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Today's News

  • Church Listings 2-12-16

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated with a classic liturgy each Sunday at 9 a.m., followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:15 a.m. and Christian Education for all ages at 10:30 a.m.  A service of Midday Matins with Communion is celebrated at 11:45 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors, Rev. Bruce Kuenzel and Rev. Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.

  • Old-school PR can help business, not bust budget

    BY SANDY NELSON
    Finance New Mexico project

  • Latest batch of DWI bills, like the last, won’t work

    Tim Solano is one big reason we need tougher DWI laws, says a lawmaker. Solano is a good example of why those laws don’t work, says a DWI expert.
    Solano had five DWIs in 2005 when he killed a woman bicycling in Santa Fe. He served 10 years in prison. In December, after his release, he was arrested again for DWI.
    That was frightening to Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes, R-Albuquerque. Her husband exercised in the same area when they lived in Santa Fe. She’s carrying HB 83 to increase penalties for multiple DWI convictions. It’s one of three DWI bills in the governor’s package that recently passed the House.
    The measures won’t have any effect on the state’s dreadful drunken driving experience, said Linda Atkinson, executive director of the DWI Resource Center. “The victims get told that these laws will prevent future DWI deaths, but it’s a disservice to victims,” she said. “It won’t change anything. It’s very, very sad.”
    Atkinson has been involved in DWI issues since the 1980s and has worked with such DWI crusaders as Nadine Milford and former Gallup Mayor Ed Muñoz. She co-founded the nonprofit DWI Resource Center, which tracks data and provides information to victims.

  • Community Calendar 2-12-16

    TODAY
    Astronomy Show from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore our universe from the comfort of the planetarium. Cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child.
    SATURDAY
    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    SUNDAY
    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

    Dances of India Valentines Day performance from 3-3:30 p.m. at Sombrillo Nursing Home.

    Dances of India Valentines Day performance from 3:45-4:15 p.m. at Aspen Ridge Lodge.

    Afternoon at Downton Abbey tea from 2-4 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The tea’s theme will be Valentine’s Day, and we put it into a 1925 setting. Performances by LAHS ballroom dance class and Lads of Enchantment Barbershop Group. Costumes encouraged! All ages welcome at this fundraising event. Tickets, priced at $10 for children 12 and under, and $20 for adults, are available at senior center.

  • Making New Mexico more competitive

    Wednesday’s Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Chamber Breakfast speaker Steve McKee spoke about how his strategies for helping “stalled, stuck and stale companies” could be applied to New Mexico’s economic situation.
     McKee is president of McKee Wallwork & Company, and author of “When Growth Stalls: How it Happens, Why You’re Stuck & What to do about it.”
    McKee laid out his theory of why New Mexico is in such poor economic condition and what should be done about it.
    According to McKee, New Mexico is in “a perfect storm of market tectonics” due to three external factors: the economy, changing dynamics and competition.
    “We call them market tectonics because, like plate tectonics in the geological world, when the earth shakes, it shakes everybody,” McKee said. “No matter how well built your building it will shake. If it’s built well, it will remain standing. If it’s build poorly, it will fall.”
    McKee pointed out that New Mexico’s recovery from the 2007 recession has been slower than other states, and that the state has had the highest unemployment in the nation for two months in a row.
    McKee posits that one of the reasons for that is the changing dynamics of the economy.

  • Assets in Action: Youth are connected like never before

    Tonight some things I say may surprise you, some may upset you and some may enlighten you.
    The easiest place for kids to get beer, is right next to the milk. It was a campaign slogan from an organization called FACE that we used in the community about 15 years ago. It made some parents down right irate, that we were teaching their kids where to get beer.
    I remember thinking, “Oh hon, if you think I’m the first one that brought it to their attention, we’ve got a lot more to worry about.”
    Recently I was made aware of a YouTube post called, “Being 13.” It was a glimpse at social media and access from the perspective of this generation. I watched it in utter fascination and I didn’t have a clue!
    The teenagers were checking their Facebook updates 100 times a day. I don’t do anything one hundred times a day. If my body didn’t blink and breathe without a Post-it note to remind me, I’d be dead for sure.
    Parents, I hate to tell you this, but we have no idea what it is like to be a teenager today. I say this knowing that I have three and that I work with hundreds of them.
    Many teens today are so worried about what is going on, being said and taking place that they can’t stop checking to make sure they aren’t missing out.

  • Faith & Science forum to meet

    The Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum is holding a winter series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?” on Feb. 16.
    The group meets at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church on the third Tuesday of the month. A video/presentation begins at 6 p.m. group discussion at 6:30 p.m.

  • Spirit of the West winner named

    Sue Watts was the Spirit of the West winner, named for former County Councilor Jim West at the 2016 Community Assets Awards.
    The event hosted by the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA).
    West was nominated by Becky Shankland for her service to benefit the community through volunteer efforts at PEEC.
    Watch the Los Alamos Monitor for more winners later this week.

  • LAPS students win awards in math competition

    The LAPS School Board congratulated Piñon Elementary School student Leeson Weaver this week.
    Leeson won the northern New Mexico MATHCOUNTS Chapter Meet as the highest-scoring individual student on the written test. He also came in second in the Countdown Round, which included Jeopardy-style buzzers and a 45-seconds-per-question situation, in a bracketed single elimination format.
    Piñon’s all-girl team came in second, behind Los Alamos Middle School, in the team competition. The team included Jennie Gao, Lily Shevitz, Kira Lorenc, Lizzie Massa and Izze Thomas. The Los Alamos students plan to attend the state meet at Albuquerque Academy on March 19.
    Los Alamos Middle School was first place, Piñon Elementary was second and Barranca Mesa Elementary placed third.
    Mountain, Aspen, and Chamisa were also represented for 100 percent representation by eligible Los Alamos Public Schools.
    MATHCOUNTS is a national math competition. In New Mexico, regional competitions occur in February with the top competitors moving on to the statewide competition and then on to the national finals.
     

  • End cynical manipulation of the New Mexico ballot

    BY REP. NORA ESPINOZA
    Dist. 59, New Mexico State Representative