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  • LANL scientists decry state science standards

    More than 60 Los Alamos scientists and engineers say the state’s proposed science education standards lack scientific rationale in regards to its treatment of climate change and evolution, among others.

    “There is absolutely no scientific rationale for weakening the treatment of these subjects…” according to a letter included in full-page advertisement signed by the individuals, all of whom are identified as Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows.

    The ad ran Monday in the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper.

    The state Public Education Department proposed the new science education standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in mid-September. The proposal draws on national standards called Next Generation Science Standards, or Next Gen, already adopted in several states.

    However, the proposal makes changes to the national standards in areas of climate change, evolution and natural selection, as well as the manner and length of time the earth has aged. PED’s proposal has been panned by the Los Alamos school board, among others. Area students were critical of it at a meeting in Los Alamos last week.

  • County files cease-and-desist order against sheriff

    Los Alamos County filed a temporary cease-and-desist order Thursday against Sheriff Marco Lucero in the First Judicial District Court, asking the court to order him to stop all law enforcement activities.

    The county is accusing the sheriff of violating the state constitution by carrying out the duties reserved for the police department.

    “The Respondent persists in his belief that he has a legal duty to engage in law enforcement activities and therefore the Respondent is likely to continue to engage in law enforcement activities” county attorneys said in the order.

    The county accuses Lucero of “making arrests, filing criminal complaints and conducting criminal investigations.”

    The county’s cease-and-desist order was filed in response to a motion Lucero filed in the same court Aug. 29, a motion requesting the court to order the Los Alamos County Council to restore the duties of the sheriff’s office.

    On May 24, 2016, council moved all process-serving responsibilities from the sheriff’s office to the Los Alamos Police Department, after Lucero expressed concerns for his deputies’ safety. The question of whether to retain a sheriff also stems from that issue.

  • County to close N.M. 4 Oct. 20 for 24 hours

    The county’s Department of Public Utilities announced Tuesday that a section of N.M. 4 will be closed to all traffic for 24 hours starting Oct. 20.

    The closure will start at 9 p.m. Oct. 20 and continue through the evening of Oct. 21. N.M. 4 will be closed between N.M. 502 and East Jemez Road – Main Hill Road and the Truck Route.

    According to Los Alamos County, the closure will allow DPU crews to install a large diameter water pipeline in between the two highways.

    The installation is part of a DPU project to drill a new drinking water well in Los Alamos Canyon. The well will supply water to White Rock.

    DPU’s contractor is installing the water line to connect the new well to an existing line under the eastbound lane of N.M. 4.
    On Oct. 20-21, traffic going between Santa Fe and White Rock will be detoured through Los Alamos townsite.

    The DPU suggested that motorists plan trips accordingly in anticipation of the work and that extra time may need to be allowed during those dates.

    For Los Alamos County DPU customers, no interruption of service is anticipated.

    Questions about the project or the closure may be directed to the DPU by calling 662-8333 by emailing CustomerCare@lacnm.us.

  • Flamenco Fiesta in Santa Fe set for Nov. 3-5

    Compañía Mina Fajardo and Chuscales will return to Teatro Paraguas this November.

    They have given sold-out performances the past six years. Audiences still remember their shows: Flamenco x3 (2015); Una Nota de Lorca (2016); and Choreography and Calligraphy (2017).

    The show set for three performances, Nov. 3, 4 and 5, is based on a bedtime story from the Brunn family, remembering events from 400 years ago in what is now Santa Fe, New Mexico and how its ancient inhabitants were confronted with New Spain.

    With utmost respect Teatro Paraguas presents: legendary flamenco singer Roberto Zamora; renowned flamenco guitarist/composer Chuscales; and choreographer/dancer Mina Fajardo.

    As with all treasure hunts, the true purpose is to reveal the magic of the human spirit and its will to survive, discovering the wealth of faith, family & community.

    The performances are at 7 p.m. Nov. 3, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 4 and 2 p.m. Nov. 5. All three performances will be at Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe.

    Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com.

  • SF Symphony to feature virtuoso violinist

    The Santa Fe Symphony will present two programs featuring virtuoso violinist Alexi Kenney this year, the first which is Sunday with the full Symphony Orchestra, follow by concert recital one week later.

