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  • Middle schooler rebuked for wearing rosary to class

    FARMINGTON (AP) — A middle school student in northwest New Mexico says she was sent to the principal’s office and asked if she sold drugs or was involved with a gang after she wore her rosary to school.
    Eighth-grader Latanyia Clah tells KOB-TV that she and her sister began wearing their rosaries to school after receiving them as Christmas gifts. The administration at Tibbetts Middle School in Farmington said the Catholic prayer beads are inappropriate attire.
    A Farmington Municipal Schools spokesman said they consulted a priest and found a prevalence of gang members using rosaries as symbols, which prompted administrators to ask students to stop wearing them.
    Latanyia’s mother, Delphyina Clah, said she doesn’t see why her faith means her children are in a gang.
     

  • Santa Fe council approves 10 cent paper bag charge

    SANTA FE (AP) — Santa Fe shoppers will be regretting not bringing their own bag to the grocery store this summer after the City Council approved a 10-cent fee for paper bags.
    The Council voted 7-2 Wednesday to approve the fee after the ban on plastic grocery bags did not motivate enough people to bring their own reusable totes. The amendment to the city’s shopping-bag ordinance will go into effect in 60 days.
    When the plastic-bag ban initially included a fee, the City Attorney called it an impermissible tax. The Council now calls it an “environmental service fee.”
    Retailers will keep one penny of the bag fee and give the remaining 9 cents to the city. The money will be used for environmental education programs.

  • Report on Gray's death turned in

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police completed a criminal investigation into the death of Freddie Gray and delivered it to a prosecutor a day earlier than promised Thursday, but the commissioner said his department stands ready to help the state’s attorney gather more evidence.
    As if to drive home that point, a deputy commissioner revealed a piece of information that raises still more questions about what the officers involved have told investigators: The police van carrying Gray to the station made a previously undisclosed stop that was captured on a “privately owned camera.”
    State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby must review the evidence, consider charges and decide how to move forward in the death of Gray, who suffered severe spinal injuries after being stopped by police April 12 and died a week later.
    Police Commissioner Anthony Batts took no questions and provided no details about the report, which he said represents the work of more than 30 investigators.
    “I understand the frustration; I understand the sense of urgency,” Batts said. “That is why we have finished it a day ahead of time.”
    Batts said police would continue to work on the case at the direction of the state’s attorney. Mosby said her office’s independent investigation continues as well.

  • Correction 4-30-15

    In “Fire, police and other budgets get an initial approval,” published Tuesday, it was incorrectly stated that the Aquatic Center will be closing at 8 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. Monday–Thursday.  The correct closing time is currently 8 p.m. That will be changing to 7 p.m.

  • Update 4-30-15

    Breakfast

    A Cowboy Breakfast is scheduled from 7-11 a.m. Sunday at Los Alamos Posse Lodge. Price for the breakfast is $7 for adults, $4 for children.

    Closed session

    There will be a closed session of the Board of Public Utilities at 9 a.m. Friday. Part of the meeting may include members of the Los Alamos County Council. It will be at the municipal building.

    County Council

    The next meeting of the Los Alamos County Council is set for noon May 8 at the municipal building.

    Showcase

    Los Alamos County will hold a White Rock Master Plan Showcase Event May 4 at the White Rock Visitor Center. The White Rock Master Plan Committee will present information on present and future projects related to the plan. For more information, call Darby Martinez at 663-1727.

    Performance

    The opening night performance of “Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids” is scheduled for Friday night at Mountain Elementary School. The performance will be at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

    Clean Up Day

    The 12th annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day is set for Saturday. Volunteers may sign up online to receive trash bags from Los Alamos County. All participants in the Clean Up Day are invited to a picnic at 1 p.m. at Ashley Pond. For more information, call Environmental Services at 662-8163.

  • Be There calendar 4-30-15

    Today
    “Fire Up” for Scouting. The Boy Scouts of America is holding its annual  recruiting events at fire stations. 6:30-8 p.m. at Station No. 4 in Los Alamos (4401 Diamond Drive across from the Golf Course). Parents can sign up boys by check, registration fees are $24. If you cannot attend event, then contact Kevin McClelland, NNM District director Kevin.McClelland@scouting.org, or Bill Blumenthal, NNM District Membership Chair, billblumenthal@comcast.net, 667-0986.

