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  • Las Cruces massage school gets boost from local bank

    By Sandy Nelson of Finance New Mexico

    Timothy Gay shopped around before securing a loan in 2013 to buy a building in downtown Las Cruces for his Massage Therapy Training Institute (MTTI). He chose Century Bank to help him secure a U.S. Small Business Administration commercial 504 loan.

    “They were the nicest people to work with, which is definitely a bonus,” he said about the bank.
    Gay, a graduate of MTTI, bought the business from his father, Laun Smith, in 2007. Over the years, he grew tired of paying rent to the people who owned the building where Smith launched the institute in 1999. Gay wanted to build equity for his own venture in a more centralized location where he could attract more students.

    The gamble paid off: The institute has seen a 25 percent increase in business since moving to the new location in 2014.

    Getting money where it matters

    As a state-chartered and locally owned community bank, Century Bank proclaims on its website that it wants to be “the bank of choice” for borrowers like Gay.

  • Dental care charity is not enough

    If you need dental care and live far from the nearest dentist or can’t afford the cost, you might plan a trip to Albuquerque on Sept. 22-23. That weekend will be the occasion of the sixth annual Mission of Mercy, called New Mexico’s largest charitable event.

    An estimated 150 volunteer dentists will set up a temporary clinic in the Convention Center and provide services free of charge on a first-come first-served basis.

     There have been five such events since 2010, held in different cities. To date, New Mexico MOM has served more than 6,900 patients and has provided $4.9 million in donated dental care.
    But New Mexico is still woefully short of access to dental care.

    Reports show 32 of New Mexico’s 33 counties do not have adequate access. A 2017 report from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services states only about one-third of New Mexicans are adequately served, and an estimated 138 dentists are needed to bring the state up to standard.

    So, in this writer’s opinion, the generosity of this charitable event does not compensate for the Legislature’s failure once again to pass a dental therapy bill.

  • 50 million could watch Mayweather-McGregor in the US alone

    By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Conor McGregor's improbable challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be seen by a staggering 50 million people in the United States as fans and the curious gather in small and large parties.

    The fight Saturday night threatens the pay-per-view revenue record set by Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao two years ago and could dwarf it in viewership as people use the event as a reason to have friends and family over for a little escapism and controlled violence.

    "It's a cultural event that crosses all demographics and all social and economic factors," said Mark Taffet, who formerly ran pay-per-view for HBO. "People are getting together to have a great time and we surely need an excuse to have a great time."

    Taffet said that while an average of 5-6 people normally watches a pay-per-view, he wouldn't be surprised if the fight averages 10 people a household. If it sells 5 million pay-per-views as widely anticipated, the fight could be watched by nearly one in six Americans.

    The fight will also be seen by millions more worldwide, with promoters claiming it will be available either online or on a TV screen to more than 1 billion homes in 200 different countries.

  • Time to shine

    This year, the Los Alamos High School girl’s soccer team means business.

    Not only do they return the bulk of a roster that advanced to the state semifinals a year ago, but they have also added one of the most well respected coaches in the entire state.

    The team knows they have the skill to compete with the best in the state.

    The only question that remains is whether they can take their game to the next level and claim a state championship.
    Ann Cernicek was the coach of the LAHS boy’s soccer team from 1995-2005. After moving back and forth between Los Alamos and Washington DC for the past decade, she said she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to return to her old stomping grounds when the opportunity presented itself.

    When she looks out onto the field at the group she gets to work with in her first season back, she can’t help but smile.

    She can tell that this group has the ability to be special.

    “There’s a lot of depth, and there’s a really nice cross-section of strengths,” Cernicek said. “That makes it a really well balanced team, which really is helpful as you go down the road.”

    One thing Cernicek is happy about with this group is that they don’t have one person they will be relying on too heavily.

