to the nature exhibits.
    The Nature Center was also filled with children and adults alike, eager to interact with the electronics available.
    Booth participants included VISIBLE VR Experience, Coder DOJO, Software is Everywhere, Dragon Dash! Photo Booth, Hacking Queen of the Hill, a Supercomputing Challenge, the Atomic Women and recruiting for Los Alamos National Laboratory.  
    Scientist Ambassador Terri Roberts ran the “Software is Everywhere” booth, which was stocked with intriguing gadgets that demonstrated the process of coding. During her explanation of basic computing principles, she said the first programmer was, in fact, a woman, Ada Lovelace.
    “Women need to be in this field!” Roberts said with a smile.  
    Although the event was not focused solely on girls and women, the goal is to increase the pool of people that are pursuing IT.

  • Martinez to consider bill to combine local elections

    SANTA FE (AP) — A piece of legislation awaiting Gov. Susana Martinez’s signature would reshape the political landscape for school boards, cities and other nonpartisan local governments in New Mexico by consolidating elections and putting them before voters in November every other year.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that currently, such elections draw little attention, with some garnering zero ballots.

    Political analyst Brian Sanderoff says combining school board and municipal elections could boost turnout significantly. School elections draw maybe 5 percent turnout on their own, but Sanderoff says municipalities attract up to 45 percent.

     
    Municipalities would have the option of opting out of the combined elections.

  • Hike to Window Rock April 8

    Join the Santa Fe National Forest from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 8 to as part of the Forest Your Health, a local partnership and health initiative.
    The Window Rock Trail hike will include trash pickup, sign installation, archeological interpretation and campfire finale (hot dogs and s’mores).
    The hike is part of Window Rock and lies north of Española off of the highway to Abiquiu.
    Participants should not bring less than three liters of water, plus lunch, shade hat, sunscreen and clothing layers. The round-trip hike is eight miles.
    Contact Jennifer Sublett for more information and to sign-up for this bi-annual stewardship hike at jasublett@fs.fed.us or 505-753-7331.