    The American Association of University Women is presenting a discussion of Human Trafficking. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the upstairs meeting rooms. Topic presenters are Maria Sanchez-Gagne, director of the New Mexico Border Violence Division, and Lynn Sanchez, the program director for the Human Trafficking Aftercare Program at The Life Link. The discussion will focus on The United Nation’s Anti-Human Trafficking Protocol, New Mexico state trafficking laws, strategies for raising awareness about the global human rights issue, outreach and the trauma informed services needed to assist victims of human trafficking.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.

  • Register now for PEEC hike, tour

    New Mexico is home to dozens of slot canyons, which provide for peaceful hikes and beautiful surroundings. New Mexico outdoorsman Doug Scott will guide a small group to discover some amazing slot canyons in the Abiquiu area, through an outing starting at 7:30 a.m. May 9 offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    The group will explore several slot canyons in the Abiquiu area, which is where Georgia O’Keeffe drew much of her artistic inspiration. The slot canyons planned for this outing are not technical, in that ropes and climbing equipment will not be necessary. Total distance covered by the group will be up to six miles, with a 900-feet vertical elevation gain.
    Scott will lead a free tour of New Mexico waterfalls as well on May 5.
    The cost is $20 per person, or $16 for PEEC members. Advance registration is required, and the hike is limited to only 10 people.
    Also on Saturday, PEEC is offering a tour of the Valles Caldera. The Valles Caldera is one of only three active calderas in the mainland United States. Join geologist Patrick Rowe for a fact-filled driving tour from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Event raises funds for House of Hope, Trinity Builders

    The English tradition of the “Coffee Morning” returns to Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday.
    The event is an informal fundraiser intended to raise funds for the House of Hope and Trinity Builders house-building mission teams.
    The Coffee Morning will also offer an opportunity to share that Saturday morning cup of coffee and a scone or other treat, while visiting with friends and neighbors. The event will also include tempting stalls or tables, including home-baked bread and cakes, plants and flowers, a white elephant table, used books and other media, games for children, a car wash organized by the Youth Choir, hats and a Scarf Market. All items will be reasonably priced.
    The car wash will also raise funds for the Youth Choir.
    Coffee Mornings are a very popular way of raising money for good causes at many churches in the UK. “A Coffee Morning is just what it sounds like: You get together, drink coffee, eat goodies and, this is the most important part, spend money,” said Claire Singleton, who is from the UK and has been part of the House of Hope women’s house-building team since its inception in 2005. For this reason, items will be reasonably priced to encourage patrons to dip into their wallets frequently.

  • Springtime arts at Fuller Lodge

    The Northern New Mexico Spring Arts and Crafts Fair will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on the Fuller Lodge lawn. There will be creative, original art by nearly 100 artists. There will also be a meet-and-greet with the Greyhound Pets of America New Mexico branch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. across from the Memorial Rose Garden. Top: Recycled wood products by Bob Riolo. Right: A Zozobra-inspired birdhouse. los Alamos Arts council/Courtesy

  • Negative interest rates can be a brilliant concept

    I have to admit that initially I was uninterested, even close-minded, about the negative yield being offered on a growing share of European sovereign debt.
    “It must be a short-term aberration,” I thought at first. “Completely nutso,” I sniffed dismissively as the phenomenon spread. “Who in their right mind would invest in a financial instrument that would guarantee a loss of principal?”
    Upon calmer reflection, I would shrug and think, “Well, to each his own, but none of those topsy-turvy debt instruments for me.”
    More recently, I have taken a more tolerant attitude toward negative-yield debt. As I teach my Econ 101 students, the key to success in the economic marketplace is to set aside your own preconceptions and preferences and to acknowledge that the consumer is always right.
    In fact, the more I think about it, I find myself attracted to the idea of offering such a service to satisfy this unfathomable consumer appetite for negative yields. Maybe I should announce that anybody out there who would like to send me money on the condition that I return less than all of it to them in the future is free to do so (as long as they include payment for any incidental transaction costs). From that perspective, negative interest rates are quite ingenious.