  • Community Calendar 8-18-17

    TODAY
     Gordon Summer Concert features Diego Figuerido, a Brazilian jazz and Flemenco guitar master at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Night with LA Medical Center.
    SATURDAY
     Taiji in the Park at 10 a.m. at Ashley Pond. Taiji is slow, flowing dance-like exercise for health, balance and vitality.
    SUNDAY
    
Nature Yoga and Trail Run at 10:30 a.m. at the Nature Center.
Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Optional: Arrive at 10:30 a. M. to join Christa for a pre-yoga run. Admission: yoga or run for $7/$5 for members; yoga and run for $12/$8 for members. More information at peecnature.org.
    MONDAY
    
Nature Playtimes, Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM
at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center.
    Join local families for fun, hands-on activities, hikes, games, and stories in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.
     Sewing Camp for adults from 6-8 p.m. at Los Alamos Makers, 3540 Orange St. Cost is $35. Weekly sessions to learn the basics of sewing, such as how to sew zippers, buttonholes, straight stitch serger hem, etc. Sign up by emailing hello@losalamosmakers.org.
    TUESDAY

  • Medical imaging research leader selected for high honor by SPIE

    Ken Hanson, a medical imaging research scientist at Los Alamos National Lab, has been selected as this year’s recipient of a top award from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

    Hanson received his award at a banquet in San Diego, California, on Aug. 9 during the annual SPIE Optics + Photonics conference.

    Hanson is receiving the 2017 SPIE Directors’ Award in recognition of substantial contributions to the long-running SPIE Medical Imaging symposium and of advances in medical image quality, restoration and 3D reconstruction techniques.

    Hanson served as SPIE Medical Imaging symposium chair from 2002-2004, on the program committee for the Imaging Processing conference from 1984-1995 and as the chair of that conference from 1996-2001.

    An accomplished photographer, he has provided a rich legacy for the community through chronicling the symposium in that medium for more than 30 years.

    Hanson has worked at LANL since 1975, including more than 20 years in the Dynamic Testing Division where he co-developed the Bayes Inference Engine, the principal analysis tool for quantitative interpretation of dynamic radiographs, and introduced other innovations such as new approaches to assess the uncertainties in simulation codes for the verification and validation of simulations.

  • Atomic City Update: Officials say no truth to golf course rumor

    In last week’s column, I talked about an idea that had been brought to my attention that I found interesting.

    It involved selling the existing golf course and building a new one in Pueblo Canyon, something I had heard about from a small group of people. However, it was just an idea and I attempted to present it in that way.

    Since the column was published, there has been a lot of reaction from the community and county officials about the idea. Although many people think that it is an interesting concept, it doesn’t seem to be very realistic at this time.

    County Council Chair David Izraelevitz explained that this idea is not a totally new one, and that it has been brought up in the past, but has been quickly dismissed each time.

    “It hasn’t been taken too seriously because of opposition to closing down the course for a long period of time,” Izraelevitz said.

    It has been discussed at least as far back as the 1980s, when then-County Councilor Roger Waterman brought up the idea of moving the golf course and building houses on the current site, according to Morris Pongratz, his fellow councilor at the time.

  • Community Calendar 8-16-17

    THURSDAY
    Farmer’s Market from 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walks
at 8:30 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.

    Gordon Summer Concert features Diego Figuerido, a Brazilian jazz and Flemenco guitar master at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Night with LA Medical Center.
    SATURDAY
     Taiji in the Park at 10 a.m. at Ashley Pond. Taiji is slow, flowing dance-like exercise for health, balance and vitality.
    SUNDAY
    Nature Yoga and Trail Run at 10:30 a.m. at the Nature Center.
Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Optional: Arrive at 10:30 a.m. to join Christa for a pre-yoga run. Admission: yoga or run for $7/$5 for members; yoga and run for $12/$8 for members. More information at peecnature.org.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes, Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM
at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun, hands-on activities, hikes, games, and stories in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

  • Rotary Club of Los Alamos
  • Stars and Exoplanets featured at the Nature Center

    Want to learn more about what is visible in the September night sky and exoplanets? Paul Arendt will provide an interactive tour of the planets, star patterns, constellations, and deep sky objects that can be observed throughout September at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.

    “Exoplanets” will be screened again at 2 p.m. Sept. 2 and 3, which will reveal plants found outside our solar system along with the science behind how we find them and what we know about their composition.

    The Los Alamos Nature Center will be open regular hours in September, including Labor Day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays as well as 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The nature center is open late on Tuesdays, until 8 p.m., closed Thursdays for regular maintenance.

    For more information about these and future planetarium shows, visit www.peecnature.org/planetarium. To reserve tickets, call  662-0460.