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Today's News

  • Historical Society seeks nominations for 2016 LA history award

    Nominations are now open for the 2016 Los Alamos History Award, an annual prize recognizing significant contributions to preserving the world-changing history of the Los Alamos community.
    Nominations are due by Aug. 19, and the award winner will be announced at the Los Alamos Historical Society’s Annual Gala and Experience Auction on Sept. 10.
    Factors that weigh heavily in consideration for the award include depth and breadth of achievement over time, volunteer commitment, and a lasting impact. Both individuals and organizations are eligible.
    Posthumous awards are not made, and self-nominations are not allowed. Staff and board members are not eligible during the period of their active service. Awardees are selected through a rigorous, blind voting process by the Historical Society’s board of directors.
    Nomination forms are available online at the Los Alamos Historical Society’s website, losalamoshistory.org, or in the Los Alamos History Museum’s temporary space at 475 20th St., Suite C. They are due by at 5 p.m. Aug. 19, and can turned in at the temporary museum space or at the Historical Society’s administrative offices, upstairs in the north wing of Fuller Lodge.

  • Community Calendar 7-20-16

    TODAY
    Summer Family Evenings: Aparejo Burro Packing System at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun. Cost is $5 for non-member families and free for PEEC member families.
    THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. Practice yoga at the nature center with Christa Tyson, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members and $12 for PEEC members.
    FRIDAY
    The United Thrift Shop at 2545 Canyon Road is having a half price sale on glassware from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The thrift shop has had an especially nice donation of glassware.

    Gentle Walks from 8:30 a.m. to noon. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Fourth Friday Fractals at 7 a.m. at the Nature Center. See fractals in nature as a full-dome planetarium show! Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children.
    SATURDAY
    Rockhound Geology Outing: Small Fry Prospect Mine from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore an old mining site to find fluorescent deep purple fluorite. Free for member families, $20 for non-member families.

    Young at Heart Hike at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join us on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.
     

  • New laser light show in planetarium

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is bringing all new laser light shows to the Los Alamos Nature Center July 31 through Aug. 7.
    Visitors can choose from up to four different shows each day. Enjoy laser shows choreographed to music as a full-dome experience in the nature center planetarium.
    With 14 laser light shows, there is truly something for everyone. Music fans will love to see how laser light transforms their favorite bands in Laser Rock, Laser Retro, and Laser Vinyl. There are separate shows dedicated to the music of Metallica, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, U2, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, and Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Family friendly offerings include Greek Legends, Laser Magic, Laser Mania, and more. The Laser Light Shows are sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank.
    Tickets are limited. Each show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Los Alamos Nature Center or reserved by phone.
    Ticket sales will end 10 minutes before the start of the show. To see which shows are offered on a particular day, please visit our website at peecnature.org, and click on the “Events” tab.

  • LA’s Hsieh Ratliff completes internship with Sen. Udall

    U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Los Alamos native Gillian Hsieh Ratliff Monday for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her seven weeks on Capitol Hill, Hsieh Ratliff worked primarily on health-related issues.
    “Gillian has worked on a number of important health policy issues this summer and has been of great help in my Washington, D.C. office,” Udall said. “I hope that she finds her experiences during her internship valuable as she finishes college and begins her career.”
    Hsieh Ratliff said her desire to help others led to apply for an internship in Udall’s office, and that the time she spent in the Capitol gave her a more positive perspective on Congress and the lawmaking process.
    “I’ve learned that it’s hard working on the Hill, and the hours are long, but it is also very rewarding,” Hsieh Ratliff said.
    Hsieh Ratliff is the daughter of Linda Hsieh and Gilbert Ratliff. She graduated from Los Alamos High School, and studies human biology at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, where she will be a senior this fall. She is a member of the Asian Pacific American Coalition. Hsieh Ratliff served as an intern at Los Alamos National Laboratories beginning in 2012.

  • Assets in Action: Keep building assets to change world

    We are hearing a lot of negatives about the Pokémon Go game, but if your kids are old enough and know better, let them play. OK, slather those teens up with sun block because many of them have not seen the sun since school let out. Recently, I saw two adults out walking the routes with their ‘tweens and I was elated.
    Engage, engage, engage – all kids and every time your conscience will allow you. It does have to be in a grand and over-powering way, say “hello,” give a nod, pass a compliment and be on your way. If they are kids you see often, try something different the next time.
    I have said before that you never stop gaining assets, so if young people make you too nervous, pick on someone your own age. Think of the change you might make at work when you say something kind to someone that annoys the stuffing out of you.
    Try someone older, if so inspired by asking if there’s something you can do to help or bring them a small treat.
    One of my favorite things is to tell someone thanks for their service. You can target folks in the grocery store; police officers, firemen, men and women in uniform and of course the young person that bags your groceries.
    Think of people you can say something kind to about the work they do and change the direction of their day.

  • What’s your bedroom worth on Airbnb?

