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  • Bible Answers: The various interpretations of heaven

    “What is heaven like?’ — Beth

  • A court for every conflict: Resolving business disputes in New Mexico

    A clear, detailed contract with a dispute resolution clause is the best defense when a business and client disagree over performance or other conditions.
    But even the most airtight agreement can’t inoculate a business from all potential conflicts with customers, partners or other businesses.
    Simple arguments can be resolved through formal mediation or arbitration, but more complex disagreements require judicial intervention.
    Different courts
    for different conflicts
    If a business believes a client or competitor has broken federal law, say, by infringing on a trademark or copyright, it can bring the case in state or federal court.
    If a business needs to collect from a client who’s seeking bankruptcy protection, it files its claim on the client’s assets in Bankruptcy Court.
    But most disputes between businesses and their clients, investors or colleagues involve breaches of contract — including violations of confidentiality or non-compete clauses or of the terms of employment — or disagreements over service agreements, lease terms and real estate transactions. And most of these are heard in state courts.
    Size matters

  • Carbon Dioxide is our friend

    YouTube can be a hoot. You can watch someone launch themselves with a giant slingshot towards a small pond, overshoot the pond and land on a boulder. The search for videos like this usually require the keywords “human,” “slingshot” and “splat.”
    Or you can watch someone spray themselves with lighter fluid and set their body on fire, which is simply called “The Fire Challenge.” Imitating the Human Torch from the “Fantastic Four” is what I would call “The Atrophied Brain Challenge.”
    Lots of fun videos to watch and lots of laughs.
    Some years ago, I watched what might be the funniest video of all — “Carbon dioxide is our friend.” It’s an “educational documentary” produced by The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a nonprofit, non-think tank funded by tea bag sources like the Koch brothers and several “unbiased” companies such as the Ford Motor Company, Philip Morris Company, Texaco Inc. and the Scaife Foundation (an extremely liberal organization).

  • Roundup: 'Topper JV knocks off Elkettes for first win

    ’Topper JV knocks off Elkettes for first win

    Los Alamos’ junior varsity volleyball team needed three sets to do it, but it picked up a victory over the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes Tuesday.
    Los Alamos, playing at home, struggled in the opening set against Pojoaque Valley, falling there 25-12, but bounced back to nip the Elkettes in set two 25-23. In the decisive third set, the Hilltoppers (1-2) secured their first win of the year, taking that 15-9.
    It was a big night for the Hilltopper volleyball program, winning the varsity, JV and C team contests Tuesday.
    The next night, Los Alamos fell to St. Michael’s on the road, 2-0.

    C team volleyball beats Pojoaque Valley, falls to St. Mike’s

  • 'Toppers, Storm go to shootout in first round

    ALBUQUERQUE — A bad break to start the game could’ve been a big setback the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team Thursday.
    But Los Alamos bounced back against the Cleveland Storm in the first round of the Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
    However, the Hilltoppers wouldn’t be able to find a game-winning goal through regulation or the overtime periods, and the game would be won by the Storm at the mark.
    Cleveland outdueled Los Alamos in the penalty kick round, connecting on 5 shots against the Hilltoppers’ 4 after six shooters. With the win in the shootout, the Storm advanced to the semifinal round of Academy’s tournament, while Los Alamos dropped into the consolation round.
    The game was tied 2-2 heading into the shootout with Eric Burnside and Joe Singleton scoring during regulation.
    The contest didn’t open the way the Hilltoppers would’ve liked, however. In just the third minute of play, Cleveland’s Bryce Roberts made a run in from the right side and sent a chip shot toward goal.
    That shot was deflected by one of the Hilltopper fullbacks, who was trying to flick it away with his foot, but it ended up in the back of Los Alamos’ goal.

  • LA survives slow start to advance in tourney

    ALBUQUERQUE – It may not have been the start the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team wanted, but it certainly was the finish.
    Los Alamos came out sluggish in the first half of its opening round game of the Albuquerque Academy Invitational. The Mayfield Trojans, the Hilltoppers’ first round opponent, was far quicker to the ball early and set themselves up with some chances.
    But the Hilltoppers were able to dodge the early bullet and score the only goal of the first half.
    In the second half, it was Los Alamos that controlled possession most of the way as it earned a 2-0 victory at Albuquerque Academy.
    With its win, Los Alamos advanced to today’s semifinal round where it was scheduled to take on the Hope Christian Huskies.
    Starting off as slow as they did, the Hilltoppers were fortunate not to be playing from behind. The Trojans (2-4-1) were winning the vast majority of the 50-50 balls for the first 20 minutes of the ballgame and their passing game was keeping the Hilltopper back line scrambling.
    Los Alamos veteran fullback Cory Carnes said it was hectic near her team’s goal for much of the early part of the contest.

  • LA girls soccer team dumps Mayfield in Academy tournament


    The Los Alamos High School girls soccer team won its first game in the Albuquerque-Academy tournament Thursday afternoon.

    LA got goals from Sienna Ahlers and Catie McDonald. Read more about the tournament in Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Artful celebration set for tonight


    – The Arts in Public Places Board (APPB) will host “An Artful Celebration” tonight as part of week-long events planned for Los Alamos ScienceFest. Beginning at 5 p.m., tours of the public art housed in the Municipal Building in downtown Los Alamos will depart from the lobby. In addition, from 5 to 7 p.m., guests and residents are invited to review art proposals and provide comments to the APPB for outdoor artwork envisioned for installation on the large plaza on the west side of the Municipal Building. The artists have been invited to be on hand to answer questions about their submittals and their vision for the artwork in the plaza. Refreshments will be served.

    Tours are limited to 10 participants per group and depart every thirty minutes. They will be led by APPB members knowledgeable in the art collection found throughout the halls and suites of the municipal building. Advance registration is requested, but not required. E-mail lacadministrator@lacnm.us to reserve a spot on the tour. Walk-in tour registration begins at 4:30 in the lobby of the municipal building.

    For more information on ScienceFest, visit www.losalamossciencefest.com.

  • Bandelier opera scheduled for Sept. 20


    This year’s installment of Opera on the Rocks presents “Don Giovanni,” one of the most popular operas of all time, framed by  Bandelier National Monument. Join music lovers of all ages on Saturday, Sept. 20 in Bandelier’s Juniper Campground outdoor amphitheater. 

    Opera Alta will present an abridged performance this classic Mozart production starting at 5:30 p.m. The event is an opportunity for those not familiar with opera, as well as for opera enthusiasts, to enjoy listening in a special venue.  Hosts of the event include the Los Alamos Opera Guild of the Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc., Opera Alta, Bandelier National Monument, and the Los Alamos Commerce Development Corporation.

    Transportation will be provided to and from the venue by the Los Alamos Atomic City Transit. Don Quixote Distillery & Winery and Black Mesa Winery will feature local wines prior to the performance.

  • LANL achieves low radioactive emissions rate


    Los Alamos National Laboratory achieved its lowest radioactive air emissions rate in 20 years in 2013, according to annual air quality results released recently.

    According to a lab press release, each year, the laboratory measures air emissions through a comprehensive system of 40 air monitoring stations located at the laboratory and in neighboring communities that provide data about ambient air quality. The laboratory monitors 80 minor sources and 29 major sources at the laboratory, such as exhaust stacks from radiological and nuclear facilities.

    In 2013, the Los Alamos offsite dose rate was 0.21 millirem, about 2 percent of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act limit of 10 millirem. This 20-year low is attributed to focused, more efficient operations and the cleanup of legacy environmental sites.