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  • Community Calendar 5-20-16

    TODAY
    Plaque dedication ceremony honoring the recent addition of the U.S. Post Office in downtown Los Alamos to the National and State Register of Historic Places at 3:30 p.m. near the entrance to the post office. After brief remarks by those involved in obtaining the designation, the plaques will be unveiled and refreshments will be served.

    Los Alamos Kite Festival at the soccer fields in Overlook Park in White Rock. Children of all ages are welcome to come and join the festivities. The Kite Festival weekend kicks off today at 7 p.m. with the Summer Concert Series. Kite artists will be on the field with their kites on display and a night kite fly demonstration. The main festival is held from noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The day includes music, food, kite-building workshops for kids, and kite flying.
    SATURDAY
    Mason Lodge waffle breakfast from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Pajarito Masonic Lodge  on 15th Street and Canyon. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 6 and under.

    The Los Alamos Community Winds will present its Season Finale Concert at 7 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church, 80 State Road 4, White Rock. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. A $10 donation per guest is suggested. A reception will follow the concert to which the audience is cordially invited.

  • PNM investments drive economic development

    BY AGNES NOONAN
    President, WESST

  • Don’t let candidates stretch the facts about taxes

    As we get closer to primary elections, you’re going to hear two stories about taxes.
    Story No. 1: New Mexico’s taxes are a dreadful burden on its citizens. Story No. 2: New Mexico’s big corporate tax giveaway in 2013 has eroded the tax base so much that revenues have plummeted and responsible public officials must raise revenues.
    First, we’ve heard scare stories about our tax burden for years, and for just as long various studies have told us that we’re actually middling.
    This year, WalletHub said New Mexico ranked 27th in state tax burden as a percentage of personal income. Our gross receipts tax burden is fifth highest in the nation. But the total tax burden, of 8.67 percent, is far lower than New York (13 percent), Hawaii (12 percent), and Maine and Vermont (11 percent). The lowest was Alaska, at about 5 percent.
    On the other hand, WalletHub placed New Mexico 41st in the return for taxes paid. This is based on 20 categories of education, health, safety, economy, infrastructure and pollution. We took a big hit for our sorry economy. Yes, you can hold elected officials responsible for the ranking and the economy. Colorado’s return on investment was third, Texas was 15th, and Arizona was 19th.

  • Jemez Mountain runs on Saturday

    The Jemez Mountain Trail Runs will take place Saturday, starting and finishing at the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge.
    The runs take full advantage of Los Alamos’ mountain trail network around town, up Pajarito Mountain and through the Valles Caldera.
    The runs include 15-mile, 50-kilometer and 50-mile courses.
    The 50-mile begins at 5 a.m., followed by the 50K run at 6 a.m. and the 15-miler at 8 a.m.
    There are more than 600 runners registered, with over 400 coming from out of town.
    This is a true community event with over 100 local volunteers involved, numerous local businesses providing sponsorship and support, and many local organizations helping get the trails in tip-top shape for months now.
    People may see flags, signs and ribbons along many of the local trails over the next few days.
    Hundreds of trail runners from all over the country come to Los Alamos to enjoy the trails and they rely on these markers to keep from getting lost and to stay out of trouble.
    The Perimeter Trail, in particular, will be quite busy in the early morning hours Saturday.
    Markers like these may pose a bit of an eyesore for some, but patience and tolerance are requested for the next few days.
    The markers will be removed from the trails quickly after race day.

  • Genero, Salazar commit to play college ball

    Two more Hilltoppers signed letters of intent Monday to continue their athletic careers in college.
    Baseball player Jarrett Genero signed with New Mexico Highlands University and Kayla Salazar signed on with Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, to play basketball for the Grizzlies.
    The two schools compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in NCAA Division II.
    Both players also transferred to Los Alamos as upperclassmen and made immediate impacts for the Hilltoppers.
    Genero came to Los Alamos as a junior and gave the ’Toppers a steady glove in the outfield and some extra power with his bat.
    This year, Genero switched to a middle infielder where he was in a position to make more plays.
    He also continued getting big hits, including a 2-RBI double in the state quarterfinals against Centennial and a four-RBI performance against Moriarty in the first round of state.
    The Los Alamos baseball team finished 20-9 this year, losing to Centennial in the quarterfinals, 5-4. Centennial went on to win the state championship, beating St. Pius X 13-1 in the semis and Goddard 5-4 in the championship game.
    Salazar transferred from Española Valley to Los Alamos this year and gave the ’Toppers a strong outside shooting threat.