    Both performances are at 7 p.m. at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.

    On Oct. 22, Kenney will be joined by prize-winning pianist, Renana Gutman, praised by The New York Sun for playing “with great vigor and aplomb.”

    Kenney, recipient of a prestigious 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, will be performing recital selections that range from the long-beloved E Major Partita by Bach – a technical showstopper for solo violin – to rarer works like Crumb’s Four Nocturnes, a delicate and birdlike meditation, featuring the subtle integration of many of Crumb’s inspired extended techniques, like having the soloist tap the violin as a percussive element.

    Tickets are $22-$80. Half-price tickets available for children ages 6-14 with adult purchase and no children under 6 will be admitted. Call 983-1414 or 1-800-480-1319 for tickets through the symphony box office, or dial the Lensic box office at 988-1234.

  • Laser concerts to light up museum planetarium

    Travel back to the sights and sounds of immortal musical groups, brought to life in laser light. Laser and planetarium projectors will fill the dome the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Oct. 21-Nov. 3 with choreographed light, allowing the music and images to envelope the audience.

    Laser concerts light up. More than a million laser-generated hues and colors poetically express each timeless track.
    “We are only able to bring laser concerts to the planetarium once a year, and this time we’re especially excited to have the shows during Halloween and be able to present laser images with a live band,” said Jim Greenhouse, the Museum’s Space Science Director.

    For a few select evenings only, songs from the Beatles, U2, Led Zeppelin, and Metallica will be featured in dedicated shows along with compilation productions with tracks from classic rock, pop, and alternative bands.

    Two albums of Pink Floyd will be presented in recorded shows, but on one very special night, Dark Side of the Moon will be performed live with the laser by the band Pink Freud, presented in partnership with AMP Concerts as part of the New Mexico Culture Squared initiative.

  • New flags presented Tuesday
  • Travel: Discover Austria

    BY DEBBIE STONE
    Special to the Monitor

    This is the first in a two-part series on Austria. Part two will appear in the Oct. 18 edition of Diversions.

    The act of toasting in Austria is a custom with its own set of rules. As a visitor to this land of sophistication and unassuming elegance, it’s important to know the correct protocol.

    First, make eye contact with each and every person at the table, loosely hold the wine glass by the stem and solidly clink on a slight diagonal plane to achieve the ideal ring. And, remember to never cross paths with someone else’s toast, as this would be considered rude.

    Following these guidelines is trickier than one might imagine – particularly the aspect of eye contact. Austrians believe it’s essential to acknowledge everyone individually, as it gives special meaning to the toast. It’s all about making a personal connection. Know that you’ll get plenty of practice, as it’s common to toast multiple times during the course of a social gathering.

  • LAPD seeks help identifying robbery suspect

    The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is asking for the public's help to identity a male robbery suspect connected to a robbery that occurred on Aug. 27 at about 8:30 p.m. at Smith’s Marketplace, 751 Trinity Drive, in Los Alamos. 

    The suspect is described as Hispanic, about 5-foot-8-inches to 5-foot-10-inches tall, and possibly between 25-30 years old. A witness told police they observed the male suspect leave in a vehicle that was a cark-colored full-size four-door pickup truck that, at the time, was missing the tailgate. 

    LAPD is offering a reward of up to $300 to anyone who has information on the identity of the male suspect that is depicted in this composite drawing. 

    Anyone with information can call L.A Crime Stoppers at 662-8282, or call LAPD dispatch at 662-8222 and ask to speak to Det. Robinson. 

    Reporting individuals can remain anonymous.

  • New Mexico utility continues plan to stop burning coal

    SANTA FE (AP) — A New Mexico utility company says the Trump administration's move to repeal federal regulations won't derail its plan to stop burning coal.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Public Service Company of New Mexico is still planning to wean off coal by 2031, and it will continue with its efforts to comply with the Clean Power Plan, which the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Monday that it intended to dismantle.

    The utility had agreed to shut down two coal-burning units at a power plant in northwestern New Mexico and to install pollution controls on existing units by the end this year. It plans to completely close the facility by 2022.

    Company spokesman Ray Sandoval says the utility doesn't anticipate any changes to these plans.