    It’s called the sharing economy, and it’s dismantling our economic models.
    Need a ride? Text Uber to have a driver show up and take you there in his or her own vehicle. Need a vacation rental? Go to Airbnb.com to book everything from a castle to a couch directly from the owner. Need tools, sports gear, photo equipment, garden space? Somebody will rent them to you for a few bucks.
    Last week the city of Santa Fe and the town of Taos reached an agreement with Airbnb to collect lodgers’ taxes from Airbnb hosts, beginning August 1.
    Until now, people renting their homes or mother-in-law quarters or bedrooms have been invisible to the tax man, but traditional hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast inns pay lodgers’ taxes to promote their areas. This, in fact, was a complaint during legislative Jobs Council hearings last year.
    Santa Fe has an estimated 1,000 short-term rentals operating, even though the local ordinance allowed just 350. The City Different estimated it was losing up to $2.1 million in lodgers’ taxes each year, along with uncollected gross receipts taxes, and hoteliers complained the underground rentals were unfairly competing. Santa Fe now allows 1,000 and requires a permit; violations can mean stiff fines. Santa Fe and Taos city officials look forward to new revenues to help balance the budget.

  • Is romantic, exotic “Land of Enchantment” overlay useful today?

    With her energy, money and international company of luminaries, Mabel Dodge Luhan helped create New Mexico as a romantic ”Land of Enchantment.” By the time Luhan and others wrote in New Mexico Quarterly, Summer 1951, she had been in Taos for 33 years. It is likely her leadership time had passed. Luhan died in 1962.
    (My complete notes from the New Mexico Quarterly are posted at capitolreportnm.blogspot.com.)
    Drawn by romance and exoticness, pilgrims continue to come. In 1980 I met an aspiring poet who couldn’t spell.
    I mock the pilgrims occasionally for their mantra, “I came to New Mexico, saw the sun set over the mountain and found God.”
    Such folks are prone to overlooking the details of paying the bills. Unless, like Luhan, they bring money, such details catch them. Then they return to New York or wherever, mumbling about stupid New Mexicans. Very annoying.
    The sixties brought hippies and communes. In 2013, New Mexico Magazine said that by the late 1960s, the state had 25 communes, “according to one count.” The reception was mixed. One view shows in an essay, “Taos: Hippies, Hopper and Hispanic Anger,” in “Telling New Mexico A New History.” Other perspectives appear in “Scrapbook of a Taos Hippie,” by Iris Keltz, published in 2000.

  • Little League regional coming to LA

    North Mesa Sports Complex will be home to the top junior little league softball teams in the Southwest.
    Los Alamos County Little League will host the Little League Junior Softball Southwestern Regional July 23. It’s the first time Los Alamos will host a Little League regional.
    “We found out in January that we would be hosting it,” said Robbie Harris, who’s the softball vice president for Los Alamos County Little League. “We put in the bid in the fall and luckily we were able to get it.”
    The regional includes the state champions from New Mexico, West Texas, East Texas, Colorado and Louisiana. Los Alamos received an automatic bid for hosting the regional, while Deming won the right to represent New Mexico after winning the state championship. Junior Little League softball consists of players ages 13-14.  
    “The great thing is that all teams will get to play atleast five times,” Harris said. “It’s also great that all the little league teams from the area will also be in town to experience it.”
    Harris said North Mesa Park was a better option to host the regional instead of Overlook Park in White Rock. Proximity to concession stands was a factor that Harris detailed as to why North Mesa Park was the better option.

  • Free writing workshop for kids Monday

    PBS New Mexico will hold a free writing workshop from 2:30-3 p.m. Monday at the Mesa Public Library.
    The workshop, which is open to kids from kindergarten to third grade, will be led by author Mary Saunders. At the workshop, kids will learn how to write and illustrate their own story.
    At the end of the workshop, kids will have a chance to enter the N.M. PBS Kids Writers Contest, which is open through July 31. Entry forms will be available online at newmexicopbs.org or at the Mesa Public Library. There will also entry forms available at the local McDonald’s.
    The postmarked deadline for entry at July 31. A total of 12 winners will be chosen: three from kindergarten, first, second and third grades. However each child gets a certificate for entering.

  • N.M. congressman likes Trump's VP pick

    SANTA FE (AP) — Members of New Mexico’s delegation to the GOP convention reacted to Donald Trump’s announcement today of his vice presidential running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
    Republican Rep. Steve Pearce on Friday described Pence as a solid conservative and strong person of faith who would bring a tireless work ethic to the vice presidency.
    New Mexico Republican Party Chairwoman Debbie Maestas calls Pence an excellent pick to join with Trump.
    An alternate New Mexico delegate to the Republican National Convention says the selection of Pence as a vice presidential running mate is unlikely to make up for Trump’s shortcomings on the campaign trail.
    Former New Mexico state Sen. Rod Adair on Friday described Pence as a cautious pick that is unlikely to dramatically improve Trump’s popularity. The Republican from Roswell is traveling to the convention in Cleveland with the New Mexico delegation as an alternate in case other delegates drop out unexpectedly.
    Adair says that a Republican candidate other than Trump might be far ahead in the polls against Democrat Hillary Clinton, and that Pence is “sort of a blah choice.”