  • Rotary Club gives Deborah Beene awards

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos recently held auditions for the annual Deborah Beene Music Award competition. The award was established in the memory of Deborah Beene, daughter of Donald and Sara Beene, a violin and piano student who died while enrolled in school here in December 1973.  
    The award is intended to assist ninth through 12th-grade Los Alamos High School students in their musical growth. The students receiving the award are asked to use the money, a single award of up to $1,500, for fees to attend a music camp, for college or university music expenses, for the purchase of a better instrument, or for tuition for private music instruction.
    This year’s winners are:
    • First place ($1,200): violinist Jamie Philps, performing “Concerto in C Major, allegro molto e con brio” by Kabalevsky; piano accompaniment, Cindy Little; teacher, Kay Newnam.
    • Second place ($600): violinist Grace Kim, performing “Romance in F Major” by Beethoven; piano accompaniment, Katherine Wang; teacher, Kay Newnam
    • Third-Place Tie:
    ($300): Brian Johnson, CDJ2000s synthesizer, original compositions; teacher Rami Pearlman.
    ($300): cellist Irene Kwon, “Prelude from Cello Suite No. 3” by Bach; teacher, Sally Guenther.

  • Community Calendar 5-18-16

    TODAY
    Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting 6 p.m. in building 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Carie Fanning will speak about Family Strength Networks and the Parenting with Love and Logic classes. The public is welcome to attend.

    Chamber Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in room 230, building 2 at UNM-LA, 4000 University Drive. Speaker New Mexico Cabinet Secretary for Aging and Long Term Services Myles Copeland will talk about employees who are distracted by the demands of also being a caregiver for an aging family member. 



    THURSDAY
    Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum winter series at 6:30 p.m. at Hall at Kelly Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Topic will be “What Makes Us Human?” A video/presentation begins at 6 p.m. followed by a large group discussion at 6:30 p.m., then an optional, informal small group discussion. Attendees can bring dinner. All are welcome. Follow the blog at lafsf.org.
    FRIDAY
    Plaque dedication ceremony honoring the recent addition of the U.S. Post Office in downtown Los Alamos to the National and State Register of Historic Places at 3:30 p.m. near the entrance to the post office. After remarks, the plaques will be unveiled and refreshments will be served.
    SATURDAY

  • Oppenheimer Scholarship winners announced

    Twelve college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.
    The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley and Santa Fe high schools.
    The JROMC has awarded over 200 scholarships and other awards totaling more than $420,000 since the program was begun in 1984. The philanthropic organization’s scholarship program is supported by several limited-term endowments, numerous small, individual donations, and major contributions from the Los Alamos National Bank.
    The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Robert Oppenheimer, the first director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century.
    This year’s selected students from Los Alamos High School are:
    Jovan Zhang: J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship supported by the committee, awarded to a student for outstanding promise in science and mathematics.
    Katherine Wang: J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship in Memory of Mary and Harold Argo, awarded to a young woman for outstanding promise in the arts or sciences.

  • Science on Tap set for Thursday

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Climate and Ecosystem Science Team director Cathy Wilson will speak Thursday at Science On Tap, at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.
    Wilson is working to better understand what happens when warming climate causes Arctic permafrost to thaw. As the ground warms up, previously frozen soil carbon is decomposed and released as green house gases – adding to global warming. But, in turn, warmer temperatures drive more plant growth and carbon uptake from the atmosphere. This might offset permafrost carbon emissions, but by how much?
    Come and learn about the complex interactions that take place in these normally frozen reaches of our planet.
    Science On Tap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum. The On Tap series begins each evening with an informal 10-15 minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. All ages are welcome. The “On Tap” series happens twice a month. The discussions are supported by Bradbury Science Museum, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos Historical Society and PEEC at The Nature Center.

  • Assets in Action: Reading is important over the summer

    Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, it’s May!
    That’s right, anything between now and May 31 that comes across as ridiculous or awkward in the form of a question, an attitude, a lapse in goal accomplishment or general insanity, the answer is it’s May.
    I would like for everyone within eyeshot to try and enjoy the next two weeks and find positivity somewhere throughout the day.
    If I don’t address it again before the final school bell rings, reading over the summer is so important. Los Alamos Middle School Librarian Lisa LaPrairie-Whitacre taught me when she was still the Chamisa Elementary Librarian the equal importance of listening to books on tape too.
    So recently while spending way too much time in a car, I went to our public libraries and checked out several audiobooks to learn more about various people that might seem fun or inspirational.
    The first book on CD I checked out was, Dick Van Dyke’s “Keep Moving and other Tips and Truths about Aging.” It is read by the author and was quite a treat to enjoy. I think kids and adults need to hear stories of being knocked down, picking themselves up and going forward.
    Many of our national and local treasures for that matter have so much wisdom to share if we just take the time to listen.